20th July 2021

Light onshore winds developed during another sunny day when temperatures peaked at 22 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 11 Eider, 83 Common Scoter, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 401 Sandwich Terns, nine Common Terns, 21 Arctic Terns and a Bonxie all flying north. Thornwick Pools hosted an obliging Great White Egret, two Green Sandpipers and a Dunlin. Elsewhere, a Hobby hunted over fields near Mid Dykes.

Bempton RSPB continued to host the Black-browed Albatross, although it flew north late afternoon with no further sign by dusk. Seven Ruddy Shelduck that accompanied three Shelduck flying south-east along the cliffs were intriguing, whilst a Marsh Tit in the Dell represented an excellent reserve record.

Insect sightings included a Dark Green Fritillary near the Seawatch Observatory and White-letter Hairstreak again in South Dykes.

Great White Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood
Black-browed Albatross with Gannet, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Dan Howe