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Birding report aboard the Yorkshire Belle


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Myself, James (my son), Ron and Ibbo went on a cruise aboard the Yorkshire Belle today, it left Bridlington at 09.30 fully packed with at least 100 birders on board.


Sea was a choppy but the birds soon started to appear, loads of the normal sea birds were seen such as gulls,Razorbills, Guillimots and Gannets. A very large skein of Common Scoters were seen along with a lovely looking Great Skua and quite a few Puffins.


We saw a fantastic Blue Fulmar which made a few fly bys. Then the highlight of the cruise was spotted, a very rare for these waters Sooty Shearwater, WOW what a bird, it flew around the boat eating the chum chucked out the back about 5 times, simply stunning. On the way back to harbour we spotted some Velvet Scoters, their white wing flashes easily seen.


We then had a fish and chip dinner and headed away from Bridlington to Flamborough Head. We spotted a group of birders so we stopped the car to investigate and was glad we did. In this field we spotted a elegant looking Wryneck, our first of four Red Breasted Flycatcher, a male Pied Flycatcher, and a Lesser Whitethroat.


Back in the car and down to the lighthouse to park up and a walk along the coast, we spotted another two Red Breasted Flycathchers, and two Stonechats.


We then drove to Bempton Cliffes and walked along the cliff path until the Gannets came into view, simply loads of them and some baby ones as well, it then started raining so we called it a day.


One of the best days birding for a long time.

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