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April 2013 Sightings

30th April 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-11/00, Bright and sunny all day with a cool force 1-2 NW wind swing to SE by late afternoon.
The ‘purple patch’ continues, with the finding of an adult male CITRINE WAGTAIL, it was heard and then seen on the saltmarsh off the Warren before quickly flying off north, it appeared to drop onto Clubley’s Scrape but couldn’t be found when searched for. There was also a large fall of Blue-headed Wagtails with at least 6 males and 10 female types. New additions to the year list were a Wood Sandpiper at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Grasshopper Warbler on Beacon Lane and a Whinchat at the Warren.
Other migrant totals were 4 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 30 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 7 Sedge Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler.
There was some light passage including birds making their way north, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Arctic Tern, 8 Sand Martin, 52 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 46 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Jay N, 7 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 58 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
The Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were 12 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Pintail, 2 Little Egret, 13 Whimbrel and a Greenshank present.

29th April 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-12.00, 14.30-15.00. A fine sunny day, with a force 5 W wind all day.
Mainly a day of passage, the highlight being 2 Hobbies which came in off the sea and carried on north, other totals were 1 Pintail, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 15 Sand Martin, 76 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 22 Meadow Pipit in, 21 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 28 Chaffinch, 102 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 315 Linnet.
Other birds present included7 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 20 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 12 Whimbrel, 12 Little Tern, 18 Sandwich Tern, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and a Corn Bunting.

Blackcap. Ian Smith

Blackcap. Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith

28th April 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-15.30. Cold and cloudy with rain developing by late afternoon, a strong SW wind all day.
The highlight of the day was a Red-rumped Swallow which spent a few minutes around the Warren before flying south at 13.45, however 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins offshore were a much rarer sight at Spurn. A Reed Warbler was another addition to the year list, while a steady passage (mainly south) included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 15 Eider, 110 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, 15 Whimbrel and 86 Curlew out, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Black-headed Gull, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 11 Little Tern, 1 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 51 Swallow, 21 Meadow Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 54 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 364 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included the Black Brant, the Long-tailed Duck, 28 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Cuckoo, 33 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 18 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling.

a record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Jack Ashton-Booth

a record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Jack Ashton-Booth

Cuckoo. Ian Smith

Cuckoo. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

27th April 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00 – 12.00, A sunny day with a strong N wind all day keeping it cool but pleasant out of the wind.
Unfortunately the Rock Thrush appeared to have left overnight and in general a quiet day in the cold winds. The bird of the day was a Hawfinch which flew north-west over Kilnsea heading towards Sammy’s Point. The Black Brant was also still present at Long Bank Marsh.
There was some light passage particularly over the sea – 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 26 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 456 Kittiwake, 9 Little Tern, 57 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 81 auk sp, 61 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill, 7 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch.
Grounded migrants were keeping low but included 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 23 Wheatear, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler.
Other birds seen included a Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, a Ruff, 1 Snipe, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and a Barn Owl.

Black Brant. Tim Jones

Black Brant. Tim Jones

26th April 2013 - Friday

The ROCK THRUSH was still present and spent the day either Walker Butts or the field around the Borrow Pit behind the Blue Bell. Also a Hoopoe was found early morning in Church Field, it quickly moved into the Triangle and an hour later disappeared up Beacon Lane. A good spring record was a Richard’s Pipit which flew south at 07.00. A Long-eared Owl showed well at Canal Scrape for most of the day.
Other migrant totals were 2 Short-eared Owls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 38 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Redstart, 74 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 15 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
On the move south were 9 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 76 Black-tailed Godwits (north), 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Whimbrel and 35 Curlew out east, 1 Bonxie, 7 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 16 Meadow Pipit, 36 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 18 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 47 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet.
Other birds included 24 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, 6 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Little Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and a Barn Owl.

Rock Thrush. David Carr

Rock Thrush. David Carr

Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson

Nigel Genn

Nigel Genn

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Hoopoe. Scott Reid

Hoopoe. Scott Reid

25th April 2013 - Thursday

Migration-watch – 05.45-11.00. A fine sunny start with light southerly winds, clouding over as the day progressed and the wind strengthening and moving to the west, and north by late evening with heavy rain.
A real ‘red-letter day’ at Spurn, especially for Adam Hut who found himself two Spurn ticks, not bad for someone with a Spurn list in the mid 320’s! He first noticed the ROCK THRUSH being blown about on the roofs of the buildings at the Warren and it quickly took flight and headed in the direction of Sandy Beaches caravan site. It was eventually relocated there but was elusive, it was then found on the fence line bordering the Borrow Pit behind the Blue Bell and it spent all afternoon there, showing well but distantly. Birders were very well behaved and didn’t push the bird. At 19.40 it flew into Southfield Farm presumably looking for somewhere to roost. This is the second Rock Thrush at Spurn, the first was a male on 3rd-4th May 1984, which was also the last record in Yorkshire.
At 17.25 hrs, Adam was stood at ‘Numpties Castle’ by the Warren when he picked up an adult CASPIAN TERN flying out of the Humber north-east where it continued past the birders watching the Rock Thrush!
A Firecrest was in the Crown car park and a Waxwing in Cliff Farm, the Black Brant was still at Long Bank and a Hobby flew north. Other migrants seen included a Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 23 Yellow Wagtail, a male Blue-headed Wagtail and possible female, 8 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, the first Garden Warbler of the year, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler and 8 Jays.
Six Jays were ringed today taking the spring total of ringed birds to 9 this spring, which is equal to the number of Jays ringed since the Observatory was set up in 1945!
There was some more steady passage in the morning- Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Whimbrel, 37 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 17 Black-headed Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Skylark, 16 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Meadow Pipit, 43 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 184 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included a Canada Goose, a Shoveler, the Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, a Shag, a Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 5 Avocet, 6 Whimbrel.

female Rock Thrush. Tim Jones

female Rock Thrush. Tim Jones

Dave Bowes

Dave Bowes

Martin Standley

Martin Standley

Caspian Tern. Simon Spavin

Caspian Tern. Simon Spavin

Simon Spavin

Simon Spavin

24th April 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.20. A fine, sunny day with a light to moderate W-NW wind.
There was a very good arrival of Willow Warblers (81) which is the highest spring count since 2007, other migrant totals were a Cuckoo, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 24 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, a Firecrest at Southfield Farm, 2 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
A steady passage included 7 Eider, 25 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 13 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, 1 Stock Dove, 30 Woodpigeon, 7 Sand Martin, 39 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 24 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 27 Rook, 52 Carrion Crow, 29 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 62 Goldfinch, 251 Linnet and 2 Siskin.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still present and other birds seen included 21 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 5 Little Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

23rd April 2013 - Tuesday

Migration-watch 06.15-10.00. Cloudy with sunny spells, a force 1-4-2 SW wind.
What was presumably yesterdays Red Kite flew south in the morning, 2 Jays were blogging about, a Firecrest was at the Blue Bell and the Black Brant was still present.
Passage was light apart from corvids – 6 Greylag Geese, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit out, 15 Curlew out, 8 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 11 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 9 Magpie, 31 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 90 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 45 Linnet.
There were only a few grounded migrants, a Long-eared Owl in Canal Hedge, a Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, a Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin.
Other birds present included 5 Greylag Geese, 578 Brent Geese, 11 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Whimbrel and a Barn Owl.

Red Kite. Ian Smith

Red Kite. Ian Smith

Jay. Ian Smith

Jay. Ian Smith

22nd April 2013 - Monday

Migration watch 06.15-10.30. A bright clear start with clouding building and 8/8 cover by mid-afternoon, an increasing force 1-3+ SW wind.
The record Red Kite spring continued when one spent a while blogging around Kilnsea before returning north, there was some steady passage south – 1 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, the first Swift of the year, 16 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 8 Meadow Pipit, 52 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 8 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 38 Goldfinch, 195 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer.
Grounded migrants included another ‘dodgy’ Blue-headed Wagtail, this time a female, both birds from the same brood? Also 2 Firecrests around Kew one of which was trapped and ringed and 2 Jays there, with one of those also being trapped and ringed. Other totals included a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 3 Short-eared Owl, 19 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin.
Other birds present were the Black Brant, 1 Pale-bellied and 556 Brent Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 16 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Grey heron, 8 Avocet, and 2 Whimbrel.

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Nigel Genn

Long-eared Owl. Nigel Genn

female Blue-headed type. Justin Carr

female Blue-headed type. Justin Carr

Yellow Wagtail. Justin Carr

Yellow Wagtail. Justin Carr

21st April 2013 - Sunday

Migratiion/sea-watch 05.45-16.30, a very bright and sunny morning clouding over by early afternoon, a force 2 S wind, veering SE.
The first Lesser Whitethroats arrived with at least 8 present, a hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail was on Canal Scrape with 2 more Blue-heads at Easington Lagoon and Kilnsea Wetlands. The migrant totals for the day were 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 50 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest (Point, Potato Fields, Blue Bell), 1 Brambling.
There was some light passage again – 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 out Whimbrel, 117 Curlew out, 67 Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser B.B.Gull, a first year Iceland Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 17 Arctic Tern, 27 Woodpigeon, 1 Woodlark, 44 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 6 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 60 Carrion Crow, 58 Chaffinch, 40 Greenfinch, 109 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 305 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, the Black Brant, 8 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 8 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

1st yr Iceland Gull. Ian Smith

1st yr Iceland Gull. Ian Smith

hybrid flava Wagtail, Blue-headedx Channel? Ian Smith

hybrid flava Wagtail, Blue-headedx Channel? Ian Smith

Black Redstart. John Hewitt

Black Redstart. John Hewitt

Lesser Whitethroat. Adam Hutt

Lesser Whitethroat. Adam Hutt

20th April 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-16.15, 18.35-19.35. A cold start with clear blue skies all day, a force 1-3 SW wind veering SE in the afternoon.
There was a reasonable passage but not as good as expected, highlights were a Woodlark, a Blue-headed Wagtail, while more common birds included 2 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 19 Curlew, 31 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Skylark, 62 Sand Martin, 148 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 27 Meadow Pipit, 21 flava Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 3 Jay, 20 Magpie, 25 Jackdaw, 31 Rook, 101 Carrion Crow, 57 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 43 Greenfinch, 69 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 446 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting.
On the ground were 4 Firecrests (2 Point, 1 Chalk Bank, 1 near the Blue Bell), a Long-eared Owl in Middle Hedge, 2 Blue-headed Wagtails (Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea) and a Lapland Bunting in the Point dunes. Migrant totals: a Jack Snipe at Easington Lagoons, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
Birds present included the Black Brant, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel.

Can't resist putting another picture of these lovely birds, Firecrest. Ian Smith

Can't resist putting another picture of these lovely birds, Firecrest. Ian Smith

Blackcap. Ian Smith

Blackcap. Ian Smith

19th April 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15 – 12.00, 13.45-14.15. Cloudy with light rain to start, slowly clearing to leave blue sky all afternoon, a cold force 2 N wind.
2 Jays flew from the Warren to Kew where one was trapped and ringed, a Bullfinch was trapped at Kew mid-afternoon, both were additions to the year list and the years ringing list. 2 Firecrests were present (Sammy’s Point and Kilnsea Road), a Redstart was by the lighthouse, 2 Ring Ouzels (Church Field/Sammy’s Point). The commoner migrant totals were 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 28 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 25 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
There was some steady passage, most noteworthy were 7 Common Buzzards which is a spring record. The days totals were 3 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 330 Herring Gull, 21 Great.b.b.Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Stock Dove, 50 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 18 Meadow Pipit, 23 Jackdaw, 53 Rook, 90 Carrion Crow, 39 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 19 Goldfinch, 44 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer.
Other birds included the Black Brant and possibly another one or a hybrid, with 4 Pale-bellied and 800 Brents, 5 Teal, 9 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 950 Grey Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl.

Jay. Rich Swales

Jay. Rich Swales

18th April 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-08.30, 09.10-10.10. Gale force winds and squally showers made for an unpleasant mornings birding, the weather improved very slightly in the afternoon and sheltered spots in the sun held a few migrants.
The grounded migrants seen totalled 1 Woodcock, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 9 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
The few birds moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 26 Curlew, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Swallow, 3 alba Wagtail, 25 Chaffinch, 31 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 15 Linnet.
Other birds included the Black Brant, 860 Brent and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 22 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 4 Little Terns.

migrating Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

migrating Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

17th April 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.00. Blue skies and calm to start with, cloud rolled in with a freshening SSE wind, then drizzle at 9am and cloudy for the rest of the day, the wind in the evening had got up to force 6+.
What looked like being a good passage again until the drizzle stopped passage. An Egyptian Goose flew north and the rest of the totals were 4 Greylag Geese, 3 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 40 Black-headed Gull, 130 Herring Gull, 2 Little Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 17 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 27 Carrion Crow, 288 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 19 Greenfinch, 72 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 363 Linnet, 6 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting and the first 2 Corn Buntings of the year.
The south-east winds had obviously brought in a new arrival of Firecrest[ with at least 6 birds present (3 Chalk Bank, 1 Canal Scrape, 1 Church Field, 1 Sammy’s Point), also present were the first Red-legged Partridge (2), Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat of the year. 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Long-eared Owl in Canal Hedge, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling.
Other birds present included a Canada Goose, 56 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Peregrine, 6 Avocet.

Egyptian Goose. Ian Smith

Egyptian Goose. Ian Smith

one fo the 6 Firecrests. Ian Smith

one fo the 6 Firecrests. Ian Smith

16th April 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.20. Sunny spells with a few spots of rain early morning, a freshening force 4-6 SW wind.
Another good days passage with a superb Chaffinch passage, which totalled 1168, the rest of the days totals were 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, another Red Kite, a wing-tagged Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, the earliest ever Hobby, 3 Lapwing, 7 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 188 Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser B.B.Gull, 230 Herring Gull, 5 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 12 Stock Dove, 16 Woodpigeon, 38 Sand Martin, 54 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 69 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 11 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 106 Jackdaw, 61 Rook, 64 Carrion Crow, 97 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 8 Brambling, 41 Greenfinch, 115 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 635 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 23 Reed Bunting.
Two new Firecrests were ringed at Kew today and a third was at Sammy’s Point, a male Blue-headed Wagtail showed very well at Canal Scrape and other migrants included 19 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.

Blue-headed Wagtail. Ian Smith

Blue-headed Wagtail. Ian Smith

migrating Chaffinches in their typical loose flock formation. Ian Smith

migrating Chaffinches in their typical loose flock formation. Ian Smith

15th April 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-13.00. Cloudy with long sunny spells and feeling warm out of the fresh force 4-3 SW wind.
An excellent day for vis mig and birds were still moving at 13.00 when we finally cracked and left to see the Flamborough Baikal Teal (successfully). There was variety, volume and scarcities, Tree Pipit and Little Tern, both singles were firsts for the year. The Chaffinch count was the highest since 2008 (362), and the Linnet was also good for recent years (782), hirundine counts were good considering the first were only seen two day previously, corvids and gulls were also in good numbers. The days totals were 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, 1 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, another Red Kite, 7 Sparrowhawks, a Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 19 Lapwing, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Curlew, 228 Black-headed Gull, 65 Common Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 474 Herring Gull, 25 Stock Dove, 45 Woodpigeon, a Woodlark, 4 Skylark, 80 Sand Martin, 158 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 147 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 19 alba Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 59 Jackdaw, 55 Rook, 64 Carrion Crow, 49 Starling, 2 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 85 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 13 Reed Bunting.
Grounded migrants had also increased in number, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart (1st of year),30 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 16 Blackcap, 21 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, a Firecrest trapped at Kew, 1 Brambling.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still present, also present were a Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and a Whimbrel.

Red Kite. Sue Hepton

Red Kite. Sue Hepton

White Wagtail. John Sadler

White Wagtail. John Sadler

Black Redstart. Ron Egan

Black Redstart. Ron Egan

14th April 2013 - Sunday

Migration-watches 06.10-10.20, 12.00-15.30, Cloudy with sunny spells and a few spots of rain, nasty SW force 5-6 wind.
A Siberian Chiffchaff was found at the football field in Easington and showed very well at times, additions to the year list keep coming, another four today with 4 Whimbrel on the Humber, a Common Sandpiper by Sandy Beaches, 3 Ruff and a House Martin south. A Firecrest was seen at Canal Scrape early on. There was some reasonable passage again with 420 Meadow Pipits coming in off and carrying on north west and 23 south, other birds on the move included 21 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 3 Eider, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 380 Black-headed Gull, 82 Common Gull, 15 Lesser B.B.Gull, 250 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 8 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 18 alba Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 9 Starling, 3 Tree Sparrow, 41 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin and 128 Linnets.
Migrant totals were 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 12 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 76 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 300 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 300 Starling, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
Other birds included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck, 4 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Avocet, 1 Greenshank.

Siberian Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

Siberian Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

13th April 2013 - Saturday

The fog soon cleared, there was some cloudy and a short shower before a long sunny warm period, mid afternoon it clouded over again. Almost still picked up to a light south-westerly and a force 3 SE wind by late afternoon.
A good day with many features the best being a sunny day with southerly winds and quite a few summer visitors arriving, there were six additions to the year list – Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sand Martin, Swallow and Yellow Wagtail. The largest ever spring count of Redwings was over 2000 with again good numbers of Fieldfares, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. A total of 19 Black Redstarts were in the area including 8 at Easington Gas Terminal, 5 at the Point and 4 by the Blue Bell, the Long-eared Owl was at the Point and there was a sprinkling of Wheatears, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests with 2 Ring Ouzels and 2 Willow Warblers.
There was also some passage with several Swallows and Sand Martins, Marsh Harrier, and reasonable numbers of finches and corvids, totals will be updated tomorrow.
As usually happens when still foggy conditions occur in early April, disorientated wildfowl sit on the Humber waiting for the fog to clear, there were 20 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 150 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 4 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye and 420 Common Scoter.

Black Redstart. Rael Butcher

Black Redstart. Rael Butcher

12th April 2013 - Friday

No watches due to the thick fog that lingered for most of the day, becoming a little more transparent later in the day. A light E-NE wind.
A good day for arrivals included the first Hawfinch that was seen briefly in the morning and showed well in the evening in the Crown car park, also the first Ring Ouzels (5) including 2 showy birds at Sammy’s Point. A large number of thrushes moved through mainly north-west with some remaining in the Triangle, a minimum of 160 Blackbirds, 700 Fieldfare, 62 Song Thrush and 930 Redwing. Other migrant totals were a Water Rail, 27 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 7 Brambling, 3 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 50 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 1 Eider, the Long-tailed Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, a Peregrine, 4 Avocet, a Greenshank and Barn Owl.

Hawfinch. Ian Smith

Hawfinch. Ian Smith

Ring Ouzel. Alan Whitehead

Ring Ouzel. Alan Whitehead

Brambling. Rael Butcher

Brambling. Rael Butcher

11th April 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Mainly cloudy with just the odd glimpse of the sun around mid-day in a cool force 2 NE.
Yet another Red Kite flew south after messing around for a while first, 3 distant terns flew south which were probably Arctics and a few more new migrants arrived, the totals were still low though – 1 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 26 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 60 Linnet, 65 Reed Bunting.
Only some very light passage which included 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Curlew, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Great Tit, 3 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 15 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet.
Other birds present included 13 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Long-tailed Duck, and 4 Avocet.

Red Kite. Tim Jump

Red Kite. Tim Jump

10th April 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.20. A cool cloudy start brightening up later with a light NW-N wind.
The first Willow Warbler of the year put in an appearance by the Warren and a Long-eared Owl was at the Point, other grounded migrant totals were 86 Meadow Pipit, 35 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 34 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 19 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 6 Siskin.
There was some light passage which included 2 Canada Geese, 16 Red-throated Diver, 21 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 54 Golden Plover east, 2 Knot east, 21 Black-headed Gull east, 25 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 alba Wagtail, 25 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds present included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck, 5 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, a Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl.

Willow Warbler. Rael Butcher

Willow Warbler. Rael Butcher

9th April 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.30-08.00, 14.10-14.40. Blue skies which clouded over in the afternoon, very misty and a cold force 3 E wind.
A Glaucous Gull flew south in the morning, as did a Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 7 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Linnet.
There were a few new migrants in most notably a Woodcock, 18 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 60 Blackbird, 21 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and a Lesser Redpoll.
Also present were 25 Wigeon, 19 Teal, the Long-tailed Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 6 Avocet, 1 Greenshank.

8th April 2013 - Monday

Sea-watches 07.00-10.00, 13.30-17.00, Cloudy and misty and a very cold ESE-ENE force 3-4 wind.
Back to the wintry conditions and more wintry birding, the main feature of the day was the southerly passage of large gulls, at least 2000 Herring Gulls, 29 Lesser B.B.Gulls and 550 Great B.B.Gulls, the GBB count is the second highest spring record (previous 600), and would surely have been broken if there had been all day coverage from the sea-watching hut. Also seen over the sea were 3 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 7 Gannet, 23 Black-headed Gull, 95 Common Gull, 1 Razorbill.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck remained while other birds seen included a Red-breasted Merganser, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 4 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Rock Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, a Wheatear, 92 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and 50 Chaffinch.

Blackcap. Andy Roadhouse

Blackcap. Andy Roadhouse

7th April 2013 - Sunday

Migration /sea-watch 06.10-12.00. Clear blue skies to start with light cloud building up from mid-morning, a light SW –S wind.
At last a day that felt like spring with some reasonable passage and plenty of migrants. From first light it was evident that there had been arrival of birds and mainly ones ready to leave for Scandinavia. The first Goldcrests of the spring (18), gave a bit of hope and luckily the first two Firecrests of the autumn were found, one in Canal Hedge and one in the wood to the west of Easington Gas Terminal. A singing male Waxwing was at Sammy's Point. Good numbers of Redwings were moving through north with at least 650 involved, also 47 Fieldfares. There was a noticeable increase in Blackbirds with at least 225 grounded.
The first Blackcap of the year was seen briefly, a Black Redstart was by Easington Gas Terminal, while other migrant totals were 12 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Rock pipit also a Scandinavia Rock Pipit, a White Wagtail, a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 15 Siskin.
There was some good passage, with a nice selection of raptors and good numbers of corvids, the days totals were a Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 1 Scaup, 6 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 59 Red-throated Diver, 6 Cormorant, a Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, a Kestrel, 31 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Curlew, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 570 Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 58 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 8 Stock Dove, 67 Woodpigeon, 9 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 84 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 74 Carrion Crow, 31 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer.
Still remaining were the Black Brant, the Long-tailed Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 4 Avocet, 2 Greenshank.

Woodcock. Timmy Jones

Woodcock. Timmy Jones

Mediterranean Gull. Errjack

Mediterranean Gull. Errjack

a couple of shots in the Firecrest. Ian Smith

a couple of shots in the Firecrest. Ian Smith

6th April 2013 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00, migration watch 10.10-17.30. Clear blue skies all day feeling very pleasant with a dropping force 2-1 NE- SE wind.
Gulls were taking advantage of the calmer conditions and there was a good emigration of gulls heading out north-east with 2680 Black-headed Gulls, 807 Common Gulls, 17 Lesser B.B.Gulls, 191 Herring Gulls, 57 Great B.B.Gulls, and 38 Kittiwakes. Other birds taking advantage of the conditions were 340 Pink-footed Geese north, 2 Lapwing, 70 Knot, 24 Curlew all out east, while moving south were 4 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander, 28 Red-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 105 Lapwing, 31 Meadow Pipit in, 2 alba Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 19 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch.
Birds present included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still at Beacon Ponds, 650 Brent, 5 Pale-bellied’s, 63 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 108 Teal, 14 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 8 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Little Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.

5th April 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.00-08.00. Blue skies all day with a cold force 3 NE wind.
Another Red Kite flew south in the morning, the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still at Beacon Ponds along with 2 Avocets, 2 Wheatears were at the Borrow Pit. Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 6 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 18 Meadow Pipit, a Stonechat, a Mistle Thrush, 11 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin.
33 Curlews flew out east and other birds moving mainly south were 2 Lapwing, 1 Kittiwake, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw and a Rook.

Siskin. Rael Butcher

Siskin. Rael Butcher

4th April 2013 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-09.00, sunny spells with a force 4 NE wind.
The first Little Ringed Plover of the year was found on Long Bank Marsh, a Wheatear was still at the Borrow Pit, 4 Avocets were at Kilnsea Wetlands, and the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds.
Other birds included 26 Teal, 6 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Little Egret, 11 Snipe, a Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 119 Herring Gull, a Fieldfare and a Redwing.

3rd April 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-11.30. A heavy overnight frost, sunny all day with a force 2-3 NNE wind
The Black Brant was seen again, this time off the Tank Blocks on the Humber, other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 107 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 6 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Siskin.
The first reasonable Chaffinch passage of the year saw 81 fly south, while other birds on the move were 70 Pink-footed Geese N, 13 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Curlew out, 165 Black-headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 7 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Tree Sparrow, 11 Goldfinch.

2nd April 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-10.30. Warmer than of late with long sunny spells and a force 2 NE wind.
The first White Wagtail of the spring was in Walker Butts, a Wheatear was by the Borrow pit and a Stonechat was in the Sheep Field, other birds present included 8 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 2 Avocet, 1 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing.
Birds moving included 1 Scaup, 23 Common Scoter, 103 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Curlew, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and a Siskin.

1st April 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-10.20. Long sunny spells with a force 2-3 NE wind.
A nice male Lapland Bunting coming into breeding plumage was with Linnets and Reed Buntings at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Black Redstart was in Kilnsea, otherwise birds present included 8 Greylag Geese, 156 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied, 210 Wigeon, 240 Teal, 6 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 53 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Song Thrush.
Birds on the move were the first Arctic Skua of the year, 14 Wigeon, 25 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 121 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 33 Kittiwake, 21 auk sp, 2 Razorbill and a Jackdaw.

A nice moulting male Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

A nice moulting male Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

drake Pintail. Ian Smith

drake Pintail. Ian Smith

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