Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 24 July 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 24th July 2016

juv Kittiwake

I was dismayed to wake up this morning and finding a sea fret extending through Bempton village on my day for volunteering on the cliffs! I needn't have worried as it cleared quite quickly and a very warm, sunny morning greeted our visitors. The day was only marred by a "rogue", heavy shower during the late afternoon.

My first stop on the cliffs was at Bartlett Nab to check on the Gannet chick that I am following which is now c9wks old, still growing and not afraid to have a tussle with the adult bird!

Kittiwakes are very "pretty" birds but I think juvenile birds are particularly handsome now that many are gaining their black "W" on the wings.

Most of the Guillemots and Razorbills have now left the cliffs with their young to eventually fledge from the sea. Today, on Grandstand, the Puffins outnumbered their relatives! They will, unfortunately soon be leaving.

Great Skuas are being regularly seen, but in small numbers. This one had Kittiwake for its lunch!

The sea fret lingered over Flamborough Headland making for some atmospheric images!


Wendy Bartter said...

Wonderful pics again Kevin & interesting ongoing story ... shame the Puffins are leaving, seems such a short season!

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Wendy. Puffins only come to the cliffs to breed. As true sea birds they spend 9-10 months per year on the sea!