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Well, where do you start? Perhaps by apologizing for the severely bird-heavy round-up this month …. but with October 2016 being one of the best ever months for rare and scarce birds on the East coast, and with Yorkshire at the forefront of the action, it would be foolish to do otherwise.
In our temperate maritime climate, autumn often slowly merges with winter as October comes to a close and November arrives. In the colder days many birds and other animals come closer to towns and into our gardens or in search of food.
The first few days of the month were very quiet for songbird migration with very low totals at most coastal sites, it looked like Europe’s breeding birds were staying put for the time being.
How time flies! It’s nearly October and we are well into migration, the Yorkshire coast wildlife airport is full of arrivals and departures. Swifts have gone, Swallows have almost all gone but many other birds have just arrived. So many migration mysteries still remain.
August felt like the first settled warm month of the summer in East and North Yorkshire. Temperatures were at or above average for most of the period. A high of 24° was reached on five dates in Scarborough. Winds were predominantly from the south and west quarters with few periods of easterlies.