12th November

The strength of the wind again scuppered attempts at comprehensive coverage and there was scant reward for those that did make an effort. The Bill area offered up 6 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Merlin, Yellow-legged Gull, Redwing and Firecrest on the land and 60 or so Common Scoter and 2 Eider settled offshore. Elsewhere there were 3 Firecrests in the Pennsylvania Castle area and 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Knot at Ferrybridge.

In comparison with yesterday's super-pristine full adult today's Yellow-legged Gull was a little bit sub-standard: it was a rather slighter bird - so perhaps more likely a female? - with a selection of not-quite-adult features...

This was yesterday's adult in flight © Martin Cade