10th November

The gusting wind that confined some to their beds in the early morning dropped quickly to reveal a calm, clear and beautiful day. The cloud that disappeared toward the early afternoon meant a drop in avian activity towards the latter end of the day, however the morning produced a slack handful of migrants including three Brambling, four Firecrests, a Ring Ouzel at the hump and an eastern type Lesser Whitethroat at Church Ope. A quiet sea added but a few species to the day totals including Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and two Red-breasted Mergansers. A perusal of Ferrybridge and the Harbour produced little of note but 8 Knot at the former and three Black-necked Grebes at the latter.

This female Sparrowhawk seemed undeterred by her small crowd of onlookers as she sat digesting whatever unfortunate creature was bulging in her crop ©Martin King: