Saturday, June 25th, 2016

The day featured light north-easterly winds with sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 50 Common Scoter, 22 Manx Shearwater, 34 Sandwich Terns and one Common Tern all flying north.

The Mute Swan was still at North Marsh and Grey Heron, three Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail at Thornwick. A Grey Wagtail flew over the Fog Station.

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, two Eider, a Red-throated Diver, 31 Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Heron, 29 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and two Arctic Terns flew north.

A Mute Swan visited North Marsh, two Little Ringed Plovers were on Thornwick Pools, nine Curlew signified a return and the White Wagtail remained near the Lighthouse.

Mute Swan, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Mute Swan, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Light northerly winds and overcast conditions prevailed, with misty conditions by the evening. Seawatching records included 50 Common Scoter (30 north, 20 south), 141 Manx Shearwaters, two Grey Herons, 30 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying south, whilst a single Arctic Tern went north.

Two Little Ringed Plovers frequented Thornwick Pools, with a Grey Wagtail and a Mistle Thrush at the Fog Station.

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Yellow Wagtail, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate southerly winds, with sunny intervals and warm temperatures. An evening seawatch was relatively quiet, with two Manx Shearwaters flying north and a Common Tern heading south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Tufted Duck and a Grey Wagtail.

West of the Dykes, the Cuckoo remained at Buckton.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Great Spotted Woodpecker, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals featured throughout, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included six Manx Shearwaters, 31 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Terns flying north, whilst five Common Terns headed south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Tufted Duck and White Wagtail, with a Snipe at North Marsh. A Grey Wagtail flew south over the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, single Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo and Reed Warbler were located at Buckton.

Kittiwakes, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Kittiwakes, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The weather consisted light south-westerly winds, heavy rain during the morning and sunny intervals subsequently; temperatures also increased, with a peak of 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 25 Common Scoter, three Manx Shearwater and a Curlew flying south, with eight Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck and Teal, whilst a Common Buzzard appeared on the Outer Head and the White Wagtail remained in residence around the Lighthouse car-park.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

The northerly winds finally relented and light south-south-westerlies were a feature; after a bright start, skies clouded over and rain arrived late afternoon. Seawatch highlights included  four Red-throated Divers, 415 Fulmars, 125 Manx Shearwaters, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 78 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and four Bonxie flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Teal and Shelduck.

West of the Dykes, a Reed Warbler was trapped at Buckton.

Skylark, Thornwick CP, by Brett Richards

Skylark, Thornwick CP, by Brett Richards

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Moderate/strong north-westerly winds gradually dropped in strength during a day which started overcast, with sunshine breaking through by the afternoon. During the seawatch, 15 Eiders flew south, whilst 104 Common Scoter, 721 Fulmar, 61 Manx Shearwater, a Bonxie, three Common Tern and two Arctic Terns flew north.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Tufted Duck and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Fulmar, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Moderate north-north-westerly winds and overcast skies meant little change, with rain arriving in the evening. The only report received related to 42 Common Scoter off South Dykes.

Wren, Thornwick CP, by Mike Stevenson

Wren, Thornwick CP, by Mike Stevenson

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The light northerly winds continued, with a heavy overcast for the majority of the day. Seawatching highlights included two Gadwall, 84 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 42 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern flying north, with 21 Sandwich Terns moving south.

Three Teal were off South Dykes and a Short-eared Owl frequented the Gorse Field.

Short-eared Owl, Gorse Field, by Brett Richards

Short-eared Owl, Gorse Field, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Visibility gradually improved after a foggy start, with light northerly winds once again. During the seawatch, ten Shelduck and 38 Sandwich Terns flew south, with two Tufted Duck, 69 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater and two Arctic Skuas flying north.

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Long-tailed Tit, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Light north-westerly winds continued, but after a misty start the afternoon featured periods of sunshine. Seawatching highlights included two Shelduck, one Red-throated Diver and 47 Sandwich Terns flying south, with two Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and 18 Manx Shearwaters moving north.

Elsewhere, a Hobby flew over the Outer Head, whilst the Nuthatch remained in South Dykes.

Reed Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Reed Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Orange Tip, by Tony Simpson

Orange Tip, by Tony Simpson

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Foggy conditions persisted once again until it brightened during the afternoon, with a light northerly wind throughout. Seawatching produced 31 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern flying north, together with one Bonxie.

The Nuthatch continued to visit the feeders at South Dykes.

Puffin, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

A return to foggy conditions, with a light northerly wind and occasional rain. As a consequence, sightings were limited during the morning’s seawatch, with 25 Sandwich Terns the only notable record.

There were few other sightings although a Teal and three Curlew were presumably failed and/or breeding birds already on the move.

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Another overcast day, with a very little easterly breeze and a heavily overcast skies. A total of 71 Common Scoters were recorded on the seawatch, together with ten Manx Shearwaters, 42 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and three Arctic Terns.

North Marsh attracted a drake Shoveler and a Bar-headed Goose, with a drake Teal and a Little Ringed Plover visiting Thornwick Pools. A lone Bar-tailed Godwit flew past South Landing, whilst a Green Sandpiper dropped in on the Outer Head. The Redwing remained at North Landing, with a Grasshopper Warbler reeling on the Outer Head new.

West of the Dykes, there were five Tufted Duck on Buckton Pond.

Bar-headed Goose, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Bar-headed Goose, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

 

Friday, June 10th, 2016

It was a relatively dull day, with light rain and a gentle south-easterly breeze. Seawatch records included five Manx Shearwaters, 25 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns.

A Tufted Duck visited the pond at Highcliffe Manor, with a Short-eared Owl also recorded. Passerine migrants included a late Fieldfare at Oceanview and lone Pied and Spotted Flycatchers.

Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Corn Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A mainly overcast day with the wind north to west force 3 and a low temperature of 12c.

A three hour seawatch in the morning and a one hour late afternoon recorded three Eider north, nine Common Scoter south, 85 Fulmar north, including six Blue Fulmars (ie. dark morph), eight Manx Shearwater north, 22 Sandwich Tern south (and 17 north) and Common Tern one north and one south.

A Hobby flew over Oceanview in the morning.

A male Tufted Duck was on the Pony Field Pond and a Little Ringed Plover on Thornwick Pools. Passerines included two Willow Warbler, one Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, two Sedge Warbler and one Reed Warbler, one Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.

"Acredula type" Willow Warbler by Andy Hood

Willow Warbler, Thornwick CP, by Andy Hood

Blue Fulmar "L type" by Brett Richards

Blue Fulmar “L type”, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Early fog cleared at 0840 but cloud cover remained with a north wind force 4 and a low temperature of 11c.

The morning sea-watch was steady with 20 Common Scoter north, 99 Fulmar north, 89 Herring Gull north, two Sandwich Tern south and five north with 40 Shag present off the headland.

The highlight of the day was a Bee-eater that circled over Cattlemere for two minutes late morning before it drifted towards Old Fall.

Other birds were 22 Grey-lag Goose present on the outer head, two Shelduck at Thornwick Pools, a Manx Shearwater off the headland, one Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler and two Swift.

Shelduck on Thornwick Pools by Alan Walkington

Shelduck on Thornwick Pools by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

It was a sunny and relatively warm day, with light, variable winds.

A Little Egret appeared at South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. At North Landing, a long-staying Redwing was trapped and ringed, whilst a Siskin frequented Oceanview.

The day’s best sighting related to a Turtle Dove at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Dixon

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Monday, June 6th, 2016

After a calm start to the day, a light south-easterly wind developed, with relatively bright skies. During the morning’s seawatch, three Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, a Blue Fulmar, 17 Manx Shearwaters, three Sanderling, 33 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Black-tailed Godwit.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

After strong northerlies for an eternity, the wind strength gradually ebbed during the day and this, together with sunshine, produced at least a semblance of summer. Seawatching proved rewarding, with 45 Common Scoter, four Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Blue Fulmar, ten Manx Shearwaters, 14 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying north.

A Hobby flew over the village and migrants included a White Wagtail and one Spotted Flycatcher. The Nuthatch remained in South Dykes. In addition to the 1000s of Diamondback Moths that remain in the area, a sizeable arrival of Painted Lady butterflies took place, with up to ten in each of the cliff gullies on the south side of the Headland.

Yellowhammer, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Yellowhammer, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Strong north-westerly winds persisted, albeit without the strength of recent days and after a foggy start conditions gradually improved. Seawatching highlights included single Goosander and Red-throated Divers, nine Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern all flying north.

Elsewhere, 17 Canada Goose flew west over the Headland, a Spotted Flycatcher sheltered in Old Fall and the Nuthatch remains in South Dykes.

Turtle Dove was the most notable sighting of the day, when one was discovered near Bempton village.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

 

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Strong north-westerly winds persisted with another overcast and cold day, with mist and drizzle periodically. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver, 403 Fulmar, 19 Manx Shearwaters and 1122 Puffins flying north.

Two Red-breasted Merganser, five Teal and a Great Crested Grebe sheltered in the Bay, with the drake Shoveler remaining on Thornwick Pools. A Hobby flew over Old Fall Plantation, a single Snipe was more unseasonal, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers were located on the Outer Head.

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Puffin, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Strong north-north-westerly winds continued, with a heavy overcast, occasional drizzle and temperatures peaked at 9 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, 208 Fulmars, 22 Manx Shearwaters, three Whimbrel, one Little Gull, 11 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 743 Puffins flew north.

Elsewhere, single Shoveler and White Wagtail visited Thornwick Pools and a Spotted Flycatcher was on the Outer Head.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A new month, but the same old weather – very strong northerly winds, overcast and occasionally misty conditions with rain; temperatures peaked at 10 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Eider and two Sandwich Terns flew south, with three Manx Shearwaters heading north. A drake Shoveler visited Thornwick Pools, with two Great Crested Grebes off South Dykes.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Strong to gale force northerly winds persisted, bringing rain at times, occasional fog and single figure temperatures. During the seawatch, 297 Fulmars, ten Manx Shearwaters, five Ringed Plover, 32 Sanderling (double May’s previous daily maximum tally), the year’s first Arctic Skua and 759 Puffins flew north.

Two Red-breasted Mergansers sheltered off South Landing and the Nuthatch remained in South Dykes.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

juvenile Coal Tit, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

juvenile Coal Tit, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Very strong northerly winds and generally overcast skies after a foggy start resulted in difficult birding conditions. The pair of Garganey and drake Teal remained on Thornwick Pools, with two Garden Warblers in South Landing the only passerine migrants.

West of the Dykes, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew south over Bempton village.

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

It was an overcast and cold day, with an increasingly strong northerly wind. A pair of Garganey gave great views at Thornwick Pools all day, with a drake Teal also present there. A juvenile/first-summer Glaucous Gull rested on the Golf Course early morning, whilst a Short-eared Owl hunted the Gorse Field before heading west. Passerine migrants included a Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.

West of the Dykes, the Little Egret remained on Buckton Pond.

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Lee Johnson

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Little Egret, Buckton Pond, by Tony Simpson

Little Egret, Buckton Pond, by Tony Simpson

Glaucous Gull, Golf Course, by Lee Johnson

Glaucous Gull, Golf Course, by Lee Johnson

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

It remained overcast and relatively cool all day, with a light north-north-easterly wind. Two Tufted Ducks and a Grey Heron frequented North Marsh, with Thornwick Pool attracting an Oystercatcher, one Ringed Plover, two Little Ringed Plover and two Dunlin.

Only a few passerine migrants were located including one Garden Warbler, a Redwing, one Black Redstart, a White Wagtail and two Siskin. Three pairs of Stonechats were feeding young between Thornwick and the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, a Little Egret, two Shelduck and two Tufted Ducks visited Buckton Pond, with a Short-eared Owl nearby.

Little Egret, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Little Egret, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Andy Malley

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Andy Malley

 

Friday, May 27th, 2016

It was an overcast morning with a light easterly breeze, followed by prolonged sunny intervals during the afternoon. During the seawatch, 28 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, seven Manx Shearwaters and seven Sandwich Terns moved north.

Amongst a scattering of migrants a male Red-breasted Flycatcher in the Outer Head gardens stood out, whilst a male Red-backed Shrike frequented South Landing. Other records included a Jay, two Garden Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers, a Wheatear, two Yellow Wagtails, one Redwing and a Lesser Redpoll. The Nuthatch remained in residence at South Dykes.

Knot, Lighthouse Car-park, by Andy Hood

Knot, Lighthouse Car Park, by Andy Hood

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by Tony Dixon

Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by Tony Dixon

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

It was a generally overcast day after a foggy start, with light south-easterly winds. Thornwick Pools attracted two Dunlin and a Whimbrel flew over Old Fall.

The day’s highlight was a singing Icterine Warbler in Old Fall. Additional migrants included two Garden Warblers, two Willow Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Yellow Wagtails.

West of the Dykes, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher were trapped at Buckton, where there was also a Cuckoo.

Whitethroat, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Whitethroat, North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

 

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Strong north-north-westerly winds featured throughout a very wet day. During the seawatch, 128 Fulmars, 16 Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern and 321 Puffins flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Ringed Plover.

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Stonechat, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A moderate north-north-westerly wind lasted throughout a day that started relatively bright, but ended with thick cloud. During the seawatch, four Common Scoter, three Great Northern Divers, one Blue Fulmar, five Manx Shearwaters, eight Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 666 Puffins flew north.

Two Tufted Duck frequented Thornwick and the Nuthatch, a Goldcrest and one Garden Warbler were at South Dykes.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted a Fieldfare.

Sand Matin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sand Matin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

After a cloudy start, sunshine broke through during the afternoon, with moderate/strong northerly winds throughout.

A relatively quiet day, with a Hobby overflying the Outer Head and the Nuthatch remaining in South Dykes.

Tawny Owls, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Tawny Owls, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

It was a day of light variable winds and sunny conditions until evening showers. During the seawatch, four Shelduck, four Common Scoter, two Whimbrel and six Common Terns flew north, with nine Red-throated Divers and 108 Sandwich Terns moving south.

Two Barnacle Geese were on the Golf Course first thing, a Short-eared Owl hunted the adjacent cliff-top and a Turtle Dove sang nearby. The Nuthatch remained in South Dykes and the White Wagtail again frequented the area around the Lighthouse. Migrants included three Reed Warblers on the Outer Head and a Spotted Flycatcher at Old Fall.

Buckton attracted a Fieldfare and six Sedge Warblers were also present.

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Tony Simpson

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

 

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Moderate/strong south-westerly winds were the main feature of the weather which also involved sunny intervals and occasional heavy showers. During the seawatch, three Common Scoter and a Manx Shearwater flew north, a Whimbrel headed south and ten Sandwich Terns flew past; as did a Red Kite that was later seen at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

The Pink-footed Goose remained, while single Whimbrel and Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools and a Short-eared Owl was located near Old Fall. However, the day’s highlight related to the discovery of a Nuthatch visiting feeders at South Dykes car-park; one of only a handful of local records. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Thornwick, with another in the Dell at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Whimbrel, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Whimbrel, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Nuthatch, South Dykes, by Andy Hood

Spotted Flycatcher, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Dixon

Spotted Flycatcher, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Dixon

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The weather consisted moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, five Mute Swans flew past the Fog Station, three Shelduck, a Tufted Duck and three Manx Shearwaters moved south, with a Red-throated Diver heading north.

The Pink-footed Goose remained in residence, whilst a Little Egret spent much of the day on pools alongside Water Lane. Four Common Buzzards were present and a creamcrown Marsh Harrier overflew the Lighthouse. a first-summer Mediterranean Gull flew west into Bridlington Bay and two Short-eared Owls frequented the Headland. Other sightings included two Whimbrel, two Jays, a male White Wagtail, a Wheatear, one Redwing and three Siskin.

Little Egret, Water Lane, by Andy Hood

Little Egret, Water Lane, by Andy Hood

Jay, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Jay, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

juvenile Stonechat, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

juvenile Stonechat, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

 

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Thick fog engulfed the headland for most of the morning though cleared as sunshine broke through leaving an afternoon of sunny spells and a light south-westerly. As such, seawatching efforts afforded very little reward.

The day’s highlight came in the form of a Honey Buzzard which drifted west over the village late morning. Thornwick Pools still held two Dunlin, two Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper.

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Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A moderate southerly reduced to a gentle south-easterly with cloud and rain showers throughout. Out at sea, a single Red-throated Diver and Great Skua headed south and two Sandwich and three Common Terns moved north.

On land a Hawfinch made a brief appearance in a village garden, the Short-eared Owl was hunting over the golf course and Thornwick Pools hosted a Jack Snipe, two Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and two Common Sandpiper.

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Jack Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

A day largely consisting of sunshine and light southerlies. A single Manx Shearwater north and two Sandwich Tern south were noted on the morning’s seawatch.

A Wood Sandpiper overflew the headland; two Corn Bunting frequented the lighthouse grassland as well as a Short-eared Owl there. An immature male Marsh Harrier toured the Outer Head; a Little Egret briefly visited Northcliff Marsh and a Grasshopper Warbler was again reeling at Thornwick Pools early morning.

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Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Monday, May 16th, 2016

The day started with gentle west-south-westerlies but switched to light north-north-easterlies by the afternoon, sunshine and highs of 11°C. At Thornwick Pool the two Little Ringed Plover remain, with two Common Sandpiper and a single Dunlin for company. A Short-eared Owl was present on the Outer Head; a Little Egret flew north past North Landing and a Red-breasted Merganser was at South Landing. Elsewhere, singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Redwing, Lesser Redpoll and Bar-tailed Godwit were noted.

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Blackcap, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Generally sunny throughout the day, with scattered cloud; a light northerly wind persisted.

A Honey Buzzard flew high south over Bempton village at 11:20hrs, representing the day’s highlight. A Short-eared Owl was over North Marsh late afternoon. Thornwick Pools hosted a single Hobby, whilst a Red-breasted Merganser was on the sea off Beacon Hill; two Wheatear and a White Wagtail were also noted.

Sedge warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

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Pied Wagtail, Thornwick Pool by Les Day

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

A strong north-north-westerly wind persisted throughout the day, with occasional showers in the morning and sunny spells becoming more frequent in the afternoon. The day’s outstanding highlight pertained to a Fea’s-type Petrel flying north at 07:00hrs off the Fog Station. Other seawatch highlights included four Great Northern Divers flying north, along with 16 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Sandwich Tern and 383 Puffin.

On the land single Spotted Flycatcher and Brambling were the only notable species. A Reed Warbler was in Booted Gully, whilst a Siskin, two Little Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit and two Common Sandpiper were also recorded across the headland.

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Bar-tailed Godwit by Alan Walkington

Friday, May 13th, 2016

A strong north-north-easterly produced a bitter cold day more akin to winter than late spring! Northbound on this morning’s seawatch were three Common Scoter, four Red-throated Diver, 14 Manx Shearwater (one south), 11 Sandwich Tern (five south), four Common and a single Arctic Tern. In addition, a dark adult Pomarine Skua flew north late afternoon.

A total of six Common Sandpiper and eight Wheatear were logged across the headland, as well as singles of Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Tree Pipit, Short-eared Owl, Fieldfare, Spotted Flycatcher and a Jay which flew from the gorse field toward Old Fall; a summer plumage Great Northern Diver was seen near the latter site. Two Little Ringed Plover resided at Thornwick Pool.

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Swallow, Thornwick Pool, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A predominantly bright and breezy day dominated by north-north-easterlies. During the morning seawatch a Great Northern Diver, seven Manx Shearwater and singles of Ruff and Common Tern where logged heading north, with three Sandwich Tern noted south.

There was good value on land today with the discovery of a singing male red-spotted Bluethroat near the gorse field; a Hawfinch visited an Outer Head garden and two Dotterel where located near Old Fall in the same field as two were present exactly three weeks ago to the day. In addition, three Bar-tailed Godwit and singles of Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher were also logged on the headland.

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Bluethroat, Outer Head, by Tony Dixon

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Hawfinch, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

More cloud, patchy sunshine and a moderate north-easterly for much of the day. Seawatching highlights include six Common Scoter north, single Red-throated Diver north, three Manx Shearwater south and 33 Sandwich Tern south (seven north).

Migrants logged today consisted of 30 Arctic Tern, three Pied Flycatcher, three Redstart, two Whinchat, nine Wheatear, a blue-headed Yellow Wagtail on the golf course and a ringtail Hen Harrier cruised through in the afternoon. At Thornwick the Little Ringed Plover remained; also there were 11 Redshank and a Cuckoo.

West of the dyke; Buckton produced a single Black and 11 Arctic Tern, Arctic Skua, Whinchat and two Fieldfare.

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Hen Harrier, Outer Head, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A mostly cloudy day with periods of sun and light rain later on; gentle to moderate east-north-easterlies.

Migrants noted on the headland today include three Spotted and a single Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Reed Warbler and two Goldcrest. In addition, five Bar-tailed Godwit were logged moving north, a single Whimbrel over and two Shelduck overflew Old Fall.

Thornwick Pool attacked 18 Redshank, three Dunlin, two Ringed and a single Little Ringed Plover and a Grasshopper Warbler.

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Pied Flycatcher, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Another sunny day, with a light northerly breeze strengthening during the afternoon.

A lone Pink-footed Goose and eight Shelduck flew over Thornwick Pools, with other sightings there including three Tufted Duck, a Little Egret, one Little Ringed Plover, six Redshank, two Greenshank and three Dunlin.

Migrant passerines included two Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat on the Outer Head.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Michael Smith

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Michael Smith

Greenshank, Redshank and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Greenshank, Redshank and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The day again started with fog which gradually cleared during the morning to leave a sunny day, with light north-east winds. Although seawatching was hampered, 25 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, eight Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbrel, 42 Sandwich Terns and 608 Puffins flew north.

A Pink-footed Goose visited North Marsh, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted three Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper; three Little Egrets flew over there early morning. In addition, another five Ringed Plover visited other wetlands and/or flew north. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier, initially on the Outer Head, later flew west through Buckton.

The day’s best passerine was a relatively late Firecrest at South Landing. There were also five ‘migrant’ Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Redstart, five Whinchat and five Yellow Wagtails.

West of the Dykes, a Hobby was seen near Speeton and a Hooded Crow flew over Bempton village.

Firecrest, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Firecrest, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

 

 

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Strong northerly winds, but more especially fog/thick mist for most of the day, ensured birding was very difficult. Thornwick Pools attracted Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and two White Wagtails.

With such poor visibility, it was surprising that four Spotted Flycatchers were located, along with a Black Redstart near the Lighthouse, two Goldcrests and a Siskin.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a male Black Redstart and another Spotted Flycatcher and Buckton hosted a Short-eared Owl.

Spotted Flycatcher, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

Spotted Flycatcher, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

Stonechat, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Stonechat, Fog Station, by Brett Richards