Trip reports

Field Trip - Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Sunday, 19 June 2016

After visiting the cafe at Flamborough Head, several options were available to the group: Flamborough Head followed by coach drive to Bempton; a walk from Flamborough Head to North Landing with coach drive to Bempton; or a hefty walk from Flamborough Head to Bempton. Whichever option is taken will provide the spectacle of thousands of nesting sea birds perched precariously on the cliffs, aggressively defending their territory, eggs and young.

Sand Martins, Swallow and House Martins were flying all around the cliffs and, in the gorse areas, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler were seen. Flocks of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet and Twite favoured the more grassy areas, with the stars of the day, being a pair of European Linnet. Many Meadow Pipits adorned the fence posts along the golf course at Flamborough. The sights and sound of Skylarks and Yellowhammers accompanied us along the cliff tops towards North Landing with flotillas of Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins down below on the sea.

On arrival at North Landing, an air and sea rescue seemed to be entertaining many residents of East Yorkshire judging by the overflowing car park!

As usual at Bempton, the viewing platforms were very busy - most people trying to get sight of the very cute looking Puffins. Another splendid sight was the Gannet colony at the northern end of the cliffs where these spectacular birds could be seen dive-bombing for fish and swooping above our heads before returning to their nests to feed their hungry young. The calls of Kittiwakes are the most dominant sound all along this stretch of coast but a good number of Fulmar were also seen, with numbers of these possibly up on previous years.

45 people attended
63 bird species seen