An overcast start to the day, with a moderate/strong westerly wind. Seawatching produced a Red-throated Diver flying north, a Blue Fulmar, one Gadwall flying south, a Marsh Harrier flying in the same direction, a Hobby that toured the Headland throughout the day, an Arctic Skua heading south, a second calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull flying north and 56 Sandwich Terns went south (and 21 north).
Two Barnacle Geese frequented North Marsh, a drake Velvet Scoter appeared off South Landing and a Common Buzzard appeared over the Dykes. A Temmick’s Stint flew over the cliffs at Thornwick heading for the Pool, but unfortunately wasn’t located. Three Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were also present, whilst three Whimbrel were on the Outer Head, where a Greenshank flew over.
Good numbers of migrants included two Turtle Doves (at Old Fall and near North Marsh), 28 Wheatears, a Whinchat, two Redstarts, two Yellow Wagtails, three Spotted Flycatchers, 26 Willow Warblers, one Garden Warbler and a singing Tree Pipit at Old Fall.
Turtle Dove, near North Marsh, by John Beaumont
Spotted Flycatcher, Old Fall, by Brett Richards
Sand Martin, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington