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September 2014 Sightings

30th September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00 – 18.30. Cloudy with hazy slowly clearing leaving a warm sunny afternoon, a force 2-1 W wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE ike was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, please CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DON’T PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.
A Barred Warbler was found in the Crown car park late afternoon, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, one ringed at the Warren and one in the Crown/Kew area; the Common Rosefinch was seen in Church Field; the Richard’s Pipit was seen in the field north of Riverside Hotel but flew off in the direction of North Field although did return later. A few new migrants appeared in the afternoon including a Black Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, 30 Song Thrush and 17 Brambling, while other common migrants were few and far between: 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest.
There was some steady passage over the sea and land with 74 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 72 Wigeon, 185 Teal, 1 Pintail, 15 Tufted Duck, 282 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Manx Shearwater, 537 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 5 Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Little Gull, 160 Skylark, 363 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 568 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 480 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 118 Goldfinch, 181 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 16 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen include 52 Brent Geese, 18 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 4 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 580 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.
A good month with 186 species recorded at Spurn , the second best September on record for number of species.

29th September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-12.30, 16.30-18.30. Cloudy all day and hazy with moderate visibility, heavy rain from late afternoon, a force 1-2 SE wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, parking remains the same, park in Well Field and NOT ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN AND ANCHOR CAR PARK.
A Little Bunting was found in a mist-net at the Warren and wasn’t seen before or after release and probably carried on with the good Reed Bunting passage. A Richard’s Pipit was found in the field north of the Riverside Hotel and was probably the bird that flew north yesterday; a Yellow-browed Warbler was found late afternoon at the Warren; the Common Rosefinch was seen briefly between Kew and Beacon Lane.
Common migrant totals were 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 300 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 31 Reed Bunting.
There was some reasonable passage: 29 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 206 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 48 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 109 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 650 Meadow Pipit, 29 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 11 Grey Wagtail, 33 alba Wagtail, 15 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 380 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 60 Greenfinch, 47 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet, 48 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 24 Brent Geese, 94 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Pintail, 50 Common Scoter, 28 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterrranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

Little Bunting. Tim Jones.

Little Bunting. Tim Jones.

28th September 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-11.00, 14.00-17.00. Mild, warm day with plenty of sunny periods, a force 1-2 SW wind switching SE in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE continued to entertain, showing well in the hedgerows of North Field (the field on the north side of Kilsnea Road. Photographers please DO NOT USE TAPES TO GET THE BIRD CLOSER!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN AND ANCHOR CAR PARK.
The first Richard’s Pipit of the autumn flew north over Numpties at 09.30, a Firecrest was found at the gas terminal late afternoon, the Common Rosefinch was seen in Church Field and North Hedge off Beacon Lane next to the shrike at one point. Other migrants seen included 1 Kingfisher at the Warren, 25 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 45 Wren, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
On the move were 4 Teal, 130 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 38 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Little Gull, 30 auk sp, 18 Razorbill, 130 Skylark, 200 Swallow, 533 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 42 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 143 Tree Sparrow, 58 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 26 Greenfrinch, 12 Goldfinch, 204 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 32 Reed Bunting.

Kingfisher. Si Jump

Kingfisher. Si Jump

Rock PIpit. Si Jump

Rock PIpit. Si Jump

27th September 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 14:30-15:45 16:30-18:30. F1-2 SW-W some cloud in the morning soon cleared to leave a bright and warm day.
The MASKED SHRIKE was again present in Well Field until mid-afternoon when it flew across the road and stayed in Middle Hedge for the rest of the day. If coming tomorrow please remember to park only in Well Field.
A juvenile Common Rosefinch was found in the Heligoland Trap at the Warren where it was trapped and ringed then later seen in Church Field. Other grounded migrants included 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.
Again some passage included 350 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 48 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron in off, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 91 Little Gull, 17 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 4 auk sp., 1 Puffin, 48 Swallow, 800 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit in off, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 4 House Sparrow, 65 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 47 Linnet, 4 Reed bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 77 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Common Rosefinch admiring the Spurn branded clothing. Tim Jones.

Common Rosefinch admiring the Spurn branded clothing. Tim Jones.

26th September 2014 - Friday

PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea-watch 06:45-10:00 . F2-1 WSW-NW broken cloud in morning clearing in the afternoon leaving a very mild day. Another quiet day for the time of year, the MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field. If coming down tomorrow please park in Well Field (accessed from gate on right as you go south past the Bluebell café) and walk back along the road to the viewing area and give generously to the Observatory/YWT donation buckets. Other grounded migrants were 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Siskin.
Some light passage in the morning included a Jay that u-turned, presumably part of the wider movement noted across the UK and the Continent. Also on the move were 264 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 62 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier in off, 12 Snipe in off, 1 Bonxie, 215 Little Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 400 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 51 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 633 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 flava wagtail sp., 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 alba, 4 Rook, 10 House Sparrow, 192 Tree Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 60 Greenfinch, 114 Goldfinch, 620 Linnet, 26 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 1 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 1 Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Greenshank.

Jay. Martin Garner.

Jay. Martin Garner.

25th September 2014 - Thursday

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK all visiting birders for parking in Well Field and not in the Crown and Anchor. If you are planning to visit then please give generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-10:00 15:20-18:20. F2 SW cloudy morning clearing slightly in the afternoon. A quiet day with some light passage that never really got going and nearly all common migrants clearing out, today being the first day since Aug 26th without a Pied Flycatcher in the area! However the MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field sticking to the hedgerow behind Rose Cottage. Other grounded migrants were 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and a Lapland Bunting.
On the move were 131 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 97 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 147 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk(in), 1 Jack Snipe in off, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 147 Little Gull, 89 auk sp., 8 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 2 Short-eared Owl in off, 9 Skylark, 82 Swallow, 32 House Martin, 833 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava wagtail sp., 10 alba wagtail sp., 4 Jackdaw, 5 House Sparrow, 90 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 127 Goldfinch, 541 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 1 Pintail, 7 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe on Clubley’s and Canal Scrape, 6 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

24th September 2014 - Wednesday

PLEASE PARK IN WELL FIELD AND NOT ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-11:00 13:45-19:00. F3-1 W-NW broken cloud all day as the wind dropped.
The MASKED SHRIKE again stayed loyal to the hedge line behind Rose Cottage in Well Field all day. Please remember to park in Well Field and walk round, do not park along the road or in the Crown and Anchor. Many thanks to all who have donated generously so far.
Migrant numbers again dropped off with just the Yellow-browed Warbler still around Kew, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Stronger westerly/north westerly winds produced a few birds moving mainly over the sea including 852 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 6 Pintail, 74 Common Scoter, 170 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 51 Gannet, 1 Purple Sandpiper (in), 4 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 297 Little Gull, 27 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 47 Common Tern, 77 auk sp., 4 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 26 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 7 Pintail, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Masked Shrike. Ian Smith.

Masked Shrike. Ian Smith.

23rd September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-10:00 14:00-16:45 17:30-18:30. F2 W-SW broken cloud and sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE was present again in Well Field staying faithful to the same hedge line behind Rose Cottage. Again please park only in Well Field and walk round to view the bird, please do not park along the road or in the Crown and Anchor car park. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
Again slightly fewer numbers of migrants, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still present in the Kew/Churchyard area as well as 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
First westerly/south westerly wind for a while produced some light passage including 3 Mute Swan, 126 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Barnacle Geese, 14 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 84 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 102 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 98 Gannet, 1 Buzzard, 1 Osprey, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 149 Little Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 112 Common Tern, 66 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in off, 50 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 248 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 984 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba wagtail, 8 House Sparrow, 203 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 19 Greenfinch, 76 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 311 Linnet, 65 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were 15 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 78 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2 Pintail, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull.

22nd September 2014 - Monday

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK all visiting birders today who behaved impeccably, parked in the allocated areas and gave generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea-watch 06:45-08:30 15:00-19:10. F3-1 WNW-E a chilly start soon warmed up with some patchy cloud.
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field all day appearing at 07:40 and still present at dusk. Many other migrants appeared to have cleared out but birds also arrived with 2 new Yellow-browed Warbler at the Warren and the Churchyard with 1 still present at Sammy’s Point, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Warren and the Churchyard, Barred Warbler around the Crown and Anchor and only the second Hawfinch of the year that flew into the Crown and Anchor car park. Migrant totals included 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in off, 2 Tree Pipit, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 20 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting over the Triangle.
Some passage in the morning included 37 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Barnacle Goose in, 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 54 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 13 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 250 Little Gull, 16 Common Tern, 15 Sandwich Tern, 3 Guillemot, 6 Skylark, 284 Swallow, 550 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 1 Rook, 22 Tree Sparrow, 10 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 34 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 78 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier around Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 2 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 19 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl. Also 2 Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Masked Shrike. Rich Willison.

Masked Shrike. Rich Willison.

Masked Shrike showing the dark rump and tail pattern. Rich Willison.

Masked Shrike showing the dark rump and tail pattern. Rich Willison.

21st September 2014 - Sunday

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANKall visiting birders today who behaved impeccably, parked in the allocated areas and gave generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/sea-watches – 06.45-09.00, 11.45-13.45, 16.30-17.20, 18.00-19.00. A better day with clouds and sunny spells and a couple of light showers, a force 1-2 NW-N wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE, was still present in Well Field all day and showed very well at times; the Olive-backed Pipitwas seen along the Canal on and off all day although mostly elusive; a Barred Warbler showed well in the hedge north of the Crown & Anchor; the Great Grey Shrike was still in the hedgerows off Beacon Lane; Red-breasted Flycatchers were still opposite the Church, the Warren, Sammy’s and a new one by the Old Boatyard n Kilnsea which moved to the churchyard; Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Sammy’s Point and on Vicar’s Lane, Easington; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew.
Migrant totals were in lower numbers but still included 3 Tree Pipit, 150 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 15 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 15 Song Thrush, 1 1 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher, a Coal Tit, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, and 6 Siskin.
There was more activity over the sea today, although there were a few other reports that weren’t substantiated – 86 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 47 Sooty Shearwater, 29 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 4 Bonxie, 120 Little Gull, 31 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 11 Puffin.
Passage was only light with 3 Eider, 33 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tree Pipit, 124 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 21 Brent Geese, 81 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 21 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, and 8 Mediterranean Gull.

Masked Shrike. Pete Saunders

Masked Shrike. Pete Saunders

Olive-backed Pipit. Pete Saunders

Olive-backed Pipit. Pete Saunders

Barred Warbler. Pete Saunders

Barred Warbler. Pete Saunders

20th September 2014 - late evening update

BIRDERS ARRIVING TOMORROW ONLY PARK (FREE) IN WELL FIELD AND BE DIRECTED TO THE BIRD. NO PARKING ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK. CARS WILL BE MOVED ON BY THE POLICE. Thank you.
THE MASKED SHRIKE WAS STILL PRESENT JUST BEFORE DUSK TONIGHT
Migration/sea-watches 06.40-14.00, 17.50-18.15. Overcast all day again, a force 1-2 NNW-N wind.
The undoubted highlight was Spurn and Yorkshire’s first MASKED SHRIKE, which is only the third for the UK, a very nice young bird showed in the open although fairly distantly for most of the day in Well Field
It was strange watching people walking straight past an Olive-backed Pipit that had been found five minutes earlier on the Canal banking and showing well at times until it flew off in the direction of Cliff Farm. A Grey Phalarope flew from the sea to the Humber. A dark juvenile Honey Buzzard flew south over the Humber at 13.25; a Marsh Warbler showed well at the north side of the gas terminal;
The Great Grey Shrike was still in the hedgerows off Beacon Lane; Red-breasted Flycatchers were still in the Crown car park, the Warren, Potato Fields and Sammy’s Point; 5 Yellow-browed Warblers 4 around the gas terminal, 1 at the Point; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew; the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn flew south.
There was more heavy passage for a northerly wind, affecting the species moving yesterday, the totals were 16 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 53 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 10 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 16 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 55 Little Gull, 10 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 2 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 1000 Swallow, 10 Tree Pipit, 2600 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 22 Grey Wagtail, 17 alba Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch, 42 Siskin and 22 Reed Bunting.
There were still a few common migrants and totals entered into the log were 7 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 17 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 38 Wheatear, 24 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 19 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Brambling, 30 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included 10 Brent Geese, 20 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 14 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern.

juv MASKED SHRIKE. Dave Aitken

juv MASKED SHRIKE. Dave Aitken

Olvie-backed Pipti. Ian Smith

Olvie-backed Pipti. Ian Smith

19th September 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-14.30. Overcast all day with mist most of the day and rain from mid-afternoon, a force 2+ ENE wind.
A record-breaking day at Spurn. The bird of the day was Grey Wagtail! One of the oldest day records at Spurn is the Grey Wagtail which stood at 24 set on 8th September 1958. Keen vis-miggers at Spurn for years have been close to breaking the record on several days in classic conditions, south-west winds in mid-September! So it was a surprise, in ENE winds and misty conditions that the record was obliterated today when 55 were recorded flying south. There have only been 18 ringed at Spurn previous to 2014, and no more than three in a year, today 16 were ringed! What is unusual is where are the birds coming from, usually they would come from the British Isles and probably why the record has stood so long, as most wagtails migrate through the centre or west of England and only small numbers down the east coast. However, with NE winds off high pressure over Scandinavia for the past couple of weeks, most birds at Spurn at the moment are most probably from Scandinavia which reflects in the large numbers of drift migrants changing daily for most of September, and there is no reason to not think these are also of Scandinavian origin.
It wasn’t just Grey Wagtails on the move, the best Meadow Pipit movement of the autumn so far also shouldn’t be on ENE winds, but large numbers were coming in off the sea or from the north, many of the flava Wagtails looked like Grey-headed’s, with two very good candidates seen on the ground, many alba’s looked like White’s and also good numbers of Tree Pipits which are not normally associated with good Mipit movements in normal conditions.
The days passage totals were 2 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 89 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 11 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 842 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 24 Tree Pipit, 3647 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 26 flava Wagtail, 19 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 29 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 45 Siskin, 118 Linnet, and 66 Reed Bunting.
Grey Wagtail wasn’t the only record broken today, 6 Red-breasted Flycatchers, represents a new day record at Spurn, the previous being 5 on several occasions, there were three at Sammy’s Point, with singles at the Churchyard, the Warren and Potato Fields; two Yellow-browed Warblers were at Sammy’s Point; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew; two good candidates for Grey-headed Wagtail were seen on Clubley’s and at Kilnsea Wetlands; the Great Grey Shrike was seen by the listening dish again in the afternoon; a ‘Sibe’ Lesser Whitethroat was caught at the Warren.
Common migrant totals entered into the log were 2 Kingfisher, 11 Tree Pipit, 660 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 33 Robin, 14 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 75 Wheatear, 44 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Brambling, and 32 Siskin.
Other birds present included 12 Brent Geese, 71 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Pintail, 9 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, a juv female Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 16 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 14 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 15 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 78 Little Gull.

Grey Wagtail. Andy Roadhouse

Grey Wagtail. Andy Roadhouse

Jack Snipe. Michael Flowers

Jack Snipe. Michael Flowers

18th September 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 08.30-11.30, 18.15-19.15. A pea-souper to start with which cleared to leave a warm sunny day from mid-morning then mist rolled in and clouded over mid-afternoon, a force 1-2 ENE wind.
Another excellent day with lots of birds to look at and search through. The highlight for a couple of observers was Spurn’s 5th CETTI’S WARBLER at Sammy’s Point. What appeared to be the same Honey-buzzard flew south from Sammy’s Point and headed for the Point again.A Caspian Gull flew north past the Warren. New scarce migrants included Red-breasted Flycatchers at the Warren and Sammy’s Point, plus one still in the Crown car park; a Barred Warbler at the Blue Bell and one still at Sammy’s Point; a Yellow-browed Warbler at Sammy’s Point and one still at the Point; the Firecrest and Wood Warbler were still at Kew, the Wryneck was seen again at Canal Scrape;the ringed Marsh Warbler was trapped again at Kew late afternoon, the first Black Redstart of the autumn was at the Narrows.
Common migrant totals included 1 Short-eared Owl, 22 Tree Pipit, 150 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail,30 Robin, 31 Redstart, 34 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 40 Wheatear, 22 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 15 Garden Warbler, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 38 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 260 Siskin, 54 Reed Bunting.
Once the fog cleared birds started to move despite the easterly winds, 7 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 65 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 8 Grey Heron, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Kestrel, 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 64 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 16 Skylark, 71 Swallow, 11 Tree Pipit, 671 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 9 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 26 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 5 Brent Geese, 40 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 14 Little Egret, 15 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 5 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff including one ringed (only 12th for Spurn), 1 Jack Snipe, 22 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Black Tern, 355 Common Tern and a Barn Owl.
Interesting insects included a Bedstraw Hawk-moth trapped in Easington, a Ruddy Darter and 2 newly emerged Red-veined Darters on Clubley’s Field.

Marsh Warbler. Mick Turton.

Marsh Warbler. Mick Turton.

Redstart. Ian Smith.

Redstart. Ian Smith.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Pete Saunders

Yellow-browed Warbler. Pete Saunders

17th September 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-10.00. Rain from before light, turned to mizzle in the Fog which remained all day, a force 1-2 N-NNE wind.
Still new arrivals kept coming, two Yellow-browed Warblers were found, one at the Point and one at Chalky Point; two more new Red-breasted Flycatchers one at the Narrows and one on the north side of the gas terminal, with ones also still at Kew and the Potato Fields; a Common Rosefinch was found by Easington boatyard at the end of Seaside Lane late afternoon. The first Jack Snipe of the autumn was on Canal Scrape. A Wryneck was found in Canal Scrape car park, the Firecrest was at Kew, the Barred Warbler was still at Sammy’s, the Wood Warbler was still at the Churchyard, and the Great Grey Shrike was reported by the Listening Dish.
Common migrant numbers included a Cuckoo, 14 Tree Pipit, 400+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 30 Robin, 13 Redstart, 18 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 36 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 78 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler,12 Blackcap, 10 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling, 69 Siskin, 18 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Meadow Pipits were moving even in the poor conditions with 600+ moving mainly south but some obviously disorientated in the fog, also on the move were 105 Wigeon, 177 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 183 Common Scoter, the first Goldeneye of the autumn, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Skylark, 50+ Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 12 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 10 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included a Pink-footed Goose, 5 Brent Geese, 47 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 4 Ruff, 12 Common Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

16th September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:40-08:15 17:20-18:45. F1-2 SE-ENE misty most of the day with some sunny spells in the afternoon. A clear out of most migrants from the last few days and seemingly only a few arriving despite the conditions.
Grounded migrants were 3 Kingfisher, 1 Wryneck along the Canal 150 yards south of Cliff Farm, 16 Tree Pipit, 90 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 59 Robin, 13 Redstart, 24 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 20 Wheatear, 37 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 10 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest around Kew, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher at Potato Field and Crown and Anchor/Churchyard, 8 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Great Grey Shrike in North Hedge, 21 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 105 Siskin, 300 Linnet, 30 Reed Bunting.
Very little was moving in the misty conditions, 25 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 4 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 15 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 imm Long-tailed Skua was on Beacon Lagoons before moving off south to the Humber, 14 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 86 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 10 flava wagtail sp.
Also present were 54 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 1 Pintail, 10 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern.

Firecrest. Martin Standley.

Firecrest. Martin Standley.

15th September 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:35-08:35 18:00-19:30. F1-2 NE-ENE a murky misty start cleared to leave some sunny spells. Another brilliant day in the Spurn area with a good scattering of migrants and plenty of scarcities and Spurn's 3rd PALLID HARRIER a juvenile that flew south past Sammy’s Point, then u-turned just off Chalkies Point and headed back along the spartina landing briefly before vanishing into the thick fog. The pale juvenile Honey Buzzard came back over Sammy’s Point and cut out to Sammy’s Point at 10:30. Given that there had only been 3 previous autumn records of Marsh Warbler it was a surprise when the second of the autumn was found at Sammy’s Point, 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher a new bird at Potato Field and 3 remaining birds at Southfield Farm, Churchyard and Sammy’s Point, the Great Grey Shrike around the Triangle, a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, a new Wryneck in the Triangle and the first Firecrest, 3 Ring Ouzel and Brambling of the autumn.
Grounded migrant totals were 11 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 63 Robin, 15 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 28 Wheatear, 37 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 24 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 23 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 99 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 20 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 17 Snipe, 12 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 135 Common Tern, 4 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 flava wagtail sp., 4 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 8 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Grebe, 22 Gannet, 13 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 11 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 17 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 118 Turnstone, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 80 Tree Sparrow, 150 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 16 Reed Bunting.

Great Grey Shrike. Mick Turton.

Great Grey Shrike. Mick Turton.

14th September 2014 - Sunday

Another day full of quality birds and two more additions to the year list, which now stands at 233, a Corncrake was flushed from next to the Canal and dropped back into cover by the Canal Hedge; an early Great Grey Shrike was found in the Triangle but moved off north later in the day. A Honey-buzzard flew south to the Triangle then returned back north and was last seen perched north of Easington gas terminal; a Marsh Warbler was trapped in Church Field as was a Wood Warbler; there were two Yellow-browed Warblers (one at the Crown and a new one at Sammy’s); 3 Barred Warblers (Canal Scrape, Crown car park and a new one at Sammy’s); 4 Red-breasted Flycatchers (Kew/Southfield Farm/ Beacon Lane/new one at Sammy’s); the Wryneck still on Beacon Lane;
Common migrants totals included 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 23 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher.
A few birds were seen over the sea 12 Brent Geese including 4 Pale-bellied, 29 Wigeon, 63 Teal, 403 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 6 Grey Heron, 22 Arctic Skua, a juv Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 30 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Other birds seen were 45 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Honey-buzzard. Dave Tucker

Honey-buzzard. Dave Tucker

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

Wood Warbler. Ian Smith.

Wood Warbler. Ian Smith.

13th September 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-08:45 17:30-18:00. Mostly cloudy with a light force 1-2 E-ENE. Plenty of quality birds all round with a juvenile Dotterel found in with the Golden Plover flock at the north end of Easington Straight before flying off with them mid-morning, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull that flew north past Easington Cliff top in the morning, a total of 4 Barred Warbler with birds at the Warren, Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor, Canal Scrape and another further along the Canal, at least 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 at the Warren that flew north to Beacon Lane, 1 Southfield Farm to Beacon Lane and 2 in the Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor/Kew area and 2 Wryneck with a new bird in the Kew/Church Field area and one along Beacon Lane and a new Yellow-browed Warbler at Kew.
Grounded migrant totals were 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 27 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler , 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 33 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 28 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron (in), 3 Arctic Skua, 22 Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 4 auk sp.
Also present were 5 Grey Partridge, 5 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher .

Wood Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Wood Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Pete Saunders

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Pete Saunders

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

12th September 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-09:15. F1-2 NNE-NE some mist but mainly clear with a pleasant sunny afternoon. New migrants started arriving from mid morning onwards with the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the Autumn turning up in a net in Church Field late afternoon and becoming the second earliest record. Other grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck along Beacon Lane, 25 Robin, 7 Redstart, 50 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 19 Wheatear, 65 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 new Barred Warbler 1 in Canal Hedge and 1 that moved from Beacon Lane to Cliff Farm, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Beacon Lane to Crown and Anchor/Cliff Farm, 19 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 14 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 66 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 88 Gannet, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jackdaw.
Also present were the first Dark-bellied Brent Goose of the autumn, 31 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 16 Eider, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 3 Water Rail, 15,000 Knot, 6 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 21 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher .

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jones.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jones.

11th September 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 06.00-15.00, 17.50-18.35. A warm and mainly sunny day with misty conditions creating some interesting records, a force 1 NE wind.
Two additions to the year list were a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew out east over the breach at high tide early morning; and a Wood Warbler was seen in the Crown car park mid-afternoon.
A first calendar year Caspian Gull was seen on the Tank Blocks at high tide before flying off south towards the Narrows; a Common Rosefinch was trapped and ringed at the Warren first thing; a total of 1300 Common Scoters were seen including a flock of 1000 off the Point, the largest flock ever recorded at Spurn; the Wryneck was seen again on Beacon Lane; a Roseate Tern flew out north-east early morning; a Tawny Owl was at Kew in the early hours and the first Rock Pipit of the autumn flew south.
Only a few migrants were around first thing, but small numbers started to appear from early afternoon and the totals were 3 Tree Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 34 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher.
A few birds were moving: 48 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 148 Swallow, 250 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail and 30 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 8 Little Egret, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern and 500+ Common Tern.

juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

Caspian Gull. Martin Standley

Caspian Gull. Martin Standley

Common Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

Common Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

10th September 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 13.30-19.30. Long sunny spells with some broken clouds, a force 1-2 E-SE wind.
The Wryneck at Sandy Beaches and the Barred Warbler by the ListenIng Dish were still present, the tail off in migrants the last couple of days changed mid-afternoon when new migrants started to appear. The totals were a Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Pied Flycatcher.
The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn flew south (5), while also on the move were 29 Wigeon, 81 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 46 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 19 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 22 Dunlin, 11 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern, 43 Sandwich Tern, 355 Common Tern, 14 auk sp, 32 Sand Martin, 142 Swallow, 2241 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 49 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 27 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet and 17 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were 11 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 13 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 11 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper.

9th September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 18.00-19.30. A mainly still and sunny day with cloud cover for a couple of hours late morning, a force 1-2 NW-E wind.
A good clear out overnight of many migrants and just a few new birds in during the day. The Barred Warbler was still at the Listening Dish and the Wryneck at Sandy Beaches. Other migrant totals were 3 White Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 22 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher.
Passage was surprisingly good with 24 Teal, 33 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 128 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 12 Kittiwake, 408 Common Tern went south in the evening, 16 Sand Martin, 302 Swallow, 328 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2113 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 8 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 43 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 22 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Little Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 2 Little Owl calling at 03.30 from Grange Farm.
Elsewhere a Sunfish was seen off the sea-watching hut.

8th September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-11.30, 15.00-15.30, 18.00-19.30. A mainly warm and sunny day with some light clouds moving through mid-morning, a light force 1-2 W-N-NNE wind.
A few grounded migrants continue to linger, and some good passage early morning made for an interesting if not busy day clearing down from the MIg Fest.
A new Wryneck was seen at Sammy’s Point and the one on Beacon Lane showed well again, the Barred Warbler showed well in the hedge between Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon Ponds. A Kingfisher was caught in Church Field and other migrant totals were a Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Robin, 3 Redstart, 32 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 21 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 1+ Long-tailed Tit.
Birds moving south (with a few coming in off too) were 16 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 52 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 35 Oystercatcher, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 5 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 410 Swallow, 44 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 2540 Meadow Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 377 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 48 Linnet.
Other birds included 13 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4000 Golden Plover, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (including a tagged bird from Norway), 3 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Kingfisher. Tim Jones.

Kingfisher. Tim Jones.

7th September 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00. A cloudy start clearing late morning to leave a warm and sunny afternoon and evening.
Another good day with 112 species recorded bringing the total for the weekend to 123, and most people who attended finally saw Wryneck and Barred Warbler and fine selection of migrants.
A LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER flew onto the Humber with a Golden Plover and landed with the Golden Plover flock which was later counted in the fields to be around 4000. On call the bird is probably a Pacific and will be searched for again. A 1st year Caspian Gull flew north from the Humber and returned half an hour later. A probable blythi Lesser Whitethroat was in the Crown car park with a ‘normal’ Lesser Whitethroat.
There was another increase in some migrants and the days totals entered in the log today were 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wryneck (Sandy Beaches and 1 late on flushed off the road by Kew), 3 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 7 Redstart, 73Whinchat, 35 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Churchyard, Narrows, 1 from Westmere Farm to the Listening Dish), 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 56 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 32 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Pied Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 39 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 1 Ruff, 9 Whimbrel, 32 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 7 Artic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 489 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 5 Tree Pipit, 919 Meadow Pipit, 27 flava Wagtail, and 400+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gulls.

a Fly pied-catcher. David Constantine

a Fly pied-catcher. David Constantine

Whinchat. David Constantine

Whinchat. David Constantine

Wryneck. Richard Willison

Wryneck. Richard Willison

6th September 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.00-18.00. Misty start with cloud for most of the day with regular showers from mid-afternoon. A force 1 NNE-N wind.
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua which flew north from the sea-watching hut and followed all the way to Easington was a good highlight for all those that saw the bird. There was very good passage considering the light northerly winds including 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 27 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 34 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 32 Arctic Skua,, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Swift, 43 Sand Martin, 1928 Swallow, 198 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 2051 Meadow Pipit, 40 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, and 2 Reed Bunting.
There were still good numbers of grounded migrants and a few more additions – 4 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm, Chalk Bank, Canal Scrape, and Sandy Beaches – only 4 of the 200 people present at the evening lecture hadn’t seen a Wryneck this weekend! 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Tree Pipit, 35 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 76 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Point/opposite churchyard and Church Field), 3 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Whitethroat, 4 Chifffchaff, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, the first Lesser Redpoll of the autumn and an entertaining escaped Cockatiel.
Other birds seen included 12 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gull.
The evening entertainment surpassed all expectations as 210 people were entertained by a very big pig spit roast, or other non-pig food, a very inspirational Martin Garner getting every one warmed up and a superb hours entertaining presentation by our new patron Mike Dilger proving he is a Naturalist and TV presenter and not the other way round. This was followed by many having a nice social in a very packed Crown & Anchor.

record shot of Long-tailed Skua. David Constantine

record shot of Long-tailed Skua. David Constantine

Wryneck. Ian Smith

Wryneck. Ian Smith

5th September 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-07.45. A misty start and cloudy in the morning with sunny spells from early afternoon and a N-NE 1-2 wind.
The start to the migration festival got off to a good start, there were plenty of birders arriving from early morning and seeing a good selection of species with 103 recorded during the day.
The bird of the day was found by two Next Generation Birders who had a Bittern come down the Humber but returned back before crossing the Triangle, this is only the 23rd record in the Spurn area. Also an Osprey appeared to fly south across the Humber at 10.30.
The main feature of the day was the good numbers of grounded migrants available for people to see including 2 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm and Canal Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Tree Pipit, 42 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 23 Robin, 14 Redstart, 63 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Narrows, Churchyard and 1 ringed at the Warren and moved up to Rose Cottage), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 150 Tree Sparrow and a Corn Bunting.
There were a few birds on the move despite the northerly winds including 9 Shelduck, 122 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 3 Puffin, 6 Sand Martin, 450 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 210 Meadow Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, and 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 3 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 28 Mediterranean Gulls.

Barred Warbler. Gareth Picton

Barred Warbler. Gareth Picton

4th September 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.30-19.30. A foggy start with a light N-NE wind veering more E in the evening, cleared to leave a sunny afternoon but a cloudy evening.
With so much preparation going on the MIG FEST, it was a little distracting that new migrants kept arriving. At least 4 Wrynecks were present, one trapped at Kew early morning moved to Cliff Farm and was joined by a second bird later, one trapped at the Warren moved to Canal Scrape and one was at Sammy’s Point. The Barred Warbler showed on and off opposite the Churchyard during the day, while common migrants continued to arrive throughout the day and the totals were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Tree Pipit, 31 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 55 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 28 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Pied Flycatcher, and 6 Long-tailed Tit.
On the move were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 40 Little Gull, 45 Sand Martin, 670 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 400 Meadow Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail.
Other birds of note included 1 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

3rd September 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-09:30 15:00-19:10. Sunny spells to leave a warm sunny day, clouding more late afternoon F1-2 E. Some light passage and a decent arrival of migrants from mid morning onwards.
Grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck in the first paddock at Sammy’s Point, 1 Tree Pipit, 14 Redstart, 56 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler presumably yesterday’s new bird behind Cliff Farm and a new bird at Chalkies Point, 4 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Long-tailed Tit .
On the move were 1 Wigeon, 67 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Swift, 87 Sand Martin, 1050 Swallow, 350 House Martin, 320 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 50 Tree Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Also present were 1 Gadwall, 25 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint, 13 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlins, David Constantine

Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlins, David Constantine

Whinchat. Ian Smith

Whinchat. Ian Smith

2nd September 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00 17:00 19:45. Still start with heavy cloud all morning with drizzle mid morning clearing to leave some sunny spells in the afternoon NW-NE 1-2. Some passage early morning and a few new arrivals started appearing at midday including a Barred Warbler found not long after midday hopping round in a small patch of reeds on the sand before presumably moving off into more suitable habitat and disappearing not long after.
Grounded migrants included 200 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 27 Wren, 34 Dunnock, 28 Robin, 1 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler 1 again at the point and a new bird in the reeds on the seaward side of the Borrow Pit, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat, 23 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Tree Sparrow.
On the move were 6 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 14 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 19 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1440 Black-headed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 44 Sandwich Tern, 1360 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 49 Sand Martin, 170 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 275 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 40 Tree Sparrow.
Also present were 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea Wetlands, 8 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Black-headed Gull, 50 House Martin. Also there were 2 Ocean Sunfish on the sea off the Warren, a Clouded Yellow and a Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Today's new Barred Warbler. Tim Jones.

Today's new Barred Warbler. Tim Jones.

The Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands are showing very well at the moment. Ian Smith.

The Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands are showing very well at the moment. Ian Smith.

1st September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 12.30-19.45. A cloudy start, then heavy rain shower for a couple of hours before clearing but mainly cloudy, a force 1-2 SW wind veered N and dropping to force 1 in the evening.
An interesting day that produced the first Barred Warbler of the year at the Point, most other migrants had cleared out leaving totals of 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Robin, 6 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
It was a good morning for passage considering the rain and the Meadow Pipit was excellent for the 1st September and the majority of Swallows moved in the afternoon after the wind went northerly. The totals moving south were 5 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 204 Teal, 11 Pintail, 75 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 12 Arctic Skua, 202 Sand Martin, 2864 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1196 Meadow Pipit, 16 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Rook, 58 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting.
Large numbers of waders continue to build on the Humber and of the more interesting around were 5 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper.
Other birds seen included 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 49 0 Common Tern.

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