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July 2017 Sightings

21st July 2017 - Friday

An adult White-rumped Sandpiper is present on Kilnsea wetland with Dunlin showing well.

White-rumped Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

White-rumped Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

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19th July 2017 - Wednesday

Early morning rain petered out leaving a mostly cloudy day with a F2-1 NNE wind.
Migration Watches:

A fantastic day with a big overnight arrival of Waders, while there was also a decent movement over the sea.

Totals were particularly impressive on Kilnsea wetlands and Holderness field, but also on the Humber and retuned totals of 300 Grey Plover, 72 Sanderling, 10,000 Dunlin, 360 Knot, 1 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 47 Whimbrel, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 37 Common Sandpiper and a summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper while on the move over the sea were 216 Oystercatcher, 8 Dunlin, 78 Knot, 47 Redshank, 7 Curlew, 27 Whimbrel and 3 Turnstone.

Also moving over the sea were 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 238 Common Scoter, 66 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 288 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 170 Sandwich Tern, 23 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 7 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 19 Little Egret, 3 little Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 1 juvenile Cuckoo while 230 House Sparrow were counted, along with Tree Sparrow is still a common bird at Spurn.

Ringing: 2 Herring Gull pulli.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Common Scoter. John Hewitt.

Common Scoter. John Hewitt.

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18th July 2017 - Tuesday

Hazy sunshine, remaining hot with a F1-3 SE-E wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1015
A similar day to what we have been having the last few, but good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls on Kilnsea wetlands.

Quiet over sea and land with 30 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 23 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail and 7 Linnet the only birds of note.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Teal, drake Common Scoter on Beacon ponds, 22 Little Egret, 1500 Dunlin Beacon ponds, 1 Greenshank, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 65 Little Tern Beacon ponds, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 7 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Cuckoo.

Ringing: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 1 Dunnock.

Ringed Plover. Ross Moore.

Ringed Plover. Ross Moore.

Swallow. Ross Moore.

Swallow. Ross Moore.

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17th July 2017 - Monday

A hot day with just a light variable wind.

Migration Watches: 0540-1200, 1500-1630, 1800-2000.

Much the same as the last few days, but less movement over land and sea.

Moving were 164 Swift, 82 Sand Martin, 212 Swallow, 20 Flava Wagtail, 25 Alba Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail.

On the move over the sea were 68 Common Scoter, 42 Gannet, 2 Grey Plover, 7 Sanderling, 70 Dunlin, 1 Snipe in, 42 Redshank, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone and 30 Sandwich Tern.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Teal, 1 Grey Partridge, 30 Little Egret and 4 Grey Heron on Kilnsea wetlands, 47 Knot, 3100 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 600 Starling and 2 Cuckoo.

Ringing: Nil

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16th July 2017 - Sunday

A cloudy damp start brightening up by the afternoon with a F2 SW-2-3 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0450-1050.

Disappointing news that overnight a fox managed to get into the Tern colony and we are still assessing the damage that has been done.

A promising day for Swifts with 1585 logged, soon petered out with the wind changing direction, while also moving were 81 Sand Martin, 213 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 12 Flava Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Moving over the sea were 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 122 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 61 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 21 Oystercatcher, 10 Sanderling, 47 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 12 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, 22 Little Gull, 74 Kittiwake, 40 Sandwich Tern, 11 Auk sp and 1 Guillemot.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 16 Teal, 23 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 black-tailed Godwit, 140 Curlew Humber, 15 Whimbrel, 180 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank Kilnsea wetland, 1 Greenshank, 1 juvenile Cuckoo, Kingfisher at the warren and a Black Redstart at sammys.

Ringing: Nil.

Sanderling. John Hewitt.

Sanderling. John Hewitt.

Sanderling. John Hewitt.

Sanderling. John Hewitt.

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15th July 2017 - Saturday

Sunny spells with the odd light shower and a F2-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0430-1935.
Another good day of Wader movement in particular the first big day of Whimbrel, while despite being poor overland an increase of Yellow Wagtail on the move heading south.

On the move were 29 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 7 Sanderling, 135 Dunlin, 3 Knot, 30 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 13 Curlew, 118 Whimbrel and 1 Turnstone.
Also moving over the sea were 11 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 257 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Manx Shearwater, 267 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Arctic Skua, 108 Little Gull, 25 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 66 Auk sp, 17 Guillemot and 1 Puffin.

Quiet overland with 367 Swift, 78 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 31 Flava Wagtail, 18 Alba Wagtail, 5 Goldefinch and 38 Linnet.

Other birds of note were 7 Teal and 1 Pintail on Kilnsea wetland, 3000 Dunlin, 120 Curlew Humber, 24 Whimbrel, 230 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 juvenile Cuckoo on the wing and the first ‘autumn’ Willow Warbler at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 1 Whitethroat.

Juvenile Cuckoo. Justin Carr

Juvenile Cuckoo. Justin Carr

Four-dotted Footman. Jan Crowther. The 1st for Spurn.

Four-dotted Footman. Jan Crowther. The 1st for Spurn.

Privet Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

Privet Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

Pine Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

Pine Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

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14th July 2017 - Friday

Mainly sunny with cloudy periods and a F3 NW-1 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0520-1200, 1050-1740, 1945-2010.

More Wader passage over the sea, but in lesser numbers than yesterday, while impressive numbers of Little Gull still graced the area
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On the move over the sea were 9 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 331 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 230 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 7 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 89 Oystercatcher, 8 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit in, 9 Curlew in , 31 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper in, 266 Little Gull, 162 Black-headed Gull, 330 Kittiwake, 275 Auk sp, 1 razorbill and 6 Arctic Tern.

Overland were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 253 Swift, 85 Sand Martin, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey wagtail, 6 Flava Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo and interestingly 5 Starling in/off the sea.

Other interesting sightings were 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 23 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Redshank, 3000 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 7 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Ringing: 3 House Sparrow pulli.

Mediterranean Gull. Tim Jump.

Mediterranean Gull. Tim Jump.

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