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August 2016 Sightings

26th August 2016 - Friday

Bright and sunny most of the day with a force 3 W-1 E wind.
Migration watch: 0550-1015, 1130-1500, 1700-2000.

A few migrants were still lingering about. The 2 Barred Warblers were still along the canal and by the listening dish, while other migrants were 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Willow warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Birds on the move south (unless stated) were 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 68 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar N, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 40 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 105 Oystercatcher, 3 Turnstone, 2 juvenile Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Flava wagtail and Swallow while in the evening Tern roost 2 Black Tern and 1000 Common Tern flew south.
Other bits of interest were 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard while good numbers of passage waders were still around in the Holderness field/Kilnsea wetlands area, in addition to the large numbers of Common species including 1 Avocet, 3 Little ringed Plover, 100 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 22 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 37 Mediterranean Gull in the Easington Straight/Kilnsea Wetland.
A wader ringing session overnight was quite productive at Kilnsea Wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 12 Redshank.

25th August 2016 - Thursday

Rain until mid morning with sunny spells and showers all afternoon with a force 1-2 NE Wind.
Migration Watch: 0630-0830.

A further reduction in migrant numbers but 2 Barred Warbler new were found by the listening dish and along the canal giving typical views. Other totals were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher and a Treecreeper in the churchyard.
Some movement south with 9 Shelduck, 48 Teal, 206 Common Scoter N, 1 Red throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 25 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 2 Arctic Skua, juvenile Pomarine Skua N, 2 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 2 Sand Martin and 26 Swallow while in the evening roost 3 Black Tern, 1500 Common Tern and 21 Arctic Tern.
Other birds of interest were 3 Little ringed Plover, 500 Ringed Plover, 1500 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow legged Gull plus a fine juvenile Caspian Gull on Easington straight.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Redstart, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler.

Caspian Gull. Rob Creek.

Caspian Gull. Rob Creek.

Caspian Gull. Rob Creek.

Caspian Gull. Rob Creek.

Barred Warbler. Simon Jump.

Barred Warbler. Simon Jump.

24th August 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny spells most of the day with complete cloud cover in the late afternoon with a force 1-2 N wind becoming NE.
Migration watches:

The calm sunny conditions were not the best for birding or ringing, and a big reduction in migrant numbers was evident. The highlight though was an Icterine Warbler in the Obs Garden which was hard to see well and the juvenile Red backed Shrike still in the triangle mainly in corner field. Other totals were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Redstart, 19 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 34 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher and 20 Pied Flycatcher.
The highlight of the evening was a juvenile Sabine’s Gull flying north past the seawatch hut. Also on the move south unless stated was 1 Shelduck, 152 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 127 Common Scoter mainly N, 1 Red throated Diver N, 3 Fulmar, 19 Gannet, 55 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull N, 2 Kittiwake N while over land 5 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 10 House Martin and 9 Yellow Wagtail
Of interest were 1 Gadwall, 46 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Little ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 8 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper and 1 Corn Bunting by Kilnsea Wetlands .

Ringing: 8 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 6 Tree Sparrow. (22 of 6 species).

Icterine Warbler. Ian Bollen.

Icterine Warbler. Ian Bollen.

Red backed shrike. Ian Bollen,

Red backed shrike. Ian Bollen,

Icterine Warbler. Dan Dranch.

Icterine Warbler. Dan Dranch.

23rd August 2016 - Tuesday

A cloudy start which soon brightened up with a force 1-3 SE-E wind.
Migrations watches: 1815-2045.

Yesterday arrival of birds continued into today with some good totals remaining with maybe more arriving. The Wryneck remained delighting visitors along Beacon Lane, while a Red backed Shrike at Cliff Farm was maybe the bird from a couple of days ago. Other totals were 11 Tree Pipit, 90 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Redstart, 33 Whinchat, 25 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 5 Garden warbler, 50 Whitethroat, 300 Willow Warbler, 28 Spotted Flycatcher and 37 Pied Flycatcher. In addition to these 5 Tree Pipit and 51 Yellow Wagtail flew south along with 12 Sand Martin and 72 Swallow.
On the move south unless stated was 3 Common Scoter, 33 Oystercatcher, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua and 2 Bonxie while in the evening roost movement 1323 Common Tern and 12 Arctic Tern flew south.
Other birds of note were 2 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 3000 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 210 Curlew, 2 Spotted Redshank Kinlsea Wetlands with 1600 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper and 28 Mediterranean Gull.

A Richard's Pipit was reported on the Birdnews Services as being in Holderness Field, if anyone has any information on this sighting could they please get in touch as it would be the earliest autumn record of the species by nearly 2 weeks if confirmed.

Ringing: 3 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 whitethroat, 29 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Tit. (50 of 9 species).

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Spotted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Spotted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

22nd August 2016 - Monday

Rain to early morning with showers later on and sunny spells in the afternoon with a force 4-2-1 W wind.
Migration watches: 0715-1015, 1830-2015.

A fantastic arrival today after the rain had eased and with a decreasing wind strength it was a better day for seeing passerines. The highlight was a nice Wryneck along Beacon Lane which gave some nice views and an Icterine Warbler in Canal Hedge which was probably yesterdays bird, but arguably 350 Willow Warbler logged mainly in the Triangle/Beacon lane/Warren area was more impressive (with 100 ringed). The total would no doubt have been much higher had anyone gone down the penenisula to the point which is one of the best areas for them. Other totals were 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 4 Garden Warbler, 17 Spotted Flycatcher and 17 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 7 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 64 Oystercatcher,7 Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 23 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua N, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 100 Sandwich Tern and 1600 Common Tern to roost, 4 Swift and 5 Sand Martin.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, a new day record of 6 Little ringed Plover, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1200 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper and 37 Mediterranean Gull .

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 2 Reed warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 100 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch pulli, 1 Linnet pulli. (116 of 9 species).

Wryneck. Paul French.

Wryneck. Paul French.

Wryneck. Dave Tucker.

Wryneck. Dave Tucker.

Pied Flycatcher. Wendy Flakes.

Pied Flycatcher. Wendy Flakes.

21st August 2016 - Sunday

Another windy day with a force 5-3 W wind and varying amounts of cloud.
Migration watches: 0600-1100, 1500-1600, 1815-1900.

Some great totals of waders for the monthly WEBS count with almost the whole area being counted. The standout total was probably the 669 Ringed Plover, but also counted was 421 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 144 Grey Plover, 87 Sanderling, 19 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Little Stint, 3147 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 11 Black tailed Godwit, 260 Curlew, 610 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 20 Turnstone. Only 170 Knot were seen, but 1500 roosted most high tides at Beacon Ponds.
Migrants totals in the windy conditions were an Icterine Warbler in Little Hedge, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Tree Pipit, 6 Redstart, 17 Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 21 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher and 28 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was a early? Pink footed goose south then into the Humber, 38 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 17 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard back west, 93 Oystercatcher,1 golden Plover, 46 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 46 Redshank, 2 Arctic Skua N, 1 Black tern, 68 Sand Martin, 49 Swift.
Of interest were 46 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 40+ Mediterranean Gull and 3 Corn Bunting in the pea field by Kilnsea Wetlands along with lots of Yellow Wagtails and Reed Buntings.

Ringing: 2 Ringed plover pulli, 1 Dunlin, 2 Barn Owl pulli, 7 Swallow pulli, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied flycatcher. (16 of 7 species).

Little Stint. Simon Jump.

Little Stint. Simon Jump.

20th August 2016 - Saturday

A mixture of sunshine, heavy showers and an increasing force 4-6+ W wind.
Migration watches: 0620-1130, 1245-2020.

A great day for waders at high tide in the Beacon Ponds area. Stunning views of many species were to be had especially at Kilnsea Wetlands from the hide. Totals were 23 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little ringed Plover, 108 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Avocet, 371 Ringed Plover, 2000 Dunlin, 1500 Knot, 2 Ruff, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 260 Curlew, 800 Redshank and 8 Greenshank.
Migrants totals in very difficult conditions were 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a good total of 22 Pied Flycatcher.

On the move south unless stated was 5 Wigeon, 272 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 39 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Little ringed Plover, 96 Oystercatcher, 76 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 5 Curlew Sandpiper south with a flock of Terns, 19 Dunlin, 7 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 5 Bar tailed Godwit, 34 Whimbrel, 28 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua N, 425 Sandwich Tern south in the evening, 1000+ Common Tern, 47 Arctic Tern and 63 Swift.
Of interest were 39 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine,1 Marsh harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 50+ Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow legged Gull and 2 Caspian Gulls.

Ringing: 2 Wheatear, 1 Redstart, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warbler. (10 of 4 species).

Common Terns. Ian Smith.

Common Terns. Ian Smith.

Curlew Sandpipers with Dunlin. Wendy Flakes.

Curlew Sandpipers with Dunlin. Wendy Flakes.

19th August 2016 - Friday

Mostly cloudy with just the odd glimpse of the sun, showers in the afternoon and a force 3E-4SE-S wind.
Migration Watch: 0550-1115


A few birds remained from the previous day with the elusive Greenish Warbler still at Chalk Bank and the juvenile Red backed Shrike in North hedge. Other migrants were 2 Tree Pipit, 76 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 23 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Pied Flycatcher.
Birds on the move south today unless stated were 101 Teal, 189 Common Scoter, 2 Red throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 48 Oystercatcher, 17 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 23 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Turnstone, 2 Pomarine Skua with full spoons, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull N, 40 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, and 42 Swallow.
Other bits of interest was 2 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 77 Mallard, 1Eider, 9 Little Grebe 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little ringed Plover, 7 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 2000 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 10 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 800 Redshank, 6 Greenshank,1 Wood Sandpiper, 20 Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow legged Gull Kilnsea Wetlands.
A Bat sp flew south over the Humber during the middle of the day.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler. (13 of 8).

Tree Pipit. Ian Smith.

Tree Pipit. Ian Smith.

18th August 2016 - Thursday

A nice hot sunny day with a breezy force 3 E wind.
Migration watches: 0550-1100, 1745-2020.

The easterly winds continued, but with sunny conditions little was expected and this proved to be the case early morning. During the day a trickle of migrants arrived but it was hard work. The highlight was an Greenish warbler at Chalk Bank which was still present in the evening, but was rather flighty. A Barred Warbler turned up in a net at the warren in the morning while late afternoon a juvenile Red backed Shrike appeared along the canal . Other migrants totals were 240 Yellow Wagtail mainly by Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 21 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiff chaff, 23 Willow Warbler and 10 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 22 Teal, 1 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 2 Great crested Grebe, 8 Fulmar, 2 Marsh Harrier, an Osprey NW up the Humber, 1 Little ringed Plover, 198 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 2 Curlew, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, juvenile Yellow legged Gull, 272 Sandwich Tern south in the evening, 10 Arctic Tern, 36 Sand Martin, 17 House Martin and 32 Swallow.
Of interest were 22 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 3 Little ringed Plover, 318 Ringed Plover, 170 Sanderling, 1000 Knot, 12 Greenshank, the 1st juvenile Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn, 2 Ruff1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 80+ Mediterranean Gull and 10+ Little tern still in the area feeding young.

Ringing: 5 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Bluetit. (14 of 9 species).

Barred Warbler. Dan Branch.

Barred Warbler. Dan Branch.

17th August 2016 - Wednesday

A nice sunny warm day with occasional cloud and a 1-3 E wind.
Migration watches: 0640-0815, 1815-2015.

The easterly winds eventually had the desired effect with a small arrival of drift migrants. The highlight was an Ortolan Bunting in Corner Field late afternoon which occasionally showed well. 2 Icterine Warbler were at the Warren while a Barred Warbler was in the tank ditch area. Other migrants totals were 2 Tree Pipit, 140 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 19 Willow Warbler and 7 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 164 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 90 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 86 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 29 Knot, 15 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Flava Wagtail, .
Of interest were 45 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little ringed Plover, 12 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 28 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 40 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Icterine Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Starling, 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Tree Sparrow. (84 of 17 species).

Ortolan Bunting. Dave Tucker.

Ortolan Bunting. Dave Tucker.

Barred Warbler. Paul French.

Barred Warbler. Paul French.

Icterine Warbler. Ian Smith.

Icterine Warbler. Ian Smith.

16th August 2016 - Tuesday

Bright warm and sunny with a force 1-3 E wind.
Migration Watch: 0630-0830.

Some early morning movement past the warren with 5 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 118 Oystercatcher, 2 Fulmar, 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 10 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail.
Other birds of interest were 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing, 1000 Knot, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler and 10 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler.

16th August 2016 - Tuesday

Bright warm and sunny with a force 1-3 E wind.
Migration Watch: 0630-0830.

Some early morning movement past the warren with 5 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 118 Oystercatcher, 2 Fulmar, 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 10 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail.
Other birds of interest were 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing, 1000 Knot, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler and 10 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler.

15th August 2016 - Monday

A cloudy start brightening up by mid day with a 1-2 E wind.
Migration watches: 0650-1200, 1730-2000.

On the move south unless stated was 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 106 Common Scoter (76N), 7 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 118 Gannet, 31 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 191 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Flava Wagtail, a great total of 1121 Sand Martin, 562 Swallow and 4 House Martin.
Of interest were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little ringed Plover, 210 Oystercatcher chalk bank, 1 Ruff, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, the 1st juvenile Black Tern of the autumn at Beacon Ponds, 1 Cuckoo sammys point, Tree Pipit at the warren, Redstart canal hedge, Whinchat Kilnsea wetlands, Wheatear Beacon Ponds and 27 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 73 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch (104 of 12 species).

Black Tern. Nigel Genn.

Black Tern. Nigel Genn.

House Martin. Justin Carr.

House Martin. Justin Carr.

14th August 2016 - Sunday

A lovely warm summers day with a force 1 W-E wind.
Migration Watch: 0825-0935, 1745-2020.

The day of the Birds of Spurn book launch finally arrived and Andy Roadhouse was on hand to sign copies of his much anticipated book. A patient cue formed to meet the author and have their copy signed ably supported by the the amazing volunteers serving food and drink to make it another memorable day in this brilliant year.

A nice day with a good varied list of birds present. The highlight was an adult Sabine's Gull on the sea then flying off north. Other good birds seen were a Garganey at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Treecreeper at the Obs and later trapped at Kew.
A fantastic arrival of 90 Willow Warbler in the area along with 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 60 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler and a Garden Warbler while the long staying Redstart remained by Rose cottage.
Birds on the move south today unless stated were 3 Teal, 92 Common Scoter N, 3 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 99 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 1Turnstone, adult Pomarine Skua with full spoons N, 10+ Arctic Skua, juvenile Yellow legged Gull, 4 Swift, 65 Sand Martin and 120 Swallow.
Other bits of interest was 2 Gadwall, 32 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 40 Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow legged Gull Kilnsea Wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 39 Sand Martin, 42 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Dunnock, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Starling, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Goldfinch. (129 of 15).

Ruff with Dunlin. Nigel Genn.

Ruff with Dunlin. Nigel Genn.

Record shot of Sabines Gull. Tim Jones.

Record shot of Sabines Gull. Tim Jones.

Willow Warbler. Nigel Genn.

Willow Warbler. Nigel Genn.

Andy Roadhouse signing books. Pam Exley.

Andy Roadhouse signing books. Pam Exley.

No event at Spurn could happen without the Girls, thank you!

No event at Spurn could happen without the Girls, thank you!

13th August 2016 - Saturday

A nice sunny day albeit windy with a 5-3 W wind.
Migration watches: 0645-1030, 1800-2000.

The wader identification walk was well attended and a fantastic species list was seen. 2 Little ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 27 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Wood Sandpiper mainly in the Kilnsea Wetlands/Holderness Field area.
On the move today was 30 Common Scoter, 16 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Osprey, 18 Oystercatcher, 13 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 3 Snipe in, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 14 Swift and 36 Sand Martin.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 3 Shoveler], 2 grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, a Hobby over Kilnsea wetlands, 20 Mediterranean Gull Kilnsea wetlands/Easington straight, Yellow legged Gull, Tree Pipit at the warren, the Redstart at Rose Cottage, Wheatear Easington gas terminal and 9 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 6 Swallow pulli, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet.

Yellow legged Gull. John Hewitt.

Yellow legged Gull. John Hewitt.

Mediterranean Gull with Lesser black backed Gull. Nigel Genn.

Mediterranean Gull with Lesser black backed Gull. Nigel Genn.

12th August 2016 - Friday

Lots of warm sunshine with a strong blustery force 4-5 W wind.
Migration watch: 1800-2100.
The highlight of the day was a Bittern on Canal Scrape early morning, one of many birds benefitting from the work the Observatory has done to improve the habitat. The scrape still proving attractive to the long staying Wood Sandpiper plus Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe.
Passerine wise a Black Redstart was by the Bluebell, a Whinchat in the Triangle while a Treecreeper was trapped at Kew, but only 8 Willow Warbler were seen.
On the move today was 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 24 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 4 Turnstone, 22 Swift and 39 Sand Martin, while the evening Tern roost had the first decent count of the autumn with 7370 Common Tern and 50 Arctic Tern going south.
Other birds of note were 3 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little ringed Plover, 5 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Stint Holderness field, 8 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Treecreeper.

Bittern. John Hewitt.

Bittern. John Hewitt.

Marsh Harrier. Rich Swales..

Marsh Harrier. Rich Swales..

Red Kite from few days ago. John Hewitt.

Red Kite from few days ago. John Hewitt.

11th August 2016 - Thursday

Rain until mid day with a few sunny spells with a 4-5 W wind.
Migration watches: 0645-1030, 1400-1600, 1800-1935.

On the move was 11 Teal, 4 Eider, 37 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 64 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover in, 12 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 7 Snipe in, 1 Whimbrel in, 1 Curlew in, 6 Redshank, 1 Greenshank,1 Green Sandpiper in, 11 Turnstone, 5 Arctic Skua and 1 Swift.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 41 Teal, a fantastic total of 26 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Kestrel Easington straight, 2 Little Stint Holderness field, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe canal scrape, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, the showy Wood Sandpiper on canal scrape, 22 Mediterranean Gull Kilnsea wetlands/Easington straight, the Redstart at Rose cottage, Wheatear on Beacon Lane and only 3 Willow Warbler in the poor weather.

Ringing: 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

Kilnsea Wetlands. How many Mediterranean Gulls can you see? Dan Branch.

Kilnsea Wetlands. How many Mediterranean Gulls can you see? Dan Branch.

Little Egret. Dan Branch.

Little Egret. Dan Branch.

Wood Sandpiper and Ruff. Nigel Genn.

Wood Sandpiper and Ruff. Nigel Genn.

10th August 2016 - Wednesday

Bright and sunny to start with clouding up from time to time with some late rain and a force 1 W wind becoming 3-4 E-SE wind.
Migration watches: 0615-0945, 1435-2030.

Waders are still the main interest at the moment in particularly over the sea when a very impressive 752 Oystercatcher flew south mainly in the evening but surprisingly little else with 6 Sanderling, 16 Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 26 Redshank and 10 Turnstone.
Also on the move was 4 Teal, 246 Common Scoter N, 2 Red throated Diver, 11 Fulmar N, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 238 gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1430 Common Tern in the evening roost movement, 14 Arctic Tern, 4 Sand Martin, 53 Swallow and 5 House Martin.
Totals of waders mainly in the Beacon ponds area were 210 Oystercatcher chalk bank, 4 Lapwing, 1 Little ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, juvenile Black tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper while 6000+ Dunlin were ever present.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Red legged Partridge, 11 Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow legged Gull, the Redstart at Rose cottage and 17 willow Warbler.

Ringing: 5 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet (1 pulli). (20 of 6 species)

The Oystercatcher movement. Micky Maher.

The Oystercatcher movement. Micky Maher.

More Oystercatcher. Dan branch.

More Oystercatcher. Dan branch.

Black tailed Godwit. Tim Jump.

Black tailed Godwit. Tim Jump.

Willow warbler. Tim Jump.

Willow warbler. Tim Jump.

9th August 2016 - Tuesday

A bright and sunny start clouding up later with the odd shower with a force 1-2 WNW-E wind.
Migration Watch: 0630-1015, 1700-2000.

Another good total of 48 Willow Warbler today in the area plus Whinchat at chalk bank and Redstart by Rose cottage.
Birds on the move south today unless stated were 27 Common Scoter N, 1 Red throated Diver N, 12 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 1 Manx Shearwater, 101 Gannet, 15 Cormorant N, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 60 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 5 Arctic Skua and 1 Bonxie.
Other bits of interest was 52 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Reed Warbler, 30 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet. (34 of 4 species)

Common Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

Common Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

8th August 2016 - Monday

A windy day with plenty of sunshine and a force 4-5 W-NW wind.
Migration watches: 0645-1330, 1700-2000.
In the lead up to the wader event on Saturday there was a strong showing of numbers and species at Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea wetlands. Details of how you can attend this event are on the home page.
Totals were 3 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, juvenile Black tailed Godwit, juvenile Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper while 6000+ Dunlin, numerous Redshank, Bar tailed Godwit, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Ringed Plover were ever present.
The highlight of the day was 3 juvenile Red Kite which came south, one of which continued south east out to sea, while the other 2 lingered over Kilnsea giving stunning views. A Common Buzzard and 1 Marsh harrier also went south.
It was a decent morning for southerly movement particularly waders with 3 Teal, 2 Fulmar, 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed plover, 5 Lapwing, 115 Knot, 14 Sanderling, 48 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 29 Black tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 24 Redshank, 17 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 juvenile Yellow legged Gulls, 52 Swift, 103 Sand Martin and 2 Flava Wagtail.
Of interest were 1 Brent Goose Humber, 15 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 8 Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow legged Gull, Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher at Rose Cottage while only 5 willow Warbler were seen in the strong winds.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.

Black tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

Black tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

Greenshank. Rich Swales.

Greenshank. Rich Swales.

Knot. Rich Swales.

Knot. Rich Swales.

juvenile Red Kite. Rich Swales.

juvenile Red Kite. Rich Swales.

7th August 2016 - Sunday

Lots of warm sunshine with a strong blustery force 5-6 WSW wind.
Migration watch:
A fantastic night at the annual Spurn Barbeque with around 120 people in attendance into the early hours of Sunday morning with around £700 raised for the Observatory funds. Thank you to everyone who attended, who helped out and set up the stalls and for those who didn't attend this time we will see you at next years event.
Quiet for birds on the move in difficult conditions with 1 juvenile Yellow legged Gull, 800 Common Tern and 600 Swift.
Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Curlew sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Redstart at Rose cottage.

A Southern Hawker was in the crown and anchor carpark which is almost annual at Spurn.

Ringing: Nil

Sandwich Tern. Tim Jones.

Sandwich Tern. Tim Jones.

Wood Sandpiper still giving stunning views on canal scrape. Micky Maher.

Wood Sandpiper still giving stunning views on canal scrape. Micky Maher.

6th August 2016 - Saturday

A fine sunny warm day with an increasing force 3-5 W wind.
Migration watches:
A busy day with the AGM and committee meeting and getting ready for the annual Spurn Barbeque.
There was still time to do some birding and a good total of 73 Willow Warbler was logged. A pair of Little Grebe on canal scrape suddenly appeared with 4 very small chicks in tow the first breeding for a number of years. It was also still good for the mini wader bonanza with the Wood Sandpiper still giving stunning views on canal scrape while 2 remained on Holderness field where upto 4 Little Stint remained. Also in this immediate area was 1 Little ringed Plover, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpiper.
Of interest were 1 Brent Goose Humber, 15 Teal, 3 Shoveler, Eider at chalk bank, 20 Little Egret, adult Hobby, 1 Peregrine while on the move was 7 Arctic Skua and a juvenile Yellow legged Gull.

A Black Darter on clubleys was well out of range.

Ringing: 5 Wren, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Willow Warbler. (27 of 3 species).

5th August 2016 - Friday

A mixture of sunshine and cloud feeling warm with force 1-2 WNW wind.
Migration watches: 0645-1200, 1800-2030.
On the move south unless stated was 60 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 146 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 33 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 26 Turnstone,1 Arctic Skua, 700 Common Tern south in the evening, 308 Sand Martin, 1712 Swallow and 6 House Martin.
Of interest were 1 Brent Goose Humber, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 400 Knot,1 Little Stint Holderness Field, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 7000 Dunlin, 2 Avocet, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, adult Yellow legged Gull, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Wheatear and 22 Willow Warbler and a juvenile Caspian Gull on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 32 Swallow, 24 Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat (1 Pulli), 1 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch pulli, 4 Linnet (1 Pulli), 1 Tree Sparrow.(86 of 11 species).

Record shot of Caspian Gull. Dan Branch

Record shot of Caspian Gull. Dan Branch

Wood Sandpiper showing well on canal scrape. Dave Tucker.

Wood Sandpiper showing well on canal scrape. Dave Tucker.

Wood Sandpiper. Dave Tucker.

Wood Sandpiper. Dave Tucker.

4th August 2016 - Thursday

A fine sunny day with occasional showers with a decreasing force 5-3 W-WNW wind.
Migration watches: 0530-1130, 1800-2100.
Until today there have been few Common Tern offshore which has been a surprise, but this morning it was evident that many were arriving from the east, hence the increase in the evening Tern movement.

On the move south unless stated was 1 Brent Goose after leaving Beacon Ponds, 5 Shelduck, 50 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, 157 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover in, 96 Knot, 27 Sanderling, 49 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 26 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 26 Turnstone, 900 Sandwich Tern north in the morning, 875 Common Tern south in the evening, 39 Arctic Tern, 474 Swift, 147 Sand Martin and 17 Swallow.
Of interest were 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 16 Little Egret, 1 Merlin and 3 Peregrine terrorising the waders on Beacon Ponds, 2 Little ringed Plover Holderness field, 270 Knot, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 7000 Dunlin, 2 Avocet, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank canal scrape, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, adult Yellow legged Gull Humber and juvenile Kilnsea wetlands and 5 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: Nil.

Wood Sandpiper. Dan Branch.

Wood Sandpiper. Dan Branch.

Wood Sandpiper. Dan Branch.

Wood Sandpiper. Dan Branch.

3rd August 2016 - Wednesday

Long sunny spells and warm with occasional showers with a blustery force 5 W wind.
Migration watches: 0625-1200, 1300-2100.
A superb day overall but especially so in the afternoon with good numbers of Waders and Swifts going south.
On the move was 2 Shelduck in, 59 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 337 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 444 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 14 Grey Plover, 98 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 24 Dunlin, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 7 Bar tailed Godwit, 273 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Lesser black backed Gull in, 4 juvenile Yellow legged Gull, 26 Little Tern, 809 Sandwich Tern, 282 Common Tern, 15 Arctic Tern, 1633 Swift, 203 Sand Martin, 115 Swallow and 6 House Martin.
Of interest were 5 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 24 Little Egret, 1juvenile Merlin, 1 adult Peregrine, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 6000 Dunlin, 18 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank Beacon Ponds, 1 Green Sandpiper corner field, 2 Wood Sandpiper canal scrape, adult Yellow legged Gull kilnsea wetlands, 2 Cuckoo and 3 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap.

Wood Sandpiper. Alan Whitehead.

Wood Sandpiper. Alan Whitehead.

2nd August 2016 - Tuesday

Cloudy with light showers most of the morning brightening up later with 2-3 SE-W wind.
Migration watches: 0630-1015.
With the mornings weather so poor it was quiet day for birds going south with totals of 2 Fulmar, 120 Gannet, 67 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 7 Turnstone.
Of interest were 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper Holderness field, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo and 10 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch pulli, 1 Linnet pulli.

1st August 2016 - Monday

A sunny start clouding up with some showers by the afternoon with 2 W wind.
Migration watches: 0600-1130, 1835-1935.
Another quiet day for birds going south with totals of 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 150 Gannet, 38 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 101 Common Tern, 15 Sand martin and 12 Swallow.
Of interest were 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Wood Sandpiper Holderness field, 120 Sandwich Tern, 8 Willow Warble and 9 Long tailed Tit.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet pulli (12 of 5 species).

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