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July 2012 Sightings

31st July 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.00, 14.30-16.30, 18.20-19.20. Cloudy with occasional light shower, W 1 to ESE 3.
Offshore passage increased in the afternoon, 8 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 302 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 29 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 76 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 15 Turnstone, 7 Kittiwake, 4 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow.
Other birds present included 3 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler.

30th July 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 18.30-20.30. Mainly sunny with a few cloudy periods, a force 3 W wind.
Some light passage offshore 63 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 250 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Knot, 15 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 43 Little Tern, 1 Swift and a Swallow.
The tern roost was the best so far this autumn with 102 Sandwich, 1200 Common and 2 Arctic Tern. The only other birds seen were a Green Sandpiper, a Whinchat, 2 Willow Warbler and 4 Crossbills.

29th July 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 05.20-10.30, 13.15-14.15, 17.00-19.45. Bright and sunny in the morning, with clouds in the afternoon and a few showers, a force 3-2 W wind.
Passage was much lighter with 109 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 13 Knot, 20 Sanderling, 26 Dunlin, 13 Whimbrel, 44 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 47 Little Tern, 66 Swift, 37 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 23 Linnet.
Also seen were 60 Common Scoter blogging, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint at Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.
A new moth for Spurn was caught overnight - a Gypsonoma dealbana

28th July 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-20.30. Bright and sunny with increasing amount of cloud up to 6/8 by the evening in a force 1-3 WNW wind.
A good day for passage – 2 Tufted Duck, 191 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 26 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 58 Knot, 65 Sanderling, 109 Dunlin, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 117 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 36 Redshank, 15 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Kittiwake, 70 Little Tern, 268 Sandwich Tern, 602 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 780 Swift, 66 Sand Martin, 154 Swallow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 12 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 6 Little Egret, 8 Kestrel, 550 Sanderling, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler.
A Bedstraw Hawk-moth was caught overnight.

27th July 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-07.40, 10.00-14.40, 154.40-18.25, 19.00-20.30. a misty start then some long sunny periods, a moderate N wind swung to the W in the evening.
The report of a Sabine’s Gull on the pagers was erroneous! 2 Storm Petrels came into a tape lure, one of which was ringed. Another reasonable passage saw 251 Shelduck (SE), 298 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 105 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 139 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 14 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 23 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 7 Little Gull, 21 Little Tern, 634 Swift, 39 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 12 flava Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 2 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 1 Eider, 1 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.

26th July 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.00-09.00, 11.00-13.00, 17.40-18.10. A cloudy day with drizzle early morning, a moderate E-SE wind.
A Quail was flushed from the path between Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon Ponds, the first 2 Whinchats of the autumn were in the Triangle while other migrants included 2 Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler and a Willow Warbler.
On the move were 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 83 Common Scoter, 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 162 Oystercatcher, 26 Knot, 57 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 2 Little Gull, 50 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 22 Swift, 72 Sand Martin, 14 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail.
Other birds present included a Little Stint and 3 Curlew Sandpipers at Beacon Ponds, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Arctic Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull.

25th July 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-08.30, 13.00-18.00. A mixed day with a foggy start then clearing to leave a sunny day which clouded over late afternoon, a moderate NE wind.
Passage noted included 193 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar,, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 34 Oystercatcher, 23 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 6 Little Gull, 19 Kittiwake, 15 Swift, 32 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow.
Other birds present were 7 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 1Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.

24th July 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-11.00, 14.30-16.30, 19.30-20.30. Another fine, sunny and hot day with a light to moderate SE wind.
A late evening petrel ringing session attracted 4 Storm Petrels to the net but unfortunately were not ringed, also a new moth for Spurn was caught – Batia unitella.
The first Garden Warbler of the autumn was at the Warren, other grounded/wandering birds were a Short-eared Owl, a Stonechat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, and a Willow Warbler.
Birds on the move included 32 Gannet, 1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 46 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, 1 Kittiwake, 392 Sandwich Tern, 173 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 225 Swift, 138 Sand Martin, 262 Swallow, 22 flava Wagtail.

23rd July 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-20.30, a fine sunny day with a moderate SW wind.
Another day of steady passage over the sea and land – 8 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 123 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 112 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 90 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 18 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 12 Little Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 2200 Swift, 117 Sand Martin, 44 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 25 flava Wagtail, 65 Starling, 1 Crossbill and 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Hobby, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 980 Sandwich Tern, 600 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Blackap, 2 Willow Warbler.

22nd July 2012

Migration/sea-watches 04.55-21.40. A warm, bright and sunny day with a strengthening 1-3 SW wind.
The first good passage of Sand Martins, also good numbers of Swifts, waders and terns moving: 25 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 5 Eider, 350 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 77 Cormorant (new July record), 1 Hobby, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 80 Knot, 70 Sanderling, 266 Dunlin, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew, 43 Redshank, 14 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 260 Black-headed Gull, 747 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 5002 Swift, 202 Sand Martin, 195 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 26 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 100 Common Scoter, 4 Little Egret, 4 Greenshank, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler.
At Beacon Ponds there were 2 Little Stints, a Black Tern and a Roseate Tern.
Overnight a new moth for Yorkshire was trapped – Aphomia zelleri.

21st July 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 04.55 – 05.15, 06.10-12.40, 14.50-20.30. Fair to start then bright and sunny, a force 1-3 NW-S wind.
With a favourable change in the wind, an reasonable expected offshore passage of waders took place as well as the usual faire of migrating species. 14 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 5 Eider, 383 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 144 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 255 Knot, 83 Sanderling, 242 Dunlin, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 15 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 4 Little Gull, 12 Lesser B.B.Gull, 47 Little Tern, 120 Swift, 19 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen – 3000 Knot, 10 Whimbrel, 220 Curlew, 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 890 Sandwich Tern, 75 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler.
15 Emerald Damselflies and 4 Red-veined Darters were seen.

20th July 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 05.45-10.30, 13.30-16.00, 16.30-17.30, 17.55-20.10. Mainly cloudy with some showers in the afternoon, a force 1 N-NNE wind.
Offshore passage saw 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 21 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 803 Common Scoter, 75 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 41 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 33 Whimbrel, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 747 Kittiwake, 53 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 20 auk sp, 5 Puffin.
Other birds present were 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 11 Arctic Skua, 1034 Sandwich Tern and 6 Yellow Wagtail.

19th July 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.30, 13.00-15.15. mainly cloudy with the odd light shower and occasional glimpse of the sun, a force 3 NW-W wind.
A very quiet day with some light passage – 8 Eider, 71 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 15 Manx Shearwater, 101 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 254 Kittiwake, 25 Little Tern, 7 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill, 2 Swift.
Other birds included 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

18th July 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.30, 15.30-16.30. Sunny spells with the odd light shower in the afternoon, a force 3+ W wind.
On the move were 55 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 25 Oystercatcher, 29 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1336 Kittiwake, 38 Little Tern, 171 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 73 Razorbill, 58 Swift, 13 Sand Martin.
Also seen were 500 Gannet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Arctic Skua, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.
A Palpita vitrealis moth caught overnight is only the 2nd for Spurn and 5th for Yorkshire.

palpita vitrealis.  Barry Spence

palpita vitrealis. Barry Spence

17th July 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-12.00, 15.30-17.00. Sunny spells first thing then soon clouded over and rain by the afternoon, in a force 2-3 W wind.
More light passage – 3 Teal, 285 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 12 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 48 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 1 Bonxie, 387 auk sp, 23 Guillemot, 28 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 14 Swift, 26 Sand Martin.
Other birds included 500 Gannet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Arctic Skua, 300 Kittiwake, 600 Sandwich Tern, 8 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Blackcap.

16th July 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-12.10, 14.15-15.15, 15.30-17.15. Early sunny spells soon clouded over with rain until mid-afternoon in a force 3-1 SW wind.
Birds moving today included 224 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Cormorant, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 25 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 25 Redshank, 13 Turnstone, 1 Little Gull, 28 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 256 auk sp, 24 Guillemot, 30 Razorbill, 326 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Siskin.
Also seen were 300 Gannet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 250 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

15th July 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 05.00-10.45, 18.00-20.45. Another fine day with plenty of sunshine, a moderate NW-W wind.
Another good day for offshore wader passage, as well as few other birds on the move – 60 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 5 Eider, 1195 Common Scoter (north), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 380 Gannet, 27 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 98 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 81 auk sp, 3 Puffin, 505 Swift, 55 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen were 5 Little Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 1 Siskin.
A Sunfish was seen offshore, a Grass Snake was eating baby toads in Clubley’s Field and 5+ Emerald Damselflies were on Clubley’s Scrape.

14th July 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 05.00-10.30, 11.00-12.30, 14.20-17.30, 18.30-20.00. Bright and sunny all day with a light N-NE winds.
A few birds moving over the sea and a noticeable increase in waders on the Humber, bird on the move included 1 Eider, 450 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 14 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 703 Gannet, 89 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 110 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 13 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 60 Little Gull, 409 Kittiwake, 318 Sandwich Tern, 18 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 96 auk sp, 56 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 13 Puffin, 7 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Siskin.
Other birds present included 3 Avocet, 1000 Knot, 800 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin.
A Bedstraw Hawk-moth was trapped overnight.

Bedstraw Hawkmoth.  Rich Swales

Bedstraw Hawkmoth. Rich Swales

13th July 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-09.30, 14.50-15.30. Sunny spells and cloudy periods, a force 2-3 SE-E wind.
An Emerald Damselfly (very rare at Spurn) on Clubley’s Scrape was the highlight of the day. There was some light passage 115 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Manx Shearwater, 107 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, 56 Little Gull, 11 Swift, and a Grey Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, the first juvenile Cuckoo at the Warren, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Yellow Wagtail.

12th July 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-12.00, 14.30-17.30. A sunny day with clouds building in the afternoon, a force 3 NW-SW wind.
A Wheatear and a Willow Warbler were the first returning migrants of the autumn. A few birds moving included 16 Shelduck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 90 Gannet, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 21 Little Gull, 2 auk sp, 37 Swift, 4 flava Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 24 Common Scoter, 3 Little Egret, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

11th July 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-12.45, 15.15.16.30. A changeable day of sunshine and showers, a light to fresh NW-W wind.
The juvenile Stonechat was still present, otherwise it was mainly birds moving, mainly offshore: 39 Common Scoter, 10 Manx Shearwater, 161 Gannet, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 34 Knot, 17 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 52 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 25 Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 53 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 10 auk sp, 1 Stock Dove, 422 Swift and 9 Sand Martin.

10th July 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-10.00, 15.45-17.00, 18.20-19.20. Early morning rain showers and cloudy for most of the day, with a light NE-E wind.
On the move offshore were 128 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, the first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew north in the evening, 187 Gannet, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Arctic Skua, 10 Kittiwake, 160 Sandwich Tern, 16 Common Tern, 9 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Puffin.
Other birds seen included 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 80 Little Gull, and a juvenile Stonechat appeared at the Warren.

9th July 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-12.30, 14.00-16.00. Cloudy with occasional sunny periods, a light W wind veered NNE.
A Hooded Crow was the highlight of the day and at a very unusual time of year for Spurn, bird on the move were 17 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 316 Gannet, 91 Oystercatcher, 12 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 13 auk sp, 15 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 530 Swift.
Other birds seen included 4 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Black-tailed Godwit,, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 90 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 flava Wagtail and a Siskin.

8th July 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-07.30, 11.20-12.55, 13.45-16.00. Cloudy with rain to start, slowly clearing to leave a bright sunny evening, a force 3-2-1 NW-SW wind.
The highlight (well for one larophile at least) was 2 Caspian Gulls in fields adjacent to Kilnsea Wetlands during the afternoon before flying off south. Also in the area were 2 Mediterranean Gulls.
Birds on the move were 1 Shelduck, 8 Eider, 1 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 105 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 44 Little Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 33 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 17 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included a Tufted Duck, 310 Common Scoter, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Caspian Gull.  Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull.  Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

7th July 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 04.10-14.00, 16.20-19.40. Bright and sunny with just a few clouds late one, a force 1-2 E wind.
Birds on the move were 2 Gadwall, 4 Eider, 44 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 11 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 20 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 27 Knot, 42 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 49 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 40 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 39 auk sp, 39 auk sp, 29 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 619 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 11 Meadow Pipit, 14 alba Wagtail, 58 Starling, 5 House Sparrow. Also blogging offshore were 210 Gannet, 395 Little Gull and 130 Sandwich Tern.
Other birds seen included 2 Avocets + 4 chicks on Kilnsea Wetlands, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterreanean Gull, 1 Cuckoo.

6th July 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 09.00-11.00, 15.50-16.50, 18.15-21.15. Heavy rain showers all day until evening when the sun finally came out, a force 2 NNE – E wind.
Due to the weather most action was over the sea – 1 Tufted Duck, 393 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 153 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 10 Knot, 18 Dunlin, 5 Golden Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 39 Redshank, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 71 Little Gull, 71 Kittiwake, 82 Sandwich Tern, 17 Common Tern, 48 auk sp, 91 Guillemot, 51 Razorbill, 22 Swift.
Other birds seen included 6 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

5th July 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.30. Bright and sunny all day with a force 1-2 E wind
Birds on the move included 79 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 6 Little Gull, 34 Sandwich Tern, 160 Swift, 1 flava Wagtail, 60 Starling and 2 Siskin.
Other birds seen included 2 Wood Sandpipers on Canal Scrape, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, a Cuckoo and a Grey Wagtail.

Wood Sandpipers.  Michael Flowers

Wood Sandpipers. Michael Flowers

4th July 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-11.00, 14.00-15.00. More showers and occasional sunny spells with a force 2-3 S wind.
A male Long-tailed Duck which flew south was a nice surprise and an addition to the Migyear list, most other activity was over the sea – 16 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 217 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 131 Gannet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Little Gull, 66 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 9 auk sp, 39 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 34 Swift.
At Kilnsea Wetlands there was a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Short-eared Owl was at Sammy’s Point.

3rd July 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-10.00. Cloudy with light drizzle, turning into showers, a force 1 S-SSE wind.
Some light southerly passage – 2 Teal, 134 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 16 Sandwich Tern, 62 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 105 Starling, 8 Siskin, 1 Crossbill.
Other birds seen included 1 Shag, 4 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 1 Reed Warbler.

2nd July 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-12.00, 14.30-16.00, cloudy all day with some long spells of rain.
An Osprey flew north-west, this is only the fifth July record for this species. Other birds noted moving between the showers included 2 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Hobby, 4 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 21 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 1820 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 60 Starling and 20 Crossbill.
At Kilnsea Wetlands there was a Mediterranean and 7 Little Gulls.

1st July 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 04.30-13.00, 15.00-17.30. Mainly sunny with some cloudy spells and the odd light shower, a force 5-3 SW wind
Payment for the long hours spent vis-migging came in the form of an Alpine Swift which flew south past the Warren at 09.30, also moving during the day were 2 Teal, 11 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 5 Golden Plover, 7 Dunlin, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 3054 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 20 Crossbill.
The Spoonbill was still in the area and other birds seen included 41 Common Scoter, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 41 Little Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cuckoo, and 2 Corn Bunting.

Alpine Swift.  John Hewitt

Alpine Swift. John Hewitt

Alpine Swift.  John Cooper

Alpine Swift. John Cooper

Alpine Swift.  John Cooper

Alpine Swift. John Cooper

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