Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 9 July 2018

Another great day on Bempton Cliffs - 8th July 2018

Gannets with Gugas

Wow! Another great day on Bempton Cliffs with long sunny periods, warm temperatures of c21 and a light / moderate wind to pleasantly cool us! Of course, attraction of the day was, again, my magnificent legs with Puffins coming in at a close second! The birds continued to show well on the cliffs but it is noticeable that the Razorbills and Guillemots are already heading back out to sea with their young. It is expected that all of the Auks (Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots) will have left the cliffs by the end of this month.

What could be seen today?

Whilst the birds on the cliff are beautiful in their own right, some today, did their utmost to embellish themselves with wild flowers!




New lives continue to appear on the ledges,





Herring Gull

Swallows preparing collecting nest material for their second brood

And who can resist more Puffins?

Some of the birds on the cliff top grassland

Reed Bunting

Meadow Pipit

And on the sea, sailing by!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Midsummer on Bempton Cliffs - 1st July 2018

Grasshopper Warbler

Wow! What a day! The weather was fantastic with blue sky, wall to wall sunshine and a light breeze. The birds were showing well with many chicks now easily viewable, including, on occasions the Puffling in the Puffin nest near Grandstand viewpoint. But it was not the birds that wowed visitors at Bempton today, it was ME, in my shorts and T-shirt, leaving them in awe having seen my legs!

So, what was about today? Todays sightings:

Please remember that the sightings board is made up from sightings from varied sources - staff, volunteers and visitors. Nature is nature and there can never be a guarantee that the birds will be showing at all times.

Much to the delight of some visitors, a Grasshopper Warbler reeled out its song in the hedgerow next to the path leading down to Grandstand viewpoint. This now uncommon bird also showed well (with patience). Unfortunately for me, it showed well with the sun at its back, but I'm happy with my images!

Grasshopper Warbler

Nearby, a male Reed Bunting also called

Together with Whitethroats, Linnets, Tree Sparrows, Goldfinches and Skylarks.

Puffins can be hard to spot at this time of year with one adult in the nest with its Puffling and the other hunting sand eels / small fish. With patience, they can be seen well

Even though some can be shy

And some quite showy and ready to show off their new bonnet!

Many people only have eyes for the Puffins, but the other seabirds are just as attractive in their own right!




And Razorbill

And finally, action is not just confined to the cliffs! The Filey lifeboats were under the cliffs on a training exercise - full respect to these guys and gals!