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January 2013 Sightings

31st January 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watches 08.00-11.05, 14.45-16.30. A dreadful day with a force 6+ W wind gusting near gale force at times and bringing down at least one tree in the garden.
Over the sea were 8 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 30 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 795 Herring Gull, 41 Great B.B.Gull, 10 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 4 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swan at Long Bank, the Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and 4 Siskin.

Whooper Swans at Long Bank

Whooper Swans at Long Bank

part of the Brent Goose flock at Long Bank

part of the Brent Goose flock at Long Bank

30th January 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 07.40-11.00, 13.00-15.15. A mixed day of sunshine, cloud and a couple of heavy showers moving through in the strengthening force 2-5 -4 WSW wind.
The Richard’s Pipit was seen again in the morning at Kilnsea Wetlands before flying off towards Sammy’s Point. The Long-tailed Duck was still on Beacon Ponds.
Moving over the sea were 16 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 7 Pintail, 68 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 125 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 50 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 20 Black-headed Gull, 386 Herring Gull, 15 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 8 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 9 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch and 60 Linnet.

A few Lapwing on the move today. Ian Smith

A few Lapwing on the move today. Ian Smith

Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith

Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith

29th January 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watches – 07.55 - 10.20. Cloudy with a few spots of rain, a force 2-4 SSW wind.
Sadly the Spoonbill was found dead today! The Richard’s Pipit was seen again early afternoon feeding on the island next to the hide on Kilnsea Wetlands and the Long-tailed Duck was on Beacon Ponds along with 91 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, the Long-tailed Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Greenshank and 2 Twite.
Long Bank was very quiet with just 2 Gadwall, 525 Brent and 52 Pale-bellied Brents. Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 290 Common Scoter, 45 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 155 Herring Gull, 1 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 7 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Skylark, 600 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing, 44 Siskin south, 72 Linnet.

Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brents. Ian Smith

Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brents. Ian Smith

28th January 2013 - Monday

Sea-watches 08.00-10.30, 15.20-16. Frost overnight, clear skies which soon clouded over, a strengthening force 3-5 SW wind.
The Richard’s Pipit was found feeding next to the hide at Kilnsea Wetlands for half an hour early morning before flying towards Sammy’s Point, and it was heard later in the stubble field to the west of Sammy’s Point. The Spoonbillwas found roosting at Beacon Ponds but was later actively feeding in the ditch by the road and viewable down to 5 feet. The first Chiffchaff of the year was at Kew, 3 Jack Snipe were in the saltmarsh, a Water Rail was at the Point, while other birds present included 1 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Greylag Geese, 500 Brent, 50 Pale-bellied Brents, 350 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 100+ Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, the Long-tailed Duck, 52 Common Scoter, 15 Goldeneye, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 5 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 40 Meadow Pipit, 650 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 90 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Siskin, 50 Linnet, 11 Yellowhammer.

Richard's Pipit. Adam Hutt

Richard's Pipit. Adam Hutt

Jack Snipe. Andy Roadhouse

Jack Snipe. Andy Roadhouse

more photos of the Spoonbill. Richard Willison

more photos of the Spoonbill. Richard Willison

27th January 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch – 08.00-09.45, cloudy periods with long sunny spells in between, a cold, fresh force 4-5 SW wind.
The month continues to attract good birds, todays star was Spurn’s first ever January Richard’s Pipit which was heard calling five times after being flushed by a Peregrine on Kilnsea Wetlands.
After several reports that the Spoonbill wasn’t looking too well and how approachable it could be, it was decided to catch the bird and see if it was well. The bird was caught by a hand net and took back to Kew where it was examined and appeared healthy, it was rested for a couple of hours and fed and released back at Kilnsea Wetlands where it had a preen before starting to feed and continued until dusk.
Long Bank Marsh still looks fantastic and covered with birds – 550 Brent Geese + a very good count of 50 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 27 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 250 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 116 Lapwing, 200 Golden Plover, 500 Dunlin, 500 Redshank, 210 Fieldfare and 500 Starling.
Other birds seen included 7 Pintail south, 6 Tufted Duck and the Long-tailed Duck on Beacon Ponds, 15 Red-throated Diver offshore, 2 Little Egret, 10 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank present, 1 Jackdaw U-turned and 28 Linnets seen.

The Spoonbills wing, showing the black shafts to the primaries and primary coverts, something hardly ever seen in the field. Andy Roadhouse

The Spoonbills wing, showing the black shafts to the primaries and primary coverts, something hardly ever seen in the field. Andy Roadhouse

taking some food

taking some food

The Spoonbill being released back at Beacon Ponds

The Spoonbill being released back at Beacon Ponds

26th January 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 09.00-12.00. Some long sunny spells and a few clouds in the afternoon, very pleasant out of the cold force 3 W-SW wind.
An excellent days birding for January, a Lapland Bunting flew south early morning quickly followed by a Woodlark. a male Marsh Harrier flew north, the Spoonbill was seen again at Beacon Ponds, 7 Waxwings were in Easington, a Spotted Redshank was on the Humber, 2 Twite were in the Linnet flock at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Shoveler on the Humber became the 120th species to be recorded so far this month.
More common fare moving south were 8 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 12 Knot, 14 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 540 Herring Gull, 40 Great B.B.Gull, 2 auk sp, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 17 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 26 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 18 pale-bellied and 600 Brent Geese, 2 Gadwall, 34 Teal, 80 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 4 Snipe, 17 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl, 100 Blackbird, 695 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 52 Linnet, 25 Snow Bunting and 13 Reed Bunting.

3 Pale-bellied Brents with the Dark-bellied's.

3 Pale-bellied Brents with the Dark-bellied's.

25th January 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.00. Cloudy and cold with a fresh force 3 SW wind.
The Spoonbill was at Beacon Ponds again, where there was also 3 Barnacle Geese, 275 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Jack Snipe.
Other birds present included 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Skylark, 49 Blackbird, 250 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 85 Redwing and 50 Linnet.

24th January 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watch 11.00-11.30. Cloudy with a shorty wintry shower in the morning but a pleasant day with a still to light SW wind.
The Spoonbill was seen again early morning at Beacon Ponds but then disappeared and presumably moved further up the Humber. In the Beacon Ponds/Long Bank Marsh area were the Long-tailed Duck, 3 Greylag Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 574 Brent and 22 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 325 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 46 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Partridge and 2 Greenshank.
22 Red-throated Divers were seen offshore and other birds seen included a Merlin, a Water Rail, 14 Woodcock, 6 Meadow Pipit, 60 Blackbird, 507 Fieldfare (moving between Long Bank and the Triangle), 9 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush.

Sanderlings. Ian Smith

Sanderlings. Ian Smith

23rd January 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.15-10. Cloudy all day and cold with a force 1-3 SE wind.
There was no sign of the Spoonbill today but Waxwings returned with 5 in Easington and at least 7 more going south, one of which was trapped and ringed at Kew.
The sea was very quiet with just 4 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and 51 Herring Gull moving south. There was another increase in Woodcocks with at least 11 present and other birds seen included 3 Barnacle Geese, 628 Brent and 18 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 44 Blackbird, 123 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 93 Redwing and 3 Goldfinch

Adult male Waxwing. Andy Roadhouse

Adult male Waxwing. Andy Roadhouse

22nd January 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Cloudy all day with the odd shower, a force 1 SE wind.
An immature Spoonbill was seen on the Borrow Pit then flew to Kilnsea Wetlands and was last seen in the afternoon feeding on the Humber off the Point. This is the first ever winter record at Spurn and is the 115th species seen so far this month which is also a record count for January.
Also on the record front, 166 Siskins flew south which is a new winter record (December to February). Also on the move were 3 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Skylark and 18 Linnets.
Other birds present included 3 Barnacle Geese at Long Bank, a Little Egret, a Water Rail on the road at Wire Dump, 4 Snipe, 5 Woodcock, 14 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 60 Blackbird, 130 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing and 6 Goldfinch.

Some photos of todays immature Spoonbill

Some photos of todays immature Spoonbill

21st January 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Cloudy with sleet or snow showers up to mid-day, with a force 3 SE – 1 S wind.
The sea was disappointingly quiet after yesterday with just 3 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, and 2 Red-throated Diver. The cold weather continues to push more birds in, the best being 2 Black-headed Gull and 2 Common Gulls trapped in the house trap which is usually used for catching pigeons and Starlings. There have only been 4 Black-headed Gulls and 11 Common Gulls previously ringed at Spurn. 3 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Barnacle Geese were seen at Long Bank, 8 Teal on Canal Scrape, a Water Rail on Church Field pond, 90 Golden Plover, 32 Lapwing and 3 Snipe in Triangle, 8 Woodcock, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 55 Blackbird, 126 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 28 Redwing.

Common Gull

Common Gull

Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Redwing

Redwing

20th January 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.15-15.00. Cloudy all day with a stiff force 4-5 E-ENE wind.
A superb winter’s day sea-watching included a new winter record count of Fulmars (previous best 322) – when 952 were recorded (inc 3 blue phase birds), which is the highest count at Spurn at any time of year since 2006. Also on the move were a Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxies, a Little Gull, and a Velvet Scoter. Common species totals were 2 Wigeon, 5 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 66 Gannet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 326 Herring Gull, 23 Great B.B.Gull, 59 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe at Beacon Ponds, 50 Lapwing, a Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 43 Skylark, 34 Meadow Pipit, 120 Fieldfare and 21 Redwing.

Skylarks have increased with the cold weather. Ian Smith

Skylarks have increased with the cold weather. Ian Smith

19th January 2013 - Saturday

Saturday 19th January
Migration/sea-watch 08.45-13.30. Mostly cloudy with occasional wintry showers and a force 4 E wind.
The highlight was a Woodlark which flew north at 08.15, the previous earliest record was 21st February! Also a male Hen Harrier seen at Long Bank flew as far south as the Triangle before U-turning back north.
Birds on the move over the sea included 2 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 52 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 30 Common Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 375 Herring Gull, 25 Great B.B.Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 32 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 25 Razorbill. A Skylark came in off the sea and 2 Linnets flew south.
Other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Peregrine, a Moorhen, 58 Lapwing, 19 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 41 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 197 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 47 Redwing.

18th January 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30, 14.00-15.00. Mainly cloudy with odd sunny spells but heavy cloud and snow flurries in the afternoon, a force 4 E-ESE wind.
A Waxwing was mobile between the Warren and the Triangle, birds that have been pushed here by the cold weather include 300 Golden Plover, 56 Lapwing, 2 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 92 Fieldfare and 12 Redwing.
On the move offshore were 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Guillemot and a Razorbill.
At Beacon Ponds there was still 1 Long-tailed Duck along with 112 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye.

Goldeneyes and Wigeons. Ian Smith

Goldeneyes and Wigeons. Ian Smith

17th January 2013 - Thursday

No sea-watches. Frozen ground had thawed by mid-day, sunny spells and a light SSE wind.
2 Scaup on the Humber became the 100th species to be recorded at Spurn so far this year, ther birds present included 14 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 30 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, 18 Skylark, 21 Meadow Pipit, 80+ Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 20+ Redwing and 4 Goldfinch.
Also there were 2 Snow Buntings, 100+ Skylarks and a flock of Fieldfare at Easington gas terminal.

Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

16th January 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Sunny spells with occasional wintry showers after a very cold start which slowly thawed, a force 1 WNW –SW wind.
A flock of 67 Snow Buntings were in fields by the gas terminal at Easington, while at Spurn there was 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 21 Meadow Pipit, 44 Fieldfare 4 Song Thrush and 15 Redwing.
On the move offshore were 4 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 54 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver and a Gannet.

15th January 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 08.5-11.15. The overnight snow soon melted with sunny spells, some light snow showers in a force 2 NW wind.
A Lapland Bunting and 120 Skylarks were in a field by Easington gas terminal, also 9 Skylarks, 4 Meadow Pipits and a Snow Bunting flew south; 2 Fieldfare, a Song Thrush and 6 Redwing were present. Other birds seen included a Whooper Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 5 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Partridge, 31 Red-throated Divers and 2 Gannet.

14th January 2013 - Monday

Sea-watching 09.45-11.45. A few sunny spells to start then clouded over and snow showers, with 2 inch by late afternoon, a force 1 SSE wind.
3 Long-tailed Tits at Kew was the first ever January record for the old recording area, also present was a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush and 7 Redwings.
Moving south offshore were 6 Shelducks, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Gannet. A Whooper Swan was still at Long Bank.

13th January 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.15-11.30. Cloudy with sleet showers more frequent in the afternoon, a force 1 E-ESE wind.
A first-winter Glaucous Gull which flew south was the highlight of the day, the only other birds of note seen were 11 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 40 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, a Peregrine, 113 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing.

12th January 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-10.00. Cold with a force 3 SE wind all day, cloudy with some wintry showers late afternoon.
Pretty similar to last few days although a Water Rail was new. On the move were 8 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 507 Herring Gull, 7 auk sp, 1 Stock Dove, 7 Goldfinch.
At Beacon Ponds there were 1 Whooper Swan, 2 pale-bellied Brents, 102 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and the 2 Greenshank. Other birds seen included 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 1 Redwing.

Little Egret. Ian Smith

Little Egret. Ian Smith

11th January 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 08.30-12.00. A cool day with a light to moderate SSW-S wind all day with occasional light drizzle on a cloudy day.
A much better day with the first Marsh Harrier of the year U-turning, also on the move were 6 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 48 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Knot, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Siskin.
An small increase in migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Chaffinch.

10th January 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 8.00-12.00. Cloudy all day with a cool force 2 W wind.
On the move were 120 Pink-footed Geese north, 3 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 58 Great B.B.Gull, 129 Herring Gull, and 5 Siskin.
Other birds seen included a Little Egret, a Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl and 4 Song Thrush.

9th January 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-12.00. A fine, sunny but cool day with a light to moderate NW-WNW wind.
Some light passage included 3 Eider, 21 Red-throated Diver, 3 Golden Plover (in off), 3 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 2 Goldfinch, and 4 Linnet.
At Beacon Ponds were the Whooper Swan, a Pink-footed Goose, 108 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank; while elsewhere there were a Peregrine, a Jack Snipe, 27 Stock Dove, a Meadow Pipit and 2 Song Thrush.

Whooper San. Ian Smith

Whooper San. Ian Smith

8th January 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-12.00. A cloudy cool day with a light SW wind.
Moving south were 16 Whooper Swans, 65 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 18 Ringed Plover in off (very good count for January), 34 Herring Gull, 4 Guillemot, also a Pied Wagtail, 15 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin.
Other birds present included the Whooper Swan, 121 Wigeon, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe and 2 Greenshank all at Beacon Ponds. Elsewhere there were 7 Teal, 60 Mallard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, a Jack Snipe, a Rock Pipit, and 6 Song Thrush.

7th January 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.30-10.30. A bright start clouding over by mid-day, a force 2 SW wind.
A quiet day, 65 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, 81 Wigeon, 3 Curlew and a Guillemot flew south, 167 Common Scoter and 12 Red-throated Diver were seen offshore. The Whooper Swan was at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Woodcock and 2 Redwing were at the Point.

6th January 2013 - Sunday

A couple of short sea-watches in the morning. Long sunny spells clouding up later in the day and a light SSW wind.
A good passage of Pink-footed Geese saw 800 flying north-west, moving south were 2 Greylag Geese, a Long-tailed Duck, 20 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shag, 28 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Offshore c.1000 Common Scoter were blogging about which is more than double the previous winter record for this species while other birds present included a Whooper Swan at Kilnsea Wetlands, the 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank at Beacon ponds and a Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point.

5th January 2013 - Saturday

Sea-watch 09.15-10.45. Cloudy with very occasional sunny spells, a force 1-2 SSW wind.
A Whooper Swan, 396 Brent Geese + 2 pale bellied were at Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank were at Beacon Ponds and a Waxwing was at Kew Villa.
There was some reasonable passage for the time of year including 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 116 Black-headed Gull, 4 Goldfinch, 67 Siskin, 1 Sikin.

4th January 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.30-11.00. Some sunny spells but mostly cloudy with a force 2 W wind.
The highlight of the day was a Red Kite which flew south at 11.20, also on the move were 2 Teal, 339 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 7 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Skylark and 8 Goldfinch.

Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

3rd January 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.45-10.15. Cloudy all day with a force 2-3 W-NW wind.
1 Long-tailed Duck remained at Beacon Ponds, with 78 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank.
On the move were 24 Pink-footed Geese, 34 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
Other birds included 2 Grey Partridge, a Song Thrush and 2 Linnet.

2nd January 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.15-09.30. Overcast with constant light rain all day, a force 2 W wind
A very quiet day due mainly to the poor weather, over the sea were 7 Teal, 3 Eider, 134 Common Scoter, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. The only other birds of note were 12 Greylag Geese at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Siskin south.

1st January 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30, 14.00-15.00. A lovely bright sunny day with a stiff force 3-4 W-WNW wind.
The first ever January record of Crossbill was 2 at the Warren before they flew off south, a Waxwing was at Kew before flying north and 4 more were at Kilnsea Wetlands. Over the sea were 47 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver and 10 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 12 Greylag Geese and a Barnacle Goose at Kilnsea Wetlands, the 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Greenshank at Beacon Ponds. A Little Grebe was on Canal Scrape and a Peregrine blogging about.

Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

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