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May 2016 Sightings

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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