Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 30 July 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 30th July 2017

Happy Gannet Family

This mornings call to the cliffs was on the back of a bright, sunny morning - surprisingly the forecasted heavy rain came in earlier than expected and had passed through! Not complaining though as standing in heavy rain on the viewpoints is rather challenging and dampens the spirit! Regretfully, due to other commitments, I could only stay until 1200hrs and spent most of this time on Bartlett Nab.

Arriving in the car park, I was drawn to the colony of Tree Sparrows, adults and juveniles and felt obliged to take an image!


A good number of Red Admiral butterflies abounded the feeding station area


Including this one attempting to challenge me on one of the interpretation boards - I think I could get this one right!


The Gannet juveniles (Gugas) are getting bigger with a wide variation in maturity - some have fledged, some are in their dark feathers, others are still in their downy white, others are 50/50!




Auk (Razorbill, Guillemot and Puffin) numbers have reduced dramatically as they head out to sea, leaving large gaps on the ledges. Puffins this morning were a real challenge to find and will probably be gone completely by next week!




Its behind you! Menacing "eyes" in the rock watching this Guillemot!


Mum! Mum! Feed me Mum! Kittiwake Tarrock wanting a meal





Kittiwake Tarrock flexing its wings





One of the birds that frequents the cliffs 12months of the year and often dismissed is the Feral Pigeon


Adult Herring Gull "chilling"!


Juvenile Herring Gulls




Nature can be cold and cruel with young birds falling from the ledges into the sea. However, natural recycling rapidly takes place!


In the Fulmar nest


Today, the RSPB ran one of their cruises - Glorious Gannets on the Yorkshire Belle



2 comments:

Mike Attwood said...

Still very envious Kevin. I wish I had the energy to come up there and share it. Regards Mike.

Kevin Groocock said...

Things are quietening down now with the Auk breeding season over. Still a lot to see though until end of October. One day you'll make it Mike!