I finally managed to get up to the seabird sites of North Yorkshire in May, over 25 years since my last visit. Perhaps a few metres less to see thanks to coastal erosion 😉 but was great to be back.
We started at Bempton Cliffs where thralls of gannets, razorbills, kittiwakes and guillemots clung to the sides in a gravity defying manner. Several birds landed within metres of us, collecting grass and nesting materials.
Whilst here, we had to see one species in particular – the Atlantic puffin. After a few surveys of the cliff we caught up with the first couple of the day. These birds, clowns of the sea, are just as charismatic as you’d expect.
Whilst at Bempton we were also treated to two peregrines and a hunting barn owl. Corn buntings and tree sparrows littered the cliff top walk beyond the RSPB reserve.
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