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November 2014 Sightings

26th November 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Cloudy all day with rain and a force 2 E wind.
Apart from a Jay, a Song Thrush and a Redwing, the only birds noted today were over the sea – 16 Common Scoter, 3 Scaup, 12 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, and a Little Auk.

25th November 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.30-11.00. Another frosty start clouding up late afternoon and a force 1 E wind.
Another quiet day, the best of which was moving south 2 Whooper Swan, 19 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 9 Gannet, 116 Common Gull, 65 Herring Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Siskin.
Other birds present were 2 Woodcock, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Owl, 2 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 13 Snow Bunting and a Jay.

24th November 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-11.30. A cold frosty start with blue skies and becoming hazy sunshine, a fore 2 W-NW wind.
A fairly quiet day with some light passage, moving were 56 Whooper Swan, 84 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Eider, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Gannet, 1 Shag, 44 Lapwing, 2 Bonxie, 25 Little Gull, 54 Black-headed Gull, 108 Common Gull, 351 Herring Gull, 32 Great B.B.Gull, 300 Woodpigeon, 35 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 54 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet.
Other birds present included the Black Brant with 3 pale-bellied and 414 dark-bellied Brents, 260 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting and 12 Snow Bunting.

23rd November 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.30-11.45, 12.30-13.30. Cloudy with light rain for most of the day, with alight WSW wind.
A very quiet day even over the sea and the weather not making for good birding. The Redstart was still by the Riverside Hotel, the only other migrants were 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, a Jay, 1 Redpoll and 6 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 25 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 43 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 29 Red-throated Diver, 49 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull.
The Black Brant was still present.

22nd November 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-15.15. Cloudy most of the day with some sun early afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.
Another good day for duck passage, on the move were 20 Brent Geese, 15 Shelduck, 144 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 781 Teal, 28 Mallard, 17 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Scaup, 6 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 33 Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe (1 at 11.30, 1 at 14.30), 5 Gannet, 9 Golden Plover, 43 Lapwing, 36 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 46 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 2 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
The Redstart was still present by the Riverside and other migrants included 2 Woodcock, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Stonechat, 240 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 7 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present included 253 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

21st November 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-16.00. Cloudy day with a force 2-3 SW wind.
A reasonable day for duck passage, on the move were 18 Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 59 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 296 Teal, 4 Mallard, 10 Pintail, 17 Tufted Duck, 7 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 10 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 23 Dunlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 155 Common Gull, 69 Herring Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk, 2 Skylark.
The Redstart was still present by the Riverside and other migrants included 2 Woodcock, 4 Stonechat, 240 Blackbird, 51 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling.
Other birds present included The Black Brant with 656 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin.

20th November 2014 - Thursday 20th

Sea-watch 07.45-10.30. A cooler day but still sunny spells, with a force 1 SE wind. The intriguing Common Redstart is still present along the Humber shore near the Riverside Hotel. The bird shows some features that may indicate the subspecies samamisicus. However identification of females of this race is still in its infancy. A faecal sample has been collected and we hope to have this tested for DNA.
Also present were 1 Woodcock, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcret and a Jay.
On the move were 31 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 19 Shoveler, 20 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 34 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 1 Guillemot, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 13 Meadow Pipit, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Siskin, 7 Twite.

Common Redstart ssp.  Richard Clarke

Common Redstart ssp. Richard Clarke

Common Redstart ssp.  Garry Taylor

Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

Common Redstart ssp.  Garry Taylor

Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

Common Redstart ssp.  Garry Taylor

Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

19th November 2014 - Wednesday

A Common Redstart on the Humberside behind the Riverside this afternoon showed some features (pale wing panel and greyish wash to the breast) of P.p.samamisicus (Ehrenberg's Redstart).Sea-watch 07.15-11.30. Another mild and day of sunny spells, a force 2-1 SE wind.
Also another day of light passage with 9 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Eider, 25 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 9 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Little Gull, 30 Skylark, a late Swallow, 80 Redwing, 129 Starling, 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting.
The only other birds seen were a Mistle Thrush and 3 Chiffchaff.

Possible Ehrenberg's Redstart. Ian Smith.

Possible Ehrenberg's Redstart. Ian Smith.

18th November 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watches - 07.15-10.30, 15.25-16.20. Sunny spells and very mild with a light force 2-1 SE wind.
There was some light passage over the sea including 9 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 9 Eider, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Avocet, 4 Dunlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 8 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, and 1 Skylark.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant, with 360 Brent Geese, 1 Pintail, 2 Velvet Scoter , 1 Goldeneye, 1 Woodcock, 2 Black Redstarts at the Point, 8 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 23 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 9 Snow Bunting.

17th November 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea watch- 07:10-12:00 14:15-16:00. F2 SE broken cloud with a heavy shower in the morning then sunny spells and another shower in afternoon. A few more thrushes around and a few birds moving over the sea.
On the move were 10 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 26 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 17 Cormorant, 5 Shag (inc white-darvic’d individual), 8 Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 101 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 13 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 6 Little Auk, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), 8 Fieldfare (in/off), 2 Redwing (in/off).
Also present were 1 Shag, 1 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 110 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 120 Redwing and 2 Chiffchaff.

16th November 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea watch- 07:10-15:45. F2 ESE broken cloud and sunny spells for most of the day. Some passage over the sea and the Black Brant re-appeared with the Brent flock at Beacon Ponds.
On the move were 7 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 9 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 136 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 6 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 10 Little Auk, 2 Snow Bunting.
Also present were 400 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent, 150 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 12 Beacon Ponds, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 4 Greenshank, 3 Little Auk on the Humber (1 was swallowed by a Great Black-backed Gull), 1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 11 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 3 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 15 Snow Bunting, 15 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting.

15th November 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:30-09:00 12:40-13:30. F1-0 E-W a foggy day start it slowly cleared as the morning went on but still poor visibility. A few more thrushes around and a new Yellow-browed Warbler by the riding school. On the move were 5 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 5 Skylark, 72 Starling (NW).
Also present were 169 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Scaup on the sea, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Grey Partridge, 20 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 30 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Auk was picked up on the beach by a fisherman with a broken leg, but was a decent weight and quickly released where it flew out to sea strongly, 8 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 54 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 143 Blackbird, 49 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff including a tristis type along the Canal, 9 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1340 Starling, 1 Jay, 1 Brambling, 1 Twite, 34 Yellowhammer.

Little Auk. Matthew Bruce.

Little Auk. Matthew Bruce.

14th November 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:15-10:30 11:45-13:30 14:30-15:50. F5-2 SSE-SSW some light showers early morning then heavy rain from 10 till 12 leaving a cloudy afternoon. A fairly quiet day with the weather not really producing anything. On the move were 2 Gadwall, 44 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 25 Scaup, 4 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 22 Gannet, 13 Knot, 1 Jack Snipe (in/off), 1 Woodcock (in/off), 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp., 4 Guillemot, 1 Starling (in/off).
Also present were 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

13th November 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.00, 13.30-15.30. Clear skies soon clouded over with a force 2-4 SSE-SE wind.
The halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat was at the Point and was sound recorded today, other migrants included 1 Stonechat, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 5 Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 10 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 2 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 92 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 60 Goldfinch, 19 Siskin, 37 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 10 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe and 9 Black-tailed Godwit.

record shots of the Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Boyle

record shots of the Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Boyle

12th November 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-13.45, 14.30-16.00. Mainly cloudy with rain from mid-morning to early afternoon, a force 3-2 SE wind.
On the move were 24 Brent Geese, 11 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 508 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 3 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Gannet, 15 Lapwing, 37 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 74 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Gull, 75 Black-headed Gull, 52 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 92 Herring Gull, 63 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 6 Little Auk, 1 Short-eared Owl, 24 Skylark, 7 Jackdaw and a Lapland Bunting.
The halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat was seen at the Point again behind the VTS tower and other birds present included a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 7 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and a Jay.

Woodcock. Dave Boyle

Woodcock. Dave Boyle

11th November 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.00-09.00, 10.30-11.30, 13.00-15.45. A fresh force 3 SSE all day, mainly cloudy with sunny periods.
A very quiet day apart from some activity over the sea late morning to mid-afternoon with 2 Grey Phalaropes south together and a Little Auk also flying south and one flying north being the highlights. Other birds noted were 43 Teal, 12 Pochard, 9 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 33 Gannet, 1 Woodcock, 1 skua sp, 8 Bonxie, 24 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 5 Starling in off and a Chiffchaff at Kew.

10th November 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.00, 14.00-15.30. A force 3-4-2 SW SW wind, long sunny periods.
Cloudy for most of the day with occasional sunny spells and only a few spots of rain, a force 2-3 SW wind.
There was some light passage over the land but as expected now only in small numbers and some more good duck passage. On the move were 9 Shelduck, 154 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 802 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Scoter, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 231 Lapwing in/off, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Bonxie, 12 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 86 Skylark,29 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 22 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 450 Starling south only 1 in off, 35 Tree Sparrow, 32 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 31 Siskin, 32 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting and 1 Corn Bunting.
Thrushes mainly Blackbirds were coming in off for a couple of hour period from mid-morning and other birds present included 4 Whooper Swan, 120 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Merlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Rock Pipit, 20 Robin, 3 Stonechat, 380 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin and 4 Snow Bunting.

9th November 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 06.50-10.15, 14.00-14.50. Some clouds in the morning then clear blue skies and warm for the rest of the day with a force 1 S wind.
A few new migrants appeared today, most notably a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Narrows and a flava Wagtail that wasn’t a Yellow Wagtail at Easington Lagoon briefly. Other migrant totals were 6 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Rock Pipit, 45 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 160 Blackbird, 22 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 55 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 8 Chiffcahff, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 20 Twite, 2 Bullfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.
There were a few things moving over the sea which included 11 Whooper Swan, 235 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 1 Eider, 22 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 39 Red-throated Diver, 22 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 11 Little Gull and 57 Starling.
No sign of the Black Brant for the last two days but a Pale-bellied Brent present, also 178 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe.

8th November 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 06.45-13.00, 14.00-16.00. Clear skies clouded over mid-morning and rain from late morning to late afternoon, a force 2-3 SW-SSE wind.
A quiet day but some good duck passage. On the move were 17 Whooper Swan, 2 Brent Geese, 133 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 957 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 12 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 4 Little Gull, 37 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 110 Blackbird, 27 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 12 Siskin, 1 Twite, 1 Bullfinch, 7 Snow Bunting.

7th November 2014 - Friday

Sea-watches 06.45-11.45, 133.45-16.10. A light SSW wind picked up to force 4 and clouded over with rain showers late afternoon and early evening.
The highlight was an Osprey which was seen on the groynes at the Narrows before flying off south at 13.30, this is the latest record at Spurn, the latest before being 26th October.
Most other activity was over the sea with a good variety of ducks on the move; the totals were 2 Brent Geese, 6 Shelduck, 146 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 134 Teal, 46 Mallard, 19 Pintail, 21 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 3 Scaup, 2 Tufted Duck, 16 Eider, 365 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 126 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver 21 Gannet, 8 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Bonxie, 13 Little Gull, 6 auk sp, 4 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant with a Pale-bellied and 180 Dark-bellied Brents, 220 Wigeon, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 150 Blackbird, 100 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing,3 Chiffchaff (inc a tristis type at Southfield Farm), 1 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling.

6th November 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 11.00-13.00, 14.00-16.15. A frosty still start slowly picking up to a force 4 SSW wind, and cloud building through the day.
Hardly any Little Auks today with just 9 north and one in off and continuing west, there were a few other birds moving over the sea although mainly ducks with 6 Whooper Swan, 3 Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 145 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 132 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 16 Eider, 135 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 42 Gannet, 3 Lapwing, 28 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Gull, 191 Black-headed Gull, 78 Herring Gull, 5 Guillemot, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 80 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 RocK Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 420 Starling in, 62 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting.
There was a reasonable arrival/movement of thrushes coming and going with 1 Ring Ouzel, 600+ Blackbird, 400 Fieldfare and 650 Redwing. Other migrants included 12 Woodcock, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling, 1 Twite and 15 Snow Bunting.
The Black Brant was still present.

5th November 2014 - Wednesday

All day sea-watch 07.00-16.45 From a still start just before first light, a freshening N wind soon picked up to force 4-5 and started to ease in the afternoon, a few showers moved through during the day, although with long sunny spells.
The best day for Little Auk passage since 2007, with 334 counted passing north by the end of the day; the sea-watch also produced a Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, a Purple Sandpiper, 23 Pomarine Skua, 1 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 24 Eider, 267 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 195 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 670 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 skua sp., 34 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 1300 Kittiwake, 80 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 320 Starling.
Away from sea-watching the Black Brant was still present and other birds seen included a Waxwing at Kew early morning, 6 Whooper Swan, 320 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brents, 1 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Twite, 2 Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 6 Snow Bunting.

Little Auks

Little Auks

4th November 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.00, 09.45-12.15, 13.30-14.30, 1.45-16.50. Clear skies to start then fog rolled in for a couple of hours and then clear skies again with a light WSW-NNE wind.
The fog stopped play for vis mig, and it was a quiet day although a few thrushes went through late afternoon.
On the move were 130 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 6 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 41 Black-headed Gull, 71 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 7 House Sparrow, 23 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 11 Linnet, 21 Twite, 1 Snow Bunting, 9 Reed Bunting.
6 Whooper Swan, 26 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 60 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest.

Twite. Andy Roadhouse

Twite. Andy Roadhouse

3rd November 2014 - Monday

Sea-watches 06.40-10.15, 11.45-16.30. Cloudy with passing showers early morning, slowly cleared to leave long sunny spells, a force 3-4 SW wind dropping in the evening.
The first Little Auk of the year flew north, taking the year list to 250. Other birds moving (mainly south) were 103 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 100+ Little Gull, 77 Black-headed Gull, 94 Common Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 18 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 20 Starling in off, 6 Chaffinch, 28 Goldfinch, 16 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 6 Whooper Swan, the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent in the Brent flock north of Long Bank, 1 Merlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 1 Twite, 6 Lesser Redpoll, and 3 Bullfinch.

2nd November 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.00-08.00, 12.45-16.20. A strong force 5 SW wind overnight to early morning quickly dropped and was force 1 by late afternoon, showers for first few hours then nice sunny spells in the afternoon.
The highlight was Spurn’s first BLACKPOLL WARBLER found by Mick Turton outside his house in Easington around 8am, it was mobile and was last seen about 08.50 by 15 people, despite extensive searching the bird was not seen again.
A second new bird for Spurn in the shape of a female STELLER'S EIDER flew south past the sea-watching hut at 12.30. Most other activity was over the sea with 19 Whooper Swan, 15 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Red-throated Diver, 126 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, ,1 Mediterranean Gull, 385 Little Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 5 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 4 Skylark, 49 Starling.
The Black Brant was still present and a late Willow Warbler was seen on Vicar’s Lane, other birds seen included 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1Fieldfare, 56 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch.

BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Rich Swales

BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Rich Swales

1st November 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 14:00-16:00. F2-1 SW broken cloud in morning broke up leaving sunny spells in afternoon. Some good passage and the Black Brant was again present with the Brent flock off north end of Beacon Lane.
On the move were 825 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 25 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (in/off), 47 Lapwing (in/off), 1 Jack Snipe (in/off), 1 Snipe (in/off), 1 Woodcock (in/off), 1 Bonxie, 7 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 10 Stock Dove, 120 Wood Pigeon, 612 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 24 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 3 Fieldfare (in/off), 11 Redwing (in/off), 1 Mistle Thrush, 166 Starling (in/off), 267 Tree Sparrow, 49 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 34 Siskin, 25 Twite, 1 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 2 Whooper Swan in fields on Easington Straight, 6 Greylag Geese, 300 Dark-bellied, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 110 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Cormorant, 12 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 70 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 30 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 128 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 7 Twite, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Snow Bunting and 6 Yellowhammer.

Black Redstart. Alan Whitehead

Black Redstart. Alan Whitehead

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