This blog is now closed with all future posts now being found at our new online home at rambling nature. Many thanks for visiting us here and we look forward to catching up with you all at our new website (

June 2006

2nd - The Hawthorn blossom in now wonderful on the Westwood, including some Red Hawthorn. In the garden a Chiffchaff was seen. It was very warm today with a high over 21 C, the first time the temperature has exceeded 20 C since the 12th of May.

3rd - Loads of Starlings now on the Westwood, and Meadow Pipits were also displaying. Quite a few Linnets in the area too, and some juvenile Pied Wagtails were seen in the vicinity of the golf course. Today was an almost 100% sunny day with temperatures around 20 C.

Flamborough Head Cruise - Went on one of the RSPB sea cruises this morning, leaving from Bridlington and going round to Flamborough Head and Bempton. Loads of seabirds were seen and being under the cliffs was an impressive spectacle, with a wall of chalk rising up above us. Along with all the usual auks, Kittiwakes & Gannets which flew around the boat, we also saw a lone Great Skua, admittedly distantly but nevertheless a great sighting and quite unseasonable. It was a great day and very enjoyable with Mum, Dad, and myself having a great time.

4th - A foggy start to the day. A male Bullfinch was seen outside the lounge in the evening.

Nunburnholmewold - A pleasant mornings walk on this fine area on the edge of the Wolds. Unusually for this area we saw no raptors, but it was a good butterfly day, including Orange Tips, & Walls. An enjoyable walk through the early summer wood.

5th - Eight Mistle Thrushes were seen on the high Westwood, with Linnets also seen amongst all the gorse, and there was a beautiful singing Blackcap in the woods. In the garden I heard a Bullfinch today, and I also had a number of good sightings of the local Chiffchaff through the day. Another interesting observation was a Song Thrush feeding a fledgling.

6th - A Kingfisher was seen in the Barmston drain this morning, and along the river there were good numbers of Sedge & Reed Warblers. However the big highlight of the morning was a displaying Snipe over the Pastures, the first time I have ever seen a ‘drumming’ Snipe. In the garden I also observed that the House Sparrows are nesting amongst the North Wall Ivy this year.

7th - A lone Shelduck seen on Swinemoor this morning.

Pulfin Bog & High Eske - Visited the reserve at Pulfin Bog and High Eske for the first time this year, a wetland reserve with reedbeds and a large lagoon. The area is just a few miles north of Swinemoor and I left early (at 4.30 am) to avoid the dog walkers from Tickton and Hull Bridge. It was a gorgeous morning with a red sun and a low mist over the local fields. Twenty nine Lapwings were seen, 8 Mute Swans, 15 Tufted ducks, 50 or so Greylag geese, 20 Coots, 8 Great Crested Grebes, including two pairs on nest, 1 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers, and a lone Shelduck, but the main highlight was a Cuckoo, the first I’ve ever heard in East Yorkshire. A wonderful morning and this reserve is certainly worth visiting again.

8th - A foggy start to the day. Meadow Pipits displaying widely on Swinemoor this morning, and on the Westwood too. A Barn Owl was seen near Weel, and I saw my first House Martins of the year, remarkably late.

9th - A foggy start again, but the temperature would eventually rise to 25 C. Near Swinemoor this morning I briefly saw a Yellow Wagtail, and in the garden I saw a Bullfinch, as well as a Chaffinch fledgling.

10th - Down on Swinemoor this morning I saw two Snipe, a Redshank, a Barn Owl, seven Reed Warblers, six Meadow Pipits, eleven Lapwings, and a lone Shelduck. The sun rose wonderfully red this morning, and the day was beautiful and warm. A Bullfinch seen in the garden again.

11th - Very hot today with a maximum of 28 C. It remained hot overnight.

12th - Hot and sticky today. Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.

13th - More House Martins seen in the Keldmarsh area this morning. In the local area the foxgloves are now out.

15th - Ten House Martins over Keldmarsh today.

16th - While outside this morning a Bullfinch landed within two feet of me, and I’m not sure who was more surprised as we both noticed each others presence. Along Long Lane I saw a Barn Owl this morning.

17th, Bempton Cliffs - Set off to Bempton early this morning, arriving at the reserve at 7 am. It was a gorgeous day after early cloud cleared, and the sun was incredibly strong even before 9am and we had to be careful not to get burnt. The seabirds are all doing very well, with most with chicks now, though some of the Kittiwakes, Fulmars, & Guillemots still have just eggs. In the skies above Swallows & Swifts were about, and in the grass there were Meadow Pipits, Linnets, & Reed Buntings. A fantastic morning in fantastic weather, with the cliff top flowers also looking quite wonderful now, especially on a day like and the temperature falling no lower than 15 C overnight.

18th, North Cave Wetlands - Another great morning of birding, making for a great weekend after the fantastic trip to Bempton yesterday. Lots of chicks and juveniles now about, and most are seemingly doing well. Those species with young included Great Crested Grebes, Mute Swans, Greylag geese, Canada geese, Shelducks, Avocets, Black headed Gulls, Common Terns, & Pied Wagtails, with the four Great Crested Grebes my particular favourite with their humbug head stripes. Plenty of other highlights this morning, including Ruddy ducks, a single Wigeon which had a wing tag with ‘CB’ written upon it, Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plovers, Swifts, abundant Sand Martins, a few House Martins, the first I’ve seen here this year, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Willow warblers, and over a hundred Starlings. A great morning on a lovely warm and sunny morning, with at least forty five species seen in total.

22nd - Quite cool today with a high of just 16.1 C.

24th - A Chiffchaff in the garden.

25th - The Chiffchaff was seen in the bird bath today, and at the feeding station young Blue & Coal Tits were seen. In the late afternoon a Mallard flew over the house.

26th - A cool day with a high of just 15 C, and a moderate north easterly breeze.

28th - A Roe deer seen along Shepherds Lane this morning, and along Long Lane I observed the Little Owl, a bird I have not seen for a while.

30th - A Chiffchaff seen at the bird bath again, and it was also seen on the lawn too while it waited for a Blackbird to finish bathing. Up to 25 C today.