Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoter and 22 Sandwich Terns flying north, with one Great Crested Grebe, a Grey Heron and two Whimbrel heading south.

Thornwick Pools hosted four Dunlin, a Redshank and a juvenile Cuckoo; another Cuckoo was seen near the Fog Station, with a third juvenile being fed by Meadow Pipits at Breil Nook. A Little Egret made a brief visit to South Dykes beach, whilst there were five Whimbrel between South Landing and Sewerby.

West of the Dykes, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew over Bempton Cliffs RSPB and single Green Sandpiper and Shoveler appeared on Buckton Pond.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Light northerly winds and sunny skies predominated throughout the day. Seawatching produced 74 Common Scoter, 32 Manx Shearwaters, one Little Gull, 237 Sandwich Terns, 40 Common Terns and 13 Arctic Terns heading north. Moving in the opposite direction were four Teal, 39 Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, five Dunlin, a Snipe, one Green Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. Another Green Sandpiper overflew the Headland.

West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond hosted two Green Sandpipers.

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 29th, 2016

It was an overcast day, with rain for the first half of the morning and a moderate north-westerly wind. Seawatching highlights included a Shoveler, two Teal, 313 Common Scoter, 19 Manx Shearwaters and 1289 Puffins flying north, with 23 Oystercatchers, two Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Whimbrel, four Curlew, 31 Redshank, nine Turnstone and eight Dunlin moving south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Teal and six Dunlin, with South Dykes hosting 54 Turnstone and a Whimbrel. South Landing attracted a Ringed Plover and nine Whimbrel, with 47 Common Scoter offshore there and a Golden Plover flew over Oceanview. A juvenile Cuckoo remained in the Thornwick area.

West of the Dykes, a Tufted Duck was accompanied by eight ducklings at Buckton Pond, where the female Shoveler remained, with a Reed Warbler near the trap. Three Snipe flew in off the sea at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Turnstone, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Turnstone, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The weather consisted of overcast conditions, rain during the afternoon and very light, variable winds. During the seawatch, 27 Common Scoter, 22 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north, with two Arctic Skuas heading south.

South Landing attracted a Ringed Plover, four Dunlin and three Whimbrel. A flock containing 15 Whimbrel flew south over Thornwick Pools, with two Cuckoos also present in the same general area.

Peregrine, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Peregrine, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Light/moderate south-westerly winds switched to north-westerlies later, once a band of light rain had moved through. During the seawatch, four Teal flew south, 99 Common Scoter headed north, whilst 17 Redshank, ten Dunlin, 70 Sandwich Terns, 20 Common Terns and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

Two Eider were off South Landing/South Dykes, with 12 Whimbel at the former and an adult Mediterranean Gull at the latter location, whilst 50 Turnstone were at Sewerby.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Whinchat, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Whinchat, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Common Scoter, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Common Darter, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The weather consisted of overcast skies and light south-west winds. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew south, three Manx Shearwaters headed north, whilst 12 Whimbrel and 30 Dunlin flew south. However, the day’s highlight related to six Little Terns that flew south, whilst 76 Sandwich Terns went north and an Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Brent Goose, 14 Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. The adult Yellow-legged Gull was still present near South Landing, with a Great Crested Grebe, two Eiders and four Whimbel in the same area. Passerine interest was provided by a Whinchat at North Marsh together with a Corn Bunting nearby.

West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond attracted a Shoveler, with 42 Lapwings and two Whinchat also in the vicinity.

Two Marbled White butterflies were an unusual visitor to the Headland.

Brent Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Brent Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Eider, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Eider, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Great Crested Grebe, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Great Crested Grebe, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Marbled White, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Marbled White, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 25th, 2016

It was a day of light/moderate westerly winds and largely overcast skies. Seawatching produced 16 Common Scoters flying north, 15 Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel moving south and 90 Sandwich Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, 15 Dunlin and five Black-tailed Godwits. An adult Yellow-legged Gull rested on rocks west of South Landing.

West of the Dykes, a Cuckoo visited Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Knot, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

After an overcast start, a thick mist rolled in bringing the seawatch to a premature end. The fret cleared later to leave a relatively bright, but overcast day, with light showers in the afternoon. Seawatching was obviously hampered, but still produced three Manx Shearwaters, 22 Dunlin flying south, 61 Sandwich Terns and three Common Terns moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Ringed Plover, two Little Ringed Plover, ten Dunlin, a Knot and one Snipe.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Light southerly winds remained throughout a relatively bright day, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a moderate southerly wader movement, involving 73 Whimbrel, 50 Redshank, 39 Sanderling and 91 Dunlin. A Little Gull also flew south, 575 Sandwich Terns flew north, three Little Terns and five Arctic Terns went south, whilst an Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted three Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers, one Ringed Plover, a Knot, nine Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and two Yellow Wagtails. A juvenile Wheatear and two singing Corn Buntings were between North Landing and North Marsh.

West of the Dykes, single Common Sandpiper and Whinchat were in the Buckton area, with Blue Fulmar and Marsh Harrier at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Knot, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Turnstone, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Turnstone, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, initially cloudy skies with sunny intervals developing later and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching produced three Teal, 39 Common Scoter, two Manx Shearwaters, with waders moving south including 31 Oystercatchers, four Whimbrel and three Sanderling. A total of 129 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern headed north, whilst three Arctic Skuas flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted one Little Egret, a Grey Heron and single Little Ringed Plover, Knot and Common Sandpiper. The Polish-ringed second-summer Mediterranean Gull re-appeared at South Landing, where 56 Common Scoters were offshore.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Light variable winds which eventually settled into a south-easterly, with increasing cloud after a sunny start and temperatures that peaked at 21 degrees C. Seawatching produced a Shelduck, five Eider, 44 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, nine Manx Shearwaters, 52 Sandwich Terns, seven Common Terns and 11 Arctic Terns all flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck, seven Teal, four Dunlin, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, one Common Sandpiper and a Lapwing, with seven Black-tailed Godwits flying south there. South Landing attracted 13 Whimbrel and a Sanderling, whilst a Marsh Harrier toured the Outer Head.

Elsewhere, a Cuckoo overflew South Dykes, a Black Redstart frequented the Outer Head gardens and a Grey Wagtail flew over the Fog Station.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

There were sunny intervals throughout and temperatures reached 21 degrees; the light winds were initially southerly, but had switched to northerlies by late afternoon. Seawatching highlights included a Tufted Duck, five Scaup and a Sooty Shearwater flying south, with 154 Common Scoter and 14 Manx Shearwaters moving north. Southbound waders included two Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit, five Whimbrel, 20 Redshank, seven Turnstone, 79 Knot, four Sanderling and seven Dunlin. Also moving were 110 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Gull flying south, 92 Sandwich Terns north, eight Common Terns south, two Arctic Terns north and two Arctic Skuas also flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Shoveler, six Teal, two Avocets, three Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, one Ringed Plover, a Snipe, three Black-tailed Godwits and seven Dunlin.

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Light south-easterly winds kept the temperatures tolerable, with a peak of 24 degrees C in unbroken sunny skies. The day’s highlight related to a substantial southerly movement of waders over the sea, including: 524 Dunlin, 78 Knot, 31 Sanderling, 26 Whimbrel,  three Redshank, two Turnstone and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Other seawatch records included five Eider (south and north), together with 98 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, one Grey Heron, a Ringed Plover, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails. A Whimbrel frequented South Landing, 70 Swifts moved south and a juvenile Whinchat was at North Marsh.

Good numbers of dragonflies basked in the hot conditions, including two Red-veined Darters on the Outer Head.

West of the Dykes, sightings included 19 Lapwing, two Whinchats and several Yellow Wagtails at Buckton.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Red-veined Darter, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Red-veined Darter, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, sunny skies and temperatures reaching 21 degrees by late morning. During the seawatch, 13 Manx Shearwaters flew north, together with 118 Sandwich Terns, 18 Arctic Terns and one Arctic Skua.

The Common Buzzard was again present near Micklemires, whilst single Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Another fine, warm day with prolonged sunny spells and light/moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, seven Common Scoter, four Manx Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua.

A creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew west over Whelkie Wynds and two Little Ringed Plovers frequented Thornwick Pools.

Overnight three Storm Petrels were trapped at South Landing, including one control.

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

It was a sunny and warm day, with moderate/strong westerly winds until late afternoon, when conditions calmed. Seawatching produced four Shelduck flying south, a Red-throated Diver north, four Manx Shearwaters, 28 Sandwich Terns moving north, eight Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, a Bonxie moving north and a Pomarine Skua flying south. In addition, a Minke Whale (presumed) went south.

Away from the sea, a creamcown Marsh Harrier drifted over the Outer Head and two Little Ringed Plovers remained on Thornwick Pools.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The day started with light north-westerly winds and overcast skies, but after a brief spell of mid-afternoon rain, it ended with light westerlies and sunny skies. Seawatching highlights included 44 Common Scoter, 40 Manx Shearwaters and 19 Sandwich Terns flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, Shoveler, one Dunlin and two Little Ringed Plovers. A juvenile Cuckoo was located near South Landing, where a Sunfish was photographed from a boat.

West of the Dykes, a Quail was singing in fields near Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tony Simpson, South Dykes

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tony Simpson, South Dykes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A light north-westerly wind and sunny conditions featured throughout the day. Seawatching produced a Shoveler and 39 Oystercatchers flying south, with 175 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich Terns, five Arctic Terns and two Bonxies moving north.

The Pectoral Sandpiper was present on Thornwick Pools during the morning, but couldn’t be relocated by the afternoon, with three Little Ringed Plover also on site.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Pectoral Sandpiper, Andrew Allport, Thornwick Pools

Pectoral Sandpiper, Andrew Allport, Thornwick Pools

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The weather consisted of light northerly winds and sunny intervals.  During the seawatch, one Teal, three Eider, 56 Common Scoter, 16 Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbel and ten Sandwich Terns flew north.

The day’s highlight related to an adult Pectoral Sandpiper that arrived at Thornwick Pools at 1450hrs and was still present in the evening. This represents only the fourth Flamborough record and the first since 2007.

Other records from Thornwick included a Shoveler, one Grey Heron, three Oystercatcher, three Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin. An adult Mediterranean Gull frequented the Sewerby/South Dykes area.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was located in the village.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

It was a day of light northerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced four Manx Shearwaters, two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flying north and single Whimbrel and Arctic Skua moving south.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Shoveler, one Teal, four Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin. Passerine interest was provided by a Blue-headed Wagtail, 17 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A relatively strong south-westerly wind featured all day, with sunny spells in the afternoon after a damp start. Seawatching highlights included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, three Redshank and six Dunlin flying south, with four Manx Shearwater, 35 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Shoveler, four Little Ringed Plovers, 16 Redshank and four Dunlin.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

A day of sunny intervals and frequent and occasionally heavy showers. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver and a Whimbrel flew south, whilst four Manx Shearwaters and ten Sandwich Terns headed north.

Away from the sea, a Shoveler, three Little Ringed Plovers and four Dunlin were on Thornwick Pools. Four Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper were on the beach between South Dykes and South Landing.

However, the main feature of the day were record-breaking numbers of Sand Martins: a minimum of 305 were recorded east of the Dykes, including 175 that flew ‘south’ past North Landing before 1205hrs. Even larger numbers were recorded at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, with 452 noted between 1230-1530hrs.  A minimum of 100 Swifts also flew south at North Landing.

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

After a relatively calm start, moderate south-westerlies established and a belt of rain arrived mid-morning. During the seawatch, a drake Velvet Scoter, 81 Common Scoter and an Arctic Tern flew north, whilst five Manx Shearwaters, eight Redshank, 20 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua moved south.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plover, including a fledged juvenile, three Dunlin and 450 Starlings.

juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, July 8th, 2016

After heavy rain early morning, the skies cleared to leave a largely sunny afternoon, with winds moderate/strong from the west. Seawatching records included six Teal, 13 Common Scoter, two Manx Shearwaters and a Little Ringed Plover.

North Marsh/Thornwick Pools shared a Mute Swan, seven Teal, two Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover.  A total of 262 Swifts flew south, whilst the juvenile Cuckoo remained near the Lighthouse. More unusually, a Saker was seen in flight over North Marsh; it appeared to be sporting a satellite-tag from origins unknown.

West of the Dykes, a Hobby, juvenile Wheatear and five Yellow Wagtails were recorded from Buckton/Bempton.

Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Saker, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Saker, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Light south-westerly winds with occasional sunshine, but mainly light, overcast skies. Seawatching produced 20 Common Scoter, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 14 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying north, with one Whimbrel, two Redshank and two Dunlin heading south.

The Mute Swan moved to Thornwick Pools, a Common Buzzard frequented roadside fields near Micklemires and a Grey Wagtail was present at South Landing, with an adult and juvenile Yellow Wagtail on the Outer Head.

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch,  22 Common Scoter, 36 Manx Shearwaters and two Curlew flew north, whilst an Arctic Skua moved south.

Additional records included single Mute Swan and Teal, two Curlew, one Dunlin, a single Little Ringed Plover and the first-summer Mediterranean Gull still at South Landing. A total of 495 Swifts over the Outer Head represented a significant influx, with sightings also including a Garden Warbler and one Grey Wagtail.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

It was a day of moderate north-westerly winds and drizzle in the morning, before brighter conditions later. During the seawatch, ten Teal, 132 Common Scoter and an early returning Purple Sandpiper flew north.

Away from the sea, records included the Mute Swan at North Marsh and single Teal, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper at Thornwick Pool. A 2nd calendar-year Mediterranean Gull, sporting a Polish ring, frequented South Landing. Additional sightings involved a Cuckoo near the Lighthouse, a juvenile Wheatear and one Grey Wagtail.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Cuckoo, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Cuckoo, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 4th, 2016

After overcast conditions, skies cleared later to leave sunny intervals and light south-west winds. Seawatching highlights included 20 Manx Shearwaters flying north, together with a Curlew, ten Sandwich Terns and three Common Terns.

North Marsh hosted the Mute Swan, a Grey Heron and a female Tufted Duck accompanied by a young duckling. Thornwick Pools attracted a Teal, two Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

 

 

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Winds eased from yesterday to a moderate WSW breeze. Broken cloud throughout the day, with temperatures up to 18 degrees.

Today’s seawatch saw 41 Manx flying north, six Common Scoter and three Sandwich Tern. Wader movement continued to pick up with Green Sandpiper and Dunlin on Thornwick Pool.

Dunlin, adult schinzii, Thornwick Pool, Flamborough, 3 Jul 16

Dunlin, by Brett Richards

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Sunny skies predominated throughout the day, with the occasional light shower. A moderate SW wind became stronger during the morning.

The Little Egret was seen again, representing the day’s highlight. Birds of note on the seawatch included seven Common Scoter, nine Sandwich Tern and eight Manx Shearwaters.

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Sand Martin, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The day again saw occasional showers, with a light to moderate south-westerly wind.

Seawatching produced five Manx Shearware but just 10 Fulmars, whilst the highlight of the day was a Little Egret which over flew Thornwick fishing pool heading south-east during the morning.

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Little Egret, Thornwick fishing pool by Andy Hood