The weather on the cliffs today was rather deceiving? Light cloud gave way to periods of blue sky and sunshine, giving the sea that summery blueness. The downside was the wind, a very cool north north easterly blow did its best to challenge and chill! It was more like dressing for mid winter than mid spring! However, the wind did produce a "wow" bonus - the birds were hanging in the wind, very close, above and below the cliffs, a truly mesmerizing experience! All of the expected seabirds were present and visible and in good numbers. The horrible weather conditions that we suffered in March seems to have put nature back by about a month. However, the annual Puffin count has taken place with 4279 birds between Filey and Flamborough. The first Gannet eggs have also been reported at Staple and Bartlett Nab viewpoints so the breeding season is underway.
So what could be seen today?
The Dell area produced at least two Lesser Whitethroats
c40 Linnets could be seen around the reserve, with some showing well in the hedgerows and fields
Everyone's favourite seabird, the Puffin could be seen on the cliffs, on the sea and in flight between the two. However, they did become more elusive on the cliffs in the afternoon, but could be seen in flight.
One of my favourite seabirds is the Fulmar. Todays wind gave them the ideal conditions to demonstrate their flight skills and they seemed to be enjoying every moment!
Razorbills were also keen to demonstrate their flight skills!
As did the Kittiwakes
And of course, the United Kingdoms largest seabird - the Gannet
Year 4 Gannet
Gathering nest material
Keen to take nest material back to the nest!
Year 4 Gannet
Year 3/4 Gannet
Nature can appear as cruel. This morning I witnessed an immature Greater Black Backed Gull take a Puffin in flight and proceed to devour it on the sea. Soon a mature Greater Black Backed took over the kill with several others waiting for their chance for an easy snack.
And finally, the love 'em or hate 'em marmite gulls (AKA Herring Gulls)!