Flamborough in mid-July
It’s just a personal thing. I have very much been enjoying some recent mornings sitting and watching the passing seabirds off Flamborough. No big rarities, nor great spectacles. Just the joy of sitting (able to sit much longer as my health improves), often with my friend Brett Richards and watching. I enjoy the close and the far away. All kinds of learning and testing opportunities, and the beauty of staring out at wild seas and a big wide open space.
Outer head with east end of Flamborough head to the left end of the picture. Thanks for photo to Mick Sherwin
Here some shots of birds all taken from the seawatch spot over a couple of days. We did see a Pomarine Skua and some beautiful Arctic Terns, unfortunately a little too far to get a worthwhile photo. This is just the autumn warm-up act.
The Seawatch Spot:
Here’s where we sit- the little arc below the front end of the Fog Station- part way down the cliff- can you see it? Hopefully some joy-filled moments yet to be had here in the coming days. Photo: Mick Sherwin
The captions explain a little more:
Inspired on the first seawatch of last week when this ad male Velvet Scoter landed in front of us. Photo by Brett Richards
a mix of seabirds to test skills
Manx Shearwaters – sometimes up to several hundred can pass in a morning
good chance to improve skills on Guillemot and Razorbill flight ID. Can you ID the 3 on the right?
some come nice and close
and Puffins breed on the cliffs below
Fulmars pass close with 2 Blue Fulmar in the last week
Scoters are the commonest wildfowl right now, with occasional Eider like these 3 drakes
gull variety can be excellent- 2nd summer?? Common Gull
and practice on in flight Cormorant ID. This one’s a carbo- Atlantic Cormorant
These are sinensis- Continental Cormorants- much championed locally by Brett R.
Plus the passing Shags
Skuas are just starting to appear- we had a fine 3cy Pomarine Skua. I think this plain winged Bonxie (Great Skua) might be a 1cy (first summer)
Waders are also increasingly present and passing like these Oystercatcher
so a gull to end- what age and species is this one? 🙂