Thursday, April 27th, 2017

If you were lucky enough to find a rarity on the headland last year and haven’t yet submitted your description, our rarity committee are waiting to hear from you. All your submissions can be sent to fborecords@hotmail.com 

All records pertaining to national rarities are submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) prior to publication within this Report. A list of species for which descriptions are required by BBRC is available at www.bbrc.org.uk. Similarly, claims for species requiring a description at county level are all submitted to Yorkshire’s Bird Section Adjudication Panel; the list of species requiring a description in addittion to those listed on the BBRC website is as follows:

  • Taiga Bean Goose
  • Black Brant
  • American Wigeon
  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Surf Scoter
  • White-billed Diver
  • Wilson’s Storm-petrel
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Purple Heron
  • European Honey-buzzard
  • Black Kite
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Golden Eagle
  • Red-footed Falcon
  • Kentish Plover
  • American Golden Plover
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Kumlien’s Gull
  • White-winged Black Tern
  • Alpine Swift
  • Short-toed Lark
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Tawny Pipit
  • Olive-backed Pipit
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Aquatic Warbler
  • Marsh Warbler
  • Melodious Warbler
  • Dartford Warbler
  • Subalpine Warbler
  • Greenish Warbler
  • Radde’s Warbler
  • Dusky Warbler
  • Siberian Chiffchaff
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Arctic Redpoll
  • Parrot Crossbill
  • Cirl Bunting
  • Rustic Bunting
  • Little Bunting 


In addition, there are several species which are rare within the local context and these require describing in order to feature within the Flamborough annual Report. Such species include Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Spotted Crake, Corncrake, Bee-eater, Nightjar, Woodlark, Richards Pipit and Golden Oriole.Copies of rarity descriptions and a list of sightings made by visiting birders will be greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged in future Reports. 

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Whilst temperatures remained subdued, the seemingly relentless northerlies finally abated; winds were initially light and from the west during a sunny morning, although rain arrived mid-afternoon. Seawatching produced three Common Scoters, five Red-throated Divers, 258 Fulmars, 17 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and 217 Puffins.

Two Tufted Duck and a Teal remained on the freshwaters, two Common Buzzards overflew the Outer Head, whilst single Snipe and Golden Plover were also present. A Short-eared Owl frequented North Marsh. Passerine migrants were more visible and included ten Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Goldcrest, three Redwing, a Ring Ouzel, five Wheatear and six Yellow Wagtails. A Jay along Old Hedge was notable, with a single Richard’s Pipit remaining between North Landing and North Marsh.

Willow Warbler, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Willow Warbler, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Friday, January 30th, 2015

RSPB is sponsoring Tormod Amundsen of Biotope to visit the UK and share his experiences of the unique Arctic wildlife and wildlife viewing opportunities he has created in Varanger Fjord. Our aim is to explore what we can learn from his experiences and consider what we could be doing better here on the wonderful east coast of Yorkshire. Tormod’s presentation will be ably accompanied by our own Martin Garner who will give his own unique perspective on Arctic visitors to the east coast – past, present and future. Finally, Graham White, the RSPB’s Reserves Ecologist, will be challenging some of our presumptions about viewing wildlife in the UK.

The whole event, which is being hosted by Flamborough Bird Observatory and RSPB Bempton Cliffs, will be held at Flamborough Golf Club on Friday 13th February from 7pm for 7.30pm start and is absolutely FREE!

RSPB & Biotope tour poster - viewing the future tour- medium resolution poster by Biotope

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Observatory is pleased to announce that a pair of Marsh Warblers took up territory in late May. The pair stayed and eventually were seen carrying food and extracting faecal sacs from a presumed nesting spot. Eventually at least one juvenile was seen to have fledged, although it was strongly suspected that there were more.

The site was vulnerable to disturbance and unable to be monitored. In consultation with RSPB staff the decision was made to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Marsh Warbler Flamborough

Marsh Warbler Flamborough

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

and unusually a 2 year old.

Some news on the Osprey seen flying north over Bempton last Monday 19th May from Keith Clarkson (RSPB site manager)


“Some great news about the Osprey that was seen heading north past Bempton Cliffs at 3pm on Monday. I have been in touch with Jonathan Pinnick, who is now Visitor Centre manager at the SWT’s Loch of Lowes Reserve.  Jonathan, who used to work at Bempton and ironically, visited Bempton this weekend, informed me that the Osprey was a satellite tagged bird that was ringed on a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve in Angus, Scotland, in 2012.  It headed south in the autumn of 2012 and has spent the last 18 months wintering and summering in Senegal, West Africa.  Whilst, the mid-May date is typical of non-breeders, unlike most Ospreys, which don’t return to their breeding grounds until they are three years old, this one decided to head north a year early (only the second tagged bird to have done this to date).  Whilst the bird was not seen further north the satellite records that it headed north past Filey and Scarborough almost reaching Whitby were it headed inland. Jonathan will keep me in the loop about the birds progress over the next few days – watch this space. Best wishes, Keith”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Skokholm Bird Observatory Reopens

Britain’s first bird observatory was reaccredited on April 27th, a welcome return to the fold, very best wishes for the future from the Flamborough team.  Check out the Skokholm blog to keep up to date with events.


Monday, March 31st, 2014

Spring FBO newsletter

The Spring edition of the  Flamborough Bird Observatory newsletter has now been published and is available to all members, it contains loads of interesting stuff relevant to both Flamborough birding and the wider birding world in a readily accessible form and is only one of a wide range of benefits available to FBO members.  For membership info see here

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Flamborough birder wins Birdwatch magazine photo comp

Congratulations to Flamborough stalwart Andy Hood who has won this month’s Birdwatch magazine photo challenge with his stunning image of the Bempton Desert Wheatear from 2012

Desert Wheatear (Andy Hood)

Desert Wheatear (Andy Hood)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Bempton RSPB wins REYTA award

The award recipients take a "selfie"

The award recipients take a “selfie”

Congratulations to our friends at the RSPB’s Bempton reserve which has just won a 2014 “Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award” (REYTA), the team were successful in the Visitor Attraction section and beat a very strong list of nominees.  As always with Bempton it was a “whole team” effort but the reward recipients on the night were (L to R) Mark Smales, Kim Smales, Avril Prchlik and Maria Prchlik.

For further details and other winners go to


Saturday, March 15th, 2014

1ST MARCH 2014: Thornwick Pools – getting better all the time….

Hot off the press……. members of FBO’s conservation team working on Thornwick Pools today – more details to follow on the fantastic work happening at this newly-created wetland.