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December 2016 Sightings

8th December 2016 - Thursday

Mist and cloud with light to heavy rain virtually all day with a force 2 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-0900.
A poor day all round due to the weather, but a strange movement of Thrushes heading south was interesting.
Moving over the sea were 1 Pink Footed Goose and 1 Red Throated Diver while overland 220 Fieldfare and 130 Redwing went south.
Other sightings were 500 Brent Geese, 200 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank by the crown, Short Eared Owl at Sammys, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest and 6 Long Tailed Tit.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.
Ringing: Nil.

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7th December 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny spells with an increasing force 2-4 SE-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1100.

On the move were 60 Pink Footed Geese, 17 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 11 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet,12 Ringed Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, and 2 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 500 Brent Geese, 2 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Linnet and 1 Bullfinch.

At Welwick saltmarsh the juvenile Pallid Harrier was present in the morning and was still showing this afternoon.
Ringing: Nil.

Stonechat. Ian Smith.

Stonechat. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Hen Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Hen Harrier. Ian Bollen.

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6th December 2016 - Tuesday

A poor day with thick fog hampering viewing.

The Pallid Harrier was still over the saltmarsh at Welwick in the afternoon along with all the usual supporting cast.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 2 Starling.

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5th December 2016 - Monday

Sunny spells all day with mist in the afternoon with a force 1 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1100.

On the move were a Red Necked Grebe, 97 Common Scoter, 72 Red Throated Diver, 4 Gannet and 5 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest in addition to the usual Brent Geese and Wigeon flocks were 268 Shelduck and 6 Scaup on the Humber, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 10 Snipe, 7 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Chiff chaff.

Just west of Spurn at Welwick saltmarsh the stunning juvenile Pallid Harrier is still showing in the afternoon sometimes giving brilliant views while also being seen here 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short Eared Owl, Merlin, Common Buzzard, Water Rail and 5+ Water Pipit among lots of Rock Pipit. Its worth getting to the site early but from at least 1pm onwards is best for Harriers coming into roost.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 1 Goldfinch.

Redwing. Tim Jones.

Redwing. Tim Jones.

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4th December 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells after early morning frosty start and a force 2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0740-1045.

Moving over the sea were 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 36 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 9 Kittiwake and 2 Auk sp.
Otherwise other sightings were 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Chiff chaff and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet still in Easington.

Ringing: Nil.

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3rd December 2016 - Saturday

A cloudy but calm day with a force 1 E wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1000.
The continued quiet period in the birding continues.
Moving over the sea were 1 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 32 Red throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were 216 Wigeon, 7 Goldeneye, 8 Black Tailed Godwit and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

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2nd December 2016 - Friday

Sunny spells in the morning clouding up with rain in the afternoon and a force 2 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

Moving over the sea were 8 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 39 Red throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag and 1 Bonxie.

Other sightings were 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiff chaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 female Bullfinch.


Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow.

Dunnock. Tim Jones.

Dunnock. Tim Jones.

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