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January 2017 Sightings

19th January 2017 - Thursday

Still and dry but fog all day hence poor visibility.
Migration Watches: 0800-0915.

Of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan long bank, 1 White-fronted Goose over Kilnsea Wetland, the Black Brant and 6 Pale-bellied Brent with 500+ Brent Geese on the Humber, 163 Shelduck, 281 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 75 Mallard, 8 Goldeneye Beacon ponds, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Jack Snipe walker butts, 8 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 song Thrush, 200 Starling in the triangle, 20 Tree Sparrow with numerous House Sparrows on the feeders at the Obs.

Very quiet due to the fog over the sea with only 8 Red-throated Diver of note.

Ringing: Nil.

Kestrel. Adam Hutt.

Kestrel. Adam Hutt.

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18th January 2017 - Wednesday

Very little wind with drizzle and poor visibility.
Migration Watches: 0830-1000.

A day of work in Kew with major hedge trimming and at the Obs removing the last of the old shed. The garden at the Obs is starting to take shape and will be a major asset in the future.

On the move were 1+ White-fronted Geese over calling in the fog, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 38 Red Throated Diver, 1 Cormorant and 2 Razorbill.

Other bits of interest were 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Tawny Owl calling in Easington.

Black-tailed Godwit. Adam Hutt.

Black-tailed Godwit. Adam Hutt.

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17th January 2017 - Tuesday

Cold and overcast with light drizzle and a force 2-3 SE-SW wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1000.
A poor day of weather, but the old large run down shed on the back garden of the Obs was safely dismantled and work in Kew began to get the hedges back in order.

On the move were 129 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Scaup, 276 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 36 Red-throated Diver, the 1 Black-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant, 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan just north of long bank, 1 Peregrine Hummber, 170 Black-tailed Godwit tank blocks, 248 Common Gull on the Borrow pit, 6 Short-eared Owl long bank and 1 Chiffchaff Easington sewage works.

Ringing: Nil

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16th January 2017 - Monday

A day of poor visibility with rain most of the day, but with a decreasing force 3-1 NNW wind.
Sea Watches: 0830-1215.
A poor day with most birding from the car or the sea watch hut.

On the move were 24 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 109 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and 3 Auk sp.
A few bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan just north of long bank, 4 Snipe and 43 Black-tailed Godwit.
Ringing: 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin.

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15th January 2017 - Sunday

Calm and overcast, heavy rain in morning constant drizzle thereafter with a force 1-2 NW wind.
Migration Watches:
A poor day of weather with very few birds seen.
The only bits of interest bar the usual species were 1 Mediterranean Gull and 570 Common Gull on the Borrow pit by the Bluebell, 1 Stonechat and 1 Song Thrush.

Ringing: Mallard.

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14th January 2017 - Saturday

A Clear and still winters day with a force 2-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1030.

Moving were 2 Common Scoter, 17 Red Throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 8 Auk sp.
Other interesting sightings were 1 Whooper Swan and 1 White Fronted Goose on Easington straight, 1 Pintail, 5 Goldfinch and 18 Linnet.

Ringing: 3 Mallard.

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13th January 2017 - Friday

Snow cover early morning clearing with a force 3-5 NW wind.
Sea Watch: 0730-1030.

Sightings were the Black Brant with 400 Brent Geese, 1 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 240 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 28 Black Tailed Godwit Humber, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull while the first Snow Bunting for a while was at Beacon Ponds.

Ringing:

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