Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Sunshine throughout, with virtually no wind and temperatures in the region of 12 degrees C. During the seawatch, 11 Eiders flew south and three Velvet Scoters headed north.

A Short-eared Owl was observed at Oceanview. However, the day’s highlight related to a Little Bunting that appeared briefly in a garden on the Outer Head before flying off. Additional passerine interest included 21 Chiffchaffs, 30 Goldcrests and five Lapland Buntings.

Records from Buckton included seven Snipe, a Jack Snipe, two Short-eared Owls and a Coal Tit, the latter less than annual there. 

A whole colony count of ‘rafting’ Puffins carried out over the last couple of days located 2868 individuals; as additional birds were on the cliffs this indicates a breeding population exceeding 1500 pairs.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Mike Smith

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A spring-like day, with almost unbroken sunshine, although a light north-easterly wind kept temperatures in check. Four Common Buzzards toured the headland, a Short-eared Owl hunted North Marsh and a Sandwich Tern flew over the outer head. Passerine migrants included 29 Goldcrests, 14 Chiffchaff, 21 Pied Wagtails, four Siskin and one Brambling.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted two Short-eared Owls and another was located along the cliff-top at Speeton.

Chiffchaff, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate north-easterly winds and relatively sunny skies, with temperatures reaching 9 degrees C. During the seawatch, single Blue Fulmar and Manx Shearwater flew north, as did 94 Puffins. The day’s highlight was a juvenile Glaucous Gull located near North Marsh. Sightings from South Dykes included a Scandinavian Rock Pipit, a Redwing and three Treecreepers. Four Goldcrests and four Chiffchaff were present, whilst a Brambling visited a village garden.

Razorbill, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

After an overcast start to the day, rain arrived late afternoon, with moderate south-south-easterly winds throughout. During the seawatch, three Velvet Scoters flew north. Passerine migrants included six Chiffchaffs and a Brambling. 

Skylark, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

It was a sunny, but relatively cold day, with strong westerly winds. Seawatching was quiet, with the only notable record relating to a Pink-footed Goose that flew south. Three Common Buzzards frequented the North Dykes area, whilst an influx of Chiffchaffs took place, with eight located despite the windy conditions. Other passerine migrants included single figures of Goldcrest, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Guillemots, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Don Hustings

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Sporadic rain and overcast skies featured throughout the day, with moderate south-west winds. The Long-tailed Duck remained off South Landing, with the Little Grebe still at North Marsh. Single Scandinavian Rock Pipit and Chiffchaff were also recorded.

West of the Dykes, 60 Yellowhammers were recorded near Bempton.

Puffin, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

It was generally an overcast day, with periods of rain and moderate westerly winds. Sightings from South Landing included one Long-tailed Duck, a 3rd calendar-year Mediterranean Gull flying south and three Scandinavian Rock Pipits. Passerine migrants included 17 Fieldfare, two Redwing, eight Goldcrests and three Chiffchaffs.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted Short-eared Owl, Chiffchaff and 15 Corn Buntings.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Don Hustings

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Another dull day, with persistent drizzle and light north-west winds. A relatively quiet day, with single Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck off South Landing and four Scandinavian Rock Pipits there. A Peregrine also flew over carrying a Woodcock, whilst additional sightings included 12 Goldcrests scattered around the headland.

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Scandinavian Rock Pipit, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Friday, March 17th, 2017

It was an overcast day, with moderate westerly winds. After the spring-like weather of recent days, changing conditions had a dramatic effect. Even the auks had largely departed from the cliffs, with low hundreds present instead of many thousands. The only summer migrant remaining was a single Chiffchaff, with a handful of Goldcrests also present.

Fieldfare, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The weather consisted of sunny skies and moderate south-south-west winds. Sightings included two Shelduck, five Wigeon, 59 Teal, two Tufted Ducks and a Little Grebe. There was an appreciable increase in Meadow Pipits, with 152 recorded, including the majority moving west, seven Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, the year’s first Wheatear and five Siskin.

Wheatear, Thornwick, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Another largely bright day, with light west-south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, three Shelduck flew south, with four Eider and a Manx Shearwater moving north.

A Hooded Crow overflew the outer head, a male Black Redstart appeared at Oceanview, and additional migrants included a Woodcock, 11 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff, four Siskin and two Lapland Buntings.

West of the Dykes, two Short-eared Owls were recorded at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

A bright day, with a moderate south-westerly wind and temperatures eventually attaining 14 degrees C. During the seawatch, a juvenile Iceland Gull rested on the sea off the Fog Station before heading for High Stacks.

However, the most notable sighting related to two House Martins observed south of the Lighthouse. Additional records included single Woodcock, Fieldfare and Redwing, the male Black Redstart at the Fog Station and a lone Lapland Bunting.

Iceland Gull, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Iceland Gull, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It was a day of light south-westerly winds, a largely sunny morning followed by a cloudier afternoon. A lone Barnacle Goose joined the Greylag flock, one Long-tailed Duck remained off South Landing, whilst a Little Grebe at North Marsh was the first of the year. Better still, a Red Kite toured the headland and accompanied the Raven at one point; the latter present for its second day. Five Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff and five Siskins were new, with 1200 Starlings also gathering. The male Black Redstart showed well at the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, Short-eared Owls continued to show at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and the Hooded Crow again fed on the beach at Sewerby.

Red Kite and Raven, outer head, by James Spencer

Red Kite, outer head, by James Spencer

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

A light south-westerly wind was a constant, but periods of heavy overcast, mist, thick fog and even sunshine were all periodic. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose flying south, two Gadwall north and a drake Goosander south. In addition, the male Black Redstart remained around the Fog Station.

The day’s highlight consisted a Raven which eventually settled in fields north of Lighthouse Road; a species with only a handful of previous records. Other migrants included three Golden Plover and the year’s first Brambling. 

West of the Dykes, records included two Short-eared Owls and 87 Corn Buntings at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Raven, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

An overcast day, with light south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, four Eiders flew north, with 147 Puffins also recorded, including two back on the cliffs.

A minimum 40 Purple Sandpipers frequented the outer head, with 13 Snipe recorded at Thornwick. A Hooded Crow toured the outer head and presumably the same individual then returned to Sewerby. Six Chiffchaffs made landfall, with birds scattered between Thornwick Pools and High Stacks. The male Black Redstart remained as elusive as ever at the Fog Station, whilst migrants included two Goldcrests and a Siskin.

West of the Dykes, a drake Gadwall was on Buckton Pond, with 30 Yellowhammers nearby.

Peregrine, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The weather consisted of overcast skies and increasing southerly winds, with rain during the afternoon. During the seawatch, five Eiders flew north and a Pochard headed south.

The male Black Redstart remained on the outer head, but a Chiffchaff in the Golf Course Willows was new, with eight Crossbill and a Lapland Bunting recorded at Oceanview.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted two Short-eared Owls and 60 Corn Buntings. In addition, the Hooded Crow remained in the vicinity of the beach at Sewerby.

Hooded Crow, Sewerby, by Andy Hood

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

A moderate north-westerly wind strengthened during the day, which was largely sunny. During the seawatch, 33 Red-throated Divers and three Little Gulls flew south, with two Crossbills heading north. A Long-tailed Duck remained off South Landing, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted two Gadwall, a Pochard and five Snipe. Two Lapland Buntings were on stubble near South Landing.

Bullfinch, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

An overcast start gave way to sunshine with light west-north-westerlies throughout. Seawatching highlights consisted of 25 Wigeon south, a single Velvet Scoter and two Common Scoter south, 26 Red-throated Diver south (two north), 25 Fulmar north and 10’s of thousands of Guillemot all southbound.

The Long-tailed Duck remained off South Landing with the Woodcock still nearby. The adult male Black Redstart was still present in and around the Fog Station, three Snipe were at Thornwick Pools, a single Lapland Bunting overflew Oceanview Farm and three scandinavian Rock Pipit were noted on the headland.

Fulmar, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Another spring-like day, with sunny skies and light west-north-westerly winds. A Long-tailed Duck remained on the sea off South Landing, where a Firecrest represented the first spring migrant. The male Black Redstart made another appearance at the Fog Station, with a Scandinavian Rock Pipit near North Marsh. Four Siskins signified a light passage, whilst six Lapland Buntings included four birds near North Marsh, where there was also a single Snow Bunting.

West of the Dykes, three Short-eared Owls were present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Monday, March 6th, 2017

An overcast day, with light north-westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included single Pochard and Velvet Scoter flying south, a Bonxie south and 120 Puffins. A total of 30 Great Crested Grebes between South Landing and Sewerby represented a good local count, with two Long-tailed Ducks also present. The Woodcock again roosted in South Landing, whilst two pairs of Stonechat were on the outer head.

Stonechat, outer head, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

A day of south-westerly winds, bright skies in the morning and rain during the afternoon. Puffins continued to increase, with 11 seen off the headland and 12 at Bempton Cliffs. Twenty-three Teal and a Pochard frequented the freshwaters, a Lesser Black-backed Gull represented a migrant, whilst the male Black Redstart re-appeared on the cliff edge near the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, three Short-eared Owls hunted the grasslands at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

After a misty start, the weather improved significantly, with sunny intervals and light winds resulting in spring-like conditions. A Long-tailed Duck was on the sea off South Landing, together with two Eider, whilst ten Great Crested Grebes were between the Fog Station and South Dykes. The male Black Redstart was seen again at the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, two Puffins had returned to Bempton Cliffs, with four Short-eared Owls and 20 Corn Buntings at Buckton.

Cormorant, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The weather consisted of light south-west winds, overcast skies and then rain during the afternoon. Seawatch highlights included 44 Pink-footed Geese flying north and a juvenile Glaucous Gull moving in the opposite direction.

Two Long-tailed Ducks were off South Landing, where the Woodcock showed well, a Water Rail frequented Thornwick Pools and the male Black Redstart remained at the Fog Station.

Pochard, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It proved to be a relatively bright day, with temperatures attaining 9 degrees C in a moderate west-north-westerly wind. A single Eider and eight Common Scoters flew south on the seawatch, with 154 Fulmars heading north. The male Black Redstart appeared once again along the cliff edge near the Fog Station.

West of the Dykes, at least one Short-eared Owl remained at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Grey Seal, off Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The weather consisted of largely sunny skies, although cloud increased later in the day and a light/moderate west-south-west wind. The usual wildfowl remained in residence including the long-staying Pochard at Thornwick Pools. West of the Dykes, a Hooded Crow frequented Sewerby. 

Guillemots, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

A day of light west-south-west winds and sunny skies. Seawatching was again disappointing, with two Eider flying north and six Common Scoters moving in the opposite direction. The freshwaters on the headland attracted two Shelduck, 21 Wigeon, 61 Teal, one Pochard and a Water Rail.

West of the Dykes, three Short-eared Owls frequented Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Monday, February 27th, 2017

It was overcast throughout, with a moderate south-westerly wind and spells of rain during the afternoon. A total of 68 Red-throated Divers and 11 Great Crested Grebes were off South Landing. One Woodcock (at Thornwick), two Fieldfare and a Redwing were potential migrants. Meanwhile, the male Black Redstart showed once more near the Fog Station.

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

The weather consisted strong south-westerly winds and overcast skies. During the seawatch, 78 Red-throated Divers flew south, with two Great Crested Grebes on the sea; an additional ten Great Crested Grebes were off South Dykes. A Long-tailed Duck flew past South Landing, where a Woodcock roosted in the ravine.

Stoat, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

It was an overcast day with moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, four Teal, six Common Scoter and 55 Red-throated Divers flew south, with two Great Crested Grebes offshore.

West of the Dykes, Buckton hosted a Water Rail.

Barn Owl, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Friday, February 24th, 2017

A relatively bright day, with light north-westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included two Long-tailed Ducks flying north, a Pochard and two Eider south, 734 Fulmars north, a Blue Fulmar heading in the same direction, with a Bonxie moving south.

The sea between South Landing and South Dykes attracted 38 Red-throated Divers, six Great Crested Grebes, two Long-tailed Ducks, three Eider and two Goldeneye. Additional sightings included three Stonechats and a Scandinavian Rock Pipit.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted three Short-eared Owls and 76 Corn Buntings.

‘sinensis’ Cormorant, North Cliffs, by Brett Richards

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The weather consisted of overcast skies, heavy rain later on, with a strong westerly wind. The seawatch was quiet, with single Shelduck and Eider passing the headland and increased numbers of Kittiwakes over recent days.

Pochard on Thornwick Pools by Andy Hood

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A day of mostly cloud cover with winds south-west force 2 and 9c.

Seawatching at the headland had 27 Wigeon south and two north, 17 Red-throated Diver south and nine north, 200 Guillemot south and 150 north, 1600 Razorbill south and 65 north. Present were 65 Shag and a juvenile Glaucous Gull.

Around the other parts of the headland were 53 Greylag Goose, 80 Teal, 25 Mallard, four Eider, four Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, three Great Crested Grebe, 18 Curlew which appeared to land near Flatmere, 34 Turnstone, Sanderling, Barn Owl, three Kestrel and four Rock Pipit.

At Bempton were 200 Fulmar, 500 Gannet, a juvenile Glaucous Gull, two Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, eleven Skylark, Stonechat, 70 Tree Sparrow, four Rock Pipit, 45 Linnet, Siskin and 85 Corn Bunting and 37 Yellowhammer south of Staple Newk. Eleven Harbour Porpoise were out from the cliffs.

Barn Owl by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

After a bright start, cloud cover increased during the afternoon, whilst brisk westerly winds established. Sightings from the South Landing area included a Scandinavian Rock Pipit starting to attain summer plumage, one Lapland Bunting and a Corn Bunting, whilst a Goldcrest on Church Lane may have been an early migrant.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted two Short-eared Owls, 48 Yellowhammers and 59 Corn Buntings. There was also an appreciable increase in Kittiwake numbers, with 807 moving north-west.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The weather consisted of generally overcast skies and moderate/strong south-westerly winds. Seawatching was again quiet and included two Eiders heading south and a Purple Sandpiper moving north.

Eight Great Crested Grebes were off South Landing, with at least six Lapland Buntings visible from the cliff-top path immediately east of there. Wildfowl records included 113 Teal, 25 Wigeon and the long-staying Pochard. A juvenile Glaucous Gull rested on fields near North Marsh, whilst the male Black Redstart made one of its sporadic appearances near the Fog Station.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB attracted a single Short-eared Owl.

Glaucous Gull, North Marsh, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

It was generally sunny, with moderate westerly winds. Five Pink-footed Geese accompanied the Greylag flock, the drake Pochard and three Snipe remained in residence at Thornwick Pools, whilst 12 Lapland Buntings were again near South Landing.

West of the Dykes, a minimum two Short-eared Owls frequented Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Lapland Buntings, near South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

After a relatively bright start, increasing cloud developed, with winds remaining in the south-west. During the seawatch, 85 Pink-footed Geese flew north during a quiet morning. Sightings from the South Landing area included five Great Crested Grebes, a Woodcock and three Lapland Buntings, whilst Thornwick Pools hosted Tufted Duck and Pochard.

Pochard and Tufted Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Sunshine and light north-westerlies dominated. South-bound seawatching highlights, unless stated, included 27 Wigeon, six Mallard, two Common Scoter (36 north), 19 Red-throated Diver (eight north) and a single Great Northern Diver north.

On land, the Lapland Bunting flock increased to 12 and continued to favour the ploughed field east of South Landing. A Black Redstart was discovered near the fogstation and 13 European White-fronted Geese and five Pink-footed Geese were on the Outer Head.

Two Short-eared Owl were hunting over grassland at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Lapland Bunting, by Andy Hood

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

*Belated news of eight Lapland Buntings yesterday in a ploughed cliff-top field east of South Landing*

A mostly overcast day with moderate south-westerlies and some light rain mid afternoon onwards. Seawatching highlights saw a single Teal north, two Eider north, nine Red-throated Diver south (one north), six Kittiwake and two Common Gull north and a single Lapland Bunting overflew the fogstation.

Up to ten Lapland Buntings were present between South Landing and Booted Gully.

The three Short-eared Owls were again at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Visibility fluctuated throughout the day as a sea fret lingered along the coast, accompanied by gentle south-south-westerlies. Seawatching produced a single Shelduck south, single Eider north, two Common Scoter south, 22 Red-throated Diver south and a single Kittiwake south.

The day’s highlight came in the form of an adult male Black Redstart in the centre of Flamborough village. The Woodcock remained in its favoured South Landing roost site.

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB, the three Short-eared Owls continued to show throughout the day; two pairs of Goosander overflew the reserve.

Reed Bunting, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A day of settled weather with light to moderate south-westerlies. The mornings seawatch highlights consisted of a blue phase Fulmar south with 33 pale phase (one north), a juvenile Glaucous Gull south, two Common Scoter and five Red-throated Diver south.

This afternoon, another/the same juvenile Glaucous Gull flew north from Northcliff Marsh. A Bar-tailed Godwit overflew Oceanview Farm, a Grey Wagtail was noted on the Outer Head as were 13 White-fronted Geese, with another at Water Lane, and one wintering Chiffchaff was present.

West of the dyke, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a juvenile Glaucous Gull, three Short-eared Owls, a notable count of six Stonechat and 10 Red-throated Diver.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Outer Head, by Mike Smith

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A break from rain and sleet today saw sunshine and blue skies for the most part, accopmanied by a fresh easterly force five. Seawatching counts included five Common Scoter north, 37 Red-throated Diver south (13 north), two Great Crested Grebe south, 60 Fulmar south (13 north) and three Kittiwake south (nine north).

At South Landing the Woodcock continued its stay and at Bempton Cliffs RSPB a single Short-eared Owl was present.

Woodcock, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Persistent rain and sleet continued for much of the day, with a strong north easterly breeze.

It was an exceptional day for Glaucous Gull records with a minimum of three at Bempton and a single at South Landing. South Landing also held a Long-tailed Duck and a Woodcock.

Counts from the sea watch included 47 Red-throated Diver, 11 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake and a single Common Scoter.

Cormorant by Alan Walkington.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Wintery showers again persisted throughout the day. Wind was a moderate north easterly.

13 Russian White-fronted Geese toured the headland, along with five Pink-feet and 82 Greylags. Other wildfowl counts included 25 Wigeon, 40 Teal and two Shelduck. Two Gadwall were on Buckton Pond.

On the sea watch 41 Red-throated Diver, 161 Fulmar, 575 Gannet, 7 Razorbills, 75 Shag and a Kittiwake were noted.

Gadwall, Buckton pond by Brett Richards.

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Frequent hail and snow showers continued throughout the day. Wind was a moderate northerly.

Highlights on the sea watch included 11 Red-throated Diver, 60 Fulmar, 343 Gannet and 5 Kittiwake. Additionally, two Long-tailed Duck were on the sea off Booted Gully.

It was no change on the land; the Woodcock remained at South Landing, the Pochard, Tufted Duck and 2 Shelduck were still at Thornwick pool and Oceanview held 63 Reed Bunting, 29 Yellowhammer and 40 Tree Sparrow.

Reed Bunting, Thornwick Pools by Craig Thomas.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Weather was overcast throughout the day, with wintery showers at times. Wind was a moderate easterly.

It was a relatively quiet day. Sea watching highlights amounted to 9 Red-throated Diver, 52 Fulmar, 294 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake and 18 Shag.

On the land, 12 Red-legged Partridge and a Woodcock remained at South Landing. Thornwick pool held on to its 2 Shelduck, Pochard and Tufted Duck, whilst 23 Wigeon and 21 Teal were present around the head.

Teal, Thornwick pools by Alan Walkington.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A cloudy and cold day, with moderate easterly wind.

A second calendar year Glaucous Gull flew south on the mornings sea watch. Other sea watch counts included 12 Red-throated Diver, 157 Gannet and a single Puffin.

On the land, a pair of Shelduck were at Thornwick pool along with the continuing Pochard and Tufted Duck. A particularly noteworthy count of 30 Lapwing flew over Hartendale. Bempton held another juvenile Glaucous Gull and 60 Corn Bunting.

Tree Sparrow, Buckton by Paul Reed.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Rain for much of the morning, easing off towards the afternoon. Wind was a light to moderate south easterly.

Today’s highlights included a Black Redstart in the village, a single adult Russian White-fronted Goose with Greylags on the flashes adjacent to Water Lane and a Short-eared Owl at Northcliffe. Both drake Pochard and female Tufted Duck remained in residence at Thornwick pool, as did the Woodcock at South Landing.

A notable flock of buntings was present at Oceanview, containing 63 Reed Bunting and 28 Yellowhammer.

Russian White-fronted Goose, Water Lane by Brett Richards.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

A sunny start, gradually clouded over during the day. Wind was a light westerly to south westerly.

The days highlight pertained to ten White-beaked Dolphin which headed north off the fog station at 8:30. Other sea watch highlights included a single Manx Shearwater north, 32 RT Diver, 7 Common Scoter, 95 Fulmar, 18 Kittiwake and 260 Gannet.

On the land, 11 Russian White-fronted Geese remained around the Headland, with a male Pochard and female Tufted Duck at Thornwick pool. Two Woodcock were also noted.

Rock Pipit, South Landing by Alan Walkington.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

A cloudy start with some mist patches, giving way to sunny skies by late morning. Wind was a light southerly, turning westerly by the evening.

Yet another juvenile Glaucous Gull was recorded, this time at Bempton. The bird was seen eating a Guillemot before flying off north west. Up to four Short-eared Owl and a Stonechat were also in the Bempton area. Seabirds were back on the cliffs with 3000 Guillemot, 200 Razorbills, 200 Gannet, 150 Fulmar and 20 Kittiwake counted.

Elsewhere, two overwintering Chiffchaff were at Hartendale. Four Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard drumming at South dykes, whilst 12 Red-legged Partridge at the same location was a notable count. The Woodcock remained in the ravine at South Landing, with 7 Common Scoter and 3 GC Grebe offshore.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton by Alan Walkington.

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Weather was sunny throughout, with a moderate southerly wind, which eased during the day.

Highlights of the mornings sea watch included a second calendar year Glaucous Gull north, 4 Velvet Scoter north and 3 Goosander south.

Another 1st winter Glaucous Gull was off South Landing. 14 Russian White-fronted Geese toured the headland, whilst a Short-eared Owl was just west of the Golf course. Up to six Short-eared Owl were in the Bempton/Buckton area.

Kestrel at the lighthouse, Alan Walkington.