12th May 2020

The following summary only includes records from our resident birders’ health walks and garden sightings; consequently, it provides a mere snapshot of the true scale of our spring migration.

The weather consisted of moderate north-west winds veering northerly later, sunny intervals and temperatures that reached ten degrees C. Undoubtedly the year’s first big surprise, a female Brown Shrike was discovered on the Golf Course side of South Dykes mid-afternoon. Subsequently, it gave sporadic views in thick scrub until the evening; this represents Flamborough’s third record following more typical autumn records in 2008 and 2010.

Other notable sightings included an Egyptian Goose, summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver, single Gadwall, a pair of Teal, two Red Kites, two Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, one Cuckoo, 40 Swifts and a Ring Ouzel.

Brown Shrike, by Robert McLaughlin