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November 2012 Sightings

30th November 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.30. An early morning frost, a much nicer day with long sunny spells and lighter force 1-2 NW wind.
Another good day for Waxwings with 1 in off and 52 south, a Grey Phalarope flew north then landed on the sea. Other birds on the move were 4 Whooper Swan, 139 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Teal, 24 Eider, 233 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 7 Shag, 1 Snipe in, 1 Woodcock in, 4 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 58 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 58 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush.

29th November 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-12.00, 14.15-15.30. Less windy but still cold in a force 3 NW wind, also more sunshine but regular showers late morning.
A day with more light passage over the sea and an increase in Blackbirds and Waxwings. On the move were23 Whooper Swan, 30 Pink-footed Geese, 30 Wigeon, 118 Teal, 10 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 22 Eider, 404 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 58 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 18 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 9 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 14 Waxwing, 7 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 29 Goldfinch, 57 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.
Also seen were a Barnacle Goose, 4 Little Egret, a Water Rail at the Point, 2 Woodcock, 3 Waxwing, 140 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

Waxwing. Ian Smith

Waxwing. Ian Smith

28th November 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-15.30. A cold blustery N wind all day with regular heavy showers and very occasional sunny periods.
Another very good day over the sea, the highlight being a Leach’s Petrel which flew north then drifted south on the sea, other birds on the move were 44 Pink-footed Geese, 53 Wigeon, 400 Teal (100 S, 300 N), 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 21 Eider, 799 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 57 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 33 Kittiwake, 23 auk sp, 31 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 12 Little Auk, 3 Rock Pipit, 11 Waxwing, 3 Blackbird in, 2 Starling in.
Other birds included a Barnacle Goose and 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese at Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Pintal, 1 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, 42 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest.

Wigeon. Ian Smith

Wigeon. Ian Smith

27th November 2012 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.30-15.00. Coolish day in a strong NE wind, cloudy with occasional showers.
It was an excellent day over the sea for the time of year, including a new record count of Common Scoters – 1884, also moving south were 5 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 10 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 7 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 68 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 43 Bonxie, 1500 Herring Gull, 250 Great B.B.Gull, 550 Kittiwake, 21 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 9 Little Auk (6 N, 3 S), 11 Waxwing.
A Ring Ouzel at the Warren was a nice surprise, while other birds seen included a Pintail, 1 Merlin, 100 Lapwing, a Woodcock, 1 Rock Pipit, 57 Blackbird, 33 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing and 400 Starling.

Waxwing.  Adam Hutt

Waxwing. Adam Hutt

Woodcock. Ian Smith

Woodcock. Ian Smith

26th November 2012 - Monday

Sea-watch 07.30-11.15, 15.00-16.00. Rain until late morning then clearing up with some sunny spells with a light force 1 SE-E wind,
A day of just some light passage, on the move south were 202 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 203 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 9 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 39 Kittiwake.
Other birds seen included a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 42 Blackbird, 19 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 1 Blackcap and 2 Siskin.

25th November 2012 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.30-16.00. An awful start to the day with torrential rain and gale force winds, but petering out during the day, leaving a force 3 W wind and some sunny spells.
The highlight was a Grey Phalarope which flew south, but there were also good numbers of ducks moving and waders moving south and coming in off which included 74 Snipe in. Other birds on the move south or in were 5 Whooper Swan, 36 Pink-footed Geese, 100 Wigeon, 347 Teal, 7 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 77 Common Scoter, 13 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Gannet, 3 Shag, 11 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 40 Lapwing, 22 Knot, 87 Dunlin, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 331 Herring Gull, 44 Kittiwake, 37 auk sp, 116 Guillemot, 5 Waxwing, 3 Starling and 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 4 Whooper Swans, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Waxwings, 53 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 48 Redwing.

24th November 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-15.00. A heavy overnight frost and bright and sunny until mid-day when it clouded over, a force 1-3 SE-E wind.
Another steady day of passage with more Waxwings (38) and Siskins (294). Other birds moving included 114 Pink-footed Geese, 44 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 117 Herring Gull, 22 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 31 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 8 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing.

23rd November 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-15.45. Bright and sunny with a force 2-1 WSW-S wind.
A good day of passage included 73 Waxwings and 365 Siskins, other birds moving south were 207 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 2 Mallard, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 31 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 125 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Skylark, 3 Starling, 33 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Twite, 20 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 1 Redwing and 1 Blackcap.

22nd November 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-09.45, 13.00-15.00. Cloudy with some sunny spells, and very wind with the SSW wind touching gale force by mid-afternoon.
4 Waxwings flew south and 29 were seen in Kilnsea, also present were 40 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest.
On the move were 12 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 6 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 14 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 8 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 4 Goldfinch and 122 Siskin.

21st November 2012 - Wednesday

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00, 13.30-15.00. Cloudy with rain all day, heavy at times, a force 1 SE-S wind.
The weather limited birding and it was quiet over the sea, on the move were 25 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 4 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot.
The only other birds seen were 53 Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush and 7 Redwing.

20th November 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 13.00-14.45. Cloudy all day with some light rain showers on and off with a force 4 S wind.
One of the main features this autumn has been the duck passage, due to the regular south and south-east winds. The total number of Teal moving south this autumn has now gone over 12,000, nearly 4000 more than the previous best autumns total.
The days totals of birds moving south were 123 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 598 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 18 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Scaup, 7 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 93 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 41 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 121 Knot, 78 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock in, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 47 Great B.B.Gull, 7 auk sp, 84 Guillemot and 1 Snow Bunting in off.
The first day since early November without a Waxwing, and other birds seen included 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Woodcock, 61 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Siskin.

19th November 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-13.30. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells in a strong force 4-5 S wind.
Another day of light passage, with more waders than usual on the move - 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Brent Goose, 10 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 72 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 129 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 30 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 18 Gannet, 41 Lapwing in, 53 Knot, 84 Dunlin, 7 Snipe in, 1 Woodcock in, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 72 auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 9 Waxwing including 1 in off, 2 Black bird in, 19 Fieldfare inc 8 in, 24 Starling in, 9 Goldfinch and 17 Siskin.
The only other birds seen were a Black Redstart at the post 68, 50 Blackbird, 1 Redwing and a Goldcrest.

18th November 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-13.30. A cool start with early morning frost, a fine sunny day followed with a light westerly wind.
Another good day for passage with 15 Whooper Swan, 240 Pink-footed Geese, 46 Wigeon, 136 Teal, 7 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 163 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Shag, 6 Dunlin, 5 Snipe in, 2 Woodcock in, 73 Common Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 31 auk sp, 31 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Woodlark, 18 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 18 Waxwing, 12 Starling in, 6 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling in, 9 Greenfinch, 46 Goldfinch, 250 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 4 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, an Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 43 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.

17th November 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-15.30. A dull start to the day with light drizzle and overcast, slowly clearing with occasional sunny periods, a light NW wind.
A reasonable day for passage with a few duck on the move, the totals were 86 Pink-footed Geese, 67 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 5 Eider, 77 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 24 Waxwing, 40 Blackbird in, 15 Redwing in, 150 Starling in, 3 Chaffinch, 46 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin + 86 in, 4 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting N.
Other birds seen included 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Water Rail, 6 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 135 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 19 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

16th November 2012 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.15-09.15. Bright and sunny to start then clouded over mid-morning, a force 1-2 SSW wind.
At least 32 Waxwings moved through south during the day, some stopping briefly to drink and took the years day/total to 301 – a new record. Also on the move were 18 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 1 Pochard, 40 Eider, 85 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 38 Redwing in, 3 Starling in, 24 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds included a Greenshank, a Stonechat, 95 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Brambling and a Snow Bunting.

15th November 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.00, 11.45-12.15, 13.30-14.30. Cloudy all day until mid-afternoon when it brightened up with a force 1 SSW wind.
An unexpected surprise was a Yellow-browed Warbler which turned up at Kew mid-afternoon before moving off, todays Waxwing total was 20 taking us closer to a record bird/day total during a year, one which has stood since 1965.
Some light passage included 5 Wigeon, 5 Eider, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 71 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting.
Other birds included a Scaup, a Goldeneye, 100 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 20 Siskin.

14th November 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-14.00. Cloudy all day with a light SW wind.
A record breaking day for Waxwings, the previous day record was 50, today a total of 83 flew south with flocks only stopping briefly to drink, the biggest flock being 24. Apart from Waxwings it was a good day for passage for the time of year with 116 Pink-footed Geese, 192 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 17 Red-throated Diver, 4 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Woodcock in, 7 Swallows, 8 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 5 Fieldfare in, 100 Starling in, 28 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 64 Goldfinch, 286 Siskin, 11 Linnet, 42 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Peregrine, 5+ Water Rail, 80,000 Knot on the Humber, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Black Redstart at the Blue Bell, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Brambling.

Waxwing. Ian Smith

Waxwing. Ian Smith

13th November 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.15, 09.50-12.30, 14.00-15.15. A mild cloudy day with a moderate SW wind.
Another steady day with light southerly passage – 10 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 23 Eider, 452 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 40 Red-throated Diver, a breeding plumage Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunlin, 3 Knot, 9 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 150 Herring Gull, 14 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Waxwing, 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest.

12th November 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.45. Bright and sunny to start but clouding and rain from mid-day, a stiffening SSW-SW wind.
A day of light passage included 4 Bewick’s Swan, 12 Whooper Swan, 5 Teal, 185 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 24 Gannet, 265 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Waxwing, 5 Fieldfare, 23 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 14 Goldfinch, 46 Siskin, 16 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellowhammer.
The only other birds noted were a Greenshank at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Waxwing blogging and 2 Goldcrest.

11th November 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-09.30, 14.00-15.00. Bright and sunny but colder than of late with an overnight frost in a light W wind.
Some light passage included 6 Whooper Swan, 1000 Pink-footed Geese, 37 White-fronted Geese, 1 Teal, 118 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Bonxie, 1 Swallow, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 3 Water Rail, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Waxwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest and a Yellowhammer.

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

10th November 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-08.30, 13.30-14.00. A pleasant day mainly cloudy but only a very light SW wind.
A Richard’s Pipit found between Sammy’s Point and Chalkies Point became mobile flying toward s the Crown and Anchor but later returning. A Little Bunting was found outside our recording area on the flood banking between Sammy’s Point car park and Skeffling.
There was a noticeable arrival of thrushes again, mostly Blackbirds and all were more or less dropping in for a few minutes and carrying on south or west – 500+ Blackbird, 168 Fieldfare, 27 Song Thrush, 185 Redwing, other migrants included 3 Woodcock, 1 Waxwing, 4 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 18 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 20 Lesser Redpoll.
There was a good passage of Siskins (338), while other birds moving south were 70 Wigeon, 55 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 6 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 7 Waxwing, 2 Chaffinch, 115 Goldfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 55 Snow Bunting (inc a flock of 53) and 6 Yellowhammer.

9th November 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.40, 12.45-14.45. Mainly cloudy with some sunshine around mid-day, a force 3-5 SW wind.
4 Waxwings were at Kew first thing as was a single at the Warren, then a flock of 26 flew south at 12.30, giving a day total of 31. Otherwise it was an almost bird-less day, 5 Whooper Swan, 123 Pink-footed Geese, 96 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 65 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Brambling, 12 Siskin, 30 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

8th November 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch - 07.00-09.45, 10.00-10.30, 15.30-16.30. Clear blue skies in the morning clouding over in the afternoon, a force 3 SW wind.
Another very quiet day with just a flock of 8 Waxwings appearing late in the afternoon at Kew to add any interest. Moving south were 14 Whooper Swan, 7 Brent Geese, 4 Eider, 97 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 210 Herring Gull, 23 Stock Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 8 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit, 41 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 65 Goldfinch, 56 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 15 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting in.
Other birds noted were 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank, 53 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting.

7th November 2012 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-09.15, Cloudy with the sun only appearing on a couple of occasions, an almost still start slowly picked up to a force 4 WSW wind in the afternoon.
The only bird of any real not were at least 11 Waxwings seen passing through and a male Mealy Redpoll caught at Kew. Some very light passage included 2 Eider, 134 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 27 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 32 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 27 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 5 Linnet, and 25 Lesser Redpoll.
The only other birds of note were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 95 Blackbird, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling.

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Ian Smith

adult male Mealy Redpoll. Ian Smith

6th November 2012 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-14.30. Light cloud cover to start with light but persistent rain from mid-morning until after dusk, a force 2-3 W wind.
It was an excellent day for birds coming in off the sea, mainly high to start with but low over the sea after the rain started, most birds hardly rested before continuing west. The second best day ever for Waxwings at Spurn saw a total of 37 which included 3 which hung around most of the day, all the others moving straight through. The best for Blackbirds so far this autumn, saw a minimum of 1900 birds moving through during the day, other birds seen coming in off the sea or moving south were 15 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 12 Stock Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, a Woodlark, 4 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 33 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 90 Fieldfare, 34 Song Thrush, 7 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 250 Starling, 43 Tree Sparrow, 44 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 7 Greenfinch, 32 Goldfinch, 102 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 6 Twite, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Crossbill,, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 1 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 5 Scaup, 10 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 82 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Shag, 1 Mediterranean Gull.
Other birds included 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 9 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 36 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 40 Chaffinch.

Waxwing. Ian Smith. A superb sight watching these beauties coming in off the sea

Waxwing. Ian Smith. A superb sight watching these beauties coming in off the sea

Lapland Bunting. Rob Adams

Lapland Bunting. Rob Adams

5th November 2012 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30, sunny spells on a generally cloudy day with a few spots of rain from time to time, N-NW 2-3 wind.
A much quieter day than expected and we had to do with a new arrival of Chaffinches rather than its bigger and brighter cousin we are all hoping for! Grounded totals were 1 Woodcock, 4 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 9 Waxwing, 100 Blackbird, 46 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 100 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Snow Bunting.
There was some light passage which included 466 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 9 Teal, 9 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard in off, 7 Stock Dove, 60 Woodpigeon, 20 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 56 Starling in off, 155 Tree Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 12 Greenfinch, 60 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 60 Common Scoter, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Auk over the Humber.

Fieldfare. Ian Smith

Fieldfare. Ian Smith

4th November 2012 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.45, 13.30-14.30. Some long sunny spells in the morning and some heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 2 SW wind quickly switched to the SE and was NE by later afternoon.
The main feature of the day was the arrival of small groups of Waxwings, all one to four and probably 17 birds were involved. There were a few more new arrivals and migrant totals were 5 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 45 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 180 Blackbird, 69 Fieldfare, 16 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 26 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Crossbill.
On the move south were 23 Pink-footed Geese with a Barnacle Goose in the same flock, 1 Shag, 3 Sparrowhawk, 48 Stock Dove, 10 Woodpigeon, 28 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 65 Tree Sparrow, 26 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 25 Greenfinch, 120 Goldfinch, 90 Siskin, 35 Linnet, 7 Twite, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Snow Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Scaup, a Hen Harrier, 4 Merlin, 1 Peregrine.

a confused looking Waxwing. Ian Smith

a confused looking Waxwing. Ian Smith

3rd November 2012 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.45, 14.15-16.15. Some long sunny spells but clouded over with rain from late morning to early afternoon.
We passed a major milestone today when the 400,000th bird was ringed at the Observatory, it will have been one of the 21 Tree Sparrows ringed today.
There was some steady passage again, the highlight being a Woodlark, while other birds recorded moving south were 29 Whooper Swans, 390 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 290 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 38 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 10 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 19 Meadow Pipit, 19 RocK Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 68 Starling, 16 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 28 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 66 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 41 Twite, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.
There were a few grounded migrants which included 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Easington Cemetery, a Waxwing and 4 Ring Ouzel at Sammy’s Point, a Long-eared Owl at Chalk Bank, a Tree Pipit in Canal Hedge, while commoner species included 2 Woodcock, 4 Short-eared Owl, 75 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 15 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 14 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 30 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 3 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Tree Pipit. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Tree Pipit. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

partial albino Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

partial albino Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

2nd November 2012 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-13.30. Clear blues skies for most of the day, a fresh force 4-5 SW wind.
It was a good day for Swans and Geese passing south offshore with 1 Bewick’s Swan, 40 Whooper Swan and 1540 Pink-footed Geese, other birds on the move were 20 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Eider, 89 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 17 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 30 Tree Sparrow, 65 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 80 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin, 9 Linnet, 5 Twite, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Scaup, 1 Goosander, 2 Merlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 500 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 35 Twite and 12 Snow Bunting at Beacon Ponds. A Tree Pipit was in the hedge by the Listening Dish.

1st November 2012 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.40. Cloudy start with a light force 2 SW wind picking up, a few light showers and sunny spells from late morning.
A better day than yesterday with some light passage and a very noticeable increase in Blackbirds which numbered a very conservative 600. A ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was seen in Canal Hedge early morning along with an ‘Eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat, other migrants included a Moorhen at the Point, 3 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 66 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 26 Fieldfare, 21 Song Thrush, 47 Redwing, 6 Blackcap,, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting.
Moving south were 1400 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Wigeon, 81 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Skylark, 22 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Rook, 77 Starling, 11 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 21 Goldfinch, 81 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 13 Twite, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included a Scaup and Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds and 11 Twite there.

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Ian Smith

'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Ian Smith

Twite. Ian Smith

Twite. Ian Smith

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