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February 2011 Sightings

28th February 2011 - Monday

07.45 – 09.00. Dull and overcast with continuous light showers and a cold force 4-5 NE wind.


The only birds of note seen today were 5 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 20 Red-throated Diver, 14 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Redwing and 7 Snow Buntings.

27th February 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.20 – 09.25, 13.15 – 15.25. Some long sunny spells but clouds building later on with an increasing force 2-4 W-N wind. The herald of spring when the first 2 Meadow Pipits came in off the sea and continued NW as did 4 Skylarks, other birds on the move included 2 Shoveler, 8 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Skylark, 3 Great Tit, 9 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 8 Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch.


Ducks feeding in the wet meadows in the Triangle included 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 70 Mallard and 5 Pintail, while over the sea were 12 Red-throated Divers, 4 Cormorant and a Glaucous Gull.


Other birds present included 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 5 Linnet and 8 Snow Bunting at the Point. North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was still on Beacon Ponds and 22 Whooper Swans were in the fields.

26th February 2011 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00 – 09.45. A mixed day of sun and cloud with some heavy rain showers in the afternoon and a force 4 SW wind. A much better day than of late with a nice selection of birds. Over the sea were 57 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 2 Scaup, 2 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 59 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 38 Cormorant, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Guillemot and a Glaucous Gull at Chalk Bank.


Other birds moving south included 2 Marsh Harrier, 50 Lapwing U-turned, 6 Skylark + 11 in off and NW, 1 Rock Pipit in off and NW, 3 Great Tit, 800 Starling + 6 in off. Other birds seen included 3 Greylag Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 500 Shelduck, 72 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 male Hen Harrier, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Redwing, a Coal Tit in Church Field, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 7 Linnet and 8 Snow Bunting.


North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was still on Beacon Ponds with a Scaup and 10 Pochard, a Short-eared Owl was at Long Bank and 24 Whooper Swans were in the fields north of Long Bank.

25th February 2011 - Friday

Sea-watch 09.30 – 10.15, a sunny start clouding over by midday with some light spots of rain in a force 2-3 SW wind.


160 Pink-footed Geese flew N, while moving south were 29 Lapwing, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 110 Starling, 1 Linnet.


Other birds included 3 Teal, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Redwing and 700 Starling.

24th February 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 09.30 – 10.30, a cloudy start with light rain clearing by late morning becoming bright and sunny in a light SW wind.


The highlight of the day was immature Red Kite which flew south and then back north at 09.20. There was a little passage during the day including 1 Common Scoter, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen during the day included 400 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail at the Point, 7 Coot, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 7 Chaffinch and 1 Snow Bunting. North of the area there were still 24 Whooper Swans in the fields by Sammy’s Point.

23rd February 2011 - tuesday 22nd-wednesday 23rd

Both dull grey days with rain and light southerly winds.


Very little of interest seen, on the Humber were 350 Shelduck, 24 Teal and 71 Black-tailed Godwits, while 6 Snow Buntings were still at the Point.

21st February 2011 - Monday

Another dull dreary day with a light ESE wind.


A Common Buzzard U-turned, a Woodcock was at the Warren, 150 Herring Gull flew south, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Kew, there were 7 Fieldfare at the Warren and a Snow Bunting was at the Point.

20th February 2011 - Sunday

Cloudy with a light ESE wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was at Beacon Ponds and the 22 Whooper Swans still in fields near Sammy’s Point.


There were 9 Teal in Walker Butts and a Woodcock at the Point, other birds seen included a Merlin, 35 Lapwing, 92 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Barn Owl, 7 Fieldfare and 5 Snow Bunting.

Slavonian Grebe. Martin Standley

Slavonian Grebe. Martin Standley

19th February 2011 - Wednesday 16th-Saturday 19th

A very quiet period, the highlights being 11 Pink-footed Geese S on 16th and 130 NW on 18th, and a Merlin on 19th, 2 Barn Owls and up to 38 Black-tailed Godwits were seen daily and up to 8 Snow Buntings were still at the Point.


The Slavonian Grebe was still at Beacon Ponds.

15th February 2011 - Tuesday

Cloudy with a light shower in the afternoon, a force 3-4 SE wind.


The only birds worth mentioning today were 2 Sparrowhawk, 200 Starling and 8 Snow Bunting.

14th February 2011 - Monday

After overnight rain a generally cloudless day with a light SE wind.


A very quiet day, a male Hen Harrier was seen in the Triangle, the only other birds of note were 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Barn Owl.

13th February 2011 - Saturday

A breezy southerly wind all day, with rain in the afternoon.


Highlights of an interesting day were a flock of 10 Avocet south over the sea past the seawatch hut, 130 Pink-footed Geese north, adult Med Gull on the Humber, 10 Snow Buntings at the point, Mistle Thrush in church field whilst in the triangle 5 Gadwall, 8 Teal and 74 Mallard.


North of the area 34 Barnacle Geese with the Brent Geese in fields north of Long Bank and the Slavonian Grebe on Beacon Ponds.

12th February 2011 - Saturday

Rained for most of the morning,but fine and sunny in the afternoon.


Highlights today included a Glaucous Gull sat on the Humber off the warren, whilst flying south over the sea were 6 Velvet Scoter, Great-crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Oystercatcher whilst 4 Goosander flew south over church field.


North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was still present at Beacon Ponds along with 8 Pochard and 11 Goldeneye

11th February 2011 - Friday

Overcast all day, light rain until mid morning then fog rolling in for the day.


Today’s highlights included 3 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Red-throated Diver, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Robin, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 9 Snow Bunting at the Point.

10th February 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 10.30 – 11.00. Rain until late morning remaining cloudy with a light NE wind.


The Slavonian Grebe was still at Beacon Ponds with 7 Pochard and 6 Goldenye. In the area were 3 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Red-throated Diver, 27 Cormorant (20 N), 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Skylark S, 1 Meadow Pipit, a Waxwing west over Kew, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 9 Snow Bunting at the Point.

9th February 2011 - Wednesday

Cloudy with rain until mid-morning in a cool force 3-2 S wind.


Another quiet day with just 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl and 7 Snow Buntings the only birds worth mentioning.

8th February 2011 - Tuesday

A very nice spring like day with sunshine all day and a light W wind.


The Slavonian Grebe is still at Beacon Ponds as are the 22 Whooper Swans at Sammy’s Point.


The only birds of note in the area were 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 13 Song Thrush in off and NW, and 18 Snow Bunting at the Point.

Slavonian Grebe. Martin Standley

Slavonian Grebe. Martin Standley

7th February 2011 - Monday

Sea-watches 11,00 – 11.30, 14.00 – 14.45. Cloudy all day and very windy.


The only birds seen today 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 85 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Snow Bunting.

6th February 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.00 – 09.45, 12.15 – 13.00. Cloudy all day with a force 5-6 SW wind.


Another 76 Cormorants flew south along with 3 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet.


Other birds seen included 3 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Purple Sandpiper on the Point beach, 1 Barn Owl and 14 Snow Bunting. North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was still at Beacon Ponds, along with a Pochard. At Sammy’s Point there was a 1st yr Glaucous Gull, 22 Whooper Swans and 27 Twite.

5th February 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 08.00 – 08.45, 09.15 – 11.30. Cloudy with rain for most of the day and a light SW wind.


The main feature of the day was the passage of Cormorants, the total of 171 (163 south, 7 north and 1 in off) smashed the previous record of 105 set back in 1992. Also moving over the sea were 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Eider, 15 Red-throated Diver and 1200 Herring Gull S.


Other birds seen were 3 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.

4th February 2011 - Friday

Remained cloudy all day and still a force 5-6 SW wind.


1 Tufted Duck, 85 Black-tailed Godwit and 20 Snow Buntings were the only birds seen.

3rd February 2011 - Thursday

A sunny morning then clouding over mid-afternoon, a strong force 5-6 SW wind.


Today there were 250 Brent Geese, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Shag, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redwing and 24 Snow Bunting at the Point.

2nd February 2011 - Wednesday

Cloudy all day with a force 4-5 SW wind.


The only birds seen of any note were a Tufted Duck and a Barn Owl.

1st February 2011 - Tuesday

After a showery start some lengthy sunny spells but cold in a force 2-3 WSW wind.


The only birds seen of any note today were 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Cormorant, 3 Song Thrush and 22 Snow Bunting at the Point.

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