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October 2016 Sightings

31st October 2016 - Roundup for October

The annual review for 2015 began with the following quote!!
“An average spring was soon forgotten with a truly memorable autumn, highlighted by big falls in August and mid-October and a week full of rarities in what was possibly the best weeks birding in Spurn’s history at the end of September into early October. 2016 will need to be truly impressive to replace 2015 in the history books!”


2016 has already surpassed 2015 by a huge margin and it’s not over yet. September gave us a bit of a taster, but October alone has amassed a species total of around 210 species and had Spurn regulars and visiting birders amazed by the quality of the rarities and the sheer numbers and arrivals of migrants. The month has added 1 new sub-species with a beautiful male Eastern Black Redstart and 3 new species to the Spurn list with anticipated birds in Brown Shrike and Pine Bunting while the outstanding highlight of the year was a fantastic Siberian Accentor which was also the 1st for Yorkshire and culminated in the biggest twitch ever in the Spurn area.

Add to this other mouth-watering species like the 3rd Isabelline Wheatear, 5 Red flanked Bluetails including a stunning blue adult male, 2 Siberian Stonechat present on the same day, differing in race with a ‘Maura’ and a very good candidate ‘Stejnegri' and an occasionally showy Rustic Bunting.

Then the following list of ‘backup’ species with Glossy Ibis, 9 Richard’s Pipit, 2 Tawny Pipit, 5 Olive backed Pipit, 7 Water Pipit, Bluethroat, 2 Barred Warbler, a confirmed 'Halimodendri' Lesser Whitethroat from DNA sequencing, 10 Pallas’s Warbler, 3 Raddes Warbler, 10 Dusky Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Rose coloured Starling, Ortolan Bunting and 10 Little Bunting.

If all that wasn’t enough throw in Black Brant, Leach’s Petrel, 2 Quail, Rough legged Buzzard, Crane, Dotterel, Grey Phalarope, Wryneck, 2 Woodlark, 90+ Yellow browed Warbler, 28+ Firecrest, 7 Red breasted Flycatcher, 30+ Bearded Tit, 5 Great grey Shrike, 4 Northern Bullfinch and 17+ Hawfinch.

Other species to keep your note book ticking over were influxes of Bean and White fronted Geese, Shorelarks and Mealy Redpolls, a scatter of Waxwing and the fantastic arrivals of common migrants like Robins, Thrushes, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Brambling it’s not hard to see why 2016 will already go down as the most epic ever……………

For anyone interested in ringing the month was very busy with over 5,100 birds ringed. There were many big arrivals of Thrushes, Robins, Warblers and Crests, albeit good weights in general across all species due to the strong easterly and good weather. Selected highlights below.
Totals were 1,338 Robin, 754 Tree Sparrow, 616 Goldcrest, 536 Blackbird, 486 Redwing, 224 Song Thrush, 220 Chiffchaff, 197 Blackcap, 106 Brambling, 60 Wren, 58 Dunnock while birds ringed in lesser numbers were 24 Siskin, 16 Mealy Redpoll, 15 Yellow browed Warbler, 6 Firecrest, 6 Bullfinch, 4 Ring Ouzel, 4 Dusky Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 3 Woodcock, 2 Pallas’s Warbler and singles of Jack Snipe, Woodchat Shrike, Rustic Bunting and Little Bunting.

Siberian Accentor. Peter Davison.

Siberian Accentor. Peter Davison.

31st October 2016 - Monday

Foggy start to the day with hazy sunshine on the afternoon and a light SW wind.

October has delivered one amazing rarity after another, and with the finding of Spurns 1st BROWN SHRIKE showing well along the canal, it added the icing to the cake of a phenomenal month.

Late in the day an adult male Red breasted Flycatcher sent pulses racing at Kew as it flitted in the gloom, with Taiga seemingly eliminated before it went to roost. The adult Rough legged Buzzard remained just north of Sammys, often perched for long periods, while the family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still in the field opposite the tower house in Easington.
Other migrants among a welcome increase in Thrushes were 1 Short eared Owl, 5 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock, 1 Redstart, 1 Black Redstart at the Point, 1 Stonechat, 460 Blackbird, 1800 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 520 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Blackcap, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 15 Chiff chaff, Siberian Chiffchaff by the Gas Terminal, 2 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 5 Snow Bunting.

Birds on the move over the sea were 39 Whooper Swan, 226 Pink footed Geese, 11 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 7 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Red breasted Merganser, 10 Goosander, 4 Red throated Diver and 1 Great northern Diver.

There was a trickle of southerly overland movement and ‘viz-migging’ produced 9 Snipe, 45 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 Richard’s Pipit, 78 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 20 Starling in/off, 20 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 13 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 29 Siskin, 29 Linnet and 13 Reed Bunting.

A migrant Hawker was still surviving in Churchfield.

Ringing: 3 Wren, 4 Robin, 86 Blackbird, 22 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Blackcap, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Twite, 1 House Sparrow. (134 of 13 species)

Brown Shrike. Andy Butler.

Brown Shrike. Andy Butler.

Brown Shrike. Richard Willison.

Brown Shrike. Richard Willison.

Brown Shrike. Ian Smith.

Brown Shrike. Ian Smith.

Twite. Steve Exley.

Twite. Steve Exley.

30th October 2016 - Sunday

Cloudy all day with some light drizzle and a light force 1 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0645-1420.

A nice pleasant day saw the adult Rough legged Buzzard remain in the Long Bank area, while the family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still in the field opposite the tower house in Easington, 2 Bean Geese came in/off the sea, a Hawfinch was at Rose Cottage and a Water Pipit was at the Warren.
Other migrants were 1 Short eared Owl, 3 Water Rail, 6 Woodcock, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 220 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 165 Redwing, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiff chaff, 1 Firecrest, 15 Chaffinch, 5 Twite, 13 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Snow Bunting.

Quiet for birds on the move over the sea though a few wildfowl kept some interest with 2 Whooper Swan, 280 Pink footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 18 Mallard, 14 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 3 Eider, 106 Common Scoter, 12 Goldeneye, 7 Red breasted Merganser, 2 Red throated Diver, 2 Gannet and 5 Little Gull.

There was a trickle of southerly overland movement and ‘viz-migging’ produced 15 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 30 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba wagtail, 176 Starling in/off, 35 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 53 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin and 44 Linnet.

Other birds of interest were 1 Velvet Scoter on the Humber, 1 Merlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 11 Black tailed Godwit.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 1 Starling, 6 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll. (32 of 12 species)

Greenland White fronted Geese. Paul French.

Greenland White fronted Geese. Paul French.

Rough legged Buzzard. Steve Exley.

Rough legged Buzzard. Steve Exley.

29th October 2016 - Saturday

Cloudy all day with some light drizzle and a light force 1 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1030, 1400-1500.


The day was understandably a bit slow to get going what with few Spurn regulars about until they returned from a wedding in York, but all the same was a nice pleasant varied day with some good birds and some decent southerly movement.

The adult Rough legged Buzzard remained in the Long Bank area, the Pallas’s Warbler was still at Easington Gas Terminal, while the family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still in the field opposite the tower house in Easington, 2 Bean Geese came in/off the sea, a Hawfinch was at Rose Cottage, a Waxwing flew north and a Water Pipit was at the Warren.
Other migrants were 1 Short eared Owl, 4 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 220 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 165 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Siberian type Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Chaffinch, 5 Twite, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullifnch including 1 Northern and 5 Snow Bunting.

Quiet for birds on the move over the sea with 33 Whooper Swan, 508 Pink footed Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 1 Pintail, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Long tailed Duck, 7 Common Scoter and 1 Goldeneye.

A wide range of species on the move, but low numbers. ‘Viz-migging’ produced 5 Stock Dove, 90 Wood Pigeon, 66 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Richard’s pipit, 125 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba wagtail, 38 Jackdaw, 26 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 House Sparrow, 182 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 18 Greenfinch, 72 Goldfinch, 23 Siskin, 93 Linnet, 4 Twite, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting and 7 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 14 Grey Partridge, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 3 Wren, 1 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 39 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch. (75 of 12 species)

Pallas's Warbler. Dave Bowes.

Pallas's Warbler. Dave Bowes.

Pallas's Warbler. Dave Bowes.

Pallas's Warbler. Dave Bowes.

Ring Ouzel. Dave Bowes.

Ring Ouzel. Dave Bowes.

Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith.

Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith.

28th October 2016 - Friday

Overcast all day with a light and variable wind.
Migration Watch: 0800-1030.

On top of the amazing list of rarities and arrivals of common migrants its been a record breaking month for the number of species recorded which now stands around 208.

The latest addition to the list was an stunning adult male Rough legged Buzzard which lingered during the afternoon in the triangle giving superb views.

Other highlights today were the Pallas's Warbler still in the copse on the north side of Easington gas terminal and a Waxwing, flying north.

Still some migrants lingering with 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Redstart, 90 Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 13 Chiff chaff, 23 Long tailed Tit, 2 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch including 1 Northern and 5 Snow Bunting.

Birds on the move were 21 Whooper Swan, 342 Pink footed Geese, 6 Pintail, 30 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Ringed Plover in, 1 Golden Plover in, 5 Stock Dove, 30 Wood Pigeon, 22 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin 13 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 4 House Sparrow, 187 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 2 Twite, 10 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.


Other birds of interest were 1 Pale bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 4 Greenshank.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 16 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 28 Tree Sparrow. (49 of 6 species).

Rough legged Buzzard. John Hewitt.

Rough legged Buzzard. John Hewitt.

Rough legged Buzzard. Dan Branch.

Rough legged Buzzard. Dan Branch.

Rough legged Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

Rough legged Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

Rough legged Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

Rough legged Buzzard. Nigel Genn.

27th October 2016 - Thursday

Overcast all day with a force 3-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1230.

Difficult to find migrants in the strong winds but a reasonable movement of birds heading south including 7 Sparrowhawk, 3 Shorelark and 3 Water Pipit. There was no sign of the Siberian Stonechat at the Point.

Migrant totals slowly reducing were 1 Woodcock, 1 Redstart Cliffe Farm, 1 Ring Ouzel, 18 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 15 Chiff chaff, 8 Long tailed Tit, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Snow Bunting.

Birds on the move were 388 Pink footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 1 Red throated Diver while overland 7 Sparrowhawk, 7 Golden Plover in, 14 Wood Pigeon, 376 Wood Pigeon, 29 Skylark, 3 Shorelark, 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 90 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 23 Jackdaw, 26 Rook, 372 Tree Sparrow, 45 Chaffinch, 129 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 81 Linnet, 2 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll and 23 Reed Bunting.
Other birds of interest were 1 Canada Goose, 256 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 6 Grey Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzrd, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 4 Lesser Redpoll. (10 of 5 species).

Snow Bunting. Martin Suanjak.

Snow Bunting. Martin Suanjak.

Snow Bunting. Martin Suanjak.

Snow Bunting. Martin Suanjak.

Mealy Redpoll. Martin Suanjak.

Mealy Redpoll. Martin Suanjak.

26th October 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny spells with a force 1-2 SW wind.
Seawatch: 0800-0915.

Migration Watch: 0730-1330.
A disappointing major clear out of birds with only the ’Stejnegers’ SIBERIAN STONECHAT remaining at the Point.

Other good birds seen were Siberian Chiffchaff in Easington, Northern Bullfinch in Churchfield, an adult Waxwing at the Warren, 2 Shorelark and a Hooded Crow.
Selected migrant totals were 5 Woodcock, 4 Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe, 43 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Mealy Redpoll.

Birds on the move over the sea were 18 Whooper Swan, 57 Pink footed Geese, 60 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 8 Cormorant, 2 Bar tailed Godwit while a decent overland passage of 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 23 Lapwing in/off, 40 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 59 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 13 Alba Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest in/off, 16 Starling in/off, 395 Tree Sparrow, 74 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 37 Greenfinch, 166 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 91 Linnet, 2 Twite, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting and 87 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 53 Lapwing, 5 Great spotted Woodpecker.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 4 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 10 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (32 of 9 species).

'Stejnegers' Siberian Stonechat. Ian Smith.

'Stejnegers' Siberian Stonechat. Ian Smith.

Mealy Redpoll. Ian Smith.

Mealy Redpoll. Ian Smith.

25th October 2016 - Tuesday

Cloudy spells and sunny periods with a force 1 E wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1430.

This year and particularly the autumn has been amazing at Spurn in so many different ways, but of course it’s the birding that brings us here. It is already going down as the best ever, and today proved it still has more to offer with two 1sts for the Spurn area and 4 BB rarities found, three of which were found within 15mins of each other just after 2pm. A truly remarkable day and a very appropriate way to finish the last day of easterly winds for the forecastable future, after such an amazing period of easterly airflow bringing rarity after rarity.

The first of these on this remarkable day began with a flighty male PINE BUNTING at Walker Butts seen on the fence line before chased off by a Black Redstart then circled high twice and disappeared north, but it was seen well by one lucky observer down to 10yds behind Westmere Farm then flew towards Sammys. Even rarer still was a stunning 1w male EASTERN BLACK REDSTART at Easington Cemetery, found just after 2pm, showing very well feeding on a muck heap and despite its rarity one many had predicted for Spurn. The radios were on fire as in the next 15mins news filtered through of 2 RED FLANKED BLUETAILS a 1w female showing very well on the fence by the hide at Kilnsea Wetands, which was quickly followed by a stunningly beautiful adult male found at the Point, this bird was extremely elusive but a real reward for those down at the Point, with those lucky few remarking that it was probably the best bird they had ever seen at Spurn.
After all that excitement the probable ’Stejneger’s STONECHAT was relegated to an also at the Point.

Other migrant highlights included 1 Long-eared Owl showing well on the Saltmarsh south of the Warren, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 75 Wren, 180 Robin, 8 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 155 Blackbird, 112 Fieldfare, 21 Song Thrush, 140 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 24 Blackcap, 1 Pallas’s Warbler on the North Side of the Gas Terminal, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 125 Goldcrest, 8 Brambling.
Birds on the move were 6 Whooper Swan, 50 Pink-footed Geese, 4 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pintail, 21 Wigeon, 26 Eider, 21 Common Scoter, 14 Velvet Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 42 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lapwing (in), 1 LBB Gull, 48 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bearded Tit south through the Warren and over the Breach, 10 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 10 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 20 Chaffinch, 51 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 42 Linnet, 27 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 19 Reed Bunting.


Ringing: 12 Robin, 11 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch. (99 of 13 species).

1w male Eastern Black Redstart. Andy Butler.

1w male Eastern Black Redstart. Andy Butler.

Adult Male Red flanked Bluetail. Dave Constantine.

Adult Male Red flanked Bluetail. Dave Constantine.

Adult male Red flanked Bluetail. Dave Constantine.

Adult male Red flanked Bluetail. Dave Constantine.

1w female Red flanked Bluetail. Ian Bollen.

1w female Red flanked Bluetail. Ian Bollen.

Long eared Owl. Ian Bollen.

Long eared Owl. Ian Bollen.

24th October 2016 - Monday

Cloudy spells and sunny periods with a force 1-2 E-ENE wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1200.
An increase in migrants numbers and some decent southerly passerine movement considering the wind direction.

The probable’Stejnegers’ SIBERIAN STONECHAT was still at the Point, while the Hooded Crow was still in the area and a Water Pipit flew as far south as the Warren then went back north.

Migrant totals were 5 Woodcock, 4 Jack Snipe, 3 Short eared Owl, 151 Robin, 65 Wren, 5 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart Cliffe Farm, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 133 Blackbird, 160 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrush, 28 Song Thrush, 216 Redwing, 32 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Yellow browed Warbler, 29 Chiff chaff, 205 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 10 Brambling, 18 Siskin, 2 Twite, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Hawfinch, 2 Snow Bunting and 3 ‘northern’ Bullfinch.

Birds on the move were 1 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 4 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 2 Great northern Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Little Gull while overland 37 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 21 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 40 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 117 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 57 Linnet, 31 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting and 35 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 3 Shoveler, 2 Scaup Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, Hobby by Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Water Rail.

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 15 Robin, 23 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 10 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 45 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 1 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer. (150 of 18 species).

Black Redstart. Jonnie Fisk.

Black Redstart. Jonnie Fisk.

Black Redstart. Paul French.

Black Redstart. Paul French.

Ring Ouzel, Sammys Point. Jeff Clarke.

Ring Ouzel, Sammys Point. Jeff Clarke.

23rd October 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells with a cool force 3-4 NNE-NE wind.
Seawatch: 0730-1030, 1530-1615.
Some decent totals of migrants remain and a late Grasshopper warbler to set pulses racing.

The probable’Stejnegers’ SIBERIAN STONECHAT was still at the Point though never giving close views. We are still learning about this race of Sibe Stonechat but this bird seems to show the full suite of characters you would expect to see on one.

Other good birds seen was a Great grey Shrike, 2 'northern' Bullfinch in Kilnsea and a Hooded Crow south from Kilnsea Wetlands to the Warren.
Migrant totals were 4 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 56 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 255 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 26 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 1 Willow warbler, 34 Chiff chaff, 45 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest in the Churchyard, 13 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 4 Twite, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll and 1 Snow Bunting showing well at Sandy Beaches.

Birds on the move over the sea were 9 Eider, 51 common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 11 Red throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 110 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Kittiwake while overland 6 Skylark, 1 Grey wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 200 Starling in/off and 2 Twite.

Other birds of interest were 1 pale bellied Brent Goose on the Humber, 4 Scaup, 2 Merlin, 27 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit Vicars Lane, .

Ringing: 1 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch. (24 of 7 species).

'Stejnegers' Siberian Stonechat. Geoff Dobbs.

'Stejnegers' Siberian Stonechat. Geoff Dobbs.

Snow Bunting. Craig Bell.

Snow Bunting. Craig Bell.

Black Redstart. Craig Bell.

Black Redstart. Craig Bell.

Hooded Crow. Pete Kinsella.

Hooded Crow. Pete Kinsella.

22nd October 2016 - Saturday

Cloudy with sunny periods and a force 2 NE wind.

Seawatch: 0715-0845.
Both the Maura SIBERIAN STONECHAT and ISABELLINE WHEATEAR were still present just south of Easington Boatyard. A fascinating day ensued later with the discovery of a 2nd SIBERIAN STONECHAT at the Point which appears to be of the race Stejnegeri.

Other good birds seen was a Dusky Warbler at the Point, probably a bird from earlier in the week, 2 Shorelark were by the Breach, 2 Waxwing with singles at Vicars Lane and Chalk Bank.
Migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 70 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 116 Redwing, 10 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 ‘Siberian’ Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 11 Chiff chaff, 30 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest in the Churchyard, 8 Brambling, 15 Siskin, 32 Twite, Hawfinch at the Point, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Mealy Redpoll.
Other birds of interest were 2 Scaup on Beacon Ponds, 2 Merlin, Purple Sandpiper by the Tankblocks, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank and 2 Water Rail.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Dusky Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll. (31 of 12 species).

Stejnegers Siberian Stonechat. Richard Willson.

Stejnegers Siberian Stonechat. Richard Willson.

Stejnegers Siberian stonechat. Richard Willison.

Stejnegers Siberian stonechat. Richard Willison.

Twite. Steve Furber.

Twite. Steve Furber.

Isabelline Wheatear. Ryan McClarence.

Isabelline Wheatear. Ryan McClarence.

21st October 2016 - Friday

Cloudy spells and sunny periods with a shower late afternoon and a force 4-2 N-NNE wind.
Seawatch: 1500-1630.


The good birds continue to arrive with the latest being a SIBERIAN STONECHAT by Easington boatyard with the ISABELLINE WHEATEAR nearby. A Pallas's Warbler showed well at Sammy's Point in the 3rd Paddock.

Migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Long eared Owl on Vicars Lane, 1 Short eared Owl, 29 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart Cliffe Farm, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 60 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 125 Redwing, 18 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 20 Chiff chaff, Siberian Chiffchaff at Sammys, 60 Goldcrest, 2300 Starling, 25 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 29 Twite, 22 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Mealy Redpoll.

Birds on the move were 4 Tundra Bean Geese north, 20 Wigeon, 5 Eider, 4 Red throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Bonxie while overland 21 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 23 Rock Pipit, 3 Rook, 12 Linnet and 12 Snow Bunting in/off.

Other birds of interest were 16 Little Grebe, 315 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 47 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black tailed Godwit, Purple Sandpiper by the Tank blocks and 5 Water Rail.

Ringing: 2 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll. (18 of 8 species).

Siberian Stonechat. Paul French.

Siberian Stonechat. Paul French.

Waxwing. Peter Williams.

Waxwing. Peter Williams.

Pallas's warbler. Mark Andrew Killeen.

Pallas's warbler. Mark Andrew Killeen.

Twite. Paul French.

Twite. Paul French.

20th October 2016 - Thursday

We at Spurn Bird Observatory would like to repeat the thanks again which was posted a few days ago.
SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE VISITING BIRDERS WHO IN THE MAIN BEHAVED IMPECABLY AND WHO ALSO GAVE GENEROUSLY TO THE BUCKET SHAKING VOLUNTERERS AND TO THE LOCALS WHO DESPITE A BIT OF TROUBLE WERE VERY UNDERSTANDING AND EVEN WANDERED DOWN TO LOOK FOR THEMSELVES TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE POLICE AND EASINGTON GAS TERMINAL FOR THERE PATIENCE WITH DEMANDING BIRDERS AND THE LOCAL FARMERS WHO ALLOWED FIELDS FOR PARKING. FINALLY THANKYOU TO ALL OF THE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS WHO GAVE UP THERE 'NORMAL LIVES' AND WITH SOME THERE BIRDING TIME TO OVERSEE AND ORGANISE THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT DESPITE ALL THE GOOD BIRDS BEING SEEN LOCALLY. LASTLY CAN WE THANK MALCOLM GALE, THE OWNER OF THE GARDEN FREQUENTED BY THE BIRD AND OVERLOOKED BY THOUSANDS OF BIRDERS OVER THE WEEK.

After arriving last Thursday the Siberian Accentor was last seen yesterday evening after delighting birders for 7 days. It was fun while it lasted and took quite a bit of organising, but thanks again to everyone for helping out.
The ISABELLINE WHEATEAR remained just south of the boatyard, while the first of hopefully many Waxwing arrived in Churchfield before moving down to the Obs while a Great grey Shrike at Sammys Point, a Firecrest in the Churchyard and 14 Twite in the area.

Migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 20 Fieldfare, 75 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 25 Chiff chaff, 88 Goldcrest, 28 Brambling, 20 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Mealy Redpoll.

Birds on the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Long tailed Duck, 41 Common Scoter, 16 Red throated Diver, 2 Manx shearwater, 80 Gannet, 2 Shag, 3 Bonxie, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 2 Puffin and 330 Auk sp while overland 7 Swallow, 3 House Martin,1 Rock Pipit.

Other birds of interest were 251 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 31 Lapwing, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, Purple Sandpiper by the Tank blocks, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Corn bunting.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Starling, 21 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 5 Goldfinch, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll. (82 of 17 species).

19th October 2016 - Wednesday

A blustery day with rain early morning and heavy showers in the afternoon and a force 4 WNW wind.
There was a reduction in migrant numbers especially Thrushes but the star bird remained.


The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR and ISABELLINE WHEATEAR were both still present and showing well.

If planning on visiting tomorrow please park as instructed below.

The field that was used for carparking is still closed as it is water logged.Please only park in the Old Bus Depot, which is just behind the White Horse pub and walk up Vicars Lane to view which is only a few minute walk. THERE IS STILL NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO VICARS LANE. Please avoid parking on the main roads and especially not in the main square as the bus requires access for turning.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON SEASIDE ROAD if going for the Isabelline Wheatear, we need to keep this clear at all times, park in the Old Bus Depot and walk along the road to the coast before turning south at the Boatyard to view.

SEE MAP BELOW. Old Bus Depot is marked in green.



There was still 1+ Dusky warbler at the Point , 3 Shorelark, a Great grey Shrike in the Triangle and Long eared Owl at the Warren.
Migrant totals were 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 121 Fieldfare, 35 Song Thrush, 230 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 17 Chiff chaff, 57 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 2 Bearded Tit Canal, 12 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 35 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Mealy Redpoll and 3 Twite.

Birds on the move was 13 whooper Swan, 1 Bean Goose, 60 Pink footed Geese, 12 Barnacle Geese, 7 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua and 1528 Auk sp while overland there was 70 Wood Pigeon, 8 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Rock Pipit, 21 Carrion Crow, 450 Tree Sparrow, 33 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 5 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 211 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 28 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll. (279 of 18 species).

18th October 2016 - Tuesday

A blustery day with rain early morning and heavy showers in the afternoon and a force 4 WNW wind.

There was a reduction in migrant numbers especially Thrushes but the star bird remained.

Seawatch: 0715-1040, 1345-1430.

The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR and ISABELLINE WHEATEAR were again showing and remaining popular.
There was still 2 Dusky warbler at the Point , 7 Shorelark with 2 Bluebell, 4 Beacon Lagoons, 1 in/off plus the first 3 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands.
Migrant totals were 11 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 11 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 250 Redwing, 14 Blackcap, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 17 Chiff chaff, 75 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 41 Chaffinch, 28 Brambling, 22 Siskin and 5 Twite.

Birds on the move was 932 Pink footed Geese, 15 Wigeon, 21 Common Scoter, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver and 22 Gannet while overland there was 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 10 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 7 Alba Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 400 Tree Sparrow, 20 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 3 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 9 Robin, 26 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 55 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Lesser Redpoll. (130 of 14 species).

17th October 2016 - Monday

Some more photographs from this great day.

Isabelline Wheatear. Richard Willison.

Isabelline Wheatear. Richard Willison.

Glossy Ibis. John Hewitt.

Glossy Ibis. John Hewitt.

Tundra Bean Geese. Richard Willison.

Tundra Bean Geese. Richard Willison.

17th October 2016 - Monday

The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR continued to show well today at the Old School on Vicars Lane.

Amazingly only 1.3km from the Accentor an ISABELLINE WHEATEAR was found in the second field south of the Boatyard, the bird continued to show well throughout the day in the company of a Northern Wheatear, as viewed from Long Bank to the west of Easington Lagoon.

If planning on visiting tomorrow please park as instructed below.

The field that was used for carparking is still closed as it is water logged.Please only park in the Old Bus Depot, which is just behind the White Horse pub and walk up Vicars Lane to view which is only a few minute walk. THERE IS STILL NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO VICARS LANE. Please avoid parking on the main roads and especially not in the main square as the bus requires access for turning.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON SEASIDE ROAD if going for the Isabelline Wheatear, there is a large caravan being delivered to the site along this road tomorrow so we need to keep this clear at all times, park in the Old Bus Depot and walk along the road to the coast before turning south at the Boatyard to view.

SEE MAP BELOW. Old Bus Depot is marked in green.


Also seen today to continue the purple patch was Spurn's 7th GLOSSY IBIS that first flew over the Siberian Accentor site at Vicars, the toured round Kilnsea Wetlands, Canal Scrape and the Saltmarsh before last been seen flying south down the peninsula towards Lincolnshire.

Sunny spells with the odd shower and a force 3-5 SW wind.
Migration Watch: 0700-1230.


The Olive-backed Pipit was still at the Point by the VTS Tower, 2 Dusky Warbler were at the Point on the east side of the loop path, 3 Pallas's Warbler with a new bird on the east side of Easington and 2 in the Kew/Churchyard area, a Richard's Pipit flew south over the Warren at midday, 2 Bearded Tit in grass on the cliff top at the Gas Terminal, 4 Shore Lark with 2 on the beach just north of the Bluebell car park and a further 2 flying south, several Tundra Bean Geese were seen with 13 in a field on the east side of Easington, 2 in a field north of Long Bank and a mixed flock with White-fronted Geese north of the Gas Terminal.
Other migrants were 1 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 110 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 120 Blackbird, 85 Fieldfare, 64 Song Thrush, 2000 redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow browed warbler, 32 Chiff chaff, 3 Willow warbler, 55 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 400 Starling, 56 Chaffinch, 68 Brambling, 22 Siskin, 5 Twite, 9 Mealy Redpoll and 2 Lapland Bunting.

On top of that it was a very good day for vismig with the first south westerly winds for weeks meaning there were plenty of Goldfinch, Linnet, Tree Sparrow, Skylark flying south as well as the first Water Pipit of the autumn.

'Viz-migging totals today of 224 Pink footed Geese, 1 White fronted Goose, 42 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard in/off, 18 Lapwing, 2 Little Gull north, 2 Stock Dove, 47 Wood Pigeon, 300 Skylark, 39 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 279 Meadow Pipit, 82 Rock Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail. 14 Alba wagtail, 19 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 74 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 23 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 177 Starling, 28 House Sparrow, 713 Tree Sparrow, 63 Chaffinch, 97 Brambling, 90 Greenfinch, 911 Goldfinch, 147 Siskin, 357 Linnet, 45 Redpoll and 20 Reed Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 810 Redshank, 1 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 14 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch. (38 of 8 species)

Isabelline Wheatear, showing the white underwing. Tim Jones.

Isabelline Wheatear, showing the white underwing. Tim Jones.

Isabelline Wheatear (right) with Northern Wheatear (left), illustrating the difference in tail pattern. Tim Jones.

Isabelline Wheatear (right) with Northern Wheatear (left), illustrating the difference in tail pattern. Tim Jones.

Tree Sparrows flying south. Tim Jones.

Tree Sparrows flying south. Tim Jones.

Map for parking tomorrow.

Map for parking tomorrow.

Water Pipit. Tim Jones.

Water Pipit. Tim Jones.

16th October 2016 - Sunday

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE VISITING BIRDERS WHO IN THE MAIN BEHAVED IMPECABLY AND WHO ALSO GAVE GENEROUSLY TO THE BUCKET SHAKING VOLUNTERERS AND TO THE LOCALS WHO DESPITE A BIT OF TROUBLE WERE VERY UNDERSTANDING AND EVEN WANDERED DOWN TO LOOK FOR THEMSELVES TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE POLICE AND EASINGTON GAS TERMINAL FOR THERE PATIENCE WITH DEMANDING BIRDERS AND THE LOCAL FARMERS WHO ALLOWED FIELDS FOR PARKING. FINALLY THANKYOU TO ALL OF THE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS WHO GAVE UP THERE 'NORMAL LIVES' AND WITH SOME THERE BIRDING TIME TO OVERSEE AND ORGANISE THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT DESPITE ALL THE GOOD BIRDS BEING SEEN LOCALLY.

PLEASE SEE THE MAP BELOW.
The temporary carpark in Easington is now closed. Please in the first instance park in the old bus depot marked blue which is just behind the White Horse pub and walk up vicars lane to view which is only a few minute walk. Please avoid parking on the main roads and especially not in the main square as the bus requires access for turning.

Cloudy to start with rain from mid morning occasionally heavy then sunshine from mid afternoon and a force 2-3 SE wind.
The fabulous birding period continues and while smaller numbers of birds arrived and a big deluge of rain it was still an enjoyable day.

The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR was giving fantastic views sometimes down a few feet in its favourite area despite a good soaking for 3 hours.

There was 5 Dusky warbler today with one trapped and ringed in Churchfield, a Raddes Warbler showing well along the Canal, an Olive backed Pipit on the Point parade ground, the 2 Pallas’s Warbler in the Crown Carpark/Kilnsea churchyard, 3 Bearded tit still along the canal, 1 Little Bunting at the Point, the Great grey Shrike on south side of Easington and 2 Shorelark showing well at the Bluebell.
Migrant totals were 6 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl, 14 Rock Pipit, 345 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 13 Ring Ouzel, 180 Blackbird, 630 Fieldfare, 52 Song Thrush, 2150 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 29 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 61 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 130 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 330 Brambling, 86 Siskin, 5 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting.

Birds on the move was 62 Wigeon, 77 Teal, 2 White fronted Geese, 30 Bean Geese, Leach’s Petrel north, 24 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Knot, 1 Arctic Skua, , while also on the move was 22 Skylark, 2 Shorelark, 21 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 122 Meadow Pipit,5 Rock Pipit, 17 Alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 2 Jackdaw, , 124 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Crossbill, 12 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and a 1st winter Caspian gull along Easington Straight.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 13 Robin, 1 Redstart, 18 Blackbird, 13 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Dusky Warbler, 2 Chiff chaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch. (76 of 14 species).

Raddes Warbler. Richard Willison

Raddes Warbler. Richard Willison

Dusky Warbler. Richard Willson.

Dusky Warbler. Richard Willson.

Shorelark. Philip Rilsdale.

Shorelark. Philip Rilsdale.

Siberian Accentor. Tony Davison. Guess we should post another pic of the star bird.

Siberian Accentor. Tony Davison. Guess we should post another pic of the star bird.

No acces to the red area under any circumstance. The carpark in yesterdays map is now closed. Please park in the old bus depot marked blue to keep the village square free for the local buses to turn. In general keep the green areas free too.

No acces to the red area under any circumstance. The carpark in yesterdays map is now closed. Please park in the old bus depot marked blue to keep the village square free for the local buses to turn. In general keep the green areas free too.

15th October 2016 - Saturday

For birders coming to see the Siberian Accentor tomorrow;

-Parking will be in a field just east of Easington, DO NOT PARK IN THE VILLAGE AND OBEY SPEED LIMITS, (we had lots of complaints from locals today so need to avoid that tomorrow), the field is a 5 min walk from where the bird is, this is accessed by driving through Easington past the square and the field is on the right, there is a sign saying free parking, pull into this field and park sensibly, Observatory wardens will be present from 6am

- Those who are first to arrive tomorrow morning please do not enter the small wood where the bird is viewed from, form a queue on the pavement by the sign and at half 6 the first group of people will be allowed in to view the area where the bird has been frequenting. Once the bird is (hopefully) showing then the first group will have 5 mins viewing and then the next group will be moved in, this will keep rotating like this for as long as needed.

-If you drive down the road to bird around Kilnsea again please DO NOT PARK ON THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK, there is a field open for parking just east of Church Field, as you drive through the village turn the corner at the pub and half way along that road the field is sign posted on the left.
-We would like to thank everyone for their generosity, friendliness and general good behaviour today, the bird showed well throughout the day and it was great to see everyone be able to come down and see the bird today.


After early morning drizzle and light rain it was a nice day, with plenty of sunshine and a force 1-2 S-SE wind.

A fantastic day with a brilliant selection of birds on offer and 10 Dusky Warbler!!

The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR was again the star performer, but became a bit more mobile today.

The calmer conditions no doubt led to the crazy total of 10 Dusky warbler (3 point, 1 Chalk Bank, 1 Breach, 3 Canal area, 1 Rose Cottage, 1 Driftwood), a Raddes Warbler in Big Hedge showed occasionally well, there was 2 Pallas’s Warbler in Kilnsea churchyard, 1 Richards Pipit south over Middle Camp, 28 Bearded tit (with 24 in one flock at the Point), 3 Little Bunting Lighthouse, Breach and Sammys point, the Great grey Shrike on Vicars lane, 1 Shorelark at the Bluebell and in the evening a Black Brant on the Humber.

Migrant totals were 49 Woodcock, 5 Short eared Owl, 14 Rock Pipit, 585 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 9 Redstart, 12 Stonechat, 18 Wheatear, 19 Ring Ouzel, 410 Blackbird, 1700 Fieldfare, 420 Song Thrush, 12,300 Redwing, 21 Mistle Thrush, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 51 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow browed Warbler, 195 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 465 Goldcrest, 9 Firecrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 83 Chaffinch, 490 Brambling, 150 Siskin, 3 Twite, 56 Mealy Redpoll in the area, 14 Crossbill, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Lapland Bunting
There was another good movement of Geese with 53 Pink footed Geese, 67 White fronted Geese and 37 Bean Geese , while also on the move was 300 Skylark, 27 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 120 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 9 Alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 65 Tree Sparrow, 2 Twite, 124 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Crossbill, 12 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 5 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 5 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 50 Robin, 46 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Blackcap, Pallas’s Warbler, 4 Chiff chaff, 25 Goldcrest, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 House Sparrow, 9 Tree Sparrow, 3 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 8 Lesser Redpoll. (200 of 22 species).

Tundra Bean Geese. Steve Clifton. Brilliant monage showing adult and juvenile and extreme of orange colouration

Tundra Bean Geese. Steve Clifton. Brilliant monage showing adult and juvenile and extreme of orange colouration

Bearded Tit. John Hewitt.

Bearded Tit. John Hewitt.

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt. Some very obliging birds in the area today.

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt. Some very obliging birds in the area today.

Bearded Tits. Philip Ridsdale. Part of the mental flock of 24 over the Point.

Bearded Tits. Philip Ridsdale. Part of the mental flock of 24 over the Point.

Park in field marked in green. Bird is at reddot. No parking in the red areas under any circumstances please.

Park in field marked in green. Bird is at reddot. No parking in the red areas under any circumstances please.

14th October 2016 - Friday

For birders coming to see the Siberian Accentor tomorrow;

-Parking will be in a field just east of Easington, DO NOT PARK IN THE VILLAGE AND OBEY SPEED LIMITS, (we had lots of complaints from locals today so need to avoid that tomorrow), the field is a 5 min walk from where the bird is, this is accessed by driving through Easington past the square and the field is on the right, there is a sign saying free parking, pull into this field and park sensibly, Observatory wardens will be present from 6am

- Those who are first to arrive tomorrow morning please do not enter the small wood where the bird is viewed from, form a queue on the pavement by the sign and at half 6 the first group of people will be allowed in to view the area where the bird has been frequenting. Once the bird is (hopefully) showing then the first group will have 5 mins viewing and then the next group will be moved in, this will keep rotating like this for as long as needed.

-If you drive down the road to bird around Kilnsea again please DO NOT PARK ON THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK, there is a field open for parking just east of Church Field, as you drive through the village turn the corner at the pub and half way along that road the field is sign posted on the left.
-We would like to thank everyone for their generosity, friendliness and general good behaviour today, the bird showed well throughout the day and it was great to see everyone be able to come down and see the bird today.


A nicer day, with occasional sunny spells in the afternoon with a force 3 ESE wind.
Another day and another arrival of birds though steady declines for some.

The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR didn’t disappoint and performed admirably all day to around 1200 well behaved observers.
There was an awesome arrival of 5 Dusky warbler with birds at the Point, the Narrows, Warren, Canal Scrape and by Rose Cottage with 2 trapped and ringed, a Tawny Pipit was in the Sheepfield, an Olive backed Pipit was by the Bluebell, there was 1 Pallas’s Warbler in Kilnsea churchyard, 2 Richards Pipit, a Little Bunting at Sammys point, a Quail in Clubleys Field, the Great grey Shrike on Vicars lane, 18 Shorelark while during the day there was a fantastic movement of 254 White fronted Geese and 15 Bean Geese .
Migrant totals were 26 Woodcock, 5 Short eared Owl, 1 Woodlark, 214 Skylark, 14 Rock Pipit, 505 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 12 Stonechat, 17 Wheatear, 33 Ring Ouzel, 425 Blackbird, 955 Fieldfare, 97 Song Thrush, 870 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow browed Warbler, 90 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 182 Goldcrest, 7 Firecrest, 510 Brambling, 60 Siskin, 6 Twite, 58 Mealy Redpoll in the area, 5 Crossbill, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Lapland Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Black tailed Godwit.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 146 Robin, 1 Fieldfare, 46 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 38 Redwing, 17 Blackcap, 5 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Dusky Warbler, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 74 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 19 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch. (396 of 23 species).

Siberian Accentor. Peter Garrity.

Siberian Accentor. Peter Garrity.

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt.

Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt.

Shorelark. Steve Furber.

Shorelark. Steve Furber.

Park in field marked in green, do not park on the roads, location of bird as red dot

Park in field marked in green, do not park on the roads, location of bird as red dot

13th October 2016 - Thursday

INFORMATION FOR BIRDERS VISITING EASINGTON FOR THE SIBERIAN ACCENTOR.
SEE THE MAP BELOW. SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WARDENS WILL BE ON SITE TO DIRECT BIRDERS.
FIRSTLY THE SITE IS VERY SENSITIVE WITH ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE GAS TERMINAL AND THE POLICE WILL BE ON HIGH ALERT. SO PLEASE DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON VICARS LANE OR ASSOCIATED LINK ROAD. PLEASE PARK ONLY ON THE MAIN ROADS OR EASINGTON SQUARE OR BEHIND THE WHITE HORSE PUB IN THE OLD BUS DEPOT AND RESPECT THE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND WALK TO THE SITE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE GAS TERMINAL
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The SIBERIAN ACCENTOR was showing very well up to around 6pm having been found by Lance Degnan at the main road end of Vicars Lane. SEE THE MAP BELOW.

Some prolonged heavy showers with occasional sunny spells in the afternoon with a force 3 ESE wind.

The Accentor aside it was a good day with an increase in common migrants and some other quality birds thrown in.

A Raddes Warbler was elusive in the 2nd paddock at Sammys Point while the Juvenile Woodchat Shrike was still at the point. There were 3 Pallas’s Warbler with birds in Kilnsea churchyard, Green Lane, Easington and on the north side of the Gas Terminal, a Little Bunting by the breach, the Great grey Shrike on Vicars lane, 3 Shorelark Bluebell, Kilnsea Wetland, Easington Lagoon, 2 Hawfinch Warren and Easington and 4 White fronted Geese on Holderness Field.

Migrant totals were 13 Woodcock, 1 Long eared Owl, 4 Short eared Owl, 680 Robin, 6 Redstart, 11 Stonechat, 15 Wheatear, 37 Ring Ouzel, 295 Blackbird, 955 Fieldfare, 235 Song Thrush, 4680 Redwing, 10 Mistle Thrush, 61 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow browed Warbler, 107 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 245 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 425 Brambling, 49 Siskin, 7 Twite, 26 Mealy Redpoll in the area.

On the move was 8 Wigeon, 50 Common Scoter, 3 Red throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Kittiwake, 8 Auk sp while overland 14 Swallow.
Other birds of interest were 70 Greylag Geese, 1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, .

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 97 Robin, 1 Redstart, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 28 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 28 Redwing, 10 Blackcap, 10 Chiff chaff, 23 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 13 Brambling, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Siskin, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer. (242 of 21 species).

Siberian Accentor. Adam Hutt. The 1st for mainland Britain (and more importantly the 1st for Yorkshire) it follows hot on the heels of the bird on Shetland.

Siberian Accentor. Adam Hutt. The 1st for mainland Britain (and more importantly the 1st for Yorkshire) it follows hot on the heels of the bird on Shetland.

DO NOT park in the red area. The bird is at the western end of Vicars Lane by the old school. Park in blue area behind White Horse pub or in the Green areas whilst always respecting the residents. Spurn Bird Observatory volunteers will be on hand.

DO NOT park in the red area. The bird is at the western end of Vicars Lane by the old school. Park in blue area behind White Horse pub or in the Green areas whilst always respecting the residents. Spurn Bird Observatory volunteers will be on hand.

Siberian Accentor. Dave Tucker.

Siberian Accentor. Dave Tucker.

Shorelark. Katy Kestrel.

Shorelark. Katy Kestrel.

12th October 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny spells all day with occasional and some more prolonged heavy showers with a force 3 E wind.
There was a trickle of arriving migrants during the day while the Mealy Redpoll numbers increased..

The Juvenile Woodchat Shrike remained at the Point and apparently caught and killed a weakened Chaffinch while also at the Point a Dotterel flew south calling and a Hawfinch was by the trap. The Great grey Shrike was still just north of sammys but mobile and late in the day 3 Tundra Bean Goose were on Holderness Field.

Migrant totals were 7 Woodcock, 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 535 Robin, 3 Redstart, 11 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 15 Ring Ouzel, 98 Blackbird, 284 Fieldfare, 136 Song Thrush, 1440 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 33 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Yellow browed Warbler, 232 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 471 Goldcrest, 134 Chaffinch, 113 Brambling, 31 Siskin, the 1st Twite of the autumn over Holderness Field while there are now 22 Mealy Redpoll in the area.

On the move was 4 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 4 Red throated Diver, 1 Black throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Gannet, 3 Bonxie, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 65 Auk sp while overland 14 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Jackdaw, 8 Rook and 120 Starling.
Other birds of interest were 78 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 16 Little Gull Chalk Bank.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 9 Dunnock, 108 Robin, 1 Ring Ouzel, 15 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 12 Blackcap, 25 Chiff chaff, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 100 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 16 Tree Sparrow, 4 House Sparrow, 13 Brambling, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting. (345 of 21 species).

Robin. Ian Smith.  Large numbers have been arriving daily for over a week.

Robin. Ian Smith. Large numbers have been arriving daily for over a week.

11th October 2016 - Tuesday

Sunny spells all day with occasional heavy showers with a cool force 3 N-ENE wind.
After the exodus yesterday it was good to see yet another good arrival of common migrant plus some good birds too and the 3rd? Red flanked Bluetail of the autumn.

The good birds started with a Pallas’s warbler trapped in the high net at Kew which showed on and off on the sheltered road side later. Not long after a Juvenile Woodchat Shrike was found at the Point and radio messages relayed suggested it was interesting, but photographs were a bit inconclusive. Late evening it flew into the Heligoland allowing closer inspection and appeared to be ‘just’ a Senator. A Red flanked Bluetail was found by the blockhouse near the green beacon at the point, the 3rd this autumn (or the bird from the 5th having gone to ground?) 2 Little Bunting were in the Point-lighthouse area and the Great grey Shrike was again at Sammys and finally 2 Hawfinch were in the Observatory and Churchfield area.

Migrant totals were 4 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Long eared Owl, 713 Robin, 6 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, 126 Fieldfare, 81 Song Thrush, 1678 Redwing, 53 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 14 Yellow browed Warbler, 216 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 399 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 132 Brambling, 13 Siskin while 10 Mealy Redpoll were seen and maybe the beginnings of an influx?.
On the move was 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 26 Common Scoter, 18 Red throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 259 Gannet, 5 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 153 Auk sp while overland 28 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 Yellowhammer and 10 Reed Bunting.
Other birds of interest were 4 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 5 Jack Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 1 Black tailed Godwit.

Ringing: 8 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 166 Robin, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Blackbird, 10 Song Thrush, 28 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 25 Chiff chaff, 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 151 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 1 Woodchat Shrike, 8 Tree Sparrow, 6 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting. (450 of 21 species).

Woodchat Shrike. Dan Branch.

Woodchat Shrike. Dan Branch.

Pallas's Warbler. Dan Branch.

Pallas's Warbler. Dan Branch.

Mealy Redpoll. Adam Hutt.

Mealy Redpoll. Adam Hutt.

10th October 2016 - Monday

Heavy showers in the morning with some sunny spells and a force 3 NNW-NE wind.
Migration Watch: 0715-0845, 1200-1300, 1400-1500.

There were a few highlights about today with the Pallas’s Warbler elusive by Easington Churchyard and a Hawfinch mobile in the area.
Other migrants were 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 345 Robin, 5 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 19 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 42 Fieldfare, 114 Song Thrush, 720 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 32 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Yellow browed warbler, 76 Chiff chaff, 3 Willow warbler, 114 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 140 Chaffinch, 56 Brambling, 10 Siskin, 32 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll and 1 Bullfinch.

Birds on the move south (unless stated) were 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 18 Red throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 233 Auk sp, 2 Little Gull north, 72 Skylark, 1 Woodlark, 2 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 11 Alba wagtail and 12 Rook back north.

Other bits of interest were 375 Brent Geese, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 3 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 21 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 2 Chiff chaff, 1 Starling, 222 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 34 Goldfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting. (321 of 16 species)

9th October 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells all day with a cool force 3 NNE-Nwind.
Another fantastic day, despite the reduction in common migrant numbers most of yesterdays birds continued to perform.

Firstly the highlights as per usual. A Pallas’s warbler graced the gardens of a couple of birders in Easington as it wandered from the Churchyard. There were 2 Olive backed Pipit with one still on the south side of Easington gas terminal and another at the Warren. The Rustic Bunting was still in Church field and 3 Little Bunting (2 point, 1 Sammys Point). 2 Red breasted Flycatcher in Easington at Willow Cottage and the Cemetery, the Great grey Shrike was still on Green lane and a Richards Pipit was at Chalk Bank again then flew off south.

Migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 White Wagtail, 250 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 7 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 7 Ring Ouzel, 110 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 320 Song Thrush, 475 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, the ‘Siberian’ Lesser Whitethroat by the gate, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Yellow browed Warbler, 1 Tristis type Chiff chaff, 162 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 286 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 59 Brambling, 11 Siskin, a male ‘Northern’ Bullfinch in Easington and 2 Lapland Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, Peregrine, 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 16 Swallow.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 22 Robin, 35 Blackbird, 10 Song Thrush, 19 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 10 Chiff chaff, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 27 Goldcrest, 1 Long tailed Tit, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 House Sparrow, 40 Tree Sparrow, 4 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Bunting. (188 of 20 species).

Olive backed Pipit. Steve Furber.

Olive backed Pipit. Steve Furber.

Pallas's Warbler. John Price.

Pallas's Warbler. John Price.

Little Bunting. Matt Smith. A minimum of 5 have been seen during the week.

Little Bunting. Matt Smith. A minimum of 5 have been seen during the week.

Lapland Bunting. Jim Welford.

Lapland Bunting. Jim Welford.

Barnacle Goose. Mike Flowers.

Barnacle Goose. Mike Flowers.

8th October 2016 - Saturday

Early morning drizzle gave way to a cloudy day clearing in the afternoon with good sunny spells with a force 2 E wind.
Another fantastic day, with loads of common migrants in the area and plenty of good birds to have a go at.

Firstly the highlights and there was many!! A very bright Olive backed Pipit was on the south side of Easington gas terminal. The Rustic Bunting was along the canal then back in Church field and a pick of 3 Little Bunting (2 point, 1 by the breach). 5 Red breasted Flycatcher in Easington with 2 By the White Horse pub and 3 between the Cemetery-Willow Cottage, the Great grey Shrike was still at Sammys Point moving to Green lane and an Ortolan Bunting over Easington Cemetery. A Short toed Lark flew over the triangle then flushed from Sammys and flew off north west. A Quail and Richards Pipit were in the Sheepfield along the peninsula, Finally a Bluethroat was seen on the south side of Easington Cemetery.

Migrant totals were 9 Woodcock, 1 Long eared Owl, 3 Short eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 White Wagtail, 850 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 16 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 24 Wheatear, 24 Ring Ouzel, 125 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 680 Song Thrush, 1370 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 81 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, the ‘Siberian’ Lesser Whitethroat by the gate, 5 Lesser Whitethroat 27 Yellow browed Warbler, 2 Tristis type Chiff chaff, 195 Chiff chaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 430 Goldcrest, 4 Firecrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 80 Chaffinch,270 Brambling, 17 Siskin, ‘Northern’ Bullfinch, 3 Hawfinch, 2 Lapland Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 322 Brent Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 344 Wigeon,3 Shoveler, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Jack Snipe, Purple Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, Caspian Gull Easington straight.

Ringing: 5 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 80 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 37 Redwing, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 14 Chiff chaff, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 89 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 9 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin. (297 of 19 species).

Olive backed Pipit. Dan Martin.

Olive backed Pipit. Dan Martin.

Ring Ouzel. Phil Birder.

Ring Ouzel. Phil Birder.

Lapland Bunting. Jon G

Lapland Bunting. Jon G

Red breasted Flycatcher. Dan Martin.

Red breasted Flycatcher. Dan Martin.

Brambling. Katy Kestrel.

Brambling. Katy Kestrel.

7th October 2016 - Friday

Early morning rain remaining cloudy all day with occasional drizzle with a force 3-2 E wind.
Seawatch: 0635-0755.

A fantastic day, with some brilliant arrivals of migrants in the morning and again early afternoon, with some good birds thrown in, while it was also a great day for the ringers.

The highlight was the finding of a RED FLANKED BLUETAIL showing well at Easington Cemetery. A Pallas’s Warbler was by the green beacon at the point and an Olive backed Pipit was by Warrenby cottage on Beacon Lane before flying into the campsite. Yesterdays Rustic Bunting showed on and off in Church field while the Little Bunting and Great grey Shrike were still at Sammys Point.

Migrant totals were 12 Woodcock, 2 Short eared Owl, Long eared Owl at Rose Cottage, 40 Dunnock, 935 Robin, 12 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 24 Ring Ouzel, 215 Blackbird, 38 Fieldfare, 695 Song Thrush, 2630 Redwing, an autumn record total of 108 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 13 Yellow browed Warbler, 178 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 235 Goldcrest, 4 Firecrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 65 Chaffinch,135 Brambling, 5 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting, 80 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea was 4 Barnacle Goose, 9 Teal, 1 Eider, 129 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Puffin while overland 5 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 5 Jackdaw, 80 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds of interest were 321 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Common Buzzard, 19 Jack Snipe, 2 Black tailed Godwit, Purple Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 1 Corn Bunting still in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Wren, 8 Dunnock, 218 Robin, 28 Blackbird, 29 Song Thrush, 52 Redwing, 2 Garden Warbler, 35 Blackcap, 37 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 52 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 8 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 16 Brambling, 3 Goldfinch. (493 of 19 species).

Red flanked Bluetail. Pete Saunders.

Red flanked Bluetail. Pete Saunders.

Firecrest. Ian Smith.

Firecrest. Ian Smith.

Rustic Bunting. Ian Smith.

Rustic Bunting. Ian Smith.

Brambling. Adam Hutt.

Brambling. Adam Hutt.

'Coninental' Robin. Adam Hutt.

'Coninental' Robin. Adam Hutt.

6th October 2016 - Thursday

Sunny most of the day with a force 3 ENE wind.
Seawatch: 0640-1000, 1425-1615, 1730-1755.

Another great day of new arrivals with increases in Thrushes and Crests.

The highlight was the finding of a Rustic Bunting at close range in the Church Field then trapped a little while later. A Little Bunting was showing occasionally well at Sammys Point where a Great grey Shrike also showed well. A fantastic record count of 20 Jack Snipe included 8 on Canal Scrape at dusk.

Migrant totals were 6 Woodcock, 4 Short eared Owl, 335 Robin, 5 Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 14 Wheatear, 13 Ring Ouzel, 170 Blackbird, 310 Redwing, 355 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 66 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Yellow browed Warbler, 83 Chiff chaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 400 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Siskin, 73 Brambling and 1 Lapland Bunting.

Over the sea was 18 Barnacle Goose, 108 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 1 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 4 Eider, 67 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 39 Red throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 273 Gannet, 8 Arctic Skua, 19 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 433 Auk sp and 4 Puffin while overland 9 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Jackdaw, 50 Tree Sparrow, 10 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 64 Linnet and 2 Redpoll.

Other birds of interest were 170 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, a Purple Sandpiper on Canal Scrape, 3 Greenshank and 1 Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 76 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 24 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 18 Blackcap, 15 Chiff chaff, 98 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Rustic Bunting. (304 of 16 species).

Rustic Bunting. John Hewitt.

Rustic Bunting. John Hewitt.

Rustic Bunting. John Hewitt.

Rustic Bunting. John Hewitt.

Jack Snipe Gary Vause.

Jack Snipe Gary Vause.

Great grey Shrike. Richard Willison.

Great grey Shrike. Richard Willison.

5th October 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny most of the day with a stiff force 3-5 E wind.
Seawatch: 0640-1830.
A fantastic day all round but declines in numbers of commoner migrants.

The highlight was the finding of a very confiding RED FLANKED BLUETAIL at the point sometimes showing down to a few feet. A Little Bunting was mobile between Canal scrape and Corner Field.

Other migrant totals were 6 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodcock, 6 Sort eared Owl inc 3 in/off, 2 Tree Pipit, 130 Robin, 4 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 13 Ring Ouzel, 36 Blackbird, 52 Redwing, 240 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 8 Yellow browed Warbler, 77 Chiff chaff, 71 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 24 Brambling.

Over the sea was 12 Brent Goose, 362 Wigeon, 561 Teal, 1 Mallard, 5 Pintail, 3 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 11 Eider, 182 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 23 Red throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, a Grey Phalarope over the Humber then north over the sea, 80 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 7 Bonxie and 3 Little Gull.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 48 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 31 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 28 Chiff chaff, 3 Yellow browed Warbler, 35 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch. (175 of 13 species).

Red-flanked Bluetail. Tim Jones.

Red-flanked Bluetail. Tim Jones.

Red flanked Bluetail. Dan Branch.

Red flanked Bluetail. Dan Branch.

Wheatear. Gary Vause.

Wheatear. Gary Vause.

Yellow browed Warbler. Gary Vause.

Yellow browed Warbler. Gary Vause.

4th October 2016 - Tuesday

Sunny most of the day with a force 2-3 ENE-E wind.
Seawatch: 0720-0930.
A fantastic day of Thrush arrivals especially Ring Ouzel and Song Thrushes.

While the headlines were stolen further up the coast there was a good numbers and selection at Spurn.
A Red breasted Flycatcher was in the crown carpark, a Little Bunting at the top of Beacon Lane, a Wryneck at Rose Cottage plus a Blythi type Lesser Whitethroat trapped at the Warren and a locally rare bird of a Green Woodpecker in North field.

Other migrant totals were 4 Jack Snipe, 1 Tree Pipit, 100 Robin, 5 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 8 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 26 Ring Ouzel, 70 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 240 Redwing, 600 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, 26 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 16 Yellow browed Warbler, 72 Chiff chaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 72 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Hawfinch in the Crown car park and 9 Brambling.

Over the sea was 81 Pink footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 19 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Eider, 123 Common Scoter, 21 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 179 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 518 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 7 Guillemot while overland 1 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 1 Brambling, 19 Goldfinch, 119 Linnet, 1 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.

Of interest were 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 3 Short eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker.

Nearby a juvenile Rosy Starling was at Holmpton.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 46 Robin, 11 Blackbird, 46 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 21 Chiff chaff, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 24 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling. (181 of 14 species).

Red breasted Flycatcher. Katy Kestrel.

Red breasted Flycatcher. Katy Kestrel.

Blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Tucker.

Blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Tucker.

Yellow browed Warbler. Justin Carr.

Yellow browed Warbler. Justin Carr.

3rd October 2016 - Monday

Mostly sunny with some cloud and a force 1 NNE-E wind.
Seawatch: 0645-0900.

A great day all round with some good unusual birds and no doubt in the next few days some good birds will be found with the continued winds from the east.


The highlights first with a Grey Phalarope on the Humber off the Crown, Barred Warbler on Vicars Lane, Easington, 32 Yellow browed Warbler in the 'area', Firecrest in the crown carpark, a Hawfinch in Kilnsea and finally a Little Bunting occasionally showing well in church field.
A small clear out of common migrants with totals of 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 41 Song Thrush, 74 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 44 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 8 Brambling.

Over the sea was 54 Pink footed Geese, 34 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 94 Common Scoter, 16 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 161 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua on the Humber, 1 Bonxie while overland 1 Marsh Harrier, 18 Skylark, 6 Rook and 160 Tree Sparrow.

Other birds of interest were 216 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail Canal Scrape, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker.

Ringing: 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 11 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 5 Chiff chaff, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 14 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Blue Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 26 Tree Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting. (82 of 17 species).

Little Bunting. Justin Carr.

Little Bunting. Justin Carr.

Brambling. Gary Vause.

Brambling. Gary Vause.

Grey Phalarope. John Hewitt.

Grey Phalarope. John Hewitt.

Little Bunting. Dan Branch.

Little Bunting. Dan Branch.

2nd October 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells with a stiff force 4-3 N-NNE wind.
Migration watch: 0600-1200, 1330-1530, 1630-1830.

The winds from continent off a low pressure finally brought the first Redwings of the autumn and with them decent numbers of migrants. The wind is set to continue from the east so hopefully more will be on the way.

Migrant totals were 2 Short eared Owl, the Wryneck at Easington gas terminal, 2 Tree Pipit, 280 Meadow Pipit, 3 White Wagtail, 41 Robin, 2 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 23 Song Thrush, 310 Redwing, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 19+ Yellow browed wabrbler, 31 Chiff chaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 92 Goldcrest , 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 34 Chaffinch, 66 Brambling, 5 Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 2+ Hawfinch with one north over the triangle and 2 at Easington gas terminal later.

The sea was very productive with 233 Pink footed Geese, 24 Wigeon, 83 Teal, 20 Eider, 122 Common Scoter, 203 Red throated Diver, 2 Great northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 128 Sooty Shearwater, 37 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1706 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 20 Bonxie, 1 Long tailed Skua, 40 Kittiwake, 1308 Auk sp and 6 Puffin.

Other bits of interest were 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Water Rail Canal Scrape, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren, 19 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 10 Redwing, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiff chaff,19 Goldcrest, 1 Yellow browed Warbler, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling. (71 of 12 species).

Yellow browed warbler. Jon Lowes.

Yellow browed warbler. Jon Lowes.

Yellow browed Warbler. Jon Lowes.

Yellow browed Warbler. Jon Lowes.

1st October 2016 - Saturday

Clear to start clouding over with light rain in the evening with a force SW 1-2 to a 2 NE Wind.
Migration Watch: 0630-1030, 1605-1830.

The good viz migging weather continued but a switch of wind to the north east brought a few seabirds but may soon bring some passerine reward.The Crane seen a few days ago re appeared.

A Common Crane was seen flying west over Easington, while a Wryneck was found by the gas terminal often showing well and the Richard`s Pipit was seen again over the Warren.

Birds on the move were 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 84 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 93 Swallow, 3 House Martin 172 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 30 Alba Wagtail, 15 Dunnock, 20 Carrion Crow, 295 Tree Sparrow, 25 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 10 Siskin, 645 Linnet, 9 Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 69 Reed Bunting.
Over the sea was 210 Pink footed Geese, 2 Pintail, 1 Eider, 82 Common Scoter, 81 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 29 Sooty Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwater, 41 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 10 Bonxie, juvenile Sabines Gull, 20 Little Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern.

Still some migrants lingering with possible new birds later with totals of 2 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 19 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 20 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Other birds of interest were 200 Pink footed Geese, 36 Brent Geese, 202 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 17 Grebe, 5 Common Buzzard, 8 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, the Jack Snipe on canal scrape, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker,

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch. (21 0f 11 species).

Wryneck. Richard Hart.

Wryneck. Richard Hart.

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