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August 2012 Sightings

31st August 2012 - Friday

THE ROAD SOUTH OF THE WARREN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY DUE TO A WASH-OVER.
Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.30, 14.00-14.30, 18.00-19.45. Clear blue skies clouding over mid-afternoon, a force 2-3 NW wind veered NE lunchtime and ESE by the evening.
A few migrants appeared just as the wind turned including a Barred Warbler at the Warren which was caught in the evening; 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 21 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest and 3 Pied Flycatcher.
The sea was disappointing, birds on the move were 6 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 19 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 795 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 27 Whimbrel, 17 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 58 Kittiwake, 8 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow.
Other birds included 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl.

30th August 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-20.00. Sunny spells in the morning and showers in the afternoon, a fresh force 4 SW wind veered NW picking up to 5.
Again very few migrants about – 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warblers and 1 Goldcrest.
The passage over the sea was much better today – 51 Wigeon, 507 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 48 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 191 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwater, 840 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 30 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 36 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 149 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 80 Kittiwake, 31 Swift, 43 Swallow, 167 House Martin and a Grey Wagtail.

29th August 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 07.50-09.30, 10.10 – 12.10, 17.30-20.10. Sunny spells to start with then clouding up and raining from mid-day until early evening, a force 4-2 SW wind.
The only grounded migrants were 2 Willow Warblers and even passage was quiet with the following totals going south – 120 Teal, 1 Mallard, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 27 Gannet, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 17 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 1 Ruff, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 28 Swift, 17 Swallow, 1 Crossbill.

28th August 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.10-20.20. A clear morning clouding over and leaving sunny spells with a force 3 SW wind becoming 1-2 W wind
Despite what appeared to be perfect conditions for vis mig, there was very little passage of hirundines, pipits and wagtails, however there was an excellent passage of ducks, particularly Teal which recorded the highest ever August count and the fourth highest count in the Observatories history. Totals of birds moving (mostly south) were 15 Wigeon, 1297 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 75 Common Scoter, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 63 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Knot, 10 Sanderling, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe in, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 9 Redshank, 8 Turnstone, 12 Artic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Kittiwake, 11 Swift, 25 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 14 flava Wagtail, 44 Tree Sparrow, 13 Linnet.
Other birds seen were 4 Black Tern, 351 Sandwich Tern, 1200 Common Tern, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher.
A Clouded Yellow flew north past the sea-watching hut and also off there was a possible Bearded Seal, which was very big, sandy brown in colour and with very long droopy grey whiskers!

migrating Teal. Sue Hepton

migrating Teal. Sue Hepton

27th August 2012 - Bank Holiday Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-19.45. Cloudy with sunny spells then rain in the evening, a blustery force 4 S wind.
There had been a big clear out of migrants overnight and no new arrivals apart from a Barred Warbler at the Point, attention was mainly watching the sea, on the move were 18 Wigeon, 222 Teal, 1 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 20 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 517 Gannet, 33 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 26 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 12 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 3 Little Gull, 28 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 333 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 27 flava Wagtail, 19 Tree Sparrow, 30 Linnet and 13 Crossbill.
The only migrants seen were 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler.
Other birds seen included 2628 Shelduck on the Humber, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 14 Mediterranean Gull.

26th August 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 15.10-16.10, 18.30-19.30. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, a force 3-2 NW-E wind
A GREENISH WARBLER was seen for about half an hour around mid-day in Kew Villa garden but then disappeared, the Barred Warbler finally put in an appearance in the evening and there was also a fresh arrival of migrants from mid-morning – 2 Robin, 8 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 45 Willow Warbler, the first 2 Goldcrests of the autumn. 6 Spotted Flycatchers and 4 Pied Flycatchers.
The sea was also very good in the morning with 4 Long-tailed Skuas, 1 Balearic Shearwater as well as 4 Shelduck, 66 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 65 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Manx Shearwater, 340 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 19 Oystercatcher, 10 knot, 16 Turnstone, 94 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 59 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin, 3 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 558 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 41 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Hobby, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 13 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Arctic Skua. Ron Egan

Arctic Skua. Ron Egan

Arctic Skua. Ron Egan

Arctic Skua. Ron Egan

25th August 2012 - Saturday

mIgration/sea-watch 07.30-16.45. Sunny periods with thunder storms across the Humber in the afternoon and fog came in during the evening.
The highlight of the day for a few lucky observers was a SPOTTED CRAKEseen briefly a couple of times at Beacon Ponds before disappearing into thick cover of the shooting pond. There was some good passage, mainly offshore 5 Wigeon, 369 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 43 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 126 Oystercatcher, 23 Knot, 48 Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 19 Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Turnstone, 9 Arctic Skua, 4 Little Gull, 53 Swift, 29 Sand Martin, 795 Swallow, 47 House Martin, 33 flava Wagtail, 2 Crossbill.
The Barred Warblerwas still present at Southfield Farm and other migrant numbers were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap 16 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds included 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 28 Mediterranean Gulls in fields between Kilnsea and Easington, 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

24th August 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 18.00-19.30. Cloudy, mixed with sunny spells and showers, a force 1-2 E-SSE wind.
There was a big clear out of Willow Warblers and some more new arrivals from mid-morning, mainly Pied Flycatchers which numbered 16. The Barred Warbler was still present at Southfield Farm and other migrants totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 39 Whitethroat, 26 Willow Warbler.
Passage was very light – 21 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 20 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 175 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 104 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 45 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 13 Turnstone, 3 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 192 Swallow, 35 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Linnet.
Other birds present were 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, 1 Black Tern, 81 Sandwich Tern, 500 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern.

Pied Flycatcher. Sue Hepton

Pied Flycatcher. Sue Hepton

23rd August 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 06.00-10.00, 15.30-17.00, 18.00-20.00. Warm with sunny spells but largely cloudy, a force 2-1 SW wind.
A good day for grounded migrants particularly Willow Warblers with 148 which is the sixth highest day count in the history of the Observatory and the highest count since 1995. The Barred Warbler was still present at Southfield Farm and other migrant totals were 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
There was some steady passage although again very few hirundines on the move, totals were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 OSPREY, 111 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 30 Knot, 55 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 23 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 11 Arcitc Skua, 1 LONG-TAILED SKUA, 7 Woodpigeon, 23 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 45 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 76 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds included 14 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Tern, 215 Sandwich Tern, 3350 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

Willow Warbler. Ian Smith

Willow Warbler. Ian Smith

22nd August 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 18.00-20.20. Clear blue skies in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon and broken clouds in the evening, a force 4-3 SW wind.
A WRYNECK was seen on the Parade Ground at the Point in the afternoon and may have been yesterday’s bird that had moved south, the Barred Warbler at Southfield Farm was still present but a little more elusive today. A GREY PHALAROPE flew north past the sea-watching hut in the evening and the tern roost movement had 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black, 280 Sandwich, 4800 Common, 8 Arctic and 1 Roseate Tern.
Other migrant totals included 4 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 29 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
Birds moving south were 10 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 49 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 24 Knot, 19 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 12 Turnstone, 8 Arctic Skua, 24 Sand Martin, 220 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 19 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds included 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper.

21st August 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 07.45-11.00, 13.30-15.00, 17.45-20.15. Cloudy and warm with some heavy showers in the evening, a SW force 1-3.
A WRYNECK was found at post 66 at the Tank Ditch but flew over the beach and was later seen on the beach Barred Warbler was still showing well at Southfield Farm. Migrant totals were 2 Tree Pipit, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 34 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Hirundines moved for a couple of hours mid-morning and there was a steady offshore passage – 47 Teal, 2 Pintail, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 169 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 17 Grey Plover, 11 Knot, 23 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Whimbrel, 10 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 71 Turnstone, 13 Arctic Skua, 1 LONG-TAILED SKUA,1 Bonxie, 8 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 1100 Swallow, 63 House Martin, 21 flava Wagtail, 200+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds included 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1022 Sandwich Tern, 1900 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern.

20th August 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.50-10.15, 18.30-20.00. Long sunny spells and the odd spot of rain, a force 1 W wind veered E in the late afternoon.
The 2 BARRED WARBLERS remained at Southfield Farm and Canal Hedge, the latter being trapped and ringed late afternoon, an addition to the year list was a juvenile SABINE’S GULL which flew out east over the peninsula and carried on south. The first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn was at Sammy’s Point and other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 42 Whitethroat, 26 Willow Warbler and 2 Pied Flycatchers.
550 Swallows flew south in less than two hour mid morning and other birds on the move were 1 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 29 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 3 Marsh Harrier, 184 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 18 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 28 Turnstone, 9 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 26 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 3 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern, 650 Sandwich Tern, 700 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern.

19th August 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.05-20.20. Cloudy with sunny spells and a few showers late afternoon, a force 1 NE-E wind.
There was a clear out of many migrants but the 2 BARRED WARBLERS were still present (Southfield Farm and Canal Hedge) and there were a few new migrants in – 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 17 Willow Warbler, 8 Pied Flycatcher.
There was some light passage south – 5 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 78 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 132 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Knot, 15 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 68 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 750 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 11 flava Wagtail, and 43 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen were 3 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 13 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and I the tern roost 4 Black Tern, 293 Sandwich Tern, 1800 Common Tern and 7 Arctic Tern.

Barred Warbler.  Nigel Genn

Barred Warbler. Nigel Genn

Fieldfare.  Nigel Genn

Fieldfare. Nigel Genn

18th August 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-10.00, 17.30-20.30. A cloudy start clearing to leave a hot and sunny day with a light SW wind.
There was a good arrival of common and scarce migrants – an ORTOLAN BUNTING showed well on the top of Little Hedge before dropping out of sight and not being seen again, 2 BARRED WARBLERS were found, 1 in Canal Hedge and 1 in Little Hedge which later moved north to Southfield Farm, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was seen late afternoon at Sammy’s Point. Other migrant totals were a Short-eared Owl, 3 Tree Pipit, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 17 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 37 Whitethroat, 66 Willow Warbler, 25 Pied Flycatcher.
Birds moving south were 4 Teal, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander N, 5 Fulmar, 2 Marsh Harrier, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 138 Grey Plover, 47 Knot, 14 Sanderling, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 17 Little Gull, 213 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 150 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 10 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 13 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
In the moth traps were 19 Silver Y, 16 Diamond-backs and 2 Rush Veneers.

17th August 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 07.45-10.00, 13.00-14.00, 15.00-20.30. Cloudy with rain showers but warm and muggy despite a fresh 3-4 SSE – S 2 wind.
A juvenile CASPIAN GULL was seen and photographed at Chalk Bank early morning before flying off north. There was a clear out of some migrants and a few new arrivals, most notably a WRYNECK found dead on the road near the Blue Bell, other migrant totals were a Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 25 Willow Warblers, 11 Pied Flycatchers and a Corn Bunting.
Moving south were 22 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 39 knot, 18 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone, 20 Arctic Skua, 21 Swift.
Other birds seen included 1 Peregrine, 8 Curlew Sandpipers at Beacon Ponds, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Black Tern, 351 Sandwich Tern, 2530 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.
Migrant moths overnight were 1 Rush Veneer, 3 Diamond-back, 13 Silver Y, and a new moth for Spurn – Endothenia ericetana.

Caspian Gull.  Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull.  Pete Wragg

Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

16th August 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 15.40-20.50. Long sunny periods with a few showers late afternoon, fresh 3-4 southerly wind dropping to force 1-2 SSW wind.
A good day with a good fall of common migrants, another excellent tern roost movement and steady offshore passage of wildfowl and waders. A SPOONBILL flew south at 11.40 and kept going, other birds moving south included 12 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 28 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 220 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 396 Oystercatcher, 14 Ringed Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 109 Knot, 34 Sanderling, 73 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 62 Turnstone, a GREY PHALAROPE in with a flock of Common Terns!, 90 Swift, 12 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtails.
Grounded migrants included 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 74 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
The tern roost movement included 5 Black, 358 Sandwich, 7300 Common, 18 Arctic and 1 ROSEATE TERN.
Other birds included 3 Shoveler, 1 Little Stint and 6 Curlew Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds, 8 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

15th August 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-11.30, 14.35-2100. Broken clouds in the morning then rain moving in from mid-afternoon to early evening, a force 3 SSE wind veered W by the evening.
A big clear out of migrants overnight, there was some offshore passage and the best tern roost movement so far with 9 Black, 1019 Sandwich, 15,090 Common and 18 Arctic Terns.
On the move were 7 Wigeon, 174 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 142 Common Scoter, 13 Fulmar, 425 Gannet,
308 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 17 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 28 Dunlin, 4 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 29 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 42 Kittiwake, 14 Swift.
Other birds seen included 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Also it has come to light that the White-rumped Sandpiper was photographed on Friday 10th (two days before it was found and identified.

14th August 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-09.45, 10.45-12.30, 14.20-16.30, 17.20-20.15. Heavy showers to start with soon cleared leaving sunny periods in a force 2-3 SE wind
The first Barred Warbler of the year was found in Little Hedge and an Icterine Warbler was also seen there briefly, other migrants included 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 9 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south were 96 teal, 14 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 402 Gannet, 285 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 27 Knot, 25 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 11 Turnstone, 24 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 10 Swift.
Other birds included 1 Shoveler, 3 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black Tern, 733 Sandwich Tern, 946 Common Tern.

13th August 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-12.15, 17.00-20.45. Cloud built up in the afternoon producing a few light spots of rain with a force 2 southerly wind backing SE force 3.
The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER appeared at Beacon Ponds early afternoon after being missing all morning, an Osprey spent 20 minutes over Humber attempting to fish before flying off north-west. There was a clear out of some migrants but new ones appeared throughout the day – 10 flava Wagtail, 2 Redstart at Sammy’s Point, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler and 13 Pied Flycatchers.
Birds on the move included 65 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 38 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 313 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 65 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 8 Knot, 14 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Turnstone, 43 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 16 Guillemot, 4 Swift, 19 Sand Martin, 100 Swallow, 3 House Martin.
Other birds seen - 1 Wigeon, 15,000 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 728 Sandwich Tern, 3940 Common Tern and 5 Arctic Tern.
Migrant moths included 20 Diamond-backs and 11 Silver Y.

adult White-rumped Sandpiper. John Cooper

adult White-rumped Sandpiper. John Cooper

12th August 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 18.00-20.00. A bright sunny day with a brisk E wind.
The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was present at Beacon Ponds all day and there was a good arrival of migrants which included the first ICTERINE WARBLER of the year which was found in a mist-net at Kew late afternoon. Other migrants included 2 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 15 Willow Warbler and 16 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 91 Teal, 1 Eider, 116 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 28 Oystercatcher, 6 Knot, 28 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 52 Arctic Skua, 1 adult POMARINE SKUA, 32 Kittiwake.
The evening tern roost was the best so far this year with 5 Little, 1174 Sandwich, 6080 Common and 17 Arctic Terns.
Other birds seen included 6 Wigeon, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull.
On the insect front a Pine Hawk-moth was trapped overnight and a male Small Red-eyed Damselfly was seen on the Canal.

Icterine Warbler. John Cooper

Icterine Warbler. John Cooper

11th August 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00. Sunny with light wispy clouds, a force 2-3 E-ESE wind.
The highlight was the finding of an adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Beacon Ponds early evening, which showed until dusk.
Also the first Pied Flycatcher was found in the churchyard and other migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 20 flava Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler.
Birds on the move included 5 Shelduck, 66 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 385 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 225 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 2 Grey Plover, 18 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 26 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 1 Puffin, 3 flava Wagtail and 2 Crossbill.
Other birds present included 3 Shoveler, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 842 Sandwich Tern, 2278 Common Tern and 51 Arctic Tern.

White-rumped Sandpiper, adult. Ian Smith

White-rumped Sandpiper, adult. Ian Smith

10th August 2012 - Friday

Another foggy start that hung around until late morning, clearing leaving blue skies in a force 2-3 N-NNE wind.
A very quiet day with very little passage – 5 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 16 Oystercatcher, 47 Knot, 3 Sanderling and 9 Arctic Skua.
Other birds seen included 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 200 Kittiwake, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 300 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler.

9th August 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 09.15-11.00, 18.30-20.20. A foggy start which cleared to leave a warm and sunny day, with a light 1-2 E wind.
A quiet day, moving south were 6 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 74 Oystercatcher, 12 Knot, 11 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 2 Swift, 64 Swallow.
Other birds present included 3 Avocet, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 300 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler.

8th August 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 08.20-12.00, 15.00-20.45. A bright, warm and sunny day with a light WNW-E wind.
Moving south were 5 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Fulmar, 44 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 552 Oystercatcher, 6 Grey Plover, 92 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 1 Ruff, 21 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, 19 Arctic Skua, 1 juvenile Long-tailed Skua (U-turned), 17 Kittiwake, 3500 Common Tern, 8 Swift, 32 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow.
Other birds seen were 3 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat, 5 Blackcap, 21 Willow Warbler.

7th August 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-09.10, 10.00-12.00, 14.40-17.00, 18.00-20.30. A fine day with some thunder storms moving through, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Another good day for southerly passage saw 3 Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 328 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 75 Knot, 25 Dunlin, 22 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 27 Turnstone, 1 adult Pomarine Skua, 2 Bonxie, 16 Arctic Skua, 16 Sand Martin, 900 Swallow, 17 flava Wagtail.
Other birds seen – 2 Greylag Geese, 10,000 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 290 Sandwich Tern, 4170 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 21 Willow Warbler, 25+ Tree Sparrow.

Marsh Harrier.  Garry Taylor

Marsh Harrier. Garry Taylor

6th August 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.35 – 13.15, 17.15-20.45, A bright morning with thundery showers in the afternoon in a force 1-3-1 W wind.
The undoubted highlight was a Green Woodpecker heard at the Crown, later seen on telegraph poles at the Warren and later to be found in the heligoland trap at the Point where it found its way onto the Spurn ringing list. This is the 14th Observatory record and the 19th for the Spurn area. Also 2 adult Long-tailed Skuas lingering off the Blue Bell were presumably the same birds as yesterday, it was also the first good Swallow passage of the autumn. Totals of birds moving south were 9 Teal, 75 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 211 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 28 Knot, 1 Snipe, 25 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 1500 Swift, 29 Sand Martin, 1566 Swallow, 6 House Martin.
Other birds seen included 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Grey Heron, 16 Arctic Skua, 1 Black Tern, 14 Arctic Tern, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 28 Willow Warbler.

Green Woodpecker.  John Cooper

Green Woodpecker. John Cooper

Green Woodpecker.  John Cooper

Green Woodpecker. John Cooper

5th August 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-12.30, 18.20-20.50. Bright and sunny with some sharp showers moving through but clearing again by the evening, a force 3-1 SW wind.
Early morning activities were limited due to the excesses of last night’s Spurn BBQ, an Osprey flew south over the Humber at 08.45, 2 adult Long-tailed Skuas lingered off the sea-watching hut for a short while before continuing south early evening, while other birds moving south included 2 Shelduck, 39 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 639 Oystercatcher, 23 Knot, 56 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit,15 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 11 Redshank, 8 Turnstone, 14 Arctic Skua, 29 Swift, 19 Sand Martin, 146 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds of note included 1 Hobby, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Tern, 117 Sandwich Tern, 4536 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler.

4th August 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-12.30, 16.30-19.00. Sunny spells with a couple of showers late afternoon, a force 1-3 SW wind.
Birds moving south included 9 Teal, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 166 Oystercatcher, 50 Knot, 54 Sanderling, 16 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 33 Swift, 60 Sand Martin, 122 Swallow, 11 flava Wagtail, 1 Crossbill.
A nice fall of 38 Willow Warblers while other birds of note were 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 900 Common Tern, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 6 Blackcap.

3rd August 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00, 13.45-16.15, 18.20-20.30. Warm and sunny to start clouding over in the afternoon with some light showers, a force 1-3 SW-SSE wind.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER flew north over Chalk Bank calling at 19.10, and a Treecreeper at the Point was the first of the year. Other grounded migrants included a Cuckoo, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Stonechat,, 2 Blackcap and 22 Willow Warbler.
On the move were 12 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 184 Gannet, 5 Grey Heron, 16 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 17 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 138 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 15 Redshank, 1 Greeenshank, 12 Turnstone, 172 Swift, 65 Sand Martin, 205 Swallow, 2 House Martin.
The tern roost totals were 1 Black Tern, 27 Little Tern, 94 Sandwich Tern, 2100 Common Tern and 9 Arctic Tern.

2nd August 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 07.10-10.45, 18.30-20.45, Sunny spells with heavy rain late afternoon, but clearing to leave a sunny evening, a force 2-3 WSW-SW wind.
On the move today were 4 Teal, 1 Fulmar, 16 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 3 Ringed Plover, 12 Knot, 30 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 20 Redshank, 7 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 147 Swift, 62 Sand Martin, 138 Swallow and 2 Siskin.
The tern roost movement totals were 241 Sandwich, 2582 Common, 1 Arctic, 52 Little and 1 Black, while other birds seen included a Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

1st August 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 08.40-10.00, 14.30-15.30, 18.30-20.30. Cloudy with rain to start, clearing to leave a pleasant afternoon and evening, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Very quiet, only movement was 86 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 143 Gannet, 2 Little Egret, 83 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua and 17 Crossbill.
The evening tern roost saw the first Black Tern of the autumn as well as 419 Sandwich Tern, 2600 Common and 3 Arctic Terns.
Migrants seen included a Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.

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