Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Watches: 0545-1550.

The Turtle Dove was still in the area, frequenting the Obs.

Overland 1320 Swift, 8 Lapwing, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Jackdaw, 9 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 13 Linnet and 6 Goldfinch.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 31 Teal, 42 Mallard, 7 Little Egret, 23 Avocet, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern and 61 Sandwich Tern mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch pulli.

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  • Beautiful Carpet. Jonnie Fisk. 1st for Spurn for this moth, which is rare in East Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Sunny and warm, clouding late pm with a F1-3 W/SW-SSE wind.

Migration Watches: 0545-1030.

A Turtle Dove was at Driftwood showing from John Hewitt's decking and with so few about most likely the bird from a few days ago.

Over the sea were 6 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake and 1 Auk sp while again quiet overland with 1 Red Kite, 4 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow and 1 House Martin.

Other sightings from today were 1 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 35 Mallard +27 young, 28 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin, 8 Redshank and 10 Pied Wagtail all Kilnsea wetlands.

 

Ringing:  1 Robin.

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  • Turtle Dove. John Hewitt.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Migration Watches: 0540-1100.

Over the sea were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Auk sp while again little overland with 1 Stock Dove, 146 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 6 House Martin and 22 Linnet.

Other sightings from today were 1 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 54 Mallard +26 young Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Little Gull, 64 Sandwich Tern, a fantastic count of 125 Little Tern, 3 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern on Kilnsea wetlands.

 

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Dunnock pulli, 1 Reed Warbler.

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  • Arctic Tern, John Hewitt.

  • Arctic Tern John Hewitt.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Overcast and warm with a F2-3 SSW-SW wind.

Watches: 0545-1030.

Returning Waders seem to be featuring maybe slightly early for some species while a nice assortment of Wildfowl, Gulls and Terns are on Kilnsea wetlands.

Overland only 21 Lapwing, 1 Hobby, 288 Swift, 16 Swallow, 11 House Martin and 16 Linnet despite seemingly favourable conditions.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose Kilnsea Wetlands, 16 Canada Geese and a Green Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds, 2 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 38 Mallard, 7 Little Egret, 31Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern and 80 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 3 Little Owl pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Overcast to start with sunny periods in the afternoon with a F1-2 S-SW wind. Watches: 0510-1100, 1450-1850.

A few bits on the move while overnight a big increase in Teal, though a Turtle Dove on the wires by the Riverside that was the highlight of the day and only the 2nd this year.

Over the sea with 7 Teal, 67 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 17 Kittiwake, 28 Auk sp and 8 Guillemot. Overland 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 757 Swift, 25 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 1 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, a big increase to 74 Teal, 52 Mallard, 32 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 5 Swallow pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Magpie.

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  • Plain Golden Y. Jan Crowther.

  • Some of the Teal influx onto Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Watches: 0505-0930.

Surprisingly little on the move today while the last couple of days has seen more Waders arriving back on the Humber.

Unusual for this time of year was a Wood Sandpiper on Holderness field while a streaky juvenile Crossbill was at Kew.

Over the sea with 6 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 131 Kittiwake, 296 Auk sp, 11 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and 6 Puffin. Overland 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Golden Plover, 15 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 10 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 12 Linnet and 1 Goldfinch.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 64 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 58 Mallard, 17 Avocet, 15 Curlew, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 39 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 176 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gulland 34 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands and on the Humber a Yellow-legged Gull with 85 Lesser Black backed Gulls.

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat (1 pulli), 1 Lesser Whitethroat pulli, 1 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Yellow Wagtail. Michael Flowers.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Warches: 0450-1715.

The strong south westerly led to almost perfect conditions for Swift movement and while not a big passage it still did not disappoint the observers. Check out Twitter for regular updates on decline of our breeding Swifts using the hashtag #SwiftAwarenessWeek which begins on Saturday.

The 2439 Swift which flew south today will.hopefully be the tip of the iceberg in terms of movement this summer, when with ideal conditions many thousands can make for an exciting spectacle.

Also moving today, 1 Hobby, 19 Swallow, 35 House Martin and 16 Linnet.

Over the sea, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 17 Kittiwake, 57 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 66 Common Gull, 75 Herring Gull, 1Yellow-legged Gull,  39 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 24 Arctic Tern, 61 Auk sp, 27 Guillemot and 9 Razorbill.

Also seen today were 1 Brent Goose, drake Garganey, 9 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 20 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 47 Dunlin, 2 Little Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 57 Sandwich Tern and a Short-eared Owl.

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  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sunny day with a F1-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0545-1415.

The first south westerlies in what seemed like ages encouraged a southerly movement mainly Swifts.

An interesting record of a Pied Crow of unknown origin flew south today, which are known to ship jump, while an Osprey also flew south along with the a decent 669 Swift.

Also moving 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 10 Lapwing, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 67 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 39 Linnet and 5 Goldfinch.

Over the sea, 1 Shelduck, 3 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 282 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 140 Kittiwake 43 Sandwich Tern, 251 Auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill and 7 Puffin.

Kilnsea Wetlands still held a nice selection of species with drake Garganey, 11 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 19 Avocet, 6 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 39 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern on nearby Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 1Robin pulli, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Pied Crow. Paul Willoughby.

  • Red Kite. Michael Flowers.

  • Small Heath. Michael Flowers.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sunny and warm day with a F1-2 E wind.

Watches: 0600-1100

Little change at the moment, but still a trickle of birds over the sea while Kilnsea Wetlands is attracting a decent gathering of Gulls and Terns.

Over the sea with 7 Eider, 97 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 36 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua, 138 Auk sp 7 Razorbill, 7 Guillemot and 1 Puffin. Overland only 25 Swift, 5 Rook and 11 Swallow.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 15 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, a drake Garganey, 14 Avocet, 1 Little Gull, 160 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 19 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 2 Avocet pulli, 9 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Painted Lady. Michael Flowers.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Sunny and warm day with a F1-2 E wind.

Watches: 0620-1030

Less over the sea with 63 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 4 Cormorant, 27 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 25 Auk sp and 4 Guillemot.

Overland only 41 Swift, 1 House Martin and 11 Swallow.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 17 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 50 Mallard, 20 Avocet, 1 Yellow legged Gull, 1 Little Gull, 160 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 20 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 2 Marsh Harrier pulli, 3 Whitethroat pulli, 1 Robin pulli

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  • Badger. John Hewitt. A few sightings in the area in recent weeks of this night time dweller.

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