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February 2015 Sightings

27th February 2015 - Friday

A spring-like day with blue skies and force 1-2 Westerly.
Sea-watch 0730-1030,1400-1505
Numpties 0800-0900
On the move were one each of Common Scoter and Eider, 506 Red-throated Diver (2nd highest ever count at Spurn), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 7 Gannets and a Chaffinch.
Other birds present included 5 Teal, 1 Pochard (Canal Scrape), 2 Water Rails(Canal) 6 Avocets (Kilnsea Wetlands), 2000 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed and 250 Bar-tailed Godwit,1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit in, 1 Goldfinch and 2 Corn Buntings (Sammy's Point)

26th February 2015 - Thursday

Rain all morning clearing midday to clear blue skies and force 2-3 WNW wind.
Sewatch 0800-1030. Very little moving with just 10 Red-throated Divers seen.
4 Redwing, a Song Thrush and a Goldfinch were at Kew/Church Field and the Pochard on Canal Scrape. North of Kilnsea were 1 pale-bellied and 200 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 200 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 6 Avocet, 222 Golden Plover, 98 Lapwing, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 13 Pied Wagtails.

25th February 2015 - Wednesday

A nice mild, spring-like day with blue skies and light WNW wing
Numpties: 08:00-11:00 on the move were 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Reed Bunting,2 Linnets, 5 Chaffinch

Present: 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Greylag Goose,1 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye,5 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 260 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Stock Dove, 71 Woodpigeon , 8 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 15 Tree Sparrow,7 Chaffinch.

A Bat sp. was flying along Beacon Lane in broad daylight and the first frogs were seen in Kew pond.

24th February 2015 - Tuesday

A sunny but increasingly windy day
Seawatch 07:30-11:15 Birds moving over the sea were lots of Gannets again with 191, 49 Red-throated Divers, 15 Guillemot, 96 Auk sp, 3 Fulmars, 2 Great Skuas,9 Kittiwakes, 313 Herring Gulls, Common Scoters, 2 Eider and 31 Teal.

23rd February 2015 - Monday

A mostly sunny day with the odd light shower and increasing force 3-6 SW wind
Seawatches: 07:45-11:00, 14:00-15:00 Birds moving over the sea included a Long-tailed Duck, 43 Red-throated Divers, a new winter record of 644 Gannets, 402 Auk sp., 32 Guillemots, 5 Fulmars, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 9 Kittiwakes and a Common Scoter.

22nd February 2015 - Sunday

Overcast in the morning with an increasing south westerly wind and persistant heavy rain in the afternoon.
Seawath 07:40-11:20 On the move were 55 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannets, 5 Common and 5 Velvet Scoters, 1 Eider and 56 Herring Gulls. Elsewhere 3 Moorhens were at Sunny Cliff, a Stock Dove was in the Triangle where the Pochard remained, with 2 others at Beacon Lagoons with 165 Wigeon, 3 Snipe and a Peregrine.

21st February 2015 - Saturday

A cold morning became a mild sunny day with scattered cloud in the afternoon and force 1 WNW wind.
Seawatch 07:40 - 10:45 Birds moving included a Grey Wagtail, Siskin, 54 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great-crested Grebes, 12 Gannets, 1 Auk sp., a Fulmar, 60 Herring Gulls and 11 Common Scoters.
The adult Black Brant was in the fields with 561 dark-bellied and 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese. A Short-eared Owl was seen at Long Bank, an Avocet was on Beacon Ponds and the Pochard was still on Canal Scrape. A Snipe and Water Rail were in the Saltmarsh and 68 Black-tailed Godwits on the Humber. Other birds present included a Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Coots.

A first-winter Ring-billed Gull was seen on the beach at Beacon Ponds from 11:35-11:41 before flying north.

A successful wader ringing session saw 23 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshank, 16 Knot and 3 Dunlin trapped and ringed at Kilnsea Wetlands.

1st winter Ring-billed Gull Dean Nicholson

1st winter Ring-billed Gull Dean Nicholson

20th February 2015 - Friday

A sunny day to early afternoon when thick clod set in and a light westerly wind.
Seawatch 0745-1115, 1430-1545 A good passage of Red-throated Divers totalled 326,with other birds on the move consisting 3 Gannets, a Guillemot, 3 Cormorants, 14 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Black-headed Gulls,217 Herring Gulls, 2 Shelduck in-off and 3 Jackdaws.
The drake Pochard was on Canal Scrape with a Little Grebe and the first Coot of 2015. 8 Reed Buntings were split between Church Field and Canal Scrape and 7 Chaffinches were in the Kew area.

2 Blackbirds, 5 Greenfinches and a Chaffinch were ringed.

19th February 2015 - Thursday

Heavy rain all morning becoming lighter mid-afternoon with some brighter spells and force 2-3 W wind.
Sea-watch 0750-1135. Moving were 48 Red-throated Divers,a Great Crested Grebe, a Gannet, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 17 Great Black-backed Gulls, 39 Common Gulls (plus 45 blogging), 38 Herring Gulls,3 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 2 Widgeon and 3 Teal.
A female Sparrowhawk, 21 Greenfinches and 4 Reed Buntings were in Church Field.

18th February 2015 - Wednesday

Thick cloud cover to start soon became 6/8 with a force 2 WSW wind.
Seawatch - 07:45-10:00
On Beacon Lagoons/ Kilnsea Wetlands were 187 Widgeon, 2 Gadwall ,and a Goldeneye. A Pochard was on Canal Scrape and other migrants included 3 Song Thrushes, 4 grouded Skylarks, 3 Song Thrushes and 7 Reed Buntings.

17th February 2015 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.25-10.45, 14.15-15.15. A heavy overnight frost and cleared to leave clear blue skies and a force 1-2 NW wind.
The only birds moving were 2 Wigeon, 56 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 59 Herring Gull, and 8 auk sp.
The Pochard was still on Canal Scrape and also present were 6 Greylag Geese, 36 Ringed Plover, 620 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, and a Song Thrush.

16th February 2015 - Monday

Cloudy and dull with rain from mid-morning and remaining all day with a force 1 SW wind.
A reasonable day for wildfowl moving including 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard (+1 on Canal Scrape), 4 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, and 1 Velvet Scoter, also 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 31 Herring Gull.
A Woodcock was found dead at Fourways and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Humber.

15th February 2015 - Sunday

A bright sunny start soon clouded over with a force 2 E wind.
The only birds moving south were 42 Wigeon, 37 Red-throated Diver and 61 Herring Gull. 90 Black-tailed Godwit were on the Humber and a Fieldfare and Redwing were in Church Field.

14th February 2015 - Saturday

Mainly cloudy with some light rain and a force 2 E wind.
A quiet day, moving were 1 Shelduck, 7 Common Scoter, 82 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 29 auk sp, and 497 Guillemot.
On the Humber were 69 Black-tailed and 600 Bar-tailed Godwit with 4 Long-tailed Tits in Easington.

13th February 2015 - Friday

Cloudy with constant drizzle and a force 3 SSE wind.
A good movement of auks included 337 auk sp and 375 Guillemots, while other birds moving were 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Eider, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Gannet, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Curlew, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Kittiwake.
Other birds included 1 Whooper Swan, 40 Common Scoter, and 500 Bar-tailed Godwit.

12th February 2015 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.20. Cloudy all day with a force 1 SSW wind.
A female Long-tailed Duck flew south along with 1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 80 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet.
66 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, and other birds seen were 1 Whooper Swan, 190 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 93 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lesser B.B. Gull and a Song Thrush.

11th February 2015 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.30-11.15, 12.45-14.00. Cloudy all day with a force 1-2 W wind.
A drake SURF SCOTER was seen flying north from a boat off Spurn around midday.
Over the sea were 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Guillemot.
Other birds included 1 Whooper Swan, 190 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 54 Ringed Plover, 74 Lapwing, 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and 2 Song Thrush.

10th February 2015 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 08.00-08.30. Fog all day hampering all activities, a force 1-2 W wind.
The only birds of note see were 1 Whooper Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and a Snow Bunting.

9th February 2015 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.10. A bright and sunny day but a heavy overnight frost with a force 1 NW wind.
Moving over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 5 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
A ring-tail Hen Harrier was blogging and also present were 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 8 Goldeneye, 420 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Owl and Stonechat at Long Bank, 1 Redwing and 17 Linnet.

8th February 2015 - Sunday

Bright and sunny with a force 1 NE wind
Seawatch 07:45-11:00 Moving at sea were a Widgeon, 12 Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Divers, a Pomarine Skua and 51 Auk sp.
Little change north of the area but for a single Pink-footed Goose.

7th February 2015 - Saturday

Cloudy all day with a force 2 NW wind.
Seawatch 07:50-1140

Birds on the move were 10 Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 28 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet and a Cormorant.
900 Brent Geese including the Black Brant, and the Whooper Swan and Mediterranean Gull were still on Easington Straight as were 200 Lapwings.

Ringing - 2 House Sparrows

6th February 2015 - Friday

Mostly bright and sunny with a force 2-1 NE wind

Seawatch 07:55-11:00 On the move were 3 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 3 Cormorants and 2 Shags.
Other birds included a Grey Heron and 3 Common Buzzards west over Sammy's Point, a Jay and a Mistle Thrush were in Easington, and on Easington Straight/ Kilnsea Wetlands were a Black Brant and Pale-bellied Brent amongst 690 Brent Geese, 47 Teal, 4 Little Egrets, 750 Oystercatchers and a Barn Owl.
Single Snipe, Greenshank and Mediterranean Gull were blogging and 96 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow, 11 Oystercatcher.

5th February 2015 - Thursday

Frequent, heavy wintery showers with a force 2 WNW wind

Sea-watching 0750-1100 1345-1600 On the move were 2 Common Scoter, 14 Red Throated Diver, 2 Gannets, a Cormorant, a Pomarine Skua 2 Kittiwake, 1 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and a Little Auk. Also present were 3 Skylark and a Stonechat in the triangle, 19 Pied Wagtail 15 Yellowhammer, 20 Ringed Plover, 850 Golden Plover and the Whooper Swan on Easington Straight along with 20 Teal on Kilnsea Wetlands. 86 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Humber and 180 Redshank Kilnsea Wetlands.

Ringing Nil

4th February 2015 - Wednesday

Rain all morning clearing mid-afternoon with a force 2-1 north east wind.

Seawatch 07:40-15:00 Moving were an Eider, 13 Red-throated Divers, 1 'Blue' Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 27 Herring Gull, and a Little Auk was on the sea.
Other birds seen included 227 Black-tailed Godwits on the Humber and 3 Long-tailed Tits in Easington where the Whooper Swan was on the straight and 7 Goldeneyes were on Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Lagoons.

3rd February 2015 - Tuesday

Mostly sunny with a few showers, hail and sleet overnight with a cold F2-1 N.

Plenty of interest on a winters day.

Sea-watches- 08:00-11:40 and 14:40-15:00, on the move were 4 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern, 1 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 3 Bonxie, 22 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake and 1 Razorbill.

Also present were 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 2 Black Brant (adult and 1w), 2 Teal, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 34 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 97 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 adult Glaucous Gull on the beach off the Warren, 2 Little Owl, 1 Stonechat, 15 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff and 17 Linnet.

Ringing- 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow.

Adult Glaucous Gull, with damage to the rear of its head. Adam Hutt.

Adult Glaucous Gull, with damage to the rear of its head. Adam Hutt.

2nd February 2015 - Monday

Sunny spells with wintry showers and snow in the afternoon giving a light dusting after a very heavy frost a F2 WNW wind.

A few highlights over the sea.

Sea-watch- 07:50-11:05, on the move were, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 39 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 36 Herring Gull and 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull.

Also present were, 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 6 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 4 Moorhen, 3 Ringed Plover, 10 Snipe, 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl, 5 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.

Ringing- NIL.

1st February 2015 - Sunday

Sunny spells with frequent heavy showers some of sleet with a cold F4 N wind.

The northerly wind made for a decent sea-watch.

Sea-watches, 07:45-12:00, 13:15-16:30, on the move were, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 426 Gannet, 4 Pomarine Skua, 5 Bonxie, 36 Common Gull, 182 Herring Gull, 1 juvenile and 1 adult Glaucous Gull, 52 Kittiwake, 125 auk sp., 16 Razorbill and 1 Fieldfare (in/off).

Also present were, 1 Whooper Swan on Easington Straight, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Moorhen, 26 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Peregrine.

Ringing- NIL.

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