Monday, February 29th, 2016

Temperatures again struggled to five degrees C after an overnight frost, with sunny intervals and a light south-west wind. The seawatch was very quiet, with the undoubted highlights confined to the land.

The wetlands attracted 18 Teal, a Grey Heron, four Coot and 18 Curlew, whilst a pair of Grey Partridge on the Outer Head was notable. A Woodlark discovered in the Lighthouse Grasslands represented an excellent record of a less than annual migrant. One Richard’s Pipit was present at North Landing, whilst the identification of six Scandinavian Rock Pipits was more a reflection of their breeding plumage starting to show through.

Bullfinch, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Bullfinch, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

 

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

A light/moderate north-easterly wind brought relatively low temperatures which rose to six degrees C from mid-morning when sunshine prevailed. Seawatching improved, with one Great Crested Grebe, seven Blue Fulmars, two Eider, 354 Herring Gulls, 60 Great Black-backed Gulls, 184 Kittiwakes and two Puffins flying north. However, better still, the first white-winged gull of the year was also recorded, with a juvenile Iceland Gull heading south early morning.

The Red-necked Grebe was still on the sea between South Dykes and Sewerby, with 64 Common Scoter and 12 (nine and three) Shelduck also present; in addition, the pair of Shelduck remained on Thornwick Pools. Late morning, the two Richard’s Pipits were again reported in the field immediately north-east of the chalets at North Landing.

Common Buzzard, Micklemires, by Brett Richards

Common Buzzard, Micklemires, by Brett Richards

 

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Another overcast day, with a light north-easterly wind and temperatures that peaked at five degrees C. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar flew north along with two Eider and seven Velvet Scoter.

A skein containing 57 Pink-footed Geese flew north over the Dykes. A Black Redstart was located near the cliff top south of Head Farm and two Stonechat frequented the Lighthouse Grasslands.

West of the Dykes, the Red-necked Grebe was again off Sewerby Steps, together with 30 Red-throated Divers and 60 Common Scoter.

Red-necked Grebe, Sewerby, by Alan Walkington

Red-necked Grebe, Sewerby, by Alan Walkington

 

Friday, February 26th, 2016

An overcast and cold day with very light winds that turned onshore during the afternoon. Seawatching produced ten Red-throated Divers and two Eider flying south, with three Blue Fulmars and 148 Fulmars heading north. Fifteen Purple Sandpipers were also in the vicinity of the Fog Station.

A Woodcock and two Tawny Owls were recorded at South Dykes. Better still a Red-necked Grebe was present off Sewerby Steps, where waders included 24 Turnstone, eight Ringed Plover and four Purple Sandpipers.

Ringed Plover, Sewerby Steps, by Alan Walkington

Ringed Plover, Sewerby Steps, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A moderate north-westerly wind was associated with relatively low temperatures and broken cloud. During the seawatch, seven Eider flew north and the Black Redstart re-appeared near the Fog Station.

Two Shelduck, 21 Teal, two Grey Herons and the Common Buzzard were also recorded.

Teal, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Teal, Thornwick Pool, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

A frosty start gave way to a day of sunshine, blue skies and a light north-westerly. North-bound birds on this morning’s seawatch, unless otherwise stated, saw five Red-throated Diver (19 south), a Great Northern Diver, 812 Fulmar, 1831 Gannet (725 south), two Common Scoter, two Velvet Scoter, the year’s first intermedius Lesser Black-back Gull and one Shelduck south.

Shag, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Shag, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Strong north-north-west winds were the feature of a largely sunny day, with light showers and temperatures that peaked at 6 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver, one Blue Fulmar, 929 Fulmars and 1352 Gannets flew north, whilst four Eiders headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted 25 Teal, the pair of Shelduck and a Grey Heron, with the Common Buzzard nearby. Passerine interest included two Stonechat, eight Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch a Blue Fulmar flew south, as did five Red-throated Divers and four Common Scoter. The Common Buzzard remained on the edge of the village and two Stonechats frequented the Lighthouse Grasslands.

Stonechat, Lighthouse Grasslands, by Brett Richards

Stonechat, Lighthouse Grasslands, by Brett Richards

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

A westerly wind gathered in strength during a heavily overcast day that featured sporadic rain; after relatively low temperatures of late, a peak of 14 degrees C occurred during the afternoon. The seawatch was exceptionally quiet, with 247 Gannets, three Kittiwakes and no more than 50 Guillemots recorded.

A pair of Shelduck returned to Thornwick Pools, with 22 Teal also present. Two Tawny Owls, two Coal Tit and two Treecreepers were also recorded in South Dykes.

Red-throated Diver, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Red-throated Diver, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

It was a day of moderate south-westerly winds and overcast skies. During the seawatch a Blue Fulmar blogged about offshore, three Eiders flew north and five ‘argentatus’ Herring Gulls were recorded.

Single Great Northern Diver and Black-throated Diver were off South Landing, whilst ten Great Crested Grebes were on the sea between South Dykes and Sewerby Steps. Thornwick Pools attracted single Gadwall and Water Rail, the Common Buzzard remained just east of the village and the Black Redstart was seen again at the Fog Station.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Sunshine at the start of the day was replaced by cloud later, with rain arriving from mid-afternoon; a south-westerly wind increased in strength during the day. Two Shelduck flew south during the seawatch and a Peregrine cruised past the Fog Station.

Seventy Pink-footed Geese flew north early morning, the Common Buzzard was still present, whilst South Landing attracted 14 Curlew and four Mistle Thrushes; 950 Woodpigeons represented an above average count. The two Richard’s Pipits again frequented the field north-east of the chalets at North Landing.

Gadwall, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Gadwall, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

 

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Today’s weather was in stark contrast to yesterday’s, with clear blue skies and light north-westerly winds. Forty Red-throated Divers were recorded during the seawatch, whilst a Blue Fulmar and four Eiders flew north.

Elsewhere sightings included three Gadwall, 25 Teal, one Wigeon, a Grey Heron, one Great Crested Grebe and 50 Purple Sandpipers. South Dykes hosted a Tawny Owl and two Treecreepers; including one singing. The two Richard’s Pipits remained in their favoured field immediately north-east of the chalets.

Song Thrush, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Song Thrush, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

 

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Persistent rain featured throughout, along with moderate southerly winds. Birding was limited due to the inclement weather; a seawatch from North Landing produced 19 Red-throated Divers and 50 Razorbills.

Turnstone, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Turnstone, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching was again quiet, with ten Red-throated Divers, eight Wigeon, 45 Mallard and three Common Scoter. Thornwick Pools attracted three Gadwall, 26 Teal, 14 Mallard and three Coot.

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Another day of moderate northerly winds, occasional drizzle and temperatures of 4 degrees C. A seawatch at South landing produced 19 Red-throated Divers, three Eiders and four Common Scoters flying north and single Great Crested Grebe and Eider on the sea.

Sightings on the Headland included ten Wigeon, 44 Teal, 38 Mallard and a Grey Heron. The two Richard’s Pipits remained in their favoured field immediately east of the chalets at North Landing.

Roe Deer, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Roe Deer, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures of 4 degrees C. The seawatch was very quiet, with 21 Red-throated Divers, 159 Fulmars, 11 Mallard and two Eider flying north.

Thornwick Pools hosted 22 Teal and two Coot.

Grey Seal with attendant gulls, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Grey Seal with attendant gulls, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

A moderate east-south-east wind, with rain for the first hour before brighter conditions later in the day. Three Shelduck and 11 Common Scoter flew north past South Landing, where a Great Crested Grebe was offshore.

The two Richard’s Pipits continued to show well in the first field east of North Landing.

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, February 12th, 2016

The day comprised light easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 6 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with one Blue Fulmar flying north, together with seven Common Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser, whilst an Eider headed south.

A Great Northern Diver was off South Landing and nine Ringed Plover were nearby. The Black Redstart re-appeared at the Fog Station, the two Richard’s Pipits remained in residence at North Landing and a Siskin frequented South Landing.

Siskin, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Siskin, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The day featured light south-west winds, sunny intervals and relatively low temperatures that peaked at 5 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar, eighteen Common Scoter and four Goldeneye flew north.

Further sightings included six Wigeon, 31 Teal, a Common Buzzard, 20 Curlew and five Lapwing. Six Mistle Thrush frequented Beacon Hill and Thornwick attracted a Stonechat. The two Richard’s Pipits remained in residence at North Landing, showing well in the field immediately east of the path leading from the chalets to the cliff top. South Landing hosted single Grey Wagtail and Siskin, whilst  15 Rock Pipits were on the beach there; one of the latter showing features consistent of ‘Scandinavian Rock Pipit’.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a Stonechat and six Siskin.

Goldcrest, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Goldcrest, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The weather featured moderate/strong north-north-westerly winds and overcast conditions initially, with winds dropping and brighter skies by the afternoon. Seawatching highlights included one Blue Fulmar and 412 Fulmars flying north and eight Common Scoter and a Bonxie heading south.

Sightings in Bridlington Bay included a drake Eider, 30 Common Scoters and four Great Crested Grebes. The two Richard’s Pipits remain at North Landing, with a pair of Grey Partridge and Stonechat near Thornwick. South Dykes hosted Tawny Owl, Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail.

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The weather consisted moderate/strong south-westerly winds and bright, but generally overcast, skies. Seawatching was rewarded with 55 Pink-footed Geese and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose flying north, together with 42 Red-throated Divers in residence.

As well as the seawatch, sightings included three Gadwall on Thornwick Pools, 26 Teal, two Great Crested Grebes, seven Common Buzzards, a Merlin near Old Fall, 17 Curlew, a Stonechat, two Grey Wagtails and the two Richard’s Pipits (North Landing).

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Grey Wagtail, South Landing, by Andy Hood

 

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Strong south-south-westerly winds continued throughout the day with light rain on and off throughout. During the seawatch, 36 Red-throated Divers flew south, together with four Blue Fulmars, an Eider and four Common Scoter. Passerine interest included four Mistle Thrushes at Beacon Hill and a pair of Stonechats at North Marsh.

Cormorant, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Cormorant, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

 

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

A strong south-south-west wind prevailed all day, with increasing cloud after a sunny start. The seawatch was quiet, with five Red-throated Divers and three Common Scoter flying south. Illustrating the ephemeral appearances of the larger auks at this time of year, no Razorbills observed after 480 were recorded yesterday.

A Grey Heron and Common Buzzard frequented the Micklemires area. Two Richard’s Pipits again showed well in the field immediately east of North Landing and the Black Redstart again showed below the Fog Station. A Mistle Thrush at the latter site was relatively unusual and the sunshine prompted territorial Skylarks to sing. South Landing attracted a Treecreeper and 26 Tree Sparrows.

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

It was a wet day, with a light south-easterly wind switching to a strong south-south-westerly later. A seawatch from North Landing produced seven Red-throated Divers, 386 Gannets and 480 Razorbills. One Great Crested Grebe and 22 Teal were the only other noteworthy sightings.

Grey Seal, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Grey Seal, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A south-south-west wind strengthened during the day which was largely bright but overcast. During the seawatch a Great Northern Diver flew south, 350 Pink-footed Geese and seven Wigeon moved north and 185 Razorbills were recorded; the first treble-figure tally since mid-October.

Four Grey Herons were recorded, along with a Common Buzzard, 55 Purple Sandpipers and one Stonechat. A Black Redstart was also located at the Fog Station.

Grey Herons, Flamborough, by Brett Richards

Grey Herons, Flamborough, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Andy Hood

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A moderate north-westerly wind established during a largely sunny morning, before increasing cloud arrived. A Blue Fulmar flew north, together with 280 Fulmars and a Shelduck, whilst seven Common Scoters headed south.

Elsewhere, sightings included a Great Crested Grebe, one Grey Heron and 13 Purple Sandpipers.

West of the Dykes, 150 Tree Sparrows are currently roosting at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Shag, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Shag, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

 

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

A shift to a light/moderate north-westerly wind and sunny conditions immediately brought rewards. One Blue Fulmar flew north, together with 274 Fulmars, but better still, a Leach’s Petrel tracked north from 0907-0910hrs; this represents Flamborough’s first ever winter record, with no previous local records between December-May inclusive.

The seven White-fronted Geese remained in residence, whilst 100 Black-headed Gulls and 3000 Common Gulls roosted. A Long-eared Owl was located on the Outer Head, with the ever elusive Black Redstart relocated at North Landing; at least two Richard’s Pipits were also still present.

Curlew, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Curlew, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A sunny day with a strong westerly wind throughout. Seawatching continued to be quiet, with a Blue Fulmar flying north the highlight. Seven White-fronted Geese (six adults, one first-winter) were new, with additional wildfowl records including the Pink-footed Goose, three Gadwall and 20 Teal. South Landing attracted a Great Northern Diver, 30 Turnstones and a Purple Sandpiper. Other sightings included a Grey Heron, 46 Lapwing and one Redwing.

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Purple Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Weather was mostly sunny with a moderate WSW wind building to strong gales in the evening. It was generally a very quiet day, with the seawatch producing 80 Fulmars, three Red-throated Divers, 271 Gannet, two Teal, nine Kittiwake, 22 Razorbill and 25 Shag. Two Grey Herons and a Common Buzzard frequented the Headland.

Jackdaw, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Jackdaw, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas