Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Watches: 0605-0945.

It was a bit of a quieter day overall in the easterly wind, which saw some movement over the sea with 78 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 157 Gannet, a Cormorant, 22 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 16 Redshank, 14 Kittiwake, 19 Guillemot and a Great Skua. 

Still decent on KIlnsea wetlands which held 13 Shelduck, a Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 28 Mallard (plus 2 broods), 5 Little Egret, 24 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 200 Dunlin, 128 Redshank, a Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 13 Sandwich Tern with the first arriving juveniles. A juvenile Cuckoo was the best passerine wise in Churchfield.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher pulli, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Meadow Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Fox. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Watches: 0430-0945.

The first returning Willow Warbler 'of the autumn' was trapped in Churchfield along with an out of habitat Reed Warbler and a male Redstart was in Northfield.

There were an increase in Wader numbers on the Humber and Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 22 Golden Plover (20 in), 50 Curlew, 14 Whimbrel, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 342 Dunlin, 120 Redshank,1 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. The wetlands area also held a Wigeon, 11 Teal,a Tufted Duck, 9 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 21 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gull (inc first juvenile of the autumn).

Moving today were 47 Shelduck in, 29 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 60 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel, 13 Auk sp, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, a Swallow, 4 Linnet and a Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock.

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  • Adfult Yellow-legged Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Yellow-legged Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

Monday, 06 July 2020

Watches: 0540-1040.

It was an interesting day with a small arrival of departing migrants and a continued southerly movement, a nice adult Rose-coloured Starling south with 315 Starling the highlight. Also moving were 25 Shelduck, 17 Common Scoter, an Eider, 6 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, a Little Gull, 3 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail and 15 Siskin.

The day saw a ncie array of early departing migrants with a Black Redstart at the Point, an adult Whinchat in Corner field and a Redstart at the Warren, with 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo (1 juvenile), 30 Siskin and a Crossbill wandering the area.

The Brent Goose was still present and appears to unfortunately have a broken wing. There were also good numbers of Waders present with 4 Little-ringed Plover, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 125 Dunlin (inc 1st juvemile), 3 Lapwing, 105 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 5 Robin pulli.

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  • Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

  • Sandwich Tern. Tony Hull.

  • Skylark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red Admiral. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 05 July 2020

Watches: 0545-1030.

While it seems too early for some to be talking about autumn, for many Waders the summer breeding season is over, with birds heading south or seen to arrive in/off on a daily basis over Beacon ponds or the Warren. Today saw 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Curlew, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, a Little-ringed Plover, 3 Ruff and 11 Redshank on the move and as the month moves on there should be an increase in the pace and diversity. The day also saw moving 46 Shelduck, 12 Gannet, 211 Black-headed Gull, 11 Auk sp, a Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 241 Swift, 190 Starling, 162 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 Crossbill and 6 Siskin.

The day was also good for grounded Waders on Kilnsea wetlands and the Humber with totals of 165 Curlew, a Whimbrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Knot, 74 Dunlin, 161 Redhshank, a Turnstone and 1 Greenshank. Also of note today were a Brent Goose on Beacon ponds, a Peregrine and Hobby hunting the area and 3 Mediterranean Gull on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 3 Swallow pulli, 1 Blackcap.

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  • Sandwich Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Sandwich Terns and Black-headed Gulls on KIlnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Tony Hull.

Saturday, 04 July 2020

A continued trickle of Wader movement saw 3 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, 1 Dunlin and 9 Redshank along with 21 Black-headed Gull, 3 Shelduck, 73 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 32 Gannet, a Shag, 1 Cormorant, an Arctic Skua, 4 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 15 Auk sp, 6 Puffin, 21 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 120 Starling, 4 Alba Wagtail, 19 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch and 62 Siskin.

Other sightings today included 6 Crossbill lingering around Kilnsea, while on KIlnsea wetlands area were 6 Gadwall inc a young brood, 9 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, 104 Curlew, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, a Greenshank, 6 Little Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 1 Siskin.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

Friday, 03 July 2020

Watches: 0400-0545, 0615-1115.

There were few observers about today as most understandably left to see an Albatross at Bempton, but for us a female Mandarin south over the Humber was a bit of a surprise, the day also seeing a further pickup in Wader numbers with 10 Shelduck, a Tufted Ducks, 8 Pochard, 11 Eider, 110 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 23 Gannet, a Golden Plover, 36 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 90 Dunlin, 23 Redshank, a Kittiwake, 45 Little Gull,  280 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 10 Linnet and 11 Siskin.

The increase in Wader movement also saw in increae for grounded birds with 68 Curlew, 15 Knot, 78 Dunlin, 50 Redshank and a Greenshank.

A freshly emerged Southern Hawker was at Kew and a Hummingbird Hawkmorth in Eassington.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Wood Pigeon. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sandwich Tern. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sandwich Tern. Bethan Clyne.

Thursday, 02 July 2020

Watches: 0400-0900. 

The trickle of Wader movement continues and today saw 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel and 35 Redshank along with 42 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, a Kittiwake, an Arctic Tern, 160 Swift and 3 Swallow.

Elsewhere the Kilnsea wetlands area held most of the good birding with 6 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull. 

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Tony Hull.

  • Little Owl well hidden against the background of straw. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Watches: 0600-0900.

On the move today were 7 Shelduck, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Curlew, 115 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 38 Starling, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Linnet and a Siskin.

The best of the rest included a juvenile Crossbill at Driftwood, while in the Kilnsea wetlands area, 11 Teal, 12 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 6 Mediteranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Cuckoo and a Hobby.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Great Tit. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1500.

A huge surprise today with yet another adult Long-tailed Skua flying about and feeding over the Humber mud. Shorter tailed and maybe not a full adult, the second bird in a few days, it flew out to sea not long after.It was another decent day of movement with 85 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 4 Lapwing, 10 Goldene Plover in, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ruff in/off, 2 Curlew, 7 Knot, 16 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 38 Black-headed Gull, 3 Guillemot, a Puffin, 80 Swift, 140 Starling, 8 Swallow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, a Crossbill, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

In the KIlnsea wetlands area were 11 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Egret, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 36 Dunlin, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 Common Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 380 Black-headed Gull, 10 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Cuckoo, 1 Peregrine and a Hobby.

Riniging: 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

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  • Little Tern. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Hobby. Dave Tucker.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Paul Willoughby.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1700.

It was another day for the vis-miggers with an increase in Wader numbers on the move, while down the coast in LIncs a record 45,000+ were recorded a more humble 7111 Swift flew south, suggesting a more circular route inland avoiding the bottleneck of Spurn? Also today 2 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, a Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Puffin, 5 Hobby, 55 Starling, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 4 Crossbill and 16 Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held a Brent Goose, 10 Teal, a Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier,157 Oystercatcher, 215 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Rining: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swifts on the move. Colin Bushell.

  • Ruff. Tony Hull.

  • Lime Speck Pug. Tony Broom.

  • Green Silver Lines. Tony Broom.

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