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June 2016 Sightings

26th June 2016 - Sunday

Sunny start with occasional showers and force 1 SE-W wind.
Migration watch: 0500-1230.
Moving south was 61 Common Scoter, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 894 Swift, 5 House Martin, 39 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Flava Wagtail.
Other bits of interest were 16 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 30 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 2 Blackcap, 2 chiffchaff.
The highlight today was an Otter photographed in a ditch at Long Bank.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird.

Otter at long bank. John Hewitt.

Otter at long bank. John Hewitt.

25th June 2016 - Saturday

Warm all day with a force 1-2-1 E-SE wind.
Migration watch: 0515-1115.
The highlight of the day was 2 Spoonbill in/off then spending time on Holderness field before flying off north. A Turtle Dove was at the Observatory then on Peter Lane.
Moving south was 1 Great northern Diver, 1 Red throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Hobby, 4 Curlew in off, 1 Redshank in, 3 Knot in, 380 Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Flava Wagtail.
Other bits of interest were 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Bonxie, 1 Yellow legged Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 12 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 35 Curlew, 48 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap, 1 chiffchaff and a Coal Tit at Kew.
Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Avocet pulli.

Turtle Dove. Dean Nicholson.

Turtle Dove. Dean Nicholson.

24th June 2016 - Friday

A bright and sunny day with a few showers and a force 1-2 SW-W wind.
Migration watch: 0550-1700, 1730-1900.
The 1st decent movement of Swift today, with a total of 2315 south past the warren plus 26 Sand Martin.
More returning waders going south, with 5 Oysercatcher, 2 Grey Plover in, 5 Dunlin in, 1 Ruff, 55 Curlew plus 11 in, while also moving was 19 Teal, 3 Eider, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 6 Cormorant and a Buzzard sp over the sea which was probably a Honey Buzzard.
Other bits of interest were 1 Golden Plover, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 22 Dunlin, 12 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grey wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap and 1 chiffchaff.
Ringing: Nil.

Swallow. Ian smith.

Swallow. Ian smith.

23rd June 2016 - Thursday

A dull day with lengthy foggy patches and a force 1 SE-E wind.
Migration watch: 0605-0905.
The first decent day for early returning waders from breeding areas going south with 8 Lapwing in, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel and 69 Curlew. Also moving south today was 19 swift and 1 Sand Martin.
Other bits of interest were 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 9 Grey Plover, 22 Dunlin, 14 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Grey wagtail, 1 Blackcap and 1 chiffchaff.
Ringing: 4 Bluetit pulli, 9 Tree sparrow pulli, 3 House Sparrow pulli (16 of 3 species).

22nd June 2016 - Wednesday

Warm and muggy all day with a force 1-2 SE wind.
Migration watch: 0600-1100, 1400-1600.
The highlight of the day was an summer plumage American golden Plover on Beacon Ponds which later flew off towards Sammys point with no further sign during the day.
Other bits of interest were 1 Teal, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Knot, 18 Dunlin, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, adult Mediterranean Gull on the Humber, 4 sand Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff while flying south were 1 Shoveler, 3 Curlew and 257 Swift .

Ringing: 1 Blackbird pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Chiffchaff.

American golden Plover. Dan Branch.

American golden Plover. Dan Branch.

American golden Plover. Dan branch.

American golden Plover. Dan branch.

21st June 2016 - Tuesday

Warm and sunny with some cloud and a force 5-6 SSE wind.
Migration watch:
A quiet day with a few bits of interest being Yellow legged gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great spotted woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Barn Owl while flying south 8 Grey Plover, 25 Swift, 3 Rook, 1 Jackdaw and 12 Wood Pigeon.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Chiffchaff.

Mistle Thrush. Dan Branch.

Mistle Thrush. Dan Branch.

Great spotted woodpecker. Dan Branch.

Great spotted woodpecker. Dan Branch.

20th June 2016 - Monday

Rain all morning with a force 3-4 SW-W wind.
Migration watch:
The highlight of the day was a Black Kite south past the warren at 16.30 while the immature Spoonbill remained on Holderness field till 18.00 before it flew off south while 60 Swift also went the same way.
Other bits of interest were 3 Little Egret, 31 Little Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing: Nil.

19th June 2016 - Sunday

A decent day with a force 3-4 SE-SW wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1030.
Birds moving south were 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron, 16 Avocet, 3 Curlew in/off, 1 Bar tailed Godwit in/off, 15 Auk sp, 45 Wood Pigeon, 168 Swift, 4 Sand Martin and 7 Chaffinch.
Other bits of interest were 3 Little Egret, an immature Spoonbill on Holderness field, 3 Lapwing, 16 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull and 2 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: Nil.

Spoonbill. Dan Branch

Spoonbill. Dan Branch

Spoonbill. Dan Branch.

Spoonbill. Dan Branch.

18th June 2016 - Saturday

A strong North Westerly wind force 6 for most of the day dropping early evening. The morning started out overcast with a pleasant afternoon and the Sun appearing for the first time for several days.

Sea watching in the morning produced Manx Shearwater 16n, Razorbill 462n 13s, Guillemot 88n 8s, Puffin 10n 11s and Auk sp 49n 45s. Fulmar 12n 6s, Kittiwake2n 1s, Gannet 56n 21s, Common Scoter 1n 47s, Sandwich terns 6n 2s, Artic Terns 1n, Bonxies 3n and a Little Gull south . Other birds a Peregrine was seen flying north and a Grey Plover out. Grey Partridge were seen at sammies.

Reed Warbler. Ian Smith.

Reed Warbler. Ian Smith.

17th June 2016 - Friday

A brisk NE wind for most of the day strengthening towards the evening. The morning started with mist and sea fret lifting by mid morning but mist and hazy patches offshore throughout the day.

Sea watching again was the flavour of the day with more seabirds on the move. Manx Shearwater 7n, Razorbill 261n 102s, Guillemot 50n 3s, Fulmar 7n 7s, Kittiwake20n, Puffin 21n 2s, Gannet 56n 16s, Red Throated Diver 1n, Sandwich terns 20n and Arctic Terns 3n . There was also Shoveler 2n and a Grey Heron north. On the falling tide on the humber an adult Meditterean Gull was noted with a Yellow Legged Gull.

16th June 2016 - Thursday

A brisk NE wind for most of the day strengthening towards the evening. The morning started with mist lifting by mid morning but mist and hazy patches offshore throughout the day. Some glimmers of sunshine were seen late afternoon and early evening.
As wind speed picked up in the afternoon there was some passage over the sea, this being the main interest of the day, Manx Shearwater 24n, Razorbill 20n 5s, Guillemot 13n 3s, Fulmar 1n 1s, Puffin 4n, Gannet 8n 1s, Red Throated Diver 1n, Eider 1n and Sandwich terns 8n 6s. Other birds in the area were Ban Owl triangle and Sammies, a Bar Tailed Godwit with 4 Black Tailed Godwits and a Short Eared Owl at Holderness Fields. The Golden Oriole seen for the last 3 days had finally departed.

14th June 2016 - Tuesday

The immature male Golden Oriole was singing at Kew around 4am but was back along the canal later while 2 Spoonbill flew south over beacon ponds and continued over the warren towards Lincolnshire.
The male Common Scoter was still on Kilnsea wetlands.

13th June 2016 - Monday

A dull draery day with very little sunshine and a light force 1 N wind.
Migration Watch: 0830-1215, 1515-1545.
The spring has been a strange one. Poor cold, damp weather with very little viz migging but still the good birds come. A female Red footed Falcon was in the triangle then flew south past the warren at 11.30am, the second this spring and an immature male Golden Oriole was found along the canal occasionally singing and last seen up beacon lane. A Red Kite was at chalk bank.
Also in the area 1 Brent Goose still on the Humber, a male Common Scoter was showing well on Kilnsea wetland,1 Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper on Holderness field, Little Gull and Arctic Tern on beacon ponds, 1 Blackcap, the first fledged Whitethroats about and 1 Chiffchaff.
A few bits on the move with 106 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 9 Fulmar inc 1 Blue Fulmar, 1 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua north and 34 Swallow.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon pulli, 1 Dunnock, 2 Starling, 1 Chaffinch.

Golden Oriole. Dan Branch.

Golden Oriole. Dan Branch.

Golen Oriole. Dan Branch.

Golen Oriole. Dan Branch.

Common Scoter. Dan Branch.

Common Scoter. Dan Branch.

12th June 2016 - Sunday

A better morning after rain early on but remained misty all day with a light 1-2 variable wind.
Sea Watch: 0715-1200

The highlight of the day was a Bee-eater south past the Warren calling at 0700.
Other bits on the move 2 Shoveler, 30 Teal, a Red Kite mobile over beacon ponds area, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Stint after time on beacon lagoons, 10 Common Tern out east, 406 Swift, 2 Jackdaw.
Other bits of interest were 5 Gadwall, 42 Teal, a pair of Common Scoter Kilnsea wetland, 1 Golden Plover, 10 Grey Plover, 60 Knot, 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1x 1st summer Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 4 Cuckoo, 2 Short eared Owl, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin.

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Starling, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet (1 pulli).

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith.

Hobby. Ian Smith.

11th June 2016 - Saturday

Rain from early on till late morning, then again late afternoon with a light 1-2 N wind.
Sea Watch: 0500-1145, 1400-1430, 1600-1800.

The highlight of the day was our 1st ever June record of Woodlark south past the Warren calling at 17.20.
Other bits on the move 10 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 207 Common Scoter, 15 Fulmar, 1 Little ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Skua, 12 Sandwich Tern, 68 Auk sp, 3 Puffin, 259 Swift, 19 House Martin and 2 Jackdaw.
Other bits of interest were 5 Gadwall plus the Wigeon/Gadwall hybrid, 24 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Golden Plover, 60 Knot, 4 Curlew, 1x 1st summer Little Gull, 1 Common Tern,4 Cuckoo 1 Barn Owl, 4 Short eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Chiffchaff.

Gadwall/Wigeon hybrid. Mick Turton.

Gadwall/Wigeon hybrid. Mick Turton.

10th June 2016 - Friday

A miserable morning with rain from early on till late morning, then again late afternoon with a light 1-2 SE wind.
Sea Watch: 0700-1025, 1400-1715.

Very little on the move 1 Velvet Scoter, 8 Sandwich Tern, 5 Collared Dove, 66 Swift, 17 Swallow, 32 House Martin, a Flava Wagtail which was probably Grey headed Wagtail and 3 Jackdaw.
Other bits of interest were 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 68 Knot, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 2x 1st summer Little Gull, 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 4 Starling pulli, 4 Great Tit pulli, 1 Wood Pigeon.

Peregrine. Alan Whitehead.

Peregrine. Alan Whitehead.

9th June 2016 - Thursday

A cloudy cool start soon brightened to give a fine sunny day with a light 1-2 N-NE wind..
Migration watch: 0500-1100.
A quieter day after the last week, so ringing of pullus took priority.
Birds moving south were 41 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 6 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet and a Corn Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Merlin kilnsea wetlands, 2 Peregrine, 14 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Short eared Owl, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

Insects of interest were 2 Large Skipper, Holly Blue, 20+ Azure Damselfly and male Broad bodied Chaser in churchfield.

Ringing: 4 Marsh Harrier pulli, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock pulli, 5 Swallow pulli, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Bluetit pulli, 2 Starling, 1 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch. (28 of 10 species).

Large Skipper. Adam Hutt.

Large Skipper. Adam Hutt.

8th June 2016 - Wednesday

A fine start to the day soon gave way to fog and an increasing 1-3 N wind brightening up later with plenty of sunshine.
Migration watch: 0500-0630
The highlight of the day was Spurns 5th NIGHT HERON, a 2nd Summer initially over the triangle heading north and tracked to Easington affording good views and seemingly dropping in a copse by Easington gas terminal. A Marsh Warbler was typically elusive singing in canal hedge offering only brief views, but thankfully gave itself away belting out amazing mimicry including Bee-eater in its song. While watching the Night Heron it crossed paths with a Red Kite which flew south while a Marsh/Willow Tit was briefly at Kew.
Birds moving south were 13 Common Scoter, 2 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Swift, 6 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Chaffinch and 1 Siskin.
Other bits of interest were 2 Gadwall , 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 117 Little Tern, 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting.

An OTTER was seen and photographed at Beacon Ponds eating an Eel on one of the rafts. Suspected in the area this is probably the 1st confirmed sighting for years?

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

Night Heron. Paul French.

Night Heron. Paul French.

Record shot of Red Kite. Alan Whitehead.

Record shot of Red Kite. Alan Whitehead.

7th June 2016 - Tuesday

A pleasantly warm sunny day with a light force 1 SE wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1300, 1400-1600.
The Golden Oriole was till present though remaining very elusive in the hedges near the Listening dish by Kilnsea wetlands. A Turtle Dove was at the warren early morning then in Church field later.
There was a bit of southerly movement today with an impressive 240 Canada Geese going south in flocks of (190 and 50), 4 Barnacle Geese which went back north, 16 Common Scoter, 8 Cormorant, a Spoonbill initially on Holderness field then south in the evening, adult male Marsh Harrier, 42 Black headed Gull, 327 Swift, 19 Swallow, 42 house Martin, 1 Flava wagtail, 8 Chaffinch and a Redpoll north.
Other bits of interest were 2 Brent Geese, 1 Gadwall , 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 3 Short eared Owl showing brilliantly in Clubleys field and 1 Spotted Flycatcher .

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Starling, 1 Magpie, 1 Whitethroat, 1 House sparrow.

Golden Oriole. Phil Jones.

Golden Oriole. Phil Jones.

Golden Oriole. Phil Jones.

Golden Oriole. Phil Jones.

Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Canada Geese. Adam Hutt.

Canada Geese. Adam Hutt.

6th June 2016 - 6th June

A hazy foggy start brightening up with plenty of sunshine to being a warm sunny day with a light force 1 NE wind.

A great varied day saw highlights of a flighty Golden Oriole on Beacon Lane, a Bee-eater giving fantastic views on wires and bushes at the warren, a female Red backed Shrike at the warren which moved north and a male Serin south.
Birds moving south were 11 Common Scoter, 6 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby north, 18 Swift, 21 Swallow, 56 house Martin, 1 Flava wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 8 Chaffinch.
Other bits of interest were 3 Brent Geese, 1 Gadwall , 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Spotted Flycatcher .

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bluetit, 2 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (12 of 9 species).

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Bee-eater. Ian Smith

Bee-eater. Ian Smith.

Bee-eater. Ian Smith.

4th June 2016 - Saturday

A better day but fog hampered viewing with force 2 N wind.
Sea watch: 0530-0900, 1500-1715.
The ‘brown’ male Common Rosefinch was still in canal hedge and 2 Red backed Shrike were present with a new female at Sammys point while the male remained in Little hedge.
Inline with there increase and now small breeding numbers Greylag Goose became a new ringing species for the Observatory today.
The sea had a little bit of interest going north with 16 Fulmar, 23 Gannet, 720 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 635 Auk sp, 37 Razorbill and 10 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Short eared Owl, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 4 Goldfinch pulli, 9 Greylag Geese (7 pulli).

Red backed Shrike. ian Smith.

Red backed Shrike. ian Smith.

3rd June 2016 - Friday

A slow improvement in the weather but the force 3 N wind remains.
Sea watch:
A ‘brown’ male Common Rosefinch was singing in canal hedge (so not the bird from last 2 days) and assumed to be the bird from a few days ago? While nearby the male Red backed Shrike remained in Little hedge. A male Grey headed Wagtail was briefly in front of the seawatch hut before flying off north.
Over the sea 1 Teal, 49 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 36 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 260 Gannet, 4 Whimbrel N, 382 Kittiwake N, 18 sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1010 Auk sp N and 18 Puffin.
Also of interest 2 Gadwall, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short eared Owl, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Large numbers of Diamond back Moths still in the area.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff.

Cuckoo which have been performing amazingly in the canal scrape area. Ian Smith.

Cuckoo which have been performing amazingly in the canal scrape area. Ian Smith.

Cuckoo. Ian Smith.

Cuckoo. Ian Smith.

Diamond back Moth. Huge numbers of this migratory moth in the Spurn area and along the Yorkshire coast. Dave Tucker.

Diamond back Moth. Huge numbers of this migratory moth in the Spurn area and along the Yorkshire coast. Dave Tucker.

Great northern Diver. Ian Smith.

Great northern Diver. Ian Smith.

2nd June 2016 - Thursday

Another cool day with fine light rain or drizzle and a decreasing force 6-4 N wind.
Seawatch: 0610-1200, 1415-1615, 1800-1900.
The fine male red Rosefinch remained in the Riverside-driftwood area singing while the female Montagu’s Harrier was still in the long bank area (and from photos is not the Blacktoft bird) while the Red backed Shrike was still in Little hedge.
A small increase in late migrants with 3 Wheatear and 4 Spotted Flycatcher.
The sea remained very interesting with the highlight a near adult Long tailed Skua north close inshore plus 26 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 1 Teal, 3 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 136 Fulmar north, 9 Manx Shearwater N, 308 Gannet N, 3 Whimbrel out east, 1 Bonxie, 138 Kittiwake N, 1374 Auk sp N and 18 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 395 Brent Geese on the Humber, 3 Gadwall , 1 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Ruff, 1 Barn Owl, .

Ringing: 6 Great Tit pulli, 2 Tree Sparrow pulli.

Common Rosefinch. Alan Whitehead.

Common Rosefinch. Alan Whitehead.

Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith.

Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith.

1st June 2016 - Wednesday

Another awful day with rain/drizzle with a chilly force 6/7 N wind.
Seawatch: 0600-1500.

The highlight was a nice red male Common Rosefinch frequenting the feeders at Driftwood on and off during the day.
The female Montagu's Harrier was still over fields north of long bank and a male Red backed Shrike in the triangle.Other migrants were 1 yellow wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
The sea was quite interesting with 1 Scaup, 73 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 1 Red throated Diver, 153 Fulmar north, 15 Manx Shearwater N, 513 Gannet N, 117 Kittiwake N, 591 Auk sp N and 1 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 2 Gadwall plus the hybrid Gadwall/Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck and 1 Ruff.

Also "Thousands if not Millions" of Diamond back Moths in the area with substantial amounts in the moth trap.

Ringing: 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Common Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

Common Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

Common Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

Common Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

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