Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The day started with sunny skies and light south-west winds, although it clouded over later. During the seawatch, ten Common Scoter, 24 Manx Shearwaters and six Sandwich Terns flew north.

Birds of note on the land included a Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, Grasshopper Warbler and a Cuckoo. Several Stonechat were scattered around the Headland, with three pairs having successfully fledged young this summer.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate south-south-westerly winds, initially overcast skies before a band of rain arrived late morning. During the seawatch, 139 Common Scoter and six Sandwich Tern flew north, with 21 Teal, 12 Manx Shearwater, two Whimbrel and ten Curlew heading south.

Elsewhere, the Mute Swan was still in residence, Thornwick Pools hosted six Teal and two Tufted Ducks, whilst an Eider appeared off South Landing. Fifty Swifts over Oceanview represented a significant increase in numbers.

Puffin, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Puffin, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

A day of relatively light south-west winds and increasing cloud until a belt of heavy rain arrived late afternoon. Seawatching highlights included 31 Manx Shearwaters and 14 Sandwich Terns flying north. However, the stand-out was a summer-plumaged Little Auk that also flew north close inshore at 0905hrs; although not unprecedented in June, it still represents an amazing record.

Away from the sea, the Mute Swan remained on North Marsh and a male Stonechat accompanied a juvenile in the Bay Brambles below the Lighthouse.

Kittiwake, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Kittiwake, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, June 27th, 2016

During moderate north-westerly winds and relatively cloudy skies 48 Common Scoter flew north on the seawatch, together with 23 Manx Shearwaters and five Curlew.

Three Mute Swans were present on the Headland; one remaining at North Marsh and two new arrivals on Thornwick Pools. There were also 56 Common Scoter off South Landing and two Tufted Duck and two Little Ringed Plovers at Thornwick Pools.

Mute Swans, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Mute Swans, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

 

 

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The weather comprised moderate north-westerly winds, increasing cloud and rain arriving by the evening. Seawatching records included six Common Scoter, 25 Manx Shearwaters, seven Sandwich Terns and single Common and Arctic Terns flying north, with an Arctic Skua moving south.

The Mute Swan remained on North Marsh and a Grey Heron toured the Headland.

Bullfinch, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Bullfinch, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

The day featured light north-easterly winds with sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 50 Common Scoter, 22 Manx Shearwater, 34 Sandwich Terns and one Common Tern all flying north.

The Mute Swan was still at North Marsh and Grey Heron, three Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail at Thornwick. A Grey Wagtail flew over the Fog Station.

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, two Eider, a Red-throated Diver, 31 Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Heron, 29 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and two Arctic Terns flew north.

A Mute Swan visited North Marsh, two Little Ringed Plovers were on Thornwick Pools, nine Curlew signified a return and the White Wagtail remained near the Lighthouse.

Mute Swan, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Mute Swan, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Light northerly winds and overcast conditions prevailed, with misty conditions by the evening. Seawatching records included 50 Common Scoter (30 north, 20 south), 141 Manx Shearwaters, two Grey Herons, 30 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying south, whilst a single Arctic Tern went north.

Two Little Ringed Plovers frequented Thornwick Pools, with a Grey Wagtail and a Mistle Thrush at the Fog Station.

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate southerly winds, with sunny intervals and warm temperatures. An evening seawatch was relatively quiet, with two Manx Shearwaters flying north and a Common Tern heading south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Tufted Duck and a Grey Wagtail.

West of the Dykes, the Cuckoo remained at Buckton.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals featured throughout, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included six Manx Shearwaters, 31 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Terns flying north, whilst five Common Terns headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Tufted Duck and White Wagtail, with a Snipe at North Marsh. A Grey Wagtail flew south over the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, single Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo and Reed Warbler were located at Buckton.

Kittiwakes, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Kittiwakes, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The weather consisted light south-westerly winds, heavy rain during the morning and sunny intervals subsequently; temperatures also increased, with a peak of 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 25 Common Scoter, three Manx Shearwater and a Curlew flying south, with eight Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck and Teal, whilst a Common Buzzard appeared on the Outer Head and the White Wagtail remained in residence around the Lighthouse car-park.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

The northerly winds finally relented and light south-south-westerlies were a feature; after a bright start, skies clouded over and rain arrived late afternoon. Seawatch highlights included  four Red-throated Divers, 415 Fulmars, 125 Manx Shearwaters, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 78 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and four Bonxie flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Teal and Shelduck.

West of the Dykes, a Reed Warbler was trapped at Buckton.

Skylark, Thornwick CP, by Brett Richards

Skylark, Thornwick CP, by Brett Richards

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Moderate/strong north-westerly winds gradually dropped in strength during a day which started overcast, with sunshine breaking through by the afternoon. During the seawatch, 15 Eiders flew south, whilst 104 Common Scoter, 721 Fulmar, 61 Manx Shearwater, a Bonxie, three Common Tern and two Arctic Terns flew north.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Tufted Duck and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Moderate north-north-westerly winds and overcast skies meant little change, with rain arriving in the evening. The only report received related to 42 Common Scoter off South Dykes.

Wren, Thornwick CP, by Mike Stevenson

Wren, Thornwick CP, by Mike Stevenson

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The light northerly winds continued, with a heavy overcast for the majority of the day. Seawatching highlights included two Gadwall, 84 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 42 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern flying north, with 21 Sandwich Terns moving south.

Three Teal were off South Dykes and a Short-eared Owl frequented the Gorse Field.

Short-eared Owl, Gorse Field, by Brett Richards

Short-eared Owl, Gorse Field, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Visibility gradually improved after a foggy start, with light northerly winds once again. During the seawatch, ten Shelduck and 38 Sandwich Terns flew south, with two Tufted Duck, 69 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater and two Arctic Skuas flying north.

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Light north-westerly winds continued, but after a misty start the afternoon featured periods of sunshine. Seawatching highlights included two Shelduck, one Red-throated Diver and 47 Sandwich Terns flying south, with two Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and 18 Manx Shearwaters moving north.

Elsewhere, a Hobby flew over the Outer Head, whilst the Nuthatch remained in South Dykes.

Reed Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Reed Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Orange Tip, by Tony Simpson

Orange Tip, by Tony Simpson

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Foggy conditions persisted once again until it brightened during the afternoon, with a light northerly wind throughout. Seawatching produced 31 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern flying north, together with one Bonxie.

The Nuthatch continued to visit the feeders at South Dykes.

Puffin, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

A return to foggy conditions, with a light northerly wind and occasional rain. As a consequence, sightings were limited during the morning’s seawatch, with 25 Sandwich Terns the only notable record.

There were few other sightings although a Teal and three Curlew were presumably failed and/or breeding birds already on the move.

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Another overcast day, with a very little easterly breeze and a heavily overcast skies. A total of 71 Common Scoters were recorded on the seawatch, together with ten Manx Shearwaters, 42 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and three Arctic Terns.

North Marsh attracted a drake Shoveler and a Bar-headed Goose, with a drake Teal and a Little Ringed Plover visiting Thornwick Pools. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit flew past South Landing, whilst a Green Sandpiper dropped in on the Outer Head. The Redwing remained at North Landing, with a Grasshopper Warbler reeling on the Outer Head new.

West of the Dykes, there were five Tufted Duck on Buckton Pond.

Bar-headed Goose, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Bar-headed Goose, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

 

Friday, June 10th, 2016

It was a relatively dull day, with light rain and a gentle south-easterly breeze. Seawatch records included five Manx Shearwaters, 25 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns.

A Tufted Duck visited the pond at Highcliffe Manor, with a Short-eared Owl also recorded. Passerine migrants included a late Fieldfare at Oceanview and lone Pied and Spotted Flycatchers.

Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A mainly overcast day with the wind north to west force 3 and a low temperature of 12c.

A three hour seawatch in the morning and a one hour late afternoon recorded three Eider north, nine Common Scoter south, 85 Fulmar north, including six Blue Fulmars (ie. dark morph), eight Manx Shearwater north, 22 Sandwich Tern south (and 17 north) and Common Tern one north and one south.

A Hobby flew over Oceanview in the morning.

A male Tufted Duck was on the Pony Field Pond and a Little Ringed Plover on Thornwick Pools. Passerines included two Willow Warbler, one Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, two Sedge Warbler and one Reed Warbler, one Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.

"Acredula type" Willow Warbler by Andy Hood

Willow Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Blue Fulmar "L type" by Brett Richards

Blue Fulmar “L type”, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Early fog cleared at 0840 but cloud cover remained with a north wind force 4 and a low temperature of 11c.

The morning sea-watch was steady with 20 Common Scoter north, 99 Fulmar north, 89 Herring Gull north, two Sandwich Tern south and five north with 40 Shag present off the headland.

The highlight of the day was a Bee-eater that circled over Cattlemere for two minutes late morning before it drifted towards Old Fall.

Other birds were 22 Grey-lag Goose present on the outer head, two Shelduck at Thornwick Pools, a Manx Shearwater off the headland, one Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler and two Swift.

Shelduck on Thornwick Pools by Alan Walkington

Shelduck on Thornwick Pools by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

It was a sunny and relatively warm day, with light, variable winds.

A Little Egret appeared at South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. At North Landing, a long-staying Redwing was trapped and ringed, whilst a Siskin frequented Oceanview.

The day’s best sighting related to a Turtle Dove at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Dixon

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Monday, June 6th, 2016

After a calm start to the day, a light south-easterly wind developed, with relatively bright skies. During the morning’s seawatch, three Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, a Blue Fulmar, 17 Manx Shearwaters, three Sanderling, 33 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Black-tailed Godwit.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

After strong northerlies for an eternity, the wind strength gradually ebbed during the day and this, together with sunshine, produced at least a semblance of summer. Seawatching proved rewarding, with 45 Common Scoter, four Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Blue Fulmar, ten Manx Shearwaters, 14 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying north.

A Hobby flew over the village and migrants included a White Wagtail and one Spotted Flycatcher. The Nuthatch remained in South Dykes. In addition to the 1000s of Diamondback Moths that remain in the area, a sizeable arrival of Painted Lady butterflies took place, with up to ten in each of the cliff gullies on the south side of the Headland.

Yellowhammer, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Yellowhammer, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Strong north-westerly winds persisted, albeit without the strength of recent days and after a foggy start conditions gradually improved. Seawatching highlights included single Goosander and Red-throated Divers, nine Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern all flying north.

Elsewhere, 17 Canada Goose flew west over the Headland, a Spotted Flycatcher sheltered in Old Fall and the Nuthatch remains in South Dykes.

Turtle Dove was the most notable sighting of the day, when one was discovered near Bempton village.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

 

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Strong north-westerly winds persisted with another overcast and cold day, with mist and drizzle periodically. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver, 403 Fulmar, 19 Manx Shearwaters and 1122 Puffins flying north.

Two Red-breasted Merganser, five Teal and a Great Crested Grebe sheltered in the Bay, with the drake Shoveler remaining on Thornwick Pools. A Hobby flew over Old Fall Plantation, a single Snipe was more unseasonal, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers were located on the Outer Head.

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Strong north-north-westerly winds continued, with a heavy overcast, occasional drizzle and temperatures peaked at 9 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, 208 Fulmars, 22 Manx Shearwaters, three Whimbrel, one Little Gull, 11 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 743 Puffins flew north.

Elsewhere, single Shoveler and White Wagtail visited Thornwick Pools and a Spotted Flycatcher was on the Outer Head.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A new month, but the same old weather – very strong northerly winds, overcast and occasionally misty conditions with rain; temperatures peaked at 10 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Eider and two Sandwich Terns flew south, with three Manx Shearwaters heading north. A drake Shoveler visited Thornwick Pools, with two Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington