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April 2012 Sightings

30th April 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-17.00. Bright and sunny all day in a force 1-3 SE-E wind.


A very good days birding with a good arrival of common migrants and the first decent passage of hirundines and Goldfinches, also 3 more additions to the Observatory year list which now stands at 179, just above average for the end of April.


Grounded migrants included 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 30 Robin, 5 Redstart, 5 Whinchat (1st of year), 71 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 45 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 26 Willow Warbler, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 13 Brambling.


On the move (south unless stated) were 5 Shelduck, 1 drake Garganey (1st of year), 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (1st of year), 22 Curlew out east, 6 Sandwich Tern out east, 12 Arctic Tern out east, 16 Swift, 26 Sand Martin, 549 Swallow, 51 House Martin, 23 flava Wagtail, 3 Rook, 1 Chaffinch, 408 Goldfinch, 400 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.


A Hen Harrier and 2 Merlin were blogging about and north of the area a further 88 Wheatear and 2 Ring Ouzels were recorded.

Wheatears.  Michael Flowers

Wheatears. Michael Flowers

Whinchat.  Michael Flowers

Whinchat. Michael Flowers

29th April 2012 - Sunday

Sea -watch 07.15-10.00. An awful day with low cloud and rain finally stopping by later afternoon in a cold force 5-3 NNE wind.


Birds over the sea included 1 teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 24 Sandwich Tern.


The few birds seen on the land were 1 Short-eared Owl, 16 Wheatear, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Brambling and 7 Siskin.

28th April 2012 - Saturday

Late news of a the first Garden Warbler yesterday, and additions today included a Hen Harrier and a splendid male Pied Flycatcher. Other migrants present included 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 White Wagtail, 7 Robin, 1 Redstart, 38 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 6 Brambling and a Corn Bunting.


Birds on the move included 4 Scaup, 1 Eider, 22 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 23 Gannet, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Little Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 21 auk sp, 14 Razorbill, 12 Swift, 11 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 7 Goldfinch and 88 Linnet.


Other birds present were a Canada Goose, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Merlin, 6 Whimbrel.

Pied Flycatcher.  Sue Hepton

Pied Flycatcher. Sue Hepton

27th April 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 06.45-10.25. Cloudy with rain until late morning then sunny spells in a stiff force 3+ NNE wind.


At last the first Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroats in the recording area for the year arrived, other migrants showing in the afternoon sun included the first Common Sandpipers of the year, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 64 Wheatear with another 63 north of the recording area, 2 Ring Ouzel, 19 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, and 3 Brambling.


Over the sea were 31 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Fulmar, 47 Gannet, 10 Kittiwake, 32 Little Tern, 1 Black Tern, 34 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern, 74 Arctic Tern, 55 auk sp, 20 Guillemot and 160 Razorbill.


On the Humber were a Spotted Redshank and 18 Whimbrel.

Ring Ouzel.  Tim Cowley

Ring Ouzel. Tim Cowley

26th April 2012 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.25 – 09.10, 10.00 – 11.15. Heavy rain all day, interspersed with sunny spells in a gusty SW-W wind.


The first (5) Swifts of the year flew south, while other birds on the move included 13 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Whimbrel out east, 42 Curlew out east, 1 Bonxie out east, 6 Little Tern N, 1 Arctic Tern N, 9 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 58 Goldfinch, 119 Linnet.


A slight increase in grounded migrants but still no Whitethroats! 2 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank,

Cuckoo.  Tim Cowley

Cuckoo. Tim Cowley

Short eared Owl.  Tim Cowley

Short eared Owl. Tim Cowley

25th April 2012 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watches 06.10-11.25, 18.25-19.35. Cloudy with rain from mid-morning to late afternoon, a force 2-4 SE wind.


Some light passage before the rain started included 3 Swallow, 1 flava Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 13 Goldfinch, 194 Linnet.


Over the sea were 2 Eider out, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 55 Gannet, 3 Little Gull out, 57 Herring Gull, 1 Little Tern, 45 Sandwich Tern, 4 Commic Tern, 1 auk sp and 9 Guillemot.


Other birds seen included an Avocet, 2 Whimbrel and a Spotted Redshank on the Humber, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll.

24th April 2012 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-10.00. Sunny spells with just the odd light shower in cool force 2-3 N-NNE wind.


The main feature of the morning was the movement of terns coming out of the Humber and cutting out NE into the North Sea: 1 Little Tern, 14 Black Tern (1st of year), 3 Sandwich Tern and 111 Arctic Tern. Other birds on the move included 10 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Gannet, 16 Guillemot, 1 Stock Dove, 6 Swallow, 3 Jackdaw, 26 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch and 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen included 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Chiffchaff and a Brambling.

23rd April 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.00. Cloudy to start, rain by mid-morning but clearing by the afternoon, a force 1-2 S-NE wind.


A much quieter day, with the first Common Sandpiper of the year and some light passage, moving south were 13 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar out, 1 Curlew + 5 out east, 1 Little Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 15 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 23 Starling, 18 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet.


Grounded migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin. Other birds seen were 3 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Fieldfare.  Sue Hepton

Fieldfare. Sue Hepton

22nd April 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.35-09.20. More sunny spells and showers, some heavy at times, a variable force 1-2 SW-N wind.


There was more passage although a little lighter than yesterday: 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 11 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 28 Curlew out east, 1 Little Tern, 19 Sandwich Tern, 39 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit + 20 in, 1 flava Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 4 Rook + 22 in, 23 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 21 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 488 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting.


Grounded birds included a Jack Snipe, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling, 1 Corn Bunting.


Other birds present included 3 Scaup, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Goosander on the Humber. A Tree Pipit and a Whitethroat were near the Riding School.

Redstart.  Garry Taylor

Redstart. Garry Taylor

21st April 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-13.00, sunny spells and showers, some heavy, a force 2-1 mainly SW wind.


A good day for passage, particularly Linnets and corvids. Totals (south unless stated) were: 1 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 17 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Scaup, 39 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Golden Plover, 56 Curlew out east, 3 Little Gull out, 459 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit (1st of year) , 40 Meadow Pipit + 21 in, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 4 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 54 Rook + 17 in, 93 Carrion Crown + 18 in, 2 Chaffinch, 26 Goldfinch, 508 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting.


Grounded migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Robin, 2 Redstart, 22 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen included 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Whimbrel and a Glaucous Gull while a Common Buzzard was seen north of the area.

20th April 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.15. A cold start with frequent showers mid-morning, some sunny spells, a force 3-1 W-SW wind.


A Redstart at Potato Fields and a House Martin over Kilnsea were the firsts of the year, small numbers of grounded migrants included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Robin, 1 Black Redstart (Borrow Pit), 13 Wheatear + 20 Long Bank/Sammy’s Point area, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 1 Yellowhammer.


One the move were 5 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 45 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kittiwake, 11 auk sp, 4 Swallow, 13 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 36 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 73 Linnet and 1 Redpoll.


Other birds seen included 12 Teal, 1 Little Egret and a Black-tailed Godwit.

19th April 2012 - Thursday

Migration-watch 07.00-09.00, cloudy all day with frequent rain showers from mid-morning and a cool NE 2-4 wind.


The highlight was Spurn’s 3rd ever CETTI’S WARBLER, it was found in a mist-net at Kew Villa and an addition to the Spurn ringing list. There were quite a few more migrants including the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year reeling at the Warren, 3 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Robin, 10 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 7 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling.


Seabirds seen mostly moving out east of the Humber included 1 Goosander N, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 1 Bonxie out east, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake out, 2 Little Tern out. A Marsh Harrier U-turned and a Cuckoo was seen in Easington.

Cetti's Warbler.  Andy Roadhouse

Cetti's Warbler. Andy Roadhouse

Cetti's Warbler.  Andy Roadhouse

Cetti's Warbler. Andy Roadhouse

18th April 2012 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-09.00. A cloudy start with rain nearly all day from 9am, a cold SE-E force 3 wind.


The first Arctic Terns of the year flew south down the Humber and other birds moving included 2 Goosander, 4 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, 7 Little Gull, 2 Swallow, 2 Rook, 4 Goldfinch and 195 Linnet.


Other birds seen were 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and a Brambling.

17th April 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 06.30-08.15, 09.15-10.30. The gale force winds well into the morning with lashing rain, didn’t help the day, but a drop in wind and the appearance of the sun in the afternoon made for a few birds showing but still very quiet for the time of year.


2 White Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler. Moving south were a Common Buzzard, a Glaucous Gull, 9 Swallow, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 18 Linnet.

16th April 2012 - Monday

Migration-watch 06.30-08.45. Frosty start soon clouded over then a sunny afternoon, a force 1-2 WNW wind to start veered SSE by the afternoon.


Remains quiet, but a Cuckoo was the first of the year, other migrants seen included a Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, 7 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Brambling.


The only birds on the move were 1 Swallow N, 6 Meadow Pipit S, 3 Carrion Crow S, 2 Goldfinch S and 82 Linnet S.


Present were 2 Greylag Geese, 173 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin.

15th April 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 06.30-08.00. Another cold and showery morning with a force 4 N wind.


The only birds seen moving south were 1 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 30 Gannet N and 1 Meadow Pipit in off.


There was an increase in waders on the Humber including 1110 Grey Plover, 1000 Knot, 4000 Dunlin and a Spotted Redshank.


The only migrants seen were 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest.

14th April 2012 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-07.30, 10.30-11.40. a mixed day of sun and showers and feeling cold in a force 2-4 N wind.


Migrants seen included a Ring Ouzel at the Point, 11 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.


A few birds were on the move including 11 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser out east, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Swallow, 24 Meadow Pipit + 5 in, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 30 Linnet N.


Other birds present were 172 Brent Geese +1 pale-bellied, 2 Pintail, 2 Merlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Glaucous Gull. Also 12 Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail at Sammy’s Point.

Ring Ouzel.  Ian Smith

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

13th April 2012 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-12.00. Sunny spells and light rain showers, a light N-NNE wind.


Much quieter day, on the move south were 2 Canada Geese, 1 Common Scoter N, 1 Little Egret N, 4 Curlew out, 1 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin N, 1 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit + 6 in, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 24 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer U-turned.


Other birds present included 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling.


We received late news from Tuesday when 2 Common Cranes flew south over the area in the afternoon, they had been seen earlier in the day further up the coast at Aldborough.

Wheatear.  Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wheatear.  Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Yellow Wagtail.  Ian Smith

Yellow Wagtail. Ian Smith

12th April 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-15.30. Varying cloud with some long sunny spells, a light N-NNE wind.


An Osprey flew N at 14.30 and other firsts of the year were a Whimbrel on the Humber and a Sedge Warbler north of the area on Beacon Lane. There was another passage of Wheatears which from ringing appeared to be Greenland/Icelandic birds, 21 moved through NW and a further 21 stayed around to feed, other migrants included a Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest.


There was some passage south including 3 Wigeon out, 19 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser out, 3 Red-throated Diver, 13 Sparrowhawk, 12 Oystercatcher out, 10 Curlew out, 3 Sandwich Tern N, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 41 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 137 Linnet and 2 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 4 Eider, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

White Wagtail.  Mick Sharpe

White Wagtail. Mick Sharpe

11th April 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-13.00. A changeable day with sunny spells and showers, some very heavy, a force 3-1 W-NW-N wind.


A good day, the highlight being a Rough-legged Buzzard that flew south in the morning, but also the first good passage of Wheatears through (52), many moving off NW. Also the first Green Sandpiper and Little Tern of the year were recorded.


Grounded migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin.


A decent passage saw the following move south (unless stated otherwise): 52 Pink-footed Geese + 80 grey geese sp N, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Pintail, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver N, 7 Cormorant N, 7 Sparrowhawk + 1 in, 5 Golden Plover in, 8 Curlew out east, 29 Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull in, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow N, 13 Meadow Pipit + 419 in and NW, 2 Yellow Wagtail in and NW, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 27 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin N, 212 Linnet + 44 in and NW, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting.


Other birds seen included 3 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

Rough legged Buzzard.  John Cooper

Rough legged Buzzard. John Cooper

10th April 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-12.00, 13.15-16.30. Bright and sunny all day with a gusty force 4-5 SW wind.


Birds on the move included 1 Goosander, 3 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret N, 1 Lapwing, 46 Curlew out east, 19 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit + 97 in and NW, 4 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch and 291 Linnet.


Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest.

9th April 2012 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.50-07.20. Cloudy all day with almost continuous light rain a force 1-4 SW wind.


There was no sign of the Bluethroats today in the inclement conditions and migrants seen included 1 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swallow, 1 White Wagtail, 38 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 6 Fieldfare, 23 Song Thrush, 33 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest.


Other birds seen included 12 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 10 Common Scoter.

8th April 2012 - Sunday

Mostly cloudy with occasional light showers in a cold force 1-3 SW wind.


The undoubted highlight on a generally quiet day was the finding of not one but two White-spotted Bluethroats. The first found in the Sheep Field early afternoon was an adult male and showed very well singing from fence posts. Late afternoon an immature male was found on the Canal opposite Canal Scrape – there are only 3 previous records of this race – 1958, 1966 and 2011.


Other grounded migrants included a White Wagtail, a Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 14 Song Thrush, 36 Redwing, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest.


Birds moving (south unless stated) included 4 Wigeon, 7 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 14 Curlew out east, 2 Skylark, 17 Meadow Pipit + 19 NW, 2 alba Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 21 Carrion Crow, 56 Linnet and a Snow Bunting.

Bluethroat.  Ian Smith

Bluethroat. Ian Smith

Bluethroat.  Ian Smith

Bluethroat. Ian Smith

Bluethroat.  Ian Smith

Bluethroat. Ian Smith

7th April 2012 - Saturday

Mainly cloudy clearing up later in the day, a force 2 NNW wind.


There was no passage but still a few migrants were lingering: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 46 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 22 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 5 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest and 3 Corn Bunting. Other birds seen included 4 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Peregrine, a falcon sp probably Lanner, 250 Grey Plover and a Spotted Redshank.

Short eared Owl.  Ian Smith

Short eared Owl. Ian Smith

5th April 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.00. Mostly cloudy with rain late evening, a force 2 NNW wind.


A decent passage saw 346 Meadow Pipits, 8 Goldfinch, 89 Linnets come in off and continue NW, while moving south were a Canada Goose, 2 Pintail, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 2 alba Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, and a Redpoll.


Birds present included the 2 Peregrine, first Ruff of the year, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a 3rd yr Glaucous Gull, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 32 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest.

5th April 2012 - Thursday

Sea-watch 06.45-09.45. Some cloud soon cleared to leave blue skies with a decreasing 3-1 ENE wind.


A good arrival of emigrating migrants included a Great Grey Shrike in the Triangle which was found during the morning and still present in the evening. The best spring fall of Robins for a few years totaled 82 and other totals included a Swallow, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 22 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, and a Siskin.


The sea produced a few birds in the morning including the first Manx Shearwater of the year, also 1 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 314 Fulmar (mostly north), 13 Gannet, 5 Cormorant and 5 Kittiwake. A Greenshank was on the Humber.

Great Grey Shrike.  Michael Flowers

Great Grey Shrike. Michael Flowers

Great Grey Shrike.  Ian Smith

Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

4th April 2012 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 14.-30-16.15. An awful day with a gale force NE wind and rain all day to late afternoon.


The first and earliest ever Common Tern flew north as did 108 Fulmar and 19 Gannet, while moving south were 60 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull and 2 Kittwakes. The only other birds seen were 5 Teal, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush.

3rd April 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-migration-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy with rain moving in by mid-morning and remaining for rest of day, a light W-WSW wind.


The first Willow Warbler of the year was at Kew and other migrants seen included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 66 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest. A few birds on the move before the rain set in included 110 Wigeon and 185 Teal out east, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch and 34 Linnet.


The only other birds seen were 4 Shoveler and a Great Crested Grebe on the Humber.

2nd April 2012 - Monday

Sea/migration watch 07.45-08.45. Bright and sunny to start clouding over late morning, a force 1-2 WNW-SW wind.


The bird of the day was Hooded Crow which flew S then turned W up river, also an escaped Sacred Ibis flew S. Other birds on the move included 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew out east, 2 Skylark, in, 7 Meadow Pipit in, 9 Rook and 10 Carrion Crow.


Other birds seen included 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Feildfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.


Sadly the 3rd whale in less than 12 months was washed up on the incoming tide and then out again when the tide dropped, it was identified as a Minke Whale.

1st April 2012 - Sunday

Bright and sunny all day with a force 1-2 WSW wind.


Another quiet day, birds seen today included 9 Greylag Geese, 235 Brent Geese, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit out E, 7 Curlew out E, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Redwing and 1 Chiffchaff.

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