Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

An overcast day, with periodic and relatively heavy rain during the morning; misty at times, with a moderate north-north-easterly wind and temperatures only reaching 16 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 16 Teal, 142 Common Scoters, nine Golden Plover, seven Ruff, four Snipe, 13 Redshank, 36 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, 15 Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua all flying north. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull frequented the sea off the Fog Station mid-afternoon. In addition, a juvenile Marsh Harrier circled off the headland during the evening, when 1341 Puffins flew north in two hours. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wood Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, 11 Common Sandpipers, ten Redshank, two Ruff, 15 Dunlin, two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit; 15 Golden Plovers also flew south over the Pools.  

An extraordinary dragonfly record concerned a Lesser Emperor that was discovered in a village moth trap.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-east winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Bar-tailed Godwit, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 95 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns, six Arctic Terns and single Bonxie and Arctic Skua all flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Teal, two Ruff, single Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, 13 Dunlin, four Common Sandpipers, a Redshank and a Grey Wagtail. Elsewhere, Buckton Pond hosted two Green Sandpipers and South Landing a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, with a Green Sandpiper flying over. The day’s highlight related to the discovery of a Long-eared Owl on the edge of the Golf Course; a Pied Flycatcher remained in the same area.

Long-eared Owl, Bay Brambles, by Brett Richards

Monday, July 29th, 2019

An overcast, foggy start to the day with light drizzle eventually relenting; the day ended with sunny skies and light onshore winds. During the seawatch, 87 Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Common Tern flew north, with 44 Sandwich Terns moving in the opposite direction. 

Thornwick Pools hosted a single Teal, a Ruff, one Wood Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, two Green Sandpipers, a Redshank, a Golden Plover, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, one Snipe, six Dunlin, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, one Little Gull and a Grey Wagtail. More unusually, a Green Sandpiper visited a garden pond on the southern side of the village, with another of the same at Buckton Pond. Elsewhere, a Red Kite flew south over the sea past the Fog Station, whilst a juvenile Mediterranean Gull dropped in at South Landing. Evidence of passerine migration came in the form of five Pied Flycatchers.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Green Sandpiper, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Light north-easterly winds and increasingly overcast skies, with fog arriving from early afternoon; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Teal, 98 Common Scoters, 337 Oystercatchers, ten Knot, seven Dunlin, ten Redshank, 54 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas flying south, with five Arctic Terns moving north. Thornwick Pools proved attractive to an array of waders: two Wood Sandpipers, six Green Sandpipers, four Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, one Redshank, a Snipe and eight Dunlin; another Green Sandpiper overflew Oceanview. However, the most notable sighting related to a Quail flushed from a path south of the Lighthouse.

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Karen Thomas

Barn Owl, Thornwick Pools, by Steve Percival

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The morning’s weather consisted of moderate/strong north-westerly winds and overcast skies, with much lighter winds later. Seawatching highlights included eight Mallard north, 19 Teal south, two Tufted Ducks north, 503 Common Scoters (315 north, 188 south), 91 Manx Shearwaters north, 46 Oystercatchers south, three Whimbrel south, eight Curlew south, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull south, 113 Sandwich Terns south, 19 Common Terns (15 north, four south), nine Arctic Terns (seven north, two south), 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls south, and two Bonxie moving north. 

Thornwick Pools hosted a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, four Dunlin, a Snipe, five Common Sandpipers and three Green Sandpipers; three Greenshank overflew the village. A flock of 200 Swifts fed over the same area. However, one of the day’s highlights related to a single Pied Flycatcher at North Landing; a harbinger of passerine migration and Flamborough’s earliest ever ‘autumn’ record. 

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Black-headed Gulls, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Light southerly winds first thing were eventually replaced by light north-westerlies by evening; sunny intervals predominated with heavy thundery showers by evening and temperatures peaked at 24 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included two Shelduck, 12 Teal, three Scaup, 92 Manx Shearwaters, 366 Oystercatchers, nine Golden Plovers, 14 Whimbrel, ten Bar-tailed Godwits, 19 Turnstone, 89 Knot, an adult Curlew Sandpiper, 42 Sanderling, 93 Dunlin and 23 Redshank flew south. A total of 238 Sandwich Terns moved north and 250 Little Gulls fed offshore. The arrival of the thundery showers late afternoon also prompted the movement of 1600 Swifts south over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted 20 Dunlin, along with single Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper. Signs of ‘autumn’ passerine migration included four Willow Warblers and seven Yellow Wagtails.

Little Ringed & Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Holly Blue, Flamborough village, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The weather consisted of light south-east winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 25 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 12 Tufted Ducks, 29 Oystercatchers, 16 Whimbrel, 125 Knot, 26 Sanderling, 70 Dunlin, 24 Redshank, eight Little Gulls and two Little Terns flying south; 122 Sandwich Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted two Ringed Plovers, 37 Dunlin, five Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 22 Whimbrel, 26 Redshank and 73 Swallows flying south(-east), with a Banded Demoiselle heading north out to sea.

Emperor dragonfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Overnight thunderstorms cleared by 8 a.m. giving way to an oppressively warm, humid day with variable cloud cover. The temperature reached 29°C by late afternoon with a light easterly backing to westerly later in the day.  Morning seawatching highlights comprised 4 Manx Shearwaters (3N, 1S), 10 Teal, 2 Whimbrel and an adult Little Gull all S and 428 Sandwich Terns flying N. Further passage over the sea was noted during the evening with 57 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, an Arctic Skua and a Great Skua all going south while 21 Sandwich Terns and 14 Manx Shearwaters moved north (also 6 south). 

The overnight rain slightly raised levels on Thornwick Pools which attracted 2 Greenshanks, 5 Green Sandpipers and a single Teal.  A Short-eared Owl was over the Lighthouse Grassland again and 2 Yellow Wagtails added some passerine interest.

Adult Greenshanks, Thornwick Pools (Brett Richards)

Whimbrel, High Stacks (Brett Richards)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

A sunny day, with light winds generally from a southerly direction, and temperatures reaching 23 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included five Oystercatchers, 12 Sanderling,  two Knot, nine Dunlin and 35 Redshank flying south, with 66 Sandwich Terns, seven Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua moving north. Thornwick Pools hosted two Green Sandpipers, with South Landing attracting a Common Sandpiper. Hirundines were in good numbers, including 480 Swallows and 560 House Martins. In addition, nine Yellow Wagtails were present, whilst a Black Redstart made a brief appearance in the overflow car-park at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. 

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Small Red eyed Damselflies, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Browntail Moth, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

A sunny and warm day with strong south-westerly wind. Seawatch records included eight Common Swifts, along with 23 Common Scoter, 10 Manx Shearwater, 36 Whimbrel, 39 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 221 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Skua.

Birds moving at Bempton included a Red Kite, juvenile Mediterranean Gull (which later passed the fog station), 19 Whimbrel, Knot and a Ruff.

On the land: a Cuckoo was at Oceanview and the Short-eared Owl continued to hunt the lighthouse grassland. Also still in residence was the drake Shovler on Thornwick Pool, along with 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover.

Wren by Don Hustings

Comma by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

A dry, relativley sunny day with a strengthening south westerly wind. The morning sea watch saw an increase in Manx Shearwater numbres than of late, with 22 birds flying north and 4 south. Though duck and wader numbers were down on the previous day, single Whimbrel, Sanderling and 4 Dunlin were logged. 48 Sandwich and a single Arctic Tern also flew past.

Thornwick pools continued to play host to 2 Green Sandpiper, a Little ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin, whilst a drake Shovler was new in. There was a notable count of 115 House Martin. A Marsh Harrier flew past Buckton and several White-letter Hairstreak were at South Dykes.

Shovler, Thornwick Pools by Brett Richards

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Heavy showers during the morning cleared to sunny skies by mid-afternoon. Wind was a moderate south westerly. Sea watching produced a decent passage of ducks and waders. Highlights included 13 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 56 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 28 Manx Shearwater, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 101 Knot, 3 Ruff, 4 Sanderling, 61 Dunlin, 69 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and single Little and Mediterranean Gull.

On the land, Thornwick pools hosted up to 3 Green Sandpiper, Little ringed Plover and 11 Dunlin. A Green Sandpiper flew over Oceanview and a Short-eared Owl was hunting around the sea watch hide late evening.

Greenfinch, Oceanview by Andy Hood

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

Spoonbills, Thornwick Pool by Dave O’Hara

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