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|Monday 30th July 2012, 11:56||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Midlands
My Trip To Bempton Cliffs & Flamborough Head ....
Hey Everyone :)
I went to Bempton Cliffs on Saturday - it was an early start (it's a 3 hour drive from home) - but well worth it!
We arrived just after 9am and started by spotting the Tree Sparrows on the visitor centre roof and in the trees in the surrounding areas. Then into the visitor centre where I did pick up a map and off to the cliffs we headed. We visited all 5 of the viewing points - saw lots including Gannets (of course!), Kittiwakes, the odd Fulmar, a couple of Guillemots on the water, lots of Puffins (all on the water which was a shame, but at least I got to see them - they must be getting ready to leave about now), a Shag in flight, countless Herring Gulls & more.
One of my highlights at Bempton was the trek up to Staple Newk to see the "Gannet Rock" - I could have stood there (or sat as we did on the bench!) all day - a truely remarkable sight.
Another highlight was my first ever sighting of a Weasel, I saw something brown on the cliff edge and at first I thought "a Rabbit" - it vanished from view temporarily before returning where I was just about able to capture a short video, not great but good for the record - it had an all brown tale which ruled out Stoat I believe (?)
We stayed at Bempton until gone 5.30pm before we headed down to Flamborough Head for a couple of hours, on arrival we again had lots of Puffins (but all at sea), more Kittiwakes etc. The highlight here though was behind the lighthouse I observed a couple of Seals (are they Grey I assume? see end of second video) down beneath me frollicking around in the water before one came out for a short period onto the rocks.
Overall a fantastic day, the weather was warm all day with a breeze & no rain!
I can't wait to visit again, hopefully next year.
Here's a couple of videos I filmed:
P.S - I saw a lot of Feral Pigeons / Rock Doves about - any ideas which they would have been?
|Thursday 9th August 2012, 06:55||#5|
Join Date: Sep 2005
Sounds great, I did the two places in late March and got some close views of the puffins which I managed to miss the previous year. Flamborough produces some cracking birds a bit later on when migration south is in full swing.
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