Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Winds remained light and from the south-west, with sunny intervals throughout. Seawatching highlights included 128 Teal, 42 Common Scoters and two Little Egrets flying south, with 55 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns, four Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas heading north.

A Hobby flew over Thornwick, where 11 Teal, 14 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were present.

West of the Dykes, the Alpine Swift once again made a brief appearance over Bempton Cliffs RSPB mid-morning and then again in the evening.

Sparrowhawk, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Monday, August 14th, 2017

After an overcast start to the day, sunny intervals established mid-afternoon, whilst an increasing south-south-east wind developed. During the seawatch, four Tufted Duck, a Manx Shearwater, 33 Redshank, five Sanderling, 55 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua flew south, with 55 Sandwich Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, one Greenshank, a Ringed Plover and 17 Dunlin.

The Alpine Swift reappeared over Bempton Cliffs during the morning, with Little Egret and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also recorded there.

Whimbrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

A  sunny day, with light west-north-west winds. During the seawatch, a Sooty Shearwater, three Manx Shearwaters, a Black-tailed Godwit, 77 Redshank, a Greenshank and two Arctic Skuas flew south, with 54 Sandwich Terns and four Bonxies moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Greenshank, eight Dunlin and two Snipe. A Marsh Harrier and eight Whimbrel also flew west over South Landing. 

The Alpine Swift re-appeared near the cliff top at Buckton late morning. Other sightings from there included two Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, four Golden Plover, a Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Yellow Wagtails and four Whinchat. 

Alpine Swift, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Alpine Swift, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Marsh Harrier, South Landing, by Mark Pearson

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

An overcast day, with showers and relatively light westerly winds, which switched to northerlies later. Seawatching highlights included 68 Common Scoters flying north, a winter-plumaged Great Northern Diver that drifted south on the sea, two Great Crested Grebes north, a Black-tailed Godwit heading south, with two Greenshank, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 114 Sandwich Terns, 81 Common Terns and two Arctic Terns all flying north. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, 17 Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers. South Landing hosted a Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Whimbrel, five Curlew, 21 Dunlin and 46 Redshank. However, the day’s highlight was the re-appearance of the Alpine Swift; initially seen at Bempton Cliffs early morning, it later drifted south-east towards the Thornwick area. 

Additional sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included a Marsh Harrier, three Golden Plovers, 27 Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, one Cuckoo and 300 Linnets.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, August 11th, 2017

A day of light south-west winds and generally overcast skies. During the seawatch, three Eider, 75 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 307 Sandwich Terns, 18 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, one Bonxie and three Arctic Skuas flew north. Flying south were four Golden Plovers, a Grey Plover, five Ringed Plovers, 37 Redshank and 191 Dunlin.

A mobile flock of 180 Common Scoters frequented Bridlington Bay off South Dykes. A flock of 23 Black-tailed Godwits also flew south over the outer head having headed over Bempton Cliffs earlier. Thornwick Pools attracted 19 Dunlin, two Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. Migrant passerines included two Wheatears and a Garden Warbler.

West of the Dykes, single Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl and a Willow Tit, together with four Whinchats, were seen at Buckton. Migrants at Bempton Cliffs included 14 Yellow Wagtails.

Hobby, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The weather consisted of light northerly winds and prolonged sunny spells. Seawatching highlights included 15 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 124 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 51 Manx Shearwaters, 513 Sandwich Terns, 37 Common Terns, 11 Arctic Terns and 13 Bonxies flying north. Heading in the opposite direction were a Red-throated Diver, 120 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, 17 Ringed Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 125 Whimbrel, 48 Redshank, 79 Dunlin, an immature Pomarine Skua and three Arctic Skuas.

Five Greenshank (three at Thornwick Pools and two over Oceanview) and two Green Sandpipers (One Thornwick Pools and one Beacon Hill) were present. Thornwick Pools also attracted a Banded Demoiselle – an odonata species rarely recorded locally. A scattering of migrant passerines included a Pied Flycatcher.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Cuckoo was present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Strong northerly winds lasted all day; the morning was overcast, with sunny intervals developing in the afternoon. Seawatching showed considerable improvement, with a Cory’s Shearwater offshore at 0757hrs that eventually flew south. However, the highlight related to a Red-necked Phalarope which flew north from 1815-1825hrs, albeit interspersed with spells on the sea. Other birds moving north included 63 Teal, two Eider, 230 Common Scoter, three Sooty Shearwaters, 60 Manx Shearwaters, four Golden Plover, two Little Ringed Plovers, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 115 Sandwich Terns, 63 Common Terns and 16 Arctic Terns. A substantial movement of Kittiwakes started from 1600hrs and continued until late evening, with a peak of 8000 birds moving north per hour. Four Little Gulls were also observed feeding offshore. Southbound passage included six Shoveler, a Red-throated Diver, 471 Oystercatchers, five Whimbrel, a Greenshank, ten Bonxies and 26 Arctic Skuas. 

Thornwick Pools hosted a Greenshank and three Dunlin.

Bonxie, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The main feature of the day was rain; persistent and at times very heavy, along with an increasingly strong northerly wind. During the seawatch, 360 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, one Manx Shearwater and a Common Tern flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted 20 Dunlin, one Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and one Ringed Plover.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Light/moderate south-westerly winds reduced in strength during a largely sunny day. During the seawatch, two Shoveler, 183 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel, 35 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, whilst 11 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, 19 Redshank, two Sanderling and 41 Dunlin flew south. However, the highlight was a Minke Whale that fully breached to the north-east of the Fog Station; quite possibly the same animal was later seen off Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Thornwick Pools attracted 36 Dunlin, two Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank and a Short-eared Owl.

The latter location went one better when an Alpine Swift was discovered mid-morning; it showed well from the cliff top vantage points until late morning when it drifted off north-west.

Alpine Swift, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Craig Thomas

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

The weather consisted of light/moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 91 Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 46 Sandwich Terns, nine Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north, whilst a Bonxie and five Arctic Skuas were also recorded. Elsewhere, a Greenshank, 12 Dunlin and seven Snipe frequented Thornwick Pools. 

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew north at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Linnet, South Landing, by Don Hustings

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The prevailing wind again had a westerly component, although was north of west late morning; after a sunny day, heavy showers passed through the area in the evening. Seawatching highlights included 36 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and a Great Crested Grebe flying north, 58 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank heading south, two Bonxies north, a sub-adult Pomarine Skua and five Arctic Skuas flying south, with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Terns and 382 Puffins flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted 11 Dunlin, two Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank. Five Willow Warblers were also in the Thornwick area, together with two Spotted Flycatchers.

A Minke Whale was seen off Bempton Cliffs RSPB, where a Cuckoo was also recorded. Nearby Buckton hosted single Willow Tit and Redstart.

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Chinese Character moth, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Strong westerly winds blew throughout a sunny day, with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. Nine Manx Shearwaters were recorded during the seawatch, along with 27 Oystercatchers heading south, whilst 30 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north.

A Green Sandpiper and 28 Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, with five Willow Warblers in the same area. A Common Sandpiper flew south over Oceanview, with 79 Swifts moving west over there early evening.

West of the Dykes, a Wood Sandpiper flew south-east over Bempton Cliffs, where three Bonxies were recorded during the day.

Swift, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Strong south-westerly winds dominated another showery day. Seawatching highlights included four Teal, 12 Whimbrel and 13 Knot moving south, with three Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas heading north; two Bonxies were also present.

Thornwick Pools hosted 29 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, four Green Sandpipers and two Greenshank. Two Willow Warblers and three Blackcap in the Bay Brambles were undoubted migrants.

Sanderling, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

A relatively overcast day, with light/moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, 28 Common Scoters and ten Manx Shearwaters flew north, a Great Crested Grebe and 11 Dunlin moved south. The ‘autumn’s’ first Pomarine Skua, an immature, also flew south, whilst 34 Sandwich Terns went north and three Common Terns moved in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted 24 Dunlin, a Whimbrel, three Green Sandpipers and a Redshank.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Cuckoo, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The weather again consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and showers. Seawatching highlights included 70 Oystercatchers, 72 Whimbrel and ten Redshank flying south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Grebe, 20 Dunlin, ten Redshank, three Green Sandpipers, with a Greenshank also flying south over the pools.

Sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included three Shoveler and nine Black-tailed Godwits flying south-east, with seven Snipe and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull heading north-west. A total of 377 Swallows also flew south-east there, where a Banded Demoiselle represented an unusual local record. Additional sightings from Buckton included one Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo, two Whinchat, a Grasshopper Warbler, nine Willow Warblers, 30 Yellow Wagtails and two Willow Tits.

Little Grebe, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed