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September 2015 Sightings

3rd September 2015 - Thursday

Cloudy with infrequent Light showers and a force 2-3 northerlies.
Migration/ Seawatch: 07:00-09:30, 15:00-19:30. Moving were 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Pintail, 14 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 197 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 32 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 47 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, 96 Common Tern and 11 Swift. Present were 17 Wigeon, 1 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 26 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Sand Martin, 150 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike, 9 Siskin, and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Whinchat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Tree Sparrow.

Migrating Siskin. Ian Smith

Migrating Siskin. Ian Smith

3rd September 2015 - Mig-fest Prize Draw

There are still some MIGRATION FESTIVAL prize draw tickets available so act fast and don’t miss out on the following prizes!

1. A week stay for 4 people at a luxury cottage
in France
2. A pair of Opticron Binoculars
3. 2 night stay at Westmere Farm
4.12 month joint subscription to the membership of YWT & Friends of Spurn
5. Martin Garners new Winter Challenge Series Book
6. Limited edition
print of 'The Birds of Spurn'
7. SBOT Ltd soft shell logo jacket
8. A basket of homemade jams
9. A £20 voucher for use at the Blue Bell Cafe
10. YWT Reserves Guide

Tickets will be for sale at the Reception at Westmere Farm on
Saturday September 5 2015 and the prizes will be drawn after the evening lecture
by Yoav Perlman in the lecture theatre.

2nd September 2015 - Wednesday

Sunny spells in the morning gave way to showers in the afternoon, later some heavy showers and a force 2-1 north-westerly.
Seawatch: 06:50-09:15, 17:20-20:00. Moving were 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 21 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pomarine Skua, 21 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull, 442 Common Tern, and 4 Siskin. Present were a Barred Warbler trapped at the Warren, the Red-backed Shrike in Corner Field, 1 Wood Warbler at Cliff Farm, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 8 Flava Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat,2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher and 9 Siskin.

Ringing: 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 60 Tree Sparrow.

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Barred Warbler. Daniel Branch

Barred Warbler. Daniel Branch

1st September 2015 - Tuesday

1st September
Sunny spells with heavy rain showers and a force 2 northerly veering 1-2 north-westerly.
Seawatch: 06:30-11:30, 17:30-20:00. Moving were 5 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 73 Fulmar, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel north, 3 Shag, 60 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 6 Pomarine Skua, 43 Arctic Skua, 9 Great Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 4 Black Tern, 64 Sandwich Tern, 742 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Razorbill and 2 Puffin. Present were single Wrynecks at Canal Scrape and Cliff Farm, Icterine Warbler at Cliff Farm, 400 Gannet, 27 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 700 Grey Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 13,000 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1500 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 320 Curlew, 2000 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 33 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher and 11 Siskin
2 Bedstraw Hawkmoths were at Kew in the evening.

Ringing: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow.

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Migrating Teal. Ian Smith

Migrating Teal. Ian Smith

Yellow-legged Gull. Ian Smith

Yellow-legged Gull. Ian Smith

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