Sightings

Sightings

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Sunny spells with showers on and off with a F3-5 WSW wind.  Watches: 0720-1025.

Maybe the first hint of spring with a nice selection of species on the move, though no big numbers yet.

Highlights of some southerly movement today included a nice Woodlark and 2 Snow Buntings plus 7 Stock Dove, 11 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 1 Skylark, 158 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch and 6 Reed Bunting while over the sea an Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 19 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 22 Herring Gull, 5 Guillemot, 1 razorbill and 5 Auk sp.

There were 15 Whooper Swan again on Easington straight along with 21 Mute Swan with 450 Brent Geese nearby. Other sightings included a Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in Sykes field, a Mistle Thrush on Clubleys, Song Thrush at the Obs and 200 Starling in North field.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 3 House Sparrow.

 

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  • Woodlark. Jacob Spinks.

  • Woodlark. Jacob Spinks.

  • Rook. Jacob Spinks.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Sunny spells, rain on and off with an increasing F0-5 SSW-SE wind.

The Black Brant was again in Kilnsea with 450 Brent Geese with 13 Whooper Swans on Kilnsea wetlands along with 35 Shoveler, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Calm and overcast to begin with intermittent rain and an increasing F0-4 wind. 

Sightings during the day reflected few observers out and about with  26 Mute Swan on Easington striaght, 15 Whooper Swan and an Avocet on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Scaup on Beacon ponds, 970 Oystercatcher, 120 Curlew and 1500 Knot on the Humber, a Mediterranean Gull, 5 Barn Owl in the area, 23 Magpie in North field and 3 Meadow Pipit in Clubley's.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Sunny spellls with a Blustery F6 WSW wind.  Watches: 0745-1230.

Strong winds yet again made birding diifficult away from sheltered spots.

Over the sea were 2 Brent Geese, an Eider, 35 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 33 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Kittiwake, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull,43 Common Gull, 105 Herring Gull, 25 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 119 Auk sp while overland 3 Skylark, 20 Starling and 2 Blackbird were on the move.

Other sightings included 600 Brent Geese and 120 Curlew in Kilnsea, 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Well field, a Merlin blogging and 3 Meadow Pipit by the Borrow pit. 

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Sunny spels in yet another windy F5-6 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was in the Easington area, the 2 Scaup still on Beacon ponds, 600 Brent Geese in Kilnsea and a Snow Bunting at the Warren.

Over the sea 6 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 54 Red-throated Diver, 72 Gannet, 8 Dunlin, 21 Black-headed Gull, 7 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 7 Auk sp.

Also today were 2 Gadwall, 240 Wigeon, a Buzzard, 30 Lapwing, 60 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Stock Dove and 300 Starling in the Long bank area with a Barn Owl in Well field..

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  • Mute Swan. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Another wet and windy day with a F5-6 SW-W wind.  Watches: 0740-1015.

A Hen Harrier was in the triangle before heading off northwest, 550 Brent Geese on Easoington straight, 320 Wigeon on Long bank, 244 Lapwing in the Sammies area, a Mediterranean Gull, 1200 Wood Pigeon in Easington and 3 Stonechat at the Borrow pit..

The sea had 13 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 1 Gannet and a Guillemot.

 

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  • Hen Harrier. Jacob Spinks.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Snipe flushed by the harrier. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

After a calm start with sunny periods it tuned into another wet, wild windy day with a F5 W wind.  Watches: 0715-1115.

A Woodlark in Easington was a nice early record, while the day also had a Water Pipit and 3 Red Kite highlights among a decent days vis-mig movement which aslo included 3 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 23 Skylark, 68 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch.

Over the sea it was a bit quiet with 3 Wigeon, a Great Crested Grebe, 87 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 88 Black-headed Gull, 108 Herring Gull, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Auk sp.

Also today were 500 Brent Geese in Kilnsea, 2 Mediterranean Gull on Easington straight and a Short-eared Owl along the canal.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Woodlark by Easington sewage works. Bethan Clyne.

  • Woodlark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red Kite. Jacob Spinks.

  • Jackdaws on the move. Jacob Spinks. A species along with Rook, that most people dont realise, undertake movements especially in spring when big numbers can go south.

  • Starling on the move. Jacob Spinks. 'Spring' sees movements of many species which head south at Spurn, the thinking being for some that they head into East Anglia or Kent then cross over to the continent with a smaller safer sea crossing.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Overcast with sunny spells with a blustery F5-4 SSW wind.  Watches: 0750-1030, 1430-1615.

The generally mild weather continues and maybe soon paserines will begin to drift off back west. In the mean time our winter continues with strong winds heaping havoc making general birding difficult.

Today saw a ringtail Hen Harrier in the Beacon ponds area along with a Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and 2 Barn Owl with the Black Brant and 400 Brent Geese in the area.

Over the sea a Wigeon, 1 Teal, 29 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Avocet, 25 Black-headed Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 114 Herring Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50 Guillemot and 6 Auk sp.

 

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  • Shoveler. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Rain showers with sunny spells and a breezy F5-4 SW wond.  Watches: 0750-1015, 1350-1435.

An increase in Curlew in the Long bank area maybe hints at birds building in numbers before departure, taking advantage of the wet fields and the glut of worms to be had.

The best birding again was in the Kilnsea wetlands area with 400 Brent Geese, 22 Mute Swan, 23 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 630 Wigeon, 110 Teal, a Pochard, 2 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 85 Lapwing, 230 Curlew, 430 Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Barn Owl.

Over the sea were a Brent Goose, 4 Pintail, 2 Teal, 12 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 43 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 50 Kittiwake, 362 Guillemot and 11 Auk sp.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

A wild day with some rain but a continuing F6 S wind.  Watches: 0800-1045.

Sightings from the Long bank area included 450 Brent Geese, 4 Gadwall and 192 Wigeon, while on the Humber 770 Oystercatcher, 800 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, 155 Curlew, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 350 Common Gull and a Peregrine. A Water Rail was at Rose cottage, 12 Magpie in North field and good numbers of both House and Tree Sparrow remain around the Obs.

Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 12 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 58 Gannet, 8 Guillemot and 48 Auk sp.

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  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Collared Dove. John Hewitt.

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