Thursday, April 18th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, prolonged sunny skies with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, ten Know flew south and 34 Sandwich Terns were recorded (23 north, 11 south). 

Nineteen Teal remained in residence, single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools, four Little Ringed Plovers were also present (three Thornwick Pools, one Hood’s Pool) and single Golden Plover and Whimbrel toured the outer head. The year’s first Marsh Harrier, a ‘creamcrown’, drifted over North Marsh area mid-morning, whilst a Long-eared Owl was located along Old Fall hedge early morning. Passerine interest included 33 Swallows, 16 Sand Martin, six Hooded Crows at North Marsh, 13 Goldcrest, 12 Blackcap, a singing Grasshopper Warbler in the Lighthouse Grasslands, 15 Chiffchaff, ten Willow Warbler, six Redwing, two Fieldfare, three Black Redstarts, a male Common Redstart, eight Wheatears and Brambling.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Grasshopper Warbler, Lighthouse Grassland, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, outer head, by Jo Hood

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that peaked at ten degrees C. During the seawatch, 28 Sandwich Terns flew north and four Whimbrel, 210 Common Gulls and three Arctic Terns headed south.

The headland’s wetlands attracted six Shelduck, 20 Teal, a Merlin, one Golden Plover and two Little Ringed Plovers. An increase in migrant passerines resulted in the following records: 19 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 19 Swallows, four Hooded Crows, eight Redwing, a ‘continental’ Song Thrush, 21 Goldcrests, ten Willow Warblers, 34 Chiffchaff, 23 Blackcaps, the year’s first Common Whitethroats (three) and Common Redstart, a male Black Redstart, eight Wheatears and a Brambling.  

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Goldcrests, three Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, five Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

Hooded Crows, North Marsh, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

A moderate/strong easterly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures that edged up a couple of degrees on recent days to a peak of ten degrees C. During the seawatch, two Eider, a Manx Shearwater, 19 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and a Bonxie flew north, with a Whimbrel heading south. 

Thornwick Pools hosted three Shelduck, 20 Teal, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe, whilst Stainforth’s Flash attracted single Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover. An increase in summer migrants occurred, with sightings including 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20 Sand Martins, nine Swallows, two Hooded Crows, nine Goldcrests, six Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, the year’s first Lesser Whitethroat, two Black Redstarts on the outer head, one Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and one Siskin.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included four Goldcrests and two Chiffchaffs, all newly arrived.

Black Redstart, outer head, by Brett Richards

Monday, April 15th, 2019

A moderate/strong south-easterly featured throughout the day, with sunny intervals and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, six Eiders and ten Sandwich Terns flew north. 

On the headland itself, there were sightings of single Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, along with seven Lesser Black-backed Gulls, four Hooded Crows, three Wheatear and two White Wagtails.

Rock Pipit, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

A day of moderate/strong east-north-east winds, sunny intervals and light showers, with temperatures eventually rising to eight degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was relatively quiet, with three Sandwich Terns flying north the most notable record.

North Marsh hosted the year’s first Shoveler, with single Little Ringed Plover and Whimbrel also recorded on the outer head. Passerine interest included four Hooded Crows together at North Marsh, 17 Chiffchaffs, six Goldcrest, seven Blackcap and three Redwing.

Razorbill, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The weather consisted moderate east-north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Blue Fulmar flying north, with 39 Common Scoters, 13 Red-throated Divers, 12 Sandwich Terns, five Arctic Terns and 544 Puffins heading south.

On the headland, sightings included two Little Ringed Plovers, a Merlin, two Hooded Crows, three House Martins, a Firecrest at South Landing, one Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, three Redwing and three Wheatears. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a pair of Grey Partridge, 22 Yellowhammers and ten Corn Buntings.

Gannets, North Landing, by Craig Thomas

Friday, April 12th, 2019

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, light/moderate easterly winds and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 45 Common Scoters, a Manx Shearwater, an adult Little Gull, 122 Common Gulls and five Sandwich Terns flying south; a further eight Sandwich Terns moved north. 

A Red Kite overflew Old Fall and later drifted west over the village, whilst a Little Ringed Plovers dropped onto Stainforth’s Flash. Passerine interest included 23 Sand Martins, three Hooded Crows around the outer head, a Goldcrest, 26 Chiffchaffs, five Blackcap, two Redwing, two Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

Red Kite, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

After an overcast start, sunny skies prevailed; there were light south-easterly winds and temperatures reached a peak of eight degrees C. During the seawatch, six Eider, 36 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 162 Common Gulls and the year’s first Arctic Tern flew south, whilst a Sandwich Tern headed north. 

Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers. Passerine interest included five Sand Martins, three Swallows, three Hooded Crows, the year’s first Willow Warbler, a singing Blackcap, 215 Linnets and a female Brambling.

Puffins, outer head, by Chrys Mellor

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Another day of moderate north-easterly winds, prolonged sunny intervals and suppressed temperatures that reached a maximum of seven degrees C. During the seawatch, nine Common Scoters and a Sandwich Tern flew north. A Common Sandpiper on the outer head represented the year’s first. Two Hooded Crows lingered around North Marsh, the male Firecrest remained at Booted Gully and two Brambling visited gardens.

Brambling, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Booted Gully, by Jo Symons

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

A day of moderate/strong north-easterly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures peaking at nine degrees C. During the seawatch, two Eider and a Blue Fulmar flew north, with a Sandwich Tern heading south.

Four Eider lingered off South Landing, five Shelduck visited Thornwick Pools and a Little Ringed Plover remained at Stainforth’s Flash. In addition, the Hooded Crow reappeared on the Golf Course, a Firecrest at ‘Booted Gully’ was new, 19 Chiffchaffs represented an increase and a lone Brambling was also located.

Firecrest, Booted Gully, by Paul Reed

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Another largely overcast and, at times, misty day, with light/moderate northerly winds and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the seawatch, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew north; a species that clearly arrived during the day, with a further 11 located on the headland.

Two Gadwall frequented North Marsh, whilst two Little Ringed Plovers and 13 Golden Plovers were on Stainforth’s Flash; two more Golden Plovers also overflew the outer head, as did the year’s first Whimbrel. Passerine migrant interest included single Swallow and Sand Martin, a Hooded Crow at North Marsh, four Blackcaps, and single White Wagtail, Siskin and Brambling.

Sightings from Bempton included a male Ring Ouzel on Short Lane and seven Redwing and four Goldcrests at RSPB Bempton Cliffs; Buckton Pond attracted a Swallow.

Chiffchaff, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Misty throughout, occasionally better described as foggy, with a light north-north-east wind and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a drake Mandarin Duck flying north, along with a Pochard and two Sandwich Terns, with a single Common Tern heading in the opposite direction. 

Two Pink-footed Geese lingered on the outer head, whilst Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers. Additional sightings included a Hooded Crow on the Golf Course, six Redwing and three Fieldfare at South Landing and two White Wagtails.

Chiffchaff, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-north-westerly winds, generally overcast skies with occasional light drizzle and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, three Shelduck, six Eider, two Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern and 302 Puffins flew north. 

Two Pink-footed Geese accompanied the Greylag flock, a Barnacle Goose flew south past South Landing, whilst the Little Ringed Plover lingered on Stainforth’s Flash. A Merlin over North Marsh was a notable sighting of what was once a much more regular visitor. Migrant interest also included six Sand Martins, a Swallow, two Hooded Crows at North Marsh, three Goldcrests, 16 Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart at Thornwick Bay and two White Wagtails.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted and early Common Whitethroat, 100 Linnets and 120 Corn Buntings.

Goldcrest, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Andy Hood

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-easterly winds, hazy sunshine and temperatures that reached ten degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, nine Common Scoters flew north and the year’s first Common Tern headed south. 

The headland’s freshwater sites attracted 28 Teal, four Shelduck, a Little Ringed Plover, one Snipe and three Curlew; a Woodcock was also located at North Landing. Other migrants included a Swallow, two Sand Martins, ten Goldcrests, a Firecrest at Old Fall, two Blackcap, a ‘continental’ Robin, three Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a male Ring Ouzel, with two pair of Grey Partridges and 25 Corn Buntings in the same vicinity.

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The weather consisted of strong south-easterly winds, bright spells and temperatures that reached a mere seven degrees C. During the morning seawatch, two Gadwall flew south, whilst a Manx Shearwater headed in the opposite direction.

Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail, whilst a Sand Martin overflew Thornwick Pools. Continuing the good run of sightings, two Firecrests were fed together at Old Fall.

Turnstone, Fog Station, by Phil Buxton

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Moderate south-easterly winds established during a day that featured sunny spells during the morning and showers and overcast skies later; after an overnight frost, temperatures peaked at seven degrees C. During the seawatch, three Manx Shearwaters and two Sandwich Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted the year’s first Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe, whilst a Swallow overflew the same location; two Sand Martins did the same at Cattlemere. Additional passerine interest included a Hooded Crow on the golf course, a Firecrest at Old Fall, one Wheatear, a Black Redstart on the Seawatch Observatory, a White Wagtail and three Brambling. Another Hooded Crow was located at Wandale Farm near North Dykes.

Barn Owl, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

A relatively wet day, with spells of heavy rain, although there were also dryer and brighter interludes; light westerly winds and a peak temperature of a mere five degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, a single Sandwich Tern flew north. Two Firecrests were present: a single in the Bay Brambles and the other remaining in Old Fall. Additional migrants included a Swallow, two Blackcap, a White Wagtail and one Brambling.

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Alan Walkington

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Brighter spells established after a cloudy start, with a moderate south-easterly wind and temperatures reaching nine degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 152 Fulmars and a Manx Shearwater flying north, with a Bonxie lingering offshore. A Swallow overflew Thornwick Pools, whilst three Wheatears were located on the outer head, with an additional individual at Speeton. North Marine Road attracted a Black Redstart, whilst Old Fall hosted a Firecrest; presuming different to the bird last seen there on Friday, the fourth individual of the last week.

Greenfinch, Flamborough village, by Andy Hood

Black Oil Beetle, outer head, by Robert McLaughlin