After disappearing for a few days in truly awful weather the cracking male Desert Wheatear is back. It was seen briefly on Monday but then was seen well today feeding on the empty Gannetry at Staple Newk. It's quite likely the Gannet nests are insect rich and also very sheltered so all in all an ideal winter retreat. It can be difficult to see but well worth the wait.
Also, the last week has seen Fulmars showing a little more interest in the cliffs and a few Guillemots are feeding offshore. A Peregrine or two regularly hunt the cliffs and a Kestrel is nearly always hovering over the cliff edge near to Staple Newk.
Both Brown Hare and Fox have been seen in the last few days and if you are scanning the fields for these, look out for small flocks of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.