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February 2016 Sightings

8th February 2016 - Monday

Yet another wild day with a F6+ SW and frequent heavy showers.
Sea-watch- 07:40-10:50.
On the move were, 4 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 ’blue-type’ Fulmar, 26 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 19 Common Gull, 183 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 8 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Also present were the 1w Tundra Bean Goose in Well Field with 2 Pink-footed and 17 Greylag Geese, 2 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

7th February 2016 - Sunday

Remaining wild with a F6+ SW wind with sunny spells and a few showers.
More work continued on the new observatory today.
Sea-watches- 07:50-11:00, 15:00-16:20.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 6 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 2 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 51 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 13 Common Gull, 111 Herring Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 135 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Also present were 2 Black Brant with the Brent flock north of Long Bank, the 1w Tundra Bean Goose in Well Field with 1 Pink-footed and 23 Greylag Geese, 2 Peregrine, 1 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Jack Snipe on Clubley’s, 1 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

6th February 2016 - Saturday

Another wild day with a F6+ S-SW wind and frequent heavy showers. A big thanks to all who attended the work party, much was achieved despite the weather.
Sea-watch- 07:50-10:30.
On the move were- 2 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 89 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 51 Herring Gull, 5 auk sp., 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 1 Puffin.
Also present were 1 Whooper Swan, 18 Greylag Geese, 14 Teal, 52 Mallard, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Skylark, 9 Pied Wagtail, 250 Starling, 1 Treecreeper in Easington, the first ever wintering bird for the Spurn area.

Ringing- NIL.

Wigeon. Tim Jones.

Wigeon. Tim Jones.

5th February 2016 - Friday

Mainly cloudy with a F5-6 gusty SW wind.
Sea-watch- 07:50-10:50.
On the move were 80 Pink-footed Geese (NW), 9 Shelduck, 41 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 70 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe.
Also present were 16 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 15 Greylag Geese, 2 Black Brant, 570 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (inc 2 juvs) all on Easington Straight, 24 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

4th February 2016 - Thursday

Mostly cloudy with just a glimpse of the sun and a F3 NW wind.
Sea-watch-07:55-11:05.
On the move were, 4 Teal, 1 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 78 Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 23 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 15 Auk sp.
Also present were, 18 Mute Swan, 18 Greylag Geese, 1 Coot, 22 Lapwing.

Ringing- 6 House Sparrow.

3rd February 2016 - Wednesday

Mostly Sunny with cloud coming in afternoon with a F3-2 WNW and a light overnight frost
Sea-watch-07:50-11:05.
On the move were 10 Teal, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 51 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 20 Common Gull, 222 Herring Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 163 Auk sp.
Also present were 23 Greylag Geese, 4 Lapwing, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Woodpigeon.

Ringing- 1 Mallard, 6 House Sparrow.

2nd February 2016 - Tuesday

A very windy day with gale force SW winds but remaining sunny.
Sea-watch- 07:45-14:00.
On the move were, 3 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 90 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 21 Black-headed Gull, 84 Common Gull, 526 Herring Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 183 Kittiwake, 2195 Auk sp.
Also present were, 1 Great Crested Grebe, the first Spring Migrant with a Coot on Canal Scrape, 8 Lapwing, 22 Curlew, 1 Skylark and 1 Snow Bunting on Clubley’s.

Ringing- NIL.

1st February 2016 - Monday

A wild day with near gale force SW winds but bright and sunny most of the time.
Sea-watch- 08:00-12:10.
On the move were 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 136 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 54 Herring Gull, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp., 3 Guillemot.
Also present were, 21 Greylag Geese, 300 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Ringing- NIL.

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