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February 2014 Sightings

28th February 2014 - Friday

Sea-watches 07.10-09.30. Bright and sunny, very spring like until the afternoon when it clouded over, a force 1 NE wind.
On the move were 1 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 38 Black-headed Gull, 372 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 4 Jackdaw and the first 5 Chaffinch of the spring.
The Black Brant was still in the fields with 3 Pale-bellied and 700 Brents. Also present were 8 Whooper Swan, 110 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 4 Avocet, and a Short-eared Owl.

27th February 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watches 08.35-1015. Cloudy with rain until late morning then sunny spells, a force 3 W wind.
Over the sea – 13 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 auk sp.
Other birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 1100 Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 4 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 4 Skylark south, 3 Jackdaw and a Lesser Redpoll.

26th February 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.00-09.30. A nice sunny morning clouding over in the afternoon, a force 2 SSW wind.
A much better day with 8 Avocets on Kilnsea Wetlands and the first Lesser Redpoll of the year was trapped and ringed at Kew. On the move were 102 Pink-footed Geese NW, 1 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 9 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gull, 105 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit and 4 Snow Bunting.
8 Whooper Swans were still present and 10 Chaffinch were in the Kew area.

25th February 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.35-09.35. Cloudy with rain late morning, sunny spells in the afternoon, a force 3 SSW wind.
Very quiet with just 3 Wigeon, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 41 Herring Gull, 1 Knot, 3 Dunlin and a Skylark all moving south.

24th February 2014 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 07.30-09.30. Cloudy in the morning and clear blue skies in the afternoon, a force 3-2 SW wind.
Birds moving south included 1 Shelduck, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 20 Herring gull, 3 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swan, 86 Wigeon, 3 Skylark and 8 Linnet.

23rd February 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00. A very windy day touching force 6 SW wind, sunny spells.
Over the sea were 5 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 5 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 58 Herring Gull and 4 Guillemot. 8 Whooper Swans were still in the fields, 5 Greylag Geese in the Triangle.

22nd February 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00. Cool with sunny spells and a force 3-4 SW wind.
Over the sea were 3 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Knot , 10 Dunlin, 37 Black-headed Gull, 273 Herring Gull, 11 Great B.B.Gull and 3 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swans were in the fields, 9 Greylag Geese, 10 Goldeneye, a Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 1 Fieldfare and 4 Linnets.

21st February 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.40-09.40. Sunny spells and variable cloud cover, a force 4-5 SW wind.
Moving south were 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 45 Black-headed Gull, 103 Herring Gull, 8 auk sp, 7 Guillemot. Very little else of note.

20th February 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.40-09.40, 10.30-12.00. Cloudy to start with becoming brighter by the afternoon, a force 4-2 SW wind.
Over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Little Gull, 34 auk sp, 7 Guillemot.
Other birds present included the swans, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 150 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank.

19th February 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30. Sunny spells with variable cloud cover with a force 1-2 SW wind.
The first two Avocets of the year wandered around Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands, the Black Brant was seen again in the Long Bank area with a Pale-bellied and the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans. 252 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, 12 Greylag Geese were in the Triangle.
Over the sea were 24 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, a ‘blue’ Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 15 Sanderling and a Guillemot. Other birds seen included 2 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Jackdaw, 25 Linnet, 1 Siskin and 2 Yellowhammer.

18th February 2014 - Tuesday

Sunny spells in the morning clouding over by the afternoon, a force 2-1 SW wind.
At last a spring like day and birds were singing and lifting peoples spirits, although the only new sightings were 840 Pink-footed Geese flying north-west, 5 Greylag Geese, a Barn Owl, a Jackdaw, 25 Siskins south and 9 Linnets appeared.

17th February 2014 - Monday

Fog or low cloud all day with a force 2 SW wind.
The only birds seen were 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, a Fieldfare and a Snow Bunting.

16th February 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.40-12.00, 15.00-15.45. Bright and sunny all day with a force 2 W wind.
The obvious highlight was a cracking male Hawfinch at ‘Turton Towers’ in Easington for 10 minutes in the morning.
There was a noticeable passage offshore, waders and gulls in particular: 4 Common Scoter, 37 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 27 Golden Plover, 30 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 55 Little Gull, 54 Black-headed Gull, 1180 Herring Gull, an adult Glaucous Gull, 4 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark and a Rook.
Other birds included the swans, 9 Greylag Geese, 21 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, and 7 Long-tailed Tit.

male Hawfinch. Mick Turton

male Hawfinch. Mick Turton

15th February 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.50. Cloudy with frequent heavy showers in a force 5+ SW wind.
Apart from the swans in the fields, the only other birds seen were over the sea -5 Shelduck, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 123 Herring Gull and a Kittiwake.

14th February 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00. Cloudy with rain by mid-day and an increasing force 2-6 S wind.
The only birds seen were over the sea, the highlight being a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull, also 3 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 42 Red-throated Diver, 14 Cormorant, 16 Golden Plover, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 444 Herring Gulls.

13th February 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 15.00-16.00. Bright and sunny most of the day, a force 4 WSW wind.
A Grey Phalarope flew north over the surf past the Clubley’s Field and can only presumed to be the bird seen a few days ago as there has never been a record in the January to June period at Spurn.
Birds moving included 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant, 34 Black-headed Gull, 91 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 391 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 auk sp and a Guillemot.
Also present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 750 Brent Geese, 25 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, Merlin, Peregrine and 2 Greenshank.

12th February 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00. A wild day with a force 6-7+ SSE wind and frequent heavy rain after a cold frosty start.
Needless to say birding was limited – 2 Shelduck, 1 Wgeon, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 91 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot, Razorbill and 5 auk sp were over the sea.

11th February 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.00, 14.00-15.45. Rain or sleet until late afternoon in a cool force 4-5 SW wind.
The only birds of any note seen were 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 136 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, and 12 auk sp offshore. The swans were still in the fields.

10th February 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.45-11.15, 14.00-15.00. An overnight frost and remaining sunny, a force 2-1 SSE wind.
A FEA’S type PETREL came in from the east turned north then blogged about for a short while before heading back out east.
The only other birds seen included the Black Brant and swans in the fields, moving south were 6 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 65 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 342 Herring Gull, 5 Skylark and a Song Thrush. The first Small Tortoishell of the year was flying around.

9th February 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.40-10.45, 12.30-15.45. Sunny spells in the morning with some heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 5-3 SW wind.
A good day over the sea with a rare January Spurn sighting of a Grey Phalarope north past the sea-watching hut. Other birds over the sea included 7 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 816 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser B.B. Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant, 24 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 7 Greylag Geese, 240 Wigeon, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 3 Snipe, and 2 Greenshank.

8th February 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.40-12.00. A very windy day reaching force 6 from the SW, with some sunny spells.
Again some more movement over the sea, 9 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 38 Common Gull, 1 Puffin. 1 Skylark and 1 Song Thrush came in off the sea and 3 more Skylark flew south.
Other birds present were the swans, the Black Brant with a Pale-bellied and 746 Brents, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Redwing.

7th February 2014 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. Sunny spells with an increasing for 2-6 N-WNW wind.
Over the sea were 9 Wigeon, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 17 Cormorant, 114 Herring Gull, 3 auk sp.
A Marsh Harrier flew south and other birds seen included the Whoopers and Bewick’s Swans, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail and a Redwing.

6th February 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watch 07.40-10.40. Broken clouds all day until a few showers late on, a force 3-4 SW wind.
There was a good passage over sea including the first White-fronted Goose of the year, also moving south were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 6 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 184 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 1 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Other birds present included 3 Bewick’s and 8 Whooper Swans, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jack Snipe and 2 Woodcock.

5th February 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 07.45-10.45, 14.00-15.00. Another wild day with showers and a force 4-5 SE wind.
4 Long-tailed Tits were seen in Easington, the Black Brant, a Pale-bellied Brent and the swans were still in fields north of Long Bank. All other birds were over the sea 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Gull, 11 auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 14 Razorbill.

4th February 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Sunny in the morning, cloudy later on with a force SW wind.
Another good day for the time of year. There are only 4 previous winter records of Green Sandpiper at Spurn and the last was on 30th December 1973, so one which came in off the sea was a very welcome surprise!
Again Little Gulls were in evidence with 64 flying north, and other birds moving included 3 Shelduck, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Cormorant, 1 Gannet, 74 Knot, 2 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 7 Skylark.
While birds present included the swans, a Pale-bellied Brent, a Jack Snipe, a Common Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Fieldfare and a Linnet.

3rd February 2014 - Monday

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Bright and sunny to start, clouding over later with a force 3 SW wind.
A better day with more movement over the sea including 74 Little Gulls which is a new winter record count, the previous best being 11! Also there was a nice first-winter bird feeding over the fields at Long Bank. Other birds moving were 7 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 192 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 7 Black-headed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Skylark and a Linnet.
Other birds seen include 22 Mute, 3 Bewick’s and 8 Whooper Swans, 317 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

first-winter Little Gull. Adam Hutt

first-winter Little Gull. Adam Hutt

2nd February 2014 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. Bright and sunny all day with a decreasing force 4-2 SW wind.
Moving south were 12 Greylag Geese, 15 Teal, 11 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Little Gull, 19 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 600 Herring Gull, 9 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Still the Whoopers and Bewick’s present, 280 Wigeon, 11 Goldeneye, 230 Lapwing and 2 Greenshank.

1st February 2014 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. A wild day with a force 5-6+ SW wind and also bright and sunny.
The month started pretty much as the January finished, quiet with a few birds moving and the usual birds present.
On the move were 1 Shelduck ,1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Little Gull, 26 Black-headed Gull, 338 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Birds present included 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 290 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 1 Woodcock and a Greenshank.

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