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May 2015 Sightings

28th May 2015 - Thursday

Sunny spells clouding over and rain by evening and rain by evening with force 3-4 westerly.
Numpties: 05:45-11:30, 13:00-15:00. Moving were 20 Brent Goose, 6 Cormorant, 62 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, Turnstone, 37 Swift, 344 Swallow, 137 House Martin.
Present were a Tufted Duck, 3 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Gull, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 4 Avocet Pullus, 1 Robin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

27th May 2015 - Wednesday

Clear skies then clouded up with rain in the evening and a force 2 west north-west – south-westerly wind.
Numpties: 05:30-14:00, 14:50-16:15 The main event of the day was of Grey Plover heading out East with a total of 1100 plus 323 remaining on the Humber – a record outward passage. Also heading out were 28 Brent Geese, 56 Dunlin and four Oystercatcher. Others moving were 25 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 97 Gannet, 3 Spoonbill north over Beacon Lagoons at midday then an immature Spoonbill south late afternoon settled in Well Field in, 4 Auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 1 Sand Martin, 308 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Flava Wagtail and 2 Jackdaw. Present were 51 Greylag Goose, the Black Brant, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: NIL

26th May 2015 - Tuesday

Sunny spells with a light force 1 north-westerly
Numpties 05:40-11:45 The few birds moving were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 37 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 52 Grey Plover 23 Sandwich Tern, 1 Sand Martin, 134 Swallow, 3 House Martin and 6 Jackdaw.
Present were 48 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 872 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4000 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 30 Swallow, and the Black Brant.

Ringing: 4 Peregrine pullus, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Tree Sparrow Pullus.

25th May 2015 - Monday

Mostly cloudy with the odd sunny spell and force 1-2 north-westerly
Numpties: 05:55-17:30 Moving were a Red-rumped Swallow flew south at 10:35, 230 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Swift, 9 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 6 Brent Goose, 5 Cormorant, 1 Skua Sp., 78 Gannet, 108 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 298 Auk sp., 2 Puffin, 1 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 10 Linnet, and 4 Barnacle Goose. Present were 50 Greylag Goose, 307 Dar-bellied, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and the Black Brant, 1 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull, 40 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 1 Whinchat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Swallow

24th May 2015 - Sunday

Cloudy with rain from mid-morning until midday, then blue skies and a force 1-2 south-westerly wind.
Numpties: 05:55-10:55, 12:45-16:30 Moving 78 Herring Gull, 3 Auk sp., 1 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 686 Swallow,205 House Martin, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Chaffinch, 12 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.
Present were 51 Greylag Goose, 1 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Jay.
Ringing: 1 Avocet pullus

23rd May 2015 - Saturday

A cloudy start soon brightened up giving lots of sunshine with a force 2-1-3 north-east – south-east
Numpties: 05:50-10:30, Seawatch: 18:00-19:00 Moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 63 Gannet, 2 Pomarine Skua, 55 Auk sp., 1 Kittiwake, 6 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Swift, 261 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw and 2 Siskin.
Present were an adult Black Brant, 3 pale-bellied and 365 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 53 Greylag Goose, 1 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Sandwich Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Long-eared Owl found dead at the Breach, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit, and the female/immature Golden Oriole was ranging between Beacon Lane and Sammy’s Point.
A Brown Argus was at the point.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Blackbird, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting

22nd May 2015 - Friday

Sunny and warm with a force 1-3 south-west – westerly winds.
Numpties: 06:30-11:30, 14:15-16:15 Moving were 11 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 6 Sandwich Terns, 4 Auk Sp., 2 Swift, 226 Swallow, 90 House Martin, and 3 Jackdaw.
Grounded Migrants included a Turtle Dove in Church Field, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, and a female/immature Golden Oriole on Beacon Lane was a nice afternoon addition. Others were a Tufted Duck, the adult Black Brant on the Humber with 318 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Little Gull, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and 1 Reed Warbler.
A Holly Blue was in Church Field and a Four-spotted Chaser at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat

22nd May 2015 - Friday

Sunny and warm with a force 1-3 south-west – westerly winds.
Numpties: 06:30-11:30, 14:15-16:15 Moving were 11 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 6 Sandwich Terns, 4 Auk Sp., 2 Swift, 226 Swallow, 90 House Martin, and 3 Jackdaw.
Grounded Migrants included a Turtle Dove in Church Field, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, and a female/immature Golden Oriole on Beacon Lane was a nice afternoon addition. Others were a Tufted Duck, the adult Black Brant on the Humber with 318 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Little Gull, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and 1 Reed Warbler.
A Holly Blue was in Church Field and a Four-spotted Chaser at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat

21st May 2015 - Thursday

Sunny Spells with variable cloud, warmer than recent days with a force 3-2 north-west- westerly wind.
Numpties: 05:45-10:20, Seawatch: 18:45-10:20 Moving were 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 3 Whimbrel, 21 Black-headed Gull, 54 Woodpigeon, 1 Sand Martin, 153 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 14 Linnet, 16 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 second-summer Yellow-Legged Gull, 6 Kittiwake and 27 Auk Sp.
Present were 180 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 405 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull, 1 Swift, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, and 2 Jay.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon

20th May 2015 - Wednesday

Sunny spells and occasional heavy showers with a decreasing force 3-1 west north-west-north-east – south-westerly wind
Numpties: 05:55-08:15, 09:30-11:30 Moving were 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 2 Little Gull, 180 Swallow, 5 Hose Martin, 2 Jay, 10 Jackdaw and 4 Linnet. Present were 133 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 4 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Siskin.
The first Blue-tailed Damselfly was on Church Field Pond.

Ringing: 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chaffinch.

19th May 2015 - Tuesday

Sunny spells and heavy showers of hail and rain some thunder and a force 3 west north-westerly wind.
Seawatch: 06:00 - 10:50, 14:50-15:25 Moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 19 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Little Gull, 31 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 117 Auk sp., 10 Guillemot, 5 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 208 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 1 Jay, 11 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 3 Goldfinch and 10 Linnet.
A Little Stint was on Beacon Lagoons.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch pullus, 4 Blackbird pullus

18th May 2015 - Monday

Rain until mid-afternoon and a force 4-5 westerly made for a poor day.
Seawatch: 06:00-10:30, 18:05-19:05 Moving were 3 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 26 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 32 Auk sp., 5 Razorbill, 3 Swift, 4 Swallow, and a Goldfinch. Migrants were very scarce with 2 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, a White Wagtail and a Blackcap.

Ringing: 11 Starling pullus

17th May 2015 - Sunday

Spells of varying cloud cover with a cool 3-4 west north-westerly wind
Numpties: 05:45-10:15, 15:15-15:45 Much fewer birds moving with just 5 Common Scoter, 2 Cormorant, 2 Lapwing, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 123 Auk sp., 3 Swift, 168 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 28 Linnet.
Present were 58 Greylag Goose, 1 Gadwall, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 30 Swallow, 1 White Wagtail at Southfield Farm, 3 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 Jay.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch pullus

Kestrel. Justin Carr

Kestrel. Justin Carr

16th May 2015 - Saturday

Broken cloud with a cool 3-4 north-westerly
Migration/sewatch: 06:00-11:30, 13:45-15:15 Moving were 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Lapwing, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 551 Swallow, 16 House Martin, a Red-rumped Swallow south past Numpties at 06:45, 5 Flava Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Siskin and 15 Linnet.
Present were 5 Humber, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Lapwing, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 first-summer Little Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 [strongYellow-legged Gull, 65 Little Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 5 Starling pullus.

Whimbrel. Justin Carr

Whimbrel. Justin Carr

15th May 2015 - Friday

Cloudy and cool in the morning becoming warmer with sunny spells and a variable light wind.
Numpties: 06:00-09:15, 13:15-17:00. Moving were a Hawfinch north over the Triangle, landing at Kew where it was trapped and ringed soon afterwards. A Dotterel flew south over Sammy’s Point calling, 1 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 13 Razorbill, 13 Sand Martin, 1175 Swallow, 24 House Martin, and 4 Flava Wagtail.
Present were 44 Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 3+ Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Curlew, 1 Kittiwake, 4 Cuckoo, 8 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Hawfinch.

Hawfinch. Alan Whitehead

Hawfinch. Alan Whitehead

Pied Flycatcher. Paul Lawrence

Pied Flycatcher. Paul Lawrence

14th May 2015 - Thursday

Cloudy with a couple of sunny spells and a force 2-3 east – north-east wind
Numpties/seawatch: 05:45-10:45, 14:30-16:30 Moving were 9 Shelduck, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Red-throated Diver, 10 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 19 Herring Gull, 17 Kittiwake, 90 Auk sp., 155 Guillemot, 44 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 6 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 243 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail and 14 Linnet.
Present were 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Black Brant, 2 Teal, 1 Lapwing, 10 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, and 5 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet

13th May 2015 - Wednesday

Long sunny spells with some cloudy periodsand a west – East-north-east force 2-1 wind
Numpties: 05:00-14:00, 15:30-17:00. Moving were Mute Swan, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet,1 Marsh Harrier, 18 Ringed Plover, 13 Swift, 1203 Swallow, 99 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 7 Jay, 38 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 16 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 33 Linnet, 14 Barnacle Goose.

Present were 26 Greylag Goose, 755 Brent Goose plus one Pale-bellied Brent and a Black Brant, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 58 Ringed Plover, 10,000 Dunlin, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey-headed Wagtail in the sheep field at Southfield Farm, 37 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 59 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff,3 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 1Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Jay, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Linnet, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wren, and 3 pullus Greenfinch.

Grey-headed Wagtail. Mick Turton

Grey-headed Wagtail. Mick Turton

12th May 2015 - Tuesday

A mixed day with long sunny periods, occasional showers and a force 5 south-west – west wind.
Numpties: 05:15-17:30 Moving were 8 Shelduck,2 Gadwall, 3 Common Scoter, 7 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 11 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 96 Black-headed Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern, 3 Collared Dove, 58 swift, 41 Sand Martin, 1718 Swallow, 184 House Martin, 27 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 53 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 100 Linnet.
Also present were 31 Greylag Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 20 Hose Martin, 25 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 pullus Chaffinch.

Spotted Flycatcher. Mick Sharpe

Spotted Flycatcher. Mick Sharpe

11th May 2015 - Monday

Sunny spells all day with an increasing force 1-3 south-westerly
Numpties: 06:00-17:45 Moving were2 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Osprey in then north at 14:30,2 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 24 Turnstone, 59 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull – first of the year, 38 Swift, 55 Sand Martin, 2032 Swallow, 120 House Martin, 1 Red-rumped Swallow south over Beacon Lagoons and then the Warren at 11:00, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 25 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Jay, 19 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 57 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin and 170 Linnet.
Present were a Pale-bellied Brent and a report of the Black Brant amongst the Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 250 Sanderling, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Little Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Whinchat, 44 Wheatear (a small arrival in the afternoon), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, and 3 Spotted Flycatcher.
7 Green Hairstreak were at the point.

Ringing: 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Jay.

10th May 2015 - Sunday

Broken cloud and a force 2-3 south-westerly
Migration Watch: 05:00-13:40, 14:25-17:30. Moving were 2 Gadwall, 12 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 1 Hen Harrier, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 18 Ringed Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull,17 Herring Gull, 4 Swift, 59 Sand Martin, the first real Swallow passage of the spring with 1645 Swallow south, 40 House Martin, 4 Flava Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 74 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 71 Linnet, and 1 Corn Bunting.
Present were 263 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Teal, 1 Hobby, 20 Avocet, 38 Whimbrel, 46 Little Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Jay and 30 Linnet.

Ringing: 1Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Linnet.

Firecrest. Martin Standley

Firecrest. Martin Standley

Whimbrel. John Hewitt

Whimbrel. John Hewitt

9th May 2015 - Saturday

A cool force 4-1 westerly, broken clouds later became a nice bright evening
A Nightingale thought to have been heard the previous night was confirmed when trapped and ringed today – the 200th species of the year.
Numpties/seawatch: 06:30-11:00, 17:30-19:30 Moving were 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Siskin, 4 Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, the first Roseate Ternof the year flew north early evening, 40 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 304 Swallow,19 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Flava Wagtail, 19 Rook, 12 Goldfinch and 102 Linnet.
Present where 180 Brent Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 10 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 46 Sanderling, 1 Ruff, 37 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Stock Dove , 6 Cuckoo, 3 Barn Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Whinchat, 27 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest still at the Warren, 2 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Jay, 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1Nightingale

Nightingale. John Hewitt

Nightingale. John Hewitt

Ruff. John Hewitt

Ruff. John Hewitt

8th May 2015 - Friday

Light clouds from early morning, sea fret and clouds setting in from early afternoon and a force 1-3 S-E wind
Numpties: 05:45 - 09:45 Very few birds moving, those that did were 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 7 Jackdaw and 5 Goldfinch.
Grounded migrants were more evident with 3 Little Egret, 10 Greylag Goose, 258 Brent Goose, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Merlin, 28 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 8 Sandwich Tern, 7 Cuckoo, a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 1 Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Reed Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest trapped at the Warren, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher (First of the year) and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher,1 Firecrest, 2 Chaffinch.

7th May 2015 - Thursday

Sunny spells with odd heavy showers and a force 2-1 west-north-westerly
Numpties: 06:15-10:30, 11:15-15:00
A superb ALPINE SWIFT ambled very low around the Warren for over 20 minutes before flying south at 16:15, a certain highlight for the few lucky observers. Also moving were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 26 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 102 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Hooded Crow, 1 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch, and 1 Siskin.
Present were 22 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, and 2 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch

Alpine Swift. Steve Gomicz

Alpine Swift. Steve Gomicz

6th May 2015 - Wednesday

Another awful day with a gusty force 5-6 westerly and frequent heavy showers.
Numpties/New Narrows: 06:00-11:00 On the move were 4 Barnacle Geese, 4 Scaup, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Herring Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 12 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 230 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Flava Wagtails, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 13 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 175 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting.
Also seen were 9 Brent Geese including 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Gadwall, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 20 Avocet, 1200 Grey Plover, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands – first of the year, 4000 Dunlin, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Long-eared Owl,13 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldfinch, and 20 Linnet.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff

5th May 2015 - Tuesday

A bright sunny start with a force 1 south-easterly becoming 2-5 southwest and heavy showers throughout.
Seawatch/Numpties: 06:50-09:30, 12:20-13:20 Moving were 5 Scaup, 2 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 24 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot, 1 Cuckoo, 41 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Goldfinch and the first-summer Iceland Gull.
Grounded migrants were 7 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 12 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5400 Dunlin, 37 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 1 Ring Ouzel, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest – 1 Canal Hedge, 1 Crown & Anchor, 5 Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat.

4th May 2015 - Monday

Bright and sunny most of the day clouding up by late afternoon with a force 1-3 SW wind. Numpties 0535-1300.
There was a small but noticeable increase in common migrants with a Long-eared Owl in Canal Hedge, Black Redstart at the Point, 2 Cuckoo, Ring Ouzel, 7 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, Garden warbler at Sammy's, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler.
Some southerly movement in the morning with 2 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier north with possibly the same bird south later, 10 Curlew out east, 1 Arctic Tern, 6 Swift plus 18 NW, 16 Sand Martin, 56 Swallow, 36 Flava, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Jay u-turned, 9 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 74 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 177 Linnet plus a 2nd cal year Iceland Gull over the Humber.
Other birds of interest were 2 Gadwall, Mediterranean Gull, Short-eared Owl at Sammy's, 50 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, adult Peregrine over the Humber and Merlin Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing- 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

Short-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Short-eared Owl. Ian Smith

3rd May 2015 - Sunday

Rain until mid-day then showers until evening with a force 4 southerly decreasing to 2. Sea-watch 0615-1115.
A few bits over the sea in the morning with 112 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 16 Common Scoter, 19 Kittiwake, 1171 Guillemot (2nd highest count on record), 8 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.
Over the land 3 Marsh Harrier and 2 Swift flew south.
Other birds of interest were 2 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 3 Wheatear, 10 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest trapped at Kew and a Brambling in Kilnsea.

Ringing- Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest

2nd May 2015 - Saturday

A bright start clouded over by late afternoon with a few rain showers with a force 1 easterly increasing to force 4.
Numpties 0555-1130.
On the move were 50 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Arctic Tern out east, 4 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit north, 5 Flava, 1 Alba, 1 Jay u-turned, 7 Carrion Crow, 21 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 27 Linnet.
Small increase in grounded migrants with 19 Greylag Geese, 1 Shoveler, 55 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 30 Razorbill and 2 Puffin on the Humber, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler church field, Sedge Warbler canal, 6 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Brambling Kilnsea, Yellowhammer Warren.

Ringing- 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch.

Jay. Ian Smith

Jay. Ian Smith

1st May 2015 - Friday

Lengthy sunny spells with the odd shower with a force 1-2 N-E wind.
Numpties migration watch 0550-1700. Sea-watch 0645-1045, 1805-1835.
The Green Woodpecker was still present at Kew in the morning before being last seen at Sammies.
On the move were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, summer plumage Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmar + 3 Humber, 54 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 107 Arctic Tern out east, 1010 auk sp, 2 Puffin, 5 Swallow, 3 Flava, 1 Alba, 6 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet, 1 Siskin.
Other bits of interest were 20 Common Scoter on Humber, Peregrine, 440 Oystercatcher, 24 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, female Ring Ouzel big hedge, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler canal hedge, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

Ringing- 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet

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