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September 2015 Sightings

30th September 2015 - Wednesday

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September proved to be another great month at Spurn recording 288 species and bringing the annual total to 248 so far - the highest we have ever been at then end of September!!!

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.15. Another fine and sunny day with a force 1-2 NE-E wind.
A Cetti’s Warbler just south of the Warren became the 248th species recorded by the Observatory this year, although it appears there was one reported last week sometime, a new Red-breasted Flycatcher was found at the Point, there were more new Yellow-browed Warblers reported and the day total was 20. Other migrant totals were a 3 Jack Snipe, a Long-eared Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, 30 Swallow, 5 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 18 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler still at the Warren and Sammy’s, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest on Beacon Lane and in the Crown car park, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Lesser Redpoll, and a Hawfinch at Kew.
There was some light passage including 6 Brent Geese, 37 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 76 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 56 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 auk sp, 30 Skylark, 27 Swallow, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 40 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 89 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 30 Linnet, 14 Lesser Redpoll, and 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 50 Brent Geese, 27 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Eider, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 6 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, and 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 10 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.

29th September 2015 - Tuesday

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Migration/sea-watch 07.00=-09.00. Bright and sunny with a force 1 NE wind.
Another superb day with two more additions to the already burgeoning year list - a very smart juvenile PALLID HARRIER which was first seen in a field by Sammy’s and later it flew south past the Warren at the same time as two ring-tail Hen Harriers, one of which U-turned and caused much confusion at the time! And a showy male Bluethroat was found behind the Riverside Hotel in the afternoon. A Great White Egret flew south early evening, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen by Kilnsea Wetlnads, at least 13 Yellow-browed Warblers were present and the 2 Barred Warblers were still at Sammy’s and the Warren.
Other migrant totals included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 19 Song Thrush, 29 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 145 Goldfinch, 500 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll and 39 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 3 Brent Geese, 32 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 31 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 19 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Sandwich Tern, 33 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 29 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 48 Starling, 4 Chaffinch, 47 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 40 Linnet, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 25 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 6 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Brent Geese, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Jack Snipe, and 1 Little Owl.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 34 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 34 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

Bluethroat. Richard Laverack

Bluethroat. Richard Laverack

Pallid Harrier.

Pallid Harrier.

Pallid Harrier.

Pallid Harrier.

28th September 2015 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.30. Bright and sunny all day after a cool start with a force 1-2 ESE wind.
Another excellent day, the Arctic Warbler was very elusive and only seen on a couple of occasions,a Blyth's Reed Warbler was seen at Sammy's Point in the morning but not after 10am and there were a minimum of 22 Yellow-browed Warblers seen in the area, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Canal Hedge and the Firecrest was still on Beacon Lane, the Barred Warbler was still at Sammy’s and another was by the entrance gate and later trapped at the Warren. Other migrants included a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Siskin and 8 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds on the move included 2 Shelduck, 42 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 107 Common Scoter, 37 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 1 Sandwich Tern, 27 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 86 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Siskin, 65 Linnet, 21 Lesser Redpoll and 23 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Pink-footed Geese, 52 Greylag Geese, 1 Jack Snipe and 1 Whimbrel.

Ringing
1 Gannet, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 11 Tree Sparrow, 3 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet , 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting

27th September 2015 - Sunday

Warm, bright and sunny all day with a light force1 NE wind.
Numpties 0700-1115
A classic Spurn day which began with a strange thick fog bank cloaking land to the north, west and south which remained all day and left us bathing in sunshine. The obvious highlight was an ARTIC WARBLER found at Driftwood campsite by owner John Hewitt while entertaining fellow tea lovers. The same hedge also holding 3+ Yellow-browed Warbler which totalled 21 by the end of the day with 7 at the Warren the single biggest count (5 trapped and ringed), while other highlights were 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher (Beacon lane, Canal Scrape, Cliff Farm), a Hawfinch at Driftwood then munching Hawthorns at Kew for the rest of the day, a Barred Warbler at Sammy's Point and 2 Firecrest (Beacon Lane, Riverside).
Migrant totals were 2 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 11 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 19 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper and 8 Redpoll.
Birds on move were 1 Great Northern diver, 35 Red-throated Diver, 252 Common Scoter, 100 Pink-footed Geese, ringtail male Hen Harrier, 7 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua, 30 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 'alba' wagtail, 9 Greenfinch, 51 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 34 Linnet, 20 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Reed Bunting.
Other bits of interest were Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 2 Avocet and Purple Sandpiper.

Ringing- 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Redstart, 1 Dunnock, 4 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 6 Tree Sparrow, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

Arctic Warbler. John Hewitt

Arctic Warbler. John Hewitt

Arctic warbler. John Hewitt

Arctic warbler. John Hewitt

Arctic Warbler. John Hewitt

Arctic Warbler. John Hewitt

Common Buzzard showing Rough-leg characters - beware. Paul Doherty

Common Buzzard showing Rough-leg characters - beware. Paul Doherty

26th September 2015 - Saturday

A fine sunny day with a light NW wind turning E by early afternoon.
Numpties 0630-1030 1315-1445 1510-1725.
A small arrival late afternoon was evident with increases in some migrants. 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 20 Chiff-chaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (warren/canal area, bluebell, Vicars Lane).
Fewer birds on the move today. 185 Pink-footed Geese, 63 Common Scoter, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Coomon Buzzard u-turned, 4 Sandwich Tern, 12 Commic Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 10 Skylark, 209 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 'Flava', 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 120 Starling, 14 House Sparrow, 90 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 182 Goldfinch, 35 Siskin, 124 Linnet, 274 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Reed Bunting.
Other birds of interest were 1 Gadwall, 1 Avocet, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper chalkbank, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel 1 Litte Owl, 3 Coal Tit.

Ringing- 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 3 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiff-chaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Goldfinch, 172 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting.

Long-eared Owl.

Long-eared Owl.

25th September 2015 - Friday

A fine sunny day with a force 3 SW wind early morning slowly turning NW by late morning.
Numpties 0630-1815
A great day of southerly movement. Not a classic but nice all the same. The afternoon was dominated by Pink-footed Geese which totalled 1,820 by late evening but 4+ flocks after dark showed their eagerness to get to Norfolk. 3 Common Crane at 1730 hrs had been seen little more than an hour before at Speeton up the coast near Flamborough crossing the peninsula at Chalkbank towards Lincs.
Also moving today were 3 Pintail, 3 Eider, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Sparrowhawk, 12 Kestrel, 10 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 8 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 134 Swallow, 32 House Martin, 1,532 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 'Flava', 5 Grey Wagtail, 19 Alba wagtail, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 47 Starling, 15 House Sparrow, 80 Tree Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 371 Goldfinch, 101 Siskin, 602 Linnet, 307 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 53 Reed Bunting.
A few new grounded birds birds were recorded today. 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Bluebell and Vicars Lane), 2 Coal Tit Kew plus in area 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Shoveler Holderness Field and 100 Goldfinch at Kilnsea wetland.

Ringing- 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 45 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.

Peregrine.

Peregrine.

Meadow Pipit.

Meadow Pipit.

24th September 2015 - Thursday

A fine sunny day with a moderate force 3 westerly wind.
Numpties 0630-1015
On the move were 170 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 11 Pintail, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Swallow, 421 Meadow Pipit, 4 'Flava' Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 'Alba' Wagtail, 132 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 24 Linnet, and 42 Lesser Redpoll.
Fewer grounded birds were recorded today with only Blackcap and Yellow-browed Warbler at the warren plus 5 Goldcrest and 30 Lesser Redpoll at Kew.
Other birds of interest were 2 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel and 3 Greenshank.

Ringing- Meadow Pipit 9, Dunnock 1, Goldcrest 3, Greenfinch 2, Lesser Redpoll 32, Tree Sparrow 4.

23rd September 2015 - Wednesday

Numpties 0630-1145
Sunny spells with cloud building in the afternoon and a force 2-3 westerly wind.
Birds on the move included 40 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 4 Eider, 207 Common Scoter, 53 Red-throated Diver, 8 Cormorant, 1 Jack Snipe in/off, 1 Snipe, 1 Sand Martin, 51 Swallow, 362 Meadow Pipit, 3 Flava, 2 Alba, 39 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 55 Linnet, 39 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included 2 Merlin, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Redwing in/off, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiff-chaff, 1 willow Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in churchfield, 5 Goldcrest and the Bewick's Swan still present on the Borrow pit.

Ringing- Meadow Pipit 14, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Blackcap 1, Chiff-chaff 1, Goldcrest 5, Great tit 2, Tree Sparrow 4, Lesser Redpoll 62.

22nd September 2015 - Tuesday

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Bright and sunny to start clouding up in the afternoon with a force 1 west south-west wind turning 3-4 north-west. Numpties: 06:45-10:00, Seawatch: 13:30-16:30, 17:30-18:00. Moving were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 61 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 54 Auk sp., 2 Skylark, 21 Swallow, 224 Meadow Pipit, 4 Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 53 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 42 Linnet, 25 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Reed Bunting. Present were 4 Bearded Tits along the Canal, the Bewick’s Swan, still on Kilnsea Wetlands, 20 Brent Goose, 61 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 98 Mallard, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 24 Goldcrest, 20 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 40 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 8 Tree Sparrow, 44 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting.

Bewick's Swan. Ian Smith

Bewick's Swan. Ian Smith

21st September 2015 - Monday

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Cloudy with rain from mid morning continuing all day with a force 1-2 south-westerly. Migration/seawatch: 06:50-14:00, 16:00-19:30. Moving were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 108 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 42 Red-throated diver, 23 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 337 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 823 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 101 Goldfinch, 43 Siskin, 95 Linnet, 32 Lesser Redpoll, and 2 Reed Bunting. Present were the Bewick’s Swan at Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Bearded Tits were along the Canal, a new species for the year and the first since 2012, 4 Snipe, 1 Whinchat, 1 Redwing, 1 Willow Warbler, 30 Goldfinch and 20 Linnet.

Ringing: 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 House Sparrow, 7 Lesser Redpoll.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

20th September 2015 - Sunday

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Mostly cloudy with a light force 1 south-westerly and occasional sunny spells. Seawatch: 06:45-11:10, 13:00-17:00. Numpties: 06:30-17:00. Moving were 12 Pink-footed Goose, 32 Teal, 133 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 81 Gannet, 20 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Guillemot, 2 Sand Martin, 265 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 1129 Meadow Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 6 Great Tit, 7 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 47 Starling, 74 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 81 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 30 Linnet, 123 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting. Present were a surprise Golden Oriole at Driftwood Caravan Site – only the fourth Autumn record for Spurn, the Bewick’s Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands, 37 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 7 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, the autumn’s first Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 450 Starling, 85 Tree Sparrow and 25 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 42 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 7 Goldcrest,2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Tree Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 63 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting, 7 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Goldcrest. Ian Smith

Goldcrest. Ian Smith

Golden Oriole. Ian Smith

Golden Oriole. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

19th September 2015 - Saturday

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A fine sunny day with light/moderate westerly winds turning south-westerly by evening. Numpties: 06:30-10:30. Moving were an adult Bewick’s Swan south over Easington then landing on Kilnsea Wetlands – the earliest autumn record by almost two weeks! 5 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 187 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 276 Meadow Pipit, 5 Flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 8 Chaffinch, 29 Goldfinch, 33 Siskin, 36 Linnet, 22 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Yellowhammer. Present were 9 Brent Goose, 62 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 35 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and 3 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 43 Meadow Pipit, 2 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap.

18th September 2015 - Friday

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A cloudy start and end to the day with sunny spell between with a force 1-2 north-north-easterly. Seawatch: 06:30-09:45, 14:00-15:15, 09-45:-11:40. Numpties: 06:30- 11:30. Moving were 36 Red-throated Diver, 16 Cormorant, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater over the Humber, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 4 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 652 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1675 Meadow Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 184 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 23 Goldfinch, 71 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 81 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Reed Bunting. Present were the Red-backed Shrike by Grange Farm, 45 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 5 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3000 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 40 Meadow Pipit, 30 Flava Wagtail, 8 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 60 Tree Sparrow, 15 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 93 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Great Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 9 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 64 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 14 Swallow.

Balearic Shearwater. Ian Smith

Balearic Shearwater. Ian Smith

17th September 2015 - Thursday

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Mostly cloudy with a force 1-3 west north-west wind. Seawatch 06:30-10:30,17:35-19:00.
Moving were 29Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 144 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 17 Auk sp., 18 Swallow, 174 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rook, and 2 Jackdaw. Present were 4 Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 27 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike still in Kilnsea, 25 Lesser Redpoll, 1700 Redshank, 20 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Song Thrush.

Ringing: 2 Goldcrest, 15 Meadow Pipit, 14 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Greenfinch and 9 Lesser Redpoll.

Grey Wagtail. Martin Sandley

Grey Wagtail. Martin Sandley

16th September 2015 - Wednesday

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Showers and sunny spells with a force 1 north-east turning 3 easterly. Seawatch: 06:30-13:05, Numpties:06:30-11:45. Moving were 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 1 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 68 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 490 Gannet, 19 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Arctic Skua, 9 Great Skua, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 17 Kittiwake, 1 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 1270 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 5854 Meadow Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 15 Grey Wagtail, 4 Rook, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Carrion Crow, 68 Tree Sparrow, 11 Goldfinch, 125 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 546 Lesser Redpoll and 11 Reed Bunting. Present were 18 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 3 Greenshank, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-Backed Shrike, 15 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 54 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 13 Tree Sparrow, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 95 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

Redstart. Richard Willison

Redstart. Richard Willison

15th September 2015 - Tuesday

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Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.35, 11.00-12.45. Wind and rain on and off all day until a nice still sunny period in the evening, a force 4-1 W wind.
A very quiet day with little passage and no apparent new grounded migrants, the totals were 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Swift, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin.
On the move were 4 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 234 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Arctic Skua, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 15 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 6 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 10 Meadow Pipit.
Other birds seen included 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and 4 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Goldcrest

14th September 2015 - Monday

Clear and still start with fog soon rolling in followed by rain with showers on and off all day and thunder storms in the evening with a force 1-2 easterly wind. Migration/seawatch 05:45-09:00.
Moving were 1 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey south at 06:45, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Swift, 5Sand Martin, 43 Swallow, 247 Meadow Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 9 Grey Wagtail, 3 Rook, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 37 Linnet, 5 Lesser Redpoll and 9 Reed Bunting. Present were the Red-backed Shrike at Cliff View, 14 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 20 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 24 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 25 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher and a Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet, 14 Tree Sparrow,1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Redstart, 3 Reed Bunting.

13th September 2015 - Sunday

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A bright sunny morning, light cloud in the afternoon, a force 1-2 south-easterly wind. Migration/seawatch 05:45-14:30. Moving were the first 150 Pink-footed Geese of The autumn, 12 Brent Goose, 11 Teal, 30 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 31 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Osprey south at 10:45, 2 Kestrel, 2 Ruff, 1 Pomarine Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Black Tern, 1 Swift, 6 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 1370 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 56 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 3235 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Flava Wagtail, 33 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 110 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 125 Siskin, 58 Linnet, 63 Redpoll, 6 Reed Bunting and the first Lapland Bunting of the year. Present were 32 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 22 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 27 Mediterranean, 70 Little Gull, 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 23 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 58 Redstart, 24 Whinchat, 39 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler at Chalk Bank, 2 Blackcap, 11 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat,12 Whitethroat, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 54 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, and a new Red-backed Shrike at Grange Farm.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 8 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 9 Redstert,1 Whinchat,1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 House Sparrow, 15 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 31 Lesser Redstart, 1 Reed Bunting.

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith

Barred Warbler. Ian Smith

Whinchat. Ian Smith

Whinchat. Ian Smith

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Ian Smith

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Ian Smith

12th September 2015 - Saturday

Rain until mid-morning then sunny spells with a force south-easterly vering to force 1 south south-westerly. Seawatch: 06:30-10:35, 17:00-19:30. Numpties: 15:00-16:00. Moving were 29 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 34 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Little Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern, 30 Sandwich Tern, 446 Common Tern, 6 Swift and 123 Swallow. Present were Yellow-browed Warblers at Easington Gas Terminal and the Churchyard, the Red-backed Shrike at the point, Coal Tit in Easington, 1 Shag, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 18 Lapwing, 9 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 30 Swallow, 10 Tree Pipit, 44 Redstart, 39 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 84 Wheatears, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 17 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Pied Flycatcher and 4 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Frank Moffatt

Yellow-browed Warbler. Frank Moffatt

11th September 2015 - Friday

Clear blue skies most of the day with a force 3-4 easterly wind. Seawatch: 05:45-14:10. Moving were 4 Raven south over Sammy’s Point – the first record since March 2009, 35 Wigeon, 115 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 36 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 61 Gannet, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 3 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 14 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 23 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 274 Swallow, 89 House Martin, 44 Meadow Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail,2 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, and 19 Goldfinch. Present were an Ortolan Bunting at Middle Camp, the first-winter Caspian Gull on the Humber, 2 Brent Goose, 36 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 10 Cormorant, 1 Common Buzzard, 14 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 19 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 41 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 37 Wheatear, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, 7 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, the Yellow-browed Warbler at Easington Gas Terminal with a Wood Warbler and a Treecreeper there also, 6 Chiffchaff, 22 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Point, 18 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Red-backed Shrikes and a Redpoll.

Redstart. Tim Jones.

Redstart. Tim Jones.

Ortolan Bunting. Rich Swales

Ortolan Bunting. Rich Swales

10th September 2015 - Thursday

Blue skies all day with a force 2-3 easterly wind.
Seawatch: 06:25-08:30, 16:50-19:15, 13:45-14:45. Yellow-browed Warbler became the 240th species recorded in 2015 shortly after the addition of Red-breasted Flycatcher to the year list in the Crown and Anchor car park. Moving were a Pale-bellied Bret Goose, 22 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 102 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 97 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 52 Sandwich Tern, 65 Common Tern, 85 Swallow, 40 Meadow Pipit and 2 Flava Wagtail. Present were juvenile Red-backed Shrikes still in Corner Field and the Point and the Caspian Gull was on Beacon Ponds, 26 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 24 Little Egret, 9 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Snipe,2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 34 Redstart, 22 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 33 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler including one Acredula, 18 Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Redpoll.

Ringing:1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 5 Redstart, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 13 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 14 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Robin, 1 Whitethroat.

Short-eared Owl. Andy Voisey

Short-eared Owl. Andy Voisey

Redstart. Adam Hutt

Redstart. Adam Hutt

Redstart. Adam Hutt

Redstart. Adam Hutt

Tree Pipit. Zac Hinchcliffe

Tree Pipit. Zac Hinchcliffe

Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

9th September 2015 - Wednesday

The main highlight of the day was when a FEA'S-TYPE PETREL flew slowly north past the sea-watching hide between 07:15-07:20 giving great views to the observers in the hide. Some video below.

Cloudy start clearing slightly leaving a sunny afternoon and a force 1-2 north north-east – east north-east wind. Seawatch: 06:45-10:00, 17:15-18:35. Moving were 4 Wigeon, 143 Teal, 603 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 188 Gannet, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 9 Kittiwake, 24 Sandwich Tern, 50 Swallow, 36 Meadow Pipit, 4 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail and 31 Siskin. Present were a first-winter Caspian Gull at Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Brent Goose, 36 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 63 Teal, 1 Fulmar, 1 Water Rail, 19 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Common Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, the Red backed Shrike in Corner Field, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Redstart, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

8th September 2015 - Tuesday

Cloudy all day with a force 2-1 north – north northeast veering north-east.
Seawatch/migration: 06:30-10:15, 06:30-09:30. Moving were 12 Wigeon, 89 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 408 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 63 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 199 Gannet, 3 Snipe, 4 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Siskin and 5 Lesser Redpoll. Present were 20 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 58 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 80 Common Scoter, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 38 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Barred Warbler in Kilnsea, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler trapped and ringed at the Warren, 2 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, a new Red-backed Shrike at the point plus the long staying bird in Corner Field, 60 Tree Sparrow and a Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Dunnock, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Tree Sparrow, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Lesser Redpoll.

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Exley

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Exley

Wood Warbler. Steve Exley

Wood Warbler. Steve Exley

7th September 2015 - Monday

Some light drizzle from time to time with sunny spells and a force 3 northerly.
Seawatch: 07:00-19:30. Moving were 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 69 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 205 Fulmar, 32 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 97 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 31 Arctic Skua, 10 Great Skua, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Kittiwake, 26 Auk sp., 6 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 2 Flava Wagtail, 19 Siskin, and 24 Lesser Redpoll. Present were 40 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit,, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Barred Warbler near the Riverside, 8 Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike in Corner Field, 40 Goldfinch and 13 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow.

6th September 2015 - SPURN MIGFEST WEKEND 4-6th September

Another great and varied MIGFEST, every one has been different, showing the diversity that Spurn can offer, this year with the wind in the northern sector, all eyes were on the sea and this for many was the highlight. A total of 138 species were recorded over the 3 days which is the most so far.
The Saturday sea-watch was the highlight for most festival goers with most connecting with the good birds and many adding Cory’s Shearwater, Sabine’s Gull and Long-tailed Skuas (3) to their lists. Other sea-watching highlights over the weekend were 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, up to 20 Red-throated Divers, many Fulmars, 90 Sooty Shearwaters, 80 Manx Sheatwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 140 Arctic Skuas, 50 Great Skuas, a few Little and Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Little and 4 Black Terns and 2 Puffins.
3 Barred Warblers were seen over the weekend including the long-staying bird at the Blue Bell which showed well, one found at Westmere Farm which showed on and off all weekend and another found at Wire Dump, the Red-backed Shrike performed well all weekend in Corner Field, a Wryneck was seen on the Friday along the Canal, and an Icterine Warbler was seen briefly on Saturday by the Blue Bell.
A Treecreeper seen at Cliff Farm on Friday was the first of the year a Mealy Redpoll trapped on Sunday was the first of the autumn; a Garganey on Kilnsea Wetlands was a nice surprise.
Raptors were in good force with a ringtail Hen Harrier quartering the fields on the Friday, one or two Marsh Harriers, several Sparrowhawks, Merlins, Peregrines and Kestrels putting in regular appearances and a Hobby and a Common Buzzard also present.
Large numbers of common waders were using the Humber and roosting at Kilnsea Wetlands although there were very few unusual waders this year, the best probably being a Little Stint at Kilnsea Wetlands.
With the wind being in the northern sector visible passage was almost non-existent until Sunday when the wind dropped off a bit and there was some light passage with 53 Swallow, 262 Meadow Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 Goldfinch, 50 Siskin, 9 Linnet and 32 Lesser Redpoll.
There was a nice sprinkling of common migrants for everyone to enjoy with Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher all present in varying numbers.
We would like to thank all the participants a very big thank you for coming along and making this event such a great success. The volunteers have yet again been fantastic and all get a great amount of pleasure from sharing their knowledge of Spurn and its birds, it is an event we all look forward to and we hope it continues for years to come.

Barred Warbler. Martin Standley

Barred Warbler. Martin Standley

Red-backed Shrike. Alastair Charlton

Red-backed Shrike. Alastair Charlton

3rd September 2015 - Mig-fest Prize Draw

There are still some MIGRATION FESTIVAL prize draw tickets available so act fast and don’t miss out on the following prizes!

1. A week stay for 4 people at a luxury cottage
in France
2. A pair of Opticron Binoculars
3. 2 night stay at Westmere Farm
4.12 month joint subscription to the membership of YWT & Friends of Spurn
5. Martin Garners new Winter Challenge Series Book
6. Limited edition
print of 'The Birds of Spurn'
7. SBOT Ltd soft shell logo jacket
8. A basket of homemade jams
9. A £20 voucher for use at the Blue Bell Cafe
10. YWT Reserves Guide

Tickets will be for sale at the Reception at Westmere Farm on
Saturday September 5 2015 and the prizes will be drawn after the evening lecture
by Yoav Perlman in the lecture theatre.

3rd September 2015 - Thursday

Cloudy with infrequent Light showers and a force 2-3 northerlies.
Migration/ Seawatch: 07:00-09:30, 15:00-19:30. Moving were 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Pintail, 14 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 197 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 32 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 47 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, 96 Common Tern and 11 Swift. Present were 17 Wigeon, 1 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 26 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Sand Martin, 150 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike, 9 Siskin, and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Whinchat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Tree Sparrow.

Migrating Siskin. Ian Smith

Migrating Siskin. Ian Smith

2nd September 2015 - Wednesday

Sunny spells in the morning gave way to showers in the afternoon, later some heavy showers and a force 2-1 north-westerly.
Seawatch: 06:50-09:15, 17:20-20:00. Moving were 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 21 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pomarine Skua, 21 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull, 442 Common Tern, and 4 Siskin. Present were a Barred Warbler trapped at the Warren, the Red-backed Shrike in Corner Field, 1 Wood Warbler at Cliff Farm, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 8 Flava Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat,2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher and 9 Siskin.

Ringing: 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 60 Tree Sparrow.

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Barred Warbler. Daniel Branch

Barred Warbler. Daniel Branch

1st September 2015 - Tuesday

1st September
Sunny spells with heavy rain showers and a force 2 northerly veering 1-2 north-westerly.
Seawatch: 06:30-11:30, 17:30-20:00. Moving were 5 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 73 Fulmar, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel north, 3 Shag, 60 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 6 Pomarine Skua, 43 Arctic Skua, 9 Great Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 4 Black Tern, 64 Sandwich Tern, 742 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Razorbill and 2 Puffin. Present were single Wrynecks at Canal Scrape and Cliff Farm, Icterine Warbler at Cliff Farm, 400 Gannet, 27 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 700 Grey Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 13,000 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1500 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 320 Curlew, 2000 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 33 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher and 11 Siskin
2 Bedstraw Hawkmoths were at Kew in the evening.

Ringing: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow.

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Migrating Teal. Ian Smith

Migrating Teal. Ian Smith

Yellow-legged Gull. Ian Smith

Yellow-legged Gull. Ian Smith

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