Why Bempton Cliffs, wasn’t to try and see the Black browed Albatross was it? yes it was, the bird had returned, did I see it this time? NO 😢 , he/she had decided to go out to sea the evening before and didn’t return the day I was there, but the day after he/she did, that’s birding (still frustrating). After 8 hours of waiting watching the cliffs, taking photos of the usual residences of Bempton, I gave in.
So the highlights around the cliffs in those 8 hours, Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Shag, Cormorant and a first for me a pod of Bottle-nose Dolphins, a group of about 5 made their way slowly north, a Peregrine flew thru.
To break the day up around the nearby by fields a single Wheatear and Ring Ouzel were found. Around the visitor centre were the usual Tree Sparrows, Skylark overhead, a Barn Owl near the old blocks, Meadow Pipits nearby. Towards the end of our vigil on the Albatross news broke of a Great spotted Cuckoo seen coming in off the sea and had landed around the visitor centre. The decision was quickly made to go for the Cuckoo, so making our way rather quickly we arrived at the said point, to the news that it hadn’t been seen for a while, it was never seen again, we were rewarded with a single male Stonechat for our relocation.
That really ended our day at Bempton which resulted once again in the Albatross not been seen by these eyes.
The days Bird List :- Barn Owl, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Fulmar, Gannet, Goldfinch, Great Black backed Gull, Great Tit, Greylag Goose, Guillemot, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kittiwake, Linnet, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Peregrine, Pheasant, Puffin, Razorbill, Reed Bunting, Ring Ouzel, Rock Dove, rook, Shag, Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Wheatear, Woodpigen, Wren