Sunday, April 30th, 2017
The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-easterly winds and sunny spells. Although there wasn’t a morning seawatch, a brief watch early afternoon was rewarded with a Pochard, seven Bar-tailed Godwits, five Arctic Terns and 35 Sandwich Terns all flying south.
A Barnacle Goose frequented North Marsh early morning. Thornwick Pools attracted 20 Bar-tailed Godwits (14 on the pool, with another six circling low before heading off), three Whimbrel, a Knot, two Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper, seven Dunlin, four Snipe and a White Wagtail. South Landing hosted an additional ten Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel and two Great Crested Grebes, whilst a first-summer Mediterranean Gull was on the sea off Old Fall.
Passerines were hard to find in the strong wind, although a Red-breasted Flycatcher moved through gardens on the outer head in the middle of the day and a male Redstart was located near Old Fall Steps.
West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Grey Partridges, five Bar-tailed Godwits (heading south-east), a Short-eared Owl, 23 Wheatear, two Whinchat and two Fieldfare. Two Curlew, a Redshank, one Green Sandpiper and two Dunlin frequented Buckton Pond. Bempton Cliffs attracted single Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owl.