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September 2016 Sightings

25th September 2016 - Sunday

Mostly cloudy with the odd period of drizzle and the odd sunny spell and a force 2-3 wind.
Migration Watch: 0700-1300, 1540-1700.


The highlight of the day was2 Great white Egrets which flew north offshore in the morning then past Filey late morning having went past Scolt head the day before. A rather pale female Red crested Pochard was on the Borrow Pit was less of one while the Jack Snipe and 1+ Water rail were still on canal scrape and 7 Yellow browed Warbler remained in the area with 1 trapped and ringed.

Other migrants were 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 7 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Chiff chaff, 3 Willow warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.

The few birds on the move south (unless stated) were 35 Wigeon, 79 Teal, 10 Pintail, 86 Common Scoter, 62 Red throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 317 Gannet, 1 Shag. 6 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 603 Black headed Gull, 76 Common Gull and 5 Kittiwake while overland only 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Flava Wagtail.

Other bits of interest were 27 Brent Goose plus 2 pale bellied, 272 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 1 Greenfinch.
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Great white Egrets. Darren Ward.

Great white Egrets. Darren Ward.

A fine examle of female Red crested Pochard. Dan Branch.

A fine examle of female Red crested Pochard. Dan Branch.

24th September 2016 - Saturday

Cloudy with sunny spells from mid morning and a fresh force 3 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0700-1100, 1515-1615.

A quieter day than of late but a very showy popular Jack Snipe was on Canal Scrape plus the 2 equally showy Water Rails while 5 Yellow browed Warbler were scattered around the area.
The number of migrants slowly decreased with 1 white Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 10 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied Flycatcher.

Steady movement over the sea with 8 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 1 Pintail, 35 Common Scoter, 42 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 52 Gannet, 2 arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern and 68 Common Tern.
Vizmig overland movement was slow and produced 1 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 123 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 264 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 29 Tree Sparrow, 12 House Sparrow, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 49 Goldfinch, 167 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.

Other bits of interest were 30 Brent geese plus 2 pale bellied Brent, 130 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Grey Partridge, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker.

Little Gull. Col Scott.

Little Gull. Col Scott.

Jack Snipe. Dan Branch.

Jack Snipe. Dan Branch.

Jack Snipe. Chris Hubbard.

Jack Snipe. Chris Hubbard.

Merlin Dan Branch.

Merlin Dan Branch.

23rd September 2016 - Friday

Mostly cloudy with the odd sunny spell and a force 1-2 ENE wind.
Migration Watch: 0715-1130.

A good day of southerly movement with another decent total of Meadow Pipits.

A good day overall with 9 Yellow browed Warbler still in the area, a Spoonbill flew North west and late evening an Osprey flew south.
Other migrants were 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 8 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiff chaff, 7 Willow warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Long tailed Tit and 4 Siskin.

Viz migging continues to be quite productive with 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 2 Spotted Redshank north, 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 82 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 119 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1100 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Flava Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 8 House Sparrow, 162 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 6 Siskin, 96 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 328 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 51 Reed Bunting.

The few birds on the move over the sea going south (unless stated) were 20 Wigeon, 6 Teal in, 5 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 11 Red throated Diver, 14 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 11 Sandwich Tern north and 4 Common Tern.

Other bits of interest were 24 Brent Goose plus 2 pale bellied, 135 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 18 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Little Gull, 3 Great spotted Woodpecker and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long tailed Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 65 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 48 Reed Bunting. (143 of 13 species).

Kingfisher. John Price.

Kingfisher. John Price.

Whinchat. John Price.

Whinchat. John Price.

Wheatear. John Price.

Wheatear. John Price.

22nd September 2016 - Thursday

Cloudy to start with broken cloud later with a light force 1-2 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0630-1100.

Good numbers of Yellow browed Warblers remain plus decent viz-migging with increasing Finch numbers.

The Blyth’s Reed Warbler was still in the Crown carpark, while the Barred Warbler was still around the Corner Field which is owned by the Observatory and 19 Yellow browed Warbler were scattered around the area.
Decent migrant totals again with 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 14 Wheatear, 9 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 25 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 18 Chiff chaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 9 Long tailed Tit.

Steady movement over the sea with 5 Pink footed Geese, 3 Brent Goose, 12 Shelduck, 288 Wigeon, 207 Teal, 5 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 229 Common Scoter, 9 Red throated Diver, 51 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ruff, 11 Auk sp .
Vizmig overland movement produced 3 Swift, 13 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 177 Swallow, 73 House Martin, 697 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 18 Jackdaw, 12 Tree Sparrow, 9 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 79 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 501 Linnet and 1 Lapland Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 208 Wigeon, 92 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 3 Little Gull and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 8 Meadow Pipit, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 15 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 9 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet. (53 of 12 species).

Barred Warbler. Oriole Birding.

Barred Warbler. Oriole Birding.

Barred Warbler. Tim Jump.

Barred Warbler. Tim Jump.

21st September 2016 - Wednesday

Mostly cloudy with the odd sunny spell and a force 1-2 ENE wind.
Migration Watch: 0715-1130.

While there is little change in numbers of common migrants there are some quality birds remaining or turning up.
Sundays Blyth’s Reed Warbler was re-trapped today and had put on 3.7g, the Richard’s Pipit was seen again in Clubleys Field then flew into the Triangle and the Barred Warbler had found its way to Corner Field and in the late evening a Firecrest was in the crown carpark..
Other migrants were 120 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Redstart, 13 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 23 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 15+ Yellow browed Warbler, 13 Chiff chaff, 6 Willow warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Long tailed Tit and 4 Siskin.

Very quiet over the sea. The few on the move south (unless stated) were 5 Teal in, 5 Common Scoter, 6 Red throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 1 Avocet while overland 68 Swallow, 131 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 1 Reed Bunting.

Other bits of interest were 6 Brent Goose, 165 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 4 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Wood Sandpiper still at Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Little Gull, 1 Short eared Owl, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 60 Linnet and a Corn Bunting in walker butts.

A grey and white 'Flava' Wagtail like bird has been seen and heard (giving Citrine like call) in the triangle but not pinned down yet.

Ringing: 4 Swallow, 56 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 3 Yellow browed Warbler, 2 Chiff chaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 9 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 29 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting. (130 of 20 species).

Stonechat. Simon Jump.

Stonechat. Simon Jump.

Redstart. Simon Jump.

Redstart. Simon Jump.

Long tailed Tit. Dan Branch.

Long tailed Tit. Dan Branch.

20th September 2016 - Tuesday

Light rain and drizzle petered out remaining cloudy with a light force 1 N-E wind.
Seawatch: 0630-1000.

The good numbers of Yellow browed Warblers continued along with a scatter of commoner migrants.

Decent migrant totals again with 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 5 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 51 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler along the canal, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler,6 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 54 Chiff chaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Yellow browed Warbler, 57 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 14 Long tailed Tit and the 1st Brambling of the autumn at the point.
Quiet again over the sea in the light winds but moving was 24 Pink footed Geese, 48 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 5 Red breasted Merganser, 62 Red throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 238 Gannet, 3 Shag, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull with a trickle of overland movement 1 Sand Martin, 36 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 165 Wigeon, 44 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 12 Lapwing, 7 Ruff, 18 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and a Corn Bunting in Well Field.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Knot, 14 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 25 Swallow, 57 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiff chaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Tree Sparrow, 5 Reed Bunting. (153 of 21 species).

Yellow browed Warbler. Jim Welford.

Yellow browed Warbler. Jim Welford.

Tree Pipit. John Hewitt.

Tree Pipit. John Hewitt.

Teal on carpark puddle. Jim Welford.

Teal on carpark puddle. Jim Welford.

19th September 2016 - Monday

Cloudy with rain late morning remaining all day and a force 1-3 N wind.
Migration Watch: 0700-1000, 1730-1830.

A clear out of migrants while some new birds started to turn up.

An Ortolan Bunting was seen over the triangle landing briefly before flying off and landing in walker Butts, a calling Richards Pipit on Clubleys landed near the Borrow Pit while the Barred Warbler was seen again behind Rose Cottage, The first 2 Lapland Buntings of the autumn appeared today while other migrants were 200 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 38 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 8 Yellow browed Warbler, 25 Chiff chaff, 9 Willow warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 35 Reed Bunting.
Birds on the move south (unless stated) were 87 Pink footed Geese, 8 Brent Goose, 15 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 64 Common Scoter, 3 Red breasted Merganser, 27 Red throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Bonxie while overland 194 Swallow, 140 House Martin and 450 Meadow Pipit.
Other bits of interest were 4 Brent Goose, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe near the listening dish, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper still at Kilnsea wetlands, juvenile Yellow legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher and a Corn Bunting in walker butts.

Ringing: 11 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 39 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 1 Goldcrest, 18 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet, 14 Reed Bunting. (133 of 19 species).

Yellow browed Warbler. Nigel Genn.

Yellow browed Warbler. Nigel Genn.

Yellow browed Warbler. Steve Furber.

Yellow browed Warbler. Steve Furber.

Redstart. Nigel Genn.

Redstart. Nigel Genn.

Garden Warbler. Nigel Genn.

Garden Warbler. Nigel Genn.

18th September 2016 - Sunday

A cloudy start brightened up to give a nice sunny warm day with a light variable wind which freshened from the East in the late afternoon.
Seawatch: 0630-1330.

The lighter winds and sunny weather allowed for good totals of migrants to be logged. The highlight being a Blyth’s reed Warbler trapped in the Church field after being heard earlier, while an elusive calling Greenish Warbler gave people the run around on the south side of the gas terminal. Other good birds were 8 Yellow browed warbler in the ‘usual’ areas. A Wryneck was initially seen well in the first paddock at sammys point by the carpark before moving while a typically elusive Barred Warbler was along the canal.
Other totals were the 1 Jack Snipe showing well on Canal Scrape, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 18 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, Ring Ouzel at Sammys, 28 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler,7 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 36 Chiff chaff, 28 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher and 15 Chaffinch.

Viz migging was once again prominent in the better conditions in particular raptors with no less than 30 Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harrier on the move. Also moving was 3 Grey Heron, 4 Skylark, 24 Sand Martin, 620 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1608 Meadow Pipit, 7 Flava Wagtail, 11 Grey Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 2 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 90 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 34 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 130 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 49 Reed Bunting.
Quieter over the sea in the light winds but still some quality birds were seen with totals of 3 Pink footed Geese, 29 Wigeon, 91 Teal, 19 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 286 Common Scoter, 66 Red throated Diver, 1 Red necked Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 454 Gannet, 10 Sanderling in/off, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 10 Puffin and 22 Auk sp..

Other bits of interest were 99 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 11 Lapwing, 7 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 32 Mediterranean Gull on Easington straight and a Corn Bunting on Beacon Lane.

Ringing: 3 Swallow, 73 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redstart, 3 Robin, 4 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blyth’s reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 whitethroat, 9 Chiff chaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 21 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting. (172 of 25 species).

Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Sadler.

Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Sadler.

Yellow browed Warbler. Paul Lawrence.

Yellow browed Warbler. Paul Lawrence.

Grasshopper Warbler. Paul Lawrence.

Grasshopper Warbler. Paul Lawrence.

17th September 2016 - Saturday

Rain until late morning with a cool stiff 3-5 N wind.
Seawatch: 0600-1630.

A probable Great Snipe was flushed accidentally from the Crown Carpark, called and dropped out of sight. Despite searching it could not be found again.

A fantastic day of seabird movement which could have been even better if not for long periods of heavy rain and low visibility over the sea down to less than half a mile while Meadow Pipits came in/off the sea.
Totals were 14 Pink footed Geese, 177 Wigeon, 335 Teal, 12 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 268 Common Scoter, 6 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red breasted Merganser, 127 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 9 Fulmar, 361 Sooty shearwater, 157 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 110 Gannet, 1 Shag, 4 Oystercatcher, 10 Golden Plover in/off, 9 Snipe in/off, 47 Arctic Skua, 9 Long tailed Skua, 47 Bonxie, 20 Kittiwake7 Puffin and 42 Auk sp while 800 Meadow Pipit came in/off then flew south.
Migrant totals were the 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 16 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,4 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed Warbler at Middle Camp, 8 Chiff chaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Siskin.
Other bits of interest were 95 Wigeon, 289 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 20 Mediterranean Gull on Easington straight.

Ringing: 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher. (21 of 7 species).

Spotted Flycatcher. Paul Lawrence.

Spotted Flycatcher. Paul Lawrence.

Little Grebe. Martin Dove.

Little Grebe. Martin Dove.

16th September 2016 - Friday

A PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was trapped in churchfield early morning and released back into the field. Entry to the field is for Friends of Spurn only or a £3 donation and we would urge you to stay on the footpaths.

A fantastic day of wildfowl movement among other species over the sea while many birds came in/off and continued inland.
Totals were 4 Pink footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 337 Wigeon, 904 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 9 Pintail, 9 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 810 common Scoter, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 89 Red throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 126 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron in/off, 13 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover in/off, 38 Lapwing in/off, 5 Curlew Sandpiper in/off, 71 Snipe in/off, 2 Pomarine Skua, 35 Arctic Skua, 2 Long tailed Skua, 6 Bonxie, 141 Black headed Gull in/off, 2 Kittiwake and 1 Black Tern while an Asio owl sp also came in/off.
Migrant totals were the first Jack Snipe of the autumn, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 16 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat, 15 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,2 Whitethroat, 4 Yellow browed Warbler (with birds by the Blue Bell, Vicars Lane and 2 Middle Camp), 10 Chiff chaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 24 Siskin.
Other bits of interest were 45 Wigeon, 105 Teal, 75 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 17 Common Sandpiper and 90 Mediterranean Gull on Easington straight.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 18 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, 2 whitethroat, 3 Chiff chaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting. (48 of 12 species).

Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler. Micky Maher.

Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler. Micky Maher.

Siskin. Simon Jump.

Siskin. Simon Jump.

15th September 2016 - Thursday

Thick fog all day and a force 2 Northerly.

The highlights of the day was a vocal flighty Citrine Wagtail over the triangle then eventually north up Beacon Lane. The first 2 Yellow browed Warbler of the autumn were at Middle Camp and on Vicars Lane, no doubt the first of many of these beautiful Warblers all the way from Asia.

Difficult in the thick fog but it was evident that there was a good grounding of Meadow Pipits but even harder to get a good count. Totals were 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, 420+ Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 13 Wheatear, 8 Whinchat, 11 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap at the warren, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher and 42 Siskin.

Other bits of interest were 70 Greylag Geese, 21 Wigeon, 122 Teal, 2 Water Rail still showing well on canal scrape, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Ringing: 14 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 1 Great Tit. (23 of 8 species).

Yellow browed Warbler. Simon Jump.

Yellow browed Warbler. Simon Jump.

Long tailed Tit. John Hewitt.

Long tailed Tit. John Hewitt.

14th September 2016 - Wednesday

A cool damp foggy day only lifting late afternoon with some sunshine with force 3 SW.
Sea Watch: 1730-1915.

A disappointing day with the thick fog which never cleared properly. It did allow some sea watching from around 5.30pm and gave an indication what could have been. On the move was 20 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Red throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 24 Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 9 Arctic Skua, juvenile Long tailed skua, 11 Little Gull, juvenile Sabines Gull, 14 Kittiwake, 12 Auk sp and 1 Puffin.

It was difficult looking for migrants today but returns yielded 14 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 16 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Pied flycatcher while 4 Rock Pipit today were the first of the autumn..
Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 1 pale bellied Brent at Beacon Ponds, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher trapped in Church Field, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

Ringing: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wood Pigeon pulli, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch.(14 of 11)

Water Rails at dusk. John Hewitt.

Water Rails at dusk. John Hewitt.

Wheatear. John Hewitt.

Wheatear. John Hewitt.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Lesser Whitethroat. Adam Hutt.

Lesser Whitethroat. Adam Hutt.

13th September 2016 - Tuesday

A hot sunny day with a change in the weather saw the wind swing from a force 2 SW- 2 SE.
Migration Watch: 0620-0930. Seawatch: 0615-1145, 1700-1915.

After a period of SW today saw a change to Easterly winds for next few days and with it a small arrival occurred.

There was an increase in migrants numbers with 7 Redstart, 18 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiff chaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied flycatcher.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 3 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 388 Teal, 18 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 261 Common Scoter, 10 Red throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 106 Gannet, 2 Kestrel, 31 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 19 Arctic Skua, 23 Bonxie 6 Little Gull N, 467 Black headed Gull, 3 juvenile Yellow legged Gull, a late juvenile Little Tern, 4 Black Tern, 196 Sandwich Tern, 472 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern and 2 Puffin. .

It was another decent morning for viz-migging from the Warren, Numpties watchpoint with 7 Sand Martin, 515 Swallow, 17 House Martin,761 Meadow Pipit, 20 Flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 45 Tree Sparrow, 36 House Sparrow, 122 Linnet and 46 Reed Bunting.

Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 57 Greylag Geese, 1 pale bellied Brent Goose, 20 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 26 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Avocet, 2000 Golden plover, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail on canal Scrape, 16 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Kingfisher in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 33 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet. (47 of 11 species).

12th September 2016 - Monday

Sunny spells all day with a stiff force 3-4 SW.
Migration Watch: 0630-1100, 1445-1830.

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART IN THE SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL AND MADE IT THE BEST ONE YET DESPITE THE WEATHER ON SATURDAY (SORRY FOR THAT!!). THERE ARE LITERALLY TOO MANY PEOPLE TO MENTION BUT SPECIAL THANKS MUST GO TO THE ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS WHO GIVE UP THERE TIME AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Few migrants were seen today with the ongoing clean up from migfest with 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied flycatcher.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 11 Shelduck, 108 Wigeon, 662 Teal, 6 Pintail, 15 Shoveler, 118 Common Scoter, 12 Red throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 42 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 7 Arctic Skua and 2 Mediterranean Gull.
It was another good morning for Meadow Pipits. Viz-migging totals from the Warren were 1 Hobby, 9 Sand Martin, 496 Swallow, 1287 Meadow Pipit, 12 Flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow, 18 Goldfinch and 42 Linnet.
Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 1 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 17 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher at Sammys Point.

Ringing: 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap.

11th September 2016 - Sunday

Cool start but bright and sunny with 1 SW wind.

- The 2nd day full day of the 4th Annual SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL
- Last night’s winner of the “MARTIN GARNER YOUNG BIRDER OF THE YEAR 2016” is George Dunbar. Congratulations George who received a pair of fabulous Swarovski binoculars.
- Big movement of Meadow Pipits heading south underway at the Numpties Watchpoint, with many being ringed at the Warren ringing demo.
- Some seabirds from Sea watch hide to keep people entertained.
- The nice weather allows more Passerine migrants to feed up for big push south.

A Corncrake was flushed by Easington Gas Terminal but unfortunately flew into an area with no access.
The nicer weather has allowed a good overhead movement of passerines with over Marsh Harrier, 4500 Meadow Pipit and 10+ Grey Wagtail up to 1030.
Passerine wise sightings mainly in the triangle and Church Field have included Cuckoo, Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroats, a Tree Pipit and a possible flight only Tawny Pipit.
Over the sea was 18 Red throated Diver, Sooty Shearwater, 75 Gannet, Puffin, Little Gull, 86 Sandwich Tern, 2 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Skua and Bonxie while 12 Mediterranean Gull were by the boatyard and a Peregrine was in the area.
Waders were represented by Wood Sandpiper, Ruff and Curlew Sandpiper.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Pigeon, 68 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallow, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiff chaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 34 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting. (134 of 19 species).

Little Egret. Chris Galvin.

Little Egret. Chris Galvin.

Presentation for the Martin Garner Young Birder of the Year. Lizzie Bruce.

Presentation for the Martin Garner Young Birder of the Year. Lizzie Bruce.

The Ladies who really keep the Migration Festival running.

The Ladies who really keep the Migration Festival running.

Ringing demo at the Warren.

Ringing demo at the Warren.

Big numbers of Meadow pipit on the move. Andrew Dove.

Big numbers of Meadow pipit on the move. Andrew Dove.

10th September 2016 - Saturday

Rain from early morning with a force 1-2 W wind.

- 4th Annual SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL first full action packed day gets underway in the rain.
- "THE MARTIN GARNER YOUNG BIRDER OF THE YEAR" competition with a fantastic pair of Swarovski Binoculars to the winner.
- Kentish Plover, the 1st record since May 2000 showing well
- Kilnsea Wetlands is the place to be with great views of Waders and Gulls.
- Despite the rain passerine migrants being seen.

The undoubted highlight of the morning was the finding of a juvenile Kentish Plover initially found near the Riverside but re-locating to Kilnsea wetlands and showing well. Birds seen in this area included Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Caspian gull, 9 Mediterranean Gull while a Spotted Redshank was at Sammys.
Passerine wise 8 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, Wheatear and a Tree Pipit were in the triangle.
Other sightings reported were 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, Marsh Harrier and a fantastic Convulvulous Hawkmoth in the traps.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.

Kentish Plover. Chris Galvin.

Kentish Plover. Chris Galvin.

Kentish Plover. Matt Hobbs.

Kentish Plover. Matt Hobbs.

Caspian Gull. Matt Hobbs.

Caspian Gull. Matt Hobbs.

Convulvulous Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

Convulvulous Hawkmoth. Steve Valentine.

9th September 2016 - Friday

Cloudy with a breezy force 3 SW wind.

- 4th annual Spurn Migration Festival gets underway.
- British Trust for Ornitholgy a major migfest partner for the first time.
- Waders at Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon Ponds still delighting inc Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper.
- Corncrake seen 'flopping' into Church Field.

The highlight of the day was a Corncrake in Church Field which wasn’t seen subsequently but obviously may still be in area.

Birds on the move over the sea was 19 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 11 Common Scoter, 20 Red throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwtater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 2 Snipe, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Bar tailed Godwit, 3 Arctic skua, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 3 Black Tern and 300 Common Tern.


Birds on the move going south were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 18 Sand Martin, 830 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 1044 Meadow Pipit,3 Yellow wagtail,81 Tree Sparrow and 18 Linnet.

Other birds of interest were 1 Water Rail on the canal, a Merlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Whinchat.

A night time search around churchfield produced a Nathusia's Pipistrelle.

Ringing: 11 Meadow Pipit.

The Spurn Migration Festival is bringing together our partners and friends from Cape May Bird Observatory, Falsterbo Bird Observatory, The British Trust for Ornithology and of course ourselves .

The Spurn Migration Festival is bringing together our partners and friends from Cape May Bird Observatory, Falsterbo Bird Observatory, The British Trust for Ornithology and of course ourselves .

An extra suprise for many today was the 'Hot off the Press' Spurn Wildlife 2015 report and what a front cover.

An extra suprise for many today was the 'Hot off the Press' Spurn Wildlife 2015 report and what a front cover.

Spotted Flycatcher. Ben Porter.

Spotted Flycatcher. Ben Porter.

Willow Warbler. Ben Porter.

Willow Warbler. Ben Porter.

Migrating Tree Sparrows. Ben Porter.

Migrating Tree Sparrows. Ben Porter.

8th September 2016 - Thursday

Bright and sunny with a force 2-4 S-W wind.
Migration watches: 0640-0730, 1700-1900.

- Barred Warbler and Wryneck still present
- Seabirds, including Manx Shearwaters on the Humber.
- Great views of waders from Kilnsea Wetlands hide.
- Grey Seals and Porpoise offshore.

A quieter day all round but still some movement offshore and overland. Hopefully a burst of activity in next couple of days given the right weather. The SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL starts tomorrow and we cant wait to show you what we have to offer.

The Barred Warbler was by the Heligoland trap while the Wryneck was at Chalk Bank mainly on the road. In the evening an Osprey was over the Humber and flew towards Kilnsea Wetlands.

A few migrants about but generally in low numbers with 1 Cuckoo, 4 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 40 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied flycatcher.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 21 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater on the Humber, 38 Gannet, 1 Snipe and 3 Arctic Skua.

Quiet for viz-migging from the Warren, Numpties watchpoint with 1 Sand Martin, 130 Swallow, 7 House Martin,120 Meadow Pipit, 3 Flava wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 6 Jackdaw.

Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 9 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 42 Teal, a Water Rail on canal Scrape, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 800 Common Tern and 7 Arctic tern on the point beach.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 2 Reed Bunting. (20 of 8 species).

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Pied Flycatcher. Adam Hutt.

Pied Flycatcher. Adam Hutt.

7th September 2016 - Wednesday

A warm day with cloud and a force 2 SW wind.
Migration watches: 0610-1800.

- Good again over the sea with Skuas, Shearwaters and Waders on the move.
- The increase in overland movement continues in particular Meadow Pipits and Hirundines.
- New migrants are beginning to turn up along the peninsula.
- Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Ponds alive with birds especially at high tide.
All of these giving an all round fantastic days birding all in time for the SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL which begins on Friday.

2 species that have been very popular at the last few Migfests turned up today with a Barred Warbler at Potato Fields and 2 Wryneck a new bird at Chalk bank while the other bird remained at Easington Gas Terminal. A Great white Egret made a welcome appearance at Beacon ponds then flew south down the peninsula.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 1 pale bellied Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 13 Wigeon, 97 Teal, 2 Eider, 13 Red throated Diver, 1 Black throated Diver N, 4 Fulmar, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 28 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 10 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 12 Little Gull, 203 Black headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake and 3 Black Tern.

Overland viz-migging from the Warren Numpties watchpoint produced 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swift, 102 Sand Martin, 2753 Swallow, 435 House Martin,4847 Meadow Pipit, 15 Flava wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 31 Tree sparrow, 40 Goldfinch, 42 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.

A welcome increase in migrant numbers with 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 22 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 16 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied flycatcher.

Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 12 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper with lots of common waders and also 10 Medterranean Gull on the beach.

Ringing: 55 Meadow Pipit, 12 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch. (76 of 7 species).

Great white Egret. Alan Whitehead.

Great white Egret. Alan Whitehead.

Great white Egret. John Hewitt.

Great white Egret. John Hewitt.

Reed Warbler. Tim Jump.

Reed Warbler. Tim Jump.

6th September 2016 - Tuesday

A warm day with blue skies and cloud and a force 2 SW wind.
Migration watches: 0600-1300, 1600-1930.

A great day for Ducks over the sea and Passerines overhead while a Wryneck was in Easington as we slowly build towards the SPURN MIGRATION FESTIVAL which begins on Friday.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 1 pale bellied Brent Goose, 31 Shelduck, 92 Wigeon, 995 Teal, 18 Pintail, 18 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted duck, 375 Common Scoter, 9 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 7 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 188 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 1 Marsh harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 34 Oystercatcher, 9 Knot, 19 Dunlin, 16 Bar tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 2 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank N, 1 Greenshank, 8 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie and 740 Black headed Gull.

Overland viz-migging from the Warren Numpties watchpoint produced 7 Swift, 138 Sand Martin, 2042 Swallow, 1540 House Martin, 26 Flava wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 25 Linnet..

Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 6 Little Grebe, 4 Wigeon, 189 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 92 Mallard, 200+ Common Scoter on the Humber, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 7 Kestrel, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 24 Medterranean Gull, with the odd migrant still lingering 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiff chaff and finally a Wryneck which was seen sunning itself just north of Easington Gas Terminal, which will be very popular if it lingers till the weekend.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 41 Meadow Pipit, 20 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler. (73 of 8 species).

Grey Wagtail. Tim Jones.

Grey Wagtail. Tim Jones.

Tree Pipit. Tim Jones.

Tree Pipit. Tim Jones.

Pintail, Wigeon and Teal on the move. Dan Branch.

Pintail, Wigeon and Teal on the move. Dan Branch.

Teal heading south. Dan Branch.

Teal heading south. Dan Branch.

5th September 2016 - Monday

Blue skies with some cloud and a force 2-3 SW wind.
Migration watch: 0630-1315, 1510-1910.

The 1st decent passage of Meadow Pipits of the autumn while the sea was reasonably productive.
Birds on the move over the sea were 357 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 500 Common Scoter, 25 Red throated Diver, 46 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 327 Gannet, 74 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 39 Oystercatcher, 12 Golden plover, 8 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper in off, 12 Dunlin, 3 Snipe in, 2 Bar tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 19 Arctic Skua, 14 Bonxie and 4 Kittiwake.

Overland the morning was good with 2 Swift, 87 Sand Martin, 320 Swallow, 85 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2072 Meadow Pipit, 27 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 14 Tree Sparrow, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting and 1 Corn Bunting.

Other bits of interest were a pale bellied Brent Goose on Holderness Field, 3 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 93 Mallard, 1 Merlin, 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper at Kilnsea wetlands, a good count of 16 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher at Beacon Ponds while the few passerine migrants remaining were 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 10 Willow warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 3 Robin, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit, 6 Linnet, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting. (17 of 8 species).

Corn Bunting. Tim Jones.

Corn Bunting. Tim Jones.

Meadow Pipits. Tim Jones.

Meadow Pipits. Tim Jones.

4th September 2016 - Sunday

Overnight rain cleared up by mid afternoon with a stiff force 4 WNW-NE wind.
Migration watches: 0620-1500, 1700-1940.

Due to the relatively strong winds most action was over the sea and with it the first good Skua movement.
On the move over the sea mainly south was 8 Wigeon, 139 Teal, 46 Common Scoter, 1 Great crested Grebe, 11 Red throated Diver, 71 Fulmar, 24 Manx Shearwater, 456 Gannet, 2 Pomarine Skua, 42 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 5 Bonxie, 1 Yellow legged Gull and 111 Herring Gull.

Also on the move was 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 55 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 knot, 6 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin in, 2 Ruff in, 15 Black tailed Godwit, 104 Bar tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Green Sandpiper in, 9 Turnstone, 4 Swift, 17 Sand Martin, 38 Swallow, 151 Meadow Pipit and 3 Carrion Crow.

Other good sightings were 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 11 Black tailed Godwit, 27 Whimbrel, 390 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 43 Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo at the Warren, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiff chaff, 6 Willow Warbler 1 Spotted Flycatcher and the 1st Pied Flycatcher for a few days.

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

Whinchat. Tim Jump.

Whinchat. Tim Jump.

Marsh Harrier. Tim Jump.

Marsh Harrier. Tim Jump.

Bar-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

Bar-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

3rd September 2016 - Saturday

A bright start clouded up in the late evening with rain by mid day and a force 2 WNW-1 W-4SE wind.
Migration watches: 0615-1340, 1725-1945.

On the move over the sea mainly south was 16 Teal, 9 Common Scoter, 6 Red throated Diver, 13 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 285 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier in off, 3 Kestrel, 15 Oystercatcher, 9 Knot, 1 Ruff, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Arctic Skua, 42 Lesser black backed Gull, 1 Yellow legged Gull in off, 7 Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern, 100 Sandwich Tern, 1000 Common Tern, 3 Roseate Tern south in the evening and 27 Arctic Tern.

Overland viz-migging from the Warren Numpties watchpoint produced 3 Swift, 249 Swallow, 93 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 344 Meadow Pipit, 15 Flava wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting while 60+ Tree Sparrow went back north.

Of interest mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon ponds area were 4 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 15 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint, 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 1200 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 10 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Chiff chaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a nice Juvenile Caspian Gull by Easington boatyard.

Ringing: 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow

Caspian Gull. Dean Nicholson.

Caspian Gull. Dean Nicholson.

Yellow legged Gull. Dean Nicholson.

Yellow legged Gull. Dean Nicholson.

Mediterranean Gulls with Black headed Gulls. Dean Nicholson.

Mediterranean Gulls with Black headed Gulls. Dean Nicholson.

Caspian Gull. Dean Nicholson.

Caspian Gull. Dean Nicholson.

2nd September 2016 - Friday

Mainly sunny all day with some cloud with a force 1-2 SW wind.
Migration watches: 0610-1140, 1600-2000.

Migrant totals were slowly dropping with no sign of the Barred Warbler but still present were 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Goldcrest.

On the move over the sea heading south unless stated was 27 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 98 Gannet N, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 542 Common Tern and 68 Arctic Tern, while it was again quiet for overhead migration with 1 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 146 Swallow, 334 House Martin and 1 Siskin.

Of interest were 1 Hobby back north, Merlin, 2 Little ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50+ Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher.
A Harvest Mouse nest was found in Church Field.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 19 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Tree Sparrow. (39 of 11 species)

Kingfisher. Dean Nicholson.

Kingfisher. Dean Nicholson.

1st September 2016 - Thursday

Sunny and warm all day with a force 1-2 W-SW wind.
Migration watches:

The 3rd day of the ringing experience was maybe a bit more relaxed with ringing at the Warren, an attempt to catch Common Sandpiper and Turnstone instead saw a Wheatear spring trapped. See below for the days totals.

The log staying Barred Warbler remained along the canal by Cliffe Farm, while other migrant totals were 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 12 Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest.

On the move over the sea heading south unless stated was 12 Teal, 46 Common Scoter mainly, 7 Red throated Diver N, 9 Fulmar, 67 Gannet N, 7 Cormorant, 7 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 11 Golden Plover in/off, 12 Grey Plover in/off, 12 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua N, 5 Lesser black backed Gulls, 905 Common Tern, 2 Roseate Tern an adult and juvenile together, 23 Arctic Tern, 33 Sandwich Tern while it was quieter for overhead migration with 13 Sand Martin, 134 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow and 12 Tree Sparrow.
Of interest were 5 Teal, 1 Eider ,3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Merlin, 1 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 142 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, juvenile Yellow legged Gull and a Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 19 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Tree Sparrow. (39 of 11 species)

Little Egret. Ian Smith.

Little Egret. Ian Smith.

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