Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 24 April 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 23rd April 2017

"He's not with me!" Guillemot with Razorbill

My call to the cliffs was loud and clear on what promised to be a glorious day, with sunshine, blue skies, light winds and very mild. The "Seabird City" is now well and truly increasing as birds arrive to make up the expected 250000 plus! That is, with one exception today - Puffins! These endearing little birds decided to play a very challenging game of hide and seek and vacated the cliffs in favour of the sea. As a result, only a few were seen amongst the rafts of seabirds and others in flight.

The Kittiwakes were very active gathering mud and grass for their nests.




While others ensure continued reproduction of the species!




"He's not with me!" I am often asked the difference between Guillemots and Razorbills. A lucky comparison presented itself with both species side by side.



The Gannets also continue to gather nest material


The first Gannet eggs were recorded c5th April, but today I had the pleasure of actually seeing one at close quarters!



No! I'm not coming out!


It was pleasing to see my first Great Skua (Bonxie), here in flight, but was earlier devouring a Kittiwake on the sea!



Razorbill


And away from the cliffs - Reed Bunting



The wildlife at RSPB Bempton Cliffs is fantastic but so are the views. As the seabird city increases in numbers, the wider vista is spectacular.





And finally, todays sightings


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