Records and Descriptions


Recording the changing patterns of bird numbers and migration through the seasons and years is the lifeblood of any bird observatory and Flamborough is no exception. The work of the Recording Group at Flamborough fundamentally relies on those members who regularly provide their records of migrants, breeding birds, significant counts, frequently watched patches etc.

Submitting these records within a short time, preferably on the day of the sighting, helps the team operate efficiently as it helps them keep on top of the records. I ask you to make a positive contribution to the Observatory’s work by supplying your records through emailto

Lapland Bunting, Flamborough, by Craig Thomas

I would also ask that those of you who “log” sightings onto other systems, perhaps online, to please also send them in them by email because trawling various blogs and websites such as Birdtrack to get as complete a picture of bird numbers and movements as possible is hugely time consuming for the team and also means, inevitably, some records will be missed.

Please also submit your records for the area west of Danes Dyke including Speeton, Bempton and Buckton to

Where scarce or rare birds are involved that require a description please email your submission including any photographs, sound recordings or other evidence to the Recorder directly at rather than directly to BBRC or YNU. This enables the Recording Group to collate relevant supporting information from other observers, if available, prior to assessment which eases the whole process, gives the record the best chance and also allows us to keep tabs on the record through its journey towards a decision.

Thank you for your continued support and for all the hard work and many hours spent at Flamborough recording birds and helping us meet one of our principal aims which is to encourage volunteers to participate in scientific studies of birds and migration.

All the best and wishing you a great time birding on the Great White Cape.


If you were lucky enough to find a rarity on the headland last year and haven’t yet submitted your description, our rarity committee are waiting to hear from you. All your submissions should be sent to

All records pertaining to national rarities will be submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) prior to publication within this Report. A list of species for which descriptions are required by BBRC is available at Similarly, claims for species requiring a description at county level are all submitted to the Yorkshire Naturalists Union Rarities Committee; the list of species requiring a description in addition to those listed on the BBRC website is as follows:

Taiga Bean Goose
Black Brant
American Wigeon
Ferruginous Duck
Surf Scoter
White-billed Diver
Wilson’s Storm-petrel
Black-crowned Night Heron
Cattle Egret
Purple Heron
European Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
White-tailed Eagle
Montagu’s Harrier
Rough-legged Buzzard
Golden Eagle
Red-footed Falcon
American Golden Plover
White-rumped Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Kumlien’s Gull

White-winged Black Tern
Alpine Swift
Short-toed Lark
Red-rumped Swallow
Tawny Pipit
Olive-backed Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Aquatic Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Radde’s Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff
Woodchat Shrike
Red-billed Chough
Arctic Redpoll
Parrot Crossbill
Cirl Bunting
Rustic Bunting
Little Bunting

Olive-backed Pipit, Lighthouse Grassland, by Lee Johnson

In addition, there are several species which are rare within the local context and these require describing in order to feature within the Flamborough annual Report. Such species include Great White Egret, Caspian Gull, Spotted Crake, Corncrake, Bee-eater, Nightjar, Woodlark, Richard’s Pipit and Golden Oriole. Copies of rarity descriptions and a list of sightings made by visiting birders will be greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged in future reports.