Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Another blustery day with sunny spells.

Watches: 1000-1130.

Not much to report with few observers out and about, though the Hooded Crow was still at Sammy's with 500 Brent Geese here and a Peregrine over the Humber. 

The sea had, 10 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 32 Herring Gull and 16 Guillemot.

Ringing: 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pretty much a washout, along with strong F5-6 W wind.

Migration Watches: 0650-1120, 1440-1650.

All today’s action was over the sea with 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 2 Dunlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 74 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 42 Black-headed Gull, 79 Herring Gull, 1 Puffin, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 7 Auk sp.

Ringing:  1 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

A blustery day, calmer by late afternoon with a F5-3 W wind.

Watches: 0700-1030.

There was a nice surprise for one local with a nice Long-eared Owl in his Easington garden, before it flew off high north. Otherwise it was much the same, while we wait for the first arrivals of migrants.

Movement today over 3 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 22 Black-headed Gull, 11 Guillemot and 70 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had, 265 Brent Geese, 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 340 Wigeon and 3 Goldeneye along with 2 Little Egret, 2 Avocet and 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Great Crested Grebe on the sea by the gas terminal.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch.

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  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

A cold day with sunny spells and wintery showers with a F5-7SW wind.

Watches: 0710-1030.

The Hooded Crow was again at Sammy’s with a nice count of 80 Rook here, though they breed nearby at Skeffling and the White-fronted Goose nearby with the 6 Whooper Swan and 24 Mute Swan.

Movement today over the sea was limited to 25 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet and 15 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had, 9 Shoveler, 280 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall and 4 Goldeneye along with 3 Little Egret and 6 Avocet.

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Saturday, 09 March 2019

Sunny spells interspersed with heavy blustery showers and a cool increasing F3-5 W wind.

Watches: 0730-1000.

The Hooded Crow is still wandering the fields west from the Riding school with a flock of 134 Carrion Crow. Nearby the White-fronted Goose continued its presence with the 6 Whooper Swan and 36 Mute Swan.

Over the sea a Great Northern Diver and 7 Whooper Swan were the highlights north, with also 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 21 Black-headed Gull, 104 Herring Gull 19 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 43 Auk.

Overland 5 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Alba Wagtail, 70 Starling, 7 Chaffinch and 5 Reed Bunting.

Otherwise there were 8 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 274 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe around Kilnsea wetlands, a Merlin over the Humber and 239 Curlew in Long bank.

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  • Looking north from the Numpties watchpoint with 2 Rook heading south. Adam Hutt.

  • Rook on the move. Adam Hutt.

  • Rook on the move. Typical early spring movers sometimes in big numbers along with Jackdaw. Adam Hutt.

Friday, 08 March 2019

Sunny morning, clouding over with rain by early evening with a F3-5 WSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0630-1530.

While no big numbers it was an interesting day of movement, though 3 Crossbill on Humberside lane by the riding school were intriguing for the time of year, with 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Chiffchaff at the Sewage works nearby, the 2 Shorelark still on the beach at Easington lagoon and the nice male Black Redstart again at the Gas terminal.

A better day of vis-migging with, 1 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Wood pigeon, 40 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 584 Starling, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 5 Meadow Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting, while over the sea, 6 Common Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 39 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 11 Kittiwake, 12 Black-headed Gull, 456 Herring Gull, 7 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 73 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 9 Whooper Swan, 8 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 3 Goldeneye and 2 Little Egret in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

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  • Crossbills on Humberside laen. Richard Boon.

Thursday, 07 March 2019

A sunny start, soon deteriorated into a washout with a F6 SW wind.

Watches: 0630-1100.

A nice ringtail Hen Harrier graced the Sammy’s area, maybe a wanderer from the Sunk island area.

What had seemed like it was going to be a good day fell flat with the worsening weather with 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 3 Alba Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 90 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet and 14 Reed Bunting recorded before 9am.

It was the usual fair over the sea with, 2 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter, 86 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Kittiwake, adult Mediterranean Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 61 Herring Gull 10 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 46 Auk.

Otherwise there were 630 Brent Geese, 6 Whooper Swan, 11 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 477 Wigeon, 17 Teal and 3 Goldeneye to keep the day ticking over.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Heavy rain to begin with scattered showers thereafter with a F5-6 SSE wind.

Watches: 0745-1030.

A bit of an unusual occurrence for the time of year was a Crossbill flying east over Easington with the nice male Black Redstart again by the gas terminal.

Movement today over 3 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 65 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 25 Black-headed Gull, 39 Guillemot and 44 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the Greenshank on Beacon ponds and 3 Chiffchaff including one singing at the sewage works.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Sunny spells, rain by the evening with a F3-5 SSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

Poor over land and sea with only 4 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 3 Skylark, 3 Chaffinch, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 6 Black-headed Gull and 3 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 480 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 13 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 360 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier and 6 Black-tailed Godwit in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

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Monday, 04 March 2019

A wild windy day, sunshine in the afternoon, rain in the evening with a F5-7 W wind.

Migration Watch: 0730-1005.

Difficult conditions today with the blustery conditions, but a Red Kite u-turned back north while over the sea 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Eider, 19 Red-throated Diver,  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 38 Gannet and 1004 Auk sp.

Also today were 9 Whooper Swan, 161 Brent Geese, 28 Shelduck, 16 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 196 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 2 Goldeneye in the Kilnsea Wetlands area with a Chiffchaff and 3 Siskin around Kilnsea.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Reed Bunting. Paul Willoughby.

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