12th May 2024

The weather consisted relatively light easterly winds that strengthened in the afternoon, sunny skies and a top temperature of 14 degrees C – essentially ideal drift conditions. These resulted in the discovery of a singing male Red-spotted Bluethroat on the edge of the Gorse Field late morning; the first record for five years! Two Whinchats, one Wheatear, a Spotted Flycatcher and a White Wagtail also made landfall, as did another Spotted Flycatcher at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Wildfowl/wader interest included three Pochard, four Shoveler, a Goosander, eight Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, three Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, two Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. A Hobby hunted the outer head, as did a lone Short-eared Owl.

Red-spotted Bluethroat, outer head, by Craig Thomas