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November 2016 Sightings

30th November 2016 - Wednesday

An early morning frost gave way to blue skies with a cool force 2-3 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1030, 1400-1430.

Probably the quietest day of this year to end the month with only 1 Teal, 6 Common Scoter and 9 Red throated Diver while a Brambling was at Kew.

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow.

29th November 2016 - Tuesday

After early morning frost, blue skies with a force 1-3 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1030, 1400-1430.

On the move over the sea were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 10 Shelduck, 45 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 23 Red throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag and 1 Oystercatcher.

Other birds of note were 6 Goldeneye Beacon Ponds, 1 Peregrine, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 1 Lapland Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Starling.

28th November 2016 - Monday

Blue sky all day and a force 1 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0710-1030, 1430-1500.
Continuing the theme yet again, albeit a bit slower over the sea, while nearby the Pallid Harrier is still showing intermittently at Welwick salt marsh and Stone Creek.

On the move were 16 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 80 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 18 Red Throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 2 Bonxie and 1 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 5 Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 3 Short Eared Owl at Sammys, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting and 7 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: Blackbird 13, 1 Goldfinch.

'Air jousting' Marsh Harrier and Short Eared Owl. Tim Jones.

'Air jousting' Marsh Harrier and Short Eared Owl. Tim Jones.

27th November 2016 - Sunday

Clear most of the day with occasional cloud and a force 1 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1045, 1430-1530.
Quieter, but repeat of the last few days with pretty much the same species on the move over the sea.

Moving over the sea were Brent Geese, 40 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Mallard, 9 Eider, 192 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 27 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 1Kittiwake and 28 Auk sp.
Otherwise other sightings were 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Snow Bunting and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet still in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

Curlew. Tim Jones.

Curlew. Tim Jones.

26th November 2016 - Saturday

Clear most of the day but thick fret late afternoon with force 1-2 NE-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1030, 1400-1500.
After a bit of a recent lull, there was more southerly movement of Passerines mainly Meadow Pipits.

Moving over the sea were 5 White Fronted Geese, 6 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 2 Long Tailed Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 89 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 1Kittiwake and 32 Auk sp.
On the move south were 5 Wood Pigeon, 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Waxwing, 5 Skylark, 6 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 1 siskin, 1 Yellowhammer and 7 Reed Bunting.
Otherwise other sightings were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 10 Snipe, 2 Short Eared Owl, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiff chaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 15 Snow Bunting and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow.

25th November 2016 - Friday

Sunny all day with a force 1-2 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1100, 1330-1515.
A good day of Eider movement, while the Brent Goose flock increased.

Moving were a fine total of 177 Eider, 2 Long Tailed Duck, 62 Common Scoter, 3 Red Breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 50 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 7 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 16 Little Gull and 32 Auk sp.
2 Black Brant were in the 500 strong Brent Goose flock on Easington straight.
Otherwise other sightings were 1 Water Rail, 17 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Starling in/off, 1 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch and an escaped Ring Necked Parakeet.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow (11 of 3 species).

Red Breasted Merganser. Ian Smith.

Red Breasted Merganser. Ian Smith.

24th November 2016 - Thursday

Cloudy most of the day with sunny spells with a force 2-4 N-NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1100, 1430-1530.
A bit quieter today, but birds moving over the sea was still the main interest.

Moving were 4 Brent Geese, 8 Teal, 32 Eider, 105 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 38 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 28 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, 21 Kittiwake, 32 Auk sp and 1 Razorbill.
Otherwise the only other sightings were 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit south, 1 Blackcap, 8 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch and 2 Snow Bunting.
Ringing: 9 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch (12 of 4 species).

Black Tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

Black Tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

23rd November 2016 - Wednesday

Cloudy all day with a force 2-4 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1600.

Much the same yet again with the sea still producing some good birds.
The highlight of the sea watch was a Red Necked Grebe which flew north.
Also on the move were 6 Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Eider, 64 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 67 Red throated Diver, 3 Black Throated Diver, 2 Great Northern diver, 82 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 4 Shag including with with a green darvic on the right leg, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 122 Kittiwake, 60 Auk sp, 41 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill.

Other sightings were 412 Brent Geese on Easington straight, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Long Tailed Tit, 7 Starling in/off and 1 Siskin.


Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Siberian Chiff chaff, 3 Tree Sparrow, 14 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin. (25 of 7 species)

22nd November 2016 - Tuesday

Rain early morning but remaining cloudy all day with a force2-4 SW-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1030.

Much the same as the last few days with the sea remaining interesting.

Rare, but just about annual at Spurn a Slavonian Grebe on the sea was much appreciated.
Moving were 7 Wigeon, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 2 Velvet Scoter, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Eider, 15 Red throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Great Northern diver, 44 Gannet, 4 Dunlin, 1 Arctic Skua, 31 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake and 9 Auk sp.

Other sightings were 5 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiff chaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 7 Snow Bunting.



Ringing: 1 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Blackbird, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch. (8 of 5 species)

21st November 2016 - Monday

Rain all day with a force 4-6 ENE wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1100.
A horrible day and little birding done, but mainly from the sea watch hut.

Moving were 3 Teal, 48 Common Scoter, 6 Red Throated Diver, 58 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 12 Bonxie, 51 Kittiwake, 3 Auk sp, 3 Guillemotand 1 Razorbill.
Otherwise the only other sightings were 21 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Short Eared Owl, 1 Fieldfare and a Caspain Gull at Sammys.

Ringing: Nil.

Caspian Gull. Mick Turton.

Caspian Gull. Mick Turton.

20th November 2016 - Sunday

Over cast with the occasional shower and a force 3-4 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1035, 1200-1400.

The interest over the sea continued with Ducks, Divers and Skuas while a surprise Pallas’s Warbler spent the afternoon in Mick Turtons infamous garden in Easington.
More importantly the end of year quiz and party began in the crown with over £200 being raised for Children In Need.

On the move were 220 Pink Footed Geese, 4 Teal, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 54 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 25 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 20 Gannet, 3 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 66 Kittiwake, 14 Auk sp, 14 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 1 Goldeneye, 2 Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap a Siberian type Chiff chaff in Kilnsea and a Black Brant by the tank blocks.

Ringing: Nil

Pallas's Warbler. Mick Turton.

Pallas's Warbler. Mick Turton.

Pallas's Warbler. Tim Jones.

Pallas's Warbler. Tim Jones.

End of season party!!! Jonnie Fisk.

End of season party!!! Jonnie Fisk.

19th November 2016 - Saturday

Blue skies with cloudy periods and a force 4-5 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0725-1030.

Moving over the sea were 42 Whooper Swan, 7 Pink Footed Geese, 47 Common Scoter, 23 Red Throated Diver, 2 Black Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Golden Plover in/off, 41 Common Gull, 23 Herring Gull and 1 Guillemot while a few bits trickled south overland with 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Skylark, 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 12 Twite and 5 Snow Bunting.
Other bits of interest were 1 Short Eared Owl and 1 Chiff chaff.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Goldfinch.

18th November 2016 - Friday

The difficult conditions continued with broken cloud and some rain showers and a blustery force 6-7 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1130, 1445-1515.
A great day for Swans and Geese, but again difficult in the strong wind.

Moving over the sea were 96 Whooper Swan, 278 Pink footed Geese, 19 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Long tailed Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 16 Red throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Other sightings involved 1 Water Rail and 1 Chiff chaff.

Ringing: Nil

Whooper Swans. Dan Branch.

Whooper Swans. Dan Branch.

Pink Footed Geese. Dan Branch.

Pink Footed Geese. Dan Branch.

Long Tailed Duck. Dan Branch.

Long Tailed Duck. Dan Branch.

17th November 2016 - Thursday

Clear all day after a heavy downpour early morning, but difficult in a blustery force 6-7 WSW wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1000, 1430-1545.

Moving over the sea were 8 Whooper Swan, 104 Pink footed Geese with birds still moving after dark, 1 Brent Goose, 4 Wigeon, 1 Long tailed Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 15 Red throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 18 Black tailed Godwit and 1 Bonxie.

Other sightings involved 2 Gadwall, 14 Grey Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Chiff chaff.

Ringing: Nil

16th November 2016 - Wednesday

Broken cloud all day with a force 4-6 SW-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1030, 1350-1435.

Having spent the last few days lost on the wrong side of the Humber the juvenile Pallid Harrier made a welcome re-appearance went it flew south returned north, then seen later at Welwick going to roost, while the semi resident Richard’s Pipit remained in Long Bank.

Moving over the sea were 18 Whooper Swan, 17 Pink footed Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 7 Red throated Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant and 1 Guillemot
Other sightings involved 4 Gadwall, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 16 Lapwing, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Long tailed Tit while 7 Snow Bunting flew south.

Ringing: 1 Moorhen, 1 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch.

Snow Bunting. Alan Whitehead.

Snow Bunting. Alan Whitehead.

15th November 2016 - Tuesday

Cloudy all day with a force 1-3 W-SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1120.

The autumn is slowing considerably, but the occasional day keeps the interest going just a little bit more and today produced a decent passage of Geese and Swans. Kilnsea Wetlands, Beacon Ponds and the nearby fields are worth a good look at the moment holding decent flocks of Brent Geese, various Ducks and good flocks of waders especially at high tide.

The Richard’s Pipit was still in Long Bank, a Water Pipit at Sammys and a Firecrest at the Point.
Moving over the sea were 38 Whooper Swan, 381 Pink footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 31 Red throated Diver, 2 Great crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag and 1 Bonxie.
The daily steady trickle of birds overland produced 1 Stock Dove, 10 Skylark, 18 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 178 Tree Sparrow, 3 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 6 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Snow Bunting and 6 Yellowhammer.

Other sightings were 1 Canada Goose plus 4 hybrids, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Woodcock, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Stonechat, 2 Chiff chaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling and 7 Snow Bunting.



Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll. (16 of 7 species)

14th November 2016 - Monday

Cloudy with some showers clearing by mid morning with a force 2-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0725-1145.

Highlights of the day were a 1st winter Glaucous Gull on the Humber, the Richard’s Pipit still in Long Bank, a Water Pipit in the Warren area and a mobile Waxwing.

Migrant totals were 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 22 redwing, 2 Chiff chaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Snow Bunting.
Quiet again over the sea with 1 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated diver and 1 Oystercatcher while overland 19 Meadow Pipit, 6 Alba Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 55 Starling, 9 Goldfinch, 43 siskin and 1 Yellowhammer.
Other sightings involved 150 Lapwing, 13 Black tailed Godwit, Kingfisher and 42 Linnet.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch.

13th November 2016 - Sunday

A much nicer day after the heavy rain previously. There was a great turnout for tree planting in Church field, corner field and the Obs. A massive thank you to everyone who turned up and gave their precious time. The WEBS counts produced some good totals.

Highlights today produced a ‘Tundra’ Bean Goose south over the point, Shorelark over the Warren, the Richard’s Pipit still in Long Bank, a Water Pipit by the Lighthouse and a mobile Waxwing delighting the volunteers who were planting trees at the time.

Migrant totals were 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 4 Short eared Owl, 34 Skylark in/off, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiff chaff, 7 Goldcrest, 67 Starling in/off, 1 Brambling, 2 Twite, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 5 Snow Bunting.
Quiet over the sea with 299 Pink footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Red throated diver, 1 Gannet and 2 Shag.
Overland a trickle of birds with 1 Marsh Harrier, 19 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 8 siskin, 22 Linnet and 3 Lesser Redpoll.

Other sightings involved 1 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye, 462 Oystercatcher, 193 Grey Plover, 2100 Dunlin, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 110 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 300 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher while a hybrid Black headed/Mediterranean Gull was on Kilnsea Wetlands and the nice weather brought out a Peacock butterfly..

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 7 Tree Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch. (19 of 6 species).

Snipe. Ian Smith.

Snipe. Ian Smith.

12th November 2016 - Saturday

A poor day with near constant rain, poor visibility and a force 3-4 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1540.

All the action was over the sea, but due to the poor weather very few migrants were seen.

Migrant totals were 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl, 9 Fieldfare in/off, 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 86 Starling in/off, 3 Mealy Redpoll and the Water Pipit on the Saltmarsh at the Warren.
Quiet for birds on the move over the sea with 25 Shelduck, 84 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 423 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 16 Eider, 1 Long tailed Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 1 Black throated Diver, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing in/off, 39 Knot, 135 Dunlin, 1 Snipe in/off, 3 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Turnstone

Black throated Diver. Dan Branch.

Black throated Diver. Dan Branch.

11th November 2016 - Friday

Cloudy early on clearing slowly to leave a lovely sunny day with a variable force 1 wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1300.
A trickle of passerines south this morning, while plenty of Starling were arriving off the sea.

The Richards Pipit was still in the long bank area while in the evening a 1 Yellow browed Warbler at Driftwood.
Migrant totals were 3 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl, 22 Fieldfare, 73 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 23 Siskin, 1 Mealy Redpoll,
Quiet for birds on the move over the sea with 26 Pink footed Goose, 6 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 19 Eider, 36 Common Scoter, 7 Red throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 4 Shag and 1 Bonxie while overland a few bits on the move with 53 Skylark, 63 Meadow Pipit,1 Water Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 14 Waxwing north, 574 Starling in/off, 15 Tree Sparrow, 63 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 18 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 111 Siskin, 56 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting and 1 Corn Bunting.

Other sightings involved 196 Brent Geese, 3 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, Kingfisher.

Ringing: 8 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Chaffinch. (20 of 9 species).

10th November 2016 - Thursday

Rain from early morning brightening late morning to leave a sunny day with a force 2-3 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0900-1100
A better day than yesterday, but generally less grounded migrants.

The Richard’s Pipit was still flighty in the Long Bank Marsh area, with a Shorelark at Middle Camp and 2 Waxwing with birds at Cliffe Farm and Sammys were the highlights.
Migrant totals were 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Ring Ouzel at the Point, 46 Fieldfare, 71 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 54 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 3 Siskin.

Quiet for birds on the move over the sea with 2 Brent Geese, 28 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 15 Eider, 47 common Scoter, 4 Red throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Shag and 1 Snipe while overland a few bits on the move with 13 Skylark, 16 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 73 Siskin and 38 Linnet.
Other sightings involved 79 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 180 Brent Geese, 193 Wigeon, 44 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Goosander, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch. (9 of 5 species).

Richards Pipit. Dan Branch.

Richards Pipit. Dan Branch.

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jump.

Ring Ouzel. Tim Jump.

Brent Geese. Simon Jump.

Brent Geese. Simon Jump.

9th November 2016 - Wednesday

A poor day with persistent rain and a light W wind.
Migration Watches:
The very poor weather led to very little birding being done but it was apparent there was still quite a few Thrushes about.

The Richard’s Pipit remained in the Long Bank Marsh area while a Water Pipit was by the Tank Blocks and a Waxwing was at Westmere Farm.

Other sightings involved 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Black tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank all in the Beacon Ponds/Kilnsea Wetlands area, 1 Water Rail, 106 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Short eared Owl, 200 Blackbird, 135 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.

Redwing. Ian Smith.

Redwing. Ian Smith.

8th November 2016 - Tuesday

Clear all day and a light N-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1330.
A good day for Starling immigration at the warren plus good numbers of Woodcock and Thrushes about but quieter over the sea.

A Grey Phalarope was on the Humber by Cliffe Farm, but all too briefly while other highlights were the Richard’s Pipit still in Long Bank Marsh, 3 Water Pipit with 1 at the Warren and 2 at Sammys and 11 Waxwing at the Warren including 2 in/off.

Migrant totals were 4 Water Rail, 9 Woodcock, 3 Short eared Owl, 1 Skylark in/off, 1 Grey Wagatil in/off, 2 Stonechat, 140 Fieldfare, 355 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 126 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiff chaff, 6 Goldcrest, 790 Starling in/off, 13 Brambling, 19 Siskin with another 42 flying south, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 1 Snow Bunting.

An interesting small congregation of ducks on the Humber with 2 Pintail, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 9 Scaup, 8 Eider and 6 Common Scoter while other bits of interest were 52 Lapwing, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher while on the move over the sea were 13 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 4 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Red throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 35 Little Gull and 6 Auk sp.


Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 79 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiff chaff, 1 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll. (100 of 14 species).

Grey Wagtail. Ian Smith.

Grey Wagtail. Ian Smith.

Hybird BrantxBrent Goose from earlier in week. Ian Smith.

Hybird BrantxBrent Goose from earlier in week. Ian Smith.

7th November 2016 - Monday

Cloudy with sunny spells with some rain and a force 4-6 NE wind.
Migration Watches: 0640-1430.
Obvious increases in migrant numbers despite the strong wind and still some decent passage over the sea.

The predicted/hoped for smart juvenile Pallid Harrier which had been at Welwick for the last 2 days flew south today and headed towards Lincs? It is apparently the 270th species seen in this record year, assuming all the rarities are accepted.
Other highlights were a Richard’s Pipit in Long Bank Marsh, Water Pipit at the Warren and 6 Waxwing in the area

Migrant totals were 2 Water Rail, 5 Woodcock, 1 Short eared Owl in/off, 2 Fieldfare in/off, 3 Mistle Thrush, 160 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiff chaff, 4 Goldcrest, 131 Starling in/off, 1 Brambling, 6 Siskin,4 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 4 Snow Bunting.

Birds on the move over the sea were 5 Whooper Swan, 27 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 27 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 16 Eider, 5 Long tailed Duck, 388 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goosander, 37 Red throated Diver, 2 Great northern Diver, 118 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 4 Pomarine Skua, 9 Bonxie, 10 Little Gull, 31 Kittiwake, 19 Auk sp, 17 Guillemot, 13 Little Auk and 13 Razorbill.

Other birds of interest were 240 Wigeon, 1 Merlin, 2 Black tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail, 25 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (30 of 5 species).

Water Rail. Dan Branch.

Water Rail. Dan Branch.

Waxwing. Mick Law.

Waxwing. Mick Law.

6th November 2016 - Sunday

Generally cloudy with some sunny spells with frequent heavy showers and hail with a force 4-6 NW-NNE wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1500.
All the action was over the sea in the strong winds though nearby Welwick produced some quality.

Birds on the move were 16 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 17 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 3 Long tailed Duck, 653 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 11 Red throated Diver, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 260 Gannet, 11 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Long tailed Skua, 18 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 537 Kittiwake, 100 Auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 6 Little Auk and 1 Puffin.

Other birds of interest were 23 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiff chaff and 1 Mediterranean Gull while the 4 Greenland White fronted Geese remained in Easington.

Just west of the Spurn recording area, a juvenile Pallid Harrier was at Welwick marsh all day and giving great views despite the poor light. The underwing pattern showed it to be the bird from Buckton on previous days. Also here an immature Rough legged Buzzard was also present and 2 Waxwing flew over going west. This is a site which is checked regularly in late autumn and winter and is good for Raptors, Owls, Water Pipit and Twite.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Smith.

5th November 2016 - Saturday

Generally over cast with heavy rain showers all day with sunny spells and a force 6-7 NW-N wind.
Migration Watches: 0645-1300, 1150-1600.

Difficult to look for passerines in the strong wind so all the main action today was over the sea though the 4 Greenland White fronted Geese remained on the south side of Easington.
Moving over the were 51 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 6 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 2 Long tailed Duck, 501 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 55 Red throated Diver, 1 Great northern Diver, 1 Red necked Grebe, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 255 Gannet, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 29 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 22 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 214 Kittiwake, 69 Auk sp, 3 Little Auk and 1 Puffin.

Other sightings today were 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Short eared Owl in/off, 242 Blackbird, 31 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 74 Redwing, 1 Waxwing in/off, 1 Blackcap and 1 Brambling.

Late evening a juvenile Pallid Harrier and Rough legged Buzzard were present at Welwick Marsh.

4th November 2016 - Friday

Clear and sunny all day with a force 2-3 occasionally 4 SW-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1030.

A wader ringing session last night was successful with 35 birds caught and ringed but better still was a Finnish ringed Curlew which was controlled.
The last few weeks have been hectic and fun so it was nice to have a pleasant days birding which was quieter after a clear out of migrants. It could be short lived though as the weather systems are indicating more arrivals from maybe Sunday onwards.

The resident family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still showing well in the stubble field opposite the tower house in Easington, while 3 Shorelark were at Easington Lagoon and 2 Waxwing were in the area.
Other migrants were 2 Water Rail, 5 Woodcock, 263 Blackbird, 130 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 190 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting and 4 Snow Bunting.

A very quiet day over the sea with 9 Whooper Swan, 16 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 35 Common Scoter and 2 Gannet while overland it was quiet too, with 2 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 14 Carrion Crow, 11 Jackdaw, 9 Tree Sparrow, 9 Goldfinch and 10 Linnet.

Other birds of interest were 370 Brent Geese north of long bank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 7 Black tailed Godwit and 5 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 12 Knot, 11 Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 22 Blackbird, 5 Redwing, 19 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch. (82 of 10 species)

Shorelark. Mick Turton.

Shorelark. Mick Turton.

3rd November 2016 - Thursday

Overcast all day with a force 3-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1445.
A great day for Thrushes, Waxwings and Woodcock arriving off the sea, but there were no sightings of any Rough legged Buzzards today.
Despite Spurn being a great place for viz migging, the annual, autumn inland big movements of Wood Pigeon are very rarely witnessed and even then normally only ‘hundreds’ are seen, with the occasional few thousand.

The family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still showing well in the field opposite the tower house in Easington and 21 Waxwing arrived with 8 in one flock the biggest group while a Shorelark was at Easington Lagoon and a Hawfinch was in Kilnsea.
Other migrants were 1 Short eared Owl, 2 Water Rail, 9 Snipe in/off, 1 Jack Snipe, 53 Woodcock (with 17 seen to come in/off), 1 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 905 Blackbird, 748 Fieldfare (461 in/off), 1 Song Thrush, 229 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Siberian type Chiffchaff on Vicars Lane, 169 Starling in/off, 2 Brambling, 2 Twite, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Snow Bunting.

A quieter day over the sea with 5 Whooper Swan, 8 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Eider, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 15 Red throated Diver, 3 Bonxie and 3 Little Auk while a small amount of birds moving south overland were 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 26 Wood Pigeon, 1 Rock Pipit, 16 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 21 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, 34 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of interest were 1 Merlin, 14 Little Egret, 1 Black tailed Godwit,

Ringing: 4 Woodcock, 2 Waxwing, 175 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 17 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Twite, 5 Siskin. (221 of 13 species)

Woodcock. Ian Bollen. A fantastic 53 were seen today.

Woodcock. Ian Bollen. A fantastic 53 were seen today.

Shorelark. Ian Bollen.

Shorelark. Ian Bollen.

Greenland White fronted Geese. Ian Bollen.

Greenland White fronted Geese. Ian Bollen.

Waxwing. Alan Whitehouse.

Waxwing. Alan Whitehouse.

2nd November 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny all day with a chilly force 3-4 N wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1545.
There hardly seems to be a day without something good turning up or some new interesting arrivals and today was no different. It was a quieter day over the sea but, decent for passerines coming in/off while a new Rough legged Buzzard appeared.

The highlight of the day was Spurns 3rd ever Cattle Egret which flew north over the Warren then over the Humber, but unfortunately continued on its way without stopping.

There was 2 Rough legged Buzzard today, with a new immature bird as well as the adult. The family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still showing well in the field opposite the tower house in Easington and 7 Waxwing including 4 in/off the sea.
Other migrants were 1 Short eared Owl, 3 Water Rail, 13 Woodcock, 500 Blackbird (255 in/off), 762 Fieldfare (112 in/off), 1 Song Thrush, 229 Redwing (48 in/off), 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Brambling, 1 Twite, 1 Bullfinch and 2 Snow Bunting.

A quieter day over the sea with 7 Whooper Swan, 7 Brent Geese, 33 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Long tailed Duck, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 30 Red throated Diver, 126 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 128 Auk sp and 3 Little Auk.

Other birds of interest were 1 Pintail, a brilliant count of 44 Little Egret in the triangle, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 2 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 85 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Long tailed Tit, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 34 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Twite, 2 Siskin. (155 of 19 species)

Rough legged Buzzard. Phil Palmer.

Rough legged Buzzard. Phil Palmer.

Rough legged Buzzard. Phil Palmer.

Rough legged Buzzard. Phil Palmer.

Record shot of Cattle Egret. Dan Branch.

Record shot of Cattle Egret. Dan Branch.

1st November 2016 - Tuesday

Cloudy in the morning with drizzle clearing in the afternoon with sunny spells and a force 5-6 NW-N wind.
Sea Watch: 0700-1600.
No sign of the Brown Shrike today, but still plenty of Thrushes about and a very good movement over the sea including the first Little Auks of the autumn.

The adult Rough legged Buzzard remained in the Long Bank area, while the family party of 4 Greenland White fronted Geese were still showing well in the field opposite the tower house in Easington and 3 Waxwing flew west over Sammys.

Other migrants in difficult conditions were 1 Short eared Owl, 2 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock, 1 Swallow, 1 Ring Ouzel still at Sammys, 278 Blackbird, 540 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 245 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling, 2 Twite, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 8 Snow Bunting.

A decent movement over the sea mainly in a southerly direction with 58 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 8 Mallard, 17 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 9 Eider, 2 Long tailed Duck, 379 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 101 Red throated Diver, 2 Great northern Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 448 Gannet, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 19 Bonxie, 9 Little Gull, 281 Kittiwake, 459 Auk sp and 5 Little Auk.

Other birds of interest were a male Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 7 Black tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.

Ringing: 11 Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch. (15 of 2 species)

Ring Ouzel. Graham Catley.

Ring Ouzel. Graham Catley.

Greenland White fronted Goose. Richard Willison.

Greenland White fronted Goose. Richard Willison.

Gr White fronted Geese. Richard Willison.

Gr White fronted Geese. Richard Willison.

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