18th July 2021

Another hot sunny day, with temperatures peaking at 23 degrees C in very light onshore winds. Seawatching was rewarded with 78 Common Scoters, 28 Manx Shearwaters, 195 Sandwich Terns, seven Common Terns, 11 Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua flying north; a Red-throated Diver and another Arctic Skua moved south, whilst a record-breaking 183 Grey Seals rested on rocks near the Fog Station. A Banded Demoiselle was an unusual visitor to a village garden.

The Black-browed Albatross re-appeared at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, although there were no further signs until late evening, when it re-appeared at Thornwick Bay before flying east; added excitement was provided by a Minke Whale that fed offshore. A total of 110 Swallows fed on the reserve, where 12 Yellow Wagtails were also recorded.

Black-browed Albatross, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Will Scott