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May 2012 Sightings

31st May 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.00. Cloudy all day with rain on and off from mid-morning, a force 2-3 W-N wind.
A Marsh Warbler was found in a mist-net at the Warren but wasn’t seen before or after it’s release, also a ‘brown’ Common Rosefinch but in a brief appearance at the Warren before flying off north. Other migrants were very thin on the ground – 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.


Moving south were 1 Hobby, 211 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 306 Swallow, 151 House Martin, 8 flava Wagtail, 16 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch and 7 Linnet.


Other birds included a Wigeon on Canal Scrape, 2 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Greenshank on Beacon Ponds, while migrants moths trapped overnight included a White-Point, 2 Silver Y and 2 Diamond-backs.

White point.  Barry Spence

White point. Barry Spence

30th May 2012 - Wednesday

Migration-watch 05.40- 10.15, clear blue skies with some cloudy periods and force 1-2 NW-NE wind, fog rolled in mid-afternoon.


A much quieter day today with a Wood Sandpiper on Canal Scrape being the highlight of the day. Migrants seen today were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Short- eared Owl, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher.


Moving south were 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Lapwing, 1 Curlew out east, 38 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 4 flava Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting.


The first Painted Lady of the year was seen as were 5 Red-veined Darters.

Cuckoo.  Martin Suanjak

Cuckoo. Martin Suanjak

29th May 2012 - Tuesday

Migration watch 05.55-08.10. Heavy cloud which broke up a little in the afternoon, a force 2 NE-E wind.


The undoubted highlight was finding of an adult ROLLER by the Lighthouse at around 8am, the bird showed well on the wires there for half an hour or so, before moving off north. Once past the Warren it was lost, but was found a couple of times later in the Triangle before flying off north over Kilnsea at 11.50. A Stone Curlew, was seen by two birders as it circled Beacon Ponds before leaving south-east and at least 3 Golden Orioles were in the area (2 at Long Bank and 1 at post 60).


Other migrants included 1 Turtle Dove, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 9 Spotted Flycatcher.


Moving south were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 imm male Pallid/Montagu’s Harrier, 2 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel out, 4 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 150+ Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Goldfinch.

Roller.  Ian Smith

Roller. Ian Smith

Roller.  Ian Smith

Roller. Ian Smith

28th May 2012 - Monday

Monday 28th


Migration watch from Numpties - 06.30-15.30. Fog for the first hour then clear blue skies again and very still with a light E-SE wind picking up from late morning.


A Marsh Warbler singing in Canal Hedge was trapped and ringed and released back there, other migrants included 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, and 9 Spotted Flycatcher.


It was a good day for raptors with 1 Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 2 Hobbies all moving south and 3 Common Buzzards which U-turned over Kilnsea, other birds moving south included 32 Brent Geese out, 96 Grey Plover out, 3 Knot out, 18 Sandwich Tern and 3 Arctic Tern out, 43 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 670 Swallow, 126 House Martin, 6 flava Wagtail, 15 Goldfinch.


At Sammy’s Point were a Golden Oriole, a Whinchat and 2 Wheatears while a Little Stint was at Beacon Ponds..

Marsh Warbler.  Tim Jump

Marsh Warbler. Tim Jump

Marsh Harrier.  Tim Jump

Marsh Harrier. Tim Jump

27th May 2012 - Sunday

Migration-watch 05.30-14.30. Clear blue skies again, with a force 2 NE wind, a sea-fret rolled in during the evening.


The male Common Rosefinch was seen briefly again on Green Lane, Easington, other migrants remained in low numbers: 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 9 Spotted Flycatcher.


Another reasonable day of passage included 1 Fulmar, 10 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Osprey, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 102 Grey Plover out east, 3 Lapwing, 11 Sandwich Tern out, 29 Arctic Tern out, 142 Swift including a partially albino bird, 14 Sand Martin, 1300 Swallow, 230 House Martin, 16 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Hooded Crow U-turned, 17 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet and 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen today were 157 Brent Geese inc 1 pale-bellied, 1 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 11 Common Sandpiper.

Common Rosefinch.  John Hewitt

Common Rosefinch. John Hewitt

Sanderling.  Martin Suanjak

Sanderling. Martin Suanjak

Ringed Plover.  Martin Suanjak

Ringed Plover. Martin Suanjak

Mother Shipton.  Andy Nunn

Mother Shipton. Andy Nunn

26th May 2012 - Saturday

Migration-watch 05.30-13.00, 15.00-17.30. Clear blue skies with a force 2 E-NE wind.


Only a brief sighting of Golden Oriole over the Warren and also a Common Rosefinch was seen on 3 occasions at the Warren. Other migrants included 3 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.


Not a bad day for passage, with at least 416 Grey Plover moving out east during the afternoon, while moving south were 3 Spoonbill, 1 Red Kite, 40 Swift, 32 Sand Martin, 1933 Swallow, 99 House Martin, 4 flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 12 Goldfinch, 33 Linnet and 2 Siskin.


Also seen were 2 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, 1 Little Stint, 1 Whimbrel.

Red Kite.  Rich Swales

Red Kite. Rich Swales

Spoonbills.  Martin Garner

Spoonbills. Martin Garner

Spoonbill.  Martin Garner

Spoonbill. Martin Garner

25th May 2012 - Friday

Migration-watch 05.40-10.00, bright and sunny all day with a force 2-3 NE-E wind.


A few new arrivals in during the morning, a new record count of 5 Golden Orioles (1 in the Triangle and 4 at the Point) was a highlight, then the finding of the first Marsh Warbler of the year singing at the Point which was quickly followed by a Quail also flushed from the Point dunes. Other migrants included 5 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Siskin.


A few birds were moving included 9 Arctic Tern, 7 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 170 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 3 Jackdaw and 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen included 46 Brent Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 2 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper. Also the first dragonflies of the year were seen – 2 Four-spotted Chasers and 2 Broad-bodied Chasers.

24th May 2012 - Thursday

Migration-watch 06.15-07.15. Fog or sea-fret on and off until the afternoon then bright and sunny with a light 1-2 N-NE wind.


At least 2 Golden Orioles were still present, 1 at Canal Scrape and 1 between Wire Dump and the Point, a Quail was heard singing off Green Lane in Easington and other migrants included a Little Stint at Chalk Bank, a Wood Sandpiper on Canal Scrape, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher + 8 in Easington and 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen included a Marsh Harrier and 55 Brent Geese.

23rd May 2012 - Wednesday

2 or 3 Golden Orioles were present, with 2 at Canal Scrape and another at Chalk Bank, also 4 Crossbills which left south from the Point were an addition to the year list. Other migrants included a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, a Stonechat, a Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.


There was a reasonable passage of birds over the sea – 10 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 13 Gannet, 225 Kittiwake, 30 Sandwich Tern, 640 auk sp, 7 Guillemot and 11 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included a Barnacle Goose on the Humber, 3 Sand Martin and 74 Swallow south.

Golden Oriole.  Tony Robinson

Golden Oriole. Tony Robinson

22nd May 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-10.00. Clear blue skies but a cool force 4-5 NW wind.


The Golden Oriole flew from Sammy’s to Kew and also seen in the Triangle, also a ‘red’ Common Rosefinch was seen and heard occasionally until mid-afternoon on Green Lane, Easington. Other migrants included a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher.


Other birds seen included 1 Hobby N, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Arctic Tern out, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Swift S, 126 Swallow S, 2 House Martin S.

21st May 2012 - Monday

Sea-watch – 06.15-10.00. Dull with low cloud all day and a force 4-5 N wind.


A new Golden Oriole was found at Sammy’s Point in the afternoon and other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Siskin.


Birds on the move were 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, 1 Shag, 5 Little Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 62 Guillemot, 58 Razorbill, 151 auk sp, 4 Puffin, 3 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 97 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail.


The Egyptian Goose was still at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Curlew Sandpiper was at Easington Lagoon.

20th May 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.00-08.40. Cold and cloudy with a brisk northerly wind.


There was no sign of the Red-backed Shrike and the Golden Oriole was only seen briefly early morning on Beacon Lane. A Black Redstart was new at the Point, otherwise the only migrants seen were 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen were 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 auk sp, 23 Guillemot and 142 Razorbill.

19th May 2012 - Saturday

Sea-watch 05.30-09.30. Cloudy and cold all day with some drizzle in the morning, a force 2-3 NE-NE wind.


A female Red-backed Shrike found at Easington Lagoon was the bird of the day, and also the Golden Oriole was seen several times between Beacon Lane and the Triangle. Other migrants included 2 Cuckoo,1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.


Moving over the sea were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 59 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake, 47 auk sp, 15 Guillemot and 8 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Ruff, and 30 Swift.

Red backed Shrike.  Martin Garner

Red backed Shrike. Martin Garner

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

18th May 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.00-08.30, Cloudy with light rain on and off, cold with a NE 2-3 wind.


A clear out of migrants apart from the Golden Oriole on Beacon Lane which showed occasionally. The only new migrants seen were 4 Cuckoo, 4 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Siskin.


The only other birds of note seen were the Egyptian Goose in the Triangle, a Manx Shearwater N, 2 Avocet and a Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber.

17th May 2012 - Thursday

No watches. A fine sunny morning with light drizzle in the afternoon, a moderate SE wind picked up in the afternoon.


A few new birds turned up today, most notably 2 Bee-eaters at Westmere Farm in Kilnsea, they eventually flew off west and were later found at Sunk Island, also a male Nightjar was found at Potato Fields along with a new Firecrest and another addition to the year list were 2 Little Stints on the Humber.


Common migrants seen were 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and the Golden Oriole was seen again on Beacon Lane.


A few birds moved south: 2 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 152 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 12 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Bee-eaters.  Martin Garner

Bee-eaters. Martin Garner

Nigthjar.  Martin Garner

Nigthjar. Martin Garner

16th May 2012 - Wednesday

Migration watch 06.00-11.00. A sunny day with a force 2 NW-N wind.


A quieter day but a Golden Oriole took the recording area year list to 200, other migrants included 9 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler. Moving south were 2 Fulmar, 19 Kittiwake N, 2 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 164 Swallow, 4 flava Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet.


Other birds seen were 11 Greylag Geese and 1 Egyptian Goose in the Triangle, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl.


North of the area – a Turtle Dove at Sammy’s Point, 3 Short-eared Owls and 9 Cuckoos at Long Bank.

15th May 2012 - Tuesday

Migration watch 07.00-09.00, sea-watch 12.30-17.00. A day that started with light showers and a force 1 N wind, but had picked up to force 4 by lunchtime and sunny spells had developed.


The sea-watch produced most interest and was quite good form mid-May including a Leach’s Petrel north at 12.40, which is only the third spring record and the second for May, also mostly moving north were 4 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 79 Manx Shearwater, 166 Gannet, 2 Gannet, 11 Lesser B.B.Gull, 674 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 254 auk sp, 149 Gullemot, 55 Razorbill and 7 Puffin.


Moving south over the land in the morning were 7 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 11 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer. Other birds present included 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.


The Pallid Harrier spent the day in the Oustrays are near Patrington.

14th May 2012 - Monday

Migration-watch – 06.00-12.00, 13.00-14.00. Plenty of sunshine and a brisk WNW-NW 4-1.


A quieter day, but still good numbers of Wheatears keep appearing and 27 were ringed bringing the total ringed so far to 100, which is better than most years totals at Spurn. Other migrants present were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Whinchat, 61 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher. Moving south: 7 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st of year), 4 Sandwich Tern, 158 Swift, 18 Sand Martin, 628 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 34 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 91 Goldfinch, 107 Linnet and 1 Corn Bunting.


Other birds included 313 Brent Geese including a pale-bellied, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. North of the area: 1 Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, a White Wagtail on Kilnsea Wetlands and 37 Wheatear at Sammy’s Point.


The Pallid Harrier was re-found further up the Humber at Welwick Marsh where it was seen hunting over the saltmarsh and rape fields before moving off further west. It was then found at Patrington Outstray where it went to roost.

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

12th May 2012 - Saturday

Migration-watch – 05.30-17.30. A cool start, but long sunny spells developed, a breezy NW wind had backed SW by the evening.


Passage was lighter but produced a few interesting birds, most notably a 1st yr Montagu’s Harrier, 2 Common Cranes and a breeding plumage Great Northern Diver (N). Other birds moving south were 3 Mute Swan, 8 Whimbrel out, 5 Arctic Tern out, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 26 Sand Martin, 661 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 11 flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 10 Goldfinch and 24 Linnet.


Birds on the ground were 2 Avocet, 425 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Puffin, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler.


North of the area a Bean Goose joined the Greylags present there and couldn’t be assigned to a race, more investigation is needed.

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

Bean Goose ssp

11th May 2012 - Friday

Migration-watch – 05.50-11.30, a nice start to the day deteriorated at the day wore on with heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 3 W wind changed to NW 4-5.


Spurn is THE PLACE in the UK to see Red-rumped Swallow, and with the influx of birds in the country during the last week or so, it was just a matter of time before one flew south past the vis-miggers in position at ‘Numpties Castle’ by the Warren, at 07.10 this morning, one did just that, followed by another past the Narrows at 09.00!. This species has been annual since 2001 and since 1964 there have now been 67 birds recorded at Spurn, most have been in spring flying south on days of heavy Swallow passage. Very occasionally they have lingered in fields around the Triangle but never for more than a couple of hours, so the best way to see this species at Spurn is to spend time at the Narrows or Numpties between late April and late May on good passage days.


Another species that is mainly recorded flying south at Spurn is the Serin and one flew south over the Warren at 08.45. Other birds flying south included 1 Marsh Harrier, 131 Swift, 54 Sand Martin, 1065 Swallow, 41 House Martin, 63 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 29 Carrion Crow, 223 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 183 Linnet and 2 Yellowhammer.


Grounded migrants present were 3 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 55 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher.


Other birds seen included a Ruff and a Common Sandpiper and the Egyptian Goose returned to Kilnsea Wetlands.

10th May 2012 - Thursday

Migration-watch 06.30-15.00, a blustery SW wind and a day of mixed sunshine and showers.


A Quail was flushed from Church Field early evening, other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 25 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff and a Pied Flycatcher.


On the move south were 4 Stock Dove, 141 Swift + 48 in and NW, 47 Sand Martin, 1125 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 67 flava Wagtail, 4 Rook, 127 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 101 Linnet.

Cuckoo.  Andy Booth

Cuckoo. Andy Booth

9th May 2012 - Wednesday

Wednesday 9th


Migration-watch 06.00-16.00. Sunny spells in the morning, clouding over with light rain from late afternoon, a force 2 NE-SE wind.


Another good day for passage: 2 Gadwall N, 1 Marsh Harrier 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Puffin N, 2 Stock Dove, 83 Woodpigeon, 8 Swift, 29 Sand Martin, 1756 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 33 flava Wagtail, 22 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 19 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 71 Goldfinch, 82 Linnet.


The first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was seen and other migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler.

Whinchat.  Mike Maske

Whinchat. Mike Maske

8th May 2012 - Tuesday

Migration watch 06.00-16.00. Cloudy with some long sunny spells and feeling warm with a light SW 2-3 wind.


A very good passage included the second highest count of flava Wagtails (143) in a spring, other totals of birds moving south included 3 Eider, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel out, 1 Short-eared Owl, 31 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 1800 Swallow, 102 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 364 Goldfinch, 362 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting.


On the ground a new Wryneck was found at Wire Dump and the one at the Warren was still present; other migrants included the first Turtle Dove of the year, 3 Cuckoo, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 37 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 37 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin.


Other birds seen included 1 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 12 Whimbrel,1 Greenshank, and a Glaucous Gull. North of the area the Egyptian Goose was seen again at Beacon Ponds before flying off west.

Wryneck.  Richard Willison

Wryneck. Richard Willison

7th May 2012 - Monday

Migration-watch 06.00-14.00. Sunny spells with rain from early afternoon, a force 1-2 SE wind


Another Wryneck appeared at the Warren mid-morning and was ringed and released and showed for the rest of the day there, while the ones at the Point and Kilnsea Road were also still present. Migrants were in lower numbers with the following totals: 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Redstart, 26 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat and a good increase in Whitethroat to 32, 8 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler and 2 Pied Flycatcher.


With the wind turning to the southern sector it proved to be a good morning for southerly passage: 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Avocet, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew out, 13 Arctic Tern out, 32 Woodpigeon, 10 Swift, 18 Sand Martin, 483 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 23 flava Wagtail, 1 male Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Crow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 505 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 569 Linnet and 7 Corn Bunting.

Wryneck.  Richard Willison

Wryneck. Richard Willison

6th May 2012 - Sunday

Migration-watch 06.00-16.00. Cloudy to start with odd light shower and sunny spells developing, a force 3-1 NE-SE wind


The highlight for most was the returning of yesterday’s harrier which flew south over the Triangle and Warren and was confirmed as a first-summer PALLID HARRIER, the bird continued along the length of the peninsula and was last seen heading for Lincolnshire at about 11.30. 19 Barnacle Geese U-turned, while other birds on the move south were 2 Eider, 1 Arctic Skua out, 51 Arctic Tern out, 1 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 66 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 6 Chaffinch, 165 Goldfinch, 74 Linnet. The 2 Wrynecks were still present and both showed well, other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 33 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher.


The first Curlew Sandpipers of the year were on the Humber as were an Avocet and 3 Spotted Redshanks, while north of the area there was a Wood Warbler in Easington Cemetery and 2 Ring Ouzel at Sammy’s Point.

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier

5th May 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00 – 12.00, cold in fresh 5-3 NE wind, cloudy with occasional showers in the morning and some sunny spells in the afternoon.


2 Wrynecks were still present at the Point and by the church, although both were elusive, other migrants included 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 31 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 23 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Brambling and 3 Siskin.


There was some very light passage 32 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Common and 76 Arctic Tern out, 2 Sand Martin, 31 Swallow, 7 flava Wagtail, 47 Goldfinch and 48 Linnet.


North of the area there was a Wood Warbler, 29 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzels at Sammy’s Point and a Pied Flycatcher by the Riding School, while a ring-tail harrier over the fields at Sammy’s before returning back north was thought to be a Pallid, but was unfortunately not photographed.

Wryneck.  Richard Willison

Wryneck. Richard Willison

4th May 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 17.40-18.50. Cloudy all day with persistent rain from early afternoon, a cold NNE 3-5 wind.


There was another small arrival of migrants which included 2 Wrynecks, 1 at the Point and 1 in Kilnsea heard singing at lunch time and seen by the church in the evening. The Yellow-browed Warbler was seen again briefly at the Warren early afternoon and other migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 40 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 21 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 22 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Brambling, 11 Siskin.


There was some light passage which included the first Barnacle Geese of the year (15 south and 37 U-turned), 30 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed and 11 Bar-tailed Godwits out east, also out east was a good passage of gulls and tersn 2 Arctic Skua, 526 Black-headed Gull, 333 Common Gull, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 29 Little Tern and 435 Arctic Terns; 1 Swift, 203 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 28 flava Wagtail, 3 Tree Sparrow, 104 Goldfinch, 57 Linnet, 1 Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen included 9 Scaup, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Merlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.


North of the area there were 10 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel and a Pied Flycatcher at Sammy’s Point.

3rd May 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00. Cloudy all day with a fresh NE breeze.


The highlight was Spurn’s 4th spring record of Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed at the Warren in the evening, when there appeared to be a late arrival of common migrants. Other migrant totals included 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 12 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin and 1 Corn Bunting.


Birds on the move included 4 Fulmar, 31 Gannet, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 2 Little Tern, 147 Arctic Tern, 1 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 131 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 4 Rook, 32 Goldfinch and 31 Linnet.


Other birds seen were 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Avocet, 22 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

2nd May 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00. Mostly cloudy with some sunny spells in the afternoon, a gust force 3-4 NE wind.


A Wryneck was seen by the gate in the morning before moving into the Triangle and not seen again. A sub-adult Long-tailed Skua flew out east with 2 Arctic Skuas, both addition to the year list and a Bonxie over the Humber made 3 species of skua in one day, something not seen very often at Spurn in spring! A Red Kite flew south in the morning and the first Sedge and Reed Warblers in the recording area were seen.


Other grounded migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 12 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1’Continental’ Stonechat, 41 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 11 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin.


Birds on the move were 4 Sparrowhawk, 17 Whimbrel, 8 Curlew out east, 250 Common Gull out east, 25 Little and 154 Arctic Tern out east, 3 Swift, 2 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 624 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 26 flava Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 19 Carrion Crow, 1 Brambling, 104 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 60 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.


Other birds seen included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank.

1st May 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-07.00. A poor day weather wise with strong NE winds and heavy showers in the afternoon.


A few birds moved through during the poor weather included the first Wood Sandpiper of the year and a first summer male Montagu’s Harrier which U-turned back north. Other birds moving south were 32 Gannet N, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 29 Black-headed Gull, 3 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 137 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 6 flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 34 Goldfinch, 114 Linnet.


Still good numbers of migrants included an increase in some species and reduction in others with Robins being particularly noticeable: 3 Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 37 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 33 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 20 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 11 Siskin and 3 Lesser Redpoll.


Other birds present included 142 Brent and 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Merlin, 18 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank.


North of the area there were 1 Redstart, 15 Wheatear and a Ring Ouzel at Sammy’s Point and a Cuckoo and Short-eared Owl at Long Bank.

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