Monday, April 30th, 2018

Strong northerly winds were the main feature of a cold, overcast day. During the seawatch, a Wigeon and three Manx Shearwaters flew north. A drake Garganey on the sea off South Landing later flew north, with a Short-eared Owl also at South Landing. Two Swifts appeared over the village, a male Common Redstart frequented South Landing and a male and female Pied Flycatcher South Dykes. 

Short-eared Owl, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Garganey, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate north-north-easterly winds and sunny intervals with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Scaup, two Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie flying north, with eight Eider heading south. A Swift appeared over the village and three male Pied Flycatchers and a male Common Redstart were new arrivals, with additional migrants including eight Wheatear, two White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail. 

West of the Dykes, the Ring-necked Parakeet flew from Bempton towards Buckton, whilst a Redwing appeared at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. 

Wheatear, Beacon Hill, by Ian Howard

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A day of moderate northerly winds and overcast skies, with temperatures again below average and peaking at ten degrees C. During the seawatch, four Pintail, three Tufted Ducks, 18 Scaup and ten Manx Shearwaters flew north, with 34 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua heading in the opposite direction.

The day’s highlight was the discovery of an Olive-backed Pipit that spent 90 seconds on the lawn of a village garden before flying off north; there was no further sign of the bird in the evening. Five White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail were attracted to a recently ploughed field near South Landing, with two Fieldfare, two Wheatear and a Siskin also recorded.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Bonxies, two Yellow Wagtails were present near the village, whilst Buckton Pond attracted a Tufted Duck.

Olive-backed Pipit, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Friday, April 27th, 2018

An overcast day, with persistent rain arriving from late morning; winds were relatively light and temperatures were pegged back to eight degrees C. During the seawatch, two Manx Shearwaters, 22 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north. 

North Marsh hosted one Wigeon and a Short-eared Owl, whilst a Ringed Plover flew over the site. A Little Ringed Plover frequented Thornwick Pools and the Ring-necked Parakeet again visited gardens in the village. Six Willow Warblers included newly arrived migrants, whilst a Redwing lingered.

Peregrine, Flamborough, by Brett Richards

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A day of relatively strong south-west winds and sunny intervals. A single Little Gull flying north and 11 Sandwich Terns were logged during the seawatch. The Greenshank lingered on Stainforth’s Flash and the Short-eared Owl was seen again near the Lighthouse. However, a Cuckoo at South Landing represented the first of the year, as was a Woodlark that flew west over the outer head. Birds trapped during a ringing session included a Rook; only the second such record at Flamborough.

Rook, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A day of moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures in the low teens. Sixteen Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater and five Sandwich Terns flew south, whilst four Whimbrel moved north. 

Two Pink-footed Geese and the Greenshank remained, the latter on Stainforth’s Flash, whilst a Short-eared Owl overflew the Lighthouse mid-morning. A Hooded Crow frequented the Cattlemere area, four White Wagtails were also present and a Grasshopper Warbler was discovered at South Dykes.

Grasshopper Warbler, South Dykes, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

The weather consisted of a moderate westerly wind, overcast skies and rain from mid-afternoon, with temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. During the seawatch, single Manx Shearwater and Bonxie moved north, with a Whimbrel and five Sandwich Terns heading in the opposite direction. Passerine migrants were thin on the ground, but included the first Reed Warbler of the year.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

A largely overcast day, with a few sunny intervals and feeling cooler in a moderate west-south-westerly wind. During the seawatch, two Whimbrel and 11 Sandwich Terns flew past the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Little Ringed Plover, with a Greenshank again on Stainforth’s Flash. The year’s first Pied Flycatcher was located in South Dykes and the small patch of bushes adjacent to the Lighthouse sheltered a Firecrest all day. Nine Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail were also logged, whilst the Ring-necked Parakeet overflew the village early morning.

Greenland Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Lighthouse, by Craig Thomas

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate southerly winds , sunny intervals with a band of light rain crossing the area mid-afternoon – temperatures increased significantly once the rain had cleared and peaked at 18 degrees C. The undoubted highlight was the discovery of two Red-rumped Swallows over Hartendale early evening; a single that flew west over Oceanview was relocated with a second individual over Hartendale; both then spent 20 minutes feeding over the edge of the village before drifting off west.

Seawatching produced two Shoveler, two Tufted Duck, six Eider, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Whimbrel, five Knot, 78 Sandwich Terns and six Arctic Terns all flying south. The Water Rail again showed at Thornwick Pools, where Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin were present, whilst a Greenshank dropped onto Stainforth’s Flash and three Snipe remained on the headland. Migrants also included the year’s first Grasshopper Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, 65 Swallows, 35 Sand Martins, 11 House Martins, 17 Willow Warblers, 17 Chiffchaffs, 17 Lesser Whitethroats, five Common Whitethroats, nine Blackcap, 26 Wheatear, one Whinchat, five Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included four Lesser Whitethroats, two Common Whitethroats, four Willow Warblers and a Firecrest; a Bonxie also flew south-east. A Red Kite in the morning eventually departed west over Buckton, where there were also four Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroat and three Wheatears.

Red-rumped Swallow, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Red-rumped Swallow, Hartendale, by Craig Thomas

Black Oil Beetles mating, outer head, by Jo Hood

Melecta albifrons, Common mourning bee, outer head, by Jo Hood

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

A light south-easterly breeze gradually increased in strength during a largely sunny day, with temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. During the seawatch, eight Eiders, two summer-plumaged Black-throated Divers, 30 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern all flew south. 

A Merlin hunted the outer head early morning, whilst wader interest included a Common Sandpiper at Stainforth’s Flash, an Avocet that initially flew north then south past the headland and a Green Sandpiper at Thornwick Pools, where a Water Rail was also present. A Hooded Crow blogged south/north past the Fog Station before settling near North Marsh and a Firecrest was also located on the outer head. Other migrants included two Goldcrests, 24 Chiffchaffs, ten Willow Warblers, five Blackcap, 18 Lesser Whitethroats, a Common Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, five Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails and five Siskin. In addition, a flock of 100 Linnets lingered near North Dykes.

West of the Dykes, a Water Rail was caught at Buckton, where five Yellow Wagtails were present in the evening. Sightings between Bempton and North Dykes included lone Ring Ouzel and Redstart, with the escaped Ring-necked Parakeet also recorded on several occasions.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Water Rail, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Friday, April 20th, 2018

A day of very light, variable winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. The seawatch highlight was undoubtedly two summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebes initially drifting south off the Fog Station, before flying into Bridlington Bay at 1045hrs. In addition, four Shelduck, an Eider and four Sandwich Terns headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Tufted Duck and single Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover. Another Little Ringed Plover overflew the Gorse Field, whilst Stainforth’s Flash hosted a Common Sandpiper and two Whimbrel headed over Oceanview. A Merlin flew over Thornwick, two Grey Partridge were seen in the North Dykes area, while the escaped Ring-necked Parakeet appeared over the village during the evening, having been over Oceanview early morning. A significant increase in migrant passerines produced counts as follows: 13 Willow Warblers, 26 Lesser Whitethroats, three Common Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, a Redwing, 19 Wheatear, a Whinchat, one Black Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, three Brambling and three Siskin. Meanwhile, an impressive flock of 47 Corn Buntings frequented North Dykes. Peacock Butterflies and Small Tortoiseshells were prevalent across the headland, with a single Painted Lady at North Dykes.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Ring Ouzels and a Hawfinch; the latter lingering around the car-park/feeding station.

Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A sunny, but at times misty day, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C in a light south-west wind. Seawatching highlights included two Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Grey Plover, two Jack Snipe, seven Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull, 25 Sandwich Terns, 13 Common Terns and 40 Arctic Terns flying south.

A Marsh Harrier initially over the outer head later flew south, whilst a Little Ringed Plover remained on Thornwick Pools.  Seven Yellow Wagtails included three that flew south past the Fog Station. A relatively early Whinchat at North Marsh was the year’s first, whilst the Thornwick area hosted a Ring Ouzel and a Brambling remained in the village. There were 28 birds caught during a ringing session at South Landing, including three Lesser Whitethroats, two Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. 

West of the Dykes, a Ring-necked Parakeet frequented the area around the feeding station at RSPB Bempton Cliffs; however, pictures showed a ring on its left leg.

Ring-necked Parakeet, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Tony Dixon

Ring-necked Parakeet, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Tony Dixon

Sand Martin, Thornwick Pools, by Jo Hood

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

A relatively bright day, with significantly increased temperatures in a light southerly wind. Seawatching was quiet, with relatively few auks present, although 25 Purple Sandpipers remained in residence and a Sandwich Tern flew south. 

North Marsh attracted a female Shoveler, whilst an increase in migrants was reflected by the arrival of two Black-tailed Godwits and a Little Ringed Plover; both new for the year. A Ring Ouzel and Lesser Whitethroat frequented the Bay Brambles during the morning, with four Brambling attending a feeder in the village.

Black-tailed Godwit, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate/strong south-westerly wind and temperatures that reached 15 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Tufted Duck, two Grey Herons and a Bar-tailed Godwit moved south, whilst three Sandwich Terns also flew past the Fog Station.

A couple of Pink-footed Geese remained with the Greylag flock, with single figures of Swallow, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap logged, together with two Wheatears and a Lesser Whitethroat. In addition, there were four Siskin, a Redpoll and five Brambling.

Three Siskins also fed on a feeder at Bempton.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Black Oil Beetle (female), Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Monday, April 16th, 2018

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 14 degrees C. The highlight of the seawatch was the Osprey that flew north over the sea at 0900hrs.

A Merlin flew over the Golf Course early morning, with a Short-eared Owl on the cliff top near Thornwick later. Two House Martins were new, a Ring Ouzel frequented the Bay Brambles morning only and the Golf Course attracted two Black Redstarts. A White Wagtail was also present, whilst seven Brambling and two Hawfinch were seen in the village near the Church.

Hawfinch, Flamborough village, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Light south-easterly winds increased in strength during the morning, but after an increasingly bright morning, fog returned early afternoon; temperatures were pegged back to a maximum of nine degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 15 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north. 

A Pink-footed Goose lingered with the Greylag flock, 16 Teal frequented North Marsh and a pair of Little Grebes was on Hood’s Flash. Two Little Egrets flew south early morning, when two Ring Ouzels were on the outer head. Generally passerine migrants were in lower numbers than the previous day, although two White Wagtails were recorded, along with 11 Brambling and a Hawfinch; the latter attending a garden feeding station in the village. A Willow Warbler caught at North Landing was the first to be ringing this year.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included single House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat,  Common Redstart and Yellow Wagtail.

Hawfinch, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

A dramatic change in the weather, with spells of sunshine, light southerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 13 degrees C. Northbound tallies during the seawatch included six Teal, ten Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater, a Sandwich Tern and 1649 Puffins. 

The day’s highlight was a Crane that initially flew east over the village at 1605hrs, before circling over the outer head and then heading north towards Bempton. Wader interest was provided by three Woodcock, a Jack Snipe near South Landing that was a clear migrant, with single Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper also new.

A Firecrest was fresh-in in the Bay Brambles and a total of 46 Chiffchaffs represented a sizeable influx, as did 15 Blackcap, with three Willow Warblers and seven Goldcrests also located. Migrant thrushes included a Ring Ouzel, 82 Fieldfare, 68 Redwing and 16 Song Thrush. Additional migrant totals included two Common Redstarts, 16 Wheatears, nine Swallows, four Sand Martins, a White Wagtail, two Yellow Wagtails, seven Siskin and nine Brambling. Three Hawfinch were also present; the duo continued to tour the outer head and a single frequented the Bay Brambles early morning.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 11 Swallows, a Firecrest, a Yellow Wagtail, 281 Meadow Pipits flying north-west, a Tree Pipit, one Common Redstart, a Black Redstart, ten Siskin, seven Brambling and 16 Corn Buntings. A Raven that lingered around the cliffs stole the headlines, although arguably of more importance was the count of 4105 Puffins between the Fog Station and Speeton. Buckton attracted five Tufted Duck, a Green Sandpiper and seven Wheatear.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Another foggy day, clearing slightly by the afternoon; it remained relatively cold, with light southerly winds. A Gadwall flew north over the sea off North Landing, whilst a Woodcock, one Jack Snipe and four Snipe were located in the Thornwick area. Migrants included two Swallows, a Ring Ouzel at Hartendale, seven Fieldfare, 23 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, two Wheatear, a White Wagtail, six Brambling and two Hawfinch; the latter at Oceanview.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Ring Ouzel, 14 Redwing, one Black Redstart and four Brambling.

Hawfinch, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Brambling, South Dykes, by Brett Richards

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Another overcast day, with thick mist at times and light northerly winds. A Green Sandpiper overflew Thornwick Pools, where a Jack Snipe remained, and two Marsh Harriers hunted the fields proximate to Old Fall. Two ‘new’ Firecrests were located including one along Lighthouse Road, with 12 Goldcrests, 25 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 16 Fieldfare, a Redwing and two Brambling also present.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Ring Ouzel, two Black Redstarts, four Wheatear, a Lesser Redpoll, four Brambling and seven Corn Buntings.

Brambling, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Another overcast, misty and cold day, with a light/moderate northerly wind. Two Firecrests were located in South Landing, a Black Redstart re-appeared in the village and a Wheatear frequented Beacon Hill, whilst two Hawfinch visited garden feeders in the village.  A Siskin was also present at the same feeding station, with the equivalent at South Dykes attracting a Nuthatch and two Brambling.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Woodcock, ten Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 19 Redwing, three Fieldfare, 17 Robins, a Lesser Redpoll and 15 Corn Buntings.

Hawfinch, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

An overcast day, with rain during the morning replaced by thick fog later; temperatures reached a mere seven degrees C. The day’s only notable record related to two Avocets that  frequented Thornwick Pools. 

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Although fog predominated, there were also sunny intervals, light winds and temperatures approaching the seasonal norm. Coverage was light, although a Black Redstart frequented a garden in the centre of the village and a Brambling lingered at Oceanview.

Puffin, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Black Redstart, Flamborough village, by June & Malcolm Fox

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

A mild and still day with hazy cloud. Highlight of the day was the discovery of a Great White Egret at Northcliffe Marsh during mid-afternoon. Once a mega rarity on the headland, this species has seen a considerable up turn in records in the last few years. Also in the Northcliffe Marsh area were a Little Grebe, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Pink-footed Goose. Yesterday’s Firecrest remained in Old Fall hedge, whilst three Black Redstarts included birds at Thornwick and Bempton RSPB. The Bempton area also held 2 Ring Ouzel, Blackcap, Brambling and a House Martin. 2 Willow Warbler were at Thornwick, with single Blackcap, Brambling, Golden Plover and 30 Fieldfare noted on the outer headland.

The year’s first Arctic Tern flew south on the morning sea watch, with Sandwich Tern, a blue morph Fulmar and a Swallow also recorded. A Great Northern Diver was on the sea off Cattlemere during the morning.

Great White Egret, Northcliffe Marsh by Andy Hood

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

An overcast day, with a brief period of light rain in the morning, and light variable winds. Seawatching highlights included two dark-bellied Brent Geese and six Sandwich Terns flying north, with a Golden Plover moving south. In addition, a Yellow Wagtail flew north past the Fog Station.

The Pink-footed Goose remained in residence, whilst a Swallow on the outer head was new. Two Firecrests were present: the long-stayer at South Landing and a new arrival on Old Fall Hedge. Two Black Redstarts were on the outer head, whilst a male Hawfinch lingered at Old Fall Steps. Other migrants included 13 Goldcrests, 15 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps and a Grey Wagtail.

Tawny Owl, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Hawfinch, Old Fall Steps, by Brett Richards

Friday, April 6th, 2018

A day of increasingly strong south-easterly winds and feeling relatively cold under overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included two dark-bellied Brent Geese and 17 Common Scoters flying south, with two Sandwich Terns heading north.

A Little Grebe at North Marsh was the first of the year, whilst a Jack Snipe and two Woodcock were also present. The Firecrest remained at South Landing, with single Black Redstart and White Wagtail frequenting the Gorse Field. Additional migrant tallies included 14 Goldcrests, 20 Chiffchaffs and three Brambling. 

Chiffchaff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Mistle Thrush, South Dykes, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A sunny day, with moderate north-westerly winds slackening during the afternoon. Two Brent Geese remained at North Marsh, a Red Kite drifted east over North Landing and a lone Woodcock lingered.

Three Firecrests were present: at South Landing, Thornwick Pools and on the edge of the Gorse Field, whilst two Hawfinches frequented trees on the eastern fringes of South Landing early morning. Other migrants included the year’s first Sand Martin, a White Wagtail, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, five Brambling and three Siskin.

West of the Dykes, RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted a Short-eared Owl and the Great Grey Shrike that made a re-appearance late afternoon. The Firecrest was also still present at Buckton.

Brent Goose, North Marsh, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Brambling, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

A generally overcast day, with increasingly heavy showers and light/moderate westerly winds. The highlight of the morning’s seawatch related to four Sandwich Terns moving north. A Jack Snipe lingered at Thornwick Pools and two Woodcock were also located. The headlines were three Firecrests, including an individual around the car park at Thornwick Pools, and a Hawfinch along Lighthouse Road. Other migrant sightings involved five Blackcap, nine Chiffchaffs, a White Wagtail, six Brambling and four Siskin. 

West of the Dykes, records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Black Redstart and two White Wagtails. Nearby, Buckton attracted a Water Rail, one Firecrest, three Chiffchaff and a Brambling.

Firecrest, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Siskin, Flamborough village, by Mike Smith

Brambling, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Trevor Charlton

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Spring sprung into action at last. It was a largely overcast day, with heavy showers from mid-afternoon; crucially, temperatures increased substantially to 13 degrees C in a light/moderate southerly wind. 

The highlight of the morning’s seawatch pertained to three Sandwich Terns that flew north. Two Brent Geese and a lone Pink-foot remained at North Marsh. An immature male Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite overflew the headland during the morning; the latter having earlier flown through Bempton and a Short-eared Owl also frequented Thornwick.

Three Firecrests were located, including an individual at South Landing, whilst two Black Redstarts were also in residence. However, the day’s highlight related to the evening discovery of a female Bluethroat at Thornwick Pools. Meanwhile, the Old Fall Steps area hosted a Hawfinch mid-afternoon. Further migrants included the year’s first Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaffs, 23 Goldcrests, 121 Blackbirds, 50 Robin, three Wheatears, three White Wagtails and eight Brambling.

West of the Dykes, a Great Grey Shrike headlined at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where additional interest was provided by the aforementioned Red Kite, a White Wagtail, 214 Meadow Pipits flying north-west and 22 Robins.

Firecrest, North Landing, by Andrew Allport

Brambling, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Rain persisted throughout a day with moderate easterly winds and temperatures that rose from three degrees in the morning to five degrees by mid-afternoon. A Great Northern Diver flew past South Landing, Thornwick Pools hosted four Snipe and two Jack Snipe, whilst a Brambling fed in a garden in the centre of the village.

Jack Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

A cloudy day with occasional showers and a moderate northerly wind. For the second day running a Great Northern Diver flew north on the sea watch, whilst notable counts included 24 Red-throated Diver, 227 Fulmar (including 1 dark morph), 2 Wigeon (south), 4 Teal, 5 Eider, 5 Common Scoter and 12 Puffin.

On the land 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were on the Golf Course before moving to fields near Northcliffe Marsh, with the pair of Tufted Duck also remaining at the latter location. Three Jack Snipe were in the Thornwick area, with a single Woodcock logged at Holmes Gut. Despite the northerly wind some obvious passerine movement was occurring with a Black Redstart in private gardens, Wheatear at Cattlemere, 10 Chiffchaff and 2 White Wagtail. Brambling visited feeders at Oceanview and in the village during the morning.  There was also a notable movement of Robins with 18 around Cattlemere and 17 at Bempton.

Peregrine by Andy Hood.