Sightings

Sightings

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

A cool start gave way to a sunny warm day with a F4 northerly - F2 westerly.  Watches: 0550-1115.

There were a few bits of interest from the day, a nice male Grey-headed Wagtail at the Riverside, a wandering Rose-coloured Starling from Easington to Kilnsea, a 3cy Caspian Gull on Kilnsea wetlands and a Velvet Scoter over the sea. 

The sea had a bit of interest with an Eider, 26 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 7 Manx Shearwater, 177 Gannet, 4 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Skua, 3 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and 118 Auk sp.

Ringing: 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Whitethroat. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Arctic Skua. John Hewitt.

Monday, 21 June 2021

A grey day with a chilly F4 north easterly.  Watches: 0600-1000.

There was at least one Rose-coloured Starling in Easington and the Cetti's Warbler still at the Point, but otherwise there was not much happening.

The best of any movement saw 138 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 54 Gannet, 5 Curlew in/off and 15 Guillemot, while Kilnsea wetlands had a good coiunt of 281 Black-headed Gull along with a Brent Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret and a Cuckoo.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch.

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  • Red-legged Partridge. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Whitethroat. Thomas Willoughby.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

A cool cloudy start, warming becoming muggy with a F3 north easterly,  Watches: 0540-1020.

The day saw 2 Rose-coloured Starling recorded in gardens in Easington, but there was no sign of the Spoonbill, which from photos was seen in Teeside this morning. The dark phase Arctic Skua was again frequenting Kilnsea wetlands and a Short-eared Owl was giving good views in the triangle. 

 There were decent numbers of Waders on the Humber with 4 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 44 Grey Plover, 2 Redshank and a Greenshank, while Kilnsea wetlands had a Brent Goose, 89 Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Gull and a Common Tern.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 5 Swallow.

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  • Arctic Skua. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Short-eared Owl. Paul Bentley.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. Paul Bentley.

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.
Rain on and off all day with sunny spells and a F3  northerly. Watches: 0600-1100.

A Rose-coloured Starling in Easington, is maybe the bird last seen on Tuesday, the Spoonbill remained on Kilnsea wetlands and likewise for the Cetti's Warbler at the Point. An Arctic Skua lingered in the Kilnsea wetlands area giving very good views and 2 Crossbill were around Kilnsea.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held, 18 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Greenshank, 1 Kittiwake, 4 Little Gull, 42 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Tern and 2 Short-eared Owl with 160 Common Scoter just offshore here.

There was a bit of movement over the sea the best being 11 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 76 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar and 127 Gannet.

Ringing: 3 Kestrel, 1 Great Tit, 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

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  • Rose-coloured Starling. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Spoonbill. Steve Clipperton. Showing the shrimp prey.

  • Spoonbill. Steve Clipperton. A different view.

  • Arctic Skua . Bethan Clyne.

  • Arctic Skua. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Rain most of the morning brightening up in the afternoon with a F3 north westerly.  Watches: 0545-1015, 1330-1440.

A quiet day overall, the Spoonbill still on Kilnsea wetlands along with a locally uncommon Pochard, plus 9 Gadawll, 11 Teal, a Tufted Duck and 4 Little Grebe.

The sea had a bit of movement, with 468 Common Scoter, 3 Teal, 3 Fulmar, 9 Manx Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 13 Guillemot, 4 Puffin, 3 Razorbill and 2 Arctic Tern,.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Male Shoveler. John Hewitt

  • Shoveler. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

The 1st summer Common Rosefinch was again in the area, singing at the Warren then flying off north. (Some more song attached).

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  • Common Rosefinch. Bethan Clyne.

  • Common Rosefinch. Bethan Clyne/

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

A warm muggy day with a light northwesterly.  Watches: 0600-0930.

A 2cy/1s male Rosefinch was singing in Sykes Field this morning, later flying towards Kew. (see recording embeded here for the distincive 'pleased to meet you' simplistic song). Otherwise the day was quiet with juist a Barnacle Goose, the Spoonbill, a Tufted Duck and 1 Greenshank on Kilnsea wetlands, 5 Little Egret, 2 Swift hanging around the Obs Swift boxes and 520 Starling in the area. 

Over the sea 6 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 19 Guillemot and 2 Puffin were the best.

The Swallowtail Butterfly was again at Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackbird.

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  • Common Rosefinch. Singing, but probably a 2cy brown male, rather than a strawberry jam red bird. Lawrence Middleton.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

A warm muggy day, becoming overcast with a light north easterly.  Watches: 0520-1000, 1330-1500.

Today there were maybe, 3 or 4 Rose-coloured Starling in the area, the picture is still at bit fuzzy with what is going on and difficult to keep up what is happening. The day saw one fly south with Starlings and apparently did not return, while another two with a Starling flock turned back at the Warren, staying in the triangle area, while one remained ion feeders in Easington. Elsewhere the Spoonbill remained on Kilnsea wetlands, along with 5 TeaL, a Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Greenshank, 3 (2cy) Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Gull, with both Arctic Tern and Common Tern on nearby Beacon ponds.

Some light movement over both land and sea saw 72 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Man Shearwater, 4 Puffin, a Hobby, 1 Green Sanndpiper,a Little-ringed Plover,  338 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow and 9 House Martin.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock.

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  • Rosy Starling. John Hewitt.

  • Rosy Starling.

  • Young Linnet just out the nest. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

A warm sunny start clouding over later with a light south westerly.  Watches: 0540-0915.

Maybe the sightings of the day was a SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY at Beacon ponds, with at least one previous record from along the canal. A late female Red-backed Shrike was in the triangle, while the day saw 2 Rose-coloured Starling recorded with one remaining in Easington, another flew south at the Warren and the Spoonbill was again on Kilnsea wetlands. 

The WEBS count typically produced low numbers of Waders with a Golden Plover, 38 Dunlin, 59 Ringed Plover, 258 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, a Sanderling, 1 Redshank, a Greenshank, 1 Turnstone and a juvenile Little-ringed Plover, while aslo counted were a Brent Goose, 20 Mute Swan, 65 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 8 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Grebe.

Other bits of note were 6 Puffin on the Humber, a 2cy Arctic Tern on Beacon ponds and a Hobby blogging.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap.

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 60 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

A cloudy start soon brightened with a light westerly.  Watches: 0545-0900.

There was no sign of any Rose-coloured Starling despite being looked for, and the day returned to prety much what you expect at this time of year, though the 2cy Glaucous Gull and Spoonbill were again at Kilnsea wetlands and the Cetti's Warbler re-surfaced again at the Point.

The best of the rest were a Little Gull on Beacon ponds, 4 Golden Plover on the Humber, a Puffin flying about on the Humber, the Little Owl at Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Cuckoo in the area and 2 Bullfinch in church field.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Greenfinch.

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  • Blackcap. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Reed Bunting. Ian Smith.

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