Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 31 October 2016

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 30th October 2016

Stonechat

A rather "quiet" day weather-wise greeted us on the cliffs, dull, cloudy, very light breeze and a low grade sea fret. The last of the Guga's (young Gannets) fledged from the cliffs last week, leaving them "naked" but still fantastic to view! Bird wise, the grassland and nature trail bushes are worth a look for small passerines such as Stonechat. Look to the skies for passage of Geese and Swans and maybe even a Short Eared Owl. The sea gave views of Seals and Harbour Porpoise, Shags, Cormorants and Common Scoter, Gulls and fly by Gannets.

Reed Bunting


Wren


RSPB Bempton Cliffs is spectacular at any time of year and there is always something new to explore and point the camera at!

Who could want for a better "office" view?





The remains of the Radium, a 3254ton Italian steamer, en-route to Venice from the Tyne with a cargo of coal. Floundered in February 1923 in dense fog and gale force winds. The crew of 18 were saved by the coastguard. All that remains today are two boilers and part of the propulsion system, viewed from from New Rollup, RSPB Bempton Cliffs.




Training to save lives



Although the seabirds have now left the cliffs (they will be back next spring!), the nests remain with "treasures" of previous breeding seasons! Gannet nests on Staple Newk.




It is always pleasant to here the sea swirling below the cliffs




and finally, diligent volunteers keeping the viewpoints clear of litter!


4 comments:

Graeme said...

It's really good to kept informed when I'm not there. Never seen the boilers before either. Many thanks Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Graeme! Low tide from New Rollup for the boilers.

Wendy Bartter said...

Golly, that image of the viewpoint certainly puts the scary height in perspective!! Great set of illustrative pics, cute Wren & Bunting!

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Wendy! The viewpoint is 400ft above sea level!