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February 2016 Sightings

29th February 2016 - Monday

Mainly sunny clouding up later with an increasing force 1 SE -4 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0715-0900
Birds on the move were 5 Common Scoter, 83 Red throated Diver, 15 Auk sp, 1 Guillemot and 2 Meadow Pipit.
Present was 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Brant, 28 Greylag Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Grey Partridge, 2 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush and 4 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch.

28th February 2016 - Sunday

A busy day of work at Tharlesthorpe completing many important jobs in time to open the new Observatory. If you would like to book a bed from SUNDAY 27th MARCH onwards contact the Warden Paul Collins on 01964650479.

Sunny spells with the odd shower with a force 2-1 NE wind..
Seawatch: 0715-1015
Moving over the sea were 1 Goldeneye, 1 common Scoter, 204 Red throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 5 Shag, 6 kittiwake, 30 Auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 1 Jackdaw.
Birds present were 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Brant, 1 pale bellied Brent, 3 Gadwall, 2 Coot flying about calling in the dark at Long bank, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Water Rail, 2 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 100 Fieldfare in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Goldfinch.

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27th February 2016 - Saturday

Sunny spells with a cold force 2 NE wind.
Seawatch:
Birds on the move were 61 Pink footed Geese, 4 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 48 Red throated Diver, 2 gannet, 1 Bonxie, 5 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot.
Present was 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Brant, 18 Greylag Geese, 3 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 1 Great crested Grebe, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Jack snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 2 Long tailed Tit, 350 Starling, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin.

Ringing: Nil.

26th February 2016 - Friday

Cloudy all day with a force 2-1 SE wind..
Seawatch: 0720-1035
Moving over the sea were 1 Goldeneye, 1 common Scoter, 317 Red throated Diver, 1Great crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 49 Auk sp and 26 Guillemot.
Birds present were 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Gadwall, a great count of 15 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Water Rail, 1 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Goldfinch and 10 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: Nil.

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25th February 2016 - Thursday

Bright and sunny all day clouding up mid afternoon and a force 2-1 NW-N wind.
Seawatch: 0715-0915.
Birds on the move were 28 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 55 Red throated Diver, 4 gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Heron, 8 Kittiwake, 59 Auk sp and 7 Guillemot.
Present was 18 Greylag Geese, 25 Teal, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch

24th February 2016 - Wednesday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm. The weather is looking good so jobs inside and out with bacon sandwiches, cakes/biscuits and tea/coffee will be available for those who come along. Thank you!

A Hard overnight frost, but plenty of sunshine and a light force 1 W-NW wind.
Seawatch: 0720-1035
Quiet over the sea with 14 common Scoter, 5 Red throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake and 8 Auk sp.
Birds present were 3 Gadwall, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 300 Wood Pigeon, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush and 1 Long tailed Tit.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

23rd February 2016 - Tuesday

Bright and sunny all day with some cloud and a force 2 WNW-N wind.
Seawatch: 0915-1030.
Birds on the move were 16 Common Scoter, 12 Red throated Diver, 1 gannet, 5 Cormorant, 58 Herring Gull, 5 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot.
Still present was 1 Black Brant, 22 Greylag Geese, 32 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 11 Lapwing, 1 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker and 2 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch.

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22nd February 2016 - Monday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Sunny spells with a force 4 W wind.
A good day with a few bits of interest with other birds still remaining with the highlights of a Woodlark at the point whilst a Red Kite flew south plus 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese plus 5 north, 1 Black Brant, 500+ dark bellied Brent Geese, 52 Shelduck, 270 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 11 Goldeneye, 22 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Long tailed Tit and 2 Goldfinch .

Ringing: Nil.

Lapwing

Lapwing

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21st February 2016 - Sunday

Cloudy all day with frequent showers and a force 4 W wind.
Seawatch: 0930-1300.
Birds on the move were 1 gadwall, 2 Eider, 1 Bonxie, 650 Herring Gull and 1 Redshank in.
Still present was 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Black Brant, 500+ dark bellied Brent Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Avocet, 43 Golden Plover, 28 Lapwing and 2 Stonechat.

Ringing: Nil.

20th February 2016 - Saturday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Cloudy with showers and lengthy spells of rain and a force 2-3 W wind.
A few bits of interest was 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Black Brant, 500+ dark bellied Brent Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 232 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Avocet, 65 Golden Plover, 19 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 13 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet .

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

19th February 2016 - Friday

Sunny spells soon clouded up by the afternnon with an increasing force 2-6 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0720-1030.
Birds on the move were 104 Red throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Lesser black backed Gull in/off, 119 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Auk sp, 9 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 19 Starling, 13 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 17 Linnet.
The first 2 Avocet returned to Kilnsea wetland plus other bits of interest was 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Black Brant, 500+ dark bellied Brent Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 20 Teal, 40 Lapwing, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 8 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush and 3 Linnet .

Ringing: Blue Tit.

Red throated Divers. Adam Hutt

Red throated Divers. Adam Hutt

18th February 2016 - Thursday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Fine and sunny all day with a cold force 1 NW wind.
Seawatch: 0720-1230.
Birds on the move were 7 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 272 Red throated Diver plus 50 on sea, 2 Great crested Grebe, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Auk sp, 1 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.
Other bits of interest was 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Black Brant, 660 dark bellied Brent Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 20 Teal, 40 Lapwing, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Jack Snipe, 11 skylark, 1 Stonechat and 11 Linnet .

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch.

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17th February 2016 - Wednesday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Mainly overcast with frequent showers and lengthy spells of rain in a strong force 4-6 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0730>.
Birds on the move were 7 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Eider, 49 Red throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1 Lesser black backed Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 10 Auk sp, 8 Guillemot.
Other bits of interest was 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Black Brant, 550 dark bellied Brent Geese with 20 juveniles, 2 Whooper Swan, 20 Teal, 20 Lapwing, 3 Black tailed Godwit.

Ringing: Nil

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16th February 2016 - Tuesday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Bright and sunny but cold with a heavy overnight frost and an increasing 2-4 S wind.
Seawatch: 0720-1020 1430-1515.
The highlight today was a Red necked Grebe flying south which may be the same bird accounting for numerous sightings this winter. The Tundra Bean Goose remained along with 3 Pink footed Geese and 2 Whooper Swan plus over the sea 4 Wigeon, 10 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 179 Red throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 13 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot.

Ringing: Nil

15th February 2016 - Monday

Sunny spells with odd wintry shower and a cold force 3 NW wind.
Seawatch: 0715-1140
The sea continues to produce a few good birds with totals of 3 Eider, 2 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Male Long tailed Duck, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 118 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 47 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 80 Kittiwake, 114 Auk sp, 10 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill.
Other bits of interest was 3 Pink footed Geese, 1 Stonechat, 3 Goldfinch and the Tundra Bean Goose.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldfinch.

14th February 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells with the odd wintry shower and a cold force 4 NE wind.
Seawatch: 0730-1130 1215-1415 1500-1615.
The Tundra Bean Goose remained in the triangle plus in the area 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Pink footed Geese, 13 Teal, 10 Lapwing and 1 Fieldfare.
Over the sea 3 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 68 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 9 Fulmar, 68 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Bonxie, 450 Kittiwake, 3100 auk sp and 31 Guillemot.

Ringing: Nil

13th February 2016 - Saturday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Cloudy all day with odd shower and cold force 4 E wind.
Seawatch: 0730-1130.
The Tundra Bean Goose remained with 3 Pink footed Geese and 18 Greylag Geese.
Over the sea 2 Pomarine Skua flew south plus also moving was 1 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 33 Red throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 'blue' Fulmar, 18 Gannet, 1 Shag, 40 Kittiwake, 196 Auk sp and 8 Guillemot.

Ringing: Nil

12th February 2016 - Friday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Sunny spells with a light force 1 E wind.
Seawatch: 0740-1040.
The Tundra Bean Goose still remained with the 2 Pink footed Geese and 17 Greylags. Also in the area was 134 Curlew, 1 Little Owl, 1 Skylark, and 1 Grey Wagtail.
Over the sea 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 100 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 15 Gannet, 1 Shag, 33 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 17 Auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.

Ringing: 6 Oystercatcher, 1 House Sparrow.

1w Tundra Bean Goose. Frank Moffatt

1w Tundra Bean Goose. Frank Moffatt

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11th February 2016 - Thursday

Bright and sunny with occasional cloudy spells and a force 2-1 NW veering SW wind.
seawatch: 0740-1030 1340-1400.
The Tundra Bean Goose remained in the triangle with 2 Pink footed and 28 Greylag Geese while the Whooper Swan remained on Kilsea Wetland. Other bits of interest was 4 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Stonechat and 1 Jackdaw.
Birds on the move was 4 Common Scoter, 70 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 4 Gannet, 103 Herring Gull, 84 Auk sp, 9 Guillemot, and 1 Razorbill.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

10th February 2016 - Wednesday

Bright and sunny with some cloud building and a cold force3-2 NW Wind.
Seawatch: 0730-1045 1430-1530.
The Tundra Bean Goose remained plus 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink footed Geese and 24 Greylag Geese.
Over the sea a Red necked Grebe flew north plus 21 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 26 Red throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 3 Shag, 189 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 36 Auk sp and 10 Guillemot.
23 Linnet were on Kilnsea wetland.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

9th February 2016 - Tuesday

A bright start clouding up later with a reduced force 3 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0730-1045 1430-1530
Most activity was over the sea with 1 Shelduck, 6 Common Scoter, 342 Red throated Diver, 39 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 shag, 261 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 61 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot.
Quiet on the land but 23 Greylag geese, 16 Long tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush and 10 Black tailed Godwit.

Ringing: Nil

8th February 2016 - Monday

The next and penultimate work party on the new observatory before the grand opening will be held on the 28th February from 10am to 3pm so if you can lend a hand please do. Thank you!

Yet another wild day with a F6+ SW and frequent heavy showers.
Sea-watch- 07:40-10:50.
On the move were, 4 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 ’blue-type’ Fulmar, 26 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 19 Common Gull, 183 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 8 Auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Also present were the 1w Tundra Bean Goose in Well Field with 2 Pink-footed and 17 Greylag Geese, 2 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

7th February 2016 - Sunday

Remaining wild with a F6+ SW wind with sunny spells and a few showers.
More work continued on the new observatory today.
Sea-watches- 07:50-11:00, 15:00-16:20.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 6 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 2 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 51 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 13 Common Gull, 111 Herring Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 135 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Also present were 2 Black Brant with the Brent flock north of Long Bank, the 1w Tundra Bean Goose in Well Field with 1 Pink-footed and 23 Greylag Geese, 2 Peregrine, 1 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Jack Snipe on Clubley’s, 1 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

6th February 2016 - Saturday

Another wild day with a F6+ S-SW wind and frequent heavy showers. A big thanks to all who attended the work party, much was achieved despite the weather.
Sea-watch- 07:50-10:30.
On the move were- 2 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 89 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 51 Herring Gull, 5 auk sp., 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 1 Puffin.
Also present were 1 Whooper Swan, 18 Greylag Geese, 14 Teal, 52 Mallard, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Skylark, 9 Pied Wagtail, 250 Starling, 1 Treecreeper in Easington, the first ever wintering bird for the Spurn area.

Ringing- NIL.

Wigeon. Tim Jones.

Wigeon. Tim Jones.

5th February 2016 - Friday

Mainly cloudy with a F5-6 gusty SW wind.
Sea-watch- 07:50-10:50.
On the move were 80 Pink-footed Geese (NW), 9 Shelduck, 41 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 70 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe.
Also present were 16 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 15 Greylag Geese, 2 Black Brant, 570 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (inc 2 juvs) all on Easington Straight, 24 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Stonechat.

Ringing- NIL.

4th February 2016 - Thursday

Mostly cloudy with just a glimpse of the sun and a F3 NW wind.
Sea-watch-07:55-11:05.
On the move were, 4 Teal, 1 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 78 Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 23 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 15 Auk sp.
Also present were, 18 Mute Swan, 18 Greylag Geese, 1 Coot, 22 Lapwing.

Ringing- 6 House Sparrow.

3rd February 2016 - Wednesday

Mostly Sunny with cloud coming in afternoon with a F3-2 WNW and a light overnight frost
Sea-watch-07:50-11:05.
On the move were 10 Teal, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 51 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 20 Common Gull, 222 Herring Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 163 Auk sp.
Also present were 23 Greylag Geese, 4 Lapwing, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Woodpigeon.

Ringing- 1 Mallard, 6 House Sparrow.

2nd February 2016 - Tuesday

A very windy day with gale force SW winds but remaining sunny.
Sea-watch- 07:45-14:00.
On the move were, 3 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 90 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 21 Black-headed Gull, 84 Common Gull, 526 Herring Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 183 Kittiwake, 2195 Auk sp.
Also present were, 1 Great Crested Grebe, the first Spring Migrant with a Coot on Canal Scrape, 8 Lapwing, 22 Curlew, 1 Skylark and 1 Snow Bunting on Clubley’s.

Ringing- NIL.

1st February 2016 - Monday

A wild day with near gale force SW winds but bright and sunny most of the time.
Sea-watch- 08:00-12:10.
On the move were 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 136 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 54 Herring Gull, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp., 3 Guillemot.
Also present were, 21 Greylag Geese, 300 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Ringing- NIL.

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