2nd July 2024

There were light winds throughout, relatively overcast skies and a top temperature of 16 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Eider, 24 Common Scoters, six Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 122 Manx Shearwaters. Ten Shovelers and a lone Gadwall remained, eight Curlew were off the South Cliffs and a Dunlin dropped onto Thornwick Pools. An adult summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull rested on fields near Hartendale. Single Mistle Thrush were near Marton Manor and on the outer head, with a singing Corn Bunting at Booted Gully.

Notable sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included an Arctic Skua and a Marsh Harrier.

Late news from Saturday 29th June: a juvenile Cattle Egret photographed at Buckton Pond represents the first record for the headland.

Badger, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport