A day of moderate northerly winds and sunny intervals, after an overcast start. Seawatching highlights included 69 Common Scoter, eight Red-throated Divers, single Black-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver, eight Manx Shearwater and 656 Puffins flying north, with 22 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies moving south.
A confiding Temminck’s Stint frequented Thornwick Pools all day, where there was also Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. On the opposite side of the headland, the Dotterel continued its relatively long stay on Beacon Hill. The adult Rose-coloured Starling also remained at North Landing, and even spent prolonged periods singing. However, a female Red-backed Shrike in bushes along the cliff top south of Sykes Plantation was new. Additional migrant totals included a Quail, one Fieldfare, six Reed Warblers, two Garden Warblers, five Wheatear, four Whinchat, a Pied Flycatcher, two Redstart, a Tree Pipit and seven Corn Buntings.
West of the Dykes, a female Red-breasted Flycatcher was located at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in the morning.
Temminck’s Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport
Temminck’s Stint, Thornwick Pools, by John Harwood
Ringed Plover (flagged), Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont
Red-backed Shrike, South Cliffs, by Craig Thomas