7th November 2023

A day of sunny intervals, a light/moderate westerly wind and temperatures that reached 12 degrees C. The day’s highlight was a Red-flanked Bluetail ringed at South Landing early morning, perhaps surprisingly the year’s first record; there were no futher signs a few minutes after release. Nine Whooper Swans flew south over the outer head, where 49 Purple Sandpipers roosted over the high tide. Migrants included six Woodcock, a Merlin, three Shore Larks (Cattlemere), a Waxwing, 17 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.

Two Whooper Swans and nine Grey Partridges were along Cliff Lane, Bempton, with a ringtail Hen Harrier recorded at Buckton.

Red-flanked Bluetail, South Landing, by Jo/Tony Hood