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March 2011 Sightings

31st March 2011 - Thursday

A wet start slowly petered out by mid morning whence the wind increased to a gusty force 5-6 making birding very difficult.


Of note were the 2 Gadwall (Canal Scrape), a Teal S, 3 Sky Lark (1 S), 2 Sand Martin S, 56 Meadow Pipit (14 S, 7 in), 2 Alba Wagtail S, 3 Black Redstart (Point), 32 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 44 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook and 74 Starling all S, 11 Goldfinch (5 S), 3 Siskin (Kew) and 8 Linnet S.

30th March 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.45 – 08.20. A dull cloudy day with drizzle and heavier showers at times, a force 2-3 SW-SSW wind.


A small influx of 45 Blackbirds, 25 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes and 20 Redwings, there was a White Wagtail in the Triangle, 3 Black Redstart at the Point, the Firecrest still at the Crown, 4 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest and 15 Chaffinch.


Birds moving south were 1 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit + 21 in, 2 alba Wagtail, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 94 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 12 Linnet.

Chiffchaff. Sue Hepton

Chiffchaff. Sue Hepton

29th March 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.45 – 08.45. A cloudy, hazy day with just the odd glimpse of the sun, a light SW-SE wind.


A few more migrants appeared today the best being a Continental Stonechat at Wire Dump, other migrants were 1 Sand Martin, 2 Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, the Firecrest in Crown car park, 1 Lesser Redpoll at the Point.


Birds moving south included 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Cormorant, 2 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit + 3 in, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 90 Starling, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet.

28th March 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.20 – 07.50, migration watch 07.30 – 11.00. A hazy day brightened up later with a light variable wind.


The Firecrest was still in the Crown car park and another was at Willow Cottage in Easington, other migrants seen included a Woodcock and Swallow at the Point, 1 Wheatear, 2 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling. Birds moving south were 2 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Wood Pigeon, 11 Meadow Pipit + 51 in and NW, 9 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 180 Starling, 5 Greenfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 23 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer. Other birds present included 2 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Barn Owl.

Reed Bunting. Adam Hutt

Reed Bunting. Adam Hutt

27th March 2011 - Sunday

Cloudy and cool until mid afternoon when it brightened up, in a force 2-1 E wind. Watches were 0715-1200


With good coverage notable sightings were a Pink-footed Goose S, 2 Gadwall (Canal Scrape), 2 Pintail (Humber), 49 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser on the Humber, 120 Red-throated Diver (96 N), a Great Northern Diver came in onto the Humber, a Marsh Harrier S, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, a Snipe, 5 Curlew went out E, a Spotted Redshank (Humber), 62 Turnstone, 28 Meadow Pipit S plus 13 in, 3 Rock Pipit (2 S, 1 Salt Marsh), a Stonechat along the Canal, 3 Wheatear, 1 redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest (4 Point), the Firecrest in the Crown, 760 Starling (260 S), 40 Goldfinch (27 S), 2 Siskin S, 29 Linnet (17 S), a Yellowhammer blogging.

26th March 2011 - Saturday

A much cooler day with a strengthening ENE wind going SE as the day wore on and remaining cloudy all day.


Of note were 6 Wigeon (1 S, 5 Humber), 2 Gadwall (Humber), 7 Teal, 4 Pintail (Humber), 5 Shoveler (2 S, 2 Canal Scrape, 1 Borrow Pit), 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (3 Humber, 1 S), 2 Goosander (Humber), 32 Gannet, 3 Sparrowhawk (1 S), 2 Merlin, a Spotted Redshank (Humber), 8 LBB Gull, a Short-eared Owl (Wire Dump), 25 Meadow Pipit (7 S, 2 in), a Rock Pipit (Point), 4 Alba Wagtail S, 2 White Wagtail (Canal Scrape), 4 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Warren/Crown) and the Firecrest still in the crown carpark area.


The 9 Whooper Swan were still present at longbank and Black Redstart and Wheatear at sammys.

Merlin. Adam Hutt

Merlin. Adam Hutt

25th March 2011 - Friday

A fine day with a light NE wind veering SE with a mix of sunshine and cloud cover.


Highlights today were 2 Gadwall, 4 Pintail and a Shoveler on the Humber, a Goosander S, 29 Cormorant (23 S), single Snipe and Woodcock, a Sand Martin S, a Swallow (Canal Scrape), 32 Meadow Pipit (11 S, 3 in), 2 White Wagtail (Canal Scrape), 3 Wheatear (1 Point, 2 Wire Dump), 38 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 24 Goldcrest (15 Point), 2 Firecrest (Canal Hedge/Kew), 12 Magpie (6 S), 12 Rook S, 810 Starling (350 S), a Brambling S, 29 Goldfinch (9 S, 16 Kew), 3 Siskin S, 21 Linnet (17 S), a Common Redpoll S, 2 Lapland Bunting (1 N, 1 S), 4 Yellowhammer S.


Whilst north of the area 9 Whooper Swan and a Blackcap were at Sammie’s and a Red-breasted Merganser, Sand Martin (Beacon Lagoons).

Firecrest. John Law

Firecrest. John Law

Firecrest. John Law

Firecrest. John Law

Wheatear. Adam Hutt

Wheatear. Adam Hutt

24th March 2011 - Thursday

A bright sunny day albeit a bit hazy with a light E wind.


The highlight was the first record of Red Crested Pochard for the recording area with the last twitchable one being at Beacon Lagoons in 1966.


Other notable sightings were 1 Wigeon (Clubley’s), 11 Teal (Triangle), 2 Shoveler S, 4 Avocet came in, 72 Golden Plover N, a Short-eared Owl (Salt Marsh), a Kingfisher (Southfield Farm), 22 Meadow (8 S, 2 in), 2 Rock Pipit (Cliff Farm), a White Wagtail (Canal Scrape), 3 Black Redstart (Point), 2 Fieldfare (Point0, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 25 Jackdaw and 8 Rook blogging, 1450 Starling (550 S), 21 Chaffinch (4 S), 21 Goldfinch (9 S), a Siskin S, 6 Linnet S, 3 Common Redpoll and a Redpoll sp. S, 2 Lapland Bunting S, 4 Yellowhammer (3 S). The 9 Whooper Swan were still at longbank.

Red-crested Pochard. Mick Sharpe

Red-crested Pochard. Mick Sharpe

23rd March 2011 - Wednesday

A dull start to the day which brightened up later on in a light S-SE wind.


A few less birds around with the best of it being 3 Goldeneye N, a Snipe (Church Field), 31 Meadow Pipit (6 S), 2 White Wagtail on the salt marsh, 2 Black Redstart (Point), 2 Fieldfare (Church field), 8 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Jackdaw and 6 Rook blogging, a Waxwing S, 2750 Starling (950 S), 3 Yellowhammer (2 S, 1 blogging).

22nd March 2011 - Tuesday

More spring like weather with plenty of sunshine in a light variable wind. Watches 0610-0845


Some light passage today with the highlights being 18 Pink-footed Geese (17 N, 1 S), 2 Grey-lag Geese blogging, 2 Pintail (Humber) , 3 Snipe (Clubley’s), a Woodcock (Triangle), 8 Stock Dove (6 S), 59 Wood Pigeon (19 S), a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Kew), 6 Sky Lark (1 S, 1 in), a Sand Martin n 1st of the year, 60 Meadow Pipit (21 S, 9 in), 7 Rock Pipit S, 11 Alba Wagtail S, 14 Robin, 2 Black Redstart (Point), 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 7 Chiffchaff, 11Goldcrest, 26 Jackdaw S, 32 Rook S, 7 Crow S, 1200 Starling out E late evening and 1900 (Triangle), 26 Chaffinch (11 S), 2 Brambling S, 7 Goldfinch (1 S), a siskin S, 10 Linnet S and a Yellowhammer at the Warren.


Also on the wing was a Brimstone butterfly whilst over 200 toads were all over the place especially spawning in Church Field pond with large numbers being killed on the roads even during the middle of the day.

21st March 2011 - Monday

Another spring like day with clear blue skies most of the time in a force 1-2 SW-W wind albeit after a chilly start. Watches – 0630-1100


The main highlight was the Bluethroat still in Walker Butts ditch and 9 Whooper Swan at Sammie’s. Other highlights were 92 Pink-footed Geese N, 5 Grey-lag Geese blogging, 2 Pintail (Humber), a Goosander in, a Grey Heron S, a Woodcock (Churchyard), 13 Stock Dove S, 62 Wood Pigeon (32 S), a Barn Owl (Triangle), 13 Sky Lark (9 S), 48 Meadow Pipit (1 in, 33 S), a Rock Pipit S, 9 Alba Wagtail S, the male Black Redstart (Point), 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Blue Bell), 38 Jackdaw (25 S), 20 Rook S, 14 Crow S, 285 Starling S plus 90 in the Triangle, 7 Chaffinch and 27 Greenfinch S, 16 Goldfinch (12 S), 2 Siskin S, 19 Linnet (14 S), a Redpoll sp. S, 2 Yellowhammer (1 S), 27 Reed Bunting (7 S).


Also on the wing were 1 Small Tortishell and 3 Peacock whilst Toad numbers have reached around 80 with 60 in Church Field Pond with lots of spawn being deposited.

Bluethroat. Mick Sharpe

Bluethroat. Mick Sharpe

20th March 2011 - Sunday

Mostly sunny in the morning with cloud building in the afternoon in a force 2 NW wind.


Watches 0645-0930


The obvious highlight for today was the 3rd record of a white spotted Bluethroat the last being back in 1966. This bird albeit in a vegetated ditch in Walker Butts showed from time to time being a 1st summer male. The rest of the days news was a Wigeon (Borrow Pit), 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Little Egret N of the Humber, 420 Grey Plover (Humber), a Yellow-legged Gull S, 2 Stock Dove S, a Barn Owl, 6 Sky Lark (1 S), 22 Meadow Pipit (12 S), 2 Rock Pipit in, a new Black Redstart at the point this one being a male, 1 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff (Point), 11 Goldcrest, 29 Jackdaw (12 S), 6 Rook S, 694 Starling (604 S), 21 Chaffinch, 26 Greenfinch (14 S), 17 Linnet (14 S), a Snow Bunting S.

Bluethroat. Mick Sharpe

Bluethroat. Mick Sharpe

Black Redstart. Pete Wragg

Black Redstart. Pete Wragg

19th March 2011 - Saturday

A cold frosty start soon became a lovely spring day with clear blue skies in a light winds.


Watches were 0650-0930, 1600-1700.


Of note recorded were 9 Whooper Swan blogging, 6 Pink-footed Geese N, 2 Velvet Scoter S, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 S, 1 on the sea), a Common Buzzard N, a Water Rail (Fourways ditch), a Med Gull S, 2 Black Redstart (Point/Blue Bell), 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush (Point), a Chiffchaff (Narrows), a Goldcrest, 1200 Starling (Triangle), 30 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin (1 S, 2 Kew), 2 Yellowhammer S.

Black Redstart. Pete Wragg

Black Redstart. Pete Wragg

18th March 2011 - Friday

A much better day after a heavy overnight frost, plenty of blue skies in light NW-NE winds.


Watches were 0615-1100


Some light passage plus a few new arrivals with the best of it being, 42 Pink-footed Geese N, 17 Grey-lag Geese, 2 Wigeon (Walker Butts), 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler (Canal Scrape), a Velvet Scoter S. 61 Red-throated Diver, a Shag N, 9 Stock Dove (7 S), 2 Barn Owl (Point/Triangle), 28 Sky Lark (20 S), 58 Meadow Pipit (25 in, 29 S), 5 Rock Pipit (3 S, 1In and 1 Warren), 12 Alba Wagtail S, 2 Wheatear (Borrow Pit then N rather rapidly), 8 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush (Point), a Goldcrest, 8 Jackdaw, 34 Rook (29 S, 5 u-turned), 2700 Starling (1200 S), 63 Chaffinch (36 S), a Brambling u-turned, 4 Siskin S, 17 Linnet (12 S), a Lapland Bunting N, 6 Yellowhammer (2 S, 4 u-turned), 25 Reed Bunting.

17th March 2011 - Thursday

A dull start soon brightened up giving some welcomed sunshine before clouding up again, in a light force 1-2 NW-W wind. Sea watch 0710-1000


Highlights from today included the 26 Whooper Swan from Easington before they went back north, 2 Grey-lag Geese (Walker Butts), an Egyptian Goose that seemed to have come in before heading south down the Humber, 25 Wigeon S, 2 Gadwall (Canal Scrape), 19 Teal (5 S, 14 Triangle), 2 Pintail and 2 Shoveler (Canal Scrape), 5 Pochard and 6 Tufted Duck S, a Grey Heron blogging, 2 Woodcock (Point), 26 Bar-tailed Godwit S, 11 Meadow Pipit, a Rock Pipit (Warren), the Black Redstart (Point), 4 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush (Point), 4 Goldcrest, 2000 Starling (Triangle), 37 Chaffinch (25 Church field), 3 Siskin (Church Field), a Common Redpoll (Church Field), a Bullfinch (Church Field) and 19 Reed Bunting.

Egyptian Goose. Mick Sharp

Egyptian Goose. Mick Sharp

16th March 2011 - Wednesday

Another day of thick fog with very poor visibility in a force 1-2 E wind.


Of note were 2 Tufted Duck (Borrow Pit), a Jack Snipe (Point), 4 Sky Lark (Wire Dump), the Black Redstart (Point), 4 Fieldfare (2 Point, 1 Middle Camp/Kew) 6 Song Thrush, single Redwing and Mistle Thrush (Point), a Chiffchaff (Canal Zone), 1200 Starling, 12 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch.

Mistle Thrush. Adam Hutt

Mistle Thrush. Adam Hutt

15th March 2011 - Tuesday

Thick fog all day giving visibility down to 100 m or less with a force 2 N veering SE wind.


The only notable sightings were the Grey-lag Goose, 2 Teal in Walker Butts, 2 Tufted Duck (Borrow Pit), 9 Meadow Pipit, a Black Redstart (Point) the 1st of the year, 384 Starling (84 S).


Whilst north of the area the Slavonian Grebe was still on the lagoons and the 26 Whooper Swan was in Easington Fields.

14th March 2011 - Monday

A day that dawned to a heavy overnight frost, then clear blue skies with sunshine all day with a force 1 NW-NE wind.


Watches were 0730-1130


The 26 Whooper Swans came down from the fields for a fly around before going back to Long Bank, 2 Wigeon S, 4 Teal (Walker Butts), 48 Red-throated Diver (42 N), 6 Gannet N, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin and a Peregrine were all in the area, 12 Stock Dove (9 S), 5 Sky Lark (2 in, 1 S), 11 Meadow Pipit (5 S), a Rock Pipit (Warren), 2 Goldcrest (Warren/Kew), 17 Jackdaw (11 S), 12 Rook (9 S), 31 Greenfinch (11 S), 7 Linnet (3 S), a Yellowhammer (Church Field), 14 Reed Bunting (2 S) were the best of it.

13th March 2011 - Sunday

A day that started cloudy but became brighter with the odd light shower in a light W wind.


Watches were 0710-0935


A few birds on the move with the best of it being 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese (Humber), 6 Teal (4 S), 2 Pintail (Humber), 2 Tufted Duck (Borrow Pit), 1 Avocet S, 1 Snipe (Borrow Pit), a Red Kite u-turned back north a different bird than the last one, the Glaucous Gull blogging, 17 Meadow Pipit (8 S), 7 Alba Wagtail S, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff (Wire Dump), 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit (Point), 2 Rook S, 48 Starling (28 S), 29 Chaffinch (19 S), 23 Greenfinch (8 S), 4 Siskin (3 S), 21 Linnet (18 S), 1 Snow Bunting S, 2 Yellowhammer (Church Field). North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was at Beacon Lagoons and 25 Whooper Swan (Easington fields).

Red Kite. Ian Smith

Red Kite. Ian Smith

12th March 2011 - Saturday

The day began with a light SSW wind which swung SE with occasional sunny spells. Sea-watch/Migration watch 0650-1000


Highlights for today were 390 Pink-footed Geese N, 2 Grey-lag Geese (1 S), 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese (Humber), 2 Pintail (Humber), 69 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe S, 2 Merlin and Peregrine hunting, 1 Snipe (Walker Butts), a Water Rail (Four ways), 3 Sky Lark (1 S), 10 Meadow Pipit (7 S), 5 Rock Pipit S, a Stonechat (Lighthouse), 12 Long-tailed Tit (5 Point, 7 Warren), 6 Rook S, 72 Chaffinch (46 S), 28 Greenfinch (15 S), 2 Goldfinch S, 4 Siskin (3 S), 4 Linnet (3 S), 14 Reed Bunting (4 S).


North of the area the Slavonian Grebe was at Beacon Lagoons, 25 Whooper Swan (Easington fields), 2 Coal Tit (Kilnsea).

Coal Tit. Ian Smith

Coal Tit. Ian Smith

11th March 2011 - Friday

Some sunny spells today with a stiff force 4-3 W wind blowing. Sea-watch 0720-1000


Of note were 2 Grey-lag Geese, 1 Wigeon and 4 Teal in Walker Butts, 2 Eider N, 1 Goldeneye (Borrow Pit), 53 Red-throated Diver (43 N), 1 Great Northern Diver N, 140 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull S, 567 Common Gull, a Glaucous Gull blogging, 5 Long-tailed Tit S, 6 Jackdaw and 10 Rook S, 100 Starling (Triangle), 31 Chaffinch (4 S).


Overnight in the pond at Kew the first Frog spawn of the year was laid.

10th March 2011 - Thursday

A day of sunny spells and the odd light shower in a strong gusting force 6 + W-WNW wind.


Sea watches 0650-1015


Of note inn these poor conditions were 3 Grey-lag Geese (2 S, 1 Walker Butts), 8 Shelduck S, 6 Teal (Triangle), 73 Red-throated Diver (69 N), a Great Crested Grebe blogging, 758 Common Gull S, 7 Kittiwake (6 N), 4 Meadow Pipit (3 in 1 S), 1 Pied Wagtail S, 6 Jackdaw S, 64 Starling (14 S), 27 Chaffinch.

9th March 2011 - Wednesday

A changeable day with a few light showers admixed with some sunny spells in an increasing force 4-6 gusty W wind. Watches 0650-1100.


A few birds of note including 15 Pink-footed Geese N, the single Grey-lag Goose, 11 Teal (1 N, 6 S and 4 Walker Butts), a Scaup N, 100 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron S, a Common Buzzard went N from Church Field, a Peregrine (Humber), 685 Common Gull (509 S), a Glaucous Gull S, 63 Kittiwake, 92 Guillemot, 20 Stock Dove 92 in, 5 S, 13 u-turned), 5 Sky Lark (3 S), 11 Meadow Pipit (5 in, 4 S), 8 Rock Pipit (2 in, 6 S), a Redwing (Church Field), yesterday’s Chiffchaff still singing (Church Field), a Goldcrest (Point), 6 Rook (3 S), 610 Starling (310 S), 93 Chaffinch (69 S), 29 Greenfinch (6 S), 3 Siskin blogging, a Lapland Bunting N, 15 Reed Bunting (3 S).


With an incredible 67 Frogs in the pond at Kew.

8th March 2011 - Tuesday

A heavy overnight frost gave way to clear blue skies with a force 3 SW wind the first for some time enticing some light passage, with a few more grounded birds making a rather pleasant day.


Watches 0700-1100


Highlights of the day were 9 Whooper Swan in plus 24 in the fields at Easington, 190 Pink-footed Geese NW, the Grey-lag Goose, 5 Wigeon and 10 Teal in Walker Butts, 14 Gannet (11 S), a Common Buzzard u-turned, 140 Golden Plover (Humber), single Snipe and Woodcock, 7 Curlew went out, 6 Stock Dove (1 S), 60 Wood Pigeon (10 S), a Barn Owl (Triangle), a Great Spotted Woodpecker blogging, 15 Sky Lark (13 S), a Meadow Pipit N, 2 Rock Pipit (Salt Marsh), 3 pied Wagtail S, 2 Redwing (Church Field), a Chiffchaff singing in Church Field, 4 Great Tit S, 8 Jackdaw blogging, 5 Rook (4 u-turned, 1 S), 442 Starling (42 S), 22 Chaffinch (2 S, 15 Church Field), 30 Greenfinch (17 S), 7 Goldfinch (4 S), 2 Siskin S, 13 Linnet (12 S), 3 Yellowhammer and a Reed Bunting

7th March 2011 - Monday

Some cloud early on broke up leaving clear blue skies in a force 2-3 E wind. Sea-watches 0730-1000


Birds of note today were 57 Pink-footed Geese N, a Grey-lag Goose (Triangle), 72 Wigeon, 12 Teal (Walker Butts), 4 Eider S, a Grey Heron on the Humber, 3 Ringed Plover, 27 Sanderling, 4 Sky Lark (Triangle), 51 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 7 Jackdaw (4 S, 3 u-turned), 4 Rook S, 570 Starling (120 S), 2 Greenfinch S, and a Linnet at Chalk Bank.


An impressive 27 Frogs were in the pond at Kew.

6th March 2011 - Sunday

A much better with cloud breaking up early morning with some welcomed sunshine for the rest of the day in a cool force 1-3 E wind.


A few more birds about with the best of it being 3 Grey-lag Geese (2 Humber, 1 Triangle), 48 Barnacle Geese S at sea, 194 Wigeon (150 Humber, 42 S and 2 Walker Butts), 12 Teal and a Pintail (Walker Butts), 5 Eider S, 3 Goosander S, 2 Merlin, 383 Grey Plover (14 S, 369 Humber), a Woodcock (Point), 2 Rock Pipit (Salt Marsh), 68 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 7 Long-tailed Tit u-turned at the Warren, a Snow Bunting (Chalk Bank).

5th March 2011 - Saturday

A cloudy drizzly day with just the odd glimpse of some sun with a force 2-3 E wind blowing.


Highlights today were 2 Whooper Swan N, a Goldeneye S, 2 of Merlin and Peregrine hunting the area, 40 Turnstone (Chalk Bank), a Barn Owl (Triangle), a Sky Lark (Point), 2 Meadow Pipit (Chalk Bank), 2 Rock Pipit, 65 Blackbird, a Fieldfare (Chalk Bank), 13 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing (Kew), 600 Starling blogging.


The Slavonian Grebe was still on Beacon Lagoons.

4th March 2011 - Friday

Continuing to be dull and very similar to yesterday.


The highlights being 10 Teal (Triangle), the Tufted Duck and Goldeneye (Borrow Pit), 60 Golden Plover (Humber), 2 Snipe (Walker Butts), 24 Black-tailed Godwit, a Sky Lark (Point), 81 Blackbird, 1500 Starling.

3rd March 2011 - Thursday

Little change in the weather with it remaining dull and a light E wind.


A big increase in Blackbirds with 92 seen today, elsewhere of note were 10 Teal (Triangle), 3 Pintail (Humber), a Merlin (Narrows), 2 Lapwing N, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and 1200 Starling blogging around.

2nd March 2011 - Wednesday

Another dull cloudy day still with a light E wind, as per yesterday with just some light hints of spring.


Sea-watches 0930-1045, 1200-1230. Highlights today were 91 Wigeon (7 S, 84 on the sea), 4 Teal S, 4 Pintail (Walker Butts), 2 Pochard N, 2 Eider N, 3 Goldeneye (2 S, 1 Borrow Pit), 19 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver out then S, 15 Cormorant (10 S, 5 in), a Grey Heron on the Humber, 2 Peregrine, a Jack Snipe (Clubley’s), a Woodcock (Church Field), 2 Barn Owl, 26 Blackbird, a Redwing (Church Field), 700 Starling and 12 Chaffinch.


The Slavonian Grebe and the 24 Whooper Swan (Sammie’s) were still present.

1st March 2011 - Tuesday

A dull cloudy day with a light E wind, early signs of returning birds around with more Blackbirds and Starlings.


Of note today were 2 Grey-lag Geese S, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Pintail and a Shoveler (Walker Butts), the Tufted Duck (Borrow Pit), 10 Cormorant S, 5 Ringed Plover, a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Blue Bell), a Rock Pipit S, 28 Blackbird, a Redwing (Canal Hedge), c1000 Starling (Triangle)18 Snow Bunting (Point) and a Yellowhammer (Church Field).


Whilst at Beacon Lagoons the long staying Slavonian Grebe was still present along with 5 Goldeneye and a Peregrine.

Snow Bunting. Martin Hodges

Snow Bunting. Martin Hodges

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