23rd July 2023

There was fog early on, persistent light rain throughout and a blustery northerly wind developing from mid-afternoon; temperatures reached 17 degrees C. Three Ruddy Shelduck headlined the seawatch: between 1056-1100hrs they twice attempted to fly north past the headland before U-turning ahead of a fog bank. They were first seen moving north at Spurn at 0905hrs and were relocated mid-afternoon in Filey Bay. Other notable seawatch records included 326 Common Scoters, 81 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, two Little Gulls, 14 Arctic Skuas (12 south) and 142 Manx Shearwaters all south.

Elsewhere, a Great White Egret, one Little Egret, two Shoveler, a juvenile Wood Sandpiper, one Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper visited Thornwick. The Marsh Warbler was relocated at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, but it remained elusive. Nearby, a Common Sandpiper frequented Buckton Pond.

Ruddy Shelduck, Seawatch Observatory, by Craig Thomas
Great White Egret, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcolm Fox