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January 2011 Sightings

31st January 2011 - Monday

Mainly sunny with occasional cloudy spells and a light W wind.


The only birds seen today included 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Robin, and 12 Snow Bunting.

Great Spotted Woodoecker. Rael Butcher

Great Spotted Woodoecker. Rael Butcher

30th January 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.25 – 09.25. A day of sunny spells and light showers, a cold, light N wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was still present at Beacon Ponds and a dead Little Auk was found at the north end of Beacon Lane.


In the recording area 2 Waxwings flew south. Other birds seen included 110 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 184 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 48 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 3 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare and 19 Snow Bunting.

dead Little Auk. Ian Smith

dead Little Auk. Ian Smith

29th January 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 08.00 – 09.30, cloudy to start, clearing to leave a sunny afternoon, a light E wind.


A few more birds seen today which was probably more down to the number of observers than anything else. The Slavonian Grebe was still present at Beacon Ponds and other birds north of the area included 22 Whooper Swan, 750 Brent Geese, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 40 Twite at Sammy’s Point.


Birds in the area included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 40 Common Scoter, 152 Red-throated Diver, 10 Cormorant, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 15 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 18 Snow Bunting.

Twite. Nigel Genn

Twite. Nigel Genn

Slavonian Grebe. Ian Smith

Slavonian Grebe. Ian Smith

28th January 2011 - Friday

Mostly cloudy with some sunny spells, with a force 2 E wind.


Another quiet day with 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Barn Owl, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, and 16 Snow Bunting.

Snow Buntings. Rob Adams

Snow Buntings. Rob Adams

27th January 2011 - Thursday

Cloudy all day with a force 2 E wind.


The only birds seen today were 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 4 Fieldfare and 2 Song Thrush.

26th January 2011 - Wednesday

Mainly cloudy with a few light showers and longer spells of drizzle, a force 3-4 E wind.


Similar to last few days: 3 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver, 5 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush.

25th January 2011 - Tuesday

A mostly cloudy day and cold with a light NW wind.


Birds seen today included 160 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pale-bellied and 250 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 17 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 6 Eider, 80 Common Scoter, 100+ Red-throated Diver, 11 Cormorant, 5 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 1 Barn Owl, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 14 Chaffinch.

24th January 2011 - Monday

A cloudy day with a moderate NW wind and a light shower in the morning.


The Slavonian Grebe and 8 Goldeneye were still on Beacon Ponds.


Other birds seen included 250 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Eider, 1 Cormorant, 2 Merlin, 1 Woodcock, 1 Guillemot, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 9 Snow Bunting.


A wader ringing session at Beacon Ponds was very successful catching 13 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Dunlin.

23rd January 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.00 – 10.00, a cool cloudy day with a force 4 NW wind.


Over the sea were 2 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Guillemot. The only other birds seen were 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl and 9 Snow Bunting.

22nd January 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watches 08.00 – 08.45, 15.10 – 16.10. A mainly cloudy day with a few spots of rain in the afternoon, a cool force 2-3 NW wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was at Beacon Ponds again along with 130 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye.


Birds seen in the recording area included 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 365 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 2 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Snow Bunting.

21st January 2011 - Friday

Sea-watch 09.00 – 10.00. A hard overnight frost and remaining cold all day with the occasional sunny spells and a light NW wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was still at Beacon Ponds and a record breaking 1319 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the fields.


Birds seen in the recording area included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Song Thrush and 9 Snow Bunting.

20th January 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.20 – 09.20. Some sunny spells and the odd light shower in a force 2 NW wind.


Only a few birds seen were 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 8 Snow Bunting at the Point.

19th January 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 09.15 – 10.45. Sunny spells with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1 NW wind.


Over the sea were 33 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver S. Wildfowl present included 260 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye. Other birds seen included 3 Lapwing, 1 Stock Dove, 80 Wood Pigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redwing and a Linnet S.

18th January 2011 - Tuesday

A heavy overnight frost, a bright sunny day with a cold force 3 W – WNW wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was seen at Beacon Ponds again while in the recording area, 300 Pink-footed Geese were blogging, there were still 2 Teal and a Tufted Duck and Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit. The only other birds seen included a Barn Owl, 4 Skylark (1 S), 1 Rock Pipit, and 4 Fieldfare.

17th January 2011 - Monday

Cloudy with a very light SW wind.


Birds seen today included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Snow Bunting.

16th January 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 10.15- 12.25. Cloudy with the odd shower with a force 4-5 W wind.


A few birds were seen moving over the sea: 1 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 17 Black-headed Gull, 950 Herring Gull.


Other birds seen included a Barn Owl, 2 Fieldfare and a Twite flew south.


It was a good day at Beacon Ponds with a Slavonian Grebe, the redhead Smew, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 860 Dark- bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Smew. Ian Smith

Smew. Ian Smith

15th January 2011 - Saturday

Very little birding done but single Pochard, Tufted Duck and Goldneye on the Borrow Pit.


In the fields north of Kilnsea there were 300 Pink-footed Geese, 850 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

14th January 2011 - Friday

08.20 – 10.30, cloudy with light SW wind.


Today’s highlights included 1 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 37 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Jackdaw in off, 3 Greenfinch south and 10 Snow Bunting at the Point.


The Smew was seen at Beacon Ponds again but the Pale-bellied Brent flock had increased to an incredible 186 and the Dark-bellied’s to 750.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

13th January 2011 - Thursday

A cloudy day with a light W-SW wind.


A very quiet day, the only noteworthy birds being a Merlin, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Fieldfare and 9 Snow Bunting.

12th January 2011

Sea-watch 08.15 – 09.45, rain early morning and from mid-afternoon, a light SW wind.


Today a Waxwing flew south other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 15 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush and 6 Snow Bunting.

11th January 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 09.45 – 10.45. Mostly cloudy with frequent rain showers, a force 4-5 SW-NW wind.


1 Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit, over the sea were 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 18 Herring Gull and 22 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 300 Oystercatcher, 1 Woodcock, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Snow Bunting. The Smew was seen on Beacon Ponds again.

10th January 2011 - Monday

Cloudy for most of the day with a cold force 4-5 SW wind.


Pochard and 1 Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit, 2 Peregrine over the Humber, 650 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kew, 1 Linnet flew south.

Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

9th January 2011

Sea-watch 08.00 – 09.00, sunny spells with a force 4-3 W wind.


A few more birds seen which helped as it was the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race and the Spurn team scoring a respectable 82 between Spurn and Welwick.


Single White-fronted Goose and Pale-bellied Brent Goose flew south, a Red-necked Grebe was on the sea. Other birds seen included 260 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 720 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Guillemot, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Rock Pipit, 40 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 6 Snow Bunting.


North of the area the Smew was at Beacon Ponds and 110 Pale-bellied Brents were in the fields.

8th January 2011 - Saturday

Cloudy with rain, slowly clearing leaving sunny spells, a force 5-6 W wind.


The best birds were again from north of the area with the Smew, a Red-necked Grebe and a Hen Harrier at Beacon Ponds, c100 Pale-bellied Brents and 22 Mute Swans in the fields north of Long Bank.


Birds seen in the recording area included 1 Shag S, 25 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 60 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Goldfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.

Red-necked Grebe. Ian Smith

Red-necked Grebe. Ian Smith

7th January 2011 - Friday

Cloudy with rain or drizzle for most of the day and a force 3-4 E wind.


A very quiet day with 1 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 656 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.

6th January 2011 - Thursday

Bright and sunny for most of the day with a light W –NW wind picking up late in the day.


A Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kew was a very rare sighting for January, other birds sen included a Pochard, a Goldeneye, 2 Woodcock, 1 Skylark, 9 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 24 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch and 1 Snow Bunting.


North of the area another Spurn and Yorkshire record count of Pale-bellied Brent Geese – 110, also 18 Whooper Swan and 25 Mute Swans in fields, a Common Buzzard was seen over Easington.

5th January 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.30 – 10.00, a cold wet and windy day with frequent rain showers, a force 4-5 SW wind.


Another quiet day, 13 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 4 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Woodcock, 3 Song Thrush and 1 Goldfinch.

4th January 2011 - Tuesday

An overnight frost and early wintry showers, cold in a force 3-4 W-SW wind.


The Smew was seen at Beacon Ponds again but otherwise quiet, with 24 Greylag Geese, 8 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Fieldfare and 2 Song Thrush.

3rd January 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.15 – 09.00, 10.15 – 11.00. More overnight frost leaving it feeling cold again, some sunny periods and a force 2-3 W wind.


The year continued its good start with a Red-necked Grebe on the sea and a Waxwing caught at the Point, also the Smew was seen again at Beacon Ponds in the afternoon.


Other birds seen included 300 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, and 12 Snow Buntings on the beach at the Point.

2nd January 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.45 – 10.00. An overnight frost, some wintry showers and the odd sunny spell, a force 2-3 W wind.


The highlight was a redhead Smew seen at Beacon Ponds in the afternoon before it flew off with the Wigeon flock, it was later seen flying south over the Humber. Also a flock of 21White-fronted Geese flew off the Humber and out east.


Other birds seen included 550 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Greylag Geese, 3 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kitiwake, 1 Meadow Pipit, 10 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush.

1st January 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 09.00 – 10.00. A misty dull cloudy day with a light W wind.


At least 300 of the Pink-footed Goose flock came into the area as did a Greylag Goose. Other wildfowl included 7 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Common Scoter and a Velvet Scoter N.


Other birds of note included 14 Red-throated Diver, 18 Skylark south, 23 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing.


North of the area in the fields were 576 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Greylag Geese, 620 Dark-bellied Brents and 24 Pale-bellied Brents. At Beacon Ponds there was 160 Black-tailed Godwit and a drake Scaup.

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