'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!!!).
Great Black Backed Gull
As the light lessened, three, possibly four Short Eared Owls came out to
While enjoying the cliffs, below, the Flamborough inshore lifeboat was undertaking training, earning my true respect!
And finally, those views...............