Tuesday 29 March 2011

Flaming bog horror

Day off #2 so we went off to Flamboro'. First stop at South Landing to admire the soon to be Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Centre, which is currently a burnt-out cafe.
Amazed how much the gulley down to the beach has become wooded - seriously needs some clearance. Very murky conditions down at the beach. The only migrants were a couple of singing Chiffchaffs and a Buzzard which went east mobbed by two crows. Following a spot of beachcombing we went to Bempton. Lots of Tree Spugs around the centre and then on to the cliffs. One of the best spring wildlife spectacles in the UK, the 400 foot high cliffs teeming with seabirds. We were greeted by the sounds and smells first, before getting cracking close views of auks, Gannets, Kittiwakes and Fulmars. Lots of smart Razorbills around, exhibiting their yellow gapes when calling. Probably my favourite auk. Only one Puffin seen - it is definitely better at YWT North Landing for this species. Adelaide was happy with the one though!

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