Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Hot and sunny with a F3-4 SE wind

Watches: 0645-0915, 1830-2030.

The first hint of east in the air brought a nice drift arrival though surprisingly no rare or scarce were found. Totals no doubt would have been much higher if there was a bit of cloud or maybe a hint of rain in the air, but was impressive anyway, 12 Reed Warbler, 2 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field, 160 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 108 Whitethroat, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 37 Pied Flycatcher, 15 Redstart, 37 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat and a Tree Pipit.

Moving over the sea were 12 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 52 Common Scoter, 26 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 13 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Greenshank, 29 Gannet and 4 Fulmar.

The evening Tern roost was steady away with 2843 Common Tern, 4 Arctic tern and a Black Tern.

Overland movement saw a Marsh Harrier, 4 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 387 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 11 Starling, 9 Tree Sparrow, 15 Flava Wagtail and 6 Linnet.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a fine array of species with a Garganey, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a fine 3cy Caspian Gull and 72 Mediterranean Gull in the area. Otherwise the nice juvenile Purple Sandpiper was at the Narrows and 21 Little Tern at the Point.

Ringing: 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Swallow, 2 Great Tit.

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  • Whinchat in the Triangle. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Pied Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpipers on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Purple Sandpiper. Paul Willoughby. Catch them in the right light and the purple iridescence becomes evident.

  • Caspian Gull. Justin Carr.

  • Caspian Gull. Justin Carr.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Warm and sunny with a F3-4 W-SE wind

Watches: 0545-1300, 1815-1945.

The number of grounded migrants remain high, and in fact increases for most, but little yet in the way of scarce migrants, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field, 91 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 66 Whitethroat, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 34 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit.

Very quiet over the sea, but little time was given to it really with so many migrants about, 10 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 43 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 60 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Sanderling, 42 Gannet and a Fulmar, while the evening Tern roost was steady again with 2910 Common Tern, 4 Arctic tern and 2 Black Tern.

Overland movement saw a Marsh Harrier, 11 Swift, 115 Sand Martin, 436 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 85 Starling, 86 Tree Sparrow, 37 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 20 Linnet.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had 184 Greylag Geese, a Garganey, 3 Wigeon, a big reduction to only 47 Teal, a Tufted Duck, a Little-ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 4500 Knot, 3 Ruff, 860 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper and 2 Wood Sandpiper. A Purple Sandpiper was showing nicely at the Narrows and a Red Kite in Easington with both Merlin and Peregrine hunting the area.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 15 Tree Sparrow, 2 Wren, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Juvenile Little Terns. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Watches: 0645-1045.

The sea had a bit of Duck movement while there were increases also on Kilnsea wetlands.

Over the sea 20 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, a Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 193 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 229 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 70 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 117 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot, 1 Ruff, 6 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 1Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 64 Black-headed Gull, 22 Little Tern, 870 Common Tern, 15 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, a Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and a nice juvenile Long-tailed Skua.

Overland an Osprey, 1 Sparrowhawk, 56 Swift, 90 Sand Martin, 507 Swallow, 65 House Martin, 119 Tree Sparrow, 5 Flava Wagtail and 11 Linnet.

Another good day of migrants present in the area 52 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 29 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Bullfinch. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area had (unless stated) a Garganey, 448 Teal, 2020 Shelduck on the Humber, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 9000 Knot, 2 Ruff, 1600 Dublin, a Little Stint at the Point, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 415 Redshank and 23 Greenshank.

Ringing: 5 Whitethroat, 5 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Yellow Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Osprey. John Hewitt.

  • Knot and Grey Plover. Tim Jump.

  • Action on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Watches: 0600-1030, 1735-2030.

Late in the afternoon a BONELLI'S WARBLER was found just south of the narrows. Despite no calls being heard, the bird reacted to the call of Western rather than eastern. While the bird overall would appear to be quite bright and warm coloured, there are apparently no real plumage characters other than their distinctive calls to go on, Western would be the favourite for its identification? There is some suggestion from some literature that Eastern Bonelli's can be a bit more 'Chiffchaff like' in its appearance though again this is open to conjecture. Hopefully it will be present again tomorrow.

Good numbers of migrants remain with maybe some new arrivals with 68 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 41 Whitethroat, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 19 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Tree Pipit with the 2 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

On a day with no other Skuas and in reality a bit quiet over the sea yet another? fine adult Long-tailed Skua flew south past the sea watch hut, while also moving were 9 Teal, 73 Common Scoter, 157 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 29 Redshank, 62 Gannet and 1 Fulmar.

The evening Tern roost was also quiet by recent standards with a Little Tern, 149 Sandwich tern, 2079 Common Tern, 45 Arctic tern and a Black Tern, but it does in good years come in pulses as new birds move into the area as other depart..

Overland movement saw a Red Kite yet again blogging about the area, a Merlin, 1 Collared Dove, 42 Swift, 34 Sand Martin, 256 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 25 Flava Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Garganey, a Wigeon, 35 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 123 Grey Plover, an Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000 Dunlin, 1000 Knot, a Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 425 Redshank and 11 Greenshank with 4 Green Sandpiper in the triangle.

4 Clouded Yellow were seen about the area.

Ringing: 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Bonelli's Warbler (prob Western). Rich Swales. Showing some warmth in the upperparts, while the head pattern is less Chiffchaff like than has been suggested for Eastern.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt. Showing the pale underwing.

  • Clouded Yellow at Beacon ponds. Tim Jump.

  • Clouded Yellow at the Warren. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Watches: 0710-1030, 1730-2045.

There were some good totals of grounded migrants about with the final total of 115 Willow Warbler regrettably not including any counts down the peninsula south of the Warren, wile also recorded a Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 23 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Tree Pipit with 2 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field..

On the move over the sea were 17 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 13 Gannet, an Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Oystercatcher, 12 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Arctic Skua, 59 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 70 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 59 Tree Sparrow, 12 Flava Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit and 6 Linnet. The evening Tern roost movement had 99 Sandwich Tern, a Little Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 11041 Common Tern and 102 Arctic Tern.

Kilnsea wetlands held a Garganey, 27 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Avocet, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 4000 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green sandpiper, 132 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Hobby and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 14 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Great Tit.

 

 

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  • Common Redstart. Colin Bushell.

  • Whinchat. Nigel Genn.

  • Whinchat. Nigel Genn.

  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Watches: 0500-0600, 0645-1045, 1515-1600.

The noticeable Tree Pipit (for us) movement continued and an increase in grounded migrant numbers and species with Kilnsea wetlands still pulling in the Waders.

The first Sooty Shearwater of the autumn cruising north past the seawatch hut is always a welcome sight and much anticipated addition to the year list of this global wanderer. Also moving 7 Shelduck, 7 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 15 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 81 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 19 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 22 Redshank, 101 Mediterranean Gull (70 of which were on the sea), 37 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, a Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua.

Overland movement saw a Red Kite blogging about the area, 37 Swift, 37 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 13 Flava Wagtail and 3 Tree Pipit.

 It was nice to walk about with a nice selection of migrants on offer though the peninsula was unfortunately not covered but brought totals of 80 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 25 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 9 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit with 2 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Little-ringed Plover, 260 Grey Plover, 2 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Dunlin, a Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 183 Redshank and 13 Greenshank.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Yellow Wagtail. Tim Jump.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Watches: 0630-1000, 1700-2040.

Continuing the steady movement over the sea during the day were 8 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 56 Common Scoter, 59 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 140 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, 13 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 35 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Arctic Skua and in the evening Tern roost movement 180 Sandwich Tern, 5000 Common Tern and 35 Arctic Tern.

Overland movement while still quiet, had some interesting totals, 24 Swift, 63 Sand Martin, 74 Swallow, 74 Flava Wagtail, a Grey wagtail, 6 Alba wagtail, 10 Tree Pipit, 200 Tree Sparrow and 29 Linnet.

A small increase in migrant numbers saw 26 Willow Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat recorded with 3 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had all the usuals present, Garganey, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 7000 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 12 Greenshank.

A Brown Hawker was found in the Heligoland trap in Church Field.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Watches: 0630-1200.

The evening Tern roost which has been amazing the last few day was slightly quieter with no Roseates seen, but still had 3 Black Tern, 7280 Common Tern and 107 Arctic Tern. On the move over the sea during the day were 67 Teal, 3 Velvet Scoter, 77 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, a Great Northern Diver, 26 Gannet, 306 Oystercatcher, 11 Golden Plover, 4 Curlew, 31 Whimbrel, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 68 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 93 Knot, 41 Dunlin, 36 Sanderling, 37 Redshank and a Bonxie while overland a Red Kite, 6 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail and 4 Linnet.

There was a small increase in migrant numbers 10 Wilow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear and 2 Tree Pipit.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, a Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 217 Teal, 56 Mallard, a Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 13 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Little-ringed Plover and 5000 Dunlin.

A Small Red-eyed Damselfly was in the garden at Kew.

Ringing: 2 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Robin, 1 Whitethroat.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith. A nice sequence of shots showing in detail a squabble between 2 Godwits which almost seem to show some high energy dancing?

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Red Kite. Ian Smith.

Friday, 16 August 2019

The sea was where most of the action occurred today with the evening Tern roost movement being particularly impressive. Birds were streaming south over the sea and across from Kilnsea wetlands to the Humber. These birds then go onto roost distantly out on the vast saltmarshes on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber. This evenings roost saw 133 Sandwich Tern, 12859 Common Tern, 83 Arctic Tern, 9 Roseate Tern and 3 Black Tern head south.

Also over the sea during the day were 20 Teal, 49 Oystercatcher, 23 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 69 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua with an Osprey south over the Humber and 17 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 3 Flava Wagtail and 5 Linnet also noted.

A scatter of returning migrants was noted in the area with returns of 28 Willow Warbler, a Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Cuckoo.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Garganey, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

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

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  • Common Terns on the move past the seawatch hut. Ian Smith.

  • Common terns. Ian smith.

  • Terns on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

watches: 0600-1020, 1445-2100.

The evening Tern roost finally kicked into gear with a fine movement of 2 Black Tern, 238 Sandwich Tern, 43 Arctic Term, 10400 Common Term and a Roseate Term.

Moving over the sea were a Brent Goose, 10 Teal, 61 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 17 Fulmar, 140 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 54 Oystercatcher, 22 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Turnstone,5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 121 Knot, 32 Sanderling,55 Dunlin,2 Whimbrel, 13 Redshank,8 Grey Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, an Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua.. 

Overland it was quiet but it shouldn’t be long before the first bigger movements of Hirundines. Today the totals were  107 Swift, 14 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 143 Swallow, 90 Sand Martin, 72 House Martin, 9 Linnet, 55 Tree Sparrow and a Yellowhammer. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 3 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little-ringed Plover, 178 Curlew, 4 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 7 Greenshank.

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Sparrow, 

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  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

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