25th April 2021

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, light northerly winds and temperatures that reached ten degrees C. The day’s highlight was the discovery of a relatively showy Bittern at Thornwick Pools late morning that remained until dusk. Migrants better associated with winter were very much in the ascendency, with single Pale-bellied Brent Goose and Jack Snipe located on the outer head. The majority of yesterday’s spring migrants had departed, although the Grasshopper Warbler lingered near the Lighthouse and a White Wagtail visited Thornwick Pools. RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted Short-eared Owl, two Ring Ouzels and a Wheatear.

Bittern, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont
Bittern, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood
Bittern, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood
Ring Ouzel, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Trevor Charlton