Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Another day of moderate/strong south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Shoveler, 15 Teal, a Great Crested Grebe, 19 Oystercatchers, two Golden Plovers, eight Black-tailed Godwits, seven Whimbrel, nine Redshank, 82 Common Terns and an Arctic Skua all flew south. Three Little Egrets also headed south past the Fog Station having dropped onto North Marsh earlier; one Bonxie lingered off the headland. Elsewhere, a Green Sandpiper flew south over the village, two Spotted Flycatchers frequented South Dykes and four Yellow Wagtails were on the outer head.

Fulmar, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Kevin Groocock

Bird Cherry Ermine, Flamborough village, by Mike Smith

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 36 Teal, 23 Oystercatchers, five Whimbrel, 26 Knot, 26 Redshank, 312 Common Terns (during the year’s first notable evening roost movement) and a Little Gull heading south; moving in the opposite direction were 80 Common Scoters, two Little Gulls and 56 Sandwich Terns. Three Bonxies lingered offshore, whilst seven Yellow Wagtails flew south over the Seawatch Observatory.

A Greenshank also flew south over the headland, the Black Redstart remained in residence at Oceanview. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen at Buckton Pond.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Fox, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, August 16th, 2019

An overcast day, with light rain from mid-morning before heavier rain until dusk; moderate southerly winds and temperatures that reached 15 degrees C. During the seawatch, 12 Teal, two Whimbrel, 14 Dunlin, 11 Knot and an Arctic Tern flew south, with 103 Sandwich Terns and three Bonxies moved north. A Merlin flew past the Lighthouse early morning, when there were also 32 Pied Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail in the same area; two Wheatears were located, whilst the Black Redstart was seen again at Oceanview. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier and 16 Willow Warblers. 

Kestrel, Flamborough Lighthouse, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate west-north-westerly winds, sunny intervals interspersed with occasional showers and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 22 Common Scoter, 112 Sandwich Terns, 46 Common Terns and seven Arctic Terns flew north, whilst a Sooty Shearwater, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas moved south; in addition, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls lingered off the headland this evening. Thornwick Pools attracted six Teal and three Dunlin, Buckton Pond two Teal and a Green Sandpiper.

A movement of Swifts occurred during the morning, with 101 heading west over 150 minutes. Passerine interest included the Black Redstart at Oceanview, a Wheatear on South Landing beach and five Yellow Wagtails. A Redstart was the highlight from RSPB Bempton Cliffs. 

Weasel, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

An overcast day, with a light/moderate south-west wind switching to a moderate south-easterly later in the day; temperatures peaked at a mere 15 degrees C, whilst there were occasional spells of light rain. During the seawatch, six Teal, an Arctic Skua, four Arctic Terns and 146 Sandwich Terns flew north, with one juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and three Common Terns moving in the opposite direction; 11 Harbour Porpoise also represented an increase. Away from the sea, the Black Redstart was again seen at Oceanview.

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Collared Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Light, variable winds, with sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included eight Teal, 62 Common Scoter, five Goosander, six Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and the year’s first Pomarine Skua all moving north. Thornwick Pools attracted seven Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails, with South Landing hosting a Red-throated Diver, Little Egret, juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 39 Sandwich Terns. 

Two Marsh Harriers were present on the outer head early morning, with another hunting cliff top fields between Bempton and North Dykes. A Ruff frequented the stubbles at the latter location, seven Golden Plover flew south, whilst the Long-eared Owl made another appearance on the edge of the Gorse Field. Passerine interest included a Black Redstart at Oceanview, a Tree Pipit next to the Golf Course and a Wheatear.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted nine Curlew, with eight Willow Warblers remaining from yesterday’s influx. Buckton sightings included one Teal, a Green Sandpiper and 250 Swallows.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The weather consisted of overcast skies, with spells of mainly light rain. Winds were variable, but did develop into light north-westerlies for a time; temperatures were significantly lower, peaking at 14 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included five Shelduck, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, ten Turnstone, 28 Knot, 34 Bonxies and 33 Arctic Skuas flying south; a Red-throated Diver, 28 Manx Shearwaters, 113 Common Terns and 15 Arctic Terns headed north. Thornwick Pools attracted four Knot and four Dunlin. A juvenile Merlin frequented the outer head, where there were also seven Yellow Wagtails.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 26 Golden Plover moving south-east, a Raven, an arrival of 60 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler and four Yellow Wagtails. 

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Another day of blustery south-west winds, relatively overcast skies with sunny intervals, but lower temperatures that only reached 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver, one Golden Plover, 16 Oystercatchers, eight Whimbrel, 49 Knot, 22 Dunlin, 38 Redshank, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, four Common Terns, a Bonxie and 90 Swifts flew south; an additional 30 Swifts flew south over South Landing later. 

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 15 Knot and 68 Swifts moving south, with a Marsh Harrier, seven Willow Warblers, two Blackcap and a Garden Warbler also present. Two Green Sandpipers frequented Buckton Pond.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Moderate/strong south-easterly winds increased in strength during a day that was largely overcast, with occasional heavy showers; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 494 Knot flew south (including 90 south’-east’ past RSPB Bempton Cliffs), along with 86 Teal, 82 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, 16 Whimbrel, nine Turnstone and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull; 74 Swifts also moved south over the sea. Thornwick Pools attracted a Ringed Plover, four Dunlin, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper, whilst 25 Golden Plovers flew south over the village. Additional records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included five Ringed Plovers, a Red Kite, a juvenile Marsh Harrier and 200 Swifts flying south. 

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The day dawned with rain and moderate/strong east-south-east winds, followed by showers during the morning and heavy showers in the evening; temperatures reached 20 degrees C during the sunny intervals.  Seawatching highlights included 53 Common Scoters, nine Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Caspian Gull, 103 Sandwich Terns, an adult Roseate Tern (first of the year), three Bonxies and five Arctic Skuas flying north; southbound birds included a Grey Plover, eight Turnstone, 174 Knot, a Ruff and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, whilst a Little Egret and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull were in residence off the Seawatch Observatory. Thornwick Pools attracted two Green Sandpipers. The only notable passerine record related to a Pied Flycatcher in Old Fall. Odonata interest included a female Red-veined Darter at Old Fall. 

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Common Tern, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A day of light/moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching was quiet, with 35 Oystercatchers, two Knot, 21 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flying south. A Little Egret frequented South Landing beach early morning, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew south over Old Fall, whilst the best of a small smattering of passage waders was a Spotted Redshank eventually pinned down on Head Farm Pond. A juvenile Cuckoo lingered near Old Fall, 18 Willow Warblers represented an increase, a Garden Warbler was new at Old Fall, as were two Spotted Flycatchers at South Dykes. RSPB Bempton. An additional 15 Willow Warblers frequented RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Sanderling, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Butterflies at South Dykes, by June & Malcolm Fox

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 36 Oystercatchers, 14 Dunlin, 12 Redshank and eight Knot flew south, along with seven Common Terns and an Arctic Skua. Thornwick Pools attracted single Little Egret, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper, with South Landing hosting three Ringed Plovers and three Sanderling. Another Little Egret frequented the rocky shore near High Stacks. Elsewhere, a Red Kite headed south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Peregrine, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Poplar Hawkmoth, Flamborough village, by Dave Simmonite

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

A day of moderate/stromg south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 22 degrees C. During the morning seawatch 24 Oystercatchers, 14 Whimbrel, 25 Knot, three Sanderling and 45 Redshank headed south, whilst 68 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north. South Landing attracted a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls. The day’s highlight related to a juvenile Green Woodpecker seen in South Dykes, with a Cuckoo at nearby South Landing.

Two Green Sandpipers remained in residence at Buckton Pond, with a Marsh Harrier hunting the cliff top adjacent to Buckton Hall.

Green Sandpipers, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Mediterrranean Gull, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals, occasional light drizzle and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 142 Common Scoter and 111 Sandwich Terns flew north, with four Ringed Plover, a Greenshank and one Bonxie moving south. Five Bottlenose Dolphins off South Landing eventually swam north.

A juvenile Caspian Gull gave superb views when it dropped onto Thornwick Pools early afternoon, where a Green Sandpiper flew south. Passerine interest was headed by a Pied Flycatcher in Old Fall.

Caspian Gull, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Caspian Gull, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Straw Underwing, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

The day dawned with light, overcast skies and a light southerly breeze; sunny intervals established mid-morning and temperatures peaked at 20 degrees C; during the afternoon overcast skies established once again and a moderate south-easterly developed. Seawatching was rewarded with 44 Common Scoters, six Manx Shearwaters, 756 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Skuas flying north, a juvenile Marsh Harrier and ten Common Terns moving south. In addition, two juvenile Caspian Gulls attended a fishing into Bridlington Bay late afternoon.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and four Dunlin; another Green Sandpiper and a Grey Plover flew south over the outer head. The Long-eared Owl made another appearance on the edge of the Gorse Field, where a creamcrown Marsh Harrier was hunting mid-morning. Two Cuckoos were located on the outer head, whilst 20 Yellow Wagtails represented another noteworthy record. Sightings from Buckton included three Green Sandpipers and a Snipe on the Pond and single Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo and Treecreeper.

House Martin, Hartendale, by Brett Richards

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

After a cloudy and still morning, sunny intervals prevailed, with a light south-easterly wind developing; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 21 Common Scoters, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 531 Sandwich Terns, ten Common Terns, seven Arctic Terns and a Bonxie flying north; two Arctic Skuas lingered offshore, whilst six Goosander, 88 Oystercatchers, six Knot and seven Dunlin moved south. However, the highlight pertained to the juvenile Caspian Gull that circled High Stacks early evening before drifting south into Bridlington Bay. A pod of at least six Bottlenose Dolphins swam north past the outer head around mid-day. 

Thornwick Pools hosted a juvenile Shelduck, single Green and Common Sandpipers and two Ringed Plover. A Black-tailed Godwit flew north and a Marsh Harrier headed south over South Dykes. The juvenile Mediterranean Gull re-appeared at South Landing, whilst Buckton Pond attracted two Green Sandpipers and a Snipe.

Snipe, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Oystercatchers, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

A day of light north-north-west winds, sunny skies after heavy rain early morning and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 45 Manx Shearwaters, 437 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns, 14 Arctic Terns and two Bonxies flying north, whilst 655 Oystercatchers moved south; a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and two Arctic Skuas were also recorded. Late afternoon a pod of 12 Bottlenose Dolphins swam south past the headland.

Thornwick Pools attracted three Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover and 11 Dunlin; 13 Golden Plover headed south over the outer head. A Hobby overflew the village and a Long-eared Owl frequented the edge of the Gorse Field in the morning. The most notable passerine record related to a Wood Warbler in Old Fall; a single Treecreeper in the same location was also noteworthy, whilst migrants also included a Pied Flycatcher at North Landing, six Willow Warblers, two Grey Wagtails and seven Yellow Wagtails.

Long-eared Owl, Gorse Field, by Kevin Groocock

Small Red-eyed Damselfly, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

A relatively overcast day, with sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C; moderate northerly winds featured throughout. Seawatch highlights included the year’s first Sooty Shearwater flying north, along with 34 Manx Shearwaters, 80 Sandwich Terns and 12 Arctic Terns; six Arctic Skuas and four Bonxies also moved past the headland. Away from the sea, single Ringed & Little Ringed Plovers, two Ruff, two Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Jo Hood