23rd April 2021

First appearances can be deceptive; at first glance it was another sunny day with light onshore winds developing, but the fact that there wasn’t a heavy frost and temperatures reached 13 degrees C prompted an arrival of migrants.

A Red Kite drifted over the headland on a couple of occasions, a Greenshank that flew north over Old Fall was new for the year, as was a singing Grasshopper Warbler near the Lighthouse. Notable passerine totals included 148 Carrion Crows, a Hooded Crow, 50 Sand Martins, 13 Swallows, 11 Willow Warblers, eight Whitethroats, two Goldcrest, four Ring Ouzels, 18 Wheatears, a White Wagtail and a Siskin.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs two Short-eared Owls, 129 Carrion Crows flying south-east, a Whitethroat and three Wheatears; offshore 15 Bottlenose Dolphins moved north-west. A Great White Egret flew west over nearby Buckton village, with two Whitethroats along Hoddy Cows Lane.

Grasshopper Warbler, outer head, by Andrew Allport