Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

The main feature of the day was the weather. Easterly winds increased in strength during the day, becoming gale force overnight; even disregarding the windchill, the temperature at 3pm was  -4 degrees C and snow showers became prevalent from mid-afternoon.

Thornwick Pools hosted three Jack Snipe, whilst eight Snipe and three Woodcock were also recorded. Thrushes displaced by the inclement ground conditions included 65 Fieldfare, seven Redwing and eight Song Thrush. Increasing numbers of birds also appeared in the village, including 35 Tree Sparrows and 17 Yellowhammers in a garden on Church Lane.

Song Thrush, Beacon Hill, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The day dawned with lying snow, whilst the weather consisted of moderate east-north-easterly winds and snow showers. Sightings from South Landing included a drake Eider, 32 Red-throated Divers, a Red-necked Grebe and 22 Ringed Plovers.

The snow displaced winter thrushes, with small parties touring the village: totals included 34 Redwing and 92 Fieldfare. 

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The weather consisted of increasingly strong easterly winds, flurries of light snow and temperatures of one degree C. Wildfowl included two Shelduck, 12 Wigeon and 45 Teal. A Woodcock frequented Whelkie Wynds, whilst one Nuthatch remained in South Dykes.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, cold south-easterly winds and temperatures that reached three degrees C. During a seawatch from South Landing, a Shelduck flew south and 37 Red-throated Divers moved north. 

Passerine interest included 39 Fieldfares at Oceanview, 26 Redwing and five Lapland Buntings near North Dykes. West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included 14 Stock Doves, 70 Tree Sparrows, 30 Yellowhammers and two Corn Buntings.

Fulmar, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Fieldfare, Bempton Cliffs, by Robert Tyas

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The weather featured moderate/strong south-easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that eventually five degrees C. During the seawatch, ten Wigeon, three Eider and 68 Cormorants flew past the Fog Station. In addition, 11 Pintail flew east past South Landing. A Woodcock was also flushed from the cliff top at the latter location, 34 Redwing were located, whilst four Lapland Buntings frequented fields between Thornwick and North Dykes.

West of the Dykes, Sewerby Hall hosted 50 Redwing.

Cormorant, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

A moderate south-easterly wind prevailed throughout a day that also featured sunny intervals and temperatures that peaked at five degrees C. During the seawatch, a single Puffin flew north, whilst thousands of Guillemots and Razorbills were also recorded. 

The female Long-tailed Duck was again present on the sea off Cattlemere. There were 51 Fieldfare recorded on the headland, but the undoubted highlight referred to the single Waxwing that flew over the outer head towards the Lighthouse car-park.

Kestrel, South Landing, by June & Malcom Fox

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The weather consisted of light south-east winds and prolonged sunny spells, with temperatures reaching five degrees C. During the seawatch, single Shelduck and Goldeneye flew south, with an adult Mediterranean Gull heading north. 

Wildfowl on the headland included a Pink-footed Goose, 27 Wigeon and 64 Teal. Wader interest was provided by five Jack Snipe and 13 Snipe, whilst a first-winter Glaucous Gull visited Stainforth’s Flash. Winter thrushes continue to be in above average numbers for the time of year, with 156 Fieldfare and 27 Fieldfare present. A single Snow Bunting and five Lapland Buntings were also located near North Dykes.

Yellowhammer, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

A light north-westerly wind, with sunny intervals after a wet start to the day. During the morning’s seawatch, a Shelduck and one Puffin flew south, whilst 270 Fulmars, 211 Kittiwakes and a Puffin moved north. However, the highlight related to 18 Bottlenose Dolphins that headed south – involving a pod of 15 animals followed by a further three. Interesting passerine totals included 44 Magpie, 46 Fieldfare, 41 Goldfinch and 25 Yellowhammer.

West of the Dykes, two Snow Buntings flew north-west over Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Oysetercatcher, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The weather consisted of strong north-westerly winds, overcast skies and long spells of light rain. During the seawatch, 138 Fulmars and a Puffin flew north. There had also been a large clear-out of auks, with tens of thousands of Guillemots leaving the cliffs and heading back out to sea. North Marsh attracted 21 Wigeon and 43 Teal, whilst a flock of 19 Fieldfares frequented Oceanview.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sewerby, by Mike Smith

Monday, February 19th, 2018

A difficult day for birding, with mist/fog throughout and light rain for a high proportion of daylight hours. Thousands of Guillemots and Razorbills were again in residence off the outer head, with hundreds of Gannets also present; all adults.

The Treecreeper showing some features of the nominate race was seen again at South Dykes, where there were above average counts of 35 Blue Tits and 30 Great Tits, as well as eight Long-tailed Tits and a solitary Goldcrest. 

Coal Tit, Sewerby, by Mike Smith

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

A relatively bright, but generally overcast day, with light south-westerly winds and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. During the seawatch, two Whooper Swans, 63 Red-throated Divers and a Puffin flew south, with 55 Pink-footed Geese moving north; the latter part of a northbound movement witnessed elsewhere along the Yorkshire coast.

The lone Pink-foot and two White-fronted Geese remained on the headland, along with two Water Rails, 18 Curlew, 37 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, four Mistle Thrush and five Lapland Buntings.

West of the Dykes, 61 Great Crested Grebes were off Sewerby, where 46 Redwing were also present. On the northern side of the headland, 90 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Buckton.

Lapland Bunting, North Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

A relatively overcast day, with light/moderate south-west winds and temperatures reaching six degrees C. During the seawatch, six Common Scoters and a Puffin flew north, with a sub-adult Lesser Black-backed Gull heading south. 

The lone Pink-foot and two White-fronted Geese remained on the outer head, with 79 Great Crested Grebes off the South Cliffs and a Woodcock at Beacon Farm. Passerine interest included 44 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing, a 55-strong flock of Skylarks at North Moor, 33 Yellowhammers and two Lapland Buntings at Oceanview.

Bullfinch, South Dykes, by Craig Thomas

Friday, February 16th, 2018

A bright day, with sustained periods of sunshine, a light/moderate south-westerly wind and temperatures that briefly reached eight degrees C. During the seawatch, 47 Red-throated Divers flew south, with 1029 Gannets moving north; 579 of the latter also headed in the opposite direction.

Two Whooper Swans rested on Stainforth’s Flash before heading south, with the single Pink-foot and two White-fronted Geese lingering with the Greylag flock. The day’s highlight related to a Red Kite, initially seen over South Landing, that eventually headed west over the Dykes. Once again, Thornwick Pools hosted the Jack Snipe and the eastern edge of the Gorse Field continued to prove attractive to two Water Rails. The two Nuthatch remained at South Dykes, and 62 Fieldfare and 21 Redwing toured the headland. A Siskin visited garden feeders on Church Lane, whilst 11 Lapland Buntings, 31 Reed Buntings and one Corn Bunting were also in residence.

West of the Dykes, a Long-eared Owl was located at roost in a hedge at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and showed throughout the day from the visitor centre.

Whooper Swans, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Lapland Bunting, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

A bright day, with light south-westerly winds and temperatures that reached seven degrees C. Two Mute Swans that flew south during the seawatch were unusual, with an Eider and 10,000 Guillemots also flying past the Fog Station.

Two Nuthatch remained in the car-park at Danes Dyke, where the Treecreeper again performed.

Treecreeper, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

An overcast day, with gale force southerly winds and rain during the afternoon; temperatures reached five degrees C. During the seawatch, 14 Red-throated Divers flew south, 630 Gannets, tens of thousands of Guillemots and thousands of Razorbills flew past the Fog Station; the latter showing an appreciable increase over recent weeks. In addition, a Blue Fulmar lingered offshore.

The Jack Snipe continued its vigil at Thornwick Pools. A Treecreeper in the car-park at South Dykes showed some features of the Northern subspecies, whilst at least one Nuthatch was also present there.

Treecreeper, South Dykes, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

A day of strong southerly winds, rain for most of the day and temperatures that reached four degrees C. A Pink-footed Goose remained on the headland, whilst Thornwick Pools again hosted a single Jack Snipe. Six Fieldfares were also recorded, maintaining an above average series of records for a species that is usually scarce using the winter.

Jack Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, relatively light winds and low single figures once again. Ninety-three Greylag Geese were again accompanied by a Pink-foot and two White-fronts. North Marsh attracted 28 Wigeon and 46 Teal, whilst 70 Great Crested Grebes remained in residence on the sea off the South Cliffs. 

Sightings from Sewerby included 11 Stock Doves and seven Redwing.

Stock Dove, Sewerby, by Mike Smith

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals and a moderate westerly wind. The seawatch was again quiet, with 500 Gannets and 30 Kittiwakes representative of increasing numbers of birds returning to the colony, but there was no significant movement.

Two White-fronted Geese and one Pink-foot were present, along with a Water Rail, two Woodcock and a Jack Snipe. Thirty-six Fieldfare also toured the headland.

Water Rail, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

A day of moderate/strong westerly winds, generally overcast skies with rain and low single figure temperatures. During the seawatch, 58 Kittiwakes and 99 Common Gulls flew south, with low hundreds of Guillemots in residence.

Pink-footed Goose, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Friday, February 9th, 2018

A relatively bright, but overcast morning with light south-west winds, although the latter strengthened during the day and switched to a more northerly direction, coinciding with a band of rain. During the seawatch, 635 Gannets flew past the Fog Station together with 2000 Guillemots. 

Sightings on the headland included single Woodcock and Nuthatch, 19 Fieldfares and a Lapland Bunting, with the latter at Oceanview.

Barn Owl, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

A relatively cloudy day with a light/moderate south-west wind and temperatures in low single figures. During the seawatch,  an Eider moved north and a Blue Fulmar flew south. 

A Nuthatch remained at South Dykes. Sightings from nearby Sewerby included 30 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Ringed Plovers, three Purple Sandpipers, 23 Redwing and a Grey Wagtail.

Mistle Thrush, Flamborough, by June & Malcolm Fox

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

A bright and sunny day, with temperatures only just creeping above zero degrees. The two Russian White-fronted Geese remained, as did a single Nuthatch on the feeders at South Dykes. A male Merlin flew over Water Lane during the early morning and a Water Rail was on Bempton Lane. Notable counts from the outer headland included 28 Teal and 34 Stock Dove .

On the sea watch, 483 Fulmar flew north and included a single blue morph bird. 17 Red-throated Diver and 466 Gannet were also logged.

Cormorants by Mike Smith

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A relatively overcast day, with snow arriving mid-afternoon and temperatures of two degrees C. During the seawatch, 15 Common Scoter and 39 Red-throated Divers flew past the Fog Station, with increased numbers of Razorbills also present. Two White-fronted Geese remained on the headland.

Yellowhammers, Beacon Hill, by Mike Smith

Monday, February 5th, 2018

An overcast day, with light easterlies and temperatures that reached three degrees C. The seawatch was relatively quiet, although numbers of Gannets and Razorbills continue to increase. 

A Pink-footed Goose and three White-fronted Geese accompanied the Greylag flock. Meanwhile, higher than usual numbers of ‘winter thrushes’ continue to feature, including 18 Fieldfares and four Song Thrushes on Beacon Hill and 26 Fieldfares at Oceanview.

Kestrel, Beacon Hill, by Mike Smith

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

After a relatively cloudy start, sunny intervals prevailed, with moderate north-north-easterly winds. During the seawatch, 97 Kittiwakes flew north, but the day’s highlight referred to a juvenile Pomarine Skua that flew north; earlier it had been harrying gulls off South Landing. 

Two White-fronted Geese and one Pink-foot frequented Stainforth’s Flash early morning. Two Water Rails fed along the ‘motorway’ south of the Lighthouse and a Woodcock was flushed from South Landing. 

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton included a Water Rail and three Stonechat.

Stonechat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

An overcast day, with a light westerly/north-westerly wind and temperatures that eventually reached four degrees C. During the seawatch, an Eider, one Goldeneye, 520 Fulmars, a Blue Fulmar, 63 Kittiwakes and two Puffins flew north.

Fields adjacent to Micklemires hosted two White-fronted Geese, with four Shelduck and 57 Teal also present. A drake Goldeneye was on the sea off South Landing, where nine Sanderling fed on the beach, and two Water Rails were located on the outer head. Passerine interest included 36 Fieldfares, a Goldcrest and one Lapland Bunting; the latter at Oceanview.

West of the Dykes, records from Buckton included a Water Rail and the long-staying Willow Tit

Guillemot, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Strong north-north-west winds gradually dropped in strength during the afternoon, with heavy, squally showers featuring all day. Seawatching highlights included a Velvet Scoter, two Goldeneye, two Great Northern Divers, two Blue Fulmars, 790 Fulmars, 502 Gannets and 30 Kittiwakes flying north.

The White-fronted Goose continued its lonely vigil alongside Water Lane. Passerine interest included one Nuthatch at South Dykes and a Grey Wagtail at South Landing.

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The day began with moderate westerly winds and sunny skies, but clouds gathered and a strong north-westerly wind continued to gather strength. During the swatch, 701 Fulmars flew north, together with one Blue Fulmar, 946 Gannets and 15 Kittiwakes. 

Elsewhere, the White-fronted Goose remained along Water Lane, Purple Sandpiper and a Knot visited South Landing beach and the Nuthatch continued its stay at South Dykes.

Mistle Thrush, Flamborough Church, by Paul Reed