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July 2015 Sightings

30th July 2015 - Thursday

Cloudy with showers early on, clearing by midday with some sunny spells snd a force 2-1 north-north north-easterly. Seawatch: 06:00-11:15. Moving were9 Shelduck, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 101 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 67 Oystercatcher, 10 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 6 Knot, 24 Whimbrel, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Goldeneye. Present were 1 Teal, 27 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 1500 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3200 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow Legged Gull, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, and 7 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great, 6 Willow Warbler.

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Top prize - Luxury cottage in France

Top prize - Luxury cottage in France

29th July 2015 - Wednesday

Cloudy with frequent showers, some heavy with just the odd sunny spells and a force 3 west-north-west wind. Seawatch: 05:30-10:15, 18:15-19:00. Moving were 1 Red-throated Diver, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 306 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 15 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 103 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern and 3 Siskin. Present were 12 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 13 Lapwing, 6 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Common Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Swift, 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and a Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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28th July 2015 - Tuesday

The annual SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY BBQ is at Kew this Saturday night, 1st August and is free to all FOS members. Always an entertaining night so please come along, bring your own booze and raffle prizes if possible and we’ll see you all on Saturday!

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Low cloud with constant heavy drizzle turning to showers by late afternoon with a light force 1-2 west-north-westerly. Moving were 4 Teal, 135 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannet, 89 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 11 Knot, 18 Sanderling, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 9 Kittiwake and 10 Swift. Present were 10 Teal, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 70 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and circa 100 House Sparrows at Easington Boatyard.

Ringing: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap.

27th July 2015 - Monday

The annual SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY BBQ is at Kew this Saturday night, 1st August and is free to all FOS members. Always an entertaining night so please come along, bring your own booze and raffle prizes if possible and we’ll see you all on Saturday!

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A poor day with rain early afternoon onwards with a cool west north-westerly wind. Seawatch: 06:15-1015. Moving were 12 Teal, 29 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 96 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 28 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 48 Knot, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Auk sp., and 15 Swift. Present were a Green Woodpecker at Kilnsea Wetlands in the afternoon, 3 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 25 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Warbler and 3 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Herring Gull pullus, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chaffinch

Short-eared Owl. Rich Swales

Short-eared Owl. Rich Swales

26th July 2015 - Sunday

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A bright cloudy start, with a force 1-3 southerly clouding over by midday with rain early afternoon. Moving were 2 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Balearic Shearwater north at 07:00, 149 Gannet, 538 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 39 Knot, 89 Sanderling, 60 Dunlin, 125 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone, 2 Auk sp., 1 Great Skua, 4 Little Egret, 13 Kittiwake, 19 Common Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 11 Swift, 63 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow and 6 Siskin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was on the Humber off the gate, 2 Little Grebe, 64 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4000 Dunlin, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 350 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Auk sp., 2 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Short-eared Owl, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler and 31 Tree Sparrow.

A Possible Caspian Tern was seen distantly from Easington campsite and later the seawatch hide.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 5 Linnet, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Swallow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Sand Martin.

25th July 2015 - Saturday

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Cloudy with rain until early morning then brightening up with a force 4-1 northerly wind.
Seawatch: 07:30-12:15, 13:30-14:00, 15:30-17:00. Moving were 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 91 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 43 Manx Shearwater, 300 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Auk sp., 7 Little Gull, 28 Kittiwake, 88 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and 7 Auk sp. Present were a Storm Petrel to tape before midnight, 1 Peregrine, 6 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Short-eared Owl, 10 Sand Martin, 19 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 15 Tree Sparrow.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Sedge Warbler.

24th July 2015 - Friday

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Lengthy sunny spells in the morning before clouding over with rain by late afternoon and a force 1-3 northerly wind. Seawatch: 05:10-12:30, 17:50-19:10. Moving were 1 Greylag Goose, 508 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup, 2 Tufted Duck, 148 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 15 Little Gull, 18 Kittiwake, 10 Swift, 54 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 7 House Martin and 3 Siskin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Beacon Lagoons and the Serin, which appears to be an escape having a black plastic ring with white lettering. Present were 7 Teal, 20 Common Scoter, 22 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Sanderling, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 16 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Guillemot, 3 Short-eared Owl, 30 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and a Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 11 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Dunnock pullus, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 2 Linnet.

Sanderling. Ian Smith

Sanderling. Ian Smith

Wood Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Wood Sandpiper. Ian Smith

23rd July 2015 - Thursday

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Cloudy with some sunny spells and a force 3-1 south-westerly. Seawatch/Numpties: 06:00-12:00, 17:15-20:00. Moving were a juvenile Red Kite, 1 Teal, 52 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 73 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 69 Oystercatcher, 44 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 107 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 23 Redshank, 8 Turnstone, 7 Little Gull, 4 Common Tern, 210 Swift, 135 Sand Martin, 125 Swallow, 29 House Martin, 13 Flava Wagtail, 2 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting and a Long-eared Owl. Present were 6 Cormorant, 14 Little Egret, 73 Oystercatcher, 1000 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3800 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 11 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 50 Swift, 30 Sand martin, 40 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 11 Flava wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler and the Serin on and off at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Avocet, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Tree Sparrow, 2 Robin, 1 Whitethroat.

Juvenile Red Kite. Rick Clarke

Juvenile Red Kite. Rick Clarke

22nd July 2015 - Wednesday

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Sunny spells but clouding over in the afternoon with rain mid afternoon and a force 3 west-north-west – south-easterly wind. Numpties 05:40-10:30, Seawatch 07:00-
10:30, 18:15-18:45. Moving were 1 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 79 Gannet, 11 Oystercatcher, 6 knot, 4 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 21 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 7 Swift, 35 Sand Martin and 6 Siskin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on the Humber, the first Storm Petrel trapped at 23:00, 70 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 35 Common Tern, 1 Roseate Tern on Beacon Lagoons, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin and the Serin.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher pullus, 6 Little Tern pullus, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Linnet, 1 Cuckoo.

A Banded Demoiselle was at the Warren, 1 Emerald Damselfly on Clubley’s Scrape.

21st July 2015 - Tuesday

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Cloudy with light rain from time to time with a force 4-2 south-westerly wind
Numpties: 05:30-07:15,16:15-21:15 Seawatch: 06:45-12:15. Moving were 20 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 65 Common Scoter, 42 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 58 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 144 Knot, 21 Sanderling, 76 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 42 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 22 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 5 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 342 Sandwich, 166 Common Tern, 21 Arctic Tern, 1 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 935 Swift,236 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 5 House Martin and 1 Crossbill. Present were 1 Brent Goose, 8 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Lapwing, 1000 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpipper, 250 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Jackdaw and 1 Siskin and the Serin.

Ringing: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Robin pullus, 1 Linnet.

20th July 2015 - Monday

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Mostly cloudy with rain in the afternoon and a force 1 south – south-westerly wind
Seawatch: 05:30-10:15, 15:00-16:00. Moving were 15 Common Scoter, 30 Gannet, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 13 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 31 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 29 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Auk sp., 45 Swift, 115 Sand Martin and 1 Crossbill. Present were a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3500 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 10 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 261 Sandwich Tern, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, and the juvenile Jackdaw.

Ringing: 3 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit.

19th July 2015 - Sunday

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Rain until mid-morning then sunny spells with a force 5-3 south-westerly wind.
Seawatch: 06:30-12:30, 14:00-17:00, 04:50-05:30 Numpties: 17:30-20:00. Moving were 1 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 27 Common Scoter, , 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 24 Gannet, 44 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 15 Golden Plover, 329 Knot, 230 Sanderling, 304 Dunlin, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 245 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 6 Little Gull, 31 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 15 Common Tern, 4 Auk sp., 41 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 1 Siskin, 11 Crossbill in, then north. Present were a Nightjar hawking around the Little Tern colony at 2 am in the morning, the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER re-appeared, Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 2 Peregrine, 2 Lapwing, 455 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

18th July 2015 - Saturday

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Sunny spells with a stiff 4 south-westerly
Seawatch/Numpties: 04:30-19:30. Moving were a male Honey Buzzard in then north, a Temminck’s Stint calling north over the Warren, 5 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red Throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 4 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 22 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing, 342 Knot, 71 Sanderling, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 211 Dunlin, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 174 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 983 Swift, 65 Sand Martin, 8 Siskin and 6 Crossbill. Present were a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Kestrel, 350 Golden Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Flava Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Jackdaw and 2 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk pullus, 5 Swallow Pullus, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap.

Adult male Honey Buzzard. Ian Smith

Adult male Honey Buzzard. Ian Smith

17th July 2015 - Friday

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Cloudy all morning with some light drizzle clearing up in the afternoon with a force 2 south-east - south-westerly wind increasing to force 3-4
Seawatch: 06:15-11:15, Numpties: 17:00-21:00. Moving were yet another Bee-eater south at 17:25, 169 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 209 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 136 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 53 Oystercatcher, 172 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 198 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 16 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 69 Kittiwake, 6 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 19 Auk sp., 1564 Swift (only 16 south in the morning), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 26 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, and 2 Siskin. Present were 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Hobby, 8 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1600 Dunlin, 215 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Little Gull, 180 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Jackdaw.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat.

16th July 2015 - Thursday

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Seawatch: 06:45-10:15, Numpties: 05:45-1030. Moving were 32 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 13 Auk sp., 1 Puffin and 1 Siskin.
Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER again on Beacon Lagoons, a Serin was at the Warren before flying north and a Wood Warbler trapped and ringed there also, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 103 Golden Plover, 110 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 71 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 65 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Sand Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Blackcap.

Ringing: 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Wood Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Yellow Wagtail

Serin. Steve Exley

Serin. Steve Exley

15th July 2015 - Wednesday

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Cloudy with drizzle or heavier showers until midday the brightening up with a force 1-2 north – North-north-easterly wind.
Seawatch: 06:30-10:00. Moving were 22 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 57 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 30 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 5 Knot, 1 Common Tern and 1 Guillemot. Present were 35 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 1 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 5 Little Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Long-eared Owl, 4 Swift, 30 Sand Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Siskin and 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird

14th July 2015 - Tuesday

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Cloudy with light drizzle early on and a few sunny spells were few and far between with a force 1-2 north – southerly wind. Seawatch: 06:45-10:25. Moving were 17 Teal, 130 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet, 45 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Auk sp., and 1 Siskin. Present were 3 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 6 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, and a Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

13th July 2015 - Monday

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Odd sunny spells with showers but mostly cloudy with a force 1-3 south-westerly wind.
Numpties: 05:30-15:30. Moving were 108 Common Scoter, 1 Oystercatcher, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 11 Redshank, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Auk Sp., 247 Swift, 176 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 20 Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll. Present were 2 Teal, 30 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 3 Lapwing, 220 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 50 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (One with green Darvic AKTE), 21 Little Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Long Eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 9 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet

2 Small Marbled moths trapped on 13th and 14th. Second and third record for Yorkshire.

Barn Owl. Ian Smith

Barn Owl. Ian Smith

Small Marbled. Barry Spence

Small Marbled. Barry Spence

12th July 2015 - Sunday

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Sunny Spells with the odd shower and a force 2 south-west-westerly wind
Numpties:05:50-11:30, 11:55-15:00, 17:30-20:30. Moving were 30 Teal, 2 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 8 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 8 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 753 Swift, 39 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, and 197 Siskin. Present were 3 Teal, 1 Little Gull, 6 Lapwing, 3900 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 108 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 4 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Tree Sparrow pullus.

11th July 2015 - saturday

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Sunny spells with cloud building late afternoon with showers, later and a force 1-3 south-westerly
Numpties: 06:15-11:15,12:25-15:15,17:00-19:00. Moving were 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Redshank, 310 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 613 Swift, 102 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 1 Siskin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Beacon Lagoons, an adult Spoonbill at Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 350 Common Scoter, 90 Golden Plover, 6 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2300 Dunlin, 350 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 59 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, the Long-eared Owl was taken in for care, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 2 Siskin.

Ringing: 8 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Blackbird.

10th July 2015 - Friday

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A bright start with cloud building later and a force 1 southerly-3 south-westerly
Numpties: 05:30-10:30, 18:10-19:10. Moving were 95 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 47 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Kittiwake, 22 Swift, and 8 Sand Martin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 2 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 14+ Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 1400 Dunlin, 156 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Long-eared Owl, 11 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and a lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 3 Oystercatcher pullus, 3 Little Tern Pullus, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

A Marbled White butterfly was at Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Lagoons.

9th July 2015 - Thursday

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Mostly bright and sunny with occasional cloudy periods with a force 1 north-west –north-east then southerly wind increasing to force 3.
Numpties: 05:30-07:00, seawatch: 07:00-10:30. Moving were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, 1 Curlew, 2 Skua sp., 7 Kittiwake, 29 Sandwich Tern, 18 Auk sp., 2 Guillemot and 2 Puffin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 10 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 56 Redshank, 1100 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Little Tern, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Siskin, 2 Linnet.

8th July 2015 - Wednesday

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Mostly cloudy with frequent showers or longer spells of rain and a force 2-1 west-north-westerly wind.
Numpties: 05:30-09:30, 16:00-16:45. Moving were the third ALPINE SWIFT of the year south at 08:10, 1 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Auk Sp., 3 Guillemot, 22 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 10 Siskin. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Beacon Ponds, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 83 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing, 880 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, and 1 Whinchat.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit

Hobby. Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith

7th July 2015 - Tuesday

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Sunny spells and showers with a force 3-4 south-west – westerly wind
Numpties: 05:30-09:30, 14:30-16:30. Moving were 120 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 8 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 47 Little Gull, 1 Guillemot, 150 Swift, 23 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, flava Wagtail and 33 Siskin. Present were the adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Beacon Lagoons, 3 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 61 Grey Plover, 620 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 40 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Gull, 1 Cuckoo and the grey wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit

6th July 2015 - Monday

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Sunny spells to start with clouding up by mid-morning with a force 2-3 south-westerly and the odd shower in the afternoon.
Numpties: 05:20-13:45, 15:00-1600. Moving were 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 26 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Auk sp., 14 Woodpigeon, 993 Swift, 18 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 4 flava Wagtail, 41 Siskin, and 3 Crossbill. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on Beacon Ponds, 2 Grey Heron, 73 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 46 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and the Grey Wagtail.

5th July 2015 - Sunday

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Sunny spells with some heavy thundery showers in the afternoon and a force 1-3 north-westerly
Numpties: 05:45-09:45. Moving were 5 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 75 Common Scoter, 24 Gannet, 1 Hobby, 6 Curlew, 7 Auk sp., 17 Swift, 4 Sand Martin and 2 flava Wagtail. Present were the adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on Beacon Ponds, 3 Wigeon, 9 Kilnsea Wetlands, 10 Common Scoter, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 81 Golden Plover, 1 Curle Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 51 Curlew, 35 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Gull, 92 Little Tern, 1 Mistle Thrush, the Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin, 1 Jay.

Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

4th July 2015 - Saturday

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Bright, sunny and hot with a force 2 westerly after a foggy start with a force 1 easterly
Numpties: 06:00-07:30, 08:15-12:00, 14:00-19:30,20:30-21:30. It was yet another American vagrant creating excitement with an adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on Beacon Ponds throughout the day. The ninth record for Spurn. Moving were,5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 118 Gannet, 1 Osprey south in the evening, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 5 Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, 50 Auk Sp., 37 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3088 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Siskin, and 4 Crossbill. Present were 74 Shelduck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 87 Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, the Grey Wagtail, 2 juvenile Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Siskin.

Ringing: 7 Swift, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit.

Record shot of White-rumped Sandpiper. Adam Hutt

Record shot of White-rumped Sandpiper. Adam Hutt

White-rumped Sandpiper.Tim Jones

White-rumped Sandpiper.Tim Jones

3rd July 2015 - Friday

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Warm, bright and sunny clouding up later with a force 2 west-north-west wind veering east and decreasing to force 1. Numpties: 05:30-10:15, 15:15-17:00. Moving were 20 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank, 153 Swift, 3 Sand Martin and 7 House Martin. Present were a second-summer Caspian Gull on the Humber, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 54 Golden Plover, 200 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 102 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 14 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Siskin and a Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Stonechat, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat.

second-summer Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

second-summer Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

2nd July 2015 - Thursday

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Another warm and muggy day with plenty of sunshine, clouding later with a force 2 west – west-north-westerly.
Numpties: 04:30-12:45, 15:15-16:00. Moving were 17 Teal, 37 Gannet, 1 Hobby, 3 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 2845 Swift, 26 Sand Martin, 11 House Martin and 1 Flava Wagtail.
Present were 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 3 Lapwing, 20 House Martin, the Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.

1st July 2015 - Wednesday

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Warm bust mostly with thin cloud and a force 1-4 south-easterly
Seawatch: 16:05-19:15 Moving were 2 Teal, 181 Teal, 181 Common Scoter, 47 Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar, 164 Gannet, 2 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Curlew, 136 Kittiwake, 161 Guillemot, 17 Razorbill, 3 Puffin and 30 Swift. Present were 1 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 60 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 30 Dunlin, 35 Bar-tailed Gull, 88 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, the Grey Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, a male and 2 juvenile Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Ringed Plover pullus, 3 Little Tern pullus.

Little Gulls. Ian Smith

Little Gulls. Ian Smith

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