Sunday, 24 May 2009

Bempton Cliffs

A blue sky and warm weather takes us to the cliffs of the RSPB nature reserve, Bempton Cliffs. The reserve includes not only the high chalk cliffs overlooking Filey Bay and Speeton sands, but also fields next to them, which today were covered with a pink carpet of Red Campions (Silene dioica). Buttercups and Gorse were also flowering. Nettles are very abundant, and we see a few peacock butterflies. The main reason to visit Bempton cliffs are the nesting seabirds and May and June are the top months to see them nesting. There are eight breeding species: Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots, Gannets, Fulmars, Puffins, Herring Gulls and Shags. Today we see them all except for the Shag (the rarest breeder, also tends to nest at the base of the cliff). Kittiwakes make the background noise at the cliffs.
A group of Kittiwakes pulling grass to line their nests.
We have a picnic on a meadow watching a Kestrel hovering over the cliffs.
A Kittiwake, a Razorbill and a Guillemot, the most common breeding seabirds in Bempton Cliffs
Herring gull
A view of the cliffs, at the bottom of the photo a group of nesting Gannets can be seen
The 'What's About' poster at the reserve visitor centre.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve

Birds of the day
  1. Fulmar flying
  2. Gannets on nests and flying.
  3. Kestrel hovering over the cliffs
  4. Pheasant calling
  5. Herring gull on the cliffs and flying
  6. Kittiwake collecting grass in groups and on the cliffs
  7. Guillemot on cliffs and flying
  8. Razorbill on cliffs and flying
  9. Puffins on flight
  10. Woodpigeon
  11. Collared dove
  12. Rock dove, nesting in the cliffs
  13. Swift
  14. Skylark
  15. Swallow
  16. House martin
  17. Dunnock
  18. Blackbird
  19. Whitethroat singing
  20. Rook
  21. Jackdaw, everywhere, nesting in the cliffs
  22. Crow
  23. Magpie, one in Bempton the other chasing a couple of starlings (one could be a fledgling)
  24. Starling
  25. Tree sparrow
  26. House sparrow
  27. Greenfinch
  28. Goldfinch
  29. Chaffinch
  30. Linnet
  31. Yellowhammer
  32. Pied wagtail

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