3rd May 2021

A day of two halves, with light westerly winds and sunny intervals in the morning, followed by strong southerlies and driving rain from mid-afternoon; temperatures reached ten degrees C. Six Shelduck, three Red-throated Divers, six Whimbrel and 30 Sandwich Terns were recorded on the seawatch. A drake Wigeon and a Little Egret frequented North Marsh, a Common Sandpiper graced Thornwick Pools and a Swift overflew the village. A light southerly movement of hirundines took place mid-morning, including four House Martins and 35 Swallows. An increase in territorial Whitethroats was apparent, with 35 located on the outer head. Other notable records included a Redwing, three singing Reed Warblers, three Grasshopper Warblers, a Goldcrest, 11 Wheatears, seven Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.

A Little Egret, 13 Sand Martins and 22 Swallows flew south-east at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where ten Yellow Wagtails headed in the opposite direction, whilst two Ring Ouzels remained.

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington
Tree Pipit, outer head, by Andy Hood