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January 2014 Sightings

31st January 2014 - Friday

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Cloudy to start with heavy rain by early afternoon and a force 4 SSE-SW wind.
A few birds were moving over the sea: 2 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 3 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Oystercatcher, 31 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 126 Herring Gull.
Birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 8 Bewick’s Swan, a Skylark and a Fieldfare.

30th January 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watches, a couple of short sea-watches. Cloudy all day with a few light sleet showers and a force 2 E wind.
Over the sea were singles of Wigeon, Common Scoter and Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot.
8 Whooper Swan, 8 Bewick’s Swan, 260 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 210 Lapwing, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, a Meadow Pipit and 7 Fieldfare.

29th January 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.15. Cloudy with some light showers in a cold force 3 E wind.
Similar to yesterday with 2 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, and 2 Guillemot over the sea.
The Black Brant was still present as were the Whoopers and Bewicks’s Swans and 10 Black-tailed Godwits in Holderness Field.

28th January 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 08.00-10.00. Cloudy more or less all day with frequent heavy rain showers, a force 3-4 SE wind and much colder than of late.
The only birds moving were 6 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver and 2 Guillemots.
Birds present were 22 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swan, 1 Black Brant, the first returning Coot, 500 Oystercatcher, 245 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 400 Starlings.

27th January 2014 - Monday

Sea-watches 07.50-10.30. Cloudy with heavy rain on and off all day with a force 3 SW wind.
A bit more movement over the sea included 3 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 2 Herring Gull.
The only other birds seen were the swans and 225 Starlings.

26th January 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.45-10.30. An awful day of constant wind and rain.
Over the sea were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, and 2 Kittiwake.
Present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 26 Greylag Geese, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank.

25th January 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watches 07.55-10.30, 14.30-15.30. A pleasant start with sunny spells but heavy rain in the afternoon, a cool force 2-4 SW wind.
On the move south were 8 Wigeon, 117 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 97 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
A Red-legged Partridge was seen in North Field and other birds seen were 18 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 27 Greylag Geese, 264 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

24th January 2014 - Friday

Sea-watches 07-45-10.30. Sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon, a force 2 SSW wind.
Over the sea were 1 Scaup, 18 Common Scoter, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Present were 7 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, and 320 Wigeon.

23rd January 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.55 - 11.10, 14.15=15.50. Rain petered out early morning leaving sunny spells and showers with a force 2 SW wind.
Over the sea were 5 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 2 Mallard, 8 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
Again the Whoopers and Bewick’s were still present.

22nd January 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watches – 08.00-11.00, 13.00-14.15. Rain until mid-morning, then mostly cloudy with a force 1 ESE wind.
Moving over the sea were 15 grey geese (probably White-fronts), 11 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 7 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Curlew, 2 Kittiwake, 7 auk sp, 38 Razorbill.
The Whooper and Bewick’s Swans were still present.

21st January 2014 - Tuesday

Fog all day with little or no wind. Only birds seen were the Whooper and Bewick’s Swans.

20th January 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. A heavy overnight frost then mostly sunny all day and very little wind.
Over the sea were 3 Scaup, 1 Eider, 264 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 62 Common Gull and 4 Guillemot.
Birds present were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 168 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Goldeneye and a Short-eared Owl.

19th January 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.05. Rain until mid-morning then mainly cloudy with a force 2-1 SE-SW wind.
Present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, a Stonechat and 2 Linnet.
Another excellent job by volunteers on the clean up operation at Spurn.

18th January 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watches 08.00-10.00, 14.30-15.15. Cloudy with light rain most of the day with a force 3-2 se wind.
Moving south were 2 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 2 Gannet and 2 Kittiwake.
The Black Brant was still present as were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan and 4 Greylag Geese.

17th January 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.35. A cloudy start brightened up with a force 2-3 W wind.
Pretty much the same as yesterday with very little moving.

16th January 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Overnight rain petered out early morning becoming mostly sunny with a force 2-3 W wind.
Moving south were 5 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 101 Herring Gull, and 2 Guillemot.
Birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 8 Greylag Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brents and a Skylark.

15th January 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Rain until early morning then sunny spells with a force 2-3 W wind.
The only birds over the sea were 7 Shelduck, 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Cormorant.
The Black Brant was still present in the Brent flock and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, along with 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 16 Teal, 6 Goldeneye and 4 Fieldfare.

Bewick's Swans. Rael Butcher

Bewick's Swans. Rael Butcher

14th January 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Mostly sunny with some cloud building late afternoon with a force 1-2 W wind.
Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, 35 Herring Gull, 3 auk sp, 4 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 21 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Little Egret, and a male Hen Harrier.

13th January 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.50-10..45. Bright and sunny with a force 2 W wind.
Moving over the sea were 4 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 63 Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver.
Still present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’ s Swans, a Greylag Goose, 6 Pale-bellied Brents, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and 7 Snow Bunting.

12th January 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Bright and sunny then clouded over in the afternoon, a force 3-4 W wind.
Over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 447 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Present were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 362 Pink-footed Geese, 600 Brent, 6 Pale-bellied Brent, the Black Brant, 320 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

11th January 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.05, 14.15-15.00. A nice bright and sunny day with a light W wind.
A clear up day was organised by the YWT and over 60 volunteers turned up, clearing an estimated two tonnes of rubbish, over 400 black bags were filled and 30 tyres and 2 fridges removed.
On the bird front, the Bewick’s and Whooper Swans were still in the fields, 600 Brent Geese in the Long Bank area also included the Black Brant and 6 Pale-bellied Brents, 7 Goldeneye were at Beacon Ponds along with a Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and 2 Greenshank. A Rock Pipit was in the Triangle.
Over the sea were 24 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, a Velvet Scoter, 48 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, a Cormorant, 2 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, and 4 Razorbill.

Bewick's Swans. Mick Turton

Bewick's Swans. Mick Turton

Black Brant. Mick Turton

Black Brant. Mick Turton

10th January 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.50-09.50. Mostly sunny with the occasional cloudy period, a force 3 W wind.
The Whooper Swans in fields north of Long Bank had increased to 8 and were joined by 3 Bewick’s Swans, also present were 200 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 302 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 26 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank and 2 Meadow Pipit.
On the move were 74 Pink-footed Geese NW, 28 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, and 3 Linnet.

9th January 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Heavy overnight rain continued into the morning, clearing by mid-day in a force 3 W wind.
The Pink-footed Geese headed upriver before first light, otherwise the only difference were 76 Herring Gulls heading south at sea.

8th January 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.15. Bright and sunny to start, clouding over with rain in the evening, a force 4-3 SW wind.
300 Pink-footed Geese came into roost at Long Bank in the evening, also present were 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 23 Linnet. On the move were 5 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 16 Herring Gull and 6 Guillemot.

7th January 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.35-10.35.. Sunny spells with a force 4-5 SW wind.
A Little Grebe on the sea was unusual and a Purple Sandpiper flew south, otherwise there were 6 Whooper Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag and 3 Guillemot.

6th January 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. A mostly sunny day with a force 5 SW wind.
The only birds of note were 6 Whooper Swan, 7 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and a Redwing.

5th January 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.30. A bright start with a light overnight frost, clouding over later with a force 2-3 SW wind.
On the move were 6 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 36 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Razorbill and a Siskin.
Other birds included 6 Whooper Swan, 88 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank.

4th January 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 09.15-10.15. Cloudy with rain slowly petering out by late afternoon, a force 2-1 SW wind.
7 Red-throated Divers were the only birds over the sea, while on the land were 6 Whooper Swan, 300 Pink-footed Geese, 60 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 356 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, and 68 Lapwing.

3rd January 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Overnight rain petered out by early morning brightening up afterwards, a force 5-6 SW wind.
The only birds over the sea were 35 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe. Other birds included 6 Whooper Swan, 86 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 312 Wigeon, 7 Goldeneye, a Grey Partridge, a Peregrine and a Greenshank.

2nd January 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.15-12.30. Bright and sunny with a force 2 SW wind.
A decent sea-watch produced 8 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Eider, a drake Long-tailed Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 72 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, a Grey Plover, an auk sp and a Skylark.
Other birds seen included 6 Whooper Swan, 86 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, a Marsh Harrier at Sammy’s Point, and a Greenshank.

1st January 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.30, 12.50-15.10. Another awful day of rain and a strong force 5-6 SSE wind.
Some movement over the sea included 14 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 96 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 58 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake, 8 auk sp and 7 Guillemot.
The Black Brant was still on Holderness Field with 3 pale-bellied and 586 Brent Geese, 300 Pink-footed Geese roosted on Long Bank, 6 Whooper Swans were in fields north of Long Bank with 19 Mute Swan, 88 Greylag Geese and a Canada Goose. 310 Wigeon and 48 Teal were on Kilnsea Wetlands; a Jack Snipe and Common Snipe were at Southfield Farm and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Humber.

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