Friday, August 26th, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate westerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, 49 Teal, four Gadwall, 57 Common Scoter, 38 Oystercatcher, five Whimbrel, two Greenshank, a Golden Plover, 21 Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south. Five Shelduck, a Pintail, 34 Common Terns and 27 Arctic Terns headed north. In addition, there were three Little Egrets; two flying south and one feeding on the rocks below the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, two Wigeon, two Teal, a Dunlin and a Ruff. Two Shelduck, seven Dunlin, a Little Stint and a Knot frequented South Landing, with an Eider, 12 Teal and 30 Ringed Plovers at Sewerby. The adult Yellow-legged Gull again roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included five Whinchats at Thornwick and four Wheatears on the outer head.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included one Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, two Greenshank and a Redshank on the pond, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, two Stonechat and several Whinchat.

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

It was a generally overcast day, with light and variable winds; a belt of heavy showers and more prolonged rain arrived late afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, two Teal, two Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper and one Snipe. Forty-two Teal were on rocks below the cliffs, a Curlew Sandpiper accompanied eight Dunlin and a Ringed Plover at South Landing, whilst a Greenshank flew over the outer head.

Passerine migrants were scarce, with highlights relating to two Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Whinchat.

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A moderate northerly wind and sunny conditions predominated until cloud built late afternoon. A Sooty Shearwater flew north past the fog station in the evening.

Thornwick Pools attracted six Teal, four Curlew Sandpipers, three Dunlin, a Greenshank, three Redshank and two Snipe. Another Curlew Sandpiper was on South Landing beach, whilst a Greenshank flew south over the outer head. Migrants included Pied Flycatcher and Redstart on the southern edge of the gorse field.

A Hobby frequented the Sewerby area, whilst Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank were on Buckton Pond.

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The majority of the morning was relatively still and overcast, whilst a strengthening south-easterly breeze developed once the sun broke through the clouds. Thornwick Pools hosted three Pink-footed Geese, a Wigeon, one Greenshank, two Redshank, a Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, three Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint and one Snipe. A Little Egret toured the headland, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Good numbers of common migrants were present, including a count of 130 Willow Warblers. However, coverage was relatively sparse and clearly several hundred would have been present. Additional migrant tallies included: 24 Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, ten Wheatear, two Whinchat, five Redstart, a Tree Pipit, 13 Yellow Wagtails, six Pied Flycatchers and nine Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Marsh Harriers, 35 Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Sedge Warbler, whilst the Pond hosted two Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

After heavy rain in the morning, sunshine broke through, whilst the wind strengthened from the west. Thornwick Pools hosted single Dunlin and Little Ringed Plover.

Good numbers of passerines were scattered across the headland, in particular Willow Warblers including nine in Holmes Gut. Additional sightings included two Pied Flycatchers and two Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs attracted 30 Willow Warblers and single Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, whilst Buckton Pond hosted single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

It was another sunny day, with increasingly strong westerly winds that again made searching for passerines difficult. Thornwick Pools hosted 12 Teal, a Wigeon, nine Dunlin, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and one Greenshank. South Landing attracted an additional 16 Dunlin and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rocks just west of the beach.

The Greenish Warbler was relocated on the north side of Old Fall, favouring the trees near the pond. Other passerines included nine Whinchat, a Wheatear, four Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, seven Yellow Wagtails, three Garden Warblers and 11 Willow Warblers.

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Strong southerly winds lasted throughout a day that featured sunny intervals and light showers. During the seawatch the following moved south: 12 Pintail, 123 Teal, three Wigeon, a Goldeneye, 23 Common Scoter, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, one Black-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover, two Greenshank, the year’s first Spotted Redshank, four Sanderling, 87 Knot, 30 Redshank, a Bonxie, two Arctic Skua, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 122 Sandwich Terns. In addition, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull lingered on the sea off the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Curlew Sandpipers (an adult & a juvenile), 16 Dunlin, three Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, one Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. A Ruff rested on fields near North Landing before heading off south.

A scattering of passerines were hunkered down in the strong winds, but both Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were present.

Spotted Redshank, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Spotted Redshank, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, August 19th, 2016

After a bright start and relatively light winds, a belt of rain arrived in the afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted two Greenshank and six Dunlin, South Landing 16 Dunlin, eight Sanderling, two Ringed Plovers, six Redshank and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A Little Egret again toured the headland and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included single Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and White Wagtail.

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The light easterly airstream continued, with sunshine breaking through after an overcast start. Thornwick Pools hosted 26 Teal, 11 Dunlin, a Redshank, one Ringed Plover and two Greenshank, with a third bird flying west. A Little Egret visited Oceanview/North Marsh and three Sanderling were on South Landing beach.

There didn’t appear to be any significant arrivals today, although yesterday’s Icterine Warbler was still present on the north side of Old Fall. Other migrants included 15 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, six Wheatear and two Whinchat.

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Light south-easterly winds strengthened slightly during the afternoon, whilst the sun eventually broke through after an overcast start to the day.

The highlight was the continued presence of the Greenish Warbler at Old Fall. It remained elusive for much of the day, but favoured the hedge 75 metres north of the Plantation. However, for a while mid-morning it was heard singing from the middle of the wood. An Icterine Warbler was also discovered along Old Fall Hedge mid-afternoon. Additional migrant interest was provided by a Cuckoo, two Whinchat, two Wheatear, two Pied Flycatchers, five Yellow Wagtails and nine Willow Warblers.

Non-passerine interest included a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, three Greenshank, two Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, one Golden Plover. The Polish-ringed adult Caspian Gull ‘PLEP’ again roosted east of North Landing in the evening, along with an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

West of the Dykes, an Osprey flew north along the cliffs at Bempton, where three Minke Whales were offshore, whilst six Whinchat and a Wheatear were at Buckton.

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A day of light south-easterly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal flying south, 82 Common Scoters heading north, 52 Oystercatchers south, 21 Sandwich Terns north, seven Common Terns, two Arctic Terns and five Arctic Skuas flying south.

Waders on the move included nine Greenshank, seven heading south and two on Thornwick Pools, a Green Sandpiper flying south, a Wood Sandpiper on Thornwick Pools and nine Dunlin. An adult Caspian Gull (PLEP) rested on cliff top fields near North Landing in the evening, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course early morning.

However, the bird of the day was the first rare passerine migrant of the autumn: a Greenish Warbler was discovered late afternoon along Old Fall Hedge just north of the Plantation.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A day of light southerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, four Eider, 50 Common Scoters, a Grey Heron, 68 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, whilst 15 Manx Shearwaters, 95 Oystercatchers, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Pintail, two Teal, Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 11 Dunlin and two Greenshank, with a Cuckoo still in residence. A total of 20 Willow Warblers were also recorded.

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

A generally overcast day, with light northerly winds. Seawatching highlights included three Gadwall, nine Teal, a Tufted Duck, 97 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 14 Manx Shearwaters, 46 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Terns and five Arctic Terns that flew north. Southbound passage included 45 Oystercatchers, 116 Redshank and two Arctic Skuas. However, the most notable sighting related to a Minke Whale that headed north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Teal, 15 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, one Greenshank, 15 Dunlin and the Cuckoo. Three Golden Plovers flew south, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Passerines were clearly on the move, with 30 Willow Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers, one Redstart, a Wheatear and two Tree Pipits.

West of the Dykes, there were ten Whinchats at Buckton.

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

A day of sunny intervals and moderate westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included a Shelduck, 32 Common Scoter, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 20 Sandwich Terns and 20 Common Terns flying north, with two Marsh Harriers, 15 Arctic Terns and four Arctic Skuas heading south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Shelduck, Little Egret, Snipe and Ruff along with 13 Dunlin, whilst North Marsh hosted a single Pintail and a Common Buzzard appeared over the outer head. Two Cuckoos remained in the Thornwick Pools area and other sightings included 20 Willow Warblers, a ‘migrant’ Sedge Warbler and a Whinchat.

West of the Dykes, eight Dunlin visited Buckton Pond.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Although a sunny day, strong westerly winds made birding difficult. Seawatching records included one Shelduck, eight Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Manx Shearwaters, a Little Ringed Plover, one Greenshank, a Ruff, 22 Sandwich Terns, 27 Common Terns, eight Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua.

The strong winds pushed two Marsh Harriers, two Red Kites and two Common Buzzards onto the headland. Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck, 14 Dunlin, a Greenshank and two Snipe, with a Pintail at North Marsh.

A Cuckoo remained at Thornwick Pools, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers appeared on the outer head.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Red Kite, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Red Kite, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, with occasional rain and sunny intervals. Seawatching  highlights included 52 Common Scoter, five Manx Shearwaters, three Whimbrel, two Greenshank, 41 Sandwich Terns, 29 Common Terns and an Arctic Tern.

Forty-five Turnstone, eight Ringed Plovers and six Redshank were at Sewerby, with 11 Redshank and two Whimbrel at South Dykes. Six Dunlin were on Thornwick Pools along with the Cuckoo still in residence.

Away from the wetlands, a Red Kite over the outer head provided interest.

West of the Dykes, two Bonxies frequented the cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A day of light northerly winds, sunny intervals initially, with occasional showers resulted in another good seawatching day. Highlights included 11 Teal, 51 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 14 Sooty Shearwaters, 146 Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, 123 Common Terns, seven Arctic Terns and three Bonxies flying north. Birds moving south included 141 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 78 Sandwich Terns and 20 Arctic Skuas.

Thornwick Pool attracted a Shelduck, 12 Dunlin and a Greenshank, with a Cuckoo still feeding around the pools.

Kestrel, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Kestrel, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A moderate north-north-westerly, sunny intervals and increasing cloud with showers prompted a much improved seawatch. Highlights included two Tufted Duck, nine Common Scoter, a Storm Petrel, three Sooty Shearwaters, 73 Manx Shearwaters, two Whimbrel, 11 Common Terns and nine Arctic Terns all flying north. Late afternoon, a Great Shearwater also flew north per Birdguides. In addition, 131 Sandwich Terns, a Pomarine Skua and the year’s first Long-tailed Skua flew south, whilst another Sooty Shearwater lingered offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Turnstone, seven Dunlin, six Redshank and a Ringed Plover. Forty Turnstone were on the beach at Sewerby, two Whimbrel and seven Ringed Plovers at South Dykes and five Dunlin and a Sanderling at South Landing.

A Grasshopper Warbler was also between Sewerby and South Dykes alongside the Golf Course.

Turnstone, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Turnstone, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Roe Deer, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Roe Deer, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A moderate west-north-westerly wind produced a very quiet seawatch: a Common Scoter, 76 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north.

Elsewhere, a Pintail and a Merlin were at North Marsh, with two Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin and the Wood Sandpiper on Thornwick Pools, with two Cuckoos also in the vicinity. South Landing attracted single Eider and Shelduck, together with four Dunlin and a Ringed Plover.

Shelduck, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Shelduck, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The weather comprised strong westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 22 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 94 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and seven Arctic Terns flew north.

Thornwick Pools hosted the Wood Sandpiper, one Ringed Plover, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, seven Dunlin and two Snipe, with a juvenile Merlin and a Cuckoo in the vicinity.

Elsewhere, a Little Egret overflew Oceanview, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Yellow-legged Gull, Golf Course, by Andy Hood

Yellow-legged Gull, Golf Course, by Andy Hood

Comma, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Comma, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

A sunny day, with light variable winds initially, with light/moderate southerlies later. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 16 Common Scoter, four Manx Shearwaters, 127 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns and 16 Arctic Terns flew north, whilst single Bonxie and Arctic Skua headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Teal and Shelduck, with the Wood Sandpiper and seven Dunlin still present, along with a Cuckoo.

The highlight of the day was the discovery of an adult Caspian Gull, which was sporting a ring, that was discovered on fields immediately east of North Landing this evening.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A day of light variable winds, initially overcast skies, but later sunny intervals predominated. During the seawatch, three Shelduck, ten Common Scoter, 46 Manx Shearwaters, four Common Terns, two Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. In addition, 27 Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, nine Redshank, 43 Sandwich Terns and an adult Pomarine Skua flew south, whilst a Little Egret also flew over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Snipe and four Dunlin, whilst Golden Plover and Whimbrel flew over; two more Golden Plover also headed over Oceanview.

Elsewhere, a juvenile Merlin was at North Marsh and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a juvenile Marsh Harrier, two Cuckoos, two Willow Warblers and single Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler. Nearby, three Dunlin, three Whinchat and three Corn Buntings were at Buckton.

Merlin, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Merlin, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick pools, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

A relatively warm day with moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals during the morning, but very heavy showers in the afternoon. Seawatching produced a Manx Shearwater, 214 Sandwich Terns and seven Common Terns flying north, with a Teal, ten Oystercatchers and seven Redshank moving south.

Thornwick Pools hosted single Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Snipe and 12 Dunlin, with the Cuckoo also still present. Along the southern shores of the headland there were two Ringed Plovers, two Dunlin and three Sanderlings at South Landing, three Redshank and two Whimbrel at South Dykes, with two Sanderling, four Ringed Plover and 35 Turnstones at Sewerby.

A creamcrown Marsh Harrier overflew Old Fall and two adult Yellow-legged Gulls rested on fields east of North Landing.

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The weather consisted strong westerly winds, sunny intervals and occasional light showers. Seawatching produced 16 Teal, 52 Oystercatchers and ten Whimbrel flying south, 50 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and a Bonxie heading north, with one Arctic Tern flying south.

Sightings from Thornwick Pools included single Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, Ruff, Ringed Plover and Greenshank, together with 11 Dunlin, whilst the Cuckoo was still present.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Old Lady Mormo maura, Flamborough village, by Brett Richards

Old Lady Mormo maura, Flamborough village, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

There were moderate south-easterly winds and overcast conditions throughout, with light rain at either end of the day. Seawatch records included 16 Teal and a Bonxie.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wood Sandpiper, one Ruff, two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, seven Dunlin, with the juvenile Cuckoo still in residence.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Winds were variable, although with a generally westerly component, and after a sunny start, the afternoon was generally overcast.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, five Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers and two juvenile Cuckoos. Elsewhere, five Whimbrel were at South Landing, the juvenile Whinchat remained in residence at North Marsh and a Grasshopper Warbler sang on the edge of the village.

Of interest, two Ruddy Darters were discovered on the Headland; a dragonfly that is far from annual locally. This comes a day after two at Bempton Cliffs RSPB which represented a first reserve record.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers were in the Bempton Cliffs/Speeton area and a Cuckoo also appeared on the reserve.

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoter and 22 Sandwich Terns flying north, with one Great Crested Grebe, a Grey Heron and two Whimbrel heading south.

Thornwick Pools hosted four Dunlin, a Redshank and a juvenile Cuckoo; another Cuckoo was seen near the Fog Station, with a third juvenile being fed by Meadow Pipits at Breil Nook. A Little Egret made a brief visit to South Dykes beach, whilst there were five Whimbrel between South Landing and Sewerby.

West of the Dykes, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew over Bempton Cliffs RSPB and single Green Sandpiper and Shoveler appeared on Buckton Pond.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Light northerly winds and sunny skies predominated throughout the day. Seawatching produced 74 Common Scoter, 32 Manx Shearwaters, one Little Gull, 237 Sandwich Terns, 40 Common Terns and 13 Arctic Terns heading north. Moving in the opposite direction were four Teal, 39 Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, five Dunlin, a Snipe, one Green Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. Another Green Sandpiper overflew the Headland.

West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond hosted two Green Sandpipers.

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 29th, 2016

It was an overcast day, with rain for the first half of the morning and a moderate north-westerly wind. Seawatching highlights included a Shoveler, two Teal, 313 Common Scoter, 19 Manx Shearwaters and 1289 Puffins flying north, with 23 Oystercatchers, two Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Whimbrel, four Curlew, 31 Redshank, nine Turnstone and eight Dunlin moving south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Teal and six Dunlin, with South Dykes hosting 54 Turnstone and a Whimbrel. South Landing attracted a Ringed Plover and nine Whimbrel, with 47 Common Scoter offshore there and a Golden Plover flew over Oceanview. A juvenile Cuckoo remained in the Thornwick area.

West of the Dykes, a Tufted Duck was accompanied by eight ducklings at Buckton Pond, where the female Shoveler remained, with a Reed Warbler near the trap. Three Snipe flew in off the sea at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Turnstone, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Turnstone, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The weather consisted of overcast conditions, rain during the afternoon and very light, variable winds. During the seawatch, 27 Common Scoter, 22 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north, with two Arctic Skuas heading south.

South Landing attracted a Ringed Plover, four Dunlin and three Whimbrel. A flock containing 15 Whimbrel flew south over Thornwick Pools, with two Cuckoos also present in the same general area.

Peregrine, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Peregrine, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Light/moderate south-westerly winds switched to north-westerlies later, once a band of light rain had moved through. During the seawatch, four Teal flew south, 99 Common Scoter headed north, whilst 17 Redshank, ten Dunlin, 70 Sandwich Terns, 20 Common Terns and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

Two Eider were off South Landing/South Dykes, with 12 Whimbel at the former and an adult Mediterranean Gull at the latter location, whilst 50 Turnstone were at Sewerby.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Whinchat, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Whinchat, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Common Scoter, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Common Darter, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The weather consisted of overcast skies and light south-west winds. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver flew south, three Manx Shearwaters headed north, whilst 12 Whimbrel and 30 Dunlin flew south. However, the day’s highlight related to six Little Terns that flew south, whilst 76 Sandwich Terns went north and an Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Brent Goose, 14 Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. The adult Yellow-legged Gull was still present near South Landing, with a Great Crested Grebe, two Eiders and four Whimbel in the same area. Passerine interest was provided by a Whinchat at North Marsh together with a Corn Bunting nearby.

West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond attracted a Shoveler, with 42 Lapwings and two Whinchat also in the vicinity.

Two Marbled White butterflies were an unusual visitor to the Headland.

Brent Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Brent Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Eider, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Eider, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Great Crested Grebe, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Great Crested Grebe, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Marbled White, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Marbled White, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 25th, 2016

It was a day of light/moderate westerly winds and largely overcast skies. Seawatching produced 16 Common Scoters flying north, 15 Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel moving south and 90 Sandwich Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, 15 Dunlin and five Black-tailed Godwits. An adult Yellow-legged Gull rested on rocks west of South Landing.

West of the Dykes, a Cuckoo visited Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Knot, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

After an overcast start, a thick mist rolled in bringing the seawatch to a premature end. The fret cleared later to leave a relatively bright, but overcast day, with light showers in the afternoon. Seawatching was obviously hampered, but still produced three Manx Shearwaters, 22 Dunlin flying south, 61 Sandwich Terns and three Common Terns moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Ringed Plover, two Little Ringed Plover, ten Dunlin, a Knot and one Snipe.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Light southerly winds remained throughout a relatively bright day, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a moderate southerly wader movement, involving 73 Whimbrel, 50 Redshank, 39 Sanderling and 91 Dunlin. A Little Gull also flew south, 575 Sandwich Terns flew north, three Little Terns and five Arctic Terns went south, whilst an Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted three Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers, one Ringed Plover, a Knot, nine Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and two Yellow Wagtails. A juvenile Wheatear and two singing Corn Buntings were between North Landing and North Marsh.

West of the Dykes, single Common Sandpiper and Whinchat were in the Buckton area, with Blue Fulmar and Marsh Harrier at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Knot, South Dykes, by Alan Walkington

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Turnstone, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Turnstone, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, initially cloudy skies with sunny intervals developing later and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching produced three Teal, 39 Common Scoter, two Manx Shearwaters, with waders moving south including 31 Oystercatchers, four Whimbrel and three Sanderling. A total of 129 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern headed north, whilst three Arctic Skuas flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted one Little Egret, a Grey Heron and single Little Ringed Plover, Knot and Common Sandpiper. The Polish-ringed second-summer Mediterranean Gull re-appeared at South Landing, where 56 Common Scoters were offshore.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Light variable winds which eventually settled into a south-easterly, with increasing cloud after a sunny start and temperatures that peaked at 21 degrees C. Seawatching produced a Shelduck, five Eider, 44 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, nine Manx Shearwaters, 52 Sandwich Terns, seven Common Terns and 11 Arctic Terns all flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck, seven Teal, four Dunlin, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, one Common Sandpiper and a Lapwing, with seven Black-tailed Godwits flying south there. South Landing attracted 13 Whimbrel and a Sanderling, whilst a Marsh Harrier toured the Outer Head.

Elsewhere, a Cuckoo overflew South Dykes, a Black Redstart frequented the Outer Head gardens and a Grey Wagtail flew over the Fog Station.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

There were sunny intervals throughout and temperatures reached 21 degrees; the light winds were initially southerly, but had switched to northerlies by late afternoon. Seawatching highlights included a Tufted Duck, five Scaup and a Sooty Shearwater flying south, with 154 Common Scoter and 14 Manx Shearwaters moving north. Southbound waders included two Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit, five Whimbrel, 20 Redshank, seven Turnstone, 79 Knot, four Sanderling and seven Dunlin. Also moving were 110 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Gull flying south, 92 Sandwich Terns north, eight Common Terns south, two Arctic Terns north and two Arctic Skuas also flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Shoveler, six Teal, two Avocets, three Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, one Ringed Plover, a Snipe, three Black-tailed Godwits and seven Dunlin.

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Avocet, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Light south-easterly winds kept the temperatures tolerable, with a peak of 24 degrees C in unbroken sunny skies. The day’s highlight related to a substantial southerly movement of waders over the sea, including: 524 Dunlin, 78 Knot, 31 Sanderling, 26 Whimbrel,  three Redshank, two Turnstone and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Other seawatch records included five Eider (south and north), together with 98 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, one Grey Heron, a Ringed Plover, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails. A Whimbrel frequented South Landing, 70 Swifts moved south and a juvenile Whinchat was at North Marsh.

Good numbers of dragonflies basked in the hot conditions, including two Red-veined Darters on the Outer Head.

West of the Dykes, sightings included 19 Lapwing, two Whinchats and several Yellow Wagtails at Buckton.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Red-veined Darter, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Red-veined Darter, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, sunny skies and temperatures reaching 21 degrees by late morning. During the seawatch, 13 Manx Shearwaters flew north, together with 118 Sandwich Terns, 18 Arctic Terns and one Arctic Skua.

The Common Buzzard was again present near Micklemires, whilst single Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Another fine, warm day with prolonged sunny spells and light/moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, seven Common Scoter, four Manx Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua.

A creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew west over Whelkie Wynds and two Little Ringed Plovers frequented Thornwick Pools.

Overnight three Storm Petrels were trapped at South Landing, including one control.

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

It was a sunny and warm day, with moderate/strong westerly winds until late afternoon, when conditions calmed. Seawatching produced four Shelduck flying south, a Red-throated Diver north, four Manx Shearwaters, 28 Sandwich Terns moving north, eight Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, a Bonxie moving north and a Pomarine Skua flying south. In addition, a Minke Whale (presumed) went south.

Away from the sea, a creamcown Marsh Harrier drifted over the Outer Head and two Little Ringed Plovers remained on Thornwick Pools.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Les Day

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The day started with light north-westerly winds and overcast skies, but after a brief spell of mid-afternoon rain, it ended with light westerlies and sunny skies. Seawatching highlights included 44 Common Scoter, 40 Manx Shearwaters and 19 Sandwich Terns flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, Shoveler, one Dunlin and two Little Ringed Plovers. A juvenile Cuckoo was located near South Landing, where a Sunfish was photographed from a boat.

West of the Dykes, a Quail was singing in fields near Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tony Simpson, South Dykes

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tony Simpson, South Dykes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A light north-westerly wind and sunny conditions featured throughout the day. Seawatching produced a Shoveler and 39 Oystercatchers flying south, with 175 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich Terns, five Arctic Terns and two Bonxies moving north.

The Pectoral Sandpiper was present on Thornwick Pools during the morning, but couldn’t be relocated by the afternoon, with three Little Ringed Plover also on site.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Pectoral Sandpiper, Andrew Allport, Thornwick Pools

Pectoral Sandpiper, Andrew Allport, Thornwick Pools

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The weather consisted of light northerly winds and sunny intervals.  During the seawatch, one Teal, three Eider, 56 Common Scoter, 16 Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbel and ten Sandwich Terns flew north.

The day’s highlight related to an adult Pectoral Sandpiper that arrived at Thornwick Pools at 1450hrs and was still present in the evening. This represents only the fourth Flamborough record and the first since 2007.

Other records from Thornwick included a Shoveler, one Grey Heron, three Oystercatcher, three Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin. An adult Mediterranean Gull frequented the Sewerby/South Dykes area.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was located in the village.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

It was a day of light northerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced four Manx Shearwaters, two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flying north and single Whimbrel and Arctic Skua moving south.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Shoveler, one Teal, four Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin. Passerine interest was provided by a Blue-headed Wagtail, 17 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A relatively strong south-westerly wind featured all day, with sunny spells in the afternoon after a damp start. Seawatching highlights included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, three Redshank and six Dunlin flying south, with four Manx Shearwater, 35 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Shoveler, four Little Ringed Plovers, 16 Redshank and four Dunlin.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

A day of sunny intervals and frequent and occasionally heavy showers. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver and a Whimbrel flew south, whilst four Manx Shearwaters and ten Sandwich Terns headed north.

Away from the sea, a Shoveler, three Little Ringed Plovers and four Dunlin were on Thornwick Pools. Four Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper were on the beach between South Dykes and South Landing.

However, the main feature of the day were record-breaking numbers of Sand Martins: a minimum of 305 were recorded east of the Dykes, including 175 that flew ‘south’ past North Landing before 1205hrs. Even larger numbers were recorded at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, with 452 noted between 1230-1530hrs.  A minimum of 100 Swifts also flew south at North Landing.

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Sedge Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

After a relatively calm start, moderate south-westerlies established and a belt of rain arrived mid-morning. During the seawatch, a drake Velvet Scoter, 81 Common Scoter and an Arctic Tern flew north, whilst five Manx Shearwaters, eight Redshank, 20 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua moved south.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plover, including a fledged juvenile, three Dunlin and 450 Starlings.

juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, July 8th, 2016

After heavy rain early morning, the skies cleared to leave a largely sunny afternoon, with winds moderate/strong from the west. Seawatching records included six Teal, 13 Common Scoter, two Manx Shearwaters and a Little Ringed Plover.

North Marsh/Thornwick Pools shared a Mute Swan, seven Teal, two Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover.  A total of 262 Swifts flew south, whilst the juvenile Cuckoo remained near the Lighthouse. More unusually, a Saker was seen in flight over North Marsh; it appeared to be sporting a satellite-tag from origins unknown.

West of the Dykes, a Hobby, juvenile Wheatear and five Yellow Wagtails were recorded from Buckton/Bempton.

Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Saker, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport

Saker, North Marsh, by Andrew Allport