Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Overcast most of morning into the late afternoon, when it became warm and sunny.

Watches- 0700-1015, 1100-1525, 1800-1925.

The first returning Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear were seen today while there were further increases in Wader numbers overnight, especially Curlew as the females return to feeding areas leaving the males to look after the young, though a Bee-eater(s) heard over the Warren wasn’t clinched, though 3 passed over Gib point later.

As news filters through that some high Arctic Waders, may have had a poor breeding season, it was nice to see returning ‘British’ breeders in good numbers. Totals were an impressive 220 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 77 Golden Plover, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 270 Dunlin, 20 Redshank and 1 Greenshank.

On the move were 99 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 167 Common Scoter with another 250 ‘trapped’ on the Humber along with 2 Eider, 1 Manx Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 46 Oystercatcher, 4 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot while overland 67 Swift, 12 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Alba Wagtail.

Other sightings included 5 Teal, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1430 Black-headed Gull, 60 Common Gull, 53 Little Gull and 10 Mediterranean Gull and 10 Yellow Wagtail mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

 

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Begging Swallows being fed in the Canal scrape hide. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

A cold foggy start, turned into a bright warm sunny day with a F1-3 NE wind.

Watches- 0800-0945.

A bit of a quiet day than of late, with even the Silver Y influx having a rest day though the first juvenile Willow Warbler of the ‘autumn’ was trapped in Church field.

On the move over the sea were 230 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 31 Gannet, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua, 48 Auk sp and 4 Guillemot.

Other sightings included 5 Teal, 56 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 64 Curlew, 133 Dunlin, 13 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 53 Little Gull and 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area.

 

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackbird pulli, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Tree Sparrow.          

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  • Little Gulls with Black-headed Gulls on Kilnsea wetlands. Dan Rouse.

Monday, 02 July 2018

The hot sunny weather continues with a F1-2 NE wind.

Watches: 0630-1030.

The Kilnsea Wetlands area was the place to be today, with a nice adult Roseate Tern the highlight , though the flock of 212 Little Gull here was very impressive among the 1300 Black-headed Gull, 120 Common Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull and  1 Yellow-legged Gull.

Also here 11 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 120 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake and 84 Little Tern.

Few birds on the move today, 8 Gannet, a Mandarin south over the Humber, 1 Curlew in/off, 1 Hobby, 19 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 23 Linnet and 9 Goldfinch, but 200 Common Scoter were loafing on the Humber and 3 Eider on the sea.

The huge infux of Silver Y continues and seems to be increasing!

Ringing: 4 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock.

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  • Roseate Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Roseate Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 01 July 2018

If visiting the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds please stay on the embankment accessed from Kilnsea wetlands, or around holderness field from Beacon lane to minimise disturbance. There have been way too many visits by birders and photographers along the beach. Thank you in advance.

The SQUACCO HERON is still present yet again on Holdeness field, though apparently flew off high north at 3pm. Nearby 2 Curlew Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds and 56 Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands. 

Other sightings in this area, 8 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 95 Dunlin, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Arctic Tern and 70 Little Tern while on the Humber 62 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 48 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

On the move were 8 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, 3 Lapwing, 193 Swift, 1 Hobby, 19 Sand Martin and 10 Swallow.

Of note the Silver Y  influx increased in pace with even more today!! 

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wren.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

A hot sunny day with a F1 NE wind.

Watches: 0615-1015.

If visiting the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds please stay on the embankment accessed from Kilnsea wetlands, to minimise disturbance. Thank you.

The SQUACCO HERON was still present all day on Holderness field, showing well albeit with a bit of a heat haze as the day wore on.

Other sightings today mainly concerned wader numbers increasing again with totals of 62 Golden Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 46 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Redshank and 3 Greenshank showing for them at least 'autumn' is already here!

The sea had a few bits on the move and offered up 14 Wigeon, 135 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 10 Manx Shearwater, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake and 50 Auk sp while overland 34 Swift and 2 Sand Martin..

Other bits to keep the day ticking over were 4 Little Egret, 1 Little Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern mainly on Kilnsea wetlands while a Water Rail was along the canal and a juvenile Cuckoo at the Warren. 

Ringing: 5 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Robin.

 

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  • Squacco Heron. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Squacco Heron. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Mediterranean Gull, thought to be Czech ringed (see below). John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull, Red ring with white lettering ZHE0 or ZHF0.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Sunny spells and warm, overcast in afternoon with a F1 N-NE wind.

Watches: 0815-1030.

The 3rd SQUACCO HERON for Spurn is present in the Kilnsea wetlands/Holderness field area. A brilliant find by our Jonnie Fisk showing well, but having a few fly abouts too, even vanishing over Easington at one point with a Little Egret. (following on from the 2nd on 15th September 2010 which atypically spent its time sitting under plastic chairs on decking in a garden along Beacon Lane!).

The Turtle Dove continued its mini residence in the area frequenting Church field.

On the move over land and sea today were 3 Teal, 35 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 3 Lapwing, 78 Swift and 3 Swallow.

Also seen today 5 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, 20 Avocet, 68 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull,  947 Black-headed Gull, 147 Common Gull, 4 Common Tern and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 2 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 4 Whitethroat.

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  • Squacco Heron. Mick Turton.

  • Squacco Heron. John Hewitt.

  • Squacco Heron. John Hewitt.

  • Squacco Heron. Jonnie Fisk.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Warm and sunny all day with a F1-2 NNE.

Watches: 0640-0945.

A Great-white Egret spent much of the day on Kilnsea wetlands and the Turtle Dove was still in Church field where our 3rd Hairy hawker was found in the Heligoland trap.

On the move were 8 Shelduck, 13 Teal, 2 Eider, 18 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Guillemot and 13 Swift.

Other sightings included 6 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, 17 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 4 Tree pulli, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Great-white Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great-white Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Hairy Hawker. Dan Branch.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A foggy start warmed up later with a F2-1 NNE wind.

Watches:0630-0930.

A Bee-eater spent most of the afternoon in the Corner field to Holdernes field area, sitting on wires and flying high catching bees, departing high south early evening. The Turtle Dove remained in the Corner field to Driftwood area.

Wader number are still slowly increasing with now 19 Golden Plover on the Humber along with 12 Grey Plover and 18 Curlew while on Kilnsea wetlands 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank  and  12 Dunlin along with adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Little Gull.

On the move today 144 Common Scoter, 21 Greylag Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Arctic Skua and 17 Gannet while overland only 4 Swift.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover pulli, 1 Wren , 1 Blackcap, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Bee-eater. Colin Bushell.

  • Bee-eater. John Hewitt.

  • Bee-eater. John Hewitt.

  • adult Yellow-legged Gull (centre). Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

A day of insanely thick fog hampered any meaningful viewing, and little of note was returned!!

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  • Probably one of the worst days of the year. Mick Turton.

Monday, 25 June 2018

A hot sunny summery day with a F1 N wind.

Watches- 0640-0920.

Not a lot happening in the slack weather, but a busy day of counting breeding birds and their young

On the move only 25 Curlew in/off were notable. In the next few weeks the pace of Wader movement over the sea and in from the east will increase especially with a decent south westerly blowing.

Other sightings included a Gadwall with 7 young which are recent colonisers in the Spurn area, 5 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Little Egret all on Kilnsea wetlands, 94 Little Tern with 10 chicks and 6 Common Tern on Beacon Ponds, 1 Little Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gull Kilnsea wetlands.

 

Ringing: 2 Barn Owl pulli, 5 Swallow pulli. 1 Whitethroat, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow.          

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  • Reed Warbler. Michael Flowers.

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