Sunday, May 06, 2012

Flamboro' revisited.......

Common Seal,South Landing.

Some people watching a rare dickie bird.

North Landing.

North Landing,from the clifftop car park.

South Landing.
Another visit to this birding mecca today provided us with another great days birding and wildlife watching,this is what we saw.The main reason we had come today,was so that Chris could catch up with the stunning 2nd calendar year 'Ficedula' Flycatcher that has been present for the past week.At first it was difficult to get to grips with,but later put on a star performance,with it sitting in the open on a branch in the sun,fantastic!.While watching this stunner,we had several good birds,well i did anyway,a single Tree Pipit being rather elusive and was only seen as it perched in a sycamore before disappearing,a 'Ringtail' Harrier,presumably Hen,i only saw the arse end of it and surprise of the day,a single Bearded Tit,south calling,an amazing record!.A walk round this migrant trap provided us with stunning views of a yearling Common Seal just above the beach,which was promptly rescued and he or she swam away quite happily,a great sighting and a total of at least 5 Spotted Flycatcher our first birds of the year,which showed brilliantly and a single Whimbrel calling as it passed overhead.After refuelling we made the short journey over to the opposite side of the headland to North Landing and walked all round to Thornwick Pools.The reason why we had come, was to see a Wood Sandpiper,which showed very nicely as it picked insect prey delicately from the mud,a lovely bird and again our first for the year.Another first here was a single,singing male Sedge Warbler and on the walk over we had managed a couple of very smart Wheatear and couple of Stonechat.Also certainly worth a mention was the myriad of seabirds seen on and off the cliffs,with a steady procession of Gannets making their way back to Bempton after their fishing sorties,thousand of Auks which included Guillemot,Razorbill and Puffins and also masses of Kittiwakes,the latter watched collecting seaweed in the small bay at North Landing as the tide and wind battered the seaweed off the rocks,a great sight to watch.So this spectacle,coupled with fantastic rareities and stunning scenery made for a great day out and a big thanks to Chris for driving.


  1. Was a pleasure to be birding in such a scenic area - a great day matey

  2. It certainly was Chris,thanks again :)