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April 2018 Sightings

23rd April 2018 - Tuesday

The Red-rumped Swallow remains this morning.
Also so far Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and Pintail on Kilnsea Wetlands.

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23rd April 2018 - Monday

A Red-rumped Swallow is lingering over Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds and present all day.

Red-rumped Swallow. Lawrence Middleton.

Red-rumped Swallow. Lawrence Middleton.

Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

Ring Ouzel. John Hewitt.

Ring Ouzel. John Hewitt.

Pintail. John Hewitt

Pintail. John Hewitt

Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

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22nd April 2018 - Sunday

Early sightings included 2 Garganey south over the sea, Blue-headed Wagtail on Kilnsea Wetlands and a Firecrest by the Bluebell while later a Red-rumped Swallow graced the triangle then flew off north and our first of the spring Sedge Warbler was seen.

Red-rumped Swallow. Martin Standley.

Red-rumped Swallow. Martin Standley.

Whinchat. Martin Standley.

Whinchat. Martin Standley.

Firecrest. Martin Standley.

Firecrest. Martin Standley.

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21st April 2018 - Saturday

Sunny with distant haze and an increasing F1-3 E-SE wind.
Watches: 0600-1200, 1300-1600.

Another fine day with decent birding throw in too. The highlight was maybe another year with Turtle Dove making it onto the yearlist, when one flew north past the Lighthouse. A Serin was seen along the canal, before flying off, a Hawfinch at Driftwood and 2 Blue-headed Wagtail at Kilnsea Wetlands among good numbers of other Wagtails, while great numbers of Lesser Whitethroat were recorded.

Migrant numbers remained steady, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 23 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, male Redstart, 20 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Pied Wagtail, 8 White Wagtail and 1 Bullfinch.

Vis-migging again dropped off due to the wind direction, but still produced 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Little ringed Plover, 7 Magpie, 15 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 24 Carrion Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 21 Chaffinch,1 Greenfinch, 47 Linnet, 34 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting.
Heading out east, 2 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 1 Sandwich Tern and 8 Arctic Tern.
Over the sea 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 18 Cormorant, 4 Fulmar, 15 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 90 Common Gull.

Other interesting sightings were 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Canada Geese, the Black Brant at Chalk Bank with 167 Brent and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, a fantastic total of 33 Mute Swan, 2 Tufted Duck on the Humber, 2 Peregrine over the Humber plus the 2 Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Robin, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

Male Common Redstart. Colin Bushell.

Male Common Redstart. Colin Bushell.

Male Blue-headed Wagtail. Tim Jump.

Male Blue-headed Wagtail. Tim Jump.

Male Blue-headed Wagtail. Simon Jump.

Male Blue-headed Wagtail. Simon Jump.

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20th April 2018 - Friday

A warm sunny day with a F1 N-E wind.
Watches- 0630-1040, 1500-1800.

A good day along the peninsula highlighted by a number of firsts for the year. The best of these being a Red-rumped Swallow ligering at the point, which is an annual visitor, normally as a flyby past the Warren. Also today Whinchat at Chalkbank and Grasshopper Warblerby the Lighthouse were new for the yearlist.
A Glaucous Gull was sat on the groynes south of the breach, and then flying north later and a mobile Nuthatch gave local birders the runaround.

Plenty of observers in the field and all areas covered meant some good migrant totals, particularly Lesser Whitethroat and Wheatear. 1 Woodcock, 1 Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo in the triangle, 1 Coal Tit at the Warren, 9 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 29 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 29 Wheatear, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail, 2 Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Little on the move today despite the time put in, 1 Sparrowhawk, 256 Common Gull, 4 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 39 Carrion Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit and 3 Chaffinch plus 105 Curlew flew out east.

Some good general counts were returned for today with 39 Mute Swan, 44 Shelduck, 560 Oystercatcher, 420 Grey Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 45 Turnstone, 1200 Knot, 1800 Dunlin, 152 Sanderling, 300 Redshank and on Kilnsea wetlands Spotted Redshank and Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Tree Sparrow.

Red-rumped Swallow.

Red-rumped Swallow.

Glaucous Gull.

Glaucous Gull.

Whinchat. All photos Simon and Tim Jump.

Whinchat. All photos Simon and Tim Jump.

Nuthatch. Mick Turton.

Nuthatch. Mick Turton.

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19th April 2018 - Thursday

Hot and sunny all day with a F1-2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1130, 1500-1700.

The calm weather allowed a full census and returned a diverse species tally and decent totals, though in reality some species are still going through in relatively small numbers. Totals were 4 Garganey Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Ruff, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Ring Ouzel at the Warren, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 3 Brambling.

almost repeating the above with decent totals and nice varied species list past Numpties 9 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Barnacle Geese, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Red Kite, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 33 Carrion Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, 7 Tree Sparrow, 7 Flava Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 310 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 346 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 88 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer and 7 Reed Bunting, while heading out east 12 Oystercatcher and 23 Curlew.
Over the sea 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Cormorant, 38 Whimbrel, 173 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern.

Other sightings today were the 15 Greylag Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 44 Brent Geese, 9 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 462 Oystercatcher, 1 spotted Redshank, 220 Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank Kilnsea wetlands and a Corn Bunting on Easington straight.

The nice weather brought a nice selection of Butterflies out onto the wing with Comma, Small White, Brimstone, 15 Peacock, 4 Tortoiseshell.

Ringing: 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

Red Kite. John Hewitt.

Red Kite. John Hewitt.

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18th April 2018 - Wednesday

Bright and sunny all day with a F1-2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0620-1115.

An increase in migrant numbers helped make it a pleasant day with 5 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 15 Wheatear, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and 2 Siskin.

A decent morning of vis-migging with 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 29 Jackdaw, 46 Rook, 72 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 9 Starling, 6 Flava Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 341 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 374 Linnet, 176 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin and 4 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings today were the 2 Canada Geese, 20 Mute Swan, 2 Garganey, 7 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Greenshank, Common Buzzard, Merlin and Peregrine.

Ringing: 3 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

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