3rd November 2023

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, blustery westerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 12 degrees C. A juvenile Pomarine Skua flew south during a morning seawatch that also featured a Long-tailed Duck north, two Red-breasted Mergansers south, 27 Little Gulls, a lone Puffin, and two Bonxies.

A total of 59 Whooper Swans flew south during a day that also saw thousands of Pink-footed Geese feeding on cliff top stubbles, while a Red Kite and a Merlin were seen over the outer head. Migrants included one Woodcock, a Hooded Crow (Cattlemere), a Swallow, two Black Redstarts (Fog Station), a late Common Redstart, a Mealy Redpoll (Lighthouse) and two Snow Buntings. The Dusky Warbler remained at Hartendale, showing in the hedgerow immediately south of the WwTW, while the Cetti’s Warbler was still at Thornwick Fishing Lake. Unfortunately, a swift sp. over the Lighthouse Grassland was only seen briefly and remained unidentified.

Elsewhere, a ringtail Hen Harrier appeared at Bempton.

Red Kite, outer head, by Andy Hood