Flamborough Head – 28/06/2018

A sunny morning with a gentle north-easterly onshore breeze, keeping temperatures around 17 degrees C. Visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, to see, and photograph some of the seabirds that nest on the cliffs here. The sight, sound and even smell of the spectacle hitting all the senses. One of the main targets was Puffin Fratercula arctica, with several present on the cliffs, some showing well. Close to the top of the cliffs were good numbers of Razorbill Alca torda, several with young, along with greater numbers of their close relatives the Guillemot Uria aalge. The most numerous species here are the Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, their call ever present as you walk along the cliff tops. Several Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis were also present of the cliffs. Although Gannet Morus bassanus only nest at Bempton, plenty were passing close by, mainly heading north towards Bempton itself. The songs of Skylark Alauda arvensis, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis and Linnet Linaria cannabina were regular from the adjacent cliff top fields, many singing from the fence posts. A Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus was also singing from the cliff top grasslands.

Puffin - Fratercula arcticaPuffin – Fratercula arctica

Guillemot - Uria aalgeGuillemot – Uria aalge

Razorbill - Alca tordaRazorbill – Alca torda

Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialisFulmar – Fulmarus glacialis

Kittiwake - Rissa tridactylaKittiwake – Rissa tridactyla

Linnet - Linaria cannabinaLinnet – Linaria cannabina

Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclusReed Bunting – Emberiza schoeniclus

A few insects were recorded on the reserve with Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus and Painted Lady Vanessa cardui representing the Butterflies, with Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae, Silver Y Autographa gamma and Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata representing the Moths.

54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet - Zygaena loniceraeNarrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet – Zygaena lonicerae

A few Hoverflies inlcuded Episyrphus balteatus, Eristalis tenax and Scaeva pyrastri, along with a few Broad Centurion Chloromyia formosa Soldierflies.

Scaeva pyrastriScaeva pyrastri