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November 2013 Sightings

30th November 2013 - Saturday

NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES
Migration/sea-watch 07.45-12.00, 15.30-16.00. Cloudy most of the day with some rain early on and some sunny spells, a force 4-1 NW wind.
The only birds of note were seen over the sea, 7 Wigeon, 136 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 16 auk sp and 2 Snow Bunting.

29th November 2013 - Friday

Sea-watch 07.45-13.00, 14.45-16.00. Cloudy with rain until mid-day then sunny spells, a force 3-5 WNW-NW wind.
With the wind picking up from the NW sea-watching was the order of the day and was quite good for the time of year, and included the latest ever Long-tailed Skua at Spurn when a juvenile flew south, also recorded were 18 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 520 auk sp.
The only other birds seen were 27 Wigeon, 2 Greenshank and 29 Snow Bunting.

28th November 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-09.15. Another dull cloudy day with some light drizzle and a force 1 NW wind.
A very quiet day, the only birds of note were 600 Brent Geese, 287 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare and 20 Snow Bunting.

27th November 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Mostly cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun in the afternoon, a force 1 W wind.
A quiet day, 6 Long-tailed Tits in Easington being the best birds seen. Other birds included 226 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 123 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 11 Skylark, 3 Goldfinch, 32 Linnet, 11 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

26th November 2013 - Tuesday

High tide on 27th is at 12.30.
Migration/sea-watch 07.45-09.45. Cloudy all day after a heavy nights overnight frost, light NW wind.
The highlight was a Great White Egret which appeared to get up off Canal Scrape early morning then continue south over the Warren and down the peninsula. Other birds seen included 36 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 115 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 14 auk sp, 2 Skylark, 77 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Snow Bunting.

25th November 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.30. Broken cloud with occasional light showers, a force 2 NW wind.
A quiet day with a few birds to present including the first Snow Buntings ringed of the year. On the move were 57 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 39 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 97 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannet, 3 Bonxie, 2 Kittiwake, 25 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
Birds present included 104 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 700 Brent, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 24 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 27 Moorhen, 44 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Redwing, 12 Snow Bunting.

Snow Bunting. Tim Jones

Snow Bunting. Tim Jones

24th November 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-11.45, 14.35-15.35. Overcast all day with a few light showers, a force 5-3 NW wind.
Some more light passage over the sea, otherwise quiet. 25 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 11 Fulmar, 65 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 376 Kittiwake, 786 auk sp, 35 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 105 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 710 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 295 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 32 Moorhen, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Firecrest at the Crown, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

23rd November 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-12.00. Cloudy all day with a few spots of rain, a cold force 1-2 NW wind.
A nice surprise was a DUSKY WARBLER found just south of the breach in the road early morning but quickly disappeared south and not to be seen again.
There was some light passage 13 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 203 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 4 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Twite.
Other birds seen included 2 Whooper Swan, 108 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 530 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 254 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 131 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 13 Twite, 36 Snow Bunting.

Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

22nd November 2013 - Friday

NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES
High tides on 23rd are at 08.33 and 20.35.
Migration/sea-watch 07.10-14.40. Sunny with odd showers late afternoon, with a cold force 4-2 NE-N wind.
Again it was a good day over the sea, on the move were 6 Teal, 278 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck+ 1 on the Humber, 174 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 109 Gannet, 7 Fulmar inc 1 blue, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe in, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 112 Kittiwake, 361 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 102 Greylag Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Skylark south, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, the Firecrest, 8 Goldfinch and 14 Linnet south, 1 Snow Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer.

21st November 2013 - Thursday

High tides on 22nd are 07.56 and 19.59.
Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.40, 13.00-16.00. A cool day with a force 4 NE wind gusting 5, rain early morning with occasional showers during the day and sunny periods.
A good day over the sea which included the highest Eider count since 1999! Over the sea were 73 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 6 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 258 Eider, 529 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 55 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar including 1 blue, 1 Manx Shearwater, 204 Gannet, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 889 Kittiwake, 472 auk sp, 16 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 161 Starling in off.
Other birds present were 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 87 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling and 2 Yellowhammer.

20th November 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.35, 13.00-15.00. Rain until mid-morning then sunny spells in a cold force 4-3 NW wind.
Another quiet day with most activity over the sea, 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 70 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 43 Oystercatcher, 35 Lapwing, 31 Dunlin, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 Blackbird, 2 Starling.

19th November 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30. A cold raw day with overnight frost, with odd shower in the afternoon, a force 2 NW-NNW wind.
A quiet day, birds seen today included 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 79 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Woodcock, 13 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 2 Stonechat, 72 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 5 Blackcap and 2 Snow Bunting.

18th November 2013 - Monday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.10. Cloudy all day with drizzle by midday and rain by early afternoon, a force 1 S- 2 NW wind.
There was a good passage of wildfowl offshore which included 618 Wigeon, 630 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 293 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 117 Blackbird in, 14 Fieldfare in, 2 Song Thrush in , 29 Redwing in, 117 Starling in, 2 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 80 Greylag Geese, 1 Woodcock, 510 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, and 1 Firecrest.

17th November 2013 - Sunday

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-08.30. A cloudy day with occasional drizzle and light variable winds.
A quiet day but still some good numbers of Blackbirds (430), also present were a Scaup, 2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 41 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Firecrest, a Brambling, 2 Siskin, 84 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer.
The only birds moving were 14 Pink-footed Geese, 63 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Firecrest. Ian Smith

Stonechat. Ian Smith

Stonechat. Ian Smith

16th November 2013 - Saturday

Migration/sea-watches 07.20-11.00, 13.00-14.10. Another mild day with sunny spells mid-morning, in a force 2 SW – W wind.
A Richard’s Pipit in Clubley’s Field which flew off south and a Shore Lark south were the main highlights, and other birds on the move south were 260 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 23 Eider, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 46 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goosander, 74 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Gannet, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 18 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 450 Blackbird in, 40 Fieldfare in, 85 Redwing in, 142 Starling in, 6 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 63 Linnet, 4 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler, 2 Whooper Swan, 148 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 180 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Brambling, 4 Siskin and 104 Snow Bunting.

Scaup and Common Scoters. Ian Smith

Scaup and Common Scoters. Ian Smith

Snow Buntings. Ian Smith

Snow Buntings. Ian Smith

15th November 2013 - Friday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.45, 13.15-15.30. Bright and sunny but clouded over late afternoon, a force 1-2 NW-SW wind.
A Firecrest by the Blue Bell sporting a ring may have been a bird from two weeks ago?, a Little Auk flew over Kilnsea Wetlands with a flock of Starlings, a Mealy Redpoll was by the Blue Bell and the Barred Warbler was still at the Warren.
Over the sea or moving south were 111 Pink-footed Geese, 13 Eider, 117 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Bonxie, 1 auk sp, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 30 Starling, 10 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present were 91 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting, 39 Snow Bunting and 5 Yellowhammer.

14th November 2013 - Thursday

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-12.00, 13.00-14.30. Mainly sunny with a few cloudy periods, a force 3-4 WNW-N wind.
There was some light passage offshore and a few birds coming in off the sea which included 140 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 72 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 5 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Shag, 22 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 89 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 8 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 47 auk sp, 29 Blackbird, 106 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 359 Starling, 1 Snow Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler which is now growing its tail back, 5 Whooper Swan, 65 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 210 Wigeon, 1 Blackcap.

Pink-footed Geese. Richard Willison

Pink-footed Geese. Richard Willison

the tail growing back on the ugliest Barred Warbler known to man! Richard Willison

the tail growing back on the ugliest Barred Warbler known to man! Richard Willison

13th November 2013 - Wednesday

Migration/sea-watch 06.55 – 09.15, 13.30-16.00. Broken cloud in the morning and a sunny afternoon, a force 2 WNW-NW wind.
The highlight of the day was an Iceland Gull at Kilnsea Wetlands before flying off north and was later seen just north of the gas site and then at Out Newton on the beach. Otherwise it was just another day of light passage – 11 Whooper Swan, 480 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 39 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Curlew, 4 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 208 Starling, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 100 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Snow Bunting.

1st winter Iceland Gull

1st winter Iceland Gull

12th November 2013 - Tuesday

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00. Broken cloud in morning and sunny afternoon, a force 2 N-NW wind.
Only 314 Blackbirds were recorded today and other grounded migrants included 4 Woodcock, 4 Rock Pipit, a very late White Wagtail, a Stonechat, 32 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 34 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 35 Tree Sparrow, 18 Chaffinch and the Barred Warbler which is starting to re-grown its tail now!
There was some steady passage which included 1 Whooper Swan, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 88 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Eider, 1197 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 82 Red-throated Diver, 30 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 38 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 18 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 12 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 32 Linnet, 7 Twite, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Snow Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Whooper Swan, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 100 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank.

11th November 2013 - Monday

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Migration/sea-watch 07.10-14.45. Overcast and raining from first light, stopped at 10am then overcast until the evening, a force 4-2 southerly wind.
A few features during the day, although the outstanding feature was the arrival of Blackbirds which were probably well underestimated. At least 1000 were present in the Triangle at first light, 400 were on Beacon Lane, 1200 were on the peninsula and 4375 came in off and moved through quickly west or left in the evening as it was getting dark, there were no counts for north of Kilnsea – the days log entry was 6975.
Other birds coming in off included 4 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 5 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 47 Black-headed Gull, 2 Skylark, 308 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 553 Redwing, 910 Starling.
A Little Auk which flew south was the first of the year and it was a good day over the sea for wildfowl and wader passage, birds on the move included 3 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 264 Wigeon, 662 Teal, 27 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Scaup, 5 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 473 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 25 Goldeneye, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 38 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 172 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 15 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 250 Brent Geese, 50 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 700 Starling, 4 Snow Bunting and the Barred Warbler.

Blackbirds coming in off the sea, to give a feel for the birds coming in off. John Hewitt

Blackbirds coming in off the sea, to give a feel for the birds coming in off. John Hewitt

10th November 2013 - Sunday

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Migration/sea-watch-07.15-16.00. Early morning frost, with patchy cloud and a sunny afternoon, with a force 4-2 NW wind.
Again most action was over the sea, on the move were 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 166 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 27 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 60 Gannet, 1 Shag, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 1 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 30 Kittiwake, 73 auk sp, 5 Skylark, 1 alba Wagtail, 5 Starling, 5 Goldfinch and 6 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 250 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 16 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Siskin and 2 Twite.

9th November 2013 - Saturday

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Migration-sea-07.15-16.00 . Overcast most of the day with some clear spells early afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Looking at the sea provided the best entertainment with birds moving south or coming in off the sea, 21 Goosanders flew south which is equal the highest day count, 9 Woodcock, 3 Blackbird, 19 Fieldfare, and 1238 Starlings came in off the sea. Other birds on the move were 49 Whooper Swans, 165 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 74 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 1 Scaup, 11 Eider, 139 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 64 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Bonxie, 1 Lesser B.B. Gull, 112 Herring Gull, 26 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 14 Skylark, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 20 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 15 Goldfinch, 69 Snow Bunting.
Birds present included 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 35 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Woodcock, 1 Stonechat, 30 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 7 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellowhammer.

Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

Goosanders. Ian Smith

Goosanders. Ian Smith

8th November 2013 - Friday

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Migration-sea-06.55-10.20, 13.20-15.20. Clear blue skies all morning, cloudy in the afternoon with rain late afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light passage, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 55 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 37 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 23 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 16 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 280 Starling in off, 2 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 54 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 11 Twite, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler, 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 38 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 51 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Scaup, 1 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Yellowhammer.

7th November 2013 - Thursday

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Migration-sea-06.50-11.45, 14.00-16.00. Clear blue skies all day with a force 2 SW wind.
Another day of light passage, 17 Whooper Swan, 195 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 12 Teal, 80 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 66 Herring Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 69 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 46 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 336 Starling in off, 7 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 44 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 13 Linnet, 1 Twite, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Snow Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting.
The Barred Warbler was still present and other birds included a Scaup, a Woodcock, a Greenshank, 16 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.

6th November 2013 - Wednesday

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Migration-sea-06.45- 12.00, 13.30-16.00. A cloudy day with some rain late afternoon, cold with a force 3-2 W-SW wind.
10 Woodcocks, 20 Blackbirds, 88 Fieldfare and 20 Redwings came in off the sea, otherwise it was mainly a day for sea-watching. On the move were 28 Whooper Swan, 17 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Scaup, 2 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 172 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 19 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 167 Herring Gull, 43 Great B.B.Gull.
Other birds seen included the long staying Barred Warbler, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 3 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 13 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

5th November 2013 - Tuesday

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Sea-watch 06.45- 16.30. Overcast with passing showers in the morning remaining cloudy for the rest of the day, a force 1-3 S-NW wind.
Today’s highlight was a Bittern, which came in off the sea early morning, but the main feature of the day was a good arrival of thrushes particularly Blackbirds which started to arrive from mid-morning, an estimated 750 moved through and 131 were ringed. Also moving through were 4 Woodcock, 400 Fieldfare, 220 Redwing and 61 Starling.
The Firecrest was still in the churchyard, and the Barred Warbler was still at the Warren. Other migrants included 4 Woodcock, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest.
The sea produced some more birds – 13 Whooper Swans, 98 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 54 Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 4 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 324 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 234 Gannet, 26 Oystercatcher, 1 Pomarine Skua, 9 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 183 Herring Gull, 47 Great B.B.Gull, 16 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 5 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Snow Bunting.

Fieldfare. Tim Jump

Fieldfare. Tim Jump

4th November 2013 - Monday

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Migration-sea-06.45- 12.00, 13.15-13.45, 15.00-16.15. Clear blue skies all morning with cloud building in the afternoon, the first cold day of the autumn with a force 2 WNW-NW wind.
There was very little expectancy this morning but what turned out to be a good day with plenty of variety if a bit slow going. The highlight was only Spurn’s 5th (and second this year) AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a juvenile which dropped into Kilnsea Wetlands for 15 minutes, showed very well then did a bunk south on its own. The Barred Warbler was still at the Warren and the Firecrest still in the churchyard. A Kingfisher was on Church Field pond and other birds present included 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 18 Robin, 50 Blackbird, 113 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 41 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Twite, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Snow Bunting.
The sea produced a few birds most notably 2 Black-throated and 2 Great Northern Divers, and a Long-tailed Duck, but also on the move were 137 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Brent Geese, 38 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Pochard, 1 Eider, 78 Common Scoter, 10 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 214 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Black-headed Gull, 75 Common Gull, 182 Herring Gull, 44 Great B.B.Gull, 116 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 17 Stock Dove, 32 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 20 Tree Sparrow, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting.
The first Twite (7) ringed of the year were the highlight for the ringers.

juvenile American Golden Plover. Tim Jones

juvenile American Golden Plover. Tim Jones

1st yr male Twite - the first ringed in 2013. Tim Jones

1st yr male Twite - the first ringed in 2013. Tim Jones

3rd November 2013 - Sunday

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Migration/sea-watch-07.05-16.25. Mainly clear blue skies but very blustery all day with a force 5-6 SW wind, sea-watching was the main task of the day.
On the move were 14 Whooper Swan, 39 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 2 Eider, 32 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 17 Snipe in, 2 Woodcock in, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 400 Black-headed Gull, 305 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1730 Herring Gull, 147 Great B.B.Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 67 Fieldfare in, 1 Redwing in, 35 Starling in, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 3 Twite, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen were 160 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, the Black Brant, 65 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 26 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, a Firecrest at Kew, and a Lapland Bunting over Beacon Ponds.

2nd November 2013 - Saturday

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Migration-sea-06.50-16.30. Broken cloud in the morning which clouded over by mid-day and heavy rain in the afternoon, then cleared for a sunny evening, force 1-2 SE wind, veered S-SW and picked up to force 5 by the evening.
The grotty looking Barred Warbler was still present at the Warren, but the bird of the day for one observer at least was 2 Long-tailed Tits at Chalk Bank, which is only the second record this year, the last being in January! The only other grounded migrants were 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock (2 in off), 29 Robin, 40 Blackbird, 55 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 22 Goldcrest, 20 Reed Bunting.
There was some light passage – 5 Whooper Swan, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 8 Eider, 380 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 6 Goosander, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 124 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 7 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 21 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 41 Rock Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 46- Starling in off, 19 Tree Sparrow, 21 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 102 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 6500 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank.

Snow Bunting. Rich Swales

Snow Bunting. Rich Swales

1st November 2013 - Friday

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Migration-sea-06,50-11.00. Broken clouds in the morning, clouded over with drizzle from mid-day and rain from mid-afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.
Passage was a little better than yesterday including a Sand Martin which we didn’t record in October! Other totals were 15 Whooper Swans, 60 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jack Snipe, 126 Black-headed Gull, 239 Herring Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, 85 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 16 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 7 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 25 Tree Sparrow, 38 Chaffinch, 23 Greenfinch, 234 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 31 Linnet, 10 Twite, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 156 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 158 Brent with 2 Pale-bellied and the Black Brant, 18 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 4 Stonechat, 22 Fiieldfare, 3 Redwing, the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest in the Kew/churchyard area, 1 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer.

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