A dramatic change in the weather, with spells of sunshine, light southerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 13 degrees C. Northbound tallies during the seawatch included six Teal, ten Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, a Sandwich Tern and 1649 Puffins.
The day’s highlight was a Crane that initially flew east over the village at 1605hrs, before circling over the outer head and then heading north towards Bempton. Wader interest was provided by three Woodcock, a Jack Snipe near South Landing that was a clear migrant, with single Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper also new.
A Firecrest was fresh-in in the Bay Brambles and a total of 46 Chiffchaffs represented a sizeable influx, as did 15 Blackcap, with three Willow Warblers and seven Goldcrests also located. Migrant thrushes included a Ring Ouzel, 82 Fieldfare, 68 Redwing and 16 Song Thrush. Additional migrant totals included two Common Redstarts, 16 Wheatears, nine Swallows, four Sand Martins, a White Wagtail, two Yellow Wagtails, seven Siskin and nine Brambling. Three Hawfinch were also present; the duo continued to tour the outer head and a single frequented the Bay Brambles early morning.
West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 11 Swallows, a Firecrest, a Yellow Wagtail, 281 Meadow Pipits flying north-west, a Tree Pipit, one Common Redstart, a Black Redstart, ten Siskin, seven Brambling and 16 Corn Buntings. A Raven that lingered around the cliffs stole the headlines, although arguably of more importance was the count of 4105 Puffins between the Fog Station and Speeton. Buckton attracted five Tufted Duck, a Green Sandpiper and seven Wheatear.
Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith
Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood