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January 2015 Sightings

25th January 2015 - Sunday

Mainly cloudy with a light frost and a F3 W wind.

A poss 1w Black Brant (or hybrid) was found on the Humber off the Crown and Anchor and was also seen on Friday (23rd), the adult was also present on Holderness Field.

Sea-watch- 08:15-11:20, on the move were 4 Pintail, 2 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 43 Herring Gull.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 24 Greylag Geese, 3 Pale-bellied and 600 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 1 Merlin, 30 Ringed Plover,1 Snipe, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Chiffchaff and 30 Yellowhammer.

Ringing- NIL.

poss 1w Black Brant. Tim Jones.

poss 1w Black Brant. Tim Jones.

poss 1w Black Brant. Adam Hutt.

poss 1w Black Brant. Adam Hutt.

poss 1w Black Brant. Adam Hutt.

poss 1w Black Brant. Adam Hutt.

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24th January 2015 - Saturday

Sunny spells after an overnight frost and a F4-2 NW wind.

Sea-watch- 08:15-12:00, on the move were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 36 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 57 Common Gull, 311 Herring Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 79 auk sp., and 1 Razorbill.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 24 Greylag Geese, 1 female Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Black Redstart at Easington Gas Terminal,80 Linnet and 7 Snow Bunting at the north end of Beacon Ponds.

Ringing- 107 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Knot, part of a successful overnight catch. Tim Jones.

Knot, part of a successful overnight catch. Tim Jones.

23rd January 2015 - Friday

Mostly cloudy with an increasing F3-6 W wind with a heavy overnight frost.

Sea-watch- 08:15-11:15, on the move were 6 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 67 Herring Gull, 1 auk sp, 1 Fieldfare (in off) and a Snow Bunting.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 24 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 120 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Scaup on Easington Straight, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 14 Moorhen, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 30 Yellowhammer.

Ringing- 1 Goldcrest.

Black-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

Black-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

22nd January 2015 - Thursday

Mostly cloudy with just the odd sunny spell with a light F1 E-S wind.

Sea-watches, 08:00-1:30 14:00-15:00, on the move were 13 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 29 Herring Gull.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan in field opp Peter Lane, 23 Greylag Geese, the Black Brant with 1 Pale-bellied and 650 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Holderness Field, 259 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 39 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart at Easington Gas Terminal, 4 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Snow Bunting between Easington Lagoon and the Boat Yard and 11 Reed Bunting.

Ringing- 5 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Bar-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

Bar-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

21st January 2015 - Wednesday

Cloudy with just the odd sunny spell with a cold F3 SE wind.

Sea-watch, 08:00-11:10, very quiet with just 8 Red-throated Diver and 1 Cormorant.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 23 Greylag Geese, 5 Teal, 63 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, 2 Little Owl, 11 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest and the Black Redstart at Easington Gas Terminal.

Ringing- NIL.

Fieldfare. Tim Jones.

Fieldfare. Tim Jones.

20th January 2015 - Tuesday

A sunny morning clouded up by mid-day with a F1-2 SE with a heavy overnight frost.

A very quiet Sea-watch- 08:15-10:30, with just 3 Eider and 7 Red-throated Diver on the move.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 27 Greylag Geese, the adult Black Brant along with 5 Pale-bellied and 660 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Holderness Field, 14 Teal, 1 female Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe at Beacon Ponds, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Black Redstart at Easington Gas Terminal, 1 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and 1 Reed Bunting.

Ringing- 1 Common Gull, 1 Robin.

Black Redstart. Dave Tucker.

Black Redstart. Dave Tucker.

19th January 2015 - Monday

Cold and frosty morning butt bright and sunny clouded up in the afternoon with a F1 NW wind.

Sea-watch- 08:15-11:15, on the move were 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 20 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Gannet, 189 Herring Gull, 2 Pomarine Skua and 1 Guillemot.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 9 Greylag Geese, 6 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Stonechat, 7 Fieldfare and 5 Linnet.

Ringing- NIL.

18th January 2015 - Sunday

A cold day with a heavy frost, bright and sunny with a F1 N wind.

A few more birds about including the first mid-winter record of Black Redstart since 2001 and the first pipits of the year.

Present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 54 Greylag Geese, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 43 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart at Easington Gas Terminal, 2 Stonechat, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 40 Carrion Crow.

A quiet Sea-watch- 08:20-10:00, on the move were, 4 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver and 4 Cormorant.

Ringing- 1 Chaffinch and 1 Blackbird.

17th January 2015 - Saturday

A bright and cold start that clouded over with rain by late afternoon with a F3-4 SW wind.

Sea-watch- 08:00-10:00, on the move were 1 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Herring Gull and 1 auk sp.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan in field along Easington Straight, 13 Greylag Geese, the adult Black Brant re-appeared with 2 Pale-bellied and 593 Dark-bellied Brent Geese north of Long Bank, 225 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 50 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 1700 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 80 Lapwing, 21 Sanderling, 6 Snipe, 600 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 16 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Jay.


Ringing- NIL.

17th January 2015 - Friday

Bright and sunny with a F2 WSW.

Sea-watch- 08:00-10:30, on the move were 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant and 21 Herring Gull.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan in fields off Easington Straight, 15 Greylag Geese, 4 Little Grebe, 110 Lapwing,14 Black-tailed Godwit, 54 Curlew and 2 Skylark.

Ringing- NIL.

15th January 2015 - Thursday

Another wild day with up to a F6 W wind and the occasional sunny spell.

A very quiet day all round.

Sea-watch- 08:10-11:00, on the move were 1 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver and 1 Cormorant.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Moorhen, 80 Redshank and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Ringing- NIL.

Grey Wagtail. Dave Tucker.

Grey Wagtail. Dave Tucker.

14th January 2015 - Thursday

A cold day with a heavy overnight frost and a F3-5 SW with some sunny spells.

Sea-watch- 08:10-10:30 and 13:50-15:20, on the move were 83 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver blogging, 4 auk sp. and 6 Guillemot.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 9 Greylag Geese, 650 Dark-bellied and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese on Easington Straight, 110 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 11 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin over Beacon Ponds, 2 Moorhen, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat and 3 Snow Bunting in off the sea then on the beach off Borrow Pit.

Ringing- NIL.

Whooper Swan. Dave Tucker.

Whooper Swan. Dave Tucker.

13th January 2015 - Tuesday

A bright start then clouded over by late morning with heavy rain in the afternoon with a F2-3 W wind.

Sea-watch 08:15-10:15, 66 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 auk sp.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 9 Greylag Geese, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Waxwing in Easington, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Redwing and 12 Yellowhammer.

Ringing- 1 Moorhen, 2 House Sparrow.

12th January 2015 - Monday

Still windy with a F5 W decreasing to a F2 by the evening with the occasional heavy shower.

Sea-watch- 08:15-11:30, on the move were 3 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 18 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Pomarine Skua, 39 Herring Gull, 4 auk sp., and 1 Guillemot.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mistle Thrush and 6 Long-tailed Tit.

Ringing- 1 Water Rail.

11th January 2015 - Sunday

Still very windy with a F5+ W wind and sunny spells.

Sea-watch- 08:00-11:00, on the move were 2 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 75 Common Gull, 209 Herring Gull, 1 Pomarine Skua 20 auk sp., 14 Guillemot and 6 Razorbill.

Also present were the adult Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 female Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine that took a Redshank over the sea, 4 Moorhen, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Chiffchaff.

Ringing- NIL.

10th January 2015 - Saturday

A very windy day with a F5-6 W wind and some sunny spells.

Main focus was over the sea with the strong winds.

Sea-watches 08:00-12:10, 13:00-15:00, on the move were 2 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar (inc a ‘blue’ bird), 13 Gannet, 2 Turnstone, 60 Common Gull, 343 Herring Gull, 20 GBB Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 32 auk sp., 25 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill and 1 Sandwich Tern blogging offshore.

The only other bird of note was the Whooper Swan on Easington Straight.

Ringing- NIL.

9th January 2015 - Friday

A windy day with a F4-6 W wind, with sunny spells and the occasional light shower.

Sea-watch- 08:00-11:45, on the move were 2 Teal, 5 Pintail, 2 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 210 Herring Gull, 11 Great BB Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern went back north, 9 auk sp., 58 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.

Not a lot else noted due to the wind but 1 Whooper Swan in field along Easington Straight, 1 female Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 10 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Moorhen and 1 Greenshank.

Ringing- NIL.

8th January 2015 - Thursday

Sunny spells with an increasing F2-4 WNW wind.

A few more birds about including the first winter record of Sandwich Tern that flew south mid-morning.

Sea-watch- 08:30-11:30, on the move were, 31 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 48 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 60(+24 in/off) Golden Plover, 60 auk sp., 3 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Greylag Geese, the adult Black Brant with 400 Dark-bellied and 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese along Easington Straight, 162 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 female Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 3 Goldeneye, 12 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 2 Moorhen, 3 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Stonechat along Beacon Lane.

Ringing- 1 House Sparrow.

7th January 2015 - Wednesday

Cloudy with showers and an increasing F3-6 SW wind.

A fairly miserable day due to the strong winds and rain.

Sea-watch 08:15-09:45, on the move were 2 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 400 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe on Clubley’s, 2 Snipe and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Ringing- NIL.

6th January 2015 - Tuesday

Mostly sunny with a stiffening F3-4 SW wind with the odd heavy shower around midday.

Sea-watch- 08:15-10:00 on the move were 1 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 73 Golden Plover and 34 Grey Plover.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, the Black Brant at Sammy's Point, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Skylark.

Ringing- 1 Tree Sparrow.

Brent Geese. Dave Tucker.

Brent Geese. Dave Tucker.

5th January 2015 - Monday

Patchy cloud with occasional sunny spells, with a F2 SW wind.

Another quiet sea-watch 08:30-10:00, on the move were 20 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, 8 Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 224 Wigeon, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 8 Goldeneye, 9 Moorhen, 1 Peregrine, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock at the Warren, 6 Black-tailed Godwit off the Tank Blocks, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Linnet.

Ringing- NIL

Chiffchaff. Dave Tucker.

Chiffchaff. Dave Tucker.

4th January 2015 - Sunday

A beautiful winters day with a heavy overnight frost, clear skies and a 1 WSW wind.

The annual Michael Clegg memorial birdrace day saw a team of 4 covering the Spurn area plus north to Sunk Island, the team managed 85 species which saw them win the highly prized wine for improving greatly on their previous years averages.

A very quiet sea-watch from 08:00-09:00 saw 35 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Fulmar fly south.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Jack Snipe on Borrow Pit, 19 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Waxwing reported in Easington (any further info welcomed), 4 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Coal Tit in Easington.

Ringing- 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch.

3rd January 2015 - Saturday

Rain until early afternoon, then brightened up with a decreasing F3-1 WNW wind.

Sea-watch- 08:00-11:00. Over the sea were 5 Teal, 37 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Red-necked Grebe flew north.

The Black Brant was again present on Holderness Field in the Brent flock, 1 Whooper Swan was in the fields along Easington Straight, 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 6 Grey Partridge along Easington Straight, 1 Greenshank on Beacon Ponds, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Yellowhammer.

Ringing- 1 Blackbird.

2nd January 2015 - Friday

A bright and sunny day with a F4-5 WNW wind.

Sea-watch- 08:10-12:35 produced 1 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 8 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Bonxie, 66 Herring Gull, 17 GBB, 14 auk sp.

Also present were 246 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 240 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank on Beacon Ponds, 2 Skylark, 1 Stonechat at Holderness Field, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit in Easington, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Snow Bunting on Clubley’s.

Ringing- NIL

1st January 2015 - Thursday

A very wintry day with full cloud cover and regular light rain showers, a force 5-6 W wind.

Sea-watch 08.30-11.00. A Red-necked Grebe got the year off to a good start and other birds moving were 8 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Eider, 25 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet and a Razorbill.

The Black Brant was still present in with the Brent flock in the Long Bank Area, as were 5 Greylag Geese, 211 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 5 Goldeneye, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Jack Snipe on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit in an Easington Garden.

Ringing- NIL

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