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May 2017 Sightings

28th May 2017 - Sunday

A hot sunny day with sporadic cloudy periods and a F3 SW-1 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0415-2030.

A classic Spurn viz-mig day began with a Spoonbill at 0620 south out to sea, then returning north west up the Humber, which was followed by a Red Kite over Long bank, and then soon after a brilliant Alpine Swift south from Beacon ponds, which gave stunning views a few feet over birders heads at Numpties. The day though belonged to the 4 RED-FOOTED FALCONS seen in 4 hours between 1045-1445. All were 1st summers, with 2 in-particular causing some initial confusion with their plumage, photographs allowing for greater scrutiny and showing 3 were in fact males with 1 female and proving they were all different birds and also different from the bird yesterday evening. In between all this excitement a Red-rumped Swallow flew south at 11.40, while the count of 7 Hobby is a new record for Spurn. This was all enjoyed by 40+ observers at times.

Also on the move were 5 Brent Geese out east, 5 Barnacle Geese, 2 Teal, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 199 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 252 Swallow, 206 House Martin, 1 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 24 Linnet.

Over the sea were 3 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 20 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern and 2 Arctic Tern.

Other bits of interest were 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 13 Little Egret, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull and 1 Short-eared Owl.

7 Red-veined Darter were seen on Clubleys plus 2 Broad-bodied Chaser and the 1st Emperor Dragonfly of the year while there were 25 Painted Lady seen along with plenty of Red Admiral.

Ringing: 4 Starling pulli, 7 Great Tit pulli, 17 Blue Tit pulli, 9 Tree Sparrow pulli.

Alpine Swift. Tim Jones.

Alpine Swift. Tim Jones.

1/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. Later seen past Gib Point, Lincs.

1/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. Later seen past Gib Point, Lincs.

2/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. The most advanced in its post-juvenile moult.

2/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. The most advanced in its post-juvenile moult.

3/4 1s female Red-footed Falcon.

3/4 1s female Red-footed Falcon.

4/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. Jake Gearty. The least advanced in its post-juvenile moult.

4/4 1s male Red-footed Falcon. Jake Gearty. The least advanced in its post-juvenile moult.

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27th May 2017 - Saturday

A hot sunny with a light SE wind , clouding over with thunder and lightning, remaining warm and a changed F3-6 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0430-2010.

A sad day for the warden Paul Collins when his team Chelsea, were beaten 2-1 in the FA cup, which was watched by most of the birders in the crown pub.

Late evening while most observers were watching the football, one eagle eyed observer spotted a female Red-footed Falcon over the Observatory garden, which headed south turning back at the Warren, (which the emptied the pub) and last seen going into the garden of Rose Cottage.

Otherwise viz-migging produced 1 Hobby, 3 Lapwing blogging, 13 Black-headed Gull, 346 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 264 Swallow, 207 House Martin, 1 Flava Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 9 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.

Heading out east were 22 Brent Geese, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Little Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 18 Common Tern and 9 Arctic Tern.
Over the sea (south unless stated) were 4 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Fulmar and 3 Manx Shearwater.

Migrant numbers were 6 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 1 Redstart, 1 Redwing, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Other birds of note were 1 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 10 Common Scoter on the Humber, 2 Great-crested Grebe on the Humber, 276 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Stint Beacon ponds, 2 Curlew Sandpiper Humber, 1 Ruff, 1000 Dunlin, 27 Turnstone and 67 Little Tern Beacon ponds.

The 1st Hairy Dragonfly for Spurn was at Sammys point, 7 Red veined Darter were in the area, 1 Broad bodied Chaser while 4 Green Hairstreak still at the point. A Mink was seen along the canal.

Ringing: Nil

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26th May 2017 - Friday

Another warm sunny blue sky day, but cooler in the increasing F1-3 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0520-1930.

While little else was moving overland it was a surprise to see a Pallid Swift flying south past the Warren in the company of 2 Common Swift and then past middle camp.
Otherwise viz-migging produced 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Oystercatcher out east, 3 Black Tern out east, 40 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 245 Swallow, 161 House Martin, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 1 Corn Bunting.

Over the sea were a summer plumage Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Fulmar, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 4 Kittiwake and 14 Sandwich Tern.

Migrant numbers were 6 Whimbrel in the Triangle, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel still showing well at the Warren and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds of note were the 19 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 20 Common Scoter on the Humber, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail along the canal, 1 Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull at the Warren, .

4 Green Hairstreak were at the Point, a male Red veined Darter was in churchfield and the first Broad bodied Chaser also in Churchfield.

Ringing: 1 Whinchat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow (pulli), 1 Reed Bunting.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith. Flying away showing brown uppers

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith. Flying away showing brown uppers

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25th May 2017 - Thursday

A fine sunny warm day with blue sky, but hazy visibility and a light F1 NW-SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0520-1200.

In what has been a poor spring for visible migration especially for Finches and Hirundines which have rarely troubled the counters, mainly due to the lack of south westerly winds, it is still a surprise to have another 2 Red-rumped Swallows past numpties. The first paused preening for several minutes on the wires at 7am, then headed off high south with a Swallow, the second rapidly through at 10.45 on its own. (5th and 6th this year).
Otherwise viz-migging produced 1 Greenshank, 11 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 127 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 15 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 3 Linnet.

Waders heading out north-east were 3 Ringed Plover, 50 Grey Plover, 19 Sanderling, 30 Dunlin and 1 Whimbrel.

Over the sea were 2 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 35 Gannet, 4 Fulmar, 6 Cormorant, 38 Kittiwake, 15 Sandwich Tern, and 54 Auk sp.

Migrant numbers were 12 Whimbrel in the Triangle, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel still showing well at the Warren.
Other birds of note were the 10 Brent Geese, 2 Gadwall, 70 Common Scoter on the Humber, 160 Sanderling and 2 Grey Partridge, while a Corn Bunting still singing near Easington.

A male Red veined Darter was in churchfield.

Ringing: 10 Great Tit (pulli), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 1 Chaffinch.

Red-rumped Swallow. Ian Smith.

Red-rumped Swallow. Ian Smith.

Red-rumped Swallow with Swallow. Ian Smith.

Red-rumped Swallow with Swallow. Ian Smith.

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24th May 2017 - Wednesday

A warm, sunny day with a light F1 NW- 2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0530-1030, 1300-1500.

A totally unexpected vocal Cetti’s Warbler along the Canal which then flew to behind the canal scrape hide.

Migrant numbers again low with 1 Little Stint Beacon ponds, 2 Cuckoo, female Ring Ouzel still at the Warren, 3 Redwing with 2 at the Obs and 1 Canal hedge, 2 Blackcap and 6 Spotted Flycatcher.

Viz-migging produced 83 Brent Geese and 200 Grey Plover out east, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 3 Flava Wagtail, 10 Sand Martin, 190 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 20 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch and 18 Linnet.
Over the equally quiet sea were 7 Gannet, 54 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, .

Other birds of note were the 30 Brent Geese, the male Red-crested Pochard remained on Canal scrape, immature Peregrine over the Obs, 9 Whimbrel triangle and 1 Little Gull.

A Red-veined Darter was in Churchfield.

Ringing: 3 Blue Tit (pulli).

Red-crested Pochard. Steve Exley.

Red-crested Pochard. Steve Exley.

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23rd May 2017 - Tuesday

A warm, sunny day with a light F1 NW- 2 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0530-1100, 1300-1530.

The beginnings of the high arctic waders began in earnest today and one of the great calls as flocks of Grey Plover headed off north-east.

After the adult the previous day an immature Spoonbill was over Beacon ponds then drifted off north.

Migrant numbers stayed low with 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel still at the Warren, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Viz-migging produced only 150 Grey Plover out east, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Flava Wagtail, 5 Sand Martin, 130 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch and 9 Linnet.
Over the equally quiet sea were 1 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 3 Great-crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant and 6 Sandwich Tern.

Other birds of note were the 75 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, male Red-crested Pochard on Canal scrape (6th record), 1 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Partridge, 1300 Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl.

A Red-veined Darter was in Churchfield.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 5 Great Tit (pulli), 7 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Chaffinch. (14 of 4 species)

Red-crested Pochard. J. onifisk.

Red-crested Pochard. J. onifisk.

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22nd May 2017 - Monday

A hazy sunny day feeling warm with a F1-3 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0530-1200, 1315-1500.

A quiet day overall for birds on the move south and in the bushes, but the 1st Spoonbill of the year was present and showing well on Kilnsea wetlands.

Migrant numbers again low with 2 Cuckoo, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart at the Warren, 1 Ring Ouzel still at the Warren, 1 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Viz-migging produced only 22 Oystercatcher out east, 1 Swift, 2 Flava Wagtail, 7 Sand Martin, 278 Swallow, 88 House Martin, 11 Goldfinch and 26 Linnet.
Over the equally quiet sea were 2 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 25 Gannet, 22 Kittiwake and 50 Auk sp.

Other birds of note were the 116 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck on the Humber, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 2 Curlew Sandpiper Humber, 1 Greenshank Point, 1 Whimbrel, and Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet (pulli).

Spoonbill. Dave Tucker.

Spoonbill. Dave Tucker.

Spoonbill. John Hewitt..

Spoonbill. John Hewitt..

Ring Ouzel. John Hewitt.

Ring Ouzel. John Hewitt.

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