29th August 2023

A relatively overcast day, with a light/moderate westerly wind and temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching again provided the highlights, with two juvenile Long-tailed Skuas and a Great Northern Diver moving north. Additional totals included 213 Common Scoters moving north, 105 Little Gulls, single Mediterranean and Caspian Gulls and two Sooty Shearwaters. Tens of thousands of auks, mainly Razorbills were on the sea; such totals are highly unusual during August, with the previous August record of 240 smashed many times over. A Balearic Shearwater also attended the feeding flocks.

The long-staying Merlin remained on the outer head, while passerine migrants included single Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher and a Goldcrest; the latter additional to the breeding pair at South Landing.

Elsewhere, a Short-eared Owl remained at RSPB Bempton Cliffs where 12 Little Gulls and a Whinchat were present.

Goldcrest, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox