22nd April 2020

The following summarises only records from our resident birders’ health walks and garden sightings; consequently, it provides a mere snapshot of the true scale of our spring migration.

The weather was similar to previous days, with a moderate east-north-east wind, sunshine throughout and temperatures peaking at 12 degrees C. Two Red-throated Divers, 15 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns flew past the Fog Station.

Additional records included a Pink-footed Goose, six Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Hooded Crow, two Goldcrests, five Common Whitethroats, five Lesser Whitethroats, a Ring Ouzel, one Fieldfare, the year’s first Pied Flycatcher, eight Wheatears, a Common Redstart, two Yellow Wagtails and 11 Siskin. A Painted Bunting in a village garden added colour to proceedings, although it sported an avicultural ring. Sightings from Buckton/Bempton included a Green Sandpiper and one Short-eared Owl.

Redstart, by Jo Hood
Painted Bunting, by Dave Simmonite