Friday, July 19th, 2019

Heavy showers persisted for much of the day, with a light to moderate south westerly wind. Four Spoonbill were present briefly at Thornwick Pools during the early morning, before flying off, with presumably three of these birds later arriving at along the coast at Filey Dams. Thorwick also hosted a Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin. 10 Whimbrel flew south over Bempton.

For the second day running, two juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew past the Fog station during the morning sea watch. Other highlights included 25 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 111 Sandwich Tern and single Arctic and Common Terns.

Green Sandpiper and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools by Brett Richards

Stock Dove, Village by Rob Little

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

A cloudy start gave way to another sunny afternoon. Wind was a moderate south westerly initially, before veering north westerly. A drake Garganey flew north just after 8am with 13 Teal, representing the days highlight. A further 11 Teal passed during the remainder of the sea watch, along with 2 Eider, 122 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, 107 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

At Bempton; passage included a Marsh Harrier and 2 Redpoll north west, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Manx Shearwater south east.

House Martin, South Landing by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Another warm and sunny day with light south westerly winds. Highlights from the morning sea watch included 21 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Oystercatcher, 13 Dunlin, 35 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern and 2 Arctic Tern. A further 110 Common Scoter were sat on the sea. Thornwick Pools held a single Dunlin.

A small movement of Swallow over Bempton around midday included a minimum of 100 birds, whilst a Hobby flew south.

Robin, Oceanview by Andy Hood.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The weather consisted of light southerly winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 61 Common Scoters, 38 Manx Shearwaters, three juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 27 Sandwich Terns, six Arctic Terns, two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north; five Dunlin also flew south. On the passerine front, a Grasshopper Warbler was singing in scrub at North Landing. Meanwhile, three White-letter Hairstreak butterflies were located in South Dykes.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Common Emerald Damselfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-west winds and sunny intervals following an overcast morning. During the seawatch, 43 Common Scoters, 63 Manx Shearwaters, 21 Sandwich Terns, nine Arctic Terns and two Arctic Skuas; four Bonxies also remained offshore. The Green Sandpiper lingered at Thornwick Pools and a Marsh Harrier frequented the cliff top between Speeton and Buckton.

A minimum of two White-letter Hairstreak butterflies were present in South Dykes and a Marbled White was located at Oceanview.

Marbled White, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

A relatively overcast day, with moderate/strong northerly winds. Seawatch highlights included 93 Common Scoters, 31 Oystercatchers and four Bonxies flying south, with two Tufted Ducks, 44 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank, one Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover. Meanwhile, six Whimbrel flew south(-east) over RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Razorbill, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Ruddy Darter, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Overcast skies book-ended brighter weather during the middle of the day, with light/moderate northerly winds throughout. Seawatching highlights included 26 Teal, a drake Pochard, 129 Common Scoters, two Red-throated Divers, 53 Manx Shearwaters, four Curlew, three Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Little Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns, 29 Arctic Terns and three Bonxies flying north. A further 94 Common Scoters, 13 Oystercatchers, six Whimbrel, a Common tern and 13 Arctic Terns headed south. Elsewhere, Thornwick Pools attracted two Green Sandpipers.

Pied Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, July 12th, 2019

A day of sunny intervals, with a north-north-westerly wind increasing in strength throughout; temperatures reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Teal, 35 Common Scoters, 68 Manx Shearwaters, five Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north, with 17 Knot and a Bonxie heading south. A drake Goosander sheltered off Beacon Hill, a Green Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools and a Grey Wagtail visited a garden pond on the edge of the village. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a Hobby, with a Little Egret also flying north(-west) there.

Odonata interest included a Red-veined Darter that graced the edge of the Gorse Field. 

Grey Wagtail, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Red-veined Darter, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, very light rain caused by the arrival of a front and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 39 Common Scoters, 31 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, seven Sandwich Terns and three Common Terns flying north; a Bar-tailed Godwit and seven Arctic Terns moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper.

A significant movement of Swifts occurred as a result of the arrival of the front: 2300 Swifts flew west at Bempton between 1230-1730hrs. An arrival of four Hobbies was also associated with this influx: three birds frequented the airspace between Bempton and North Dykes, with a further single seen over South Landing.

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, mainly overcast skies, with occasional sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, 38 Common Scoters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, seven Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Terns flew north, with three Whimbrel and an adult Mediterranean Gull moving south. Thornwick Pools attracted single Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail, with a Hobby also seen over South Landing.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Tufted Duck, 127 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel and an Arctic Skua heading north(-west), whilst a Red-breasted Merganser and a Little Gull moved in the opposite direction. A total of 418 Swifts were also recorded at the reserve, with the majority flying south. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier and 12 Curlews flew north at Speeton.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Skylark, North Landing, by Don Hustings

Cinnabar Moth, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

An overcast day, with spells of light drizzle and a light south-easterly wind developing. The headline-grabbing Sooty Tern re-appeared early morning when it flew south past the Seawatch Observatory at 0653hrs. Presumably whilst messages were being relayed, the bird switched back and flew north past Long Nab at 0808hrs; it was then noted at several watch-points heading north at a rate of knots, until it rested on rocks near Seahouses, Northumberland at 1235hrs. 

Other sightings from the seawatch included 505 Common Scoters, 95 Manx Shearwaters, nine Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns, two Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie flying north; 20 Teal, six Whimbrel, 14 Dunlin and ten Redshank headed south. Records from South Landing included 150 Common Scoters and two Teal in Bridlington Bay and three Whimbrel and an adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Clouded Border, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 8th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 398 Common Scoters, 294 Manx Shearwaters, eight Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north; ten Dunlin and a Whimbrel moved south. Away from the sea, there were two Greenshank, including one at Thornwick Pools, and a Cuckoo at South Landing.

Thornwick, by David Hutchinson

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, occasional sunny intervals, but also prolonged periods of cloud and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 122 Common Scoters south (32 north), single Red-throated Divers south and north, 372 Manx Shearwaters north, nine Whimbrel, nine Sandwich Terns, seven Arctic Terns, a Common Tern, three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua. An adult Yellow-legged Gull also loafed on rocks below Cattlemere, south of the Lighthouse. 

Puffin, Thornwick Bay, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

A light/moderate northerly wind developed during a day of sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 79 Common Scoters and 133 Manx Shearwaters flying south, four Whimbrel, 14 Curlew, two Bonxies, an Arctic Skua and nine Sandwich Terns. In addition, a Cuckoo frequented Old Fall early morning.

Bonxie, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Friday, July 5th, 2019

A light westerly wind switched to a northerly by mid-morning, with sunny intervals throughout and temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 168 Manx Shearwaters, four Whimbrel, six Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flying north, with two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern heading south; a Bonxie also lingered offshore. Thornwick Pools attracted Little Ringed Plover and two Green Sandpipers, with a Golden Plover flying over Oceanview.

Gannets, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Kevin Groocock

Large & Small Skippers, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

A day of moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 21 degrees C. Seawatching produced 103 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies, whilst two Dunlin and a Common Tern flew south. Five Teal remained on Thornwick Pools. The day’s highlight related to a Quail singing in crop opposite the Living Seas Centre at South Landing. At least one Hobby was present; with sightings at the Lighthouse, South Dykes and South Landing.

Lesser Whitethroat, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Barn Owl, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Ringlet, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The winds remained light throughout, initially northerly in nature, with southerlies by the evening; sunny all day, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 53 Common Scoter, 313 Manx Shearwaters, three Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie flying north, whilst a flock of 17 Black-tailed Godwits flew south during the evening. Sightings from Thornwick Pools included five Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Hobby, one Barn Owl and 45 Sand Martins.

Puffin (Puffling), RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Barn Owl, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Blood-vein Moth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Light/moderate winds, initially from the west-north-west, veered to northerlies late morning, before becoming variable later; relatively overcast skies, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. Highlights of the seawatch included 401 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, two Common Terns and a Bonxie flying north. A Siskin also flew over the Fog Station, but the most notable sighting related to a Marsh Tit near Buckton Pond.

Marsh Tit, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Lesser Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A day of moderate/strong westerly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. During a quiet seawatch, two Manx Shearwaters, two Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north. Away from the sea, three Little Egrets frequented North Marsh, whilst a Short-eared Owl hunted the Gorse Field.

Gannet, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor