16th October 2022

Strong south-westerly winds only dropped in strength late afternoon; it was sunny throughout, with temperatures peaking at 15 degrees C. Thirteen Little Gulls, an Arctic Skua and six Puffins were recorded on the seawatch, as were two Common Terns and two Arctic Terns. Cetacean interest included a Minke Whale and six Bottlenose Dolphins. The Merlin continued to show well on the outer head.

Six Whooper Swans flew south during the seawatch, with an additional seven south over the headland late afternoon; seven Barnacle Geese also moved south over the outer head. Thornwick Pools/Lakes hosted two Little Grebes, a Goldeneye and a Jack Snipe. Other migrants included a Woodcock, six Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, five Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler (South Dykes), a late Yellow Wagtail, 32 Siskin, three Lesser Redpolls and two Brambling.

Better still, a juvenile Spoonbill flew south-east past RSPB Bempton Cliffs at 1045hrs, while a ringtail Hen Harrier overflew the reserve in the afternoon.

Little Grebe, Thornwick, by June & Malcolm Fox