Recent Daily Highlights

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  • 12th June 2024

    Overcast with a light north-westerly and still cool with a maximum temperature of 13°C.

    The sea showed most promise and at the Fog Station 21 Common Scoter, an Arctic Tern, single Great and Arctic Skuas and 78 Manx Shearwaters were logged.

    An Osprey passed over the sea at Bempton Cliffs where a Great Skua and a Manx Shearwater were also seen. A Marsh Harrier was also present.

    Puffin, Bempton Cliffs (Alan Walkington)
  • 11th June 2024

    The weather remained seasonally cool, a moderate north north westerly pegged the temperature to a maximum of 12°C after early morning rain.

    Seawtchers noted 24 Manx Shearwaters, a single Red-throated Diver and an Arctic Skua during the morning.

    Peregrine, Bempton Cliffs RSPB (Alan Walkington)
  • 10th June 2024

    A cool day once more, with temperatures no higher than 13 degrees C, although significantly less in a blustery northerly wind; there were frequent showers in the morning, with sunny intervals later. Seawatching clearly had promise, with a Bonxie flying past in the morning and a 90-minute evening session rewarded with 32 Manx Shearwaters moving north.

    Long-tailed Tit, Thornwick, by Jo Hood
  • 9th June 2024

    Blustery westerlies at the start of the day switched to lighter onshore winds later; it was generally overcast, with a top temperature of 13 degrees C. The morning seawatch was rewarded with 15 Manx Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern and three Sandwich Terns flying north. The wetlands on the outer head attracted two Shelduck, four Shoveler and a Teal. A singing Reed Warbler at RSPB Bempton Cliffs was relatively unusual.

    Puffin, RSPB Bempton Cliffs by Dean Evans
  • 8th June 2024

    Sunny intervals eventually dominated after an overcast start; there were moderate westerly winds and temperatures reached 17 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included two Arctic Skuas, a Red-throated Diver and five Manx Shearwaters moving north. Two Short-eared Owls continued to hunt cliff top fields between North Dykes and Thornwick. Passerine interest was confined to an ‘acredula-type’ Willow Warbler fresh in and a male Grey Wagtail over the lighthouse.

    Chiffchaff, South Landing, by Brett Richards
  • 7th June 2024

    A warmer day, with sunny intervals, blustery south-west winds and a high of 18 degrees C. Nine Manx Shearwaters, a Red-throated Diver and nine Sandwich Terns flew north during a morning seawatch. Two Teal, a Shoveler and two Dunlin were on the outer head, with four Grey Herons also touring the freshwater sites. Another Marsh Warbler was located early morning, with a singing male in the Bay Brambles. Other migrants were two Short-eared Owls, 132 Swifts moving south ahead of a cloud bank, a Spotted Flycatcher at South Landing and one Siskin. Elsewhere, a lone Hobby flew west over Sewerby Hall.

    Marsh Warbler, Bay Brambles, by Craig Thomas
  • 6th June 2024

    Sunny intervals throughout, with a blustery westerly airstream and peak temperature of 18 degrees C. The winds pushed insects and associated aerial feeders onto the headland, including 65 Swallows, 590 House Martins and 460 Swifts.

    The Thornwick/North Landing area attracted a Short-eared Owl, single Hobby and a pair of Garganey. Five Teal, a Ringed Plover and six Dunlin were also recorded, while a pair of Little Grebe were accompanied by three chicks.

    Single Marsh Harrier and Hobby overflew RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

    Blackcap, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox
  • 5th June 2024

    The weather consisted of blustery westerly winds, sunny intervals and occasional showers with a high of 15 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included a Little Gull, 13 Sandwich Terns, five Common Terns and 13 Manx Shearwaters. Freshwaters on the outer head hosted a drake Teal and four Dunlin. Better still, never a common bird on the headland, a Cuckoo spent the day in the shelter of the Bay Brambles adjacent to the Golf Course.

    Cuckoo, Bay Brambles, by Brett Richards
  • 4th June 2024

    It was a relatively dull day, with spells of rain in a south-westerly and a high of 17 degrees C. As often in June, Canada Geese were on the move with a total of 63 recorded over the sea. Thornwick Pools attracted a Shoveler and three Ringed Plovers. Yet another Marsh Warbler was discovered, with a singing male in bushes near the lighthouse.

    A Hobby flew north-west through RSPB Bempton Cliffs, while a Marsh Harrier moved south-east.

    Ringed Plover, Thornwick Pools, by Brett Richards
  • 3rd June 2024

    A day of sunny intervals, light winds that started as westerlies but ended onshore and a top temperature of 17 degrees C. No fewer than three singing Marsh Warblers were located on the northern side of the headland between Thornwick and North Landing. Other migrants included two Short-eared Owls together, a Hobby and one Spotted Flycatcher.

    One of the highlight’s was the sight of a Nightjar flying in off the sea at RSPB Bempton Cliffs; the reserve also hosted a Redwing.

    Marsh Warbler, North Landing, by Andrew Allport
  • 2nd June 2024

    Sunny throughout, with light winds, variable in direction and temperatures that reached 16 degrees C. A singing Marsh Warbler was vocal at South Landing, but remained hidden for long periods only showing briefly. The male Red-backed Shrike also lingered there, while another male Red-backed Shrike graced South Dykes. A Spotted Flycatcher and two Siskins represented the only other passerine migrants. Seawatch highlights included 27 Manx Shearwaters, 21 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern flying north.

    Elsewhere, two Shelduck flew south-east over RSPB Bempton Cliffs, where a Marsh Harrier moved north-west.

    Marsh Warbler, South Landing, by Andy Hood
  • 1st June 2024

    Although arguably the first day of summer, it still felt cool across the headland. There were blustery northerly winds throughout, overcast skies preceded sunny intervals that dominated the afternoon and a high of 14 degrees C. A male Red-backed Shrike showed well throughout the day along a hedge immediately east of South Landing ravine. Rarer still, especially given the influx of the aforementioned species over the last two weeks, a Quail was flushed from the cliff top near Sykes Plantation. In addition, a Fieldfare was a late migrant, while four Siskin visted gardens.

    Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by Craig Thomas
  • 31st May 2024

    There were blustery northerly winds throughout, albeit they were at their strongest early on when accompanied by driving rain; temperatures reached 13 degrees C. Seawatching was rewarded with the year’s first Arctic Skua and a Blue Fulmar flying north, along with single Teal and Knot, 35 Common Scoters, 46 Manx Shearwaters and 334 Puffins heading in the same direction. On the passerine front, a female Red-backed Shrike at South Landing had presumably arrived on the same airstream as yesterday’s Nightjar.

    Red-backed Shrike, South Landing, by June & Malcolm Fox

  • 30th May 2024

    Strong north-north-westerly winds developed during an overcast and wet day, albeit the rain remained relatively light; temperatures reached 12 degrees C. The year’s second Nightjar was discovered on the eastern side of South Landing at 0815hrs, but flew into the ravine and wasn’t relocated. A Wood Sandpiper was a new arrival on the outer head, where single Shoveler and Gadwall remained.

    Wood Sandpiper, by Andrew Allport