Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Winds were light and variable, although generally from a north-westerly direction; it remained sunny for most of the day, with light showers during the afternoon. Seawatching improved, as birds re-orientated back north after the strong winds earlier in the week: nine Shelduck, a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver, 460 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 15 Sandwich Tern, five Common Terns, 29 Arctic Terns and 288 Puffins all flew north, whilst a Bonxie headed south.

An Egyptian Goose associated with the Greylags near North Marsh and six Shelduck toured the Headland. Three Whimbrel flew north, while a lone Snipe remained in residence. Passerines included a Hooded Crow, eight Willow Warblers, 13 Chiffchaffs, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, a male Whinchat, seven Wheatear, seven Yellow Wagtails, one White Wagtail and a Brambling.

The day’s highlight related to a Common Crane that flew south-east over Buckton Hall at 1317hrs and was then spotted circling over North Dykes ten minutes later. It eventually flew east and was lost to view over the Outer Head c. 1340hrs.

West of the Dykes, three Common Buzzards, a Short-eared Owl, 21 Swallows flying west, four Wheatear and 29 Corn Buntings were recorded from Bempton, with probably the same Short-eared Owl and two singing Grasshopper Warblers at nearby Buckton.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Grasshopper Warbler, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Grasshopper Warbler, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It was a day of moderate westerly winds, generally overcast conditions and heavy showers. Seawatching was typically quiet, although the year’s first Arctic Tern flew north, whilst 28 Sandwich Terns were also recorded.

However, the highlight was two Cranes that flew north over Hartendale early afternoon; although relatively low and looking like they might land in heavy rain, they weren’t located.

A Short-eared Owl flew out to sea at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, but turned back in the squally showers. Other sightings around the reserve included one Goldcrest, a Blackcap, three Wheatear, 100 Linnets and four Corn Buntings.

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The strong north-north-westerly airflow continued along with sunny intervals, showers and low single-figure temperatures. Unsurprisingly, seabird movement was once again almost entirely northbound, including two Red-throated Divers, a Blue Fulmar, 331 Fulmars, a Manx Shearwater and 291 Puffins.

Wildfowl records included two Tufted Duck at North Marsh, with the drake Red-breasted Merganser again off South Dykes and two Eider. Passerine migrants included three Goldcrest, a Redwing, nine Wheatear, a female Redstart, one White Wagtail and a Siskin.

Wheatear, Beacon Hill, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, Beacon Hill, by Paul Reed

 

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Very strong north-north-west winds continued, bringing occasional snow/hail showers and temperatures reached 6 degrees C. Single Red-throated Diver and Manx Shearwater flew north, together with 296 Fulmars, two Common Scoters and 315 Puffins.

A Brambling in South Dykes felt in keeping with the weather, whilst summer migrants were in short supply.

West of the Dykes, the Great Grey Shrike was seen again at Bempton.

Brambling, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Brambling, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Strong northerly winds increased in strength later, whilst temperatures ‘peaked’ at 6 degrees C by the early afternoon. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver, 208 Fulmars, one Manx Shearwater and a Sandwich Tern went north.

Migrants included a Jack Snipe at North Marsh, a Long-eared Owl and two White Wagtails.

West of the Dykes, a Great Grey Shrike was located late morning along the road from Bempton village and the RSPB reserve.

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Tony Dixon

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Tony Dixon

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

The day began with strong northerly winds and overcast skies with occasional hail showers, although the afternoon was largely sunny. Seawatching interest was limited to four Common Scoter, 411 Fulmars and a Whimbrel flying north.

Two Great Crested Grebes and a Red-breasted Merganser were off Sewerby, whilst the beach from South Landing to the Outer Head sheltered two Teal, 21 Purple Sandpipers, two Curlew and a Whimbrel.

West of the Dykes, a Grasshopper Warbler remains in residence at Buckton.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

 

 

 

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

The day featured moderate/strong north-westerly winds, but it remained sunny for the most part. Seawatching was quiet, with two Shelduck, two Red-throated Divers and 272 Fulmars flying north and four Whimbel heading south.

Two Red-throated Divers, a Great Crested Grebe and a drake Red-breasted Merganser sheltered on the sea between South Landing and South Dykes, with the pair of Tufted Duck still on North Marsh. Migrants included one Redstart, a Ring Ouzel and two Siskin. At least one Richard’s Pipit remained at North Landing.

A Fieldfare was present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Red-breasted Merganser, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

 

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Although sunny, a light/moderate north-easterly wind subdued temperatures. Seawatching was quiet, with a Red-throated Diver and a Whimbrel flying north and four Sandwich Terns moving south.

Passerine migrants included one Goldcrest, four Common Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, a male Whinchat, one Common Redstart, two Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel in the Gorse Field, one Fieldfare, a Yellow Wagtail and a single Channel Wagtail (Yellow x Blue-headed hybrid).

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted a Short-eared Owl and two Grasshopper Warblers.

'Channel' Wagtail, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

‘Channel’ Wagtail, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Common Whitethroat, South Landing, by Tony Simpson

Common Whitethroat, South Landing, by Tony Simpson

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The seawatch was quiet in very light southerly winds and sunshine, with a Red-throated Diver and 21 Sandwich Terns the highlight.

Two Common Buzzards were present, but better still, a Red Kite drifted over South Landing during the afternoon. The day’s best sighting related to two Dotterel that spent most of the day on the field immediately west of Old Fall. Unfortunately they were flushed by the farmer mid-evening, but still represented the first to linger on the Headland since 2009. Other migrants included seven Willow Warblers, two Reed Warblers, two Goldcrest, seven Yellow Wagtails, five Wheatear, one Black Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, one Redwing and two Fieldfare. The two Richard’s Pipits remained in situ at North Landing.

West of the Dykes, the singing Grasshopper Warbler lingered at Buckton.

Red Kite, South Landing, by Les Day

Red Kite, South Landing, by Les Day

female Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

female Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

female Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

female Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

male Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

male Dotterel, Old Fall, by Tony Dixon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Winds were light and from a southerly direction. It remained sunny throughout, although temperatures only reached 12 degrees C. During the seawatch, four Red-throated Divers, 211 Fulmars, a Manx Shearwater and 113 Sandwich Terns flew north. Elsewhere, two Tufted Duck frequented North Marsh.

A Grasshopper Warbler sang at South Dykes and other migrants included seven Lesser Whitethroats, two Common Whitethroats, five Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel and one Fieldfare. The two Richard’s Pipits showed well at North Landing.

West of the Dykes, a Bonxie was offshore at Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Sightings at Buckton included a Firecrest and a Grasshopper Warbler; both along Hoddy Cows Lane.

Grasshopper Warbler, South Dykes, by Tony Dixon

Grasshopper Warbler, South Dykes, by Tony Dixon

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate north-westerly winds and sunshine. During the seawatch, a Shelduck, one Red-throated Diver, 158 Fulmars, two Manx Shearwaters, six Sandwich and one Common Tern flew north.

Two pairs of Shelduck, two Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe were present on the Headland. Single Merlin and Long-eared Owl frequented the Outer Head. A Firecrest remained on the hedgerows south of the Lighthouse; additional passerine migrants included two Lesser Whitethroats, a Common Whitethroat, four Sedge Warblers, two Grasshopper Warblers, two Ring Ouzels, four Fieldfare and two Yellow Wagtails. The two Richard’s Pipits continued their long stay at North Landing, whilst a Corn Bunting on the Outer Head was notable.

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Long-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Gorse Field, by Tony Dixon

Firecrest, Gorse Field, by Tony Dixon

Monday, April 18th, 2016

A dry and predominantly overcast day with moderate south-westerlies and temperatures reaching 9°C. A quiet seawatch produced two Mallard, one Eider, 27 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver south; 25 Sandwich Tern north.

Migrants noted across the Headland today include a Black Redstart below the fog station, 2 Ring Ouzel, single Yellow Wagtail, a Firecrest near the gorse field, 15 chiffchaff, single Willow Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroat, three Sedge Warbler, two Wheatear, two White Wagtail on the golf course, 31 Sand Martin, 10 Swallows and both Richard’s Pipit remain in their favoured field at North Landing.

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Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Andrew Allport

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Ring Ouzel, Headland, by Paul Reed

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

It was a day of light/moderate north-westerly winds and largely sunny skies, with temperatures eventually attaining 11 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Eider and five Red-throated Divers flying south, 361 Fulmars, three Manx Shearwaters, one Whimbrel and a Bonxie flying north, and a total of six Sandwich Terns.

Within a local context, the most significant sighting related to two drake Mandarin Ducks; initially located on a flash near South Dykes, both were relocated on a pool on Beacon Hill. Three Common Buzzards were recorded and a Golden Plover overflew the Outer Head.

Migrants included three House Martin, eight Goldcrest, 30 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap, 20 Wheatear, three Ring Ouzels, a Redstart, one Black Redstart, single Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, one Siskin and five Brambling.

Mandarin Duck, Beacon Hill, by Tony Dixon

Mandarin Duck, Beacon Hill, by Tony Dixon

Mandarin Ducks, Beacon Hill, by Andy Hood

Mandarin Ducks, Beacon Hill, by Andy Hood

Ring Ouzel, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Ring Ouzel, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

A strong north-westerly wind dominated throughout, with sunny intervals and showers and temperatures reaching a mere 6 degrees C. The seawatch was relatively quiet, with two Eiders heading south and a Manx Shearwater and 319 Fulmars flying north.

Highlights included a Hooded Crow at North Landing, two Ring Ouzels on the Outer Head, a Tree Pipit in the village, a Sedge Warbler and seven Brambling.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Firecrest and Buckton attracted five Wheatear.

Hooded Crow, North Landing, by Max & Paula Webber

Hooded Crow, North Landing, by Max & Paula Webber

Brambling, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Brambling, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The day consisted largely overcast skies and light easterly winds, with temperatures again in single figures; rain arrived late afternoon.

An Egyptian Goose flew south over Thornwick Pools, where there were also single Snipe and Little Ringed Plover. Three Whimbrel were noted, a Merlin overflew Thornwick, and additional records included 11 Common Buzzards and single Short-eared and Long-eared Owls on the Outer Head.

Migrants included 29 Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, four Blackcap, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers (Thornwick Pools), six Goldcrests, a Firecrest (North Landing), one Tree Pipit, a White Wagtail, seven Wheatear, five Fieldfare, one Redwing and two Ring Ouzels.

West of the Dykes, a Marsh Harrier was located near Buckton Hall and single Whimbrel and Brambling were recorded at Bempton Cliffs RSPB; as was a leucistic Guillemot in the colony.

Long-eared Owl, Old Fall Steps, by Brett Richards

Long-eared Owl, Old Fall Steps, by Brett Richards

leucistic Guillemot, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Les Day

leucistic Guillemot, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Les Day

Ring Ouzel, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Ring Ouzel, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Brambling, Flamborough, by Tony Simpson

Brambling, Flamborough, by Tony Simpson

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

A largely overcast day with a light north-westerly wind that strengthened during the day. Tens of thousands of auks moved north during the seawatch, including 1851 Puffins; additionally, a Tufted Duck, two Manx Shearwaters, five Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 30 Sandwich Terns flew north.

Passerine migrants included nine Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers, two White Wagtails, three Wheatear, seven Brambling and a Siskin.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a Black Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, four Wheatear and two Chiffchaff. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew east at Speeton.

Black Redstart, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Black Redstart, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Blackcap, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Blackcap, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Brambling, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Brambling, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Light westerly and overcast conditions prevailed, with showers later. Seawatching produced one Eider, ten Common Scoter and three Red-throated Divers flying north, with a Blue Fulmar and seven Sandwich Terns heading in a similar direction.

A Little Egret visited Thornwick Pools, whilst increases in migrants included four Wheatear, 11 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap all at Thornwick.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted three Wheatear, two Chiffchaff and two Goldcrests.

Skylark, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Skylark, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A heavily overcast day, with persistent light rain in the morning, but dryer, foggy conditions during the afternoon. During the seawatch, a Pochard and three Blue Fulmars flew south and 20 Purple Sandpipers were around the Outer Head.

Thick fog hampered viewing once the rain had relented, although four Wheatear and single Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail and Fieldfare were located.

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A mostly cloudy day, with a brisk easterly wind and temperatures of 9 degrees C.

Perhaps surprisingly with the wind direction, the seawatch was steady; the main highlights being six Common Scoter south and 14 north, 33 Fulmar north, 35 Common Gull south, 27 Great Black-backed Gull south, a single Sandwich Tern north and 19 Puffin south (68 north).

A Pink-footed Goose, nine Teal and two Tufted Duck frequented North Marsh, with a Whimbrel nearby. Migrants included a Long-eared Owl near the Lighthouse, 14 Goldcrest, a Firecrest at South Landing car-park, 14 Chiffchaff, an acredula-type Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat (North Landing) and a White Wagtail. The two Richard’s Pipits remained at North Landing.

Richard's Pipit, North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Richard’s Pipit, North Landing, by Tony Dixon

Long-tailed Tit, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Long-tailed Tit, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

 

 

 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

It was a sunny day, with light variable winds. Seawatching was rewarded with single Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull and Common Tern heading north, together with four Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie.

Two Tufted Ducks toured the Headland, four Teal and a pair of Wigeon frequented North Marsh, a pair of Goosander headed north at South Landing, where six Eider were offshore.

Passerine migrants included 30 Sand Martins, four Swallows, 26 Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers, seven Goldcrests, three Wheatear, two male Common Redstarts, three Black Redstarts, a Yellow Wagtail, three White Wagtails, four Siskin and a Brambling. The two Richard’s Pipits continued to show well at North Landing.

West of the Dykes, a Whimbrel was located at Sewerby and two Long-eared Owls roosted on the north side of the Headland. Sightings in the Bempton area included five Common Buzzards, four Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers, a Firecrest, two Black Redstarts, 100 Linnets, one Brambling, 85 Yellowhammer, 65 Corn Buntings and ten Reed Bunting. Buckton attracted one Willow Warbler, a White Wagtail, two Yellow Wagtails and a Coal Tit.

Firecrest, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Firecrest, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Common Redstart, Old Fall, by Andy Hood

Common Redstart, Old Fall, by Andy Hood

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

The day started with moderate south-easterly winds and light rain, with the rain only easing during the afternoon. During the seawatch, two Tufted Ducks flew south and a Blue Fulmar headed north.

Migrants were evidence once the rain relented, including 20 Sand Martins, two Swallows, nine Wheatear, a male Common Redstart, one Ring Ouzel, three White Wagtails, 60 Pied Wagtails (roosting at Thornwick), 14 Chiffchaffs and a Lesser Redpoll. In addition, the two Richard’s Pipits remained in their favoured field at North Landing.

West of the Dykes, there were four Common Buzzard, 25 Yellowhammers and 55 Corn Buntings between Bempton and North Dykes. Sightings from Buckton included ten Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and two White Wagtail.

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Stonechat, Lighthouse, by Craig Thomas

Stonechat, Lighthouse, by Craig Thomas

 

Friday, April 8th, 2016

A sunny start to the day but clouding later with winds north altering to south-west 3 and 11c.

Sea-watch from the headland in the morning produced a Red-breasted Merganser north, 95 Fulmar north, 15 Common Gull south and 26 north, four Sandwich Tern north and 40 Puffin north. Present on the headland was a male Ring Ousel, a female-type Black Redstart and three Wheatear.

Highlights between the headland and the Dykes was Black-necked Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, male Marsh Harrier north, six Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, a Short-eared Owl from the headland out to sea, Swift, two Richards Pipits, White Wagtail, five Swallow, 23 plus Sand Martin, House Martin, nine Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Brambling.

West of the Dykes: A Merlin being mobbed at Staple Newk eventually killed the bird that was mobbing!

Black-necked Grebe by Alan Walkington

Black-necked Grebe by Alan Walkington

Richards Pipit by Andrew Alport

Richards Pipit by Andrew Alport

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

An overcast day with winds from the north-west force 4 and a temperature of 9c

A short morning sea-watch had two Eider south, eleven Common Scoter south, two Red-throated Diver south and one north, 82 Fulmar north, 174 Common Gull south, three Sandwich Tern north and both a male Ring Ousel and a female Wheatear on the headland.

A Black-necked Grebe was on the sea at Sewerby, an Egyptian Goose at Micklemires, the two Richards Pipits remained in the first field at North Landing, other sites had 51 Grey-lag Goose, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stonechat, 10 Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, two Swallow, three Redwing, 10 Sand Martin, five Chiffchaff, two Willow Warbler and 47 Linnet.

Egyptian Goose, Micklemires, by Tony Dixon

Egyptian Goose, Micklemires, by Tony Dixon

Egyptian Goose by Brett Richards

Egyptian Goose, Micklemires, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

A day of breezy westerlies with morning cloud improving to allow some sunshine and a temperature of 9c.

A morning sea-watch highlights were two Wigeon south, 36 Common Scoter south and two north, a Goosander south, six Red-throated Diver south, three Sandwich Tern north, 250 Puffin south and 22 north, eight Carrion Crow south with a Hooded Crow in attendance. Some 60 Shag were off the headland and a Wheatear present.

In other areas on the headland the days highlights were three Common Buzzard, Peregrine, two Kestrel, six Oystercatcher, three Curlew, Tawny Owl, three Goldcrest, Common Swift, 10 Sand Martin, four White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and two Chiffchaff.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Tony Dixon

Chiffchaff by Alan Walkington

Chiffchaff by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

It was an overcast day, with a light/moderate south-westerly wind and rain during the afternoon. During the seawatch, five Common Scoters and a Sandwich Tern headed north. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls rested on the sea off South Landing.

The day’s highlight was a Raven over South Landing at 0900hrs before being relocated near the Fog Station a short while later; one of only a handful of authenticated local records. New arrivals included one Little Ringed Plover and a Willow Warbler at Thornwick Pools, a male Ring Ouzel near the Fog Station and a Tree Pipit on the Outer Head. Four Black Redstarts were located, together with four Fieldfare, one White Wagtail, a Blackcap and single Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling.

Ring Ouzel, Lighthouse Grassland, by Craig Thomas

Ring Ouzel, Lighthouse Grassland, by Craig Thomas

Raven with Carrion Crow, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Raven with Carrion Crow, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Raven, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Raven, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Brambling, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Brambling, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

 

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Thick mist and rain lasted throughout the morning, with dryer and brighter conditions prevailing from early afternoon; winds remained light and variable in direction. A pair of Tufted Duck visited Thornwick, whilst two pairs of Shelduck were in residence.

There was an increase in grounded migrants after the morning’s rain.  Eighteen Chiffchaffs were located on the ‘Old Fall Circuit’ during the late afternoon, with a duo also at Thornwick Pools. Yesterday’s Firecrest remained and three Black Redstarts were on the Outer Head, together with two White Wagtails. The two Richard’s Pipits were still present at North Landing, with seven Fieldfare, three Redwing and six Wheatear also recorded; a Robin at the Fog Station late evening was an undoubted migrant.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Firecrest, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Firecrest, Outer Head, by John Beaumont

Firecrest, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

 

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It was a day of light southerly winds and generally sunny conditions, with temperatures peaking at 11 degrees C. During the seawatch, northbound birds included a Red-throated Diver, single Blue Fulmar and Manx Shearwater, one Eider and a Sandwich Tern.

Two Great Crested Grebes were between South Dykes and Sewerby, whilst an Avocet visited North Marsh before heading south. Additional migrants included a Golden Plover, two Swallows, one House Martin, and a singing Firecrest. A Yellow Wagtail was relatively early, the two Richard’s Pipits remain in residence at North Landing and other records included four Black Redstarts, four Wheatears, seven Redwing, three Fieldfare and a Hooded Crow, the latter near Old Fall.

West of the Dykes, a Long-eared Owl was located in the Dell at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Firecrest, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Firecrest, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Light/moderate southerly winds featured throughout a day that started with light rain, before sunshine prevailed during the afternoon. During the seawatch, a drake Goosander flew north and 25 Purple Sandpipers frequented the Outer Head.

Migrants included ten Goldcrests, seven Sand Martin, two Swallows, 13 Chiffchaff, one Blackcap, three Redwing, five Wheatear, a Black Redstart and one White Wagtail.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted two Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 50 Meadow Pipits.

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

 

Friday, April 1st, 2016

It was an overcast day, which felt cool in moderate southerly winds and temperatures of 9 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar, 12 Common Scoter and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south and five Eiders moved north. Away from the sea, a dark-bellied Brent Goose frequented North Marsh.

Migrants included a Hooded Crow near North Marsh, 11 Goldcrests, a Firecrest south of the Lighthouse, five Sand Martin, a Swallow, two Black Redstarts, two Wheatear and one Brambling.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Long-eared Owl, along with 20 Yellowhammer and ten Reed Buntings.

Hooded Crow, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Hooded Crow, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Goldcrest, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Goldcrest, North Landing, by Andy Hood