Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 26 June 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs - 25th June 2017

Gifts for my beloved!

My call to the cliffs today was well supported by great weather, blue skies, sunshine, occasional cloud but challenged by a strengthening blow that required me to keep on my fleece! The breeding season is now in full swing with the young of most birds easily seen. For those with cameras, some excellent photo opportunities can be had! Of interest, the Puffin nest at Grandstand viewpoint is allowing occasional telescope views of the Puffling but the tunnel is dark making images impossible. Also, a Puffin carrying sand eels near Bartlett Nab, stood on a ledge(distant) for nearly an hour and made no effort to deliver its cargo to a hungry Puffling!

Today, I found the glorious Gannets in a very photogenic mood!








Gannets with young, known as Gugas


Feed me mum, but please don't eat me!




And of course, the (loveable) Puffins






Always a delight, a Bridled Guillemot with chick (Jumpling)


And Kittiwakes


"Are you sure this is ours?
Razorbills




Fulmar



And an ever watchful Herring Gull


And finally, today's sightings


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bempton Circuit - 20th June 2017

Gannet

A distinct change in the weather this morning with a sea fret clearing to cloud and a cool breeze with intermittent bright spells. More to my liking than the recent very hot and sunny and more to the birds liking as activity seemed to be greatly increased. This walk takes me from my home in Bempton village, through Buckton to the pons, up Hoddy Cows Lane to Buckton Cliffs, along Bempton Cliffs and back to Bempton village!

Buckton pond held a pair of Tufted Ducks, a Lapwing, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Grey Heron, with a Barn Owl quartering the adjacent fields.

Barn Owl


Tufted Duck


The nearby horse paddock held a Mistle Thrush



Hoddy Cows Lane had good numbers of Yellowhammers, Common Whitethroats, Linnets, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches,Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.

Yellowhammer





Linnet


On arrival at Buckton Cliffs, a group of Puffins seem to be debating whether or not they form a quorum!


While this one contemplated the meaning of life!


While walking from Buckton cliffs to Bempton cliffs, I couldn't resist this rustic, rugged old post!



At all of the viewpoints on Bempton Cliffs, Puffins were showing well



And the Gannets were demonstrating their mastery





Most of the seabirds now have young with others still on egg. Here is a selection of "Happy Families"!

Gannets with "Guga"



Guillemot with "Jumpling"


Kittiwake with "Tarrocks"



Herring Gull with "chicks"




And finally, a contented cow / bullock!