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April 2015 Sightings

25th April 2015 - Saturday

Sunny Spells until midday then clouding up with rain late afternoon with a force 3 southwest – northwest - northeast wind.
Numpties: 05:30-11:45
Moving were 2 Teal, 2 Garganey before landing on Holderness Field, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite, 2 Rough-legged Buzzard, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 42 Curlew 2 Wood Sandpiper, 10 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 35 Sand Martin, 73 Swallow, 58 Flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 79 Carrion Crow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 47 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.
Also present were 12 Greylag Geese, 61 Brent Geese included 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Little Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 20 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 16 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 7 Jay and 6 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 1 Brambling, 1 Wren, 1 Goldfinch.

24th April 2015 - Friday

A glorious sunny start clouding over by mid-afternoon with a force 1-3 south, south-westerly
Numpties: 05:55-11:15, 13:45-14:25, 17:45-18:45
On the move were 8 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 11 Cormorant, 1 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel plus 9 out, 55 Curlew Out, 2 Arctic Skua out, 19 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 27 Sand Martin, 72 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 flava Wagtail, 5 alba wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 14 Carrion Crow and 8 Goldfinch.
Grounded migrant included 18 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier,1 Hobby3000 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 7 Little Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 36 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warbler, 5 Jay, 3 Brambling, 6 Goldfinch and 1 Bullfinch.
2 Grass Snakes were along the Canal and an Orange Tip butterfly at Kew.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock(pullus), 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 19 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

23rd April 2015 - Thursday

Cloudy to Start clearing later to clear blue skies with a force1-2 north – north-easterly
Numpties: 06:00-11:00, 14:00-15:30
Moving were 1 Barnacle Goose, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 5 Cormorant, 5 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 14 Curlew out, [strong}1 juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1 Swift, 2 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 9 Goldfinch and 7 Linnet.
Also present were 6 Gannet, 4 Greylag Goose, 324 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Gadwall, 28 Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover , 1 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 flava wagtail sp., 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Song Thrush,1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 8 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch.

22nd April 2015 - Wednesday

A cold frosty start clouding up by mid-morning then clear blue skies from midday with a force 1 north-easterly
Numpties: 06:30-11:15
The undoubted highlight today was a BLACK KITE, first seen flying south towards the Warren it turned back north landing somewhere between Kilnsea and Easington before continuing north as far as Patrington at least.
Moving were 13 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 34 Curlew out, 20 Herring Gull, 46 Arctic Tern out, 26 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch. A good selection of other migrants involved 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Red-throated Diver, 600 Grey Plover, 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 270 Redshank, 1 Cuckoo, 25 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 female Blue-headed Wagtail on Canal Scrape, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Common Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling, 25 Goldfinch and 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Starling, 1 Magpie, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 23 Goldfinch.

Black Kite. Ian Smith

Black Kite. Ian Smith

21st April 2015 - Tuesday

Bright and sunny all day after an overnight frost with a force2 north-west-north-east wind.
Numpties: 00:00-00:00 Moving were 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 41 Curlew out, 1 Swift, 2 Flava Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet and Spurn’s earliest ever record of Long-tailed Skua flew east out of the Humber.
Pick of the day’s migrants was a Serin trapped at the Warren, a smart male, presumably that seen the night before and the week previous. It hung around with the Linnets there but wasn’t seen in the afternoon. Others birds were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a Common Buzzard, 1 Grey Partridge, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 9 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Jay,2 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling.
The first 2 Brimstone butterflies were seen.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Serin, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

20th April 2015 - Monday

A bright and sunny after a cloudy start with a force 1 easterly wind.
Numpties: 06:50-10:50, 14:30-15:30. Moving were 6 Eider, 3 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 36 Curlew out, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Sand Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 9 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet and a male Bullfinch.
Other birds present were 33 Teal, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Greenshank, 24 Avocet, 4 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 64 Curlew,a Green Woodpecker in Church Field briefly, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 House Martin, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 39 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Brambling, 1 Common Redpoll, 2 Corn Bunting, a Serin in Easington and Hooded Crow at Sammy’s Point.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chaffinch, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Common Redpoll.

Goldcrest. Ian Smith

Goldcrest. Ian Smith

Little Owl. Ian Smith

Little Owl. Ian Smith

19th April 2015 - Sunday

Cold and cloudy with rain by the afternoon with a force 3-4 north-easterly
Seawatch: 06:40-10:30, 12:50-13:20 Moving were 7 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 55 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 7 Curlew, 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Kittiwake, 191 Auk sp., 38 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 11 Meadow Pipit, a drake Long-tailed Duck other birds were a Gadwall, female Garganey, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 White Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 2 Lapwing.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 4 Goldfinch.

18th April 2015 - Saturday

Bright and sunny all day after a cold start with a cool force 2 North-easterly.
Numpties: 06:30-09:35, Point watch: 12:00-13:00, 15:30-17:00. Moving were 3 Gannet out, 5 Cormorant, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Whimbrel out plus 2 in, 28 Curlew out, 8 Common Gull out, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 427 Herring Gull, 1 immature Glaucous Gull, 78 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Arctic Tern out, 1 Guillemot, 10 Woodpigeon, 11 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 35 Goldfinch, 114 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.
The female Garganey was still at Holderness Field, and other migrants consisted the first Grasshopper Warbler at Sammy’s Point, 4 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 40 Turnstone, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, and singles of Brambling, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer.
Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet, 1 Great Tit, 1 Fieldfare.

17th April 2015 - Friday

Mostly bright and sunny with a nagging, cold force 1-2 north-easterly.
Numpties: 05:50 15:00, Seawatch: 16:30 17:30 Moving were 6 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver out, 24 Curlew out, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 118 Herring Gull plus 42 out, 13 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 38 Woodpigeon, 3 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 38 Rook and 17 Goldfinch.
The pick of grounded migrants included 1 Shoveler, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Common Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, the first 2 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay, 1 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer and a Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 2Wheatear, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

Black Redstart. Ian Smith

16th April 2015 - Thursday

Numpties: 06:40-09:45, 13:00-15:00. Moving were 18 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 1 Snipe, 33 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 81 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 26 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Jay, 6 Jackdaw, 9 Goldfinch, and 21 Linnet.
Other migrants included a trio of firsts for 2015 – Tree Pipit, 2 Common Redstart and a Common Sandpiper, 21 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 1 female Garganey still, a Common Buzzard, 21 Avocet, 22 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, just 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 16 Wheatear, 1+ Ring Ouzel, 13 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and a Redpoll sp.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 1 Robin, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.

15th April 2015 - Wednesday

Sunny most of the day clouding up late afternoon with rain by the evening and a force 2 westerley wind.
Numpties: 06:00 1045. Moving were 1 Cormorant, 18 Curlew out, 3 Stock Dove, 35 Woodpigeon, 2 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 84 Meadow Pipit, 3 Flava wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 2 Jay, 16 Jackdaw, 64 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 17 Goldfinch, 113 Linnet and 2 Yellowhammer.
Also present were 4 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 55 Meadow Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 16 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing(hit window at the Warren!), 10 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, and 2 Siskin

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 7 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet.

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

14th April 2015 - Tuesday

Sunny spells with some variable amounts of cloud with a force 2-1 south-westerly.
Numpties: 06:45 11:45. Moving were 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 63 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Woodpigeon, 5 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 46 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 42 Jackdaw, 98 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 5 Goldfinch, 171 Linnet and most notably – a drake MANDARIN DUCK south at 18:35 following a report from Grimston– only the third record for Spurn
Also present were A Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, the first House Martin, 3 White Wagtail, 20 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and the first-winter Black Brant re-appeared on the Humber.

Ringing: 3 Blackbird(pulli), 8 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler(Control), 1 Great Tit.

13th April 2015 - Monday

Mainly sunny until late afternoon with a force 1-2 westerly
Numpties 06:00-10:15 Moving were 1 Marsh Harrier,21 Curlew out, 3 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Jay, 32 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 36 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting.
The Black Brant was still present, the Garganey and Little Ringed Plover were still on Holderness Field with a Whimbrel. The first Sedge Warbler was on the Canal whilst other birds included 18 Avocet, 126 Curlew, 2 Short-eared Owl, 10 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 2 Siskin.

Ringing: 2 Robin, 5 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Jay

Barn Owl. Ian Smith

Barn Owl. Ian Smith

Jay. Steve Exley

Jay. Steve Exley

12th April 2015 - Sunday

Another windy day with a force 4-5-3 south-westerly with rain in the afternoon.
Numpties: 07:00-10:45 Moving were 43 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swallow, 4 meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 21 Goldfinch, 158 Linnet and a male Serin south late evening.
Other migrants were a female Garganey with 17 Teal on Holderness Field, 5 Wheatear, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 3 Goldfinch

11th April 2015 - Saturday

A strong westerly all day with heavy rain petering out by mid morning leaving clear blue skies
Numpties: 06:30-10:30, 14:45-16:45. Moving were 2 Common Scoter, 3 Cormorant, 4 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 16 Dunlin and 5 Curlew out east, 78 Herring Gull, 1 Common Tern, 9 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Goldfinch, 176 Linnet.
Present were 760 Brent Geese consisting 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese and the adult Black Brant. 22 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, and 3 Gadwall at Holderness Fields/Kilnsea Wetlands, were the first Little Ringed Plover and Ruff of the year were, along with 5 Short-eared Owls. A Long-eared Owl was at the Riding School, Willow Warblers were at Sammy’s and Southfield Farm, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Wheatear and 2 White Wagtails were between the Point and Kilnsea and a Yellowhammer was at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird

Short-eared Owl. Dean Nicholson

Short-eared Owl. Dean Nicholson

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

10th April 2015 - Friday

Hazy but with plenty of sunshine and a force 1-2 south-easterly veering south.
Migration: 06:45-11:00, 14:45-15:15 Moving were 10 Cormorant, 1 Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, a first-winter Glaucous Gull, 56 Rook, 39 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 17 Black-headed Gull, 46 Linnet, 9 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Starling, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer, and 2 Jay blogging. Also present were a Whimbrel on the Humber, Brambling and Redpoll over Kew, singles of Blackcap, Chiffchiff, Goldcrest and a Firecrest at the VTS Tower.

Ringing: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap.

9th April 2015 - Thursday

A warm sunny day with a force 1 south south-easterly and distant haze.
Migration: 06:40 10:15, 13:00 14:30 Moving were 2 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Cormorant, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin (the latter two both new for the year), 10 Swallow, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 22 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Yellowhammer.
Further birds new for the year included a Whimbrel on the Humber and Yellow Wagtail at Sammy’s Point whilst other migrants consisted a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Long-eared Owl at Sammy's Point 2 Wheatear, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, a Brambling, 10 Goldfinch and 42 Linnet.The Black Brant was still in Holderness Fields with the Brent flock.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch.

Long-eared Owl. Jackson Sage

Long-eared Owl. Jackson Sage

8th April 2015 - Wednesday

Bright and sunny all day with a force 1 easterly
Migration: 06:30 11:30 Moving south were 5 Cormorant, 31 Black-headed Gull, 13 Common Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit plus 21 in, 6 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 3 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet and a Corn Bunting.
A relatively quiet day for grounded migrants was brightened up by 2 Firecrests at Kew and Beacon Lane. On the Humber were 2 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 50 Common Scoter, 3000 Dunlin. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was moving between Kew and the Warren, a Black Redstart at the Lighthouse, 21 Jackdaw were blogging and also present were a Short-eared Owl, 1 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest.2 Red-legged Partridge were on Peter Lane
Butterflies included 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Peacock, 1 Comma.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Wren

7th April 2015 - Tuesday

A cloudy Start cleared up mid-morning with bright sunshine and a force 1 north-north westerly
Migration: 06:00 10:15 Moving were 8 Cormorant, 1 Swallow, 47 Meadow Pipit in-off, 55 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 5 Goldfinch.
Other birds present were 1 Red-throated Diver, 19 Teal, 1 Pintail, 20 Common Scoter, 530 Grey Plover, 1300 Dunlin, 2 Barn Owl , 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit and a Brambling.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch.

6th April 2015 - Monday

A bright start soon fogged up which was slow to clear until the afternoon with a force 1-2 north easterly.
Seawatch/migration: 06:30 08:00, moving were 1 Pintail, 3 Cormorant, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 24 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 3 Brambling, 4 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.
Grounded migrants included 5 Gadwall, 32 Teal, 60 Common Scoter, 1 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine, 1 Snipe, 16 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on Holderness Field, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldcrest, a Firecrest at Canal Scrape and 2 Coal Tit at Sandy Beaches.

Black Redstarts. Ian Smith

Black Redstarts. Ian Smith

5th April 2015 - Sunday

With thrushes calling overnight it was no surprise to see Redwings and Fieldfare moving north-west early morning, a good selection of spring migrants and wildfowl on the Humber.

Damp with drizzle to start clouding by the afternoonwith a force 1 northerly wind
Seawatch/migration: 06:30 14:00 Moving were 22 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 22 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 29 Curlew, 125 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Skylark, 38 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 75 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 2 Jackdaw, 28 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 15 Chaffinch, 20Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 42 Linnet, 8 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Corn Bunting . On the Humber were 10 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Eider, 90 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and the Black Brant. 6 Common Buzzards were over Easington, 4 Kestrel, Purple Sandpiper, 6 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 115 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 72 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest trapped and ringed at Kew, [1 Long-tailed Tit and a Common Crossbill over Kew was the first of the year.

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch.

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

4th April 2015 - Saturday

A dull overcast morning gave way to a warm sunny afternoon before clouding over again early evening with a light easterly breeze.
Seawatch/migration 07:30 10:30. Moving were 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Spoonbill south at 17:40, 7 Common Scoter, 6 Shoveler, 1 Goosander.1 Kittiwake, 19 Auk sp., 3 Cormorant, 15 Oystercatcher, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, 11 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch and 4 Greenfinch. Grounded Highlights included a Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pintail and 3 Eider on the Humber, 3 Firecrest, 48 Goldcrest, 5 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 12 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush,2 Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit, 26 Robin, 17 Ciffchaff, 17 Reed Bunting and the first Swallow of the year at Beacon Lagoons.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff, 19 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart.

Short-eared Owl.  adam hutt

Short-eared Owl. adam hutt

Black Redstart. Martin Standley

Black Redstart. Martin Standley

Firecrest. Martin Standley

Firecrest. Martin Standley

3rd April 2015 - Friday

A Cloudy day with drizzle throughout, clearing slightly late afternoon with a force 3-2 Easterly wind.
The Welwick to Kilnsea charity bike ride left few observers at Spurn but one or two early spring migrants were new in, most notably a Firecrest at the Warren and a Wheatear at Old Inn. A Redwing , Fieldfare were in Church Field as were 2 Goldcrest,with 5 at the Point also. At Least one Short-eared Owl was at Kilnsea Wetlands and the Black Brant remains with the 300 strong Brent Goose Flock.

Ringing: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Robin,, 1 Tree Sparrow

2nd April 2015 - Thursday

A much better day with lots of sunshine and a force 2-1 W-N wind
Seawatch/Migration 06:45 12:00 Moving were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, 1 Stock Dove, 58 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 4 Magpie, 13 Jackdaw, 24 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 2 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 22 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.
Also Present were the first Blackcap of the year at Kew, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Redwing. 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, and the Black Brant at Kilnsea Wetlands, 24 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 3 Buzzard over Easington, 4 Kestrel, 4 Moorhen and 4 Chiffchaff in the Triangle, 14 Avocet on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Short-eared Owls on Long Bank, 1 Black Redstart Canal Hedge, 2 White Wagtail at Sammy’s Point.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed bunting.

1st April 2015 - Wednesday

A windy start to the month eventually began to drop in the evening with variable showers throughout the day.
Seawatch/migration: 07:00 10:00 Moving were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 68 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 233 Herring Gull, 3 Auk Sp., 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba wagtail, 6 Chaffinch and 22 Linnet.
Also present were 14 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 18 Teal, 3 Sparrowhawk over the Triangle, 1 Snipe in Church Field, a Woodcock Canal Scrape, Barn Owl in North Field, 3 Song Thrush and a Redwing at Kew/Church Field and 2 White Wagtail with 16 Pied Wagtail at Sammy’s Point. The Black Brant was still amongst the brent flock with 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Ringing: 2 Chaffinch

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