11th September 2022

A light southerly persisted throughout the day with the temperature peaking at 20C under variable cloud cover.

Duck highlights of the morning seawatch included four Shoveler, 12 Wigeon, 118 Common Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser. Shearwaters numbered three Sooty and 15 Manx while 14 Little Gulls provided some additional interest as did 13 Arctic Skuas and a lone Bonxie.

After the recent fall, land-based birding was the main focus of most and there was plenty to maintain enthusiasm. Birds remaining from previous days included ten Redstarts, two Whinchat, 15 Wheatears, one Spotted and three Pied Flycatchers, three Tree Pipits and three Yellow Wagtails. The main finds of the day were an Icterine Warbler in Old Fall Hedge and a Yellow-browed Warbler in an Outer Head garden. Two Hobbies were present again around the Outer Head and a Marsh Harrier passed over the Dykes. Two Bar-tailed Godwits and 55 Dunlin were still at South Landing.

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB, a Wryneck favoured The Dell and a Yellow-browed Warbler was the first of the autumn. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew east over Cliff Lane.

Wryneck, Bempton Cliffs RSPB by James Atkinson