Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The day started sunny, with increasing cloud by the afternoon; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 21 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 98 Sandwich Terns and ten Arctic Terns flying north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, four Shoveler, three Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover and two Snipe. A Green Sandpiper overflew South Landing, with a Cuckoo remaining at Oceanview. 

West of the Dykes, two Grasshopper Warblers were singing at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Another day of sunny intervals, light onshore winds and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 78 Common Scoters, 275 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns and two Arctic Terns flew north, with 14 Manx Shearwaters and 22 Oystercatchers moved south. A Sooty Shearwater also lingered offshore, with two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls also recorded. 

Thornwick Pools attracted four Shoveler, three Dunlin, two Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and five Yellow Wagtails. Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Dunlin and a Golden Plover, Oceanview again hosted a Cuckoo, whilst a Black Redstart frequented North Dykes. Insect interest included a Marbled White, three Holly Blues and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at South Landing and its immediate environs.

West of the Dykes, a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst 85 birds were rung at Buxckton, including 12 Sedge Warblers, 27 Swallows and five Blackcap.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The weather consisted light south-easterly winds, sunny intervals and even a light shower late afternoon; temperatures reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, 66 Common Scoter, 296 Sandwich Terns and 12 Arctic Terns flew north, whilst three Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, seven Whimbrel, seven Sanderling, 80 Dunlin and 59 Redshank moved south. Elsewhere, two Cuckoos frequented Oceanview.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, very light winds and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, one Little Gull and 83 Sandwich Terns flew north, with three Teal moving south; two Grey Wagtails again flew past the Fog Station. Another Grey Wagtail overflew Oceanview, whilst a Treecreeper in gardens near the Lighthouse was unusual.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing (17/7), by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

After some much needed overnight rain, it was a cloudy and cool start, with cloud clearing and temperatures increasing through the day. Highlight of the day was a notable influx of juvenile Mediterranean Gulls with two north on the morning sea watch and an additional bird at South Landing during the evening. Continuing on the gull theme was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also at South Lading during the early afternoon. Aside for the Med Gulls, sea watch counts included 4 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, an eclipse drake Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Manx Shearwater, 10 Redshank, 168 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern and 2 Swift.

Thornwick Pools held 6 Teal, 17 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper. Another Green Sandpiper flew south over Oceanview, where a Cuckoo was also present. An impressive tally of 100 Swifts were over Buckton.

Private gardens on the headland played host to 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcolm Fox

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Flamborough village, by Paul Butterworth

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals and increasing amounts of cloud, with light winds and temperatures that reached 23 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included ten Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Little Gull, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 458 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flying north, with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flying south. Elsewhere, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew past South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Little Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, three Lapwing, a Snipe and three Yellow Wagtails.

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Another sunny day, with a light/moderate southerly wind and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. A seawatch was rewarded with 39 Common Scoter and 41 Sandwich Terns flying north and two Arctic Terns moving in the opposite direction. Three Grey Wagtails also flew south over the Fog Station. Away from the outer head, three Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover frequented Thornwick Pools. Passerine interest was headlined by a Willow Tit that appeared in village gardens.

West of the Dykes, 200 Swallows and 32 Yellow Wagtails were seen at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Puffin, North Dykes, by Don Hustings

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

A sunny day, with light southerly winds and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, 73 Common Scoter flew north, 17 Knot, 177 Dunlin and 53 Redshank flew south, an Arctic Skua, one Little Gull and 43 Sandwich Terns headed north, with lone Common and Arctic Terns moving in the opposite direction.

A Bar-tailed Godwit frequented South Landing beach, but better still, a Marsh Tit was located in the nearby ravine near the car-park; only the fifth local record. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit, whilst a Little Egret flew over the village.

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 13th, 2018

After an overcast start a sunny day, with light south-east winds and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 296 Common Scoter, 30 Manx Shearwaters, 69 Little Gulls, 18 Sandwich Terns and 15 Arctic Terns flying north, with two Red-throated Divers, three Grey Herons, 40 Oystercatchers, six Whimbrel, a Little Gull and three Arctic Skuas moving south. 

The Red-breasted Merganser remained at South Landing, where there were also two Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Sightings from Stainforth’s Flash included a Sanderling, one Greenshank, two Whimbrel and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Insect interest included a Marbled White at South Landing and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the village.

West of the Dykes, records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included five Shelduck, a Red-throated Diver, 199 Swallows and 19 Yellow Wagtails flying south.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Yellow-legged Gull, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Marbled White, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A generally overcast day, although sunny by the evening, with light northerly winds. During the morning’s seawatch, 19 Teal, 367 Common Scoter, a Sooty Shearwater, 29 Manx Shearwaters, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Little Gulls, six Common Terns, 11 Arctic Terns, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew north. 

The Red-breasted Merganser lingered at South Landing, where 67 Common Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit and one Grey Wagtail were also recorded. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and a Redshank, whilst an Arctic Skua visited Stainforth’s Flash.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate northerly wind and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal, 378 Common Scoters, 81 Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, an Arctic Tern, four Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north, with two Arctic Skuas also heading south. In addition, three Grey Wagtails flew in off the sea. South Landing attracted a Red-breasted Merganser and a Bar-tailed Godwit, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate northerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included 24 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 55 Common Scoter, a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 41 Manx Shearwaters, six Arctic Terns and a Bonxie flew north. Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, one Redshank, a Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails.

Teal, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Monday, July 9th, 2018

An overcast day, with a light/moderate northerly wind and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 465 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater and five Arctic Terns flew north, 20 Manx Shearwaters fed offshore and four Arctic Skuas headed south. Thornwick Pools attracted an Oystercatcher, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

A light/moderate northerly wind decreased in strength during another day that featured sunny intervals; temperatures reached 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, 229 Common Scoters and two Red-throated Divers flew north, with eight Manx Shearwaters moving south. A Tree Pipit that flew west over South Landing was unseasonal. 

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Steve Meredith

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Another sunny, warm day, with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C and light onshore winds. During the seawatch, 20 Common Scoter and a Bonxie flew north, with 18 Manx Shearwaters, a Dunlin, 55 Redshank, 16 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas flew south. Thornwick Pools hosted 15 Dunlin and three Little Ringed Plovers. The most interesting passerine record referred to a Crossbill that overflew Oceanview.

Common Whitethroat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The day began with overcast skies, before sunshine later, with light onshore winds and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 205 Common Scoters, 64 Manx Shearwaters, a Common Tern, five Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. Southbound passage included 29 Shelduck, three Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, 30 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua.

Seven Teal were split between Stainforth’s Flash and Thornwick Pools, with the Long-tailed Duck still at the former site. Wader interest included a Little Ringed Plover, three Dunlin and a Redshank at Thornwick, with an Arctic Skua frequenting fields in the same area. A juvenile Stonechat spent the morning feeding within the confines of the Gorse Field.

West of the Dykes, the Grasshopper Warbler continued to give good views at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

After a bright start cloud built later in the day, whilst temperatures reached 20 degrees C; winds remained light and variable. During the seawatch, 72 Common Scoter, ten Manx Shearwaters, six Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. 

The Long-tailed Duck remained on Stainforth’s Flash, where additional sightings included two Dunlin, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. Thornwick Pools attracted a single Greenshank, two Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover. On the passerine front, a Goldcrest at Oceanview represented an unseasonal record.

West of the Dykes, a Whimbrel flew south at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also seen.

Long-tailed Duck, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

A generally overcast day, with very light drizzle early morning only, light easterly winds and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 82 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and three Arctic Skuas flew north, a Dunlin flew south and 15 Manx Shearwaters fed offshore. The day’s highlight comprised a female Long-tailed Duck that was located on Stainforth’s Flash early evening. Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin and a Yellow Wagtail.

Long-tailed Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Badger, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

After an overcast start to a day of light north-east winds, sunny skies once again prevailed. During the seawatch, 70 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north, whilst four Teal and an Arctic Skua flew south.

The day’s highlight related to three Bee-eaters that fed briefly over fields at Buckton before heading east mid-afternoon. Elsewhere, an adult Oystercatcher was accompanied by two chicks on the outer head.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The weather was stuck on repeat as elsewhere: light northerly winds, sunshine throughout and temperatures that peaked at 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 13 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, one Manx Shearwater, ten Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. Thornwick Pools/Stainforth’s Flash shared two Teal, a Little Ringed Plover, one Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers.

Lapwing chick, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

A day of light northerly winds, sunshine throughout, with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C. During the morning seawatch, 79 Common Scoter, one Manx Shearwater, a first-summer Mediterranean Gull, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted ten Teal and a Green Sandpiper, whilst two Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, one Greenshank and a Whimbrel were located on the outer head. A Hobby flew along the cliffs from North Dykes towards Thornwick.

West of the Dykes, the Grasshopper Warbler continued to show at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst a Tufted Duck frequented Buckton Pond. The influx of Silver Ys continued with at least 500 at Bempton Cliffs alone.

Reed Bunting, Thornwick, by Don Hustings