Sightings

Sightings

Friday, 24 September 2021

Bright and sunny with a F5-6 south easterly. Watches: 0600-1830.

The day was dominated by our diligent group of vis-miggers, who put in a phenomenal shift to count a record 12, 245 Pink-footed Geese making their way south. The day also yielded 3 Whooper Swan plus 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 125 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Snipe, 210 Little Gull, 46 Sandwich Tern, 82 Common Tern, 10 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, a Long-tailed Skua, 11 Razorbill and 243 Large Auk sp. 

The vis miggers also counted a small overland movement of mainly Passerines with a Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 39 Tree Sparrow, 5 Dunnock, 6 Alba Wagtail, 433 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 8 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 77 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin and 38 Reed Bunting,

Kilnsea wetlands a 2 Spoonbill, 175 Wigeon, 33 Pintail, 104 Teal, 67 Little Egret, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1000 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1000 Black-headed Gull, 34 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Caspian Gull.

While we wait to see if we get any more easterliesthere was still small numbers of migrants about with 2 House Martin, a Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear and a Grey Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Guillemot, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. Lawrence Middleton. A record count for Spurn since the 9175 on 28th September 2008.

  • Pink-footed Geese. John Swallow.

  • Pink-footed Geese. John Swallow.

  • Pink-footed Geese. John Swallow.

  • Pink-footed Geese heading south over the sea. Jacob Spinks.

  • Pink-footed Goose. Jacob Spinks.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Watches: 0630-1810. A sunny day if rather windy with a F4-6 westerly.

Overall  the day saw a trickle of south bound migration, but saying that a good total of 4078 Pink-footed Geese flew south, which was the feature all the way down the east coast, of Scotalnd and England. Other noteworthy bits on the move were 9 Tufted Duck, 143 Red-throated Diver, a Shag, 1 Black Tern, an Arctic Skua, 365 Large Auk sp, a Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 38 Meadow Pipit and 25 Linnet.

Kilnsea wetlands had 96 Wigeon, 19 Pintail, 24 Little Grebe, 2 Spoonbill, 107 Little Egret, 150 Curlew, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 1550 Redshank4 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 53 Mediterranean Gull, a Caspian Gull  and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. The 7 Pale-bellied Brent remianed on the Humber.

Few migarnts left in the area and still no Yellow-browed Warblers this autumn, the best being 8 Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear and a Grey Wagtail.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

A warm sunny day with a F2-4 westerly. Watches: 0620-1030.

There was not much happening on the migrant front, but again some decent visible migration and good birding in the Kilnsea wetlands area, where the Garganey was stilll present and yet another record count of 112 Little Egret was made. Present also were 2 Spoonbill, 181 Wigeon, 70 Mallard, 15 Pintail, 89 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, 49 Black-tailed Godwit, 3500 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, a Common Sandpiper, 600 Redshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank and 2 Caspain Gull, with around 600 Guillemot present offshore from here. The 6 Pale-bellied Brents were again on the Humber with 33 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Overland movement recorded a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Skylark, 58 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 10 House Sparrow, 8 Tree Sparrow, a Dunnock, 4 Flava Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 17 Alba Wagtail, 856 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 24 Greenfinch, 280 Linnet, 91 Goldfinch and 2 Yellowhammer, while the best over the sea were  2 Brent Geese, 3 Pintail, an Eider, 12 Whimbrel, 16 Little Gull, a Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 238 Large Auk sp and a Puffin.

In the bushes small numbers of migrants were still present, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, a Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskin.

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  • Wheatear. Michael Flowers.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Kilnsea wetlands. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Bar-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

  • Whinchat. Julie Mortley.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Sightings from tre day included a Woodlark north over Easington, the eclipse Garganey and Caspian Gull again on KIlnsea wetlands, the first Fieldfare of the autumn at the Point. Details to come.

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  • Garganey. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Pale-bellied Brent. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Fieldfare. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Snipe. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Crane Fly. Julie Mortley. Such an important group of insects in the autumn for migrant birds and spiders, they are of course completely harmless and do not bite.

  • Looking over the Humber from Sammy's to Kilnsea. Micky Maher.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Cloudy start, became warm and sunny with a F3 northerly. Watches: 0610-1815.

There was a small, but nice arrival late morning bringing the first anticipated Thrush arrival, with 33 Song Thrush, ‘sipping’ overhead and from deep in bushes, but the best was an Ortolan Bunting at Sammy’s, where a Turtle Dove was also present. The day also brought a vocal Common Rosefinch to the Warren which flew off high south, the Red-backed Shrike still elusive in the canal bushes, the Dotterel again on the Humber off the Warren, 3 Cetti’s Warbler (Warren, Sammy’s and Point), plus 8 Short-eared Owl, a Jack Snipe, 12 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 14 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 14 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 10 Siskin and a Yellowhammer.

The day also brought the frist 20 Pink-footed Geese heading south, in what turned out to be quite busy for movement in general with 4 Brent Geese, 5 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 42 Wigeon, a Pintail, 529 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 124 Common Scoter, 223 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 90 Gannet, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh harrier, 6 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 482 Kittiwake, 113 Little Gull, 2 Roseate Tern, 299 Common Tern, 3 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua (including one of the long stayers), 20 Guillemnot, a Puffin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Skyalrk, 47 Swallow, a Song Thrush, 1 Flava Wagtail, 10 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2434 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit and 4 Chaffinch.

Kilnsea wetlands held a record 10 Spoonbill in the morning and a record 106 Little Egret in the evening, how things have changed for both these species!, This area also had a Little-ringed Plover, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper, 500 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 32 Greenshank, 41 Mediterranean Gull and a Caspian Gull. On the Humber there were 7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 46 Dark-bellied Brents.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Gadren Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Great Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Dunncok.

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  • Turtle Dove. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Ortolan Bunting. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Rosefinch heading off south. Jacob Spinks.

  • Jack Snipe. Adam Hutt.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Bar-tailed Godwit. Hazel Wiseman.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Sunny and warm to start, heavy rain from early afternoon with a F3 south easterly. Watches: 0600-1830.

The day saw a good movement over the sea, our first returning Brent Geese to the Humber and some new migrants in, the best being a juvenile Red-backed Shrike rather elusive in the canal bushes, with the day also bringing an eclipse Garganey to Kilnsea wetlands, our first Jack Snipe of the autumn at Chalky point, while the Dotterel again on the Humber off the Warren. Further totals were 7 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit and 19 Chaffinch.

The sea was where much of the action was and received an all-day watch with good numbers of Wildfowl, 36 Dark-bellied Brent, 19 Shelduck, 352 Wigeon, 21 Pintail, 2103 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 4 Velvet Scoter, 433 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 167 Red-throated Diver, 420 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel, a Curlew, 2 Ruff, 1648 Dunlin, a Purple Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, 47 Kittiwake, 73 Little Gull, 5 Arctic Tern, a Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 24 Arctic Skua, 2 Juvenile Long-tailed Skua lingering offshore, 11 Razorbill and 2 Puffin.

Kilnsea wetlands had a Spoonbill, 117 Wigeon, 35 Pintail, 135 Teal, 56 Little Egret, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 950 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 27 Greenshank, a Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 35 Little Gull, 2 Caspian Gull and 30 Mediterranean Gull. The first 41 Dark-bellied Brent Geese returned to the Humbe, where the 7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still present.

Ringing: 1 Starling 1 Wren, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow.

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  • Garganey with Shoveler. Andy Bunting.

  • Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Garganey with Shoveler and Teal. John Hewitt.

  • Waders and Gulls on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

 

It was another day of few migrants, but an elusive Red-breasted Flycatcher and Barred Warbler were at the Point, while further totals were a Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, a White Wagtail and 10 Siskin.

The juvenile Dotterel was again with Golden Plover off the Warren and at Sammy's and 8 Spoonbill were on Kilnsea wetlands and after a fly about headed off north, while another increase saw a record 87 Little Egret recorded, along with a Great White Egret, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little-ringed Plover, 5 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 4 Spotted Redshank and a Caspian Gull. The 7 Pale-bellied Brent were still along the Canal by the tank blocks.

The vismiggers had a slightly quieter movement with a Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Ruff, 2 Kestrel, 21 Jackdaw,14 Rook, 1905 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 8 Flava Wagtail, 41 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 30 House Sparrow, a Brambling, 14 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 57 Goldfinch, 188 Linnet, a Corn Bunting and 47 Reed Bunting. The sea had 2 Shoveler, 55 Wigeon, 22 Pintail, 187 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 74 Common Scoter, 68 Red-throated Diver, 42 Gannet, a Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 144 Little Gull, 226 Common Tern, a Great Skua, 3 Arctic skua, a Pomarine Skua and a lingering Long-tailed Skua.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 4 Dunnock, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 11 Tree Sparrow, 10 House Sparrow, 7 Reed Bunting.

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  • Little Egret. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Little Egret. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

Friday, 17 September 2021

The 5th ISABELLINE WHEATEAR for Spurn was a nice find this morning on the rocks at Easington gas terminal. Please park in Easington square and walk up Vicars lane, then take the coastal path to view. There wee few other migrants about with 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 6 Wheatear, a Brambling and 6 Siskin.

The juvenile Dotterel was again with Golden Plover at Sammy's and 9 Spoonbill were on Kilnsea wetlands where a fine total of 76 Little Egret was aslo made, along with 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 50 Mediterranean Gull and a Caspian Gull. The 7 Pale-bellied Brent remianed along the Canal by the tank blocks.

The vismiggers had a decent movement with 3 Ruff, 19 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 4162 Meadow Pipit, 7 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 7 Flava Wagtail, 142 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 36 House Martin, 11 Dunnock, 60 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 45 Goldfinch, 161 Linnet and 16 Reed Bunting.

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  • Isabelline Wheatear. Tony Broom. The 1st for Spurn was in 1990, but since 2011 a further four records, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2021.

  • Isabelline Wheatear. Tony Broom

  • Isabelline Wheatear, Tony Broom.

  • Isabelline Wheatear. Hazel Wiseman.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Watches: 0600-1200.

The numbers of grounded migrants continue to fall, 3 Short-eared Owl, a Hobby, 21 Kestrel, 4 Cett's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

On the move over a decently busy sky were  Marsh Harrier, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 2 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 150 Tree Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 5 Flava Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 2946 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 213 Linnet, 22 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin and 6 Reed Bunting, while over the sea a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 27 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, a Whimbrel, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 11 Kittiwake, 84 Little Gull, 480 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Skua and the lingering Long-tailed Skua.

Kilnsea wetlands had the now familiar German ringed Caspian Gull, one of two present along with 6 Pintail, 15 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank and 40 Mediterranean Gull. In the Sammy's area, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite and 13 Common Buzzard jostled for airspace.

Ringing: 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Curlew Sandpiper with Redshank and Dunlin.

  • Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin.

  • Caspian Gull. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Knot. Micky Maher.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Warm with sunny spells and a F2-3 easterly. Watches: 0630-1230.

The easterly winds have not brought a noticeable arival yet, but in the meantime our first twitchable HOOPOE since 2015, was a nice find near the lighthouse, showing well mainly seen in flight, but covering quite a big area. Other migrants were 7 Short-eared Owl, 12 Kestrel, a Hobby, 18 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Pied Flycathcer, 5 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Pied Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit and 2 Brambling.

On the move today were a Wigeon, 52 Teal, 4 Velvet Scoter, 63 Common Scoter, 71 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 83 Gannet, a Whimbrel, 14 Kittiwake, 43 Black-headed Gull, a Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, the lingering Long-tailed Skua and a Puffin, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 9 Grey Wagtail and 295 Meadow Pipit.

Kilnsea wetlands held its usual and varied array of species, 349 Greylag Geese, 55 Wigeon, 7 Piintail, the Spoonbill, 33 Little Egret, 7 Avocet, a Little-ringed Plover, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 3 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 450 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 30 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Caspian Gull and a Barn Owl.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 1 Wood Pigeon, 16 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Hoopoe. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Hoopoe flying past the Lighthouse. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Hoopoe. Jacob Spinks.

  • Juvenile Swallow being fed. Michael Flowers.

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