Friday, July 31st, 2015

It was a day of lighter north-north-west winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew north, together with 270 Fulmars and 44 Manx Shearwaters, a Wigeon headed south and 32 Common Scoters went north. In addition, two Arctic Skuas went south, a Bonxie headed north, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew south and 140 Sandwich Terns, 21 Common and two Arctic Terns went north (with three south).

A Short-eared Owl hunted fields near the Lighthouse and single Willow Warblers were at Thornwick and North Landing.

A Little Egret was at Buckton Pond.

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

It was another day of strong northerly winds which gradually reduced in strength during the day and overcast. Seawatching produced four Red-throated Divers flying north, 184 Fulmars, 272 Manx Shearwaters, 68 Common and one Velvet Scoter all flying north. Two adult Pomarine Skuas flew north, an adult Long-tailed Skua flew south, with two Arctic Skuas and three Bonxies also recorded. In addition, 96 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Terns and 37 Arctic Terns all flew north, whilst a Purple Sandpiper was in residence. A Hobby and a Greenshank were at North Marsh.

A Short-eared Owl was immediately inland of Buckton.

Sandwich Tern, South L:anding, by Andy Hood

Sandwich Tern, South L:anding, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The day featured a strong north-north-westerly, overcast conditions and occasional drizzle. Seawatching highlights included a Red-throated Diver flying north, a Blue Fulmar also moving north together with 192 Fulmars, 26 Manx Shearwaters and a Grey Plover, whilst a Pomarine Skua tracked south. Additional sightings included two Arctic Skuas, with 43 Sandwich and three Arctic Terns flying north and the Bonxie remained offshore.

A Ruff, one Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A light northerly wind lasted all day with rain off and on throughout and temperatures that rose to a miserly 12 degrees C. Seawatching produced 20 Manx Shearwaters and 36 Common Scoter flying north, an Arctic Skua moved south, the ‘resident’ Bonxie remained offshore, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew south and 15 Sandwich Terns headed north.

A Hobby flew south past the Fog Station, seven Whimbrel were recorded around the Headland, five Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools and the male White Wagtail was again near the Lighthouse.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The day featured light/moderate north-westerly winds and occasional showers. The seawatch produced 30 Manx Shearwaters ‘blogging’ offshore, a Balearic Shearwater that flew north, 30 Common Scoter flying north (and 19 south), 26 Oystercatchers heading south, one Bonxie, 29 Sandwich Terns flying north and single Common and Arctic Terns.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Ruff, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, six Dunlin and four Redshank. Two Golden Plovers flew south over the headland, as did three Whimbrel.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Bar-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The day started with light south-westerlies with strengthening south-easterlies later, with rain from mid-afternoon after a sunny start.

Seawatching produced 200 Fulmars, two Sooty and 120 Manx Shearwaters flying north. A Shelduck, seven Teal, two Tufted Duck moving south and 36 Common Scoters. A southerly movement included 163 Oystercatchers, 20 Knot, 18 Sanderling, 18 Whimbrel and 48 Redshank. One Little Gull flew north along with 282 Sandwich Terns, nine Common Terns and 162 Arctic Terns. A Bonxie again lingered offshore, whilst a Grey Wagtail flew south over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Grey Herons, a Ruff, five Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, two Snipe and a Yellow Wagtail. Elsewhere, a Siskin was seen at Oceanview.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The day started with strong northerlies and showers, with the wind decreasing in strength during the afternoon. During the seawatch, 189 Fulmars, 24 Manx Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater and a Balearic Shearwater all flew north. A total of 55 Common Scoter flew in the same direction, whilst an Arctic Skua flew south two Bonxies were recorded and three Arctic Terns headed north.

Single Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail all frequented Thornwick Pools.

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull loafed on the beach with other gulls at Sewerby.

Common Scoters, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Common Scoters, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head by Craig Thomas

juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head by Craig Thomas

Hedgehog, Lighthouse Road, by Craig Thomas

Hedgehog, Lighthouse Road, by Craig Thomas

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Winds were light, initially from the north and later the east and after a relatively bright start overcast conditions predominated; temperatures of 15 degrees C felt cool. Seawatching produced seven Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Heron, 44 Common Scoter and two Arctic Skuas moving north. Two Bonxies headed south, as did a single Little Gull, with 18 Sandwich, two Common and five Arctic Terns flying north.

A Common Buzzard flew over Mid-Dykes, a Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails frequented Thornwick Pools and the White Wagtail was in the Lighthouse car-park.

Sanderling, by Andrew Allport

Sanderling, by Andrew Allport

Broad-bodied Chaser, by Andrew Allport

Broad-bodied Chaser, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Winds were light and from the south-west, with bright, but generally overcast skies. Seawatching produced eight Common Scoter moving north, 17 Oystercatcher, 17 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel and 17 Redshank all flying south. Single Bonxie and Little Gull flew south, whilst 47 Sandwich Terns headed north.

Two Little Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin, four Yellow Wagtails and one Grey Wagtail frequented Thornwick Pools, with another Little Ringed Plover on the Outer Head. A Short-eared Owl overflew South Landing, the year’s first Cuckoo (!) flew from South Landing towards Lighthouse Road and two juvenile Stonechats were on the Outer Head, as were two Lesser Redpolls.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Winds were light and variable during the day with mainly overcast conditions. Seawatching produced ten Manx Shearwaters flying north, three Teal moving south, 21 Common Scoters north, a Little Gull moving in the same direction and 49 Sandwich Terns also flying north. Single Arctic Skua and Bonxie lingered offshore.

The Grey Heron and two Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pool, where single Whimbrel and Redshank flew over. Another Whimbrel and a Knot were at South Landing, a Short-eared Owl hunted near the Lighthouse, where the White Wagtail also remained.

A Hobby was seen at Buckton.

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

It was a day of lighter south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included a Great Crested Grebe, eight Manx Shearwaters, 12 Oystercatcher, 22 Whimbrel, 22 Dunlin and 14 Redshank all flying south. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew north, with 25 Sandwich and one Common Tern flying south. The summering Bonxie remained offshore.

Thornwick Pool attracted a Grey Heron, nine Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails, whilst a Short-eared Owl flew over the pools. Single Whimbrel and Knot frequented the shore at South Landing, the male White Wagtail remained in the Lighthouse car-park and four Siskins were at Oceanview.

eclipse drake Eider, off Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

eclipse drake Eider, off Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Knot, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Knot, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 20th, 2015

A day of light westerly winds and overcast conditions. Seawatch highlights included a Great Crested Grebe flying south, 18 Manx Shearwaters moving north, with 16 Oystercatchers, six Knot, 22 Sanderling, 97 Dunlin and 38 Redshank all heading south. An Arctic Skua flew north, the Bonxie remained, whilst a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew south. A total of 660 Sandwich Terns flew north (plus 45 south), 18 Common and seven Arctic Terns also flew north, along with a single Little Tern.

Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

 

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Moderate/strong south-westerly winds were again prevalent, with rain during the morning and sunny intervals subsequently. During the seawatch, two Gadwall flew south, as did six Sanderling, 165 Dunlin and 22 Redshank. A total of 77 Sandwich Terns moved north and the Bonxie lingered off the Headland.

Sightings from Thornwick Pools included a Grey Heron, three Tufted Ducks, 25 Dunlin moved through, five Redshank and two Knot flew south, whilst two juvenile Yellow Wagtails were also present. A Crossbill flew west over Oceanview.

A Gatekeeper butterfly at South Dykes represented one of only a handful of Flamborough records.

Common Swift, by Martin Garner

Common Swift, by Martin Garner

Gatekeeper, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Gatekeeper, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Strong south-westerly winds dominated until the evening, with sunny intervals throughout. Seawatching produced two Blue Fulmars, five Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Heron, three drake Scaup that flew south, two Eider north and eight Black-tailed Godwits, 97 Knot, nine Sanderling, 73 Dunlin and 82 Redshank all moving south. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew north, as did 151 Sandwich Terns and, more unusually, a Short-eared Owl, whilst the Bonxie remained in residence.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, 14 Dunlin, a Redshank, one Common Sandpiper and three Lapwing. Elsewhere, four Siskins were scattered across the Outer Head and two Yellow Wagtails were near the Lighthouse.

A juvenile Merlin, creamcrown Marsh Harrier and two Whimbrel were recorded at Buckton.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Initially overcast, with brief showers and a moderate south-easterly wind; later sunny intervals and a strong south-westerly wind. During the seawatch, eight Manx Shearwaters flew north (and eight south), nine Eiders also flew north, along with 214 Common Scoters. There was an appreciable increase in waders moving south, including ten Oystercatcher, 54 Knot, 26 Dunlin, 56 Whimbrel, 14 Redshank and two Turnstones. A couple each of Arctic Skua and Bonxie were recorded, together with a Little Gull that flew south and 116 Sandwich and two Common Terns that moved north.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Grey Heron, one Lapwing, six Dunlin and a Yellow Wagtail. Elsewhere, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the Golf Course.

A Hobby overflew Bempton RSPB, where 500 Swifts headed over and five Whimbrel flew south-west and a creamcown Marsh Harrier frequented the cliff top at Buckton.

House Martin, Thornwick Bay, by Lez Day

House Martin, Thornwick Bay, by Lez Day

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

There were light north-westerly winds and sunny intervals during the day. Seawatching highlights included 184 Fulmars, 149 Manx Shearwaters, a Shoveler and 171 Common Scoters flying north. Southbound birds included five Knot, seven Sanderling, six Dunlin and two Turnstone. Five Whimbrel flew south (with two north) and a Bar-tailed Godwit also headed north. Two Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie moved north, whilst seven Little Gulls were recorded; five flying south and two north. In addition, 85 Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Terns moved north.

The Grey Heron, two Tufted Ducks and a Yellow Wagtail visited Thornwick Pools.  A Short-eared Owl was hunting near the Lighthouse early morning and the White Wagtail was present nearby.

A creamcrown Marsh Harrier frequented the cliff top at Bempton.

juvenile Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

juvenile Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The day featured moderate north-westerly winds and sunny conditions. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew north, seven Shelduck went south, along with 71 Common Scoters (with 36 north), 13 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, one Arctic Skua and a Bonxie, whilst 21 Sandwich Terns flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron and a Grey Wagtail. Elsewhere, a Black Redstart frequented the Outer Head, the Grasshopper Warbler was again singing near Oceanview and two Siskins were near the Fog Station.

Two Dunlin were on Buckton Pond.

Bonxie, by Martin Garner

Bonxie, by Martin Garner

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Light northerly winds and a generally overcast day. During the seawatch, a Great Crested Grebe flew north, together with 49 Manx Shearwaters and 103 Common Scoters. Southbound waders included 11 Oystercatchers, a Knot, one Dunlin, a Whimbrel and one Greenshank. Two Pomarine Skuas moved north, with two Arctic Skuas (also one south), three Bonxies, whilst a Little Gull moved south and eight Arctic Terns went north.

Elsewhere, the pair of adult Shelduck and three of the juveniles left Thornwick Pools; the former having chased virtually everything off the Pool since spring. Two White Wagtails were present near the Lighthouse, with eight Siskins also recorded.

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Light southerly winds, overcast and misty with light rain falling through most of the day. A Blue Fulmar and a Bonxie lingered off the Headland, whilst passage included 12 Manx Shearwaters flying north, 45 Common Scoters also north (and 22 south), one Ringed Plover and 12 Redshank flying south. An immature Pomarine Skua moved south, an Arctic Skua went north, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew south, with 29 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns and five Arctic Terns all heading north.

Two Siskins were near the Fog Station with another duo at Oceanview, where a Grasshopper Warbler was singing again.

Bonxie chasing Kittiwake, by Craig Thomas

Bonxie chasing Kittiwake, by Craig Thomas

Razorbill with chick, by Craig Thomas

Razorbill with chick, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Moderate/strong westerly winds lasted throughout the day, with sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included eight Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Heron, 90 Common Scoter, three Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie, all flying south. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull moved north, along with 11 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Terns. Two Golden Plovers overflew the Headland.

Thornwick Pool attracted two Little Egrets and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail. Further passerine interest included a Grey Wagtail in the village, a Siskin at Oceanview and a juvenile Willow Warbler at Thornwick; the first such migrant. Two more Siskins were in the Dell at Buckton.

Swallow, Thornwick Pool, by Tony Simpson

Swallow, Thornwick Pool, by Tony Simpson

Varied Coronet, 3rd Flamborough record, by Martin Garner

Varied Coronet, 3rd Flamborough record, by Martin Garner

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Light westerly winds remained throughout, with sunny intervals and temperatures reached 23 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 53 Manx Shearwaters flying north, ten Teal and eight Shelduck heading south, 204 Common Scoters moving north (and 87 south), six Whimbrel south, an Arctic Skua north, 77 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns and three Arctic Terns all flying north. A Bonxie remained offshore, whilst three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were noted between North Dykes and Sewerby. An adult Mediterranean Gull also appeared at the latter site.

The White Wagtail was again present near the Lighthouse and two Siskins were on the Outer Head, with another on the cliff top at Bempton.

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, Bempton, by John Beaumont

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, Bempton, by John Beaumont

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, by Andrew Allport

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, by Andrew Allport

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The wind changed from light south-south-west to slightly stronger south-easterlies later, whilst sunny intervals were prevalent from mid-morning. Northbound passage during the seawatch included 156 Fulmars, a Sooty Shearwater, 136 Manx Shearwaters, a Teal, 111 Common Scoters, two Bonxies, a Mediterranean Gull, 118 Sandwich Terns, 11 Common Terns and seven Arctic Terns. Five Whimbrel flew south,with two also moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, three Dunlin and a Grey Wagtail, whilst Buckton Pond hosted a Green Sandpiper.

Two Red-veined Darters were present at Thornwick, with five Hummingbird Hawkmoths in the area.

Red-veined Darter, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Red-veined Darter, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Kittiwake, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Kittiwake, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

A moderate north-westerly wind later switched into a lighter south-easterly, while sunny conditions dominated throughout the day. Seabird passage included 300 Fulmar and 35 Manx Shearwaters flying north, 20 Common Scoter moving south and single Red-breasted Merganser and Whimbrel flying north. An adult Pomarine Skua flew south and ten Sandwich (including the first juvenile) and one Arctic Tern headed south. A Bonxie and the first returning Turnstone were also recorded.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Grey Heron and a juvenile Dunlin. Two Siskins were present along with a ‘glip’ Crossbill; initially on the Outer Head, it later flew west from Oceanview.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth again visited gardens on the Outer Head.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

juvenile Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

juvenile Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

 

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The day started with moderate westerly winds, which later switched to north-westerlies and eventually overcast conditions; temperatures peaked at 15 degrees C.  A Red-throated Diver flew north, along with 11 Manx Shearwaters, two Gadwall flew south and two headed north, Five Sandwich Terns also flew past and a Common Tern moved north, whilst one Bonxie stayed offshore.

A Little Egret visited Thornwick Pools, along with a Grey Heron and Little Ringed Plover. A Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Oceanview, whilst 19 Siskin were recorded, mainly heading west over the Outer Head.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A day of intermittent glorious sunshine and sudden downpours in a brisk SW breeze. The presence of migrant waders continued with single Greenshank, 4 Dunlin. 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and single Grey Heron on Thornwick.

Seawatching was limited with the best being a Great Crested Grebe and single Manx south in the morning plus two Manx in the evening with a Whimbrel also south in the evening.

Single Siskin on outer head and Hobby at Old Fall, plus a Hummingbird hawk-moth in outer head gardens.

Hummingbird hawk-moth, outer head gardens by Martin Garner

Hummingbird hawk-moth, outer head gardens by Martin Garner

Adult Greenshank by Tony Simpson

Adult Greenshank by Tony Simpson

Adult Dunlin by Andy Hood

Adult Dunlin by Andy Hood

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Relatively light south-westerlies throughout the day and, after a sunny start, it was generally overcast. During the seawatch, three Manx Shearwaters flew north, a Whimbrel moved south, a Bonxie headed north, as did a single Common Tern.

Elsewhere, a Hobby flew over South Dykes and Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron and a Greenshank.

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Martin Garner

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Martin Garner

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

A day of light variable winds, sunny intervals followed by showers from late afternoon and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included  four Manx Shearwaters flying south, 38 Common Scoters moving north, 13 Knot and seven Redshank flying south, four Sandwich Terns south and two Arctic Terns moving north. A Bonxie again lingered offshore, whilst a Whimbrel flew north over the Outer Head.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper; further evidence of waders on the move related to a flock of 13 Redshank that circled low over the Pool before heading off south. More unusually, a Turtle Dove flew south past the Lighthouse in the morning.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

The day started with misty conditions and rain before sunshine broke through early afternoon and the temperature reached 26 degrees C in light south-west winds. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew north, 16 Manx Shearwaters went south, a Gadwall did the same, whilst a small southerly movement of waders occurred involving three Knot, two Dunlin, three Curlew and three Redshank. An adult Mediterranean Gull also flew north, along with 14 Sandwich and five Common Terns and a Bonxie lingered offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, two Green Sandpipers, two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail. In addition, a Red-veined Darter hawked over the Pool.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plovers, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Little Ringed Plovers, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Winds remained light and variable during the day, with sunshine and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew north, a Manx Shearwater did the same, 70 Common Scoters headed south and a Bonxie was offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, whilst Buckton Pond hosted a Greenshank and another Grey Heron, with a Common Buzzard in the same area. A Siskin visited feeders in a garden on the Outer Head.

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Siskin, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Siskin, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The day featured a light west-south-southerly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures of 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, eight Manx Shearwaters flew south and six moved north; also moving south were three Teal, 199 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel, a Bonxie and a Little Gull. Another Bonxie and a Whimbrel lingered in the vicinity of South Landing and a Hobby also flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted an Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover and a Grey Heron, whilst a Greenshank flew over. Elsewhere, a Siskin was present at South Landing.

The Greenshank also remained at Buckton Pond.

Oystercatcher and Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Oystercatcher and Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Another very warm, sunny day with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C in a moderate south-easterly wind. A Little Egret flew over Lighthouse Road before dropping onto North Marsh.  Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, the year’s first Wood Sandpiper and two Little Ringed Plovers, whilst single Greenshank, another Green Sandpiper, one Whimbrel and two Curlew flew south.  The breeding White Wagtail remained in residence near the Lighthouse and a Grey Wagtail overflew Thornwick Pools.

Buckton Pond hosted a Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brian Bird

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brian Bird

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson