Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Another day of moderate south westerly winds and patchy cloud. Counts from the morning sea watch included 14 Common Scoter, 8 Manx Shearwater, 1 Little Egret, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 129 Sandwich, 18 Common and 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Arctic Skua and 3 Bonxie.

On the land, the juvenile Red-backed Shrike remained. A Green Sandpiper was at Northcliffe Marsh. 3 Tree Pipit, 20 Swift, Merlin, a single Wheatear and a Hobby were between the outer headland and South Landing. Buckton held Marsh Harrier and a Whinchat.

Wheatear by Brett Richards

Friday, August 17th, 2018

A mostly sunny day with moderate to strong south westerly winds. The juvenile Red-backed Shrike continued to perform along the hedge south of Head Farm. Other highlights from the outer headland included a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, Little Egret, 67 Willow Warbler, 36 Yellow Wagtail and fly over Green and Wood Sandpipers . South Landing yet again attracted several Mediterranean Gulls with numbers peaking at three during the day, a Greenshank was also on the beach.

The morning sea watch was relatively quiet with 2 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Tern, 16 Common Tern, 70 Sandwich Tern, 10 Manx Shearwater, 4 Whimbrel and a Shoveler.

Birds moving through Bempton included a Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 32  Swift and a Wheatear.

In insect news; at least one White-letter Hairstreak remained at South Dykes, whilst odonata counts from the outer head included 1 Small Red-eyed Damsel and good numbers of Emerald Damsel, Ruddy Darter and Migrnat Hawker.

Small Red-eyed Damsel, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Conditions were overcast during the morning, with brighter skies in the afternoon and a moderate south westerly wind. Highlight of the morning sea watch was a juvenile Black Tern which flew north just after 11am, additional birds included a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 27 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 63 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, a single Arctic Skua and a Swift.

On the land, the juvenile Red-backed Shrike remained along the hedge south of Head Farm, with a nearby Whinchat in the Gorse field. Two juvenile Mediterranean Gull were at South Landing, whilst an adult Yellow-legged Gull frequented Stainforth’s Flash. A Little Egret was again on rocks south of the fog station and a Marsh Harrier overflew South Dykes.

Ringed Plover, South Landing by Andy Hood.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

A day of moderate south-west winds, sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 25 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included eight Teal, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 284 Sandwich Terns, 18 Common Terns, three Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flying north, with four Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin and 18 Redshank moving south.

A Little Egret fed on the rocky beach near the Lighthouse, single Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper were on Thornwick Pools, ten Dunlin frequented Stainforth’s Flash and a Greenshank also flew south. South Landing attracted an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull. A juvenile Red-backed Shrike in hedges on the eastern edge of the Gorse Field represented the first scarce drift migrant of the autumn; additional migrants included a Cuckoo and one Wheatear.

West of the Dykes, records from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier and a Whinchat.

Wood & Green Sandpipers, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Cuckoo, Gorse Field, by Alan Walkington

Red-backed Shrike, Gorse Field, by Andy Hood

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

A day of light south-west/southerly winds, overcast skies with sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 22 Common Scoter, two Sooty Shearwaters, 57 Manx Shearwaters, a Grey Plover, a Mediterranean Gull, 144 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, nine Arctic Tern, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas flying north, with three Whimbrel, a Greenshank, six Common Terns, a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas heading south. 

Two Little Egrets overflew South Landing, where lone Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls were present, a Greenshank flew south over the headland and a Green Sandpiper dropped onto Thornwick Pools. Migrant passerines included a Tree Pipit that headed south over Old Fall. In addition, the Pied Crow continued to frequent Thornwick camp. 

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton included two un-tagged creamcrown Marsh Harriers, 35 Curlew flying north, 27 Common Whitethroats, three Wheatear, two Whinchat, seven Yellow Wagtails and 22 Reed Buntings. 

Cormorant, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Wheatear, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Monday, August 13th, 2018

An overcast day, with light/moderate northerly winds and temperatures reaching 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Shelduck, 18 Common Scoter, one Sooty Shearwater, 186 Sandwich Terns, 82 Common Terns, three Arctic Terns flew north, whilst three Wigeon, 32 Manx Shearwaters, four Bonxies and an Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction. 

Sightings from South Landing included a Little Egret, three Mediterranean Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls. A Black-tailed Godwit flew east, lone Sanderling and Green Sandpiper were present, whilst a juvenile Cuckoo frequented the cliff top near Old Fall. The Brown Argus butterfly remained in residence at South Landing.

The wing-tagged Marsh Harrier present at Buckton recently was a juvenile male, ringed as a chick at Burnham Norton, Norfolk on 28th June 2018.

Mediterranean Gull, South Landing, by Andy Hood

Cuckoo, near Old Fall, by Andrew Allport

Migrant Hawker, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

A relatively overcast day, with a light/moderate south-west wind and periods of light rain. During the seawatch, 47 Common Scoter, a Blue Fulmar, two Golden Plover, 267 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, two Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua flew north, with 36 Teal, 12 Manx Shearwaters and two Bonxies moving in the opposite direction.

West of the Dykes, a total of 115 House Martins at Buckton included 110 flying south-east; a cream crown Marsh Harrier, 60 Swallows and two Golden Plover were recorded at the same location.

Common Blue, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

The weather consisted of moderate westerly winds, generally overcast skies with occasional sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbrel, one Little Gull, 29 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and an Arctic Skua flew north, whilst a Grey Heron and a lone Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools hosted a Grey Heron, two Snipe and a Dunlin, with 12 more Dunlin on Stainforth’s Flash. South Landing attracted four Whimbrel, seven Willow Warblers and a Siskin.

West of the Dykes, sightings included two Sanderling and 33 Sandwich Terns at Sewerby, with a Common Sandpiper on Buckton Pond.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Emperor Dragonfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Friday, August 10th, 2018

A day of light/moderate south-westerly winds, generally cloudier with occasional sunny intervals. During the seawatch, 49 Common Scoters and a Red-throated Diver flew north, whilst a Sooty Shearwater, 29 Redshank and an immature Long-tailed Skua flew south. However, the stand out was a Fin Whale feeding three miles offshore of the Fog Station from 0720-0732hrs; plenty of fish were clearly present, with a minimum of 25 Common Porpoises and 37 Grey Seals also present. 

Elsewhere, two Shoveler overflew the headland, seven Dunlin frequented Stainforth’s Flash, whilst 23 Willow Warblers and five Yellow Wagtails were scattered across the headland. 

West of the Dykes, 35 Yellow Wagtails frequented fields at Buckton, along with a Wheatear and a Corn Bunting. 

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wheatear, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Grey Seals, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

A cooler day than of late, with increasing amounts of cloud interspersed by brighter intervals. Three Teal lingered at Thornwick Pools, where a Grey Heron, one Little Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, two Green Sandpiper and a Snipe and two Yellow Wagtails were also recorded. Eleven Willow Warblers included nine at South Landing, whilst a Pied Flycatcher remained in the Golf Course willows. Nearby, three Corn Buntings flew west over the Gorse Field.

Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

A day of light/moderate south-west winds, occasional sunny intervals during a cloudier day and temperatures peaking at 21 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included three Teal, 68 Common Scoters and two Manx Shearwaters heading north, with 37 Oystercatchers, four Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, an adult Pomarine Skua, one Bonxie and an Arctic Skua flying south.

Thornwick Pools hosted six Dunlin, a Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Two creamcrown Marsh Harriers toured the headland, whilst a Hobby hunted South Landing during the morning. Five Crossbills were noted at South Landing.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier and eight Willow Warblers, whilst records from Buckton included eight Grey Partridge, a Hobby, two Marsh Harriers, a Bar-tailed Godwit flying east and four Willow Warblers. Two Minke Whales were located on a boat trip four miles off the headland.

Curlew, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Small Copper, outer head, by Andy Hood

Brimstone butterfly, Flamborough village, by June & Malcolm Fox

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

A day of light, variable winds, prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 43 Common Scoter, a Tufted Duck and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flying north, with three Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Skua moving south. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Little Egret. Wader interest included 14 Whimbrel, two Bar-tailed Godwits and four Knot south over the headland, 14 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover on Stainforth’s Flash and three Snipe at Thornwick Pools. A juvenile Merlin was seen at North Landing and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull below Old Fall. Migrant passerines included 20 Willow Warblers, ten Yellow Wagtails and two Pied Flycatchers. Insect interest included the headland’s first Red-eyed Damselflies, a Common Hawker which represented only the second local record, and a Brown Argus butterfly that gave good views at South Landing. 

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Pied Flycatcher and eight Willow Warblers.

Little Egret, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Willow Warbler, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Common Hawker, Flamborough, by Andrew Allport

Brown Argus, South Landing, by Andrew Allport

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The weather consisted of very light south-westerly winds, occasional sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 24 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Tufted Duck, 22 Oystercatchers, three Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 12 Redshank and 28 Common Terns flew south, whilst four Eider, six Manx Shearwaters and 35 Sandwich Terns moved north.

A juvenile Marsh Harrier overflew in the Golf Course early morning, 17 Dunlin frequented Stainforth’s Flash and an additional 21 Thornwick Pools. Migrant passerines included a Pied Flycatcher at Old Fall, a Whinchat near Beacon Hill and 100 Swallows roosting at Thornwick Pools. A minimum of four White-letter Hairstreaks remained at South Dykes, whilst a Brown Argus was also located at South Dykes.

Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Brown Argus, South Dykes, by Les Day

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

The weather again consisted of light winds, sunny intervals and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a Shoveler, 65 Common Scoters, five Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern flew north, with nine Teal, 45 Oystercatchers, a Golden Plover, five Whimbrel, 65 Redshank and 13 Common Terns moved south. 

Two Shoveler were located on North Marsh, Stainforth’s Flash attracted six Dunlin, three Green Sandpipers, two Snipe and a Turnstone, whilst 14 Dunlin and two Green Sandpipers visited Thornwick Pools, where a flock of 11 Black-tailed Godwits flew south in the evening. A Marsh Harrier was seen at North Dykes and a Red Kite headed north-west over Hartendale. Passerine interest included 22 Willow Warblers spread across several sites and a Crossbill over Hartendale.

West of the Dykes, two juvenile Marsh Harriers frequented Buckton, where 56 birds were ringed including 14 Whitethroats, seven Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler and 17 Swallows. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Grasshopper Warbler, two Willow Warblers, a Minke Whale and a Brown Argus.

Turnstone, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Yellow Wagtail, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

The weather consisted of light northerly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. During the seawatch, 47 Common Scoter, a Common Buzzard and ten Common Terns flew north, whilst ten Teal, two Red-throated Divers, 61 Oystercatchers, 48 Whimbrel, six Sanderling, 66 Sandwich Terns, a Pomarine Skua and three Arctic Skuas moved south. 

Stainforth’s Flash attracted four Shelduck, two Avocet and 11 Dunlin, Thornwick Pools hosting 18 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper, whilst a Greenshank overflew South Landing. More noteworthy still, a Honey Buzzard flew west over South Landing late morning, with a Hobby near the same location. Passerine interest included a Crossbill at South Dykes. Insect sightings included a male Banded Demoiselle located near Thornwick Pools’ lower hide, at least two White-letter Hairstreaks at South Dykes and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the village.

West of the Dykes, the singing Grasshopper Warbler and a minimum of 80 Yellow Wagtails were seen at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.  Buckton attracted a juvenile Marsh Harrier.

Skylark, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Linnet, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

 Another day of light south-westerly winds, sunny intervals in the morning, with increasing amounts of cloud later, and temperatures again reaching 23 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 119 Common Scoter, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 52 Sandwich Terns flying north, with nine Manx Shearwaters, three Balearic Shearwaters, a Great Crested Grebe, one Golden Plover, five Whimbrel, 20 Sanderling, 184 Dunlin, 81 Redshank, four Common Terns and an Arctic Skua flying south.

Two Shoveler remained on Stainforth’s Flash, but a Red Kite flew west along the cliff top at North Dykes and a Merlin over the outer head were new. Wader interest included 12 Dunlin at Thornwick Pools, three Dunlin at Stainforth’s Flash and a Green Sandpiper over the outer head. Passerine migrants included four Pied Flycatchers between Thornwick and North Landing, with another two Pied Flycatchers, eight Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats and two juvenile Treecreepers in the immediate vicinity of the Bay Brambles. A thorough search of South Dykes revealed the presence of five White-letter Hairstreaks, following the first ever Flamborough record of this butterfly earlier in the week.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Marsh Harrier, seven Whimbrel flying east, a Grasshopper Warbler, 62 Yellow Wagtails and the reserve’s first record of an Emerald Damselfly.

Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

White-letter Hairstreak, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

White-letter Hairstreak, South Dykes, by Andrew Allport

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, light/moderate south-westerly winds and temperatures that peaked at 23 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 31 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 60 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern moving north, with 35 Teal, a Golden Plover, two Curlew Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper flying south. 

Thornwick Pools attracted two Black-tailed Godwits, three Dunlin, a Sanderling and the lingering Wood Sandpiper, whilst Stainforth’s Flash attracted five Shelduck, two Shoveler, three Dunlin, a Golden Plover, six Green Sandpipers and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. A Marsh Harrier hunted the outer headland, whilst passerine interest included increased numbers of Willow Warblers and four Pied Flycatchers. The Pied Crow remained on Thornwick camp.

West of the Dykes, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included six Willow Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and 18 Yellow Wagtails.

Pied Flycatcher, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Pied Crow, Thornwick camp, by Jo Hood

Small Copper, Thornwick, by Alan Walkington

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Flamborough village, by Jo Hood

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

A day of sunny intervals, light/moderate south-westerly winds and temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. During the seawatch, a Manx Shearwater and 27 Sandwich Terns flew north, with six Teal and a Sanderling moving south. 

Thornwick Pools attracted a Grey Heron, four Shelduck, four Teal, the Wood Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, one Lapwing and five Yellow Wagtails. Stainforth’s Flash attracted another Green Sandpiper, together with two Yellow-legged Gulls; an adult and a juvenile. However, the most notable sighting related to a Honey Buzzard that flew south over Beacon Hill at 1906hrs. A Short-eared Owl was also seen near the cliff top between North Dykes and Thornwick during the evening.

West of the Dykes, a Grasshopper Warbler remained at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Yellowhammer, South Landing, by Don Hustings

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

After several relatively wet days, warmer, dryer weather returned once more, with sunny intervals developing after a cloudy start.  During the seawatch, 84 Common Scoter flew north, five Teal, a Red-throated Diver, four Manx Shearwaters, 12 Oystercatchers, eight Black-tailed Godwits, three Whimbrel, 53 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns, three Arctic Terns and two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls moved south.

Thornwick Pools hosted a Great White Egret during the evening that, after a brief stay, headed east; additional sightings there included Grey Heron, Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin, two Snipe, one Lapwing, a Green Sandpiper and the long-staying Wood Sandpiper. Stainforth’s Flash attracted a lone Shoveler. A Hobby frequented the Old Fall area, where an unseasonal Jay and a Pied Flycatcher were also present. Insect interest included a White-letter Hairstreak at South Dykes and a Red-veined Darter at Thornwick Pools.

West of the Dykes, a Short-eared Owl was present at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Great White Egret, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcolm Fox

Red-veined Darter, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

White-letter Hairstreak, South Dykes, by June & Malcolm Fox

Monday, July 30th, 2018

A light south-westerly wind throughout, with sunny intervals and periodic drizzle. Seawatch highlights included four Shelduck, a Shoveler, 17 Teal, 13 Common Scoters, nine Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, ten Whimbrel, 50 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 147 Dunlin, 18 Redshank, 44 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns and a ‘spooned’ Pomarine Skua, all heading south; a second Pomarine Skua flew south during the evening. Thornwick Pools attracted three Shelduck, a Wood Sandpiper, one Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and two Snipe. A Short-eared Owl and Wheatear were seen in the Oceanview area, whilst the outer head hosted a juvenile Cuckoo and two Pied Flycatchers.

However, cetaceans stole the headlines, with a minimum of three Minke Whales off the north side of the headland and, far more unusually, a Humpback Whale which showed well c. 1.5km offshore between 1315-1415hrs. 

West of the Dykes, 33 Yellow Wagtails and three Willow Warblers were recorded at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

The weather featured a strong southerly wind, persistent and occasionally heavy rain throughout the morning, an overcast afternoon and sunny spells by the evening. Temperatures reached a mere 15 degrees C during the morning, but climbed later.

The day’s standout was a south-easterly movement of Swifts on a broad front from Thornwick Bay to Buckton; starting at 0715hrs, a total of 5695 Swifts flew south until the movement abated at 1000hrs. Relatively few were seen on the outer head, with a mere six birds over the Fog Station. 

The morning’s seawatch featured two Grey Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 102 Knot and 23 Redshank flying south, with 26 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns heading in the opposite direction. Waders again featured on the headland with single Wood Sandpiper, two Green Sandpiper, two Dunlin, ten Redshank, Little Ringed Plover and Snipe at Thornwick Pools; the same location also attracted two Little Egrets, a Shoveler and an Arctic Tern. Stainforth’s Flash hosted single Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Green Sandpiper, together with a Shelduck and another Arctic Tern. Passerine interest was limited to a Pied Flycatcher on the outer head.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Buckton Pond included a Little Egret, with four Black-tailed Godwits, three Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and seven Knot flying over.

Curlew Sandpiper, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Arctic Tern, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Herring Gull, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

The weather consisted of very heavy showers, predominantly during the morning, and sunny intervals in increasingly strong south-west winds; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Thornwick Pools once again proved its worth and attracted a Grey Heron, five Teal, a Shelduck, seven Dunlin, one Lapwing, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, one Black-tailed Godwit, a juvenile Ruff, two Snipe, a Wood Sandpiper, three Green Sandpipers, and best of all, a juvenile Spotted Redshank. Elsewhere, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, two Ruff and a Dunlin frequented Stainforth’s Flash. Insect interest included a male Common Hawker photographed on the cliff edge by the Golf Course.

West of the Dykes, sightings from Bempton included a Ruff and 100 Swifts, with one of the latter predated by a Peregrine.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 27th, 2018

A day of sunny intervals and thundery showers, with temperatures peaking at 28 degrees C; winds remained light and generally from a southerly direction. Seawatching highlights included 16 Teal, two Eider and 81 Sandwich Terns flying north, whilst a Sooty Shearwater moved south.

The day’s main feature related to the arrival of waders – Thornwick Pools attracted a Wood Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, three Snipe, six Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, together with a Little Egret, three Shoveler and five Teal. Stainforth’s Flash hosted one Shelduck, a Ruff, six Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper, with a Greenshank overflying the outer head. Also notable was the arrival of a Wheatear and two Pied Flycatchers on the outer head; the latter the earliest ever autumn arrival.

Wood Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

A day of light south-easterly winds, sunny intervals and evening thunderstorms, with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. Waders stole the headlines during the seawatch, with 119 Oystercatchers, a Ringed Plover, 16 Turnstones, 115 Knot, 101 Sanderling, 362 Dunlin, 26 Redshank and a Greenshank moving south. Twelve Whimbrel also flew south, including one with an apparent wholly dark rump and buff, heavily marked underwings that accompanied a ‘normal’ Whimbrel past the Fog Station at 1740hrs. Additional sightings on the seawatch included 95 Sandwich Terns, two Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua flying north, whilst two Goosanders, four Manx Shearwaters and another Arctic Skua headed in the opposite direction.

Thornwick Pools attracted a three Shoveler, one Shelduck, a Grey Heron, four Black-tailed Godwits, a Snipe, 11 Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail. Stainforth’s Flash also hosted a different flock of 11 Dunlin, whilst two Little Egrets dropped onto North Marsh. The Pied Crow remained on Thornwick Camp.

West of the Dykes, 100 Swifts and 50 House Martins were over Bempton this evening ahead of gathering storm clouds.

Shelduck, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

South Landing butterflies, by June & Malcolm Fox

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

After a relatively cloudy start to the day, sunshine dominated in light northerly winds; temperatures reached 22 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 82 Common Scoters and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew north, with three Sanderling, ten Redshank, 30 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and an Arctic Skua moving south. 

Thornwick Pools hosted two Shelduck, three Shoveler, two Little Ringed Plover, seven Dunlin and three Snipe, whilst the Pied Crow of unknown origin remained on the nearby camp. Additional passerine interest included one Goldcrest, 17 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail. Insect sightings included six Common Emerald Damselflies (rare locally) and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Mediterranean Gull, Fog Station, by Andrew Allport

Little Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Pied Crow, Thornwick Camp, by Andy Hood

Common Emerald Damselfly, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Although the skies were cloudier than recent days, prolonged sunny spells ensured it was warm once again, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, 41 Oystercatchers, 13 Whimbrel, two Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Knot and six Common Terns flew south, with a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 40 Sandwich Terns moving north.

Thornwick Pools attracted three Shelduck, three Shoveler, a similar number of Dunlin and two Snipe. A Hobby was over the village during the morning, with Reed Warbler and Goldcrest visited Oceanview. Late news concerned a Pied Crow of unknown origin at Thornwick.

Kestrel, Beacon Hill, by Craig Thomas

Ruddy Darter, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

A sunny day, with increasing amounts of cloud and a light southerly wind; this combination led to the highest temperatures of the year, with a peak of 27 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Red-throated Diver, two Grey Herons, four Whimbrel, a Ruff, two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Tern flying south, with 58 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and a Bonxie moving in the opposite direction. 

Thornwick Pools attracted eight Shelduck, two Teal, four Shoveler, whilst two Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper were also recorded on the headland. A Cuckoo frequented the Gorse Field area and a juvenile Merlin hunted the outer head. On the bird front, the day’s undoubted highlight related to the evening discovery of the year’s second Rose-coloured Starling – on wires in the immediate vicinity of North Landing.

More noteworthy still, a Southern Migrant Hawker watched for 15 minutes on the outer headland stole the headlines, although unfortunately it didn’t linger. In addition, a male Keeled Skimmer was photographed (second Flamborough record) and one Red-veined Darter located.

Rose-coloured Starling, North Landing, by Andy Hood

Southern Migrant Hawker, outer head, by Andrew Allport

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Sunny skies dominated once more, with a light south-easterly breeze and temperatures reaching 22 degrees C. During the seawatch, 65 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater, five Manx Shearwaters, 47 Sandwich Terns and seven Common Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted two Teal, Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin, a Grey Wagtail and two Yellow Wagtails, whilst single Snipe, Cuckoo and Goldcrest were recorded at Oceanview.

Kestrel, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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

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

Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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

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

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

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sedge Warbler, Buckton, by Mark Thomas

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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

Shoveler, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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

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

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

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

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

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

Dunlin, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by June & Malcolm Fox

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Flamborough village, by Paul Butterworth

Monday, July 16th, 2018

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

Lapwing, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

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

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

Puffin, North Dykes, by Don Hustings

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

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

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

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Friday, July 13th, 2018

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

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

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

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

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

Marbled White, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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

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

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Stainforth’s Flash, by Andy Hood

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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

Red-breasted Merganser, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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

Teal, Fog Station, by Craig Thomas

Monday, July 9th, 2018

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

Yellow Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

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

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Steve Meredith

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

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

Common Whitethroat, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, July 6th, 2018

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

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

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

Grasshopper Warbler, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Arctic Skua, Thornwick, by Brett Richards

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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

Long-tailed Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Badger, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

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

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

Redshank, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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

Lapwing chick, Outer Head, by Andy Hood

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

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

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

Reed Bunting, Thornwick, by Don Hustings

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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

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

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

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington

Mistle Thrush, South Landing, by Brett Richards