27th April 2021

It was an overcast day, with mostly light rain during the morning, afternoon temperatures reaching nine degrees C and moderate south-south-easterly winds. Two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks flying south during the morning seawatch were particularly noteworthy. A Great Northern Diver, three Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies were also recorded during the seawatch.

The Bittern again showed well at Thornwick Pools. The weather conditions delivered a handful of migrants, albeit mainly species more associated with wintering in the UK: a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, three Jack Snipe, seven Snipe, a Redwing, three Fieldfare and a Goldcrest. Migrants arriving from further south included two House Martins, a male Redstart and 12 Wheatears.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted three Ring Ouzels, and single Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail; offshore, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins again moved north.

Bittern, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Bittern, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood