8th May 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 light, variable but generally onshore wind, prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. Three Eider, 14 Common Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot, 57 Sandwich Terns and an Artic Tern flew south past the Fog Station.

The day’s highlight related to a Bee-eater late morning; initially heard over the village and similarly as it headed east over the headland, it was then watched to successfully catch a bee near the lighthouse, but then disappeared. Other notable sightings included three Gadwall, the year’s first Hobby and Wood Sandpiper, lingering Spotted Redshank and Ruff, two Whimbrel, 14 Swifts, 45 House Martins, a Hooded Crow, a Fieldfare, one Redwing, a Firecrest, one Garden Warbler, three Reed Warblers, 45 Willow Warblers, eight Spotted Flycatchers, four Whinchat, 12 Wheatears, a Common Redstart, one Black Redstart, one White Wagtail, a Channel Wagtail, 24 Yellow Wagtails, three Siskin and two Corn Buntings. Sightings from Bempton/Buckton included single Garden Warbler, Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail, along with six Corn Buntings. 

Firecrest, by Andy Hood