Originally it seemed Tuesday would have to be cancelled because the weather forecast was terrible. However, nearer the time it looked as though the overnight rain would stop in time, and the next system wouldn’t arrive until the morning session had finished. Luckily, events unfolded exactly in that fashion. It was sunnier than Monday morning and slightly less windy, but the Bearded Tits seemed noticeable by their absence at first. However, we hadn’t progressed too far before we heard some concentrated "pinging" and we saw a group of seven Bearded Tits arise vertically from the reeds before heading off across the path to another area of reedbed. A few minutes later a group of 8 birds performed a similar operation.
On Wednesday we were due to be at the former nudist beach at Fraisthorpe, but the gale force winds and overnight rain meant that we switched to Danes’ Dyke. It was raining when we started, but luckily that soon eased off. A walk to a promising hedge resulted in a Yellowhammer, but nothing else of interest. Looking across a scrubby field we witnessed the mass arrival of hundreds of Redwings. We walked through the wood and near a Blue Cedar we were accompanied by a pair of Goldcrests. There were a few species of fungi in the woodland, but remarkably few bird species. On the cliff top near the golf course a Ring Ouzel was reported, but our best birds were a tardy pair of House Martins, 3 Yellowhammers and Sue spotted a female Bullfinch. We saw an Oystercatcher on the beach, and what looked like possibly 3 Red-throated Divers on the sea.