Sunday, May 31st, 2015

A strong westerly wind dominated throughout the day. Rain fell during the morning, later giving way to sunny conditions.

Twenty-nine Sandwich Tern flew south on the sea watch, whilst 23 Fulmar flew north.

A single Reed Warbler was at Thornwick Pools. Two Golden Plover in the North Stubbles were unseasonal. A Gadwall was on North Marsh, with a Tufted Duck over. Two Barnacle Geese flew south over North Landing, before alighting in fields to the south. A single Spotted Flycatcher was in Holmes Gut.

Gannet, by Lee Johnson

Gannet, by Lee Johnson

Gannet, by Lee Johnson

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

A day of moderate westerly winds, sunshine and temperatures that reached 13 degrees C. The seawatch produced one Manx Shearwater, two Barnacle Geese, three Sandwich Terns and one Common Tern all heading north. Thornwick Pool hosted a drake Teal, one Dunlin and a Grey Wagtail. A pair of Grey Partridge remained in the Thornwick area, whilst a male in the centre of the village was more unusual. A Common Buzzard also overflew the village. Two Jays were on the Outer Head, one Wheatear remained and the year’s first Crossbills appeared; a single dropped into a garden on Church Lane, with two at South Landing. The flight call of the latter fit ‘Parakeet’ Crossbill, also known as call type X.

Three Common Buzzards appeared over Bempton, with a Garden Warbler at the RSPB reserve.

Juvenile Crossbill, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Juvenile Crossbill, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Second calendar-year male Crossbill, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Second calendar-year male Crossbill, South Landing, by Martin Garner

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Winds were generally light and from the west, with heavy rain mainly confined to the morning, with occasional showers subsequently and temperatures no higher than 8 degrees C. Two Red-throated Divers and two Sandwich Terns flew north on the seawatch. The Gadwall remained at North Marsh, two Grey Herons were present, with single Ringed Plover and Dunlin at Thornwick Pools. A Hobby also flew over the village. Passerine interest was provided by a Spotted Flycatcher and an acredula Willow Warbler at Old Fall, with a pair of Stonechat and a White Wagtail in the Thornwick area.

 

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A day of moderate westerlies and sunny intervals. The birding continued in a similar vein unfortunately, with an almost complete lack of migrants. The Gadwall and two Grey Herons remained on North Marsh, two Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools and the Tawny Owl continued to show at South Landing. A pair of Coal Tits visited gardens on Church Lane.

Wren, by Alan Walkington

Wren, by Alan Walkington

 

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A light north-westerly wind switched to a north-easterly later, with sunny intervals in the morning and heavy rain during the afternoon. One Manx Shearwater flew north during the seawatch, with single Pomarine Skua and Bonxie lingering offshore.

The Gadwall remained on North Marsh, whilst a Spoonbill flew south over the Outer Head at 1335hrs, but unfortunately it didn’t stop. A pair of Stonechat appeared at Thornwick and a White Wagtail provided additional interest.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Another relatively cool day, with light variable winds and sunny intervals after an overcast start. A drake Gadwall visited North Marsh, with a Dunlin at Thornwick Pool. The young Tawny Owl continued to show at South Landing, whilst another Turtle Dove, that flew out of Old Fall, represented the day’s highlight. Single Wheatear and White Wagtail remained in the Thornwick area.

Whitethroat, by Lee Johnson

Whitethroat, by Lee Johnson

Monday, May 25th, 2015

A light west-north-westerly wind, overcast and temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. During the seawatch 22 Common Scoters flew north, 16 Sandwich Terns headed south (with four north), two Arctic Terns moved north, whilst an immature Pomarine Skua lingered off the Fog Station.

There were fewer passerine migrants present, with two Reed Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers and a duo of White Wagtails the more notable records.

Kestrel, by Lee Johnson

Kestrel, by Lee Johnson

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Light/moderate variable winds featured throughout the day, with brighter conditions following rain during the morning. Seawatch records included a Red-throated Diver flying south, two Manx Shearwaters and three Barnacle Geese moving north, a single Pochard south, one Ringed Plover north, an immature Pomarine Skua flying south, a Bonxie north and two Sandwich Terns heading in the same direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Ringed Plovers and a Whimbrel overflew the Outer Head. A Turtle Dove appeared in the same area, but the highlight was a Bee-eater that initially flew east over Greenacres just gone 1510hrs. It was relocated over Head Farm, where it lingered for 10 minutes from 1525hrs, before it drifted east and wasn’t relocated. There was a scattering of passerine migrants including ten Wheatears, two White and one Yellow Wagtail, single migrant Reed and Garden Warblers and a Stonechat.

Amongst birds trapped and ringed were three Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, one Blackcap and four Tree Sparrows.

Small numbers of migrants had also made landfall at Buckton, the best of which was a singing Icterine Warbler which wasn’t seen after mid-morning.

Bee-eater, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Bee-eater, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Icterine Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Icterine Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Sedge Warbler, by Lee Johnson

Sedge Warbler, by Lee Johnson

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

It was another quiet day, despite light/moderate north-easterly and later south-easterly winds, sunny conditions and temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. The pair of Shelduck remained at Thornwick Pools with their six young, with a Dunlin also present. A Ringed Plover and two Curlew overflew the Outer Head, three Sandwich Terns headed past South Landing, whilst an adult Tawny Owl accompanied a chick there. A Jay flew north from Old Fall and nearby, single Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear were present. A White Wagtail frequented fields near Bempton.

A ringing session resulted in six Sedge Warblers, one Reed Warbler and two Whitethroats being trapped.

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A light/moderate south-westerly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, three Red-throated Divers flew south (with two north) and two Sandwich Terns also headed south. A Spoonbill flew south over South Landing early morning, whilst a Green Woodpecker was calling in trees near South Dykes.

Two Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were at Thornwick Pools where the family of Shelduck remained. A Short-eared Owl hunted the cliff top near North Marsh, a juvenile Stonechat frequented North Landing, three White Wagtails remained and a Garden Warbler was at South Landing.

House Martin, by Andrew Allport

House Martin, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

A day of light/moderate southerlies and sunny intervals. The pair of Shelduck at Thornwick Pool was accompanied by six ducklings, with a pair of Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper also present. A Common Buzzard overflew the village, one Jay flew west over the Outer Head and the White Wagtail remained at the Lighthouse car-park.

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sunny intervals throughout, with mainly light northerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 13 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Blue Fulmars flew north, together with 192 Fulmars, four Sandwich Terns also flew past and three Arctic Terns went north.

The highlight consisted a Hen Harrier that flew east over Thornwick early morning, whilst there were three Little Ringed Plovers on the Pools. A Turtle Dove appeared near North Marsh, with other interest provided by a late Redwing, a Reed Warbler near the Lighthouse, a single Goldcrest, five Wheatears, one Stonechat, two White Wagtails and a Tree Pipit.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

An largely overcast day with sunny spells and heavy rain showers and temperatures reaching 11 degrees C. Two Manx Shearwaters and two Sandwich Terns flew north on the seawatch. A Short-eared Owl hunted the Outer Head, with single Wheatear, White Wagtail and a migrant Reed Warbler in the same area; another White Wagtail remained at Thornwick Pools.

White Wagtail, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

White Wagtail, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Pied Wagtail, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Pied Wagtail, Outer Head, by Martin Garner

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Rain during the morning, with a southerly wind and temperatures of 8 degrees C. A Manx Shearwater was the highlight of a seawatch from North Landing. Single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper were at Thornwick Pool, with an adult Tawny Owl and chick at South Landing. Single Wheatear and White Wagtail were the only obvious migrant passerines.

White Wagtail, by Martin Garner

White Wagtail, by Martin Garner

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

The day featured moderate westerly and sunny intervals with temperatures reaching 11 degrees C by mid-morning. Seawatching highlights included four Red-throated Divers flying south, nine Manx Shearwaters heading north, 11 Shelduck, four Whimbrel flying north, as did nine Sandwich Terns and one Arctic Tern.

A Common Sandpiper remained at Thornwick Pools, where there were also two White Wagtails. Additional passerines included another Reed Warbler, one Yellow Wagtail, two Wheatears and a Siskin.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

A light/moderate north-westerly, overcast conditions and temperatures of 11 degrees C. A Red-throated Diver flew north, a Little Egret moved south, one Whimbrel did the same, a Bonxie headed north and nine Sandwich Terns flew south. However, the seawatch highlight were two Bottle-nosed Dolphins that headed south.

Two Tufted Ducks, a Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and three Dunlin were at Thornwick Pools, with a Short-eared Owl nearby and a Marsh Harrier overflew the village. Passerine migrants included four Spotted Flycatchers, single Tree Pipit, White Wagtail, Redstart and Garden Warbler. Three Jays were near Old Fall, the year’s first record of a less than annual visitor.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

 

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A light north-west wind, overcast and temperatures of 8 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch five Manx Shearwaters flew north and four Sandwich Terns did the same. The Velvet Scoter was again off South Landing and a Bonxie flew west over the Headland. Two Hobbies overflew Thornwick Pools, with two Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, seven Sedge Warblers, one Reed Warbler and a Whinchat in the same area. South Landing attracted another Whinchat and three Yellow Wagtails were recorded.

Twenty birds were caught during a ringing session, including five Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.

Lesser Whitethroat, by Jim Morgan

Lesser Whitethroat, by Jim Morgan

Greenland Wheatear, Flamborough, by Martin Garner

Greenland Wheatear, Flamborough, by Martin Garner

Whinchat, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Whinchat, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

A day of light east-north-east winds, overcast conditions with temperatures reaching 9 degrees C. Seawatching produced two red-throated Divers flying north, as did 148 Fulmars, eight Manx Shearwaters and 13 Sandwich Terns.

A Velvet Scoter was on the sea off South Landing, a Black-tailed Godwit dropped onto North Marsh and the Common Sandpiper remained at Thornwick Pools. A Reed Warbler was singing at the latter location. Additional passerine sightings included two Greenland Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails and one White Wagtail.

Grey Partridge, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Grey Partridge, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Light north-westerly and latterly northerlies, with sunny intervals throughout. Seawatching highlights were limited to single Manx Shearwater, Sandwich and Arctic Terns flying north. A Whimbrel frequented fields near Thornwick, where the Common Sandpiper remained. Passerines included 15 Wheatear, one Whinchat, three Stonechats, two Garden Warblers and single Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and Siskin.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

After an overcast start, sunny intervals and strong westerly winds dominated the day.  The highlight was a female Garganey that dropped onto Thornwick Pool before it was harassed by the resident pair of Shelduck and flew off west. Three Tufted Duck were on North Marsh, with four Dunlin, one Little Ringed Plover, three Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and 56 Sand Martins at Thornwick Pools. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier hunted the Outer Head/North Landing areas, with the Hobby noted over South Landing. Three Arctic Skuas were present offshore, including two off South Landing.

Swallows were moving south, with 127 noted in two hours. Two White Wagtails were still present at Thornwick Pools, seven Yellow Wagtails flew west and a Reed Warbler was singing at North Landing. Elsewhere, one Whinchat appeared near the Lighthouse, whilst a Spotted Flycatcher and ten Siskin were at Old Fall.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

White Wagtail, Thornwick pools, by Andrew Allport

White Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Garganey, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, May 11th, 2015

A moderate/strong southerly wind dominated, with sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatching produced a single Red-throated Diver flying north, five Shelduck moving south and 12 Sandwich Terns heading north. A second-summer Yellow-legged Gull fed off the Fog Station during the evening.

Single Merlin and Hobby were recorded, with a Grey Heron, Common Sandpiper and three Dunlin at Thornwick Pools. An arrival of Wheatear took place during the day, with 41 present by the evening. Additional migrants included two Whinchat, a Redstart, two Spotted and one Pied Flycatcher, three Yellow Wagtails and two White Wagtails. The singing Grasshopper Warbler also remained in residence.

Hobby, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Hobby, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Whinchat, by Craig Thomas

Whinchat, Lighthouse Road, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

A day of moderate south-south-westerly winds and occasional sunny intervals after an overcast start; temperatures reached 16 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included two Manx Shearwaters flying north, a drake Garganey north, single Bonxie and Little Gull moving in the same direction and 27 Sandwich Terns also heading north.

Two Mute Swans overflew Hartendale, a Marsh Harrier and two Short-eared Owls appeared along the cliffs between Thornwick and North Dykes, whilst the Hobby again graced the Outer Head. Thornwick Pool attracted four Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper, with single Reed Warbler, Redstart and Corn Bunting also present there.

Additional migrants included a Hooded Crow flying north-east from Old Fall, where there were also two Pied Flycatchers.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

An overcast start to the day, with a moderate/strong westerly wind. Seawatching produced a Red-throated Diver flying north, a Blue Fulmar, one Gadwall flying south, a Marsh Harrier flying in the same direction, a Hobby that toured the Headland throughout the day, an Arctic Skua heading south, a second calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull flying north and 56 Sandwich Terns went south (and 21 north).

Two Barnacle Geese frequented North Marsh, a drake Velvet Scoter appeared off South Landing and a Common Buzzard appeared over the Dykes. A Temmick’s Stint flew over the cliffs at Thornwick heading for the Pool, but unfortunately wasn’t located. Three Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were also present, whilst three Whimbrel were on the Outer Head, where a Greenshank flew over.

Good numbers of migrants included two Turtle Doves (at Old Fall and near North Marsh), 28 Wheatears, a Whinchat, two Redstarts, two Yellow Wagtails, three Spotted Flycatchers, 26 Willow Warblers, one Garden Warbler and a singing Tree Pipit at Old Fall.

Turtle Dove, by John Beaumont

Turtle Dove, near North Marsh, by John Beaumont

Spotted Flycatcher, Old Fall, by Brett Richards

Spotted Flycatcher, Old Fall, by Brett Richards

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

 

Friday, May 8th, 2015

A light north-east and later easterly wind, with generally overcast/misty conditions. During the seawatch, 158 Fulmars flew north, as did a Mute Swan, two Whimbrel, 63 Sandwich Terns and single Common and Arctic Terns. Six Little Terns offshore during the early afternoon were the year’s first and an above average count.

The Barnacle Goose remained, with additional sightings including two Whimbrel,a Common Sandpiper and second calendar-year Yellow-legged and Iceland Gulls; the latter near North Marsh, before it headed south. Forty Swallows flew south; passerine migrants included a singing Grasshopper Warbler, single Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart were new, whilst a White Wagtail and two Yellow Wagtails were also present.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Grasshopper Warbler, by Andy Hood

Grasshopper Warbler, by Andy Hood

 

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Moderate westerlies and sunshine throughout. Highlights of the seawatch included six Manx Shearwaters flying north and four Arctic Terns. The Barnacle Goose remained at North Marsh, with a Hobby and a Merlin nearby. Three Turtle Doves flew west over the Outer Head, with a Jay near the Lighthouse. Migrants included a Goldcrest, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warblers, a Redwing, one Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 15 Wheatears, a male Redstart, six Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and a Siskin.

Sedge Warbler, by Andrew Allport

Sedge Warbler, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Strong south-south-west winds allied to heavy showers ensured any birding was difficult. Seawatching was rewarded with three Red-throated Divers, two Shelduck flying south, 36 Common Scoters moving in the same direction, one Whimbrel north, 11 Sandwich Terns also north and an Arctic Tern flying south. Fourteen Purple Sandpipers remained in residence.

Thornwick Pool attracted five Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Redshank as well as two Wheatear.

Records from Buckton included a Swift, one Redstart and five Wheatear.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The day started with moderate east-south-easterly winds, heavy rain followed by foggy conditions. The wind switched to strong south-south-westerlies and sunny intervals then featured whilst temperatures reached 16 degrees C. The highlight of the seawatch were nine Eiders flying south and a pair of Tufted Ducks toured the Outer Head.

A Hobby flew west over Thornwick Pool, where there were also eight Dunlin, two Ringed Plovers, one Snipe and a Redshank, together with the Barnacle Goose and single White and Yellow Wagtails. A scattering of passerine migrants were found before the wind picked up, including six Wheatear near the Fog Station, three Whinchats and single Garden Warbler and Redstart.

Redshank, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Redshank, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The winds switched from moderate west-south-westerlies to south-easterlies later in the day, coupled with sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 16 degrees C. During the seawatch, 46 Sandwich Terns headed north (with 14 south), two Common Terns moved in the same direction and three Arctic Terns went south. In addition, three Whimbrel flew north.

A Barnacle Goose commuted between Thornwick Pools and North Marsh, with a pair of Gadwall at the latter site. Five Whimbrel were on fields near Thornwick, four Dunlin, a Snipe, a Ringed Plover and an Oystercatcher visited Thornwick Pools, with another Dunlin at North Marsh. A Common Buzzard flew over the Dykes and a Short-eared Owl frequented the Outer Head.

Migrants included 12 Swifts, 21 Wheatears, two Tree Pipits, nine Yellow Wagtails and single Fieldfare, White Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler (at South Dykes), Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest and Siskin. A Black Redstart also visited a garden in the village.

Barnacle Goose, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Barnacle Goose, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Oystercatcher, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Oystercatcher, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

The morning was wet, with heavy rain and moderate/strong east-south-east winds. However, the afternoon was completely different, with sunshine, calm conditions and temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. Two Wigeon frequented North Marsh, ten Eider were off the South Cliffs, a Little Egret landed briefly on the Golf Course before heading north, one Whimbrel also flew north and 20 Arctic Terns flew east past North Landing.

There was an increase in Lesser Whitethroats, with a minimum of 24 present, a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Oceanview and other migrants included single Fieldfare, Whinchat, Garden Warbler and Goldcrest, two White Wagtails, with a male Black Redstart at North Landing. Two Common Swifts were recorded, whilst four Corn Buntings appeared near North Landing.

Little Egret, Golf Course, by Martin Garner

Little Egret, Golf Course, by Martin Garner

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

The winds switched from light north-easterlies to moderate/strong south-easterlies, with sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 9 degrees C. Seawatching produced a Blue Fulmar flying north, one Manx Shearwater heading in the same direction, 15 Sandwich Terns moving north and an Arctic Skua offshore. In addition, a party of seven Pochards flew past the Fog Station and a flock of six later overflew the Headland. Five Whimbrel were near Thornwick, where a Snipe also lingered.

Migrants included single Ring Ouzel and Black Redstart, three White Wagtails, a Reed Warbler, 15 Wheatear and three Yellow Wagtails.

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Friday, May 1st, 2015

A moderate north-north-westerly wind, sunny intervals with occasional showers and temperatures reaching 9 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, a total of 379 Fulmars flew north, a Blue Fulmar appeared off the Headland and eight Manx Shearwaters headed north, as did three Sandwich Terns. Thirty Common Scoters were also off South Landing.

Single Snipe, Dunlin and Common Sandpiper were at Thornwick Pools, with four Whimbrel nearby. Passerine migrants included 15 Wheatear, four Yellow Wagtails, two White Wagtails and better still, a Hawfinch on the Outer Head.

Sightings from the Buckton/Bempton area included three Common Buzzards, six Whimbrel and a White Wagtail.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pool, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Tony Dixon

Dunlin, Thornwick Pool, by Tony Dixon