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November 2015 Sightings

30th November 2015 - Monday

Cloudy with rain most of the day and a force 4-3 SW wind.
Seawatch 0730-1030.
Poor weather and yet another quiet day.
On the move were 1 Brent Goose, 30 Pink-footed Geese,5 Whooper Swan, 2 Common Scoter, 16 Red throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag and 4 Guillemot.
Also of interest 160 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch.

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29th November 2015 - Sunday

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A wild day with a force 5-6+ W and frequent heavy rain.
Seawatch 0730-1130.
Due to the weather all the action was generally over the sea.
Moving 15 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 11 gannet, 3 Shag, 6 Kittiwake, 46 Auk sp, 19 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill.
In the area 1 Whooper Swan at long bank, 1 Snipe, 71 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: Nil

28th November 2015 - Saturday

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Cloudy with the odd shower and an increasing 4-6+ SW wind.
Seawatch 0740-0915.
Quiet today with work beginning on the new Observatory building of Tharlesthorpe so very little birding done today. We now need your help more than ever. Please see below

Birds seen today did include the Whooper Swan at long bank, 130 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 50 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Brambling.
The few bits on the move were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Eider, 4 Common and 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

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27th November 2015 - Friday

Cloudy all day with a force 3-5 SW wind.
Seawatch 0720-1020.
Very little seen today and light passage. Moving was 3 Gadwall, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 14 Siskin and 1 Redpoll.
Other bits of interest were 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 127 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye and 1 Woodcock.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

26th November 2015 - Thursday

Sunny all morning clouding up by the afternoon with a force 2-4 W wind.
Seawatch/Numpties 0730-1100
On the move were 5 Pink footed Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 36 Gannet, 2 Shag, 8 Auk sp, 4 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit in, 2 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 11 Linnet, 12 Redpoll and 5 Snow Bunting.
In the area 1 Whooper Swan at long bank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiff chaff, 8 chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet and 5 Twite.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 6 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Twite.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

25th November 2015 - Wednesday

Mostly sunny with occasional cloud and an increasing force1-4 WNW wind.
Seawatch/Numpties 0725-1200, 1400-1500.
Better weather resulted in a small southerly movement with 161 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Shag, 167 Kittiwake north, 39 Auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 9 Stock Dove, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Alba Wagtail, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 26 Goldfinch, 34 Siskin, 17 Linnet, 12 Redpoll, 1 male Bullfinch, 1 Snow Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting.
In the area the Black Brant was still in fields in Kilnsea, 1 Whooper Swan at long bank, 120 Wigeon, 32 Lapwing, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 23 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiff-chaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Twite at sandy beaches and Brambling at Kew.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 7 blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

Wigeon

Wigeon

24th November 2015 - Tuesday

Rain from early morning until mid-afternoon with a force 2-3 W-WNW wind.
Seawatch 0745-1400.
Very quiet because of the rain but a few bits over the sea. On the move were 7 Wigeon in, 5 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 8 Auk sp, 1 Starling in/off, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 12 Linnet 2 Twite and 1 Reed Bunting.
The Black Brant re-appeared in fields in Kilnsea with 1 pale-bellied and 320 dark-bellied Brent but still no juveniles. Also in area 3 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 2 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiff-chaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Common Gull, 25 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

23rd November 2015 - Monday

Frosty overnight and remaining cold all day despite long sunny spells in a strengthening 2-4 SW wind.
Seawatch/Numpties 0700-1530
The highlight of the day was 2 adult Bewick's Swans south over the sea.
On the move were 6 Whooper Swan, 100 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 14 Eider, 179 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 34 Red-throated Diver, 58 Gannet, 2 Bonxie, 2 Kittiwake, 27 Guillemot, 7 Little Auk, 18 Skylark, 5 Rock Pipit, 8 Fieldfare in/off, 27 Starling, 16 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 57 Goldfinch, 162 Siskin, 19 Linnet, 2 Twite, 6 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 3 Snow Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan at long bank, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 snipe, 10 Woodcock, 7 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 410 Blackbird, 25 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Twite at sammys and Snow Bunting at the warren.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 47 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Lapland Bunting.  Adam Hutt

Lapland Bunting. Adam Hutt

22nd November 2015 - Sunday

A heavy frost overnight with a light dusting of snow and a cold force 2-4 NW wind.
Seawatch 0700-1215.
The action was again over the sea. Totals were 49 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 281 Common and 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 45 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 46 Gannet, 4 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 90 Guillemot, 34 Little Auk and 1 Puffin.
in the area 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat, 120 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 5 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail, 27 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch.

21st November 2015 - Saturday

A cold raw day with frequent wintery showers and the occasional sunny period in a force 5-6+ N-NW wind.
Seawatch 0700-1530.
All the action was over the sea in particular skuas with totals of 73 Pomarine, 25 Arctic and 32 Great plus 10 skua sp.
Also moving were 49 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 111 Common and 1 Velvet Scoter, 14 Goldeneye, 16 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 4 Little Gull, 33 Common Gull, 412 Herring Gull, 1385 Kittiwake, 13 Guillemot, 13 Little Auk whilst 1 Short-eared Owl and 246 Starling came in/off.
Of interest in the area 2 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 165 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 1 Brambling and 1 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 34 Blackbird.

20th November 2015 - Friday

Cloudy with lengthy sunny spells but still with a gusty 3-5 SW-W wind.
Nupties/Seawatch 0720-1600.
A good day of movement over the sea and land with plenty of thrushes arriving.
Over the sea and land 99 Whooper Swan (14 juveniles), 285 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 74 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 25 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 52 Black-headed Gull, 412 Herring Gull, 84 Great Black- backed Gull, 150 Kittiwake, 150 Auk sp, 1 Little Auk, 10 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Alba wagtail, 10 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 89 Siskin, 14 Linnet and 22 Redpoll.
Arriving in/off were 1 Kestrel, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 17 Woodcock, 4 Skylark, 582 Blackbird, 110 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 89 Redwing, 3 Starling and 2 Chaffinch.
In the area 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 40 Tree Sparrow and a Small Tortoishell butterfly.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 101 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 17 Lesser Redpoll.

Goosander.

Goosander.

19th November 2015 - Thursday

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Sunny spells with the odd heavy shower and a force 3-5 SW.
Numpties/Seawatch 0720-1230, 1300-1545.
Birds on the move south were another 154 Whooper Swans (30 Juveniles), 467 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bonxie, 398 Herring Gull, 46 Great Black- backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 10 Auk sp, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Starling, 40 Tree sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 121 Goldfinch, 81 Siskin, 1 Linnet and 45 Redpoll.
In the area 400 Brent Geese Holderness field, 3 Teal, 35 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 1 Snow Bunting on clubleys field.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 32 Lesser Redpoll.

Snow Bunting.  Dave Tucker

Snow Bunting. Dave Tucker

18th November 2015 - Wednesday

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Another wild day with a force 4-6+ SW wind and frequent heavy showers in the afternoon.
Numpties 0715-1345.
Another day and yet more Whooper Swans (41) inc 6 juveniles. Also moving 308 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Manx Shearwater, 167 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 98 Herring Gull, 110 Kittiwake, 2003 Auk sp north, 1 Little Auk, 3 Stock Dove, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 27 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 5 Redpoll.
In the area 92 Greylag Geese, 242 Brent Geese, 70 Lapwing, 1 Stonechat and 1 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Redpoll

17th November 2015 - Tuesday

Cloudy with periods of rain in the afternoon with a force 2 increasing to 6+ WSW wind.
Numpties 0700-1200
The fantastic autumn continues for Whooper Swans with 71 south today plus 173 Pink-footed Geese. The highlight today was probably a returning Black Brant off the warren whilst the Siberian Chiffchaff remained by the old school in Easington.
Other bits on the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 41 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 147 Herring Gull whilst over the land 18 Stock Dove, 46 Wood Pigeon, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Alba Wagtail, 70 Fieldfare in/off, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 35 Starling, 14 Tree Sparrow, 34 Chaffinch, 29 Greenfinch, 399 Goldfinch, 278 Siskin, 52 Linnet, 45 Redpoll, 5 Yellowhammer and 8 Reed Bunting.
Birds in the area were 35 Lapwing, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 30 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 38 Lesser Redpoll.

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

16th November 2015 - Monday

Cloudy to start with brightening later with a continued gusting 3-5 WSW wind.
Numpties: 0720-1200, 1415-1545
Pretty much the same as the last few days with southerly passage of Whooper Swans featuring which totalled 68 today. Also moving were 414 Pink-footed Geese, 31 Teal, 37 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 639 Herring Gull, 43 Great-black backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 9 Auk sp, 6 Stock Dove, 72 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 55 Starling, 3 Alba Wagtail, 7 Tree Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 110 Goldfinch, 283 Siskin, 18 Linnet, 41 Redpoll, 2 Snow Bunting.
In Easington the Siberian Chiff-Chaff was still present by the old school where there was also 4 Chiff-chaff.
Present in the area today 74 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 1 Red-legged Partridge over clubleys, 4 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 2 Chiff-chaff at kew and warren, 2 Goldcrest, 35 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 3 Snow Bunting Easington boatyard plus 1 at the narrows.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 5 Goldfinch, 30 Lesser Redpoll.

So far this autumn a total of 223,000 birds have been counted passing through the Spurn peninsula in 1,796 hours of counting!

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

15th November 2015 - Sunday

Cloudy all day with occasional periods of rain and 3-5 gusting SW wind.
Numpties/Seawatch 0720-1445.
A good day of southerly movement dominated by Whooper Swans (207) mainly distantly over the Humber and one flock pushing the boundaries of the recording area!!! Also moving were 68 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pintail, 1 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great-northern Diver, 14 gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Lesser-black backed Gull, 112 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern flew North, 11 Auk sp, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba wagtail, 30 Tree Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 130 Goldfinch, 87 Siskin, 31 Linnet, 2 Twite, 10 Redpoll, 2 Snow bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting.
A few grounded migrants were about today with a Siberian Chiff-chaff in Easington the highlight, but also 150 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiff-chaff, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Chaffinch and 4 Brambling. Other bits of interest were 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 150 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult Little Gull, 4 Short-eared owl and 5 Meadow Pipit.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll.

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans

Siskin

Siskin

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14th November 2015 - Saturday

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Cloudy all day with rain from early afternoon with a stiffening force 3-5 SW wind.
Numpties/Seawatch 0720-1400
on the move were 18 Whooper Swan, 105 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 9 Common Scoter, 2 male Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 23 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Heron, 1 Bonxie, 107 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser-black backed Gull, 147 Herring Gull, 6 Auk sp, 2 Stock Dove, 95 Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 14 Chaffinch, 30 Siskin, 42 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch and 18 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds in area were 300+ dark-bellied Brent Geese but not one juvenile among them, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Gadwall, 57 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Short-eared Owl, 120 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiff-chaff and 4 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 7 House Sparrow, 12 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch, 18 Lesser Redpoll.

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans

Whooper Swans

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13th November 2015 - Friday

A very windy force 6-7 WSW-NW wind all day with frequent heavy showers.
Seawatch 0720-1120 1500-1600
Moving were 67 Whooper Swan, 249 Pink-footed Geese, an adult White-fronted Goose which was another addition to the year list, 27 Red-throated Diver, 2 gannet, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 63 Black-headed Gull, 155 Herring Gull, 24 Great-black backed Gull, 12 Auk sp, 2 Stock Dove, 2 greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll whilst 1 Lapwing, 1 fieldfare and 3 Starling came in/off the sea.
Birds in the area were a Marsh Harrier in the triangle, a wing tagged Red Kite which was ringed in East Anglia on 10th June, 1 Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea Wetland, Chiff-chaff, Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll at Kew.

Ringing: 1 Greenfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese.

White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese.

Red Kite.

Red Kite.

12th November 2015 - Thursday

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Cloudy all day with an increasing force 3-5 south south-west wind. Numpties:07:00-1215, 12:45-15:45. Moving were 103 Whooper Swan, 270 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Greylag Goose, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 6 Lapwing89 Herring Gull, 14 Stock Dove, 37 Woodpigeon, 76 Skylark, 77 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail82 Fieldfare, 17 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 55 Starling, 23 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 28 Greenfinch, 148 Goldfinch, 273 Siskin, 45 Linnet, 9 Twite, 48 Lesser Redpoll and Reed Bunting. Present were a Shorelark on the beach at the lighthouse, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 1150 Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 20 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit and 200 Starling.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Tree Sparrow, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 1 House Sparrow.

Stonechat

Stonechat

Hen Harrier.

Hen Harrier.

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11th November 2015 - Wednesday

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A cloudy day with an increasing force 3-5 south-westerly. Numpties: 07:00-12:45. Moving were 36 Pink-footed Goose, 16 Whooper Swan, 5 Cormorant, 26 Stock Dove, 173 Woodpigeon, 19 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 17 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Alba Wagtail, 111 Starling, 53 Tree Sparrow, 158 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 13 Greenfinch, 372 Goldfinch, 466 Siskin, 51 Linnet, 7 Twite, 96 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, and 1 Swift sp. U-turned. Present were 1 Pochard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Water Rail, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 House Martin, 1 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff and 12 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 32 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Chaffinch.

Sparrowhawk.

Sparrowhawk.

Snow Bunting.

Snow Bunting.

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10th November 2015 - Tuesday

Cloudy all day with a gusty force 3-5 south-westerly. Seawatch/Migration: 07:15-15:00. Moving were a Shorelark south - the 265th species of the year so far, an Osprey south over the sea - the latest ever record by three days, 17 Whooper Swan, 233 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 8 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 18 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Lapwing, 16 Knot, 1 Great Skua, 64 Common Gull, 476 Herring Gull, 27 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Stock Dove, 177 Woodpigeon, 49 Skylark, 34 Meadow Pipit, 24 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 92 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 130 Tree Sparrow, 113 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 18 Greenfinch, 771 Goldfinch, 1078 Siskin, 202 Linnet, 79 Twite, 169 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 11 Snow Bunting, 9 Reed Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer. Present were 3 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Shoveler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 17 Long-tailed Tit, 25 Siskin, 20 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Snow Bunting and 8 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 4 Siskin, 1 Greenfinch, 64 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Redwing.

Fieldfare.

Fieldfare.

Shore Lark.

Shore Lark.

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9th November 2015 - Monday

Cloudy all day with occasional light drizzle and a strong force 5-6 south-westerly. Seawatch: 07:00-12:00. Moving were 35 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 5 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 2 Kestrel, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Great Skua, 28 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 68 Herring Gull, 36 Great Black-backed Gull, 27 Auk Sp., 2 Stock Dove, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 5 Starling, 3 Goldfinch, 23 Siskin, 12 Linnet, 10 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Snow Bunting. Present were 301 Pink-footed Goose, 21 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Cormorant, 20 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 8 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 55 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon.

8th November 2015 - Sunday

A bright start then fog and the rain with a force 2-5 south-westerly. Seawatch/migration: 06:50-11:50, 07:15-08:00. Moving were a Grey Phalarope south at 08:55, 6 Whooper Swan, 115 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 17 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 36 Golden Plover, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 124 Herring Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 18 Woodpigeon, 9 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 13 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 74 Siskin, 40 Goldfinch, 6 Twite, and 16 Lesser Redpoll. Present were the American Golden Plover 102 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 193 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 36 Fieldfare, 70 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Chaffinch and 1 Twite.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Twite.

7th November 2015 - Saturday

Rain most of the day with a stiff force 4-5 south-westerly. Seawatch: 07:00-11:45, 13:45-15:00. Moving 34 Whooper Swan, large flocks of Pink-footed Geese overnight only, 3 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Pintail, 5 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 19 Gannet, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Puffin, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Starling and 5 Twite. Present were the American Golden Plover, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 28 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

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6th November 2015 - Friday

Cloudy with Rain by late morning, on and off all afternoon with a force 3-2 south-westerly. Migration/Seawatch: 07:00-14:45. Moving were a Slavonian Grebe south at 09:00, 26 Whooper Swan, 35 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 14 Red-throated Diver, 77 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 169 Golden Plover in-off, 20 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 2 Great Skua, 70 Herring Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Stock Dove, 34 Woodpigeon, 6 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 84 Meadow Pipit, 24 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 169 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 13 Tree Sparrow, 46 Chaffinch, 22 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 374 Goldfinch, 543 Siskin, 87 Linnet, 11 Twite, 36 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting and 4 Reed Bunting. The American Golden Plover was still present at Kilnsea Wetlands and the Yellow-browed Warbler on Vicar Lane, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 105 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, and 2 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 4 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, 28 Lesser Redpoll.

Slavonian Grebe(left).

Slavonian Grebe(left).

5th November 2015 - Thursday

Another dull day with low cloud and some drizzle becoming rain by late afternoon and a force 2 south south-easterly. Numpties:06:45-10:30, 13:30-15:00. Seawatch: 06:45-10:00,13:30-16:00. A long awaited first for Spurn in the form of a BLYTH’S PIPIT picked up calling as it flew past the Warren landing briefly in the elders, onto the wires then dropping onto the saltmarsh before continuing south. Also moving were 82 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 361 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 18 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 25 Lapwing, 22 Knot, 32 Dunlin, 2 Woodcock in-off, 13 Little Gull, 24 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Alba Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare in-off, 1 Starling in-off, 22 Goldfinch, 163 Siskin, 15 Linnet and 55 Lesser Redpoll. Grounded Migrants consisted of the American Golden Plover and Yellow-browed warbler still, 300 Pink-footed Geese, 252 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 30 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 160 Fieldfare 1 Blackcap, 2 Blackcap,2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 4 Twite.

Ringing: 1 Mallard, 1 Wren, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 24 Lesser Redpoll.

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

Blyth's Pipit. Mike Pilsworth

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4th November 2015 - Wednesday

Fog to start followed by rain all afternoon with a force 2 south-westerly.
Numpties 07:00-10:30. Moving were 253 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 40 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 3 Siskin and 15 Lesser Redpoll. Present were the American Golden Plover at Kilnsea Wetlands, the green ringed Caspian Gull at the Narrows, a Yellow-browed Warbler was new on Vicars Lane, 60 Pink-footed Goose, 313 Brent Goose including one Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechats, 145 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 22 Goldcrest, 360 Starling, 10 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 104 Wren were counted from the Point to the Crown and Anchor.

Ringing: 5 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 9 Lesser Redpoll.

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3rd November 2015 - Tuesday

Cloudy all day with a light force 1 south south-westerly. Numpties: 06:50-10:30. Moving were 21 Pink-footed Goose, 33 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 415 Siskin, 23 Twite, 31 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover at Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 first-winter Caspian Gulls on the beach at the Warren(one baring a green Darvic ring), 550 Pink-footed Geese in the Fields north of Kilnsea, 42 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 260 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 250 Starling, 11 Brambling, 40 Siskin and 20 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Wren, 7 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, , 1 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 15 Lesser Redpoll.

Caspian Gulls. Mike Pilsworth. The first time more than 1 has occurred in a day at Spurn.

Caspian Gulls. Mike Pilsworth. The first time more than 1 has occurred in a day at Spurn.

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2nd November 2015 - Monday

Thick fog most of the day with just a glimpse of the sun and a force 1 south-easterly. Numpties: 08:00-10:00. Moving were 40 Pink Footed Geese, 6 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Skylark, 18 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 44 Siskin, 26 Twite, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler,180 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 7 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 2 Dunlin, 2 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Tree Sparrow, 1 Starling, 3 Chaffinch,, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Twite, 1 Reed Bunting.

Siskin

Siskin

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2nd November 2015 - Tuesday

Rain from early morning until mid-afternoon with a force 2-3 W-WNW wind.
Seawatch 0745-1400.
Very quiet because of the rain but a few bits over the sea. On the move were 7 Wigeon in, 5 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 8 Auk sp, 1 Starling in/off, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 12 Linnet 2 Twite and 1 Reed Bunting.
The Black Brant re-appeared in fields in Kilnsea with 1 pale-bellied and 320 dark-bellied Brent but still no juveniles. Also in area 3 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 2 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiff-chaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Common Gull, 25 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

1st November 2015 - Sunday

A lovely mild and bright day with fog early on soon clearing with a force 1 north – north north-easterly breeze. Seawatch: 0920-11:00, Numpties: 06:45-13:45. Moving were 3 Whooper Swan, 163 Pink-footed Goose (plus 7 flocks over after dark), 10 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 1 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 3 Sparrowhawk, 37 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 35 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Stock Dove, 542 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 113 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 29 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 40 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 11 Greenfinch, 71 Goldfinch, 486 Siskin, 4 Twite, 22 Lesser Redpoll and 14 Reed Bunting. Present were the American Golden Plover on Kilnsea Wetlands, 24 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 62 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Bearded Tit (of which 4 later flew south), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Siskin and 20 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 3 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 26 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Starling, 9 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Lesser Redpoll.

American Golden Plover. Steve Routledge

American Golden Plover. Steve Routledge

American Golden Plover. Steve Routledge

American Golden Plover. Steve Routledge

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