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September 2014 Sightings

5th September 2014 - 7th September 2014 Spurn Migration Festival

A reminder to buy your ticket for the 2nd Spurn Migration Festival that will be taking place 5th-7th September 2014, follow the link below for details on how to purchase tickets, less than 90 tickets now available so book up soon!

With an easterly wind flow currently forecast from Tuesday afternoon right through to the festival, it looks set to be an exciting weekend and there should be plenty of migrants about. Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler and Tree Pipit should make up the bulk of the migrants with a good chance of Barred Warbler, Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike, Icterine Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher and of course chance of something rarer!


1st September 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 12.30-19.45. A cloudy start, then heavy rain shower for a couple of hours before clearing but mainly cloudy, a force 1-2 SW wind veered N and dropping to force 1 in the evening.
An interesting day that produced the first Barred Warbler of the year at the Point, most other migrants had cleared out leaving totals of 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Robin, 6 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
It was a good morning for passage considering the rain and the Meadow Pipit was excellent for the 1st September and the majority of Swallows moved in the afternoon after the wind went northerly. The totals moving south were 5 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 204 Teal, 11 Pintail, 75 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 12 Arctic Skua, 202 Sand Martin, 2864 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1196 Meadow Pipit, 16 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Rook, 58 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting.
Large numbers of waders continue to build on the Humber and of the more interesting around were 5 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper.
Other birds seen included 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 49 0 Common Tern.

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