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January 2012 Sightings

13th January 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 09.00-10.30. Sunny spells with the very odd shower and a very light NW wind.


A very quiet day, the only birds over the sea were 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, and 2 Razorbill.


On the peninsula were a Water Rail, a Stonechat, a Goldcrest, 4 Linnet and 10 Yellowhammer, with 7 Whooper Swans at Long Bank.


The high tide put a fair bit of sand and debris on the road and the road to the Point maybe closed for a couple of days.

12th January 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Some sunny spells and odd rain showers, a force 3-1 WNW wind.


21 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 21 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 116 Herring Gull, a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull at the Point, a Kittiwake S, 586 auk sp S, 4 Guillemot S, 17 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 2 Little Grebe, 2 Song Thrush and 8 Redwing.

11th January 2012 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45. Another bright day clouding over later in the day, a force 2-3 SW wind.


6 Pink-footed Geese, 37 Common Scoter, 215 Red-throated Diver (186 N, 29 S), 1 Great Crested Grebe S, 33 Cormorant blogging, 2 auk sp (1 N, 1 S).


Other birds included 3 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet and 17 Yellowhammer.

10th January 2012 - Tuesday

Sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.


Over the sea were 4 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher, 87 Golden Plover and 1 Knot all in off, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit S, 65 Herring Gull, 35 Kittiwake.


Other birds included another dead Short-eared Owl in the Triangle, 2 Skylark in off and a Stonechat at Southfield Farm.

9th January 2012 - Monday

Sea-atch 07.55-11.00, 14.30-15.00. Bright and sunny clouding over late afternoon, a force 2-1 NW wind.


Birds moving over the sea included 26 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 6 Eider, 96 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter , 4 Goldeneye, 63 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 blue phase Fulmar, 1 auk sp, 1 Razorbill.


Other birds present were 1 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Peregrines displaying over the Humber, 1 Woodcock in off the sea, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush and 11 Yellowhammer.

8th January 2012 - Sunday

Bright and sunny with a force 2 NW wind. The day of the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race in Yorkshire and the Spurn team recorded 77 species along to Welwick.


Birds seen at Spurn included over the sea, 38 Pink-footed Geese N, 1 Greylag Goose S, 2 Wigeon, 5 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe N, 1 Razorbill N.


Other birds seen were 2 Little Grebe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Linnet, 2 Snow Bunting and 7 Yellowhammer.

7th January 2012 - Saturday

Sea-watch 08.30-10.45. Bright and sunny, clouding over later on, a force 4+ NW wind.


All activity was over the sea: 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 7 Goosander, 28 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 1 auk sp.

6th January 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Heavy frost, bright and sunny all day with a force 2 W-NW wind.


A good day over the sea included a Pomarine Skua N and a Little Auk S, other birds seen over the sea included 5 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag, 158 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot.


Other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 76 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, a Chiffchaff and 32 Linnet.

5th January 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Sunny spells but gale force W-NW winds all day.


4 Teal in Triangle, a Jack Snipe on Clubley’s Scrape, a Fieldfare in Church Field and 2 Song Thrushes at the Point.


Birds moving over the sea included: 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 251 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 8 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.

4th January 2012 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.15-11.15. Sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon, a force 4-6 SW wind.


Apart from a Mistle Thrush at the Warren all other birds seen were over the sea: 7 Teal, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Gannet, 408 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.


North of the area 43 Tundra Bean Geese and 4 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Sammy’s, a Short-eared Owl and a Whooper Swan were at Long Bank.

3rd January 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 10.00-12.00. Heavy squally showers and gale force winds.


The weather conditions made for a bad day, the only birds seen were 8 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.

2nd January 2012 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Bright and sunny with a force 4-3 W wind.


Birds over the sea included 8 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 3 Kittiwake and 9 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 6 Linnet and 1 Snow Bunting, and 2 Waxwings were still in Easington.

Waxwing.  Ian Smith

Waxwing. Ian Smith

1st January 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Sunny spells but rain by late afternoon, a fresh force 4 W wind.


A good start with 2 Waxwings in in the Crown car park, single Bonxie, Glaucous Gull and Little Auk were also good birds to get so early in the year. Other birds over the sea included 22 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 54 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 19 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Linnet and 7 Yellowhammer.


North of the area there were still 2 Greenshank at Beacon Ponds and 45 Tundra Bean Geese were outside the area at Skeffling, also 2 Waxwings in Easington.

Greenshank.  Mick Turton

Greenshank. Mick Turton

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