30th April 2021

The weather consisted of a light/moderate northerly wind, heavy rain for the first few hours of daylight followed by sunny intervals; temperatures rose from a mere four degrees mid-morning to eight degrees C by mid-afternoon. Two Manx Shearwaters and 12 Sandwich Terns represented the highlights of a relatively quiet seawatch, while a Bonxie overflew the outer head. The year’s first Long-eared Owl was discovered on the northern side of the headland. Additional migrant totals included a Little Egret at Thornwick Pools, 65 Sand Martins, two House Martins, 25 Swallows, two Grasshopper Warblers, four Lesser Whitethroats, three Goldcrests, a Black Redstart, 18 Wheatears, a Tree Pipit at Thornwick (first of the year), two Yellow Wagtails, one Siskin and two Brambling.

Yellowhammer, Flamborough, by Lee Johnson