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May 2016 Sightings

22nd May 2016 - Sunday

Mostly sunny all day clouding up late afternoon with some showers with a force 2 NW-SW wind.
Migration/Seawatch watch: 0610-18155.
The exodus of spanking summer plumage waders heading out north-east is picking up with totals today of 459 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin and 4 Knot. The next week or so should see the Humber virtually emptied bar a few hundred non breeders.
A few local highlights today with 4 Barnacle Geese north, male Garganey Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Jay in the triangle and a Hooded Crow south.
Birds going south over land and sea unless stated were 2 Fulmar plus 2N, 1 Manx Sheartwater, 7 Gannet +3N, 20 Cormorant, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 17 Kittiwake, 2 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 11 Swift +1in, 6 Sand Martin, 263 Swallow, 126 House Martin, 5 Jackdaw back north, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 24 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting and a Glossy Starling sp north.
Migrant totals were 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other bits of interest was 50 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel.
5 Red veined Darter on Clubleys included one newly emerged.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin pulli, 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler.

Sedge Warbler. Adam Hutt.

Sedge Warbler. Adam Hutt.

Linnet. Rich Swales.

Linnet. Rich Swales.

21st May 2016 - Saturday

Cloudy and windy with a force 4 SW wind.
Numpties: 0535-1350, 1445-1615.
It was the Rael Butchers (assistant warden) 30th Birthday today and a well attended communual Chinese meal was enjoyed at the new obs.
Similar to the previous day but less birds moving south.
Moving south unless stated were 3 Tufted Duck in off, 3 Red throated Diver, 1 Black throated Diver north, 1 Great northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 68 Grey Plover out east, 6 Lesser black back Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern north, 27 Razorbill, 13 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 391 Swallow, 90 House Martin, 1 Flava Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer while the very few migrants seen included 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
Other bits of interest were 250 Brent Geese with 1 pale bellied Brent, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank and 1 Short eared Owl.
Ringing: Nil

Grey Plover. Adam Hutt.

Grey Plover. Adam Hutt.

Dark and Pale bellied Brents. Adam Hutt.

Dark and Pale bellied Brents. Adam Hutt.

20th May 2016 - Friday

Cloudy start which cleared up later with a force 3-2 SW wind.
Numpties: 0515-1230, 1330-1900.
A better day for migration with decent numbers of birds moving south.
Birds moving south unless stated were 4 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck in off, 1 Red throated Diver, 4 Fulmar north, 3 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 220 Grey Plover out east, 56 Dunlin out east, 12 Turnstone north plus 19 in off, 1 Little Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 38 Lesser black back Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 26 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 697 Swallow, 199 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 37 Carrion Crow, 34 Goldfinch, 27 Linnet and 2 Yellowhammer while the few migrants seen included 2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other bits of interest were 1 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Short eared Owl while the first Blue tailed Damselflies and Four spotted Chasers emerged.
Ringing: Nil

Spotted Flycatcher. Rich Swales.

Spotted Flycatcher. Rich Swales.

Chiffchaff. Rich Swales.

Chiffchaff. Rich Swales.

19th May 2016 - Thursday

Fog until early afternoon with a light force 1 NW- 2 SE wind.
Numpties: 0530-0900, 1330-1600.
The lull in migration continues.
Totals were 1 Little ringed Plover, 550 Grey Plover, 1 Little Stint, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Stock Dove, 20 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaff.
Birds moving south unless stated were 3 Gannet, 46 Grey Plover out east, 3 Swift, 136 Swallow, 20 House Martin and 4 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Great Tit pulli, 6 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Goldfinch (16 0f 8 species).

Common Sandpiper. Alan Whitehead.

Common Sandpiper. Alan Whitehead.

18th May 2016 - Wednesday

Heavy showers on and off all day with a force 1-2 NW-SE-S wind.
Numpties: 0615-1115.
Another quiet day for the time of year with still few migrants about.
Totals were 187 Brent Geese and 1 pale bellied Brent, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Short eared Owl, 50 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler at Sammy’s, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Birds moving south was 2 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Swift, 192 Swallow, 48 House Martin, 1 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Goldfinch and 23 Linnet.

Ringing: 9 Tree Sparrow pulli.

Wheatear. Stuart Pike.

Wheatear. Stuart Pike.

17th May 2016 - Tuesday

Hazy sunshine with thick cloud at times and a force 1-2 NW-SE-S wind.
Numpties: 0510-0820.
A poor day all round with 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Lapwing long bank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and moving south was 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Swift, 20 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 8 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Linnet and 1 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch.

Little Egret. Stuart Pike.

Little Egret. Stuart Pike.

Brent Geese. Micky Maher.

Brent Geese. Micky Maher.

16th May 2016 - Monday

Sunny spells with hazy cloud and a force 2-1 WNW-SE-E wind.
Numpties: 0540-1100.
A quiet day in general was broken early afternoon with the discovery of only Spurns 2nd SARDINIAN WARBLER a female showing occasionally along the canal opposite canal scrape. 3 Common Crane flew south over Beacon ponds initially discovered by their calls and continued south over the triangle. An immature Spoonbill flew north early morning but did not land, while on Kilnsea wetlands a Garganey and Little Stint were present.
Migrant totals were yet again very poor with 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler as was birds moving south with 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 84 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 27 Carrion Crow, 9 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch and 14 Linnet.
Other bits of interest was 4 Gadwall, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little ringed Plover at Beacon ponds, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short eared Owl.
The 1st Wall Brown butterfly was on the wing today.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Bluetit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch.

Sardinian Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Sardinian Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Sardinian Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Sardinian Warbler. Dave Tucker.

Sardinian Warbler. John Sadler.

Sardinian Warbler. John Sadler.

Sardinian Warbler. John Sadler.

Sardinian Warbler. John Sadler.

15th May 2016 - Sunday

A cool sunny day with a force 2 N wind.
Migration watch: 0520-1300. Seawatch: 1545-1700.
There was no sign of the Thrush Nightingale all day despite searching. The Richard’s Pipit was seen again when it flew south over the warren while the female Red backed Shrike remained showing well at the warren.
Other migrant totals were 5 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare at Southfield farm, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling at the warren, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff and 1 Siskin.
Moving was a Great white Egret south over the Humber, a Spoonbill on Holderness field which flew off east, 27 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 26 Whimbrel out east, 56 Kittiwake, 15 Arctic Tern out east, 2 Common Tern out east, 60 Auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 1 Sand Martin, 231 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Flava, 2 Alba, 1 Rook, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Goldfinch and 7 Linnet.
Other bits of interest was 3 Gadwall, 200 Brent Geese, 1 pale bellied Brent, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 110 Ringed Plover, 2400 Grey Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4500 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Starling pulli, 2 Linnet.

Red backed Shrike. Lizzie Bruce.

Red backed Shrike. Lizzie Bruce.

Tree Pipit. Tim Jones.

Tree Pipit. Tim Jones.

Yellow Wagtail.Rich Swales.

Yellow Wagtail.Rich Swales.

14th May 2016 - Saturday

A cold, sunny day pleasant out of the wind with a force 5-2 N wind.
Migration watch: 0545-0930.
A day where little was expected delivered big style firstly with an adult female Montagu’s Harrier which flew south past the warren then out to sea, then news broke of Spurn’s 15th THRUSH NIGHTINGALE singing at Sammy’s point, occasionally showing in the morning but sporadically in the afternoon. Late evening a Richard’s Pipit was found on clubleys moving into well field. A female Red backed Shrike remained in the triangle moving to the warren where it was trapped and ringed. A Hooded Crow flew west past Sammys.
Other migrant totals were 5 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 male Black Redstart at the point, 1 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare at Southfield farm, 1 Grasshopper Warbler sheepfield, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied Flycatcher, a male at the point and female at chalk bank.
Moving over the sea was 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua north 15 Arctic Tern out east, 2 Kittiwake and 147 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest was 3Gadwall, 200 Brent Geese, 1 pale bellied Brent, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 110 Ringed Plover, 1000 Grey Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank out east, 9 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Short eared Owl plus a Bar headed Goose on beacon ponds .

Ringing: 1 Red backed Shrike, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Linnet.

Montagu's Harrier. Tim Jones.

Montagu's Harrier. Tim Jones.

Richard's Pipit. Tim Jones.

Richard's Pipit. Tim Jones.

Thrush Nightingale. Dave Tucker.

Thrush Nightingale. Dave Tucker.

13th May 2016 - Friday

A cold cloudy day with very occasional sunny periods with a force 5 NNE wind.
Migration watch: 0550-0930.
A difficult days birding in a strong northerly but the birds still performed. The highlights were 2 Red backed Shrike, a male along the canal and a female at Southfield farm, a Wood Sandpiper on Holderness field and 2 Garganey Kilnsea wetland. Just north of the area a flighty Hoopoe and static Nightjar were very popular, the latter unfortunately flushed twice by birders/photographers.
The female ringtail Hen Harrier was still hunting over fields at Sammy’s while migrant totals were 5 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Moving over the sea was 9 Common Scoter, 3 Red throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 9 Arctic Tern out east, 17 Gannet, 1 Puffin, 6 Arctic Skua (3 out east and 3 north), 7 Kittiwake and 372 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest was 4 Gadwall, 200 Brent Geese, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 9 Common Sandpiper and 75 Little Tern.

A WATER VOLE was seen along the canal zone by canal scarpe. A species which was quite numerous till Mink appeared in the area. Lets hope this is the beginning of their return.

Ringing: Nil

Red backed Shrike. Phil Jones.

Red backed Shrike. Phil Jones.

Red backed Shrike. Richard Willison.

Red backed Shrike. Richard Willison.

Nightjar. Richard Willison.

Nightjar. Richard Willison.

Avocets protecting nest. Rich Swales.

Avocets protecting nest. Rich Swales.

Garganey. Dave Tucker.

Garganey. Dave Tucker.

12th May 2016 - Thursday

A nice start to the morning with plenty of sunshine throughout the day but an Increasing force 2-5 NNE wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1200.
Firstly the bird highlights seen during the day. A Serin was seen early morning flying north over the canal area, the Icterine Warbler was still singing in the willows in the Obs garden, a Long eared Owl showed well late afternoon out in the open at Sammys, a Turtle Dove feeding on the road on Peters Lane, a Firecrest was singing at the warren, the Hooded Crow (returned north after a trip to Lincs?), and then late evening a Nightjar flew along the road between the bluebell and churchyard.
The strong winds made for difficult birding but still there was totals of 1 Ringtail Hen Harrier north then hunting over Sammys, 4 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 2 Shag, 1 Common Buzzard north, 1 Hobby north, 121 Arctic Tern out east, 1 Puffin north, 19 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 241 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 9 Flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 14 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 47 Linnet.
Other bits of interest was 218 Brent Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Golden Plover, 150 Sanderling, 22 Whimbrel, 10 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird pulli, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 1 Redstart, 1 Wren, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Starling (6 pulli), 1 Chaffinch. (21 of 11 species)

Marsh Harrier. Phil Jones

Marsh Harrier. Phil Jones

Marsh Harrier. Rich Swales.

Marsh Harrier. Rich Swales.

11th May 2016 - Wednesday

Persistent light drizzle early morning brightening later with long periods of sunshine with a cool force 2 E wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1200.
Yesterdays Hippolais proved extremely elusive, but was finally resolved when it began to sing in the crown carpark, proving it to be a Icterine Warbler and the earliest ever by 5 days. The days main highlight was a female Citrine Wagtail which flew south over the warren calling and was expertly photographed. It appeared to land just south of the warren but could not be relocated.
Other highlights today were an Osprey south, Wood Sandpiper on Holderness field, the singing Firecrest in the crown car park, a Jay which went back north, a Hooded Crow south, male Garganey Kilnsea wetlands then flew off west, Nuthatch briefly at Kew and a male Grey headed Wagtail south over the warren.
A big improvement for migrant totals (but still low) with 6 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit, male Blue-headed Wagtail at the narrows, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Curlew out east, 10 Black headed gull, 85 Herring Gull, 73 Arctic Tern out east, 3 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 659 Swallow, 107 House Martin, 4 Flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw back north, 4 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 17 Goldfinch, 7 Siskinand 42 Linnet.
Other bits of interest was 332 Brent Geese with 1 pale bellied, 1 Golden Plover, 4 stunning male Ruff on Holderness field, 1 Snipe, 14 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn owl, 1 Short eared Owl, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Bullfinch.

Ringing: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch. (15 of 12 species)

Citrine Wagtail.Tim Jones.

Citrine Wagtail.Tim Jones.

Grey headed Wagtail.Tim Jones.

Grey headed Wagtail.Tim Jones.

Osprey. Tim Jones.

Osprey. Tim Jones.

Firecrest. Adam Hutt.

Firecrest. Adam Hutt.

'Coninental' Robin. Adam Hutt.

'Coninental' Robin. Adam Hutt.

10th May 2016 - Tuesday

Dry early on giving way to rain sometimes heavy by mid morning with a cold force 2 E wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1400.
Late in the day after a small arrival a Hippolais was found at Kew initially a bit distant and thought to be an Icterine though a while later gave some brief, but better views which suggested it had a short primary projection though rain and poor light hampered viewing. A restricted narrow wing panel and browny legs added further weight to the i.d as a Melodious Warbler. Hopefully it will remain overnight. Early in the morning a Bee-eater spent 10 minutes on wires over canal hedge before flying off south.
A singing Firecrest was in the crown carpark along with 2 Willow Warbler including 1 very grey acredula while migrant totals were 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, male Blue-headed Wagtail at long bank with 20 Yellow and 2 White Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 2 Red throated Diver, 6 Black Tern and 1 Arctic Tern out east, 5 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 14 Kittiwake, 14 Sand Martin, 107 Swallow, 38 House Martin, 8 Flava Wagtail, 3 Alba wagtail, 3 Jackdaw back north, 3 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 11 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 1 Corn Bunting back north.
Other bits of interest was 186 Brent Geese with 1 pale bellied, 1 Hobby, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea wetland, 5 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Lesser Redpoll at the warren.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (8 of 7 species)

Bee-eater. Phil Jones.

Bee-eater. Phil Jones.

9th May 2016 - Monday

A nice sunny day but chilly in a force 3 E wind.
Migration watch: 0550-1400.
The first 2 Pied Flycatcher of the spring appeared today with a female in canal hedge and a male at Sammys while other highlights were a Turtle Dove north over Grange farm and the 2 Garganey on Holderness field.
On the move was 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby back north, 110 Herring Gull, 32 Kittiwake, 3 Black Tern and 46 Arctic Tern out east, 1 Swift, 40 Sand Martin, 768 Swallow, 44 House Martin, 6 Flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 19 Goldfinch and 86 Linnet
Other migrants present today were 4 Cuckoo,1 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 7 wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 6 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other bits of interest were 120 Brent Geese, 1 pale bellied Brent, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 31 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Ruff, 23 Whimbrel, 17 Greenshank beacon ponds at high tide, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Grey Partridge.

Ringing: 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler.

Pied Flycatcher. Phil Jones.

Pied Flycatcher. Phil Jones.

8th May 2016 - Sunday

The continuing easterly airflow brought good conditions for a Tern movement out of the Humber. We were not disappointed with 74 Black Tern and 372 Arctic Tern heading out east. A Serin flew south while the pair of Garganey remained on Holderness field.

Black Terns. Mike Pilsworth.

Black Terns. Mike Pilsworth.

Yellow Wagtail. Martin Standley.

Yellow Wagtail. Martin Standley.

7th May 2016 - Saturday

Fog stayed most of the day only clearing late afternoon with a force 3-4 NE wind.
The thick fog dominated the early morning making for difficult birding.
Migration watch: 0530-1030, 1130-1500, 1600-1800.

The highlight of the day was a Bee-eater over Kilnsea, but a Turtle Dove was probably a more welcome sight for some given its rapidly declining staus, while the pair of Garganey remained on Holderness field.
Migrant numbers still remained low but there was a decent arrival of 10 Spotted Flycatcher while other migrants were 1 White Wagtail, 7 Yellow wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 8 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 16 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Willow warbler.
Birds on the move south (unless stated) were 8 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little ringed Plover north (1st of year), 3 Whimbrel out east, 15 Kittiwake, 12 Guillemot, 518 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Jackdaw and 19 Carrion Crow.
Other bits of interest were 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 30 Sand Martin.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch.

Spotted Flycatcher. Alan Whitehead.

Spotted Flycatcher. Alan Whitehead.

6th May 2016 - Friday

A nice day with some hazy sunshine and a force 1 SE-E wind.
Migration watch: 0530-1100, 1315-1630.
A male Serin was seen flying south early morning at the warren, maybe the bird from 2 days ago. A Spoonbill also flew south while 2 Black Terns and 39 Arctic Terns were on the move heading out east through the breach, after good numbers inland. The pair of Garganey remained on Holderness Field.
A better day for birds on the move south (unless stated) with 2 Barnacle Geese which turned back north, 7 Tufted duck, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew and 2 Turnstone out east, 32 Lesser black backed Gull, 221 Herring Gull, 29 Kittiwake, 15 Wood Pigeon, 6 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 232 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 5 Flava wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 48 Carrion Crow, 9 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet and 1 Corn Bunting.
Migrant numbers remained similar but a slight increase in some species. 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Goldcrest.
Other bits of interest were 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Lapwing, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 23 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 14 Common Sandpiper and 3 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 3 whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Linnet.

5th May 2016 - Thursday

A nice sunny day with distant haze with a force 2-1 SW-SE wind.
Migration watch: 0600-1115, 1630-1730.
2 new additions to the year list with 4 Black Tern over the Humber and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Rose Cottage. An Osprey spent some time over Beacon Ponds before heading west and the pair of Garganey remained on Holderness Field.
The theme remains the same with low migrant numbers. Totals were 1 Hobby in the triangle, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 13 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff.
Birds on the move south [unless stated) were 15 Kittiwake, 50 Auk sp, 5 Swift, 17 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 10 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 14 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 43 Carrion Crow, 33 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 78 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Corn Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 38 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common tern and 2 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 2 Robin (1 Pulli), 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (6 of 3 species)

Hobby. Daniel Branch.

Hobby. Daniel Branch.

4th May 2016 - Wednesday

A much warmer day with plenty of sunshine with a force 1-2 S wind.
Migration watch: 0600-1030, 1100-1130.
The highlight of the day was a Serin which flew south but possibly landed near the lighthouse. A Spoonbill was over Beacon Ponds before eventually heading off south while the pair of Garganey remained on Holderness Field, the Raven was seen again in the Sammys point area and the Black Brant remained on the Humber with the Brents.
We are still waiting for a good arrival of common migrants with Whitethroat remaining scarce. Totals were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 12 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden warbler, 4 Blackcap, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 Goldcrest.
Birds on the move south [unless stated) were 4 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel plus 2 out east, 25 Lesser black back Gull out east, 2 Swift, 36 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 8 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 14 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 1 Redpoll, 46 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Corn Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Canada goose, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Sandwich Tern and 3 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting. (15 of 9 species)

Common Swift. Tim Jones.

Common Swift. Tim Jones.

Whimbrel. Alan Whitehead.

Whimbrel. Alan Whitehead.

3rd May 2016 - Tuesday

Mainly sunny with variable amounts of cloud and a force 2 W wind.
Migration watch: 0600-1115, 1415-1515.
Migrant numbers remain low with 8 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 11 Sedge Warbler, the 1st Reed Warbler of the year on the canal, 1 Garden warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and 1 Goldcrest.
Birds on the move south [unless stated) were 2 Curlew out east, 2 Black Tern and 1 Arctic Tern north, 1 common Tern, 1 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit north, 16 Flava Wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 64 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 33 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 41 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Corn Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Canada goose, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 4 Grey Partridge, 623 Grey Plover, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 32 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Turnstone and 3 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 2 Robin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. (9 of 8 species)

Little Tern. Tim Jones.

Little Tern. Tim Jones.

2nd May 2016 - Monday

Early morning light rain eventually gave way to a mild day with sunny spells but an increasing force 3-5 SW wind.
Migration Watch: 0600-1300.
A decent day of viz-mig with decent numbers of finches mainly Linnets totalling nearly 300 moving south.
The highlight again was the reappearance of the 3cy Rough legged Buzzard which came as far as the warren before it headed NW up the Humber. 2 Garganey on Kilnsea Wetland were a very welcome addition to the year list.
On the move south was 1 Grey Heron out east, 9 Common Scoter, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Swift, 74 Flava Wagtail, 59 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 45 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit,7 Carrion Crow, 73 Goldfinch and 1 Yellowhammer.
Migrants were very hard to see in the windy conditions but a decent arrival of Wheatear occured late morning bringing 2 Whinchat, while 5 Common Sandpiper were on the Humber.
Other bits of interest was 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 29 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short eared Owl while the Black Brant remained with the pale bellied Brent and 400 dark bellied Brent.

Rough-legged Buzzard. Tim Jones.

Rough-legged Buzzard. Tim Jones.

Rough legged Buzzard. Tim Cowley.

Rough legged Buzzard. Tim Cowley.

1st May 2016 - Sunday

A mild hazy morning becoming cloudier and with occasional drizzle and a force 2-4 SW wind.
Migration watch: 0610-1630.
The highlight of the day was a much anticipated Rough legged Buzzard (seen earlier in the day at Flamborough) which came south over the triangle, spending time sat on the humber then about one and a half hours in the Sheepfield, but was lost to view and maybe continued towards Lincolnshire? 2 Spoonbill appeared to fly in off the sea over Beacon Ponds landing on the Humber off Sammys before continuing west.
A small increase in migrant numbers with 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6 Sedge Warbler, the 1st Garden Warbler of the year at Kew, 9 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler and a Firecrest in the churchyard..
Birds on the move were a ringtail Harrier sp west over Easington, 10 Whimbrel south, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 6 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 11 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit in off, 1 Tree Pipit north, 30 Flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 1 Hooded Crow west over Easington, 4 Chaffinch, 39 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin in, 123 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.
Other bits of interest were 1 Black Brant on the Humber with 1 pale bellied Brent and 500 dark bellied Brent, 1 Canada goose, 5 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 male Eider on the Humber, 1 Red legged Partridge, 31 Avocet, 1 Lapwing, a late Jack Snipe on Clubleys, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, and 2 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 2 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch. (21 of 9 species)

Rough legged Buzzard. John Wozencroft

Rough legged Buzzard. John Wozencroft

Whinchat. Anne Kirby.

Whinchat. Anne Kirby.

Rough legged Buzzard. Adam Hutt.

Rough legged Buzzard. Adam Hutt.

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