Saturday, June 30th, 2018
The weather consisted of light north-easterly winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 23 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, 16 Manx Shearwaters, a Golden Plover, one Bar-tailed Godwit, a summer-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull, nine Sandwich Terns and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie all flying north. In addition, a ‘brown’ Puffin with the usual black plumage tracts replaced by a sandy-brown colour flew north.
Thornwick Pools again hosted single Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Little Ringed Plover. A pair of Mistle Thrush have successfully fledged a minimum of two juveniles near South Landing, with an additional pair on the edge of Bridlington Links GC, South Dykes. Insect interest centred on a female Keeled Skimmer photographed at Thornwick Pools, an exceptional local record. A significant influx of Silver Y moths also took place, with 75 at Thornwick and a minimum of 20 at Beacon Hill.
West of the Dykes, nine Curlew and a Grasshopper Warbler were recorded at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.