Friday, 29 May 2015

Bempton Cliffs and Yorkshire

Date: 25/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Location: East Yorkshire, Bempton, Blacktoft Sands

Observation: First time to Yorkshire and Bempton Cliffs, hoping for Tree Sparrow, Gannets and Puffins! 
We got to Bempton around 8am and on getting out van there were Tree Sparrows in car park !! 

             Only walked about 10ft !

Arriving at cliff edge the sound and slight smell reaches you with Gannets sat on cliff tops and flying past.
Kittiwake's screeching Guillemots and Puffin's groaning! 
Superb place Birds everywhere.

 Beak on this one !

+ Fulmars cruising past, Great Bird !

Quite a few Gannets, Kittiwake's, Puffins were either sat on nests or building.

Seen at least 20 Puffins excellent little chaps and lasses !

And there were things we didn't expect to see like.... I'll call him the Bempton Barnie, seen the owl numerous times flying right in front RSPB visitors center and across the footpaths at midday !

RSPB Bempton Visitors Center and Barnie 

 This Skylark who didn't seem to care as we were stood 10 foot from him !

 Then this we watched a Peregrine Falcon a number of times hunting the cliff faces.

While following him a Rock Dove flew past us in panic as the Falcon was in hot pursuit then smashed into the poor Rock Dove!

  The Rock Dove ended up the Falcon breakfast !! Amazing to Watch !! 

On way home dropped in to Blacktoft RSPB reports of the Montague's Harrier and Weasel my year challenge to get a photo of one. Failed but did see a Weasel cross path in front of us!
And this stunning Yellow Wagtail.
Marsh Harrier a plenty there, we spotted 6. Also nesting noisy Avocets with chicks. 

Would recommend East Yorkshire, Bempton is a must 
We will end on another Puffin from Bempton Cliffs to end a fantastic trip with my birding buddy Lauren check her Flickr Out !

Weather: 3 days Cloudy with Blue Skies at times - Temperature average 12 - 17c
Other Species: 
Bempton: Puffin, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Barn Owl, Kestrel, Guillemot, Razorbill, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Jackdaw, Crow, Corn Bunting, Herring Gull
Blacktoft:  Stove Dove, Black-Headed Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Marsh Harrier, Avocet
Other: Grey Seal, Wood Mouse

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