28th August 2023

Winds were light and variable in direction; it was sunny thoughout the morning, with increasing cloud later and temperatures reached 18 degrees C. The Seawatch Festival concluded with four juvenile Long-tailed Skuas recorded during the day: a dark juvenile flying north in the morning preceded two juveniles (intermediate, dark) north and another juvenile (intermediate) south in the evening. A Balearic Shearwater headed north, while 33 Sooty Shearwaters (30 north, three south) and 63 Manx Shearwaters were also recorded. Larid interest included 2157 Little Gulls moving north out of the bay to feed well offshore in the morning and five juvenile Caspian Gulls inshore late afternoon. Other notable sightings included a Blue Fulmar, a Black Tern, eight Bonxies and 44 Arctic Skuas.

Minke Whale, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Ian Howard