Saturday, 23 March 2019

A cloudy day with long sunny periods and a F1-2 N wind.

Watches: 0555-1230.

A fantastic day of all round birding and movement overland was dominated by one species. The total of 9375 Starling heading south was phenomenal on the back of some strong movement recently. These birds will make their way south before heading out east to the continent from maybe East Anglia.

There were also decent numbers of grounded migrants still about as spring slowly cranks in to life, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Shorelark at the Breach, 16 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 500 Starling, 18 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 19 Wheatear, 18 Pied Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail and 9 Rock Pipit.

Totals for vis-mig were pretty good despite the unfavourable wind, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Common Crane which went north west, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 3 Wood Pigeon, 7 Magpie, 43 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, another 18 White Wagtail continued the awesome period of movement, 18 Alba Wagtail, 23 Meadow Pipit (14 NW), 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin.

Movement over the sea, 60 Teal, 2 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 68 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 24 Cormorant, 57 Black-headed Gull and 11 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose at Long bank, 5 Common Buzzard, 245 Curlew, 2 Greenshank on Beacon ponds, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s with 136 Carrion Crow and a Corn Bunting in the area.

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  • Goldcrest. David Caulfield.

  • Wheatear. David Caulfield.

  • Shorelark David Caulfield.

  • Shorelark. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 22 March 2019

A cloudy grey day with a F1-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0600-1030.

A clear out of much of yesterday’s birds, but with small increases for others and surprisingly not much was on the move. Grounded migrants were 1 Woodcock, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 31 Redwing, 1375 Starling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 12 Wheatear and 14 Pied Wagtail.

Totals for vis-mig were much reduced than yesterday, but more Starling and Wagtails on the move, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Wood Pigeon, 13 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 490 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow, 14 Alba Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit (6 NW), 132 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 11 Linnet, 6 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting.

Movement over the sea, 7 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 101 Black-headed Gull, 41 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose at Long bank, 794 Oystercatcher Humber, 1 Greenshank on Beacon ponds and the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (13 of 6 species).

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  • Rock Pipit. Denise Shields.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

A generally fine sunny warm day with a F1 SW-2 W wind.

Watches: 0545-1100.

Another good day all round, with an interesting and varied vis-mig, continuing the almost unprecedented movement of White Wagtail which has been a feature of the last week. There were increases of grounded migrants with 38 Wheatear a fantastic March total, with also 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 470 Starling, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 White Wagtail and 1 Siskin recorded.

Totals for vis-mig were a Red Kite blogging, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 43 Wood Pigeon, 3 Merlin, 8 Magpie, 89 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, the wandering Pied Crow which has spent the winter at Flamborough, 12 Skylark, 666 Starling, 7 Alba Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 27 Meadow Pipit (24 NW), 24 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet and 4 Corn Bunting.

Movement over the sea took a bit of a back seat, but still recorded a similar array of species, 7 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver,  Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 148 Black-headed Gull, 82 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 17 Avocet and Greenshank on Kilnsea wetlands, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl in the triangle and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 1 Robin, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (17 of 11 species).

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  • Wheatear. A few of this mornings good arrival. Denise Shields.

  • Pied Crow heading south. Denise Shields.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A fine sunny warm day.
Watches: 0545-1015, 1215-1330.
The fine conditions saw a nice push of overland migration, along with the first decent arrival of summer migrants such as 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail and 5 Goldcrest.

Totals for visible migration (vismig) were a Red Kite, 22 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew out east, 10 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon, 103 Jackdaw, 65 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Skylark, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1070 Starling with another 2200 in area, 3 Tree Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 7 Alba Wagtail, 14 White Wagtail, 186 Meadow Pipit (176 NW), 10 Rock Pipit (2 NW), 34 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 25 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Bunting.

Movement over the sea, 9 Whooper Swan, 1 Wigeon, 4 Eider, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 105 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose, 34 Mute Swan, 2 Goldeneye, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s and maybe small increases in Thrush numbers with our first Fieldfare for a while and a Brambling at the warren.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 9 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Linnet, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (24 of 12 species).


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  • Short-eared Owl. Alan Whitehead.

  • Wheatear at Sammy's. Mick Turton.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A still start becoming warm with spells of rain in the afternoon with a F2 SW wind.

Watches: 0640-1145.

An interesting day overall, but there was little on the move. A small increase in arriving and departing migrants, including more obscure species like Linnet which are making the return journey from southern Europe, while both Dunnock and Robin are on the increase.

Our first eagerly anticipated Wheatear of the spring appeared at the Gas terminal today, though a Green Woodpecker in the area today is much rarer in a Spurn context being only the 28th ever recorded here.They have of course become more regular over the last few years. The Black Brant made a re-appearance at the Narrows along with 320 Brent Geese, after not being seen since last year, maybe spending the winter in Lincolnshire, while the Hooded Crow was again at Sammy's.

Migrant totals were 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 26 Robin, 1 Brambling, 52 Linnet and 1 Siskin.

A quiet morning of movement with only 30 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 280 Starling, 6 Meadow Pipit and 2 Chaffinch while over the sea 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were the usual White-fronted Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl in the triangle

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Green Woodpecker. Alan Whitehead.

  • Wheatear. Alan Whitehead.

  • Black Brant at the narrows. Simon Jump.

  • Black Brant with Dark-bellied Brents. Tim Jump.

Monday, 18 March 2019

A fine sunny warm day with a F3 WNW-NW wind.

Watches: 0620-0915.

Another big day of Starling movement while everything else was limited to a trickle. The same or maybe even a new Green-winged Teal was on Kilnsea wetlands after not being seen for a few weeks, while sad news came in the form of 2 Barn Owls found dead in the last 2 days in the triangle, maybe casualties of the continued strong winds making hunting impossible?

Totals were 59 Wood Pigeon, 43 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Great Tit, 660 Starling (with another 900 in the triangle), 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 34 Meadow Pipit (32 NW), 8 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch and 6 Reed Bunting

Movement today over was limited to only, 4 Eider, 9 Red-throated Diver, 29 Black-headed Gull and 75 Herring Gull.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose with the Whooper Swans at Long bank, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s with 142 Carrion Crow, 14 Avoocet on Kilnsea wetlands and 1 Chiffchaff singing in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch.

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

A nice mild sunny day, though a strong F5 NW wind continued 

Watches: 0650-1150.

A decent day of overland migration despite the north westerly wind, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Pintail out east, Green Sandpiper north over the warren then on Clubley's, 2 Sparrowhawk, 25 Rook, 49 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 67 Meadow Pipit (63 NW), 9 Rock Pipit (7 NW), 23 Alba Wagtail (with a minimum of 10 White Wagtail), 1 Grey Wagtail, 210 Starling, 5 Skylark, 3 Greenfinch, 27 Linnet, 4 Siskin, 143 Chaffinch and 7 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 3 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 20 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, 26 Black-headed Gull, 209 Common Gull, 202 Herring Gull and 3 Auk sp.

Also today the Hooded Crow was again at sammy's, 5 Whooper Swan and a Canada Goose at long bank, 3 Pintail on the Humber with 500 Brent Geese and a Marsh Harrier in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch.

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  • Grey Heron on the move. Adam Hutt

  • Meadow Pipits taking evasive action from a Sparowhawk heading south. Adam Hutt.

  • Sparrowhawk. Adam Hutt.

  • Short-eared Owl. Adam Hutt.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A wet, blustery day with a strong F6+ W wind.

Migration Watches: 0635-1230.

The blustery weather continued and with added rain soon put an end to any movement of note. A ringtail Hen Harrier was mobile around the triangle and was the most noteworthy bird seen today.

Vis-migging was hard work and only, 1 Stock Dove, 11 Wood Pigeon, 19 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 1 Alba Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit and 16 Linnet were seen..

Over the sea 2 Brent Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Eider, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 7 Dunlin, 31 Black-headed Gull, 101 Common Gull, 112 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Skua, 3 Guillemot and 2 Auk sp.

Other sightings from today were a Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands Merlin seen to take a Dunlin, Short-eared Owl at the Warren, 800 Starling in the triangle and 2 Mistle Thrush by the gas terminal.

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Friday, 15 March 2019

A sunny blustery day with a strong F6+ W wind.

Migration Watches: 0640-1050, 1155-1350.

Despite the strength of the wind it was enough to get a decent passage of Chaffinch underway, with a few Geese heading north, while the first Green Sandpiper of the spring was on Clubley’s.

Vis-migging produced, 2 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 24 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 2 Skylark, 43 Starling, 5 Alba Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 365 Chaffinch and 4 Siskin.

Over the sea 16 Brent Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Eider, 4 Wigeon, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 49 Black-headed Gull, 12 Little Gull, 184 Herring Gull, 6 Guillemot and 11 Auk sp.

Other sightings from today were 516 Brent Geese, the White-fronted Goose, 23 Greylag Geese, 5 Whooper Swan, 404 Wigeon, 16 Avocet, 1 Ruff and 1 Greenshank all in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

A sunny, but very blustey day with a F5-6 WNW-NW wind.

Watches: 1235-1545.

A very poor day of recording and generally was done from the shelter of the seawatching hut where our earliest ever Sandwich Tern by 3 days flew south, though there is a winter record from the 8th Jan 2015. Also over the sea were 1 Eider, 20 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 14 Black-headed Gull, 126 Herring Gull and 9 Auk sp. 

Otherwise a ringtail Hen Harrier was mobile around the area, Greenshank on Beacon Ponds, Merlin over the Humber, Rock Pipit at Easington lagoon and 2 Siskin at Long bank.

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  • Greylag Geese. Adam Hutt.

  • Looking north from Kilnsea caravan site. Julie Goss.

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