East Yorkshire – Seabirds, Migrants & Raptors Special

Friday 11th – Monday 14th June 2021

With famous birding sites that include Spurn Point, Flamborough Head, Bempton Cliffs and Wykeham Forest, this tour is designed to see the best of breeding seabirds in their thousands plus some rare breeding species such as European Honey Buzzard and Northern Goshawk!

The Yorkshire coast in summer is alive with birds and a highlight of the tour is the added bonus of a boat trip off the coast at Bempton Cliffs to look at the seabird colonies from a different angle. Early June is also a great time to catch up with late migrants such as Wryneck, Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike or something rarer, such as a male Black-headed Bunting, as one turned up in 2019.

We can hope for an action-packed few days birding along with great food, accommodation and scenery!

Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7

Day 1
We leave our base in Essex and drive northwards with possible pickups on route and depending on ‘recent bird news’ we spend the afternoon exploring the Spurn Peninsula. Spurn is a three and a half mile long sand and shingle spit, well vegetated with Marram Grass and Sea Buckthorn and to the west is an extensive area of tidal mudflats.

The geographic location of Spurn makes it one of the best places on the east coast to watch spring migration as well as see waders and wildfowl which feed on the River Humber and nearby Kilnsea Wetlands.

Spurn boasts an impressive list of past spring rarities which are particularly likely after south-easterly winds and during the past few years, species have included Red-backed Shrike, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-rumped Swallow, Rose-coloured Starling, European Bee-eater, Rustic Bunting, Eurasian Golden Oriole and Common Rosefinch amongst others!

We arrive at our comfortable hotel near Bridlington early evening where a warm welcome is guaranteed.
Overnight: Near Bridlington

Days 2 – 3
The RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve is probably best-known as England’s largest seabird colony and between there and nearby Flamborough Head the colony holds over 13,000 pairs of Northern Gannets, 58,000 pairs of Common Guillemots, 45,000 pairs of Black-legged Kittiwake and 19,000 pairs of Razorbills, with around 1,400 pairs of Atlantic Puffins, all making a true highlight of the birding world!

As well as seabirds it is a great place to see Eurasian Tree Sparrow nest and feed in the wooded dells and copses.

During our tour we will take the famous Yorkshire Belle from Bridlington and sail along the stunning Yorkshire coast past Flamborough Head to the foot of Bempton’s towering cliffs. We can expect more amazing views of Northern Gannets soaring overhead whilst Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, Common Guillemots and Razorbills fly to and fro from the 400 feet chalk cliffs.

Once back on dry land we will head north to the area around Wykeham Forest, home to nesting European Honey Buzzards, Northern Goshawks and European Turtle Doves plus a supporting cast of Tree Pipit, Red Crossbill, Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler.

The view over Troutsdale is amazing and in the local area we will look for White-throated Dipper, Common Redstart and Mandarin Duck amongst others.
Overnight: Near Bridlington

Day 4
We will spend the morning birding locally before commencing our journey home.

Tour Includes
Full board accommodation
All ground transport including boat trip
Full guiding throughout

Not Included
Lunch on day one
Drinks and items of a personal nature

Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day

Expect between 110 and 130 species

Tour Price: £690

Single Supplement: £90

Deposit: £250


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