Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, generally overcast skies with sunny intervals later and temperatures peaking at eight degrees C. The morning seawatch was quiet, with three Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Divers and five Razorbill noted. Wildfowl interest included two Shelduck returning to Thornwick Pools, along with 26 Teal. West of the Dykes, continued passerine interest at Buckton included 60 Linnets, 250 Yellowhammers and 80 Corn Buntings.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The weather consisted light westerly winds, overcast skies initially with sunny intervals later and temperatures reaching ten degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a second calendar-year Glaucous Gull flying south and 126 Razorbills moving north. Passerine interest included the two Nuthatch in South Dykes, 81 Linnets and 53 Goldfinch.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Little Egret flying north-west, 300 Linnets, 25 Yellowhammers and 58 Corn Buntings.

Herring Gull (partially leucistic), Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Monday, January 14th, 2019

A day of light/moderate north-west winds, spells of drizzle during the morning and prolonged sunny intervals in the afternoon; temperatures reached five degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Great Northern Diver flying south, whilst 100 Fulmars, 58 Gannets, 12 Kittiwakes, four ‘argentatus’ Herring Gulls and 51 Razorbills flew north. In addition, a Woodcock flew in off by the Seawatch Observatory and Thornwick Pools hosted a Water Rail.

Wren, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Strong westerly winds at first light relented, before a stronger north-westerly airflow established; temperatures reached ten degrees C during the morning before dropping, whilst sunny intervals featured throughout. During the seawatch, two Great Northern Divers, 29 Kittiwakes and 25 Razorbills flew north.

Greylag Goose, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

An overcast day, with an increasing west-north-westerly wind and temperatures peaking at eight degrees C. During the seawatch, 16 Red-throated Divers flew south, whilst 103 Fulmars, 12 Kittiwakes and 11 Razorbills flew north; a total of 75 Shags represented an increase on recent days. Thornwick Pools attracted a lone Coot, whilst the woodlands hosted 23 Long-tailed Tits.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 15 Greenfinch, 150 Linnets, 20 Yellowhammers, ten Reed Buntings and 27 Corn Buntings.

Pheasant, Flamborough, by Don Hustings

Friday, January 11th, 2019

The weather consisted light south-west winds, generally overcast skies and temperatures that reached seven degrees C. During the seawatch, a Blue Fulmar lingered offshore, along with 55 Shag, whilst six argentatus Herring Gulls headed north.

The day’s highlight related to the discovery of a Bittern that headed north-west on the outer head towards Thornwick, whilst 11 Grey Partridges were nearby along Lighthouse Road. Sightings from South Dykes included seven Goldcrests, four Treecreepers and six Bullfinch.

Goldcrest, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

A generally overcast day, with bright spells later, a light westerly wind and temperatures reaching nine degrees C. During the seawatch, seven Shelduck, a Goldeneye and 33 Red-throated Divers flew north, with 65 Purple Sandpipers on rocks near the Fog Station. There were 25 Wigeon at North Marsh, 41 Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes and 29 Curlew near Beacon Hill.

Peregrine, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Another day that started with strong northerly winds, although they abated later, sunny spells and showers, with temperatures reaching six degrees C. Seawatching highlights included single Eider, Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser flying north, whilst two Great Northern Divers headed south. The long-staying Pied Crow remained in the village.

Curlew, Hartendale, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

The weather consisted of strong northerly winds throughout, with sunny intervals and occasional showers; temperatures peaked at seven degrees C. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver, 21 Kittiwakes, 40 Great Black-backed Gulls and 150 Herring Gulls flew north. Five Eider were off South Landing, where a Woodcock was also located.

Shag, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Increasingly strong westerly winds developed during a day of overcast skies and temperatures reaching 8 degrees C. Highlights of the seawatch included a Blue Fulmar flying north and a Puffin heading south.

Redshank, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Brighter, sunny skies appeared in the afternoon after another overcast start; winds remained very light from the west, with temperatures reaching eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose flying north, 180 Common Scoters moving south and 65 Shag in residence. In addition, a single Great Northern Diver was located off South Landing and 32 Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes.

Sightings from Sykes Planatation to South Landing included a Common Buzzard, two Song Thrush, 11 Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, 30 Skylarks, 30 Yellowhammers, eight Reed Buntings and four Lapland Buntings. Nearby, South Dykes attracted nine Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and one Nuthatch.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Black Redstart, 200 Linnet, 150 Tree Sparrows, 150 Yellowhammers and 40 Corn Buntings.

Curlew, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Another overcast day, with light north-westerly winds and temperatures reaching four degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose and 15 Red-throated Divers flying south, a Blue Fulmar moving north, whilst 43 Purple Sandpipers fed on the rocks below the Fog Station. In addition, a Short-eared Owl hunted clifftop fields in the same area.

Parrot Waxcap, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Heavily overcast skies lasted throughout a day of light westerly winds, with temperatures that reached five degrees C. During the seawatch, four Shelduck headed north, with a Great Northern Diver and 26 Red-throated Divers moving south. The freshwaters on the headland hosted 80 Teal, 21 Wigeon, one Grey Heron, 61 Moorhen and 19 Lapwing. Passerine interest included seven Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, one Redwing, two Nuthatch, 22 Tree Sparrows and nine Bullfinch.

Teal, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

The weather consisted of overcast skies, virtually still and temperatures that struggled to a mere two degrees C. During the seawatch, two Bonxies and ten Razorbills flew north, with an Eider moving south. Away from the sea, four Whooper Swans toured the headland, a Stonechat frequented the North Cliffs and the Pied Crow remained in the village.

Pied Crow, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

A day of moderate/strong northerly winds, overcast skies and temperatures reaching five degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Black-throated Diver, a Blue Fulmar and 23 Razorbills flying north, with a Great Northern Diver moving south.

Kestrel, Beacon Hill, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year to one and all! 2019 began with increasingly strong north-north-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching a mere six degrees C. During the seawatch, two Gadwall flew north, with 29 Red-throated Divers, an adult Mediterranean Gull and four Bonxies moving south. However, the highlight related to three White-beaked Dolphins feeding off the Fog Station through to mid-morning. 

A minimum of three Whooper Swans overflew Oceanview pre-dawn; additional wildfowl records included 170 Greylag Geese and 17 Wigeon. Three Sanderling fed on South Landing beach, where a Stonechat was also present. Additional passerine interest included a Redwing near Greenacres and a Chiffchaff in South Dykes.

White-beaked Dolphin (composite of one animal), Fog Station, by Andrew Allport