Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

A mainly sunny day with a moderate northerly breeze and the temperature rising to 15°C.

The sea-watch at the fog station produced 21 Common Scoter, 11 Sandwich Terns and more unusually a Little Ringed Plover all heading north.  A single Harbour Porpoise also swam northwards.  While at Bempton  a single Manx Shearwater and 15 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wader interest included 4 Lapwing, a Golden Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel and 2 Dunlin.  The Short-eared Owl continued to be seen in the Gorse Field / Old Fall area.

Single Cuckoos were seen at both Bempton and Needles Plantation.  A Whinchat was seen by the lighthouse and a Grasshopper Warbler at Bempton.

Dunlins, Thornwick Pools ( Jo Hood)

Pale Tussock Moth, South Landing (Andrew Allport)

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Variable amounts of fog persisted all day in a moderate northerly breeze.  Mainly cloudy with temperatures rising to 11°C. 

Mid-morning a ringtail Hen Harrier was watched at Old Fall heading towards South Landing but was not seen subsequently.  Otherwise, the day’s birds mainly involved the remnants of previous days’ migrants including a single Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Yellow Wagtail.

Puffins, Fog Station (Alan Walkington)

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

The main weather feature of the day was fog which persisted throughout with a light south-easterly breeze and temperatures that struggled to reach 12°C.

A Red Kite drifted low over Bempton Cliffs and the Short-eared Owl continued its sojurn on the Outer Head.  Waders included a Grey Plover over the lighthouse and 2 Dunlin at Thornwick Pools.

Migrant passerines were the main interest with a new Bluethroat being found in the Lighthouse grassland while elsewhere on the Outer Head there were 3 Redstarts, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 acredula Willow Warblers and 3 Garden Warblers. At Buckton, 2 migrant Reed Warblers were trapped.

Short-eared Owl, Lighthouse Grassland (Andrew Allport)

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

The day started and ended misty and was otherwise cloudy with a light northerly breeze, temperatures peaking at 13°C.

The male and female Bluethroats seen yesterday were again present in the Old Fall Hedge south of the plantation though both were elusive as ever being seen only very briefly.  Other birds at Old Fall included a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Redstarts and a report of  a female type Common Rosefinch which was only seen briefly and heard to call three times.  Elsewhere, Holmes Gut hosted a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart and a Garden Warbler.  Over 50 House Martins were hawking insects over the south side of Flamborough village during the afternoon.

Non-passerine interest was added by a Grey Plover over Thornwick Pools and a Great White Egret over Bempton in the evening heading towards Flamborough.  The Short-eared Owl continued to frequent the Gorse Field and Old Fall.

Bluethroat, female, Old Fall Hedge (Tony Dixon)

Friday, May 17th, 2019

A mainly cloudy day with a moderate northerly blowing all day, temperatures reaching 13°C.   

Sea-watching highlights included five Manx Shearwaters north with two south, eleven Sandwich Terns north, two different Great Skuas going in opposite directions and three probable Bottle-nosed Dolphins heading south.

A Green Sandpiper at South Landing was the best wader seen while a Short-eared Owl was hunting again in the area around the Gorse Field.

The main highlight of the day was the discovery of a male Bluethroat singing south of Old Fall Plantation early morning but it remained elusive after being found.  There were intermittent further sightings of a Bluethroat in the crop on the south side of the plantation and as the photographs below show is clearly a second bird being a female.

Further passerine interest was provided by a Spotted Flycatcher at Old Fall, 2 migrant Reed Warblers on the Outer Head and 3 Yellow Wagtails.

Bluethroat, male, Old Fall by Andrew Allport

Bluethroat, female, Old Fall by Brett Richards

Bluethroat, female, Old Fall by Paul Reed

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Another largely sunny day, the wind was a moderate easterly and the temperature reached 14°C.

Wader interest was confined to a single Greenshank over Oceanview, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a pair of Lapwings.

The Outer Head seemed almost totally bereft of migrant passerines today though Bempton Cliffs RSPB fared far better by attracting a Red-breasted Flycatcher but unfortunately only very briefly.

Linnet, Thornwick Pools, Don Hustings

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

A moderate south-westerly breeze backed to south easterly by late morning.  There was unbroken sunshine throughout the day with temperatures peaking at 14°C.  Seawatching highlights included a Whimbrel and 20 Sandwich Terns moving north while a single Great Skua flew south.

Thornwick Pools held two little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin while 6 Bullfinches added some colour in the hedge behind the hide.

Migrant birds were notably thin on the ground with a Tree Pipit in the Gorse Field and two Grey Wagtails in a village garden being among the few birds noted.

A late report from yesterday relates to a Little Owl by the roadside near Buckton.

Common Whitethroat, Bempton Cliffs by Don Hustings

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

A light westerly wind backed to easterly by late morning.  There was unbroken sunshine throughout the day with temperatures peaking at 16°C.  Seawatching highlights included 38 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, a Ringed Plover, a Glaucous Gull and 21 Sandwich Terns moving north while a single Whimbrel flew south.

Three Dunlin and two Little Ringed Plover were at Thornwick Pools.  Early morning saw an immature male Marsh Harrier while in the evening a Short-eared Owl quartered the Outer Head.

Passerine migrants included a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail and 10 Wheatears.

Treecreeper, South Landing by Alan Walkington

Monday, May 13th, 2019

A light/moderate southerly wind, sunshine throughout and temperatures that reached 15 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 29 Common Scoter and a Manx Shearwater flying north, with single Ringed Plover, Knot, 18 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie moving south.

Thornwick Pools hosted a pair of Garganey all day, with other sightings there including two Tufted Duck, two Teal, three Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel, one Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and a White Wagtail. Elsewhere, two Red Kites flew in off the sea mid-morning. before flying west over the village, whilst a single Marsh Harrier lingered near South Landing. Passerine migrants included single Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart.

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Tufted Duck, Thornwick Pools, by Mike Smith

Red Kite, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

The weather consists of light onshore winds, sunshine and temperatures that reached 12 degrees C. During the seawatch, four Manx Shearwaters, two Whimbrel, eight Curlew, four Common Terns and two Bonxies flew north, with 135 Sandwich Terns heading south. Thornwick Pools attracted a drake Pintail, a Wood Sandpiper, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank and one Common Sandpiper. A single Marsh Harrier flew north-west over North Marsh, whilst a Hobby graced RSPB Bempton Cliffs. A southerly movement of Swallows occurred during the morning, with 210 recorded. Following a clear night many migrants had departed, although three Redstarts, two Whinchat, ten Wheatear and two Spotted Flycatchers remained. A ringing session at North Landing was rewarded with the control of a Belgium-ringed Lesser Whitethroat.

Pintail, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport

Lesser Whitethroat, North Landing, by Jo Hood

Redstart, North Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Another largely sunny day, with light northerly winds and temperatures peaking at 11 degrees C. During the seawatch, four Brent Geese, ten Tufted Ducks, five Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 54 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns flew north, with three Whimbrel, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 36 Sandwich Terns heading south. Thornwick Pools attracted single Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper and a lone Whimbrel fed on the Golf Course. An immature Glaucous Gull located on South Landing beach did not linger.

The Woodchat Shrike remained in the Gorse Field all day, whilst one of yesterday’s Wrynecks was still present at South Landing near the Living Seas Centre; it now appears there were three Wrynecks yesterday, two at South Landing, in addition to the bird along Old Fall Hedge. Passerine interest included 25 Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers, eight Redstart, a Black Redstart, 31 Wheatear, five Whinchat, two Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Pipit at Old Fall and a Corn Bunting.

Woodchat Shrike, Gorse Field, by Alan Walkington

Wryneck, South Landing, by Mark Pearson

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wheatear, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Friday, May 10th, 2019

A day of very light onshore winds, prolonged sunshine and temperatures that reached 11 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 11 Manx Shearwaters, 75 Sandwich Terns, four Common Terns and six Arctic Terns flying north, with an additional 70 Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Terns heading in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools attracted two Gadwall, a Greenshank and a Redshank, with Stainforth’s Flash hosting a pair of Little Ringed Plovers. A Marsh Harrier circled over the north side of the headland, whilst there were two Short-eared Owls along the South Cliffs. 

Passerine interest was headlined by the re-discovery of the Woodchat Shrike, which showed well in the Gorse Field all day, augmented by the discovery of three Wrynecks: the first discovered along Old Fall Hedge early morning, with the other two individuals at South Landing. A fall of migrants also included: seven Swifts, 94 Willow Warblers, three Garden Warblers, seven Pied Flycatchers, two Spotted Flycatchers, 35 Wheatear, five Whinchat, 16 Redstarts, five Yellow Wagtails and a Hawfinch; the latter in a village garden.

Woodchat Shrike, Gorse Field, by Craig Thomas

Wryneck, South Landing, by Brett Richards

Wryneck, South Landing, by Mark Pearson

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Near gale force northerly winds, light rain throughout a cold day, with temperatures peaking at seven degrees c. Seawatching highlights included a Red-throated Diver, two Blue Fulmars, 12 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Skua and a Bonxie flying north.

Away from the Fog Station, a male Goosander sheltered off South Landing. Two Ringed Plovers were on the beach, another Ringed Plover visited Stainforth’s Flash, whilst six Dunlin moved between the latter site and Thornwick Pools. The Short-eared Owl again hunted the Lighthouse Grassland. Seven Swift represented an increase, with passerine interest including 18 Willow Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, three Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart and one Whinchat.

Gannet, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

An overcast day, with persistent rain throughout after a dry start; strong easterly winds ensured temperatures only reached nine degrees C. During the seawatch, two Tufted Duck,  the year’s first two Scaup, 23 Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers and eight Sandwich Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted two Redshank and a Dunlin, with a Whimbrel and two Dunlin on Stainforth’s Flash. A Black Tern off South Landing late afternoon represented the first spring record for 22 years, with a lone Swift also seen nearby.

Puffin, Fog Station, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

A largely overcast day, with a light south-easterly wind and heavy rain during the morning; temperatures reached eight degrees C. During the seawatch, a Goosander, three Red-throated Divers, three Manx Shearwaters, five Whimbrel, a Bonxie, 21 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns and an Arctic Tern flew north.

The day’s undoubted highlight was the discovery of Flamborough’s third-ever Woodchat Shrike that spent the afternoon in the vicinity of North Marsh; a Little Grebe was also present. The Short-eared Owl again hunted the Lighthouse Grassland, with a singing Grasshopper Warbler nearby. Additional passerine sightings included 15 House Martins at South Landing, 27 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, one Whinchat and four Wheatear.

Willow Warbler, Gorse Field, by Paul Reed

Wheatear, outer head, by Paul Reed

Monday, May 6th, 2019

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, overcast skies and temperatures that peaked at six degrees C. During the seawatch, a Great Northern Diver flew south, whilst two Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 170 Dunlin, two Bonxies and 33 Sandwich Terns headed north. However, the highlight referred to six White-beaked Dolphins that gradually moved north. Away from the sea, the year’s first Hobby flew north over Mid Dykes, a Greenshank also flew north over the headland, with passerine interest including an acredula Willow Warbler at South Landing and a Brambling on the outer head.

Sparrowhawk, South Landing, by Jo Hood

acredula Willow Warbler, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

A moderate north-north-westerly wind dropped in strength during a largely overcast day that still featured sunny intervals; temperatures reached nine degrees C. Seawatch highlights included three Velvet Scoters, a summer-plumaged pair of Long-tailed Ducks, three Great Northern Divers, 210 Fulmars, nine Manx Shearwaters, six Whimbrel and three Bonxies heading north, whilst ten Sandwich Terns and a lone Bonxie flew south. However, the most unusual seawatch record pertained to 650 Dunlin moving north in two flocks during the evening; the previous May record was of a mere 26 birds!

A drake Goosander rested on the sea off South Landing, two Little Ringed Plovers frequented Stainforth’s Flash and a Short-eared Owl hunted the Lighthouse Grassland. Passerine interest included eight Wheatears, a White Wagtail and three Yellow Wagtails. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted another Short-eared Owl, 35 Yellowhammers and 15 Corn Buntings.

Whitethroat, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Collared Dove, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

A day of very strong northerly winds and frequent showers including hail; temperatures hovered at four degrees C at times, peaking at eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Mute Swan, seven Eider, 17 Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Skua flying south, with three Red-throated Divers, 20 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern moving north. Thornwick Pools continued to host the Black-tailed Godwit.

Wheatear, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

A northerly wind increased in strength during a day that featured mainly overcast skies, very light showers and sunny skies towards the end of the day; temperatures reached a nominal eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included six Eider, eight Red-throated Divers, 26 Manx Shearwaters and an Arctic Tern flew north; 22 Sandwich Terns and two Arctic Skuas flew south. Thornwick Pools hosted a Little Ringed Plover, one Common Sandpiper and the Black-tailed Godwit.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included single Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owl, together with two Common Swifts.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Craig Thomas

Blackcap, Flamborough, by Steve Meredith

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The weather consisted of light/moderate northerly winds, cloudy intervals and temperatures that peaked at 12 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Whimbrel and four Sandwich Terns flew south, with a Bonxie moving north. 

North Marsh hosted two Tufted Ducks, with Thornwick Pools attracting single Black-tailed Godwit, two Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper, together with three Reed Warblers. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a Short-eared Owl, and there were two Grasshopper Warblers at Buckton, both singing.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A warm clam day with light south westerly wind and hazy cloud. Four Manx Shearwater were the highlights of the morning sea watch, with a supporting cast of 3 Red-throated Diver and 30 Sandwich Tern.

Migrant totals included 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Whitethroat. Bempton held a single Wheatear.

Yellow Wagtail by Paul Reed.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

After a foggy start to the day, sunny intervals prevailed, with temperatures reaching 13 degrees C. A total of 19 Common Buzzards was further indication of the continued and substantial increase witnessed this year; six Sparrowhawks were also noted over the village. Two Little Ringed Plovers and a Ringed Plover were in residence, with a Whimbrel heading south. Passerine interest included two Hooded Crows near North Marsh.

Grasshopper Warbler, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Carrion Crow, Flamborough, by Andy Hood

Black Oil Beetle, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The weather consisted of light onshore winds, generally from a north-easterly direction, sunny skies after an overcast start and temperatures that reached 11 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Red-breasted Merganser, ten Manx Shearwaters, 12 Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern and 300 Puffins flying north.

Passerine interest included one Hooded Crow on the Golf Course, the year’s first Reed Warbler at Thornwick Pools, a Redstart, seven Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail. Sightings from Buckton included three Willow Warblers, a singing Grasshopper Warbler and two Wheatears.

Common Redstart, Beacon Hill, by Paul Reed

Yellow Wagtail, Old Fall, by Mark Pearson

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

A moderate/strong north-north-westerly reduced in strength during a day that started overcast, but ended with prolonged sunny spells; temperatures reached 11 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included two Gadwall, 1226 Fulmars, 43 Manx Shearwaters (April record), a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Bonxies, a Common Tern and 1319 Puffins all flying north, with five Red-throated Divers and six Sandwich Terns moving south.

The Alpine Swift made a brief re-appearance; heading east over Old Fall at 1535hrs. A male Pied Flycatcher was still in residence at the same location. Elsewhere, single Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers dropped onto Thornwick Pools, a Short-eared Owl graced South Landing, whilst RSPB Bempton Cliffs continued to host another two Short-eared Owls.

Kestrel, Flamborough, by Rob Little

Linnet, Thornwick Pools, by Don Hustings

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

An overcast day, with frequent showers; a moderate/strong southerly wind gradually dropped in strength. During the seawatch, two Shelduck, 17 Common Scoter, 17 Manx Shearwater, a Whimbrel, one Mediterranean Gull and 109 Sandwich Terns flew south, with two Bonxies and two Arctic Skuas heading north.

The day’s highlight related to the appearance of an Alpine Swift; initially over RSPB Bempton Cliffs from 1215-1245hrs, it was then relocated in the vicinity of the Lighthouse on the outer head where it remained from c.1300-1315hrs. Additional sightings included a Short-eared Owl that circled the outer head, the year’s first Common Swift over the village, four Wheatears and a male Pied Flycatcher in Old Fall.

Two Short-eared Owls frequented the Bempton/Buckton area, with the latter location also attracting one Marsh Harrier, a Common Swift, eight Song Thrush, seven Sedge Warblers and eight Yellow Wagtails.

Alpine Swift, Lighthouse, by Craig Thomas

Short-eared Owl, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Pied Flycatcher, Old Fall, by Lee Johnson

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Prolonged sunny intervals during the morning, with increasing cloud and light showers by the evening; southerly winds strengthened throughout, with temperatures peaking at 14 degrees C. During the seawatch, two Manx Shearwaters flew north, with five Whimbrel and six Sandwich Terns moving south.

Wader interest on the headland included two Little Ringed Plovers, two Dunlin, two Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and an additional six Whimbrel. A Red Kite over the village mid-morning eventually headed off north-west, whilst much rarer in the local context, a Ring-necked Parakeet initially over the Lighthouse eventually rested briefly in the Bay Brambles before it headed off west. Passerine interest included ten Song Thrush, a Redwing, two Goldcrests, 38 Willow Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler singing at North Landing, 28 Whitethroats, four Pied Flycatchers (all male), nine Wheatears, a male Redstart at Old Fall, five Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit caught & ringed at South Landing and a Lesser Redpoll.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a two Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, three Wheatear, a White Wagtail, a Goldcrest, four Willow Warblers and 77 Corn Buntings

‘sinensis’ Cormorant, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Ring-necked Parakeet, Bay Brambles, by Craig Thomas

Tree Pipit, South Landing, by Ant Hurd

Pied Flycatcher, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A mixed day with sunny spells and heavy showers from late morning onwards. Wind was a moderate south easterly. The sea watch was quieter than of late with counts including single Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, and 19 Sandwich Tern.

The year’s first Cuckoo was at South Landing during the morning, before flying off west. Old Fall attracted a male Pied Flycatcher, whilst the Firecrest and Tree Pipit remained. A second Tree Pipit flew over South Landing. Thornwick Pools hosted a Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin. Counts of commoner migrants included 10 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 21 Blackcap, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Wheatear and a single Fieldfare.

A Short-eared Owl was at Bempton, whilst nearby Buckton produced Common Sandpiper, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

Short-eared Owl, Bempton by Alan Walkington.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

A hazy start, with scattered cloud by the afternoon and a light easterly breeze. Sea watch counts included 10 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Sandwich Tern and a Flava Wagtail.

A Pied Flycatcher was reported from the gorse field, whilst the Firecrest remained in Old Fall and was joined by a Tree Pipit. Two more Tree Pipit were at South Landing. A single Hooded Crow lingered at Cattlemere. The Black-tailed Godwit commuted between North Marsh and Thornwick Pools, with the latter location also attracting a Common Sandpiper, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Ringed Plover and a Yellow Wagtail.  4 Wheatear, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel and a Brambling were also noted.

At Buckton 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Grey Partridge, 5 Wheatear and a Common Sandpiper were logged. Bempton held a Short-eared Owl, Fieldfare, Wheatear, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper flew over.

Wheatear, Buckton by Paul Reed.

Grasshopper Warbler, Buckton by Paul Reed.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Another sunny day, with temperatures slightly down from the weekend and a light south easterly wind. The morning sea watch produced 12 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 24 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and a single Whimbrel. Further wader action was provided by the Black-tailed Godwit continuing at Thornwick pools, with a Bar-tailed Godwit at South Landing. 

Yesterday’s Firecrest remained in Old Fall plantation. Other passerine totals included 6 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest a Yellow Wagtail and a Fieldfare.

Bar-tailed Godwit, South Landing by Paul Reed.

Tawny Owl, Needles Plantation by June and Maclolm Fox.

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Another sunny day, with light easterly winds and temperatures that reached 14 degrees C. Highlights of the morning’s seawatch included two Teal, two Eider, 78 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns flying south.

The day’s highlights related to a Cetti’s Warbler caught & ringed at North Landing (third Flamborough record) and the mid-morning discovery of a Nightingale in the hedge behind the hide at Thornwick Pools. Typically, after the initial views, it failed to reappear; this represents the first record since April 2010.

The Goshawk remained in residence; at one point it flew strongly out to sea, but later returned, whilst a creamcrown Marsh Harrier overflew South Landing. Thornwick Pools hosted two Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and a Black-tailed Godwit. Migrants included three House Martins, a Firecrest in Old Fall, the year’s first Garden Warbler, two Ring Ouzels and three Fieldfare. There were also four Redstarts, a male Black Redstart between North Landing and Thornwick, 36 Wheatear, the year’s first Tree Pipits (two south over Lighthouse), nine Yellow Wagtails, three White Wagtails, a male Pied Flycatcher and a Brambling.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted six Willow Warblers, four Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, six Common Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Wheatears and a White Wagtail. Nearby, sightings at Buckton included a Short-eared Owl, three Sedge Warblers, five Common Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler and eight Wheatears.

Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Andy Hood

Cetti’s Warbler, North Landing, by Craig Thomas

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Light,variable winds initially, with a light/moderate south-easterly during the middle of the day; sunny throughout, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 12 Common Scoter, two Whimbrel, 37 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie flying south, with 20 Sandwich Terns heading north; a Short-eared Owl initially seen at South Landing, later flew out off the Fog Station, but eventually headed back inshore. 

The Goshawk continued to tour the headland; it spent much of the time circling over North Dykes, but was also seen on the outer head near the Golf Course. Thornwick Pools attracted two Snipe, one Jack Snipe, a Dunlin and one Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover flew over North Marsh and a Golden Plover did the same over Oceanview. A Hooded Crow and a Hooded x Carrion Crow hybrid accompanied the corvid flock at North Marsh, whilst there were also five Fieldfare and six ‘continental’ Song Thrush on the north side of the headland. Meanwhile, South Landing hosted a singing Firecrest at the seaward end of the ravine. Additional migrant totals included five Goldcrests, 43 Willow Warblers, 28 Chiffchaff, nine Lesser Whitethroats, seven Common Whitethroats, 52 Blackcap, four Sedge Warblers, two Common Redstarts, a female Black Redstart, the year’s first Whinchat, a Stonechat,  51 Wheatears, the year’s first Pied Flycatchers (two in Old Fall), the male Blue-headed Wagtail again at Hartendale, five Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail. 

RSPB Bempton Cliffs hosted a male Firecrest, four Willow Warblers, six Chiffchaffs, six Blackcap, two Common Whitethroats, a male Ring Ouzel, seven Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and two Brambling.

Goshawk, North Dykes, by Paul Reed

Goshawk, North Dykes, by Paul Reed

Whinchat, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Willow Warbler, North Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

The weather consisted of light onshore winds, sunshine throughout and temperatures that peaked at 17 degrees C. During the seawatch, 12 Common Scoter, five Red-throated Divers,  a Manx Shearwater and a Common Tern flew south, whilst a Whimbrel, 33 Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie headed north.

The Goshawk, considered a 4th calendar-year male, was seen again; flying west over Thornwick towards Mid-Dykes. In addition, a creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew east over Hartendale, at least two Red Kites toured the headland and a Short-eared Owl headed east over South Landing. Thornwick Pools hosted the year’s first Green Sandpiper and a Water Rail, with a pair of Grey Partridge near South Dykes. Passerine interest included two Hooded Crows, three Redwing, a Fieldfare, a ‘continental’ Song Thrush, three House Martins, 36 Sand Martins, four Goldcrests, 28 Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, four Common Whitethroat, eight Lesser Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler in Bay Brambles, two Sedge Warblers, seven Yellow Wagtails, a Blue-headed Wagtail at Hartendale, two White Wagtails, a Black Redstart and 26 Wheatears.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included  a Firecrest in the Dell, four Blackcap and single Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat.

Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-easterly winds, sunny skies and temperatures that reached 12 degrees C. During the seawatch, three Red-throated Divers flew south, two Manx Shearwaters moved north and 28 Sandwich Terns were also logged during the morning (16 south, 12 north).

The day’s undoubted highlight referred to an adult Goshawk that toured the headland. Initially seen over Lighthouse Road/Old Fall from 0920-0925hrs, it was eventually lost heading in the direction of Flatmere. Just over an hour later, it was relocated over Flatmere, before it flew west over the village in the direction of the Dykes; with only a handful of well documented records, this is a very rare bird locally. Raptors were a theme of the day, with three Marsh Harriers; two birds that flew south over Bridlington Bay and another that drifted west over the village. Nine Common Buzzards over the Dykes added further raptor interest, as did no fewer than 16 Sparrowhawks. A Long-eared Owl was located in the Gorse Field, whilst a pair of Grey Partridge were near North Marsh. Passerine interest included three House Martins, six Hooded Crows, two Redwing, a Firecrest along Old Fall Hedge, 24 Goldcrests, 14 Willow Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff, 35 Blackcap, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Common Whitethroats, six Wheatears, a White Wagtail, two Yellow Wagtails and a Brambling.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included two Cranes that flew south over RSPB Bempton Cliffs during the afrwernoon. Nearby, Buckton attracted 22 Fieldfare, three Redwing, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Yellow Wagtail. In addition, 15 Bottlenose Dolphins fed offshore there.

Goshawk, Old Fall, by Lee Johnson

Grasshopper Warbler, Buckton, by Lee Johnson

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

A day of light northerly winds, prolonged sunny skies with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, ten Know flew south and 34 Sandwich Terns were recorded (23 north, 11 south). 

Nineteen Teal remained in residence, single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools, four Little Ringed Plovers were also present (three Thornwick Pools, one Hood’s Pool) and single Golden Plover and Whimbrel toured the outer head. The year’s first Marsh Harrier, a ‘creamcrown’, drifted over North Marsh area mid-morning, whilst a Long-eared Owl was located along Old Fall hedge early morning. Passerine interest included 33 Swallows, 16 Sand Martin, six Hooded Crows at North Marsh, 13 Goldcrest, 12 Blackcap, a singing Grasshopper Warbler in the Lighthouse Grasslands, 15 Chiffchaff, ten Willow Warbler, six Redwing, two Fieldfare, three Black Redstarts, a male Common Redstart, eight Wheatears and Brambling.

Common Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little

Grasshopper Warbler, Lighthouse Grassland, by Brett Richards

Black Redstart, outer head, by Jo Hood

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The weather consisted of light northerly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that peaked at ten degrees C. During the seawatch, 28 Sandwich Terns flew north and four Whimbrel, 210 Common Gulls and three Arctic Terns headed south.

The headland’s wetlands attracted six Shelduck, 20 Teal, a Merlin, one Golden Plover and two Little Ringed Plovers. An increase in migrant passerines resulted in the following records: 19 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 19 Swallows, four Hooded Crows, eight Redwing, a ‘continental’ Song Thrush, 21 Goldcrests, ten Willow Warblers, 34 Chiffchaff, 23 Blackcaps, the year’s first Common Whitethroats (three) and Common Redstart, a male Black Redstart, eight Wheatears and a Brambling.  

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included three Goldcrests, three Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, five Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

Hooded Crows, North Marsh, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

A moderate/strong easterly wind, sunny intervals and temperatures that edged up a couple of degrees on recent days to a peak of ten degrees C. During the seawatch, two Eider, a Manx Shearwater, 19 Sandwich Terns, one Common Tern and a Bonxie flew north, with a Whimbrel heading south. 

Thornwick Pools hosted three Shelduck, 20 Teal, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe, whilst Stainforth’s Flash attracted single Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover. An increase in summer migrants occurred, with sightings including 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20 Sand Martins, nine Swallows, two Hooded Crows, nine Goldcrests, six Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, the year’s first Lesser Whitethroat, two Black Redstarts on the outer head, one Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and one Siskin.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included four Goldcrests and two Chiffchaffs, all newly arrived.

Black Redstart, outer head, by Brett Richards

Monday, April 15th, 2019

A moderate/strong south-easterly featured throughout the day, with sunny intervals and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, six Eiders and ten Sandwich Terns flew north. 

On the headland itself, there were sightings of single Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, along with seven Lesser Black-backed Gulls, four Hooded Crows, three Wheatear and two White Wagtails.

Rock Pipit, Fog Station, by Brett Richards

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

A day of moderate/strong east-north-east winds, sunny intervals and light showers, with temperatures eventually rising to eight degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was relatively quiet, with three Sandwich Terns flying north the most notable record.

North Marsh hosted the year’s first Shoveler, with single Little Ringed Plover and Whimbrel also recorded on the outer head. Passerine interest included four Hooded Crows together at North Marsh, 17 Chiffchaffs, six Goldcrest, seven Blackcap and three Redwing.

Razorbill, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Don Hustings

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The weather consisted moderate east-north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a Blue Fulmar flying north, with 39 Common Scoters, 13 Red-throated Divers, 12 Sandwich Terns, five Arctic Terns and 544 Puffins heading south.

On the headland, sightings included two Little Ringed Plovers, a Merlin, two Hooded Crows, three House Martins, a Firecrest at South Landing, one Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, three Redwing and three Wheatears. RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted a pair of Grey Partridge, 22 Yellowhammers and ten Corn Buntings.

Gannets, North Landing, by Craig Thomas

Friday, April 12th, 2019

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, light/moderate easterly winds and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included 45 Common Scoters, a Manx Shearwater, an adult Little Gull, 122 Common Gulls and five Sandwich Terns flying south; a further eight Sandwich Terns moved north. 

A Red Kite overflew Old Fall and later drifted west over the village, whilst a Little Ringed Plovers dropped onto Stainforth’s Flash. Passerine interest included 23 Sand Martins, three Hooded Crows around the outer head, a Goldcrest, 26 Chiffchaffs, five Blackcap, two Redwing, two Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

Red Kite, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

After an overcast start, sunny skies prevailed; there were light south-easterly winds and temperatures reached a peak of eight degrees C. During the seawatch, six Eider, 36 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 162 Common Gulls and the year’s first Arctic Tern flew south, whilst a Sandwich Tern headed north. 

Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers. Passerine interest included five Sand Martins, three Swallows, three Hooded Crows, the year’s first Willow Warbler, a singing Blackcap, 215 Linnets and a female Brambling.

Puffins, outer head, by Chrys Mellor

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Another day of moderate north-easterly winds, prolonged sunny intervals and suppressed temperatures that reached a maximum of seven degrees C. During the seawatch, nine Common Scoters and a Sandwich Tern flew north. A Common Sandpiper on the outer head represented the year’s first. Two Hooded Crows lingered around North Marsh, the male Firecrest remained at Booted Gully and two Brambling visited gardens.

Brambling, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Booted Gully, by Jo Symons

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

A day of moderate/strong north-easterly winds and sunny intervals, with temperatures peaking at nine degrees C. During the seawatch, two Eider and a Blue Fulmar flew north, with a Sandwich Tern heading south.

Four Eider lingered off South Landing, five Shelduck visited Thornwick Pools and a Little Ringed Plover remained at Stainforth’s Flash. In addition, the Hooded Crow reappeared on the Golf Course, a Firecrest at ‘Booted Gully’ was new, 19 Chiffchaffs represented an increase and a lone Brambling was also located.

Firecrest, Booted Gully, by Paul Reed

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Another largely overcast and, at times, misty day, with light/moderate northerly winds and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the seawatch, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew north; a species that clearly arrived during the day, with a further 11 located on the headland.

Two Gadwall frequented North Marsh, whilst two Little Ringed Plovers and 13 Golden Plovers were on Stainforth’s Flash; two more Golden Plovers also overflew the outer head, as did the year’s first Whimbrel. Passerine migrant interest included single Swallow and Sand Martin, a Hooded Crow at North Marsh, four Blackcaps, and single White Wagtail, Siskin and Brambling.

Sightings from Bempton included a male Ring Ouzel on Short Lane and seven Redwing and four Goldcrests at RSPB Bempton Cliffs; Buckton Pond attracted a Swallow.

Chiffchaff, Buckton, by Paul Reed

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Misty throughout, occasionally better described as foggy, with a light north-north-east wind and temperatures that reached eight degrees C. Seawatching highlights included a drake Mandarin Duck flying north, along with a Pochard and two Sandwich Terns, with a single Common Tern heading in the opposite direction. 

Two Pink-footed Geese lingered on the outer head, whilst Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers. Additional sightings included a Hooded Crow on the Golf Course, six Redwing and three Fieldfare at South Landing and two White Wagtails.

Chiffchaff, South Landing, by Jo Hood

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The weather consisted of light north-north-westerly winds, generally overcast skies with occasional light drizzle and temperatures reaching eight degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, three Shelduck, six Eider, two Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern and 302 Puffins flew north. 

Two Pink-footed Geese accompanied the Greylag flock, a Barnacle Goose flew south past South Landing, whilst the Little Ringed Plover lingered on Stainforth’s Flash. A Merlin over North Marsh was a notable sighting of what was once a much more regular visitor. Migrant interest also included six Sand Martins, a Swallow, two Hooded Crows at North Marsh, three Goldcrests, 16 Chiffchaffs, a Black Redstart at Thornwick Bay and two White Wagtails.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs attracted and early Common Whitethroat, 100 Linnets and 120 Corn Buntings.

Goldcrest, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Andy Hood

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The weather consisted of moderate/strong south-easterly winds, hazy sunshine and temperatures that reached ten degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, nine Common Scoters flew north and the year’s first Common Tern headed south. 

The headland’s freshwater sites attracted 28 Teal, four Shelduck, a Little Ringed Plover, one Snipe and three Curlew; a Woodcock was also located at North Landing. Other migrants included a Swallow, two Sand Martins, ten Goldcrests, a Firecrest at Old Fall, two Blackcap, a ‘continental’ Robin, three Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included a male Ring Ouzel, with two pair of Grey Partridges and 25 Corn Buntings in the same vicinity.

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Craig Thomas

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The weather consisted of strong south-easterly winds, bright spells and temperatures that reached a mere seven degrees C. During the morning seawatch, two Gadwall flew south, whilst a Manx Shearwater headed in the opposite direction.

Stainforth’s Flash attracted two Little Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail, whilst a Sand Martin overflew Thornwick Pools. Continuing the good run of sightings, two Firecrests were fed together at Old Fall.

Turnstone, Fog Station, by Phil Buxton

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Moderate south-easterly winds established during a day that featured sunny spells during the morning and showers and overcast skies later; after an overnight frost, temperatures peaked at seven degrees C. During the seawatch, three Manx Shearwaters and two Sandwich Terns flew north. Thornwick Pools attracted the year’s first Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe, whilst a Swallow overflew the same location; two Sand Martins did the same at Cattlemere. Additional passerine interest included a Hooded Crow on the golf course, a Firecrest at Old Fall, one Wheatear, a Black Redstart on the Seawatch Observatory, a White Wagtail and three Brambling. Another Hooded Crow was located at Wandale Farm near North Dykes.

Barn Owl, Oceanview, by Andy Hood

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Alan Walkington

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

A relatively wet day, with spells of heavy rain, although there were also dryer and brighter interludes; light westerly winds and a peak temperature of a mere five degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, a single Sandwich Tern flew north. Two Firecrests were present: a single in the Bay Brambles and the other remaining in Old Fall. Additional migrants included a Swallow, two Blackcap, a White Wagtail and one Brambling.

Firecrest, Old Fall, by Alan Walkington