An overcast, slightly misty start with light, variable winds that eventually gave way to relatively thick fog. Seawatching highlights included 100 Pink-footed Geese, 641 Fulmars, two Blue Fulmars and 9013 Guillemots all flying north, with 98 Shags leaving the cliffs and heading south into Bridlington Bay.
Fifteen Pink-footed Geese circled the headland in the fog, whilst the two Red-necked Grebes remained in residence between Sewerby and South Dykes. Six Water Rails were located: three in the Thornwick area, two at North Marsh and another in the Bay Brambles. Thirty Purple Sandpipers frequented the immediate environs of the Fog Station, with an additional duo at South Landing and seven at Sewerby; four Jack Snipe were also discovered on the outer head.
A female Blackcap was new, less so, the single Nuthatch that attended feeders in South Dykes car-park. On the opposite side of the headland, one Richard’s Pipit remained in cliff top fields near North Dykes. A total of 20 Rock Pipits fed on the beach at South Landing, with the Norwegian-ringed Rock Pipit still present at nearby South Dykes beach.
Rock Pipit, South Dykes, by Andy Hood