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July 2014 Sightings

30th July 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea watch- 05:40-10:40. F2-3 WNW-NW broken cloud and plenty of sun, a few waders on the move and the first hint of a tern roost movement. On the move were 1 Shoveler, 39 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 9 Cormorant, 7 Oystercatcher, 18 Knot, 55 Sanderling, 144 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 86 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 2 juv Mediterranean Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 1 juv Black Tern , 800 Sandwich Tern, 800 Common Tern and 18 Arctic Tern south in the evening, 156 Swift, 376 Sand Martin, 700 Swallow. Also present were 1 Pintail on Canal Scrape, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier around Beacon Ponds, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber and Beacon Ponds, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Skua blogging, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Willow Warbler and 6 Tree Sparrow.

29th July 2014 - Tuesday

F1-2 N-NW broken cloud, sunny and hot. Wader numbers have increased a lot in the last few days and a few youngsters are starting to move about including the first Treecreeper of the year, a juv at the Warren. On the move were 1 Teal, 40 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet, 52 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe in, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper in, 14 Arctic Tern, 10 Swift. Also present were 5 Shoveler, 250 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 10 Cormorant, 2 Little Ringed Plover on Holderness Field, 2 Snipe, 15 Whimbrel on the Humber, 300 Curlew, 3 Arctic Skua blogging over the sea, 24 Little Gull at Beacon Ponds, 12 Guillemot,320 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern, 6 Swift, 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker went from the Warren to Kew, 150 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler. Waders on Beacon ponds at high tide were 2500 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper 6500 Dunlin, 1000 Redshank, 2 Greenshank.

28th July 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-10:30. Another warm day with some cloud F2 NE-N. Highlight of the day was Spurn’s 15th and first July record of Bittern , a juvenile that was picked up over the triangle and landed on Canal Scrape before settling at the top end of the canal just south of the sluice on Walker Butts ditch at 06:45 where it then disappeared. On the move were, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 7 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 10 Golden Plover, 16 Redshank, 4 Swift, 53 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow. Also present were 5 Shoveler, 100 Common Scoter, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 280 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 50 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 400 Starling.

In other news, Marsh Warblers have bred or at least attempted to breed at Spurn for the 3rd time since 2008. A male on territory since at least mid June and singing sporadically through early July with a pair seen carrying food into the same area. No attempt was made to locate the nest to keep disturbance to a minimum so proving success has been difficult but lots of begging calls were heard from same area whilst views of young acros on 2 occasions also in same place were probably the young but again keeping a distance for the birds welfare was more important than trying to prove it. Spurn Bird Observatory

Bittern. Ian Smith.

Bittern. Ian Smith.

Bittern. Ian Smith.

Bittern. Ian Smith.

27th July 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-12:00. Mostly bright and sunny with a F3-1 NW-SSE. Some light passage given the first southerly winds for a while. On the move were, 7 Greylag Geese, 62 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 16 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 12 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 3 Arctic Skua, 9 Little Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot, 132 Swift, 139 Sand Martin, 1000 Swallow, 4 House Martin. Also present were 2 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1500 Swift, 175 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 2 Black Redstart at the Point, 1 Coal Tit in Easington and a Bedstraw Hawkmoth at Kew.

Swift. Ian Smith.

Swift. Ian Smith.

26th July 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea watch-06:45-10:45. F1 NE misty start till the fog finally cleared! Sunny day till another foggy evening. On the move were 237 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 50 Gannet, 25 Oystercatcher, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 73 Little Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 1 Swift. Also present were 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 69 Sanderling, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 7 Greenshank, 6 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 30 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler.

25th July 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea watch- . Another foggy day F2-3 NE with a slight clearing of the fog during the middle of the day but it soon rolled back in, on the move were 18 Teal, 237 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 2 Swift. Also present were 3 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Gull.

24th July 2014 - Thursday

No watches, thick fog all day with a F2-3 N wind. Birds present were 1 Kestrel, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 1 Swift, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Pied Wagtail and 1 Chiffchaff. Let’s hope the fog clears soon!

Black Arches caught in Easington on 20th July, 2nd modern Yorkshire record. Barry Spence.

Black Arches caught in Easington on 20th July, 2nd modern Yorkshire record. Barry Spence.

23rd July 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00. F1-3 N foggy all day, a quiet day due to the fog! On the move were 11 Teal, 240 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannet, 19 Oystercatcher, 14 Sanderling, 29 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Skua, 7 Little Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie, 200 Sandwich Tern, 16 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

22nd July 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-12:00 F1-2 NW cloudy all day. A quiet day highlight being the first juvenile Willow Warblers of the autumn. On the move were 3 Teal, 340 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 37 Oystercatcher, 11 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Redshank, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 29 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3 Swift. Also present were 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 300 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler.

21st July 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:30-10:00. Bright and sunny clouding up by midday with a light F1-2 NW-NE. Good news from the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds where at least 37 juveniles have fledged so far with still plenty of chicks left. On the move were 1 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 29 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake, 7 Swift, 80 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow. Also present were 80 Common Scoter, 22 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 300 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper , 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie eating a Guillemot, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Little Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 8 Arctic Tern, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail.

20th July 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch-06:45-11:40, heavy rain first thing remaining muggy with hazy sunshine with a F1 N-NW. On the move were 9 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 223 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 14 Manx Shearwater, 32 Oystercatcher, 17 Knot, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 22 Swift, 16 Sand Martin. Also present were 17 Common Scoter, 2 Snipe, 8 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 3 Common Sand Piper, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 40 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.

19th July 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 04:50-15:00 17:00-20:00.Hot and humid with cold heavy shower a light F1 SE-NE wind. Some decent wader passage with a record July count of Oystercatcher and the first Cory’s Shearwater of the year. On the move were 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 446 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 1 Cory’s Shearwater that flew north at 10:00, 30 Manx Shearwater, 754 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 53 Knot, 39 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 104 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (in), 44 Whimbrel, 22 Curlew, 31 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 42 Sandwich Tern, 29 Common Tern, 2 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 98 Swift,64 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow. Also present were 6 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge, 18 Cormorant, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3000 Dunlin, 7 Snipe,13 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 21 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 167 Sandwich Tern, 70 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Sammy’s Point. Also the first Migrant Hawker of the year.

18th July 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:50-10:30 16:30-17:30 18:45-20:00. A very windy day F4-5 from the east with some sunny spells. As expected for the time of the year most of the movement was over the sea with wader numbers starting to increase, 243 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 14 Manx Shearwater, 236 Gannet, 13 Oystercatcher, 5 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 170 Dunlin, 13 Whimbrel, 94 Redshank, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 13 Kittiwake, 150 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp., 13 Guillemot. Also present were 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 53 Common Tern.

17th July 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch- 04:45-09:50 18:20-19:50. F1 W-SE clear with some cloud, very hot and sunny! A generally quiet day, on the move were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 24 Common Scoter, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 34 Dunlin, 32 Whimbrel (in), 3 Curlew, 2 Redshank (in), 46 Swift, 84 Sand Martin, 193 Swallow. Also present were 1 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 7000 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 14 Little Gull, 250 Sandwich Tern, 50 Common Tern, 4 Yellow Wagtail.

16th July 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-09:30 15:30-19:00, F3 WNW patchy cloud all day plenty of sunshine switching F2-1-SW. A generally quiet day. On the move were 7 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Snipe (in), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank (in), 7 Greenshank, 1060 Swift, 52 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow. Also present were 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 51 Little Gull, 70 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff.

15th July 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-10:30 13:25-14:25. Broken cloud and sunny all day F4-1 WNW-W. A typical mid-summer quiet day, on the move were 5 Common Scoter, 7 Cormorant, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 260 Swift, 75 Sand Martin, 118 Swallow, 2 flava. Also present were 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 96 Golden Plover, 5000 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 300 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1300 Black-headed Gull, 70 Sandwich Tern, 65 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Chiffchaff.

14th July 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-11:00 16:00-19:30. Bright and sunny F2-3 NW-W clouding up late afternoon. A few waders and a small movement of Swifts in the afternoon, on the move were 23 Shelduck (east), 3 Manx Shearwater, 35 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing (in), 12 Knot (in), 8 Snipe (in), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (in), 1 Turnstone, 32 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew (in), 11 Redshank (in), 1669 Swift, 75 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow. Also present were 6 Wigeon, 6 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 2 Greenshank, 56 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 76 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail.

13th July 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch 07:00-11:40 14:14-14:45. Showery morning with a F1 SW leaving broken cloud and a F2 NW in evening, highlight of the day was a FEA’S-TYPE PETREL that was seen from a boat 3.7 miles east of Easington at 09:04 then flew north also a Spoonbill on Kilnsea Wetlands. Other birds on the move were 7 Mute Swan, 328 Common Scoter, 70 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 8 Whimbrel (in), 1 Arctic Skua, 13 Kittiwake, 16 auk sp., 7 Guillemot, 352 Swift, 95 Sand Martin. Other birds present included 6 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 70 Common Scoter, 5 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Little Gull, 50 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap.

Juv Cuckoo. Tim Jones.

Juv Cuckoo. Tim Jones.

12th July 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch- 08:15-10:00 A very warm and foggy day F1-2 N-SE-S, a quiet day except for an adult female Honey Buzzard that u-turned over Kilnsea before heading back north over Kilnsea Wetlands. Other birds present were 3 Teal, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 5 Med Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 56 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaff.

11th July 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-11:00 16:15-17:15 a cloudy morning with some sunny spells F3-1 a bit of movement over the sea with the first Pomarine Skua of the year flying south, also on the move were 3 Teal, 377 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 28 Manx Shearwater, 517 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Little Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 21 auk sp., 8 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Swift. Other birds present included 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1550 Dunlin, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Med Gull, 8 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, a juvenile Cuckoo that found its way into a mist net at Kew and 1 Wheatear. Of interest 100+ of each Silver Y and Diamond Back moths in the traps at the Warren and Kew.

10th July 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:30 A truly miserable day with heavy rain all day F4-1 N. Over the sea were 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 86 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 146 Gannet, 1 Curlew (in), 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 35 Arctic Tern, 2 Guillemot. Also present were 6 Shoveler, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Little Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 60 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern.

9th July 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:30-10:45 17:00-19:45 Sunny spells with variable cloud cover and a stiff F2-5 N. On the move were 1 Teal, 43 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 67 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 368 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Dunlin (in), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (in), 4 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 69 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, other birds present included 1 Med Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern and 1 Grey Wagtail

8th July 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.00. Warm and muggy with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1-2 SW-NE wind.
In the early hours of the morning 3+ Storm Petrels came into tape lure and two of them were trapped and ringed, these are the first of the year. During the day some light passage included 141 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Common Buzzard, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 52 Swift, 101 Sand Martin.
Birds present were 2 Teal, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler.

Storm Petrel. Tim Jones

Storm Petrel. Tim Jones

7th July 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-11.15. Bright and sunny clouding over later in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW –SSE wind.
Birds moving were 8 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Knot, 8 Snipe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 53 Redshank, 7 Common Tern, 5 Guillemot, 311 Swift, 454 Sand Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, and 9 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap.

6th July 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-13.10, 15.15-17.30. Showers in the morning, dying out by mid-afternoon, a force 1-2 SE-SW wind.
A much quieter day, moving south were 1 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 190 Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwater, 127 Gannet, 15 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 6 Little Gull, 32 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 31 auk sp, 25 Guillemot, 14 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 40 Swift, 68 Sand Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 2 Corn Bunting.
Birds present included the Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and 2 Shoveler at Beacon Ponds, a Little Ringed Plover and 6 Black-tailed Godwits on Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Whimbrel and a Spotted Redshank on the Humber, 30 Little Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull on Kilnsea Wetlands, and a Grey Wagtail.

Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt

Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt

juvenile Little Ringed Plover. John Hewitt

juvenile Little Ringed Plover. John Hewitt

part of the Little Gull flock. John Hewitt

part of the Little Gull flock. John Hewitt

5th July 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 04.50-13.00, 14.00-20.00. Rain on and off most of the morning, then some long sunny spells in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
A good day for passage which along with Swifts were good numbers of duck, Manx Shearwaters and waders. The totals were 15 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a superb 1272 Common Scoter which is the highest summer count at Spurn, 2 Fulmar, 183 Manx Shearwater, 108 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 77 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 138 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 20 Little Gull, 19 Kittiwake, 45 Sandwich Tern, 30 auk sp, 56 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 5191 Swift, 4 Sand Martin.
Other birds present included 9 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 6 Little Egret, 30 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Blackcap and a Goldcrest in Easington.

4th July 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 04.05-21.00. Sunny spells and cloudy periods with some heavy storm clouds around but no rain until after dark, a force 3-4 SW wind.
Swift passage was a bit hit and miss throughout the day with only 2500 recorded by 18.00, but then from 18.30 there was a big push in front of a black storm clouds and by 21.00 9050 had been logged, other birds moving included a Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 86 Gannet, 4 Lapwing, 23 Knot, 53 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Snipe, 10 Curlew, 82 Redshank, 12 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 187 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 7 alba Wagtail and a Corn Bunting.
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Barn Owl.

3rd July 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-21.00. Cloudy with some very warm sunny spells, a force 3-1 SW wind.
Another very good day for passage, Swifts were moving steady all day and totalled 5654 by the end, but it was also good for a few other species, the most Black-tailed Godwit recorded moving in a day before was 101, but today 256 flew south in nine flocks; also 14 Gadwall were recorded including a flock of 13 which is the 3rd highest count in the Observatory’s history. Other birds moving were an adult Spoonbill, 35 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 1 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 25 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 6 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing, 44 Dunlin, 25 Common Snipe, 5 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 33 Little Gull, 139 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin and 3 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank and a Cuckoo.

2nd July 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 05.45-11.30, 15.00-20.35. Clear blue skies and very warm and sunny, clouding over late afternoon and evening, a force 1 SW wind in the morning which picked up to a force 3 late afternoon.
At last a change in winds and the expected Swift passage happened, although quiet in the morning with just less than 400 in the first session, but a further 4120 between 1500 and 20.35 hrs, giving the best total so far this year (4520). Other birds moving included a Pochard, 11 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 21 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 157 Sand martin, 5 House Martin, a flava Wagtail and a Coal Tit!
Other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, and 1 Greenshank.

1st July 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.30. A warm day with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1 E wind.
On the move were 22 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 53 Swift, 86 Sand Martin and 1 flava Wagtail.
Birds present included singles of Wigeon, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 76 Little Gulls and 340 Starlings.

Elephant Hawk-moth. Rich Swales

Elephant Hawk-moth. Rich Swales

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