Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
After several relatively wet days, warmer, dryer weather returned once more, with sunny intervals developing after a cloudy start. During the seawatch, 84 Common Scoter flew north, five Teal, a Red-throated Diver, four Manx Shearwaters, 12 Oystercatchers, eight Black-tailed Godwits, three Whimbrel, 53 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls moved south.
Thornwick Pools hosted a Great White Egret during the evening that, after a brief stay, headed east; additional sightings there included Grey Heron, Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin, two Snipe, one Lapwing, a Green Sandpiper and the long-staying Wood Sandpiper. Stainforth’s Flash attracted a lone Shoveler. A Hobby frequented the Old Fall area, where an unseasonal Jay and a Pied Flycatcher were also present. Insect interest included a White-letter Hairstreak at South Dykes and a Red-veined Darter at Thornwick Pools.
West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl was present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.