25th July 2023

Winds were light and variable throughout a largely overcast day that featured thunderstorms and heavy rain late afternoon; temperatures reached 17 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a Blue Fulmar, one Sooty Shearwater, 305 Manx Shearwaters, 335 Common Scoters, 147 Sandwich Terns, 27 Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and 13 Arctic Skuas.

The Wood Sandpiper remained at Thornwick Pools, where it was accompanied by a Green Sandpiper and lone Dunlin. A Short-eared Owl appeared on the cliff top at Breil Nook, a Grey Wagtail similarly near Thornwick Nab, while a juvenile Cuckoo graced cliff top fields near North Dykes.

Two Minke Whales fed off RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where the Marsh Warbler continued its residence. Little Egrets were seen on the reserve and also on the outer head.

Marsh Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Trevor Charlton
Ruff, outer head, by Brett Richards (24/07)