Thursday, December 12th, 2019

After a relatively bright and frosty start, cloud increased during the morning and heavy rain arrived after; south-westerly winds increased in strength. During the morning seawatch, two Velvet Scoters flew south and single Eider and Puffin flew north; Guillemots were back on the cliffs, with thousands flying past the headland from first light. A pair of Stonechat was also near the Fog Station.

Curlew, outer head, by Phil Buxton

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

A relatively cool day, with temperatures reaching five degrees C by late morning, sunny intervals and a moderate/strong south-westerly wind. Two Velvet Scoters flying south represented the highlight of the morning’s seawatch. Two Short-eared Owls continued to show well at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst 20 Snow Buntings remained on the cliff top south of the Lighthouse.

Blackbird, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Gale force southerly winds replaced yesterday’s gale force northerly winds, with spells of rain including heavy showers and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver initially on the sea eventually flew north. A lone Bonxie flew north, whilst a Snipe in off the sea was relatively unusual. 

Stonechat, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Gale force north-north-west winds were the main feature of a day that featured heavy showers during the morning, with brighter intervals later. Seawatch highlights included two Manx Shearwaters moving north, with a juvenile Iceland Gull and two Bonxies heading in the opposite direction. 

Goldcrest, Bempton, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

The weather consisted of strong south-westerly winds and blustery showers. During the morning’s seawatch, a Great Northern Diver flew south. The goose flock that lingered in the vicinity of North Marsh contained single Pink-footed and White-fronted Geese. A Jay in South Dykes was an unusual local record, whilst a Waxwing frequented the hedgerows near the entrance of the Golf Course; the latter had been colour-ringed near Aberdeen on 23rd November. 

Waxwing, Old Fall Steps, by Rob Little

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

After a relatively calm and bright start, an increasingly strong south-westerly wind and overcast skies developed. The flock of geese near North Marsh contained two Tundra Bean Geese, a Eurasian White-fronted Goose and one Pink-footed Goose, with 23 Wigeon also present. A flock of 33 Curlew toured the outer head, with passerine interest including two Goldcrests, one Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Short-eared Owls and a Lapland Bunting.

Tree Sparrow, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Friday, December 6th, 2019

The day started with overcast skies, with spells of light rain with brighter intervals later; moderate south-west winds also featured and temperatures peaked at a mild 11 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Pochard, two Red-breasted Mergansers and 26 Red-throated Divers flew south. On the land, a Whooper Swan rested on fields near North Landing and two Waxwings flew from the Golf Course entrance west towards the village. Two Short-eared Owls frequented RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Rock Pipit, Fog Station, by Phil Buxton

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A mainly cloudy day with a fresh and strengthening south-westerly.  Daylight temperatures were between 5 and 7C.

Red-throated Divers again provided the main interest on the morning seawatch with 47S and 25N.  A single Pink-footed Goose passed south and 5 Common Scoters north.

Birding on land was quiet with a single Chiffchaff at Greenacres and a Stonechat near the Fog Station.   The number of Wigeon present was 22.

Common Scoter, Fog Station (Brett Richards)

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The day was slightly cooler than of late with the temperature peaking at 7C after an overnight ground frost. Generally sunny with a light south-westerly breeze.

Seawatching was largely uneventful with the highlights being 32 Red-throated Diver flying north and 9 south and a Lesser Black-backed Gull wandering north.

A Black Redstart lingered at the Fog Station whilst 15 Snow Buntings were nearby at Cattlemere.  South Dykes held a Chiffchaff.

Three Short-eared Owls quartered the fields at RSPB Bempton Cliffs where a Goldcrest and 4 Stonechats were also present.

Stonechat, Buckton (Mike Smith)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

A mainly sunny day with light to moderate westerly and the temperature reaching 9C.

Few birds passed during the morning seawatch though these did include a Great Northern Diver, a Goosander and a Goldeneye with 3 of the latter also offshore.

On the Outer Head, 108 Pink-footed Geese flew south and a Woodcock was in a local garden.

A couple of Chiffchaffs remained at Buckton Pond and a Short-eared Owl was present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Rock Pipit, South Landing (Brett Richards)

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

A quiet day from a  weather perspective.  Light westerlies with variable cloud and temperatures rising from 2C to 8C.

The morning’s seawatch was relatively uneventful, the best sightings being a redhead Goosander and an adult winter Mediterranean Gull both heading southwards.

Curlews put in another good count with 34 (31 by Old Fall hedge) while 2 Stonechats were by the Golf Course.

A couple of Stonechats also featured at Buckton by the Heligoland trap  where 50 Corn Buntings and 65 Yellowhammers were also present.  In addition, 2 Chiffchaffs were at Buckton Pond.

Corn Buntings, Buckton (Mike Smith)

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

A moderate north-westerly brought sunny spells and the occasional shower with temperatures ranging between 4 and 7C.

Yesterday’s adult Kumlien’s Gull put in another appearance, passing north at the Fog Station during the morning seawatch.  Other highlights included a Sooty Shearwater heading north and a juvenile Pomarine Skua also offshore. Also notable (second highest ever total) was a flock of 330 Cormorants which came out of Bridlington Bay while 103 off South Landing /South Dykes were possibly part of the same movement. 

A Goosander and 8 Great Crested Grebes were off South Dykes.  On land, 2 Chiffchaffs frequented South Dykes.

Stonechat, Outer Head (Lynn Wraith)