Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Exciting News!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Early one morning.........on Bempton Cliffs!


With another very warm day forecast, I decided to head up to the cliffs at 0500hrs with the hope of capturing a golden glow!  Although I missed the actual sunrise and pre-sunrise I was not to be disappointed! The early morning was cool and fresh, but already you could feel the heat building!


Seabird City from Bartlett Nab

Seabird City from Bartlett Nab

Glorious Gannets

"Gannet Club" Immature and non-breeding Gannets socialise below Grandstand

Adult Gannet with "Guga" in golden light





"Remember to bring back some Herrings!"

Happy Families!




Many of the "Auks" have left the cliffs and this morning Razorbill numbers seemed in excess of the Guillemots.

"Group Hug" and spot the Razorbill Jumpling!

"Group Hug" and spot the Razorbill Jumpling!


"Honestly, it was this big! Honest!

"It's the way I tell 'em! Ha! Ha!

Monday, 17 July 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 16th July 2017

Guillemots with "Jumpling"

My call to the cliffs this morning was quite a wake up with cool drizzle lasting about an hour, but then the sun came out, the temperatures rose and another brilliant summers day was enjoyed by all! It is noticeable that the Razorbill and Guillemot numbers are reducing as they return to the sea but some young birds (Jumplings) can still be seen (above). In the image above an egg can still be seen, most likely to be sterile.

Bridled Guillemots are always a pleasure to see and this image shows a comparison between Bridled (2% of the Bempton Guillemots are bridled and this figure increases as you head north) and normal Guillemots.


The Kittiwake young (known as Tarrocks) are showing great variations of development from fully fledged birds to those still requiring the attention of their parents.


Here, a Tarrock stretches its wings with an adult bird to it's left, highlighting the differences.


The Gannets are still raising their young "Gugas"



But some Gugas have fallen from the cliffs, to be consumed by Great Black Backed Gulls! Sad but this is nature in the raw!



A random Linnet with random insects!


Puffins are still around in good numbers and should be with us until the end of July.





The Puffin nest at Grandstand viewpoint still has a very healthy looking Puffling that is being seen at the tunnel entrance at regular intervals. (Sorry no images today).

Razorbill stretch


Razorbill and Guillemot


Herring Gull trying to be inconspicuous!


Some Great News!

Hot off the press this week - The seabird city increases (Filey to Flamborough)!

From c250,000 to c 412,000 seabirds!

Gannet numbers have increased from 2550prs in 2000 to 13,400prs in 2017 (+425%)
Razorbill numbers have increased from 5700prs in 2000 to 19,000prs in 2017 (+230%)
Guillemot numbers have increased from 31,000prs in 2000 to 57,000prs in 2017 (+71%)
Kittiwake numbers have increased from 42,000prs in 2000 to 45,300prs in 2017 (+7%)
Puffin pairs for 2017 stand at c1440

This is great news and thanks must go to the dedicated team engaged in the seabird counts!

And finally Todays Sightings






Sunday, 9 July 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, New Lives on the Ledges - 9th July 2017

Herring Gull Family

My call to the cliffs was short lived today as I could only stay until lunch time - boo! Sunshine, blue skies and light wind ensured warm temperatures but cloud was due to increase during the afternoon. The auk breeding season is drawing to a close, with many of the auks already heading out to sea. However, there are many visible young birds at close quarters still wowing visitors. New lives on the cliffs forms the basis of this blog post. Todays wildlife sightings can be found at the end of this blog post.

A Puffin was observed gathering vegetation above Bartlett Nab viewpoint. I'm sure this was not to make a nest but more likely to replace soiled nesting material in its tunnel. Tunnel work is never ending!




To see a young Puffin (Puffling) is not a common occurrence! This morning, the Puffling in the nest near Grandstand viewpoint made a brief appearance in the entrance but obviously did not like what it saw as it soon went back in!



Puffling feet!


Guillemot young are known as Jumplings due to the fact that when they attain the age of 3weeks they leap into the sea and are joined by the male bird who will stay with the Jumpling until it fledges from the water.

Look at me, I'm a big brave Guillemot Jumpling!



Oh no! You don't mean I've got to jump down there? It must be c400ft!


No, it's too high, I can't do it!


Dad! Dad! Please tell me I don't have to jump


Now son, be brave, it's what us Guillemots do. You'll be alright, and I'll be coming with you and we can do it after dusk so no one will see!


Razorbill with Jumpling



Kittiwake "Tarrocks"



Gannets with "Gugas"



Panting in the heat




A "coven" of Herring Gull Chicks!


Along the way................

(male) Linnet



Eyes in the back of my head!


Spectacular Sea Bird City!




Unidentified! You never know what might fly in at Bempton!



And finally, today's sightings!