Monday, 20 June 2016

East Coast

On Saturday we headed over to the coast with Bempton up first. It was fairly busy as usual for this time of year but we got good views of the cliffs and the birds.

The wind was howling today, i've never been when it's been this bad before but it did make for some great shots of the birds being buffeted about! Of course it also made for cold hands trying to hold the camera and binoculars still too.

We saw Razorbills, Guillemots, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Fulmar and Gannets. There were plenty of birds sat on chicks and eggs, it can't be very comfortable for the Gannets sat on some of those large chicks on the small nests!

On the cliff tops there were Jackdaws, Crows, Tree Sparrows, Swallows and Meadow Pipits.

A quick look in the garden had a few more Tree Sparrows, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and a Mallard and we were back to the car for a bit of lunch.

The sun had come out by now and we headed up to Filey, I'd arranged to meet my cousin for a coffee mid afternoon so we were a little pushed for time but decided to have a walk around the top of the Brigg.

Little bit of a mistake here as the country park was being used as the finish point for a cycle race so it was chaos up there, still once we'd parked up and walked on to the cliffs it wasn't too bad. The wind was still quite strong but the sun was out still so it wasn't cold. 

There were Pipits everywhere here popping up out of the grass along with Swallows swooping over it. A lone Pied Wagtail was flying in and out of the benches. Out over the water and on the cliffs were plenty of birds including Cormorants, Fulmar, Kittiwakes, Razorbill and Guillemots.

This beetle was almost camouflaged on the ground, a Green Tiger Beetle I think.

It was only a short walk but worth it for the views alone!

I'm not sure why they put a lampstand in the water but the Cormorant seemed to like it.......................


  1. Loving your photos Pam of the birds flying in, it's a lovely place to be. My husband was the bike mechanic for the bike race on that day!
    The Green Tiger Beetle looks stunning, glad you had a lovely time and the rain stayed of.
    Amanda xx

    1. Thanks Amanda :) it's always great to watching the birds riding the wind! Oh was he, it is a small world isn't it, I bet they kept him busy! xx

  2. Bempton is such a special place isn't it and it is wonderful to simply take in the sights, sounds and smells of this sea-bird city on the Yorkshire coast. Wonderful pics of the Gannets, especially considering the cold wind, and a nice selection of birds, including of course everyone's favourite the Puffin :-)

    Shame it was so busy up at Filey but still you got some lovely pics and saw some nice wildlife.

    1. It is David, you don't even mind the wind really when you have the views you do! Thanks, the Gannets are quite stunning birds :) Filey was a little mad but luckily not on the cliffs!