Thursday, October 18th, 2018

A day of light north-westerly winds and sunny skies. Seawatching highlights included three dark-bellied Brent Geese (two north, one south), two Red-breasted Merganser and 16 Red-throated Divers south, three Manx Shearwaters and a Mediterranean Gull north, with two Bonxies and three Arctic Skuas heading in the opposite direction. Six Pintail and a Great Northern Diver flew past the Fog Station during the evening.

A Jack Snipe overflew South Landing. A total of nine Yellow-browed Warblers remained, as did the Barred Warbler (Bay Brambles) and Olive-backed Pipit (North Landing). Three Ring Ouzels, five Stonechats, a Wheatear, one Pied Flycatcher, seven Twite (flock of five and two singles on the outer head) and two Lesser Redpoll were also located. A Little Bunting near Old Fall and then west represented the first of the autumn.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted 170 Lapwing, 35 Golden Plovers, a Whinchat, 80 Skylark and two Snow Buntings.

Olive-backed Pipit, North Landing, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The weather consisted of light south-west winds and overcast skies, with brighter intervals later. Seawatching highlights included 21 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, one Great Northern Diver, two Mediterranean Gulls and four Arctic Skuas flying south.

A Little Egret frequented the shore below the Fog Station, 12 Common Buzzards and three Short-eared Owls were present, which included two of the latter coming in off the sea. On the passerine front, the Olive-backed Pipit remained at North Landing, giving good views on occasion along the eastern path leading onto the cliff top. Two Waxwings were new arrivals, which included one bird watched flying in off the sea on the outer head, whilst other migrants included 44 Goldcrest, seven Yellow-browed Warblers, the Barred Warbler (Bay Brambles), 560 Redwing, 15 Ring Ouzels, 560 Tree Sparrows, 41 Brambling, five Lesser Redpoll, 23 Siskin, seven Twite and three Snow Buntings. The Pied Crow continued its protracted stay in the village.

Olive-backed Pipit, North Landing, by Mark Breaks

Barred Warbler, Bay Brambles, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

A fantastic arrival of migrants occurred during light south-west winds and overcast skies. A Merlin was seen near North Landing, whilst wader interest included a Dotterel accompanying Golden Plovers over the headland, with 86 of the latter recorded, one Woodcock, a Jack Snipe and two Snipe. A Short-eared Owl also frequented the North Landing area. The day’s highlight related to the discovery of an Olive-backed Pipit mid-afternoon at North Landing by a visiting birder. Additional passerine totals included: a Swallow, 35 Goldcrest, 21 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Barred Warbler (Bay Brambles), ten Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 35 Skylark, 7350 Redwing, 111o Fieldfare, 760 Song Thrush, 17 Ring Ouzel, 375 Blackbirds, 120 Starling, two Wheatear, three Stonechat, a Redstart, one Pied Flycatcher, a Grey Wagtail, 125 Brambling, one Lesser Redpoll and three Crossbill. A total of 103 birds were caught and ringed which included five of the aforementioned Yellow-browed Warblers, 24 Redwing and 21 Song Thrush.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton included a Jack Snipe, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 3000 Redwing, 150 Song Thrush, 100 Fieldfare, 14 Ring Ouzels and eight Brambling.

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, October 15th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate north-easterly wind and rain until mid-morning. Seawatching highlights included two dark-bellied Brent Geese, 22 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 54 Common Scoter, five Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Red-throated Divers, two Manx Shearwaters, 44 Golden Plovers, two Bonxies, four Sandwich Terns and three Mediterranean Gulls flying north, with three Great Northern Divers, a Red-necked Grebe, eight Bonxies, seven Arctic Skuas and 12 Little Gulls heading south. Two Slavonian Grebes close inshore off the Fog Station were more unusual still, with a Common Sandpiper at South Landing and a Short-eared Owl in the Gorse Field.

Passerine migrants included eight Swallows, 12 Goldcrests, a Willow Warbler, four Chiffchaffs, seven Yellow-browed Warblers, six Wheatear, 890 Redwing, 380 Fieldfare, 40 Song Thrush, 25 Blackbird, two Mistle Thrush, 75 Chaffinch, 92 Brambling and a Hawfinch; the latter at South Landing.

West of the Dykes, single Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl and a newly arrived Yellow-browed Warbler were seen at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst 60 Lapwing, two Ring Ouzels and five Brambling graced Buckton.

Slavonian Grebe, Fog Station, by Mark Breaks

Brambling, South Landing, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

A day of moderate north-westerly winds and rain throughout. Seawatching highlights included four Eider, a Velvet Scoter, a Mediterranean Gull and an Arctic Skua flew south. An increase in Blackbirds was apparent despite the inclement birding conditions, with a Ring Ouzel remaining in the Gorse Field.

West of the Dykes, seven Pintail, three Chiffchaffs and a Yellow-browed Warbler were present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. 

Feathered Rununculus, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The weather consisted of strong south-westerly winds and generally overcast skies; the day’s striking feature were the warm temperatures, peaking at 21 degrees C well after dark. During the morning seawatch, 32 Wigeon, 47 Teal, a Goosander and seven Little Gulls flew south. A juvenile Pomarine Skua flew north early afternoon, whilst an additional seven Little Gulls headed south later. 

Thornwick Pools attracted two Greenshank and three Dunlin; four Mediterranean Gulls were also in residence. Migrants also included four House Martin, four Swallows, ten Yellow-browed Warblers, two Whinchat, three Redstarts, three Stonechat and 14 Ring Ouzels, with the latter including several arriving late afternoon.

West of the Dykes, an Olive-backed Pipit flew south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs late morning which represented a reserve first; a Ring Ouzel frequented the chalet park in Bempton village.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Gale force southerly winds were the main feature of an overcast day with occasional light rain. Seawatching highlights included a pale-bellied Brent Goose, a drake Mandarin Duck, 130 Wigeon, 557 Teal and 42 Dunlin flying south, with two Little Gulls flying north.

Thornwick Pools hosted 19 Teal, single Wigeon and Dunlin, together with two Snipe. Despite the strong winds, it was evident that some migrants remained from yesterday’s influx: six Yellow-browed Warblers were equally split between the outer head and North Landing, with four Ring Ouzels at the latter site and a Redstart on the former.

Curlew, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

juvenile sinensis Cormorant, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

A genuine easterly airflow for almost the first time in living memory resulted in a significant arrival: heavy rain for a couple of hours gave way to sunny intervals, whilst moderate south-easterly winds featured throughout.

North Marsh attracted 47 Teal and three Wigeon, whilst a ringtail Hen Harrier quartered fields in the same area before heading west over Holmes Gut. Eighteen Snipe made landfall, whilst five Golden Plovers toured the headland. An impressive arrival of passerines occurred during and after the rain, with: a Barred Warbler at North Landing, 21 Yellow-browed Warblers, that included a bird in off the sea at the Fog Station, ten Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, 410 Skylarks, four Stonechat, three Wheatear, seven Whinchat, 11 Redstarts, 11 Ring Ouzels, 380 Redwing, 560 Song Thrush, 60 Blackbirds, 76 Fieldfare, 84 Chaffinch, two Hawfinch (Old Fall Steps, North Landing), 262 Brambling, two Siskin, a Snow Bunting and four Corn Buntings.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Yellow-browed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 35 Song Thrush, three Ring Ouzels, a Redstart, one Pied Flycatcher, a Hawfinch, 23 Brambling and two Siskin.

Hen Harrier, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Common Redstart, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The weather consisted of sunny skies and light south-west winds. During the seawatch, an adult Pomarine Skua, seven Arctic Skuas and two Bonxies flew north, whilst an adult Mediterranean Gull lingered offshore. Elsewhere, four Eider were off Beacon Hill and a Short-eared Owl frequented the North Landing area.

Passerine interest included nine Yellow-browed Warblers, an acredula Willow Warbler, one Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat showing characteristics of blythi, 55 Skylarks, one Ring Ouzel, two Stonechat, three Snow Buntings and three Corn Buntings.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton included a Pink-footed Goose, 350 Skylarks moving south-east and six Stonechats. 

Yellow-browed Warbler, Holmes Gut, by Andy Hood

Goldcrest, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

A moderate to strong south westerly wind continued throughout the day making birding on the land hard work. Rewards included six Yellow-browed Warbler (with an additional bird at Bempton), a Barred Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 2 Lapland Bunting and a Stonechat. 39 Teal were spread across the headlands fresh water bodies. Yesterday’s Little Stint remained on Thornwick Pool during the early morning but became flighty as the morning progressed and was not seen after midday. Similarly the Goldeneye was also on the pools first thing but had departed by mid-morning after a brief foray onto the fishing pool. A Mute Swan flew over.

Highlights on the morning sea watch included 2 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Bonxie and4 Arctic Skua.

Yellow-browed Warbler by Paul Reed.

Monday, October 8th, 2018

A cloudy day, with occasional sunny spells and an increasingly strong south westerly wind. Counts from the morning sea watch included 12 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 16 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 31 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Plover, 1 adult Little Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Bonxie and 3 Arctic Skua. An additional 9 Pintail flew over the village.

Many of the previous days highlights remained with the Barred Warbler still in the Bay brambles, 15 Yellow-browed Warbler (including 6 at South Landing and four at Old Fall), 12 Brambling and small numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Ringing totals from South Landing included 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Goldcrest.

A Little Stint and 3 Dunlin dropped onto Thornwick pool during mid-afternoon, with a Goldeneye and Water rail also there late in the day. A Barnacle Goose was at Oceanview and the Pied Crow continued to roam around the village.

Bempton held 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Ring Ouzel.

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools by Alan Walkington.

Barnacle Goose, Oceanview by Andy Hood

Barred Warbler, Bay brambles by Lee Johnson

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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A relatively bright start to a day that featured increasing amounts of cloud, with a strengthening westerly wind. Seawatching highlights included two dark-bellied Brent Geese, 195 Common Scoters, ten Sooty Shearwaters, 37 Manx Shearwaters, a Red-necked Grebe, 2288 Kittiwakes, two Mediterranean Gulls, 28 Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas and 26 Arctic Skuas flying north, with 12 Pink-footed Geese, two Pintail, a Red-breasted Merganser moving south; 12 Eider were also recorded, with eight north, four south.

A Whimbrel over South Landing represented a relatively late record, with single Woodcock and Jack Snipe also making landfall. Passerine migrants included a Barred Warbler at Bay Brambles, two Goldcrest, 17 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, four Blackcap, five Chiffchaff, 240 Redwing, 203 Fieldfares, five Ring Ouzels, 93 Skylarks (including many heading west, after making landfall on the outer head), a Spotted Flycatcher, five Grey Wagtails, 31 Brambling and 46 Siskin.

West of the Dykes, a Barred Warbler and two Yellow-browed Warblers were present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, with the former caught and ringed.

Yellow-browed Warbler, Flamborough village, by Paul Reed

Yellow-browed Warbler, Flamborough village, by Paul Reed

Yellow-browed Warbler, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

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A day of moderate north-north-east winds, rain until early afternoon and brighter spells by the evening. Seawatching highlights included 14 Wigeon, 32 Teal, two Pintail, a Tufted Duck, two Pochard, 286 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, three Sooty Shearwaters, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one juvenile Long-tailed Skua and a second-winter Mediterranean Gull flying north. A drake Goldeneye flew south, along with a Leach’s Petrel at 1620hrs, whilst four Pomarine Skuas were logged: three adults moved north and a juvenile headed south. Elsewhere, a Barnacle Goose visited Thornwick Pools.

An arrival of passerines was precipitated by the rain which included two Jays, no fewer than nine Yellow-browed Warblers, 14 Coal Tits, 12 Goldcrest, 16 Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, eight Blackcap, 145 Redwing, nine Song Thrush, three Ring Ouzel, ten Fieldfare and 89 Brambling. 

Reed Bunting, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, October 5th, 2018

An overcast day, misty at times and drizzle during the afternoon; calm at first, with a moderate northerly developing later. Rewatching highlights included 74 Common Scoter and a Red-breasted Merganser flying north, 53 Red-throated Divers and a summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver south, a first calendar-year Mediterranean Gull, two Bonxies and 14 Arctic Skuas. 

The Barnacle Goose and three Pink-feet remained with the Greylag flock, whilst a Short-eared Owl came in off the sea on the outer head. Passerine migrants were scarce, but included five Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, four continental Song Thrush, two Redwing, a Wheatear and a Snow Bunting.

Short-eared Owl, Lighthouse Grassland, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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An overcast day, with light south-west winds and temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. During the seawatch, six Wigeon, two Sooty Shearwaters, nine Manx Shearwaters, 17 Little Gulls, nine Bonxies and 12 Arctic Skuas flew north, two Pomarine Skuas were recorded (north and south) and a Little Egret also flew south. In addition, a Minke Whale headed north past the Fog Station.

Away from the sea, two Whooper Swans frequented Oceanview, whilst the goose flock attracted 27 Pink-feet and a Barnacle Goose

Wheatear, North Marsh, by Don Hustings

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

A relatively overcast morning, with occasional sunny intervals during the afternoon and light south-west winds. During the seawatch, 13 Sooty Shearwaters, 63 Manx Shearwaters, 34 Bonxies, nine Pomarine Skuas, 36 Arctic Skuas and a Long-tailed Skua flew north, whilst three Velvet Scoters headed south. 

Six Whooper Swans rested on the sea off South Landing and 40 Barnacle Geese were recorded; 23 flew north-west, 13 moved south and four east. A Little Egret remained on the outer head, whilst a first-winter Mediterranean Gull followed the plough on Beacon Hill.

A significant influx of thrushes and Skylarks occurred, with 1857 Redwing making landfall between 0830-1215hrs. Additional totals involved 70 Fieldfares, six Song Thrush, a Jay, 128 Skylarks (including 88 at Oceanview), 44 Meadow Pipits, 15 Chaffinch, 19 Siskin and 12 Lesser Redpolls which included nine caught & ringed at South Landing.

Sparrowhawk, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

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The weather consisted of light north-west winds at dawn, which strengthened to force six north-north-westerlies. by the middle of the day before ameliorating once again. Seawatching highlights included a Shoveler, 101 Wigeon, 13 Pintail, a Velvet Scoter, one Great Northern Diver, a Storm Petrel, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, three Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Snipe, one Red-necked Phalarope and four Arctic Terns flying north. Birds heading south included four Eider, a Little Egret, 53 Red-throated Divers, a Leach’s Petrel, 27 Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua, 38 Arctic Skuas and two Snow Buntings

Elsewhere, five Whooper Swans flew south over the headland and the Pied Crow remained in the village.

Little Egret, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Monday, October 1st, 2018

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The day began with strong north-north-west winds that gradually reduced in strength before a more westerly airflow re-established; bright spells were interspersed with squally showers during the morning. Seawatching highlights included: 22 Pink-footed Geese moving south, with three dark-bellied Brent Geese, 80 Wigeon, a Pintail and three Velvet Scoters flying north. A total of 161 Manx Shearwaters also flew north, together with a Great Shearwater at 0853hrs and 55 Sooty Shearwaters. Skua interest was provided by 51 Bonxies, 50 Arctic Skuas and nine Pomarine Skuas, including five adults flying north during the evening. Two Little Egrets and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull lingered around the outer head. 

Elsewhere, the Pied Crow remained in residence in the village and a Snow Bunting was located near the Gorse Field.

Stonechat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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Moderate south-westerly winds switched to a west-north-westerly later, on a day featuring sunny intervals. During the seawatch, ten Wigeon, 55 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver and two Little Egrets flew south, whilst two Mediterranean Gulls and a Pomarine Skua flew north. In addition, six Blue Fulmars were logged: four flying north, two moving south and a second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull lingered off the headland. 

Another Pomarine Skua harassed gulls off Breil Nook. On the opposite side of the headland, sightings from South Landing included two Golden Plovers, 32 Skylarks and two Grey Wagtails heading west, with five Goldcrests present and six Lesser Redpolls caught and ringed.

The day’s highlight came on the Yorkshire Belle cruise off the headland when a Basking Shark showed well.

Coal Tit, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Lesser Redpoll, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Basking Shark, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor

Basking Shark, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Another sunny day, with light south-west winds increasing in strength throughout. During the morning’s seawatch, six dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Shelduck, 178 Wigeon, eight Pintail, 84 Teal, 164 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, one Sooty Shearwater, four Manx Shearwaters, two Mediterranean Gulls, a first calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull,  three Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north. Another dark-bellied Brent Goose, 38 Pink-footed Geese, 105 Red-throated Divers and a Little Egret moved south.

An additional 83 Pink-footed Geese flew south, 19 Common Buzzards drifted onto the headland and a Grey Plover flew south. Passerines included the Pied Crow in the village,  three Stonechats and six Goldcrests.

West of the Dykes, sightings included five Common Buzzards and 50 Skylarks at Buckton, with two Stonechat and 100 Linnets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Hornets, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Friday, September 28th, 2018

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The weather consisted of light/moderate northerly winds and sunny skies, with temperatures reaching 14 degrees C. During the seawatch, 16 Wigeon, nine Teal, 74 Common Scoters, 26 Sooty Shearwaters, 45 Manx Shearwaters, a Red-necked Grebe, 809 Kittiwakes and ten Arctic Skuas flew north. Birds moving south included 99 Red-throated Divers, a Little Egret, 15 Bonxies and ten Arctic Skuas. A total of nine Pomarine Skuas were logged, with eight heading south and one bird flying north.

Passerine interest included Pied Crow and Yellow-browed Warbler in the village, the latter presumably yesterday’s bird relocating, three Coal Tits in Old Fall, the Black Redstart at Thornwick, one Lesser Redpoll and three Corn Buntings.

Pied Crow, Flamborough village, by Andy Hood

Blackbird, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

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A relatively bright, warm day with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C in an increasingly strong south-westerly wind. During the seawatch, a Little Egret, two Bonxies, three Pomarine Skuas and three Arctic Skuas flew north. 

A Marsh Harrier flew south over the cliff top at Thornwick. However, the day’s highlight related to the discovery of the autumn’s first Yellow-browed Warbler at Old Fall Steps. A Stonechat, a flock of 350 Linnets and 12 Reed Buntings frequented the Thornwick area, whilst 38 Siskin were also recorded.

Siskin, Old Fall, by Andrew Allport

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Hartendale, by Jo Hood

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Hartendale, by Jo Hood

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

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A day of moderate south-west winds, brightening skis after a largely overcast skies and warmer temperatures. During the morning’s seawatch, 12 Pink-footed Geese, ten Red-throated Divers, eight Snipe, four Bonxies, two Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south, whilst a juvenile Sabine’s Gull and 4000 Razorbills flew north; relatively few of the latter species having been present on previous days. An additional 53 Pink-footed Geese were seen over the headland, whilst a Great Northern Diver was on the sea in the afternoon, with a second bird moving south. Presumably the long-staying Black Redstart was again present in Thornwick Bay.

Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwake, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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A sunny day, with light south-westerly winds strengthening during the day. Seawatching highlights included two Shoveler, 149 Wigeon, a Pintail, 46 Teal, 217 Common Scoters, three Sooty Shearwaters, 30 Manx Shearwaters, a Little Egret, 48 Sandwich Terns, 14 Bonxies, two Pomarine Skuas and six Arctic Skuas flying north; two Eider, 83 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver and one Red-necked Grebe flew south.  

Pink-footed Geese resumed their southbound movement, with 106 logged during the day. A flock of 115 Teal were on the sea below Hartendale, with Little Egret, Marsh Harrier and Tawny Owl in the same vicinity. A ringtail Hen Harrier overflew North Marsh, whilst passerine migrants included one Yellow Wagtail; the Pied Crow again toured the village.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton included presumably the same ringtail Hen Harrier seen earlier at North Marsh, five Common Buzzards, 70 Skylarks and 150 Meadow Pipits.

Common Buzzard, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tawny Owl, Hartendale, by Brett Richards

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Today was always earmarked as the day we launched the Seawatch Observatory Appeal on our website – clearly the seabirds agreed and proved just why Flamborough justifies such a facility.

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The weather consisted of light north-westerly winds and sunny skies. Seawatching was again the order of the day and was undoubtedly the year’s best by a considerable distance. Good numbers of wildfowl flew north including three Shelduck, 277 Wigeon, 223 Teal, 11 Pintail, two Shoveler, a Tufted Duck and  133 Common Scoters. A total of 81 Red-throated Divers flew south, a Storm Petrel headed north, whilst 138 Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters and 68 Sooty Shearwaters headed in the same direction. No fewer than four Sabine’s Gulls were also recorded, with two adults and two juveniles flying north; a juvenile that flew south was presumed to be one of the same. All four skuas were recorded including 68 Bonxies, 38 Arctic Skuas, 21 Pomarine Skuas (all bar one adults) and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua

Large flocks of duck also gathered off Hartendale, with 220 Teal, 80 Wigeon and two Shoveler present in the afternoon. Passerine interest included a Redwing near the Lighthouse and a Hawfinch in off the sea at Bay Brambles. 

Teal, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

A light northerly wind gradually strengthened during a day that was largely sunny, with occasional, very light showers. Twelve hours of seawatching was rewarded with: 41 Wigeon, 56 Teal, two Mandarins, 56 Sooty Shearwaters, 207 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, one Little Egret, a 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, 40 Bonxies and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flying north. Birds heading south included 35 Pink-footed Geese, a Garganey, one Red-breasted Merganser, 74 Red-throated Divers, a Ruff and 32 Arctic Skuas. 

A Common Rosefinch frequented Old Fall Hedge early afternoon, whilst other sightings on the headland included a Redwing, 17 Siskin and the Pied Crow.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate west-south-westerly wind. Seawatching highlights included ten Sooty Shearwaters and 46 Manx Shearwaters flying north, 60 Common Scoters, 102 Red-throated Divers, five Golden Plover, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 46 Bonxies, 37 Arctic Skuas, an adult Long-tailed Skua and a Hobby flew south. 

Sightings around the headland included 46 Pink-footed Geese, 28 Teal, one Great Crested Grebe, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Black-tailed Godwit at Thornwick Pools and a Spotted Redshank that initially flew over the outer head and then Thornwick Pools. Passerine interest was provided by five Goldcrests, five Whinchat, nine Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, one Brambling, nine Siskin and two Corn Buntings.

Great Crested Grebe, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Friday, September 21st, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, increasing amounts of cloud and showers from late afternoon, with a strong westerly wind throughout. Seawatch highlights included two Sooty Shearwaters, six Little Gulls, 35 Common Terns, 15 Arctic Terns, and two Black Terns moving north; 18 Bonxies and 29 Arctic Skuas were also logged off the Fog Station.

The day’s main feature was a southerly movement of 905 Pink-footed Geese over the headland, concentrated from mid-afternoon. In addition, a single Pink-foot and a Gadwall frequented Thornwick Pools, five Snipe appeared to come in off the sea, whilst a Bar-tailed Godwit lingered on South Landing beach. Five Whinchat and a Wheatear were in the vicinity of the Lighthouse Grassland, whilst a Spotted Flycatcher was located near Thornwick Pools.

Pink-footed Goose, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Black-headed Gull, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Moderate south-west winds and relatively bright skies were replaced by heavy rain and increasingly strong winds from early afternoon. Seawatching highlights included 266 Little Gulls, 29 Common Terns, and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie flying north, whilst 16 Red-throated Divers, three Manx Shearwaters, 39 Little Gulls, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and two Arctic Terns flew south; a Black Tern lingered offshore. The most notable passerine record related to seven Whinchats in the Lighthouse Grassland.

Meadow Pipit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A day that featured gale force south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, two Shelduck, six Teal, 14 Red-throated Divers and a Little Egret flew south, whilst eight Bonxies and four Arctic Skuas moved north. A Greenshank also frequented the outer head.

South Landing attracted six Ringed Plovers, one Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools a Grey Heron, 12 Teal, four Snipe and six Dunlin.

Knot, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The weather consisted of strong south-westerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 20 degrees C. During the seawatch, four Wigeon, 65 Teal and a Pochard flew south, whilst three Sooty Shearwaters, three Snipe, six Bonxies and 16 Arctic Skuas moved in the opposite direction; 15 Manx Shearwaters and a Black Tern also fed offshore during the evening. 

Thornwick Pools attracted nine Teal, two Snipe, five Dunlin and a Ruff, South Landing a Knot, 12 Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A first calendar-year Caspian Gull rested on fields near North Landing, with the Pied Crow in the same area. Passerine migrants included a Whinchat and two White Wagtails.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Starling, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Generally overcast, with occasional mist and light drizzle and very light winds. During the seawatch, a Gadwall, one Sooty Shearwater, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew south, whilst a Little Gull, 57 Sandwich Terns and eight Common Terns moved north.

Wildfowl interest on the headland included four Wigeon, 22 Teal, a Pochard and better still, a Garganey, that was flushed from the pond in Old Fall and then flew south. Single Little Egret, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper and two Grey Plovers were also present. Additional migrant interest included two Swift, 15 Goldcrests, 36 Chiffchaffs, 24 Willow Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, eight Whinchat, three Grey Wagtails and 25 Siskin.

Whinchat, Lighthouse Grassland, by Andrew Allport

Frosted Orange, Lunar Underwing, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals and strong south-west winds. Seawatching highlights included six Pink-footed Geese, eight Wigeon, 136 Teal, a Tufted Duck, one Great Northern Diver, a Little Egret, three Snipe, two Pomarine Skuas and two Arctic Skuas flying south, whilst four Sooty Shearwaters, five Manx Shearwaters, 51 Sandwich Terns, 15 Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua and two Arctic Skuas flew north.

Ninety Pink-footed Geese headed south over the headland late afternoon, whilst South Landing attracted 16 Ringed Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull; another Mediterranean Gull frequented the north side where there were also six Wheatears. The Pied Crow again toured the village.

Sparrowhawk, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

A day of lighter south-west winds than of late, generally overcast with temperatures reaching 14 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 72 Pink-footed Geese, a Sooty Shearwater and eight Bonxies flew south, with another Sooty Shearwater, 17 Manx Shearwaters, 393 Black-headed Gulls, 41 Sandwich Terns, 32 Common Terns and three Arctic Skuas heading in the opposite direction. 

An additional 170 Pink-footed Geese flew south over the headland, as did a Little Egret. However, the day’s highlight was undoubtedly a Green Woodpecker, a true local rarity, located along the cliff top between Beacon Hill and South Landing. Passerine interest included seven Whinchat, six Wheatear, a Redstart and three Corn Buntings.

West of the Dykes, 173 Pink-footed Geese flew south at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where there was also a Swift, one Spotted Flycatcher, four Yellow Wagtails and 25 Yellowhammers. A total of 50 Pied Wagtails roosted at Muntons, near Sewerby.

Bonxie, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Moderate south-west winds prevailed throughout, whilst the day also featured sunny intervals and a band of rain. During the morning seawatch, 72 Pink-footed Geese, two Eider, 39 Red-throated Divers, seven Knot, six Dunlin, a Purple Sandpiper, a Little Stint and seven Common Terns flew south, whilst 39 Common Scoter, a Sooty Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwaters, 84 Sandwich Terns, eight Bonxies, four Arctic Skuas and three Puffins flew north. An additional 158 Pink-footed Geese also flew south over the headland later in the day. Passerines were difficult to locate in the windy conditions, although single Sedge Warbler, Whinchat, three Grey Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail were present.

West of the Dykes, a total of 75 Pink-footed Geese flew south at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Pink-footed Geese, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 86 Common Scoters, 86 Sandwich Terns, seven Bonxies and an Arctic Skua flew north, with two Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas loafing offshore. Away from the sea, sightings included a Hobby, one Sand Martin, six Whinchat, five Wheatear, a Grey Wagtail and six Siskin.

A total of  158 Meadow Pipits flew west at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where there were two Whinchats and ten Siskin moved south.

Top: Sallow, Green Carpet, Small Bloodvein, Flounced Rustic; Bottom: Pebble Prominent, Red Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Lime speck Pug by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

An overcast start to the day, with brighter spells later and a light south-westerly wind. Highlights of the seawatch included a Shelduck, 13 Red-throated Divers, 35 Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a first calendar-year Caspian Gull and one Arctic Skua flying south, whilst 107 Sandwich Terns, 101 Common Terns, three Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas flew north. 

Thornwick Pools continued to host a Water Rail. Passerine interest included two Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, one Redstart, a Black Redstart, four Whinchat, six Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

West of the Dykes, a Hobby was seen over Wandale Farm east of RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Pied Flycatcher, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Lesser Whitethroat, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Small Coppers, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

A cloudy start with increasing sun as the day progressed. Wind was a moderate westerly. Highlight of the morning sea watch was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull which flew south at 10:33. Other sightings included 1 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 155 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin and 2 Swift.

Passage on the land was relatively quiet but included a single Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Siskin, 3 Swift and 204 Meadow Pipit, 50 of the latter were ringed at South Landing. Thornwick Pools held a Water Rail and 12 Teal, whilst the Pied Crow remained nearby. An additional Spotted Flycatcher was at Bempton, along with an Arctic Tern. Two Whinchat were at Buckton.

Canary-shouldered Thorn, by Andy Hood

Fox by Paul Reed.

Monday, September 10th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate south-westerly wind throughout. During the morning’s seawatch, three Goosanders, 34 Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew north, with 11 Red-throated Divers, two Bonxies and three Arctic Skuas heading south. 

Elsewhere, a Swift flew south over the outer head, a Black Redstart was located at Thornwick, with two Whinchat and a Pied Flycatcher also recorded. West of the Dykes, two Whinchat frequented RSPB Bdmpton Cliffs.

Turnstone, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A day of moderate/strong south-westerly winds, occasional sunny intervals and light showers. Seawatching highlights included four Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, seven Bonxies and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flying north, 19 Red-throated Divers and five Arctic Skuas heading south, with a first-winter Mediterranean Gull lingering offshore. 

The Pied Crow continued in residence being seen in various locations in and around the village.

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

The weather consisted of light/moderate south-west winds, increasing amounts of cloud and a band of rain arriving during the afternoon. Three Sooty Shearwaters, seven Manx Shearwaters, 15 Red-throated Divers, 11 Bonxies, two Arctic Skuas, a Black Tern and a first-calendar year Mediterranean Gull were logged on the morning’s seawatch. Elsewhere, a Water Rail remained at Thornwick Pools, whilst 15 Ringed Plovers and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull frequented the shores on the southern side of the headland. 

An Icterine Warbler represented the day’s highlight; although elusive at times, it spent the entire day in the Bay Brambles/Golf Course willows.

Icterine Warbler, Bay Brambles, by Andrew Allport

Friday, September 7th, 2018

An increasingly blustery westerly wind brought sporadic showers from late morning, with temperatures reaching a mere 13 degrees C. Six Mute Swans  were recorded; a party of four birds touring the headland before moving off west, with a duo resting at South Landing; three Little Egrets and nine Ringed Plovers were also present at the latter location. A covey of 12 Grey Partridges near North Marsh represented a notable record, where there were also nine Wigeon. Passerine interest included a Mistle Thrush, five Pied Flycatchers, eight Whinchat, a Redstart, a Reed Warbler, one Sedge Warbler and a single Yellow Wagtail.

West of the Dykes, the Wryneck remained at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, whilst 137 House Martins flew north-west there. 

Mute Swan, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wryneck, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Andy Hood

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

A day of light, variable winds, sunny intervals and light showers. Thornwick Pools attracted 15 Teal and South Landing four Little Egrets. However, the headlines were stolen by wing-barred phylloscs, with the Arctic Warbler remaining at Old Fall and a Greenish Warbler located at North Landing. Other passerine migrants included four Goldcrest, three Pied Flycatchers, two Redstarts, 13 Whinchat, a Stonechat, one Yellow Wagtail and 17 Siskins. A flock of 245 Linnets and three Corn Buntings also frequented the Old Fall area. In addition, a total of 41 birds caught and ringed at South Landing included a Reed Warbler, seven Chiffchaffs and eight Meadow Pipits. 

West of the Dykes, RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted single Marsh Harrier, Ruff, Wryneck, Garden Warbler, Redstart along with nine Yellow Wagtail; 165 Meadow Pipits also flew north-west.

Wryneck, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Tony Dixon

Wryneck, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Lee Johnson

Greenish Warbler, North Landing, by Craig Thomas

Arctic Warbler, Old Fall, by John Harwood

Arctic Warbler, Old Fall, by Lee Johnson

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate north-north-west winds, overcast skies with persistent drizzle and mist for much of the morning. During the seawatch, single Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, 63 Wigeon, 169 Teal, 61 Common Scoters, eight Sooty Shearwaters, 73 Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater flew north, with 53 Oystercatchers, a Mediterranean Gull, nine Bonxies and 12 Arctic Skuas flying south. Elsewhere, a Little Egret and ten Ringed Plovers were noted at South Landing, a Greenshank flew over North Landing and Thornwick Pools attracted a juvenile Caspian Gull.

Autumn’s first rarity made landfall, with an Arctic Warbler frequenting the willows on the sheltered south side of Old Fall. Additional passerine migrants included six Pied Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, a confiding Wryneck proved popular at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where there were also two Redstarts, three Whinchat, a Pied Flycatcher and ten Willow Warblers.

Caspian Gull, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Caspian Gull, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Wryneck, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Ian Howard

Wryneck, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Warbler, Old Fall, by Andrew Allport

Arctic Warbler, Old Fall, by Andrew Allport

Arctic Warbler, Old Fall, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

An overcast day, with a moderate/strong north-westerly wind and occasional drizzle. Seawatching highlights included four Shoveler, 36 Wigeon, three Pintail, 45 Teal, 20 Sooty Shearwaters, 105 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, two Grey Plover, a Little Gull and 12 Common Terns flew north, whilst five Shelduck, a Velvet Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Divers, 88 Sandwich Terns, 30 Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua and 23 Arctic  Skuas headed south.

Turnstone, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

After a bright start, increasing cloud developed during the day, with mist enveloping the high cliffs by the evening; a northerly wind also established late on. A Hobby appeared over the Golf Course, whilst a Bar-tailed Godwit and five Ringed Plover frequented South Landing, where a Whinchat was caught and ringed.

West of the Dykes, records from Buckton included  single Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard, two Pied Flycatchers, two Sedge Warblers, a Wheatear and five Whinchat. Potentially the same Marsh Harrier overflew RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Bonxie, Flamborough, by Chrys Mellor

Pied Flycatcher, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Sunny intervals throughout a day of increasingly strong south-easterly winds, with temperatures peaking at 20 degrees C. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Little Gull heading past the Fog Station provided the highlights of a seawatch; 68 Teal, a Shoveler and two Arctic Skuas also flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted 12 Teal, two Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, one Water Rail, a Ringed Plover and two Dunlin. North Marsh pulled in two Wigeon, eight Teal and a Marsh Harrier, South Landing single Common Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit, with Stainforth’s Flash hosting an additional three Teal. Wader interest also included 32 Turnstones at Selwick’s Bay, where a Little Egret was also present. 

Migrant passerines included nine Whinchat, six Wheatear, 26 Whitethroats, nine Blackcap, 16 Willow Warblers, nine Chiffchaff, a Redstart, one Pied Flycatcher and a flock of 60 House Sparrows on Thornwick Camp. 

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Swift, 100 Swallows, three Song Thrush in off and 22 Yellow Wagtails. Nearby, highlights from Buckton involved two Teal, one Reed Warbler caught and ringed, a Fieldfare in off, three Robins along the cliff top and six Whinchat.

Teal, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Willow Warbler, outer head, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Another sunny day, with moderate southerly winds and temperatures peaking at 21 degrees C. Two Wigeon frequented North Marsh, five Teal Thornwick Pools and 38 Mallard Stainforth’s Flash. A Little Egret flew east from South Landing, whilst a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull rested at Stainforth’s Flash. Passerine interest included two Nuthatch remaining in South Dykes, six Willow Warblers, six Whinchat, a Wheatear and one Pied Flycatcher; the Pied Crow continued its sojourn at Thornwick. 

West of the Dykes, RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a juvenile Marsh Harrier, three Common Buzzards, the juvenile Cuckoo, 27 Yellow Wagtails, 200 Tree Sparrows and three Corn Buntings.

Tawny Owl, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Willow Warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, August 31st, 2018

A light easterly wind developed during a sunny day, with temperatures reaching 17 degrees C. During the morning seawatch, 26 Common Scoters, two Velvet Scoters and 106 Teal flew north, whilst single Bonxie and Arctic Skua flew south. Thornwick Pools attracted eight Teal, a Water Rail and five Dunlin, with an additional 20 Teal and a Golden Plover flying north. Elsewhere, two creamcrown Marsh Harriers were recorded, including an individual that flew north over the sea, along with three Ringed Plovers, one Golden Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and one Common Sandpiper. Passerine migrants included six Wheatear, a Whinchat and a Garden Warbler; the Pied Crow remained at Thornwick.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier, 16 Golden Plovers, a Cuckoo and an Arctic Skua.

Migrant & Southern Hawkers, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

A day of relatively light, variable winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. An evening seawatch proved productive, with an adult Sabine’s Gull flying north close inshore. Other sightings during the day’s seawatch were: 13 Wigeon, 90 Teal, three Sooty Shearwaters, 12 Manx Shearwaters and four Bonxies moving north, with four Red-throated Divers, nine Whimbrel and six Arctic Skuas heading south. Wader interest included a Ringed Plover on Thornwick Pools, along with a Common Sandpiper, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers represented the most notable passerine migrants.

West of the Dykes, a Dotterel flew south over RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where additional records included seven Whimbrel, single Whinchat and Redstart.

Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Red Underwing, Oceanview, by Andy Hood