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June 2014 Sightings

30th June 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.00, 15.00-16.00. Sunny spells in the morning, blues skies in the afternoon, a force 1 NW-NE-SE wind.
Passage included 13 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 13 Little Gull, 31 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 107 Swift, 34 Sand Martin and 260 Starling.
Birds present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 177 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Grey Wagtail, a Reed Warbler and 2 Blackcap.

29th June 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-10.15, 13.30-14.30. Force 2-3 NE-NW wind, rain overnight and a murky start clearing mid-morning to leave a nice day.
Birds moving included 3 Teal, 42 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 53 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 4 Swift, 3 Sand Martin.
A Black Redstart was by the Riverside Hotel, a Wheatear was at Sammy’s Point, a Short-eared Owl was in the Triangle, and other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 100 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 206 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

28th June 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-09.00, 09.30-15.30. Cloudy in the morning clearing in the afternoon, a force 2-1 NW wind.
A Spoonbill flew south to Beacon Ponds, other birds on the move were 5 Teal, 5 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 63 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 70 Swift, and 17 Sand Martin.
The first returning juvenile Wheatear was seen in the Triangle, other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 10 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.
After having the first Marbled White for Spurn earlier in the week, 8 were present at Beacon Ponds today.

27th June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.10 – 09.20, 18.45-20.45. Rain most of the day with a force 1-3 NNE-E-NE wind, much colder than of late.
Most activity was over the sea 33 Teal, 2 Eider, 126 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 5 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 30 auk sp.
The only other birds seen were 1 Wigeon, 2 Whimbrel and a Blackcap.

Migration/sea-watch 06.10 – 09.20, 18.45-20.45. Rain most of the day with a force 1-3 NNE-E-NE wind, much colder than of late. Most activity was over the sea 33 Teal, 2 Eider, 126 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 5 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 30 auk sp. The only other birds seen were 1 Wigeon, 2 Whimbrel and a Blackcap.

26th June 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-09.30. Another warm and sunny day with a light cloudy and a force 1-2 E-NNE wind.
Passage was still hardly existent, 130 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 17 Swift, 15 Sand Martin and 1 flava Wagtail.
A juvenile Black Redstart was at the Blue Bell and other birds seen included 1 Whimbrel, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
A Red-veined Darter was on Clubley’s Scrape and 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth was in Kilnsea.

25th June 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-08.40. A warm bright and sunny day with a force 1 NW-E wind.
A black male Ruff is only the second record of the year, a late spring migrant or an early non-breeding bird? The only birds moving were 40 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 8 Kittiwake, 28 Swift and 1 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Grey Heron, the first returning Little Ringed Plover, 41 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
The first Common Darter of the year and 25 Common Emerald were on the wing.

24th June 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-09.00. Cloudy with the odd shower becoming brighter in the afternoon, a force 1 E-NE wind.
The only passage was 150 Common Scoter, 5 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 22 Swift and a Sand Martin.
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, a Curlew Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds, the first Snipe of the autumn, 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Gull and a Chiffchaff.
The highlight however was the first Marbled White butterfly for the Spurn area seen at Kilnsea Wetlands.

23rd June 2014 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-08.30. A pleasant sunny day with a force 2 SW-NW wind.
On the move were 336 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 1 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 814 Swift, 15 Sand Martin and 3 flava Wagtail.
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Pintail, 23 Common Scoter, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Common tern, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap.

Red-veined Darter. Richard Willison

Red-veined Darter. Richard Willison

22nd June 2014 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-15.25. Bright and sunny with variable amounts of cloud cover, a force 1 E-NE wind.
On the move were 282 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 305 Swift, and 4 flava Wagtail. Birds present included 1 Pintail, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Common Tern, a Mistle Thrush, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
A Red-veined Darter was also present on Clubley’s Scrape.

21st June 2014 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-09.45, 14.45-15.30. Warm, bright and sunny with a force 1 NW-SE wind.
A Woodchat Shrike gave everyone the run-a-round, it was found on wires to the west of the Blue Bell in the morning and then quickly disappeared, it was re-found later at the north end of Beacon Lane and then later by the sluice between Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands. The Great White Egret was seen again briefly at Beacon Ponds, but the main excitement for the day was a possible Great Black-headed Gull which flew out north-east across the Triangle, unfortunately it continued out to see but couldn’t be confirmed and didn’t return on the following low tide. Also 2 Bullfinch were at the Warren the Blackcap and Chiffchaff were still present.
On the move were 65 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet, 90 Swift and 2 flava Wagtail. Other birds present were 9 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Grey heron, 197 Grey Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, and 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

20th June 2014 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.30. Bright and sunny and warm most of the day with a force 1 NW-W wind.
A Great White Egret flew north and appeared to drop into Beacon Ponds, although couldn’t be found later. The only passage noted was 233 Swift and 2 Sand Martin, while birds present included 9 Teal, a Pintail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

19th June 2014 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06,45-09.30. Overcast and drizzly start, clearing to leave a sunny afternoon, a force 2 NE wind.
The highlight was a drake Garganey that flew south, other birds on the move were 232 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 46 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 auk sp, 18 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill. The only other birds of note were 31 Golden Plover, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

18th June 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-12:00. Cloudy with drizzle on and off, clearing by mid-afternoon with a F3-1 N. Some passage over the sea included, 228 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, (including a ‘blue’ morph north), 485 Gannet, 2 Bonxie, 1551 Kittiwake, 11 Sandwich Tern, 157 auk sp., 72 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 8 Puffin, 4 Swift. Also present were 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.

17th June 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-09:15. A brighter start then clouded up by the afternoon with a F2-3 NW-N. On the move were 30 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 206 Gannet, 54 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 8 auk sp., 34 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin. Also present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. A Red-veined Darter was on Church Field Pond.

16th June 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-10:15. Cloudy all day with some light showers a F2-3 NNW. Continued northerly winds made for another quiet day, on the move were, 25 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 173 Gannet, 15 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 18 auk sp., 201 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 1 Swift. Also present were 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.

Sedge Warbler. Sue Hepton

Sedge Warbler. Sue Hepton

15th June 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-10:00. Cloudy with a F1-3 NW. Another quiet day, on the move were 100 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 99 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp., 10 Guillemot, 6 Swift. Other birds present included 26 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, the first returning Green Sandpiper in the Triangle, 20 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffhchaff.

14th June 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-10:00. A mainly cloudy day with the odd sunny spell, a F1 N-NW. Northerly winds in mid June meant for a quiet day, on the move were 4 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 26 Gannet, 16 Sandwich Tern, 12 auk sp, 56 Swift, 1 flava. Other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 3 Little Gull, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. 3 Common Emerald Damselflies were on Clubley’s Scrape.

13th June 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:20-09:00 15:45-17:10. A warm bright and sunny start clouding up by mid afternoon with a F1 NW-N. The highlight of the day was another Spoonbill that flew south in the morning continuing the good spring for this species, other birds on the move were 2 Lapwing, 7 Razorbill, 19 Swift, 1 flava, 2 Jackdaw. Other birds present included 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 20 Swift, 1 Blackcap.

12th June 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-10:00. F1-3 SW-S a warm day with broken cloud all day and plenty of sunshine. A generally quiet day, on the move were 9 Eider, 17 Sandwich Tern, 126 Swift, 8 House Martin, 1 flava, 7 Jackdaw. Other birds present were 3 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. A few insect arrivals included 5 male Red-veined Darters (3 Church Field Pond and 2 Clubley’s Scrape), 3 Clouded Yellows and a female Broad-bodied Chaser.

Red veined Darter.  Garry Taylor

Red veined Darter. Garry Taylor

11th June 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-13:30 14:30-16:45. F2 SW-WNW-W cloudy morning with a clear sunny day. Some light passage with a few highlights but otherwise quiet. On the move were 3 Barnacle Geese 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Cormorant, 1 adult Spoonbill flew south past the Warren in the morning, 17 Golden Plover (in), 1 Dunlin (in), 30 Sandwich Tern, 1 Turtle Dove u-turned past the Warren, 1 Cuckoo that circled up at the Warren and flew south! 1058 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 36 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, the first Coal Tit a juv that continued south past the Warren, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Crossbill west over Sammy’s Point. Other birds present included, 1 Shoveler, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge with a brood of chicks at Long Bank, 2 Fulmar, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

Coal Tit. Steve Exley.

Coal Tit. Steve Exley.

10th June 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:15-19:55. F1-4 S-SW broken cloud all day warm and sunny. The first SW winds for a while saw a good number of Swift fly south for this early date as well as some other light passage. On the move were 9 Canada Geese, 9 Teal, 4 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 1 Sanderling, 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Turnstone, 41 Sandwich Tern, 2756 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 40 House Martin, 1 flava, 1 Crossbill , 3 Chaffinch and a Common Rosefinch was at the Warren before disappearing south. Other birds present included 1 Brent Goose, 11 Common Scoter, 1 eclipse drake Garganey in Well Field, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Humber, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

9th June 2014 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-08:00 09:30-11:00. F1-3 SE broken cloud for most of the day with a thunderstorm in the evening, 2 Spoonbill flew south early morning and a female Red-backed Shrike was found just north of Chalk Bank. Other birds on the move included 46 Canada Geese, 2 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 1 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 1 Turnstone (east), 4 Sandwich Tern, 32 Swift, 11 House Martin, 2 flava. Other birds present included 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Med Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap.

8th June 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch 07:20-10:30. A F1-3 S-SW overcast in the morning clearing to leave a lovely sunny day. A new Golden Oriole at Sammy’s Point was the highlight of a quiet day, the only other grounded migrants being 2 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Crossbill briefly at Kew. On the move were 8 Grey Heron, 5 Lapwing, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 181 Swift. The 2 Garganey re-appeared on Holderness Field, a Turtle Dove was along Peter Lane and the first Avocet and Mute Swan chicks of the year appeared.

1 of 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths present in Kilnsea for last 2 weeks. Peter Martin.

1 of 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths present in Kilnsea for last 2 weeks. Peter Martin.

7th June 2014 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:50-09:00 10:45-12:20. Heavy rain at times until it cleared mid-afternoon, a force 1-3 E-SE-S. A very quiet day, on the move were 6 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 104 Gannet, 16 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp., 48 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 3 Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin. Very little else present, 1 Gadwall, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Blackcap.

6th June 2014 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-11:30. A bright and sunny day with a light S-E wind produced Spurn’s 5th ever and 3rd spring BLYTH’S REED WARBLER that burst into song at 10:45 at the Warren before being found in a mist net shortly after, not many other birds about but 2 other year list additions being 2 Garganey on Canal Scrape in the evening and a satellite tagged Osprey that flew north over the Warren whilst the Blyth’s Reed Warbler was being processed. The few other grounded migrants were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. On the move were 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 40 Grey Plover (east), 1 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover (east), 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Swift, 8 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Redpoll. Also present were 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Yellowhammer.

Blyth's Reed Warbler. Rich Swales.

Blyth's Reed Warbler. Rich Swales.

5th June 2014 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watches 06:25-08:25, 09:30-11:45, 15:00-16:30. Heavy showers in the morning died out by the afternoon leaving sunny spells with a force 1-4 WNW. Some light passage being 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Fulmar, only the 2nd Hen Harrier of the year, an adult female flew south over the Warren, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint , 1 Whimbrel (in), 6 Sandwich Tern, 275 Swift, 37 Swallow, 31 House Martin. Grounded migrants were 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

adult female Hen Harrier. Mick Turton

adult female Hen Harrier. Mick Turton

flock of Little Egrets. Mick Turton

flock of Little Egrets. Mick Turton

4th June 2014 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-11:15. A rainy morning petered out to leave sunny spells for the rest of the day. A very quiet day highlight being 2 Little Owl and 2 Tawny Owl chicks ringed. On the move were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 95 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 35 Gannet, 24 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 5 Sand Martin. Birds present included a Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Little Egret, 1 Golden Plover, 10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear and 1 Chiffchaff.

Little Owl. Rich Swales.

Little Owl. Rich Swales.

3rd June 2014 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30. Cloudy in the morning with light passing showers, a few heavy rain showers in the afternoon but pleasant sunny spells in the evening, the wind swung from SSW to N to ENE, force 1-2.
Another quiet day with some light passage, moving through were 1 Tufted Duck, 49 Common Scoter, 1 Hobby, 2 Stock Dove, 205 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 60 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 8 Jackdaw.
Other birds seen included 9 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Shag, 7 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

2nd June 2014 - Monday

Sea-watch 05.30-08.00, 17.30-18.30. Cloudy with a few light showers, sunny spells developed with a force 2-3 SSE-S wind.
A very quiet day where the only grounded migrants noted were a White Wagtail and a Black Redstart. Some light passage included 48 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 24 Gannet, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 47 auk sp, 52 Swift, 50 Swallow, 38 house Martin.
The only other birds noted were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 16 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

1st June 2014 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-11:00. F1-2 SW-SE a clear pleasant day with some cloud. A quiet day with most of the migrants moving on overnight, the Icterine Warbler was still present but elusive at the Warren, the Red-breasted Flycatcher and 1 Golden Oriole were still at Sammy's, other grounded migrants were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. On the move were 32 Brent Geese (east), 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 57 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby , a Moorhen flew south over the Warren as far south as the wash over cut out over the Humber and returned north into the Triangle, 1 Avocet, 12 Grey Plover (east), 11 Knot (east), 3 Sanderling (east), 1 Dunlin (east), 1 Redshank (east), 1 Wood Sandpiper , 2 Turnstone (east), 21 Black-headed Gull, 13 Common Gull, 35 Lesser BB Gull, 104 Herring Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 28 Sandwich Tern (east), 1 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern (east), 22 auk sp., 39 Guillemot, 51 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 32 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 64 Swallow, 33 House Martin, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 27 Linnet. Other birds present were 1 Teal, 3 Kestrel, 1 Purple Sandpiper , 1 Greenshank, 1 Med Gull, 1 Corn Bunting.

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