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April 2014 Sightings

23rd April 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-11:40 15:00-19:00. F2 SW-SE Misty conditions, cloudy early on cleared to a sunny day turning overcast in the evening. A pleasant day with some steady passage in the morning. On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 8 Whimbrel, 54 Curlew (east), 15 Black-headed Gull, 5 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 32 Sand Martin, 176 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 8 Meadow Pipit, 34 flava, 1 alba, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 32 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 124 Goldfinch, 265 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. Increased grounded migrants included 3 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit at the Warren, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 1 Whinchat on Canal Scrape, 46 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin. Also present were 6 Greylag Geese, 3 Red-breasted Merganser on Beacon Ponds, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Common Snipe, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank on the Humber, 3 Little Tern, 46 Carrion Crow and a Grass Snake at Sammie’s Point.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith.

22nd April 2014 - Tuesday

F3-2 ENE-SE overcast for most of the day with a shower in the morning and some sunny spells.
A slight change in migrant totals with the first Whinchat of the year at the point and a frustrating ringtail harrier sp that flew south but was silhouetted the whole time. On the move were 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Gull, 2 Little Tern, 26 Arctic Tern (all east), 1 Sand Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava, 1 alba, 1 Siskin. A Ring Ouzel appeared at the Warren mid-morning was a good sign but generally low numbers of migrants, totals being 5 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 19 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 30 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 3 Siskin. Also present were 2 Greylag, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Golden Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper flew from Sammie’s Point to Church Field, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl at Sammie’s Point.

The large pipit from Friday and Saturday in Easington has been identified from sonogram as a Richard's.

Whinchat. Si Jump.

Whinchat. Si Jump.

Wheatear. Tim Jump.

Wheatear. Tim Jump.

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith.

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith.

21st April 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00. Misty start, some sunny periods with some rain mid-afternoon and a force 2-3 ENE wind.
It was another good morning for Arctic Terns moving out east which totalled 81, but also the first 5 Black Terns of the year, 11 Little Gulls, 2 Arctic Skuas, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 5 Little Terns. Birds moving south included 2 Wigeon, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 35 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
There was a noticeable arrival of birds from mid-morning and the migrant totals were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 34 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Brambling and a Siskin.
Other birds seen included 23 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Black Redstart at Sammy's Point. Nigel Genn

Black Redstart at Sammy's Point. Nigel Genn

Redstart. Ian Smith

Redstart. Ian Smith

Arctic Tern. Ian Smith

Arctic Tern. Ian Smith

20th April 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.00, 14.45-15.30. A cold fresh force 3 ENE wind, mostly cloudy with some sunny spells.
Despite a few reports there were no definite sightings of the large pipit today, a sound recording of the bird is being analysed and will hopefully sort out this conundrum.
Migrants present today were a White Wagtail, a Black Redstart at the Point, 2 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling.
59 Arctic Terns flew out east and other birds on the move were 55 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar, 58 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 71 auk sp, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 9 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 4 flava Wagtail, 7 Rook, 36 Goldfinch and 120 Linnet.

19th April 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-14.00, 15.30-19.25. Mainly sunny with a light north wind swinging to the east by the evening.
The highlight for several birders who were up without sore heads was a new bird for Spurn – a partial breeding plumage WHITE-BILLED DIVER which flew out over the Warren but then flew back up river a little later on.
The large pipit was found again early afternoon in the fields south of the gas terminal, again it looks small and is calling like a Blyth’s Pipit but views of the bird have been distant and brief. It will be looked for again tomorrow.
Grounded migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, the first Sedge Warbler of the year, 2 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling.
There was some passage 9 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Diver, 22 Fulmar inc 1 blue phase, 25 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 59 Curlew out east, the first Arctic Skua of the year out, the first 20 Arctic Terns of the year out, 1 Puffin, 1 Skylark, 34 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch, 68 Goldfinch, 202 Linnet and a Corn Bunting.

White-billed Diver. Ian Smith

White-billed Diver. Ian Smith

Andy Hanby

Andy Hanby

18th April 2014 - Good Friday

Sea-watches 06.00-08.30, 18.30-19.30. Blue skies for most of the day and a force 2 northerly wind.
A charity bike ride for East End Cancer took place today, so most regulars were out of action from the bike ride and the drinking that followed. But a few were out birding, and a large pipit was found by Easington gas terminal, it was initially thought to be a Tawny, but later a Richard’s Pipit although a small looking one at that!
Other migrants seen included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 11 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and a Corn Bunting.
Birds moving including were 3 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 38 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 58 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 15 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 7 Goldfinch.

17th April 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 17.30-19.25. Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, a force 2-3 SW wind.
The highlight was late in the day when John Cooper picked up a Common Crane flying south while sat in his caravan while watching the Simpsons, the bird continued south allowing everyone to see it.
Also the first 2 Swifts of the year flew south while other totals were 4 Shelduck, 4 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 58 Curlew (east), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 208 Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 39 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 8 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 32 Meadow Pipit, 22 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 21 Rook, 31 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 96 Goldfinch, 361 Linnet, 2 Redpoll and 2 Corn Bunting.
Birds present included 3 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler.

Common Crane. Adam Hutt

Common Crane. Adam Hutt

16th April 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:55-09:45. A steady day with light passage, F1 SSW-S wind bright and sunny with some broken cloud. Passage totals were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 144 Curlew (east), 17 Herring Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava, 3 alba, 15 Jackdaw, 45 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 104 Goldfinch, 295 Linnet, 1 Redpoll. Other birds present included 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 12 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, first 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin, 1 Mealy Redpoll and 6 Yellowhammer.

15th April 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:20-11:00 A pleasant but quiet sunny day with a light N swinging SE wind, passage totals being 33 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 453 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 29 auk sp., 13 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 24 Linnet. Other birds present being 7 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 2 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Swallow, 11 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, first Whitethroat of the year, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 1 Brambling.

14th April 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-09:15 15:00-15:30 F4-3 NW sunny and clear all day
Very slow passage and only a few grounded migrants but first Cuckoo in Easington and Ring Ouzel of the year present. On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 50 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava, 1 alba, 5 Jackdaw, 26 Rook, 24 Linnet. Birds present were 21 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 15 Avocet, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Swallow, 10 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 30 Rook.

14th April 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea Watch 06:15-12:30 F4-5 W-WNW broken cloud and sunny spells
A quieter day all round passage totals being 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Med Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 15 Meadow Pipits, 7 alba, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 91 Rook, 22 Goldfinch, 104 Linnet. Present today were 19 Greylags, 5 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 21 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel on the Humber, 1 Short-eared Owl ranging from Long Bank to Borrow Pit, 1 Tree Pipit at Sheep Field, 6 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 18 Rook, 5 Chaffinch.

12th April 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05:55-17:20. Overcast and cold in morning with a F2 SW wind, clearing for sunny early afternoon then light drizzle in evening turning W.
Expectant observers hoping for the Crag Martin coming through, were compensated by slightly better passage than last few days highlighted by 2 Serin , first flying south at 11:20 followed by second bird early afternoon that landed in the Warren bushes for around 20mins before unexpectedly both had found each other and flew north and weren’t seen again. Other passage totals being 3 Teal, 8 Shelduck, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 91 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-throated Diver, 10 Cormorant, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover (in), 178 Curlew (east), 1 Med Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, first Yellow-legged Gull and Little Tern of the year, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Meadow Pipit (plus 161 NW), 3 Flava, 12 alba, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 28 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 129 Goldfinch, 444 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Also present 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egret, Common Buzzard at Sammy’s Point, 2 Merlin, 13 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, first Spotted Redshank of the year on the Humber, 15 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

Serin. Jack Ashton-Booth

Serin. Jack Ashton-Booth

11th April 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-08.30, 13.30-19.15. Long sunny spells, still to start with a light WNW wind picking up and veering right round to SSE by the evening.
Passage was almost non-existent, but an asio owl sp came in off the sea and landed somewhere north of Beacon Lane, a very unusual sight in the spring. When news that a Crag Martin had not been seen at Flamborough for 40 minutes a crowd gathered an Numpties in anticipation that it may fly south at Spurn, however it hadn’t been seen by 19.15 when everyone packed in.
Moving south were 2 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Skylark, 18 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, the first Tree Pipit of the year, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 11 Magpie, 22 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 66 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
There was an increase in common migrants, most notably Wheatears (27) and Willow Warblers (12), the first Redstart of the year was found and other birds present included 8 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Blackcap, and 5 Chiffchaff.

10th April 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-10.00. Cloudy periods and sunny spells, a force 1-2 WSW wind.
Migration was light and more or less finished by 09,30, but in the afternoon a Richard’s Pipit flew south over the Warren adding some interest to the day. the days passage totals were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 30 Curlew (east), 21 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit + 58 in, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 19 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 309 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Goosander on Beacon Ponds, 4 Little Egret, the first Little Ringed Plover of the year on Kilnsea Wetlands, a Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, 4 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

Blackcap. Tim Jones

Blackcap. Tim Jones

9th April 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.30. Long sunny spells but a cool force 2 SW wind.
A much reduced passage from yesterday with few notable highlights. Moving south were 4 Greylag Geese, 11 Shelduck, 12 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Avocet, 7 Curlew, 74 Black-headed Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 51 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 58 Rook, 7 Carrion crow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 35 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 3 Greenfinch, 47 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 469 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting.
Present today were 24 Greylag Geese, 5 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, the Kingfisher at Sammy’s Point, 6 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff inc possible tristis birds at the Point and Wire Dump; 1 Willow Warbler, and a Bullfinch.

Chiffchaff. Tim Jump

Chiffchaff. Tim Jump

8th April 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.10-11.00, 13.45-15.30. A mixed day of cloudy periods and long sunny spells, a cold gusty force 3-4 W-WNW wind.
An excellent morning for passage, particularly for Linnets which recorded the high spring day count since 2000 with 1196 flying south, 1000 of which were before 8am. Chaffinches also recorded their best movement so far this spring with 411. 2 single Red Kites flew south at 08.05 and 09.03, while other totals were 8 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 11 Curlew, 1 Bonxie, 121 Black-headed Gull, 148 Common Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 185 Herring Gull, 15 Great B.B.Gull, 2 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 39 Meadow Pipit + 21 in, 20 alba Wagtail, 4 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 98 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 14 Greenfinch, 105 Goldfinch, and a Bullfinch.
Birds present included 450 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher at Sammy’s Point, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff.

7th April 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-10.45, 15.30-16.30. Cloudy all day with light rain for most of the morning and again in the evening, a force 2-3 SE-S wind.
There was a very unusual spring passage of ducks and waders including 32 Shovelers (smashing the previous spring record of 11!), also the first Sandwich Terns (2 south) and Common Terns (1 south, 1 out) of the year. Moving south were 18 Shelduck, 221 Wigeon, 90 Teal (+240 on the Humber), 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 35 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 27 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 52 Oystercatcher, 22 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 10 Great B.B.Gull, 3 Guillemot, 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Swallow, 9 Meadow Pipit + 19 in, 6 alba Wagtail, 3 Rook, 51 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 124 Linnet.
A Siberian Chiffchaff was found by Wire Dump trap and a Firecrest at Chalk Bank, other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 80 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff.
The first Kingfisher of the year was seen at Sammy's in the evening along with 3 Sand Martins and a Swallow.

Kingfisher at Sammy's Point. Alan Whitehead

Kingfisher at Sammy's Point. Alan Whitehead

6th April 2014 - Sunday

Migration-watch – 6.30.11.30. A cloudy start, with a few lengthy showers in the morning, a few sunny spells in the afternoon, but the SW wind increased from 2-4.
Good passage again until rain stopped the movement, with just small numbers after that, the totals were 11 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red Kite U-turned, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Curlew out, 8 Common Gull out, 2 Sktylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 31 Meadow Pipit, 16 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 372 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 110 Goldfinch, 666 Linnet.
Birds present included 2 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, s1 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the Warren, 1 Brambling.

Firecrest. Martin Standley

Firecrest. Martin Standley

Brambling. Ian Smith

Brambling. Ian Smith

Red Kite. Ian Smith

Red Kite. Ian Smith

5th April 2014 - Saturday

Migration-watch 06.15 - 19.00. Cloudy with long sunny spells and a couple of showers, a nice pleasant warm day with a force 2-3 SW wind.
An excellent day, several additions to the year list and excellent passage for the time of year, Goldfinches were particularly good for early April when counts like this are usually late April to mid-May. The bird of the day was the earliest Red-rumped Swallow by 10 days and the 71st recorded at Spurn. It was presumably the bird that was seen at Flamborough earlier in the day, it was picked up over Easington around 17.45 and eventually passed the Warren allowing everyone on site the chance to see it.
The Wryneck was seen occasionally on the path opposite Rose Cottage, a Firecrest was at post 63 and Lapland Buntings were seen at Chalky’s Point and Chalk Bank. Grounded migrant totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, the first Whimbrel of the year, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Twite and 2 Lapland Bunting.
The excellent passage included the following totals – 4 Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, 9 teal, 5 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 22 Cormorant, 1 Shag, a Red Kite, a Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 154 Black-headed Gull, 51 Common Gull, 18 Lesser B.B.Gull, 215 Herring Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 46 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 6 Great Tit, 7 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 54 Carrion Crow, 26 Starling, 2 Tree Sparrow, 88 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 228 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 980 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Lapland Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, 6 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 5 Little Egret, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 19 Avocet.

record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Andy Hanby

record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Andy Hanby

Chiffchaff. Martin Standley

Chiffchaff. Martin Standley

4th April 2014 - Friday

Migration-watch. Fog and heavy cloud until late afternoon when it started to clear and Grimsby could be seen for the first time this week, a force 2-1 W wind.
The earliest every Wryneck by 10 days was found feeding on the path opposite Rose Cottage at mid-day and was later found in a mist-net at Kew!
An interesting Mealy Redpoll was caught at Kew, it had no streaks on the undertail coverts and a very pale almost un-streaked rump and a bill that was in the range of Arctic rather Mealy, but the amount of red on the breast could only mean it was a Mealy.
The first Sand Martin of the year flew south and 6 Swallows moved through (4 north, 2 south), other birds moving were 9 Wigeon, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sparrowhawk, 13 Curlew, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch and 110 Linnet.
Grounded migrants included a Water Rail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 45 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackap, 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 5 Siskin.
Other birds present included a Whooper Swan, 3 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

Wryneck. Andy Roadhouse

Wryneck. Andy Roadhouse

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Mick Turton

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Mick Turton

Wryneck. Ian Smith

Wryneck. Ian Smith

3rd April 2014 - Thursday

Fog and cloud again all day, a force 2 ENE wind.
The first Swallow of the year flew west up the Humber, 6 Meadow Pipit flew NW and 200 Herring, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 30 Great B.B.Gulls flew south.
Migrants present included a Short-eared Owl, 3 Black Redstart, 45 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush 17 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Mealy Redpoll.
Other birds seen were 7 Greylag Geese, 15 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, and 16 Avocet.

2nd April 2014 - Wednesday

Thick fog for most of the day and cloudy with some drizzle, a force 2-3 ENE-NE wind.
The fog hampered birding, but the first Yellow Wagtail of the year was seen over Clubley’s, other grounded migrants included 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll. Feathers of a Waxwing (presumed Sparrowhawk kill) were found in the trap at the Point, a possible was seen very briefly there yesterday!
The only other birds seen were 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

1st April 2014 - Tuesday

Migration-watch –07.00-09.00. Fog or mist all day, early rain and cloud soon cleared to leave a warm and sunny day with a very light N-E wind.
On still foggy days in late March or early April, ducks regularly get disorientated and sit on the Humber in mixed flocks, and today was one of those days. One small flock contained a Pochard (1st of the year), 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon and a drake RING-NECKED DUCK – only the second for the Spurn area, the last being at Beacon Ponds on 8th April 1987. A drake Scaup soon joined the flock before they flew off south across the Humber. At around mid-day the flock was relocated off the Point at low tide, and with them were a Goldeneye, a Shoveler, 28 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 23 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe.
There was also a small grounding of migrants, with the first Willow Warbler and Blackcap of the year which were trapped at Kew Villa. The Mealy Redpoll was still in Church Field and other migrant totals included 4 Black Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 20 Blackbird, 70 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
There was some light passage despite the foggy conditions – 18 Common Gull east, 1 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 1 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 108 Linnet.

Ring-necked Duck with 5 Tufted Duck, drake Pochard and drake Scaup. Steve Exley

Ring-necked Duck with 5 Tufted Duck, drake Pochard and drake Scaup. Steve Exley

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