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May 2014 Sightings

31st May 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-16:30. F1-0 WNW-SE-NE fairly cool and cloudy start soon warmed up to be a pleasant day with some broken cloud. The highlight of the day was Spurn’s 3rd and first Spring PALLID SWIFT that flew south over the Warren at 09:45 and continued south over the peninsula with 2 Common Swifts, also on the move were 68 Brent Geese (east), 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel (east), 9 Redshank (east), 9 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 11 Arctic Tern (east), 2 auk sp., 6 Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo,77 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 305 Swallow, 132 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rook, 25 Linnet. Grounded migrants were 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Icterine Warbler at the Warren, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Golden Oriole at Sammy’s Point, 1 Corn Bunting. Other birds present included 2 Wigeon, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Golden Oriole. Martin Standley.

Golden Oriole. Martin Standley.

30th May 2014 - Friday

A cloudy day until mid-afternoon then clear blue skies developed with a force 2-1 ENE-E wind.
Another good day, 3 new Icterine Warblers were found, one trapped and ringed at the Warren and two at Potato Fields, a new singing male Marsh Warbler was at the Potato Fields but not showing itself, the female-type Bluethroat gave brief views again south of Wire Dump; 3 Red-breasted Flycatchers one was still at Sammy’s Point and at Easington Gas Terminal and a new one in Canal Hedge, this is the fourth this spring and the most ever recorded in a spring and a day in Spring at Spurn and the Golden Oriole was at Sammy’s Point but was again flighty and elusive. A new female Red-backed Shrike was found on Peter Lane and the Stonechat was by the Lighthouse again.
Common migrants included a Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap, a few Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and several Spotted Flycatchers.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley.

Richard Willison

Richard Willison

29th May 2014 - Thursday

Sea-watch 06.00-07.45. Light rain to start soon stopped and there was brightness in the sky although never any blue sky or sight of the sun, then some more light rain late afternoon, a force 3-2 E wind.
At last the weather was finally nice enough for the birds that probably arrived the last couple of days to start showing themselves and it was a typical late May day with as many scarce migrants as common migrants. There were four additions to the year list: the highlight was Spurn’s fifth WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN which flew south-east past Sammy’s and then cut out east with four Commic Terns at 17.15, Icterine Warbler– three were found, one trapped and ringed at the Warren, one at Chalk Bank and one by the Riverside Hotel; a singing male Marsh Warbler north of Chalk Bank; and a female-type Bluethroat south of Wire Dump. 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers 1 was found in the small copse north of the gas terminal on the east of the road and the 2nd was found at Sammy’s Point in the 2nd paddock and flew into the third paddock; a green Golden Oriole was found at Sammy’s Point but was flight and elusive; the Common Rosefinch was still singing by the car park at Sammy’s Point; a new male Red-backed Shrike was found along the hedge on the south side of the gas terminal on the west side of the road and the female from the Triangle was still present and was also trapped and ringed in the morning; 2 Crossbills were flying about Kilnsea, a Black Redstart was on Beacon Lane and a Stonechat by the Lighthouse.
Common migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 22 Gannet, 4 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 5 Commic Tern, 22 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.

Icterine Warbler. Paul Meredith

Icterine Warbler. Paul Meredith

Marsh Warbler. Tim Jones.

Marsh Warbler. Tim Jones.

Golden Oriole. Paul Meredith

Golden Oriole. Paul Meredith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

28th May 2014 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07:10-10:00. F4-3 ENE raining for most of the day with a cold gusty wind, a decent day considering the conditions with a female SUBALPINE WARBLER being found at Chalk Bank, a 1s male Rosefinch singing at Sammy’s Point and 2 new Red-backed Shrike , a female on Beacon Lane and a male that moved along Peter Lane towards Willow Cottage as well as the female from yesterday still along the Canal. Other grounded migrants included 1 Turtle Dove at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 11 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher. Other birds present included 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Tern and 3 Common Tern.

Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

27th May 2014 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 06:00-11:20. A miserable wet day a F3-4 NE raining for most of the day meant little coverage on the land. The sea-watch produced 1 Teal, 141 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 24 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake, 8 Little Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 86 auk sp., 37 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 5 Swift, 33 Swallow, 8 House Martin. The only grounded migrants seen were 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Red-backed Shrike along the Canal near Cliff Farm early evening.

26th May 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-15:00. F1-2 SE-E a clear sunny day with some broken cloud and the first Golden Oriole of the year that flew in from the Humber landed on the Canal briefly then flew towards Kew and disappeared, birds taking advantage of the wind direction and going out east included, 170 Brent Geese, 330 Grey Plover, 30 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper , 24 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern. On the move south were 10 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 131 Swallow, 129 House Martin, 2 flava, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 16 Linnet, 1 Redpoll sp., 1 Yellowhammer. Grounded migrants were again thin on the ground with 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher. Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Scaup, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover.

25th May 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:50-10:40 12:35-17:00. The 5 Bee-eaters that have been north of the area for the last few days finally flew south at 07:41 this morning becoming the 200th species recorded in the Spurn area this year. Otherwise generally the same as yesterday with a cloudy F3-2 SW-SE morning and a sunny and warm afternoon. Grounded Migrants present included 1 Turtle Dove in the Triangle, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Red-backed Shrike behind the Riverside Hotel. On the move were 2 Common Scoter, 24 Brent Geese (east), 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 170 Grey Plover (east), 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (east), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Commic Tern, 96 auk sp., 10 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 288 Swallow, 118 House Martin, 3 flava, 10 Goldfinch and 31 Linnet. Other birds present were 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 4 Little Egret, the first 2 Curlew Sandpiper of the year, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and 2 Long-tailed Tits in Easington.

24th May 2014 - Saturday

Rain, heavy at times persisted until late morning, then left some long sunny spells, with a force 2-3 E-SSE wind.
A ‘brown’ Common Rosefinch at the Point was the latest addition to the year list, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still present on Beacon Lane but proved elusive. The only Red-backed Shrike remaining from yesterday was a female just north of the Riverside. There were very few other new common migrants, the best being a Pied Flycatcher at the gas terminal, along with 3 Cuckoo, 2 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Bob Mann.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Bob Mann.

23rd May 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-07:30. F3-2 NE-SE overcast in the morning clearing to a sunny day with some broken cloud, shower in the late evening. A good arrival of Red-backed Shrikes with 6 arriving throughout the day, 2 males and 2 females in the Triangle, and females at the Riverside and Peter Lane an elusive female Red-breasted Flycatcher on Beacon Lane and a scattering of other birds including, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Crossbill. On the move were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 46 Gannet, 27 Grey Plover (east), 35 Knot (east), 70 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 298 auk sp, 1 Swift, 2 flava, 1 Grey Wagtail. Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith.

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith.

22nd May 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 07.15-10.00, 13.50-14.50. Heavy overnight rain finally stopped around mid-morning but returned with showers and then continuous heavy rain by the evening, with a force 4 NNE veering NW-NE 3 wind.
With little let up in the poor weather, few new migrants were found: 3 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 36 Greylag Geese, 6 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 2 Scaup, 1 Fulmar, 15 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Kittiwake, 42 auk sp, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

21st May 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-08:15. F3-2 SW-SE clear and sunny all day. Less grounded migrants than yesterday but the first 2 Crossbills of the year flew south, also on the move south were 24 Brent Geese (east), 2 Spoonbill from Kilnsea Wetlands yesterday early morning, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby , 14 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 126 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 flava, 1 Jackdaw. The few grounded migrants consisted of 2 Cuckoo, 1 Black Redstart at the Point, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds present included 36 Greylag Geese, 12 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern and a Broad-bodied Chaser at Kilnsea Wetlands.

20th May 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-10.50. Light clouds and sunny spells, with a force 2 SE- E wind.
The highlight was a 1st yr male SUBALPINE WARBLER found by Sue Hepton in Canal Hedge mid-morning, it showed very well at times for the rest of the day, and was thought to be an Eastern, however after studying photographs of the bird, it has been identified as a Western. 2 Spoonbills were found on Kilnsea Wetlands in the early evening and a Wood Sandpiper was on Well Field in the Triangle.
Other migrants included 3 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Bullfinch and a Corn Bunting.
Moving south were 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 638 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Goldfinch, 26 Linnet.
Other birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Subalpine Warbler. Sue Hepton.

Subalpine Warbler. Sue Hepton.

Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith.

Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith.

Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith

Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith

Spoonbill. Tim Jones.

Spoonbill. Tim Jones.

19th May 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-08:40. A sunny clear day starting with a F1 SE with it picking up to F3 E in the afternoon. Very quiet day with little happening, on the move were 1 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 3 flava, 6 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet. Present were 39 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose , 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint , 9 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Corn Bunting also the first Small Heath and Brown Argus on the wing today.

female Broad-bodied Chaser, Kilnsea Wetlands, also a male seen on Beacon Lane, rare at Spurn. Marcus Brew

female Broad-bodied Chaser, Kilnsea Wetlands, also a male seen on Beacon Lane, rare at Spurn. Marcus Brew

18th May 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 04.45-10.00. Clear blue skies all day, a light SW wind backed SE and picked up to force 3-4.
A very quiet day with hardly any new arrivals and only light passage, moving south were 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 400 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 7 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.
Birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 9 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher.

Scaup. Ian Smith.

Scaup. Ian Smith.

17th May 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 05.45-11.45, 15.10-17.10, 17.45-20.10. Warm and sunny with little or light W-SW wind.
Finally Turtle Dove was added to the list when 2 were seen between Kilnsea and the Triangle throughout the day, another year tick was a Little Stint at Beacon Ponds. Grounded migrants were only in small numbers: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, and 5 Spotted Flycatcher.
There was some steady passage which included 5 Tufted Duck, 37 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 15 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 704 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch and 16 Linnet.
Other birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank and 5 Common Sandpiper.

16th May 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-15.45. Bright, warm and sunny for most of day, still conditions picked up to a force 2-3 WSW-S wind.
The first 2 Wood Sandpipers of the year flew south, also flying south were 6 Pochard, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 725 Swallow, 53 House Martin, 8 flava Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 4 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting.
A canary sp x siskin sp type cross thingymajig was at the Warren and brought some colour to the day, other birds seen included 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Redpoll sp.

15th May 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:05-12:00. Another warm day with a very light SW-SE wind and some cloud late morning clearing for a fine day. Passage was again light with 3 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 8 Cormorant, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew (east), 11 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swift, 13 Sand Martin, 650 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 13 flava, 1 Jay (u-turned), 26 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch and 6 Linnet.
A clear out from yesterday with few new birds in, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 52 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler,.
Other birds present included, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 8 Avocet, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Swallow. Barry Oakley

Swallow. Barry Oakley

14th May 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-09.30, 15.00-16.30. A warm day with long sunny spells and a light N-NNE wind.
Passage was very light with 3 Barnacle Geese, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 21 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 7 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 8 Sand Martin, 274 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 7 Rook.
A few more grounded migrants but still thin on the ground: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 29 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, and a Bullfinch.
Other birds present included 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel and 10 Kittiwake.

13th May 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-09.30. Drizzle early morning soon cleared to leave a warm, pleasant sunny day, a force 1 NW-E wind.
There was a bit of activity over the sea early morning but that dried up when the weather got better, birds moving were 93 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 59 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Oystercatcher, 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 16 Little Gull, 371 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 231 auk sp, 15 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Swift, 46 Swallow, 3 House Martin.
There were a few new migrants but very thin on the ground: 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Wheatar, 12 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 8 Little Egret, 15 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper.

12th May 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15. Broken cloud with a few heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 2-1 NW to NE wind.
Not a good day for passage due to the wind or lack of it, 3 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 19 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 19 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 255 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, 1 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet.
The best bird of the day was a Mealy Redpoll on the Canal which left north, other birds seen included 14 Greylag Geese, 124 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 4 Avocet, 29 Ringed Plover, 140 Sanderling, 24 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail on Church Field Pond (caught on camera trap!), 16 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.

11th May 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Seawatch 06:00-17:30. Some heavy passing showers in the morning with an overcast afternoon F4-3 WNW-NW. Some light passage with the highest Swallow count so far this year included, 23 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 51 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 adult female Montagu’s Harrier that first came down to the Warren then turned back hunted over the fields at Long Bank till c09:00 flew north then went south at 09:45, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (in), 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 auk sp., 1 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 51 Swfit (plus 9 NW), 16 Sand Martin, 1169 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 9 flava, 1 alba, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 31 Carrion Crow, 26 Goldfinch and 18 Linnet. Also present were 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 1522 Grey Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Little Tern, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Tit.

Montagu's Harrier. Tim Jones.

Montagu's Harrier. Tim Jones.

10th May 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-15.45. A mixed day with some sunny periods but some very heavy prolonged showers with thunder and lightening, a strong force 5 S-SW wind.
Despite the poor weather there was still some reasonable passage – 12 Shelduck, 5 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 41 Gannet, 1 Hobby north, 4 Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Little Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 43 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 954 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail, a male Blue-headed Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 23 Goldfinch, 108 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
Migrants present included 13 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, and Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 20 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper.

9th May 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-11.30. A day of strong westerly winds, with heavy showers sometimes prolonged, giving way to sunshine late afternoon.
Birding was quite limited to watching between the showers or from the sea-watching hut, birds moving south were 5 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 24 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 28 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 577 Swallow, 12 flava Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present were few – 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 20 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 12 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

8th May 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-12.00. Cloudy all day with frequent showers, some heavy and persistent, a force 3-4 SW wind dropping to a force 1 SE in the afternoon.
Passage would probably have been good if it wasn’t for the rain halting movement. The totals were 3 Shelduck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whimbrel, 30 Black-headed Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Razorbill, 6 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 781 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 20 flava Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Chaffinch, 29 Goldfinch, 57 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Whinchat, 25 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler.

7th May 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.45, 13.45-17.45. Cloudy all day with showers in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind gusting 5.
Another good day for passage which included an immature Spoonbill which stopped off in the Triangle before continuing south, also moving south were 1 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit out, 7 Whimbrel out, 2 Curlew out, 33 Lesser B.B.Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 21 Swift + 21 NW, 29 Sand Martin, 891 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 15 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 69 Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting.
Birds present were 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 8 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 4 Cuckoo, 12 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.

6th May 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-12.00, 14.30-15.30. A cloudy start with rain at dawn, brightened up as the day wore on with a force 3-1 W wind.
A decent passage which included another Serin south past the Warren, other totals were 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 15 Woodpigeon, 3 Swift, 31 Sand Martin, 559 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 House Martin, 5 Chaffinch, 16 Goldfinch, 107 Linnet.
Other birds present included 4 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared owl, 18 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, and a Willow Warbler.

5th May 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-12.00. A mostly cloudy day with a force 2-3 SSW-W wind.
A much quieter day but the highlight was a Red-rumped Swallow which flew south at 09.45, other birds moving included 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Sand Martin, 221 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 25 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 102 Linnet.
Other birds present were 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 350 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff.

4th May 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-18.00. Cloudy all day with a force 1-2 SW wind.
With the first SW winds in a while, passage was expected to be better than it was. It was still a decent passage though with the following totals: 7 Barnacle Geese, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Fulmar, 10 Cormorant, 1 Spoonbill (north), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, the first Hobby of the year, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 96 Black-headed Gull, 14 Lesser B.B.Gull, 13 Great B.B.Gull, 35 Arctic Tern, 124 Woodpigeon, 20 Sand Martin, 449 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 30 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 274 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present included 438 Brent Geese + 3 pale-bellied; 1 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 22 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 44 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Firecrest (Sammy’s Point/Chalk Bank), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.

3rd May 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.00. A cloudy start soon broke up and lot of warm sunshine with a force 1-2 E wind.
A good day with 4 additions to the year list – a Hooded Crow u-turned at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Jay U-turned, 1 Reed Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher were all seen. Other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 64 Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds moving included 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 14 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Curlew, 8 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow.
Other birds included 29 Greylag Geese, 6 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Wheatear. Richard Willison

Wheatear. Richard Willison

2nd May 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.40-09.20, 14.30-15.15. Cloudy all morning becoming sunny in the afternoon with a force 4-2 NE wind.
36 Barnacle Geese landed in Holderness Field before continuing north, other birds moving included 2 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 321 auk sp, 166 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 11 Sand Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail.
Grounded migrants were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 11 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 32 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.
Other birds present included 8 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Golden Plover.

1st May 2014 - Thursday

Migration-watch 05,45-08.30. Cloudy with fog or drizzle on and off most of the day with a force 1-3 E-NE wind.
A flock of 91 Barnacle Geese including an albino bird flew south, coinciding with a large dispersal from the Solway and passage noted at several sites along the east coast! Other birds moving were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 48 Herring Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 20 auk sp, 3 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 59 Linnet.
Grounded migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 14 Wheatear, 7 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fielddfare, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Brambling and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 8 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 5 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel.

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