Friday, 30 May 2014

Yorkshire Belle trip to Breil Newk

We had a trip to Bridlington and checked the trip times for the Yorkshire Belle, a boat that regularly visits Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs. We joined the trip to Breil Newk scheduled for 2:00 pm. The sea was calm and the skies blue, a mild, lovely day for a trip to the cliffs. The skipper warned us that on the south side of the headland marine birds are much scarcer than in the north side, and this was indeed remarkable. Going north we met a few flocks of Kittiwakes flying north and a raft of Common Scoters which seemed to find it hard to settle, some Shags and Herring gulls, but as soon as we turned around the headland hundreds of birds surrounded the boat: Guillemots, Razorbills, fair numbers of Puffins and Kittiwakes, with a few Fulmars and Gannets. Clouds of auks whirred around us, diving or flying overhead to and from their nests on the cliff ledges. The sight of the lighthouse on the headland with the clouds of kittiwakes flying over the sea (above) was most amazing.
The number of urban Kittiwakes in Bridlington appear to be increasing. Many windowsills and ledges had several pairs and some nests were under construction.
The colony on the outer harbour wall had many more pairs than last year.
A street sign
This Herring gull had a spacious nest site atop a bay window. At least three chicks could be seen at some point.
A fledgling Starling by the harbour following its busy parent
A small group of Kittiwakes flying north
A boat feeding the seabirds.
Common Scoter raft by the south side of the headland.
Breil Newk
Flamborough new Lighthouse

Monday, 5 May 2014

Burton Bushes bluebells

Bluebell season is on its best now and the closest bluebell wood to us is the Burton Bushes, next to Beverley Westwood. Large thrifts of them carpeted the woodland floor amongst gnarled oaks and hollies, while the Wood Anemones were well past their best. Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a Mistle Thrush sung and we briefly spotted a treecreeper. We also walked on the west side of the Westwood too, around the golf course. A Skylark sung high in the sky, and mixed flocks of Rooks and Crows fed on the grass.
A view towards the south with the Black Mill in the background
Bluebells and the Burton Bushes.
Rooks and Crows amongst the buttercups
Noon fly, Mesembrina meridiana
Male Pied wagtail
Puff ball
A beautiful old oak with fresh foliage
Nomada flava on Hawkbit
Young rabbits
A sleepy rabbit
Rabbits feeding by a hedge
Male Blackbird singing

Birds list
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blackcap
  3. Blue Tit
  4. Carrion Crow    
  5. Chaffinch
  6. Chiffchaff
  7. Goldfinch
  8. Great Tit
  9. House Sparrow    
  10. Kestrel   
  11. Long-tailed Tit    
  12. Magpie    
  13. Mistle Thrush
  14. Pied Wagtail
  15. Robin
  16. Rook    
  17. Skylark    
  18. Starling    
  19. Swallow
  20. Treecreeper
  21. Woodpigeon    
  22. Wren