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August 2015 Sightings

31st August 2015 - Monday

Rain most of the day stopping late on with a cool force 3 northerly veering north north-west.
Seawatch - 07:00-11:00, 17:15-19:20. Moving were a Lesser Golden Plover coming in off the sea then north but unfortunately not found subsequently, 9 Wigeon, 137 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 91 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 43 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Shag, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Puffin, 2 Swift and 32 Swallow. Present were 4 Wigeon, 63 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 46 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, a new Icterine Warbler at Cliff Farm, 1 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 18 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike in Corner Field and 30 Goldfinches.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 13 Tree Sparrow

30th August 2015 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-13.00, 17.00-20.00. Sunny spells in the morning clouding over in the afternoon with a few spots rain, a force 1 N wind veered to the E and picked up to 2 before going still in the evening.
Passage was very light but a few new migrants appeared late afternoon. Grounded migrants included 1 Short-eared-Owl, 3 Tree Pipit, 4 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 31 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike still in Corner Field, 7 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 3 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 155 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 147 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Sand Martin, 65 Swallow, 5 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 6 Siskin.
Other birds seen included 9 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 20 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 22 Black Tern, 578 Common Tern and 11 Arctic Tern.

Ringing: 1 Kestrel, 3 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet.

29th August 2015 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.00, 17.45-20.00. Warm with long sunny spells and a force 2-1 SW wind.
A much quieter day, a Wryneck on the Canal bank may have been a new bird, the Red-backed Shrike was seen again between Beacon Lane and Rose Cottage, otherwise migrant totals were 1 Kingfisher, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 26 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 17 Willow Warbler, 17 Pied Flycatcher.
Birds moving south included 20 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 96 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 13 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 36 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 7 Whimbrel, 19 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Short-eared Owls over the sea, 9 Swift, 19 Sand Martin, 38 Swallow.
Other birds present included 2 Spoonbill which flew north and 1 seen on Holderness Field later in the day, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 3 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Redstart. Ian Smith

Redstart. Ian Smith

28th August 2015 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-12.00, 17.30-20.00. Sunny spells with the odd shower and a force 4-1 SW wind.
Still a few migrants lingering on including 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Redstart, 16 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Barred Warbler at Chalk Bank, 1 Garden Warbler, 31 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 13 Pied Flycatcher.
There was some light passage the best of which was a U-turning Red Kite and northerly bound Black-throated Diver. Other birds moving south were 2 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 28 Oystercatcher, 9 Ringed Plover, 35 Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 441 Black-headed Gull, 18 Swift, 34 Sand Martin, 731 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava Wagtail, 5 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present included 7 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Linnet

27th August 2015 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-09.00. Sunny spells with a stiff force 3-4 SW wind.
A juvenile Red-footed Falcon flew south past Easington Boatyard at 13.45 and was presumably the same bird from Kilnsea two days ago, and an Ortolan Bunting at the Lighthouse was presumably the bird from Potato Fields the day before. There were 3 Barred Warblers (Beacon Lane, Potato Fields and Sammy’s Point), a Wood Warbler at the Narrows and a Red-backed Shrike in Corner Field.
Common migrant totals included 1 Short-eared Owl, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 18 Redstart, 32 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 62 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, and 39 Pied Flycatcher.
Some light passage saw the following moving south 1 Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ospreys (1 later morning, 1 at 18.20), 5 Kestrel, 23 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling, 40 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 10 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 21 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 52 Swallow, and 10 Siskin.
A record count of 76 Mediterranean Gulls were in the fields between Kilnsea and Easington and other birds present included 10 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 1 Common Buzzard, 12 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper and 1 Black Tern.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Robin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Linnet Total: 5/5.

26th August 2015 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.45-09.00, 17.30-20.15. A very wind start with a force 4-5 W wind backing SW and decreasing to 2 by the evening, a mixture of sunny spells and occasional showers.
A quieter day with just a couple of new migrants and some light offshore passage. Grounded migrants included 2 Wryneck (Potato Fields/Sandy Beaches), 3 Tree Pipit, 14 Redstart, 13 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 6 Garden Warbler, 151 Willow Warbler, 13 Spotted Flycatcher, 47 Pied Flycatcher, a Red-backed Shrike in Canal Hedge and a Crossbill, with 74 alba Wagtails going to roost at Easington gas terminal.
On the move were 5 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 13 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 65 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 18 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 6 Whimbrel, 52 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 7 Swift and 2 flava Wagtail.
Birds present included 8 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Black Tern, 2100 Common Tern.

25th August 2015 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-08.00, 10.00-13.00, 14.00-15.00, 17.20-20.00. A bright and sunny start clouding over by mid-afternoon with some light rain, a gusty force 4 westerly wind dropping to 3 SW.
Another superb day with yet two more additions to the Spurn year list, although both were very elusive in the windy conditions which probably also accounted for the lower migrant totals. A Greenish Warbler was found near the green beacon at the Point and an Ortolan Bunting was flighty at the Potato Fields.
The Red-footed Falcon was present for most of the day in the Sammy’s Point area and it was reported that the one at the Point had flown south towards Lincolnshire at 4pm the day before. 2 Red-backed Shrikes were found, one in North Field and one in Canal Hedge, an Icterine Warbler was at Easington gas terminal late afternoon, 3 Wrynecks were present (Warren/Lighthouse/Potato Fields), and a Barred Warbler was found at the Lighthouse.
The first Goldcrest of the autumn was seen and other migrant totals were 1 Cuckoo, 3 Short-eared Owl, 7 Tree Pipit, 24 Redstart, 26 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 9 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 124 Willow Warbler, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, 65 Pied Flycatcher.
It was also a good day for passage on the move south were 36 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 37 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 36 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 16 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 49 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 7 Black Tern, 54 Sandwich Tern, 1225 Common Tern, 48 Swift, 51 Sand Martin, 1934 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, the first Meadow Pipit!, and 3 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present included the Spoonbill at Beacon Ponds, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, and 43 Mediterranean Gull.

24th August 2015 - Monday

Sea-watch 06.0-07.15. Cloudy with some sunny spells and misty periods, some rain late afternoon and force 1 E to NW 2 wind.
An incredible day with the largest ever count of Willow Warblers (345) in the Spurn area, and the 2nd highest count of Pied Flycatchers (230). Other migrants were in good numbers but also there were incredibly 2 juvenile RED-FOOTED FALCONS , one at the Point and one in Kilnsea by the Riverside Hotel which moved north towards Sammy’s Point. There are only two previous autumn records and these are the first in August. A Corncrake flushed off the Canal path was the first this year and a Honey-buzzard flew south over the churchyard before returning north-west up the Humber. The 1st summer Caspian Gull was on Easington Straight and the Spoonbill was on Beacon Ponds.
Migrant totals included 1 Kingfisher, 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Wryneck(Rose Cottage, Sammy’s Point, Easington gas terminal), 22 Tree Pipit, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 38 Redstart, 49 Whinchat, 16 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler at the Point, the Barred Warbler on Beacon Lane, 3 Blackcap, 18 Garden Warbler, 2 Wood Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, and 17 Spotted Flycatcher.
The few birds moving included 35 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Gannet, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 60 Swallow and 11 House Martin.
Other birds seen included 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 6 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 30 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: Ringing: 2 Swallow pullus, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackbird, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 7 Garden Warbler, 45 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 25 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Linnet Total: 103/18.

juvenile Red-footed Falcon. John Wozencroft

juvenile Red-footed Falcon. John Wozencroft

Honey-buzzard. Nigel Genn

Honey-buzzard. Nigel Genn

Barred Warbler. Nigel Genn

Barred Warbler. Nigel Genn

Red-footed Falcon. Steve Exley

Red-footed Falcon. Steve Exley

23rd August 2015 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.30. A strong force 4 easterly all day with some sunny spells until the evening when some heavy showers passed through.
An excellent arrival of birds which mainly came in during the afternoon and early evening, the only new scarce migrant was a Wryneck at the Warren but common migrant totals were impressive the best for a few years of some species and continuing the superb August Spurn is having this year. The totals were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Tree Pipit, 20 Redstart, 44 Whinchat, 23 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 116 Willow Warbler, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, 140 Pied Flycatcher and 70 Tree Sparrow.
A juvenile Caspian Gull was at Kilnsea Wetlands and the Spoonbill was seen at Sammy’s Point.
A good duck passage for August included 334 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 14 Common Scoter, while also on the move were 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 222 Gannet, 40 Oystercatcher, 13 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 10 Arctic Skua, a Long-tailed Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, and 15 Swift.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wryneck, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 13 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Tree Sparrow.

Wryneck. Steve Exley

Wryneck. Steve Exley

22nd August 2015 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-12.00, 15.30-20.00. Mainly bright and sunny with force 2 SW becoming 3 and switching SE.
Some reasonable passage and a fresh arrival of migrants including the first Red-backed Shrike of the year seen in Canal Hedge briefly. Other grounded migrants included 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, the Barred Warbler along Kilnsea Road, 3 Garden Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 4 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 102 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 28 Oystercatcher, 22 Knot, 23 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 11 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 7 Tunrnstone, 5 Pomarine Skua, 48 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 530 Swallow, 196 House Martin, 89 flava Wagtail.
In the roost movement were 20 Black Tern and 2272 Common Tern.
Other birds present 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 5 Whimbrel. A dead Minke Whale was washed up on the peninsula.

Ringing: 2 Sand Martin, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Linnet.

21st August 2015 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-11.45, 14.30-20.00. Sunny spells with a strong force 4 SSW decreasing to a force 1 SSE wind.
A day with some light passage particularly over the sea including a Garganey, other birds moving were 118 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 78 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 122 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 22 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 9 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Tunrnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, and 9 Swift.
In the roost movement were 1 Black Tern and 720 Common Tern.
Grounded migrants included 3 Short-eared Owl, the Wryneck at Rose Cottage, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, the Barred Warbler along Kilnsea Road, and 7 Willow Warbler.
Other birds present included a juvenile Caspian Gull at Beacon Ponds, the Spoonbill at Holderness Field, 1 Merlin, 2 Ruff,, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 30 Mediterranean Gull, and a Yellow-legged Gull.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 2Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Linnet

20th August 2015 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.00, 18.00-20.00. Cloudy with some lengthy rain showers clearing up in the afternoon with a force 2-3 SW-SSE wind.
Birds lingering were the Spoonbill on Holderness Field, the Barred Warbler at Rose Cottage, the Wood Warbler at the churchyard and the Wryneck at Rose Cottage with a new bird at the Warren. Other migrants were reduced in numbers with just 2 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 17 Willow Warbler.
Birds on the move included 58 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 97 Oystercatcher, 15 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Black Tern, 3450 Common Tern (roost movement), and 23 Swift.
Birds present included 7 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 580 Golden Plover, 7 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 15 Mediterranean Gull, and 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet

19th August 2015 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-12.00, 17.30-20.30. Rain pre-dawn, then clearing up before clouding over late afternoon a force 1 SW- 3 S wind.
Two Wrynecks were found at Rose Cottage and the Sheep Field, while the Barred Warbler was still at Rose Cottage, the Wood Warbler in the churchyard and the Spoonbill on Holderness Field.
Other migrants included a Kingfisher, 19 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 21 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 22 Teal, 52 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 253 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 72 Oystercatcher, 38 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 15 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 11 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 13 Black Tern, and 207 Swifts (mostly juvs in the evening).
Other birds present include 3 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, and a Yellow-legged Gull.

18th August 2015 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 06.00-20.00. Frequent persistent rain showers all day with a strong force 4 W wind all day.
Birds on the move or seen from the sea-watching hut included 8 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 26 Fulmar, 363 Gannet, 74 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 52 Knot, 17 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 2000 Common Tern, and 4 Arctic Tern.
A Spoonbill was on Holderness Field, a Wood Sandpiper flew over the Warren and a flock of 7 were seen on Holderness Field before flying off south, equalling the previous day record. Also present were a Marsh Harrier, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 Willow Warblers.

17th August 2015 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-08.30. Bright and sunny clouding over later with a stiffening force 1-4 NNW wind.
A Spoonbill was seen on Holderness Field and the White-rumped Sandpiper was at Beacon Ponds, and the Barred Warbler was still at Rose Cottage. Other migrants still present were 2 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Wheatear, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 20 Willow Warbler and a Pied Flycatcher.
The only birds moving were 70 Gannet, 20 Oystercatcher, 35 Knot and 22 Swallow.
Other birds included 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Shag, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua and 49 Mediterranean Gulls.

16th August 2015 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch – 18.00-20.00. Mainly sunny with just a few cloudy moments and a force 1 W-E wind.
A fairly quiet day although the White-rumped Sandpiper was seen on the Breach, the Barred Warbler was in the Triangle and 2 Wood Warblers were still present. Other migrants included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 25 Willow Warbler, and 2 Pied Flycatchers.
There was very little movement: 13 Common Scoter, 111 Gannet, 70 Oystercatcher, 5 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Litlte Gull, 70 Sandwich Tern, 550 Common Tern.
Other birds seen included 35 Little Egrets, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 7 Whimbrel.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet pullus Total: 30/15.

15th August 2015 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-09.40, 14.30-20.30. Cloudy to start with then becoming bright and sunny with a cool force 3 W-NW wind.

Another good day with the first Wryneck of the year on the Canal bank and a Barred Warbler on the Canal, the White-rumped Sandpiper appeared again at Beacon Ponds and on the Humber.
Birds on the move included 4 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 298 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 24 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 15 Curlew, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 4 Black Tern, 3159 Common Tern, 18 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Crossbill.
Grounded migrant totals included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 23 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler on Beacon Lane, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Wood Warbler (2 Beacon Lane, 2 Crown car park), 26 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds present included 1 Shoveler, 25 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 11 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpiper and 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler.

14th August 2015 - Friday

Cloudy with fog from time to time and frequent showers and force 2 east – 3 north-westerly. Seawatch: 18:00-19:30. Expectations were high for today with overnight rain and easterly winds and were soon realised as the first of 7 Pied and 4 Spotted Flycatcher were trapped at the Warren quickly followed by a Barred Warbler and a Wood Warbler was trapped in Church Field, the first of 4 birds seen. Icterine Warbler was the next addition with a bird at the south end of Beacon Lane and the totals of common migrants slowly added up. An Osprey flew north up the Humber in the afternoon; often fishing and settling as it did. The day was rounded off nicely soon after when a Cory’s Shearwater flew south at 18:10.
The days totals were as follows – 2 Tufted Duck, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 7 Ruff, 47 Snipe came in, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Redstart, 16 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 45 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, and 34 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Linnet, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Wood Warbler. Steve Exley

Wood Warbler. Steve Exley

Barred Warbler. Pete Kirby

Barred Warbler. Pete Kirby

13th August 2015 - Thursday

Seawatch: 06:45-11:15, 15:30-16:00, 18:00-20:30. Moving were 2 Teal, 79 Common Scoter, 20 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 203 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 62 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 30 Little Tern, 1250 Common Tern, and 18 Swallow. Present were 6 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and 11 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 14 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

12th August 2015 - Wednesday

A lovely warm sunny day with a force 1-2 easterly wind
Seawatch:07:45-09:20, 18:00-20:00. Numpties: 05:30-12:00. Moving were 6 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 3 Marsh Harrier, 166 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 23 Knot, 9 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrel, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, Common Tern, 11 Arctic Tern, 16 Sand Martin, 107 Swallow and 22 House Martin. Present were 7 Teal, 20 Common Scoter, 16 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 159 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 24 Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 9 Tree Sparrow, 3 Linnet, 1 Barn Owl Pullus.

11th August 2015 - Tuesday

Mostly sunny with some broken cloud and a decreasing force 2-1 south-west – easterly wind.
Seawatch: 07:00-21:00. Moving were 8 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 24 Gannet, 41 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 100 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 39 Redshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Tern, 186 Sandwich Tern, 4000 Common Tern, 18 Arctic Tern, 24 Swift, 64 Sand Martin, 682 Swallow, 38 House Martin and 1 Lesser Redpoll. Present were 5 Teal, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 22 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Tree Pipit, , 15 Yellow Wagtail, 106 Willow Warbler from the Warren north!, 1 Siskin, and a Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 33 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 52 Willow Warbler, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Linnet.

Migrating Knot and Dunlin. Ian Smith

Migrating Knot and Dunlin. Ian Smith

10th August 2015 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00, 15.00-20.00. A mainly bright and sunny day with a shower early evening, a force 1-2 S-SW wind.
The Black Stork spent most of the morning in Well Field again before flying off north and was not seen again for the rest of the day; the Pectoral Sandpiper was reported on Holderness Field early evening and the 4th Green Woodpecker of the year was seen at the Warren early morning.
The first reasonable passage of hirundines of the autumn included 70 Sand Martins, 1325 Swallows and 98 House Martins, while 260 Swift flew south in the afternoon/evening before the weather front. Other birds moving were 12 Teal, 21 Common Scoter, 76 Gannet, 1 Merlin, 12 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua and 7 flava Wagtail.
The only grounded migrants seen were 7 Willow Warblers.

9th August 2015 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-20.30. A very pleasant, warm day with a light S-SSW wind.
Another fantastic day at Spurn, the Black Stork showed well on and off all day and was still in Well Field later afternoon, but the highlight was a juvenile WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN (6th for Spurn and the first juvenile recorded here). It flew into Beacon Ponds and initially thought to be a Black Tern until better views were had and realised its real identity, it showed very well for an hour then left south, shortly afterwards a Pectoral Sandpiper was found on Kilnsea Wetlands, showing well in front of the hide. A Roseate Tern also flew into Beacon Ponds late afternoon and then flew off south, but the evening tern roost movement was poor with just 143 Sandwich and 775 Common Terns.
The first Pied Flycatchers of the autumn arrived (3) and a Fieldfare was at the Warren, other migrants included 2 Short-eared Owls, a Kingfisher, 2 Sedge Warblers and 20 Willow Warblers.
There was some passage but not as goo d as yesterday – 83 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 216 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Manx Shearwater, 95 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 61 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 26 Knot, 57 Sanderling, 240 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 19 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 72 Swift, 37 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, and a Mediterranean Gull.

White-winged Black Tern. John Hewitt

White-winged Black Tern. John Hewitt

White-winged Black Tern. Adam Hutt

White-winged Black Tern. Adam Hutt

White-winged Black Tern. Adam Hutt

White-winged Black Tern. Adam Hutt

Pectoral Sandpiper. Andy Deighton

Pectoral Sandpiper. Andy Deighton

8th August 2015

A bright sunny day with some cloudy periods and a 2-4 south – south-south-east wind. Migration/seawatch: 06:00-12:00, 15:45-20:00. Moving were 9 Teal, 315 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 8 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 751 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 33 Knot, 292 Sanderling, 485 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 86 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 33 Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 33 Turnstone, and 1 Arctic Skua. Present were the BLACK STORK which returned to Well Field before later going to roost on Church Field Heligoland trap, a juvenile Caspian Gull at Chalk Bank before flying south, 22 Cormorant,9 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 15000 Knot, 370 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 35 Turnstone, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 148 Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, and 8 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 13 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit.

Black Stork. Tim Jump

Black Stork. Tim Jump

7th August 2015 - Friday

Bright and sunny most of the day clouding up late afternoon, with a force 1-2 north-easterly wind. Seawatch: 06:15-1045, 18:15-20:30. Moving were a Long-tailed Skua out over Beacon Ponds, A Bee-eater south over Kew and over the Humber at 09:50, 4 Teal, 258 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 15 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 4 Knot, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 1 Great Skua, 2 Black Tern, 161 Sandwich Tern, 937 Common Tern, 3 Swift, 32 Sand Martin, 65 Swallow, 1 flava Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail and The BLACK STORK left high up river at around 11:00. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERat Beacon Ponds, 2 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Kestrel, a juvenile Water Rail, 310 Grey Plover, 13 Lapwing, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank, 1 Little Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 15 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 1 Garden Warbler, and 16 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 14 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Wren, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Tree Sparrow.

6th August 2015 - Thursday

Mostly sunny with a few cloudy periods and a force 1-2 south-westerly. Seawatch: 06:15-10:45, 14:00-14:30, 18:15-20:45. Moving were 2Shelduck, 9 Teal, 53 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 285 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 43 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 16 Sanderling, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 44 Black-headed Gull, 2340 Common Tern, 29 Swift, 78 Sand Martin, 410 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 7 flava Wagtail and 2 Alba Wagtail. Present were the BLACK STORK, an eclipse drake Garganey at Beacon Ponds, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12000 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 986 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 12 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 13 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Linnet.

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Luxury French cottage

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Aquatic Warbler. One of many stunning birds seen in the area as well asBlack Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Melodious Warbler, Savis Warbler, Fan Tailed Warbler, Wryneck, Bee Eater, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard, Whiskered Tern and Black Tern

Aquatic Warbler. One of many stunning birds seen in the area as well asBlack Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Melodious Warbler, Savis Warbler, Fan Tailed Warbler, Wryneck, Bee Eater, Black Kite, Honey Buzzard, Whiskered Tern and Black Tern

5th August 2015 - Wednesday

Mostly sunny during the day with showers in the evening and a force 3-2 south-west – south south-easterly. Seawatch, 06:20-10:45, 18:00-21:00. Moving were 55 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 54 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 123 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 48 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 24 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Great Skua, 14 Black-headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 10 Little Tern, 2 Black Tern, 78 Sandwich Tern, 980 Common Tern, 38 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 147 Swift, 39 Sand Martin and 86 Swallow. Present were the BLACK STORK in Well Field, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 130 Grey Plover, 10000 Knot, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 13000 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 110 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 120 Curlew, 750 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Skua sp., 1 Short-eared Owl and 5 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 9 Swallow, 1 Dunnock, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Song Thrush.

Black Stork. John Wozencroft

Black Stork. John Wozencroft

4th August 2015 - Tuesday

Mostly sunny, clouding up late on with some light showers and a force 4-3 west - south-westerly wind. Seawatch: 06:20-17:00, 18:00-20:45. Moving were a moulting adult WHISKERED TERN south in the evening Tern roost movement, just the third Spurn record and the first since 1977!, 30 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 122 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 177 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 2 Hobby, 475 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 32 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, 9 Back-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 9 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 79 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3104 Common Tern, 39 Arctic Tern, 258 Sandwich Tern, 696 Swift, 1 Short-eared Owl, 273 Sand Martin, 375 Swallow, 81 House Martin, and 3 Alba Wagtail. Birds present combined with the above passage totals made for an impressive day; The BLACK STORK still in the Triangle, the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER still at Beacon Ponds, 11 Teal 3 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 78 Oystercatcher, 250 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 9700 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 1130 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 134 Little Tern, 2 Black Tern(first of the year), 1 Cuckoo and 3 Willow Warbler.

A Mandarin Duck and a Balearic Shearwater were also reported during the day. If you were the finder or saw either bird please contact us at friendsofspurn@hotmail.co.uk Thank you.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird pullus, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler.

3rd August 2015 - Monday

A juvenile BLACK STORKstole the show flying low south over Long Bank before settling in the Triangle - the fourth record for Spurn and the first since September 2008. Whilst on Canal Scrape it was seen to be wearing a white Darvic ring reading FO5R which we are informed proves the bird to be from northern France. It was still present in Well Field at dusk.

Lots of lengthy sunny spells and a stiff force 3 south-westerly.
Seawatch: 06:15-11:45, 14:15-15:00, 17:00-1815. Moving were 2 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 289Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 136 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 59 Oystercatcher, 8 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 46 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 46 Black-headed Gull, 93 Little Tern, 17 Swift and 72 House Martin. Present were 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 42 Cormorant, 1 Merlin unfortunately found dead, 110 Golden Plover, 6000 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 9000 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 7 Whimbrel, 11 Greenshank, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 House Martin and 3 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock pullus, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler.

Black Stork. Steve Exley

Black Stork. Steve Exley

2nd August 2015 - Sunday

Sunny spells with an increasing force 1-3 south- south-westerly wind.
Seawatch: 05:30 – short watches followed throughout due to the previous nights events. Moving were 350 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Oystercatcher, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 7 Swift and 1 Tree Pipit. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 2 Teal, 3500 Knot, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 7000 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 275 Curlew, 889 Redshank, 13 Greenshank, 235 Sandwich Tern, 215 Common Tern, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Sand Martin, 85 Swallow, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat and 8 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Barn Owl pullus, 5 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Tree Sparrow.

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1st August 2015 - Saturday

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Bright and sunny start with cloud building and showers late afternoon and through the evening, some heavy downpours and a force 3-1 west south-west wind. Seawatch: 05:45-10:30. Moving were 23 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 130 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 187 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 21 Oystercatcher, 19 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 6 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 7 Little Gull, 365 Black-headed Gull, 53 Common Gull, 56 Kittiwake, 34 Swift, 46 Sand Martin, 174 Swallow, 5 flava Wagtail and 6 alba Wagtail. Present were the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on the Humber off the Warren, 7 Teal, 1 Eider, 55 Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 314 Sandwich Tern, 2 Short-eared Owl, 60 Swallow, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat and 3 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackbird.

Juvenile Sparrowhawk. Rich Swales

Juvenile Sparrowhawk. Rich Swales

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