An early walk along the cliff top for Phil C. led to the discovery of a spring Richard’s Pipit. Thankfully it hung around and was seen for most of the morning.
Richard’s Pipit on the Golf Course. Brett Richards
Nearby from the lighthouse to Old Fall a good mix of migrants included Ring Ouzel, 2 Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits, Whinchat, 2 Brambling, Common Swift, 4 House Martin, up to 7 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. A Little Ringed Plover flew around the Lighthouse car park calling and was later discovered on Thornwick Pool, and 1 Whimbrel flew inland. A single Pink-foot remained with the Greylag Geese and a pair of Stonechat have bred successfully at Thornwick. 6 Fieldfare were west of Thornwick with a Black Redstart on the cliff top.
Little Ringed Plover on Thornwick Pool. Martin Garner
Thornwick Pool also hosted a female White Wagtail and nearby Holmes Gut and cliff top held male Redstart, 6 Whitethroat and 6 Lesser Whitethroat. 5 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk formed a raptor kettle over Cliff Lane, Bempton mid morning and 6 Wheatear, 15 Corn Bunting, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler were at Buckton.
female White Wagtail on Thornwick Pool. Martin Garner
Of note on the morning seawatch 1 Manx Shearwater and 2 Wigeon went north and 14 Sandwich Tern south.
Richard’s Pipit on the Golf Course. Dave Aitken