Monday, July 31st, 2017

The weather mirrored a pattern established over recent days: moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and heavy showers. During the seawatch, a Shelduck, seven Shoveler, 50 Oystercatchers, seven Whimbrel, 33 Redshank, 17 Knot, 38 Dunlin, nine Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew south, with six Manx Shearwaters and 140 Sandwich Terns moving in the opposite direction; single Arctic Skua and Bonxie lingered offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted 22 Dunlin, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, two Redshank and two Green Sandpipers.

West of the Dykes, a Cuckoo, one Goldcrest, four Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were present at Buckton.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

After a sunny morning, heavy showers arrived in the afternoon on moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, 50 Common Scoters, 113 Sandwich Terns, ten Common Terns and three Bonxies flew north, whilst seven Manx Shearwaters, five Whimbrel, nine Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted two Green Sandpipers, a Redshank and ten Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Marsh Harrier and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Karen Bradley

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Sunny intervals and south-westerly winds were the order of the day, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 11 Manx Shearwaters flying north, 20 Whimbrel, 30 Knot and an Arctic Skua moving south, with 27 Sandwich Terns, 47 Common Terns and 23 Arctic Terns also heading north.

Another Arctic Tern visited Thornwick Pools which attracted seven Dunlin, whilst a Hobby also flew over the pools. Passerine interest included a Treecreeper, unusually in the outer head gardens. 

Sightings from Bempton included a Marsh Harrier, one Bonxie, a Cuckoo, two Wheatears and nine Yellow Wagtails. Buckton also attracted a Cuckoo.

Arctic Tern, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Cuckoo, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-westerly winds and increasing cloud, before a band of rain in the evening. Seawatching highlights included a Balearic Shearwater, ten Manx Shearwaters, 138 Sandwich Terns, 15 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua flying north. Heading in the opposite direction were 35 Oystercatchers, 15 Whimbrel, 54 Redshank, nine Turnstone, 115 Knot and eight Dunlin. In addition, five Yellow Wagtails flew south over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Shoveler, Wigeon, Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers and a Quail (calling) were present at Buckton, where a Little Egret flew south. A Bonxie, three Wheatear and four Yellow Wagtails were present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Light/moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals and heavy showers featured throughout the day. During the seawatch, 53 Common Scoter, 119 Sandwich Terns, ten Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flew north. Elsewhere, a Little Grebe and eight Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, with two Green Sandpipers on Beacon Hill.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers and a Whinchat were present at Buckton.

Little Grebe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Marsh Harrier, Buckton. by Paul Reed

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

An overcast morning, with a moderate south-south-easterly wind before a belt of rain early afternoon. Seawatching highlights included the following moving south: two Shoveler, two Red-throated Divers, 28 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, seven Black-tailed Godwits, 26 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, ten Turnstone, 158 Knot, eight Sanderling and 14 Dunlin. Heading north were a single Balearic Shearwater, 317 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua, whilst 120 Common Scoters were off South Landing. Thornwick Pools hosted five Black-tailed Godwits, a Ringed Plover, one Redshank and a Dunlin.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Cuckoo.

Black-tailed Godwits, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

It was an overcast morning, with brighter spells later and light/moderate northerly winds. Following yesterday’s blow, birds were re-orientating back north, including 23 Teal, two Tufted Duck, 381 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 167 Manx Shearwaters, three Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel, nine Sanderling, 372 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns, five Arctic Terns and two Bonxies; three Arctic Skuas were also logged. Wader records included single Green Sandpiper and Greenshank.

West of the Dykes, a Great Northern Diver flew south-east at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Fulmar, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The weather was best described as inclement – strong north-north-westerly winds, driving rain with mist and temperatures barely reaching 13 degrees C. A seawatch from South Landing was quiet, with eight Common Scoters flying north, whilst five Dunlin and six Sandwich Terns headed in the opposite direction. Nineteen Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Whimbrel, a Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers and four Sanderling sheltered on the beach. A pair of Coal Tits was present on Church Lane, where breeding has occurred over recent years.

Coal Tit, Sewerby, by Mike Smith

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, with overcast conditions and showers. During the seawatch, an Eider, 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and 43 Sandwich Terns flew north, whilst two Red-throated Divers and two Common Terns moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Knot and three Dunlin, with an adult Yellow-legged Gull and four Whimbrel on the beach near South Landing. In addition, a Marbled White butterfly was seen in the village.

West of the Dykes, a Green Sandpiper and male Black Redstart were located at Buckton Pond, a Grasshopper Warbler was re-trapped at Buckton, whilst a Mediterranean Gull overflew Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Black Redstart, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Grasshopper Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Light/moderate south-easterly winds were a constant during a day that featured showers and brighter spells. During the seawatch, 69 Common Scoters, 30 Manx Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater (the first since an unusual mid-winter record on 14th January), 35 Oystercatchers, 20 Whimbrel, 13 Redshank, 27 Knot, five Sanderling, 12 Little Gulls, three Common Terns and two Bonxies all flew south. Six Arctic Skuas were logged, whilst 277 Sandwich Terns moved north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Green Sandpiper, five Dunlin and a Redshank. West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond hosted two Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Moderate/strong south-south-easterly winds featured throughout a day of sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included three Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel, five Knot and eight Dunlin moving south, with 55 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns, one Arctic Tern and a Bonxie heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted five Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper, with a lone Yellow Wagtail flying south over the fog station.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, single Arctic Skua and Bonxie, two Wheatears and five Yellow Wagtails flying south. Buckton Pond attracted a single Green Sandpiper.

Puffin, North Landing, by Mark Pearson

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

It mixed day of weather, with essentially a light/moderate westerly airflow, heavy rain during the middle part and a sunny finish; temperatures dropped to 13 degrees C mid-afternoon. Seawatching was rewarded with 47 Common Scoters,  20 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Oystercatchers and six Whimbrel flying south, with 110 Sandwich Terns, three Arctic Terns and a Bonxie moving north.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, two Shoveler, four Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and one Redshank.

West of the Dykes, 23 Whimbrel flew south-east at Buckton, where the Grasshopper Warbler continued to sing near the cliff top.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

A day that featured long spells of overcast, but also sunny conditions, with winds switching from the east to light southerlies. Seawatching highlights included 706 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 154 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and four Bonxies flying north, whilst a Blue Fulmar, 95 Manx Shearwaters, 129 Oystercatchers and five Arctic Skuas moved in the opposite direction.

An additional 100 Common Scoters were present off South Dykes. Thornwick Pools attracted six Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin, with 21 Whimbrel (out of a daily total of 26) and a Greenshank overflying there. A Marbled White butterfly seen at South Landing represented a relatively unusual local record. 

West of the Dykes, three Common Sandpipers visited Buckton Pond.

Common Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-easterly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching was relatively productive, with a further southerly movement of waders. Highlights included 282 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver and 17 Manx Shearwaters flying north, a Little Egret, 13 Oystercatchers, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Redshank, 15 Sanderling and 14 Dunlin moving south, with 73 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns flying north. Both lone Arctic Skua and Bonxie lingered offshore; two Bonxies were also seen at Bemtpon Cliffs RSPB.

An impressive 26 Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, where the Wigeon remained in residence.

Shag, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 17th, 2017

It was another sunny day, with temperatures of 20 degrees and a light westerly wind. Highlights during the morning seawatch included 11 Manx Shearwater, 16 Arctic Tern, 40 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 33 Common Scoter and a single Great Crested Grebe. A southerly movement of waders in the evening included four Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Redshank, a Sanderling and 87 Dunlin.

The days highlight pertained to a Willow Tit, seen in the village before heading south. Thornwick Pools held three Dunlin and the moulting Wigeon.

Elsewhere a colour-ringed Little Egret was on the edge of the recording area at Speeton. This bird had been rung as a chick in Cambridgeshire during 2009.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

After an overcast start, sunshine broke through during the afternoon and temperatures attained 22 degrees C; winds remained light/moderate and from the north-west. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, four Manx Shearwaters, 24 Sandwich Terns, six Common Terns, four Arctic Terns and a Bonxie flying north. The year’s first fledged Kittiwakes were also present off the Fog Station.

Three Mute Swans were present on the sea off South Landing, but rare still, a juvenile Willow Tit was caught and ringed at Buckton.

The overnight ringing session resulted in two Storm Petrels being captured and ringed.

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Willow Tit, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

A day of moderate westerly winds and overcast skies. During the morning’s seawatch, seven Teal, a Velvet Scoter and 25 Dunlin flew south, with 32 Common Scoter, three Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern moving in the opposite direction. Single Bonxie and Arctic Skua were also present offshore.

On the headland, a juvenile Marsh Harrier overflew Thornwick Pools, which was also visited by single Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin.

Kittiwake, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, July 14th, 2017

An overcast day with moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, 215 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, two Manx Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew north, with four Teal, five Manx Shearwaters, single Whimbrel and Ringed Plover and three Arctic Terns moved south. 

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

A day of sunny intervals, light south-westerly winds and temperatures rising to 22 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 256 Common Scoters flying north, a Red-throated Diver south, 12 Manx Shearwaters north, 13 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, three Curlew, 15 Redshank and 12 Dunlin all south, a second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull, 42 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, four Arctic Terns all north, along with three Arctic Skuas.

Elsewhere, sightings included 120 Common Scoters in Bridlington Bay. Waders also increased in number, with 15 Dunlin (including 13 at Thornwick), a Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit at Thornwick and one Snipe. Three juvenile Yellow Wagtails also frequented Thornwick Pools. Dragonfly records included six Red-veined Darters, lots of Ruddy Darters and Southern Hawker.

West of the Dykes, 60 Common Scoters flew north at Bempton, with 500 Swifts over there and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail at the Chalet Park.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

From top left: Red-veined Darter, Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter(2), by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Moderate to strong north-north-easterly winds dominated the first half of a largely sunny day, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with two Eider flying south, 81 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers and 27 Manx Shearwaters all flying north, with seven Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie moving in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools attracted single Wigeon and Tufted Duck along with two Dunlin. Late in the day, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull rested on the golf course.

West of the Dykes, a Tufted Duck accompanied ten chicks on Buckton Pond, with 100 Swallows, a Grasshopper Warbler, an early migrant Whinchat and a Willow Warbler in the immediate vicinity of the Heligoland trap.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Whinchat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

An overcast day, with light rain in the morning, turning heavier in the afternoon; winds remained light but temperatures low, reaching only 12 degrees C mid-afternoon. During the course of the day, Thornwick Pools hosted a Little Egret, one Grey Heron, the Wigeon, two Dunlin and one Oystercatcher. Presumably the same Little Egret later flew west near Beacon Hill. A three-hour watch at the latter site was rewarded with a substantial movement of Swifts ahead of the cold front, with 1100 flying west.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Monday, July 10th, 2017

After a bright start, cloud built and showers then featured for the rest of the day. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, the lone summering Wigeon, eight Dunlin, two Oystercatchers and a Little Ringed Plover. An influx of Swifts was a feature, as feeding groups moved onto the headland ahead a shower cloud: 270 were present over Flamborough village, with an additional 300 at Bempton. Records from the latter location included 120 Common Scoter moving north and a Bonxie offshore.

Non-avian interest was headlined by a Red-veined Darter at Thornwick Pools.

Oystercatcher, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Comma, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

A sunny day, with moderate south-westerly winds and temperatures that reached 24 degrees C. The highlight of a morning seawatch was a Minke Whale which slowly moved south off the Fog Station. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, six Dunlin, three Little Ringed Plovers and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail, whilst the South Dykes/South Landing areas hosted 100 Common Scoter and two Mediterranean Gulls.

The day’s most notable sighting related to a Lesser Emperor dragonfly seen at Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Additional records from the reserve included a Little Egret, two Bonxies, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 393 Swifts flying south-east and one Lesser Redpoll.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Puss Moth caterpillar, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Simpson

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Sunny throughout, with a light wind, generally with a northerly component, and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Teal, 24 Common Scoters, a Manx Shearwater, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua all flew north.

Thornwick Pools hosted single Grey Heron, Wigeon and Dunlin. 

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Friday, July 7th, 2017

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, 271 Common Scoters, seven Manx Shearwaters, two Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and four Arctic Terns flew north. South Landing attracted an adult Mediterranean Gull and five Whimbrel. Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, three Shoveler and a Dunlin, whilst a Little Egret visited a pool on Beacon Hill.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Egret, Beacon Hill, by Neil Weeks

Puffins, Outer head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

An overcast start to a day that featured sunny intervals and occasional mist; winds were light and variable in direction, with temperatures peaking at 19 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included ten Teal flying south, 504 Common Scoters and three Red-throated Divers north, single Whimbrel, nine Curlew, 42 Redshank and 12 Dunlin heading south, with 15 Sandwich Terns moving in the opposite direction. An adult Mediterranean Gull was also present off the headland. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, two Tufted Ducks and two Dunlin, whilst a Whimbrel was on the beach at South Dykes.

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

An misty and overcast day, with a moderate north-westerly wind and temperatures pegged to 14 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included seven Teal, two Eiders, 530 Common Scoters, 42 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies flying north, with single Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Dunlin, two Redshanks and six Curlews heading south.

Common Scoters, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Roe Deer, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

An overcast day, with light and variable winds and spells of drizzle. A seawatch from South Landing produced 44 Common Scoter, two Great Crested Grebes, one Little Egret and three Sandwich Terns moving north. An additional 33 Common Scoters and two Red-throated Divers were offshore, whilst an adult Mediterranean Gull flew east at Sewerby. Two Common Seals also lingered in the South Landing area. Thornwick Pools attracted a Common Sandpiper.

Kittiwake, Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

A relatively overcast day, with a moderate south-westerly wind and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 74 Common Scoter flying north, a Red-throated Diver south, 13 Manx Shearwaters north, two Bonxies offshore and 17 Sandwich Terns flying past.

Small Heath, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Puss Moth caterpillar, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

A warm and sunny day, with moderate westerly veering to north-westerly winds.

Totals during the morning seawatch consisted of: 43 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern, 3 Bonxie, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Hobby. Two Little Ringed Plovers visited Thornwick Pools, whilst a juvenile Wheatear was located on the Golf Course.

Bempton also held a single Hobby, along with Short-eared Owl and a Little Egret. A movement of Swift over the outer headland during the evening included 150 between North Marine Road and North Dykes and a further 70 over Oceanview.

Skylark, by Phil Dyson.

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Cloud first thing gave way to sunny skies. Wind was a light to moderate north westerly.

Sea watching again produced the days highlights with a notable 52 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar, 23 Common Scoter, 1 Little Gull, 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Bonxie and an Arctic Skua.

Elsewhere 2 Common Scoter were on the sea on the south side of the headland, whilst Buckton held at least five Curlew and a Buzzard.

Insects were plentiful in the warm weather with 100+ Red Admiral butterfly and a Bilberry Bumblebee noted at Buckton.

Stock Dove, by Andy Hood.

Six-spot Burnet, Lime speck pug, The flame and Latticed Heath moths, by Andrew Allport.