24th July 2023

Moderate/strong northerly winds gradually abated while sunny intervals eventually established after heavy overnight rain; temperatures peaked at 15 degrees C. Single Sooty Shearwater and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew north on a seawatch that also featured 32 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 40 Whimbrel (south), 120 Sandwich Terns, 17 Arctic Terns, seven Arctic Skuas, a Red-throated Diver and 160 Manx Shearwaters (north).

Wader interest included two Wood Sandpipers (inc. one at Thornwick), a juvenile Ruff and a Green Sandpiper. Additionally, three Shoveler continued the good run of sightings, while a Little Egret remained in the Thornwick area.

Notable records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Arctic Skuas north-west, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and five Arctic Terns; a juvenile Little Egret also visited the reserve.

Little Egret (with Great Crested Newt), RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Ian Howard
Comma, Thornwick, by Brett Richards