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July 2011 Sightings

31st July 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 05.40-10.20, 14.30-20.30. Bright and sunny but clouding up later, a force 2-4 S wind.


The Nightjar was seen again, this time on the road at post 46 in the middle of the day until it was disturbed by traffic. Other migrants seen included 1 Cuckoo, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler.


Birds moving south: 1 Garganey, 314 Oystercatcher, 9 Grey Plover, 32 Knot, 17 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 65 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 2 Swift, 70 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Crossbill.


Over the sea were 75 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 534 Gannet, 1 Shag, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 2451 Common Tern S in the evening.

30th July 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 06.35–10.00, 15.00-15.30, 16.10-18.00. A cloudy start which brightened up quickly and a light force 1 NE-SE wind.


The first Nightjar for 3 years was seen briefly in the afternoon and then on the road by Canal Hedge after dark. It was also the first day of evening tern roost movements and judging by the numbers we could be set for some good movements during the next 5 or 6 weeks. 3000 Common and 11 Arctic Terns moved south.


Other birds over the sea included 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 329 Gannet, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 11 Kittiwake and 1 Puffin. Waders moving south over the sea included 186 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel.


Other birds seen included 1 Marsh Harrier S, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift S, 23 Sand Martin S, 12 Swallow S, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 19 Reed Warbler, 17 Willow Warbler.

29th July 2011 - Friday

Sea-watch 06.15 – 11.30, 13.45 – 17.15. Cloudy most of the day with a light shower in the evening, a force 3 N wind.


Birds over the sea included 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 49 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel N at 14.50, 13 Sanderling, 33 Whimbrel, 7 Arctic Skua, 4 Little Gull, 35 Sandwich Tern, 125 Common Tern and 33 Arctic Tern.


Other birds seen: 3 Snipe, 35 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 19 Sand Martin S, 22 Swallow S, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler.

28th July 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 06.40 – 12.15, 14.45 – 16.15. Some fog early on cleared by early afternoon to leave a sunny afternoon, a force 3 N wind.


Birds on the move included 26 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 58 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 160 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 49 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 52 Sand Martin, 68 Swallow.


Other birds seen included 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.

27th July 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 05.40 – 10.45. Cloudy until early evening when it became nice and sunny, a force 2-3 N wind.


The summer keeps producing the good birds and the undoubted highlight for two observers was a femaleTWO-BARRED CROSSBILL seen for about 20 seconds in the garden at Kew Villa before it flew over to the Crown & Anchor car park but couldn’t be relocated. This is the first record for the Observatory, there is an old record from Easington on 12th August 1889.


Over the sea an eclipse drake Garganey flew north and it was a very good day for Common Scoters which is typical for this time of year, a total of 1045 flew south, also moving were 14 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 2 Manx Shearwater, 411 Gannet, 29 Oystercatcher, 6 Sanderling, 7 Arctic Skua, 4 Little Gull, 224 Kittiwake, 310 Common Tern.


Other birds seen included 1 Marsh Harrier S, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 5 Willow Warbler.

Common Scoters. Sue Hepton

Common Scoters. Sue Hepton

26th July 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.00 – 17.45, cloudy all day with some early drizzle, a force 3-2 N wind.


Another small wave of Willow Warblers moving through included 12 at Kew, also there 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler and a Blackcap, 6 Yellow Wagtail were blogging.


Over the sea were 91 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 287 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 18 Kittiwake, 15 Arctic Tern, 1 Guillmeot, 1 Razorbill.


A Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine were seen at Beacon Ponds.

25th July 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.15 – 08.15, cloudy all day with a force 3 N wind.


Over the sea were 44 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Manx Shearwater, 291 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 4 Kittiwake, 312 Common Tern, 26 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 2 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 2 Swift, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler.


In the MV traps were 2 Dark Sword Grass and 49 Silver Y’s.

24th July 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 06.25 – 16.30. Bright and sunny most of the day with a force 4-1 N wind.


Another reasonable day for sea-watching with the first Storm Petrels of the year, singles flew north at 10.15 and 11.00, other birds seen over the sea included 4 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 20 Manx Shearwater, 446 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 45 Kittiwake, 172 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp, 1 Puffin.


Other birds seen included 1 Goosander, 1 Greenshank, 8 Willow Warbler and a Crossbill which flew off N.

23rd July 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 06.00-20.15. Mainly cloudy with a strong force 4-5 N wind.


Another day for sea-watching and the first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew south in the morning, other birds over the sea included 1 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1400 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 17 Arctic Skua, 29 Little Gull, 200 Kittiwake, 207 Sandwich Tern, 231 Common Tern, 58 auk sp, 4 Puffin.


Other birds seen included 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler.


Also good news from the Little Tern colony at Easington lagoons, so far 8 birds have fledged and safely flying around with still quite a few more expected.

22nd July 2011 - Friday

Sea-watches 06.10-09.40, 13.00 – 14.30. Bright and sunny with a force 3-4 N wind.


Over the sea were 4 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 178 Gannet, 87 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 3 Redshank, 2 Arctic Skua, 156 Little Gull, 75 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a Black Redstart at the Warren, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler.


In the moth traps were 54 Silver Y’s and a Dark Sword Grass and a Bedstraw Hawk-moth was seen at Kew in the evening.

21st July 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 06.25 – 11.30, 15.30 – 16.00. Mostly sunny with a light force 2 N wind.


The first Sooty Shearwater of the year flew north as did a distant probable Cory’s Shearwater, other birds seen over the sea included 4 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 108 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 21 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 277 Gannet, 146 Oystercatcher, 13 Knot, 34 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 7 Little Gull, 134 Kittiwake, 221 Sandwich Tern.


A juvenile Blackcap was caught at Kew and a ‘melanic’ Dingy Footman was a very rare find.

A 'melanic' Dingy Footman. Barry Spence

A 'melanic' Dingy Footman. Barry Spence

20th July 2011 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30 – 12,00 – 14.30 – 17.00. Cloudy with occasional sunny spells then clouding over and heavy rain by mid-afternoon, in a light W wind.


Over the sea there were 11 Teal, 284 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 232 Gannet, 6 Oystercatcher, 32 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 28 Little Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 600 Sandwich Tern, 73 auk sp, Also moving south were 28 Swift, 380 Sand Martin and 110 Swallow.


Other birds seen included 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Barn Owl, 8 flava Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler.


Migrant moths included 2 Diamond-back, 4 Dark Sword Grass, 16 Silver Y and a Great Brocade (a rare migrant at Spurn). A Bedstraw Hawk-moth and Hummingbird Hawk-moth were seen by day.

Great Brocade. Barry Spence

Great Brocade. Barry Spence

19th July 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.35 – 12.30, 14.30 – 17.30. Some rain showers early on petered out to leave some sunny spells, but more showers later on with a light SW wind.


Highlights included a Little Stint and a Crossbill at Chalk Bank, a Wood Sandpiper flew south while other birds moving south included: 23 Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwater N, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel + 6 in, 1 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 154 Swift, 380 Sand Martin.


Other birds of note seen were 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 62 Little Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler.


A good passage of Small White butterflies in the morning totaled 1300 south.

18th July 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.30 – 13.05, 13.30 -16.30. Cloudy with rain to start, petering out eventually and a force 5-2 W wind.


The Red Kite flew south at 14.00 hrs, otherwise most activity was flying south over the sea: 24 Teal + 9 in, 2 Shoveler, 158 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Hobby, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 212 Knot+ 6 in, 112 Sanderling, 94 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew + 1 in, 57 Redshank + 19 in, 1 Greenshank + 3 in, 1 Turnstone in, 17 Arctic Skua, 13 Little Gull, 133 Sandwich Tern + 555 N, 12 Swift + 7 in, 18 Sand Martin.


A Willow Warbler was at Kew Villa and a Bedstraw Hawk-moth was caught overnight.

Bedstraw Hawk-moth. Barry Spence

Bedstraw Hawk-moth. Barry Spence

17th July 2011 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.15 – 11.00, 11.20 – 18.00. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells and showers, a force 3-5 W-SW wind.


Another good day for passage saw the following moving south: 2 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 10 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover in, 247 Knot + 62 in, 60 Sanderling, 224 Dunlin + 21 in, 20 Black-tailed Godwit + 11 in, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 52 Whimbrel + 3 in, 23 Curlew + 3 in, 236 Redshank+ 9 in, 49 Turnstone + 2 in, 115 Little Gull, 129 Kittiwake, 3 juv Little Terns, 5 Razorbill, 1420 Swift, 114 Sand Martin, 2 Siskin.


Other birds seen included 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Greenshank, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.


North of the area at Beacon Ponds there were good numbers of waders and terns including a Black Tern.

16th July 2011 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30 -11.00, 12.40 – 19.00. A cloudy start then rain until mid afternoon, a force 4-2 SW wind.


A juvenile Red Kite was blogging about during the day and it was also a good day for offshore wader passage and Swifts moving south. Totals moving (south unless stated) were 3 Wigeon, 37 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 100 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover in, 79 Knot + 28 in, 5 Sanderling, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 8 Curlew, 37 Redshank + 4 in, 3 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 174 Kittiwake, 500 Sandwich Tern, 262 Common Tern, 28 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp, 2 Puffin N, 2830 Swift, 269 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow.


The only other birds seen of note were 6 Arctic Skua and 500 Little Gull blogging, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Cuckoo and 5 Yellow Wagtail.


A Willow Ermine was caught overnight

Red Kite.  Gareth Picton

Red Kite. Gareth Picton

Red Kite being chased off by the local Sparrowhawk. Rich Swales

Red Kite being chased off by the local Sparrowhawk. Rich Swales

15th July 2011 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 05.25 – 10.00, 10.30-11.40, 16.10-20.00. A bright sunny start clouding over by late afternoon, a force1-3 WNW-SW wind.


Most activity was over the sea with most birds flying north, even the terns: 3 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 1204 Gannet, 1 skua sp, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2234 Kittiwake, 657 Sandwich Tern, 16 Common Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 20 auk sp, 2 Puffin.


Other birds seen included 1 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 43 Swift S, 148 Sand Martin S, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin.

14th July 2011 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 07.30 – 11.30, 16.50 – 18.00. Cloudy until mid-afternoon the sunny spells, a force 4 N wind.


4 Spoonbills flew north at 08.00 bringing the total to 18 so far this year. Other birds seen included 2 Teal, 60 Common Scoter, 3 Red- throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 280 Gannet, 15 Whimbrel, 8 Little Gull, 716 Kittiwake, 454 Sandwich Tern, 11 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin, 4 Swift, and 6 Yellow Wagtail.


In the mv traps was a Bedstraw Hawk-moth and 18 Silver Y’s.

13th July 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.40 – 10.30, 16.15 – 17.15. Cloudy all day with a force 3 N wind.


Another quiet day with little happening: 1 Fulmar, 2 Grey Plover, 52 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel all south, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 135 Kittiwake, 14 Arctic Tern, 4 Puffin, 1 Swift N and 6 Yellow Wagtail present.

12th July 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45 – 10.00, 10.30 – 11.40, 18.30 – 19.30. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells and a force 2-3 N wind.


A few birds moving south included 1 Tufted Duck, 18 Common Scoter + 102 N, 89 Oystercatcher, 23 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin, 24 Swift and 6 Sand Martin.


Other birds seen included 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 300 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 8 Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

11th July 2011 - Monday

Sea-migration watch 11.10 – 12.10, 13.45 – 15.35. Bright and sunny with light variable winds.


Another very quiet day which was livened up when a live World War 2 bomb found north of the Little Tern colony, had a controlled explosion.


Bird seen today included 3 Little Egret, 60 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 150 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 59 Swift S, 51 Sand Martin S, 4 Yellow Wagtail,1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Siskin S.


Migrant moths caught overnight included 1 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Dark Sword Grass, 18 Silver Y.

Grasshopper Warbler. Mick Sharpe

Grasshopper Warbler. Mick Sharpe

10th July 2011 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30 – 10.15. Sunny periods clouding over later with some showers, a force 1-2 variable wind.


Birds of interest seen today were 5 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 35 Swift S, 10 Sand Martin S, 2 flava Wagtail S, 2 Siskin S.


North of the area there were 648 Sandwich Terns including 238 juvs suggesting a good breeding season further north.


In the moth traps were another Ni moth and 83 Silver Y’s.

9th July 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15 – 17.15. Sunny spells but a few showers moving though in the afternoon, a force 3-4 SW wind.


The undoubted highlight for seven observers at least was a PACIFIC SWIFT which flew south past the sea-watching hut at 13.42 and was followed to the end of the new road, but presumably then cut out towards Lincolnshire from the Narrows. This is the third record of this species at Spurn! Also moving south were 28 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Hobby, 2 Golden Plover, 17 Lapwing, 33 Dunlin + 36 in, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew + 8 in, 132 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Little Gull, 3045 Swift, 681 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail.


Other birds seen included 11 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, and 1 Wheatear.

8th July 2011 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.15, 16.00-16.30, 19.15-20.45. A day of sunshine and showers some heavy or hail in a force 4-3 SE wind.


On the move today (south unless stated0 were 7 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon + 6 in, 3 Teal + 5 in, 3 Mallard, 35 Common Scoter, 1 Golden Plover, 8 Knot in, 22 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 19 Redshank + 6 in, 12 Little Gull in, 47 Swift, 88 Sand Martin, 1 Siskin.


Other birds seen included 5 Little Egret, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear and 1 Willow Warbler.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Pete Wragg

Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Pete Wragg

6th July 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50 – 19.15. Rain to start then passing showers in the morning, a force 2-3 SW wind which picked up to a force 5 by the evening.


A much better day with good numbers of Swifts, a few ducks, waders and gulls on the move. Moving south (unless stated) were 43 Shelduck out, 6 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 2 Hobby, 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing + 10 in and NW, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew + 12 in, 2 Redshank, 7 Little Gull + 9 in, 559 Black-headed Gull in, 52 Kittiwake, 4 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, 4770 Swift, 102 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin.


Other birds seen included 6 Grey Heron, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer.

Common Swift. Andy Roadhouse

Common Swift. Andy Roadhouse

5th July 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 – 11.00. A force 2-3 SE wind, clear to start with clouds building and showers in the evening which didn’t spoil the Observatory wardens 50th birthday celebrations!


Another quiet day: 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 1 Little Ringed Plover S, 9 Little Gull on the Humber, 1 juvenile Cuckoo, 603 Swift S, 46 Sand Martin S, 3 House Martin S, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler.

4th July 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00 – 07.30, 17.00 – 18.00. A warm,bright and sunny day with a force 2 SE wind.


Still quiet: 5 Common Scoter, 3 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greeenshank, 1 Arctic Skua S, 33 Sandwich Tern, 60 Swift S, 57 Sand Martin S, 2 House Martin S, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 3 Crossbill S.

3rd July 2011 - Sunday

Migration watch 05.00 – 08.30, sea-watch 09.00 – 10.00. Bright and sunny all day in with force 1-2 SE wind.


Another quiet day, birds seen included 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew in, 3 Little Gull, 200 Swift S, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 90 Sand Martin S, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler.


A Mediterranean Gull was at Beacon Ponds.

2nd July 2011 - Saturday

Migration-watch 06.40 – 09.30, sea-watch 16.30 – 18.30. A hot and sunny day with a force 1-2 SE wind.


A quiet day with the highlights being 20 Common Scoter, 20 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 113 Gannet, 6 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 140 Kittiwake, 106 Swift S, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 208 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 juvenile Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin.


A Ni moth which is a rare migrant was caught overnight.

Ni moth. Barry Spence

Ni moth. Barry Spence

1st July 2011 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.30 – 09.00. Mainly bright and sunny with variable amounts of cloud cover and a force 2-1 NW wind.


A very quiet day with the highlight being a new butterfly for Spurn – Dark Green Fritillary, also 5 Hummingbird Hawk-moths and the first 2 Common Darters of the year.


Other birds seen included 10 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 44 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Siskin.

Dark Green Fritillary. Pete Wragg

Dark Green Fritillary. Pete Wragg

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