A fantastic late spring day on Bempton Cliffs - sunshine, blue sky and warmth complementing the sight, sound and smell of c500,000 seabirds! I can't think of a better place to be!
My wandering today started around the dell and nature trail with several Common Whitethroats singing out.
And, Sedge Warbler
Around the visitor centre Swallow numbers are increasing, feeding, nest building and incubating. They can also be seen on the roof area and on the fences.
Down on the cliffs it is business as usual with the mesmerizing spectacle of thousands of seabirds flying around the cliffs and "chilling" out on the sea. Most birds are now incubating eggs but no chicks as yet, due to delays caused by the March storms.
The Puffins showed well at times but occasionally remained out of sight for long periods. Patience is always the key word here with dividends being paid to those prepared to stand and wait!
"Me and my shadow"!
Great Skuas (aka Bonxies) showed well today with at least three birds seen. One decided to take a short cut over the visitor centre and car park much to the amazement of visitors! Others scavenged dead birds on the sea - distressing to some, but this is nature, often nature in the raw!
Overall a brilliant day, enjoyed by many visitors, staff and volunteers. You never know what will turn up at Bempton Cliffs - what will you find?