Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, overcast skies and rain during the morning, whilst temperatures reached 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 13 Manx Shearwaters and nine Sandwich Terns. 

Thornwick Pools attracted single Wigeon and Teal, a Grey Heron and individual Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew.

In addition, a Sunfish was seen from a boat off South Landing.

Ringed Plover, Thonrwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A change in the weather, with light south-westerly initially, switching to north-westerly winds later; generally overcast, with a belt of light rain passing through in the middle of the day. During the seawatch, 125 Common Scoters flew north (with 56 off the headland), 25 Manx Shearwaters offshore, 19 Sandwich Terns north and an Arctic Tern headed south. Best of all, a pod of 12 White-beaked Dolphins made an appearance in the evening; initially seen off North Landing, they then fed off the Fog Station, before returning to the north side of the headland.

Single Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover were in residence, whilst 468 Swifts flew south past the Lighthouse between 0635-0800hrs. A Corn Bunting was present in the same area.

White-beaked Dolphin, Fog Station, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It was a much cooler day, with light south-easterly winds, increased cloud cover with sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 17 degrees C. During the seawatch 43 Common Scoters and six Manx Shearwaters flew north, whilst a Balearic Shearwater moved south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper, whilst a Whimbrel frequented the beach at South Landing. A Cuckoo was present on nearby Beacon Hill.

Lesser Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

A relatively dull morning, misty first thing with sunny spells developing later; winds were from the east and temperatures peaked at 19 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 166 Common Scoters flying north (66 south), with 68 Manx Shearwaters, 32 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns also north. In addition, a minimum of three White-beaked Dolphins also lingered offshore for at least one hour. 

Thornwick Pools hosted the Wigeon and a Little Ringed Plover, whilst a pair of Reed Warblers fed young at Greenacres.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Another sunny day, with light winds and temperatures peaking at 25 degrees C. During the seawatch, seven Common Scoter, six Manx Shearwaters, 42 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flew north. Single Wigeon and Dunlin again frequented Thornwick Pools, whilst a count at the Sand Martin colony at South Landing revealed 56 active nests.

West of the Dykes, 84 Swifts flew south-east over Bempton early evening.

Pied Wagtail, Flamborough, by Don Hustings

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

A day of cloudless skies, temperatures that peaked at 26 degrees C and light westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included seven Manx Shearwaters, 97 Sandwich Terns and five Common Terns flying north. Sightings on the outer head included single Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Gadwall, a Little Ringed Plover, one Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, a female Red-backed Shrike was located at the western end of Bempton Cliffs RSPB and a first-summer male Common Rosefinch was singing in the vicinity of Buckton Pond, with a Cuckoo nearby. Three Quail were singing in cliff top fields at Speeton.

Red-veined Darters were present at several sites, with 25 present in total, including three (including paired up female) at Buckton Pond.

Common Rosefinch, Buckton Pond, by Brett Richards

Common Rosefinch, Buckton Pond, by Mark Thomas

Common Rosefinch, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Red-veined Darter, Black-tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

A hot, sunny day with moderate westerly winds and temperatures reaching the mid-20s. During the seawatch, five Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwaters and 19 Sandwich Terns flew north. Sightings from Thornwick Pools again included male Red-veined Darter.

West of the Dykes, a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Buckton.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Simpson

female Broad-bodied Chaser, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Simpson

Friday, June 16th, 2017

A day of moderate/strong westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 34 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, eight Manx Shearwaters and 21 Sandwich Terns.

The Crane once again flew east over Bempton Cliffs RSPB and later headed south over Old Fall.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, increasingly strong south-westerly winds and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 91 Common Scoters flying north (55 south), 20 Manx Shearwaters, 76 Sandwich Terns north and a Common Tern flying in the same direction.

Single Wigeon and Teal were in residence. However, the day’s most notable record related to a breeding-plumaged Great White Egret that frequented North Marsh until mid-morning when it departed south.

Great White Egret, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Great White Egret, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

A warm, sunny day with light south-south-easterly winds developing. Sightings on the headland included two Shelduck, single Wigeon and Tufted Duck, a Little Ringed Plover, one Ringed Plover, 17 Sandwich Terns, an adult Mediterranean Gull over Thornwick Pools, 183 Swifts moving south and a Grey Wagtail.

Odonata records included no fewer than 15 Red-veined Darters, including three females ovipositing. 

Red-veined Darter, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Red-veined Darter, outer head, by Andrew Allport

‘praenubila’ Four-spotted Chaser, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The weather consisted of sunny intervals and a light westerly wind. Seawatching highlights included three Red-throated Divers, 115 Manx Shearwaters and two Grey Herons flying north, 22 Sandwich Terns, six Common Terns and an Arctic Tern.

The Crane once again flew north-west over Bempton Cliffs RSPB, where the Turtle Dove remained in residence. Single Hobby and Barnacle Goose were also seen at Bempton, whilst a Short-eared Owl lingered at Buckton.

Fox cubs, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Monday, June 12th, 2017

A three hour morning seawatch produced four Common Scoter south and 14 north, 18 Manx Shearwater south and five north, two Sandwich Tern south and three north.

Around the headland were two Whimbrel, Barn Owl, two Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and nine Whitethroat.

The Turtle Dove still at Bempton, a Marsh Harrier near the MOD buildings, two Grey Partridge and a Corn Bunting at Buckton and pair of Tufted Duck on Buckton Pond.

 

Whitethroat by Geoff Carr

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Moderate/strong south-westerly winds persisted on a largely sunny day. Seawatching highlights included two Gadwall and five Teal flying south, whilst 56 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 36 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north.

The Crane again toured the headland mid-morning; it overflew South Landing, the village and North Dykes, before flying low north-west over Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Additional sightings included single Little Ringed Plover and Whimbrel.

West of the Dykes, the Turtle Dove re-appeared at the feeding station at Bempton Cliffs.

Turtle Dove, Bempton Cliffs, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

A day of moderate south-west winds and overcast skies with rain at times. Seawatching was rewarded with 64 Common Scoters, 33 Manx Shearwaters, 1081 Herring Gulls and two Sandwich Terns flew south.

Single Tufted Duck and Whimbrel were recorded on the headland, with a Red Kite flying south over the village mid-afternoon.

West of the Dykes, yesterday’s Crane spent the day between Buckton and Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Gannet, Don Hustings, Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate south-south-westerly winds and sunny intervals with temperatures recovering to peak at 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Red-throated Divers flew south, six Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north, whilst 20 Manx Shearwaters were logged. In addition, a Bonxie cruised the cliffs. 

A Crane was well-watched as it drifted around the headland; initially seen over North Landing, it overflew the majority of the northern half of the recording area and was last seen heading north-west over Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Single Siskin and Corn Buntings were also recorded on the outer head, whilst a Turtle Dove showed well at the RSPB reserve.

Siskin, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Large Skipper on Northern Marsh Orchid, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

An overcast day, with a light/moderate south-south-westerly wind. Despite seemingly benign conditions, seawatching was much improved with 55 Common Scoters flying south, 386 Manx Shearwaters, three Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north. Better still, a summer-plumaged Black Guillemot flew north before landing on the sea. 

Puffin, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

It was a day of moderate/strong west-north-westerly winds and generally overcast skies. During the seawatch, seven Manx Shearwaters were logged flying past, with six Canada Goose a typical early summer record. 

A Little Egret visited a pond at South Landing, whilst the day’s highlight related to an Osprey that drifted south over South Dykes; it had earlier flown south over Filey, before heading over Bempton Cliffs. A Cuckoo also frequented the Old Fall area.

West of the Dykes, single Mediterranean Gull and Short-eared Owl were recorded at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Swallow, Old Fall, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

An overcast day throughout with a moderate/strong southerly wind and periods of heavy rain. Seawatching highlights included 42 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver flying north, with 23 Manx Shearwaters moving south. 

Stoats, Bay Brambles, by Alan Walkington

Monday, June 5th, 2017

An overcast day, with light rain in the morning and heavy rain during the afternoon; strong south-westerly winds persisted throughout. Little moved over the sea, although three Manx Shearwaters were logged.

West of the Dykes, an Arctic Tern flew north and a Short-eared Owl remained at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

A day of sunny intervals and moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, ten Common Scoters flew south, with three Manx Shearwaters, a Little Egret and a Sandwich Tern moving north; a Bonxie again lingered offshore.

A Reed Warbler along Lighthouse Road was a late migrant, whilst a Marsh Harrier frequented Buckton.

Arguably the most notable sighting related to a female Red-veined Darter located near Head Farm.

Red-veined Darter, outer head, by Mark Pearson

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

After an overcast start to the day, sunny conditions predominated and north-westerly winds lessened in strength. During the seawatch, 97 Common Scoters and ten Manx Shearwaters flew north, with ten Sandwich Terns also logged. In addition, a Bonxie lingered offshore.

A Hobby overflew South Landing, whilst a Marsh Harrier headed south over Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

A day of light winds, sunny intervals with light rain for a brief period and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 71 Common Scoters flying south, five Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern.

Two Marsh Harriers flew south, but the day’s highlight related to a first-summer male Golden Oriole that sang at Old Fall early morning before heading west.

Lapwing, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Another warm day, with sunny intervals and a light southerly wind. During the seawatch, eight Common Scoters flew south, with a Manx Shearwater and six Sandwich Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools once again hosted single Wigeon and Wood Sandpiper, whilst three Corn Buntings were seen on the outer head. The warm conditions also proved conducive to other taxa, with three Small Copper butterflies recorded between Thornwick and Breil Nook and six Broad-bodied Chasers also present.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood