Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Strong south-westerly winds featured once again during a largely sunny day. Seawatching highlights included three Great Northern Divers, one Blue Fulmar, a Shelduck, 24 Wigeon, 39 Teal, five Eider and a Bonxie flying south. A total of 15 Little Gulls also moved south, with three flying north, whilst a lone Little Auk also headed south.

Thornwick Pool hosted the drake Pintail and a pair of Gadwall and a Common Buzzard frequented South Dykes.

The two Richard’s Pipits remained between North Marsh and North Landing; viewable from the cliff top path and spending time around the flash in the sheep field. A total of 24 Rock Pipits were located, split between Breil Nook and South Landing. South Dykes held five Treecreepers together and two Goldcrests, with South Landing attracting single Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, 15 Siskins and seven Bullfinch.

Little Gull, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Little Gull, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Robin, South Landing, by Malcolm & June Fox

Robin, South Landing, by Malcolm & June Fox

 

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The weather consisted very strong southerly winds, overcast skies and rain from mid-afternoon. During the seawatch, 40 Red-throated Divers flew south, single Great Northern Divers went north and south, one Shelduck, seven Wigeon, one Knot and 25 Golden Plovers flew south, whilst five Eider and four Little Gulls headed north.

South Dykes hosted a Chiffchaff and three Goldcrests.

Great Northern Diver, off Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Great Northern Diver, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

After an overcast start, unbroken sunshine prevailed along with moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, 28 Red-throated Divers headed south, two Great Northern Divers flew north and a Blue Fulmar, three dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Shelduck, 14 Wigeon, 23 Teal and a Goldeneye flew south all flew south. In addition, 11 Eider and two Bonxies headed north, whilst 381 Shag left the roost and 23 Purple Sandpipers were in residence.

The Pink-footed Goose again associated with the Greylags, five Wigeon and 41 Teal frequented North Marsh, along with a Grey Heron and two Stonechats. Nearby, the two Richard’s Pipits continued to show well around the flash in the cliff top field between the Marsh and North Landing. Two Woodcocks were present in South Dykes.

Coal Tit, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Coal Tit, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Richard's Pipits, between North Marsh and North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Richard’s Pipits, between North Marsh and North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Richard's Pipit, between North Marsh and North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Richard’s Pipits, between North Marsh and North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Monday, December 28th, 2015

It was an overcast day with strong south-south-easterly winds. Seawatching highlights included 20 Red-throated Divers heading north, three Great Northern Divers flying south, one Manx Shearwater north, 18 Teal and two Pintail moving south and eight Bonxies; the latter a December record.

The Pink-footed Goose lingered with the Greylag flock, North Marsh attracted eight Wigeon and 57 Teal, whilst the drake Pintail remained at Thornwick. The two Richard’s Pipits showed well between North Marsh and North Landing, with other passerine interest provided by a Chiffchaff in South Dykes and four Stonechats.

Richard's Pipit, twixt North Landing and North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Richard’s Pipit, twixt North Landing and North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

 

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The weather relented at last and there were lighter south-west winds and sunshine. Seawatching produced 95 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver flying south, two Brent Geese heading north, and one Pintail, two Eider, 11 Common Scoter and two Velvet Scoters all flying south. In addition, five Bonxies flew south and a Little Gull moved north.

Away from the sea, two Whooper Swans flew south over the Headland, a Pink-footed Goose accompanied the Greylag flock and North Marsh attracted a pair of Gadwall. South Landing sheltered a Woodcock. The day’s highlight was the discovery of two Richard’s Pipits in fields east of North Landing; viewed from the cliff top path. Two Stonechats were also nearby.

West of the Dykes, a Gadwall frequented Buckton Pond.

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Brett Richards

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Brett Richards

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Brett Richards

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Brett Richards

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-westerly winds, overcast conditions and rain. Seawatching was rewarded with 277 Shag leaving the roost, 33 Cormorants and  a Bonxie flying south. The gull roost contained 230 Black-headed and 1005 Common Gulls.

Shag, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Shag, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, overcast skies with rain from late morning. Seawatching highlights included 75 Red-throated Divers, four Great Northern Divers, one dark-bellied Brent Goose and six Wigeon flying south, whilst 1000 Guillemots also moved past the Headland.

A Grey Wagtail frequented South Landing, whilst there were 19 Siskin and a Goldcrest at Oceanview.

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Strong southerly winds dominated, with overcast conditions and a belt of rain from late morning. Seawatching highlights included 217 Fulmars, 11 Pintail, seven Pochard, two Velvet Scoter and a Little Auk all flew south.

Pintail, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Pintail, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

 

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A sunny day represented a significant change, although the winds remained stubbornly in the south-west. A Shelduck flew south on the seawatch, while a Little Gull headed in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Cormorant, a Coot and five Teal. A tally of 1220 Black-headed Gulls was above average. The Yellow-browed Warbler was still present in South Dykes, spending most of its time along the stream.

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The morning featured strong south-westerly winds and overcast skies, with rain and a decreasing wind in the afternoon. Seawatching highlights included 34 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 400 Fulmars, a Little Gull and one Little Auk all flying south. A total of 252 Shags also left their roost to feed in Bridlington Bay.

Thornwick Pools attracted seven Teal, the Pintail, a Cormorant, two Grey Herons, one Coot and four Snipe, with a Stonechat nearby. South Dykes hosted two Tawny Owls, two Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff, with another Goldcrest at Oceanview.

Stonechat, Thornwick Bay, by Andrew Allport

Stonechat, Thornwick Bay, by Andrew Allport

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The day started with strong south-westerly winds and overcast skies, with rain later. The seawatch was relatively quiet, with single Wigeon and Bonxie flying south and a Peregrine present. Thornwick Pools attracted eight Teal, a Grey Heron and one Coot, whilst 610 Black-headed Gulls represented a relatively good winter tally.

Oystercatcher, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Oystercatcher, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

It was a day of moderate/strong south-westerly winds and overcast conditions. During the seawatch, two Wigeon and a Knot flew south, whilst two Bonxies headed north; in addition, 266 Shags and 70 Red-throated Divers were offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Cormorant, a Coot and 15 Teal. The day’s highlight was the discovery of an unprecedented December Yellow-browed Warbler in South Dykes. A tit flock in South Dykes contained ten Long-tailed Tits, five Coal Tits, two Treecreepers, two Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff. Two more Coal Tits, two Treecreepers and ten Siskin frequented South Landing.

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

It was another mild day, with moderate/strong southerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included 42 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver flying south, five Eider, single Lapwing and Knot moving south, along with two Bonxies, a Little Gull and two Little Auks. A Mistle Thrush frequented the Lighthouse Grasslands, whilst a Peacock butterfly flying around the seawatchers was indicative of the mild temperatures.

Black-throated Diver, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Black-throated Diver, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Light/moderate south-westerly winds again predominated, with overcast skies and relatively mild  conditions. During the seawatch, a Bonxie headed north and five Little Gulls flew south. The drake Pintail remained in residence, whilst 88 Turnstone were recorded; 55 near the Fog Station and 33 at South Landing. A Knot and a Grey Wagtail were recorded at the latter site, together with four Siskin. Oceanview hosted 54 Tree Sparrows and 31 Yellowhammers.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The day again featured light/moderate south-westerly winds, overcast skies and well above average temperatures. During the seawatch a Blue Fulmar lingered offshore, a Great Northern Diver, two Shelduck and a Shoveler flew south, one Bonxie moved north and a Little Auk headed south.

Dunlin, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Dunlin, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

The day started with rain, although brighter conditions arrived later; south-westerly winds strengthened during the day and temperatures attained 13 degrees C. A total of 23 Red-throated Divers were recorded on the seawatch, one Shelduck and four Gadwall flew south, nine Eiders headed north (with seven more flying south) and 1000s of Guillemots were again present.

Thornwick Pool attracted a Grey Heron, 16 Mallard, two Teal and a drake Pintail. A Common Buzzard frequented Mid-Dykes, whilst two Stonechats were at Thornwick Bay.

Cormorant, Thornwick Pool, by Andrew Allport

Cormorant, Thornwick Pool, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

It was a very dull, overcast day with a moderate south-easterly wind. During the seawatch, one Black-throated Diver and two Great Northern Divers flew south. Two Blue Fulmars and seven Eiders flew north, whilst a Velvet Scoter and two Goldeneye went south. Five Bonxies and three Little Gulls were also recorded. In addition, a minimum of 10,000 auks flew north.

Elsewhere, records included 31 Teal, a dead Great Crested Grebe on South Landing beach, a Short-eared Owl near North Marsh and one Stonechat.

Goldfinch, Thornwick, by John Beaumont

Goldfinch, Thornwick, by John Beaumont

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Overcast skies and a light south-westerly wind featured throughout the day. The seawatch was rewarding with two Great Northern Divers flying south, one Blue Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater and two Shelduck flying north. Additional wildfowl on the move included 16 Wigeon heading south, 84 Teal flying north (with 33 south), one Shoveler going north, a Tufted Duck heading south, five Scaup moving north, whilst two Goldeneye and two Goosander flew south.

Fourteen Shelduck flew east past South Landing, which also hosted three Woodcock, whilst there was a single Common Buzzard at the Dykes. Small numbers of thrushes arrived, with 15 Fieldfare and 16 Redwing east of the Dykes and 25 Fieldfare, four Blackbirds and two Redwing at Buckton; the Gadwall was again on Buckton Pond.

Red-throated Diver, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Red-throated Diver, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Unusually of late there were only very light variable winds, with sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included two Black-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver flying south, one Manx Shearwater moving north, 16 dark-bellied Brent Geese heading south, four Goldeneye flying in the opposite direction and six Bonxies and two Little Auks moving south.

Away from the sea 16 Pink-footed Geese flew south, a Short-eared Owl frequented the Lighthouse Grasslands and single Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail were recorded.

Short-eared Owl, Lighthouse Grasslands, by Craig Thomas

Short-eared Owl, Lighthouse Grasslands, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The day started with light south-westerly winds and overcast skies, although rain arrived mid-morning and persisted until after dark. Single Great Northern Diver and Black-throated Diver flew south on the seawatch, as did five Common Scoter.

Three Pink-footed Geese accompanied 93 Greylag Geese (and one Canada x Greylag hybrid) at North Marsh, where there were also six Wigeon and a Grey Heron. A total of 63 Teal were present (51 at North Marsh and 12 on Thornwick Pools) and seven Snipe.

Pink-footed Geese with Greylag, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Pink-footed Geese with Greylag, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The day featured moderate westerly winds and relatively bright conditions, although temperatures peaked at only 5 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver landed on the sea off the Fog Station, two Peregrines were recorded, whilst single Wigeon, Eider and a Bonxie headed south.

Sightings elsewhere included 14 Teal, a Grey Heron, a Mediterranean Gull at South Landing, two Goldcrests and a Rock Pipit that showed features of ‘littoralis’.

'argentatus' Herring Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

‘argentatus’ Herring Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

It was a day of moderate south-westerly winds and overcast skies; with rain in the morning. During the seawatch, a Black-throated Diver flew north, with four Tufted Ducks and three Wigeon flying south. Thornwick attracted 15 Teal, Water Rail and three Snipe, whilst two Grey Herons roamed the Headland. Easily the day’s most notable record related to a Marsh Tit that visited a garden on the southern edge of the village; only Flamborough’s third ever.

Kestrel, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Kestrel, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

South-westerly winds strengthened during a relatively bright day. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar flew south, 835 Fulmars were recorded, a Red-breasted Merganser landed off the Fog Station, whilst four Eiders and a Golden Plover flew south.

Away from the sea, five Whooper Swans moved south, a Pink-footed Goose overflew South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pool attracted 14 Teal, a Cormorant, four Snipe and a Jack Snipe. South Landing attracted a Little Egret. Passerine interest comprised two Goldcrests, a Mistle Thrush, single Fieldfare and Siskin, together with two Lesser Redpolls.

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The weather consisted of moderate southerly winds and overcast conditions. Seawatching was quiet, with five Wigeon flying south, together with seven Knot and four Lapwing, whilst a Fieldfare flew in off the sea. After an absence of a few days, thousands of Guillemots were back in residence, although only 42 Razorbills were recorded.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, nine Teal and the drake Pintail. A single Waxwing rested briefly on the southern edge of the village at Hartendale before heading south.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The day featured light south-easterly winds, overcast skies with occasional drizzle. Seawatching highlights included 29 Red-throated Divers and one Velvet Scoter, three Bonxies and a Little Gull all flying south. Thornwick Pool attracted seven Teal, a Pintail, one Gadwall and a Grey Heron.

Water Rail and Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Water Rail and Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Strong south-westerly winds moderated during a largely bright, but mainly overcast day. Seawatching was rewarded with 40 Red-throated Divers, one Black-throated Diver and three Great Northern Divers all flying south. Two Manx Shearwaters headed north along with a Little Gull, whilst a Bonxie flew south.

Thornwick Pool attracted seven Teal, the drake Pintail, one Water Rail and a Grey Heron. Three Stonechats and two Lesser Redpolls were also recorded.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl hunted the cliff-top at Speeton and a Mistle Thrush was at Bempton.

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Another day of strong south-westerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatch highlights included 354 Fulmars flying south, a Red-necked Grebe on the sea, one dark-bellied Brent Goose heading north, 11 Wigeon and two Gadwall flying south, an adult Mediterranean Gull moving north and two Peregrines. Thornwick Pools attracted three Teal and a Pintail.

Sparrowhawk, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Sparrowhawk, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Friday, December 4th, 2015

There were relatively light south-westerly winds and bright conditions first thing, but more overcast skies and stronger winds featured during the afternoon. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver and 368 Fulmars flew north, 13 Whooper Swans went south, four Eiders headed north and a Pomarine Skua flew south. A lone Grey Heron and the Pintail were still in residence. Passerines included four Treecreepers (two in South Landing and two in South Dykes), six Goldcrests, three Chiffchaffs in South Dykes, 40 Tree Sparrows at Oceanview and six Bullfinch at South Landing.

Curlew, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Curlew, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The weather consisted of generally overcast skies and lighter winds during the morning, before stronger south-westerly winds later. During the seawatch, 218 Gannets, 27 Razorbills and single Little Auk and Little Gull flew north. Away from the sea, passerine interest was limited to a Stonechat and one Grey Wagtail.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

 

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Another day of moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals before an overcast afternoon. During the seawatch, single Great Crested Grebe and Bonxie flew north. Wildfowl included 53 Teal and a Wigeon on North Marsh and the drake Pintail on Thornwick Pools. Thornwick also hosted 19 Snipe and eight Jack Snipe, whilst a Woodcock frequented South Landing. The day’s highlight was a Richard’s Pipit that was discovered in the Sheep Field east of North Landing that appeared to depart towards the Lighthouse; four Stonechats were also present on the Headland.

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, rain until mid-morning which cleared to leave overcast skies whilst the temperature increased from 4 to 13 degrees C. A total of 620 Gannets flew north (and 120 went south) which was double the previous December record day count and a Goldeneye flew south.

Seven Whooper Swans flew south over the Headland, a Little Auk flew east past South Landing and a Short-eared Owl frequented Thornwick; the Pintail also remained on the Pool. Oceanview hosted 82 Tree Sparrows and two Goldcrests, whilst another two Goldcrests were at South Landing and three Stonechats were recorded.

Little Auk, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Little Auk, South Landing, by Craig Thomas