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Bempton 2011

Bempton CliffsWe visited Bempton RSPB Reserve two years ago, and decided it was time for another trip. There were 17 of us altogether, meeting at 10:00am in the car park, including the Hilton and Jones for their first adventure with us as families. We had a great time spotting all the seabirds, many with chicks and some still on eggs. And of course the smell was 'iconic'. We also spotted some of the lovely orchids that grow on the cliff tops.

After lunch, shared with the nesting Tree Sparrows, some went off to find a beach at Filey and others had to head home, but some spent an hour around the scrub land by the car park picking up some of the smaller birds on the resOrchiderve.

We then went on to Filey Dams, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve, where we were lucky to see a Cuckoo and a several fleeting glimpses of a Reed Warbler.

A reduced group of just five of us then went on to nearby Wykeham Forest, where we we treated to a singing Willow Warbler in full view and some stunning views of Honey Buzzard, a very rare summer visitor to Britain. That capped off another magic day, and brought our running total to 136 species.

Birdlist at Bempton
Gannet
Pheasant
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Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Fulmar
Kittiwake
Herring Gull
Gt Black-backed Gull
Puffin
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Rock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Swift
Skylark
Swallow
Robin
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Starling
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting

Between Bempton and Filey
Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-legged Partridge
Feral Pigeon
Collared Dove
House Sparrow

Honey BuzzardAdded at Filey Dams
Teal
Tufted Duck
Cuckoo
Sand Martin
Reed Warbler
Chiffchaff

Added at Wykeham Forest
Honey Buzzard
Willow Warbler

Goldcrest (heard)


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