Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The day started sunny, with increasing cloud by the afternoon; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 21 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 98 Sandwich Terns and ten Arctic Terns flying north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, four Shoveler, three Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover and two Snipe. A Green Sandpiper overflew South Landing, with a Cuckoo remaining at Oceanview. 

West of the Dykes, two Grasshopper Warblers were singing at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Another day of sunny intervals, light onshore winds and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 78 Common Scoters, 275 Sandwich Terns, eight Common Terns and two Arctic Terns flew north, with 14 Manx Shearwaters and 22 Oystercatchers moved south. A Sooty Shearwater also lingered offshore, with two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls also recorded. 

Thornwick Pools attracted four Shoveler, three Dunlin, two Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and five Yellow Wagtails. Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Dunlin and a Golden Plover, Oceanview again hosted a Cuckoo, whilst a Black Redstart frequented North Dykes. Insect interest included a Marbled White, three Holly Blues and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at South Landing and its immediate environs.

West of the Dykes, a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst 85 birds were rung at Buxckton, including 12 Sedge Warblers, 27 Swallows and five Blackcap.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The weather consisted light south-easterly winds, sunny intervals and even a light shower late afternoon; temperatures reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, 66 Common Scoter, 296 Sandwich Terns and 12 Arctic Terns flew north, whilst three Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Manx Shearwaters, seven Whimbrel, seven Sanderling, 80 Dunlin and 59 Redshank moved south. Elsewhere, two Cuckoos frequented Oceanview.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, very light winds and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, one Little Gull and 83 Sandwich Terns flew north, with three Teal moving south; two Grey Wagtails again flew past the Fog Station. Another Grey Wagtail overflew Oceanview, whilst a Treecreeper in gardens near the Lighthouse was unusual.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing (17/7), by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

After some much needed overnight rain, it was a cloudy and cool start, with cloud clearing and temperatures increasing through the day. Highlight of the day was a notable influx of juvenile Mediterranean Gulls with two north on the morning sea watch and an additional bird at South Landing during the evening. Continuing on the gull theme was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also at South Lading during the early afternoon. Aside for the Med Gulls, sea watch counts included 4 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, an eclipse drake Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Manx Shearwater, 10 Redshank, 168 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern and 2 Swift.

Thornwick Pools held 6 Teal, 17 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper. Another Green Sandpiper flew south over Oceanview, where a Cuckoo was also present. An impressive tally of 100 Swifts were over Buckton.

Private gardens on the headland played host to 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcolm Fox

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Flamborough village, by Paul Butterworth

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals and increasing amounts of cloud, with light winds and temperatures that reached 23 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included ten Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Little Gull, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 458 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flying north, with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flying south. Elsewhere, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew past South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Little Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, three Lapwing, a Snipe and three Yellow Wagtails.

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Another sunny day, with a light/moderate southerly wind and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. A seawatch was rewarded with 39 Common Scoter and 41 Sandwich Terns flying north and two Arctic Terns moving in the opposite direction. Three Grey Wagtails also flew south over the Fog Station. Away from the outer head, three Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover frequented Thornwick Pools. Passerine interest was headlined by a Willow Tit that appeared in village gardens.

West of the Dykes, 200 Swallows and 32 Yellow Wagtails were seen at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Puffin, North Dykes, by Don Hustings

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

A sunny day, with light southerly winds and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, 73 Common Scoter flew north, 17 Knot, 177 Dunlin and 53 Redshank flew south, an Arctic Skua, one Little Gull and 43 Sandwich Terns headed north, with lone Common and Arctic Terns moving in the opposite direction.

A Bar-tailed Godwit frequented South Landing beach, but better still, a Marsh Tit was located in the nearby ravine near the car-park; only the fifth local record. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit, whilst a Little Egret flew over the village.

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 13th, 2018

After an overcast start a sunny day, with light south-east winds and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 296 Common Scoter, 30 Manx Shearwaters, 69 Little Gulls, 18 Sandwich Terns and 15 Arctic Terns flying north, with two Red-throated Divers, three Grey Herons, 40 Oystercatchers, six Whimbrel, a Little Gull and three Arctic Skuas moving south. 

The Red-breasted Merganser remained at South Landing, where there were also two Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Sightings from Stainforth’s Flash included a Sanderling, one Greenshank, two Whimbrel and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Insect interest included a Marbled White at South Landing and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the village.

West of the Dykes, records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included five Shelduck, a Red-throated Diver, 199 Swallows and 19 Yellow Wagtails flying south.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Yellow-legged Gull, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Marbled White, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A generally overcast day, although sunny by the evening, with light northerly winds. During the morning’s seawatch, 19 Teal, 367 Common Scoter, a Sooty Shearwater, 29 Manx Shearwaters, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Little Gulls, six Common Terns, 11 Arctic Terns, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew north. 

The Red-breasted Merganser lingered at South Landing, where 67 Common Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit and one Grey Wagtail were also recorded. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and a Redshank, whilst an Arctic Skua visited Stainforth’s Flash.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate northerly wind and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal, 378 Common Scoters, 81 Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, an Arctic Tern, four Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north, with two Arctic Skuas also heading south. In addition, three Grey Wagtails flew in off the sea. South Landing attracted a Red-breasted Merganser and a Bar-tailed Godwit, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin.

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate northerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included 24 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 55 Common Scoter, a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 41 Manx Shearwaters, six Arctic Terns and a Bonxie flew north. Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, one Redshank, a Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails.

Teal, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Monday, July 9th, 2018

An overcast day, with a light/moderate northerly wind and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 465 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater and five Arctic Terns flew north, 20 Manx Shearwaters fed offshore and four Arctic Skuas headed south. Thornwick Pools attracted an Oystercatcher, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

A light/moderate northerly wind decreased in strength during another day that featured sunny intervals; temperatures reached 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, 229 Common Scoters and two Red-throated Divers flew north, with eight Manx Shearwaters moving south. A Tree Pipit that flew west over South Landing was unseasonal. 

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Steve Meredith

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Another sunny, warm day, with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C and light onshore winds. During the seawatch, 20 Common Scoter and a Bonxie flew north, with 18 Manx Shearwaters, a Dunlin, 55 Redshank, 16 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas flew south. Thornwick Pools hosted 15 Dunlin and three Little Ringed Plovers. The most interesting passerine record referred to a Crossbill that overflew Oceanview.

Common Whitethroat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The day began with overcast skies, before sunshine later, with light onshore winds and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 205 Common Scoters, 64 Manx Shearwaters, a Common Tern, five Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. Southbound passage included 29 Shelduck, three Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, 30 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua.

Seven Teal were split between Stainforth’s Flash and Thornwick Pools, with the Long-tailed Duck still at the former site. Wader interest included a Little Ringed Plover, three Dunlin and a Redshank at Thornwick, with an Arctic Skua frequenting fields in the same area. A juvenile Stonechat spent the morning feeding within the confines of the Gorse Field.

West of the Dykes, the Grasshopper Warbler continued to give good views at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

After a bright start cloud built later in the day, whilst temperatures reached 20 degrees C; winds remained light and variable. During the seawatch, 72 Common Scoter, ten Manx Shearwaters, six Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. 

The Long-tailed Duck remained on Stainforth’s Flash, where additional sightings included two Dunlin, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. Thornwick Pools attracted a single Greenshank, two Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover. On the passerine front, a Goldcrest at Oceanview represented an unseasonal record.

West of the Dykes, a Whimbrel flew south at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was also seen.

Long-tailed Duck, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

A generally overcast day, with very light drizzle early morning only, light easterly winds and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 82 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and three Arctic Skuas flew north, a Dunlin flew south and 15 Manx Shearwaters fed offshore. The day’s highlight comprised a female Long-tailed Duck that was located on Stainforth’s Flash early evening. Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin and a Yellow Wagtail.

Long-tailed Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Badger, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

After an overcast start to a day of light north-east winds, sunny skies once again prevailed. During the seawatch, 70 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north, whilst four Teal and an Arctic Skua flew south.

The day’s highlight related to three Bee-eaters that fed briefly over fields at Buckton before heading east mid-afternoon. Elsewhere, an adult Oystercatcher was accompanied by two chicks on the outer head.

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The weather was stuck on repeat as elsewhere: light northerly winds, sunshine throughout and temperatures that peaked at 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, 13 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, one Manx Shearwater, ten Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and an Arctic Skua flew north. Thornwick Pools/Stainforth’s Flash shared two Teal, a Little Ringed Plover, one Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers.

Lapwing chick, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

A day of light northerly winds, sunshine throughout, with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C. During the morning seawatch, 79 Common Scoter, one Manx Shearwater, a first-summer Mediterranean Gull, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted ten Teal and a Green Sandpiper, whilst two Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, one Greenshank and a Whimbrel were located on the outer head. A Hobby flew along the cliffs from North Dykes towards Thornwick.

West of the Dykes, the Grasshopper Warbler continued to show at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst a Tufted Duck frequented Buckton Pond. The influx of Silver Ys continued with at least 500 at Bempton Cliffs alone.

Reed Bunting, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The weather consisted of light north-easterly winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 23 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, 16 Manx Shearwaters, a Golden Plover, one Bar-tailed Godwit, a summer-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull, nine Sandwich Terns and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie all flying north. In addition, a ‘brown’ Puffin with the usual black plumage tracts replaced by a sandy-brown colour flew north.

Thornwick Pools again hosted single Green Sandpiper, Redshank and Little Ringed Plover. A pair of Mistle Thrush have successfully fledged a minimum of two juveniles near South Landing, with an additional pair on the edge of Bridlington Links GC, South Dykes. Insect interest centred on a female Keeled Skimmer photographed at Thornwick Pools, an exceptional local record. A significant influx of Silver Y moths also took place, with 75 at Thornwick and a minimum of 20 at Beacon Hill.

West of the Dykes, nine Curlew and a Grasshopper Warbler were recorded at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Mistle Thrush, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Friday, June 29th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, a brief period of fog and moderate northerly winds, with temperatures peaking at 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, 50 Common Scoter, five Manx Shearwaters, two Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie flew north, with one Tufted Duck heading south. The first Razorbill chicks were also seen on the sea off the Fog Station. Thornwick Pools hosted single Curlew. Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and two Dunlin. In addition, five Crossbills visited Oceanview.

Little Ringed Plover & Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

After an overcast start, blue skies and sunshine dominated during a day of light easterly winds. Seawatching highlights included five Teal, 80 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, eight Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns heading north, with 150 Common Scoters moving south. Thornwick Pools attracted both single Dunlin and the first returning Green Sandpiper.

Eider, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

After an overcast start to the day, sunshine dominated, with temperatures in the high teens and winds remaining light. During the seawatch, eight Manx Shearwaters, four Curlew and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie flew north. The first Guillemot chick appeared on the sea off the Fog Station: fifteen days later than the average over the last decade. Two Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin frequented Stainforth’s Flash, whilst a Wheatear at Thornwick was unseasonal. 

Puffin, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

A day of thick fog throughout, with a light north easterly breeze. The weather conditions prevented the morning sea watch and hampered viewing on the land, with the only notable occurrences on the outer headland relating to 7 Sandwich Tern and 2 Swift.

A Grasshopper Warbler was new in at Bempton, along with Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat and a single Sandwich Tern.

Cormorant, North Landing by Mike Smith.

Grasshopper Warbler, Bempton by Will Scott. 

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Another hot and sunny day, with temperatures up to 25 degrees and a light north westerly wind. The morning sea watch held 23 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern and 1 Bonxie.

Ringing totals from South Landing included 1 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and 1 Bullfinch.

Over at Bempton five Lesser Whitethroat and 107 Swift were notable, whilst a further 11 swift were over the outer headland and a single Lapwing was noted.

Razorbill, Bempton by Alan Walkington.

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, sunshine throughout and temperatures that reached 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 65 Common Scoter, 36 Manx Shearwaters, 33 Sandwich Tern and a Common Tern moving north.

West of the Dykes, a Hobby overflew Buckton.

Kestrel, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Winds were light throughout and switched from a north-westerly direction to a north-easterly, whilst there were extensive sunny intervals throughout. During the seawatch, 115 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 247 Fulmar, 162 Manx Shearwaters, two Curlew, 12 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns and a Bonxie flew north, with another of the latter and an Arctic Skua heading south. 

Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Lapwing, a Dunlin and two Ringed Plover. A pair of Coot accompanied four young at North Marsh, where a White Wagtail was also present.

Butterfly montage, by June & Malcolm Fox

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Sunny throughout, with a moderate north-north-westerly wind. Seawatching produced three Red-throated Divers, a Sooty Shearwater, 216 Manx Shearwaters, eight Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, three Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua flying north, whilst 25 Common Scoters and another Arctic Skua moved south. Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Dunlin and a Corn Bunting frequented the immediate surrounds of Thornwick Pools. The escaped Canary lingered in gardens in the centre of the village.

West of the Dykes, an additional ten Manx Shearwaters flew north past RSPB Bempton Cliffs mid-afternoon.

Swift, Flamborough, by Don Hustings

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Moderate/strong north-westerly winds gradually abated during the afternoon, with sunny intervals throughout. During the seawatch, nine Manx Shearwaters flew north, as did a Common Tern and a Bonxie, with two Sandwich Terns moving south.

Kittiwake, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures of 18 degrees C. Five Manx Shearwaters were the highlight of an early morning seawatch, whilst a Little Egret that overflew Oceanview then lingered on Stainforth’s Flash.

Puffin, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A day of moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and increasing amounts of cloud, with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver, 189 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Terns flew north. In addition, a female Kestrel and a brood of five young were ringed on the headland.

Kestrel, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A relatively warm and sunny day, with moderate south-west winds. Eight territorial male Reed Warblers were in residence, with six in the Thornwick area and an additional duo at Greenacres. West of the Dykes, a singing male Corn Bunting was on roadside wires near Buckton Pond.

Reed Bunting, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

A generally overcast day, with light south-west winds and temperatures eventually reaching the high teens C. Seawatching highlights included 69 Manx Shearwaters and a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull flying north, with 39 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern heading in the opposite direction.

Skylark, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

An overcast day that ended with heavy showers, with light south-west winds throughout. During the seawatch, two dark-bellied Brent Geese, 269 Common Scoters, two Red-throated Divers, 90 Manx Shearwaters, one Little Gull and 35 Sandwich Terns flew north, with nine Shelduck and a Common Tern heading south. In addition, seven Eider were on the sea off the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a calling Quail and 134 Swifts that flew south.

Eider, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Friday, June 15th, 2018

A light/moderate west-south-westerly wind, with occasional sunny intervals in ostensibly overcast skies. Seawatching was rewarded with three Red-throated Divers flying south, 209 Manx Shearwaters heading north, the year’s first appreciable movement, and 39 Sandwich Terns also north.

An influx of Swifts occurred during the afternoon, with 100 between the Dykes and the village and 331 moving south over RSPB Bempton Cliffs. A Reed Warbler at Oceanview was a late migrant.

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

An overcast start to a day that featured strong south-westerly winds in the morning that gradually dropped in strength. During the seawatch, two Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern and 269 Puffins flew south. Two Dunlin frequented Thornwick Pools, whilst Mistle Thrush feeding young near South Landing represented a notable local record.

West of the Dykes, a migrant Reed Warbler was located at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

A bright day, with sunny intervals especially during the morning and a westerly wind. During the seawatch, nine Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and 334 Puffins flew north, whilst an Arctic Tern headed south.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Grey Heron and single Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover, with eight Lapwing at Oceanview.

Magpie (ringed), Flamborough village, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

After a damp start, sunny intervals featured throughout the day, with light north-easterly winds during the morning. Single Ringed Plover and Dunlin were recorded, whilst the day’s highlight pertained to a cream crown Marsh Harrier that flew south over the Dykes mid-morning.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A bright day, with prolonged sunny spells during the morning and a light easterly wind developing. During the seawatch, 23 Canada Geese flew south, with a Red-throated Diver, 17 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua moving north. 

Thornwick Pools hosted single Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and two Dunlin. A ringing session near North Landing was rewarded with seven Sedge Warblers, two Reed Warblers and three Reed Buntings being rung.

Common Seal, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Another overcast start to a day with sunny intervals dominating later and only light winds, generally from the north. The seawatch highlight related to a whale, presumed a Minke, that surfaced once as it moved north. Other sightings included three Common Scoter, four Manx Shearwaters, 30 Sandwich Terns and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie. Elsewhere, three Eider were off South Landing and a Little Ringed Plover frequented Thornwick Pools.

West of the Dykes, single Hobby and Corn Bunting were recorded from RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

A day of light northerly winds, overcast skies initially with brighter intervals by the afternoon. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, seven Manx Shearwaters and four Common Terns flew north, with 31 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua moving south. Two Wheatears lingered at Oceanview and were the only obvious migrant passerines.

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Overcast, with light rain first thing, and light northerly winds. Seawatching highlights included six Red-throated Divers, six Manx Shearwaters, a Bonxie and one Arctic Skua flying north, with 39 Sandwich Terns heading in the opposite direction. 

Single Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellow and White Wagtail on the outer head were all presumed migrants, as was a Redstart in the village.

Puffin, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The weather replicated previous days, with light northerly winds and overcast skies until early afternoon. During the seawatch, 28 Canada Geese, 97 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers, two Common Terns and three Arctic Skuas flew north, whilst 21 Sandwich Terns headed south.

Four Eider were present off South Landing, with Thornwick Pools attracting single Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. Passerine interest included two Garden Warblers, a White Wagtail, one Yellow Wagtail and three Crossbills. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was present at Buckton, where a Bonxie flew along the cliffs.

Tree Sparrow, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Another overcast day, with light northerly winds, periods of drizzle and temperatures pegged back to 13 degrees C. During the seawatch, four Teal flew south, single Red-throated Diver flew north/south, 20 Manx Shearwaters headed north, 15 Sandwich Terns flew south, whilst two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north. 

Three Teal frequented Thornwick Pools. On the passerine front, single Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher were recorded.

Spotted Flycatcher, Buckton (5/6), by Paul Reed

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Overcast during the morning, but clearing to sunny skies by the afternoon, with a moderate northerly wind. The morning sea watch produced 19 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 142 Fulmar, a Blue Fulmar, 18 Manx Shearwater, 30 Sandwich Tern, 2 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua and 651 Puffin.

On the land, the days highlight pertained to a Spotted Flycatcher around the Heligoland trap at Buckton, whilst a Hobby was present on the north side of the outer headland. A notable count for the time of year was of 3 Garden Warbler, with other high counts including 12 Ringed Plover on Stainforth’s flash and 91 Greylag Geese including 45 Gosling.

Barn Owl by Andy Hood

Broad-bodied Chaser by Brett Richards

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Continuing the recent theme, the weather consisted of moderate northerly winds, misty conditions with light drizzle. During the seawatch, a Red-throated Diver and 55 Sandwich Terns flew south, with an Arctic Skua moving north. Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Ringed Plover and one Dunlin.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Another day that featured prolonged misty periods early and late on, with brighter skies in between; northerly winds strengthened during the afternoon. Seawatching highlights included eight Sandwich Terns heading south and an Arctic Tern flying north. Nine Ringed Plover were recorded, including a flock of eight on Stainforth’s Flash, with two Little Ringed Plovers also present. 

The highlight was the discovery of a female Red-backed Shrike in the Gorse Field mid-morning. A Fieldfare at South Landing was also unusual, with additional sightings including single Wheatear, Whinchat, Siskin and Corn Bunting.

West of the Dykes, an Osprey flew north-west early afternoon.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

An overcast day, with light rain during the afternoon. Seawatching highlights included 11 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver flying north, with 11 Manx Shearwaters and 19 Sandwich Terns heading in the opposite direction. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Ringed Plover and a Dunlin. The day’s highlight related to an immature male/female Golden Oriole that flew inland from South Landing over the Living Seas Centre mid-afternoon; single Garden Warbler, Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher and White Wagtail comprised the only other passerine migrants.

West of the Dykes, a male Marsh Harrier flew north over Bempton.

Yellowhammer, Oceanview, by Andy Hood