Well at least the sight of 300 Goldfinches is. Scattered in flocks around the reserve and surrounding farmland they look stunning and are keeping good company with plenty of Linnets, Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches and Greenfinches. Not just the human visitors to the reserve that has been attracted by their presence though, but Sparrowhawks are almost constantly buzzing the reserve and the Goldfinches at the moment and earlier in the week particular pandemonium was caused by a Merlin which whipped through over the fields.
Talking of buzzing, the reserve is alive with insects (on the less rainy days) and Wall butterfly along with Painted Lady and Small Copper brightened the day recently and there are thousands upon thousands of Ladybirds. Amazing.
The skies are filled with Swallows and Martins moving out of the Country and do check the bushes around the Dell for warblers. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat are regular, but anything is possible and with a Greenish Warbler nearby on the Flamborough Headland we are forever optimistic.
On the cliffs Fulmar chicks are still present either very fluffy, or pristine and adult like and new fledging of Gannets is a daily event. Pop along to Staple Newk to enjoy.
It's all go on the reserve at the moment, what with Wild Wednesdays and Tea with the Gannets.
Now we have another two brilliant events coming up. As part of the Heritage Open Days project, we'll be staging guided walks at 10.30am and 2pm om Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September.
We'll be telling visitors about the historical links between humans and seabirds, icluding the story of the climmers, egg collecting and Victoria exploitation.
And we'll finish off by telling you all about how the reserve today is managed for those amazing seabirds and lots of other wildlife as well.
Will you be there?
Wild Wednesdays are just the best fun! Today we've been out hunting bugs - and, boy, have we seen lots of them. There were loads of ladybirds flitting around, landing on our hair and crawling over the tables in the arts and crafts marquee.
Steve took the Wild Wednesday kids on a bug hunt and they discovered grassshoppers, soldier beetles, spiders and butterflies. While they were out, they did a bit more to the Bempton Bug Hotel. We'll let you look at the pictures when we have them.
Today we've made biodegradable plant pots and pipe cleaner dragonflies. It's just ace!
Wild Wednesdays are every week throughout the school holidays, Check the events calendar for more details if you want to join in.