10th September 2022

The moderate to fresh northerly combined with a mostly cloudy sky kept temperatures slightly lower than of late with the afternoon maximum reaching 20C.

Seawatching was quite eventful, starting with a Great Shearwater early morning with 45 Sooty and 91 Manx Shearwaters. Passing ducks included a Shoveler, two Pintail, 111 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 20 Common scoter and two Red-breasted Mergansers. Less common gulls were represented by two Yellow-legged Gulls and a Caspian Gull (all in their first year). Two Long-tailed Skuas were in addition to 13 Arctic and four Bonxies.

It was apparent that many of yesterday’s grounded migrants were still present with some additional new birds found. A young Common Rosefinch fed in the hedge and crop at the Lighthouse Field while a Red-breasted Flycatcher was nearby in the bushes by the lighthouse. A Honey Buzzard overflew the Outer Head while two Hobbies continued to hunt over the southern cliffs and a Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owl were also seen. Migrant passerines logged included 22 Redstarts, four Whinchat, 27 Wheatears, six Spotted and four Pied Flycatchers, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Reed Warblers, three Garden Warblers, 20 Willow Warblers, four Tree Pipits and five Siskin. At Thornwick Pools, the Little Stint remained as did the Garganey with the addition of single Ruff, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and three Wigeon. Two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 55 Dunlin were at South Landing beach, while a Little Egret was seen along the southern shore.

At Bempton Cliffs, another Honey Buzzard flew NW while migrant passerines included a Garden Warbler, five Spotted and three Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, three Wheatear and a Siskin. Further along the cliff, at Buckton, there was 11 Yellow Wagtails, a Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and two Lesser Whitethroats.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lighthouse Bushes by Andrew Allport