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June 2013 Sightings

30th June 2013 - Sunday

The final tally for species recorded during June was 161, 16 more than the best ever June, which usually averages around 125-130.
Migration/sea-watch 06.00-13.00, 14.05-16.00, 18.30-19.30. A hot, humid day with lengthy sunny spells and a few cloudy periods, with a force 1-3 SW wind.
A reasonable day for passage which included a few seabirds, waders going south and coming inoff and Swifts and martins, the totals were 690 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 60 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 46 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Common Tern, 2 Razorbill, 507 Swift, 167 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw and 2 Chaffinch.
Other birds seen included a Tufted Duck, the Scaup, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

29th June 2013 - Saturday

Mostly cloudy with a force 2-3 NW/N wind. Seawatch - 0600-1115.
A Cory's Shearwater was again seen to go south in the morning as did 2 Montagu's Harriers through the day. Other birds seen were 65 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 14 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannets, a Grey Heron, 2 Dunlin, Great Skua,13 Kittiwake,267 Auk sp., 20 Guillemots, 11 Razorbills,22 Puffins plus 5 on the Humber and 10 Sand Martins. Wader numbers contiue to build with 332 Dunlin,10 Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit on Beacon Ponds and 380 Oystercatchers,6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrels and 216 Curlews on the Humber plus 6 in. 3 Little Gulls and 3 Common Terns were on Beacon Ponds and the Scaup remains on Kilnsea Wetlands.
The first Red-veined Darter was on Clubley's Scrape.

immature male Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith

immature male Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith

28th June 2013 - Friday

Seawatch - 0530-0900. A sunny start to the day gave way to cloud and increasingly heavier showers becoming persistant.
Passage at sea included 14 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver N + 1S, 4Fulmar N + 2S, 2 Manx Shearwater N + 25S, 30 Gannet N + 33S, Arctic Skua S, 4 Kittiwake N + 3S, 15 Auk sp.N + 14S, 1 Guillemot N + 2S, and the day's highlight,a Cory's Shearwater flew south at 20:15.
Other birds on the move were 3 Lapwing S, a Whimbrel and 32 Curlew in + 4S,17 Oystercatcher S, 19 Swift S, 8 Sand Martin S and a Crossbill N.
A Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Gulls were on Kilnsea Wetlands and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Beacon Ponds.

27th June 2013 - Thursday

Seawatch 0600-0920.A fine sunny start with ligh NW-W wind clouding over in the afternoon with wind veering WSW.
The Pectoral Sandpiper remained on Holderness Pools.On the Humber were 52 Curlew plus 2 in from the East, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Golden Plover, a first-summer Little Gull and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail was on the Saltmarsh .Birds on the move included 35 Common Scoter N + 5S, Red-throated Diver N, 11 Fulmar N + 1S, 2 Manx Shearwater N, 26 Gannet N + 37S,8 Cormorant N, 21 Kittiwake N, a Common Tern N, 28 auk sp N and 26S, 1 Puffin N + 1S, 110 Swift S, 84 Sand Martin S, 9 House Martin S, 3 Jackdaw U-turned, and a Siskin S.
The female Scaup was still on Kilnsea Wetlands and a Black Tern flew North past Easington Gas Terminal.

26th June 2013 - Wednesday

No watches today. A dry bright morning giving way to cloud by the afternoon with the odd light shower with a light F1-2 N-NW wind.
The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on the pool in the holderness field though spends time in pools not viewable from the path. A juvenile Croossbill flew north from the warren to kew. Birds moving south were a Green Sandpiper, 34 Swift, 73 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 13 Jackdaw and 3 Chaffinch whilst offshore 120 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 142 Kittiwake and 70+ Sandwich Tern. Wader numbers are slowly increasing on the Humber with the first 3 Golden Plover and also 210 Oysercatcher and 36 Curlew plus 16 in from the east.
Other birds of interest were the female Scaup on Kilnsea wetland and a Mistle Thrush in the triangle.

Pectoral Sandpiper.  Ian Smith

Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

25th June 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 06.00-08.15. A better day with plenty of warm sunshine, a force 2-1 NW-N wind.
A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on Holderness Field pond late morning before flying off, but then returned in the evening. 22 Sand Martins flew south and were probably the first autumn migrants. Also on the move were 1 Teal, 103 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 19 Manx Shearwater, 136 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Kittiwake, 46 Sandwich Tern, 146 auk sp, 1 Puffin, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, and 7 Chaffinch.
Other birds present were 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Whimbrel, 33 Curlew, 4 Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 8 Cuckoo, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Jay and a Crossbill.

24th June 2013 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.20-09.20. Cloudy most of the day with some light drizzle on and off. A cool force 1-2 NW-ENE wind.
Other than the Whooper Swan, Tufted Duck and Scaup on Kilnsea Wetlands, the only birds noted were over the sea – 19 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 16 Manx Shearwater, 6 Curlew, 76 auk sp, 18 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and a Puffin.

23rd June 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 04.30-12.00, 15.00-17.10. Heavy rain showers in a stiff force 4-5 W-WNW wind with just the odd sunny spell.
In between showers it was another day of Swift passage with a total of 3102 by the end of the day, other birds moving included 23 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Curlew, 6 Kittiwake, 51 Sandwich Tern, 4 Guillemot, 16 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 18 House Martin, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included a Whooper Swan, 4 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Gull, a Barn Owl and a Jay.

Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

female Scaup. John Hewitt

female Scaup. John Hewitt

22nd June 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-12.00. Rain at dawn slowly petered out with a strong force 4-5 SW wind.
A good day for Swift passage with 7587 flying south, also moving south were 3 Gadwall, 46 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 12 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 Kittiwake, 77 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 18 House Martin.
Other birds present included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Jay.

Swift watchers.  Garry Taylor

Swift watchers. Garry Taylor

Swift. Ian Smith

Swift. Ian Smith

21st June 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 13.30-17.00. Overnight rain petered out by early morning but remaining overcast for most of the day, with sunny spells in the evening, a force 1 NW-SE wind.
A pick up in passage included 31 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 101 Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwater, 86 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 10 Curlew, 4 Puffin, 1174 Swift and 17 House Martin. The only other birds seen were 1 Scaup and a Barn Owl.

20th June 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-10.10, 14.00-15.30. Cloudy all day with heavy rain by the evening in a force 1-2 E-NE wind.
Another quiet day, moving south were 212 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 45 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Gull and 54 Swift.
The only birds seen were 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, a Grey Heron and a Blackcap

19th June 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 13.30-15.30. A very humid day with low cloud and a few sunny spells in a light force 2-1 N-NE wind.
The biggest surprise was a Whooper Swan which flew north and settled for a while on Holderness Field, this is the first June record at Spurn, in fact the previous latest record was on 15th April 1956! It is probably not to be unexpected in this very late and unusual spring, where we have had our first ever June records of Pink-footed Geese and even Fieldfare and there was one at Gibraltar Point in Lincs the day before – a late bird making its way back north?
In comparison a Green Sandpiper was probably the first returning autumn migrant! Also present were 6 Teal, a Shoveler, a Scaup, 2 Grey Heron, a Common Buzzard, a Hobby, 3 Swift south, and 2 Jackdaw.

Whooper Swan. Michael Flowers

Whooper Swan. Michael Flowers

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

eclipse drake Shoveler. Michael Flowers

eclipse drake Shoveler. Michael Flowers

18th June 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.30. Mostly cloudy but humid in a force 1-2 E-NE wind.
A very quiet day, the only birds of any note were 340 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 2 Shag, 5 auk sp all offshore; 1 Swift and 1 House Martin south and 3 Cuckoo blogging.
Another new brood of 4 Avocets are out at Kilnsea Wetlands and the first brood of Lesser Whitethroats at the Point.

17th June 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-08.10. Mostly sunny with variable amounts of cloud, a light force 1 E wind.
On a very quiet day there were a few surprises, a female Red-backed Shrike along the road between Easington and Long Bank, a Quail by Easington gas terminal and a Marsh Warbler singing at the north end of Beacon Lane. Otherwise the only other birds of note were 2 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Hobby, 16 Swift, 1 House Martin, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.

16th June 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-12.00. Cloudy with some long sunny spells, a force 3-1 WSW wind.
A Fieldfare and a Bullfinch were very unseasonal and other migrants included a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Jay.
There was some light passage over both the sea and land: 4 Greylag Geese, 75 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, 44 Manx Shearwater, 166 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, a Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Oystercatcher, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 36 Sandwich Tern, 87 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 195 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 5 Jackdaw, 262 Starling, 21 Chaffinch and 3 Goldfinch.
Also present were 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, a Golden Plover, a Little Stint, and a Mediterranean Gull.

Fieldfare. John Hewitt

Fieldfare. John Hewitt

15th June 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-14.40, 18.15-20.15. Some sunny spells mixed with some heavy showers, a stiff force 4-3 SW-W wind.
Another day of light passage, moving (mainly south) were 32 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 193 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, a Red Kite U-turned, 16 Black-headed Gull, 26 Lesser B.B.Gull, 148 Kittiwake, 114 Sandwich Tern, 127 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 549 Swift, 73 Swallow, 56 House Martin.
Birds present 3 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 29 Teal, a Hobby, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Turtle Dove, a Reed Warbler and a Crossbill.

14th June 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.25-10.10, 14.00-16.30. A cooler day with some heavy showers in the afternoon and plenty of sunshine in the morning, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Passage was much lighter today but got off to a good start when a Bee-eater flew south over Numpties at 06.45, other birds moving south included 1 Eider, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 19 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, a Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 auk sp, 143 Swift, 22 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 7 Goldfinch.
A Red-backed Shrike was found at the Point mid-morning taking the spring total so far to at least 27 birds, while other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Hobby, a Spotted Redshank, a Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Jay.
To illustrate quite how good this spring has been, the number of species seen at Spurn in April was 169, 9 more than has been recorded at Spurn before in April; in May there was 189, 11 more than ever in May and only 4 short of the best month ever; and in June we have already passed the June record (145) by two and still have half a month to go!

13th June 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 05.50-13.15, 13.40-14.40. Heavy clouds most of the day with just the odd glimpse of the sun and heavy rain late afternoon with thunder and lightening, a force 3-4 SW-WSW wind.
It was another good day for Swift passage but not quite as many and no surprises today, totals moving south were 2 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 14 Lapwing, 1 Curlew south and 2 in (the first returning birds?), 1663 Swift, 41 Swallow, 191 House Martin, 1 Jackdaw and 22 Goldfinch.
Other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Gull and a Jay.

Brent Goose and 3 Pink-footed Geese on Long Bank, a typical mid-summer scene at Spurn? Mick Turton

Brent Goose and 3 Pink-footed Geese on Long Bank, a typical mid-summer scene at Spurn? Mick Turton

12th June 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-12.00, 13.00-17.00. The first proper south-westerlies in over a month produced the hoped for passage of Swifts and during a netting session trying to catch them our warden picked a PACIFIC SWIFT up over the Triangle, it was seen feeding over the Triangle while slowly moving south, and as it passed the Warren at 08.50 it just missed the top of the net! This is the fourth record of Pacific Swift at Spurn and is a couple of weeks earlier than previous records but also the Swift count is very good for so early in June. The peak period for swifts being 20th June to 10th July. The Swift total by the end of the day was 2616, also moving south was a Spoonbill, 1 Greylag Goose, 48 Canada Geese, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet, 120 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 23 Razorbill, 14 Puffin, 208 Swallow, 291 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 5 Goldfinch.
A Red-necked Phalarope was on Holderness Field pools (the field south of Beacon Ponds with new ponds dug out) at 12.45 but flew off over the banking as lost to view. Other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Turtle Dove.

Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

imm Spoonbill. Ian Smith

imm Spoonbill. Ian Smith

11th June 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00. Mainly cloudy with just the odd sunny spell in a force 3 S-SE wind.
The Canada Goose record was broken when two flocks totalling 76 birds flew south during the day, and a Crossbill over the Warren was the first since the first day of the year. There was some light passage south – 1 Greylag Goose, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp, 148 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 47 Swallow, 152 House Martin and a Jackdaw. The only other bird of note was a Spotted Flycatcher at Kew.

10th June 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-12.20. Cloudy most of the day with some sunny spells around mid-day, a force 1-2 NE-SE wind.
A new Marsh Warbler was singing at the west end of the Canal deep in cover but wouldn’t show and other migrants included a Tree Pipit, a Marsh Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
Birds on the move included 2 Cormorant, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 57 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow, 6 House Martin.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Whimbrel.

House Martin. Ian Smith

House Martin. Ian Smith

9th June 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-11.50. Another sunny start but clouded over later in the day, a cool force 2-1 NNE wind.
A very quiet day, on the move were 32 Common Scoter, 8 Swift, 20 Swallow, 90 House Martin, 7 Jackdaw and a Corn Bunting. Other birds seen included, 3 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, and 4 Jays.

the young Avocets are growing well. Alan Whitehead

the young Avocets are growing well. Alan Whitehead

8th June 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-09.30. A bright start, cloud building later on, a force 1-2 NNE wind.
The Nightjar was seen again at the Potato Fields, the Red-backed Shrike was still at Southfield Farm and the Common Rosefinch was showing well behind the White Horse Pub in Easington. Other migrants were 2 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 11 Spotted Flycatchers.
A few birds on the move included 3 Teal, 9 Eider, 96 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 105 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 56 auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 23 Swift, 46 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail.

7th June 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-09.15. A fine sunny day with a light to moderate NE wind.
The good birds keep arriving, a Woodchat Shrike was found at Middle Camp late morning and quickly moved south settling down in the Sheep Field where it was still present in the evening. A Nightjar was seen briefly at Wire Dump and a female Red-backed Shrike was at Southfield Farm. Other migrants included 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Corn Bunting.
Birds on the move included 4 Canada Geese, 101 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmer, 44 Gannet, 106 Kittiwake, 12 Common Tern, 138 auk sp, 1 Turtle Dove, 19 Swift, 113 Swallow, 132 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw.
The only other birds seen were 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and a Mediterranean Gull.

Woodchat Shrike. Richard Willison

Woodchat Shrike. Richard Willison

6th June 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-09.15. Cloud early morning which soon cleared and a light force 2 E wind.
There was a bit of a trauma in the early hours of the morning, when it was discovered there was a fire in the roof space at the Warren Cottage, fire engines were summonsed and the fire put out, no one was hurt and no damage was done to the rooms, but the joists appear damaged and the obs will now be closed until further notice until the work has been done.
Fortunately it was a good day for birding, what was presumably the same Thrush Nightingale was singing from the same spot as last weekend, it was trapped and ringed and released and was heard singing there again afterwards. Two Marsh Warblers were trapped at the Warren, one of which was one from two days ago. A male and female Red-backed Shrike were found on Beacon Lane, a singing brown male Common Rosefinch was present on Vicar’s Lane, Easington. Common migrants included 5 Cuckoo, a Black Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
On the move were 137 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 311 Gannet, 6 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2365 Kittiwake, 15 Common Tern, 18 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 28 Swift, 50 Swallow, 55 House Martin.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Scaup, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 88 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

Thrush Nightingale. Alan Whitehead

Thrush Nightingale. Alan Whitehead

Tim Jump

Tim Jump

2 Marsh Warblers. Andy Roadhouse

2 Marsh Warblers. Andy Roadhouse

5th June 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.45, 14.30-15.30, 18.00-20.00. Mainly cloudy with a light N-NE wind.
The Corncrake flushed was flushed again in the Point dunes late morning, a female Red-backed Shrike showed very well in the Triangle, otherwise migrants included 6 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, a Lesser Redpoll and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 6 Teal, 3 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 109 Gannet, 1 Shag, 342 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 139 auk sp, 41 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill, 6 Puffin, 19 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 72 Swallow, 21 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel and a Barn Owl.

4th June 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-12.00, 14.45-16.15. Clear skies with to start but cool in a fresh N wind, clouded over mid-afternoon.
To say there were no common migrants apart from 1 Chiffchaff, there were a few scarce migrants, most notably a Corncrake flushed in the Point dunes; another Marsh Warbler was found in a mist-net at the Warren late afternoon and a Common Rosefinch was seen, firstly singing in Canal Hedge in the morning and then at the Point late afternoon. A Little Stint at Beacon Ponds early morning was the second addition to the year list in the morning but not seen again afterwards.
On the move were 4 Fulmar, 114 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 39 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 9 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow, 71 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw and 11 Goldfinch.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 3 Whimbrel.

Marsh Warbler. Ian Smith

Marsh Warbler. Ian Smith

3rd June 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30. Warm and sunny with clear blue skies all day and a very light SE-E wind.
Apart from a Quail singing at Sammy’s Point early morning, the day was almost a dead loss. The only other birds of note were 3 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Cuckoo, 27 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 164 Swallow, 73 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Chiffchaff.

Marsh Harrier being chased off by Shelducks. John Brattan

Marsh Harrier being chased off by Shelducks. John Brattan

one of many Cuckoos around at the moment. Bob Thompson

one of many Cuckoos around at the moment. Bob Thompson

2nd June 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-13.30, 14.45-17.00. Long sunny periods and a light N-NE wind.
The Thrush Nightingale was seen and heard early morning but then stopped singing and has not been seen or heard since. A male Red-backed Shrike showed very well at Sammy’s Point taking the total to a minimum of 22 birds so far this spring, breaking the record of 20 in spring 1977. Two Red Kites flew south together mid-morning followed shortly by a Spoonbill flying north. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Beacon Ponds.
Other birds seen included 3 Pink-footed Geese and due to the lateness of birds this spring may well have been wild birds, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 ArctIc Tern, 162 Swallow, 66 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and 3 Jay.

male Pied Flycatcher. Alan Whitehead

male Pied Flycatcher. Alan Whitehead

Justin Carr

Justin Carr

male Red-backed Shrike. Bob Thompson

male Red-backed Shrike. Bob Thompson

1st June 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch on and off all day. A cool cloudy day with a force 2 N-NE wind.
The Thrush Nightingale was present all day at Sammy’s Point, singing occasionally and showing even less, there was also a Marsh Warbler singing next to it and another singing in Canal Hedge which was trapped and ringed, the Common Rosefinch was singing at the Warren in the morning before flying north and then not seen again, a Temminck’s Stint was flushed by Beacon Ponds, it flew off south and wasn’t seen again. A pair of Red-backed Shrikes and a Long-eared Owl were in the Triangle.
Commoner migrants were 4 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 11 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 12 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Jay.
There was some light passage over the sea and the land which included 32 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 47 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 80 Gannet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 188 Kittiwake, 30 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 22 Arctic Tern, 127 auk sp, 99 Guillemot, 66 Razorbill, 19 Puffin, 176 Swallow, 51 House Martin and 2 Jackdaw.

Thrush Nightingale. John Brattan

Thrush Nightingale. John Brattan

Marsh Warbler. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Marsh Warbler. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

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