5th August 2022

Light northerly winds featured during a cooler day, with occasional light showers and temperatures that peaked at 17 degrees C. Seawatch sightings included two Red-throated Divers, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and four Arctic Skuas. Thornwick Pools attracted two Redshank, a Dunlin and one Green Sandpiper. Single Greenshank and Green Sandpiper flew south over the outer head, as did a Little Egret, while a Marsh Harrier hunted the adjacent cliff top fields and a Yellow-legged Gull bathed at Cattlemere. Passerine interest included 17 Willow Warblers, one Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear. The Red-tailed Shrike continued its residence at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Merlin, one Golden Plover, a Wheatear and six Yellow Wagtails were also recorded.

Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington