Thursday, April 30th, 2020
The following summary only includes records from our resident birders’ health walks and garden sightings; consequently, it provides a mere snapshot of the true scale of our spring migration.
A day of moderate south-west winds, overcast skies and occasional brighter spells, showers from mid-afternoon and temperatures reaching 12 degrees C. Three Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater and three Whimbrel flew north past the Fog Station, with 22 Sandwich Terns heading in the opposite direction.
A Pink-footed Goose, four Gadwall, four Shoveler and two Tufted Ducks frequented the headland, along with four Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, four Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit and two Whimbrel. Passerine interest included a Grasshopper Warbler (eighth individual of spring), eight Fieldfare, nine Wheatear, a Redstart and six Yellow Wagtails. Sightings in the Bempton area included two Grey Partridges and a Short-eared Owl.