19th November

A relatively uneventful day with a very strong, brisk North-east wind that put pay to much of the recent movement we have been witnessing. A late entry from the Harbour dramatically increased the day's intrigue value with 8 Egyptian Geese passing overhead adding to our fewer than five previous records since 1961. Without the passing Egyptian Geese the day's tallies would have looked rather sad with sea totals reaching just 9 Common Scoter, 57 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Red-throated Divers and 250 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The land produced little in the way of variety or numbers with the most exciting record being 10 Lapwing in the field below Culverwell. 

Ferrybridge proved quiet for waders although saw a dramatic increase of geese compared with the last few days with totals reaching 1200 Dark-bellied Brents, 3 Pale-bellied Brents and a single Black Brant being joined by a lone Goosander

The drake Goosander and confiding Guillemot from Ferrybridge this morning © Debby Saunders (top and bottom) and Pete Saunders (middle):