Recent Daily Highlights

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  • 8th August 2022

    A sunny day, with light onshore winds and temperatures peaking at 21 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 37 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 45 Sandwich Terns and four Arctic Terns. Both a Marsh Harrier and a juvenile Cuckoo were present on the outer head. The Red-tailed Shrike continued its long stay at Bempton, where three Marsh Harriers and a pair of Grey Partridge were also present.

    Grey Heron, Thornwick Pools, by Rob Little
  • 7th August 2022

    Sunny throughout, with a light/moderate westerly wind and temperatures peaking at 24 degrees C. An arrival of 49 Willow Warblers took place on the outer head, where a lone Wheatear frequented the Golf Course. Thornwick Pools attracted a Greenshank and three Dunlin. Aerial specialists were pushed onto the headland by the westerly airstream, with 140 Swifts, 180 Swallows and 80 House Martins recorded. Single Red Kite and Marsh Harrier moved north-west at Bempton, where additional sightings there included 73 Swifts, 102 Swallows and 14 Yellow Wagtails moving west; the Red-tailed Shrike remained, while 16 Willow Warblers represented an increase. A Ring Ouzel was roadside between Flamborough and Bempton villages.

    Willow Warbler, Thornwick, by Craig Thomas
  • 6th August 2022

    There were sunny intervals throughout, with a light wind initially westerly in direction veering south-easterly later, and temperatures peaked at 18 degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was quiet, with notable records limited to 14 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. A scattering of migrants included one Greenshank, a Cuckoo, three Spotted Flycatchers and a lone Wheatear. The long-staying Red-tailed Shrike remained at Bempton, where additional records included two Marsh Harriers north-west, a Hobby south-east, a Redwing, 15 Willow Warblers, 14 Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear.

    Small Red-eyed Damselflies, outer head, by Andrew Allport
    Red-tailed Shrike, Bempton, by James Atkinson
  • 5th August 2022

    Light northerly winds featured during a cooler day, with occasional light showers and temperatures that peaked at 17 degrees C. Seawatch sightings included two Red-throated Divers, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and four Arctic Skuas. Thornwick Pools attracted two Redshank, a Dunlin and one Green Sandpiper. Single Greenshank and Green Sandpiper flew south over the outer head, as did a Little Egret, while a Marsh Harrier hunted the adjacent cliff top fields and a Yellow-legged Gull bathed at Cattlemere. Passerine interest included 17 Willow Warblers, one Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear. The Red-tailed Shrike continued its residence at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Merlin, one Golden Plover, a Wheatear and six Yellow Wagtails were also recorded.

    Grey Wagtail, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington
  • 4th August 2022

    A south-westerly wind veered northerly late afternoon, whilst the day also featured sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 22 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 54 Common Scoters north, ten Manx Shearwaters, 66 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and an Arctic Tern. Thornwick Pools attracted two Dunlin, a Snipe and the long-staying Wood Sandpiper, while a Red Kite overflew the Dykes. There was an influx of aerial migrants onto the outer head including 725 Swifts, 1330 Swallows and 770 House Martins. Passerine interest included three Goldcrests, four migrant Willow Warblers, 15 Yellow Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails. The Red-tailed Shrike remained at Bempton where lone Merlin and Spotted Flycatcher were recorded.

    Willow Warbler, outer head, by Rob Little
    Brown Argus, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Ian Howard

  • 3rd August 2022

    The weather consisted of sunny intervals, moderate south-west winds and temperatures peaking at 26 degrees C. A Minke Whale was a highlight off the Fog Station during a morning seawatch that also featured 22 Manx Shearwaters, 58 Whimbrel (south), 46 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and two Bonxies. Thornwick Pools attracted single Black-tailed Godwit and Wood Sandpiper, along with six Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. A Marsh Harrier flew south over North Dykes, with the Red-tailed Shrike still nearby at Wandale Farm. A Clouded Yellow butterfly represented the year’s first record.

    Black-tailed Godwit, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington
    Clouded Yellow, by June & Malcolm Fox
  • 2nd August 2022

    An overcast day, with light/moderate south-westerly winds and a high of 25 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included seven Shelduck, a Grey Plover, 39 Knot and a second-summer Mediterranean Gull flew south, with seven Teal, 50 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern moving in the opposite direction. Thornwick Pools attracted a Tufted Duck, a Black-tailed Godwit, five Dunlin, an adult Little Ringed Plover and two Yellow Wagtails. A Spotted Redshank that flew south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs was an excellent local record, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was again offshore, while the Red-tailed Shrike remained in residence nearby. However, there were no signs of the Black-browed Albatross.

    Teal, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport
  • 1st August 2022

    Generally onshore winds, with overcast skies and some sunny intervals; temperatures reached 20 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Yellow-legged Gulls (juvenile & 1st-summer) and a juvenile Caspian Gull, 60 Manx Shearwaters, 224 Oystercatchers south, a Little Ringed Plover, one Black-tailed Godwit, 48 Redshank also all south, whilst 151 Sandwich Terns and nine Arctic Terns tracked north. Thornwick Pools hosted six Teal, a Little Ringed Plover, a juvenile Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and seven Dunlin; the escaped Baikal Teal also made a re-appearance there. The usual suspects, albeit of high quality, remained at Bempton Cliffs – Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike, with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull offshore; three Marsh Harriers hunted adjacent cliff top fields.

    Black-browed Albatross, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, by Andy Hood
  • 31st July 2022

    The morning’s weather was dominated by persistent rain, albeit relatively light at times, and misty conditions; clearer later, with occasional sunny intervals and a moderate northerly wind. Southbound waders past the Fog Station included 58 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 60 Redshank and 12 Dunlin, while 847 Puffins tracked north. Both the Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike remained at Bempton, where a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was also present.

    Snipe, Thornwick Pools, by Alan Walkington
  • 30th July 2022

    An overcast day, with spells of light rain in a gentle south-west wind and temperatures peaking at 22 degrees C. The morning seawatch featured 11 Teal, six Eider, 102 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Whimbrel and 24 Black-tailed Godwits flying south, with 177 Common Scoters, two Red-throated Divers, 14 Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and two Arctic Skuas heading north. Thornwick Pools attracted a juvenile Wood Sandpiper, one Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, four Dunlin, two Snipe, four Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail; a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull bathed on nearby Thornwick Lakes. Meanwhile, South Landing hosted three Mediterranean Gulls, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, two Whimbrel and a Marsh Harrier. Both the Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike remained at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 13 Whimbrel were also recorded. Nearby, a Quail sang late evening from crop at Buckton.

    Kestrel, Lighthouse Grassland, by Rob Little
  • 29th July 2022

    A day of sunny intervals, light south-easterly winds and temperatures reaching 20 degrees C. A total of 487 Common Scoters flew north during the morning’s seawatch that also featured 17 Teal, an Eider, 38 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, 47 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns, two Arctic Terns, a Bonxie and an Arctic Skua. Unusually, an additional 14 Common Scoters flew north over the headland. Thornwick Lakes/Pools attracted a Mute Swan, one Teal, five Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper and a Redshank, as well as a juvenile Caspian Gull. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was off the North Cliffs between Thornwick and RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where the Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike remained. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier frequented fields on the outer head, while six Grey Wagtails represented a notable influx.

    Red-tailed Shrike, Bempton, by Alan Walkington
  • 28th July 2022

    A relatively overcast day, with a light south-easterly establishing and temperatures peaked at 18 degrees C. The seawatch was rewarded with 29 Common Scoters, 47 Manx Shearwaters, 48 Oystercatchers, 47 Whimbrel, four Mediterranean Gulls, 177 Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and two Arctic Skuas. Thornwick Pools attracted a Teal, four Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and a Redshank.

    Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included both the Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike, together with a Yellow-legged Gull; a Marsh Harrier hunted cliff top fields at nearby Buckton.

    Oystercatchers, Fog Station, by Phil Buxton
  • 27th July 2022

    The day featured sunny intervals, a south-easterly wind developing and temperatures reaching 19 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included the Black-browed Albatross flying past the Fog Station, along with 94 Common Scoters, a Sooty Shearwater, 165 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, ten Arctic Terns and an Arctic Skua flying north; another Mediterranean Gull lingered offshore. In addition to the aforementioned albatross and long-staying Red-tailed Shrike, sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included five Goosanders, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, a Cuckoo and a Hobby. Land-based sightings on the outer head included a lone Marsh Harrier.

    Cuckoo, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox (26/07)
  • 26th July 2022

    Classic ‘high pressure loop’ conditions promised much, with high expectations of a good seawatch and so it proved: the northerly winds gradually dropped in strength during the morning, with sunny intervals by late afternoon following earlier overcast skies and spells of light rain. Pride of place were five Cory’s Shearwaters that flew north, along with 1951 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and ten Sooty Shearwaters. Two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, a juvenile Caspian Gull, seven Mediterranean Gulls, a Little Tern and 25 Arctic Terns were also recorded off the outer head. Away from the sea, a Cuckoo frequented South Landing, with the Fieldfare remaining at nearby Oceanview and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler was at South Dykes.

    Elsewhere, both the Black-browed Albatross and Red-tailed Shrike lingered at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, along with a Redwing.

    Swallow, Oceanview, by Andy Hood