Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Winds remained light and from the south-west, with sunny intervals throughout. Seawatching highlights included 128 Teal, 42 Common Scoters and two Little Egrets flying south, with 55 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns, four Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas heading north.

A Hobby flew over Thornwick, where 11 Teal, 14 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were present.

West of the Dykes, the Alpine Swift once again made a brief appearance over Bempton Cliffs RSPB mid-morning and then again in the evening.

Sparrowhawk, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Monday, August 14th, 2017

After an overcast start to the day, sunny intervals established mid-afternoon, whilst an increasing south-south-east wind developed. During the seawatch, four Tufted Duck, a Manx Shearwater, 33 Redshank, five Sanderling, 55 Dunlin and an Arctic Skua flew south, with 55 Sandwich Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, one Greenshank, a Ringed Plover and 17 Dunlin.

The Alpine Swift reappeared over Bempton Cliffs during the morning, with Little Egret and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also recorded there.

Whimbrel, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

A  sunny day, with light west-north-west winds. During the seawatch, a Sooty Shearwater, three Manx Shearwaters, a Black-tailed Godwit, 77 Redshank, a Greenshank and two Arctic Skuas flew south, with 54 Sandwich Terns and four Bonxies moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Greenshank, eight Dunlin and two Snipe. A Marsh Harrier and eight Whimbrel also flew west over South Landing. 

The Alpine Swift re-appeared near the cliff top at Buckton late morning. Other sightings from there included two Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, four Golden Plover, a Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Yellow Wagtails and four Whinchat. 

Alpine Swift, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Alpine Swift, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Marsh Harrier, South Landing, by Mark Pearson

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

An overcast day, with showers and relatively light westerly winds, which switched to northerlies later. Seawatching highlights included 68 Common Scoters flying north, a winter-plumaged Great Northern Diver that drifted south on the sea, two Great Crested Grebes north, a Black-tailed Godwit heading south, with two Greenshank, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 114 Sandwich Terns, 81 Common Terns and two Arctic Terns all flying north. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret, 17 Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers. South Landing hosted a Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Whimbrel, five Curlew, 21 Dunlin and 46 Redshank. However, the day’s highlight was the re-appearance of the Alpine Swift; initially seen at Bempton Cliffs early morning, it later drifted south-east towards the Thornwick area. 

Additional sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included a Marsh Harrier, three Golden Plovers, 27 Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, one Cuckoo and 300 Linnets.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, August 11th, 2017

A day of light south-west winds and generally overcast skies. During the seawatch, three Eider, 75 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 307 Sandwich Terns, 18 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, one Bonxie and three Arctic Skuas flew north. Flying south were four Golden Plovers, a Grey Plover, five Ringed Plovers, 37 Redshank and 191 Dunlin.

A mobile flock of 180 Common Scoters frequented Bridlington Bay off South Dykes. A flock of 23 Black-tailed Godwits also flew south over the outer head having headed over Bempton Cliffs earlier. Thornwick Pools attracted 19 Dunlin, two Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers. Migrant passerines included two Wheatears and a Garden Warbler.

West of the Dykes, single Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl and a Willow Tit, together with four Whinchats, were seen at Buckton. Migrants at Bempton Cliffs included 14 Yellow Wagtails.

Hobby, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The weather consisted of light northerly winds and prolonged sunny spells. Seawatching highlights included 15 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 124 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 51 Manx Shearwaters, 513 Sandwich Terns, 37 Common Terns, 11 Arctic Terns and 13 Bonxies flying north. Heading in the opposite direction were a Red-throated Diver, 120 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, 17 Ringed Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 125 Whimbrel, 48 Redshank, 79 Dunlin, an immature Pomarine Skua and three Arctic Skuas.

Five Greenshank (three at Thornwick Pools and two over Oceanview) and two Green Sandpipers (One Thornwick Pools and one Beacon Hill) were present. Thornwick Pools also attracted a Banded Demoiselle – an odonata species rarely recorded locally. A scattering of migrant passerines included a Pied Flycatcher.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Cuckoo was present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Strong northerly winds lasted all day; the morning was overcast, with sunny intervals developing in the afternoon. Seawatching showed considerable improvement, with a Cory’s Shearwater offshore at 0757hrs that eventually flew south. However, the highlight related to a Red-necked Phalarope which flew north from 1815-1825hrs, albeit interspersed with spells on the sea. Other birds moving north included 63 Teal, two Eider, 230 Common Scoter, three Sooty Shearwaters, 60 Manx Shearwaters, four Golden Plover, two Little Ringed Plovers, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 115 Sandwich Terns, 63 Common Terns and 16 Arctic Terns. A substantial movement of Kittiwakes started from 1600hrs and continued until late evening, with a peak of 8000 birds moving north per hour. Four Little Gulls were also observed feeding offshore. Southbound passage included six Shoveler, a Red-throated Diver, 471 Oystercatchers, five Whimbrel, a Greenshank, ten Bonxies and 26 Arctic Skuas. 

Thornwick Pools hosted a Greenshank and three Dunlin.

Bonxie, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The main feature of the day was rain; persistent and at times very heavy, along with an increasingly strong northerly wind. During the seawatch, 360 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, one Manx Shearwater and a Common Tern flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted 20 Dunlin, one Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and one Ringed Plover.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Light/moderate south-westerly winds reduced in strength during a largely sunny day. During the seawatch, two Shoveler, 183 Common Scoters, three Whimbrel, 35 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, whilst 11 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, 19 Redshank, two Sanderling and 41 Dunlin flew south. However, the highlight was a Minke Whale that fully breached to the north-east of the Fog Station; quite possibly the same animal was later seen off Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Thornwick Pools attracted 36 Dunlin, two Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank and a Short-eared Owl.

The latter location went one better when an Alpine Swift was discovered mid-morning; it showed well from the cliff top vantage points until late morning when it drifted off north-west.

Alpine Swift, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Craig Thomas

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by John Beaumont

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

The weather consisted of light/moderate westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 91 Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 46 Sandwich Terns, nine Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north, whilst a Bonxie and five Arctic Skuas were also recorded. Elsewhere, a Greenshank, 12 Dunlin and seven Snipe frequented Thornwick Pools. 

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew north at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Linnet, South Landing, by Don Hustings

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The prevailing wind again had a westerly component, although was north of west late morning; after a sunny day, heavy showers passed through the area in the evening. Seawatching highlights included 36 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and a Great Crested Grebe flying north, 58 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank heading south, two Bonxies north, a sub-adult Pomarine Skua and five Arctic Skuas flying south, with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Terns and 382 Puffins flying north.

Thornwick Pools attracted 11 Dunlin, two Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank. Five Willow Warblers were also in the Thornwick area, together with two Spotted Flycatchers.

A Minke Whale was seen off Bempton Cliffs RSPB, where a Cuckoo was also recorded. Nearby Buckton hosted single Willow Tit and Redstart.

Greenshank, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Chinese Character moth, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Strong westerly winds blew throughout a sunny day, with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. Nine Manx Shearwaters were recorded during the seawatch, along with 27 Oystercatchers heading south, whilst 30 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flew north.

A Green Sandpiper and 28 Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, with five Willow Warblers in the same area. A Common Sandpiper flew south over Oceanview, with 79 Swifts moving west over there early evening.

West of the Dykes, a Wood Sandpiper flew south-east over Bempton Cliffs, where three Bonxies were recorded during the day.

Swift, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Strong south-westerly winds dominated another showery day. Seawatching highlights included four Teal, 12 Whimbrel and 13 Knot moving south, with three Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas heading north; two Bonxies were also present.

Thornwick Pools hosted 29 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, four Green Sandpipers and two Greenshank. Two Willow Warblers and three Blackcap in the Bay Brambles were undoubted migrants.

Sanderling, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

A relatively overcast day, with light/moderate south-westerly winds. During the seawatch, 28 Common Scoters and ten Manx Shearwaters flew north, a Great Crested Grebe and 11 Dunlin moved south. The ‘autumn’s’ first Pomarine Skua, an immature, also flew south, whilst 34 Sandwich Terns went north and three Common Terns moved in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted 24 Dunlin, a Whimbrel, three Green Sandpipers and a Redshank.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Cuckoo, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The weather again consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and showers. Seawatching highlights included 70 Oystercatchers, 72 Whimbrel and ten Redshank flying south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Grebe, 20 Dunlin, ten Redshank, three Green Sandpipers, with a Greenshank also flying south over the pools.

Sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included three Shoveler and nine Black-tailed Godwits flying south-east, with seven Snipe and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull heading north-west. A total of 377 Swallows also flew south-east there, where a Banded Demoiselle represented an unusual local record. Additional sightings from Buckton included one Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo, two Whinchat, a Grasshopper Warbler, nine Willow Warblers, 30 Yellow Wagtails and two Willow Tits.

Little Grebe, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Barn Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The weather mirrored a pattern established over recent days: moderate westerly winds, sunny intervals and heavy showers. During the seawatch, a Shelduck, seven Shoveler, 50 Oystercatchers, seven Whimbrel, 33 Redshank, 17 Knot, 38 Dunlin, nine Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew south, with six Manx Shearwaters and 140 Sandwich Terns moving in the opposite direction; single Arctic Skua and Bonxie lingered offshore.

Thornwick Pools attracted 22 Dunlin, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, two Redshank and two Green Sandpipers.

West of the Dykes, a Cuckoo, one Goldcrest, four Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were present at Buckton.

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

After a sunny morning, heavy showers arrived in the afternoon on moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, 50 Common Scoters, 113 Sandwich Terns, ten Common Terns and three Bonxies flew north, whilst seven Manx Shearwaters, five Whimbrel, nine Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted two Green Sandpipers, a Redshank and ten Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Marsh Harrier and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Karen Bradley

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Sunny intervals and south-westerly winds were the order of the day, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 11 Manx Shearwaters flying north, 20 Whimbrel, 30 Knot and an Arctic Skua moving south, with 27 Sandwich Terns, 47 Common Terns and 23 Arctic Terns also heading north.

Another Arctic Tern visited Thornwick Pools which attracted seven Dunlin, whilst a Hobby also flew over the pools. Passerine interest included a Treecreeper, unusually in the outer head gardens. 

Sightings from Bempton included a Marsh Harrier, one Bonxie, a Cuckoo, two Wheatears and nine Yellow Wagtails. Buckton also attracted a Cuckoo.

Arctic Tern, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Cuckoo, Buckton, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-westerly winds and increasing cloud, before a band of rain in the evening. Seawatching highlights included a Balearic Shearwater, ten Manx Shearwaters, 138 Sandwich Terns, 15 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua flying north. Heading in the opposite direction were 35 Oystercatchers, 15 Whimbrel, 54 Redshank, nine Turnstone, 115 Knot and eight Dunlin. In addition, five Yellow Wagtails flew south over the Fog Station.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Shoveler, Wigeon, Green Sandpiper and three Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers and a Quail (calling) were present at Buckton, where a Little Egret flew south. A Bonxie, three Wheatear and four Yellow Wagtails were present at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Light/moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals and heavy showers featured throughout the day. During the seawatch, 53 Common Scoter, 119 Sandwich Terns, ten Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flew north. Elsewhere, a Little Grebe and eight Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, with two Green Sandpipers on Beacon Hill.

West of the Dykes, two Marsh Harriers and a Whinchat were present at Buckton.

Little Grebe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Marsh Harrier, Buckton. by Paul Reed

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

An overcast morning, with a moderate south-south-easterly wind before a belt of rain early afternoon. Seawatching highlights included the following moving south: two Shoveler, two Red-throated Divers, 28 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, seven Black-tailed Godwits, 26 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, ten Turnstone, 158 Knot, eight Sanderling and 14 Dunlin. Heading north were a single Balearic Shearwater, 317 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua, whilst 120 Common Scoters were off South Landing. Thornwick Pools hosted five Black-tailed Godwits, a Ringed Plover, one Redshank and a Dunlin.

Bempton Cliffs RSPB hosted a Cuckoo.

Black-tailed Godwits, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

It was an overcast morning, with brighter spells later and light/moderate northerly winds. Following yesterday’s blow, birds were re-orientating back north, including 23 Teal, two Tufted Duck, 381 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 167 Manx Shearwaters, three Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel, nine Sanderling, 372 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns, five Arctic Terns and two Bonxies; three Arctic Skuas were also logged. Wader records included single Green Sandpiper and Greenshank.

West of the Dykes, a Great Northern Diver flew south-east at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Fulmar, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The weather was best described as inclement – strong north-north-westerly winds, driving rain with mist and temperatures barely reaching 13 degrees C. A seawatch from South Landing was quiet, with eight Common Scoters flying north, whilst five Dunlin and six Sandwich Terns headed in the opposite direction. Nineteen Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Whimbrel, a Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers and four Sanderling sheltered on the beach. A pair of Coal Tits was present on Church Lane, where breeding has occurred over recent years.

Coal Tit, Sewerby, by Mike Smith

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, with overcast conditions and showers. During the seawatch, an Eider, 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and 43 Sandwich Terns flew north, whilst two Red-throated Divers and two Common Terns moved south. Thornwick Pools attracted a Knot and three Dunlin, with an adult Yellow-legged Gull and four Whimbrel on the beach near South Landing. In addition, a Marbled White butterfly was seen in the village.

West of the Dykes, a Green Sandpiper and male Black Redstart were located at Buckton Pond, a Grasshopper Warbler was re-trapped at Buckton, whilst a Mediterranean Gull overflew Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Black Redstart, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Grasshopper Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Light/moderate south-easterly winds were a constant during a day that featured showers and brighter spells. During the seawatch, 69 Common Scoters, 30 Manx Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater (the first since an unusual mid-winter record on 14th January), 35 Oystercatchers, 20 Whimbrel, 13 Redshank, 27 Knot, five Sanderling, 12 Little Gulls, three Common Terns and two Bonxies all flew south. Six Arctic Skuas were logged, whilst 277 Sandwich Terns moved north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Green Sandpiper, five Dunlin and a Redshank. West of the Dykes, Buckton Pond hosted two Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Moderate/strong south-south-easterly winds featured throughout a day of sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included three Manx Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel, five Knot and eight Dunlin moving south, with 55 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns, one Arctic Tern and a Bonxie heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted five Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper, with a lone Yellow Wagtail flying south over the fog station.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton Cliffs RSPB included a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, single Arctic Skua and Bonxie, two Wheatears and five Yellow Wagtails flying south. Buckton Pond attracted a single Green Sandpiper.

Puffin, North Landing, by Mark Pearson

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

It mixed day of weather, with essentially a light/moderate westerly airflow, heavy rain during the middle part and a sunny finish; temperatures dropped to 13 degrees C mid-afternoon. Seawatching was rewarded with 47 Common Scoters,  20 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Oystercatchers and six Whimbrel flying south, with 110 Sandwich Terns, three Arctic Terns and a Bonxie moving north.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, two Shoveler, four Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and one Redshank.

West of the Dykes, 23 Whimbrel flew south-east at Buckton, where the Grasshopper Warbler continued to sing near the cliff top.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

A day that featured long spells of overcast, but also sunny conditions, with winds switching from the east to light southerlies. Seawatching highlights included 706 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 154 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and four Bonxies flying north, whilst a Blue Fulmar, 95 Manx Shearwaters, 129 Oystercatchers and five Arctic Skuas moved in the opposite direction.

An additional 100 Common Scoters were present off South Dykes. Thornwick Pools attracted six Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin, with 21 Whimbrel (out of a daily total of 26) and a Greenshank overflying there. A Marbled White butterfly seen at South Landing represented a relatively unusual local record. 

West of the Dykes, three Common Sandpipers visited Buckton Pond.

Common Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-easterly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching was relatively productive, with a further southerly movement of waders. Highlights included 282 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver and 17 Manx Shearwaters flying north, a Little Egret, 13 Oystercatchers, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Redshank, 15 Sanderling and 14 Dunlin moving south, with 73 Sandwich Terns and three Arctic Terns flying north. Both lone Arctic Skua and Bonxie lingered offshore; two Bonxies were also seen at Bemtpon Cliffs RSPB.

An impressive 26 Dunlin visited Thornwick Pools, where the Wigeon remained in residence.

Shag, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport

Monday, July 17th, 2017

It was another sunny day, with temperatures of 20 degrees and a light westerly wind. Highlights during the morning seawatch included 11 Manx Shearwater, 16 Arctic Tern, 40 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 33 Common Scoter and a single Great Crested Grebe. A southerly movement of waders in the evening included four Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Redshank, a Sanderling and 87 Dunlin.

The days highlight pertained to a Willow Tit, seen in the village before heading south. Thornwick Pools held three Dunlin and the moulting Wigeon.

Elsewhere a colour-ringed Little Egret was on the edge of the recording area at Speeton. This bird had been rung as a chick in Cambridgeshire during 2009.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

After an overcast start, sunshine broke through during the afternoon and temperatures attained 22 degrees C; winds remained light/moderate and from the north-west. Seawatching produced 27 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, four Manx Shearwaters, 24 Sandwich Terns, six Common Terns, four Arctic Terns and a Bonxie flying north. The year’s first fledged Kittiwakes were also present off the Fog Station.

Three Mute Swans were present on the sea off South Landing, but rare still, a juvenile Willow Tit was caught and ringed at Buckton.

The overnight ringing session resulted in two Storm Petrels being captured and ringed.

Storm Petrel, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Willow Tit, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

A day of moderate westerly winds and overcast skies. During the morning’s seawatch, seven Teal, a Velvet Scoter and 25 Dunlin flew south, with 32 Common Scoter, three Manx Shearwaters, 16 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern moving in the opposite direction. Single Bonxie and Arctic Skua were also present offshore.

On the headland, a juvenile Marsh Harrier overflew Thornwick Pools, which was also visited by single Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin.

Kittiwake, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, July 14th, 2017

An overcast day with moderate westerly winds. During the seawatch, 215 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, two Manx Shearwaters, 17 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew north, with four Teal, five Manx Shearwaters, single Whimbrel and Ringed Plover and three Arctic Terns moved south. 

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

A day of sunny intervals, light south-westerly winds and temperatures rising to 22 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with 256 Common Scoters flying north, a Red-throated Diver south, 12 Manx Shearwaters north, 13 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrel, three Curlew, 15 Redshank and 12 Dunlin all south, a second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull, 42 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, four Arctic Terns all north, along with three Arctic Skuas.

Elsewhere, sightings included 120 Common Scoters in Bridlington Bay. Waders also increased in number, with 15 Dunlin (including 13 at Thornwick), a Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit at Thornwick and one Snipe. Three juvenile Yellow Wagtails also frequented Thornwick Pools. Dragonfly records included six Red-veined Darters, lots of Ruddy Darters and Southern Hawker.

West of the Dykes, 60 Common Scoters flew north at Bempton, with 500 Swifts over there and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail at the Chalet Park.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

From top left: Red-veined Darter, Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter(2), by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Moderate to strong north-north-easterly winds dominated the first half of a largely sunny day, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with two Eider flying south, 81 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers and 27 Manx Shearwaters all flying north, with seven Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie moving in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools attracted single Wigeon and Tufted Duck along with two Dunlin. Late in the day, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull rested on the golf course.

West of the Dykes, a Tufted Duck accompanied ten chicks on Buckton Pond, with 100 Swallows, a Grasshopper Warbler, an early migrant Whinchat and a Willow Warbler in the immediate vicinity of the Heligoland trap.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Whinchat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

An overcast day, with light rain in the morning, turning heavier in the afternoon; winds remained light but temperatures low, reaching only 12 degrees C mid-afternoon. During the course of the day, Thornwick Pools hosted a Little Egret, one Grey Heron, the Wigeon, two Dunlin and one Oystercatcher. Presumably the same Little Egret later flew west near Beacon Hill. A three-hour watch at the latter site was rewarded with a substantial movement of Swifts ahead of the cold front, with 1100 flying west.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Monday, July 10th, 2017

After a bright start, cloud built and showers then featured for the rest of the day. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, the lone summering Wigeon, eight Dunlin, two Oystercatchers and a Little Ringed Plover. An influx of Swifts was a feature, as feeding groups moved onto the headland ahead a shower cloud: 270 were present over Flamborough village, with an additional 300 at Bempton. Records from the latter location included 120 Common Scoter moving north and a Bonxie offshore.

Non-avian interest was headlined by a Red-veined Darter at Thornwick Pools.

Oystercatcher, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Comma, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

A sunny day, with moderate south-westerly winds and temperatures that reached 24 degrees C. The highlight of a morning seawatch was a Minke Whale which slowly moved south off the Fog Station. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, six Dunlin, three Little Ringed Plovers and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail, whilst the South Dykes/South Landing areas hosted 100 Common Scoter and two Mediterranean Gulls.

The day’s most notable sighting related to a Lesser Emperor dragonfly seen at Bempton Cliffs RSPB. Additional records from the reserve included a Little Egret, two Bonxies, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 393 Swifts flying south-east and one Lesser Redpoll.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Puss Moth caterpillar, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Tony Simpson

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Sunny throughout, with a light wind, generally with a northerly component, and temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Teal, 24 Common Scoters, a Manx Shearwater, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua all flew north.

Thornwick Pools hosted single Grey Heron, Wigeon and Dunlin. 

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Friday, July 7th, 2017

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, 271 Common Scoters, seven Manx Shearwaters, two Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and four Arctic Terns flew north. South Landing attracted an adult Mediterranean Gull and five Whimbrel. Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, three Shoveler and a Dunlin, whilst a Little Egret visited a pool on Beacon Hill.

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Tony Simpson

Little Egret, Beacon Hill, by Neil Weeks

Puffins, Outer head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

An overcast start to a day that featured sunny intervals and occasional mist; winds were light and variable in direction, with temperatures peaking at 19 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included ten Teal flying south, 504 Common Scoters and three Red-throated Divers north, single Whimbrel, nine Curlew, 42 Redshank and 12 Dunlin heading south, with 15 Sandwich Terns moving in the opposite direction. An adult Mediterranean Gull was also present off the headland. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, two Tufted Ducks and two Dunlin, whilst a Whimbrel was on the beach at South Dykes.

Common Seal, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

An misty and overcast day, with a moderate north-westerly wind and temperatures pegged to 14 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included seven Teal, two Eiders, 530 Common Scoters, 42 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Sandwich Terns and two Bonxies flying north, with single Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Dunlin, two Redshanks and six Curlews heading south.

Common Scoters, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Roe Deer, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

An overcast day, with light and variable winds and spells of drizzle. A seawatch from South Landing produced 44 Common Scoter, two Great Crested Grebes, one Little Egret and three Sandwich Terns moving north. An additional 33 Common Scoters and two Red-throated Divers were offshore, whilst an adult Mediterranean Gull flew east at Sewerby. Two Common Seals also lingered in the South Landing area. Thornwick Pools attracted a Common Sandpiper.

Kittiwake, Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

A relatively overcast day, with a moderate south-westerly wind and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 74 Common Scoter flying north, a Red-throated Diver south, 13 Manx Shearwaters north, two Bonxies offshore and 17 Sandwich Terns flying past.

Small Heath, Thornwick, by Tony Simpson

Puss Moth caterpillar, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

A warm and sunny day, with moderate westerly veering to north-westerly winds.

Totals during the morning seawatch consisted of: 43 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern, 3 Bonxie, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Hobby. Two Little Ringed Plovers visited Thornwick Pools, whilst a juvenile Wheatear was located on the Golf Course.

Bempton also held a single Hobby, along with Short-eared Owl and a Little Egret. A movement of Swift over the outer headland during the evening included 150 between North Marine Road and North Dykes and a further 70 over Oceanview.

Skylark, by Phil Dyson.

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Cloud first thing gave way to sunny skies. Wind was a light to moderate north westerly.

Sea watching again produced the days highlights with a notable 52 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar, 23 Common Scoter, 1 Little Gull, 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Bonxie and an Arctic Skua.

Elsewhere 2 Common Scoter were on the sea on the south side of the headland, whilst Buckton held at least five Curlew and a Buzzard.

Insects were plentiful in the warm weather with 100+ Red Admiral butterfly and a Bilberry Bumblebee noted at Buckton.

Stock Dove, by Andy Hood.

Six-spot Burnet, Lime speck pug, The flame and Latticed Heath moths, by Andrew Allport.

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Another cloudy day with some periods of thick fog. Wind was a light north westerly.

The morning sea watch produced 10 Manx Shearwater, 33 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 dark morph Arctic Skua and 83 Common Scoter.

On the land, a single drake Tufted Duck at Thornwick Pools and the lingering Green Sandpiper were the only noteworthy records.

Tufted Duck, Thornwick Pools by Andrew Allport.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

A misty/foggy day, with periods of light rain and much lighter north-westerly winds. Birds moving north over the sea included 58 Common Scoter, 262 Fulmars, a single Manx Shearwater, one Golden Plover, three Sandwich Terns, a Bonxie and one Arctic Skua. 

The Wigeon remained on Thornwick Pools, where a Green Sandpiper represented the first reurning migrant.

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The weather was horrific, whilst the birding was brilliant! Very strong northerly winds, driving, heavy rain throughout and temperatures that ‘peaked’ at 11 degrees C.

However, a Black-browed Albatross sat on Bempton Cliffs RSPB meant those able to witness this unique occurrence hardly noticed the inclement weather. Initially seen flying around Staple Newk at 1225hrs, the bird drifted off to the north. However, it was eventually relocated on the sea again off Staple Newk, before flying back to the cliff top and landing amongst the Gannets. On view for over 30 minutes, it was spooked by an aggressive Gannet and looked like it was flying back out to sea. However, it  then turned back towards the colony, before drifting slowly north-west near to the base of the cliffs and disappearing out of view at c.1500hrs.

Considerably more mundane, a seawatch from South Landing yielded 190 Common Scoters, four Manx Shearwaters and a Bonxie flying north, with an Arctic Skua also offshore. Another Bonxie flew north at Bempton Cliffs.

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Mark Pearson

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Mark Pearson

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs, by Tony Dixon

Black-browed Albatross, Bempton Cliffs, by Tony Dixon

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The weather consisted of overcast skies, spells of relatively light rain and moderate east-south-easterly winds. Such conditions prompted the northbound movement of 1333 Common Scoters, together with 89 Manx Shearwaters, 23 Sandwich Terns and three Bonxies, with four Arctic Skuas also recorded. 

A third-summer Yellow-legged Gull loafed on the Golf Course during the evening. Elsewhere, a ringing session resulted in 38 birds caught, including ten Whitethroats, seven Sedge Warblers and two Reed Warblers.

Swallows, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Don Hustings