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September 2011 Sightings

30th September 2011 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-18.30. Another very warm and sunny day with a force 2 SSE-SE wind, but misty most of day only burning off late afternoon.


Two highlights of the day, firstly a Pectoral Sandpiper flew south past the Narrows and was later seen in front of Chalk Bank hide before being flushed by people walking through the high tide roost! Then mid-afternoon a Little Bunting was found in the heligoland trap at the Warren, it was ringed and released and flew to the south.


Despite almost the same weather conditions as yesterday there was a lot more passage wit the following totals: 10 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 57 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Eider, 1 Stint sp, 1 Bonxie, 44 Sandwich Tern, 113 Skylark, 588 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 378 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 14 House Sparrow, 15 Tree Sparrow, 30 Greenfinch, 161 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 296 Linnet, 6 Redpoll and 10 Reed Bunting.


There were very few grounded migrants about: singles of Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff, although a little hope later on when the Little Bunting was discovered and a flock of 12 Redwing and a Brambling dropped in in the evening. Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern.

Little Bunting. Ian Smith

Little Bunting. Ian Smith

29th September 2011

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-19.00. Another very warm and sunny day with a force 2 SSE-SE wind.


The main excitement, as I’m sure it was at most east coast sites was the Sandhill Crane moving slowly down the coast from Northumberland, unfortunately it as not seen after Whitby, hopefully it will set off again tomorrow and be a very nice addition to the Spurn list! It was generally a very poor day despite a fresh SE wind, but blue skies and fog stopped any notable passage or the grounding of migrants.


On the move south were 5 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 46 Sandwich Tern, 4 Skylark, 198 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 102 Meadow Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 6 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 90 Linnet, 2 Redpoll and 8 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Shoveler, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 288 Little Gull, 1 Swift, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 5 Goldcrest.


North of the area there was a Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and 5 Greenshank at Beacon Ponds.

28th September 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-0930, 10.00-18.20. A very warm and sunny day with a force 1-3 S-SE wind.


Migrants around included the first Jack Snipe of the autumn on Canal Scrape, 6 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 20 Reed Bunting.


Passage was much lighter than the last few days giving the following totals: 6 Shelduck, 66 Wigeon, 84 Teal, 1 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Red- breasted Merganser, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 10 Sanderling, 7 Curlew, 9 Skylark, 98 Swallow, 165 House Martin, 148 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 1 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 23 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 10 Tree Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 93 Goldfinch, 45 Siskin, 375 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 9 Reed Bunting.


Seabirds seen included 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver out then S, 47 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern, 2 Roseate Tern out over Chalk Bank, 6 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 1 Puffin.


Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank. And offshore 2 White-beaked Dolphins were feeding offshore early morning.

27th September 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-13.30, 16.55-19.00. A few wispy high clouds otherwise very warm and sunny all day, a light SSW-SSE wind.


Migrants around included 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 29 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Brambling, 37 Reed Bunting.


Pretty much the same as the last few days with smaller numbers of the same species moving south: 280 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck in, 32 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Sparrowhawk, 8 Knot in, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 19 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 151 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 571 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 21 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 8 House Sparrow, 65 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 31 Greenfinch, 139 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 620 Linnet, 49 Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 18 Reed Bunting.


Seabirds seen included 32 Red-throated Diver, 91 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie including 1 that killed a Shelduck and started eating it on the Humber, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 130 Little Gull, 63 Sandwich, 83 Common Tern, 6 auk sp, 8 Guillemot.


Other birds seen included 3 Little Egret, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank.

Redstart. Toby Collett

Redstart. Toby Collett

Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

a Hornet caught in a mist-net. Toby Collett

a Hornet caught in a mist-net. Toby Collett

26th September 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.35-19.00. Partially cloudy for most of the day, a very warm day with a force 3-1 SW wind.


Migrants around included 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.


It was another good day for passage with including a few raptors and the second highest ever Common Buzzard record when 11 were counted flying south, the day produced with the following totals: 536 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Shelduck, 56 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier U-turned, 8 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 3 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe in, 2 Curlew, 1 Swift, 80 Skylark, 7 Sand Martin, 450 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 573 Meadow Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 37 alba Wagtail, 137 Tree Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 170 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 675 Linnet, 89 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 19 Reed Bunting.


Seabirds seen included 62 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe S, 189 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 10 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 160 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern, 44 Sandwich, 247 Common and 1 Arctic, 10 auk sp. 1 Puffin. Other birds seen included 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank.


North of the area a Water Rail came in off the sea at Beacon Ponds, there was also 2 Redstart in the Easington area. In the moth traps there were 2 Rusty Dot Pearl and 2 Silver Y, also 56 Red Admiral flew south.

The good Linnet passage continues. Ian Smith

The good Linnet passage continues. Ian Smith

Pied Flycatcher. Andy Roadhouse

Pied Flycatcher. Andy Roadhouse

25th September 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.10-19.15. Cloudy for most of day, a force 3 south wind dropped to 2 in the evening.


An addition to the year list was a Richard’s Pipit which came in off the sea and spent a short while in Clubley’s before flying off north. A Phalarope sp (probably Red-necked) flew over the Warren onto the Humber. Other migrants around included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and the first Brambling of the autumn.


It was a good day for wildfowl and passerine passage with the following totals: 186 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Brent Geese, 46 Shelduck, 271 Wigeon, 269 Teal, 16 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 Eider, 271 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Ringed Plover, 43 Knot, 36 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 2 Swift, 3 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 475 Swallow, 300 House Martin, 260 Meadow Pipit + 3 in, 2 flava Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 61 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 50 Greenfinch, 108 Goldfinch, 31 Siskin, 1058 Linnet, 16 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 17 Reed Bunting.


Seabirds seen included 126 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 581 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 8 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 36 Little Gull, 1015 Black-headed Gull, 10 Black Tern, 228 Sandwich, 423 Common and 9 Arctic, 12 auk sp. Other birds seen included 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 9 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel. Also seen offshore were 3-4 Dolphin sp.

migrating Goldfinches. Ian Smith

migrating Goldfinches. Ian Smith

24th September 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 06.40-13.30, 14.30-19.00. Clear to start with some high cloud forming but remaining warm in a force 3-1 S wind.


The bird of the day was an Ortolan Bunting found in a mist-net at the Warren around 7am, it flew off north when released but was later seen as it flew south over the Narrows at 12.30. There was still a reasonable number of birds moving south and totals were: 19 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 6 Pintail, 30 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 101 Black-headed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 19 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 656 Swallow, 442 House Martin, 1291 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 18 alba Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow, 11 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 72 Goldfinch, 91 Siskin, 732 Linnet, 8 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 13 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.


Grounded birds included 6 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Treecreeper, 15 Reed Bunting.


The tern roost movement was the best for a few weeks and included 9 Black Tern, 66 Sandwich, 341 Common and 2 Arctic.

Ortolan Bunting. Ian Smith

Ortolan Bunting. Ian Smith

Lesser Redpoll. Ian Smith

Lesser Redpoll. Ian Smith

23rd September 2011 - Friday

Migration /sea-watches 06.30-17.00. A cloudy start which cleared to leave a warm sunny afternoon, a force 3-1 SW wind.


An excellent day for passage with the highest Linnet count since 1998 at least, when 1990 flew south, also moving south were 317 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 71 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlin, 8 Kestrel, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 7 Redshank, 549 Black-headed Gull, 15 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 487 Swallow, 400 House Martin, 1648 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 32 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 4 Rook, 47 Greenfinch, 65 Goldfinch, 19 Siskin, 120 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 10 Reed Bunting.


Grounded migrants seen today included 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 30 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper seen briefly at Kew may have been the northern bird from earlier in the week.


Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 2 Shag, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull.


Another sad sight was an 50 foot Fin Whale seen in the Humber and got stranded off Skeffling, where it sadly died early evening.

Grey Wagtail. Rael Butcher

Grey Wagtail. Rael Butcher

22nd September 2011 - Thursday

Migration /sea-watches 06.35-14.30, 15.45-19.00. Long sunny spells in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon, SW 3-4 wind.


More birds moving south again giving the following totals: 422 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 6 Pintail, 1 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard U-turned, 1 Kestrel, 2 Black Tern, 137 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 414 Swallow, 621 House Martin, 849 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 19 alba Wagtail (inc 1 White Wagtail which landed briefly), 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 42 Siskin, 516 Linnet, 49 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting.


Grounded migrants seen today included 2 flava Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.


Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 5 Brent Geese, 5 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull. North of the area 2 Lapland Buntings were still in the field south of Beacon Ponds.

Bar-tailed Godwits. Michael Flowers

Bar-tailed Godwits. Michael Flowers

21st September 2011 - Wednesday

Migration /sea-watches 06.30-19.00. Long sunny spells in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon, SW 3-4 wind.


Another decent day for passage with occasional seabird seen, totals were 14 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 80 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Swift, 22 Sand Martin, 403 Swallow, 360 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2086 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 6 Tree Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 44 Siskin, 518 Linnet, 72 Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 18 Reed Bunting.


A feature of the day was good numbers of Wheatear moving through, 34 moved south past the Narrows with another 8 seen elsewhere, also 50+ were seen north of the area. We presume these are Greenland and Icelandic birds pushed on a more easterly path by the strong west winds as there were no other migrants associated with them today. Other migrants noted included 22 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 23 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, the ‘northern’ Treecreeper seen again briefly at Kew.


Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank. North of the area 10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat were seen at Sammy’s Point and 2 Lapland Buntings at Beacon Ponds.

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

20th September 2011 - Tuesday

Sea.migration-watches 06.30-14.15, 15.30-16.45, 18.00-19.00. Cloudy all day with rain on and off all day with some heavy showers and some constant drizzle, a force 3 WSW to start dropping to still then a light breeze picking up again late afternoon.


The highlight was the 3rd Pectoral Sandpiper of the year which was seen several times during the day, twice in the morning in flight only and late afternoon on the Humber off the Warren.


There was some passage in between and through some rain showers, with some birds obviously urgent to leave our shores, passage totals included an unseen flock of Pink-footed Geese, 20 Wigeon, 14 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron , 2 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 1600 Swallow, 45 House Martin, 420 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 11 Greenfinch, 38 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 20 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.


Birds over the sea included 47 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 57 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 5 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern, 276 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.


Grounded birds were 2 Yellow Wagtail, 30 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 14 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 ‘northern’ Treecreeper in the Church Field. Other birds seen included some very large numbers of waders on the Humber included 30,000 Knot just off the Warren giving some spectacular displays when disturbed by hunting Sparrowhawks and Merlins, also 1 Pintail, 1 Water Rail, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank.

juvenile Knot. John Hewitt

juvenile Knot. John Hewitt

19th September 2011 - Monday

Sea.migration-watches 06.30-13.00, 15.00-19.10. Cloudy with some sunny spells, force 3-4 WNW-WSW wind.


Some steady passage south gave the following totals: 44 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Eider, 42 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 1 Grey Heron in, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 11 Ruff, 1 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Sand Martin, 423 Swallow, 70 House Martin, 852 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 10 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 41 Linnet, 60 Redpoll, 8 Reed Bunting.


Birds over the sea included 89 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 490 Gannet, 27 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, 68 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill.


Grounded birds were 5 Yellow Wagtail, 22 Robin, 4 Whinchat, the first Stonechat of the autumn, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher. Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank.

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

18th September 2011 - Sunday

Sea.migration-watches 06.15-12.15, 15.15-17.15. A mainly sunny day with a few showers late afternoon, a light SW-NW wind.


A quiet day with light passage: 2 Brent Geese, 31 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 9 Sand Martin, 552 Swallow, 222 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Rook, 70 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 83 Linnet, 31 Redpoll, 3 Crossbill, 9 Reed Bunting.


Birds over the sea included 98 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 750 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 18 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 640 Common Tern.


Grounded birds were 22 Robin, 5 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher, a ‘northern’ Treecreeper trapped at Kew.


Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank and a Lapland Bunting at Beacon Ponds.

Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

17th September 2011 - Saturday

Sea.migration-watches 06.15 – 10.00, 16.00-19.15. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells at times, also a few heavy showers moving through, a fresh force 3-4-2 SW-W wind.


A much quieter day with just the odd good bird and some light passage until late afternoon when Swallows started moving at about 16.30 and by early evening 4447 had flow south. Other birds moving south included 55 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Dark-bellied and 2 Pale-bellied Brents (first of the autumn), 245 Wigeon, 320 Teal, 4 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 91 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Red Kite mid afternoon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby in off, 17 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 13 Sanderling, 1 Snipe, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Swift, 75 Sand Martin, 34 House Martin, the first Rock Pipit of the autumn, 31 Meadow Pipit, 12 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Redwing in, 91 Linnet, 14 Redpoll and 4 Reed Bunting.


Over the sea were 30 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 4 Bonxie, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull, 650 Common and 6 Arctic Tern.


Grounded birds included 6 flava Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher.


North of the area there was a Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank on Beacon Ponds and 2 Lapland Bunting were in the field south of there with another flying over.

Pied Flycatcher. Nathan Pickering

Pied Flycatcher. Nathan Pickering

a big female Sparrowhawk on a Wood Pigeon. John Barnett

a big female Sparrowhawk on a Wood Pigeon. John Barnett

16th September 2011 - Friday

Sea-watches 06.20-12.15, 14.15-19.15. A fresh force 3-4 SE-ESE wind, mainly cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun and a couple of short sharp showers.


There was no overhead vizmig action today short of a handful of hirundines, all the grounded migrants had cleared out so attention was again spent on the sea for most of the day. The totals were 5 Shelduck, 57 Wigeon, 560 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 250 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 103 Red-throated Diver, 750 Fulmar, 39 Sooty Shearwater, 46 Manx Shearwater, 1950 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Pomarine Skua, 47 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 69 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 788 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 560 auk sp, 36 Guillemot, 45 Razorbill, 14 Puffin, 1 Short-eared Owl in off.


There was an arrival of drift migrants between 2 and 4 pm: 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 16 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Pied Flycatcher.


Other birds noticed included 1 Pochard, 1 Merlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Garden Warbler. Andy Roadhouse

Garden Warbler. Andy Roadhouse

15th September 2011 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches06.10-19.35. A completely still morning with clear blues skies for the biggest part of the day, a light force 1-3 ESE wind picked from early afternoon.


A lot less passage number-wise, but a good variety of birds moving through, also a good sea-watching session and a small arrival of migrants. A male Goshawk south over Wire Dump was an addition to the year list as was a Tawny Owl at Kew in the early hours of the morning.


It was a good day over the sea with 2 Cory’s Shearwaters N (08.30 and 17.35), 2 Balearic Shearwaters N (08.45 and 18.15), a juv Sabine’s Gull S at 17.50 and a Long-tailed Skua N in the evening. Other seabird totals included 124 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 138 Fulmar, 128 Sooty Shearwater, 211 Manx Shearwater, 700+ Gannet, 12 Cormorant, 12 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 43 Arctic Skua, 24 Bonxie, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern, 30 Sandwich, 2120 Common, 3 Arctic Terns, 33 auk sp.


Birds on the move (south unless stated) were: 1 Whooper Swan (earliest record by two weeks), 69 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Greylag Geese, 13 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 41 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter N, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 2 Skylark, 13 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 11 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 alba Wagtail, 225 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 19 Siskin, 340 Linnet, 116 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.


There was a few more grounded birds seen: 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 30 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 19 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a’northern’ Treecreeper at the Point.


Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff and 3 Greenshank.

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Sue Hepton

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Sue Hepton

young male Sparrowhawk. Andy Roadhouse

young male Sparrowhawk. Andy Roadhouse

immature female Fin Whale washed up dead on the beach earlier in the week.

immature female Fin Whale washed up dead on the beach earlier in the week.

Size comparison. Andy Roadhouse

Size comparison. Andy Roadhouse

14th September 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.10-19.15. Same weather as yesterday with still a strong wind blowing and from the WSW, that eased a little in the afternoon, blue skies and clouds throughout the day, with just the odd very light shower.


Another superb day for passage and another excellent Meadow Pipit tally – 15,750, more hirundines and geese were moving today and similar numbers of finches. The totals for the day were 222 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 9 Pintail, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Osprey (12.18, 16.10), 3 Sparrowhawk, 15 Kestrel, 42 Oystercatcher, 12 Knot, 18 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 15+ Mediterranean Gull, 21 Lesser B.B.Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 8 Swift, 220 Sand Martin, 9530 Swallow, 2480 House Martin, 12 Tree Pipit, 118 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 alba Wagtail, 540 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 143 Siskin, 560 Linnet, 149 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 11 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.


There was a significant increase in grounded birds seen: 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 20 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher.


Seabirds seen included 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Manx Shearwater, 380 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 7 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 4 Black Tern, 35 Sandwich, 2720 Common, 2 Roseate Tern, and 6 Arctic Terns.


Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank.

Lesser Redpoll. Rael Butcher

Lesser Redpoll. Rael Butcher

13th September 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-20.00. Still a strong wind blowing and from the SW-WSW, blue skies and clouds throughout the day.


A superb day for passage particularly Meadow Pipits with highest ever count – 20,200, there are two previous counts of 20,000 and both of those were also on 13th September in 1983 and 1992, there were also good numbers of other birds and a lot of variety, totals for the day included 41 Pink-footed Geese (1st of the autumn), 8 Greylag Geese, 11 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 3 Goosander, 13 Marsh Harrier, 2 Osprey, 2 Sparrowhawk, 17 Kestrel, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 7 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 4 Turnstone, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 60 Lesser B.B.Gull, 8 Swift, 62 Sand Martin, 738 Swallow, 923 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 137 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, 450 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 495 Siskin, 240 Linnet, 40 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting (1st of autumn), 6 Reed Bunting.


There were a few more grounded birds seen: 10 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.


Seabirds seen included 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua and 1 Bonxie, while an excellent tern roost movement for the year produced the high counts of the year for Black Tern (27) and Roseate Tern (7), with also 29 Sandwich, 6080 Common and 28 Arctic Terns.


North of the area there was a Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshank on Beacon Ponds.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Chiffchaff. Rael Butcher

Chiffchaff. Rael Butcher

12th September 2011

Sea-watches 06.30-15.15, 18.00-19.45. Gale force S-SW winds picked up to force 7-8 at times bringing lots of cloud and long sunny spells and making birding difficult other than sea-watching, also a decent tern roost movement in the evening.


Bird seen over the sea included 4 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 17 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 124 Gannet, 27 Oystercatcher, 8 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 13 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 13 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 35 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 10 Black Tern, 1 Little Tern, 68 Sandwich Tern, 2600 Common Tern, 2 Roseate Tern, 36 Arctic Tern.


Also moving south were 5 Swift, 260 Sand Martin, 33 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 15 Siskin and 1 Redpoll, while the only other birds of note seen were 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Goldcrest.


At Beacon Ponds there was a Pochard, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

11th September 2011 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watches 06.20-19.45. A day of mixed cloud and sunshine with a force 5+ SW wind.


There was no sign of the Semi-palmated Sandpiper today, but there were two Little Stints and 7 Curlew Sandpipers there in the evening. There was another good passage of birds, mainly ducks, hirundines and finches. Totals moving south included 182 Wigeon, 553 Teal, 13 Pintail, 19 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 63 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater N, a Cory’s Shearwater flew south then back north again,150 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier U-turned, an Osprey at 17.30 (18th of the year!), 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 22 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua, 16 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 22 Swift, 154 Sand Martin, 2280 Swallow, 700 House Martin, 282 Meadow Pipit, 15 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 300 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 508 Siskin, 262 Linnet, 4 Redpoll, 5 Crossbill north.


The evening tern roost movement produced the following: 11 Mediterranean Gull, 147 Black-headed Gull, 5 Black Tern, 46 Sandwich Tern, 1260 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern. Other birds seen included 1 Pochard, 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest.


The dead Fin Whale was washed up on the seaside beach just south of the Lighthouse.

the 18th Osprey of the year (Bill!). Justin Carr

the 18th Osprey of the year (Bill!). Justin Carr

migrating Tree Sparrows. Ian Smith

migrating Tree Sparrows. Ian Smith

10th September 2011 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watches 06.20-12.00, 14.30-15.15, 19.30-19.45. Mainly cloudy with just the odd glimpse of the sun, a strong force 4 SSE-SW wind.


Another good days passage was overshadowed by a juvenile SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER found at Beacon Ponds late afternoon and was present there until dusk, showing well to everyone on site.


Moving south including birds over the sea were 6 Wigeon, 172 Teal, 1 Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 17 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 8 Manx Shearwater north; 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey, 13 Oystercatcher, 12 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 8 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua , 1 Bonxie, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 22 Sand Martin, 1172 Swallow, 111 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1964 Meadow Pipit, 27 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 20 Starling, 13 House Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 144 Siskin, 208 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.


Grounded migrants included a Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Other birds of interest seen were 1 Shoveler, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull.

Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Mick Turton (finder)

Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Mick Turton (finder)

juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Nathan Pickering

juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Nathan Pickering

juvenil Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Nathan Pickering

juvenil Semi-palmated Sandpiper. Nathan Pickering

Purple Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Purple Sandpiper. Ian Smith

9th September 2011 - Friday

Sea/migration-watches 06.30-12.30, 13.15-16.30, 17.30-19.45. Cloudy with some heavy showers from time to time and some sunny spells from late afternoon, a force 1-3 SW wind.


Another excellent day for passage giving the following totals: 2 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 1 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Swift, 120 Sand Martin, 1552 Swallow, 672 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 10,600 Meadow Pipit, 20 flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 House Sparrow, 538 Tree Sparrow, 512 Siskin, 349 Linnet, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting.


There was also a slight increase in grounded migrants: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 flava Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.


Seabirds seen included 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 90 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 4 Arctic Skua, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Tern, 1530 Common Tern, 1 Roseate Tern. Waders seen included 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.

8th September 2011 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watches 06.10-11.10, 12.45-16.15, 18.00-19.45. Cloudy with drizzle or heavy rain in the morning, clearing in the afternoon and some sunny spells in the evening, a force 4-2 W wind.


Another good day for passage with 4000 Meadow Pipits heading south though only small numbers of hirundines. Totals for the day were 1 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 11 Tree Pipit, 19 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 Tree Sparrow, 96 Siskin, 50 Linnet and 5 Lesser Redpoll.


Birds moving over the sea included 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver N, 5 Manx Shearwater, 10 Cormorant, 1 Osprey, 4 Kestrel, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 7 Little Gull, 1 Little Tern, 5 Black Tern, 17 Ssndwich Tern, 5350 Common Tern, 77 Arctic Tern.


Other birds of note seen were 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 14 flava Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

7th September 2011 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watches 06.25-12.00, 18.00-20.00. Some light showers and odd sunny spells, a force 4-5 W wind.


An excellent day for viz-migging, with heavy southerly passage of Meadow Pipits and Siskins. Todays totals were 1 Grey Heron, 1 juv Montagu's Harrier U-turned and was last seen near the riding school, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey, 4 Kestrel, 4 Swift, 71 Sand Martin, 207 Swallow, 58 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 7875 Meadow Pipit, 15 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 379 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 620 Siskin, 68 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll.


Birds moving over the sea were 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwater, 29 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 71 Oystercatcher, 17 Ringed Plover, 30 Sanderling, 35 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 29 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 1 Bonxie, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 38 Sandwich Tern, 2939 Common Tern, 36 Arctic Tern, 3 auk sp.


There were also a few more migrants the best being a Wood Warbler at Kew, but also 22 flava Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. While other birds of note included a 3 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 5 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 6 Ruff.

Meadow Pipit. Ian Smith

Meadow Pipit. Ian Smith

6th September 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.00-11.15, 14.50-15.20, 18.00-20.00. Showers during the morning petering out in the afternoon and a blustery force 4-5+ W wind.


Birds over the sea included 1 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 6 Arctic Skua, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 3 Black Tern, 1600 Common Scoter, 1 Roseate Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.


Other birds seen included 1 Shoveler, 1 Swift, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 1 Goldcrest.

5th September 2011 - Monday

Sea/migration watches 06.30-10.30. 13.00-15.00, 17.00-19.45. Sunny spells faded by the afternoon and full cloud cover and heavy rain developed in the afternoon in a blustery force 4-5-2 WSW wind.


Another with southerly passage dominating the morning: 1 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 2 Oystercatcher, 11 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Swift, 65 Sand Martin, 567 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1024 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 13 Linnet.


Seabirds included 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 106 Gannet, 1 Long-tailed Skua N, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 3 Black Tern S.


Other birds seen included 1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldcrest.

4th September 2011 - Sunday

Sea/migration watches 06.00-11.00, 11.15-16.30, 17.20-19.45. A mixed day with early sunshine then cloud building and heavy rain in the afternoon, a fresh SW wind.


Another good days passage saw the first significant movement of Meadow Pipits of the autumn with 1279, other birds moving south were 322 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 103 Common Scoter, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Swift, 22 Sand Martin, 2100 Swallow, 334 House Martin, 6 Tree Pipit, 28 flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 9 Carrion Crow, 370 Tree Sparrow, 4 Goldfinch, 108 Siskin, 7 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.


Grounded birds included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, single Sedge, Reed and Garden Warblers, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher.


Seabirds seen included 9 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 9 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 2 Bonxie, 17 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Little Tern, 24 Sandwich Tern, 390 Common and 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Guillemot and 1 Puffin.


Other birds of interest were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.


Moths trapped overnight included a Caloptilla robustella - new for spurn and 2nd for VC 61 and Depressaria badiella 2nd for spurn, the last in 1949.

3rd September 2011 - Saturday

Narrows and warren 06.15 - 20.00. Some long sunny spells but with a moderate force 3 SW wind dropping by late evening. Most of today involved viz-migging with large numbers of hirundines going south.


Watches at the narrows and at the warren produced 1 Kestrel, 12 Swift, 12,650 Swallow, 1319 House Martin, 278 Meadow pipit, 58 Flava, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtails, 3 Dunnock, 113 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 12 Siskin, 34 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Corn Bunting +1 u turned. Over the sea were 15 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 10 Common Scoter + 42 north, 1 Velvet Scoter north, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe, adult Long-tailed Skua, 2 Bonxie, 77 Black-headed Gull whilst the evening tern passage had 5 Black, 900 Common and 47 Sandwich Tern.


Grounded migrants were few but did produce 18 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, Little-ringed Plover on Clubleys, Cuckoo churchfield, 4 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 4 willow warbler, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Curlew Sandpiper. David Constantine

Curlew Sandpiper. David Constantine

2nd September 2011 - Friday

Sea/migration-watches – 06.15-08.45, 18.00-19.40. A mainly cloudy day with a force 3 S wind.


The first Barred Warbler of the year was found in a mist-net at the Warren, and there was a slight increase in some common migrants: 1 Cuckoo, 400 Swallow, 120 flava Wagtails come into two roost (70 in canal reeds and 50 on Clubley’s Field), 9 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher.


There was some light passage south: 11 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 87 Teal, 2 Pintail, 19 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 21 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 60 Common Tern, 9 Sand Martin, 245 Swallow, 190 House Martin, 55 Meadow Pipit, 22 flava Wagtail, 21 Tree Sparrow, 16 Linnet.


Other birds of interest seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank. North of the area an adult Long-tailed Skua flew west past Sammy’s Point.

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith

Spotted Redshank. Rich Swales

Spotted Redshank. Rich Swales

1st September 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watches – 06.30-09.30, 17.00-19.50. A cloudy start with some long sunny spells developing in the afternoon, a light E wind picked up to force and veered SE by the evening.


The highlight for two lucky observers was an adult BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS which flew south-east past Sandy Beaches caravan site at 18.00, unfortunately the radio system is down at the moment and by the time a phone call had gone through to the sea-watching hut, the bird had probably already gone past. Other birds over the sea today included 14 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 38 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, a Red-necked Grebe flew N and landed on the sea briefly in the morning, 22 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 216 Gannet, 1 Shag, 28 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua out east over the Warren, 3 Bonxie, 292 Common and 1 Arctic Tern.


More than double the record of Mediterranean Gulls was seen today when 42 were counted at Chalk Bank as the tide was dropping, 22 juveniles going into first winter with 1 2nd yr bird and 19 adults.


Grounded migrants were again very thin on the ground: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 200 Swallow, 21 flava Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest. Other birds seen on note included a Shoveler, a Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine, 1 Grenshank.

3 juvenile going into first-winter Mediterranean Gulls. Andy Roadhouse

3 juvenile going into first-winter Mediterranean Gulls. Andy Roadhouse

Merlin. Jim Welford

Merlin. Jim Welford

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