Trip reports

Field Trip - Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Gannet with chick at nest, Bass Rock

Sunday, 21 June 2015

On our group's regular trip to 'sea bird city', neither the birds or the new Visitor Centre disappointed! Although we had showers initially, it turned into a beautiful spring day.

After most of the group had called in at the café for cake and a hot drink, we headed off to explore Flamborough Head whilst others commenced the walk along the coastal path towards North Landing - with the more adventurous members having the idea of walking the extra miles all the way to Bempton Cliffs.

Looking eastward from the cliffs just below Flamborough lighthouse, Puffins guarding their nesting holes were easily seen without the need for a telescope. Common Scoter and Eider Duck were on the sea and Rock Pipit was seen searching out small invertebrates on the exposed rocky shoreline. Meadow Pipit and Corn Bunting were evident in scrub and gorse near the golf course and along the coastal path towards Bempton -with Skylark constantly singing above. Whitethroat and Blackcap were flitting in the scrub and joined Linnets perched on the gorse as Swifts, Sand Martins, Swallows and House Martins flew constantly above our heads. A treat for some was a Stonechat and Yellowhammer and finches seen were Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch.

We picked up those wanting a lift to Bempton and headed off. After parking, we made our way to the impressive new Visitor Centre and Shop and then onward towards the coast. A mass of visitors were enthusiastically peering over the cliffs from the newly installed viewing platforms - below which the noise and smell of seabirds was overpowering. Gannets, our largest seabird, were showing off - sometimes gliding just above our heads to dip down at ripping speed towards the sea with giant outstretched wings. Breeding colonies of Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot and Razorbill were in good numbers along the chalk cliffs.

49 people attended
64 bird species seen