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March 2012 Sightings

31st March 2012 - Saturday

Sea-watch 13.00-14.45. A cold force 4 N wind with some sunny spells and occasional showers.


Another quiet day, the highlight being the first Canada Goose of the year which flew south. Other birds seen included 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Peregrine, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Chiffchaff.

30th March 2012 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-08.30. bright and sunny with a light NW wind.


A Black Redstart and a ‘Northern’ Bullfinch at the Point, a Wheatear and 2 Chiffchaffs were the only migrants seen.


Passage was also light 4 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk, 23 Curlew out east, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet.

29th March 2012 - Thursday

Warm and sunny again, with some high light clouds a force 1-3 NW-N wind.


A Red Kite flew north over the Triangle mid-morning and a Brambling at Kew was the first of the year. It remained very quiet for migrants and the only birds seen of note were 1 Merlin, 1 Greenshank 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 9 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

28th March 2012 - Wednesday

Wednesday 28th


Migration watch 06.50-10.15. Bright, sunny and warm all day with a force 1 W-NW wind.


Moving south were 1 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 103 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds present included 33 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swallow, 9 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Fieldfare, 49 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest.

27th March 2012 - Tuesday

Migration-watch – 07.00-11.00, a frost to start then warm and sunny all day with a light variable wind.


2 Red-legged Partridges seen in the Triangle were a welcome addition to the year list after last years absence, also a Mealy Redpoll at Kew during the afternoon was another first of the year. There were no sightings of the Bittern today but there was some light passage south which included 1 Marsh Harrier U-turning, 2 Lapwing, 17 Curlew out E, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 42 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 21 Carrion Crow, 350 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting.


Birds present included 10 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest.

26th March 2012 - Monday

Visible migration 08.15-10.00. Fog for the first couple of hours but cleared leaving a warm and sunny day.


The Bittern showed on and off throughout the day and a couple of Short-eared Owls entertained in between, otherwise it was a very quiet day. The only birds moving south were 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 7 alba Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 530 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen included 2 Teal, 1 Pochard (1st of year), 1 Merlin, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest.

Bittern

Bittern

25th March 2012 - Sunday

Fog hampered viewing all day, but the Bittern showed on a few more occasions throughout the day. Another Swallow flew south but the only other birds noted were 1 Pintail, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest.

24th March 2012 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-11.00. Early morning fog soon dispersed to leave a fine and sunny day with a cool, light E wind.


Another good day for the time of year, the highlight was a Bittern, the second of the year but only the eighth record for Spurn, it showed well briefly first thing in the morning and wasn’t seen again until dusk when it started climbing reeds and going to roost on Canal Scrape. A Little Ringed Plover which flew over the Warren was the earliest ever record by 6 days and a Swallow south in the evening was only two days later than the earliest record at Spurn. Spotted Redshank and Common Buzzard were also additions to the growing year list.


Birds moving south included 3 Eider, 4 Sparrowhawk, 37 Oystercatcher out, 23 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 103 Common Gull, 177 auk sp, 2 Puffin N, 6 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 26 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail at Warren left S, 7 Great Tit, 5 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 105 Starling, 28 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.


birds present were few but included 1 Pintail, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 14 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest.

Short eared owl.  Mick Sharpe

Short eared owl. Mick Sharpe

23rd March 2012 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch – 0.30-10.00. Another bright, sunny and warm day with a light SE-E wind.


New spring migrants included the first every March Yellow Wagtail recorded at Spurn, an early Sandwich Tern north, a cracking Ring Ouzel at Wire Dump and an Avocet at the Tank Blocks, while other migrants included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest.


A few birds were trickled through: 2 Eider, 106 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Puffin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, alba Wagtail, 3 Great Tit, 4 Rook, 110 Starling, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 25 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting. Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Merlin, and 2 Peregrine.

Merlin.  Mick Turton

Merlin. Mick Turton

22nd March 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch/migration watch 06.30-10.30. Bright and sunny day with a cool force 1-2 SE-ENE wind.


Another cracking male Black Redstart joined yesterday’s bird at the Point, while other migrants remained included 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, the first White Wagtail of the year which left S, 5 Redwing, 8 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 200 Starling, 10 Chaffinch, and 2 Siskin.


Birds on the move (south unless stated) were 25 Red-throated Diver (23 N), 5 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 75 Black-headed Gull, 125 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit + 8 NW, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 445 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 3 Eider, 2 Common and 3 Velvet Scoter on the Humber, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine. A Wheatear was seen at Long Bank.

20th March 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-watch/migration watch 06.30-10.30. Bright and sunny day with a cool force 1-2 SE-ENE wind.


Another cracking male Black Redstart joined yesterday’s bird at the Point, while other migrants remained included 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, the first White Wagtail of the year which left S, 5 Redwing, 8 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 200 Starling, 10 Chaffinch, and 2 Siskin.


Birds on the move (south unless stated) were 25 Red-throated Diver (23 N), 5 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 75 Black-headed Gull, 125 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit + 8 NW, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 445 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 3 Eider, 2 Common and 3 Velvet Scoter on the Humber, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine. A Wheatear was seen at Long Bank.

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

19th March 2012 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.45-09.15, 14.30-15.30. Bright and sunny all day with a force 3 W-SW wind.


A much quieter day, over the day were 1 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 auk sp, 5 Meadow Pipit in off.


3000 Starlings were in the Triangle and other birds seen included 3 Greylag Goose, 5 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Chaffinch and a Yellowhammer.

18th March 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.15-09.30. A dull start that brightened up by mid-day leaving clear blue skies and a force 3-1 N-SW wind.


A strange day with good numbers of certain migrants that would obviously suggest emigration back to Scandinavia (thrushes and Starlings – a regular feature at this time of year), but a spring record of 16 Woodcock could suggest new birds coming in as well as going out?! Also a good number of ducks on the move in the morning.


Counts of other migrants included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 130 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 2000 Starling + 1000 out east and 380 south, 17 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin. On the move south were 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 66 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing.


While other birds present included 55 Teal on Canal Scrape, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe.

17th March 2012 - Saturday

Sea-watch 06.45-09.00. Dull with low cloud but a few sunny periods, a decreasing 2-1 S-SW wind.


A few more new arrivals included the first Sand Martin which U-turned and a Blackcap at the Warren, although the highlight went to a Water Pipit at Beacon Ponds. Other migrants seen included a Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 11 Goldcrest.


Birds on the move (south unless stated) were: 3 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 1 Goosander, 65 Red-throated Diver (59 N), 15 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 22 Black-headed Gull, 3 Razorbill, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin.

16th March 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.15-09.15, 11.35-12.35. A bright start soon clouded over with a strengthening force 3-4 SSE wind.


The first Wheatears arrived, with 1 by the Borrow Pit and 2 along Beacon Lane, other migrants included 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 12 Chaffinch. Moving south were 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 8 Common Scoter, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch.


Other birds seen included 149 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 10 auk sp and 2 Razorbill.

15th March 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch 12.30-13.30. Fog for most of the day clearing early afternoon for a short period before rolling back in the afternoon, a force 2-1 SSE wind.


A Red-necked Grebe sat on the sea was the highlight of the day, other birds seen during the day were a Scaup, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Snipe, 14 auks p, 12 Guillemot, 2 Short-eared Owl, 24 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 20 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Snow Bunting.

13th March 2012 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 07.30-10.00. A dull cloudy day with a light force 1 SW-SE wind.


There was a small increase in migrants which included 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 42 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.


Over the sea were 6 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 34 Red-throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron in, 222 auk sp, 41 Guillemot and 70 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

12th March 2012 - Monday

Sea/migration watch 06.20-09.00. A clear start that soon fogged up then cleared by late morning, remained cloudy with light W winds.


Over the sea or on the move south were 25 Brent Geese out E, 1 Eider, 21 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 29 Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 610 Starling, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest and a Siskin.

11th March 2012 - Sunday

Sea/migration –watch 07.00-10.00. Another warm and sunny spring day with a force 3-1 NW-W wind.


On the move today (south unless stated) were 15 Greylag Geese NW, 1 Sparrowhawk, 60 Oystercatcher and 18 Curlew out E, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit + 12 in and NW, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 3 Great Tit, 24 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 405 Starling, 14 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch and 12 Linnet.


Over the sea were 33 Pink-footed Geese N, 17 Wigeon, 1 Eider 51 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake.


Other birds present were 1 Gadwall, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Yellowhammer.


North of the area a Stonechat was on Beacon Lane.

10th March 2012 - Saturday

Sea/migration watch 06.30-10.00. Sunny all day with a force 2-4 SW wind.


The highlights included a Woodlark which flew south over the Warren and was later found on the road at the lighthouse and in the afternoon on the parade ground at the Point, also a Red Kite flew S in the morning (a different bird to the one yesterday).


It was a good morning for passage and moving south were 6 Greylag Geese, 5 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, 17 Skylark + 1 in, 9 Meadow Pipit + 22 in, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 26 Great Tit + 10 U-turned, 22 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 172 Chaffinch, 13 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 47 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were 64 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet and 76 Herring Gull.


Other birds present included 1 Woodcock, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Snow Bunting.


North of the area there was a male Hen Harrier and a Stonechat at Long Bank.

9th March 2012 - Friday

Sea/migration watch 06.30-11.00. Sunny spells force 3 SW wind.


Some light passage south (unless stated otherwise) included 31 Oystercatcher and 27 Golden Plover out E, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail (1st of year), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Great Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 150 Starling, 105 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet and a Reed Bunting.


Over the sea were 11 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 62 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Gannet, 18 Cormorant, 1 Glaucous Gull, 4 Kittiwake.


Other birds seen included 1 Woodcock, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Snow Bunting, while north of the area a Red Kite U-turned over Easington.

8th March 2012 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-11.00. A dull cloudy start brightened up by late morning, a force 4 WNW dropping to force 3 and WSW in the afternoon.


Moving south were 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese + 6 in and N, 7 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 11 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew out, 61 Herring Gull, a flock of 80 Kittiwake out east in the evening, 8 Meadow Pipit in, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 42 Starling, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Snow Bunting N. Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 4 Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owls in Triangle, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest and Yellowhammer.

7th March 2012 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00. Cloudy to start with frequent showers, some heavy and a force5-3 WNW-W wind.


The highlight was a Rough-legged Buzzard which spent a short while hovering over the Sheep Field (below the height of the telegraph wires) before continuing south-east towards Lincolnshire.


Birds over the sea included 6 Common Scoter and 6 Velvet Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and 3 Gannet.


Other birds seen included the Egyptian Goose, 4 Teal, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and 1 Goldcrest.


North of the area were 7 Whooper Swans at Long Bank, 1 Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine and a Greenshank at Beacon Ponds.

6th March 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.15. A cloudy start which cleared by the afternoon, a force 2-1-3 NW-SW wind.


Over the sea were 3 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 600 Common Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull S and 5 auk sp N.


Other birds seen included the Egyptian Goose, 1 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 13 Lapwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1000 Starling, 11 Chaffinch and 5 Linnet.

3rd March 2012 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.15-10.15, 13.30-16.30. A dull misty start with rain by late morning, clearing up in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SE wind.


the sea were 64 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Red-throated Diver, 340 Gannet (feeding offshore), 2 Shag, 5 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 800 Black-headed Gull feeding offshore, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 558 Herring Gull (158 S, 400 feeding), 124 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1204 auk sp S, 1 Guillemot, 209 Razorbill S.


Other birds seen included 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 10 Pintail, 2 Grey Partridge, the first Grey Heron of the year, 1 Rock Pipit, 50 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, and 3650 Starling in the area.


North of the area 2 Tundra Bean Geese were at Skeffling and a Marsh Harrier was at Easington Lagoon.

2nd March 2012 - Friday

The first proper day of spring passage with the following flying south: 11 Stock Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit + 3 in, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Great Tit, 4 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 700 Starling, 46 Chaffinch, 22 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 24 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Corn Bunting.


Over the sea were 4 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 90 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 380 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull.


Other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 770 Brent, 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese all on the Humber, 8 Teal, 45 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest and 20 Reed Bunting.


North of the area were 7 Whooper Swans and a Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, 2 Scaup and a Red-breasted Merganser at Beacon Ponds.

1st March 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00. Bright, sunny and warm with a light W-SW wind.


Moving (south unless stated) were 80 Pink-footed Geese N, 13 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 51 Herring Gull N, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Jackdaw, 7 Rook.


Other birds present were 1 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Snipe, 1 Rock Pipit, 42 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 280 Starling, 1 Siskin and 1 Linnet.


North of the area were 7 Whooper Swan at Long Bank, 17 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Greenshank and a Short-eared Owl at Beacon Ponds.


A Small Tortoishell and 2 Comma on the wing were the first of the year.

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