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June 2012 Sightings

30th June 2012 - Saturday

Migration-sea-watch 04.00-20.30, a fine day with long sunny periods and occasional shower, a force 4 SW wind.


Another good day for southerly passage – 3 Snow Geese (dubious origin), 29 Shelduck E, 8 Teal, 31 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 85 Gannet, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 6 Oystercatcher, 11 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing, 12 Knot, 41 Dunlin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 89 Curlew (a record autumn passage count), 41 Redshank, 13 Little Gull, 24 Lesser B.B.Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 81 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 4202 Swift, 78 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 1280 Starling, 10 Tree Sparrow, 5 Siskin, 48 Crossbill and a Corn Bunting.

Other birds seen included 6 Little Egret, the colour ringed Spoonbill appeared again before flying off west and later seen at Patrington Outstray, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap.

Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Martin Suanjak

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Martin Suanjak

29th June 2012 - Friday

Migration-watch 05.45-21.00. Sunny spells and the odd very light shower, in a force 4-5 SW wind.


The best Swift movement of the year so far and also a few ducks and waders flying south, the days totals were 135 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 11 Tufted Duck, 98 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 38 Gannet, 7 Knot, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 28 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6746 Swift, 7 House Martin and 3 flava Wagtail.


Other birds seen included 5 Little Egret and 1 Common Sandpiper.

28th June 2012 - Thursday

Cloudy with heavy, thundery rain showers, a force 1-4 SW wind.


Unfortunately a Fox managed to get inside the electric fence at Beacon Ponds and took most of the Little Tern chicks during the night (over 20 had hatched so far).


Another quiet day with some light passage – 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 485 Swift and 7 Sand Martin.

27th June 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-10.50, 13.45-16.30. Sunny spells and heavy showers, a light force 1 SW wind.


Some light passage included 47 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 30 Gannet, 19 Curlew, 2 Little Gull, 602 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 7 Crossbill.


Other birds seen were a Tufted Duck, a Reed Warbler and a Siskin.

26th June 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-10.50, 13.45-16.30. Sunny spells and heavy showers, a light force 1 SW wind.


Some light passage included 47 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 30 Gannet, 19 Curlew, 2 Little Gull, 602 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 7 Crossbill.


Other birds seen were a Tufted Duck, a Reed Warbler and a Siskin.

25th June 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-08.30. A bright and sunny day and a force 2-1 NW-N wind.


A very quiet day but a Golden Oriole in the Triangle became the latest ever spring record at Spurn. The only other birds seen were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 4 Redshank and 11 Swift all south, 2 Cuckoos were still in the Triangle.

24th June 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.15, 13.05-14.30. Still a few showers moving through and a cool force 4-5 WNW-NW wind


A Red-backed Shrike found its way into the Heligoland trap at the Warren early morning but disappeared after its release. A Red Kite flew south early afternoon and a Spoonbill reappeared at Beacon Ponds.


On the move south were 1 Shoveler, 56 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 190 Gannet, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 65 Kittiwake, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 196 Swift.


Other birds seen included 1 Hobby and 1 Peregrine.

Red backed Shrike.  Ian Smith

Red backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red backed Shrike.  Ian Smith

Red backed Shrike. Ian Smith

23rd June 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 04.20-17.25. Heavy rain showers moved through all day with just the occasional glimpse of the sun. A force 4-6 SSW-W wind.


A good day for passage including waders moving south offshore – 6 Greylag Geese, 6 Gadwall, 2 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 92 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Hobby, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Lapwing, 40 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 67 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 18 Black-headed Gull, 51 Lesser B.B.Gull, 6 Common Tern, 35 auk sp, 2898 Swift, 59 Swallow, 11 House Marti, 2 flava Wagtail, 5 Crossbill.


Other birds present included a Little Stint at Beacon Ponds, 5 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.

Spoonbill.  Garry Taylor

Spoonbill. Garry Taylor

22nd June 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-12.30, 14.00-15.15. Mostly cloudy with lots of showers, some heavy in a very strong SSW-W force 4-6 wind.


A very good Swift passage with 4203 recorded flying south during the day and also the first two of the year flick-netted and ringed. Also flying south were 5 Gadwall, 95 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 20 Gannet, 2 Golden Plover, 19 Curlew, 4 flava Wagtail and 12 Crossbill.


The only other birds seen were 4 Teal and 4 Little Egrets.

21st June 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.30. After some sun early on, rain from mid-morning and continuing all day, a force 2-3 SE wind.


A poor day for weather and birds, the Spoonbill was seen at Beacon Ponds before leaving west up river, the only other birds seen were 249 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 4 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 345 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Kittiwake, 42 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill and 115 Swift.

20th June 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-09.15, 13.30-14.45. Light clouds and sunny spells with a force 2-3 NNE-E wind


A quiet day, the Spoonbill was still wandering between Beacon Ponds and the Humber, 446 Common Scoter were seen offshore as were 2 Red-throated Diver, 120 Gannet, 37 Sandwich Tern, 51 auk sp, 6 Guillemot and 12 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 28 Swift, 17 Swallow and a flava Wagtail moving south and a Reed Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff were around Kew.

19th June 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.20.11.00, 11.45-12.45, 14.30-16.30. Sunny all day with some high light wispy clouds, a light force 1 NW wind.


A Spoonbill was still in the area as well as a Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 6 Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffhaff and 910 Starlings.


Moving south were 5 Pochard, a Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, a Turtle Dove, 700 Swift, 13 Swallow and 27 House Martin.

18th June 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00, 15.00-17.00. Early rain petered out to leave sunny spells and a force 1-3 NW-N wind.


A very quiet day, one of the Spoonbills was still present, other wise birds of interest included 3 Teal, 42 Gannet, 3 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Razorill, 1 Puffin, 3 Cuckoo, 8 Swift and 1 flava Wagtail.

17th June 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-13.30, 17.30-18.30. Sunny spells and the odd light shower with a force 5-1 SW wind.


2 Spoonbills were wandering around the area, a pair of Ruddy Shelducks U-turned and spent a while on Humber. Birds on the move (mostly south) were 12 Greylag Geese, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 24 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 44 Gannet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, 15 Kittiwake, 76 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 16 Razorbill, 1300 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 61 Swallow, 17 House Martin.


Other birds seen included 4 Avocet at Kilnsea Wetlands, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap and 900 Starling.

Ruddy Shelducks.  John Hewitt

Ruddy Shelducks. John Hewitt

16th June 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-18.30. A windy day with some heavy showers, a force 5-6 SW wind.


A Spoonbill was seen several times between Spurn and Beacon Ponds, a Marsh Harrier was blogging about and on the move were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 102 Gannet, 5 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 13 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 33 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 90 auk sp, 14 Guillemot, 77 Razorbill, 1463 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 81 Swallow, 67 House Martin, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch and 68 Linnet.

Spoonbill.  Rich Swales

Spoonbill. Rich Swales

15th June 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-09.30, 15.15-17.15. Cloudy with rain until mid-morning then sunny spell and rain again late afternoon.


Birds on the move were 178 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 56 Gannet, the first Curlew of the autumn, 12 auk sp, 5 Razorbill, 300 Swift, 8 House Martin and 1 Jackdaw.


Other birds seen included a Peregrine, 4 Avocet at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and a Lesser Redpoll.

14th June 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.00, Cloudy with sunny spells and a force 3 Easterly wind


A few more birds moving over the sea: 13 Shelduck, 43 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 198 Gannet, 65 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 43 auk sp, 11 Guillemot, 13 Razorbill, 3 Puffin. Also on the move were 9 Swallow, 4 House Martin and 2 Crossbill.


The only migrants seen were 6 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 200 Swift blogging, 3 Chiffchaff and a Crossbill.


A Golden Oriole was seen along Beacon Lane.

13th June 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-07.40. Bright and sunny with a light N-NE wind.


The few birds on the move included 5 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 131 Gannet, 14 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 47 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, 17 House Martin and 7 Goldfinch.


Other birds seen were 10 Little Egret, 50 Grey Plover, 68 Sanderling, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler.

12th June 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.00. A fine day with lots of sunshine and a fresh force 3 NNE wind.


A few birds moving over the sea included 5 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 9 Eider, 47 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 76 Gannet, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit out east, 12 Sandwich Tern, 52 auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 24 Razorbill and 20 Puffin.


Other birds seen included 1 Peregrine, 2 Avocet and a Green Sandpiper at Kilnsea Wetlands, 7 Cuckoo, 3 Swift S, 3 House Martin S, 3 flava Wagtail S, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Crossbill.

11th June 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-09.00. A dull, cloudy day with an increasing force 1-3 NE wind.


Very quiet, the only birds of note included a Brent Goose, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Sand Martin S, 11 Swallow S, 8 House Martin S, 1 Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff.

10th June 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-10.15. Plenty of sunshine with light variable force 2 winds.


A Bee-eater U-turned back north over the Triangle in the morning and a ‘red’ male Common Rosefinch was at the Warren in the morning before flying off north.


Other birds seen included 13 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Swift, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

9th June 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-09.15. Not much better than yesterday with constant rain showers and a force 5-4 SW wind.


The first Roseate Tern of the year was seen at Beacon Ponds in the afternoon, otherwise the only birds of note seen were 7 Greylag Geese, 26 Canada Geese, 25 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Fulmar, the first juvenile Grey Herons of the year (3), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cuckoo, 6 Swift and 2 Chiffchaff.

The White-beaked and Bottle nosed Dolphins from 30th May.Graham Ekin

The White-beaked and Bottle nosed Dolphins from 30th May.Graham Ekin

White-beaked Dolphin 30th May.Graham Ekin

White-beaked Dolphin 30th May.Graham Ekin

8th June 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-12.30. Almost constant showers with force 6+ S-SW winds.


Belated news of 7 White-beaked Dolphins and 7 Bottle-nosed Dolphins seen 22 nautical miles east of Spurn on 30th May.


The only migrants seen were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and a1 Crossbill.


Birds on the move were 4 Teal, 2 Mallard, 8 Fulmar inc 1 blue phase, 2 Manx Shearwater, 97 Gannet, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp, 6 Razorbill and 29 Swift, and 2 Avocets were bloggimg about.

7th June 2012 - Thursday

Migration-watch 05.00-12.00. A bright and sunny calm start, clouding over with rain by late afternoon and an increasing 1-4 SE-SE wind.


The only birds see moving were 20 Swift, 26 Swallow, 29 House Martin, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and a Crossbill.


Other birds of note included a Shag, a Peregrine, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.

6th June 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-12.30. Cloudy with sunny spells and heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 3-2 SW wind.


A Golden Oriole flew high south over the Warren and was considered different to the one yesterday, other birds seen were few but included 19 Canada Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Stint, 1 Arctic Skua S, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Swift S, 5 Sand Martin S, 63 Swallow S, 112 House Martin S, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff.


4 Red-veined Darters were on Clubley’s Scrape.

5th June 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 05.30-11.00, 14.00-15.00. Mainly sunny with rain in the evening, a force 3-4 SSW-SW wind.


Yet another Golden Oriole was seen briefly in Church Field before flying off towards Cliff Farm, also a Crossbill at Kew and 5 at the Point. The only other migrants were a Turtle Dove, 1 Mistle Thrush and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.


On the move south were 41 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 10 Eider N, 1 Hobby, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 178 Swallow, 117 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 17 Goldfinch and 15 Linnet.


Other birds included 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel and 3 Arctic Tern.

Hobby.  Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith

Avocet.  Ian Smith

Avocet. Ian Smith

4th June 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 05.30-08.30, 13.00-17.00. Long sunny spells with a few cloudy periods, a cool force 3 NE wind.


A female Red-backed Shrike found at Sammy’s Point moved to the fence line at the rear of Long Bank for most of the afternoon, 5 Bee-eaters flew south over the Warren at 12.50, also moving south were a Red Kite, a Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 96 Swallow, 4 House Martin and a Crossbill.


A Sooty Shearwater flew north and was the first of the year, other birds over the sea included 7 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 20 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 176 Gannet, 49 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 848 auk sp, 93 Guillemot, 41 Razorbill, 22 Puffin.


The few grounded birds were 2 Cuckoo, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 8 Spotted Flycatcher.

Red backed Shrike.  John Bolton

Red backed Shrike. John Bolton

Red backed Shrike.  Ian Smith

Red backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red Kite.  Ian Smith

Red Kite. Ian Smith

3rd June 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 04.40-10.35, cloud and rain all day with a force 3-4 NE wind.


A wash out with the weather, over the sea were 16 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 15 Fulmar, 112 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 4 Kittiwake, 40 auk sp, 8 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.


The only other birds of note seen were 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 10 Swift, 2 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 4 Spotted Flycatcher.

2nd June 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-14.15, sea-watch 17.15-19.45. Cloudy to start with sunny periods in the afternoon, with a force 3 E-SE wind.


2 Pectoral Sandpipers dropped into Beacon Ponds with a Curlew Sandpiper at 14.15, 4 ½ hours after 2 had left NW from Westkapelle in Holland (300 km SE of Spurn)! Same birds? They left north with the Curlew Sandpiper at 15.50.


A Red Kite and Common Buzzard U-turned over Sammy’s Point where there was a Whinchat and 2 Wheatear.


The highlight of passage was a Serin which flew south at 07.25, also moving south (unless stated otherwise) were 14 Brent Geese out east, 24 Common Scoter, 15 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Lapwing, 34 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, 69 auk sp, 22 Gullemot, 1 Puffin N, 2 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 170 Swallow, 93 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 11 Chaffinch and 4 Goldfinch.


Grounded migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Crossbill.

Short eared Owl.  Rich Swales

Short eared Owl. Rich Swales

1st June 2012 - Friday

Migration-watch 05.30-09.00. Mainly cloudy, clearing a little in the afternoon to leave sunny spells, a brisk NE-E wind that dropped off in the evening.


An immature male Golden Oriole was between Sammy’s Point and the Riverside Hotel until 4pm when it flew off high to the NW. The only other migrants seen were 3 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, a Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Spotted Flycatcher.


Birds on the move were 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 74 Swallow, 1 flava Wagtail.


Other birds seen included 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, a Snipe and 3 Curlew.

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