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October 2014 Sightings

22nd October 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 07:00-11:30 13:00-17:00. F3-2 WNW broken cloud for most of the morning then a cloudy afternoon. Despite the unpromising forecast another day with plenty of quality, a drake SURF SCOTER flew south about 200 yards off the seawatching hide with a probable female at 08:32 just the 5th record for Spurn, a Water Pipit was on Canal Scrape all morning and again in the evening, presumably the same wandering juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew north over Westmere Farm towards Sammy’s Point at 13:45 and a Grey Phalarope flew south late morning.
Also on the move were 54 Whooper Swan, 94 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 5 Shelduck (in/off), 4 Eider, 47 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 46 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver flew north then returned south, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 48 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 39 Black-headed Gull, 67 Common Gull, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 271 Herring Gull, 12 Great BB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 6 Stock Dove, 145 Woodpigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), 12 Skylark, 23 Meadow pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Blackbird (in/off), 6 Jackdaw, 2 Jay blogging, 31 Starling (in/off), 5 House Sparrow, 400 Tree Sparrow, 20 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting (in/off).

Also present were 1 Merlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper over the Triangle, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit at the Warren then moved north, 1 Brambling, 4 Snow Bunting at the Narrows.

Water Pipit. Tim Jones.

Water Pipit. Tim Jones.

21st October 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:20-17:15. F6 gusting 7 W-WNW a short heavy shower early morning cleared to leave sunny spells. A day dominated by wind resulted in little but sea watching done. A juvenile Storm Petrel was brought in from the RSPCA after it was found on the Rotterdam to Hull ferry, it flew off strongly this evening.
On the move were 380 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 121 Gannet, 1 Little Egret, 9 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 1Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Little Gull, 242 Black-headed Gull, 288 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 335 Herring Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Kittiwake, 3 Common Tern, 38 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 26 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 12 Starling (in/off), 60 Tree Sparrow, 49 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 4 Twite.
Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 5 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest.

Storm Petrel. Tim Jones.

Storm Petrel. Tim Jones.

20th October 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:15-15:30. Windy with a F4-5-2 SW-WSW with rain through the early afternoon. A quiet day with the wind making birding difficult at times, however another good count of Tree Sparrows moving south and a Yellow-browed Warbler near Willow Cottage. On the move were 1 Whooper Swan, 50 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver,1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 2 Golden Plover (in/off), 106 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 2 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 7 Little Gull, 331 Black-headed Gull, 239 Common Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 345 Herring Gull, 26 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 407 Woodpigeon, 1 Long-eared Owl, 72 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 142 Meadow Pipit, 33 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 2 House Sparrow, 1455 Tree Sparrow, 27 Chaffinch, 23 Greenfinch, 613 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 177 Linnet, 8 Twite, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 14 Greylag Geese, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 6 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest and 1 Siskin.

19th October 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.05-16.30. A force 3-4-2 SW SW wind, long sunny periods.
A Water Pipit landed at the Warren before continuing south and was the first of the year; an adult Black Brant was on the Humber off the Crown before flying off in the direction of the Warren; the Rough-legged Buzzard was seen south of Easington before moving off west; 4 Great Grey Shrikes were still in the area, 2 in the Triangle to Beacon Lane, one at Chalk Bank and 1 at Sammy’s Point; a Shore Lark was seen at the gas terminal before flying off north.
Grounded migrants were generally in low numbers: 1 Short-eared Owl, a Common Swift was seen over Sandy Beaches caravan park, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 8 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 67 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
Another good passage of Tree Sparrows totalled 1030 and Goldfinches 1188, while other totals were 6 Whooper Swan, 305 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 27 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 4 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 243 Skylark, 27 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 77 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 205 Starling in off, 30 House Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 106 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 304 Linnet, 5 Twite, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Reed Bunting.

Black Brant. Justin Carr

Black Brant. Justin Carr

18th October 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-17.00. A blustery SW force 3-4 SW wind, overcast for most of the day.
There was no sign of the Isabelline Shrike today, but there were 5 Great Grey Shrikes, 2 in the Triangle to Beacon Lane and 2 in the Sammy’s Point to Grange Farm area; and one at Easington Cemetery; a Rough-legged Buzzard showed well again late afternoon as it came south and then returned back north; a Grey Phalarope was seen off the sea-watching hut in the afternoon; a Barred Warbler was seen in North Hedge; and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on Beacon Lane; Kew/Crown area, the gas terminal and Easigton Cemetery; a Richard’s Pipit flew south over Church Field and 5 Crossbill at Sammy’s flew off west.
Passage over the land was quiet but the sea produced more particularly ducks, 5 Brent Geese, 415 Wigeon, 183 Teal, 7 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Scaup, 4 Eider, 137 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 37 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 10 Golden Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 82 Lapwing, 18 Knot, 83 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 20 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 42 Starling + 218 in off, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 83 Goldfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.
Common migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 4 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 19 Song Thrush, 350 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 95 Goldcrest, 32 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Justin Carr

Yellow-browed Warbler. Justin Carr

17th October 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-17.30. Warm with sunny spells and cloudy periods, a force 2 SW wind.
The ISABELLINE SHRIKE was still present but spent long periods of time out of view, the last report we have is of it flying towards Sammy’s Point area after being disturbed by farmer clearing ditches.
A Rough-legged Buzzard came south and landed in North Field by the Churchyard, and then returned north again and is presumably one of yesterday’s lingering birds. There were still
2 Great Grey Shrikes in the Triangle and 1 on Peter Lane; a Richard’s Pipit landed in the field by the Borrow Pit; Yellow-browed Warblers were seen in the churchyard and in Easington.
A very good day for passage, particularly Tree Sparrows again, with 1920 flying south in flocks of up to 90 birds; other birds moving were 7 Whooper Swan, 160 Pink-footed Geese, 87 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 10 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 19 Little Gull, 29 Lesser B.B.Gull, 96 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 460 Woodpigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), a Woodlark, 334 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 276 Meadow Pipit, 50 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 17 Fieldfare NW, 1175 Redwing NW, 29 Jackdaw, 47 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 195 Starling, 51 House Sparrow, 74 Chaffinch, 104 Greenfinch, 919 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 134 Linnet, the first 2 Twite of the autumn, 13 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Common migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Rock Pipit, 63 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 8 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 55 Song Thrush, 550 Redwing, 31 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 110 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Chaffinch, 49 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch.
Other birds present were 300 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Greylag Geese, 10 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 7000Golden Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Snipe.

Rough legged Buzzard.  Garry Taylor

Rough legged Buzzard. Garry Taylor

16th October 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-14.00. Misty start and cloud building then a nice warm and sunny afternoon, a force 1-2 W wind.
One of those days where birds were coming from every direction. Rare birds in the bushes, birds coming in off the sea, some going south and still lots of common migrants to sift through.
The ISABELLINE SHRIKE was still present until 12.15 when it disappeared and wasn’t seen again, a PALLID SWIFT spent 15 minutes hawking over Kilnsea and was last seen as it flew towards the Listening Dish but not sure whether it went north or south from there. A ROSE-COLOURED STARLING appeared to come in off the sea with 20 Starlings and flew west over Long Bank. At least 4 Rough-legged Buzzards were seen, two flew south together towards Lincolnshire and 2-3 were seen in the Sammy’s Point to Easington area but never came south; the Hoopoe was seen in the afternoon as it flew south from Peter Lane and showed in Cliff Farm for a while before continuing south and past the breach along the peninsula; 5 Great Grey Shrikes were still present, one on Peter Lane, two in the Triangle, one at Chalk Bank and one by the Lighthouse; a Richard’s Pipit was at Sammy’s Point before flying off north; a Barred Warbler was seen along one of the hedges off Beacon Lane; 5 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen (Canal Hedge, Kew, Point, Lighthouse, Long Bank); a Firecrest in the churchyard; Long-eared Owls were seen at the Point and Sammy’s Point; a Caspian Gull was at Easington straight ; a Bullfinch was at the Warren; and 12 Long-tailed Tits were at the Point.
Common migrant totals were 2 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 155 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 31 Ring Ouzel, 190 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 63 Song Thrush, 2230 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 70 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 54 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 395 Goldcrest, 3000 Starling, 50 Brambling.
There were quite a few birds coming in off the sea other than just thrushes, including 203 Lapwing, 37 Golden Plover, 31 Snipe, 1 asio owl sp, 350 Starlings and birds moving south were 250 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Eider, 77 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Bonxie, 67 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 53 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 2 Jay U-turned, 1 Jackdaw, 24 Rook, 960 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 126 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 12 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were 28 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 20 Snipe,2 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Little Gull.

Pallid Swift.Mark Hartley

Pallid Swift.Mark Hartley

Pallid Swift.  Mark Hartley

Pallid Swift. Mark Hartley

Rough legged Buzzard.  Phil Jones

Rough legged Buzzard. Phil Jones

15th October 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-8.30. Cloudy start then patchy cloud and overcast in the afternoon, a fore 3-2 NE – E wind.
Another superb day at Spurn and is often the case, the rarities usually turn up the day after a really big fall. Today again didn’t disappoint with the first ISABELLINE (Daurian) SHRIKE since 1997 and the fourth record for Spurn. It was found mid-afternoon at Long Bank and showed in the hedge on the east side of the road, if still present tomorrow please use Kilnsea Wetlands car park and DO NOT park on the bend on the road.
A RADDE’S WARBLER was found at Easington Cemetery while watching a putative Halimodendri Lesser Whitethroat. A Long-eared Owl in the Crown car park and at the Point and a Shore Lark at the Point were finally added to the year list. A Barred Warbler was found on the Canal and made its way to the Warren where it was trapped and ringed; the Hoopoe was still present between the old boatyard in Kilnsea and Cliff Farm and last seen near Westmere Farm early afternoon; at least 6 Great Grey Shrikes were present and at least 4Yellow-browed Warblers were seen; 2 Woodlarks flew south from Church Field, a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was caught in Church Field; a Hawfinch was in Church Field early morning.
Common migrant numbers were reduced from yesterday but it was still fantastic to see and hear laods of Goldcrests, Robins and thrushes everywhere. The days totals were a 6 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, a Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 265 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redstart, 20 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 35 Song Thrush, 1100 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 34 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 88 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1190 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 78 Chaffinch, 72 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting, 9 Yellowhammer.
On the move were 250 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 18 Wigeon, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 35 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 28 Jackdaw, 12 Rook.
Also present were 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe.

Isabelline Shrike (Daurian). Ron Marshall

Isabelline Shrike (Daurian). Ron Marshall

Isabelline Shrike. Ian Smith

Isabelline Shrike. Ian Smith

Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine

14th October 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 06:50-10:20. F4-2 NE a drizzly start then cleared to leave sunny spells and a cloudy afternoon. A brilliant day with lots of grounded migrants from first light with plenty of highlights. Spurn's latest ever Hoopoe was found at Cliff Farm and showed well at times, a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew north over the Triangle , landed along Beacon Lane before being chased north by corvids at 16:00 then was seen again near Easington Cemetery at 17:10, 6 Great Grey Shrike included birds at Chalk Bank, 2 between Warren and Canal Scrape, Beacon Lane, east of Sammy’s Point and Easington Boatyard, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler with birds in the Crown and Anchor, Canal Hedge and 2 at Easington Gas Terminal and a ‘Siberian-type’ Chiffchaff in Church Field. An 'eastern Lesser Whitethroat' at Easington Cemetery was calling like the race halimodendri, to be followed up from recordings.
Grounded migrant totals were 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Woodlark flew south over Church Field early morning, 6 Swallow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Waxwing in Easington, 810 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 16 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 20 Ring Ouzel, 240 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 155 Song Thrush, 2300 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 98 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 91 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1600 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Jay, 195 Brambling, 20 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Hawfinch with 1 Church Field, 1 Southfield Farm and 2 at Two Hoots, 8 Yellowhammer.
On the move were 1 Brent goose, 50 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 13 Eider, 117 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, 14 Lapwing, 15 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 147 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Little Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 9 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 2 Swallow.

Hoopoe. Steve Valentine.

Hoopoe. Steve Valentine.

putative halimodendr Lesser Whitethroat. Tony Disley

putative halimodendr Lesser Whitethroat. Tony Disley

Rough-legged Buzzard. Dave Constantine

Rough-legged Buzzard. Dave Constantine

13th October 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch- 07:30-18:00. F6-7 a cloudy start then the rain rolled in from mid-morning then on and off for the rest of the day. A brilliant day for sea-watching with plenty of highlights including a record breaking Bonxie passage, the weather wasn’t the best for seeing what had arrived but it was clear that plenty had especially in the late afternoon, totals recorded were probably way below what was actually around due to the weather. Highlights were a juvenile male Bluethroat that was sheltering from the wind along the beach behind the Riverside Hotel and a juvenile Great Grey Shrike that turned up at the Warren.
Sea watching totals were, 9 Pink-footed Geese, 36 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 151 Common Scoter, 18 Velvet Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 34 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel north at 13:30, 608 Gannet, 28 Pomarine Skua, 63 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 335 Bonxie(smashing the previous record of 197), 210 Little Gull, 3 Sabine’s Gull a juv south at 11:48, a juv north at 13:05 and an adult north at 13:20, 250 Herring Gull, 300 Great Black-backed Gull, 53 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 81 auk sp., 28 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 Puffin.
Grounded migrant totals were 5 Grey Wagtail, 98 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel, 127 Song Thrush, 132 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in the Crown and Anchor car park, 4 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the southern end of the Canal, 47 Brambling and 2 Siskin.

Bluethroat. Mick Turton.

Bluethroat. Mick Turton.

12th October 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch Clear skies and some fog early on, mainly sunny with a few cloudy spells and a light force 1 E wind in the afternoon.
A Radde’s Warbler was found late afternoon by Beacon Ponds but was elusive and a Grey Phalarope was on the sea off Easington boatyard. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in the Crown car park and one was on the south side of the gas terminal.
Still small numbers of grounded migrants were present 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 13 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 9 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Jay and 4 Brambling.
Apart from Pink-footed Geese, passage was very light with the still conditions – 9 Whooper Swan, 1196 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Cormorant 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 431 Black-headed Gull, 51 Herring Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 121 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 93 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 16 alba Wagtail,16 Jackdaw, 67 Rook U-turned, 403 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 105 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 22 Linnet and 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included1 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands, 136 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Barn Owl.

Grey Phalarope. John Hewitt

Grey Phalarope. John Hewitt

11th October 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 15:00-16:30. F1-2 SW broken cloud and sunny spells in the morning then showers in the afternoon. Plenty of new migrants around presumably coasting having arrived further north, a Richard’s Pipit flew south over the Riverside and presumably landed in a field, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler with 6 new birds at the Warren, 2 in Crown & Anchor car park, 1 Pancho’s Pond, 1 at Lount’s Farm and 1 along Green Lane with the lingering bird at Easington Gas Terminal, a Barred Warbler was around Canal Scrape car park and a ‘Siberian-type’ Chiffchaff was at Easington Gas Terminal. Grounded migrant totals were 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20Stonechat (highest count since 2009), 6 Wheatear, 45 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 31 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at Pancho’s Pond/Crown & Anchor.
Some light passage in the morning included 72 Whooper Swan, 521 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 26 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 1 Eider, 148 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 41 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bonxie, 61 Little Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 21 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp., 5 Guillemot, 54 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 118 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 53 Swallow, 36 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 104 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 11 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 1Jay u-turned, 10 House Sparrow, 849 Tree Sparrow, 27 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 41 Greenfinch, 100 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 101 Linnet, 11 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 248 Brent Geese, 108 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 47 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver on the Humber, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 12 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 19 Lapwing, 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Martin Suanjak.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Martin Suanjak.

Stonechat. Dave Bowes

Stonechat. Dave Bowes

Whooper Swans and Teal migrating. Dave Bowes

Whooper Swans and Teal migrating. Dave Bowes

Firecrest. Dave Bowes

Firecrest. Dave Bowes

10th October 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.30, 14.30-17.45. Clear skies for most of the day with some light clouds, a force 2-3 SW wind.
A superb day for vis-mig, after several days of not quite the right conditions, today looked perfect in our experience and we were not disappointed. The key species was Tree Sparrow, 2285 is the second highest count recorded at Spurn (2320 in 1971 –best on record and 1650 in 1961 the next best), it is more than double the highest count in recent years of 1120 in 2007. However, the total of birds recorded moving south for the autumn so far is close to 9000 making it better than the autumn of 1971 and with still a few more weeks of passage to go yet!
House Sparrows were also tied in with the movement and the count of 312 is the highest day count since 509 in 1984; and Skylarks gave their highest count since 2005 with 701.
There was also variety and good numbers of other species on the move including good numbers of Swallows which picked up during the afternoon, the totals were 24 Whooper Swan (1st of autumn), 609 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 10 Wigoen, 14 Teal, 2 Pintail, 17 Common Scoter, 126 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 228 Little Gull, 118 Black-headed Gull, 95 Common Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 229 auk sp, 20 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Sand Martin, 574 Swallow, 80 House Martin, 1347 Meadow Pipit, 91 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 42 alba Wagtail, 22 Rook, 1 Jay, 84 Chaffinch, 106 Greenfinch, 876 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 1047 Linnet, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 36 Reed Bunting.
2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, one on Vicar’s Lane, Easington and one on the north side of the gas terminal, other migrants included 40 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 38 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
Other birds present were6 Pink-footed Geese, 430 Brent Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 10 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank.
A whale sp probably Minke Whale quickly moved north mid-morning.

9th October 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-10:15 10:45-12:00 15:00-17:30. F3-4 S-SW some cloud early on built up to give some showers early afternoon then cleared in evening.
A quiet day, on the move were 29 Pink-footed Geese, 31 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 4 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 26 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 139 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 150 Common Tern, 85 auk sp., 5 Puffin, 59 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 56 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 43 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 104 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 230 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 19 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 47 Lapwing, 200 Little Gull, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 120 Tree Sparrow.

8th October 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.15, 11.30-14.00. Clear skies to start but soon clouded over and rain from mid-morning and a break for an hour or so mid-afternoon before thunder storms developed early evening. A force 2 S- 3 SE wind.
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen mid-afternoon opposite Westmere Farm, and a few migrants seen included 15 Rock Pipit, 46 Robin, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 83 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 10 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 15 Chaffinch, 34 Reed Bunting.
Visible passage was disappointing, with hardly any wildfowl and presumably weather north of Spurn stopping passage over the land. Passage totals were 21 Brent Geese, 15 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 138 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 2 Bonxie, 1 Stock Dove, 182 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 256 Meadow Pipit, 23 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 2 House Sparrow, 155 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 87 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 125 Linnet and 9 Red Bunting.
Other birds present included 9 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 509 Brent Geese at Long Bank, 1 Pintail, 57 Common Scoter, 17 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

7th October 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch – another all day watch from 06.45-17.30. Cloudy all day with frequent light showers form mid-morning, a light SW-W wind to start picking up later in the day.
With the wind lighter and from the western quarter, we wasn’t quite expecting the wildfowl passage that occurred, the Brent Goose day passage record was smashed when 1114 flew south, (previously set at 824 in 1982), also Wigeon totalled 2487, just short of the record of 2540 set in 2009. Other wildfowl, seabird and wader totals included 3 Greylag Geese, 90 Pink-footed Geese, an adult White-fronted Goose, 1726 Teal (3rd highest passage count), 4 Mallard, 16 Pintail, 23 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 265 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 50 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 166 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 52 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull,, 371 Black-headed Gull, 550 Herring Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern, 46 Common Tern, 81 auk sp, 31 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
There was some notable passage of birds coming in off the sea including the first Woodcocks of the autumn (6), but also Song Thrushes (145), 10 Grey Heron, 13 Lapwing, 5 Snipe and 16 Starling.
Other passage was lighter than expected and must have been due to closing in weather further north of us: 134 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 35 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Jay U-turned, 12 Rook, 45 Tree Sparrow, 44 Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 8 Reed Bunting.
A few new grounded migrants appeared 8 Rock Pipit, 28 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 109 Song Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest.
Other birds present included 160 Brent Geese, 200 Wigeon, 3 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 65 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Wigeon. Debbie Saunders.

Wigeon. Debbie Saunders.

6th October 2014 - Monday

All day sea-watch 06.45-17.30. Cloudy for first couple of hours then rain set in for the rest of the day, a force 4-5 SSE wind.
With SSE winds from the Continent, we were expecting a good ‘wildfowl day’ and we were not disappointed as nearly all attention was spent watching the sea and it’s passers by! Although the highlight for many was the first Leach’s Petrel of the year as it spent about 15 minutes offshore mid-distance, slowly moving north.
Moving offshore were 213 Brent Geese (5th highest passage count), 1 Shelduck, 1898 Wigeon (2nd highest Spurn count), 2 Gadwall, 831 Teal, 34 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 145 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ‘brown’ Fulmar, 87 Gannet, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 38 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 93 Dunlin, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 20 Little Gull, 40 Kittiwake, 17 Sandwich Tern, 109 Common Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 6 Guillemot, 1 asio owl sp in off the sea and 32 Starling in off the sea.
The only other birds seen were 7 Pintail and 2 Little Stint at Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds and a Chiffchaff in Church Field.

Velvet Scoters. Mick Turton

Velvet Scoters. Mick Turton

5th October 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-17.45. Broken clouds all day with a force 1-2 WSW-SSE wind, picking up to force 3 in the evening.
The Richard’s Pipit was seen again as it flew from the field north of the Riverside to Long Bank Marsh and then as it flew north into the next field, it was generally a quieter day but still a few new grounded migrants: a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Rock Pipit, 91 + Wren (2nd highest count at Spurn), 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 16 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
There was some good passage, including 21+ Jay mainly moving west, also on the move were 197 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 162 Wigeon, 103 Teal, 15 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 55 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Manx Shearwater, 209 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 90 Little Gull, 290 Black-headed Gull, 453 Herring Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 19 Sandwich Tern, 400 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 231 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 452 Meadow Pipit, 49 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 alba Wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 29 Houe Sparrow, 765 Tree Sparrow, 40 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 39 Greenfinch, 103 Goldfinch, 117 Linnet and 28 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 198 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 5 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher.

Jays. Tim Jones.

Jays. Tim Jones.

4th October 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 - 12.00, 14.45-18.30. A strong force 4-5 southlerly from before light which slowly dropped through the day to calm conditions by mid-afternoon. Rain from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, but clear sunny evening.
The 240th species recorded was a Red-throated Pipit which was seen and heard twice as it flew from North Field and probably dropped somewhere in the Triangle; a Richard’s Pipit dropped into the middle of Long Bank Marsh late afternoon but wasn’t seen again, this may have been the bird from earlier in the week, but who knows; as new Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Lount’s Farm on Easington Straight and at the east end of the canal with ones still at the Warren and the north side of the gas terminal.
Other migrants included 3 Jack Snipe, a Kingfisher, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling.
Again there was some duck passage, although not in as good a numbers as yesterday: 13 Brent Geese, 70+ Wigeon, 423 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Eider, 183 Common Scoter. Other birds moving included 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1018 Gannet, 5 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 57 Dunlin, 2 Pomarine Skua, 16 Kittiwake, 80 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 4 auks p, 5 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 18 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 211 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting.
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen at Kew.

Jack Snipe. Ian Smith

Jack Snipe. Ian Smith

3rd October 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-18:15. F3 SW-S misty start soon cleared to leave patchy cloud for the rest of the day. The Masked Shrike seems to have finally gone after a 12 day stay, thank you to everyone who has visited to see this bird and followed instructions on parking.
A good day for wildfowl passage with 31 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Shelduck, 1479 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 923 Teal, 2 Mallard, 29 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 578 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser all moving south also 49 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 408 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Golden Plover, 112 Knot, 54 Sanderling, 328 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua north, 7 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Sandwich Tern, 148 Common Tern, 28 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp., 13 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 14 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 159 Meadow Pipit, 62 Rock Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 88 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 13 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 96 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting.
Highlights of grounded migrants were 2 new Yellow-browed Warbler at the Warren and the Narrows and 1 remaining at the north side of Easington Gas Terminal and the Barred Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park. Other totals were 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting.
Also present were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 37 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 148 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe sat on the sea, 10 Gannet on the Humber, 8 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 40,000 Knot, 300 Sanderling, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Little Gull, 30 Kittiwake, 20 Guillemot.

Common Snipe. Tim Jones.

Common Snipe. Tim Jones.

Merlin. Pete Saunders

Merlin. Pete Saunders

2nd October 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 – 13.30, 14.00-15.30, 17.30-18.45. Broken clouds all day with a force 1-2-1 NE-N 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.
The Barred Warbler was seen again in the Crown car park and a new one was found at the Point, 3 new Yellow-browed Warblers two at Sammy’s Point and one on the north side of the gas terminal; a Lapland Bunting was seen in the field north of the Riverside Hotel and the first Snow Bunting of the autumn flew south; other migrants included 2 a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 14 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, and a Bullfinch.
There was some light passage over the sea and land, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 23 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Eider, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 53 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 325 Gannet, 2 Shag, 4 Pomarine Skua, 20 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 5 Bonxie, 126 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 119 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 209 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 456 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 19 Greenfinch, 17 Goldfinch, 101 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer and 32 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 12 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 10 Greenshank.

1st October 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-14:14 17:30-18:30. F2-1 WSW-SW cloudy start soon cleared, some light showers in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE 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.
Some good passage in the morning included 124 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 4 Pintail, 80 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 165 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 6 Arctic Skua, 292 Little Gull, 44 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 52 Common Tern, 34 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 298 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 167 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 766 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 flava wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 57 alba wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 68 House Sparrow, 935 Tree Sparrow, 111 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 83 Greenfinch, 341 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 613 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer, 76 Reed Bunting.
Grounded migrant totals were 350 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel in Church Field, 9 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Brambling.
Also present were 2 Greylag Geese, 46 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Eider, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth and 1 Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

Sparrowhawk. Tim Jones.

Sparrowhawk. Tim Jones.

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