Sunshine prevailed once again, while a moderate south-easterly breeze established during the day and temperatures attained 16 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Shelduck, eight Common Scoter, five Red-throated Divers, single Manx Shearwater, Whimbrel and Knot, four Dunlin and 130 Sandwich Terns all moving south.
The 1st-summer drake Surf Scoter was seen again off the Fog Station, with a lone Pink-footed Goose near Thornwick new. A 1st-summer Spoonbill (early evening) and two Little Egrets (mid-morning) dropped onto North Marsh, but eventually flew south. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier initially over Thornwick later hunted North Marsh. Thornwick Pools attracted 11 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper and a singing Reed Warbler was new.
Swifts arrived in numbers with birds screaming over the village roof tops for the first time. On the Outer Head, the Hoopoe continued to show well in its favoured garden near the Old Lighthouse. Migrants included a Cuckoo at North Dykes, 19 Wheatear, three Whinchat, a Redwing, two Grasshopper Warblers, three Garden Warblers, 15 Blackcap, nine Willow Warblers (including an ‘acredula-type’), a Goldcrest and two White Wagtails.
West of the Dykes, a Red Kite flew south at Buckton, with a Whinchat nearby.
Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood
Puffin, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington
Hoopoe, Lighthouse Road, by Tony Dixon
Garden Warbler, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas
Whinchat, Buckton, by Paul Reed