Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sea-watches 08.00 – 08.45, 15.10 – 16.10. A mainly cloudy day with a few spots of rain in the afternoon, a cool force 2-3 NW wind.

The Slavonian Grebe was at Beacon Ponds again along with 130 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye.

Birds seen in the recording area included 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 365 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 2 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 21 January 2011

Sea-watch 09.00 – 10.00. A hard overnight frost and remaining cold all day with the occasional sunny spells and a light NW wind.

The Slavonian Grebe was still at Beacon Ponds and a record breaking 1319 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the fields.

Birds seen in the recording area included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Song Thrush and 9 Snow Bunting.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.20 – 09.20. Some sunny spells and the odd light shower in a force 2 NW wind.

Only a few birds seen were 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 8 Snow Bunting at the Point.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Sea-watch 09.15 – 10.45. Sunny spells with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1 NW wind.

Over the sea were 33 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver S. Wildfowl present included 260 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye. Other birds seen included 3 Lapwing, 1 Stock Dove, 80 Wood Pigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redwing and a Linnet S.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A heavy overnight frost, a bright sunny day with a cold force 3 W – WNW wind.

The Slavonian Grebe was seen at Beacon Ponds again while in the recording area, 300 Pink-footed Geese were blogging, there were still 2 Teal and a Tufted Duck and Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit. The only other birds seen included a Barn Owl, 4 Skylark (1 S), 1 Rock Pipit, and 4 Fieldfare.

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Monday, 17 January 2011

Cloudy with a very light SW wind.

Birds seen today included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Sea-watch 10.15- 12.25. Cloudy with the odd shower with a force 4-5 W wind.

A few birds were seen moving over the sea: 1 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 17 Black-headed Gull, 950 Herring Gull.

Other birds seen included a Barn Owl, 2 Fieldfare and a Twite flew south.

It was a good day at Beacon Ponds with a Slavonian Grebe, the redhead Smew, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Pochard, 860 Dark- bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

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  • Smew. Ian Smith

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Very little birding done but single Pochard, Tufted Duck and Goldneye on the Borrow Pit.

In the fields north of Kilnsea there were 300 Pink-footed Geese, 850 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

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Friday, 14 January 2011

08.20 – 10.30, cloudy with light SW wind.

Today’s highlights included 1 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 37 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Jackdaw in off, 3 Greenfinch south and 10 Snow Bunting at the Point.

The Smew was seen at Beacon Ponds again but the Pale-bellied Brent flock had increased to an incredible 186 and the Dark-bellied’s to 750.

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  • Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

Thursday, 13 January 2011

A cloudy day with a light W-SW wind.

A very quiet day, the only noteworthy birds being a Merlin, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Fieldfare and 9 Snow Bunting.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.15 – 09.45, rain early morning and from mid-afternoon, a light SW wind.

Today a Waxwing flew south other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 15 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush and 6 Snow Bunting.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sea-watch 09.45 – 10.45. Mostly cloudy with frequent rain showers, a force 4-5 SW-NW wind.

1 Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit, over the sea were 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 18 Herring Gull and 22 auk sp.

Other birds seen included 300 Oystercatcher, 1 Woodcock, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Snow Bunting. The Smew was seen on Beacon Ponds again.

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Monday, 10 January 2011

Cloudy for most of the day with a cold force 4-5 SW wind.

Pochard and 1 Goldeneye on the Borrow Pit, 2 Peregrine over the Humber, 650 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kew, 1 Linnet flew south.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

Sunday, 09 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.00 – 09.00, sunny spells with a force 4-3 W wind.

A few more birds seen which helped as it was the Mike Clegg Memorial Bird Race and the Spurn team scoring a respectable 82 between Spurn and Welwick.

Single White-fronted Goose and Pale-bellied Brent Goose flew south, a Red-necked Grebe was on the sea. Other birds seen included 260 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 720 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Guillemot, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Rock Pipit, 40 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 6 Snow Bunting.

North of the area the Smew was at Beacon Ponds and 110 Pale-bellied Brents were in the fields.

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Saturday, 08 January 2011

Cloudy with rain, slowly clearing leaving sunny spells, a force 5-6 W wind.

The best birds were again from north of the area with the Smew, a Red-necked Grebe and a Hen Harrier at Beacon Ponds, c100 Pale-bellied Brents and 22 Mute Swans in the fields north of Long Bank.

Birds seen in the recording area included 1 Shag S, 25 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 60 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Goldfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.

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  • Red-necked Grebe. Ian Smith

Friday, 07 January 2011

Cloudy with rain or drizzle for most of the day and a force 3-4 E wind.

A very quiet day with 1 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 656 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.

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Thursday, 06 January 2011

Bright and sunny for most of the day with a light W –NW wind picking up late in the day.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kew was a very rare sighting for January, other birds sen included a Pochard, a Goldeneye, 2 Woodcock, 1 Skylark, 9 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 24 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch and 1 Snow Bunting.

North of the area another Spurn and Yorkshire record count of Pale-bellied Brent Geese – 110, also 18 Whooper Swan and 25 Mute Swans in fields, a Common Buzzard was seen over Easington.

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Wednesday, 05 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.30 – 10.00, a cold wet and windy day with frequent rain showers, a force 4-5 SW wind.

Another quiet day, 13 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 4 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Woodcock, 3 Song Thrush and 1 Goldfinch.

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011

An overnight frost and early wintry showers, cold in a force 3-4 W-SW wind.

The Smew was seen at Beacon Ponds again but otherwise quiet, with 24 Greylag Geese, 8 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Fieldfare and 2 Song Thrush.

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Monday, 03 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.15 – 09.00, 10.15 – 11.00. More overnight frost leaving it feeling cold again, some sunny periods and a force 2-3 W wind.

The year continued its good start with a Red-necked Grebe on the sea and a Waxwing caught at the Point, also the Smew was seen again at Beacon Ponds in the afternoon.

Other birds seen included 300 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, and 12 Snow Buntings on the beach at the Point.

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Sunday, 02 January 2011

Sea-watch 08.45 – 10.00. An overnight frost, some wintry showers and the odd sunny spell, a force 2-3 W wind.

The highlight was a redhead Smew seen at Beacon Ponds in the afternoon before it flew off with the Wigeon flock, it was later seen flying south over the Humber. Also a flock of 21White-fronted Geese flew off the Humber and out east.

Other birds seen included 550 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Greylag Geese, 3 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kitiwake, 1 Meadow Pipit, 10 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush.

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Saturday, 01 January 2011

Sea-watch 09.00 – 10.00. A misty dull cloudy day with a light W wind.

At least 300 of the Pink-footed Goose flock came into the area as did a Greylag Goose. Other wildfowl included 7 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Common Scoter and a Velvet Scoter N.

Other birds of note included 14 Red-throated Diver, 18 Skylark south, 23 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing.

North of the area in the fields were 576 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Greylag Geese, 620 Dark-bellied Brents and 24 Pale-bellied Brents. At Beacon Ponds there was 160 Black-tailed Godwit and a drake Scaup.

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