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September 2012 Sightings

30th September 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.40 – 12.00, 12.40 – 13.40. Cloudy with sunny spells and a few light showers, a stiff gusting force 4-5 SW – WSW wind.
The wind didn’t make for good viewing conditions, but it appears most birds had cleared out with just the Barred Warbler seen briefly on Beacon Lane and a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in Easington. The only common migrants seen were a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 120 Lesser Redpoll.
Another good day of passage – 10 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 23 Wigeon, 43 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Manx Shearwater, 67 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier N, 3 Hobby, 7 Knot, 2 Bonxie, 1188 auk sp N, 2 Puffin N, 1 Sand Martin, 154 Swallow, 124 House Martin, 242 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 832 Goldfinch, 19 Siskin, 351 Linnet, 51 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting,
Other birds included 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Little Gull. A colour ringed Little Stint was at Easington Lagoon.

Little Stint. Easington Lagoon. Rich Swales

Little Stint. Easington Lagoon. Rich Swales

29th September 2012 - Saturday

SPURN WILDLIFE 21 IS FINALLY HERE! If you area a friend of Spurn then please pick up your copy from Kew, otherwise they will be posted out during the week, they are are for sale from Kew Villa or the YWT centre at Spurn price £10.
Also can birders please avoid parking in the Crown car park, leaving room for staff and customers.
Migration/sea-watch 06.45-16.45, 17.15-18.45, sunny with clear skies for most of the day, a freshening SW-W force 3-5 wind.
Another good day for migration, the highlight being an addition to the year list – a Honey-buzzard which flew south across the Humber at 10.30. Hirundines, pipits and finches were all moving in good numbers and the totals for birds moving south were 116 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Barnacle Geese in then S, 28 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 4 Pintail, 8 Eider, 24 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 20 Cormorant, 10 Shag, 4 Grey Heron, 10 Kestrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe in, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 4 Bonxie, 269 Herring Gull, 1600 auk sp N, 1 Puffin N, 31 Woodpigeon, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 54 Skylark, 13 Sand Martin, 881 Swallow, 1480 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1240 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 1340 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 480 Linnet, 143 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Reed Bunting.
The Greenish Warbler remained at the Riverside Hotel although became more difficult to see as the wind picked up, the Red-breasted Flycatcher in the Churchyard was elusive for most of the day; the Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well at times in the entrance to Kew Villa (please do not enter the caravan site), and the one at the Point was also still present; the Firecrest was seen on Beacon Lane on a few occasions, a Mealy Redpoll was seen in Easington, while common migrant totals were much reduced: 1 Long-eared Owl, 4 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.
Other birds of note included 4100 Shelduck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, a colour ringed Little Stint at Beacon Lagoons, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 2400 Little Gulls.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Rich Swales

Yellow-browed Warbler. Rich Swales

28th September 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 – 12.55, 13.55-14.45, 16.00-19.00 Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells and a couple of light showers, af fresh SW wind dropped a little and veered to the W later in the day.
The Greenish Warbler continued to show well at times by the Riverside Hotel, the first Firecrest of the autumn was opposite the Blue Bell, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in the Kew Villa and a new one fresh in was trapped in Kew garden, weighing very little; new Yellow-browed Warblers also turned up with birds at Southfield Farm to Beacon Lane, the Point and Kew; the Barred Warbler was seen in Canal Hedge again and one was seen on Beacon Lane. Common migrant totals included 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 62 Robin, 8 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 32 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 39 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Brambling.
Vis mig was good with the following totals (mostly going south); 564 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 126 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 54 Teal, 22 Pintail, 94 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 20 Cormorant, 24 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 61 Knot, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 26 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 700 Swallow, 900 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1200 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 14 flava Wagtail, 8 alba Wagtail, 11 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 50 Starling, 11 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 355 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 242 Linnet, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 11 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2400 Little Gull.

Hen Harrier. Ian Smith

Hen Harrier. Ian Smith

27th September 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-13.15, 14.30-15.40, 17.05-19.05. A fine day with light W winds, long sunny spells with showers in the evening.
There was a big clear out of migrants overnight, however the Greenish Warbler was still showing well by the Riverside, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in the Crown & Anchor car park, a Barred Warbler was still in Canal Hedge and Yellow-browed Warblers were at post 62 and Canal Scrape.
Common migrant totals were reduced: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 64 Robin, 16 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Continental Coal Tit, 3 Brambling.
On the move south were 264 Pink-footed Geese, 57 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 10 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 33 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 25 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 31 Skylark, 222 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 434 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 alba Wagtail, 30 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 60 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 115 Linnet, 32 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Reed Bunting, 6 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 8 Greylag Geese, 10 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank.

Greenish Warbler. Amy Coxhill

Greenish Warbler. Amy Coxhill

Greenish Warbler. Amy Coxhill

Greenish Warbler. Amy Coxhill

Hen Harrier. Ian Smith

Hen Harrier. Ian Smith

26th September 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-08.50, 13.15-15.00. Light north-west winds and some long sunny spells.
The weather made it a lot easier seeing migrants today a few more new ones arrived as well as birds remaining from the last few days. A Greenish Warbler was found by the Riverside Hotel and was showing well at times up until dusk; a Rose-coloured Starling was found by the gas terminal, the Red-breasted Flycatcher in the Crown car park was joined by an un-ringed bird and the bird at post 62 was still present; at least 3 Barred Warblers were present, 1 in Canal Hedge, 1 ranging between the Riverside and Kew and one on Beacon Lane; a Red-backed Shrike was seen at the Point; at least 8 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the area – 3 Crown, 1 Warren, 1 Canal Hedge, 1 gas terminal and 2 at Easington School; 2 Ospreys were seen over the Humber near the Point.
Common migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Tree Pipit, 160 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 140 Robin, 58 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 81 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 16 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 21 Chiffchaff, 37 Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Brambling, 5 Siskin, 13 Reed Bunting.
Moving south including over the sea were 282 Wigeon, 101 Teal, 1 Mallard, 26 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 49 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Oystercatcher, 13 Grey Plover, 4 Pomarine Skua, 11 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 22 Bonxie, 1320 Little Gull N, 14 Sandwich Tern, 14 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 19 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 552 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 260 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail, 11 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 26 Chaffinch, 33 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 600 Linnet.
Other birds of note seen included 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Hobby, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

juv Rose-coloured Starling. Tony Disley

juv Rose-coloured Starling. Tony Disley

Red-backed Shrike. Michael Flowers

Red-backed Shrike. Michael Flowers

Buzzard. Rich Swales

Buzzard. Rich Swales

Yellow-browed Warbler.

Yellow-browed Warbler.

25th September 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.30-07.30, 08.30-09.30, 10.10-18.35, a windy day with a strong SW-W wind, cool with some showers in the afternoon.
Highlights today included two new Red-breasted Flycatchers at post 62 to 63 and the Crown car park, the Wryneck was still at the Point, a Quail opposite the Lighthouse, a Treecreeper in the Churchyard; the Barred Warbler was still in Canal Hedge, and 6 Yellow-browed Warblers(Point, Warren, Canal Hedge, 2 in the Kew area, 1 on Vicar’s Lane in Easington.
Common migrants included 2 Long-eared Owl, 14 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Robin, 84 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 40 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 110 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Pied Flycatcher, 12 Brambling, 14 Siskin.
It was another great day for wildfowl passage and again Teal were the predominant species, with the second highest count on record – 1996, (the highest being earlier in the month), also this total takes the autumn total for Teal moving south so far to 9210, higher than any other autumn in the Observatory’s history, and it’s not even October yet! Other wildfowl on the move were 12 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 428 Wigeon, 15 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 289 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter. Other birds on the move (mainly south) were 18 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 156 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 4 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 15 Snipe in, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua N, 12 Arctic Skua, 14 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult Sabine’s Gull, 1 Black Tern, 8 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 178 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 4 Siskin.

24th September 2012 - Monday

A good day with good numbers of common migrants arriving along with a few more scarce migrants which included the first Hawfinch of the year which was trapped and ringed at the Warren; a Corncrake at Sammy’s Point; a Barred Warbler in Canal Hedge; a Wryneck at the Point; 4 Yellow-browed Warblers present; the first Long-eared Owl of the autumn in the Church Field/Beacon Lane area; an Osprey was hunting over the Humber as were 2 ring-tail Hen Harrier.
Common migrant totals were impressive 1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 14 Tree Pipit, 120 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 200 Robin, 77 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 52 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 145 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 23 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Chaffinch, 20 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting.
The was also good again with (mainly moving south) 205 Wigeon, 370 Teal, 305 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe N, 41 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel N, 1 Pomarine Skua, 14 Arctic Skua, 18 Bonxie, 2 Long-tailed Skua, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull.

Hawfinch. Ian Smith

Hawfinch. Ian Smith

Wryneck. Tim Jump

Wryneck. Tim Jump

Long-eared Owl. Richard Willison

Long-eared Owl. Richard Willison

juv Long-tailed Skua. Andy Deighton

juv Long-tailed Skua. Andy Deighton

23rd September 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.20-12.30, 13.30-18.30. A cool day with a freshening E wind, sunshine in the morning clouding over as the day progressed.
There was a clear out in many migrants overnight but a few new ones including another addition to the year list – a Jay! A halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed at the Warren early morning and other migrants included 6 Yellow-browed Warblers (2 Kew, 1 Warren, 1 Chalk Bank, 1 Canal, 1 in Easington), a Wood Warbler at Chalk Bank, the Red-backed Shrike still at the Point, the first Jack Snipe of the autumn, a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
There was a reasonable passage considering the wind direction – 2 Brent Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 33 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Eider, 712 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 208 Red-throated Diver, 40 Fulmar including 4 blue phase birds, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Hero, 1 Marsh Harrier, 18 Oystercatcher, 2 Pomarine Skua, 24 Arctic Skua, 5 juvenile Long-tailed Skuas, 30 Bonxie, 188 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 8 Puffin, 11 Sand Martin, 47 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 407 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Chaffinch, 17 Greenfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 335 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Velvet Scoter on the Humber, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 1000 Little Gulls.

Halimondendri type Lesser Whitethroat. Ian Smith

Halimondendri type Lesser Whitethroat. Ian Smith

Halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat. Martin Garner

Halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat. Martin Garner

Short-eared Owl. Rob Adams

Short-eared Owl. Rob Adams

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ron Egan

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ron Egan

Osprey. Ian Smith

Osprey. Ian Smith

22nd September 2012 - Saturday

Blue skies for most of the day but chilly in a light to moderate NNW-N wind slowly moving to NE by the evening.
The change in wind finally dumped a big load of scarce migrants including two new additions to the year list. 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers were found, two at the Warren which were ringed and later seen at the Crown, one seen on Beacon Lane was also thought to be one of these birds; a Corncrake was flushed in the Point dunes where a Red-backed Shrike was also found; at least 11 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the area including 3 just north of the Lighthouse; a Common Rosefinch was seen at the south end of Beacon Lane and a Barred Warbler was reported at the north end, although no one has come forward with the details of this bird. Common migrants present included the first Ring Ouzel (Tank Ditch) and Redwings (8) of the autumn, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Rock Pipit, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 15 Brambling, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Lapland Bunting.
Less time was spent looking at the sea but still produced a decent haul of birds – a Leach’s Petrel north then back south at 18.25, 2 Grey Phalaropes north in the afternoon, 2 superb pale phase adult Pomarine Skuas north mid-afternoon, a juv Long-tailed Skua north at 18.20, a Roseate Tern south in the evening and a bird behaving like a Pterodroma was just too distant to get any detail on. Other birds on the move over the sea were 7 Whooper Swan, 90 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Pale-bellied Brent N, 10 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 2 Eider, 330 Common Scoter N + 64 S, 96 Red-throated Diver, 105 Fulmar N, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 8 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Shag N, 41 Arctic Skua, 15 Bonxie, 1000 Little Gull, 428 Kittiwake N, the only other birds of note were two Common Buzzards which U-turned over the Humber.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Rich Swales

Yellow-browed Warbler. Rich Swales

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Garner

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Garner

Yellow-browed Warbler. Martin Garner

Yellow-browed Warbler. Martin Garner

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

21st September 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-19.00. Rain or drizzle until 2pm with a moderate blustery N-NE wind, a few sunny spells late afternoon.
Most attention was spent on the sea, which paid off with two records broken and an adult Sabine’s Gull flew south at 17.15, also good numbers of skuas with a Long-tailed Skua north, 86 Arctic Skua south and 18 north and 76 Bonxie south and 4 north. The autumn record for Red-throated Divers was smashed with 461 south and 9 north and the all-time record for Gannet was broken with 3771 (3688 south). Other birds on the move were mainly going south – 24 Pink-footed Geese, 19 Wigeon, 109 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Eider, 104 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter N, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, a 61 Fulmar, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 47 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 8 Oystercatcher, 2000 Little Gulls offshore, 584 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 180 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 5 Puffin. The only other birds on the move were 42 Swallow.
There was also a small but noticeable increase in migrants from the continent with 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 29 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher the first Brambling of the autumn, 2 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds of note included 1 Peregrine and 5 Spotted Redshank.

20th September 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-10.20, 14.00-16.45. A cool day with light rain and drizzle all morning and early afternoon, a moderate force 3 SW wind.
A few oddities on a generally steady day, highlights included 6 adult Whooper Swans south at sea in the morning (only 2nd ever September record); an adult Osprey south at 10.45; an adult Long-tailed Skua north in the morning; a 1st summer Glaucous Gull south and adult Roseate Tern south in the afternoon; and a Tawny Owl present at Kew.
More normal fayre on the move were 170 Pink-footed Geese, 57 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 9 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 228 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 204 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1505 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Snipe, 48 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 159 Sandwich Tern, 180 Common Tern including a leucistic bird, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 19 Sand Martin, 85 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 662 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 50 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 77 Linnet, 7 Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 2 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2000 Little Gull, 4 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest.

19th September 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch 06.20-11.30, 11.55-19.30.A cool start with a brisk WNW-NW wind, but bright and sunny and warmer later.
The first Lapland Bunting and Rock Pipit of the autumn flew south and other birds moving south included 850 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 24 Common Scoter, 117 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Manx Shearwater, 1187 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 8 Oystercatcher, 14 Snipe, 27 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 104 Sand Martin, 614 Swallow, 73 House Martin, 794 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 alba Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 171 Linnet + 84 NW, 47 Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 1 Gadwall, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Robin, 7 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Pink-footed Geese flying south. Sue Hepton

Pink-footed Geese flying south. Sue Hepton

18th September 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 14.00-19.00. Abright sunny day with partial cloud but cool in a strong W wind.
The highlight was a superb juvenile BLACK KITE which flew south at 11.25 and landed on wires south of the Warren before returning back north and landing in fields north of Kilnsea but then disappeared and wasn’t seen again. Other raptors today included a Buzzard at Long Bank, an Osprey south at sea, 9 Kestrel and 1 Hobby south, a Peregrine was hunting over the Humber.
Birds on the move (south unless stated) were 300 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 33 Teal, 1 Pintail, 21 Common Scoter, 52 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag N, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Arctic Skua, 37 Bonxie, 5 Mediterranean Gull N, 157 Sand Martin, 532 Swallow, 2291 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1436 Meadow Pipit, 24 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 37 Linnet, 18 Redpoll, 1 Crossbill N.
Other birds included1 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Lee Johnson

Black Kite. Michael Flowers

Black Kite. Michael Flowers

17th September 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.15-09.30, 12.50-14.45, 15.40-19.30. Fresh WSW wind.
Over the sea was another Leach’s Petrel in the evening moving south slowly, also on the move were 4 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 9 Manx Shearwater, 201 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua N, 7 Bonxie, 700 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern, 360 Sandwich Tern, 780 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin, 85 Sand Martin, 263 Swallow, 274 House Martin, 195 Meadow Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 12 Tree Sparrow, 8 Siskin, 28 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included the first Coal Tit in the old Obs recording area of the year, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 6 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

16th September 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-14.30, 18.00-19.30. Long sunny spells and a fresh force 4 SW wind.
The highlights today were seabirds, a breeding plumage Little Auk flying over the Humber with a Guillemot was very unseasonal, a Leach’s Petrel feeding offshore for 10 minutes in the evening as it slowly drifted south, 3 probable Long-tailed Skuas skipped by in the evening as did a Roseate Tern. Other birds moving south (unless stated otherwise) were 19 Red-throated Diver, 9 Manx Shearwater N, 641 Gannet + 351 N, 1 Grey Heron, 212 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 2 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 5 Kestrel, 25 Ringed Plover, 25 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 71 Little Gull, 420 Common Tern, 1 Puffin + 2 N, 405 Sand Martin, 1219 Swallow, 950 House Martin, 955 Meadow Pipit, 12 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 9 Siskin, 27 Linnet.
Good numbers of waders present included 950 Grey Plover and 2950 Redshank and other birds of note seen included 1 Merlin, 9 Greenshank, 400 Kittiwake, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

15th September 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-16.30, bright and sunny for most of the day, with a force 3 WSW wind.
The highlight of the day was another Pectoral Sandpiper which from over Clubley’s Field and onto the Humber then back north later in the day. Otherwise it was just another day of steady passage: 59 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver N, 9 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwater, 1131 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 110 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 33 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 17 Sand Martin, 335 Swallow, 142 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 899 Meadow Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail , 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 41 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 222 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds included a Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redstart, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Goldcrest.

14th September 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.05-19.45. A very and increasingly windy day with strong winds in the morning reaching near gale force by mid-afternoon.
Obviously the main attention was on vis mig, and on the move south were 195 Pink-footed Geese, 21 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 25 Common Scoter, 65 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2918 Gannet + 189 N (2nd highest ever count at Spurn), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 37 Arctic Skua, 18 Bonxie, 1059 Little Gull, 240 Herring Gull, 136 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 2 Swift, 120 Sand Martin, 66 Swallow, 228 House Martin, 94 Meadow Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 6 Siskin.
Also seen 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 258 Sandwich Tern, 253 Common Tern, 17 Arctic Tern, 1 Redstart.

13th September 2012 - Thursday

A bright start turned to 8/8 cloud cover by the afternoon with an increasing force 1-4 W wind.
Migration watches were all day from 0610.
On the move S (unless stated) were 590 Pink-footed Geese, a pale-bellied Brent Goose N, 6 Pintail, 67 Common Scoter plus 29 N, 103 Red-throated Diver (70 S), 8 Sooty Shearwater N, 17 Manx Shearwater N, 2410 Gannet (1730 N), a Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 19 Oystercatcher, 9 Arctic Skua plus 17 N and 5 blogging. A Long-tailed Skua N, 2 Black Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin, 30 Swallow, 1604 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba Wagtail, 35 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Siskin and 2 Snow Bunting, elsewhere of note was single Merlin and Peregrine blogging, 3 Greenshank, a Redstart (Little Hedge), 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Goldcrest.

12th September 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 6.15-19.15. Cloudy with rain moving in late morning, a fresh SW wind.
A good migration early on was soon curtailed when rain stopped play. Moving south were 81 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater 1 Manx Shearwater, 602 Gannet, 849 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 13 Pintail, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 23 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 161 Little Gull, 18 Sand Martin, 95 Swallow, 3347 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 3838 Meadow Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 37 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds included a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shag, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler.

11th September 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-09.30. A mixed day with some rainy periods, a force 4 WNW wind.
A milestone was reached by the Observatory today when todays total of Meadow Pipits took us to over one and half million Meadow Pipits flying south in the autumn since 1955. Birds on the move south included 57 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 29 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1950 Gannet, 18 Cormorant, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 21 Ringed Plover, 14 Golden Plover, 56 Knot, 2 Snipe, 30 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 1 Black Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Swift, 210 Swallow, 882 House Martin, 683 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Goldcrest and 14 Siskin.

Hobby. Ian Smith

Hobby. Ian Smith

10th September 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-19.00. Sunny spells with a force 3 SW wind.
The main feature of the day was the wildfowl passage, particularly Teal which smashed the previous record set in 1982 by nearly a thousand birds, the days total was 2600 passing south, other totals of birds moving south were 67 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater north, a probable Cory’s Shearwater north, 556 Gannet, 20 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 455 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 413 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 11 Mallard, 34 Pintail, 17 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 218 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 13 Oystercatcher, 21 Ringed Plover, 79 Knot, 13 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 90 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 37 Snipe, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 12 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Black Tern, 159 Sand Martin, 552 Swallow, 373 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 90 Meadow Pipit, 24 Tree Sparrow.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER came in off the sea and landed on the saltmarsh where it was seen briefly before disappearing into the vegetation, other birds of note seen included a Common Buzzard, 4 Little Egret, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear.

9th September 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-19.10, bright and sunny for most of the day with a force 1 SSE wind.
There was a steady increase in passage over the sea and a few more finches on the move, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 630 Gannet, 259 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Shelduck, 9 Wigeon, 108 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 78 Common Scoter, 1 Osprey, 3 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swift, 98 Sand Martin, 568 Swallow, 109 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 486 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 28 Tree Sparrow, 26 Goldfinch, 65 Siskin, 79 Linnet.
Other birds present included 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, a Tawny Owl in the Churchyard, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Goldcrest.

Sandwich Tern. Justin Carr

Sandwich Tern. Justin Carr

8th September 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 6.20 – 12.00, 12.45 – 14.00, 17.45-19.25. A mixed day with plenty of sunshine and light SW wind veering SE and increasing to force 3.
There was an obvious arrival of Wheatears from late morning which totalled 58 in the area, other migrants seen included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Coal Tit in Easington.
Some steady passage saw 115 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Teal, 10 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 132 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 4 Arctic Skua, 30 Lesser B.B.Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 12 Sand Martin, 171 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 266 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch and 2 Siskin.
Other birds seen included 3500 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie, 30 Mediterranean Gull at Sammy’s Point.

7th September 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch – 06.00-13.15, 18.00-20.00. Sunny periods and some drizzle, a force 3 W wind.
A pretty uneventful day, with just light passage and a few grounded migrants. The highlights being 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 867 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron, 25 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 70 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 6 Linnet, 1 Redpoll.
On the ground were a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Peregrine, a Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Tree Pipit, 7 Wheatar, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 7 Goldcrest.

leucistic Swallow.  Steve Coleman

leucistic Swallow. Steve Coleman

6th September 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.15, 17.30-20.00. A fine sunny day, with an increasing SW wind, but warm throughout.
An almost definite American Golden Plover was present at Long Bank for c3 hours around the mid-day haze, unfortunately the underwing colour wasn’t clinched when it flew off with c3000 Golden Plovers towards the Humber, hopefully it will be clinched today if found again. Also at Long Bank was a new record count of Mediterranean Gulls with 45+ in the fields, at Beacon Ponds were 6 Wigeon, 1 Avocet, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2700 Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.
The was quite good in the morning with the following on the move: 15 Pink-footed Geese, 16 Greylag Geese, 14 Wigeon, 73 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 149 Fulmar, 41 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Manx Shearwater, 306 Gannet, 28 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 13 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 14 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 4 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Little Gull, 60 Kittiwake, 100 Sandwich Tern, 589 Common Tern, 5 Roseate Tern (2 juv), 14 Arctic Tern, 56 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 18 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 437 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava Wagtial, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 10 Goldfinch, 27 Linnet.
Other birds seen included 1 Peregrine, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest.

Greenshank. Ian Smith

Greenshank. Ian Smith

5th September 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-10.45, 11.45-19.50. Fine and sunny all day but chilly with a NW 3 – NE 2 decreasing to a still evening.
The main feature of the day was the sea-watching which picked up in the afternoon with only some light vis mig over the land. Totals were: 5 Greylag Geese, 36 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 132 Fulmar, 45 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwater, 842 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 26 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 42 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 22 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 24 Kittiwake, 13 Sand Martin, 71 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 58 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
There was an increase in Wheatears (12), also there was 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest and a Rook.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 5 Curlew Sandpiper. Also a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, 2 Rush Veneer and 24 Silver Y caught overnight.

4th September 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-19.45. Mainly bright and sunny, wind SW 2- NW, then NE and still in the evening.
Another reasonable day for passage, todays totals were 5 Red-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 57 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 14 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 2 Great Skua, 196 Sand Martin, 4125 Swallow, 511 House Martin, 560 Meadow Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Carrion Crow, 157 Starling, 104 Tree Sparrow, 4 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 145 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.
Very few grounded migrants – 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest.
Other birds included 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (which had interestingly been seen slightly earlier from a boat about 3 miles off Easington), 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 6 Greenshank, 20 Arctic Skua, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 108 Little Gull, 165 Sandwich Tern, 750 Common Tern and 8 Black Tern.

Common Terns with a Black Tern. Ian Smih

Common Terns with a Black Tern. Ian Smih

3rd September 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-19.30. Bright and sunny for most of the day with a force 1 NW-SW wind.
2 Barred Warblers, both long-staying birds at the Warren and the Point, other grounded migrants included a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 300 Swallow, 100 Meadow Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest.
Another good but lighter passage than last few days – 13 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 40 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 71 Sand Martin, 3100 Swallow, 76 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 236 Meadow Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Carrion Crow, 48 Linnet.
Other birds included 2 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 20 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 249 Sandwich Tern, 182 Common Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 1 Arctic Tern.
A Southern Hawker was seen at the Warren.

2nd September 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-08.00. Mainly cloudy with sunny spells and a force 2 SW-W wind.
The main feature again was the heavy passage of Swallows and todays total was 13,632, the seventh highest count in the Observatory’s history. Other birds on the move (mainly south) were 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 4 Dunlin, 5 Snipe, 66 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Arctic Skua, 8 Little Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Turtle Dove N, 17 Swift, 202 Sand Martin, 411 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 52 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail.
The Barred Warbler re-appeared at the Warren and other migrants included 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds included a Common Buzzard, a Merlin, 2 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 9 Mediterranean Gulls.

1st September 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-19.45. mainly sunny with a force 2-3 SW wind.
A new Barred Warbler was found at Chalk Bank and other migrants included 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler and 6 Goldcrest.
There was a very good hirundine passage during the morning with 340 Sand Martin, 8210 Swallow and 31 House Martin, while other birds moving south were 54 Wigeon, 312 Teal, 50 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 8 Snipe, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 21 Swift, 31 Meadow Pipit, 23 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds seen included the first and earliest ever Pink-footed Goose of the autumn, 2 Greylag Geese, 11 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Spotted Redshank.

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