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September 2017 Sightings

24th September 2017 - Sunday

Bright and clear all day with a F1-2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0620-1000.


The easterly winds are already having the desired effect with a very early RADDES WARBLER in Church field, an 'Eastern' type Lesser Whitethroat at potato fields, a total of 6 Yellow-browed Warblers with new birds at the Warren, potato fields, vicars lane and Beacon lane, while the Marsh Warbler is still around Pallas's pond.

Migrant numbers increased with the weather conditions and hopefully a sign of what is to come over the next few day and totals of 11 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 25 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Brambling.

Viz-migging continued the theme of the last few day with Finches dominating and produced 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 15 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow, 528 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 43 House Sparrow, 38 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 13 Greenfinch, 236 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 461 Linnet and 27 Reed Bunting.
The sea just about held some interest with 7 Brent Geese, 19 Shelduck, 28 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 2 Pintail, 272 Common Scoter, 1 Avocet, 25 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 356 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 540 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 13 Guillemot, 16 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.

Other interesting sightings were 180 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 24 Brent Goose and 330 Shelduck Humber, 1 Marsh Harrier Kilnsea wetland area, 5 Ruff, 1 Little Stint, 530 Sanderling Chalk bank, 4 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common sandpiper at Sammys and 1200 Starling in Kilnsea.


Ringing: 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Redstart, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting. (23 of 12 species).

Marsh Warbler. Rich Swales.

Marsh Warbler. Rich Swales.

Marsh Warbler. Steve Valentine.  2 pictures of same bird showing what different light and conditions can play on a bird.

Marsh Warbler. Steve Valentine. 2 pictures of same bird showing what different light and conditions can play on a bird.

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23rd September 2017 - Saturday

Cloudy and drizzle early morning clearing later with a F1-2 SSE wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1400.

Another increase in Finches on the move as Hirundines numbers decline. A change in the weather is forecast with more easterly type winds predicted, hopefully bringing a good arrival of migrants from Monday onwards.

The Marsh Warbler was still present and showing on and off all day, by the entrance gate around Pallas’s pond, but only 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were seen today.
Migrant numbers were similar to the previous day with 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing in the triangle, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 25 Goldcrest and 2 Crossbill at the Obs.

Viz-migging produced 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 11 Skylark, 202 Swallow, 24 House Martin, 654 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 242 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 518 Linnet, 15 Redpoll and 5 Reed Bunting.
A few more Duck on the move over the sea which in general was quiet, 8 Brent Geese, 6 Shelduck, 94 Wigeon, 128 Teal, 2 Pintail, 72 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Manx Shearwater, 189 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 7 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 3 Puffin.

Other interesting sightings were 221 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 22 Brent Goose, 2 Gadwall, 134 Wigeon, 149 Teal, 3 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 31 Little Egret, 1500 Golden Plover Humber, 3 Ruff, 1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetland, 1100 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank while 100 Goldfinch were in Church field.


Ringing: 1 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (26 of 14 species).

Willow Warbler. Mick Turton.

Willow Warbler. Mick Turton.

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22nd September 2017 - Friday

Dry and sunny all day with a F1-2 S-SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1115.

Wildfowl numbers continue to increase on Kilnsea wetlands, with Mallard in particular showing a healthy rise. Waders continue to impress here too considering the size of the pool.

A nice surprise today was a dark phase juvenile Honey Buzzard which flew as far south as the triangle, returning north west towards Welwick. No sign of the Red breasted Flycatcher, but a Marsh Warbler was seen at Pallas's pond, though its identity was only confirmed later that night and 3 Yellow-browed Warbler were at the Obs and in the Churchyard.
Migrant totals while low, a nice selection was available with 2 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.

The viz miggers again had a steady morning, but an increase in species diversity with 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 53 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 141 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 371 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Great Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 3 Greenfinch, 147 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 143 Linnet, 3 Redpoll and 20 Reed Bunting.
The sea was very quiet with 1 Brent Geese, 16 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and 103 Gannet.

Other interesting sightings were 220 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Gadwall, 120 Wigeon, 149 Teal, 162 mallard, 3 Pintail, 17 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 41 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 1100 Golden Plover Humber, 900 Dunlin, 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetland, 3 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1200 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, the Tawny Owl still at Kew, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 200 Goldfinch and 170 Linnet.


Ringing: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Swallow, 7 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting. (46 of 15 species).

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine.

Grasshopper Warbler. Mick Turton.

Grasshopper Warbler. Mick Turton.

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21st September 2017 - Thursday

Cloudy but dry till rain after late afternoon with a F2-4 S-SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1300, 1540-1720.

A further decline in migrant numbers though the ringed Red-breasted Flycatcher remained in the crown car park and 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were at the Obs and in the Churchyard.
Migrant totals were 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

In less than ideal conditions a few bits were on the move overland with 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Ruff, 10 Sand Martin, 696 Swallow, 346 House Martin, 149 Meadow Pipit, 4 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch, 25 Goldfinch and 74 Linnet.
Much less on the move over the sea with the wind change, 3 Brent Geese, 31 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Pintail, 13 Eider, 47 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Sandwich tern , 200 Common Tern and 1 Puffin.

Other interesting sightings were 227 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Brent Goose, 3 Gadwall, 65 Teal, 62 mallard, 3 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 37 Little Egret, 1000 Golden Plover Humber, 1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 1 Purple Sandpiper, the Tawny Owl still at Kew and a Little Owl on Peter lane.


Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Sparrow.

Greenshank. Ian Smith.

Greenshank. Ian Smith.

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20th September 2017 - Wednesday

Warm and sunny day with a F2-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0640-1130.

A decline in migrant numbers overall, but the ringed Red-breasted Flycatcher remained still elusive in the crown car park and 5 Yellow-browed Warbler were about the area.
Migrant totals were 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Sedge warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 17 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Brambling and 2 Redpoll.

The better conditions for viz migging had an almost immediate effect and an increase in Finch numbers on the move with 7 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 3 Swift, 1 Skylark, 631 Swallow, 221 House Martin, 1911 Meadow Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 13 Alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 14 Starling, 35 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 295 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 323 Linnet and 6 Reed Bunting.
Much less on the move over the sea with the wind change, 204 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 7 Wigeon, 18 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver and 27 Cormorant.

Other interesting sightings were 253 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Brent Goose, 98 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 65 Teal, 55 mallard, 3 Pintail, 21 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Hobby triangle, 1 Peregrine hunting the Humber, 22 Little Egret, 1400 Golden Plover Humber, 4 Lapwing, 5 Little Stint and 1 Ruff Kilnsea wetlands, 4 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1200 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, the Tawny Owl still at Kew, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Kingfisher.


Ringing: 1 Kestrel, 39 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting. (68 of 13 species).

Sanderling and Dunlin. John Hewitt.

Sanderling and Dunlin. John Hewitt.

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19th September 2017 - Tuesday

Warm and sunny day with a light NW-SW wind.

The calmer conditions allowed observers to get to grips with migrants on the ground, the ringed Red-breasted Flycatcher remained in the crown, a good total of 16 Yellow-browed Warbler about the area, with 6 at the point the best count, while a new Barred Warbler was trapped at the Warren.
Migrant totals were up for some species, but down on others with the ever present Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 21 Robin, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Sedge warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 20 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Brambling and 2 Redpoll.


On the move over the sea were 227 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler,31 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 347 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 1500 Common Tern and 5 Puffin,
A small number of birds were on the move overland, but the conditions will be better on other days, 70 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 139 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail and 5 Reed Bunting.

Other interesting sightings were 220 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 89 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 82 Teal, 25 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, a record count of 48 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail along the canal, 10 Lapwing, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1100 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Swift and 1 Kingfisher.


Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 31 Meadow Pipit, 6 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Chifchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Tree Sparrow, 5 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting. (86 of 17 species).

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian B

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian B

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian B

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian B

Spotted Flycatcher. Jonnie Fisk.

Spotted Flycatcher. Jonnie Fisk.

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith.

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith.

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18th September 2017 - Monday

Early morning rain gave way to cloud with sunny spells, but with an increasing F3-4 N-NW wind.
Sea Watches: 0630-1115, 1300-1630.

There was no sign of the Arctic Warbler today in a strong northerly blowing through its favoured areas, and indeed it was hard going finding migrants, with sheltered areas being the most productive. The best of the new arrivals were a Marsh Warbler at Sammys in the last paddock, while 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher were seen, a new bird at Southfield farm and one in the crown. Only 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, with 2 at the Warren and 1 in the Cliffe farm/Kew area., while 2 Barred Warbler were still showing at the warren and Little hedge.
Migrant totals were decent for the windy conditions with the usual Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Siskin, 1 Brambling and 8 Redpoll.


On the move over the sea were 20 Greylag Geese, 16 Pin-footed Geese, 67 Wigeon, 11 Pintail, 85 Teal, 232 Common Scoter, 141 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1133 Gannet, 3 Shag, 12 Arctic Skua, adult Long-tailed Skua, 14 Bonxie, juvenile Sabines Gull, 929 Auk sp and 5 Puffin,


Other interesting sightings were 153 Pink-footed Geese Easington straight, 1 Brent Goose, 73 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 85 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Hobby, 9000+ Knot Humber, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 11 Ruff Kilnsea wetlands, 5 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 240 Curlew, 5 Greenshank, 5 Swift, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Grey Wagtail while the Tawny Owl is still at Kew.


Ringing: 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 9 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch. (24 of 10 species).

Hobby. Ian Smith.

Hobby. Ian Smith.

Arctic Warbler. Rich Swales. Another pic of the previous days bird.

Arctic Warbler. Rich Swales. Another pic of the previous days bird.

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