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September 2014 Sightings

15th September 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:35-08:35 18:00-19:30. F1-2 NE-ENE a murky misty start cleared to leave some sunny spells. Another brilliant day in the Spurn area with a good scattering of migrants and plenty of scarcities and Spurn's 3rd PALLID HARRIER a juvenile that flew south past Sammy’s Point, then u-turned just off Chalkies Point and headed back along the spartina landing briefly before vanishing into the thick fog. The pale juvenile Honey Buzzard came back over Sammy’s Point and cut out to Sammy’s Point at 10:30. Given that there had only been 3 previous autumn records of Marsh Warbler it was a surprise when the second of the autumn was found at Sammy’s Point, 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher a new bird at Potato Field and 3 remaining birds at Southfield Farm, Churchyard and Sammy’s Point, the Great Grey Shrike around the Triangle, a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, a new Wryneck in the Triangle and the first Firecrest, 3 Ring Ouzel and Brambling of the autumn.
Grounded migrant totals were 11 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 63 Robin, 15 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 28 Wheatear, 37 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 24 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 23 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 99 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 20 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 17 Snipe, 12 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 135 Common Tern, 4 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 flava wagtail sp., 4 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 8 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Grebe, 22 Gannet, 13 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 11 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 17 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 118 Turnstone, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 80 Tree Sparrow, 150 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 16 Reed Bunting.

Great Grey Shrike. Mick Turton.

Great Grey Shrike. Mick Turton.

14th September 2014 - Sunday

Another day full of quality birds and two more additions to the year list, which now stands at 233, a Corncrake was flushed from next to the Canal and dropped back into cover by the Canal Hedge; an early Great Grey Shrike was found in the Triangle but moved off north later in the day. A Honey-buzzard flew south to the Triangle then returned back north and was last seen perched north of Easington gas terminal; a Marsh Warbler was trapped in Church Field as was a Wood Warbler; there were two Yellow-browed Warblers (one at the Crown and a new one at Sammy’s); 3 Barred Warblers (Canal Scrape, Crown car park and a new one at Sammy’s); 4 Red-breasted Flycatchers (Kew/Southfield Farm/ Beacon Lane/new one at Sammy’s); the Wryneck still on Beacon Lane;
Common migrants totals included 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 23 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher.
A few birds were seen over the sea 12 Brent Geese including 4 Pale-bellied, 29 Wigeon, 63 Teal, 403 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 6 Grey Heron, 22 Arctic Skua, a juv Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 30 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Other birds seen were 45 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Honey-buzzard. Dave Tucker

Honey-buzzard. Dave Tucker

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Wood Warbler. Ian Smith.

Wood Warbler. Ian Smith.

13th September 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-08:45 17:30-18:00. Mostly cloudy with a light force 1-2 E-ENE. Plenty of quality birds all round with a juvenile Dotterel found in with the Golden Plover flock at the north end of Easington Straight before flying off with them mid-morning, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull that flew north past Easington Cliff top in the morning, a total of 4 Barred Warbler with birds at the Warren, Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor, Canal Scrape and another further along the Canal, at least 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 at the Warren that flew north to Beacon Lane, 1 Southfield Farm to Beacon Lane and 2 in the Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor/Kew area and 2 Wryneck with a new bird in the Kew/Church Field area and one along Beacon Lane and a new Yellow-browed Warbler at Kew.
Grounded migrant totals were 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 27 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler , 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 33 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 28 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron (in), 3 Arctic Skua, 22 Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 4 auk sp.
Also present were 5 Grey Partridge, 5 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher .

Wood Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Wood Warbler. Dave Tucker.

12th September 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-09:15. F1-2 NNE-NE some mist but mainly clear with a pleasant sunny afternoon. New migrants started arriving from mid morning onwards with the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the Autumn turning up in a net in Church Field late afternoon and becoming the second earliest record. Other grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck along Beacon Lane, 25 Robin, 7 Redstart, 50 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 19 Wheatear, 65 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 new Barred Warbler 1 in Canal Hedge and 1 that moved from Beacon Lane to Cliff Farm, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Beacon Lane to Crown and Anchor/Cliff Farm, 19 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 14 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 66 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 88 Gannet, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jackdaw.
Also present were the first Dark-bellied Brent Goose of the autumn, 31 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 16 Eider, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 3 Water Rail, 15,000 Knot, 6 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 21 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher .

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jones.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jones.

11th September 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 06.00-15.00, 17.50-18.35. A warm and mainly sunny day with misty conditions creating some interesting records, a force 1 NE wind.
Two additions to the year list were a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew out east over the breach at high tide early morning; and a Wood Warbler was seen in the Crown car park mid-afternoon.
A first calendar year Caspian Gull was seen on the Tank Blocks at high tide before flying off south towards the Narrows; a Common Rosefinch was trapped and ringed at the Warren first thing; a total of 1300 Common Scoters were seen including a flock of 1000 off the Point, the largest flock ever recorded at Spurn; the Wryneck was seen again on Beacon Lane; a Roseate Tern flew out north-east early morning; a Tawny Owl was at Kew in the early hours and the first Rock Pipit of the autumn flew south.
Only a few migrants were around first thing, but small numbers started to appear from early afternoon and the totals were 3 Tree Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 34 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher.
A few birds were moving: 48 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 148 Swallow, 250 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail and 30 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 8 Little Egret, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern and 500+ Common Tern.

juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

Caspian Gull. Martin Standley

Caspian Gull. Martin Standley

Common Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

Common Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

10th September 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 13.30-19.30. Long sunny spells with some broken clouds, a force 1-2 E-SE wind.
The Wryneck at Sandy Beaches and the Barred Warbler by the ListenIng Dish were still present, the tail off in migrants the last couple of days changed mid-afternoon when new migrants started to appear. The totals were a Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Pied Flycatcher.
The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn flew south (5), while also on the move were 29 Wigeon, 81 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 46 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 19 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 22 Dunlin, 11 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern, 43 Sandwich Tern, 355 Common Tern, 14 auk sp, 32 Sand Martin, 142 Swallow, 2241 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 49 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 27 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet and 17 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were 11 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 13 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 11 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper.

9th September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 18.00-19.30. A mainly still and sunny day with cloud cover for a couple of hours late morning, a force 1-2 NW-E wind.
A good clear out overnight of many migrants and just a few new birds in during the day. The Barred Warbler was still at the Listening Dish and the Wryneck at Sandy Beaches. Other migrant totals were 3 White Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 22 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher.
Passage was surprisingly good with 24 Teal, 33 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 128 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 12 Kittiwake, 408 Common Tern went south in the evening, 16 Sand Martin, 302 Swallow, 328 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2113 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 8 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 43 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 22 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Little Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 2 Little Owl calling at 03.30 from Grange Farm.
Elsewhere a Sunfish was seen off the sea-watching hut.

8th September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-11.30, 15.00-15.30, 18.00-19.30. A mainly warm and sunny day with some light clouds moving through mid-morning, a light force 1-2 W-N-NNE wind.
A few grounded migrants continue to linger, and some good passage early morning made for an interesting if not busy day clearing down from the MIg Fest.
A new Wryneck was seen at Sammy’s Point and the one on Beacon Lane showed well again, the Barred Warbler showed well in the hedge between Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon Ponds. A Kingfisher was caught in Church Field and other migrant totals were a Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Robin, 3 Redstart, 32 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 21 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 1+ Long-tailed Tit.
Birds moving south (with a few coming in off too) were 16 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 52 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 35 Oystercatcher, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 5 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 410 Swallow, 44 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 2540 Meadow Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 377 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 48 Linnet.
Other birds included 13 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4000 Golden Plover, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (including a tagged bird from Norway), 3 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Kingfisher. Tim Jones.

Kingfisher. Tim Jones.

7th September 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00. A cloudy start clearing late morning to leave a warm and sunny afternoon and evening.
Another good day with 112 species recorded bringing the total for the weekend to 123, and most people who attended finally saw Wryneck and Barred Warbler and fine selection of migrants.
A LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER flew onto the Humber with a Golden Plover and landed with the Golden Plover flock which was later counted in the fields to be around 4000. On call the bird is probably a Pacific and will be searched for again. A 1st year Caspian Gull flew north from the Humber and returned half an hour later. A probable blythi Lesser Whitethroat was in the Crown car park with a ‘normal’ Lesser Whitethroat.
There was another increase in some migrants and the days totals entered in the log today were 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wryneck (Sandy Beaches and 1 late on flushed off the road by Kew), 3 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 7 Redstart, 73Whinchat, 35 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Churchyard, Narrows, 1 from Westmere Farm to the Listening Dish), 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 56 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 32 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Pied Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 39 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 1 Ruff, 9 Whimbrel, 32 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 7 Artic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 489 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 5 Tree Pipit, 919 Meadow Pipit, 27 flava Wagtail, and 400+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gulls.

a Fly pied-catcher. David Constantine

a Fly pied-catcher. David Constantine

Whinchat. David Constantine

Whinchat. David Constantine

Wryneck. Richard Willison

Wryneck. Richard Willison

6th September 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.00-18.00. Misty start with cloud for most of the day with regular showers from mid-afternoon. A force 1 NNE-N wind.
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua which flew north from the sea-watching hut and followed all the way to Easington was a good highlight for all those that saw the bird. There was very good passage considering the light northerly winds including 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 27 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 34 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 32 Arctic Skua,, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Swift, 43 Sand Martin, 1928 Swallow, 198 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 2051 Meadow Pipit, 40 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, and 2 Reed Bunting.
There were still good numbers of grounded migrants and a few more additions – 4 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm, Chalk Bank, Canal Scrape, and Sandy Beaches – only 4 of the 200 people present at the evening lecture hadn’t seen a Wryneck this weekend! 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Tree Pipit, 35 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 76 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Point/opposite churchyard and Church Field), 3 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Whitethroat, 4 Chifffchaff, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, the first Lesser Redpoll of the autumn and an entertaining escaped Cockatiel.
Other birds seen included 12 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gull.
The evening entertainment surpassed all expectations as 210 people were entertained by a very big pig spit roast, or other non-pig food, a very inspirational Martin Garner getting every one warmed up and a superb hours entertaining presentation by our new patron Mike Dilger proving he is a Naturalist and TV presenter and not the other way round. This was followed by many having a nice social in a very packed Crown & Anchor.

record shot of Long-tailed Skua. David Constantine

record shot of Long-tailed Skua. David Constantine

Wryneck. Ian Smith

Wryneck. Ian Smith

5th September 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-07.45. A misty start and cloudy in the morning with sunny spells from early afternoon and a N-NE 1-2 wind.
The start to the migration festival got off to a good start, there were plenty of birders arriving from early morning and seeing a good selection of species with 103 recorded during the day.
The bird of the day was found by two Next Generation Birders who had a Bittern come down the Humber but returned back before crossing the Triangle, this is only the 23rd record in the Spurn area. Also an Osprey appeared to fly south across the Humber at 10.30.
The main feature of the day was the good numbers of grounded migrants available for people to see including 2 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm and Canal Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Tree Pipit, 42 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 23 Robin, 14 Redstart, 63 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Narrows, Churchyard and 1 ringed at the Warren and moved up to Rose Cottage), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 150 Tree Sparrow and a Corn Bunting.
There were a few birds on the move despite the northerly winds including 9 Shelduck, 122 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 3 Puffin, 6 Sand Martin, 450 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 210 Meadow Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, and 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 3 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 28 Mediterranean Gulls.

Barred Warbler. Gareth Picton

Barred Warbler. Gareth Picton

4th September 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.30-19.30. A foggy start with a light N-NE wind veering more E in the evening, cleared to leave a sunny afternoon but a cloudy evening.
With so much preparation going on the MIG FEST, it was a little distracting that new migrants kept arriving. At least 4 Wrynecks were present, one trapped at Kew early morning moved to Cliff Farm and was joined by a second bird later, one trapped at the Warren moved to Canal Scrape and one was at Sammy’s Point. The Barred Warbler showed on and off opposite the Churchyard during the day, while common migrants continued to arrive throughout the day and the totals were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Tree Pipit, 31 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 55 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 28 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Pied Flycatcher, and 6 Long-tailed Tit.
On the move were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 40 Little Gull, 45 Sand Martin, 670 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 400 Meadow Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail.
Other birds of note included 1 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

3rd September 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-09:30 15:00-19:10. Sunny spells to leave a warm sunny day, clouding more late afternoon F1-2 E. Some light passage and a decent arrival of migrants from mid morning onwards.
Grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck in the first paddock at Sammy’s Point, 1 Tree Pipit, 14 Redstart, 56 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler presumably yesterday’s new bird behind Cliff Farm and a new bird at Chalkies Point, 4 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Long-tailed Tit .
On the move were 1 Wigeon, 67 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Swift, 87 Sand Martin, 1050 Swallow, 350 House Martin, 320 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 50 Tree Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Also present were 1 Gadwall, 25 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint, 13 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlins, David Constantine

Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlins, David Constantine

Whinchat. Ian Smith

Whinchat. Ian Smith

2nd September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00 17:00 19:45. Still start with heavy cloud all morning with drizzle mid morning clearing to leave some sunny spells in the afternoon NW-NE 1-2. Some passage early morning and a few new arrivals started appearing at midday including a Barred Warbler found not long after midday hopping round in a small patch of reeds on the sand before presumably moving off into more suitable habitat and disappearing not long after.
Grounded migrants included 200 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 27 Wren, 34 Dunnock, 28 Robin, 1 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler 1 again at the point and a new bird in the reeds on the seaward side of the Borrow Pit, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat, 23 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Tree Sparrow.
On the move were 6 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 14 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 19 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1440 Black-headed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 44 Sandwich Tern, 1360 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 49 Sand Martin, 170 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 275 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 40 Tree Sparrow.
Also present were 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea Wetlands, 8 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Black-headed Gull, 50 House Martin. Also there were 2 Ocean Sunfish on the sea off the Warren, a Clouded Yellow and a Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Today's new Barred Warbler. Tim Jones.

Today's new Barred Warbler. Tim Jones.

The Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands are showing very well at the moment. Ian Smith.

The Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands are showing very well at the moment. Ian Smith.

1st September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 12.30-19.45. A cloudy start, then heavy rain shower for a couple of hours before clearing but mainly cloudy, a force 1-2 SW wind veered N and dropping to force 1 in the evening.
An interesting day that produced the first Barred Warbler of the year at the Point, most other migrants had cleared out leaving totals of 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Robin, 6 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
It was a good morning for passage considering the rain and the Meadow Pipit was excellent for the 1st September and the majority of Swallows moved in the afternoon after the wind went northerly. The totals moving south were 5 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 204 Teal, 11 Pintail, 75 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 12 Arctic Skua, 202 Sand Martin, 2864 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1196 Meadow Pipit, 16 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Rook, 58 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting.
Large numbers of waders continue to build on the Humber and of the more interesting around were 5 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper.
Other birds seen included 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 49 0 Common Tern.

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