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October 2013 Sightings

31st October 2013 - Thursday

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Migration-sea-06.40-16.00. Cloudy for most of the morning, brightening up in the afternoon, very light SW wind, which picked up to force 3 in the afternoon.
With hardly any wind to start with passage was very light today, only 29 Whooper Swans flew south, while other birds moving were 63 Pink-footed Geese, 47 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 1 Pochard, 3 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 157 Herring Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 648 Fieldfare in, 8 Redwing in, 222 Starling in, 11 Tree Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet, 12 Twite, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting in, 4 Reed Bunting.
The flock of 156 Greylag Geese returned to Kilnsea Wetlands with the Canada Goose, with the Black Brant and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, also there were 11 Pink-footed Geese, 180 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Scaup, other birds seen were a Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 6 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, the Barred Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Snow Bunting.

30th October 2013 - Wednesday

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Migration-sea-06.30-12.30, 13.20-16.20. Clear blue skies to start and a few broken clouds throughout the rest of the day, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Another excellent day for passage with lots of variety, including the first 2 Bewick’s Swans of the year, the day record for Whooper Swan was broken again when 160 flew south, a Great Grey Shrike flew south from the Triangle, past Numpties and continued south down the peninsula not to be seen again, a Hen Harrier flew north then south and birds started coming in off the sea from late morning.
The other totals of birds moving south or coming in off were 600 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 7 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Shovler, 1 Scaup, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 207 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 107 Stock Dove, 40 Woodpigeon, 386 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 43 Meadow Pipit, 89 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 438 Fieldfare, 140 Redwing, 18 Jackdaw, 57 Rook, 5 Starling, 142 Tree Sparrow, 21 Chaffinch, 31 Greenfinch, 243 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 51 Linnet, 3 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer, 17 Reed Bunting.
The Barred Warbler was still present, 2 Firecrests were at Kew and other migrants included 2 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Twite, 5 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present were 150 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine.

Whooper Swans. Ian Smith

Whooper Swans. Ian Smith

Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

29th October 2013 - Tuesday

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Migration-sea-06.40-13.30, 14.30-16.30. Clear blue skies to start, clouding over for a couple of hours then clear skies again, a force 3 WSW wind.
Greylag Geese are of very little interest to most people reading this, but to Spurn regulars, a flock of 154 at Kilnsea Wetlands was more than double the previous record and nearly 3 times better than the next best count. Saying that they have probably only come from somewhere else in East Yorkshire but it was a nice sight for some of us!!!
Another good day for passage with another excellent count of Whooper Swans (92) taking the total so far this autumn to 438, which is 120 more than has ever been recorded flying south at Spurn in an autumn! Other birds moving were 201 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 4 Eider, 5 Common Scoter 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, 39 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, a male Hen Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Knot, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1392 Black-headed Gull, 260 Common Gull, 475 Herring Gull, 33 Great B.B.Gull, 10 auk sp, 25 Stock Dove, 47 Woodpigeon, 234 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 69 Meadow Pipit, 94 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 20 Starling, 185 Tree Sparrow, 45 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 327 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 40 Linnet, 5 Twite, 56 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 17 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 7 Pink-footed Geese, a Canada Goose, 110 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Goosander, 1 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting.

Black Brant. Tim Jones

Black Brant. Tim Jones

Greylag Geese. Tim Jones

Greylag Geese. Tim Jones

28th October 2013 - Monday

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Sea-watch 07.00-17.00. Persistent rain until mid-day then cleared to leave a sunny afternoon, the wind never got up as it was forecast to and was a force 3+ SW wind.
The ten hour sea-watch produced very little, the best being 57 Whooper Swans, but also 175 Pink-footed Geese, 16 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 67 Gannet, 153 Black-headed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 48 auk sp, 10 Razorbill, 35 Skylark, 4 Rock Pipit.
The only other birds seen were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 12 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Siskin, 25 Lesser Redpoll and a Mealy Redpoll.

27th October 2013 - Sunday

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Migration-sea-watch 06.30-11.00, 14.00-17.00. Some drizzle to start with, remaining mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, strengthening force 3-5 gusting 6 SW wind by the evening.
2 Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south and then returned north to Long Bank, the Black Brant was still at Beacon Ponds with 280 Dark-bellied and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, a Pintail and a Scaup. On the move were 12 Whooper Swan, 40 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 34 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 89 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 44 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 188 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest.

26th October 2013 - Saturday

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Migration-sea-watch 07.30-14.00. Rain stayed off for most of the day, a mixed day of sunshine and heavy cloud with a freshening force 3 gusting 5 SW wind.
The highlight for most was Spurn’s sixth GLOSSY IBIS which was first seen at Beacon Ponds before flying to the Humber shore at Sammy’s Point where it spent a while feeding in the saltmarsh before eventually flying up river and landing near Welwick. Also a Pallas’s Warbler was found at Sammy’s Point in the afternoon which showed well. The Barred Warbler was still at the Warren but there was no sign of the Dusky Warbler. Other migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
Passage started slow but some decent totals were achieved by the end of the morning including more Whooper Swans (68), 37 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 31 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 71 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 45 Meadow Pipit, 89 Rock Pipit, 13 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 420 Tree Sparrow, 66 Chaffinch, 50 Greenfinch, 438 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 118 Linnet, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 6 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank.

Glossy Ibis. Tim Jones

Glossy Ibis. Tim Jones

Pallas's Warbler. Ian Smith

Pallas's Warbler. Ian Smith

25th October 2013 - Friday

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Sea-watching 07.30-17.30. Rain for most of the morning and a fresh force 3 SE wind, the wind switched to SW and the skies cleared.
The weather didn’t really make for good birding today and didn’t produce any passage or any real new arrivals. The Dusky Warbler was seen again late afternoon, the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren and the Firecrest was trapped in Church Field, a Hawfinch was seen in Easington, otherwise the only migrants were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 30 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 18 Fieldfare, 46 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest.
The sea produced a few bits but nothing to get excited about – 22 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 27 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 12 Eider, 22 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 64 Gannet, 1 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, 37 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill. Coming in off and moving south were 9 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 16 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 154 Starling, 35 Chaffinch and a Brambling.
Other birds present included 3 Jack Snipe and a Spotted Redshank.

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Firecrest. Ian Smith

24th October 2013 - Thursday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-17.00. A very nice warm sunny day with very few clouds and a force 2-3 SW-W wind in the morning switching to the SE in the afternoon.
It was an excellent day for passage with the Whooper Swan record of [117] being smashed, when 155 were counted moving south, the largest flock being 44. But there was also good numbers and variety of other species, the totals were 3 White-fronted Geese, 530 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pintail, 205 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 29 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 158 Black-headed Gull, 35 Common Gull, 210 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 65 Great B.B.Gull, 18 Stock Dove, 126 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 473 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 361 Meadow Pipit, 54 Rock Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 56 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 414 Tree Sparrow, 25 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 63 Greenfinch, 838 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin, 31 Linnet, 4 Twite, 28 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 58 Reed Bunting.
The Dusky Warbler was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box, the Yellow-browed Warblers was still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren. But there was also a fresh arrival of migrants including a Firecrest in the churchyard, and at least 9 Stonechats, other totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 66 Robin, 55 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 126 Redwing, 30 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 31 Goldcrest.
Other birds included the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brant, a Scaup, 5 Little Egret, 1 Merlin and a Water Rail.

Pink-footed Geese. Simon Jump

Pink-footed Geese. Simon Jump

23rd October 2013 - Wednesday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.40-13.40. A cloudy morning with squally showers around but not touching down on the peninsula until lunchtime, a sunny afternoon followed and a force 4 SW-W wind dropping to 2 in the evening.
The Dusky Warbler was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. The Yellow-browed Warblers was still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and the Great Grey Shrike was seen at the north side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 105 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 130 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 1150 Starling and a Lapland Bunting.
Passage took a while to get going but it was nice and steady and some decent totals by early late morning, the most notable was what appeared to be a Common Swift which went south and other totals were 117 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 51 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 36 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 4 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 3 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 146 Skylark, 22 Swallow, 23 House Martin, 56 Meadow Pipit, 79 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 78 Starling in off, 250 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 36 Greenfinch, 534 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 89 Linnet, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 31 Reed Bunting.
The only other birds seen were 2 Merlin and a Greenshank.

22nd October 2013 - Tuesday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-10.30. Cloudy all day with rain until early afternoon, a force 3 SSW wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and the Great Grey Shrike was still at the south side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were 2 Jack Snipe, 30 Robin, a Black Redstart, 105 Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 125 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, and 3 Brambling.
The only passage noted in the poor weather was 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 3 Little Gull, 11 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail.
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds and the only other birds of note were 4 Little Egret, and 3 Water Rail.

Blackcap. Richard Willison

Blackcap. Richard Willison

21st October 2013 - Monday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-10.45, 14.00-16.00. A cloudy morning with heavy rain between 10.30 and 14.30, leaving it overcast afterwards, a force 2 SSW wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. a Yellow-browed Warblers was still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and a Great Grey Shrike was seen at the south side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were a Woodcock, a few scattered thrushes, 9 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, and 2 Brambling.
Passage was good before the rain set in with 31 Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 16 Eider, 51 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 44 Woodpigeon, 28 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 88 Meadow Pipit, 30 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 22 Redwing, 8 Rook, 410 Starling, 220 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 51 Greenfinch, 623 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 150 Linnet, 41 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 42 Reed Bunting
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds and the only other birds of note were 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, and 1 Jack Snipe.

20th October 2013 - Sunday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.20-13.45. Long sunny spells with cloudy periods, a force 3-2 S wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box, the Barred Warbler was seen several times at the Warren, and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were heard at the Warren and Crown & Anchor, the only new migrants today were a Firecrest at post 62 and a Treecreeper in the churchyard.
Migrant totals were much reduced, 3 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Robin, 90 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 150 Redwing, 24 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest and 9 Brambling.
Passage was steady but very good for Rock Pipits again (111), other totals were 95 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 14 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, the first Long-tailed Duck of the autumn, 57 Common Scoter, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodcock, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Common Tern, 112 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 71 Meadow Pipit, 8 alba Wagtail, 8 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 173 Starling, 170 Tree Sparrow, 18 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 46 Greenfinch, 417 Goldfinch, 23 Siskin, 86 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 27 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

More of the Dusky Warbler, one from today Richard Willison

More of the Dusky Warbler, one from today Richard Willison

a couple from yesterday. Martin Standley

a couple from yesterday. Martin Standley

19th October 2013 - Saturday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.00-11.30.
A new photograph has come to ligthand proved theCoue's Arctic Redpoll to be a Mealy.
There was no sign of the bluetail today, but the DUSKY WARBLER was present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. Four new Yellow-browed Warblers arrived, at the Warren, Crown car park, Point and Vicar’s Lane, Easington. A Richard’s Pipit flew over the Point, a Great Grey Shrike was found at the south side of the gas terminal, the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again, a Shore Lark flew north over the Warren, a Hawfinch was seen at Kew,
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds along with yet another addition to the burgeoning year list – a juvenile White-fronted Goose.
Migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 56 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzel, 310 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare, 32 Song Thrush, 400 Redwing, 38 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 36 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 35 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 45 Brambling, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 25 Wigeon, 104 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 9 Eider, 176 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 23 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 28 Meadow Pipit, 32 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1400 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 26 Brambling, 43 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Mealy Redpoll. Mark Askew. This is a new photo of the 'Arctic Redpoll' , which is much clearer and shows the rump in much better light, proving it to be a Mealy!

Mealy Redpoll. Mark Askew. This is a new photo of the 'Arctic Redpoll' , which is much clearer and shows the rump in much better light, proving it to be a Mealy!

Juv White-fronted Goose. Mick Turton

Juv White-fronted Goose. Mick Turton

Yellow-browed Warbler. Mick Turton

Yellow-browed Warbler. Mick Turton

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt

18th October 2013 - Friday

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-12.30. Cloudy all day with just a glimpse of the sun, a force 1-3 SE wind.
There was an obvious clear out of migrants overnight, but it appeared new ones were starting to arrive, so when a new DUSKY WARBLER was found at the east end of the Canal, hopes were raised. And it proved so when Marcus found a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at the Point, just reward for tramping up and down the Point all week, the bird showed well behind the heligoland trap and was ringed late afternoon. A new Hawfinch dropped into the Crown car park before continuing north-west. Thrushes started to arrive from early afternoon but it was apparent that more were going over higher than we could see.
Migrant totals today included 3 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 49 Robin, 2 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 350 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 900 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 41 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 48 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 45 Brambling, 4 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting, 47 Reed Bunting.
It was a good morning for passage although different species and numbers to yesterday, two days never seem the same at Spurn, who knows what tomorrow will bring. The passage totals are 1 Whooper Swan, 32 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Mallard, 5 Eider, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 93 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 169 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 125 Starling, 11 House Sparrow, 160 Tree Sparrow, 31 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 65 Greenfinch, 692 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 43 Linnet, 14 Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting, 12 Yellowhammer and 36 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were a Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

1st yr female Red-flanked Bluetail.

1st yr female Red-flanked Bluetail.

Red-flanked Bluetail. Sue Hepton

Red-flanked Bluetail. Sue Hepton

Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

17th October 2013 - Thursday

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Vis-mig 07.30-13.00, clear blue skies for most of the day with a force 3 WNW-1 S wind.
There was a clear out of many migrants but still a few remained, including the Little Bunting at Sammy’s Point, the Barred Warbler in the Crown car park and the one at the Warren put in another brief appearance, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at the Point and a Great Grey Shrike was in the Sheep Field.
Common totals included 7 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10 Swallow,100 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 215 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 50 Song Thrush, 695 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 31 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 32 Chiffchaff, 32 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 32 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 14 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 40 Reed Bunting.
Passage was different to what we were expecting, the wind was slightly north of west and the predominant species were Skylark coming in off and turning south (411) and Rock Pipits coming in off and carrying on north-west (147). Other birds on the move were 460 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 11 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 34 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 106 Meadow Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 215 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 335 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 27 Linnet, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 32 Reed Bunting.
There were 4 Whooper Swans at Long Bank while other birds present included 5 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Snow Bunting. Rob Adams

Snow Bunting. Rob Adams

Rock Pipit. The real Tim Jones

Rock Pipit. The real Tim Jones

16th October 2013 - Wednesday

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Migration-watch 07.30-13.15. Cloudy with some sunny spells then rain ruined the afternoon and a the wind picked up from a force 3 SE to force 4-5 SW wind.
New birds today included a Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Point and a Little Bunting in Church Field, with the 1 at Sammy’s Point. There were still 4
Great Grey Shrikes in the area, and a Hawfinch in Church Field.
Common migrants included 7 Jack Snipes, 9 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Rock Pipit, 115 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 8 Ring Ouzel, 225 Blackbird, 125 Fieldfare, 76 Song Thrush, 910 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 47 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 45 Chiffchaff, 65 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 85 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Mealy Redpoll.
Southerly passage was quite good considering the wind, 3 Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 57 Common Scoter, 9 Cormorant, 5 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 202 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 195 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 19 Brambling, 90 Greenfinch, 476 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 111 Linnet, 9 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 30 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Mealy Redpoll. Ron Egan

Mealy Redpoll. Ron Egan

Redwing. Tim Jump

Redwing. Tim Jump

15th October 2013 - Tuesday

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Sea-watching 07.15-08.50. Cloudy with rain to start, clearing to leave sunny spells, a force 3 NW—N wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still at the west end of the Canal, c100 metres south of Cliff Farm, although elusive. There was a new Little Bunting at post 21 and the one at Sammy’s Point again. A Richard’s Pipit was seen at the Lighthouse, the Barred Warbler was still in the Crown car park, but there were only 5 Great Grey Shrikes seen today and 1 Hawfinch was trapped at Kew, a Firecrest was seen at the Warren.
Common migrant totals included 6 Jack Snipe, 11 Woodcock, 2 Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 13 Rock Pipit, 225 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 490 Blackbird, 106 Fieldfare, 195 Song Thrush, 2130 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 78 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 120 Chiffchaff, 115 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 50 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 1 Twite, 22 Lesser Redpoll, 49 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer and 66 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Bonxie, 4 Swallow, 19 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 200 Starling, 35 Chaffinch, 41 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 120 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen were 8 Pintail, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank.

Great Grey Shrike. Simon Jump

Great Grey Shrike. Simon Jump

Mealy Redpoll. Tim Jones

Mealy Redpoll. Tim Jones

Barred Warbler. Bob Thompson

Barred Warbler. Bob Thompson

14th October 2013 - Monday

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Migration/sea-watch 07.30-08.00, 12.45-13.30. Overcast with showers in the morning, a force 2-3 E wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still at the west end of the Canal, c100 metres south of Cliff Farm, there were still 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, 1 at Sammy’s Point on the Humber banking east of the car park and 1 on Green Lane. A Quail was flushed at the Lighthouse 2 Barred Warblers with 1 in the Crown car park, and 1 trapped and ringed at the Warren. A Richard’s Pipit was at Sammy’s Point in the afternoon, there were at least 10 Great Grey Shrikein the area, there were 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (Crown car park, Sammy’s Point and the Point), at least 5 Hawfinches (1 Point, 2 Church Field to Kilnsea, 1 Green Lane, 1 gas terminal, a ‘Northern’ Treecreeper was still at the Warren, a Firecrestalso in the area and 3 Waxwings flew south over Rose Cottage.
Common migrants included 9 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owls, 1 Kingfisher, 7 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 60 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 400 Robin, 12 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 32 Ring Ouzel, 1160 Blackbird, 180 Fieldfare, 130 Song Thrush, 2100 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 85 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 126 Chiffchaff, 200 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 35 Chaffinch, 280 Brambling, 17 Siskin, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 55 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Yellowhammer, 27 Reed Bunting.
There was some steady passage which included 2 Greylag Geese, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 40 Gannet, 3 Ruff, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 47 Skylark, 16 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 100 Greenfinch, 97 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer.

Richard's Pipit. Justin Carr

Richard's Pipit. Justin Carr

Hawfinch. Jan Crowther

Hawfinch. Jan Crowther

Great Grey Shrike. Sue Hepton

Great Grey Shrike. Sue Hepton

Black Redstart. Richard Willison

Black Redstart. Richard Willison

Barred Warbler. Tim Jones

Barred Warbler. Tim Jones

13th October 2013 - Sunday

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Sea-watching 07.00-10.15. Over cast for most of the day with broken cloud mid-morning, heavy rain in the morning and evening, a force 3-4 NNE-NE wind.
Another superb day at Spurn, the main highlight being 2 DUSKY WARBLERS, 1 at the west end of the Canal 100 yards south of Cliff Farm, and one trapped and ringed at Kew Villa and shown in Church Field; there were also 3 LITTLE BUNTINGS seen one still on Green Lane, and new ones at Chalk Bank and Sammy’s Point; a Pallas’s Warbler was at post 31; 2 ‘Northern’ Treecreeper at the Warren with another of undetermined race in Canal Hedge; at least 12 Great Grey Shrikes were in the area (a new modern day record); a Barred Warbler in the hedge opposite the churchyard later moved into Church Field; aQuail flushed twice in the Clubley’s Field area is the latest ever record at Spurn; 5 Hawfinches 3 in the Kew area and 2 at the Point, this equals the previous day record; 2 Yellow-browed Warbler 1 in the Crown car park and 1 at the Narrows; a Firecrest was in the Kew area; and there were at least 50Mealy Redpoll were in the area and 11 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers also in the area.
Common migrant totals were also impressive again, 10 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodcock, 3 Short-eared Owl, 32 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 330 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 29 Ring Ouzel, 815 Blackbird, 415 Fieldfare, 230 Song Thrush, 4940 Redwing, 20 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 44 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 210 Chiffchaff, 190 Goldcrest, 28 Chaffinch, 670 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 80 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill sp, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 42 Reed Bunting.
Over the sea today were 48 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 40 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 119 Gannet, 2 Shag, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 6 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank and a Little Owl.

Hawfinch. Richard Willison

Hawfinch. Richard Willison

'northern' Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Willison

'northern' Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Willison

Little Bunting. Tim Jones

Little Bunting. Tim Jones

Little Bunting. Bob Thompson

Little Bunting. Bob Thompson

12th October 2013 - Saturday

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Sea-watching 07.20-10.30. Overcast with passing showers all day and a force 4-5 NE-E-NE wind.
Every site on the east coast of Britain seems to have shared in the spoils of this superb arrival of migrants hitting the coast and Spurn didn’t disappoint.
Firstly the rare and scarce birds. A RED-THROATED PIPIT flew south over the Canal calling at 17.10 heading towards the Warren. A LITTLE BUNTING on Green Lane on the west side of the riding school in Easington late afternoon. 2 ‘Northern’ Treecreeper was trapped and ringed at the Warren, and a British race bird was also at the Point. A minimum of 7 Great Grey Shrikes were present which is equal the modern day record (one still in the Triangle, 2 between Chalk Bank and Potato Fields, 2 at the Warren, 1 north of the gas terminal and 1 at Sammy’s Point car park). A Mealy Redpoll in the churchyard was yet another addition to the year list, but 13 had been seen by the end of the day. A Richard’s Pipit was at Sammy’s Point before flying south to the Riverside Hotel, a Woodlark south over Kew Villa. 3 Hawfinches in the area, with one south from Canal Hedge in the morning and 2 at Cliff Farm in the late afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington by the White House at the north end of Green Lane. A Firecrest at the Crown car park. A Black Brant at Kilnsea Wetlands is the first ever autumn record of this race.
There were also very good numbers of common migrants grounded, the conservative estimates put down in the log which took nearly two hours to do tonight are shown here: 11 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 46 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 16 Pied Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 385 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 16 Ring Ouzel, 390 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare, 4250 Redwing, 34 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 43 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 205 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 365 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 62 Chaffinch, 630 Brambling, 18 Siskin, 32 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting.
The sea was productive when it was looked at, on the move were 12 Whooper Swan, 49 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 43 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 355 Gannet, Long-tailed Skua, 9 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 6 Guillemot.
Other birds seen during the day included 180 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 122 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank and a Mediterranean Gull.

'Northern' Treecreeper. Richard Willison

'Northern' Treecreeper. Richard Willison

Mealy Redpoll. Richard Willison

Mealy Redpoll. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

11th October 2013 - Friday

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Sea-watch 06.30-18.00. Cloudy all day with heavy showers in the morning, a force 4-5 NE wind.
A superb day with more good sea-watching and an excellent arrival of migrants including two new additions to the year list taking the total to 250. The first was 2 Pallas’s Warblers found at the Point early morning and then a Great Grey Shrike in the Triangle mid-morning. A Northern (familiaris) Treecreeper was found at the Warren, a Richard’s Pipit was seen in Clubley’s Field, a Hawfinch was seen in the Rose Cottage to Kew area, 2 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers were ringed out of five seen, the first for many years.
Common migrants totals included a Water Rail found dead at Potato Fields, 8 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, the first (4) Woodcocks and the first Long-eared Owl of the autumn at the Point, 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 78 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 18 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 205 Fieldfare, 4875 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 69 Goldcrest, 33 Chaffinch, 270 Brambling, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting and 20 Reed Bunting.
The sea was also good with 8 more Leach’s Petrel’s flying north, other totals over the sea included 117 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 624 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 60 Fulmar (inc 2 Blue phase), 56 Sooty Shearwater, 22 Manx Shearwater, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 17 Arctic Skua, 127 Bonxie (85 N, 42 S), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 22 Little Gull, 26 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Commic Tern, 30 auk sp, 4 Guillemot.

Leach's Petrel. Tim Jones

Leach's Petrel. Tim Jones

10th October 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-18.10. Cloudy with showers throughout the day, very windy with a force 7 N wind. This wind hampered birding, most efforts were spent watching the sea and proved very worthwhile.
Another addition to the year list was a Grey Phalarope which flew north at 15.25, 6 Leach’s Petrels flew north, singles at 10.50, 11.56, 13.05, 13.45 and 2 at 15.50; 1 Red-necked Grebe flew north and 10 Pomarine Skuas flew south. More regular birds over the sea included 1 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 250 Common Scoter, 16 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 86 Sooty Shearwater, 49 Manx Shearwater, 225 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 32 Arctic Skua, 27 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 48 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 41 auk sp, 5 Guillemot and a Razorbill.
A very early Waxwing was seen at Kew, was the earliest ever by two days, a record standing since 1965, is this the first in the UK this autumn? Other migrants were very hard to see in the windy conditions – 4 Short-eared Owls, 3 Rock Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, the first 3 Fieldfares of the autumn, 10 Song Thrush, 56 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 36 Brambling, and a Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen today were 8 Barnacle Geese north up the Humber, 280 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, and a Little Owl.

9th October 2013 - Wednesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 14.30-18.00. Sunny spells, with showers in the afternoon, a breezy force 4 W-NW wind.
A Yellow-browed Warblerand Firecrest still in the churchyard, but the only other grounded migrants were a Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and a Siskin.
There was a reasonable passage south including the first two Whooper Swans of the autumn, 230 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Teal, 8 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 285 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 17 auk sp, 47 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 33 House Martin, 238 Meadow Pipit, 19 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 1 House Sparrow, 248 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 22 Greenfinch, 307 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 91 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 19 Reed Bunting.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

8th October 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-16.30. Warm and sunny with occasional clouds, a force 3 SW-W wind.
A good passage included the first Shore Lark of the year flying south, an Osprey and a possible male Two-barred Crossbill! Other passage totals were 101 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 3 Pintail, 52 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 44 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 36 House Martin, 186 Meadow Pipit, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 170 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 54 Greenfinch, 435 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 191 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Common Crossbill and 23 Reed Bunting.
There were still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers (Kew/gas terminal) and 2 Firecrests at Kew. Other birds seen were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, a Little Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 2 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Brambling.

Jack Snipe. Ron Egan

Jack Snipe. Ron Egan

Merlin. John Brattan

Merlin. John Brattan

7th October 2013 - Monday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-11.30. Sunny with some cloudy spells, a force 1-4 SW-WSW wind.
Still 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (Churchyard, white house and gas terminal in Easington), 3 Firecrest (1 Point, 2 Churchyard), otherwise it was quiet with 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 30 Robin, 3 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 17 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
Passage was light – 4 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 8 Dunlin, 20 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 87 Meadow Pipit, 17 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 168 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 146 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 110 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 36 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Firecrest. Tim Jones

Firecrest. Tim Jones

6th October 2013 - Sunday

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-11.15, 13.30-16.00. Mainly blue skies but some cloud at times, a very nice warm day with a force 2 WSW-SW wind.
A Little Bunting was seen on the north side of the gas terminal mid-morning but not after, and a confusing buteo which showed many pro Rough-leg features, including long wings and flying on flat wings with primaries dipped, but not a classic plumage wise, for now will be put down as a Buzzard sp., it flew south-west across the Triangle and then the Humber. Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Kew and Easington gas terminal, and there were 3 Firecrests in the Kew area.
Common migrant totals were 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 40 Robin, 6 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 71 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 8 Brambling, 2 Twite, 5 Lesser Redpoll.
There was some good passage which included 788 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Geese, 35 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Dunlin, 206 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 390 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 8 Rook, 3 House Sparrow, 210 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 42 Greenfinch, 61 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 116 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 90 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 200 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 6 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

considered by most to be a pale juvenile Common Buzzard. Tim Jones

considered by most to be a pale juvenile Common Buzzard. Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Firecrest. Tim Jones

Firecrest. Tim Jones

5th October 2013 - Saturday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-09.30, 11.00-12.00. A warm day, sunny spells and bouts of heavy cloud, a force 2-3 W-NW-W wind.
The locustella was finally trapped and proved to be a Grasshopper Warbler, but there were a few new arrivals including a Red-breasted Flycatcher which showed very well at times in the churchyard and the one was still on the south side of the gas terminal, 5 Firecrests (1 Point, 2 post 60, 1 Canal Hedge, 1 churchyard), a Yellow-browed Warbler was at the churchyard and one still at Easington gas terminal, a British race Coal Tit was caught at the Warren and the first 3 Twite of the autumn.
Common migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 50 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 13 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 56 Song Thrush, 27 Redwing, a Reed Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 16 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
Passage was reasonable but birds were moving high and many probably missed, 450 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 190 Skylark, 105 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 625 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 12 Grey Wagtail, 30 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 110 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 40 Siskin, 50 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting.
A very late Wood Sandpiper was seen at Kilnsea Wetlands, and other birds seen during the day were 120 Wigoen, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

The Grasshopper Warbler. Adam Hutt

The Grasshopper Warbler. Adam Hutt

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Richard Willison

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Richard Willison

Coal Tit. Tim Jones

Coal Tit. Tim Jones

4th October 2013 - Friday

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 11.45-12.45, 14.00-15.30. A mixed day with sunshine, cloudy periods and showers, warm and a force 3 SSE-SW wind.
A possible/probable Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler has been seen in flight on about 3 occasions at Chalk Bank. A brown, not olive streaked locaustella with a big broad tail was flushed initially but couldn’’t be relocated, it was then seen a couple more times later in the day and white tips to its tail were seen.
2 Yellow-browed Warblers were still on the south side of the gas terminal a new bird was by the Church late afternoon, a Firecrest was in Canal Hedge. while other common migrant totals were a Tree Pipit, 42 Robin, 14 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 108 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 13 Brambling.
Birds on the move were 5 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 22 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 7 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 346 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 52 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 56 Brambling, 88 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 112 Linnet, 62 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern.

3rd October 2013 - Thursday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-10.30, 11.30-12.00, 16.00-17.00. Cloudy all day with some heavy showers late afternoon, a force SE wind picked up to 4 in the afternoon.
Scarce migrants today were a Richard’s Pipit at the Point, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher (a new one at post 55, one still on the south side of the gas terminal), 2 Yellow-browed Warblers on the south side of the gas terminal and 2 Firecrests (in Canal Hedge).
Common migrant were down despite better conditions for searching, the totals were 3 Jack Snipe, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 70 Robin, 2 Black Redstart (1st of autumn), 16 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 235 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 26 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
There was some good passage considering the winds, on the move south were 1 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 43 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 31 not, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 86 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 490 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 85 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 73 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 320 Linnet and 28 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 302 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 205 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Ruff, 1 Spottd Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Marsh Harrier scaring the Starlings. Sue Hepton

Marsh Harrier scaring the Starlings. Sue Hepton

Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 55. Simon Jump

Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 55. Simon Jump

2nd October 2013 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 06.30-08.30, 11.45-13.00, 13.30-15.00, 16.40-17.40. Heavy cloud all day with a force 5 SE wind.
The Olive-backed Pipit was seen again at the Warren, it was only seen early on and then there was a report of it being seen in flight and landing in the Triangle in the afternoon.
The elusive Barred Warbler showed again at post 62, 4 Yellow-browed Warblerw were seen (Point/Church Field and 2 at Easington gas terminal), the Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen again at Easington gas terminal and 3 Firecrests were seen (Canal Hedge/Warren/Easington gas terminal).
Common migrant totals were a 2 Jack Snipe, Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 67 Robin, 15 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 375 Song Thrush, 23 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Chaffinch, 46 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
Birds moving included 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Goosander, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 285 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Knot, 26 Dunlin, 1 Arctic Skua, 23 Bonxie, 11 Little Gull, 132 Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser B.B.Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 13 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 1 alba Wagtail.
Other birds present 2 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank.

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jones

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jones

Firecrest. Alan Whitehead

Firecrest. Alan Whitehead

1st October 2013 - Tuesday

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-08.00, 08.40-09.20, 16.40-17.20. Sunny spells with varying amounts of cloud, a force 4 gusting 5 E-SE wind.
The days highlight was an Olive-backed Pipit at the Warren, it favoured the grass by the saltmarsh and occasionally showed well on the wires on in the grass, it was trapped and ringed only the second to be ringed at Spurn, the first one ringed was the first bird at Spurn in 1981.
Other scarce migrants included a Richard’s Pipit mobile between the saltmarsh and Walker Butts, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Canal Hedge and 1 trapped and ringed in Church Field), and 2 Firecrests (Canal Hedge and gas terminal).
There was another increase in most common migrants: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 76 Robin, 14 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzel, 585 Song Thrush, 71 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 17 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Chaffinch, 90 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting.
Birds on the move included 10 Teal, 55 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 112 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 3 Ruff, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Commic Tern, 11 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Tree Sparrow and 35 Brambling.
Other birds seen were 15 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank and 6 Greenshank.

Olive-backed Pipit in the hand. Alan Whitehead

Olive-backed Pipit in the hand. Alan Whitehead

Olive-backed Pipit.  Garry Taylor

Olive-backed Pipit. Garry Taylor

Spotted Flycatcher.  Garry Taylor

Spotted Flycatcher. Garry Taylor

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