Bempton Cliffs visit

Our trip for June was to the RSPB site at the ever popular Bempton Cliffs with 4 members.
After the hot and humid weather it was a welcome relief to be by the coast and a lot fresher than it has been which made our stroll round the site much more comfortable . This is a popular site with an excellent visitor centre with all the facilities and for a week day was rather busy, but there was plenty of room on the 6 platforms where some were  manned by RSPB Wardens which helped with the commentary of all the comings and goings as there is just so much to take in, birds going in all directions, fighting for their territory, feeding their chicks and posing for the camera!  

“Almost half a million seabirds cram onto the ledges here, pitched high above the waves. Chris Packham called it the ‘Nou Camp of the bird world’. This is life on the edge – the sights, sounds and smells of soaring and swooping seabirds combined with panoramic sea views is unforgettable.“ 
“The seabird breeding season is in full swing as nearly half a million seabirds cling to the cliffs. Breeding tree sparrows, whitethroats, corn buntings, skylarks, linnets, reed buntings, rock and meadow pipits can all be seen. A range of the more common butterflies may be seen on sunny days, along with day-flying moths such as cinnabars, burnet moths and occasionally hummingbird hawkmoths. Trailside flora is dominated by red campion.“

Our 1st encounter of the “local`s“ was the Swallows nest at the bird centre, you could sit all day watching the antics of the 5 chicks hanging precariously out of the nest with ever attending parents returning every couple of minutes with food, joy to watch and get some really good photo`s.

We then meandered round and with all the sites and “smells“ to take in we reckon on the day we identified around 28 different species,  including lots of tree sparrows which are resident all the year round and posed rather well for the camera on the fences, Skylark`s were dancing and singing loudly in the sky, Pied Wagtails were feeding on the ploughed field, Meadow Pipit`s parachuting to the ground, Swift`s,  “Rather a Lot“ of Gannets / Guillemot`s / Kittiwake`s & their chicks, Razor bills,several Puffin`s and a nice plump Corn Bunting sat proudly on a fence which was viewed through Ted`s scope.

We also watched 6 young swallows sitting on fence wire, their parents would fly by and they would rise up for the parents to feed them, it was really interesting to watch the constant interaction. 

It is always a sight to see and understand how all those birds can sit on a cliff edge in such a small space with their little chicks being protected by the parents with their backs turned to protect the chicks from the elements lovely to watch.   We did not see any raptors on the day which I guess is pretty unusual.

We had lunch outside just as a shower of rain started 😂  but it was a welcome relief to the recent weather that we had endured, an enjoyable day out was had by all.

Our Next Outing is,Sun 16th July – walk looking for Nightjars at the Stang Forest. Meet at Peter’s Tree CP at 9-30pm. Insect repellant may be needed.

Can you spot the flying Puffin in one of the pics………….👍

ThanksSandy Whitton