Flamborough and Tophill Low

The decision was made an early start and off to the coast to do a bit of sea watching, arriving at Flamborough Head in gale force NNW winds I settled in by the lighthouse wall, out of the wind, with a small group of watchers. After yesterdays movement of Shearwaters and Skuas I was hoping for some more good numbers, good numbers of Gannets going north and south but I struggled seeing Shearwaters but Manx and Sooty were seen although in very low numbers and no Skuas at all, other highlights were a adult Peregrine excellent views as it battled it s way north at eye level, Red Throated and Great Northern Divers, Common Scoters, Shag and Cormorant, Eider, Lesser Black Backed and Great Black Backed Gulls.

After 3 hours sitting in the wind it was time to leave but not before seeing Linnet in the car park scrub. Inland I headed to Tophill Low NR for a couple of hours catching up on a few duck species Mallard, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler other birds added to the day list Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose and Kestrel. There were also a few Dragonflies hanging about and thats what I had mainly come for Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker and a few Common Darters of course the Hawkers never settled for photos but the Darters did heres another Common Darter photo.

Common Darter

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