Friday, January 24th, 2020

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, increasing amounts of sunshine and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. The seawatch was quiet, with three Shelduck flying south and 21 Purple Sandpipers in residence; in addition, the first-winter Black Redstart made one of its sporadic appearances around the Fog Station. North Marsh and its immediate environs attracted ten Pink-footed Geese, the Russian White-fronted Goose, two Shelduck, 25 Wigeon, 15 Teal and a Grey Heron. A Chiffchaff frequented a garden near South Landing.

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

A day of light south-west winds, sunny intervals and periods of fog; temperatures reached seven degrees C. The highlight of the morning’s seawatch was a Black-throated Diver that flew south, whilst the long-staying Russian White-fronted Goose remained on the outer head. Eight Snipe along Water Lane represented the highest count for some time. 

Kestrel, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

A relatively overcast start, with brighter spells developing during a still day; temperatures reached seven degrees C. Although the seawatch was quiet, a Mistle Thrush at the Fog Station was an unusual visitor there. Wildfowl interest was provided by the White-fronted Goose and four Pink-footed Geese. Passerines at Thornwick included eight Meadow Pipits, 41 Goldfinch, 47 Linnet, and 38 Reed Buntings; a total of 14 new birds caught during a ringing session included three Starlings and four Reed Buntings. Three Short-eared Owls frequented RSPB Bempton Cliffs early afternoon. 

Starling, Flamborough village, by Jo Hood

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Sunny throughout, with temperatures reaching seven degrees C after an overnight frost and light westerly winds. The White-fronted Goose and four Pink-footed Geese remained in residence, while passerine interest included a Grey Wagtail near Lighthouse Road.

Grey Seal, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Monday, January 20th, 2020

The weather consisted of prolonged sunny intervals, light westerly winds and temperatures that peaked at seven degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, five Eider and 23 Red-throated Divers flew south. Passerine interest included 50 Magpies, a Mistle Thrush, 25 Reed Buntings (Thornwick) and seven Corn Buntings. Four Short-eared Owls frequented RSPB Bempton Cliffs during the afternoon. 

Short-eared Owl, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Kevin Groocock

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

A sunny day, with a light north-west wind and temperatures reaching five degrees C after an overnight frost. During the morning seawatch, a Black-throated Diver flew south. Sightings along Lighthouse Road included a Woodcock, one Grey Wagtail and ten Redwing; a Chiffchaff frequented Hartendale. In addition, two Short-eared Owls were at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Yellowhammer, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Sunny throughout, with light west-north-west winds and, after a frosty start, temperatures reached seven degrees C. The White-fronted Goose and three Pink-footed Geese remained in residence, a Water Rail frequented a pond immediately east of the village, whilst single Snipe and Jack Snipe were located near Thornwick Pools. Passerine interest included eight Redwing, 80 Linnets, 55 Reed Buntings, 70 Yellowhammers and 24 Corn Buntings. Two Short-eared Owls were at RSPB Bempton Cliffs during the afternoon. 

Grey Heron, Beacon Hill, by Brett Richards

Friday, January 17th, 2020

The weather consisted of light westerly winds, temperatures briefly touching eight degrees C in the morning, before heavy showers precipitated a drop to three degrees. During the morning seawatch, two Shelduck and a Wigeon flew south, 28 Red-throated Divers were seen off the Fog Station and 42 Razorbills represented a substantial increase. 

A Whooper Swan flew west over the village, the Russian White-fronted Goose and three Pink-footed Geese remained with the Greylag flock and 35 Wigeon were near North Marsh. Passerine interest included a Redwing and 28 Snow Buntings, the latter at Cattlemere. RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted a Short-eared Owl, a Redwing and 40 Corn Buntings.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Kevin Groocock

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Strong winds featured yet again, with southerlies, relatively overcast skies after a bright start and temperatures reaching seven degrees C. During the seawatch, five Kittiwakes and seven Razorbills represented a subtle increase on recent days, whilst at least 10,000 Guillemots were also present. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 114 Pink-footed Geese flying north, 89 Skylark, 95 Linnet and 110 Corn Buntings.

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough, by June & Malcolm Fox

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-south-west winds, overcast skies in the morning, before brighter spells and temperatures that reached six degrees C. Five Pintail flying south during the morning’s seawatch were notable, as were 50 Purple Sandpipers frequenting the nearby rocky shores. Passerine interest included 80 Linnets and nine Corn Buntings at Thornwick.

Guillemot, Breil Nook, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Another day of strong south-south-west winds, rain during the latter half of daylight hours and temperatures that reached a mild 12 degrees C by dusk. The seawatch was quiet, with two Great Crested Grebes offshore, 20 Red-throated Divers, two Razorbill and four Kittiwakes.

Kestrel, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Strong south-south-west winds increased in strength during an overcast day, with temperatures reaching eight degrees C. Seawatch highlights included single Pink-footed Goose and Gadwall flying south, together with 46 Red-throated Divers. The Black Redstart again appeared on the cliff top in front of the Seawatch Observatory. In addition, 60 Pink-footed Geese overflew the outer head and headed towards North Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted a pair of Shelduck and a lone Coot. 

Coal Tit, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

A day of predominantly light westerly winds and brighter spells developing after a band of rain; temperatures reached seven degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Velvet Scoter and a Knot flying south. The White-fronted Goose and three Pink-footed Geese frequented fields near North Landing, whilst 27 Snow Buntings remained at Cattlemere. 

Black Redstart, Seawatch Observatory (10/1), by Phil Buxton

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Cloudy, mild and dry all day. The strong south-westerly blew at force 7-8 all day. Maximum temperature 11°C.

At the Fog Station, apart from thousands of Guillemots, little passed though there was interest on the sea in the shape of 21 Red-throated Divers and a Great Crested Grebe while 10 Purple Sandpipers fed on the rocks.

The local goose flock still retained the adult White-front and 3 Pink-feet.  A lone Coot was at Thornwick Pools. 

Purple Sandpiper, High Stacks (Andy Hood)

Friday, January 10th, 2020

A chilly start, then a mainly dry, bright day with some lengthy spells of sunshine with a light to moderate westerly. Maximum temperature 8°C.

A White-fronted Goose and 4 Pink-feet were with the local gaggle of Greylags still and a further 9 Pink-feet flew over. A Merlin was hunting on the Outer Head and  a Black Redstart appeared on the cliff top path in front of the seawatching observatory. Buntings were again evidence with 28 Snow Buntings commuting between Cattlemere and North Marsh area while Lapland Buntings numbered 3 at Cattlemere and 5 over North Marsh. South Landing held 17 Turnstones and a lone Eider, a single Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Red-throated Divers were offshore there.

A single Barn Owl and 3 Short-eared Owls continued to hunt at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and a single Lapland Bunting flew over.

Snow Buntings, Cattlemere (Andrew Allport)

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

After overnight rain driven by strong easterly winds veering westerly, the day was overcast, with spells of lighter rain and a temperature that reached ten degrees C. The juvenile Iceland Gull flew past RSPB Bempton Cliffs early afternoon and re-appeared off the Seawatch Observatory two hours later. Thornwick attracted a pair of Shelduck, 60 Linnets and 21 Corn Buntings. Two Short-eared Owls and an additional 30 Corn Buntings frequented Bempton.

Kestrel, Lighthouse, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

The weather consisted of light westerly winds, overcast skies and temperatures that reached nine degrees C. Juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gulls were present off the outer head during the course of the day. Elsewhere, one Whooper Swan, four Pink-footed Geese and a White-fronted Goose were present, together with 36 Wigeon, with a flock of 30 Lapland Buntings along the cliff top east of North Landing. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted two Short-eared Owls, a Snow Bunting and 48 Corn Buntings.

White-fronted Goose, Lighthouse Road, by Ian Howard

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

An overcast day, with spells of relatively light rain during the morning and a strong south-westerly wind; temperatures peaked at 12 degrees C. Single Great Northern Diver and Bonxie flew south during the morning seawatch. The Whooper Swan was still present, along with three Pink-footed Geese and the Russian White-fronted Goose. Although the favoured stubble field near North Marsh has now been ploughed, it still contained at least 42 Lapland Buntings and 20 Snow Buntings; 22 Snow Buntings were also present at Cattlemere. 

Lapland Bunting, outer head, by Andy Hood

Monday, January 6th, 2020

An overcast day, with a strong south-south-west wind and temperatures peaking at seven degrees C. Once again the seawatch was quiet, although two Puffins that flew south were notable. The Whooper Swan remained on the outer head, as did 37 Wigeon and 15 Teal; two Shelduck returned to Thornwick Pools, after an absence since late summer. The day’s highlight was a juvenile Iceland Gull that followed the plough on the northern side of the headland. After sightings in late 2019, a Jay in South Dykes indicated a wintering presence for the first time ever. Finally, 33 Lapland Buntings were again present on the northern side of the headland.

Iceland Gull, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Iceland Gull, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

An overcast day, with a light south-west wind and temperatures reaching seven degrees C. Waterfowl interest included the Whooper Swan, 32 Wigeon and a Coot. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Short-eared Owls, a Snow Bunting and 40 Corn Buntings.

Treecreeper, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

The weather consisted of moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching nine degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded by a Great Northern Diver flying south. The Whooper Swan and at least five White-fronted Geese lingered on the outer head; a single White-fronted Goose also flew east over South Dykes early morning. A Nuthatch was located in South Dykes, whilst 25 Snow Buntings and five Lapland Buntings frequented stubble fields.

Greylag & Pink-footed Geese, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

A strong north-north-westerly gradually relented during the day, with sunny intervals establishing after an overcast start. The seawatch was quiet, with 32 Red-throated Divers moving south and a Razorbill offshore.

A total of 30 Russian White-fronted Geese were present on the headland (flock of 27 and a group of three), along with three Pink-footed Geese and the Whooper Swan. Thirty-four Wigeon were a slight increase on recent days.  Two Woodcock and a Sanderling represented the most notable wader records, whilst passerine interest included a Chiffchaff, 25 Lapland Buntings, 38 Snow Buntings and a Corn Bunting. However, more significant numbers of the latter were seen at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where there were 120 Corn Buntings mid-morning; a Short-eared Owl was also present there.

White-fronted Geese, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

An overcast day, with moderate/strong south-south-west winds and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the seawatch, a Barnacle Goose, two Whooper Swans, a Gadwall, nine Golden Plovers and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south; 70 Turnstone and 40 Purple Sandpipers frequented the adjacent rocky shores.

Twenty-eight Russian White-fronted Geese came in off and landed on the outer head early afternoon; they were still present at dusk, with the flock consisting 23 adults and five juveniles. The long-staying White-front also remained, along with three Pink-feet. The Whooper Swan lingered in fields alongside Lighthouse Road, where 25 Golden Plovers and three Lapwing flew south, with a Chiffchaff nearby. 

Barnacle Goose, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Happy New Year from all at Flamborough Bird Observatory!

A better than average winter day with a tally of 95 species; in part, due to the improved coverage that the start of the year brings. A moderate south-westerly wind featured throughout, with heavily overcast skies at either end of the day sandwiching a spell of sunshine; temperatures reached five degrees C. 

The seawatch proved rewarding, with an appreciable (in the local context) passage of wildfowl, including ten Shelduck, 11 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 65 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, three Pintail, 75 Teal, five Pochard, two Tufted Duck, a Scaup, one Velvet Scoter and two Goldeneye; the vast majority of these moved south, with the tallies of Gadwall and Shoveler the observatory’s highest ever January counts. Two Dunlin and two Puffin also headed south. 

Wildfowl interest on the headland included the long-staying Whooper Swan, Russian White-fronted Goose and four Pink-footed Geese, together with 33 Teal and 28 Wigeon. A Woodcock was flushed from the cliff top near North Marsh, whilst 37 Curlew were also present. Passerine interest included 34 Redwing, 130 Tree Sparrows, 135 Yellowhammers, 50 Reed Buntings, 35 Lapland Buntings, 28 Snow Buntings and six Corn Buntings.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Merlin, two Short-eared Owls, one Stonechat, six Yellowhammers and 57 Corn Buntings.

Flamborough Lighthouse by Chrys Mellor

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Another sunny, calm day with temperatures reaching six degrees C. A lone Whooper Swan remained on the outer head, along with the Russian White-fronted Goose and three Pink-footed Geese. A Chiffchaff was a new discovery, whilst stubble fields between North Dykes and the outer head attracted a cumulative total of 34 Redwing, 92 Skylarks, 25 Meadow Pipits, 17 Rock Pipits, 65 Greenfinch, 178 Yellowhammers, 35 Reed Buntings, 30 Snow Buntings, 42 Lapland Buntings and six Corn Buntings.

Immediately west of the Dykes, an additional 120 Skylarks, three Lapland Buntings, 18 Yellowhammers and 110 Corn Buntings frequented stubbles at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Buckton hosted a Water Rail, ten Reed Buntings, 40 Yellowhammers and 25 Corn Buntings.

Great Black-backed Gull, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Monday, December 30th, 2019

A day of light south-west winds, prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures reaching nine degrees C. During the seawatch, a Velvet Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe flew south. Nine Whooper Swans frequented Oceanview, together with three Pink-footed Geese and the long-staying Russian White-fronted Goose; an additional 45 Pink-footed Geese flew south. Ten Eiders were present offshore, with North Marsh/Thornwick Pools hosting 28 Wigeon and 31 Teal. Further interest included 375 Woodpigeons, four Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, six Siskins, 40 Greenfinch, 52 Yellowhammers, 33 Reed Buntings, ten Lapland Buntings, 30 Snow Buntings and a Corn Bunting. 

A Merlin and two Short-eared Owls were present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst five Pink-footed Geese were located on fields west of Buckton.

Yellowhammer, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate south-south-west winds, heavily overcast skies until mid-afternoon and temperatures that reached seven degrees C. During the seawatch, five Wigeon, nine Teal, four Eider, a Goosander and 93 Golden Plovers flew south. The seven Whooper Swans, Pink-footed Goose and Russian White-fronted Goose fed in fields alongside Lighthouse Road. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Waxwing flying north-west. 

Russian White-fronted Goose, Lighthouse Road, by Brett Richards

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

An overcast day, with a light south-west wind and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, a Shelduck, two Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, nine Mallard and 13 Teal flew south, with 13 Eider heading in the opposite direction; 12 Lapwing also flew south, whilst a Blackbird at the Fog Station appeared to come in off the sea. Wildfowl interest on the headland included seven Whooper Swans, one Pink-footed Goose and the Russian White-fronted Goose

Whooper Swans, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, December 27th, 2019

An overcast day, with light south-east winds and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. Despite the seven Whooper Swans resting on the sea off the Fog Station late morning, they later returned to favoured fields on the southern side of the headland. The goose flock near North Marsh contained the usual Russian White-fronted Goose and 16 Pink-footed Geese. Nearby stubbles attracted 35 Snow Buntings

Snow Bunting, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

An overcast day and a moderate south-easterly wind throughout. Seawatching highlights included a pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Bonxie flying north. The seven Whooper Swans and White-fronted Goose remained on the outer head. 

Razorbill, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

From everyone at Flamborough Bird Observatory, a very Merry Xmas to all!

This year’s Christmas weather consisted of light north-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached five degrees C. The seawatch was quiet, with two Kittiwakes, 960 Guillemots and six Razorbills moving past the headland, along with three Eider flying south. The day’s highlight was reported to the bird services late in the day; a Rough-legged Buzzard resting on roadside hay bales between Speeton and Buckton. A quick search from local birders revealed no further sign immediately before dusk.

Seven Whooper Swans, two Pink-footed Geese and a White-fronted Goose frequented the outer head. Meanwhile, a walk along the beach from Danes Dyke towards Sewerby was rewarded with 30 Ringed Plovers, six Purple Sandpipers, 30 Redshank and 50 Turnstones. A 27-strong flock of Snow Buntings remained on the cliff top south of the lighthouse.

Merry Xmas

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Light south-westerly winds and an overcast start to the day , with spells of light rain until brighter spells developed later. The seawatch was quiet, although 22 Purple Sandpipers were present on rocks below the Seawatch Observatory. Away from the sea, the six Whooper Swans were still present on fields at Oceanview, with the second-winter remaining near Old Fall. The lone White-fronted Goose and Pink-footed Goose also lingered on the northern side of the headland. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Whooper Swans flying south, 18 Yellowhammers and 80 Corn Buntings.

Whooper Swan, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached seven degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, an Eider flew south and a Velvet Scoter headed north. Seven Whooper Swans lingered on the headland, with a second-winter near Old Fall and six birds in fields near Oceanview. A Little Owl calling pre-dawn at Bempton station was a notable record.

Whooper Swans, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

An overcast morning, with spells of light rain before sunny spells developed during the afternoon; winds remained light throughout. The six Whooper Swans stayed in residence near Oceanview and were joined by nine Pink-footed Geese; two dark-bellied Brent Geese were again near North Marsh. Passerine interest included 35 Redwing, 22 Fieldfare, a Black Redstart near the Fog Station, four Stonechats, 44 Yellowhammers, six Lapland Buntings, 27 Snow Buntings and six Corn Buntings. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Short-eared Owls, eight Redwing moving north-west and 100 Corn Buntings.  

Corn Bunting, Flamborough, by John McLoughlin

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

An overcast day, with spells of light rain in the morning, a moderate southerly wind and temperatures that reached six degrees C. Seawatching highlights included three Shelduck, two Gadwall, 13 Wigeon, 16 Teal, a Goldeneye, one Great Northern Diver and two Bonxies flying south, with seven Eider moving north.

Seven Whooper Swans remained in residence (six at Oceanview, one outer head), as did two dark-bellied Brent Geese, a Russian White-fronted Goose and 32 Wigeon. Passerine interest included 23 Rock Pipits, 40 Redwing, 40 Yellowhammers, nine Lapland Buntings and a Corn Bunting near North Marsh. Eighteen Snow Buntings were also located (17 south of the Lighthouse and another near North Marsh). Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Short-eared Owls and a Lapland Bunting.

Russian White-fronted Goose, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Early morning mist/fog only dissipated once heavy rain set in which then lasted until dark. The lone Whooper Swan remained near Old Fall, with an additional six Whooper Swans in residence at Oceanview.  Both a dark-bellied Brent Goose and 33 Wigeon were also on the outer head. 

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

A relatively overcast day with brighter intervals, a strong southerly wind and higher temperatures that peaked at nine degrees C. During the seawatch, five Wigeon flew south, a Great Crested Grebe moved north and two Puffins also flew past; the latter relatively unseasonal. Away from the sea, six Whooper Swans were at Oceanview, 37 Curlews were again present on the outer head, as were two Stonechats. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Short-eared Owls and a Lapland Bunting.

Curlew, Flamborough, by Kevin Groocock

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Thick fog following an overnight frost rendered birding nigh on impossible for much of the day, with an increasingly strong southerly wind and overcast skies predominating once the fog cleared; temperatures eventually reached five degrees C. The only notable records related to the Whooper Swan still present on the outer head and two Siskins visiting a feeder in a village garden. 

Parrot Waxcap, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

A relatively overcast day, with a light westerly wind and temperatures that reached a mere three degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 50 Red-throated Divers and a Black-throated Diver flying south. The Whooper Swan was still present on the outer head, with lone Pink-footed Goose, White-fronted Goose and dark-bellied Brent Goose near North Marsh. An appreciable arrival of 295 Fieldfares took place, whilst the resident Black Redstart remained at the Fog Station and 16 Snow Buntings still frequented the cliff top south of the Lighthouse. Three Lapland Buntings were located near North Dykes, with six Corn Buntings at Thornwick. Further west, two Short-eared Owls hunted the grasslands near the centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. 

Whooper Swan, outer head, by Brett Richards

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Another day of relatively strong south-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached five degrees C. The Whooper Swan lingered in fields on the outer head, whilst the Black Redstart remained in residence at the Fog Station, with two Stonechats nearby. A total of 38 Snow Buntings was recorded: a flock of 18  birds near North Marsh and 20 along the cliff top south of the Lighthouse. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 21 Pink-footed Geese flying south and a Short-eared Owl hunting the cliff top. 

Snow Bunting, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

A south-westerly wind increased throughout a sunny day, although temperatures only reached a maximum of four degrees C. During the morning seawatch, no fewer than three Black-throated Divers flew south, with two Great Northern Divers moving in the opposite direction. Away from the sea, 57 Pink-footed Geese flew south/west and the long-staying White-fronted Goose accompanied a further ten Pink-footed Geese near North Marsh. A Waxwing also visited gardens on the outer head.

Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

The weather consisted moderate/strong west-south-westerly winds, sunny intervals during the morning, with heavy showers, occasionally of sleet later; temperatures reached five degrees C. During the seawatch, two dark-bellied Brent Geese, 21 Wigeon and a Great Northern Diver flew south. A Whooper Swan lingered on the outer head, whilst a southerly passage of Pink-footed Geese took place late morning: a total of 438 birds headed south. The Eurasian White-fronted Goose was still present near North Marsh.

The Black Redstart was seen again at the Fog Station, with 17 Snow Buntings and eight Lapland Buntings also located on the outer head.

Whooper Swan, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Light south-westerly winds featured, with sunny intervals and temperatures that reached six degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Blue Fulmar flying north, with two Velvet Scoters and a Great Northern Diver heading south. The Eurasian White-fronted Goose continued its residence with the goose flock near North Marsh, where a Merlin was also present. A Short-eared Owl, two Stonechats and a Black Redstart were present near the Fog Station. A total of 49 Snow Buntings represented a good showing, with 37 near North Marsh and 12 on the cliff top south of the Lighthouse. Sightings at RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 85 Pink-footed Geese flying south, with two Short-eared Owls still in residence.

Barn Owl, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

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