Recent Daily Highlights

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  • 12th April, 2024

    A moderate south-westerly brought a mainkly cloudy day and a maximum temperature of 16°C.

    The day started with a Spoonbill passing Bempton Cliffs RSPB at 06:50 before stopping off at Thornwick Pools, finally passing the Fog Station at 08:25. The seawatch featured a Manx Shearwater again and nine Sandwich Terns.

    Firsts for the year included a Tree Pipit of the year passing over the village and a Sedge Warbler at Thornwick Pools. Other passerines included a Fieldfare and 3 Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails as about 25 Siskins were still in the area with five Brambling. Three Little Ringed Plovers, six Shoveler and four Gadwall were noted on the Outer Head.

    A Great Northern Diver was logged at Bempton Cliffs RSPB where there was also a Redwing, three Wheatears, a Redstart and a Ring Ouzel.

    Tawny Owl, Outer Head (Andy Hood)
  • 11th April, 2024

    A bright, warm day, the maximum temperature being 18°C, with a light to moderate south-westerly.

    Seawatching produced a Manx Shearwater and nine Sandwich Terns.

    The Outer Head hosted a Short-eared Owl and a Ring Ouzel while three Shoveler and two Gadwall were on fresh waters. About 10 Siskins were still roaming various sites while a single Brambling was also present.

    A Green Woodpecker flying over Bempton Cliffs RSPB was very unusual. A single Short-eared Owl was still in residence.

    Short-eared Owl, Bempton Cliffs RSPB (Tony Dixon)
  • 10th April, 2024

    A sunny morning followed by an overcast afternoon with a fresh southerly and a maximum temperature of 12°C.

    A Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 29 Common Scoters and a Sandwich Tern were the pick of the morning seawatch.

    Three Shoveler and two Gadwall were on the Outer Head. About 15 Siskins were still in the area with one at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.

    Chiffchaff, South Landing (J. &M. Fox)
  • 9th April, 2024

    Steady rain all afternoon followed a murky morning with a light southerly veering westerly. The maximum temperature was 11°C.

    Fifty six Common Scoters passed the Fog Station with a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

    A Little Ringed Plover and a Lesser Whitethroat were both firsts for the year. A Marsh Harrier overflew Thornwick Pools. Village gardens continued to host about 25 mobile Siskins and a Brambling.

    A Ring Ouzel and a Redstart were noted at Bempton Cliffs RSPB where two Short-eared Owls remained.

    Shelduck, South Landing (J.& M. Fox)
  • 8th April, 2024

    Mainly overcast with a light southerly backing south-easterly. The temperature reached 14°C.

    The seawatch logged a Manx Shearwater, a Whooper Swan, two Shovelers, 147 Common Scoters and two Red-breasted Mergansers.

    The year’s first Grasshopper Warbler and Redstart made landfall on the Outer Head. Seven Wheatears were counted and small numbers of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and hirundines continued to arrive. About 50 Siskins wandered around various location while two Bramblings and a Lesser Redpoll were also seen..

    An arrival of migrants at Bempton Cliffs RSPB around midday included male Pied Flycatcher and male Redstart – both firsts for the year, 10 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 9 Blackcaps, a Yellow Wagtail and one Wheatear. Nine Siskin, and three Redwing, two Fieldfare and a Ring Ouzel were also noted. Nine Siskin and a Brambling were also in Bempton village. A Wheatear was at Buckton.

    Pied Flycatcher, Bempton Cliffs RSPB (Andy Hood)
    Redstart, Bempton Cliffs RSPB (Ian Howard)
  • 7th April, 2024

    A southerly gale gradually eased during the afternoon when there were .occasional showers. The maximum temperature was 16°C.

    Two adult Mediterranean Gulls and four Shoveler passed the Fog Station during the seawatch. Unusually, a Little Grebe was in Selwick’s Bay.

    A further arrival of summer migrants included 18 Blackcap, 10 Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatear, single White and Yellow Wagtails. A Black Redstart was by the golf course. A Short-eared Owl and a Marsh Harrier were noted at Northcliff Marsh. There were still 70 Siskins, 5 Fieldfare and 3 Brambling lingering on the Outer Head. Small numbers of all three common hirudines continued to be seen.

    Sightings at Bempton Cliffs RSPB, were in a similar vein with 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Redwing, a White Wagtail and 4 Siskin.

  • 6th April, 2024

    An exceptionally mild day for early April with a maximum temperature of 19°C. mainly sunny with a fresh and strengthening southerly airflow.

    The bird of the day was undoubtedly an adult Purple Heron at Thornwick Pools. After being found late morning, it remained until disturbed at 16:45. Although there have been six previous documented records for the headland, it has been thirty years since the last, in May 1994.

    Other finds included a Hooded Crow in the golf course area and a Siberian Chiffchaff in the Golf Course Willows. Other migrants included a Black Redstart at the lighthouse, a Yellow Wagtail, one Wheatear, a thin scattering of House and Sand Martins and Swallows, two Willow Warblers and a Blackcap. A pair of Gadwall were at North Marsh. Three Bramblings and 33 Siskins continued to linger.

    Watchers at Bempton Cliffs RSPB logged a Short-eared Owl, 4 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, single Yellow and White Wagtails and 32 Siskin.

    Purple Heron, Thornwick Pools (J. & M. Fox)
  • 5th April 2024

    Following heavy overnight rain, it was a significantly warmer day than of late, with temperatures reaching 18 degrees C during sunny intervals and a blustery south-westerly wind. The day’s highlight was the discovery of a Hawfinch on the outer head, while a male Ring Ouzel at South Dykes was also noteworthy. Additional migrants included a Great Northern Diver, two White Wagtails, three Willow Warblers, five Brambling and 16 Siskin.

    Willow Warbler, Oceanview, by Andy Hood
  • 4th April 2024

    Overcast throughout, with light northerly winds and temperatures reaching seven degrees C. Two Garganey visited the outer head, where the year’s first Sandwich Tern flew north. A Great Northern Diver, three drake Eider and three Great Crested Grebes were off the South Cliffs. Raptor interest included single Red Kite and Marsh Harrier. The most notable passerine migrants were ten Redwing, five Fieldfare, three Goldcrest, three Blackcap, a White Wagtail, 115 Siskin and nine Bambling.

    Garganey, outer head, by Andrew Allport
  • 3rd April 2024

    There was persistent rain or showers throughout the majority of daylight hours, an easterly wind and temperatures that peaked at 11 degrees C. A Goldeneye and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew south during a seawatch. The influx of Siskin also reflected at many sites continued, with at least 50 birds visiting garden feeders near South Landing; six Brambling were also present.

    Roe Deer, South Dykes, by June & Malcolm Fox
  • 2nd April 2024

    The weather consisted of light, variable winds, sunny intervals and temperatures that peaked at 12 degrees C. The Great Northern Diver remained off Old Fall for its second day, a drake Eider was on the sea off Beacon Hill and the Water Rail gave good views in the Bay Brambles. The year’s first Ring Ouzel was located along Lighthouse Road, while lone Swallow and Sand Martin were on the outer head; an additional 12 of the latter were along the cliffs immediately west of South Dykes. A Black Redstart graced North Landing and migrant totals also included two Brambling and 43 Siskin. Short-eared Owls continued to perform at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, but the day’s best sighting referred to a Raven that flew high west-south-west near Bempton village.

    White Wagtail, Oceanview, by Andy Hood (1/04)
  • 1st April 2024

    The day began wet, although dryer, overcast conditions eventually prevailed; relatively light winds were mainly onshore, with temperatures reaching eight degrees C. One Manx Shearwater and three Dunlin flew south during the morning seawatch, while a Great Northern Diver fed close inshore off Old Fall late afternoon. The morning’s rain resulted in an arrival of migrants including a Woodcock, 21 Goldcrests, 50 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcap, one Wheatear, a Black Redstart, four White Wagtails, 34 Pied Wagtails, nine Song Thrush, five Brambling and 38 Siskin.

    A Siberian Chiffchaff headlined at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where the year’s first Swallow appeared in the evening; other records included a Woodcock, up to five Short-eared Owls between the reserve and Buckton, ten Chiffchaff, three Blackcap, four Goldcrest, seven Redwing, 17 Blackbirds, 20 Robin and a Brambling.

    Woodcock, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Will Scott
  • 31st March 2024

    Light east winds gradually increased in strength during the afternoon, with overcast skies predominating after a morning of sunny intervals and a sea fret; temperatures reached ten degrees C. A Bonxie that flew south during the morning seawatch was the year’s first skua, while a Long-tailed Duck headed south past the Fog Station early afternoon. Common Scoters increased to 76, while auks also returned to the colony after an absence of a few days. In addition, three Mute Swans and six Tufted Ducks were on Thornwick Pools.

    Elsewhere, a Short-eared Owl hunted cliff top fields at Buckton.

    Reed Bunting, South Landing, by Jo Hood

  • 30th March 2024

    It was a bright day, with light winds, intially south-westerly backing east-south-easterly later and temperatures reaching 11 degrees C. The outer head’s freshwater sites hosted 13 Wigeon, five Shoveler, a pair of Garganey, three Tufted Ducks, four Little Grebes and four Grey Herons. Two Short-eared Owls were located east of the Dykes, with other notable records including 23 Pink-footed Geese moving north-west, a Water Rail at North Marsh, a Red Kite over South Landing, 18 Golden Plovers, the year’s first Sand Martin (Thornwick Pools), seven Siskin and a Brambling.

    Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included the aforementioned Red Kite, 11 Common Buzzards, nine Chiffchaffs, 153 Linnets and five Siskin.

    Golden Plover, Oceanview, by Andy Hood