Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The day started with a north-westerly, whilst the wind had switched to a light south-easterly by dusk. A summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver flew north past the Headland on the seawatch, as did two Sooty Shearwaters, whilst a first-winter Mediterranean Gull headed south. Two Caspian Gulls were noted during the day; the darvic-ringed third-summer first seen on 17th August, re-appeared at Old Fall Flash. A new un-ringed fourth calendar-year was then present on a field near the Lighthouse this evening.  In addition, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was again on the Golf Course this morning.

The flashes at Old Fall hosted the juvenile Little Stint, six Ringed Plover, three Golden Plover, four Dunlin, two Greenshank and two Snipe. The juvenile Greenshank remained at Thornwick Pool, as did single Snipe and Dunlin. One Grey Heron was at the same location, with two at North Marsh.

The Wryneck was relocated in Selwick’s Bay during the morning, whilst the Barred Warbler showed sporadically in the same area, along with a family party of Stonechats. A Whinchat and Reed Warbler were present at Thornwick Pool, whilst Willow Warblers were scattered around the Headland.

Little Stint at Old Fall Flashes by Andy Hood

Little Stint at Old Fall Flashes by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

A moderate/strong south-westerly wind and sunny intervals ensured the seawatch was relatively quiet. Highlights included 75 Little Gulls feeding offshore, with another seven flying north, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull north, 50 Oystercatchers south and 75 Common Terns north.

Gull flocks again received scrutiny, with the green-ringed juvenile Caspian Gull again on the flashes near Old Fall, the putative juvenile Baltic Gull sporadically in the same area and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Sewerby.

The flashes at Old Fall attracted a Little Stint, three Greenshank, four Dunlin, two Knot, three Ringed Plover and 11 Snipe, whilst single Greenshank and Snipe were present at Thornwick Pool. A creamcown Marsh Harrier overflew the same area, with another frequenting Buckton/Bempton.

Passerine migrants included a Wryneck on the cliff top path alongside the Golf Course in the evening, the Barred Warbler still present in Selwick’s Bay, four Pied and a Spotted Flycatcher on the Outer Head, at least 15 Willow Warblers in the same area and two Whinchat at Buckton.

However, one of the better sightings of the day was non-avian; a Sunfish swam southwards close inshore at 1720hrs with a group of gulls in attendance.

Grey Heron at Thornwick Pool by Alan Walkington

Grey Heron at Thornwick Pool by Alan Walkington

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Moderate south-westerlies and showers occurred throughout. Seawatching highlights included a Sooty Shearwater flying south and a juvenile Marsh Harrier moving in a similar direction, as did a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and two Little Gulls, whilst two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls headed north.

The adult Yellow-legged Gull was again seen on a field near the Lighthouse, whilst the green colour-ringed juvenile Caspian Gull visited the flashes at Old Fall during the afternoon. The same site also attracted a juvenile gull that showed features associated with Baltic Gull.

Thornwick Pool attracted Teal, Grey Heron and Greenshank, whilst single Snipe and Stonechat were at North Marsh.

Passerine migrants included eight Whinchat and a juvenile Cuckoo at Buckton, a Pied Flycatcher in the Bay Brambles and four Yellow Wagtails on the Outer Head.

'candidate' Baltic Gull, Old Fall Flashes, by Martin Garner

‘candidate’ Baltic Gull, Old Fall Flashes, by Martin Garner

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Light/moderate south-westerlies, with seawatching restricted to the evening, when an impressive 707 Little Gulls and 482 Common Terns moved south. The Kingfisher remained at North Marsh, where there was also Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper and Dunlin. The flashes at Old Fall attracted three Knot, a Green Sandpiper, two Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and four Snipe, whilst Thornwick Pool held five Teal, three Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers and two Dunlin. A total of 36 Whimbrel also moved south during the day.

Migrant passerines included the Barred Warbler still in Selwick’s Bay, seven Pied Flycatchers and four Whinchat. Two Marsh Harriers remained in residence in the Buckton area. Large numbers of hirundines were scattered around the Headland, with 590 House Martins and 235 Swallows recorded.

Kingfisher at North Marsh, by Andy Hood

Kingfisher at North Marsh, by Andy Hood

Wheatear at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wheatear at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The seawatch in sunny conditions and very light east-north-east winds was much quieter. Sightings included just a single Manx Shearwater heading north, 53 Teal and 54 Common Scoter flying north, a Greenshank, seven Bonxies north and four Arctic Skuas moving south. A juvenile Caspian Gull rested on fields adjacent to Old Fall before flying east.

Common Buzzards were on the move, with ten observed over the Outer Headland and another five over Buckton, where there were also two Marsh Harriers. A flock of seven Greenshank overflew the Outer Head, whilst Thornwick Pool hosted single Snipe, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper, and a Knot remained on the flashes near Old Fall.

With the total number of records barely into double-figures at Flamborough, the bird of the day was a Kingfisher at North Marsh, where there was also a juvenile Little Grebe. The Barred Warbler re-appeared within the willows alongside the Golf Course at Selwick’s Bay, whilst a scattering of common migrants included five Pied Flycatchers, four Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and Garden Warbler.

Juvenile Caspian Gull, Outer Head, 26th August, Andrew Allport

Juvenile Caspian Gull (on right), Outer Head, 26th August, Andrew Allport

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A moderate north-easterly and sunny intervals predominated. Seawatching produced 70 Manx Shearwaters heading north, a Blue Fulmar, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua that initially flew south before heading back north and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Thornwick Pool held a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, a Ruff and a Dunlin, whilst the flashes near Old Fall attracted two Greenshank, three Ruff, two Ringed Plover and two Knot.

Passerines arrived in small numbers and included a ‘new’ Barred Warbler at ‘Booted Gully’; the small scrubby ravine east of South Landing. In addition, two Pied Flycatchers and a Spotted Flycatcher were present, with small numbers of Willow Warblers scattered across the headland.

Three Common Buzzards were noted at Buckton, with a Marsh Harrier at Speeton.

Pied Flycatcher at South Landing, by Andy Hood

Pied Flycatcher at South Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Overcast conditions and a light south-easterly wind strengthened during the day. Seawatch highlights included a Balearic Shearwater, five Sooty Shearwaters, 267 Manx Shearwaters and three juvenile Long-tailed Skuas all north, juvenile Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls, one Little Gull and 248 Common Terns moving north. Later in the day, an adult Yellow-legged Gull was joined by a juvenile on a field near the lighthouse.

The amazing run of Caspian Gull records also continued, with two new juveniles seen during the day; a bird sporting a green ring on fields near the Lighthouse and a single on the beach at Sewerby that later flew towards South Dykes.

Yesterday’s Barred Warbler was joined by a second bird in the Selwick’s Bay area this morning, before one flew towards the Coastguard Cottage gardens. Other migrants included a Garden Warbler in the same area, whilst five Ruff, two Knot, two Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper were noted on the Outer Head. In addition, the juvenile Greenshank remained at Thornwick Pool, where single Snipe, Grey Heron and Grey Wagtail were also present. A Hobby also flew over Bempton RSPB.

Barred Warbler in Selwick's Bay, by Lee Johnson

Barred Warbler in Selwick’s Bay, by Lee Johnson

Barred Warbler in Selwick's Bay, by Paul Reed

Barred Warbler in Selwick’s Bay, by Paul Reed

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A light north-westerly wind later switched to a south-easterly in the afternoon, whilst sunny intervals prevailed throughout the day. The seawatch highlight was undoubtedly the three Cory’s Shearwaters that moved north during the afternoon/evening; the first flew north at 1550hrs, the next at 1745hrs, whilst another headed north at 1810hrs and, after periodic spells on the sea, it eventually tracked north at 1840hrs. Other notable records included two Sooty and 156 Manx Shearwaters north, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 130 Common Terns and 12 Arctic Terns, also all north, whilst eight Purple Sandpipers headed south.

The loafing gull flocks again attracted a minimum of two juvenile Caspian Gulls and two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, whilst an adult ‘argentatus’ Herring Gull was also present. The flashes near Old Fall also attracted two Knot, a Ruff and a Greenshank. Thornwick Pool hosted the male Pochard, two Teal, a Grey Heron, single Dunlin and Greenshank and two Grey Wagtails.

The Barred Warbler remained in Selwick’s Bay and proved relatively co-operative, showing well at times in the extensive bramble patches. Additional passerine migrants included 10+ Willow Warblers split between Bempton and the Outer Head and a Reed Warbler at Bempton RSPB. Post-breeding dispersal of Great Spotted Woodpeckers seemed to feature across the Headland, with singles noted at Selwick’s Bay, Old Fall, Thornwick Pool and Bempton RSPB.

Elsewhere there were 11 Common Buzzard and two Marsh Harriers in the Buckton/Speeton area, with another Common Buzzard over the Outer Head.

Common Buzzard at Buckton by Paul Reed

Common Buzzard at Buckton by Paul Reed

Barred Warbler, Selwick's Bay, Anthony Capuano

Barred Warbler, Selwick’s Bay, by Anthony Capuano

Greenshank at Thornwick Pool, by Lee Johnson

Greenshank at Thornwick Pool, by Lee Johnson

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Light to moderate northerly winds dropped by the end of the day moving round to a south-westerly direction. The seawatch produced the following highlights: a single adult Sabines Gull in summer plumage, one 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull, four Pomarine Skuas and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

At Buckton there was a ringtail Hen Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 1 Hobby and 3 Peregrine, along with 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Cuckoo. Hirundines were present in numbers again, with 500 Swallow recorded at Bempton RSPB.

The flooded fields near Old Fall held Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, 2 Knot and 3 Dunlin. Thornwick Pool attracted a juvenile Greenshank, Grey Heron, Snipe, Grey Wagtail and the drake Pochard remained.

Willow Warblers were present in small numbers with 10 around Selwicks Bay/Coastguard Cottages. The day ended on a high, with a juvenile Caspian Gull near Old Fall and the first scarce land bird of the autumn in the form of a Barred Warbler in the Bay Brambles.

Reed Bunting at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Reed Bunting at Buckton, by Paul Reed

Hen Harrier Buckton by Paul Reed

Hen Harrier Buckton by Paul Reed

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

North-north-west winds continued becoming variable from the west and north and dropping towards the end of the day. There was far less bird activity on the sea than earlier in the week but thankfully that didn’t deter birders from what turned out to be a productive seawatch! The highlight was a Great Shearwater flying north at 1535hrs. A Balearic Shearwater later in the afternoon was welcome in what has been a quiet autumn for this species so far. The evening ended with 2 Sabines Gulls, 1 adult and 1 juvenile. 175 Manx Shearwater, 17 Arctic Skua and small numbers of waders and terns were also seen.

At Northcliff Marsh there were 2 Little Egrets. On Thornwick Pool the highlights were 1 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper along with a male Pochard, a scarce local species in summer; two Common Buzzard were seen over the village.

In the lighthouse moth trap four species of Prominent were notable with Iron, 2 Pebble, Swallow and Plain recorded, along with a Copper Underwing agg.

Male Pochard by Anthony Simpson

Male Pochard by Anthony Simpson

Pale Prominent by Richard Baines

Pale Prominent by Richard Baines

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A more becalmed day, with WSW winds bringing a notable Swallow movement and the best on the sea was a stunning summer plumaged Black-throated Diver going south, one Sooty and 79 Manx Shearwaters and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull. Two Grey Wagtail and a single Greenshank were on Thornwick Pool.

1st summer (2cy) Yellow-legged Gull. Martin Garner

1st summer (2cy) Caspian Gull, near Old Fall. Martin Garner

juvenile Greenshank. Alan Walkington

juvenile Greenshank. Alan Walkington

adult summer plumaged Black-throated Diver. Martin Garner

adult summer plumaged Black-throated Diver. Martin Garner

Grey Wagtail. Tony Simpson

Grey Wagtail. Tony Simpson

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Early morning walkers were surprised by a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flying north over the Old Fall flash. An evening seawatch with a noticeable swell brought birds close, with the best seawatch so far this autumn: 2 Sabine’s Gull, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 12 Sooty Shearwater, three Pomarine Skuas, juv Med Gull and 3 Little Tern. A 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull was among the large gulls on the land, with a Common Buzzard over Old Fall.

juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Rich Baines

juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Rich Baines

juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Rich Baines

juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Rich Baines

Sedge Warbler. Paul Reed

Sedge Warbler. Paul Reed

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Following a spell of north-westerlies on Monday, keen seawatchers were rewarded with a Great Shearwater north in the morning and a Cory’s Shearwater late on in the evening. Also 781 Fulmar, 16 Sooty Shearwater, 383 Manx Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, Little Tern and Marsh Harrier. On the land a 1st winter Caspian Gull, and a good selection of waders included 4 juvenile islandica Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, one Ruff and 2 Greenshank. Smaller birds included a scattering of Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroats and a single Wheatear.

1st winter Caspian Gull. Martin Garner

1st winter Caspian Gull. Martin Garner

juvenile Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. Andy Hood

juvenile Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. Andy Hood

juvenile Common Swift Martin Garner 14.8.14

juvenile Pied and Yellow Wagtails. Martin Garner

juvenile Pied and Yellow Wagtails. Martin Garner

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Mostly cloud cover again, with the wind from a NNW direction force 5 increasing to force 7. Showers tracked through during the day.

An early seawatch on the headland produced a rather large total of 1298 Fulmar north, 49 Manx Shearwater north, two Peregrine north, eight Arctic Skua south, two Great Skua, three Mediterranean Gull north, two Little Gull north and 11 Common Tern north, with 45 Oystercatcher and 20 Turnstone present.

A 4th calendar-year Polish-ringed Caspian Gull was again on Old Fall Flash having first been seen with other large gulls the previous evening (17th). At the same site were two juvenile Ruff, two Dunlin, four Greenshank and 63 Greylag Geese.

Thornwick Pools attracted Greenshank, Dunlin and three juvenile Grey Wagtails.

4th yr ringed Caspian Gull by Andy Hood

4th calendar-year ringed Caspian Gull by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Mostly cloud cover during the day, with winds from the WSW force 5 and temperatures 13-16c.

There were two seawatches from the headland today, with an early morning session and again during the early evening. Highlights from these included 207 Fulmar north, four Manx Shearwater, 13 Common Scoter north, 14 Redshank south, one Arctic Skua south, two Great Skua, two juvenile Caspian Gulls flying north, 10 Sandwich Tern south and 99 north, 14 Common Tern north and four Arctic Tern north. Birds present off the headland included 16 “sinensis” Cormorants.

Early in the morning an adult Yellow-legged Gull was located on the Golf Course again, with one Ruff and five Dunlin at South Landing and one Knot, four Dunlin and one Curlew at Old Fall Flash. On the outer headland there were also 65 Greylag Goose, six Lesser Black-backed Gull and a very large group of at least 775 Great Back-backed Gulls.

It was considered that there were up to four juvenile/1st-winter Caspian Gulls present on the outer headland.

juv Caspian Gull by Martin Garner

juv Caspian Gull by Martin Garner

"sinensis" Cormorant by Andy Hood

“sinensis” Cormorant by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Weather conditions had mostly cloud cover with a temperature of 15-18c. Wind was WSW force 5 earlier on then veering SW 4 later in the day.

An early morning sea-watch at the headland produced another single Cory’s Shearwater flying north at 08.45, four Sooty Shearwater north, two Arctic Skua, five Great Skua north, 60 Manx Shearwater north and a further 80 south, 40 Common Tern north, two Arctic Tern north, one Whimbrel south and the nearby Bay Brambles had a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

A further sea-watch at the headland late afternoon and early evening had 49 Fulmar south and a further 24 north, five Manx Shearwater south and six north, one Whimbrel, two Arctic Skua, two Great Skua, seven Sandwich Tern south and five north, 51 Common Tern south and 45 north, two Swift south and a Yellow-legged Gull present off the headland.

Thornwick Pools had a small mix of wader with two Greenshank, two Dunlin and five Snipe. Additionally, a “Sinensis” Cormorant, a juv Yellow Wagtail and 15 Pied Wagtail. On Old Fall Flash were one Greenshank, one Green Sandpiper over and two Yellow Wagtail with a Greenshank flying over Ocean View. A Pied Flycatcher was at Old Fall in the morning.

whimbrel Martin Garner

Whimbrel, by Martin Garner

Dunlin, Andy Hood

Dunlin, by Andy Hood

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Some early showers then sunny for the best part of the day with occasional cloud. A steady northerly wind but dying down towards the evening.

Migration starting to hot up now we are in the middle of the month with the sea-watch producing another Cory’s Shearwater which was observed at 4.55pm off the headland then north, eight Arctic Skua, two Pomerine Skua, 126 Manx Shearwater, six Sooty Shearwater, 183 Oystercatcher, 123 Common Tern and four Greenshank.

At Thornwick Pools there were a juv Shelduck, three Dunlin, two Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a juv Cuckoo. Nearby at Old Fall pool there were 3 Greenshank, two adult and one juv Peregrine at Northcliff, Wheatear on the Golf Course and at North Landing and at least six Willow Warbler around the Outer Head.

Common Sandpiper by Andrew AllportCommon Sandpiper by Andrew Allport

Juv Mediterranean Gull by Andrew Allport

Juv Mediterranean Gull by Andrew Allport

Juv Greenshank Tony Simpson

Juv Greenshank by Tony Simpson

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Fresh westerly’s and sunshine early morning. Highlights included an adult Caspian Gull on the Golf Course; a new bird that makes it 4 Caspian Gulls in 4 days– a new Flamborough record!

However, more notable still were three Cory’s Shearwaters together, loafing offshore of the Fog Station during the afternoon from 1525hrs.

Several hundred hirundines fed over the golf course with just a handful of Swifts remaining; single juvenile Whimbrel  and juvenile Curlew were also on the Golf Course. Small numbers of Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroats and Yellow Wagtails all appeared in migrant habitat, with a Wheatear on the Golf Course.

At Thornwick Pools this evening were one juv Ruff, six Common Sandpiper, three Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails. A Green Sandpiper flew south over Old Fall Hedge.

Additional for yesterday, Paul Reed photographed a Marsh Harrier with green wing-tags with the letters NS on the right wing.

juvenile Common Swift over Golf Course. Martin Garner

juvenile Common Swift over Golf Course. Martin Garner

Willow Warbler Martin Garner

Willow Warbler Martin Garner

adult Caspian Gull (record shot!) Golf Course Martin Garner

adult Caspian Gull (record shot!) Golf Course Martin Garner

Marsh Harrier  by Paul Reed

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Monday 11th– Wednesday 13th August.

,Over the last three days cools winds have stayed mostly in the west to south-west, whilst intermittent sunshine and flash floods have added interest. Gulls have headlined with two different juvenile Caspian Gulls and one adult. One of the juveniles bore a green darvic ring probably from colony in eastern Germany. Also present have been one possible Caspian/Herring hybrid, one juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and an adult argentatus (Northern) Herring Gull which was very unseasonal.

Seawatches had a scattering of usual seabirds, with 6 Bonxie and 3 Arctic Skua south on 11th and small numbers of Manx Shearwaters, Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns, mostly heading north. Waders very much in evidence with 10 Whimbrel south on Monday, 8 Knot south on Tuesday, 2 Greenshank and up to 6 Redshank around the head, adult alpina Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover (Monday) 2 Snipe 1 Green Sand , 1 Common Sand, and 2-3 Golden Plover seen most days. A Little Egret has been commuting between Thornwick and flash floods near Old Fall, whilst 1-2 juvenile Grey Herons remain in the area.

Swifts and hirundines have dominated the skies, as up to 40 juvenile Swift patrolled the outer head, numbers now dwindling. Willow Warblers are the most noticeable passerine migrant, with up to 8 in Bay Brambles early morning today (wed), with a handful seen most days. A scattering of Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Wheatear and one juvenile Cuckoo (Bempton) have also made appearances. A Clouded Yellow was seen today (wed) in Cattlemere and Migrant Hawkers are on the wing in several places, easiest to see at South Landing.

Juvenile Caspian Gull, Ocean View on 11th August. Andy Hood

Juvenile Caspian Gull, Ocean View on 11th August. Andy Hood

juvenile Caspian Gull (with green ring) on 12th August. Martin Garner

juvenile Caspian Gull (with green ring) on 12th August. Martin Garner

juvenile- first winter Yellow-legged Gull, Martin Garner

juvenile- first winter Yellow-legged Gull, Martin Garner

Adult argentatus Herring Gull on Golf Course, Martin Garner

Adult argentatus Herring Gull on Golf Course, Martin Garner

Little Egret, Andrew Allport

Little Egret, Andrew Allport

juvenile Green Sandpiper, Ocean View by Andy Hood

juvenile Green Sandpiper, Ocean View by Andy Hood

 

Adult alpine Dunlin, Thornwick Pool by John Cunniff

Adult alpine Dunlin, Thornwick Pool by John Cunniff

Migrant Hawker, Les Day

Migrant Hawker, Les Day

juvenile Grey Heron, John Cunniff

juvenile Grey Heron, John Cunniff

 

Stock Dove at Flamborough

Stock Dove at Flamborough

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

WET and WINDY! As the tail end of hurricane ‘Bertha’ reached the east coast, heavy rain showers occurred across the greater head with the odd thunder storm; wind south-easterly switching to south-westerly as the day went on averaging force 5 and reaching force 7 at times. Seawatching produced ten Teal, 21 Sandwich Tern and one Manx Shearwater south. Five female Eider where on sea below High Stacks. At Selwicks Bay 23 Black-tailed Godwit flew south, as did 14 Redshank.

Two Little Gull were seen off North Landing; South Landing’s high tide waders included seven Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 11 Sanderling and a single Common Sandpiper. On the golf course flash were ten roosting Redshank and a single Dunlin. A Corn Bunting was in the Lighthouse compound, which is an unusual record.

Heavy rains have created a temporary flash on the approach to Bempton Cliffs, viewable from Cliff Lane. Two Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail seen there this afternoon.

N.B No photo’s submitted today so enjoy a couple sent in earlier this week.

Juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Juvenile Kittiwake, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Common Snipe, Thornwick Pool, by Anthony Simpson

Common Snipe, Thornwick Pool, by Anthony Simpson

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Sunny spells with a south westerly force 3, rising to force 5 at times throughout the day, highs of 20°C. Northbound birds only this morning with two Manx Shearwater, one Arctic Skua and 78 Sandwich Tern. A single Greenshank on rocks below the fog station.

At Thornwick Pool were two Common Sandpiper, one Green Sandpiper, two juvenile Dunlin, three Common Snipe; the juvenile Greenshank and Cuckoo were still present. A juvenile Cuckoo was also observed at the gorse field and Bay Brambles during the day.

South Landing waders included two Curlew, six Oystercatcher, four Dunlin and eight Ringed Plover. A Grey Plover on the beach south of Old Fall plantation. At least 40 Swift feeding over Outer Head still, not long ’til they’ll be gone for another year.

In the Buckton area were three Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Wheatear, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail and a juvenile Cuckoo. A Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat were at the pond.

Juvenile Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Juvenile Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, by Paul Reed

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, Buckton area, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, Buckton area, by Paul Reed

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A fine start to the day; south-south-easterly force 3 with intermittent sunshine, deteriorating in the evening with rain showers. Slim pickings on this morning’s seawatch with 27 Fulmar and one Manx Shearwater north, six Oystercatcher, one Golden Plover and nine Whimbrel south and 39 Sandwich Tern north (two south).

The juvenile Cuckoo and Greenshank still grace Thornwick Pool, as do three Dunlin, four Common Snipe, five Pied Wagtail and five Whimbrel flew over. An unseasonal argentatus Herring Gull was found on the golf course and a Sparrow Hawk was seen over the village.

At South Landing there were five Dunlin, one Ringed Plover, 40 Pied Wagtail, three Yellow Wagtail and five Rock Pipit. 22 Sandwich Tern and 30 Common Scoter were observed flying north; in the area were also two Coal Tit and a Wall butterfly.

Further afield in the Bempton area were single Reed and Garden Warbler, two Blackcap, eight Whimbrel and a single Curlew flew south and 12 Swift were feeding over the village.

 

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Anthony Simpson

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Anthony Simpson

Sparrow Hawk, Flamborough village, by Paul Reed

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough village, by Paul Reed

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A mild west-north-westerly ranging between force 0-3 for much of the day, sunny and warm. Seawatching highlights include 210 Fulmar north, four Manx Shearwater north (two south), one Mallard north, 11 Common Scoter north (one south), 14 Oystercatcher, one Ringed Plover and seven Whimbrel north, three Curlew south, three Arctic and one Great Skua north, 48 Sandwich Tern north (15 south), 50 Common Tern north (two south) and five Arctic Tern north (three south).

The juvenile Greenshank and Cuckoo were still present at Thornwick Pool, as were two Dunlin and two Common Snipe. At South Landing were one Ringed Plover and three Dunlin. On the Outer Head, a Hobby flew over mid-afternoon, as did a Great Skua; two Willow Warbler were also seen. Buckton had one Golden Plover over and there was a confiding Dunlin on the pool along Hoddy Cows Lane.

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Juvenile Greenshank, Thornwick Pool, by Anthony Simpson

Juvenile Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Paul Reed

Juvenile Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Unsettled weather across the greater headland, though warm, with light showers throughout the day, a thunderstorm in the afternoon and force 3 south-south-westerly winds increasing to force 5 late in the day. This morning’s seawatch saw, moving south unless stated, five Manx Shearwaters, 12 Teal, two Shoveler, two Common Scoter (31 north), 185 Oystercatcher, five Golden Plover, 24 Knot, four Whimbrel, four Curlew, three Turnstone, two Arctic Skua and 11 Sandwich Tern (98 north). Northbound birds included 12 Fulmar, three Eider, two Common and three Arctic Tern.

An evening watch produced 137 Oystercatcher, four Dunlin, two Greenshank, one Knot, ten Lesser Black-backed Gull and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull all south; one Curlew, one Arctic Tern, five Eider and 32 Common Scoter north and five Manx north (four south), two Sandwich Tern north (15 south) and 40 Common Tern north (eight south).

Two juvenile Cuckoo still at Thornwick Pool; also, two juvenile Common Snipe, one Greenshank, two Barn Owls and Yellow Wagtail there. A Whimbrel south flew over the village at lunchtime.

South Landing’s wader assemblage consisted of six Ringed Plover, five Oystercatcher, six Dunlin, two Sanderling, one Curlew and one Redshank. Large Swift and hirundine numbers remained, with 100 of the former and between 2-300 of the latter feeding around the Outer Head. Unsurprisingly, a Hobby was also in attendance.

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pool, by Richard Baines

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pool, by Richard Baines

Adult Common Tern on evening seawatch, Martin Garner

Adult Common Tern on evening seawatch, Martin Garner

female Eider, Martin Garner

female Eider, Martin Garner

juvenile Kittiwake, Martin Garner

juvenile Kittiwake, Martin Garner

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Light force one winds today with the direction moving round to south-south-east and the sun was scorchio! Seawatching produced two Great Crested Grebe, 57 Fulmar, six Manx Shearwater, one Teal, 237 Common Scoter, one Velvet Scoter, 11 Redshank, one Arctic and one Great Skua, 267 Sandwich, 54 Common and one Arctic Tern and one Minke Whale all heading northward; heading south were six Manx, six Shelduck, three Teal, three Tufted Duck, 47 Oystercatcher, one each of Knot and Dunlin, one Whimbrel, two Curlew, 15 Redshank, seven Turnstone, one Arctic Skua, a 1st-cy and juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 11 Common, ten Arctic and three Little Tern.

Thornwick Pool held two Common Snipe, three Grey, three juvenile Yellow and 32 Pied Wagtails. Two juvenile Cuckoo were again seen, as were Barn Owl and 140 Linnet. Leaf warblers were still present on the outer head, with two Chiffchaff and five Willow Warbler noted.

South Landing had five Oystercatcher, eight Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, one Curlew, nine Redshank, 13 Turnstone and three Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

Black-tailed Skimmer, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Black-tailed Skimmer, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Juvenile Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Martin Garner

Juvenile Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Martin Garner

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Observatory is pleased to announce that a pair of Marsh Warblers took up territory in late May. The pair stayed and eventually were seen carrying food and extracting faecal sacs from a presumed nesting spot. Eventually at least one juvenile was seen to have fledged, although it was strongly suspected that there were more.

The site was vulnerable to disturbance and unable to be monitored. In consultation with RSPB staff the decision was made to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Marsh Warbler Flamborough

Marsh Warbler Flamborough

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Continued moderate south-south westerly winds with ample sunshine across the greater headland. Seawatching this morning produced 42 Fulmar, two Manx, three Teal, 122 Common Scoter, one each of Arctic and Great Skua, 167 Sandwich, 114 Common and nine Arctic Tern all moving north; 14 Dunlin, 11 Redshank, one Swift, 18 Sandwich, one Common and five Arctic Tern moving south. An evening seawatch was fairly quiet, species of note were one Great Skua blogging south then north, three Manx and one Arctic Tern north and 21 Oystercatcher south.

At Thornwick Pool today were four Snipe, a Grey Wagtail, a Green Sandpiper and the juvenile Cuckoo was still making an appearance. There was an adult intermedius Lesser black-backed Gull on the golf course this morning and three Willow Warblers were recorded on the outer head. Hirundine numbers are building up over the village, with a large group of 200+ Swallows seen feeding, and (not bird related for a change) there appeared to be an influx of Red Admiral butterfly arriving, with numbers observed along the cliff-top and seen coming in-off.

Between South Dyke and South Landing there were two Common Sandpiper, three Whimbrel and eight Sanderling.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, Alan Walkington

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, Alan Walkington

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

A moderate south-south-west wind and sunshine predominated once again. The seawatch highlights included 17 Manx Shearwaters moving north, three Tufted Duck south, 84 Knot and 15 Whimbrel doing the same, an Arctic Skua flying north, two Mediterranean Gulls south (an adult winter and a juvenile) and five Little Gulls also south. In addition, there were 40 ‘sinensis’ Cormorants, 55 Shags, 275 Sandwich, 50 Common and 25 Arctic Terns.

A Little Tern was offshore between South Dykes and South Landing this evening, together with 22 Redshank, 16 Sanderling, 13 Turnstone and a Whimbrel. Thornwick Pool attracted single Snipe and Redshank, whilst two juvenile Cuckoos were present together during the evening.

A day-hunting Barn Owl near a nest box immediately west of South Dykes was indicative of an adult still feeding young. The species has had an excellent breeding season locally, with indications that around 15 pairs may have bred on the Flamborough Headland.

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

A generally light southerly wind featured throughout, with occasional heavy showers. The seawatch recorded seven Shelduck and 30 Teal moving south, with a single Shoveler and 73 Common Scoters heading north. Southbound waders included 23 Bar-tailed Godwits, 37 Redshank, 46 Knot and a Greenshank. In addition, two Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie flew past the Outer Head, along with a Little Gull south and 340 Sandwich Terns flying north. There was an increase in Cormorant numbers, with 53 present; at least 26 of which were of the continental ‘sinensis’ race.

Large numbers of gulls rested on the beach between Sewerby and South Landing. There were 2500 Kittiwakes, together with ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 410 Black-headed Gulls.

Thornwick Pool hosted single Wigeon and Tufted Duck, single Snipe (with another over), Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper (with another three flying south) and the juvenile Cuckoo.

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Friday, August 1st, 2014

The day featured a strengthening southerly wind, with a bright start ending with heavy showers. Seawatching produced a Great Crested Grebe and 89 Common Scoters flying north, with a southerly wader movement including 91 Oystercatchers, 36 Knot and 12 Whimbrel. A total of 432 Sandwich Terns moved north, together with 22 Common Terns. However, the day’s highlight was five Little Terns that headed south; three together in the morning and an adult and a juvenile during the evening. In addition, five Eider were off the Outer Head.

Highlights from Thornwick Pool included the Wigeon, two Green Sandpipers, single Common Sandpiper and Redshank, six Snipe, three Dunlin, the juvenile Cuckoo, three Yellow, two Grey and 75 Pied Wagtails, plus a flock of 95 House Sparrows.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool by Dave Aitken

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Dave Aitken

Eider, off Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Eider, off Outer Head, by Alan Walkington