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October 2011 Sightings

31st October 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-12.00, 14.45-15.30, cloudy all day with a force 3 S wind.


A very quiet day the best being a Water Pipit which flew south over the Warren with one of 14 Rock Pipits, other birds flying south were 1 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Shag, 17 Golden Plover, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 80 Wood Pigeon, 6 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 230 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 43 Greenfinch, 254 Goldfinch, 27 Siskin, 39 Linnet, 50 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer.


Other birds seen included 1 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest.

31st October 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.50-13.00, 15.00-17.00, a grey day with some rain showers on and off, a light force 2-3 SW wind.


North of the area is where the action was today, a Pallas’s Warbler was found in a mobile tit flock on Vicar’s Lane in Easington and what was presumably the same bird was found later, moving along the lane by the cemetery. There was also a Yellow-browed Warbler on Vicar’s Lane and a Firecrest in the cemetery.


Grounded migrants were few in the recording area with just 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 53 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 4 Bullfinch and 3 Yellowhammer.


There was a light southerly passage of birds which included 12 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Greylag Goose, 1 Wigeon, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goosander, 15 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shag, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 11 Stock Dove, 82 Wood Pigeon, 40 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 43 Meadow Pipit, 28 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 7 Rook, 8 Tree Sparrow, 32 Chaffinch, 38 Greenfinch, 328 Goldfinch, 88 Siskin, 46 Linnet, 29 Twite, 37 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting , 8 Snow Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 9 Mediterranean Gull.

29th October 2011 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 07.35-13.15, 14.00-17.00. A day which started with foggy conditions, clouding over late morning until the odd light shower in a force 1-3 SW wind.


There was no sign of the Pallas’s Warbler but a wing-barred phyllocopus warbler was seen briefly at dust in Canal Hedge although thought to be a Yellow-browed Warbler. Migrants seen today were 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Rock Pipit, 56 Blackbird + 13 in off, 5 Fieldfare + 81 in off, 9 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing + 53 in off, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest by the Blue Bell, 1 Brambling, 7 Twite, 1 Mealy Redpoll and 8 Reed Bunting.


Birds moving south included 9 Whooper Swan, 82 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 1 Kestrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 32 Skylark, 19 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 39 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 93 Starling, 82 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 65 Goldfinch, 54 Siskin, 44 Linnet, 6 Twite, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen were 2 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 6 Mediterranean Gull.

Short-eared Owl. Rich Swales

Short-eared Owl. Rich Swales

28th October 2011 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 07.20-17.00. Bright and sunny in a light force 1-2-1 W-SW wind.


The Pallas’s Warbler was seen again around Kew/Churchyard and other migrants seen included 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swallow, 6 Rock Pipit, Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 46 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, a Reed Warbler in Church Field, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest (Point/Narrows/Kew), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 40 Starling, 450 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Mealy and 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer.


Birds moving south were 7 Whooper Swan, 585 Pink-footed Geese, 22 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 37 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye in, 4 Goosander, 13 Red-throated Diver, 44 Cormorant, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Woodcock in, 112 Skylark, 34 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 10 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 58 Goldfinch, 17 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 2 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank and at Beacon Ponds 9 Whooper Swans.

Firecrest. Sue Hepton

Firecrest. Sue Hepton

27th October 2011 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 08.00-12.15. Damp and overcast with rain on an off all day with a force 3-1 SW-S wind.


A Pallas’s Warbler was found at Kew where it was caught and ringed, breaking last years record of number of species ringed in a year which was 110. Other migrants seen included a Woodcock, a Wood Lark dropped in to the Triangle, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Fieldfare, 24 Song Thrush, 42 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 5 Brambling.


Bird on the move were 4 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Shag, 2 Little Gull, 171 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 33 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 157 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 18 Greenfinch, 36 Goldfinch, 44 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 4 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Black Redstart at Westmere Farm.

Pallas's Warbler. Garry Taylor

Pallas's Warbler. Garry Taylor

26th October 2011 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 07.30-17.30. Clear sunny skies for most of day a force 2-3 S wind.


A good day for passage 337 Pink-footed Geese, 182 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 6 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Lapwing, 14 Knot, 132 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 369 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 219 Skylark, 1 Shore Lark , 6 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 74 Meadow Pipit, 97 Rock Pipit (highest count of the autumn), 7 alba Wagtail, 26 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 38 Starling in, 5 House Sparrow, 83 Tree Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch, 203 Greenfinch, 693 Goldfinch, 98 Siskin, 51 Linnet, 14 Twite, 38 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting.


There were few new migrants in, the Pallas’s Warbler was reported to the pagers but no one knows anyone who saw the bird, migrants still around were 8 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 70 Blackbird, 42 Fieldfare, 95 Song Thrush, 150 Redwing, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, a late Willow Warbler trapped at Kew, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 8 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll at the Warren.

Firecrest. Richard Willison

Firecrest. Richard Willison

25th October 2011 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 07.20-12.00, 14.45-18.00. After rain overnight a dull start which cleared to leave a sunny afternoon, a fresh force 4 SE wind dropped to force 2 in the afternoon.


All of yesterday’s birds were still present and also a noticeable increase in common migrants. The Pallas’s Warbler was still showing well at the Point, a Richard’s Pipit found at the Point flew off north and was found in the sheep field and soon in the heligoland trap there. It was ringed and released in Clubley’s Field. There were at least 5 Firecrests (2 Point, 2 Churchyard, 1 at the Narrows), a Yellow-browed Warbler at Kew, 5 Black Redstart (3 Point, 1 south of the Warren, 1 by Cliff Farm), at least 4 Long-eared and 7 Short- eared Owls were seen. Common migrants totals were 6 Rock Pipit, 72 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 104 Blackbird, 40 Fieldfare, 70 Song Thrush, 140 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1550 Starling, 40 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 12 Twite and 14 Reed Bunting.


The first Bewick’s Swan for three years flew south late afternoon while other birds moving south included 11 Pink-footed Geese, 31 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 76 Wigeon, 139 Teal, 1 Pintail, 14 Eider, 55 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lapwing, 53 Dunlin, 2 Pomarine Skua (1 N, 1 S), 1 Long-tailed Skua N, 2 Bonxie, 412 Little Gull, 143 Black- headed Gull, 238 Skylark + 38 in, 2 Swallow, 10 Meadow Pipit, 16 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 23 Greenfinch, 49 Goldfinch, 48 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 2 Twite, 4 Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, and 2 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock.

Richard's Pipit. Paul French

Richard's Pipit. Paul French

Richard's Pipit showing its ridiculously long hind claw. Paul French

Richard's Pipit showing its ridiculously long hind claw. Paul French

Pallas's Warbler. Richard Willison

Pallas's Warbler. Richard Willison

Pallas's Warbler. Rob Adams

Pallas's Warbler. Rob Adams

Long-eared Owl. Paul French

Long-eared Owl. Paul French

24th October 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.10-12.00, 14.00-18.00. Another misty start which cleared in the afternoon, cloudy but clearing a near gale to gale force SE-ESE wind all day.


The SE winds produced birds form mid-morning the best being a Pallas’s Warbler at the Point and the Firecrests of the autumn- one trapped at Kew and another in the same bush as the Pallas’s at the Point. Other migrants included 2 Shore Lark at Chalk Bank which flew off south, 1 Black Redstart, 76 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 30 Song Thrush, 56 Redwing, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1200 Starling, 38 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling.


It was also a good day over the sea which finally gave us our first Leach’s Petrels of the year when 3 flew south in the late afternoon. Other birds over the sea were 31 Wigeon, 138 Teal, 7 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 22 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 16 Pomarine Skua N, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua N, 16 Bonxie, 180 Little Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 24 auk sp, 17 Guillemot.


Other birds seen included 2 Gadwall, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe.

Pallas's Warbler. Ian Smith

Pallas's Warbler. Ian Smith

Firecrest. Paul French

Firecrest. Paul French

Scaup. Ian Smith

Scaup. Ian Smith

migrating Pintail. Ian Smith

migrating Pintail. Ian Smith

23rd October 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-12.30, 13.00-16.00. A misty start slowly cleared, leaving a cloudy day with some sunshine and a force 4-3 S-SE wind.


A better day with a few new arrivals including a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Blue Bell, a Black Redstart at the Point and a Pied Flycatcher in the churchyard, but the highlight went to Spurn’s 3rd ever CASPIAN GULL which spent half an hour at the Tank Blocks late afternoon. Other migrant totals included a Shore Lark briefly at the Lighthouse before flying off south, 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 80 Blackbird, 42 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest.


There was also some more passage, the highlight being 6 Shore Lark over the Warren late morning, but also on the move south or coming in off were 134 Wigeon, 98 Teal, 5 Mallard, 12 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Lapwing, 135 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 113 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Short-eared Owl in off the sea, 18 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 470 Starling + 285 in off, 1 House Sparrow, 50 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 73 Greenfinch, 200 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 39 Linnet.


Seabirds seen included 9 Red-throated Diver, 224 Gannet, 5 Pomarine Skua, 6 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 17 Kittiwake, 50 auk sp. Other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 7 Grey Partridge, 2 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe.

1st-winter Caspian Gull. John Hewitt

1st-winter Caspian Gull. John Hewitt

1st-winter Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

1st-winter Caspian Gull. Ian Smith

Pied Flycatcher. John Hewitt

Pied Flycatcher. John Hewitt

22nd October 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-09.30, 14.30-18.00. Cloudless for most of the day with a stiff force 4-5 S wind.


Another very quiet day with the only grounded migrants being a Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Blackcap and a Siskin.


Birds moving included 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 142 Gannet, 5 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 14 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 55 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 88 Greenfinch, 81 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 44 Linnet.

21st October 2011

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.30, 17.00-18.00. Cloudy all day with some light rain in the morning, with a force 3 SW wind.


A very quiet day with just some light passage (south unless stated): 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon, 4 Eider N, 11 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar N, 3 Manx Shearwater N, 246 Gannet N, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Pomarine Skua, 5 Bonxie, 2 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 43 Rock Pipit, 1 Ring Ouzel and 7 Fieldfare in off, 42 Greenfinch, 161 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 12 Linnet and 2 Twite.


The only other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 3 Merlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl found dead on a fence in the Triangle, 23 Redwing and 7 Goldcrest.

20th October 2011 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-16.20. An overnight frost, clear sunny spells and a few cloudy periods, a force 4-1 NW wind.


The Yellow-browed Warbler was seen in the Crown car park early morning, otherwise just a few birds arriving throughout the day and a few birds flying south. Grounded birds included 1 Woodcock, 4 Swallow, 52 Wren, 55 Dunnock, 25 Robin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 130 Blackbird, 142 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 56 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 15 Goldcrest, 25 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Snow Bunting.


Birds moving south were 7 Whooper Swan, 420 Pink-footed Geese, 60 Brent Geese, 8 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 15 Eider, 27 Red-throated Diver, 2 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Bonxie, 79 Herring Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull + 1 blogging, 102 auk sp, 2 Stock Dove, 102 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 28 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 85 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 31 Greenfinch, 290 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 25 Linnet, 7 Twite, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Lapland Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting and 3 Corn Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank. North of the area there were 8 Twite and a Lapland Bunting at Beacon Ponds.

19th October 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-11.30, 12.45-17.00. Clear blue skies for most of the day, a cold force 4 WNW wind dropped to 2 in the afternoon and veered more NW.


There was some activity over the sea particularly in the morning: 20 Whooper Swan, 670 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Eider, 17 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 75 Red- throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 218 Gannet, 4 Shag, 12 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 24 Bonxie, 110 Little Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 169 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Commic Tern, 560 auk sp.


Other birds moving included 1 Short-eared Owl in off, 5 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Rock Pipit, 7 Rook, 500+ Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 175 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 8 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Lapland Bunting.


Other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Wodpecker, 1 Tree ‘type’ Pipit N over the Warren, 26 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 87 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, the Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown, 43 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Lesser Redpoll.


It was another good day for ringing with 327 Tree Sparrow, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, and two additions to the ringing list for the year – Twite and Jack Snipe.

Jack Snipe.  Micky McNaghten

Jack Snipe. Micky McNaghten

Twite. Andy Roadhouse

Twite. Andy Roadhouse

18th October 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-14.00, 15.00-18.00. Cloudy for most of the day with some sunny periods and a couple of rain showers in the afternoon.


It was another good day for passage which included the first Water Pipit of the year, the days passage totals were: 10 Whooper Swan, 8 Pink- footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 11 Eider, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Kestrel, 2 Bonxie, 30 Little Gull, 935 Black-headed Gull, 86 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 348 Herring Gull, 56 Great B.B.Gull, 180 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 180 Meadow Pipit, 43 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 89 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 103 Greenfinch, 2366 Goldfinch, 175 Siskin, 43 Linnet, 13 Twite, 29 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting.


Other birds seen today included 4 Wigeon, 1 Scaup, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Coot, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 13 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, the Yellow-browed Warbler still in the Crown car park, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest.

Fieldfare.  Ian Smith

Fieldfare. Ian Smith

17th October 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.05-13.00, 16.00-17.00. A cloudy day with occasional showing of the sun, a force 3-4 SW-WSW wind picked up to force 5-6.


There was no sign of the shrike and just one elusive Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown car park, but there was a Hawfinch briefly in the Crown car park. Other migrants seen today included 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 20 Robin, 3 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 52 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 40 Goldcrest and 2 Lapland Bunting.


It was the best day of the autumn so far for Goldfinch passage - 2380, but there was less variety and smaller numbers of other birds moving south which included 13 Whooper Swan, 14 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck in, 28 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 27 Teal, 4 Pintail, 10 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 87 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Bonxie, 14 Skylark, 24 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 82 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 10 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 90 Greenfinch, 44 Siskin, 108 Linnet, 1 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Lapland Bunting.


Other birds seen were the Scaup, 3 Little Egret and 2 Merlin. We also received late news of a Shore Lark photographed at Beacon Ponds yesterday.

Jack Snipe. Ron Marshall

Jack Snipe. Ron Marshall

Merlins are showing particularly well at the moment with up to 4 around taking advantage of all the food (songbirds and waders). Justin Carr

Merlins are showing particularly well at the moment with up to 4 around taking advantage of all the food (songbirds and waders). Justin Carr

This one feeding on a dragonfly. Ron Marshall

This one feeding on a dragonfly. Ron Marshall

16th October 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.25, 14.00-17.00.. Cloudy with some long sunny spells, a force 2-3 S-WSW wind.


We had almost given up on getting Red-backed Shrike on the Obs year list, then early in the morning one was found in the Triangle where it showed it well on and off all day. Another addition to the year list taking it to 242 was a Rough-legged Buzzard which had been reported at Sammy’s Point and later seen flying south down the peninsula. Still present were 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and other migrants present included 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 74 Blackbird, 22 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 49 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 20 Twite.


It was another good day for passage and moving south were 17 Whooper Swan, 166 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 147 Wigeon, 194 Teal, 12 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 6 Eider, 53 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 109 Black-headed Gull, 358 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Short-eared Owl in, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 266 Skylark, 24 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 48 Meadow Pipit, 78 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 154 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 287 Greenfinch, 1485 Goldfinch, 111 Siskin, 74 Linnet, 85 Lesser Redpoll, 27 Crossbill, 2 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 4 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock while north of the area there were Yellow- browed Warblers in Easington Cemetery and by the gas terminal.

Red-backed Shrike. Mick Sharpe

Red-backed Shrike. Mick Sharpe

Short-eared Owl. Martin Standley

Short-eared Owl. Martin Standley

15th October 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-13.30, 15.00-17.30. A completely cloudless day, with a force 2 southerly wind.


There was an almost clear out of migrants with 2 Yellow-browed Warblers remaining in the Crown car park and a few new arrivals from mid- morning: 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Rock Pipit, 35 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 70 Blackbird, 31 Fieldfare, 27 Song Thrush, 128 Redwing, 11 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 57 Goldcrest, 300 Starling, 2 Brambling, 30 Reed Bunting.


Another good day for passage saw the following flying south: 2 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 103 Wigeon, 163 Teal, 1 Mallard, 6 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 16 Eider, 8 Go0ldeneye, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlin, 121 Knot, 1 Ruff, 2 Short-eared Owl in, 419 Skylark, 35 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 93 Meadow Pipit, 79 Rock Pipit, 7 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 207 Greenfinch, 920 Goldfinch, 115 Siskin, 294 Linnet, 13 Twite, 22 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer and 11 Reed Bnnting.


Other birds seen included a Scaup and a Common Scoter on the Borrow Pit, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 30,000 Knot, 200 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Tern.


North of the area there was still a Yellow-browed Warbler by Easington Cemetery and another by Easington Churchyard, also a Black Redstart in Easington.

Black Redstart. Martin Standley

Black Redstart. Martin Standley

Purple Sandpiper. Mick Sharpe

Purple Sandpiper. Mick Sharpe

14th October 2011 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-15.00, 16.40-17.40. Cloudy in the morning developing into a sunny afternoon, a light force 2-3 SSW-SSE wind.


The Great Grey Shrike was seen again on the peninsula and was last seen between the Riverside Hotel and Sammy’s Point. There were 2 new Yellow-browed Warblers seen today as well as 2 remaining from yesterday plus 2 north of area – 2 in Crown car park, 1 at Warren, 1 at Point, 1 at Sammy’s Point and 1 in Easington. Other grounded migrants included 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Long-eared Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, 5 Rock Pipit, 35 Robin, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 166 Blackbird, 55 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 250 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldcrest, 8 Brambling, 29 Reed Bunting.


It was another good day for southerly passage: 4 Whooper Swan, 159 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 3 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Lapwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 233 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 120 Meadow Pipit, 81 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 7 Starling in, 260 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 226 Greenfinch, 1748 Goldfinch, 75 Siskin, 203 Linnet, 11 Twite (1st of autumn), 59 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 11 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 4 Merlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie.

Bonxie. Ron Egan

Bonxie. Ron Egan

13th October 2011 - Thursday

A grey cloudy morning with some sunny intervals in the afternoon, a light force 2 E-SE wind.


The overdue easterlies finally dumped some migrants on Spurn and at last we finally got our first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year, taking the Obs year list to 240, and just like buses we ended up with three birds, two at the Point and one in the Crown and Anchor car park. A Richard’s Pipit flew south over the Warren at mid-day and a Great Grey Shrike showed well, ranging between posts 30 and 63. Another feature of the day was eared Owls, 2 unidentified asio’s came in off the sea, 2 Long-eareds were seen on the peninsula and a very conservative 11 Short-eared Owls either came in off, flew south or were grounded. This was a new record day count for Short-eared Owl.


Other migrant totals were 7 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodcock, 45 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 43 Wren, 36 Robin, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel, 330 Blackbird, 140 Fieldfare, 60 Song Thrush, 865 Redwing, 9 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 102 Goldcrest, 150 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 22 Brambling, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Lapland Bunting and 40 Reed Bunting.


There was some passage south along the peninsula: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 18 Lapwing, 133 Skylark, 20 Swallow, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 13 Rook, 210 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 45 Brambling, 27 Greenfinch, 362 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 42 Linnet.


Other birds seen included a Canada Goose, 1 Scaup, 81 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3+ Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Arctic Tern.


It was a good day for ringing with 448 birds of 24 species including the 2nd Merlin of the year, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Mealy Redpoll and 190 Tree Sparrows.

Great Grey Shrike. Martin Standley

Great Grey Shrike. Martin Standley

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Long-eared Owl. Martin Standley

Long-eared Owl. Martin Standley

Ring Ouzel. Richard Willison

Ring Ouzel. Richard Willison

12th October 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.20-10.20. Rain all day making for a wet and miserable day, and a light E-ESE force 1-2 wind.


Thrushes started to arrive from mid-morning but really picked up in the afternoon, the main areas where flocks were dropping in were the Kew area, the Warren and the Point. The numbers were probably well underestimated and totals were 9 Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbird, 1700 Fieldfare, 60 Song Thrush, and 8300 Redwing. A Tree/Olive-backed Pipit was seen briefly twice at the Point and not seen well enough to identify, the put in another appearance in the Church Field and other migrants included 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Blackap, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 18 Chaffinch, 19 Brambling, 36 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 4 Wigeon, 1 Scaup, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, the first Woodcock of the autumn, 1 Greenshank, 21 Little Gull.

11th October 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.00-12.30, 14.30-17.00. Persistent rain for a good part of the day with a few dry spells in the afternoon, a light variable WNW-NNE-WSW wind.


The miserable conditions didn’t make for a particularly good days birding, but there was an arrival of birds, mainly thrushes and finches and also a few birds still moving in terrible weather. Grounded birds included 6 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 10 Fieldfare, 55 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 22 Goldcrest, 24 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 100 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 25 Lesser Redpoll, 28 Crossbill at the Point and 30 Reed Bunting.


Birds moving south included 6 Whooper Swan, 314 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 6 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Goldenye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 34 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 18 Meadow Pipit, 7 alba Wagtail, 240 Goldfinch, 36 Siskin, 19 Linnet, 36 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Hawfinch.


Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 1 Water Rail, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe.

adult male Lesser Redpoll. Andy Roadhouse

adult male Lesser Redpoll. Andy Roadhouse

10th October 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 07.10 – 12.30, 13.30-17.30. Cloudy all day with light rain from mid afternoon, a fresh WSW force 3-4 gusting 5 wind.


A much quieter day than yesterday, but after a slow start Goldfinches and House Martins started to move in reasonable numbers. The days totals of birds moving south were 6 Whooper Swan, 55 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 38 Wigoen, 11 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 98 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Golden Plover, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 2 Jack Snipe in off the sea, 7 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 290 House Martin, 24 Meadow Pipit, 28 Rock Pipit, 6 alba Wagtail, 11 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 34 Greenfinch, 1325 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 236 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll.


The only grounded birds were 21 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 7 Fieldfare, 25 Song Thrush, 38 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 16 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling.


Seabirds seen included 22 Red-throated Diver, 38 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 18 Little Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern. Other birds seen were 1 Scaup, 1 Merlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 1 Whimbrel on Humber.

Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape. Nigel Genn

Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape. Nigel Genn

Skylark, the 105th species to be ringed at Spurn this year. Adam Hutt

Skylark, the 105th species to be ringed at Spurn this year. Adam Hutt

9th October 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches. A rainy start for a few hours but remained cloudy for the day, a force 2-4 WNW wind.


There were more birds arriving from mid-morning and there was a very good but confusing duck passage. A RED-THROATED PIPIT was seen briefly twice in the morning and the identity was confirmed late evening just north of the Lighthouse where it appeared to go to roost. At least 3 Hawfinches were seen and all probably went through Kew garden one of which was trapped and ringed and filmed by the Autumn-watch team. The Common Rosefinch was elusive in the crop in Church Field. Other migrants seen 1 Tree Pipit, 41 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 70 Song Thrush, 24 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 25 Chaffinch, 20 Brambling, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Snow Bunting.


There was a great spectacle of watching birds coming in off the sea and carrying on north-west, the main species for this were 6 Grey Heron, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 41 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 3 Short-eared Owl, 393 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 15 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 120 Redwing, 16 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 27 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting. Only a few birds were recorded moving south: 1 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit, 29 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 130 Redwing, 2 Greenfinch, 110 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 14 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch.


The wildfowl passage was unusual, usually we get a good southerly passage after south or south-easterly wind and bird generally come in from the east hit the coast further north and turn south, where as today they must have hit the coast more to the south as we had birds going north and south and some straight over and west up the Humber. The totals for the day were 79 Brent Geese, 14 Shelduck, 1575 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 510 Teal, 10 Mallard, 34 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 8 Eider, 875 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, and 5 Goosander.


Other birds seen over the sea were 50 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 265 Gannet, 6 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 115 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern.


Other birds of note included 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, another 2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.

a first-year female Hawfinch. Andy Roadhouse

a first-year female Hawfinch. Andy Roadhouse

The Autumn Watch team filming a piece about the Hawfinch trapped and ringed by Adam Hutt. photo Andy Roadhouse

The Autumn Watch team filming a piece about the Hawfinch trapped and ringed by Adam Hutt. photo Andy Roadhouse

8th October 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-18.00. A NW 2 wind and cloudy all day with some drizzle from late afternoon and into the evening.


There was a good arrival of Scandinavian birds from just after first light and most obviously 1335 Redwings which flew NW and spent very little time settled, also moving NW was 4 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn, 7 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 19 Brambling, 36 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting. New in was a Common Rosefinch trapped at Kew and flew into the Triangle when released; there were 6 Jack Snipes dotted around,5 Purple Sandpiper,23 Robin, 2 Wheatear, 20 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 19 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch in Potato Fields, and the first Mealy Redpoll of the autumn at Kew.


Another good day over the sea included 60 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Barnacle Geese, 48 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 105 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Manx Shearwater, 1465 Gannet, 10 Shag, 9 Grey Heron, 46 Pomarine Skua, 53 Arctic Skua, 4 Long-tailed Skua, 58 Bonxie, 1 Mediterrean Gull, 200 Little Gull, 10 Sandwich, 8 Common and 3 Arctic Tern.


Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1500 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl. North of the area there was a Firecrest north of the gas terminal.

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Redwing. Andy Roadhouse

Redwing. Andy Roadhouse

a big young female Sparrowhawk. Andy Roadhouse

a big young female Sparrowhawk. Andy Roadhouse

7th October 2011 - Friday

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-18.20. A cold WNW-NW force 4 wind veering more to the N and dropping to fore 2, blue skies and clouds all day.


A day of two halves – Tree Sparrows in the morning and seabirds in the afternoon. Passage was generally poor and not surprising with a fresh WNW-NW wind to start, but it didn’t seem to bother Tree Sparrows, a minimum of 800 flew south and at least 300 still present in the Church Field in the afternoon, there were probably a lot more flying south as all the flocks actually seen were very high and only just detectable at times, also a record breaking 325 were trapped and ringed. Other totals of birds moving south were 242 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Barnacle Geese, 2 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 1 Scaup, 7 Kestrel, 19 Golden Plover in, 2 Snipe, 27 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 33 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 3 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 House Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 3 Greenfinch, 266 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 45 Linnet, 18 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Reed Bunting.


Seabirds seen included 32 Red-throated Diver, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 40 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 90 Gannet, 4 Shag, 23 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 1000+ Little Gull, 2 ad Sabine’s Gull flew south and 1 returned north; 70 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 80 auk sp.


The best migrant was the first Little Owl of the year in the Obs recording area, other birds seen included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, the first 2 Fieldfare of the autumn, 7 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.

Tree Sparrow. Adam Hutt

Tree Sparrow. Adam Hutt

Litlte Owl. Mick Sharpe

Litlte Owl. Mick Sharpe

Scaup. Michael Flowers

Scaup. Michael Flowers

6th October 2011 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watches 06.50 – 17.45. A very blustery day with a force 4-5, gusting 6-7 WSW-WNW wind, a very changeable day with some heavy showers, cloud and sunshine all recorded.


An excellent day for Pink-footed Goose migration, the 3rd highest ever day-total of 6100 was recorded, the other two highest counts were 9175 on 28th September 2008 and 6510 on 5th November 2005. Also the best Goldfinch total so far this autumn - 1475, other migrants moving south were 8 Barnacle Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 27 Kestrel, 4 Ringed Plover, 34 Golden Plover, 17 Dunlin, 31 Skylark, 39 Swallow, 213 House Martin, 951 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, 43 Tree Sparrow, 60 Greenfinch, 50 Siskin, 268 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting.


The only grounded birds were 3 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling.


Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Little Gull, 408 Black-headed Gull S, 657 Herring Gull S, 14 Sandwich Tern, 28 Common and 1 Arctic Tern. Also 2 Barnacle Geese were at Beacon Ponds.

Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

5th October 2011 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-12.00, 13.50-17.45. Another day of mixed cloud and sunshine, a fresh SW force 3-5 gusting 6 at times.


With the continuing SW winds, it was another day of passage, adding more birds to the totals in this already record-breaking autumn. Totals today included 4 Wigeon, 4 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, the 24th Osprey of the year, 17 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 43 Golden Plover in and S, 32 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 4 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 242 House Martin, 967 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 6 alba Wagtail, 1 Brambling, 21 Greenfinch, 418 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 626 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill in, 2 Reed Bunting.


The only grounded birds seen included 1 Wheatear, 17 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Brambling.


Other birds seen included 2 Wigeon, 3 Scaup, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 10 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Tern, and 2 Arctic Tern.

Migrating Kestrel, 1 of the 140 that have flown south so far this autumn. Ian Smith

Migrating Kestrel, 1 of the 140 that have flown south so far this autumn. Ian Smith

Vis-migging at the Narrows. Andy Roadhouse

Vis-migging at the Narrows. Andy Roadhouse

4th October 2011 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-18.00. Mainly cloudy and much cooler than late with a force 3-5-1 WSW wind.


Another day of passage where Goldfinches have now taken over from Linnets as the dominant finch species, this first big movement totaled 1,233, it was also a very good day for Kestrels moving south - 37 + 1 in off, and Meadow Pipits (1013) considering 76,000 have already flown south this autumn. Other totals for birds moving south were 3 Whooper Swan, 32 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 10 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier + 1 U-turned, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 25 Skylark, 59 Swallow, 630 House Martin, 44 Rock Pipit, 13 alba Wagtail, 1 House Sparrow, 150 Tree Sparrow, 56 Greenfinch, 40 Siskin, 154 Linnet, 51 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Crossbill in NAD NW, 1 Lapland Bunting, 9 Reed Bunting.


Grounded birds included 1 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 4 Brambling.


Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 1 Scaup on Borrow Pit, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 88 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 450 Sanderling, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 6 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 40 Little Gull, 24 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

Peregrine Falcon. Ian Smith

Peregrine Falcon. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ron Egan

Wheatear. Ron Egan

3rd October 2011 - Monday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-18.00. Some cloudy periods early and late on, with warm sunshine in between, a light SSW wind picked up to force 3-4 as the day wore on.


The highlight of the day was a marsh tern picked up feeding off the Narrows late morning and originally thought to be a Whiskered Tern, fortunately in better light and with better eyes it was identified as an American Black Tern as it fed and slowly moved south, last being seen just after mid-day.


The most amazing feature of the day was the numbers of Greenland/Icelandic Wheatears present or moving through, from none yesterday to the highest ever October count of a very conservative 140 today, all birds caught were Greenland types on size alone. Another 85+ were seen north of the recording area. Like the movement in September there were very few other migrants involved with this passage. Other migrants seen included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 20 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Brambling and 4 Yellowhammer.


It was another good day for passage and todays totals were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 18 Teal, 5 Pintail, 5 Tufted Duck, 23 Eider, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Osprey NW at 16.25, 3 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 3 Snipe, 26 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 710 House Martin, 607 Meadow Pipit, 29 Rock Pipit, 9 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 8 House Sparrow, 25 Tree Sparrow, 58 Greenfinch, 163 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 216 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Lapland Bunting , 2 Snow Bunting (1st of autumn), 11 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 3 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 WhimbreL, 2 Greenshank, 1 Pomarine Skua , 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Little Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common and 2 Arctic Tern.

Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wheatear. Ian Smith

2nd October 2011 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-18.00. Another very warm day but constant light cloud cover with a force 1-2 S-SSW wind.


The highlight of the day was the first Great Grey Shrike of the year which came in off the sea by the sea-watching hut and spent a short time in the bushes north of the Warren before it moved off NW, last seen heading past the Riverside Hotel in Kilnsea. The fifth record of Pectoral Sandpiper of the year was a bird which flew over the saltmarsh north of the Warren in the afternoon, and a ‘ticking’ bunting which flew over the Warren unfortunately couldn’t be refound.


Other grounded birds included 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 19 Song Thrush, 17 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Brambling and a Crossbill.


It was national vis mig day, so a full mornings watch was held at the sea-watching hut and the Narrows, it turned out to be a good morning with good numbers of wildfowl and also plenty of passerine action, but a claimed Pallid Swift past the sea-watching hut was photographed and appears to be just a Common Swift. The days totals were 130 Pink-footed Geese NW, 1 Brent Goose, 17 Shelduck, 209 Wigeon, 198 Teal, 4 Mallard, 36 Pintail, 14 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 58 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 399 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 72 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 540 House Martin, 374 Meadow Pipit, 71 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 3 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 107 Tree Sparrow, 62 Greenfinch, 232 Goldfinch, 71 Siskin, 373 Linnet, 36 Lesser Redpoll, 41 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included 1 Manx Shearwater on the Humber, a Hobby catching House Martins over the Triangle, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 100 Little Gull.

Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

Common Swift. Martin Standley

Common Swift. Martin Standley

1st October 2011 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-10.30, 15.30-17.45. Another very warm and sunny day with a force 1-2 S-SSE wind.


A few more new arrivals today although unfortunately all common migrants, totals included 3 Rock Pipit, 23 Robin, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 26 Song Thrush, 18 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Brambling, 43 Reed Bunting.


There was another steady trickle of migrants for the first few hours and included 76 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 120 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 5 Pintail, 39 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 53 Little Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl in off and south, 54 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 292 Swallow, 201 House Martin, 256 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail, 11 Tree Sparrow, 3 Brambling, 17 Greenfinch, 162 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 359 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill and 24 Reed Bunting.


Other birds seen included a Red-necked Grebe with a Great Crested Grebe on the Humber, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

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