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February 2018 Sightings

18th February 2018 - Sunday

A mild day with sunny spells with a F1-2 SW wind.
Watches: 0740-1030.
Another brilliant turn out saw loads of tasks completed by an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers. The garden at Kew had a great makeover and the Sand Martin wall was completed among a whole host of other important jobs.


A bit of action over the sea with 35 Pink footed Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Common Scoter, 77 Red throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 2 Auk sp while overland the beginnings of some movement saw 6 Skylark and 1 Meadow Pipit head south.

Other bits of note were a White-fronted Goose with 18 Greylag Geese, 550 Brent Geese Humber, 1 Whooper Swan at Long bank, 6 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck at Kilnsea Wetlands, Common Buzzard on Easington straight, the first 2 Avocet of the spring sat on the Tern raft on Beacon ponds, 2 Long tailed Tit, 1 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and 13 Greenfinch all in the Obs area with 20 Yellowhammer on Peter lane plus 2 in Church field.

The 'springs' first Frogs and Newts were in the ponds at Kew and in Church field.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush.

Keep an eye on those holes this spring. John Hewitt.

Keep an eye on those holes this spring. John Hewitt.

Getting a natural head of hair. John Hewitt.

Getting a natural head of hair. John Hewitt.

John Hewitt leaning on the new Sand Martin wall and realising he's not as tall as he thought he was.

John Hewitt leaning on the new Sand Martin wall and realising he's not as tall as he thought he was.

The peril of forgetting your working next to water. John Hewitt.

The peril of forgetting your working next to water. John Hewitt.

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17th February 2018 - Saturday

Broken cloud, chilly with a F1-2 SE wind
Sea-watch- 0810 - 1000.

A busy day with a whole range of tasks underway. The beginnings of the Sand Martin wall at Kilnsea wetlands was taking shape, while the fruit trees at Kew got a much needed prune among a wide range of jobs. Thanks to everyone who turned up to give a hand.

The Green-winged Teal was still on kilnsea wetlands, the Rose-coloured Starling in Easington and the male Ring Ouzel was still at Sammy's.

On the move were 200 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 10 auk sp.

Present were 28 Ringed Plover, the Tawny Owl at Kew, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush at the point, 7 Stonechat and 2 Coal Tits in Easington.

Green-winged Teal with Wigeon. Martin Standley.

Green-winged Teal with Wigeon. Martin Standley.

Rosy Starling. Martin Standley.

Rosy Starling. Martin Standley.

Ring Ouzel. Phil James.

Ring Ouzel. Phil James.

From Acorns grow mighty oaks. Pics by John Hewitt.

From Acorns grow mighty oaks. Pics by John Hewitt.

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16th February 2018 - Friday

Sunny all day, F3 SW wind
Sea-watch- 07:45 - 10:15.

The Rose-coloured Starling was still around Dimlington Bungalows and the male Ring Ouzel was still at Sammy's.

On the move were 70 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 5 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 6 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 6 Guillemot, 8 auk sp.

Present were 1 Whooper Swan along Easington Straight, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 30 Red-throated Diver, 8 Little Grebe, 1 adult male Hen Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard 1, 4 Ringed Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Peregrine, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush at Cliff Farm, 40 Linnet, 7 Snow Bunting at Beacon Ponds.

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12th February 2018 - Monday

After a heavy overnight frost it remained a sunny day with a F2 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0900-1030.

Wildfowl on Kilnsea wetlands and Long bank continue to be the main spectacle for such a small area. 800 Wigeon is a fantastic count and easily the best count for this new area, while other totals were 750 Brent Geese, 100 Teal , 12 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 4 Goldeneye while also here 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 1 greenshank, 56 Lapwing and 90 Dunlin.

Other bits of note were 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 2000 Knot, the usual Tawny Owl, 10 Magpie in the triangle, 4 Fieldfare and, 3 Stonechat and 5 Snow Bunting at the breach.
The sea was very quiet only producing 27 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant and 8 Auk sp.

Black-tailed Godwits. Jonnie Fisk

Black-tailed Godwits. Jonnie Fisk

Stonechat. John Hewitt.

Stonechat. John Hewitt.

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11th February 2018 - Sunday

Mainly sunny with a cool F3-5 WNW wind.

Migration Watches: 0745-1015.
Few observations today with the ongoing work weekend. Money raised from the Michael clegg memorial bird race went to the building of a much needed Sand Martin wall for Kilnsea wetlands and work was well underway today. A massive thanks to eveyone who donated money and hopefully in the next couple of years the wall will be flourishing with a new colony. Sand Martin have not bred in any numbers for many years, having formerly bred in decent numbers on the 'cliffs', but heavy erosion has seemingly had abig effect.

Early morning seawatching was quite productive with 2 Common Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, 66 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Kittiwake, 18 Auk sp, 1 Razorbill and 2 Guillemot.

Otherwise the drake Green-winged Teal was still on Kilnsea wetlands and the Tawny Owl still resident in the Obs area.

Green-winged Teal. John Hewitt.

Green-winged Teal. John Hewitt.

John Hewitt, Rich Swales and Graham Speight catalogue modelling a range of clothing and tools at the working weekend. John Hewitt.

John Hewitt, Rich Swales and Graham Speight catalogue modelling a range of clothing and tools at the working weekend. John Hewitt.

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10th February 2018 - Saturday

A cold showery day with a F2-3 W wind.

watches: 0745-1000, 1100-1200.

11 volunteers were busy with many of the jobs that needed attending too, mainly in at the Obs and in Church field, while work began on the Sand martin wall.

A fantastic movement of 241 Cormorant was a record Spurn count. The previous best total was 177. Also over the sea 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bonxie, 67 Auk sp, 5 Gullemot and 3 Razorbill.
Also of note 19 Fieldfare were on Clubleys.

The Rose-coloured Starling was again at Dimlington bungalows.

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9th February 2018 - Friday

Sunny spells with showers with a cold F2-3 SW wind.
Watches: 0815-1045.
No sign of the Green-winged Teal today, but in the Long bank/Kilnsesa wetlands area 666 Wigeon is a fantastic increase along with 750 Brent Geese (but only 1 juvenile), 128 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, a male Marsh Harrier and 430 Redshank gave for an amazing spectacle

Also in the area 2 Woodcock and the Tawny owl were at the obs, the male Ring Ouzel at sammys, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Stonechat at Beacon ponds, 34 Skylark mainly on Easington straight and a flock of 35 Linnet.

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