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September 2013 Sightings

30th September 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-08.30, 09.00-10.30. A cloudy morning which broke up late morning, but clouded over again in the evening, a force 4 E wind.
There was a noticeable increase in common migrants and there were also some new scarce migrants in, most notably 2 Richard’s Pipits in the Sheep Field, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers (post 59 and Easington gas terminal, a Firecrest was at the gas terminal, but only 3 only Yellow-browed Warblers, were recorded with one in Canal Hedge, one at the White House in Easington and one at Easington gas terminal.
Common migrant totals included 3 Jack Snipe, a Tree Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 80 Robin, 18 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 10 Ring Ouzel, 340 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 23 Chaffinch, 18 Brambling, a Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.
There was some passage - 1 Brent Goose, 4 Shelduck, 60 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 19 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 309 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 30 Bonxie, 54 Little Gull, 33 auk sp, 12 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 35 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 230 Brent Geese, 237 Wigeon, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 5 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

Red breasted Flycatcher.  Garry Taylor

Red breasted Flycatcher. Garry Taylor

29th September 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-12.20, 13.00-17.30. Blue skies all day with a fresh force 4 E wind.
The best birding was over the sea and not just birds, the main highlights being 3 White-beaked Dolphins moving south and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moving north. Birds moving over the sea were 15 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Shelduck, 182 Wigeon, 173 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 248 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 980 Gannet, 15 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Arctic Skua, 66 Bonxie, 298 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 29 Sandwich Tern, 7 Common Tern, 118 auk sp, 1 Puffin.
There were still 11 Yellow-browed Warblers in the area but very elusive in the windy conditions, other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Robin, 8 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 185 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 17 Brambling.
Other birds seen included a Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 5 Ruff and a Kinfisher.

a coupe more Yellow-browed Warbler shots. Martin Standley

a coupe more Yellow-browed Warbler shots. Martin Standley

28th September 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-08.15, 14.20-18.35. Blue skies all day with a freshening force 2-4 E-SE wind.
Another day of very few common migrants but still a few scarce birds, mainly Firecrests with singles at the Warren, Canal Hedge, Chalk Bank and 2 at Easington gas terminal, and still at least 17 Yellow-browed Warblers, although more were north of Kilnsea today. Also a suspected Blyth’s Reed Warbler was seen on the south side of Easington gas terminal.
Common migrant totals included 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 38 Song Thrush, 24 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling and I Siskin.
A Red Kite U-turned over Kilnsea Wetlands and other birds on the move were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 72 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 9 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 7 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 32 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, 9 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and a Tawny Owl.

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

Merlin. Mick Hemingway

Merlin. Mick Hemingway

27th September 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.25-08.55, 16.00-17.00, 18.00-18.45. Mainly cloudy in the morning and the clearing to leave a bright and sunny afternoon with a force 2-3 ESE wind.
Another good day for scarce birds, a Firecrest trapped at the Warren was the first of the autumn, a Woodlark flew south in the morning, the Red-breasted Flycatcher at Chalk Bank showed well for most of the day and the Common Rosefinch was also still there, a Hawfinch dropped into the Warren and later flew north over Kew, and at least 19 Yellow-browed Warblers were recorded.
Common migrant totals included 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 25 Robin, 8 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 115 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea and land including 10 Teal, 70 Red-throated Diver, 80 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 1 Bonxie, 70 Little Gull, 45 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 58 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 16 Tree Sparrow, 12 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 41 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 105 Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint (1 colour ringed from Norway), 5 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

Norwegian ringed Little Stint. Martin Standley

Norwegian ringed Little Stint. Martin Standley

Jack Snipe. Martin Standley

Jack Snipe. Martin Standley

Firecrest

Firecrest

26th September 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-09.00, 09.30-11.00, 17.00-18.40. Clear blue skies all day, a force 2-3 NNE-ESE wind.
A very good day for scarce birds but only small numbers of common migrants and as expected with clear blue skies, birds just kept appearing all day. A Cetti's Warbler was heard singing along the Canal.Scarce migrants included a Richard’s Pipit west over the Canal, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers (lighthouse and Chalk Bank), a Common Rosefinch at Chalk Bank, a Barred Warbler at post 62, a ‘Siberian-type (blythi) Lesser Whitethroat at Chalkies Point and at least 12 Yellow-browed Warblers all from Kew south.
Common migrant totals included 5 Jack Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Tree Pipit, a Rock Pipit, a White Wagtail, 25 Robin, 5 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 123 Song Thrush, 27 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea and land including 49 Pink-footed Geese, 22 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 5 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 158 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 313 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 8 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 173 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 19 Linnet, 11 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 35 Brent Geese, 3 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 35 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Owl.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jump

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jump

Simon Jump

Simon Jump

Common Rosefinch. Richard Willison

Common Rosefinch. Richard Willison

White Wagtail - the first alba Wagtail to be trapped this year. Adam Hutt

White Wagtail - the first alba Wagtail to be trapped this year. Adam Hutt

25th September 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-09.15, 14.15-15.30, 16.35-18.35. A misty start, with a very light S wind, then still and fog thickened for most of the day only becoming misty again when a force 2-3 NNE wind picked up late afternoon.
Like everywhere else, we scored with 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, (2 at Kew, 1 at the Warren and 1 on Beacon Lane), there was a notable influx in Song Thrushes with 42 and other migrants included a Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Robin, 2 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 33 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Brambling, 47 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.
There was some passage particularly ducks, the days totals were 66 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 360 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 880 Teal, 7 Mallard, 11 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 111 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 34 Gannet, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 31 Dunlin, 42 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Skylark, 110 Swallow, 227 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 44 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Little Stint, 3 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

24th September 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-07.30, 15.00-15.30. Still all morning and cloudy, some sunny periods in the afternoon a force 1-2 SE-E wind picked up.
A very slow day but the years first Yellow-browed Warbler was found at Kew early morning and apparently put in another appearance in the afternoon at the churchyard, also an elusive Barred Warbler was found at post 61. Other migrants were a Kingfisher north from the Narrows and then onto Canal Scrape, 24 Robin, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 33 Redwings (first of the autumn), 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, a Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 17 Pink-footed Geese S, 7 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 50 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Kingfisher. Chris Cox

Kingfisher. Chris Cox

Pink-footed Geese. Sue Hepton

Pink-footed Geese. Sue Hepton

23rd September 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 06.40-09.00 Clear blues skies apart from an hour early afternoon when it clouded over, a very light WNW veering SE.
Still conditions made for a quiet day, the highlight being a Hooded Crow which flew south as far as the Warren before returning north. Other passage was light – 1 Greylag Goose, 52 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 95 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 205 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin and 35 Linnet.
Birds present included 1 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 19 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 24 Little Gull, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a Yellowhammer.
A whale sp breached briefly twice and was thought to possibly be a Sperm Whale.

A Mediterranean Gull  with rig in the background that is placing the bases of wind turbines into the sea bed. Mick Turton

A Mediterranean Gull with rig in the background that is placing the bases of wind turbines into the sea bed. Mick Turton

Hooded Crow. Andy Deighton

Hooded Crow. Andy Deighton

Purple Sandpiper. John Hines

Purple Sandpiper. John Hines

22nd September 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 14.30-15.30. Very light W wind and clear blue skies becoming very warm.
The weather conditions weren’t great for birding but a Hawfinch dropped into Kew briefly, otherwise passage was fairly light and a non eventful day. Birds moving were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon,, 21 Teal, 1 Pintail, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel,, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin, 13 Skylark, 30 Sand Martin, 406 Swallow, 539 House Martin, 931 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 11 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 134 Linnet and 13 Reed Bunting.
Migrants included 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds were 10 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Spotted Redshank, 23 Greenshank.
Up to 3 Clouded Yellows were at Sammy's Point.

Clouded Yellow. Martin Standley

Clouded Yellow. Martin Standley

21st September 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-15.30, 17.30-19.15. Clear skies for most of the day and a nice pleasant warm day with just a light SW wind.
There were a few grounded migrants about including a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, also 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling and a Lapland Bunting.
Passage was good: 307 Pink-footed Geese, 81 Wigeon, 119 Teal, 25 Pintail, 350 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 269 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Tern, 4 Collared Dove, 49 Skylark, 79 Sand Martin, 651 Swallow, 722 House Martin, 4047 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 7 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 alba Wagtail, 11 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 81 Linnet, 2 Snow Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen were 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, 27 Greenshank, 42+ Mediterranean Gull.

a few wader photos by Martin Standley, Little Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Whimbrel

a few wader photos by Martin Standley, Little Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Whimbrel

20th September 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 15.15-19.00. Some sunny spells then clear blue skies followed by a cloudy afternoon, a force 1-2 WNW-NW wind.
A few new migrants drifted in including a few firsts for the autumn, star billing going to a 1st yr female Hawfinch which was trapped at the Warren; also a Brambling and a Jack Snipe. Other migrant totals were 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 23 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.
Birds on the move included 71 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 17 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 54 Red-throated Diver, 923 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel,2 Snipe, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 343 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 33 Rook, 19 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 19 Siskin.
Other birds seen: 2 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 464 Common Tern, 2 Roseate Tern and 54 Arctic Tern.

1st yr female Hawfinch. Rich Swales

1st yr female Hawfinch. Rich Swales

1st yr female Stonechat. Ian Smith

1st yr female Stonechat. Ian Smith

Purple Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Purple Sandpiper. Ian Smith

19th September 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-12.00, 15.00-18.00. Clouds built very early and rain moved in by about 9am and was on and off until mid-afternoon, then a few sunny spells with a force 3 WSW –SW – WNW 4.
There was some passage before the rain set in and movement over the sea on and off, the totals were 99 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 105 Wigeon, 157 Teal, 5 Eider, 226 Common Scoter, 57 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe north at 08.25, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 438 Gannet, 8 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 9 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 4 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Pomarine Skua, 8 Bonxie, 33 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 26 auk sp, 1 Skylark, 58 Sand Martin, 56 Swallow, 425 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1763 Meadow Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 13 Linnet and 11 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Pintail, 2 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

Little Stint. Rich Swales

Little Stint. Rich Swales

18th September 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 13.15-18.50 Clear blues skies all morning which clouded over in the afternoon and produced a few showers followed by sunny spells, a force 3-4 WNW-NW wind.
The star bird was the sixth record and first since 2005 of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, which flew north over the sea-watching hut, pitched down briefly in Clubley’s Field and then continued north-west over Kilnsea. Also 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew south during the day and it was the first good day for Pink-footed Geese with many skeins making up a total of 2610 heading to north Norfolk.
Other passage totals included 71 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 14 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 425 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 8 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 10 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 130 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 765 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 31 Rook, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting.
Migrants were a little more obvious and included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds included 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 3 Brent Geese, 60 Wigeon, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 25 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

plenty of Greenshanks still at Kilnsea Wetlands. Mick Sharpe

plenty of Greenshanks still at Kilnsea Wetlands. Mick Sharpe

17th September 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-13.00, 14.00-15.00, 17.30-18.30. Sunny start then slowly clouding over and rain by late afternoon, a force 4-5-3 WSW wind.
Sad news today that the GREAT SNIPE was unfortunately found dead in the garden of Warrenby Cottage just after first light, evidence suggests that the bird was killed by a cat, with its tail missing and its chest ripped open. The bird had never appeared moribund despite what some people (who didn’t even see the bird) have suggested. It was feeding well throughout its stay and was probably a bird that had never seen a human or natural predator.
It was another good day for Meadow Pipit passage with 5075 counted flying south by 13.00 hrs and 567 trapped and ringed at Wire Dump. Other birds on the move were 41 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Teal, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, an Osprey at 10.55, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper in and west, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Sand Martin, 9 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 29 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 50 Wigeon, 2 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, a Rock Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest.

Osprey. Mick Sharpe

Osprey. Mick Sharpe

Yellow Wagtails. Tim Jump

Yellow Wagtails. Tim Jump

16th September 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.15, 16.00-18.50. Sunny to start then clouding over with some sunny spells a force 4-5 gusting 6 WSW wind all day.
The GREAT SNIPE didn’t show straight away but when it was found it was then typically showy all day IF YOU ARE COMING TO SEE THIS BIRD, DO NOT ENTER THE GARDEN AND RESPECT THE RESIDENTS PRIVACY, ALSO PARK IN THE CAR PARK AT THE BLUE BELL, IF FULL SENSIBLY ALONG THE ROAD.
The Red-backed Shrike was still present on Peter’s Lane, Easington but most other migrants were keeping very low in the windy conditions, but did include 3 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and the Snow Bunting.
The wind was very strong and passage was slow to start, Meadow Pipits were low and 1090 were counted moving south, 2 Sand Martins were the only hirundines recorded moving south and other passage birds were 102 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin, 3 Collared Dove, 1 flava Wagtail 4 Tree Sparrow and 3 Siskin.
Other birds present included 50 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper 5 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank.

15th September 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 06.20-11.00, 14.00-14.30, 16.30-17.00 18.20-19.20. A bright sunny start with a force 3 SW wind, however this soon clouded over and by 10am there were light rain showers and the wind picked up to force 5-6 and more persistent rain.
The GREAT SNIPE was seen from first light on the grass verge on Beacon Lane and then in the garden of Warrenby Cottage, it then showed more or less all day in the garden or in the ditch, giving extremely close views. IF YOU ARE COMING TO SEE THIS BIRD, DO NOT ENTER THE GARDEN AND RESPECT THE RESIDENTS PRIVACY, ALSO PARK IN THE CAR PARK AT THE BLUE BELL, IF FULL SENSIBLY ALONG THE ROAD. We would like to thank Mandy who lives at Warrenby Cottage for her patience and everyone who contributed to Spurn Bird Observatory collection bucket, we raised £175 today, thank you all.
Also the Barred Warbler at Southfield Farm was seen on a few occasions but the Red-backed Shrike was not seen there but the Red-backed Shrike at Peter Lane was seen mid-afternoon.
The weather conditions were perfect for vis mig this morning and we were not disappointed for the first few hours before the rain came, Meadow Pipits and House Martins were pouring right past our heads at the Narrows, a great sight. It would have been a classic passage if the rain hadn’t moved through, however there were still 4811 Meadow Pipits and 2555 House Martins recorded along with 137 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Teal, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Kestrel, 5 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 23 Redshank, 37 Sand Martin, 480 Swallow, 7 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 2 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Buntings.
Other birds seen included60 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail. 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Little Gull, 200 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and a Snow Bunting.

Some video footage of the snipe can be found at
- http://youtu.be/3ptgQZq3zPc

Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

14th September 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch A dull cloudy start with some light rain, slowly cleared leaving some sunny spells, a cool force 3 -2 NNE –NW wind.
A probable GREAT SNIPE was seen mid-morning in Warrenby Cottage garden on Beacon Lane, but it flew over the road and lost and not seen again, at 17.00hrs it was seen again on the grass verge of Beacon Lane but jumped into the ditch revealing extensive white corners and edges to the rusty tail, confirming the identity. Everyone collected on site and a search of the ditch revealed nothing in the area it was seen to drop into, but a little further up it was seen walking through the hedge. On the other side of the hedge, good views were had as it sat roosting obscured in the grass. However later it came back right into view again and started strutting about. The bird flew off over Southfield Farm and may have dropped in somewhere but it wasn’t seen again
Also 2 Barred Warblers were found, one on Seaside Road in Easington and one on the fence with the Red-backed Shrike at Southfield Farm, the 2nd shrike from yesterday was seen again on Peter’s Lane. A Pectoral Sandpiper flew north past Middle Camp and was presumably yesterday’s bird. Just after dark a Quail flew into Steve Exley’s window in Kilnsea but then flew off into the field opposite.
There were also more grounded migrants today with 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 600 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 23 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Lapland Bunting and 2 Corn Buntings.
There was also some passage – 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 71 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 420 Gannet, 15 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 244 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included53 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 3 Little Stint, 7 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 13 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

13th September 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-10.50, 16.00-18.00. Cloudy all day with rain from late afternoon, a force 2 SSW-N wind.
The highlight was a Pectoral Sandpiper which was found on Canal Scrape early afternoon and spent several hours there before flying off south at around 16.45 hrs. Also a new Red-backed Shrike was found on Peter’s Lane, Easington early afternoon and the other was still at Southfield Farm. The first Lapland Bunting of the autumn was found on Clubley’s Field. A possible Great White Egret flew south at sea but was too far out to confirm. There was some more good passage with several thousand hirundines moving through, also 52 Shelduck, 52 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 235 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, 6 Arctic Skua, 1935 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 Siskin.
The first Goldcrest of the autumn was at Kew while other migrants included2 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen: 1 Pintail, 3 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

12th September 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-12.30, 14.30-15.15, 16.00-19.0. A cloudy day with a light SW wind.
At last good conditions for vis-migging and typically the predominant species at this time of year is Meadow Pipits which totalled a minimum of 2900 during the morning and 189 were ringed. Other birds moving included 16 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 352 Gannet, 39 Knot, 7 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 28 Sand Martin, 323 Swallow, 115 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Siskin, 6 Reed Bunting and 2 Corn Bunting.
The Red-backed Shrike was still at Southfield Farm, a few new migrants arrived including a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included a Merlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 13 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Meadow Pipit. Clive McKay

Meadow Pipit. Clive McKay

11th September 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 05.50-13.45, 16.15-19.00. Cloudy with rain showers for most of day then heavy rain from late afternoon, a decreasing force 4-1 N wind.
It was a good day over the sea – 2 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were the first of the autumn, 14 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 415 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 115 Fulmar, 53 Sooty Shearwater, 132 Manx Shearwater, a Storm Petrel, 212 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 46 Arctic Skua, 13 Bonxie, 38 Little Gull, 23 Kittiwake and 21 auk sp.
The Red-backed Shrike was still showing well at Southfield Farm, other migrants were a Kingfisher, 2 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit + 51 south, 4 Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler and the first Siskin of the autumn.
Kilnsea Wetlands was still holding good numbers of waders including 3 Little Stints, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Greenshank, 1 Green and 2 Common Sandpiper.

Little Stints. Simon Jump

Little Stints. Simon Jump

Curlew Sandpipers. Tim Jump

Curlew Sandpipers. Tim Jump

10th September 2013 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 05.40-19.20. Heavy cloud all day with rain for most of it, a force 5 gusting 7 NW-N wind. It was a day for sea-watching, the highlight was a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew south at 15.45 and took the year list to 240. Also a juvenile and adult Long-tailed Skua flew south and other totals were 16 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 70 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 292 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1355 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 162 Arctic Skua, 13 Bonxie, 13 Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern, 18 auk sp, 2 Puffin and a Swift.
The only migrants seen were a Tree Pipit, a Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. Other birds seen included a Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank.

9th September 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-13.30, 16.00-16.30, 18.30-19.30. A still sunny start, a light SW wind picked up and cloud started building with showers late afternoon, the wind veered NE-N late afternoon.
When the wind picked up a little, Meadow Pipits and Swallows started to move but otherwise it was a little quiet. The first (25) Pink-footed Geese flew south and other birds on the move were 5 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 49 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 14 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Bonxie, 1 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 395 Swallow, 91 House Martin, 285 Meadow Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail and 42 Tree Sparrow.
The Red-backed Shrike was still present at Southfield Farm, other birds present included 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 16 Willow Warbler.

8th September 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-13.00. Another pleasant sunny day with variable cloud cover, and a light W wind slowly picked up to a force 3 wind.
Another very enjoyable day seemed to be had by all with some very good comments and feedback on the festival. The Red-backed Shrike showed very well agin at Southfield Farm, and 3 Common Rosefinches were much more elusive with one calling at the Point, and 2 birds ranging between the Triangle and Sammy’s Point.
Common migrants included 9 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 14 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher.
Birds moving were 57 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 5 Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 4 Black Tern, 1 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 207 Swallow, 10 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 98 Tree Sparrow and a Reed Bunting.
Birds present included 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

7th September 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-19.35. A pleasant sunny day with variable cloud cover, but a fresh force 4-3 S-SW wind.
The first full day of the migration festival went very well, there weren’t large numbers of migrants in the bushes but still plenty to see and enjoy. A Corncrake was flushed at Sammy's Point. The Red-backed Shrike showed very well at times at Southfield Farm, and 2 Common Rosefinches were quite showy in Church Field at times. A Wryneck was found by the Canal and another one was seen by the listening dish.
There was a good passage offshore which included 120 Wigeon, 420 Teal, 2 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 61 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 72 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 330 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 19 Oystercatcher, 15 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 23 Snipe, 6 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 31 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 28 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 63 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 40 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 9 Tree Sparrow.
Grounded migrants included a Kingfisher, 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds included 26 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Black Tern.

Common Rosefinch. David Carr

Common Rosefinch. David Carr

6th September 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.30, 12.30-19.45. Cloudy with the threat of rain all day but never materialising, a force 2 N veered SSW and picked up to 3-4.
The highlights were the Red-backed Shrike was very showy at Southfield Farm, a Common Rosefinch was trapped at the Warren, a Leach’s Petrel over the Humber (1st of the year), a Caspian Gull at Chalk Bank, a Garganey flew south at sea, 3 Pomarine Skuas, a Balearic Shearwater and 2 Red-necked Grebes. In the morning on the Humber or moving out were 5 Roseate Terns, 5500 Common and 20 Arctic Terns.
Other totals of birds on the move were 82 Wigeon, 274 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 51 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 734 Manx Shearwater (3rd highest count at Spurn), 1 Sooty Shearwater, 180 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 14 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 74 Arctic Skua, 20 Bonxie, 12 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern.
Other birds seen included 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 16 Greenshank, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 16 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.

juvenile Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

juvenile Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

5th September 2013 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watches 06.00-10.00, 13.00-19.40. Foggy to start then a mixed day of sun and cloud with occasional sea fret, an almost still start with a light SE breeze picking up which moved to the N in the afternoon.
There was a good arrival of migrants including a new Wryneck caught and ringed at the Warren and later seen by Canal Scrape. Migrant totals today were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 48 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike still by Southfield Farm.
A few birds started to move after the fog lifted and included 13 Shelduck, 51 Wigeon, 44 Teal, 27 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 38 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling, 7 Knot, 17 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 10 Arctic Skua, 19 Little Gull, 3 Swift, 200 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Wryneck. Martin Suanjak

Wryneck. Martin Suanjak

4th September 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watches 06.15-12.00, 17.00-19.30. Cloudy with some sunny spells and misty at times, a force 2-3 S-SE wind.
The first proper movement of Meadow Pipits (171) gave the feel of a vis-mig autumn and just in time for the Migration Festival, these numbers are expected to rise dramatically over the next two weeks, particularly if we get some nice south-westerly winds. Also moving south were 5 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 152 Teal, 3 Pintail, 133 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 28 Oystercatcher, 26 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 23 Little Gull, 2 Swift, 195 Sand Martin, 1692 Swallow, 416 House Martin, 13 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 4 Linnet and a Reed Bunting.
The highlight of the day was the years first Kingfisher on Canal Scrape, which was later caught and ringed. The Red-backed Shrike as still at Southfield Farm and other migrants included a Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff and 9 Willow Warbler.
Other birds present were 2 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern.

Some pictures of the Kingfisher. Ian Smith

Some pictures of the Kingfisher. Ian Smith

2nd September 2013 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watches 06.00-19.30. Cloudy periods with long sunny spells and a force 4 gusting 6 west wind.
The day’s highlight was an Osprey south over the sea t mid-day, other birds on the move were 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 18 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 57 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Oystercatcher, 17 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 4 Snipe, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Swift.
A Red-backed Shrike was seen again in the Triangle, but the only other birds present were 1 Peregrine, 1 Cuckoo, an albino House Martin, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

1st September 2013 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watches 11.00-14.30, 15.00-16.00, 16.45-20.00. A cloudy day with a strengthening force 2-4 W wind.
There were 3 Wryneck today, two in the Big Hedge/Walker Butts area and one by the listening dish, and the Red-backed Shrike was seen in the Triangle again. Common migrants were harder to find with just 1 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Some light passage included 10 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 1 Red-throated Diver, 39 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 47 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 31 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 8 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 5 Swift, 82 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull.

Cuckoo. Andy Roadhouse

Cuckoo. Andy Roadhouse

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