Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Another day of strong south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 19 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Red-throated Divers, a Balearic Shearwater, two Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua and an Arctic Skua all south.

An additional 81 Pink-footed Geese flew over the headland.

Two Yellow-browed Warblers remained at Bempton Cliffs RSPB and Buckton Pond hosted a Greenshank.

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

A day of patchy sunshine and temperatures in the high teens; south-westerly winds strengthened throughout. Seawatching highlights consisted of 136 Pink-footed Geese south, a single Wigeon and Tufted Duck south, eight Scaup south, 17 Red-throated Diver south (two north), a Little Egret north, eight Great, one Arctic and a dark morph Pomarine Skua south.

A further 200 Pink-footed Geese overflew the headland. There were seven Yellow-browed Warbler on the Outer Head, including the two favouring the golf course willows, and the Taiga Bean Goose was still in the North Marsh area. Other migrants included three Spotted Flycatcher, four Whinchat, Redstart, Wheatear and a Kingfisher was located on the beach below the Lighthouse.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs RSPB retained a single Yellow-browed Warbler and Treecreeper; Buckton logged a single Snipe and Greenshank and two Whinchat.

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Wheatear, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Moderate south-westerlies and overcast conditions ensued. A relatively quiet day both on land and out to sea; the morning seawatch logged 16 Teal, three Knot, 20 Black-headed Gull, 50 Common and two Lesser Black-backed Gull and two Guillemot all south past the headland.

At North Marsh the Taiga Bean Goose continued its stay among the local Greylags and two Yellow-browed Warbler were near the golf course.

West of the Dykes, at Bempton Cliffs RSPB a single Yellow-browed Warbler remained, as well as a Treecreeper present for its second day.

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, by Dave Aitken

Monday, September 26th, 2016

It was an overcast day, with moderate south-westerly winds and occasional rain. Seawatching produced four Eider, 17 Red-throated Divers, a Manx Shearwater and 590 Black-headed Gulls flying south, whilst two Bonxies and an Arctic Skua were also recorded.

The Taiga Bean Goose again accompanied Greylags near North Marsh, where there were also four Gadwall and 22 Wigeon. Thornwick Pools attracted 25 Teal, a Grey Heron, three Snipe and three Dunlin.

Seven Yellow-browed Warblers remained, a legacy of last week’s incredible influx.

Taiga Bean Goose (with Greylags and Mallard), North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Taiga Bean Goose (with Greylags and Mallard), North Marsh, by Craig Thomas

Taiga Bean Goose with Greylag, North Marsh, by Tony Dixon

Taiga Bean Goose with Greylag, North Marsh, by Tony Dixon

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The weather comprised moderate south-westerly winds and overcast skies. Seawatching produced 62 Common Scoter north, 19 Red-throated Divers south, seven Sooty Shearwaters, seven Manx Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua south, six Arctic Skuas, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua north and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

The Taiga Bean Goose accompanied 186 Greylag Geese in the vicinity of North Marsh, where a Marsh Harrier also flew south-west, with a Little Egret at South Dykes. A minimum of four Yellow-browed Warblers remained on the outer head, together with Redstart, Garden Warbler and Grey Wagtail.

A Whimbrel, an additional ten Yellow-browed Warblers and four Whinchats were at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, whilst a Pied Flycatcher and ten Whinchats were at Buckton.

Marsh Harrier, by Paul Reed

Marsh Harrier, by Paul Reed

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

The day’s weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds and relatively overcast skies. Seawatching highlights included 22 Wigeon, a Pintail, three Sooty Shearwaters north, single Great Crested Grebe and Grey Plover south, four Bonxies, an Arctic Skua and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flying north.

The Taiga Bean Goose had moved to North Marsh, where it accompanied up to 174 Greylags, ten Wigeon and two Tufted Ducks. Thornwick Pools attracted 21 Teal, two Knot and three Dunlin. Passerine migrants included six Yellow-browed Warblers, a Whitethroat, two Whinchat and two Yellow Wagtails.

West of the Dykes, four Gadwall, three Dunlin and single Greenshank and Snipe frequented Buckton Pond, with three Yellow-browed Warblers still at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Knot, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

It was a day of light south-westerly winds and sunny spells. Seawatching highlights included 20 Wigeon north, 25 Red-throated Divers south, 11,400 Gannets north (in three hours), nine Grey Plovers south and 20 Sandwich Terns.

A Taiga Bean Goose appeared on Thornwick Pool late in the day, whilst a Hobby frequented Old Fall in the morning. Scarce passerine migrants included a Barred Warbler in the Gorse Field and a minimum of 21 Yellow-browed Warblers, including six within the Thornwick area and three at Old Fall. Additional migrants included two Goldcrests, a Whitethroat, one Spotted Flycatcher, seven Whinchat, a Brambling and two Siskin.

Sightings west of the Dykes included three Common Buzzards, a Greenshank and a Yellow-browed Warbler at Buckton, whilst 13 Golden Plovers and three Snipe flew south at Bempton, where there were also ten Whinchat and nine Yellow-browed Warblers.

Yellow-browed Warbler, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Yellow-browed Warbler, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A predominantly mild day with gentle south-westerlies and sunshine throughout. The morning seawatch saw a southerly movement of 80 Wigeon (31 north), 94 Teal (ten north), 15 Red-throated Diver (three north), four Grey Plover, four Turnstone, a single Knot, two Dunlin, two Great Skua and an Arctic Skua north.

A minimum of 21 Yellow-browed Warbler were still present today though observer coverage was greatly reduced compared to yesterday. Other migrant passerines on the headland consisted of two each of Redstart, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Whinchat and four Wheatear. A juvenile Hobby was near Old Fall and a Merlin patrolled the Outer Head.

West of the Dykes, Bempton RSPB and Buckton help 14 Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Greenshank and two Dunlin between them. Belated news of a Dotterel which over flew the latter site yesterday.

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Outer Head, by Lee Johnson

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

An unprecedented number of Yellow-browed Warblers have been recorded across the Flamborough greater recording area today totalling 139 individuals; 103 were logged from a plethora of sites East of the Dykes and a further 36 West of the Dykes (14 Bempton RSPB, five Bempton village, 14 Buckton, three Speeton).

Other land-based treats included a Red-breasted Flycatcher and Lapland Bunting near the golf course; Short-eared Owl and yesterday’s Bluethroat both present near the gorse field, with the Dotterel still in situ nearby; elsewhere a Brambling, two Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, two Whinchat, two Garden Warbler, four Yellow Wagtail, two Mistle Thrush and five Wheatear were noted on the headland.

Seawatching highlights included 13 Grey Plover south, a 1st-calendar year Yellow-legged Gull south and a Long-tailed Skua north.

The South Landing wader assemblage consisted of 47 Turnstone, 42 Ringed Plover, 35 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 13 Redshank, three Oystercatcher and two Knot. An adult Sabine’s Gull flew east there early afternoon.

West of the Dykes, in addition to the YbW counts, Bempton RSPB hosted a Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, four Whinchat and two Tree Pipit; Buckton held two Lapland Bunting, Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, five Whinchat, Stonechat, eight Song Thursh, two Gadwall and 18 Teal.

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Bluethroat, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

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Lapland Bunting, Outer Head, by Brett Richards

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Short-eared Owl, Outer Head, by Lee Johnson

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Outer Head, by Andrew Malley

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Light drizzle to start which cleared by mid-afternoon; gentle north-westerlies throughout. Moving north on the morning’s seawatch, unless otherwise stated, saw 129 Wigeon (16 south), single Pintail and Tufted Duck, 14 Teal (12 south), 33 Common Scoter (one south), eight Red-throated Diver (25 south), four Sooty, nine Manx and a Balearic Shearwater, 22 Redshank, two Knot, two Sabine’s Gull, three Great Skua south, five Arctic Skua (eight south) and one Long-tailed Skua (two south).

On land the obvious highlight was the excellent fall of Yellow-browed Warblers with up to 28 recorded across a number of sites, a record day count for the headland. In addition, a Bluethroat was located on the Outer Head and the Dotterel remained nearby. Other migrants included six Wheatear, four Goldcrest, 14 Song Thrush and a Redstart.

West of the Dykes, Bempton RSPB played host to four Yellow-browed Warbler, two Redstart, seven Chiffchaff, a single Whinchat and a flyover Long-tailed Skua.

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Bempton RSPB, by Dave Aitken

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

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Dotterel, Outer Head, by Alan Walkington

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Dotterel, Outer Head, by Tony Dixon

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Drizzle and grey skies dominated for much of the day. Northbound birds on this morning’s seawatch include two Shelduck, 56 Wigeon, 62 Teal (two south), 35 Common Scoter (50 south), 14 Red-throated Diver (20 south), singles of Great Northern Diver, Sooty Shearwater and Little Egret, three Dunlin, 15 Little Gull, four Arctic Skua (two south) and a Black Guillemot. Southbound only saw 12 Sandwich Tern and a Great Skua.

A Dotterel was discovered just south of Old Fall plantation and was still present on the headland by the afternoon. Elsewhere four Wheatear and a Willow Tit were noted. At South Landing there were 63 Dunlin, 43 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, five Turnstone and a Little Egret.

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Dotterel, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

In contrast to recent days light, variable winds and sunny skies featured throughout. Seawatching highlights included a pale-bellied Brent Goose south, 183 Wigeon, six Shoveler, three Pintail, 119 Teal, one Velvet Scoter and 176 Common Scoter all north, 73 Red-throated Divers south, 25 Sooty Shearwaters, 57 Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater north, a Curlew Sandpiper south, 240 Little Gulls north, 89 Common Terns north, 23 Bonxies, 13 Arctic Skuas and nine juvenile Long-tailed Skuas north.

Raptor reports included up to five Common Buzzards together and a Honey Buzzard, whilst a Merlin frequented the outer head. Small numbers of migrants included five Wheatear, two Whinchat, two Redstarts, a Pied Flycatcher and two Spotted Flycatchers. A Barred Warbler was located at North Landing and two Yellow-browed Warblers made landfall on the outer head.

West of the Dykes, the undoubted highlight was a Common Rosefinch trapped at Buckton. Other sightings included ten Common Buzzards, three Marsh Harriers, Greenshank, three Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Pied Flycatcher, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Common Rosefinch, Buckton, by Dave Aitken

Common Rosefinch, Buckton, by Dave Aitken

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A day of moderate/strong north-westerly winds and overcast skies resulted in a classic seawatch. Highlights included: 41 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (29 south, 12 south), 644 Wigeon (473 north, 171 south), one Gadwall, three Shoveler, 19 Pintail (18 north, one south), four Velvet Scoters, 96 Red-throated Divers south, 1003 Sooty Shearwaters north, 478 Manx Shearwaters north, two Great Shearwaters north, 28 Arctic Skuas south, 28 Bonxies south, seven Long-tailed Skuas (5 south, 2 north), one Pomarine Skua south, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, two Sabine’s Gulls north (adult and juvenile) and two Roseate Terns north.

South Landing attracted 50 Dunlin, 40 Ringed Plovers, 29 Turnstone and two Knot, whilst ten Dunlin and a Ringed Plover visited Thornwick Pools.

Sooty Shearwaters, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Sooty Shearwaters, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Sooty Shearwater, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Sooty Shearwater, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Sabine's Gulls, fog station, by Andy Hood

Sabine’s Gulls, fog station, by Andy Hood

Friday, September 16th, 2016

An overcast day, with increasingly strong north-westerly winds and rain for much of the afternoon. Seawatching proved rewarding, with a significant movement of wildfowl taking place, highlights included: two pale-bellied Brent Geese north, seven Shelduck, six Gadwall, 444 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 19 Pintail, 465 Teal, single Tufted Duck and Velvet Scoter, along with 337 Common Scoter. Additional sightings included 75 Red-throated Divers flying south, eight Sooty Shearwater, two Balearic Shearwaters south, a Marsh Harrier south, 28 Knot north, 57 Dunlin north, two Mediterranean Gulls north, 30 Bonxie south, 38 Arctic Skuas south and four Long-tailed Skuas south.

South Landing attracted 80 Wigeon, 69 Teal, two Pintail, a Shoveler, 47 Dunlin, 25 Turnstone, 20 Ringed Plover, three Grey Plover, three Sanderling and single Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot. Thornwick Pools attracted two Little Egrets, two Snipe, nine Dunlin and a Knot. The outer head hosted six Golden Plover, four Grey Wagtails, 470 Meadow Pipits, including 240 birds in off the sea, and six Siskin.

West of the Dykes, the Yellow-browed Warbler remained in residence at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

Shelduck, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Shelduck, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Wigeon, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Wigeon, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Teal, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Teal, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Little Egrets, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egrets, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

A day of light/moderate north-westerly winds and fog, with visibility severely hampered. Seawatching proved impossible; in fact, locating the sea was hardly possible! Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 13 Teal, a Knot, one Green Sandpiper, ten Dunlin and a Snipe. Eighteen Sanderling and a Common Sandpiper were at Sewerby, with 13 Sanderling at South Dykes.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Yellow-browed Warbler located at Bempton Cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A day of strong north-westerly winds promised a good seawatch, but thick fog and zero visibility put paid to the chances of anything. Thornwick Pools hosted three Wigeon, 17 Teal, a Grey Heron, one Knot, a Green Sandpiper, seven Dunlin and a Snipe. A male Redstart was the only notable migrant located in the gloom.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The weather consisted light, variable winds, sunshine and temperatures that reached 24 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included two Shelduck, 208 Common Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit and one Bonxie flying south, with four Arctic Skuas also noted.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Goosander, 11 Teal, four Dunlin, a Knot, two Green Sandpipers and a Greenshank. The day’s highlight related to the discovery of a Richard’s Pipit in the northern stubbles; additional passerine migrants included a Tree Pipit, a Pied Flycatcher, one Redstart, 24 Wheatears and 17 Whinchats.

Goosander, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Goosander, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The weather consisted of moderate/strong southerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included single Shelduck, Gadwall, 25 Wigeon, seven Shoveler, four Pintail, 203 Teal and a Tufted Duck flying south. A Greenshank moved north, with 12 Knot and 30 Dunlin heading south. Frustratingly, a phalarope species was harried by gulls and flew out to sea before its identity was clinched. Single juvenile Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls flew south, whilst one Bonxie and four Arctic Skuas were also recorded.

Thornwick Pools attracted 14 Teal, four Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper. The gull flock adjacent to Old Fall contained three Caspian Gulls – a juvenile, a first-winter and an adult (Plep) – as well as an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Buckton Ponds hosted two Little Egrets.

Red-throated Diver, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Red-throated Diver, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

A day of light/moderate south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced a Tufted Duck, 15 Red-throated Divers and a Marsh Harrier flying south, whilst moving in the opposite direction were 41 Common Scoters, two Mediterranean Gulls, 158 Common Terns, 26 Arctic Terns, six Arctic Skuas and a Hobby; a Coal Tit also appeared to come in off the sea.

Sightings from Sewerby included four Wigeon, 22 Sanderling and 11 Ringed Plovers. Five Swift and a Garden Warbler were recorded in the vicinity of Thornwick.

Records at Buckton included three Common Buzzards, two Marsh Harriers, two Little Egrets, seven Whinchat and a Stonechat.

Swallows, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Swallows, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

It was a day of overcast skies, light westerly winds and occasional rain. Seawatching highlights included a pale-bellied Brent Goose, 118 Teal, nine Manx Shearwaters, two Balearic Shearwaters, 71 Sandwich Terns, 51 Common Terns, a Black Tern, two Bonxies, a Pomarine Skua and 32 Arctic Skuas flying south. Single Shoveler, Sooty Shearwater and juvenile Long-tailed Skua moved north. Better still, a juvenile Black Guillemot drifted south on the sea and a Little Egret was below the fog station.

Elsewhere, sightings included a Yellow-legged Gull and one Swift. Passerine interest included an influx of 480 Meadow Pipits (including 258 flying east over South Landing), 12 Whinchat, a Grey Wagtail, a Goldcrest, one Garden Warbler and 20 Reed Buntings.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Another day of relatively strong south-west winds and largely sunny skies. During the seawatch, 60 Teal, six Eider and ten Red-throated Divers flew south, whilst ten Sooty Shearwaters, five Manx Shearwaters and two Balearic Shearwaters headed north. A Little Egret flew past the fog station, as did two Bonxies and four Arctic Skuas.

Thornwick Pools attracted 14 Teal, nine Dunlin, one Snipe and a Grey Wagtail. Single adult Caspian Gull (PLEP) and Yellow-legged Gull were in the field next to Old Fall Steps. A Spotted Flycatcher was in South Dykes.

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Sanderling, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The day started with light south-westerly winds and sunshine, with the winds strengthening during the afternoon. Seawatching highlights included three Shoveler, 44 Teal, five Red-throated Divers, three Sooty Shearwaters, 45 Sandwich Terns, 12 Bonxies, and two Artic Skuas flying south; with nine Eider and three Arctic Skuas moving north.

Two Merlins were noted at Thornwick, a Swift was over South Landing, whilst passerine migrants included ten Whinchat, seven Wheatear, a Redstart, two Goldcrest, a Reed Warbler, 18 Willow Warbler and two Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted Little Egret, two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, two Swifts, a Redstart and one Whinchat, whilst sightings from Bempton included a Marsh Harrier, two Arctic Skuas and a Swift.

Dunlin and Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Dunlin and Ringed Plover, South Landing, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Light southerly winds and a warm, overcast day, with sunshine breaking through in the afternoon. Seawatching produced two Gadwall, a Sooty Shearwater, six Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 51 Sandwich Terns, 32 Common Terns and 13 Arctic Terns north, whilst 11 Wigeon, 23 Teal and a Tufted Duck flew south, with juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and two Arctic Skuas also present.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, Little Egret, two Dunlin and two Ringed Plover.

An arrival of passerines occurred during the middle of the day, including a Pied Flycatcher, four Spotted Flycatchers, eight Whinchat, four Stonechat, six Wheatear, three Grey Wagtails and 12 Willow Warblers.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted one Little Egret, a Ruff, three Golden Plover, two Greenshank, a Marsh Harrier, four Sparrowhawks, five Yellow Wagtails, four Whinchat and two Goldcrest. Bempton hosted four Whinchat, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Flycatcher and eight Goldcrest.

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Weasel, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Weasel, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

After a foggy start, light south-westerly winds and sunny conditions dominated, with temperatures peaking at 25 degrees C. Seawatching produced 14 Wigeon, two Shoveler, 341 Teal, two Tufted Duck, a Sooty Shearwater, one Bonxie and three Arctic Skuas heading south, whilst a Great Crested Grebe, a sub-adult Sabine’s Gull, 76 Sandwich Terns, 30 Common Terns and two Arctic Terns flew north.

Thornwick Pools attracted four Wigeon, nine Teal, a Little Egret and 11 Dunlin, with a Hobby successfully hunting there during the evening. Fifteen Ringed Plovers and 14 Dunlin were on South Landing beach, with three Sanderlings at South Dykes. Another two Little Egrets fed in Thornwick Bay, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew south over South Dykes, where the adult Caspian Gull (PLEP) and a Yellow-legged Gull rested on fields. One of the main features of the day was a sizeable influx of hirundines, with 600 Swallows and 550 House Martins present, with passerine interest provided by four Whinchat and three Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, single Gadwall, Little Egret, Ruff, Greenshank, two Hobby, two Swift and five Whinchat were located at Buckton.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Hobby, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Hobby (with Linnet), Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Light winds shifted from a south-westerly direction into south-south-easterlies later, with sunny intervals and a light overcast. There was a vast improvement in the quality of the seawatching resultant from yesterday’s northerly airflow, with the following highlights: a pale-bellied Brent Goose north, 17 Wigeon, a Shoveler, three Pintail, 154 Teal, five Tufted Duck, a Velvet Scoter (south), 134 Common Scoters, 19 Red-throated Divers, two Cory’s Shearwaters (north close inshore at 0753hrs and 0804hrs), 26 Sooty Shearwaters north, 75 Manx Shearwaters north, five Little Egrets (including two seen earlier at Thornwick), four Grey Herons south, six Ruff south, two Roseate Terns south (adult & juvenile), 3364 Kittiwakes north, an adult Sabine’s Gull (north at 0910hrs), two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, a juvenile Caspian Gull south (a new individual), 32 Bonxies, 28 Arctic Skuas and two Pomarine Skuas.

Thornwick Pools attracted eight Teal, four Wigeon, two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, two Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Ringed Plover and one Snipe, whilst South Landing hosted 20 Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plovers. The Yellow-legged Gull again roosted on the golf course. Passerines on the outer head included two Redstarts, three Whinchat and four Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included a Little Egret, single Ruff and Greenshank, 70 Lapwing, a Marsh Harrier, four Common Buzzards, a Wheatear and two Bullfinch.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Ruff, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Ruff, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Initial light south-westerly winds switched to moderate north-westerly winds, with sunny intervals throughout. Seawatching highlights included 61 Teal, ten Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 17 Manx Shearwaters and nine Arctic Skuas flying south, with two Sooty Shearwaters and a juvenile Caspian Gull flying north.

The day’s highlight related to a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper that spent most of the morning at Thornwick Pools; only the fifth Flamborough record, but the second this year. Other sightings from Thornwick included three Ruff, a Little Stint, 11 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover. South Landing attracted an Eider, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (different to Friday’s individual), 11 Ringed Plover and 12 Dunlin.

West of the Dykes, single Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Greenshank were on Buckton Pond, with two Whinchat and a Garden Warbler nearby.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Pectoral Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

After a bright start, increasing cloud and heavy rain arrived from late morning. Seawatching was rewarded with a Shoveler, three Red-throated Divers, a Sooty Shearwater, nine Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 28 Sandwich Terns and 18 Common Terns flying north, with one Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas also recorded.

A Little Egret fed in rock pools near High Stacks. Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, ten Dunlin, a Little Stint and three Ringed Plovers. A Yellow-legged Gull also remained on the headland. Passerines at South Landing included a Pied Flycatcher and an early returning Redwing.

West of the Dykes, four Whinchat and three Swift were seen at Buckton, with 17 Yellow Wagtails and five Swift at Bempton.

Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

It was a generally overcast day with light/moderate south-westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal, two Sooty Shearwaters, two Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Knot, 15 Dunlin, 26 Sandwich Terns and an adult Pomarine Skua flying south, with the year’s first Black Tern, two Bonxies and four Arctic Skuas heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted eight Teal, eight Dunlin, two Ringed Plovers and a Little Stint. South Landing hosted a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and Grey Wagtail, whilst an adult Caspian Gull roosted at South Dykes and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the golf course. Additional sightings included single Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher and Garden Warbler.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Another day of light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching was quiet with eight Common Scoters, 28 Sandwich Terns and 128 Common Terns heading north, whilst a Budgerigar flying past provided colour!

Thornwick Pools attracted eight Teal, eight Dunlin, single Ruff, Wood SandpiperLittle Stint and Ringed Plover. An Icterine Warbler was located on the edge of Thornwick camp.

West of the Dykes, Bempton attracted a Snipe, four Golden Plover and 15 Common Whitethroats. Buckton attracted three Teal, a Marsh Harrier, 70 Lapwing, one Greenshank, four Snipe, 30 Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler, six Whinchat and five Yellow Wagtails.

Marsh Harrier, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Marsh Harrier, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Paul Reed

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Paul Reed

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A day of light south-westerly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching produced ten Teal flying south, a Red-throated Diver north, a Sooty Shearwater north, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 46 Common Terns north and ten Arctic Terns.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, 11 Dunlin and single Ruff, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Snipe and Greenshank. Other sightings included a Merlin and a Goldcrest.

West of the Dykes, a juvenile Hobby was at Bempton, along with Marsh Harrier, Greenshank and Golden Plover, whilst Buckton hosted Greenshank, three Snipe and two Whinchats.

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Grey Heron, Flamborough, by Mike Smith

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Light south-westerly winds remained throughout a gloriously sunny day. Seawatching highlights included a dark-bellied Brent Goose flying north, single Red-throated Diver and Shoveler moving south, three Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters and two Balearic Shearwaters moving north, a Bonxie offshore and 42 Common Terns heading north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, 11 Teal, a Ruff, one Green Sandpiper, nine Dunlin, a Little Stint and a Ringed Plover, with another Ruff on nearby fields. Eight Snipe flew over the outer head along with a Greenshank. Amongst low numbers of passerine migrants were two Pied Flycatchers, two Wheatear and a Goldcrest.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included two Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl, two Spotted Flycatchers and two Whinchat. Records from Bempton included two Whinchat and a Wheatear.

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The weather comprised light south-westerly winds and sunshine. Seawatching produced four Brent Geese flying north, at least one of which was a Pale-bellied Goose, five Red-throated Divers south, five Sooty Shearwaters, 34 Manx Shearwaters and a Balearic Shearwater all north, 64 Common Terns, three Bonxies and 12 Arctic Skuas.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Wigeon, five Teal, nine Dunlin, a Little Stint (different to yesterday’s bird), one Ruff, three Green Sandpipers and a Ringed Plover. Two Greenshanks also flew over the headland. Raptor interest was provided by a Hobby at Thornwick, a Marsh Harrier and two Sparrowhawks in off the sea at North Landing, along with two Common Buzzards. Migrants included a Swift, two Reed Warblers, two Garden Warblers, two Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit, five Whinchat, a Redstart and four Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted a Greenshank, a Marsh Harrier, two Common Buzzards, a Short-eared Owl, a Reed Warbler, three Spotted Flycatchers, five Whinchat and three Yellow Wagtails. There were also 25 Ringed Plovers on Sewerby beach.

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

The morning started with mist and drizzle, with brighter weather eventually arriving in the evening, with predominantly light/moderate northerlies. Seawatching highlights included: four Wigeon and two Shoveler flying north, 188 Teal north (and 179 south), 66 Common Scoter south, two Red-throated Divers south (and one north), one Great Northern Diver south, two Sooty Shearwaters north (and two south), 18 Manx Shearwaters south, two Little Stints south, 30 Common Terns south, five Arctic Terns north, nine Bonxies south, 38 Arctic Skuas south and a Pomarine Skua north.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Wigeon, four Teal, a Ruff, one Ringed Plover, seven Dunlin and a Little Stint. Another Ruff was in fields next to Mid Dykes. A Little Egret flew south over the outer head, as did four Golden Plovers and a juvenile Marsh Harrier, whilst the Yellow-legged Gull remained in residence. Additional interest included a Cuckoo, ten Whinchat, one Pied Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit and four Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, seven Sanderling and seven Ringed Plovers frequented Sewerby beach.

Sanderling, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Sanderling, Flamborough, by Alan Walkington

Wheatear, Outer Head, by Don Hustings

Wheatear, Outer Head, by Don Hustings

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

After a calm and sunny start to the day, a light easterly wind established by late afternoon and rain arrived mid-afternoon. During the seawatch, single Shoveler, Balearic Shearwater, Black-tailed Godwit, Long-tailed Skua and Yellow-legged Gull flew past the fog station. Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, one Wigeon, seven Dunlin, a Curlew and a Little Stint.

West of Dykes, Buckton attracted a Marsh Harrier, two Greenshank, four Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing and a Wheatear.

Sparrowhawk, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sparrowhawk, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Curlew, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Curlew, Thornwick Pools, by Dave Aitken

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Greenshank, Buckton Pond, by Paul Reed

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The weather consisted light/moderate westerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, two Red-throated Divers, 49 Teal, four Gadwall, 57 Common Scoter, 38 Oystercatcher, five Whimbrel, two Greenshank, a Golden Plover, 21 Arctic Skuas and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew south. Five Shelduck, a Pintail, 34 Common Terns and 27 Arctic Terns headed north. In addition, there were three Little Egrets; two flying south and one feeding on the rocks below the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, two Wigeon, two Teal, a Dunlin and a Ruff. Two Shelduck, seven Dunlin, a Little Stint and a Knot frequented South Landing, with an Eider, 12 Teal and 30 Ringed Plovers at Sewerby. The adult Yellow-legged Gull again roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included five Whinchats at Thornwick and four Wheatears on the outer head.

West of the Dykes, sightings at Buckton included one Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, two Greenshank and a Redshank on the pond, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, two Stonechat and several Whinchat.

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Wheatear, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

It was a generally overcast day, with light and variable winds; a belt of heavy showers and more prolonged rain arrived late afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted a Wigeon, two Teal, two Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper and one Snipe. Forty-two Teal were on rocks below the cliffs, a Curlew Sandpiper accompanied eight Dunlin and a Ringed Plover at South Landing, whilst a Greenshank flew over the outer head.

Passerine migrants were scarce, with highlights relating to two Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Whinchat.

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wigeon, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A moderate northerly wind and sunny conditions predominated until cloud built late afternoon. A Sooty Shearwater flew north past the fog station in the evening.

Thornwick Pools attracted six Teal, four Curlew Sandpipers, three Dunlin, a Greenshank, three Redshank and two Snipe. Another Curlew Sandpiper was on South Landing beach, whilst a Greenshank flew south over the outer head. Migrants included Pied Flycatcher and Redstart on the southern edge of the gorse field.

A Hobby frequented the Sewerby area, whilst Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank were on Buckton Pond.

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The majority of the morning was relatively still and overcast, whilst a strengthening south-easterly breeze developed once the sun broke through the clouds. Thornwick Pools hosted three Pink-footed Geese, a Wigeon, one Greenshank, two Redshank, a Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, three Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint and one Snipe. A Little Egret toured the headland, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Good numbers of common migrants were present, including a count of 130 Willow Warblers. However, coverage was relatively sparse and clearly several hundred would have been present. Additional migrant tallies included: 24 Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, ten Wheatear, two Whinchat, five Redstart, a Tree Pipit, 13 Yellow Wagtails, six Pied Flycatchers and nine Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Buckton attracted two Marsh Harriers, 35 Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Sedge Warbler, whilst the Pond hosted two Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Little Egret, Outer Head, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Little Stint, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

After heavy rain in the morning, sunshine broke through, whilst the wind strengthened from the west. Thornwick Pools hosted single Dunlin and Little Ringed Plover.

Good numbers of passerines were scattered across the headland, in particular Willow Warblers including nine in Holmes Gut. Additional sightings included two Pied Flycatchers and two Spotted Flycatchers.

West of the Dykes, Bempton Cliffs attracted 30 Willow Warblers and single Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, whilst Buckton Pond hosted single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Spotted Flycatcher, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

It was another sunny day, with increasingly strong westerly winds that again made searching for passerines difficult. Thornwick Pools hosted 12 Teal, a Wigeon, nine Dunlin, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and one Greenshank. South Landing attracted an additional 16 Dunlin and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the rocks just west of the beach.

The Greenish Warbler was relocated on the north side of Old Fall, favouring the trees near the pond. Other passerines included nine Whinchat, a Wheatear, four Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, seven Yellow Wagtails, three Garden Warblers and 11 Willow Warblers.

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Yellow-legged Gull, South Landing, by Lee Johnson

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Strong southerly winds lasted throughout a day that featured sunny intervals and light showers. During the seawatch the following moved south: 12 Pintail, 123 Teal, three Wigeon, a Goldeneye, 23 Common Scoter, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, one Black-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover, two Greenshank, the year’s first Spotted Redshank, four Sanderling, 87 Knot, 30 Redshank, a Bonxie, two Arctic Skua, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 122 Sandwich Terns. In addition, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull lingered on the sea off the fog station.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Curlew Sandpipers (an adult & a juvenile), 16 Dunlin, three Greenshank, a Ringed Plover, one Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. A Ruff rested on fields near North Landing before heading off south.

A scattering of passerines were hunkered down in the strong winds, but both Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were present.

Spotted Redshank, fog station, by Craig Thomas

Spotted Redshank, seawatch, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Curlew Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Friday, August 19th, 2016

After a bright start and relatively light winds, a belt of rain arrived in the afternoon. Thornwick Pools attracted two Greenshank and six Dunlin, South Landing 16 Dunlin, eight Sanderling, two Ringed Plovers, six Redshank and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A Little Egret again toured the headland and an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the golf course. Passerine interest included single Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and White Wagtail.

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Pied Flycatcher, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

White Wagtail, Lighthouse car park, by Andy Hood

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The light easterly airstream continued, with sunshine breaking through after an overcast start. Thornwick Pools hosted 26 Teal, 11 Dunlin, a Redshank, one Ringed Plover and two Greenshank, with a third bird flying west. A Little Egret visited Oceanview/North Marsh and three Sanderling were on South Landing beach.

There didn’t appear to be any significant arrivals today, although yesterday’s Icterine Warbler was still present on the north side of Old Fall. Other migrants included 15 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, six Wheatear and two Whinchat.

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wheatear, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Ruddy Darter, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Light south-easterly winds strengthened slightly during the afternoon, whilst the sun eventually broke through after an overcast start to the day.

The highlight was the continued presence of the Greenish Warbler at Old Fall. It remained elusive for much of the day, but favoured the hedge 75 metres north of the Plantation. However, for a while mid-morning it was heard singing from the middle of the wood. An Icterine Warbler was also discovered along Old Fall Hedge mid-afternoon. Additional migrant interest was provided by a Cuckoo, two Whinchat, two Wheatear, two Pied Flycatchers, five Yellow Wagtails and nine Willow Warblers.

Non-passerine interest included a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, three Greenshank, two Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, one Golden Plover. The Polish-ringed adult Caspian Gull ‘PLEP’ again roosted east of North Landing in the evening, along with an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

West of the Dykes, an Osprey flew north along the cliffs at Bempton, where three Minke Whales were offshore, whilst six Whinchat and a Wheatear were at Buckton.

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Paul Reed

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Greenish Warbler, Old Fall Hedge, by Lee Johnson

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A day of light south-easterly winds and sunny intervals. Seawatching highlights included 12 Teal flying south, 82 Common Scoters heading north, 52 Oystercatchers south, 21 Sandwich Terns north, seven Common Terns, two Arctic Terns and five Arctic Skuas flying south.

Waders on the move included nine Greenshank, seven heading south and two on Thornwick Pools, a Green Sandpiper flying south, a Wood Sandpiper on Thornwick Pools and nine Dunlin. An adult Caspian Gull (PLEP) rested on cliff top fields near North Landing in the evening, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull roosted on the Golf Course early morning.

However, the bird of the day was the first rare passerine migrant of the autumn: a Greenish Warbler was discovered late afternoon along Old Fall Hedge just north of the Plantation.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Caspian Gull, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A day of light southerly winds and sunny skies. During the seawatch, four Eider, 50 Common Scoters, a Grey Heron, 68 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, whilst 15 Manx Shearwaters, 95 Oystercatchers, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, three Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flew south.

Thornwick Pools attracted a Pintail, two Teal, Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 11 Dunlin and two Greenshank, with a Cuckoo still in residence. A total of 20 Willow Warblers were also recorded.

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Small Copper, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

A generally overcast day, with light northerly winds. Seawatching highlights included three Gadwall, nine Teal, a Tufted Duck, 97 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 14 Manx Shearwaters, 46 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Terns and five Arctic Terns that flew north. Southbound passage included 45 Oystercatchers, 116 Redshank and two Arctic Skuas. However, the most notable sighting related to a Minke Whale that headed north.

Thornwick Pools attracted two Teal, 15 Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, one Greenshank, 15 Dunlin and the Cuckoo. Three Golden Plovers flew south, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull was on the golf course.

Passerines were clearly on the move, with 30 Willow Warblers, three Spotted Flycatchers, one Redstart, a Wheatear and two Tree Pipits.

West of the Dykes, there were ten Whinchats at Buckton.

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Sedge Warbler, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

A day of sunny intervals and moderate westerly winds. Seawatching highlights included a Shelduck, 32 Common Scoter, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 20 Sandwich Terns and 20 Common Terns flying north, with two Marsh Harriers, 15 Arctic Terns and four Arctic Skuas heading south.

Thornwick Pools attracted single Shelduck, Little Egret, Snipe and Ruff along with 13 Dunlin, whilst North Marsh hosted a single Pintail and a Common Buzzard appeared over the outer head. Two Cuckoos remained in the Thornwick Pools area and other sightings included 20 Willow Warblers, a ‘migrant’ Sedge Warbler and a Whinchat.

West of the Dykes, eight Dunlin visited Buckton Pond.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Although a sunny day, strong westerly winds made birding difficult. Seawatching records included one Shelduck, eight Common Scoter, six Red-breasted Mergansers, six Manx Shearwaters, a Little Ringed Plover, one Greenshank, a Ruff, 22 Sandwich Terns, 27 Common Terns, eight Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua.

The strong winds pushed two Marsh Harriers, two Red Kites and two Common Buzzards onto the headland. Thornwick Pools attracted a Shelduck, 14 Dunlin, a Greenshank and two Snipe, with a Pintail at North Marsh.

A Cuckoo remained at Thornwick Pools, whilst two Spotted Flycatchers appeared on the outer head.

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Ruff, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Red Kite, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Red Kite, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A day of moderate south-westerly winds, with occasional rain and sunny intervals. Seawatching  highlights included 52 Common Scoter, five Manx Shearwaters, three Whimbrel, two Greenshank, 41 Sandwich Terns, 29 Common Terns and an Arctic Tern.

Forty-five Turnstone, eight Ringed Plovers and six Redshank were at Sewerby, with 11 Redshank and two Whimbrel at South Dykes. Six Dunlin were on Thornwick Pools along with the Cuckoo still in residence.

Away from the wetlands, a Red Kite over the outer head provided interest.

West of the Dykes, two Bonxies frequented the cliffs.

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington