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October 2015 Sightings

31st October 2015 - Saturday

Sunny Spells with some distant sea fog mid morning and a force 3 south south-east veering 2-1 south-westerly. Seawatch: 06:45-09:00, 13:45-14:30, Numpties: 06:45-16:20. A good and varied passage with a record 1055 Siskin and a Great White Egret south the most notable, 2 Whooper Swan, 4 Brent Goose, 1 Shelduck, 123 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 38 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Black-headed Gull, 63 Common Gull, 145 Herring Gull, 16 Auk Sp., 1 Stock Dove, 135 Woodpigeon, 71 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 110 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 169 Fieldfare, 73 Redwing, 25 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 665 Starling, 63 Chaffinch, 37 Brambling, 28 Greenfinch, 201 Goldfinch, 78 Linnet, 12 Twite, 71 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting and 19 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover on Kilnsea Wetlands 1 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 5 Woodcock, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 95 Blackbird, 40 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 2 Coal Tit, 18 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, 35 Reed Bunting and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 2 Sparrowhawk, 20 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 1 Twite, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew.

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30th October 2015 - Friday

Rain until mid afternoon and a stiff force 5-3 south south-easterly.
Seawatch: 06:45-11:45, 14:30-16:15. Moving were 16 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 42 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 116 Teal, 3 Pintail, 21 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 11 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 330 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Gannet, 2 Curlew, 1 Skua sp. Present were a record smashing 1500 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber just north of the Crown and Anchor Pub, 153 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Pintail, 17 Common Scoter, 104 Lapwing, 2 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Long-eared Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, 8 Skylark, 39 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 198 Fieldfare, 215 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 11 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 21 Brambling and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 10 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling.

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29th October 2015 - Thursday

A sunny start with cloud by mid morning with rain until mid afternoon with a force 4-5-3 south south-easterly. Seawatch: 06:45-16:40. Moving were good numbers of wildfowl with 6 Brent Goose 1277 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 1646 Teal – the fourth highest day count on record, 25 Mallard, 4 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 330 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 47 Goldeneye – 4th highest day count on record, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 46 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 3 Sanderling, 18 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull, 29 Black Headed Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 29 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 12 Fieldfare, 8 Starling, 22 Tree Sparrow, 13 Brambling and 4 Siskin. Present were the American Golden Plover on Easington Straight, 71 Wigeon, 1 Ruff, 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Short-eared Owl, 18 Meadow Pipit, 22 Rock Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 227 Blackbird, 260 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 230 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 39 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 60 Tree Sparrow and 19 Brambling.

Ringing: 30 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 8 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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28th October 2015 - Wednesday

Cloudy with rain from mid morning until mid afternoon with a force 2-1 East south-easterly.
Seawatch/migration: 06:45-11:15. Moving were 1 Brent Goose, Shelduck, 146 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 355 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Eider, 43 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 3 Red-throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 1 Woodcock, 72 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 8 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 29 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 31 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, and 6 Reed Bunting.Present were 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 10 Woodcock, 202 Woodpigeon, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear,70 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Song Thrush, 550 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 26 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2000 Starling, 50 Tree Sparrow, 31 Brambling, 12 Siskin and 12 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 13 Blackbird, 13 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 7 Tree Sparrow, 1 Starling, 5 Brambling.

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27th October 2015 - Tuesday

Sunny spells to start clouding up by mid afternoon with a force 2-4 south-easterly
Seawatch: 06:40-09:00. Moving were 1 Brent Goose, 26 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 25 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk, a very late Hobby, 6 Oystercatcher, 68 Herring Gull, 4 Skylark, 2 Alba Wagtail, 10 Starling, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch and 28 Siskin. Present were the juvenile American Golden Plover, the Pallas’s Warbler moved from Canal Hedge to the Warren, the Firecrest at Canal Hedge, Yellow-browed Warbler still in the Crown and Anchor car park, 4 Woodcock, 5 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Skylark, 5 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 150 Blackbird, 241 Fieldfare, 14 Song Thrush, 234 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 116 Goldcrest, 1040, 80 Tree Sparrow, 41 Chaffinch, 30 Brambling, 1 Twite and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 2 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 7 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 1 Wren, 16 Goldcrest, 16 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.

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26th October 2015 - Monday

Sunny spells with a force 3 south south-easterly – south-east winds.
Seawatch: 06:45-10:30 14:30-16:00, Numpties: 12:30-14:30. Moving were 4 Shelduck, 36 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 8 Pintail, 10 Eider, 135 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 61 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 7 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 2 Great Skua, 56 Herring Gull, 19 Skylark, 6 Blackbird, 60 Fieldfare, 150 Redwing, 6 Greenfinch, 7 Siskin, 2 Twite and 23 Lesser Redpoll. New arrivals included a Pallas’s Warbler at Canal Scrape, a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park, 6 Black Redstarts and a Firecrest at the Warren. Thrushes and Starlings were trickling in-off the sea through the day, the American Golden Plover remained on Kilnsea Wetlands and the day’s totals were 191 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 51 Lapwing, 760 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 66 Blackbird, 80 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 214 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 44 Goldcrest, 1000 Starling and 8 Brambling.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 36 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, 11 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

25th October 2015 - Sunday

Sunny spells clouding up late on with a force 1 southerly – 3 south south-easterly wind.
Seawatch/Migration: 06:20-12:30. Moving were a juvenile PALLID HARRIER south through Kilnsea and low over the Triangle past the Warren and continuing south; the second of the Autumn, 2 Mute Swan, 22 Whooper Swan, 88 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 41 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 36 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 15 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Sparrowhawk, 7 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Great Skua, 30 Black-headed Gull, 281 Herring Gull, 205 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 187 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 53 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 3 Dunnock,1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 14 Redwing, 14 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 13 Starling, 1 House Sparrow, 290 Tree Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 112 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 25 Linnet, 2 Twite, 83 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, and 14 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover, still, 9 Whooper Swan, 12 Pink-footed Goose, 84 Greylag Goose, 153 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 308 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 11 Stonechat, 99 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 21 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 31 Long-tailed Tit - a new day count record, 1 Bullfinch and 80 Tree Sparrow.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 29 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Twite, 1 Reed Bunting.

Pallid Harrier. Tim Jones.

Pallid Harrier. Tim Jones.

Pallid Harrier. Tim Jones.

Pallid Harrier. Tim Jones.

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24th October 2015 - Saturday

Cloudy with rain on and off most of the day with a force 4 southerly wind.
Seawatch: 07:20-11:50, 12:30-14:45. Numpties: 07:45-11:00. Moving were 26 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 134 Gannet, 2 Great Skua, 46 Herring Gull, 18 Auk sp., 11 Woodpigeon, 17 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 7 Fieldfare, 34 Redwing, 6 Rook, 11 Starling, 17 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 26 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 13 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll and 9 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover, 185 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 17 Grey Partridge, 58 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, 3 Stonechat, 15 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 200 Starling, 60 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 20 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting and 12 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 5 Tree Sparrow, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest.

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23rd October 2015 - Friday

Sunny spells clouding up later with an increasing force 1-3 south-westerly wind.
Seawatch/Migration: 07:15-17:25. Moving were a first-winter Caspian Gull 26 Whooper Swan, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Brent Goose, 1 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 2 Red-throated Diver, 63 Gannet, 30 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Great Skua, 64 Black-headed Gull, 406 Herring Gull, 16 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 68 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 148 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 119 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Alba Wagtail, 31 Redwing, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 124 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 57 Greenfinch, 274 Goldfinch, 98 Siskin, 92 Linnet, 118 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 63 Reed Bunting. Present were the juvenile American Golden Plover in fields along Easington Straight, 5 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 11 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 365 Starling, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 55 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Kestrel, 3 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Starling, 39 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 70 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Reed Bunting.

22nd October 2015 - Thursday

Sunny Spells with a force 3-2-5 west north-westerly wind
Seawatch: 07:15-11:30, Numpties: 08:30-10:30. Moving were 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 54 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Kestrel, 8 Auk sp., 30 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 13 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 62 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 19 Linnet, 28 Lesser Redpoll,2 Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting. Grounded migrants were thinning out but did include a Great Grey Shrike at Driftwood caravan site and the American Golden Plover in the Fields along Easington Straight, 2 Wigeon, 54 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 46 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 7 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 55 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 80 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin and 35 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 6 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 17 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 51 Lesser Redpoll.

21st October 2015 - Wednesday

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Rain early morning petered out before midday with a force 3 south-west – westerly wind.
Migration/seawatch: 08:45-1400. Moving were 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 2 Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 Short-eared Owl, 50 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 13 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 27 Greenfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 35 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 16 Linnet, the first Twite of the Autumn, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting. Both the juvenile American Golden Plover and Pallas’s Warbler were still present along Easington Straight and Kew respectively, a Great Grey Shrike at the Riverside Hotel was unfortunately found dead on the road soon after. Also present were a Grey Heron, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 35 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, a Great Grey Shrike at Sammy’s Point, 70 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 10 Siskin, 18 Lesser Redpoll and 12 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 7 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 9 Lesser Redpoll.

20th October 2015 - Tuesday

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A nice, warm sunny day with cloud building late on with a force 1-1 north-weterly
Seawatch: 07:20-09:00. Moving were 6 Whooper Swan, 70 Pink-footed Goose, 38 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Goosander, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 22 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rook, 78 Starling, 6 Siskin, 22 Goldfinch, 12 Lesser Redpoll, and 1 Lapland Bunting.
Much the same with grounded migrants with the juvenile American Golden Plover still on Easington Straight and the Pallas’s Warbler at Cliff Farm, Great Grey Shrike at Rose Cottage, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a late Arctic Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 85 Blackbird, 26 Fieldfare, 32 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 38 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest in the Crown and Anchor car park, 150 Starling, 85 Tree Sparrow, 18 Brambling and 19 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, 19 Blackbird,1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 14 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Reed Bunting.

Pallas's Warbler

Pallas's Warbler

Pallas's Warbler

Pallas's Warbler

Pallas's Warbler

Pallas's Warbler

19th October 2015 - Monday

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Sunny spells with a decreasing force 3-1 north north-east wind
Seawatch: 07:30-11:00. Moving were 7 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 77 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 123 Gannet, 6 Great Skua, 188 Kittiwake, 11 Auk sp., 11 Guillemot, 3 Short-eared Owl in-off the sea, 9 Skylark, 2 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing, 5 Jackdaw, 12 Siskin and 4 Lesser Redpoll.
Still present were the Pallas’s Warbler at Kew, the Hawfinch flew over Kilnsea and the American Golden Plover was still in fields on Easington Straight. A Yellow-browed Warbler and a new Great Grey Shrike was at Easington Football Club, with one still in the Triangle, 120 dark-bellied and a single pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, a Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 8 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 151 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 13 Song Thrush, 300 Redwing, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 115 Goldcrest, 160 Tree Sparrow, 18 Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 3 Wren, 9 Robin, 27 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 22 Tree Sparrow, 3 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Dunlin.

18th October 2015 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watches 07.20-11.50. Cloudy all day with a force 2-3 NNE wind and a rainy spell around mid-day.
A Quail flushed out of the saltmarsh by the Warren was another addition to the year list and a late surprise ; the Olive-backed Pipit was seen again briefly on a couple of occasions by the Canal; the American Golden Plover was still in the fields north of Long Bank, the Pallas’s Warbler was still at the Crown, there were 5 Great Grey Shrikes in the area and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Hawfinch was seen on Beacon Lane and moving along North Hedge.
Common migrant totals had again dropped – 1 Woodcock, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 102 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 265 Fieldfare, 62 Song Thrush, 1300 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 17 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 45 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 210 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 25 Brambling.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 15 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 55 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Bonxie, 6 Kittiwake, 90 Skylark, 3 Grey Wagtail, 70 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 8 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing:2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 15 Robin, 30 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 70 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 45 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling,3 Greenfinch, 1 Great Grey Shrike, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch.

Participants enjoying the first Spurn School of Birding

Participants enjoying the first Spurn School of Birding

17th October 2015 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 7.00-12.15, 14.20-15.50, 16.40-17.40. Broken clouds most of day, some drizzle in the evening, a force 3-4 NE wind.
Late news came through of a Dusky Warbler photographed at Westmere Farm, otherwise much the same again as last few days, the American Golden Plover was still present, a Pallas’s Warbler was still around Kew, there were at least 4 Great Grey Shrikes (Wire Dump/Canal Scrape/Beacon Lane/Sammy’s), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Kew/Vicar Lane0, 5 Firecrests (2 Warren, 1 Kew, 1 Beacon Lane, 1` Vicar Lane).
Common migrant totals were 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 8 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 125 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 8 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 225 Blackbird, 100 Fieldfare, 37 Song Thrush, 1050 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 15 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 37 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 320 Goldcrest, 48 Brambling, 1 Crossbill, 2 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 16 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 2 Eider, 41 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 421 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 16 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 303 auk sp, 11 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk, 42 Skylark, 9 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 55 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 40 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 4 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank.
Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 13 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 30 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 18 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 49 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch,1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

belated news of this Dusky Warbler taken by NGB Ben Miles at Westmere Farm equalling the year list record being the 260th species recorded.

belated news of this Dusky Warbler taken by NGB Ben Miles at Westmere Farm equalling the year list record being the 260th species recorded.

16th October 2015 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.00, 11.15-12.15. Cloudy with a few showers and a force 3-4 NE wind.
Much the same as the last few days with the scarcities lingering and more crests and thrushes coming and going.
The American Golden Plover was still in the fields north of Long Bank; the 2 Pallas’s Warblers were still on show but both elusive at times, one in the Crown car park and one on Beacon Lane; 3 Great Grey Shrikes – 2 mobile around the Triangle and one at Wire Dump; 2 Yellow-browed Warblers - one at Kew and one on Vicar’s Lane in Easington; and 2 Firecrests – one at Sammy’s and one at Kew briefly.
Common migrant totals today were 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 5 Short-eared Owl, 95 Robin, 1 Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 125 Fieldfare, 36 Song Thrush, 2060 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 44 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 540 Goldcrest, 32 Brambling.
On the move were 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 51 Gannet, 5 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 89 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 67 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 RockPipit, 25 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 38 Brambling, 5 Greenfinch, 52 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 12 Linnet, 11 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Crossbill.
Other birds seen included 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 17 Robin, 17 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 54 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch

15th October 2015 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.00, 10.00-12.00. Cloudy for most of the day with a few short showers and a couple of breaks in the cloud, a force 3 NE wind.
An Olive-backed Pipit was seen by the Canal briefly before flying off south towards the breach and then not seen again and is presumably the bird seen for the past 2-4 day, but new birds arrived a Rough-legged Buzzard showed very well in the Sheep Field, a new Great Grey Shrike appeared in the Triangle as well as the two still at the Point, 2 Pallas’s Warblers were found, one on Beacon Lane and one in the Crown car park, though both proved elusive at times, a Bluethroat was seen just north of the lighthouse; and the American Golden Plover was still in fields north of Long Bank.
Some migrants had increased and others decreased with definitely new arrivals from mid-morning, particularly Robins. The totals today were 3 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Rock Pipit, 360 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 16 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 230 Blackbird, 120 Fieldfare, 105 Song Thrush, 2300 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 26 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on Green Lane, 49 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 530 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at Kew, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 66 Chaffinch, 127 Brambling, 26 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting and 65 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 2 Whooper Swan, 12 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 3 Eider, 33 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Diver, 193 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Pomarine Skua, 12 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp, 14 Guillemot, 19 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 24 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtial, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 180 Tree Sparrow, 30 Goldfinch, 13 Linnet, 1 Twite, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Kestrel, 4 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 91 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 29 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, 34 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 134 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 11 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting.

Rough-legge Buzzard, Si Jump

Rough-legge Buzzard, Si Jump

Rough-legged Buzzard. Si Jump

Rough-legged Buzzard. Si Jump

Tim Jump. And this is why you will always find a Great Grey Shrike after a big Goldcrest arrival.

Tim Jump. And this is why you will always find a Great Grey Shrike after a big Goldcrest arrival.

14th October 2015 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.45. Odd sunny spells with some heavy showers with a stiff force 5-4 NE wind.
Another excellent day, there had been a clear out of many birds but a new arrival occurred from late morning, with thrushes dropping in at the Point and continuing south and Goldcrests increasing again, as well as a couple more rarities.
An Olive-backed Pipit seen and photographed by one observer on the Canal banking then disappearing may well have been the elusive bird from two days previous, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen at Southfield Farm, 2 Great Grey Shrikes were at the Point, one dropping out of the sky with thrushes! A Richard’s Pipit was seen in the Triangle and Clubley’s Field, the American Golden Plover was still in the fields north of Long Bank, there were 4 Yellow-browed Warblers in the area and 2 Firecrests .
Common migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Rock Pipit, 7 Grey Wagtail, 125 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 10 Ring Ouzel, 150 Blackbird, 305 Fieldfare, 130 Song Thrush, 4400 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 43 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 850 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 200 Tree Sparrow, 44 Brambling, 32 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.
There was some light passage including 7 Whooper Swan, 130 Pink-footed Geese, 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 5 Eider, 51 Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 433 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Pomarine Skua, 20 Bonxie, 13 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 540 auk sp, 11 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 1 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jackdaw, 6 House Sparrow, 80 Tree Sparrow, 40 Goldfinch, 5 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank.

Olive-backed Pipit. Chris Abbott

Olive-backed Pipit. Chris Abbott

Olive-backed Pipit. Chris Abbott

Olive-backed Pipit. Chris Abbott

13th October 2015 - Tuesday

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sea-watch 06.40-11.00, 17.00-18.00. Cool and cloudy most of the day with a few showers and occasional sunny spells, a force 2-3 NNE-NE wind.
The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL showed again at the back of Rose Cottage viewed from the Canal from mid-afternoon and the American Golden Plover showed for most of the day with the Golden Plover flock along Easington Straight just north of Long Bank (PLEASE PARK SENSIBLLY ALONG THIS ROAD – INFACT ANYWHERE IN KILNSEA AND EASINGTON). The Great Grey Shrike was seen again on Peter Lane.
It was a good mornings sea-watch which also gave the 259th species to be recorded by the Obs this year a Black Guillemot which flew south and dropped on the sea and then wasn’t seen again, other birds on the move were 3 Wigeon, 10 Eider, 38 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 12 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 544 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Ruff, 2 Pomarine Skua, 19 Arctic Skua, 30 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 33 Kittiwake, 1605 auk sp, 1 Asio owl sp, 19 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 21 Meaow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 80 Tree Sparrow, 13 Brambling, 40 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin.
There had been a big clear out of many migrants but then there was another arrival from early afternoon when Goldcrests were seen coming in off the sea low over the waves! Migrant totals were 1 Richard’s Pipit In field opposite Westmere Farm, 1 RocK Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 7 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 7 Fieldfare, 90 Song Thrush, 720 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Blackcap, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in the Kew area, 27 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 600 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Brambling, 9 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 85 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 11 Robin, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 98 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll.

12th October 2015 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 6.30-09.15, 15.15-16.00. Bright and sunny all morning, clouding over in the afternoon with a few spots of rain, a light force 1-2 ENE-NE wind.
Another superb day at Spurn with still lots of common migrants around particularly Goldcrests and more new arrivals the best of which was a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL in Church Field, it flew into the new Heligoland trap and after its release was seen in North Hedge and then disappeared but was found again late afternoon behind Rose Cottage and viewed from the Canal banking. Before this bird had been found, a RADDE’S WARBLER had already been found in a net in Kew garden, it was shown to a small crowd then disappeared but was seen again late afternoon by the Heligoland trap. The third addition to the year list was a Great Grey Shrike found on Peter Lane early afternoon where it showed for the rest of the day. An Olive-backed Pipit showed well but briefly to one observer at Cliff Farm, A Bluethroat was seen along the Canal, 4 Bearded Tits (2 Beacon Ponds and 2 on the Canal) were seen, there were now two Richard’s Pipits in the field opposite Westmere Farm; the American Golden Plover was still on Easington Straight and the Pallas’s Warbler was by Easington Cemetery. We heard reports of Olive-backed Pipit and Little Bunting but without supporting descriptions we cannot include them. There were still 4 Yellow-browed Warblers present and common migrant totals were 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 125 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 16 Stonechat, 9 Ring Ouzel, 30 new Blackbird, 18 Fieldare, 90 Song Thrush, 350 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 23 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 47 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 800 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 45 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting and 61 Reed Bunting.
There were very few birds moving - 1 Brent Goose, 4 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 22 Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow and 2 Rock Pipit.
The supposed ‘eastern’ Redstart reported yesterday was trapped and ringed that afternoon and was just a bog standard Redstart.

Ringing 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 33 Robin, 1 Red-flanked Bluetail, 1 Ring Ouzel, 10 Blackbird, 18 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Radde’s Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 229 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 5 House Sparrow, 11 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting.

Raddes Warbler. John Hewitt

Raddes Warbler. John Hewitt

Red-flanked Bluetail. John Hewitt

Red-flanked Bluetail. John Hewitt

Goldcrest and Firecrest. Richard Willison

Goldcrest and Firecrest. Richard Willison

11th October 2015 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-09:45. F2-3 ENE-NE broken cloud lots of sun.

A cracking day highlighted by a very good arrival of Goldcrest from c.10am onwards final total being 1430 and most likely an undercount, a Pallas’s Warbler was at Willow Cottage in Easington, 1 of the juvenile American Golden Plover were in a field along Easington Straight late afternoon, migrant totals were 3 Woodcock, 1 Richard’s Pipit in field opp Westmere Farm, 1 Tree Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 22 Dunnock, 112 Robin mainly arrived later in the afternoon, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 11 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 18 Ring Ouzel, 26 Fieldfare, 147 Song Thrush, 520 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 29 Chiffchaff including a tristis-type in Canal Hedge, 3 Willow Warbler (inc 2 acredula-types), 5 Firecrest, 1 Treecreeper, 15 Chaffinch, 23 Brambling, 1 Snow Bunting.

Ringing- 256 Goldcrest

10th October 2015 - Saturday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-10:30. F1-2 ENE broken cloud with plenty of sunshine.

Undoubted highlight of the day were 2 juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER that were found on Kilnsea Wetlands late afternoon, pleasing the crowds and proving that every day is a school day at Spurn with the 2 birds being at almost different ends of the variation within the species. An Olive-backed Pipit was seen briefly early morning at the Point, a Little Bunting flew north up the saltmarsh, 2 Richard’s Pipit were again at the Sheep Field and opp Westmere Farm and the Barred Warbler was at Sammy’s Point. Other migrants included 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 1 House Martin, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 cracking male Black Redstart in garden south of Westmere Farm, 1 Redstart, 11 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 7 Song Thrush, 52 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 3 Yellowhammer, 27 Reed Bunting.

Some light passage included 17 Red-throated Diver, 22 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 45 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba wagtail, 3 Rook, 20 House Sparrow, 105 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 35 Greenfinch, 75 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 22 Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Reed Bunting.

Also present were 2 Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Bonxie.

Ringing- 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 3 House Sparrow, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Greenfinch.

Both the Juvenile American Golden Plover showing the variation. Matt Bruce.

Both the Juvenile American Golden Plover showing the variation. Matt Bruce.

Goldcrest. Tormod Amundsen.

Goldcrest. Tormod Amundsen.

9th October 2015 - Friday

Migration/Sea-watch-07:00-14:00, F1 SE wind with plenty of sun and some broken cloud.

A good day for passage with totals being 579 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal 1 Eider, 72 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 68 Gannet, 3 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 36 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp., 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 230 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 399 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 flava wagtail, 10 Grey Wagtail, 69 alba wagtail, 66Dunnock, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Tit, 11 Carrion Crow, 23 House Sparrow, 384 Tree Sparrow, 69 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 189 Greenfinch, 680 Goldfinch, 33 Siskin, 248 Linnet, 288 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Lapland Bunting, 6 Yellowhammer, 62 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Bunting.
Migrants were quite thin on the ground with most clearing out, another Richard’s Pipit was in the field opposite Westmere Farm and the Barred Warbler was still at Sammy’s Point, also 1 House Martin, 1 flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 9 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 19 Goldcrest.

Also present were 5 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl,m 2 Kingfisher and a Grass Snake.

Ringing- 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 House Sparrow, Lesser Redpoll 20, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

Pink-footed Geese. Tim Jones.

Pink-footed Geese. Tim Jones.

8th October 2015 - Thursday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:50-12:15. Bright and sunny most of the day with a light F1 WNW-SW wind.

Generally lesser numbers of migrants but a few new scarcities included a Little Bunting that u-turned over the Warren, a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point and a Richard’s Pipit that flew south, other migrants included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Skylark, 20 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 30 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 flava wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzel, 70 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 at Kew & 2 Kilnsea), 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 29 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 1 Red-backed Shrike behind the Riding School, 160 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 40 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting.

On the move were 2 Whooper Swan, 252 Pink-footed Geese, 27 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 98 Gannet, 42 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 37 Golden Plover, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 18 Bonxie, 58 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 36 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 252 Skylark, 38 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 502 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 9 Grey Wagtail, 40 alba wagtail, 8 Ring Ouzel west, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Rook u-turned, 17 Carrion Crow, 28 Starling, 347 Tree Sparrow, 96 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 46 Greenfinch, 685 Goldfinch, 93 Siskin, 246 Linnet, 207 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 47 Reed Bunting.

Also present were 137 Greylag Geese, 3 Canada Geese, 96 Wigeon, 92 Teal, 1 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 13 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Water Rail, 48 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing- 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 24 Tree Sparrow, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 79 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.

Goldfinches migrating south. Tim Jones.

Goldfinches migrating south. Tim Jones.

7th October 2015 - Wednesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:30-16:30. A very foggy start before clearing mid-morning then some showers in afternoon and a F1 E swinging F3 W wind.

A juvenile Red-footed Falcon that was very mobile around the Kilnsea area late afternoon was the highlight the Citrine Wagtail was again present early morning only on the Saltmarsh, a juvenile Red-backed Shrike was new behind the riding school and another Richard’s Pipit flew south, as well as an interesting Bunting showing some features of Pine Bunting that u-turned over the Warren, other migrants included 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Swallow, 45 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 19 Ring Ouzel, 6 Fieldfare, 115 Song Thrush, 44 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 9 Yellow-browed Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 26 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 35 Reed Bunting.

Some light passage included 3 Barnacle Geese, 11 Brent Geese, 14 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 7 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 45 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Bonxie, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 48 Herring Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Common Tern, 20 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 58 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 137 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 17 alba wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 73 Greenfinch, 202 Goldfinch, 80 Siskin, 255 Linnet, 58 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Crossbill, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 40 Reed Bunting.

Ringing- 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 22 Lesser Redpoll.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

Bunting sp. Tim Jones.

6th October 2015 - Tuesday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:40-18:30. A wet start clearing mid morning with heavy cloud and some really heavy showers mid afternoon, a F3-2 SE-S wind.

Either a few new arrivals or more showing in better conditions with some duck passage over the sea, the Citrine Wagtail showed early morning only and a new Richard’s Pipit in Walker Butts before flying south as well as the bird from yesterday in Sheep Field, other migrants present were 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 40 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 160 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 43 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 380 Song Thrush, 490 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Yellow-browed Warbler, 23 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 50 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the Point, 2 Brambling, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.

On the move were 97 Barnacle Geese that flew south after resting on the beach off the Warren for 2 hours where 2 darvic rings were read, 1 of which belonged to a bird ringed on Svalbard in 2004! 2 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 431 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 734 Teal, 1 Mallard, 9 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 110 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 59 Red-throated Diver, 66 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 11 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 34 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 1 Short-eared Owl, 23 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 13 Rock Pipit, 40 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba wagtail, 15 Chaffinch, 25 Siskin, 1 Hawfinch, 14 Reed Bunting.

Also present were 169 Dark-bellied and 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 37 Wigeon, 177 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff.

Ringing- 13 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch.

Barnacle Geese. Tim Jones.

Barnacle Geese. Tim Jones.

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jones.

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jones.

5th October 2015 - Monday

Migration/Sea-watches- 07:00-12:00, 13:45-14:45. Rain on and off from mid-morning with a stiff F3-4 SE wind.

The first decent arrival of thrushes made for an exciting day with a few new arrivals including the first Richard’s Pipit of the year at the Sheep Field and the Citrine Wagtail remained on Canal Scrape on and off through the day. Other migrants included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 7 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 32 Ring Ouzel, 14 Fieldfare, 490 Song Thrush, 3800 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 blythi-type Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 48 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest at the Point and the Warren, 14 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.
On the move were 45 Barnacle Geese, 18 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 2 Pochard, 4 Eider, 93 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 93 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 1 Redshank,7 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Arctic Skua, 25 Bonxie, 54 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 40 auk sp., 30 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 7 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail. Also present were 55 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing- 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Ring Ouzel, 10 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Brambling.

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Rich Willison.

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Rich Willison.

4th October 2015 - Sunday

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-12:00. A light F1 WNW-SE wind with some sunny spells and plenty of cloud.

The fantastic week continued with a new ARCTIC WARBLER trapped and ringed in Church Field just after midday and continued to show on and off through the day at the back of the field. The Citrine Wagtail flew north over the Warren and landed on Canal Scrape where it spent most of the day and was last seen going to roost in the reeds there. The Olive-backed Pipit probably flew north over the Warren in the morning but wasn’t relocated. A new Little Bunting was at the Point and one was on the saltmarsh off the Warren and a Great White Egret flew south.

Other migrants present were 6 Jack Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 80 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 2 Redstart, 11 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 23 Song Thrush, 42 Redwing, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler was calling at the bottom of the Canal, a new record day count 30 Yellow-browed Warbler well scattered throughout the area, 29 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 79 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the Point, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Brambling.


On the move were 71 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 11 Skylark, 38 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 33 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba wagtail, 6 Rook, 5 Jackdaw, 9 House Sparrow, 80 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 490 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 19 Linnet, 104 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting flew north and 3 Reed Bunting.


Ringing- 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Wren, 3 Blackcap, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Arctic Warbler, 21 Tree Sparrow, 89 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Bunting, 22 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin.

Little Bunting. Jake Gearty.

Little Bunting. Jake Gearty.

Great White Egret. Jake Gearty.

Great White Egret. Jake Gearty.

Citrine Wagtail. Martin Standley

Citrine Wagtail. Martin Standley

3rd October 2015 - Saturday

Tomorrow beware – DO NOT CROSS THE BREACH BETWEEN 09.15 AND 12.20 OVER THE HIGH TIDE

Migration/sea-watches 6.40-12.00. Cloudy all day with some sunny spells and a light N-NE wind.

What a day, an Olive-backed Pipit found by Marcus Brew at Chalk Bank became the 250th species recorded by the Observatory this year and he had it all to himself for two hours before the tide dropped enough for it to be safe enough for anyone else to cross onto the ‘island’.
However, for the second year running the OBP was upstaged when a fine PIED WHEATEAR was found at Middle Camp and showed very well on the rocks there, and shortly afterwards a CITRINE WAGTAIL was also found at Middle Camp, and also showing well at times.
A few new Yellow-browed Warblers were also seen and the day total was back into double figures with 12, the first Brambling of the autumn was seen in Easington as was a Treecreeper, and other common migrant totals included a Long-eared Owl, a Short-eared Owl in off, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whinchat, 10 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 44 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit.
There was a few birds moving too including 10 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 48 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 48 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 8 Skylark, 106 Swallow, 86 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 12 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 170 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 357 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 64 Linnet, 70 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, and 37 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Shag, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 150 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern.

Pied Wheatear. Tim Jump

Pied Wheatear. Tim Jump

Citrine Wagtail. Si Jump

Citrine Wagtail. Si Jump

Olive-backed Pipit.Tim Jump

Olive-backed Pipit.Tim Jump

Olive-backed Pipit. Tim Jump

Olive-backed Pipit. Tim Jump

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jump

Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jump

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2nd October 2015 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-12.00. A fine sunny day with some cloud cover for a couple of hours mid-morning, a light SE-NE wind.
A probable Little Bunting U-turned at the Warren with some Reed Buntings and was heard calling over Sammy’s Point shortly afterwards. The Cetti’s Warbler was seen again at the Warren briefly, a new Firecrest was trapped at Church Field early morning and one was seen on Beacon Lane. The Yellow-browed Warbler total for the day was 7 with a particularly showy one behind the Blue Bell and a new in bird was trapped at the Warren.
Common migrant totals were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100+ Swallows, 4 House Martin, 4 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 40 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Reed Bunting.
There was some light passage again including 20 Pink-footed Geese, the first five Barnacle Geese of the autumn, 2 Shelduck, 16 Common Scoter, 52 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 5 Sparrowhawk, 10 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 28 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 60 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 11 House Sparrow, 60 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 19 Greenfinch, 128 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 33 Linnet, 80 Redpoll, 57 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen were 75 Brent Geese, 76 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Shag, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

1st October 2015 - Thursday

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Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.00, 11.00-12.00. Another fine sunny day with a light NE wind.
A probable Lanceolated Warbler was seen between Chalky Point and the Riverside Hotel late morning, unfortunately not all features were seen to clinch the ID, a Grasshopper Warbler was caught nearby while driving for the bird but that wasn’t the bird in question. A Little Bunting was seen briefly on a couple of occasions at the Warren before disappearing. Yellow-browed Warblers were down in numbers today to 13, there were 3 Firecrests (1 Crown, 2 Beacon Lane) and 2 Cetti’s Warblers (1 at the Warren and 1 at Middle Camp), and the Hawfinch was at Kew again.
Other migrant totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 29 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 39 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit, 80 Tree Sparrow, 20 Lesser Redpoll.
There was some light passage including 40 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 7 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 117 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 8 Rook, 45 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 132 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 14 Linnet, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 54 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl.

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