Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A day of light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced ten Teal flying south, a Red-throated Diver north, a Sooty Shearwater north, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 46 Common Terns north and ten Arctic Terns.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, 11 Dunlin and single Ruff, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Snipe and Greenshank. Other sightings included a Merlin and a Goldcrest.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Hobby was at Bempton, along with Marsh Harrier, Greenshank and Golden Plover, whilst Buckton hosted Greenshank, three Snipe and two Whinchats.

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Light south-westerly winds remained throughout a gloriously sunny day. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose flying north, single Red-throated Diver and Shoveler moving south, three Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters and two Balearic Shearwaters moving north, a Bonxie offshore and 42 Common Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, a Ruff, one Green Sandpiper, nine Dunlin, a Little Stint and a Ringed Plover, with another Ruff on nearby fields. Eight Snipe flew over the outer head along with a Greenshank. Amongst low numbers of passerine migrants were two Pied Flycatchers, two Wheatear and a Goldcrest.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl, two Spotted Flycatchers and two Whinchat. Records from Bempton included two Whinchat and a Wheatear.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The weather comprised light south-westerly winds and sunshine. Seawatching produced four Brent Geese flying north, at least one of which was a Pale-bellied Goose, five Red-throated Divers south, five Sooty Shearwaters, 34 Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater all north, 64 Common Terns, three Bonxies and 12 Arctic Skuas.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, five Teal, nine Dunlin, a Little Stint (different to yesterday’s bird), one Ruff, three Green Sandpipers and a Ringed Plover. Two Greenshanks also flew over the headland. Raptor interest was provided by a Hobby at Thornwick, a Marsh Harrier and two Sparrowhawks in off the sea at North Landing, along with two Common Buzzards. Migrants included a Swift, two Reed Warblers, two Garden Warblers, two Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit, five Whinchat, a Redstart and four Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted a Greenshank, a Marsh Harrier, two Common Buzzards, a Short-eared Owl, a Reed Warbler, three Spotted Flycatchers, five Whinchat and three Yellow Wagtails. There were also 25 Ringed Plovers on Sewerby beach.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

The morning started with mist and drizzle, with brighter weather eventually arriving in the evening, with predominantly light/moderate northerlies. Seawatching highlights included: four Wigeon and two Shoveler flying north, 188 Teal north (and 179 south), 66 Common Scoter south, two Red-throated Divers south (and one north), one Great Northern Diver south, two Sooty Shearwaters north (and two south), 18 Manx Shearwaters south, two Little Stints south, 30 Common Terns south, five Arctic Terns north, nine Bonxies south, 38 Arctic Skuas south and a Pomarine Skua north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Wigeon, four Teal, a Ruff, one Ringed Plover, seven Dunlin and a Little Stint. Another Ruff was in fields next to Mid Dykes. A Little Egret flew south over the outer head, as did four Golden Plovers and a juvenile Marsh Harrier, whilst the Yellow-legged Gull remained in residence. Additional interest included a Cuckoo, ten Whinchat, one Pied Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit and four Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, seven Sanderling and seven Ringed Plovers frequented Sewerby beach.

Sanderling, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Sanderling, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Wheatear, Outer Head, by Don Hustings

Wheatear, Outer Head, by Don Hustings

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

After a calm and sunny start to the day, a light easterly wind established by late afternoon and rain arrived mid-afternoon. During the seawatch, single Shoveler, Balearic Shearwater, Black-tailed Godwit, Long-tailed Skua and Yellow-legged Gull flew past the fog station. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Wigeon, seven Dunlin, a Curlew and a Little Stint.

West of Dykes, Buckton attracted a Marsh Harrier, two Greenshank, four Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing and a Wheatear.

Sparrowhawk, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sparrowhawk, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Curlew, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Curlew, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate westerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, 49 Teal, four Gadwall, 57 Common Scoter, 38 Oystercatcher, five Whimbrel, two Greenshank, a Golden Plover, 21 Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south. Five Shelduck, a Pintail, 34 Common Terns and 27 Arctic Terns headed north. In addition, there were three Little Egrets; two flying south and one feeding on the rocks below the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, two Wigeon, two Teal, a Dunlin and a Ruff. Two Shelduck, seven Dunlin, a Little Stint and a Knot frequented South Landing, with an Eider, 12 Teal and 30 Ringed Plovers at Sewerby. The adult Yellow-legged Gull again roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included five Whinchats at Thornwick and four Wheatears on the outer head.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included one Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, two Greenshank and a Redshank on the pond, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, two Stonechat and several Whinchat.

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

It was a generally overcast day, with light and variable winds; a belt of heavy showers and more prolonged rain arrived late afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, two Teal, two Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper and one Snipe. Forty-two Teal were on rocks below the cliffs, a Curlew Sandpiper accompanied eight Dunlin and a Ringed Plover at South Landing, whilst a Greenshank flew over the outer head.

Passerine migrants were scarce, with highlights relating to two Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Whinchat.

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A moderate northerly wind and sunny conditions predominated until cloud built late afternoon. A Sooty Shearwater flew north past the fog station in the evening.

Thornwick Pools attracted six Teal, four Curlew Sandpipers, three Dunlin, a Greenshank, three Redshank and two Snipe. Another Curlew Sandpiper was on South Landing beach, whilst a Greenshank flew south over the outer head. Migrants included Pied Flycatcher and Redstart on the southern edge of the gorse field.

A Hobby frequented the Sewerby area, whilst Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank were on Buckton Pond.

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The majority of the morning was relatively still and overcast, whilst a strengthening south-easterly breeze developed once the sun broke through the clouds. Thornwick Pools hosted three Pink-footed Geese, a Wigeon, one Greenshank, two Redshank, a Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, three Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint and one Snipe. A Little Egret toured the headland, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Good numbers of common migrants were present, including a count of 130 Willow Warblers. However, coverage was relatively sparse and clearly several hundred would have been present. Additional migrant tallies included: 24 Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, ten Wheatear, two Whinchat, five Redstart, a Tree Pipit, 13 Yellow Wagtails, six Pied Flycatchers and nine Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Marsh Harriers, 35 Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Sedge Warbler, whilst the Pond hosted two Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

After heavy rain in the morning, sunshine broke through, whilst the wind strengthened from the west. Thornwick Pools hosted single Dunlin and Little Ringed Plover.

Good numbers of passerines were scattered across the headland, in particular Willow Warblers including nine in Holmes Gut. Additional sightings included two Pied Flycatchers and two Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs attracted 30 Willow Warblers and single Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, whilst Buckton Pond hosted single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

It was another sunny day, with increasingly strong westerly winds that again made searching for passerines difficult. Thornwick Pools hosted 12 Teal, a Wigeon, nine Dunlin, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and one Greenshank. South Landing attracted an additional 16 Dunlin and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rocks just west of the beach.

The Greenish Warbler was relocated on the north side of Old Fall, favouring the trees near the pond. Other passerines included nine Whinchat, a Wheatear, four Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, seven Yellow Wagtails, three Garden Warblers and 11 Willow Warblers.

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Strong southerly winds lasted throughout a day that featured sunny intervals and light showers. During the seawatch the following moved south: 12 Pintail, 123 Teal, three Wigeon, a Goldeneye, 23 Common Scoter, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, one Black-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover, two Greenshank, the year’s first Spotted Redshank, four Sanderling, 87 Knot, 30 Redshank, a Bonxie, two Arctic Skua, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 122 Sandwich Terns. In addition, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull lingered on the sea off the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Curlew Sandpipers (an adult & a juvenile), 16 Dunlin, three Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, one Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. A Ruff rested on fields near North Landing before heading off south.

A scattering of passerines were hunkered down in the strong winds, but both Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were present.

Spotted Redshank, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Spotted Redshank, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, August 19th, 2016

After a bright start and relatively light winds, a belt of rain arrived in the afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted two Greenshank and six Dunlin, South Landing 16 Dunlin, eight Sanderling, two Ringed Plovers, six Redshank and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A Little Egret again toured the headland and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included single Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and White Wagtail.

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The light easterly airstream continued, with sunshine breaking through after an overcast start. Thornwick Pools hosted 26 Teal, 11 Dunlin, a Redshank, one Ringed Plover and two Greenshank, with a third bird flying west. A Little Egret visited Oceanview/North Marsh and three Sanderling were on South Landing beach.

There didn’t appear to be any significant arrivals today, although yesterday’s Icterine Warbler was still present on the north side of Old Fall. Other migrants included 15 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, six Wheatear and two Whinchat.

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Light south-easterly winds strengthened slightly during the afternoon, whilst the sun eventually broke through after an overcast start to the day.

The highlight was the continued presence of the Greenish Warbler at Old Fall. It remained elusive for much of the day, but favoured the hedge 75 metres north of the Plantation. However, for a while mid-morning it was heard singing from the middle of the wood. An Icterine Warbler was also discovered along Old Fall Hedge mid-afternoon. Additional migrant interest was provided by a Cuckoo, two Whinchat, two Wheatear, two Pied Flycatchers, five Yellow Wagtails and nine Willow Warblers.

Non-passerine interest included a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, three Greenshank, two Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, one Golden Plover. The Polish-ringed adult Caspian Gull ‘PLEP’ again roosted east of North Landing in the evening, along with an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

West of the Dykes, an Osprey flew north along the cliffs at Bempton, where three Minke Whales were offshore, whilst six Whinchat and a Wheatear were at Buckton.

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A day of light south-easterly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal flying south, 82 Common Scoters heading north, 52 Oystercatchers south, 21 Sandwich Terns north, seven Common Terns, two Arctic Terns and five Arctic Skuas flying south.

Waders on the move included nine Greenshank, seven heading south and two on Thornwick Pools, a Green Sandpiper flying south, a Wood Sandpiper on Thornwick Pools and nine Dunlin. An adult Caspian Gull (PLEP) rested on cliff top fields near North Landing in the evening, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course early morning.

However, the bird of the day was the first rare passerine migrant of the autumn: a Greenish Warbler was discovered late afternoon along Old Fall Hedge just north of the Plantation.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A day of light southerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, four Eider, 50 Common Scoters, a Grey Heron, 68 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, whilst 15 Manx Shearwaters, 95 Oystercatchers, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Pintail, two Teal, Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 11 Dunlin and two Greenshank, with a Cuckoo still in residence. A total of 20 Willow Warblers were also recorded.

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

A generally overcast day, with light northerly winds. Seawatching highlights included three Gadwall, nine Teal, a Tufted Duck, 97 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 14 Manx Shearwaters, 46 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Terns and five Arctic Terns that flew north. Southbound passage included 45 Oystercatchers, 116 Redshank and two Arctic Skuas. However, the most notable sighting related to a Minke Whale that headed north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Teal, 15 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, one Greenshank, 15 Dunlin and the Cuckoo. Three Golden Plovers flew south, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Passerines were clearly on the move, with 30 Willow Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers, one Redstart, a Wheatear and two Tree Pipits.

West of the Dykes, there were ten Whinchats at Buckton.

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

A day of sunny intervals and moderate westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included a Shelduck, 32 Common Scoter, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 20 Sandwich Terns and 20 Common Terns flying north, with two Marsh Harriers, 15 Arctic Terns and four Arctic Skuas heading south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Shelduck, Little Egret, Snipe and Ruff along with 13 Dunlin, whilst North Marsh hosted a single Pintail and a Common Buzzard appeared over the outer head. Two Cuckoos remained in the Thornwick Pools area and other sightings included 20 Willow Warblers, a ‘migrant’ Sedge Warbler and a Whinchat.

West of the Dykes, eight Dunlin visited Buckton Pond.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Although a sunny day, strong westerly winds made birding difficult. Seawatching records included one Shelduck, eight Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Manx Shearwaters, a Little Ringed Plover, one Greenshank, a Ruff, 22 Sandwich Terns, 27 Common Terns, eight Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua.

The strong winds pushed two Marsh Harriers, two Red Kites and two Common Buzzards onto the headland. Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck, 14 Dunlin, a Greenshank and two Snipe, with a Pintail at North Marsh.

A Cuckoo remained at Thornwick Pools, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers appeared on the outer head.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Red Kite, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Red Kite, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, with occasional rain and sunny intervals. Seawatching  highlights included 52 Common Scoter, five Manx Shearwaters, three Whimbrel, two Greenshank, 41 Sandwich Terns, 29 Common Terns and an Arctic Tern.

Forty-five Turnstone, eight Ringed Plovers and six Redshank were at Sewerby, with 11 Redshank and two Whimbrel at South Dykes. Six Dunlin were on Thornwick Pools along with the Cuckoo still in residence.

Away from the wetlands, a Red Kite over the outer head provided interest.

West of the Dykes, two Bonxies frequented the cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A day of light northerly winds, sunny intervals initially, with occasional showers resulted in another good seawatching day. Highlights included 11 Teal, 51 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 14 Sooty Shearwaters, 146 Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, 123 Common Terns, seven Arctic Terns and three Bonxies flying north. Birds moving south included 141 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 78 Sandwich Terns and 20 Arctic Skuas.

Thornwick Pool attracted a Shelduck, 12 Dunlin and a Greenshank, with a Cuckoo still feeding around the pools.

Kestrel, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Kestrel, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A moderate north-north-westerly, sunny intervals and increasing cloud with showers prompted a much improved seawatch. Highlights included two Tufted Duck, nine Common Scoter, a Storm Petrel, three Sooty Shearwaters, 73 Manx Shearwaters, two Whimbrel, 11 Common Terns and nine Arctic Terns all flying north. Late afternoon, a Great Shearwater also flew north per Birdguides. In addition, 131 Sandwich Terns, a Pomarine Skua and the year’s first Long-tailed Skua flew south, whilst another Sooty Shearwater lingered offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Turnstone, seven Dunlin, six Redshank and a Ringed Plover. Forty Turnstone were on the beach at Sewerby, two Whimbrel and seven Ringed Plovers at South Dykes and five Dunlin and a Sanderling at South Landing.

A Grasshopper Warbler was also between Sewerby and South Dykes alongside the Golf Course.

Turnstone, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Turnstone, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Roe Deer, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Roe Deer, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A moderate west-north-westerly wind produced a very quiet seawatch: a Common Scoter, 76 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north.

Elsewhere, a Pintail and a Merlin were at North Marsh, with two Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin and the Wood Sandpiper on Thornwick Pools, with two Cuckoos also in the vicinity. South Landing attracted single Eider and Shelduck, together with four Dunlin and a Ringed Plover.

Shelduck, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Shelduck, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The weather comprised strong westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 22 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 94 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and seven Arctic Terns flew north.

Thornwick Pools hosted the Wood Sandpiper, one Ringed Plover, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, seven Dunlin and two Snipe, with a juvenile Merlin and a Cuckoo in the vicinity.

Elsewhere, a Little Egret overflew Oceanview, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Yellow-legged Gull, Golf Course, by Andy Hood

Yellow-legged Gull, Golf Course, by Andy Hood

Comma, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Comma, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

A sunny day, with light variable winds initially, with light/moderate southerlies later. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 16 Common Scoter, four Manx Shearwaters, 127 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns and 16 Arctic Terns flew north, whilst single Bonxie and Arctic Skua headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Teal and Shelduck, with the Wood Sandpiper and seven Dunlin still present, along with a Cuckoo.

The highlight of the day was the discovery of an adult Caspian Gull, which was sporting a ring, that was discovered on fields immediately east of North Landing this evening.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A day of light variable winds, initially overcast skies, but later sunny intervals predominated. During the seawatch, three Shelduck, ten Common Scoter, 46 Manx Shearwaters, four Common Terns, two Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. In addition, 27 Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, nine Redshank, 43 Sandwich Terns and an adult Pomarine Skua flew south, whilst a Little Egret also flew over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Snipe and four Dunlin, whilst Golden Plover and Whimbrel flew over; two more Golden Plover also headed over Oceanview.

Elsewhere, a juvenile Merlin was at North Marsh and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a juvenile Marsh Harrier, two Cuckoos, two Willow Warblers and single Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler. Nearby, three Dunlin, three Whinchat and three Corn Buntings were at Buckton.

Merlin, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Merlin, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick pools, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

A relatively warm day with moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals during the morning, but very heavy showers in the afternoon. Seawatching produced a Manx Shearwater, 214 Sandwich Terns and seven Common Terns flying north, with a Teal, ten Oystercatchers and seven Redshank moving south.

Thornwick Pools hosted single Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Snipe and 12 Dunlin, with the Cuckoo also still present. Along the southern shores of the headland there were two Ringed Plovers, two Dunlin and three Sanderlings at South Landing, three Redshank and two Whimbrel at South Dykes, with two Sanderling, four Ringed Plover and 35 Turnstones at Sewerby.

A creamcrown Marsh Harrier overflew Old Fall and two adult Yellow-legged Gulls rested on fields east of North Landing.

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The weather consisted strong westerly winds, sunny intervals and occasional light showers. Seawatching produced 16 Teal, 52 Oystercatchers and ten Whimbrel flying south, 50 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and a Bonxie heading north, with one Arctic Tern flying south.

Sightings from Thornwick Pools included single Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, Ruff, Ringed Plover and Greenshank, together with 11 Dunlin, whilst the Cuckoo was still present.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Old Lady Mormo maura, Flamborough village, by Brett Richards

Old Lady Mormo maura, Flamborough village, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

There were moderate south-easterly winds and overcast conditions throughout, with light rain at either end of the day. Seawatch records included 16 Teal and a Bonxie.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wood Sandpiper, one Ruff, two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, seven Dunlin, with the juvenile Cuckoo still in residence.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Winds were variable, although with a generally westerly component, and after a sunny start, the afternoon was generally overcast.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, five Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers and two juvenile Cuckoos. Elsewhere, five Whimbrel were at South Landing, the juvenile Whinchat remained in residence at North Marsh and a Grasshopper Warbler sang on the edge of the village.

Of interest, two Ruddy Darters were discovered on the Headland; a dragonfly that is far from annual locally. This comes a day after two at Bempton Cliffs RSPB which represented a first reserve record.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers were in the Bempton Cliffs/Speeton area and a Cuckoo also appeared on the reserve.

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, by Andrew Allport