Recent Daily Highlights

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  • 20th June 2021

    Light north-easterly winds throughout a day that started overcast and ended with sunny intervals; temperatures reached 14 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 206 Common Scoters, 13 Manx Shearwaters, three Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie. Four Green Sandpipers hinted at return passage, as were a couple of Curlew heading south-west. A lone Wheatear was also a migrant, although more likely to be still heading north.

    Green Sandpiper, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington
  • 19th June 2021

    Light onshore winds throughout, with sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 15 degrees C. A total of 25 Manx Shearwaters and six Sandwich Terns were recorded on the seawatch. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 20 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull and a Bonxie.

    South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox
  • 18th June 2021

    An overcast day, with persistent rain from mid-morning in relatively light north-east winds. Seawatch highlights included five Eiders south, 12 Manx Shearwaters and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull north, 18 Sandwich Terns south and two Arctic Terns north. The Old Fall circuit interest included a calling Cuckoo, a juvenile Mistle Thrush and two juvenile Stonechats; two Siskin visited gardens near South Landing.

    Puffins, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Alan Walkington

  • 17th June 2021

    Moderate northerly winds gradually decreased in strength during a day that started wet, with sunny intervals developing during the afternoon and temperatures that peaked at 16 degrees C. A morning seawatch was rewarded with 273 Common Scoters, 15 Manx Shearwaters, two Red-throated Divers, an Arctic Tern and a Bonxie flying south. Oceanview attracted a Green Sandpiper.

    Northern Marsh Orchid, by Alan Walkington
  • 16th June 2021

    Sunny intervals throughout, with temperatures reaching 18 degrees C as a south-easterly breeze ensured a fresher feel than areas inland. A relatively quiet day, with Thornwick Pools attracting single Avocet, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank.

    by June & Malcolm Fox
  • 15th June 2021

    Light east-south-easterly winds established during a day that featured prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 17 degrees C. Three drake Eiders flying east past Hartendale were unseasonal, whilst a Green Sandpiper that flew over Oceanview was probably a late spring migrant. The latter site also attracted a calling Cuckoo; a Hobby overflew Bempton village.

    Guillemots, North Landing, by Paul Coates
  • 14th June 2021

    A relatively overcast day, with a moderate westerly wind and temperatures lower than of late reaching 17 degrees C. A Blue Fulmar that flew north represented the highlight of the morning’s seawatch that also featured 67 Common Scoters and two Arctic Terns flying north; 20 Manx Shearwaters and two Sandwich Terns lingered offshore.

    House Martin, Thornwick, by Dan Howe
  • 13th June 2021

    After an overcast start, sunny intervals prevailed during a day that produced temperatures reaching 20 degrees C in light, variable winds. A total of 112 Manx Shearwaters flew north during a seawatch that also included 88 Common Scoters heading in the same direction. Thornwick Pools attracted a Ringed Plover, with four singing Corn Buntings located between the camp and North Dykes. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 99 Common Scoters and 233 Starlings heading north-west, with 285 Swifts and two Bullfinch flying south-east.

    Painted Lady, North Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox
    Four-spotted Chaser, Buckton Pond, by Phil Buxton

  • 12th June 2021

    The weather consisted of sunny intervals, a light/moderate wind that veered from the north-west to the east and temperatures that reached 18 degrees C. A total of 19 Manx Shearwaters, four Sandwich Terns and an Arctic Tern flew south during the morning’s seawatch. South Dykes continued to host two Garden Warblers and two Spotted Flycatchers, whilst three Corn Buntings included a singing male near Old Fall. A White Wagtail was feeding on Sewerby cricket pitch in the morning.

    Corn Bunting, Grange Farm, by Brett Richards
  • 11th June 2021

    A relatively cloudy day, with increasing sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 22 degrees C. The headland’s fourth Rose-coloured Starling of spring was initially located near Breil Nook before it flew towards the lighthouse; it eventually settled down and joined the Starling flock around the Old Coastguard tower. The only other noteworthy record related to three Corn Buntings on the outer head.

    Rose-coloured Starling, outer head, by Rob Little
  • 10th June 2021

    The weather consisted of sunny intervals, light/moderate south-west winds and temperatures that reached 21 degrees C. A Rosy Starling dropped in to bushes near to the car park at RSPB Bempton Cliffs early morning before heading off high north-west; indicative of a bird that had recently made landfall and the third individual on the headland within the last couple of weeks. Other sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 89 Swifts flying south-east and four Corn Buntings. East of the Dykes, a Turtle Dove visited a garden on the edge of Flamborough village for a second day.

    Meadow Pipit, North Cliffs, by John Beaumont
    Rosy Starling, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Will Scott
    Rosy Starling, RSPB Bempton Cliffs by Will Scott
  • 9th June 2021

    It was a warm, sunny day, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees C and a light south-easterly developing in the afternoon. Three Mute Swans were on the sea off South Dykes mid-morning, with three Garden Warblers and two Spotted Flycatchers nearby. On the opposite side of the headland, a Short-eared Owl hunted North Marsh. The warmer temperatures prompted the appearance of several dragonflies at Thornwick Pools including a Red-veined Darter.

    Golden Plover, Oceanview, by Andy Hood (8/6)
    Pale Tussock Moth, Oceanview, by Andy Hood
  • 8th June 2021

    A day of light, variable winds, prolonged sunny spells and temperatures that reached 17 degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was predictably quiet, with nine Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns the most noteworthy. A Nightjar churring in Old Fall early evening was the third of spring for a species that isn’t usually recorded annually; a Black Redstart on the outer head was relatively late.

    A Jay flew south at RSPB Bempton Cliffs; another species that is rare on the headland, especially so on the reserve itself. Additional sightings there included 83 Canada Geese flying past and 50 Swifts.

    Jay, RSPB Bmepton Cliffs, by Will Scott
    Jay, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Will Scott
  • 7th June 2021

    A relatively overcast day, with occasional showers late afternoon and temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. A total of 106 Common Scoters flew south during the morning’s seawatch, with 47 Sandwich Terns and five Common Terns heading in the opposite direction. Thornwick Lakes continued to host the Pink-footed Goose, whilst three Tufted Ducks were new; four Shoveler flew south over the outer head.

    Swallow, Oceanview, by Andy Hood