17th of May 2015 - RSBP Bempton Cliffs - Gannet Fest.

The last trip of the season with friends from the Coventry and Warwickshire RSPB Group had one particular very eager birder very excited of the prospect of seeing a huge number of my two favourite sea birds the Gannet and the iconic Puffin.

As we waited for the coach in Coventry, many of the crowd were looking towards the building behind the swimming pool, here a Peregrine was perched high on a ledge, tick one of two for the day!

The journey to Yorkshire was a long one, however the goal was very much worth it. Arriving at the superb visitors centre, I was off towards the first platform with my two birding buddies Steve and Gary. First sightings were Kittiwake, Razorbill , Guillemot, including a Bridled Guillemot and Gannet, then within a few minutes, my first two Puffin of the day.

Bridled Guillemot
Walking between the platforms along the cliff edges gave up Skylark, Yellowhammer and Jackdaw.

As our time was limited, I spent most of it trying to photograph the birds, this location is an absolute joy to visit with superb views of the chalk cliffs, it's birds, the bay at Filey with Scarborough beyond and the vast, but relatively calm North Sea.

Before I knew it two hours had quickly passed and I settled on a bench for lunch, with my scope positioned to scan the sea. Here I spent half an hour looking out for possible cetaceans, sadly none were seen. I did however during the day, catch sight of two Grey Seal which were roughly about a hundred metres from the mainland.

 The species count for the day was low, however the shear mass of sea birds was a great spectacle! As I was leaving to catch the coach back I stopped by the patio area to watch the many Tree Sparrows that were feeding around the bird tables, Hedge Sparrow and Pied Wagtail finished the visit off.

Gannets Galore!

As with all of the trips, I thanked Lesley and Peter Berrill who organise these and I certainly look forward to supporting the group's trips next season.

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