2nd May 2021

Light winds eventually backed south-east from an initial south-westerly direction; sunny intervals in the morning were followed by light showers from mid-afternoon and temperatures reached nine degrees C. A Red-throated Diver, 46 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie were recorded during the morning’s seawatch. North Marsh hosted a Little Grebe, whilst wader interest included two Golden Plovers, a Greenshank flying south over the outer head and a Common Sandpiper at Thornwick Pools. Two Swifts, four House Martins and 45 Swallows represented a marked increase over recent days. Additional passerine interest included three Ring Ouzels, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Goldcrests, 14 Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails and a Corn Bunting. Sightings from Bempton included a Red Kite, a Hobby, three Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, two Ring Ouzels along Cliff Lane and six Yellow Wagtails.

Ring Ouzel, Thornwick, by Jo Hood