4th August 2022

A south-westerly wind veered northerly late afternoon, whilst the day also featured sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 54 Common Scoters north, ten Manx Shearwaters, 66 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern. Thornwick Pools attracted two Dunlin, a Snipe and the long-staying Wood Sandpiper, while a Red Kite overflew the Dykes. There was an influx of aerial migrants onto the outer head including 725 Swifts, 1330 Swallows and 770 House Martins. Passerine interest included three Goldcrests, four migrant Willow Warblers, 15 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails. The Red-tailed Shrike remained at Bempton where lone Merlin and Spotted Flycatcher were recorded.

Willow Warbler, outer head, by Rob Little
Brown Argus, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Ian Howard