Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 18 December 2016

'Twas the Sunday before Christmas at RSPB Bempton Cliffs!

Goldfinch

'twas the Sunday before Christmas, when all on the cliffs
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the viewpoint with care
In the hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there
(with apologies to Major Henry Livingstone Jr 1748-1828)

Actually, he has already been and a gift has been left in the form of a brand new viewpoint at Staple Newk! Not yet open to the public, with a few remaining finishing touches to be performed, the excitement is already contagious, what a superb Christmas gift to RSPB Bempton!

The New Staple Newk







Seeing the new viewpoint made me want to sing out loud in joyous celebration, but then my memory kicks in, reminding me (1) I don't know the words to any songs and (2) I can't sing!

Apart from looking in awe at the Staple Newk Viewpoint, wildlife is still on offer at RSPB Bempton Cliffs! Notables today included - Grey Seal; 6 Gannets; 100+ Fulmars; 7 Shags; 3 Great Black Backed Gulls; 30+ Herring Gulls; 3 (possibly 4) Short Eared Owls; Kestrel; Tree Sparrows; pair of Stonechats; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Skylarks; Meadow Pipits; 3 Rock Pipits.

The weather today was rather boring, grey, dull skies and poor light requiring high camera ISO (800 - 1600), thus poor quality images! (That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!!!).

Grey Seal


Fulmar



Great Black Backed Gull


Herring Gull


Goldfinch


As the light lessened, three, possibly four Short Eared Owls came out to play hunt. This was a real challenge but I managed some record shots!





While enjoying the cliffs, below, the Flamborough inshore lifeboat was undertaking training, earning my true respect!


And finally, those views...............




3 comments:

Mike Attwood said...

Wish you better luck with the weather Kevin, by the way, Happy Christmas.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks Mike! Happy Christmas!!

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