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July 2013 Sightings

31st July 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 05.20-11.00, 18.15-20.00. A force 2 WSW wind dropped and backed SSE by the evening, a clear sunny start clouded over by late morning and some heavy showers mid-afternoon to early evening.
More of the same and in less numbers again, on the move were 4 Shoveler, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 85 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 120 Knot, 49 Sanderling, 87 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel, 38 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 66 Swift, 92 Sand Martin, 120 Swallow.
Birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 7 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap and 6 Willow Warblers.

30th July 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 05.40-11.00, 11.30-12.30, 17.30-20.00. A warm and sunny day with a few short sharp showers in the late afternoon, a force 3-1 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light wader passage in the morning, birds moving today were 2 Teal, 82 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing, 129 Knot, 182 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 121 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 164 Swift, 149 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 3 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included 6 Teal, 23 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 32 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.

29th July 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 04.30-13.00, 14.45-16.30, 18.30-20.00. Sunny spells with squally showers moving through although most were offshore, a force 3-4 S wind dropped off in the evening.
There was a constant movement of waders in the morning, although not in as good a numbers as yesterday. Passage lulled from early afternoon to just occasional flocks moving offshore until the evening.
The days passage totals were 4 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 80 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 106 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 294 Knot, 295 Sanderling, 410 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 58 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 180 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 85 Turnstone, 412 Swift, 132 Sand Martin and 35 Swallows.
Other birds present included 7 Teal, 25 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Corn Bunting.

Oystercatchers on the move. Justin Carr

Oystercatchers on the move. Justin Carr

28th July 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.10-20.45. A fresh SW 4-5 wind dropping off in the evening to 1, sunny spells and a thunder storm with heavy downpour in the early evening.
An outstanding day for wader passage, with the Whimbrel record being obliterated when 668 flew south and 21 more were on the Humber, the previous best was 468 set in 2009. Other wader passage totals were 487 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 10 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 563 Knot, 397 Sanderling, 550 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 91 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 208 Turnstone.
Other birds moving included 13 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 141 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 10 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 129 Black-headed Gull, 222 Sandwich Tern, 286 Common Tern, 21 Arctic Tern, 953 Swift, 48 Sand Martin.
Other birds present were 27 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a Barn Owl and a Grasshopper Warbler.

One flock of Whimbrels on this record breaking day. Justin Carr

One flock of Whimbrels on this record breaking day. Justin Carr

27th July 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-10.00. Bright and sunny until fog by late afternoon in a force 1-2 E wind.
A fairly quiet day with waders again dominating, 10,000 Dunlin were on Beacon Ponds and other waders present included a Little Ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper. While birds on the move were 35 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 65 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 6 Knot, 85 Sanderling, 116 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 7 Swift.
Other birds seen included 2 Gadwall, 16 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Little Gull, a Cuckoo, 70 Sand Martin, a Mistle Thrush and 2 Willow Warbler.

26th July 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 15.00-16.15, 18.15-21.30. Bright and sunny most of the day with a light E-SE wind.
Another good day for wader passage with a few other birds also moving south – 5 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 35 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 63 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 251 Knot, 76 Sanderling, 109 Dunlin, 24 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 68 Swift, 195 Sand Martin.
The first evening tern roost movement of the year occurred when 57 Common and 3 Arctic Terns moved south, but also an incredible 172 Little Terns which are not usually involved in the roost movements, so were these birds genuinely moving off south? The tern roost movements will no quickly build up over the next couple of weeks and in August we have recorded as many as 40,000 Common Terns on an evening, with a Bridled Tern north of here and quite likely to get caught up in the movements, means it could be an interesting but tiring August!!!!
A petrel ringing session in the evening was successful and a Storm Petrel was trapped and ringed at 23.15 hrs.
Other birds seen during the day were 2 Greylag Geese, a Brent Goose, 3 Teal, 14 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Barn Owl, 11 Yellow Wagtail and 18 Crossbills.

Roesels Bush Cricket. Michael Flowers

Roesels Bush Cricket. Michael Flowers

25th July 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 07.45-11.30, 18.30-20.00. Cloudy with some light showers began clearing up to blue skies in a force 1-3 SE-S wind.
Another good day for passage, particularly waders – 2 Sheldduck, 3 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Grey Heron, 101 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 108 Knot, 124 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Whimbrel, 33 Curlew, 103 Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 21 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 24 Sandwich Tern, 210 Swift, 215 Sand Martin.
Other birds present included 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 10 Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 47 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Sand Martin, 19 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

24th July 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.00. More thunderstorms throughout the night continuing to mid-morning, leaving a mixture of blue skies and rain with a light ENE wind.
There was a good count of 182 Shelducks flying out east, and a Goldeneye at Kilnsea Wetlands yesterday and today was very unseasonal! Other birds moving south were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 1 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 63 Oystercatcher, 10 Knot, 19 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 32 Swift and 119 Sand Martin.
Birds present included 26 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 16 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 239 Little Gull, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Yellow Wagtail.

23rd July 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 05.45-20.30. Thunderstorms overnight continued through the morning with rain until early afternoon, in a light E-S-SE wind.
The outstanding feature of the day was the Green Sandpiper record of 12 being broken when 18 moved through Canal Scrape including 11 together at one time. Also a Wood Sandpiper was on Canal Scrape briefly. It was a very good day for waders with the following moving south over the sea: 148 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 124 Knot, 212 Sanderling, 80 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 89 Whimbrel, 34 Curlew, 46 Redshank, and 55 Turnstone. Also moving south were 23 Shelduck, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Common Tern, 375 Swift, 184 Sand Martin and a Crossbill.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 8 Little Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler and a Willow Warbler.

22nd July 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-08.30, 16.00-18.30. Low cloudy or fog on and off all day with just the occasional glimpse of the sun, a force 1 NNE-NE wind.
A male Red-backed Shrike was found at Beacon Ponds, one of several to turn up along the east coast in the last few days. Otherwise there was just some light passage which included 7 Tufted Duck, 37 Oystercatcher, 150 Sanderling (+540 on the Point beach), 11 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Turnstone, 1 Razorbill, 12 Swift, 8 Crossbill and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included 5 Teal, 300+ Common Scoter, 200 Gannet, 34 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, and 75 Sand Martin.

21st July 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 08.00-12.00, 12.30-13.30, 14.30-18.20. A cloudy misty day with a force 1 NE wind.
A good day for waders and seabirds moving offshore – 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 500 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 332 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 114 Knot, 266 Sanderling, 75 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 5 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 35 Swift and 16 Crossbills.
Other birds present were 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

20th July 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-08.30, 10.00-11.20, 14.30-17.00. Low cloud all day with constant sea fret or drizzle, a force 1 NE wind.
The undoubted highlight for two lucky observers was a juvenile TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL seen by the lighthouse in the morning, they told YWT staff they had seen a Crossbill but later realised they had seen a Two-barred Crossbill and fortunately took some photographs. Also 2 Common Crossbills were in the Kew area. Other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 35 Sand Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush.
Birds on the move included 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 7 Manx Shearwater, 81 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 15 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Tern, 9 auk sp, 2 Razorbill, 3 Puffin.
Other birds seen were 16 Greylag Geese, 13 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 13 Cormorant, 25 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5400 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper.

Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

male Common Crossbill. Ian Smith

male Common Crossbill. Ian Smith

19th July 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-14.00. Another hot and sunny day with a force 1 NE wind.
Two more Storm Petrels were trapped in the early hours of the morning, a sub-adult Long-tailed Skua flew south and there were good numbers of waders and Sand Martins moving south. The days totals were 114 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, a Hobby, 47 Oystercatcher, 127 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 8 Turnstone, 8 Arctic Skua, 4 Lesser B.B.Gulls, 4 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 10 auks sp, 4 Puffin, 65 Swift, 414 Sand Martin, and 2 House Martin.
Other birds seen were 15 Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

Storm Petrel. Ian Smith

Storm Petrel. Ian Smith

18th July 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 11.20-17.30, 18.00-19.45. Another very hot and sunny day with a light force 1 N-NE wind.
The first addition to the year list this month was a Storm Petrel trapped in the early hours of the morning during a tape-luring session. Another seabird surprise was 3 Black-throated Divers in breeding plumage which flew north, one coming out over the Warren. Other birds on the move were a Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 125 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 45 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 73 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 32 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 14 auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 186 Swift, 149 Sand Martin and 1 Crossbill.
Other birds present were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Teal, 337 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Water Rail, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Willow Warbler.
Also 2 dolphin sp moved north.

Storm Petrel. Ian Smith

Storm Petrel. Ian Smith

17th July 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 16.30-17.30, 18.00-19.00. Another hot sunny day with a force 1 N wind.
Some light passage over the sea included 3 Teal, 256 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 23 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Common Tern, 8 auk sp, 22 Swift and 13 Crossbill.
Birds present included 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, a Water Rail, 226 Bar-tailed Godwits including the first 2 juveniles, 1 Greenshank, the first juv Cuckoo, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
Also there were 9 Emerald Damselflies on Clubley’s.

16th July 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 07.50-09.50, 14.30-20.00. Hot and sunny with a light NE wind.
The highlight was a new species of dragonfly for Spurn and only the 2nd for VC61, a male Keeled Skimmer was found at the Warren.
Birds on the move included 37 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 2 Sanderling, 22 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 9 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 66 Swift and 27 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 13 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Arctic Skua and Sandwich Tern battling. Ian Smith

Arctic Skua and Sandwich Tern battling. Ian Smith

15th July 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 06.20-12.00, 15.45-17.30, 18.00-20.30. A hot, bright sunny day with a swinging force 1-3 WNW-E-S wind.
The Little Egret record was smashed when 37 were counted between Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands. On the move were 11 Teal, 4 Eider, 254 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 23 Knot, 72 Sanderling, 13 Dunlin, 12 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Kittiwak, 36 Sandwich Tern, 2 auk sp, 13 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 60 Swift, 4 Sand Martin and a Crossbill.
Other birds seen included the first 2 Snipe of the autumn, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

part of the Little Egret flock. John Hewitt

part of the Little Egret flock. John Hewitt

Dunlin. John Hewitt

Dunlin. John Hewitt

14th July 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 09.30-12.00, 14.45-17.00, 17.30-19.30. Fog to start and end the day with sunny spells in between, a force 1-2 E-SE wind.
A Pomarine Skua which flew south was the days highlight, other birds moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Manx Shearwater, 67 Gannet, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 48 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 13 Common Tern, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 34 Swift and 14 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen included 250 Common Scoter, 22 Little Egrets (2nd highest count), 3300 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull and 20 Little Gulls.

Swallow feeding young. Justin Carr

Swallow feeding young. Justin Carr

13th July 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 04.45-11.00. A hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine until fog set in mid-afternoon, a force 1 NE wind.
The highlight was 2 Long-tailed Skuas over the Humber which flew out over the peninsula and headed off north, also on the move were 1 Eider, 223 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 96 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 93 Swift, 68 Sand Martin.
Other birds present were 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and a Reed Warbler.

Black-tailed Godwits are looking very smart at the moment. Ian Smith

Black-tailed Godwits are looking very smart at the moment. Ian Smith

12th July 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-10.30, 18.00-18.30, 19.00-21.00. A cloudy cool morning with the sun breaking through mid-afternoon, a force 1 -2 NE wind.
The first Willow Warbler of the autumn appeared at Kew and there was a steady trickle of birds moving including 3 Shelduck, 9 Teal, 1150 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 251 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Common Tern, 23 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 235 Swift, 34 Sand Martin and 2 House Martins.
Other birds seen included 13 Little Egret, a Little Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Avocet attacking Little Egret, both rare birds at Spurn at the turn of this century! Ian Smith

Avocet attacking Little Egret, both rare birds at Spurn at the turn of this century! Ian Smith

11th July 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 16.00-17.30. Another cloudy day with a force 2-1 NE wind.
Another day of sea-watching – 6 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 150 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 300 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 85 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 31 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and 2 Swift.

10th July 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-21.00. Mostly cloudy with a force 1-3 NE wind.
A good day over the sea for early July, 3 Tufted Duck, 607 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 63 Manx Shearwater, 448 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 44 auk sp, 26 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 6 Puffin.
The only other birds noted were 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, and 2 Greenshank.

Red-breasted Merganser. Ian Smith

Red-breasted Merganser. Ian Smith

9th July 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-09.30. A hot, sunny day with occasional fog drifting in, a force 1 NE wind.
On the move were 6 Teal, 85 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet and 64 Swift.
A juvenile Coal Tit was trapped at Kew, and other birds present included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Yellow Wagtail.

Over 280 spikes of Pyramidal Orchids on the parade ground at the Point is the best showing for several years. Michael Flowers

Over 280 spikes of Pyramidal Orchids on the parade ground at the Point is the best showing for several years. Michael Flowers

8th July 2013 - Monday

Fog for most of the day restricted birding all day.
A Red-breasted Merganser was on Kilnsea Wetlands, 22 Golden Plover and 2 Whimbrel on the Humber, 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Beacon Ponds. Interestingly 45 pipistrelle bats came out of roost at the Blue Bell, normally only a handful of bats can be seen on an evening in the Spurn area.

7th July 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-12.00, 13.00-14.15. A very warm and cloudless day with just a force 1 NE wind.
Another quiet day, on the move were 285 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 162 Swift, 195 Sand Martin and 19 Crossbill.
Other birds seen included 5 Grey Heron, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Little Gull and a Blackcap.

6th July 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-16.00. Another very warm and sunny day with a light SW-SE breeze.
There was some more passage of Swifts and Sand Martins with 570 and 374 respectively moving south, also on the move were 5 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 198 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 18 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 6 House Martin.
Other birds present included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern and 6 Crossbills.

Green Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Green Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Mediterranean Gulls. Ian Smith

Mediterranean Gulls. Ian Smith

Black-tailed Godwits. Mick Turton

Black-tailed Godwits. Mick Turton

5th July 2013 - Friday

THE ROAD TO SPURN IS NOW OPEN AGAIN, HOWEVER IT HAS SMALLER PASSING PLACES SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.00, 19.10-21.15. A warm sunny day with a force 2-3 W wind.
Another quiet day with light passage: 491 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 74 Gannet, 2 Lapwing, 6 Kittiwake, 18 Guillemot, 56 Swift, 152 Sand Martin.
Only other birds seen included 4 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Yellow Wagtail.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Mick Turton

Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Mick Turton

4th July 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 13.30-16.30. Sunny spells and warm and muggy with a force 3-4 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light passage, 7 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 636 Swift, 253 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin and a flava Wagtail.

Linnet. Ian Smith

Linnet. Ian Smith

3rd July 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.25-11.30, 14.00-16.15. Mostly cloudy with some light showers in a force 3-1 SW wind.
Another good day for passage included 52 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 88 Manx Shearwater, 82 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 28 Curlew, 1 Little Gull, 62 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 1981 Swift, 92 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and a Siskin.
Other birds present included 1060 Common Scoter offshore going back and forth, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail.

2nd July 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30, 13.30-17.00. A bright start but clouded over with light rain by late afternoon, a stiffening force 1-4 SW-SSW wind.
More of the same, on the move were 848 Common Scoter (749 N), 3 Red-throated Diver, 48 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 29 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 22 Black-headed Gull, 986 Swift, 44 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail.
The only birds seen were 1 Scaup, 14 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

Little Tern. Ian Smith

Little Tern. Ian Smith

1st July 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00, 14.15-16.30. Mainly cloudy with the odd sunny spell or light shower with a force 2-4 WNW wind.
Another day of light passage – 181 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 17 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 31 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-taild Godwit, 24 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 10 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 277 Swift, 60 Sand Martin and 11 Starling.
Other birds present were 9 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Greenshank and 70 Sandwich Terns.

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