An unprecedented number of Yellow-browed Warblers have been recorded across the Flamborough greater recording area today totalling 139 individuals; 103 were logged from a plethora of sites East of the Dykes and a further 36 West of the Dykes (14 Bempton RSPB, five Bempton village, 14 Buckton, three Speeton).
Other land-based treats included a Red-breasted Flycatcher and Lapland Bunting near the golf course; Short-eared Owl and yesterday’s Bluethroat both present near the gorse field, with the Dotterel still in situ nearby; elsewhere a Brambling, two Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, two Whinchat, two Garden Warbler, four Yellow Wagtail, two Mistle Thrush and five Wheatear were noted on the headland.
Seawatching highlights included 13 Grey Plover south, a 1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull south and a Long-tailed Skua north.
The South Landing wader assemblage consisted of 47 Turnstone, 42 Ringed Plover, 35 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 13 Redshank, three Oystercatcher and two Knot. An adult Sabine’s Gull flew east there early afternoon.
West of the Dykes, in addition to the YbW counts, Bempton RSPB hosted a Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, four Whinchat and two Tree Pipit; Buckton held two Lapland Bunting, Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, five Whinchat, Stonechat, eight Song Thursh, two Gadwall and 18 Teal.
Two Yellow-browed Warblers ringed at Buckton, Mark Thomas
Bluethroat, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington
Lapland Bunting, Outer Head, by Brett Richards
Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Lee Johnson
Yellow-browed Warbler, Outer Head, by Andrew Malley