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Trump­ing a rel­a­tively brief Dusky Thrush at Eas­ing­ton, East York­shire (4th), was the Lit­tle Swift which ap­peared along­side a Pal­lid Swift at Hartlepool Head­land on 11th (leav­ing on 12th). A Lit­tle Bit­tern was in the same county at Saltholme RSPB (26th to 29th).

CLEVE­LAND HIGH­LIGHTS: A Lit­tle Swift (11th-12th) and a Pal­lid Swift (11th) were at Hartlepool Head­land. Other Pal­lid Swifts were at North Gare (7th) and Seaton Carew (11th). A Lit­tle Bit­tern was at Saltholme (26th-29th). Rough-legged Buz­zards were at Lock­wood Beck Reser­voir (4th and 13th), Sled­dale (10th-18th) and Scal­ing Dam Reser­voir (13th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Red­car (12th). A Black-crowned Night Heron was at Locke Park, Red­car (18th-21st). A Richard’s Pipit was at Cow­pen Marsh (28th).

NORTHUM­BER­LAND HIGH­LIGHTS: A Rose-coloured Star­ling was at North Seaton (22nd-30th). Two Coues’s Arc­tic Red­polls were at Font­burn Reser­voir (24th). A Bon­a­parte’s Gull around Bam­burgh was prob­a­bly a re­turn­ing bird (25th-30th). BERWICK:

Max­ima in­cluded six Red-throated Divers, three Great North­ern Divers, six Teal, five Kit­ti­wakes, 32 Field­fares, eight Long-tailed Tits, 80 Black-headed Gulls, 120 Com­mon Gulls, two Goosanders, six Grey Par­tridges, six Com­mon Scot­ers, 18 Ei­ders, 32 Turn­stones, 72 Red­shanks, two Red-breasted Mer­gansers, 64 Golden Plovers, 52 Curlews, 340 Pink­feet, four Dun­lin, six Mis­tle Thrushes, 26 Gold­eneyes, 246 Lap­wings, 64 Lin­nets, 86 Oys­ter­catch­ers, eight Bar-tailed God­wits, two Grey Plovers, six Pur­ple Sand­pipers, 52 Guille­mots, eight Gan­nets, two Ful­mars, 52 Mute Swans, a Gad­wall (scarce here), Waxwing, Buz­zard, and a site-first Ring-necked Para­keet. NORTH

NORTHUM­BER­LAND: The Black Scoter was off Ch­eswick Sands and Cock­law­burn through­out the month. A Black Guille­mot was there in­ter­mit­tently (5th-18th). Great White Egrets were at Low Cock­law (5th) and Low New­ton (30th). Two Shore Larks were on Holy Is­land (9th), with two at the Long Nanny (9th-17th). A White-billed Diver flew past Ross (10th). Holy Is­land pro­duced a Yel­low-browed War­bler (10th-16th). A Grey Phalarope was near the Farne Is­lands (15th).

SOUTH NORTHUM­BER­LAND: The two Bewick’s Swans re­mained around Wark­worth and East Chev­ing­ton (1st-24th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was in Tynemouth (4th-11th). A Firecrest was at Northum­ber­land Park (13th-27th). The Amer­i­can Wi­geon was seen again at Grindon Lough (9th). A Grey Phalarope was at How­don Wet­lands (14th). Four Shore Larks (17th-29th) and a late Red­start (19th) were at Bus­ton Links. A Smew was at East Chev­ing­ton (18th) and Killing­worth (21st). A Hawfinch was at Wallington (25th). Jonathan Fa­rooqi, Berwick Wildlife Group

EAST YORK­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A White-tailed Ea­gle paused at Flam­bor­ough (2nd & 3rd) and a Pal­lid Swift made an ap­pear­ance there (11th). A Rose-coloured Star­ling was re­ported from Hull (26th). FLAM­BOR­OUGH:

The month com­menced with a Long-tailed Duck, a Great North­ern Diver and a Hooded Crow (1st), a Lit­tle Bunt­ing and a Shore Lark (2nd) and a Lit­tle Auk (4th). A Hume’s War­bler came in (10th). Af­ter a Po­ma­rine Skua (13th), a Hawfinch, a Black-throated Diver and four Great North­ern Divers were sighted (17th), a Bit­tern and a Red-necked Grebe were un­cov­ered (18th) and a Black-throated Diver, three Great North­ern Divers and 13 Lit­tle Auks passed by (20th). Four Velvet Scot­ers fea­tured (23rd). A Waxwing touched down (24th), then a Bean Goose and four Bewick’s Swans rounded off the month (30th). HORNSEA MERE:

The month fea­tured a Long-tailed Duck (from 2nd), up to three Black-necked Grebes (from 19th) and a Smew (20th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was spotted (25th). A Great White Egret was present, along with up to three Lit­tle Egrets. Two Leach’s Pe­trels and five Po­ma­rine Skuas were re­ported on the sea (20th). SPURN:

A White-tailed Ea­gle came off the Hum­ber (2nd). A Pal­lid Swift flew north­west (11th). An Eas­ing­ton gar­den held a Dusky Thrush (4th) and Dusky War­bler (17th-18th). A Hume’s War­bler was in the Crown and An­chor car park (25th). Great White Egrets passed through (3rd and 7th). A taiga Bean Goose, five tun­dra Bean

Rough-legged Buz­zard, Kilnsea, East York­shire, Novem­ber

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