1st April 2024

The day began wet, although dryer, overcast conditions eventually prevailed; relatively light winds were mainly onshore, with temperatures reaching eight degrees C. One Manx Shearwater and three Dunlin flew south during the morning seawatch, while a Great Northern Diver fed close inshore off Old Fall late afternoon. The morning’s rain resulted in an arrival of migrants including a Woodcock, 21 Goldcrests, 50 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcap, one Wheatear, a Black Redstart, four White Wagtails, 34 Pied Wagtails, nine Song Thrush, five Brambling and 38 Siskin.

A Siberian Chiffchaff headlined at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where the year’s first Swallow appeared in the evening; other records included a Woodcock, up to five Short-eared Owls between the reserve and Buckton, ten Chiffchaff, three Blackcap, four Goldcrest, seven Redwing, 17 Blackbirds, 20 Robin and a Brambling.

Woodcock, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Will Scott