7th February 2024

A relatively bright day, with light winds generally from a north-westerly direction and cooler than of late, with a top temperature of seven degrees C. The highlight of the morning’s seawatch was a Sooty Shearwater flying north. Wildfowl in residence included three Mute Swans, two Shelduck, a Shoveler, 83 Wigeon, 85 Teal and 18 Tufted Ducks. Two Water Rails were present, along with two Grey Partridges, three Lapwing, nine Woodcock and a Short-eared Owl. Passerine interest included the two resident Shore Larks, 86 Redwing, two Fieldfares, a Scandinanvian Rock Pipit, seven Siskin, a Brambling and 60 Snow Buntings.

Three Short-eared Owls remained at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where additional sightings included six Lapland Buntings, 35 Yellowhammers and 62 Corn Buntings.

Siskin, Whelkie Wynds, by Brett Richards