Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 1 May 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 30th April 2017

Puffin

My call to the cliffs this morning was good and early giving me time to have a look around the reserve before duties called. The day was sunny but a cold easterly wind did its very best to blow everyone west! The seabird numbers are still increasing towards the expected 250,000 but everyone's favourite, the Puffin was playing hard to find and did so all day. Grandstand was the best bet for Puffins where a well known nest enabled views of incubating birds, but elsewhere it was flight or sea views.

Puffins




Some birds are already on an egg including Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffin. These numbers will increase over the next couple of weeks.

Bridled Guillemot on Egg


Gannets are still gathering materials for nest improvements and gifts for their beloved!



While others chill out!



A large number of immature Gannets can be seen, these are first / second year birds




Guillemot


Razorbill



Fulmar



Kittiwake


Herring Gull


Elsewhere on the reserve,

Goldfinch


Tree Sparrow



Drinker Moth Caterpillar


The Bempton "Eight" Seabirds - helping to give an insight into their relative sizes!


And finally, today's sightings


2 comments:

Mike Attwood said...

Wow! What a set of pictures. Well done Kevin.

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Mike