24th April 2021

Sunny intervals throughout, a light wind veering easterly after initially being from the north and temperatures reached 11 degrees C. The highlights of the morning’s seawatch comprised two Tufted Ducks, eight Eiders, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 165 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flying south, with 59 Common Scoters and a Blue Fulmar moving north. A Great Northern Diver also lingered on the sea off the Fog Station and another did the same off Hartendale. A drake Tufted Duck frequented Thornwick Lakes, another four Bar-tailed Godwits flew south over the outer head, whilst additional wader interest included a Whimbrel flying north and four Little Ringed Plovers. A Short-eared Owl hunted fields at North Dykes.

Yesterday’s Grasshopper Warbler remained, but there was also evidence of an arrival, including a Fieldfare, 32 Willow Warblers, seven Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler at Thornwick Pools, one Goldcrest, 14 Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail and a Lesser Redpoll.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Goosander flying south-east, a Whimbrel heading north-west, two Short-eared Owls, four Ring Ouzels, a Willow Warbler, two Whitethroats, one Goldcrest and ten Wheatears. The immediate vicinity of Buckton Pond attracted seven Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail and a Brambling.

Wheatear, outer head, by Lee Johnson
Grasshopper Warbler, outer head, by Brett Richards
Grasshopper Warbler, outer head, by Lee Johnson