Friday, July 19th, 2019

Heavy showers persisted for much of the day, with a light to moderate south westerly wind. Four Spoonbill were present briefly at Thornwick Pools during the early morning, before flying off, with presumably three of these birds later arriving at along the coast at Filey Dams. Thorwick also hosted a Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin. 10 Whimbrel flew south over Bempton.

For the second day running, two juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew past the Fog station during the morning sea watch. Other highlights included 25 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 111 Sandwich Tern and single Arctic and Common Terns.

Green Sandpiper and Dunlin, Thornwick Pools by Brett Richards

Stock Dove, Village by Rob Little

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

A cloudy start gave way to another sunny afternoon. Wind was a moderate south westerly initially, before veering north westerly. A drake Garganey flew north just after 8am with 13 Teal, representing the days highlight. A further 11 Teal passed during the remainder of the sea watch, along with 2 Eider, 122 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, 107 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

At Bempton; passage included a Marsh Harrier and 2 Redpoll north west, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Manx Shearwater south east.

House Martin, South Landing by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Another warm and sunny day with light south westerly winds. Highlights from the morning sea watch included 21 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Oystercatcher, 13 Dunlin, 35 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern and 2 Arctic Tern. A further 110 Common Scoter were sat on the sea. Thornwick Pools held a single Dunlin.

A small movement of Swallow over Bempton around midday included a minimum of 100 birds, whilst a Hobby flew south.

Robin, Oceanview by Andy Hood.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The weather consisted of light southerly winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 61 Common Scoters, 38 Manx Shearwaters, three juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 27 Sandwich Terns, six Arctic Terns, two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north; five Dunlin also flew south. On the passerine front, a Grasshopper Warbler was singing in scrub at North Landing. Meanwhile, three White-letter Hairstreak butterflies were located in South Dykes.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Common Emerald Damselfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-west winds and sunny intervals following an overcast morning. During the seawatch, 43 Common Scoters, 63 Manx Shearwaters, 21 Sandwich Terns, nine Arctic Terns and two Arctic Skuas; four Bonxies also remained offshore. The Green Sandpiper lingered at Thornwick Pools and a Marsh Harrier frequented the cliff top between Speeton and Buckton.

A minimum of two White-letter Hairstreak butterflies were present in South Dykes and a Marbled White was located at Oceanview.

Marbled White, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

A relatively overcast day, with moderate/strong northerly winds. Seawatch highlights included 93 Common Scoters, 31 Oystercatchers and four Bonxies flying south, with two Tufted Ducks, 44 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank, one Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover. Meanwhile, six Whimbrel flew south(-east) over RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Razorbill, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Ruddy Darter, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Overcast skies book-ended brighter weather during the middle of the day, with light/moderate northerly winds throughout. Seawatching highlights included 26 Teal, a drake Pochard, 129 Common Scoters, two Red-throated Divers, 53 Manx Shearwaters, four Curlew, three Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Little Gulls, 12 Sandwich Terns, 29 Arctic Terns and three Bonxies flying north. A further 94 Common Scoters, 13 Oystercatchers, six Whimbrel, a Common tern and 13 Arctic Terns headed south. Elsewhere, Thornwick Pools attracted two Green Sandpipers.

Pied Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, July 12th, 2019

A day of sunny intervals, with a north-north-westerly wind increasing in strength throughout; temperatures reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Teal, 35 Common Scoters, 68 Manx Shearwaters, five Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north, with 17 Knot and a Bonxie heading south. A drake Goosander sheltered off Beacon Hill, a Green Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools and a Grey Wagtail visited a garden pond on the edge of the village. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a Hobby, with a Little Egret also flying north(-west) there.

Odonata interest included a Red-veined Darter that graced the edge of the Gorse Field. 

Grey Wagtail, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Red-veined Darter, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, very light rain caused by the arrival of a front and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 39 Common Scoters, 31 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, seven Sandwich Terns and three Common Terns flying north; a Bar-tailed Godwit and seven Arctic Terns moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper.

A significant movement of Swifts occurred as a result of the arrival of the front: 2300 Swifts flew west at Bempton between 1230-1730hrs. An arrival of four Hobbies was also associated with this influx: three birds frequented the airspace between Bempton and North Dykes, with a further single seen over South Landing.

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The weather consisted of light south-westerly winds, mainly overcast skies, with occasional sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, 38 Common Scoters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, seven Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Terns flew north, with three Whimbrel and an adult Mediterranean Gull moving south. Thornwick Pools attracted single Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail, with a Hobby also seen over South Landing.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Tufted Duck, 127 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel and an Arctic Skua heading north(-west), whilst a Red-breasted Merganser and a Little Gull moved in the opposite direction. A total of 418 Swifts were also recorded at the reserve, with the majority flying south. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier and 12 Curlews flew north at Speeton.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Skylark, North Landing, by Don Hustings

Cinnabar Moth, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

An overcast day, with spells of light drizzle and a light south-easterly wind developing. The headline-grabbing Sooty Tern re-appeared early morning when it flew south past the Seawatch Observatory at 0653hrs. Presumably whilst messages were being relayed, the bird switched back and flew north past Long Nab at 0808hrs; it was then noted at several watch-points heading north at a rate of knots, until it rested on rocks near Seahouses, Northumberland at 1235hrs. 

Other sightings from the seawatch included 505 Common Scoters, 95 Manx Shearwaters, nine Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns, two Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie flying north; 20 Teal, six Whimbrel, 14 Dunlin and ten Redshank headed south. Records from South Landing included 150 Common Scoters and two Teal in Bridlington Bay and three Whimbrel and an adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Clouded Border, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 8th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 398 Common Scoters, 294 Manx Shearwaters, eight Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north; ten Dunlin and a Whimbrel moved south. Away from the sea, there were two Greenshank, including one at Thornwick Pools, and a Cuckoo at South Landing.

Thornwick, by David Hutchinson

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, occasional sunny intervals, but also prolonged periods of cloud and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 122 Common Scoters south (32 north), single Red-throated Divers south and north, 372 Manx Shearwaters north, nine Whimbrel, nine Sandwich Terns, seven Arctic Terns, a Common Tern, three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua. An adult Yellow-legged Gull also loafed on rocks below Cattlemere, south of the Lighthouse. 

Puffin, Thornwick Bay, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

A light/moderate northerly wind developed during a day of sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 79 Common Scoters and 133 Manx Shearwaters flying south, four Whimbrel, 14 Curlew, two Bonxies, an Arctic Skua and nine Sandwich Terns. In addition, a Cuckoo frequented Old Fall early morning.

Bonxie, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Friday, July 5th, 2019

A light westerly wind switched to a northerly by mid-morning, with sunny intervals throughout and temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 168 Manx Shearwaters, four Whimbrel, six Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flying north, with two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern heading south; a Bonxie also lingered offshore. Thornwick Pools attracted Little Ringed Plover and two Green Sandpipers, with a Golden Plover flying over Oceanview.

Gannets, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Kevin Groocock

Large & Small Skippers, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

A day of moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 21 degrees C. Seawatching produced 103 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies, whilst two Dunlin and a Common Tern flew south. Five Teal remained on Thornwick Pools. The day’s highlight related to a Quail singing in crop opposite the Living Seas Centre at South Landing. At least one Hobby was present; with sightings at the Lighthouse, South Dykes and South Landing.

Lesser Whitethroat, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Barn Owl, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Ringlet, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The winds remained light throughout, initially northerly in nature, with southerlies by the evening; sunny all day, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 53 Common Scoter, 313 Manx Shearwaters, three Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie flying north, whilst a flock of 17 Black-tailed Godwits flew south during the evening. Sightings from Thornwick Pools included five Teal, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Hobby, one Barn Owl and 45 Sand Martins.

Puffin (Puffling), RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Barn Owl, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Blood-vein Moth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Light/moderate winds, initially from the west-north-west, veered to northerlies late morning, before becoming variable later; relatively overcast skies, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. Highlights of the seawatch included 401 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, two Common Terns and a Bonxie flying north. A Siskin also flew over the Fog Station, but the most notable sighting related to a Marsh Tit near Buckton Pond.

Marsh Tit, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Lesser Whitethroat, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A day of moderate/strong westerly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. During a quiet seawatch, two Manx Shearwaters, two Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north. Away from the sea, three Little Egrets frequented North Marsh, whilst a Short-eared Owl hunted the Gorse Field.

Gannet, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, moderate westerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 22 degrees C. A total of 114 Common Scoters was recorded on the seawatch, along with a Bonxie flying north and 94 Swifts heading south over the sea. Elsewhere, a Hobby flew west over the southern edge of the village. Surprising passerine interest included a female Redstart in gardens on the outer head and a Spotted Flycatcher at Bempton RSPB; a Little Egret also flew over the reserve.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Chaffinch, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Common Seal, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Fog early on precluded observations, although sunny conditions prevailed from mid-morning in a moderate south-easterly breeze. During a seawatch, sightings included 29 Common Scoters and two Manx Shearwaters flying north; 128 Swifts off the outer head were presumably part of a southerly movement witnessed at other coastal locations. A Marsh Harrier hunted fields between South Landing and Old Fall.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, June 28th, 2019

An overcast day, with light easterly winds and temperatures reaching 15 degrees C. During the seawatch, 60 Common Scoter, five Manx Shearwaters, two Curlew and two Sandwich Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted three Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper, whilst a Hobby hunting there early morning was later seen at various places across the headland. Setaside near Thornwick attracted 70 Linnets and two Corn Buntings.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Tawny Owl, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Coal Tit, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds, largely sunny skies after a cloudier start and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 89 Manx Shearwaters, two summer-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gulls, three Common Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Teal, one Grey Heron, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Marsh Pug, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Another overcast day until late evening, when sunny spells developed; moderate/strong northerly winds were a feature of the first half, whilst the temperature reached 14 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 93 Common Scoters, 275 Manx Shearwaters, seven Curlew, 21 Sandwich Terns, three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flying north; an additional 200 Common Scoter sheltered off South Landing. The year’s first Puffling was seen on the sea off the Fog Station. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and a Ringed Plover. Passerine interest was provided by a Cuckoo that frequented Buckton Pond.

Ringed & Little Ringed Plovers, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Malley

Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Thick fog persisted until late afternoon, whilst there were periods of drizzle in a strong north-north-westerly wind. During an evening seawatch, eight Common Scoters and 21 Curlew flew south, with two Manx Shearwaters heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and five Black-tailed Godwits.

Common Whitethroat, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwits, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Monday, June 24th, 2019

An overcast and slightly misty day with a light northerly breeze.  We are now into what is normally considered traditional midsummer and a lull in new birds is often anticipated.  Not on this day though.  

Seawatching highlights at the Fog Station included 267 northbound Common Scoter with 15 Manx Shearwaters north and 42 south while Bempton Cliffs saw 111 Common Scoter flying SE and also what was without doubt the star bird of the day, an adult Sooty Tern.  It passed  by the cliffs twice within a few minutes at midday before heading north west and was later seen off Filey Brigg still heading north.  This constitutes the first record for the FBO recording area and it can be speculated that this is the same returning bird as seen in Northumberland and Aberdeenshire in July and August last year.  A Hobby also flew NW over the cliffs.

On the Outer Head, birding quality in the form of a male Subalpine Warbler was initially heard singing opposite the Golf Course Willows before showing intermittently – the second Subalpine in this location, found by the same person this June. A very smart bird for those lucky enough to see it well. 

Elsewhere, Thornwick Pools attracted 3 Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin while the number of Teal increased to 5.

Adult Sooty Tern, Bempton Cliffs (Will Scott)

Sooty Tern, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Will Scott

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

An overcast day, with a light/moderate easterly wind and temperatures that reached 16 degrees C. During the seawatch, 279 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 39 Manx Shearwaters and 11 Black-tailed Godwits flew south. Thornwick Pools hosted single Teal and Tufted Duck, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Redshank. In addition, a Cuckoo flew over nearby fields.

The two Avocets had earlier flown south over RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Hobby and a Reed Warbler were present.

Barn Owl, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Steve Meredith

South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Initially a calm day, with increasing amounts of cloud and a south-easterly breeze developing. During the seawatch, ten Common Scoters and 20 Manx Shearwaters flew south, whilst 19 Sandwich Terns headed north. Away from the sea, a Little Egret flew north along the Dykes, a Hobby flew west with prey near the Lighthouse and a Green Sandpiper headed south over the outer head. A Short-eared Owl hunted the Gorse Field, whilst the year’s second Ring-necked Parakeet appeared along Lighthouse Road before flying north. Odonata interest was headlined by a male Vagrant Emperor on the outer head.

Little Ringed Plovers, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Vagrant Emperor, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Friday, June 21st, 2019

A day of sunny intervals and light westerly winds. The day’s highlight related to a Spoonbill that flew north-west over RSPB Bempton Cliffs at 1036hrs. A total of 469 Swifts were logged from the same site, including 302 heading south-east. Thornwick Pools hosted single Teal, Tufted Duck and Little Ringed Plover, together with a juvenile Black-headed Gull.

juvenile Black-headed Gull, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Broad-bodied Chaser, Flamborough, by Rob Little

Roe Deer with fawn, Flamborough village, by Rob Little

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The day’s weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds and largely sunny skies, with temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 26 Common Scoters and 19 Manx Shearwaters flew north, with a Red-throated Diver and three Sandwich Terns heading south. Two Hobbies flew south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs and were accompanied by 205 Swifts. 

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Flamborough village, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

A relatively still day, with overcast skies and light rain during the morning, with brighter spells later and temperatures reaching 14 degrees C. During the seawatch, an Eider and 57 Common Scoters flew north, with five Curlew, 17 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie heading south. Thornwick Pools attracted a drake Teal and a Little Ringed Plover, whilst the Short-eared Owl continued to hunt fields on the northern edge of the golf course. The day’s main feature related to a southerly movement of Swifts witnessed at RSPB Bempton Cliffs: a total of 1004 flew south between 1030-1600hrs.

Razorbill, North Landing, by John Beaumont

June & Malcolm Fox, South Landing

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

The weather consisted light southerly winds, occasional sunny intervals, with overcast conditions later and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. The seawatch was relatively quiet, with 23 Common Scoter flying north and three Grey Herons heading south. A pair of Grey Patridge frequented the setaside fields near Holmes Gut, the majority of a total of 312 Swifts involved birds heading south and a Grey Wagtail overflew the Lighthouse.  Sightings from Buckton included a pair of Tufted Duck and an additional 50 Swifts. 

Of a total of ten species recorded, odonata interest included a male Vagrant Emperor, four Hairy Dragonflies and six Red-veined Darters.

Tufted Duck, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Grey Heron, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Vagrant Emperor, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Red-veined Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Hairy Dragonfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Large Skipper, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, June 17th, 2019

An overcast day, with light/moderate south-south-westerly winds and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a June record count of 13 Gadwall, four Eider, a Manx Shearwater, nine Curlew, a Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Lesser Black-backed Gulls and three Sandwich Terns all flying south.

A Short-eared Owl hunted the immediate environs of North Marsh, whilst a Lesser Redpoll around the Fog Station was also unseasonal.

Guillemot adult with chick, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcom Fox

Yellow Shell Moth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-south-westerly winds, sunny intervals with the odd shower and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Canada Geese flew south, whilst five Sandwich Terns headed north and four south. Thornwick Pools attracted a pair of Tufted Duck and a Dunlin. Overnight a ringing session in Thornwick Bay proved productive with a Storm Petrel trapped: it already sported a ring.

A Cuckoo frequented the outer head and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Sixpenny Plantation. A record number of Reed Warblers continue to hold territory: 12 singing males included three at Thornwick Pools, three at Thornwick Fishing Lake, two at Thornwick roost reedbed, two at Thornwick reedbed and two at Greenacres. In addition, a migrant Reed Warbler was singing in the Golf Course Willows.

The following film of Razorbills at RSPB Bempton Cliffs was taken by David Hutchinson:

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

After an overcast start, sunny intervals lasted throughout most of the day, before heavy showers later; moderate south-south-easterly winds and temperature that reached 15 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, 42 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater and seven Sandwich Terns flew north, whilst a Bonxie remained offshore.

The day’s highlight related to the appearance of an Alpine Swift that appeared over the cliffs near North Dykes and flew directly towards Thornwick at 2010hrs; an additional 120 Swifts also flew south-east at the same time. Two Siskins visited garden feeders.

Tawny Owls, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The day started with overcast skies and rain, with brighter intervals later and a light/moderate southerly wind. Seawatching was quiet, although a Bonxie lingered offshore, whilst a drake Eider frequented South Landing. Thornwick Pools attracted two male Teal, two Dunlin and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Eider, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Another overcast day, with periodic drizzle, light south-south-east winds and temperatures that reached 12 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, 16 Manx Shearwaters and a Sandwich Tern flew north. Thornwick Pools hosted a Teal, three Dunlin and a Redshank.

Linnet, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Diamond-back Moth, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

It was an overcast day following overnight heavy rain, with a light northerly wind and temperatures that reached a mere 12 degrees C. Sightings during an afternoon seawatch included seven Eider, a Red-throated Diver, 12 Manx Shearwaters, six Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie all flying north. The day’s highlight pertained to a Golden Oriole seen in flight at midday in South Landing and heard calling there ten minutes later.

Yellowhammer, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Strong northerly winds throughout an overcast day, with prolonged rain, often heavy at times, and temperatures that reached a mere 11 degrees C. During the seawatch, 28 Common Scoter, 446 Fulmars, a Blue Fulmar, five Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern and three Bonxies flew north, with another Bonxie remaining offshore. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin and two Redshank.

Gannet, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Ghost Moth, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, June 10th, 2019

A generally overcast day, with light/moderate northerly winds and subdued temperatures that reached 13 degrees C. During the morning seawatch, 35 Manx Shearwaters, four Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted four Tufted Ducks, two Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin.

The highlight was provided by a singing Golden Oriole early morning: vocal between 0640-0700hrs only, it sang in a small woodland on the south side of the headland. In addition, the female Subalpine Warbler remained in the Golf Course Willows, albeit it proved more elusive than previous days.

Tawny Owl, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Stock Dove, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

A day of sunny intervals, occasional light showers early evening and a light/moderate south-westerly wind. During the seawatch, 128 Manx Shearwaters, two Grey Herons, 16 Knot, 16 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and two Bonxies flew north. However, the seawatch highlight was the summer-plumaged Black Guillemot that flew north out of Bridlington bay, before landing on the sea off the Fog Station and then drifting north.

Whilst the sea had a northern flavour, birding on the land was distinctly Mediterranean in nature: an Alpine Swift circled low over the Viking Pub for a few minutes early afternoon, before heading off north. The female Subalpine Warbler and male Black-headed Bunting also remained in residence at the Golf Course Willows and Old Fall Steps respectively. Further sightings included Marsh Harrier, Hobby and a Grey Wagtail.

Subalpine Warbler, Golf Course Willows, by Andy Hood

Subalpine Warbler, Golf Course Willows, by Tony Dixon

Orange Tip, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Light winds gradually increased in strength, with a switch from south-west to north-westerlies; cloud also increased after a morning of prolonged sunny intervals, whilst heavy rain showers featured from mid-afternoon. Seawatching was rewarded with two Teal, two Shelduck, 274 Common Scoters, one Red-throated Diver, 75 Manx Shearwaters, a Curlew and 11 Sandwich Terns flying south. 

A female Subalpine Warbler was the most significant new arrival; it remained elusive in the Golf Course Willows, but showed on and off until late afternoon at least. The male Black-headed Bunting also continued to show well at times throughout the day until the evening. Single creamcrown Marsh Harrier and Hobby were recorded, with additional passerine migrants restricted to lone Spotted Flycatcher and Siskin. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Garden Warbler, whilst Buckton Pond attracted a Cuckoo and four Yellow Wagtails.

A significant influx of Painted Lady butterflies also occurred, with 130 logged over a fraction of the headland: many 100s were undoubtedly present, including several watched coming in off the sea.

Black-headed Bunting, Old Fall Steps, by Andy Hood

Subalpine Warbler, Golf Course Willows, by Craig Thomas

Friday, June 7th, 2019

After a relatively bright start to the day, increasing cloud developed and rain arrived late afternoon; easterly winds picked up throughout and temperatures reached 15 degrees C. The day’s avian highlight was undoubtedly the discovery of a male Black-headed Bunting on Old Fall Hedge early afternoon; it showed sporadically in the same vicinity, near ‘Old Fall Steps’, until the bad weather arrived.

Additional sightings included ten Common Scoter flying south, with 15 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Sandwich Terns and 788 Puffins heading north; a Bonxie remained offshore. Ten Grey Herons were also noted flying over the headland, whilst a Cuckoo was calling on the southern side. Odonata interest was headlined by the discovery of a Hairy Dragonfly; the first record for the headland.

Black-headed Bunting, Old Fall Hedge, by Andrew Allport

Black-headed Bunting, Old Fall Hedge, by Andrew Allport

Black-headed Bunting, Old Fall Hedge, by Brett Richards

Black-headed Bunting, Old Fall Hedge, by Tony Dixon

Hairy Dragonfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Poplar Hawk Moth, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, and light, rather variable winds. During the seawatch, eight Common Scoters and 465 Puffins flew north, with seven Sandwich Terns heading south: 50 Manx Shearwaters lingered offshore. Thornwick Pools attracted a single Black-tailed Godwit. Late news, a Nightjar churred at South Landing at 2130hrs and again at 2140hrs. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs RSPB included 40 Manx Shearwaters offshore, 127 Swifts flew south and four Coal Tits represented an unusual local record. 

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-westerly winds, generally overcast skies with brighter intervals later. During the seawatch, 58 Common Scoter and 123 Manx Shearwaters flew south, with a Red-throated Diver, six Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flying north. Despite rain the previous evening, newly arrived passerine migrants were scarce: although a singing Reed Warbler in the Golf Course Willows and three Spotted Flycatchers were fresh in. 

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

A day of light south-easterly winds, with rain from late afternoon. Seven Shelduck were recorded, including five at Thornwick; three that flew south, with a pair on the Pools, where there were also two Little Ringed Plovers and two Dunlin. A Woodcock flushed at South Dykes was unseasonal. Three Mistle Thrushes were located, along with two Garden Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Yellow Wagtails and a Siskin.

Corn Buntings, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Large Skipper, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Holly Blue, Thornwick, by Andrew Allport

Common Blue Damselfly, Thornton, by Andrew Allport

Azure Damselfly, Buckton, by Phil Buxton

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 15 Common Scoters, a Blue Fulmar, four Manx Shearwaters and nine Sandwich Terns flew north, with seven Canada Geese heading south.

Three Little Egrets flew south over South Landing, whilst migrant waders included three Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Bar-tailed Godwit. The elusive Bee-eater made a brief re-appearance at RSPB Bempton Cliffs once again; observed over the Dell and then flying towards the cliffs. A singing Reed Warbler along Stonepit Lane, Bempton was an undoubted migrant; additional passerine interest included two Garden Warblers (South Dykes & South Landing), three Nuthatch in South Dykes and three Corn Buntings at Thornwick.

Tawny Owl, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Moorhen, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Little Ringed & Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wall butterfly, Flamborough, by Steve Meredith

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Another relatively overcast day, with occasional light rain, a moderate southerly wind and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the morning seawatch, 89 Common Scoters, 26 Manx Shearwaters, two Sanderling, eight Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern all flew south; a Bonxie remained offshore. Thornwick Pools hosted a pair of Tufted Ducks, one Redshank, two Ringed Plovers, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin; a Bar-tailed Godwit was present at South Landing. Single creamcrown Marsh Harrier and Hobby were seen at North Dykes, with presumably another Hobby present at Old Fall. The Bee-eater made another appearance near RSPB Bempton Cliffs mid-afternoon, watched over fields south off the reserve. Almost as rare nowadays, a Turtle Dove visited a garden near Sewerby.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

The weather consisted of light southerly winds, generally overcast skies and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. During the morning’s search, six Barnacle Geese, three Eider and seven Sandwich Terns flew south, with 13 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, 20 Manx Shearwaters and 29 Common Terns moving north.

The day’s highlight related to two Great White Egrets that flew south over the outer head mid-morning. Passerine interest included a Garden Warbler, five Spotted Flycatchers and a Corn Bunting.

Barnacle Geese (with Greylag), Fog Station, by Colin Scott

Friday, May 31st, 2019

A relatively overcast day, with occasional sunny intervals, light/moderate south-west winds and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included three Red-throated Divers, a Blue Fulmar, 33 Manx Shearwaters and seven Sandwich Terns flying north, with 30 Common Scoters, 18 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern heading south. A Bonxie lingered offshore, whilst two Bottlenose Dolphins initially swam south past RSPB Bempton Cliffs and, latterly the Fog Station, before they re-orientated back north past the latter site early afternoon. Passerine interest included a Garden Warbler, two Spotted Flycatchers and three Corn Buntings.

Kestrel, South Landing, by Rob Little

Chinese Character, South Landing, by Andrew Allport