Trip reports

Field Trip - Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Gannet with chick at nest, Bass Rock

Sunday, 18 June 2017

As is now the established routine, the first destination for many of us was the café at Flamborough Head. After this, although some members of the group chose to stay around Flamborough Head, the majority chose to walk to North Landing.

Along the coastal paths, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Yellowhammer, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear and various finches were seen as well as Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Painted Lady butterflies. Below the cliffs, flotillas of Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins were on the water with the last of these giving particularly close views from Flamborough Head itself. Sea-watching from here gave views of Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern and a Red-throated Diver as well as of Grey Seal and Harbour Porpoise.

In the afternoon, the group travelled the short distance to RSPB Bempton. As usual, the viewing platforms were very busy, with people viewing assorted seabirds including the auks, Shag, Fulmar and numerous Kittiwake. Another "must-see" was the Gannet colony at the northern end of the reserve and it was near there, towards the end of the visit, that a Red-backed Shrike was spotted.

37 attended
53 bird species seen