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March 2013 Sightings

31st March 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30, 15.00—16.00. A nice calm morning with plenty of sunshine with a cool force 1-2 NNE wind.
Another Red Kite flew south in the morning, and other birds on the move were 43 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 157 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Oystercatcher, 42 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock in off, 517 Black-headed Gull out, 161 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 10 auks p, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Great Tit, 15 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.
Birds present included 3 Greylag Geese, 150 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 112 Teal, 7 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, a Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 12 Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff.

30th March 2013 - Saturday

Sea-watches 07.00-10.30, 15.00-16.00. A much better day with plenty of sunshine and a force 2-3 NNE wind.
There was a bit more passage today – 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 105 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar including a blue phase, 7 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 23 Lapwing, 3 Curlew out, 129 Black-headed Gull, 346 Herring Gull, 16 Great B.B.Gull, 16 Kittiwake, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow.
Birds present included the Black Brant and 1 Pale-bellied Brent with the Brent Geese, 258 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 98 Teal, 6 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Avocet, 83 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 7 Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff, 3000 Starling and 2 Siskin.

The Black Brant was showing very well on Kilnsea Wetlands. Ian Smith

The Black Brant was showing very well on Kilnsea Wetlands. Ian Smith

29th March 2013 - Friday

Birding was fairly limited with the East End Charity Bike Ride from Welwick to Spurn taking place and most birders on site participating with most of those too inebriated to bird afterwards!
However there were a few birds seen including the first Brambling of the year and a Red Kite and Marsh Harrier flying south. Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 226 Wigeon, 106 Teal, 8 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Woodcock, 302 Black-headed Gull out east, 20 Fieldfare and 2 Siskin.

28th March 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.10 - 9.30. Another cold day with frequent snow showers in a force 3-2 NE wind.
The first Black Redstart of the year was at Kilnsea Wetlands and the first Grey Wagtail flew south, a Wheatear was at Chalk Bank and other birds present included 5 Greylag Geese, 882 Brent and 1 Pale-bellied Brents, 138 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 16 Stock Dove, 2 Barn Owl, and 5 Song Thrush.
There was a bit more passage today – 4 Scaup, 1 Eider, 9 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 304 Herring Gull, 31 Great B.B.Gull 12 Kittiwake and 3 Rook.

The peninsula has been battered recently including damaging electricity poles to the Point. Barry Spence

The peninsula has been battered recently including damaging electricity poles to the Point. Barry Spence

27th March 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 07.25-9.30. Another cold, raw day with frequent snow showers in a force 3-2 NE wind.
A Tawny Owl at the Warren was unusual, otherwise quiet, on the move were a Red-throated Diver, 1 Sanderling, 105 Herring Gull, 23 Kittiwake, and a Razorbill.
The only birds present were 18 Greylag Geese, the Black Brant, 4 Pintail, a Merlin, a Snipe, a Woodcock and 8 Chaffinch.

26th March 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.15-08.30. Sunny spells with the wind easing a little but still cold and force 3-5 NE.
The first singing Chiffchaff of the spring was in Kilnsea, the Black Brant was still present with 1120 Brents and 5 Pale-bellied Brents, 4 Goldeneye, 5 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank.
The only birds moving were a Lesser B.B.Gull, 110 Herring Gull and 7 Kittiwake.

25th March 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.30-8.45. Sunny spells clouding over mid afternoon in a cold force 5-6 NE wind.
The winter birding continues, the Black Brant was still present along with 24 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 40 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch.
The only birds moving were 2 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 319 Herring Gull, 52 Great B.B.Gull, 2 Kittiwake.

24th March 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.00-12.40, 14.00-16.30. Remaining cold and very windy, a force 6+ NE with sunny spells and clouding over late afternoon.
The first Wheatear of the year arrived at Sammy’s Point, but otherwise it was more like a mid-winters day birding. On the move were 4 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 168 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1414 Herring Gull, 161 Great B.B.Gull, 51 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot.
Birds present included the Black Brant, 950 Brent Geese, 23 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, an Avocet, 122 Lapwing, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 3 Song Thrush and 6 Redwing.

drake Pintail. Ian Smith

drake Pintail. Ian Smith

drake Teal. Ian Smith

drake Teal. Ian Smith

23rd March 2013 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.00-10.20, 11.50-13.20, 14.15-15.30. Another terrible day, cloudy with frequent wintry showers in the morning, and a very cold force 6+ NE wind.
The Black Brant was still present, also 19 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 650 Brent Geese, 220 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Woodcock, 20 Skylark, 52 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Song Thrush, 45 Chaffinch, 43 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 5 Red-throated Diver, 40 Fulmar, 52 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 606 Herring Gull, 113 Great B.B.Gull, 22 Kittiwake and 2 Guillemot.

22nd March 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.45-10.00, 15.15-16.15. Another awful cold day with 8/8 cloud cover and a force 5-6 NNE wind.
Over the sea were 9 Common Scoter, 43 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 25 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp, 14 Razorbill.
Other birds present were the Black Brant and 920 Brent Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Teal, a Fieldfare, 5 Redwing.

21st March 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watch 07.00-08.45. Sunny spells with an increasing force 1-3 NE wind.
In the Long Bank/Beacon Pond area the Black Brant was still present with 1300 Brent and 7 Pale-bellied Brents, also 23 Greylag Geese, the Barnacle Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard and 2 Avocets. Other birds present included 571 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 13 Meadow Pipit, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2000 Starling, 9 Chaffinch.
On the move were a Canada Goose, 3 Teal, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Skylark 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 2 Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer.

20th March 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.15, 13.00-15.25. Cloudy all day with frequent light wintry showers in a cold force 32 NE wind.
A bit more passage today included a Teal, 2 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 48 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, a male Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, a Little Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 430 Herring Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 66 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 17 Razorbill.
Birds present included 2 Avocet at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, 5 Redwing, 2000 Starling and 7 Snow Bunting at Beacon Ponds.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

19th March 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.40-09.00. Fog at dawn soon burnt off leaving blue skies, clouding over late on with a force 1 variable wind.
There was very little passage – 6 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit + 3 in, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and the first 3 Curlew fly out east of the spring.
Birds present included 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 322 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, a Water Rail, 109 Lapwing, a Little Owl, 11 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 2500 Starling, 25 Reed Bunting.

18th March 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.15-09.15. Cloudy all day with rain petering out by mid-day, remaining cloudy in a decreasing force 2-1 E-NE-NW wind.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 68 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Gull, 7 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 11 Razorbill.
Birds present included 2 Canada Geese, 5 Shoveler, 2 Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Stonechat, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2000 Starling and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

17th March 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 06.45-10.00, 13.15-14.15. Sunny spells to start with clouded over mid-afternoon, a force 4-1-3 SSW wind.
The earliest ever Sandwich Tern by 3 days flew south and some more passage offshore including a very good count of Sanderling for the time of year, 10 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 267 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 24 Knot, 105 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 36 Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser B.B.Gull, 77 Herring Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 44 Great B.B.Gull, 19 auk sp, 60 Razorbill, 2 Meadow Pipit in off, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook and 2 Linnet.
Other birds present included 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 7 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Rock Pipit, a Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1000 Starling, 8 Chaffinch and a Yellowhammer.

16th March 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-10.30, 12.05-16.15. Cloudy and frequent rain showers on and off all day, a strong force 5-6+ SW wind.
The sea was very productive, including an unusually good wildfowl and wader passage for the time of year – on the move, again mainly south were 85 Wigeon, 256 Teal, 10 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 22 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 7 Eider, 19 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 55 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 280 Gannet, 7 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 46 Lapwing, 41 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Little Gull, 19 Black-headed Gull, aGlaucous Gull, 29 Lesser B.B.Gull, 101 Herring Gull, 42 Great B.B.Gull, 14 Kittiwake, 15 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Skylark.
Also a Canada Goose in the Triangle and 2 Avocets on the Humber were additions to the year list while other birds on the ground included a Barnacle Goose, 145 Wigeon, 119 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 2 Snipe, 2 Woodcock 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 6 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff and 1100 Starling which is the first influx of the spring. Also a controlled Reed Bunting was sporting a Dutch ring.

record shot of Glaucous Gull. Ian Smith

record shot of Glaucous Gull. Ian Smith

A selection of wildfowl on the move - Teal and Goldeneye

A selection of wildfowl on the move - Teal and Goldeneye

Pintail

Pintail

Wigeon

Wigeon

15th March 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.15, 13.00-14.15. Cloudy all day and rain from mid-day, a force 4-5 SSW wind.
The Black Brant seems to have disappeared but so has the Brent Goose flock which are presumably on the Lincolnshire coast. Some light passage saw the following moving mainly south – 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 3 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Black-headed Gull, 1 Razorbill, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 44 Starling, 7 Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch.
Other birds included 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 12 Teal, 1 Rock Pipit and 2 Song Thrush.

14th March 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-10. Very cold in the morning with a dusting of snow, then long sunny spells and feeling spring-like in a force 1-2 NW-W wind.
The Long-eared Owl was in the Triangle and a Barn Owl at the Warren otherwise a Redwing was the only other grounded bird.
A first-winter Iceland Gull flew north in the morning and other birds over the sea included 3 Scaup, 2 Goosander, 49 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 16 Black-headed Gull. A Skylark came in off and a Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, 3 Jackdaw and 3 Rooks all moved south.
Other birds included 5 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Scaup, 10 Snipe, 1 Woodcock.

13th March 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Frequent heavy snow showers and sunny spells in a decreasing force 4-1 N-NNW wind.
A few new migrants made for a more interesting day, the first Water Pipit for two years was found by the Borrow Pit before flying south in the direction of Clubley’s Field. A Long-eared Owl at Rose Cottage was the first of the year and was later found at Kew where it found its way into a mist-net – the first ringed for two years! Also present were a Little Egret, a Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit, a Stonechat, 2 Redwing and a Snow Bunting.
On the move were 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 55 Herring Gull, 2 Jackdaw and a Rook.
The Black Brant was still at Long bank with 628 Brents and 10 Pale-bellied Brents.

Long-eared Owl roosting by Rose Cottage. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl roosting by Rose Cottage. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Rael Butcher

Long-eared Owl. Rael Butcher

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Barn Owl hunting in the snow. Ian Smith

Barn Owl hunting in the snow. Ian Smith

12th March 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30. Another very cold day with a biting force 3-4 NE wind and frequent wintry showers.
THE ROAD TO SPURN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to damage to the road and electric poles by recent high tides.
The Brent Geese keep increasing and the record was broken when 1500 were in the Long Bank area with the Black Brant and 10 Pale-bellied Brents. The adult drake Long-tailed Duck was on Beacon Ponds and other birds seen included 4 Gadwall, 52 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 16 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 250 Herrin Gull S, a Razorbill, a Barn Owl, a female Stonechat in the Triangle, 2 Jackdaw and a Rook.

The damage to the road to Spurn. Barry Spence

The damage to the road to Spurn. Barry Spence

11th March 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.20-10.20. Snow showers on and off all day and a very cold force 4 NE wind.
The Black Brant was still present at Long Bank with 1 Barnacle Goose, 886 Brent and 10 Pale-bellied Brents and on Kilnsea Wetlands were 186 Wigeon, 50 Teal and a Shoveler.
Other birds seen included 4 Gadwall, 2 Eider, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 411 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Redwing, 7 Chaffinch and 42 Linnet.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Nigel Genn

Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Nigel Genn

10th March 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.15-11.15. Snow showers and sunny spells in a very cold force 4-5 NE-NNE wind.
A Red-necked Grebe flew south past the sea-watching hut at 09.00 and other birds seen over the sea were 3 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, a Goosander, 5 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 41 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 300 Herring Gull, 33 Kittiwake.
The Black Brant was still present at Long Bank along with 1069 Brent, 8 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Barnacle Goose, 171 Wigeon. An adult drake Long-tailed Duck was on the Borrow Pit for a short while before moving to Beacon Ponds. Other birds included 2 Gadwall, 38 Teal, a Shoveler, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, a Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redwing, 46 Linnet and 2 Snow Bunting.

Black Brant with the dark-bellied Brent Geese

Black Brant with the dark-bellied Brent Geese

Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent to the right and plenty of dark-bellied Brents

Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent to the right and plenty of dark-bellied Brents

A close up of the Black Brant. Ian Smith

A close up of the Black Brant. Ian Smith

adult male Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

adult male Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

9th March 2013 - Saturday

No watches. An awful day with rain all day and a cold force 3-4 NE wind and poor visibility.
The highlight was the finding of an adult BLACK BRANT in with the Brent Goose flock at Long Bank, along with 6 Pale-bellied Brents and a Barnacle Goose. Also at Kilnsea Wetlands was the first Stonechat of the year. other birds seen include 2 Gadwall, 57 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 45 Common Scoter, a Water Rail at the Point, a Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, a Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Chiffchaff at the Warren, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, and 40 Linnet.

female Stonechat. Ian Smith

female Stonechat. Ian Smith

8th March 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.30-09.00. Low cloudy with rain most of the day, with poor visibility and a cool force 3 E wind.
Brent Geese had increased to 862 with 4 Pale-bellied and a Barnacle Goose with them, also present were 166 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 42 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 162 Herring Gull S, and a Linnet.

7th March 2013 - Thursday

No watches. Another dull, murky day with poor visibility in a force 2 ENE-E wind.
Birds present today were much the same as last couple of weeks – 3 Greylag Geese, 39 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 181 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, a Litlte Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and a Siskin.

6th March 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy with rain until mid-day in a force 2-3 NE wind
On the move were 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 155 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit NW.
Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 217 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 11 Goldeneye, a Snipe, a Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit and a Redwing.

5th March 2013 - Tuesday

Fog all day with little or now wind.
Typically quiet considering the weather with just 4 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and a Siskin being the only birds of note.

4th March 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45, 15.15-16.15. Mostly cloudy with some sunny spells, in a cool force 2-3 SE wind.
On the move south were a Wigeon, 13 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 77 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 19 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill.
Other birds seen were 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 135 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 11 Goldeneye, a Moorhen in Kew garden!, 1 Woodcock.

3rd March 2013 - Sunday

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45. Cloudy all day with a light force 1-2 W wind, veering S-SE by the evening.
380 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west, while other birds on the move were 2 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 67 Red-throated Diver, 5 auk sp, 9 Skylark, a Jackdaw and a Linnet.
Other birds present included the Barnacle Goose, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Song Thrush.

Water Rail. Ian Smith

Water Rail. Ian Smith

2nd March 2013 - Saturday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.45. A lovely spring-like day with a light force 1 NW wind.
A good wader ringing session caught 2 Oystercatcher, 21 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 14 Redshank!
In the Long Bank area were 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 668 Brent, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Over the sea were 30 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 11 auk spm and 3 Razorbill. Other birds included a Marsh Harrier, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snow Bunting.

Snow Bunting with the Linnet flock. Ian Smith

Snow Bunting with the Linnet flock. Ian Smith

1st March 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.25-10.25. Cloudy with very occasional sunny spells and a light shower, force 3-2 NNE wind.
A quiet day, 8 Scaup on the Humber being the highlight, other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Greenshank, 20 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 2 Skylark south.

Greenshank. Ian Smith

Greenshank. Ian Smith

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