2nd July 2022

The morning featured several showers, while sunny intervals dominated the latter half of the day; temperatures reached 21 degrees C in a light/moderate south-south-westerly. The continued presence of both the Black-browed Albatross and the Red-tailed Shrike stole the headlines. A Quail was heard from the RSPB car park and additional sightings there included a Blue Fulmar, two Spoonbills in off the sea, a Black-tailed Godwit flying south-east and 385 Swifts over the village late afternoon.

A seawatch at the Fog Station produced 19 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Thornwick Pools attracted two Ruff, two Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin, one Little Ringed Plover and a Ringed Plover; a Hobby also hunted the outer head.

Red-tailed Shrike, Bempton, by Mark Rayment