Sightings

Sightings

Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 finished on a wet and windy day and the year list finished on 248 in the whole area, (we have had to drop the Stone Curlew in May as we’ve not received a description). There were no new birds for the Spurn area but Roller was new for the old Observatory recording area. It has been another good year with some very impressive passage days and falls in the migration periods.

Sea-watch 08.30-10.00. Very windy force 6-4 W wind, rain by mid-morning making it a wash out day.
Over the sea were 26 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, the 3 White-fronted Geese and 12 Greylags were at Kilnsea Wetlands, the 2 Long-tailed Ducks and 6 Goldeneye were still on Beacon Ponds and a Jack Snipe and 2 Common Snipe were in the saltmarsh.

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.30-10.30. Mainly cloudy with the odd sunny spell with a strong gusty force 5 W wind.
Some more activity over the sea included a White-fronted Goose south, 5 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Knot, 5 Redshank, 3 Kittiwake, and 20 auk sp.
The Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds had been joined by a second bird, also the 3 White-fronted Geese and 12 Greylag Geese were still at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Little Egret was on the Borrow Pit, a Water Rail on Church Field Pond, a Jack Snipe in the saltmarsh and 3 Waxwings and a Song Thrush at Kew.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Sea-watches 08.30-13.00, 13.30-15.00. Strong winds at dawn subsided then with heavy rain with little wind.
Most attention was again paid to the sea, 5 Shelduck, 37 Teal, 2 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
The only other birds of note seen were a Little Egret, a Redwing and a Song Thrush.

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.30-12.30. Cloudy with frequent showers in a force 4 NW wind.
Some light offshore passage included 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 17 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, a ‘blue’ Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 44 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake. 3 Waxwings flew south, a peregrine was over the Humber and 2 Fieldfare came in off the sea.

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Sea-watch 09.15-11.00. Some sunny spells in the morning, clouding over by mid-day and rain in the afternoon, a force 2-3 W-NW-NE wind.
Over the sea were 4 Brent Geese, 2 Velvet Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 211 Herring Gull and 4 Waxwings flew south over the land. 14 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west and down were 3 White-fronted Geese, 180 Wigeon, 16 Common Scoter, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl and 3 Meadow Pipit.

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  • wintering Greenshank. Ian Smith

Monday, 24 December 2012

The 3 White fronted Geese and the Barnacle Goose were seen all 3 days and the Long-tailed Duckwas seen again at the Wetlands on 26th, up to 6 Goldeneyes, 103 Wigeon and 2 Greenshanks were at Beacon Ponds. 4 Waxwings flew north on 24th, 5 south on 25th and 4 present on 26th. Other birds on the move included 2 Red-throated Diver and 48 Wigeon on 24th, 3 Red-throated Diver on 25th, then on 26th – 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 32 Red-throated Divers, 4 Gannets, 1 Cormorant, 14 Shag, 205 Herring Gull, and 2 auk sp.

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Seawatch 13.30-1600. Cloudy with occasional sunny spells, a force 5 SW wind.
Another influx of Waxwings saw a minimum of 23 present, other migrants included a Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, a Skylark, 22 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing. 
Birds on the move included 9 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Eider, 3 Lapwing, 222 Herring Gull, 35 Great B.B.Gull, 5 auk sp, 1 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included the 3 White-fronted Geese and 160 Wigeon on Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Goldeneye and 4 Little Grebe at Beacon Ponds, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, the Barnacle Goose and 12 Greylags in the Triangle.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.50-10.45. Cold, grey and rain all day with a fresh force 3-4 SE wind.
The 3 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were by the listening dish and 12 Greylags and the Barnacle Goose were in the Triangle with 4 Teal and a Woodcock. 400 Brents with 1 pale-bellied, 60 Wigeon, 2 Little Egrets and a Redwing were at Kilnsea Wetlands. The only birds seen over the sea were 11 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Gannet.

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.15-10.45. Dull and cloudy with light rain or drizzle for most of the day, a force 2 W wind.
A much better day with 3 White-fronted Geese in the Triangle with the Barnacle Goose, 12 Greylag Geese, and 3 Teal. There was an also an influx of 90 Blackbirds with 60 at the Point, other migrants included a Water Rail at the Point, 4 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest and a Linnet.
Over the sea were 48 Wigeon, 105 Teal, 2 Mallard, 3 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosaander, a Gannet, 6 Red-throated Diver, 18 Herring Gull.

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  • Eurasian White-fronted Goose. Rob Adams

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Near gale force SE winds and rain all day.
A poor day due to the weather, the only birds noted were 2 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, a Goldenye, 7 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake and a Guillemot all south; a Little Egret at Kilnsea Wetlands and aWaxwing and a Fieldfare in the Triangle.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Migration/sea-watch 08.30-15.00. Cloudy day with cool force 2-3 SE wind
It was a good day for ringing, a Waxwing caught at Kew mid-morning and became the 50th caught at the Obs this year and was followed by another 13 ringed in the afternoon! A controlled Waxwing from a couple of days ago had been ringed in Aberdeen on 30th November. A Merlin was controlled at the Warren in the morning and proved to be one ringed there in the spring, proving that we get returning wintering birds; and amazingly a young Shag was found in the duck trap and became the 114th species ringed this year. 
Birds of note seen today included the Barnacle Goose, Long-tailed Duck and Greenshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Fieldfare and a Rock Pipit and the Waxwing total for the day was 34.

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  • Shag, also showing the wound the bird inflcted on Adam. Andy Roadhouse

  • adult female Merlin, this bird also inflicted a few cuts on Adam. Adam Hutt

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-13.30. A mild day with morning sunshine giving way to an overcast dull afternoon with light NW-N winds.
A Jack Snipe trapped on Clubley’s became the 113th species ringed this year along with another 5 Waxwings ringed, meaning there have been more Waxwings ringed this year than since the Observatory was formed in 1946! Also 22 Waxwings flew NW, 24 flew south and 2 were at Kew, also moving south were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 7 Skylark, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.
Other birds included 30 Wigeon, 2 Teal, the Long-tailed Duck, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 5 Snipe, a Woodcock, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush.

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  • Fieldfare. Ian Smith

  • Jack Snipe. Adam Hutt

Monday, 17 December 2012

Migration/Sea-watch 08.15-13.00. Sunny spells and cloudy periods in a light force 1-2 SW wind.
Some more light passage included 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Eider, 120 Common Scoter, 119 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 3 auk sp, 3 Razorbill, 2 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 29 Waxwing, 3 Goldfinch and 6 Siskin.
Other birds included the Barnacle Goose, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and the Long-tailed Duck still at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Redwing.

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  • Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

  • adult male Waxwing. Ian Smith

  • young female Waxwing

  • young male Waxwing

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Bright and sunny with a force 1-2 SW wind.
A Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Ponds there were 12 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Pale-bellied Brents, 53 Wigeon, the Long-tailed Duck, 5 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank. 
On the move south were 6 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 56 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 10 Waxwing.
Other birds included 2 Woodcock, a Redwing and a Snow Bunting.

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.15-11.15, 13.30-16.00. Mostly sunny with cloud building by the afternoon in a stiff force 4 W wind. The sea washed over the road during the night closing the road all day.
Most activity over the sea, the highlight being a Red-necked Grebe flying north, also a Long-tailed Duck north (and 1 still on Kilnsea Wetlands) and a Great Northern Diver south. Other birds over the sea included 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 8 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Pintail, 10 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 105 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 30 Herring Gull, 20 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 13 Goldfinch and 7 Siskin.
Other birds present were 11 Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, and 4 Waxwing.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.15-11.15. Cloudy with heavy rain from mid-day, a strong 5+ SE wind.
Some light passage offshore included 6 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 4 Knot, 23 Dunlin, and 1 Turnstone.
Other birds included 7 Greylag Geese, 4 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 3 Redwings.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45. A crisp bright sunny day with a heavy overnight frost and a light force 1 SW-SE wind.
There was some light passage which included 9 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 163 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 39 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Cormorant, 84 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot, 17 Waxwing and 1 Goldfinch.
12 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose were still on Kilnsea Wetlands and other birds seen included 22 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, a Blackcap and a Goldcrest.

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  • Fieldfare. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Two short sea-watching spells produced little. Heavy overnight frost remained all day, sunny spells and a light W wind.
Moving south were a White-fronted Goose, 3 Waxwings (+2 blogging) and 25 Fieldfare. Other birds seen included 1 Pink-footed Goose, 12 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose and the Long-tailed Duck at Kilnsea Wetlands an 14 Redwing in the Triangle.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

No sea-watch and generally a very quiet day. Sunny spells in the morning with fog in the afternoon which cleared just before dusk, a cold force 1 SW-NW wind.
The Long-tailed Duck was still on Kilnsea Wetlands along with a Pink-footed, 12 Greylag and a Barnacle Goose, other birds seen included 3 Wigeon, a Snipe, 2 Skylark south, a Waxwing at Kew, a Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and 4 Long-tailed Tit.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Sea-watch 08.30-10.00, 13.10-14.15. Occasional wintry showers in a stiff force 3-5 N wind.
A flock of 25 Waxwings at Kew kept the warden busy who managed to trap and ring 19 of them, the largest ever catch at Spurn, in fact only 35 ever trapped at Spurn prior to this year.
On the move were 4 Whooper Swan, 7 Teal, 3 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Gannet, 22 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 13 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included the Barnacle Goose and Long-tailed Duck still at Kilnsea Wetlands along with a Pink-footed Goose, 12 Greylag Geese, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. 6 Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds and a Water Rail on Canal Scrape.

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Sunday, 09 December 2012

Sea-watch 06.55-12.00. Light showers petered out by mid-morning in a strong force 4 NW wind and remained cloudy.
A flock of 23 Waxwings blogging about was the only real interest during the day, the only other birds of note were 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Eider, 70 Red-throated Diver, 3 Woodcock, 218 Herring Gull south, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 2 Siskin and 2 Snow Bunting.

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  • Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

Saturday, 08 December 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-09.30, 14.25-15.45. A nice bright sunny start clouding over with light drizzle by late afternoon, a force 1 NW- 2 W wind.
26 Waxwings flew south and another 28 were at Long Bank, other migrants included 2 Jack Snipe, 120 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch and a Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 23 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 212 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag. Also the Long-tailed Duck was still at Kilnsea Wetlands as were a Pink-footed Goose, a Barnacle Goose, 129 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Greenshank.

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  • more Waxwings. Ian Smith

Friday, 07 December 2012

Sea-watch 07.55-11.00. Heavy showers on and off all day in cool force 4-1 NW-N wind.
Little Auks flying north over the sea were todays highlight, while also seen over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 7 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 16 auk sp, 17 Guillemot, 1 Puffin. The only other birds seen were 3 Woodock, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Redwing and 2 Snow Bunting.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012

Sea-watch 07.45-10.00. A cold raw day with overnight ice and a light covering of snow, a bright start clouded over by late morning and a strengthening force 2-5/6 SW wind.
The 2 Waxwings were still at Kew, a Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 2 Snow Buntings at the Point were the only other migrants seen. Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 48 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 113 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 7 Guillemot.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Sea-watch 07.45-10.30. Light snow showers on and off all day and not very warm with a force 2 NW wind.
Waxwings were at Kew all day and were both trapped and ringed the only other birds seen were 12 Greylag Geese and the Barnacle Goose at Kilnsea Wetlands, a female Long-tailed Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater all over the sea and 3 Woodcocks along the peninsula.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Migration/Sea-watch 07.45-10.00, 14.00-15.30. Bright and sunny start clouding over later in a cool force 3 WNW wind.
The Long-tailed Duck and Barnacle Goose remained on Kilnsea Wetlands, along with 12 Greylag Geese, 4 Pal-bellied Brent Geese. There was just some very light passage – 85 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 34 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Jack Snipe in off, 1 Bonxie N, 2 Kittiwake, 7 Guillemot, 8 Waxwing, 8 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Long-tailed Duck at Kilnsea Wetlands. Ian Smith

  • Long-tailed Duck at Kilnsea Wetlands. Ian Smith

Monday, 03 December 2012

Migration/Sea-watch 07.40-12.00. Rain to start petered out leaving sunny spells in an increasing force 1-4 W-WNW wind.
The Long-tailed Duck and Barncle Goose were still on Kilnsea Wetlands, as were 60 Wigeon and a Water Rail. On the move south were 4 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 21 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 96 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 15 Goldeneye, 112 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Skylark, 1Fieldfare in.
Other birds included 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 3 Waxwing, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Siskin and 4 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 02 December 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.35-09.20. A heavy overnight frost stayed on the ground all day on a bright and sunny but cold day with a force 2-3 NW wind.
A highlight was a Long-tailed Duck on Kilnsea Wetlands, along with 5 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Greylag Geese, a Barnacle Goose and 3 Pale-bellied Brents. Other birds present included a Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl, 2 Waxwing, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, and 4 Snow Bunting.
There was some light passage – 34 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 5 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 48 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Shag, 2 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 31 Kittiwake, 10 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 8 Skylark, 13 Waxwing, 11 Siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll.

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Saturday, 01 December 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-12.00. Some long periods of sunshine but still feeling cold with a force 4 NW-NNW wind.
Another 24 Waxwings included 20 which may have come in off the sea and continued NW, other birds on the move included 37 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 6 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 23 Eider, 91 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 56 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 11 Gannet, 5 Snipe in, 3 Woodcock in, 10 Kittiwake, 26 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 27 Siskin and 8 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present included 12 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 344 Brent and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Woodcock, 30 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 2 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Waxwing. Ian Smith

  • Barnacle Goose with Greylags. Ian Smith

Friday, 30 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.30. An early morning frost, a much nicer day with long sunny spells and lighter force 1-2 NW wind.
Another good day for Waxwings with 1 in off and 52 south, a Grey Phalarope flew north then landed on the sea. Other birds on the move were 4 Whooper Swan, 139 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Teal, 24 Eider, 233 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 7 Shag, 1 Snipe in, 1 Woodcock in, 4 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 58 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 58 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-12.00, 14.15-15.30. Less windy but still cold in a force 3 NW wind, also more sunshine but regular showers late morning.
A day with more light passage over the sea and an increase in Blackbirds and Waxwings. On the move were23 Whooper Swan, 30 Pink-footed Geese, 30 Wigeon, 118 Teal, 10 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 22 Eider, 404 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 58 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 18 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 9 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 14 Waxwing, 7 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 29 Goldfinch, 57 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.
Also seen were a Barnacle Goose, 4 Little Egret, a Water Rail at the Point, 2 Woodcock, 3 Waxwing, 140 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

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  • Waxwing. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-15.30. A cold blustery N wind all day with regular heavy showers and very occasional sunny periods.
Another very good day over the sea, the highlight being a Leach’s Petrel which flew north then drifted south on the sea, other birds on the move were 44 Pink-footed Geese, 53 Wigeon, 400 Teal (100 S, 300 N), 3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 21 Eider, 799 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 57 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 33 Kittiwake, 23 auk sp, 31 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 12 Little Auk, 3 Rock Pipit, 11 Waxwing, 3 Blackbird in, 2 Starling in.
Other birds included a Barnacle Goose and 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese at Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Pintal, 1 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, 42 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest.

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  • Wigeon. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Sea-watch 07.30-15.00. Coolish day in a strong NE wind, cloudy with occasional showers.
It was an excellent day over the sea for the time of year, including a new record count of Common Scoters – 1884, also moving south were 5 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 10 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 7 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 68 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 43 Bonxie, 1500 Herring Gull, 250 Great B.B.Gull, 550 Kittiwake, 21 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 9 Little Auk (6 N, 3 S), 11 Waxwing
Ring Ouzel at the Warren was a nice surprise, while other birds seen included a Pintail, 1 Merlin, 100 Lapwing, a Woodcock, 1 Rock Pipit, 57 Blackbird, 33 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing and 400 Starling.

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  • Waxwing. Adam Hutt

  • Woodcock. Ian Smith

Monday, 26 November 2012

Sea-watch 07.30-11.15, 15.00-16.00. Rain until late morning then clearing up with some sunny spells with a light force 1 SE-E wind,
A day of just some light passage, on the move south were 202 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 203 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 9 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 39 Kittiwake. 
Other birds seen included a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 42 Blackbird, 19 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 1 Blackcap and 2 Siskin.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sea-watch 07.30-16.00. An awful start to the day with torrential rain and gale force winds, but petering out during the day, leaving a force 3 W wind and some sunny spells.
The highlight was a Grey Phalarope which flew south, but there were also good numbers of ducks moving and waders moving south and coming in off which included 74 Snipe in. Other birds on the move south or in were 5 Whooper Swan, 36 Pink-footed Geese, 100 Wigeon, 347 Teal, 7 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 77 Common Scoter, 13 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Gannet, 3 Shag, 11 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 40 Lapwing, 22 Knot, 87 Dunlin, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 331 Herring Gull, 44 Kittiwake, 37 auk sp, 116 Guillemot, 5 Waxwing, 3 Starling and 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 4 Whooper Swans, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Waxwings, 53 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 48 Redwing.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-15.00. A heavy overnight frost and bright and sunny until mid-day when it clouded over, a force 1-3 SE-E wind.
Another steady day of passage with more Waxwings (38) and Siskins (294). Other birds moving included 114 Pink-footed Geese, 44 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 117 Herring Gull, 22 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 31 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 35 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 8 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-15.45. Bright and sunny with a force 2-1 WSW-S wind.
A good day of passage included 73 Waxwings and 365 Siskins, other birds moving south were 207 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 2 Mallard, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 31 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 125 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Skylark, 3 Starling, 33 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Twite, 20 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 1 Redwing and 1 Blackcap.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-09.45, 13.00-15.00. Cloudy with some sunny spells, and very wind with the SSW wind touching gale force by mid-afternoon.
Waxwings flew south and 29 were seen in Kilnsea, also present were 40 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest.
On the move were 12 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 6 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 14 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 8 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 4 Goldfinch and 122 Siskin.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00, 13.30-15.00. Cloudy with rain all day, heavy at times, a force 1 SE-S wind.
The weather limited birding and it was quiet over the sea, on the move were 25 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 4 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot.
The only other birds seen were 53 Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush and 7 Redwing.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 13.00-14.45. Cloudy all day with some light rain showers on and off with a force 4 S wind.
One of the main features this autumn has been the duck passage, due to the regular south and south-east winds. The total number of Teal moving south this autumn has now gone over 12,000, nearly 4000 more than the previous best autumns total.
The days totals of birds moving south were 123 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 598 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 18 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Scaup, 7 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 93 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 41 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 121 Knot, 78 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock in, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 47 Great B.B.Gull, 7 auk sp, 84 Guillemot and 1 Snow Bunting in off.
The first day since early November without a Waxwing, and other birds seen included 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Woodcock, 61 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Siskin.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-13.30. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells in a strong force 4-5 S wind.
Another day of light passage, with more waders than usual on the move - 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Brent Goose, 10 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 72 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 129 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 30 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 18 Gannet, 41 Lapwing in, 53 Knot, 84 Dunlin, 7 Snipe in, 1 Woodcock in, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 72 auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 9 Waxwing including 1 in off, 2 Black bird in, 19 Fieldfare inc 8 in, 24 Starling in, 9 Goldfinch and 17 Siskin.
The only other birds seen were a Black Redstart at the post 68, 50 Blackbird, 1 Redwing and a Goldcrest.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-13.30. A cool start with early morning frost, a fine sunny day followed with a light westerly wind.
Another good day for passage with 15 Whooper Swan, 240 Pink-footed Geese, 46 Wigeon, 136 Teal, 7 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 163 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Shag, 6 Dunlin, 5 Snipe in, 2 Woodcock in, 73 Common Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 31 auk sp, 31 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Woodlark, 18 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 18 Waxwing, 12 Starling in, 6 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling in, 9 Greenfinch, 46 Goldfinch, 250 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting and 4 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, an Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 43 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-15.30. A dull start to the day with light drizzle and overcast, slowly clearing with occasional sunny periods, a light NW wind.
A reasonable day for passage with a few duck on the move, the totals were 86 Pink-footed Geese, 67 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 5 Eider, 77 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 24 Waxwing, 40 Blackbird in, 15 Redwing in, 150 Starling in, 3 Chaffinch, 46 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin + 86 in, 4 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting N.
Other birds seen included 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Water Rail, 6 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 135 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 19 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Sea-watch 07.15-09.15. Bright and sunny to start then clouded over mid-morning, a force 1-2 SSW wind.
At least 32 Waxwings moved through south during the day, some stopping briefly to drink and took the years day/total to 301 – a new record. Also on the move were 18 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 1 Pochard, 40 Eider, 85 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 38 Redwing in, 3 Starling in, 24 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds included a Greenshank, a Stonechat, 95 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Brambling and a Snow Bunting.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.00, 11.45-12.15, 13.30-14.30. Cloudy all day until mid-afternoon when it brightened up with a force 1 SSW wind.
An unexpected surprise was a Yellow-browed Warbler which turned up at Kew mid-afternoon before moving off, todays Waxwing total was 20 taking us closer to a record bird/day total during a year, one which has stood since 1965. 
Some light passage included 5 Wigeon, 5 Eider, a Great Northern Diver, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 71 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting.
Other birds included a Scaup, a Goldeneye, 100 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 20 Siskin.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-14.00. Cloudy all day with a light SW wind.
A record breaking day for Waxwings, the previous day record was 50, today a total of 83 flew south with flocks only stopping briefly to drink, the biggest flock being 24. Apart from Waxwings it was a good day for passage for the time of year with 116 Pink-footed Geese, 192 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 17 Red-throated Diver, 4 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Woodcock in, 7 Swallows, 8 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 5 Fieldfare in, 100 Starling in, 28 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 64 Goldfinch, 286 Siskin, 11 Linnet, 42 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Peregrine, 5+ Water Rail, 80,000 Knot on the Humber, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Black Redstart at the Blue Bell, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Brambling.

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  • Waxwing. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.15, 09.50-12.30, 14.00-15.15. A mild cloudy day with a moderate SW wind.
Another steady day with light southerly passage – 10 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 23 Eider, 452 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 40 Red-throated Diver, a breeding plumage Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunlin, 3 Knot, 9 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 150 Herring Gull, 14 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Waxwing, 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.45. Bright and sunny to start but clouding and rain from mid-day, a stiffening SSW-SW wind.
A day of light passage included 4 Bewick’s Swan, 12 Whooper Swan, 5 Teal, 185 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 24 Gannet, 265 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Waxwing, 5 Fieldfare, 23 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 14 Goldfinch, 46 Siskin, 16 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellowhammer.
The only other birds noted were a Greenshank at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Waxwing blogging and 2 Goldcrest.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-09.30, 14.00-15.00. Bright and sunny but colder than of late with an overnight frost in a light W wind.
Some light passage included 6 Whooper Swan, 1000 Pink-footed Geese, 37 White-fronted Geese, 1 Teal, 118 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Bonxie, 1 Swallow, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 3 Water Rail, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Waxwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest and a Yellowhammer.

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  • Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-08.30, 13.30-14.00. A pleasant day mainly cloudy but only a very light SW wind.
Richard’s Pipit found between Sammy’s Point and Chalkies Point became mobile flying toward s the Crown and Anchor but later returning. A Little Bunting was found outside our recording area on the flood banking between Sammy’s Point car park and Skeffling.
There was a noticeable arrival of thrushes again, mostly Blackbirds and all were more or less dropping in for a few minutes and carrying on south or west – 500+ Blackbird, 168 Fieldfare, 27 Song Thrush, 185 Redwing, other migrants included 3 Woodcock, 1 Waxwing, 4 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 18 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 20 Lesser Redpoll.
There was a good passage of Siskins (338), while other birds moving south were 70 Wigeon, 55 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 6 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 7 Waxwing, 2 Chaffinch, 115 Goldfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 55 Snow Bunting (inc a flock of 53) and 6 Yellowhammer.

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Friday, 09 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.40, 12.45-14.45. Mainly cloudy with some sunshine around mid-day, a force 3-5 SW wind.
Waxwings were at Kew first thing as was a single at the Warren, then a flock of 26 flew south at 12.30, giving a day total of 31. Otherwise it was an almost bird-less day, 5 Whooper Swan, 123 Pink-footed Geese, 96 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 65 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Brambling, 12 Siskin, 30 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

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  • Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

Thursday, 08 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch - 07.00-09.45, 10.00-10.30, 15.30-16.30. Clear blue skies in the morning clouding over in the afternoon, a force 3 SW wind.
Another very quiet day with just a flock of 8 Waxwings appearing late in the afternoon at Kew to add any interest. Moving south were 14 Whooper Swan, 7 Brent Geese, 4 Eider, 97 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 210 Herring Gull, 23 Stock Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 8 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit, 41 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 65 Goldfinch, 56 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 15 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting in.
Other birds noted were 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank, 53 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-09.15, Cloudy with the sun only appearing on a couple of occasions, an almost still start slowly picked up to a force 4 WSW wind in the afternoon.
The only bird of any real not were at least 11 Waxwings seen passing through and a male Mealy Redpoll caught at Kew. Some very light passage included 2 Eider, 134 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 27 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 32 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 27 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 5 Linnet, and 25 Lesser Redpoll.
The only other birds of note were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 95 Blackbird, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling.

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  • adult male Mealy Redpoll. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-14.30. Light cloud cover to start with light but persistent rain from mid-morning until after dusk, a force 2-3 W wind.
It was an excellent day for birds coming in off the sea, mainly high to start with but low over the sea after the rain started, most birds hardly rested before continuing west. The second best day ever for Waxwings at Spurn saw a total of 37 which included 3 which hung around most of the day, all the others moving straight through. The best for Blackbirds so far this autumn, saw a minimum of 1900 birds moving through during the day, other birds seen coming in off the sea or moving south were 15 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 12 Stock Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, a Woodlark, 4 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 33 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 90 Fieldfare, 34 Song Thrush, 7 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 250 Starling, 43 Tree Sparrow, 44 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 7 Greenfinch, 32 Goldfinch, 102 Siskin, 7 Linnet, 6 Twite, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Crossbill,, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 1 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 5 Scaup, 10 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 82 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Shag, 1 Mediterranean Gull.
Other birds included 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 9 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 36 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 40 Chaffinch.

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  • Waxwing. Ian Smith. A superb sight watching these beauties coming in off the sea

  • Lapland Bunting. Rob Adams

Monday, 05 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30, sunny spells on a generally cloudy day with a few spots of rain from time to time, N-NW 2-3 wind.
A much quieter day than expected and we had to do with a new arrival of Chaffinches rather than its bigger and brighter cousin we are all hoping for! Grounded totals were 1 Woodcock, 4 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 9 Waxwing, 100 Blackbird, 46 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 100 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Snow Bunting.
There was some light passage which included 466 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 9 Teal, 9 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard in off, 7 Stock Dove, 60 Woodpigeon, 20 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 56 Starling in off, 155 Tree Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 12 Greenfinch, 60 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 60 Common Scoter, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Auk over the Humber.

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  • Fieldfare. Ian Smith

Sunday, 04 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.45, 13.30-14.30. Some long sunny spells in the morning and some heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 2 SW wind quickly switched to the SE and was NE by later afternoon.
The main feature of the day was the arrival of small groups of Waxwings, all one to four and probably 17 birds were involved. There were a few more new arrivals and migrant totals were 5 Water Rail, 4 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 45 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 180 Blackbird, 69 Fieldfare, 16 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 26 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Crossbill.
On the move south were 23 Pink-footed Geese with a Barnacle Goose in the same flock, 1 Shag, 3 Sparrowhawk, 48 Stock Dove, 10 Woodpigeon, 28 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 65 Tree Sparrow, 26 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 25 Greenfinch, 120 Goldfinch, 90 Siskin, 35 Linnet, 7 Twite, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Snow Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 2 Scaup, a Hen Harrier, 4 Merlin, 1 Peregrine.

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  • a confused looking Waxwing. Ian Smith

Saturday, 03 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.45, 14.15-16.15. Some long sunny spells but clouded over with rain from late morning to early afternoon.
We passed a major milestone today when the 400,000th bird was ringed at the Observatory, it will have been one of the 21 Tree Sparrows ringed today.
There was some steady passage again, the highlight being a Woodlark, while other birds recorded moving south were 29 Whooper Swans, 390 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 290 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 38 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 10 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 19 Meadow Pipit, 19 RocK Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 68 Starling, 16 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 28 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 66 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 41 Twite, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.
There were a few grounded migrants which included 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Easington Cemetery, a Waxwing and 4 Ring Ouzel at Sammy’s Point, a Long-eared Owl at Chalk Bank, a Tree Pipit in Canal Hedge, while commoner species included 2 Woodcock, 4 Short-eared Owl, 75 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 15 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 14 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 30 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 3 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Tree Pipit. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

  • partial albino Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

Friday, 02 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-13.30. Clear blues skies for most of the day, a fresh force 4-5 SW wind.
It was a good day for Swans and Geese passing south offshore with 1 Bewick’s Swan, 40 Whooper Swan and 1540 Pink-footed Geese, other birds on the move were 20 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Eider, 89 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 17 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 30 Tree Sparrow, 65 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 80 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin, 9 Linnet, 5 Twite, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Scaup, 1 Goosander, 2 Merlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 500 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 35 Twite and 12 Snow Bunting at Beacon Ponds. A Tree Pipit was in the hedge by the Listening Dish.

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Thursday, 01 November 2012

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.40. Cloudy start with a light force 2 SW wind picking up, a few light showers and sunny spells from late morning.
A better day than yesterday with some light passage and a very noticeable increase in Blackbirds which numbered a very conservative 600. A ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was seen in Canal Hedge early morning along with an ‘Eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat, other migrants included a Moorhen at the Point, 3 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 66 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 26 Fieldfare, 21 Song Thrush, 47 Redwing, 6 Blackcap,, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting.
Moving south were 1400 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Wigeon, 81 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Skylark, 22 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Rook, 77 Starling, 11 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 21 Goldfinch, 81 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 13 Twite, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included a Scaup and Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds and 11 Twite there.

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  • 'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Ian Smith

  • Twite. Ian Smith

  • Twite. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-09.15. Cloudy most of the day with rain from mid-afternoon, a strong force 5-7 gusting 8 S wind .
The wind made birding very difficult and there was very little passage. A Lapland Bunting and 21 Snow Buntings and a Scaup at Beacon Ponds were the pick of the day, other birds noted included 2 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Woodcock, 1 Little Auk on the Humber, 1 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling and 7 Twite.

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  • Ring Ouzel. Russ Smithson

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-16.30. Sunny spells and cloudy periods, a force 3 WNW-WSW wind.
The more north in the west wind to start with meant only small numbers of birds were moving south, but it was good for birds coming in off the sea and continuing west particularly Blackbirds and Fieldfares which were in smallish but regular flocks, Blackbirds totalled 185 in and Fieldfares 350, other birds coming in off were 4 Woodcock, 2 Little Auk, 5 Skylark, 1 Shore Lark then south (first of the year), 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 41 Redwing and 41 Starling. Birds moving south included 5 Whooper Swan, 400 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 7 Eider, 230 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goosander, 33 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Cormorant, 23 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Auk N, 3 Stock Dove, 50 Woodpigeon, 25 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 32 Meadow Pipit, 18 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 7 Waxwing (also 9 others seen at the Warren and Kew and 5 in Easington), 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Jay, 66 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 69 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting. 
Other birds seen included 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Long-eared Owl, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 19 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Twite, 1 Mealy Redpoll (trapped at Kew).
An interesting feature of the day involved the ‘met mast’, which is a large metal mast a couple of hundred feet high about 6 miles offshore – sometime during the day it snapped in half and the top half is bent over into the water!

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  • adult male Mealy Redpoll. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

  • Waxwing. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

  • Waxwing. Russ Smithson

Monday, 29 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.30, 12.15-16.30. Clear blue skies clouded over by mid-day and produced a couple of light showers, a force 3-4 SW-W wind.
The Great Grey Shrike was still showing around the cemetery in Easington, a Yellow-browed Warblerwas also heard around the cemetery. 
There was some light passage south – 375 Pink-footed Geese, 35 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck N, 12 Eider N, 578 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Shag, 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Auk, 1 Stock Dove, 116 Woodpigeon, 57 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 43 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 27 Brambling, 31 Greenfinch, 88 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 39 Linnet, 24 Twite, 23 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 7 Snow Bunting, 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 8 Woodcock, 80 Robin, 7 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 110 Blackbird, 71 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 2 Waxwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, a record 29 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Brambling, 12 Twite.

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  • Black Redstart. Richard Willison

  • Common Redstart. Richard Willison

  • Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

  • Twite. Richard Willison

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-11.30, 12.25-15.45. Rain at first soon cleared leaving some sunny spells, then drizzle becoming more persistent by early evening. A force 3 SW wind.
There was no sign of the Olive-backed Pipits today but a LITTLE BUNTING was found on Vicar’s Lane late morning, unfortunately it was flushed by two cyclists and flew into the housing estate not seen again. The Great Grey Shrike was still opposite the cemetery and the Yellow-browed Warbler was seen again on Green Lane at Easington. Single Waxwings were seen at Beacon Lane and Chalk Bank. Migrant totals were 3 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Woodcock, 100+ Robin (including a partial albino bird with white in its outer tail feathers!), 6 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 250 Blackbird, 110 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 90 Redwing, 12 Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper (Easington churchyard), 50 Brambling, 10 Twite, 11 Snow Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea – 11 Whooper Swan, 40 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Brent Geese plus 2 Pale-bellied, 150 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 36 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 279 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 14 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver , a Slavonian Grebe drifted south, 25 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 55 Little Auk , five of which came in off and carried on inland.
It was a good day for birds coming in off the sea, mainly Starlings which numbered a minimum of 3740, other birds coming in off were 22 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 60 Blackbird, 7 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, and 2 Snow Bunting, while moving south were 25 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 156 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 124 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 16 Linnet, 1 Twite, 3 Snow Bunting and 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Water Rail. Andy Roadhouse

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sea –watch 07.10-15.00, 15.45-17.15. Mostly cloudy all day with some sunny spells and plenty of rain and hail showers.
Howling northerlies meant birding was difficult but still turned out to be a good day for finding rarities – the best 2 OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS at Sammy’s Point, which eventually showed well late afternoon, a SHORT-TOED LARK was seen on the road at post 55 late morning but the road being closed meant few people went to see the bird and its unsure where the bird ended up; the Great Grey Shrikewas still opposite cemetery in Easington, a Yellow-browed Warbler was found at the north end of Green Lane in Easington; 2 Waxwings were at Kew and another in Easington, other common migrants weren’t counted with the road closed but birds noted were 3 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, 6 Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 9 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 8 Snow Bunting.
It was a good day over the sea with 19 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 46 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 672 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 429 Gannet, 2 Shag, 12 Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 5 Bonxie, 3300 Kittiwake, 15 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 66 Little Auk.

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Ian Smith

  • Purple Sandpiper. Dave Collins

Friday, 26 October 2012

Migration/sea –watch 07.10-13.50. A blustery N wind, cloudy with some sunny periods, intermittent showers in the afternoon and heavy rain after dark.
There was no sign of the Olive-backed Pipit today and migrants were harder to see in the blustery conditions, however a Great Grey Shrike showed well in hedges opposite Easington Cemetery, where there was also a probable Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Waxwings, at least 3 others were seen at Spurn, 1 at the Point and 2 between Kew and the Blue Bell. Other migrant totals were 24 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 51 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 210 Blackbird, 575 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 180 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 26 Chiffchaff, 41 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 77 Brambling, 10 Siskin, 15 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll. Passerine passage was negligible apart from 65 Brambling.
The sea was quite productive 28 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 41 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 11 Tufted Duck, 11 Scaup, 37 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1140 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, a Leach’s Petrel, 327 Gannet, 11 Shag, 3 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 38 Bonxie, 36 Little Gull, 905 Kittiwake, 127 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 13 Little Auk.
Other birds included a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe and 2 Jays.

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  • Waxwing. Ian Smith

  • Richard Willison

  • Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

  • Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 07.10-17.30. At last a day with no fog, varying amounts of cloud cover and occasional showers early morning, a brisk force 3-4 NE wind.
Another good day, with visible migration over the sea and land and still plenty of grounded migrants, although in much reduced numbers. The highlight was an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT found mid-afternoon in the Canal area but showed much better when it was refound at the Borrow Pit, before it flew and dropped out of sight near Big Hedge. It was heard calling near Canal Hedge at dusk. The Bluethroat was still at Easington Lagoon and a Jay was at Rose Cottage. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodock, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Rock Pipit, 160 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 15 Ring Ouzel, 260 Blackbird, 305 Fieldfare, 44 Song Thrush, 465 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 110 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 406 Brambling, 15 Twite, 2 Lapland Bunting, 8 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 2 Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 2 Pintail, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 59 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1232 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoter, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 78 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1Great Northern Diver , 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 625 Gannet, 7 Shag, 10 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 63 Bonxie, 64 Little Gull, 1578 Kittiwake, the latest ever Black Tern, 153 auk sp, 34 Guillemot and 3 Razorbill.
There was a surprisingly good passage over the land considering the winds – 1 Kestrel, 34 Stock Dove, 180 Woodpigeon, 72 Skylark, 28 Swallow, 71 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 7 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, the first Hooded Crow of the autumn, 520 Starling, 88 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 18 Greenfinch, 550 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 751 Linnet, 46 Twite, 70 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.

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  • Fieldfares. Paul French

  • Redwing. Paul French

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Migration –watch 07.00-11.00, 14.30-17.30. A misty start then the fog and drizzle rolled in and out from late morning.
Another good day, the Bluethroat was still at Easington Lagoons and showing well at times, a Hawfinchcame in off the sea with a flock of Fieldfares, 3 Jack Snipe were on Canal Scrape. Other migrant totals were1 Water Rail, 15 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 470 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 33 Ring Ouzel, 1040 Blackbird, 315 Song Thrush, 5000 Redwing, 2600 Fieldfare, 81 Mistle Thrush was a new record, smashing the previous record of 42 and also included a flock of 41!; 21 Blackcap, 39 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 250 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper, 88 Chaffinch, 590 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 1 Twite, 2 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 67 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 1 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 12 Eider, 96 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 27 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1050 Starling, 4 Greenfinch, 160 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 27 linnet, 1 Twite, 18 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

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  • Jack Snipe. Ron Marshall

  • Mistle Thrush. Tom McKinney

  • Bluethroat. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Migration –watch 07.00-08.30. Fog all day and a light NE wind.
Even foggier conditions than yesterday, there was very little visible passage to talk of but still good numbers of grounded birds and an increase in some species. A Bluethroat was found at Easington Lagoon in the afternoon, a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was trapped and ringed at Kew in the morning, a Richard’s Pipit was seen at Sandy Beaches early morning before flying off north and a male Hawfinchwas trapped at the Point.
Today’s migrant totals were 14 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 8 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 700 Robin, 14 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 43 Ring Ouzel, 1250 Blackbird, 1580 Fieldfare, 80 Song Thrush, 1870 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 14 Blackcap, 61 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 515 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2000+ Starling, 44 Chaffinch, 367 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.

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  • male Hawfinch. Richard Willison

  • Brambling. Richard Willison

  • 'Siberian' Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

Monday, 22 October 2012

Migration –watches all day long at various places along the peninsula. A force 3 NE wind all day, it had rained all night and just about stopped as it was getting light, fairly thick fog all day.
Thrushes and Bramblings were going over during the night and continued all day although most had stopped coming in by late morning, leaving plenty of grounded birds. Robins and Goldcrests started to increase from late morning. It was a spectacular day, with Redwing and Brambling records both being broken.
The days totals for migrants were 1 Water Rail, 3 Moorhen, 34 Lapwing, 3 Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 20 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 32 Skylark, 6 Swallow, a Richard’s Pipit south past the Narrows, 1 Tree Pipit, 41 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 420 Robin, 20 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 57 Ring Ouzel, 1020 Blackbird, 9345 Fieldfare, 835 Song Thrush, 21,100 Redwing, 10 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 15 Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 35 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff at the shooting pond on Beacon Lane, 4 Willow Warbler, 800 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 26 Chaffinch, 2675 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 2+ Hawfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Storm Petrel north past the sea-watching hut, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.
also a total of around 450 birds ringed today!

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  • Black Redstart. Ian Smith

  • Plenty of these at the moment. Sue Hepton

  • part of the 500+ Brambling flock. Ian Smith

  • Brambling. Ian Smith

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sea/Migration –watch 07.50-09.30, 13.30-17.00. A foggy start and a few spells of fog rolling in during the morning, blue skies for most of the day with a force 2-3 NE wind picking up from early afternoon.
Hawfinch dropped into the Crown & Anchor car park early morning but wasn’t seen again, a Moorhen on Canal Scrape was the first since the middle of June, Jays seen included 1 at the Point and 2 over Kew, a Black Redstart was at post 61 and other grounded migrants included 2 Water Rail, 4 Short-eared Owl, 5 Rock Pipit, 11 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 40 Blackbird, 16 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 30 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling.
There was some light passage - 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 107 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 31 Little Gull, 206 Kittiwake, 52 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 78 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 25 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 9 Pochard, 8 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • The first Rock Pipit to be ringed in several years. Rich Swales

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Migration -watch – 07.15-16.15. A cloudy day with some long sunny spells, a force 3-1 SW-WSW wind.
Yellow-browed Warbler was seen at the Point, at least 5 Bearded Tits were present which included 2 south over the Warren, a Woodlark flew south in the morning and a Little Auks was seen flying over the Humber.
There was a light passage of birds moving south throughout the day and a few Starlings and Redwings were coming in off the sea in the afternoon. The passage totals were 815 Pink-footed Geese, 69 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Eider, 109 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sparrowhawk, 50 Golden Plover in, 3 Snipe in, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 201 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 227 Meadow Pipit, 44 Rock Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 32 Redwing in, 8 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 220 Starling + 143 in, 17 House Sparrow, 108 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 108 Greenfinch, 227 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 64 Linnet, 40 Twite, 53 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting.
A count of 26 Little Egrets was a new maximum count, while other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, a melanistic Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Migration -watch – 07.15-14.00. A cloudy still day with a very light SE breeze picking up in the afternoon.
The male Bearded Tit was seen again, but also another four including another male (which was later trapped and ringed) were seen on Canal Scrape. The main feature of the day was again visible migration, highlights being a Hawfinch, 12 Twite and a Lapland Bunting. Other totals were 1 Snipe, 238 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 25 Meadow Pipit, 48 Rock Pipit, 10 Grey Wagtail, 23 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 1 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 7 House Sparrow, 120 Tree Sparrow, 30 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 85 Greenfinch, 357 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 18 Linnet, 6 Twite, 125 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Yellowhammer, 41 Reed Bunting, and 2 Jay U-turned.
Other birds seen included 3000 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shag, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 50,000 Knot, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fielfare, 6 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest.

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  • Twite. Rich Swales

  • Twite. Rich Swales

  • Bearded Tit. Ian Smith

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15 – 13.30. Rain at first light which soon cleared to leave a cloudy morning and longer sunny spells developing, a force 2-4 SSW wind.
The male Bearded Tit was trapped and ringed and became the 100th species ringed by the Observatory this year, another 3 were seen as they left the Canal and towered into the sky and continued north. Migrants were still thin on the ground – 1 Water Rail, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 6 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest.
It was a good morning for vis mig with the following moving south 61 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Eider, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Snipe, 105 Little Gull, 206 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 115 Meadow Pipit, 76 Rock Pipit, 21 alba Wagtail, 12 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 218 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 125 Linnet, 2 Twite, 80 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Crossbill, 2 Lapland Bunting, 18 Reed Bunting. 
Also seen were 2 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

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  • Stonechat. Sue Hepton

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-13.00, 16.15-17.50. Heavy rain overnight until 08.30 then cloud slowly cleared to leave some long sunny spells, the SE wind quickly veered to the SW but remained force 5-4 all day.
The Tawny Pipit was seen again at Beacon Ponds, as was the Bearded Tit along the Canal. There was a bit of passage once the rain had passed through – 14 Wigeon, 1 Scaup, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver , 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Shag, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 94 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 37 Meadow Pipit, 42 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 Brambling, 34 Greenfinch, 88 Goldfinch, 53 Linnet, 2 Twite, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Crossbill and a Lapland Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch –07.15-10.15, 11.00-18.00. An awful windy day with a force 6+ westerly wind, mainly cloudy but some sunny spells. A lot of leaves dropped which should make it easier finding Pallas’s Warblers when they arrive!
The windy conditions meant most birding was concentrated on the sea with the following recorded 5 Pintail, 7 Eider, 80 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 23 Cormorant, 13 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Bonxie, 15 Little Gull, 1 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 3 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Skylark S, 11 Swallow S, 4 House Martin S, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin.

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15-11.15, 15.10-15.50. Cloudy start with sunny spells and a few showers mid-afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
The Tawny Pipit was seen again at Beacon Ponds around the Little Tern wardens hut and the Bearded Tit was still along the Canal. At least 1200 Redwings moved through during the day, while other migrants seen included 2 Short-eared Owl, 17 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 54 Robin, 13 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 220 Blackbird, 40 Fieldfare, 36 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 52 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 31 Brambling, 4 Siskin.
There was some light passage during the day – 30 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Shag, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Bonxie, 17 Skylark, 80 Meadow Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 alba Wagtail, 60 Greenfinch, 201 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 84 Linnet, 74 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Reed Bunting.

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  • more photos of the Tawny Pipit and Bearded Tit by Richard Willison

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00. Mainly cloudy with some sunny spells and a couple of showers, a light NW wind picked up and went round to the north in the afternoon.
Richard’s Pipit pipit flew north over the Triangle and appeared to drop near the Church, taking the Spurn area year list to 245. The Tawny Pipit was re-found early afternoon back where it was originally seen around the Little Tern hut at Beacon Ponds. A Barred Warbler was found at Chalk Bank. The Bearded Tit was still along the Canal, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still at post 68. Other migrants included 2 Woodcock, a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 3 Short-eared Owl, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 100 Blackbird, 24 Song Thrush, 260 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 23 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 5 Jay.
There was some light passage – 7 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Eider, 78 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 3 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 30 Meadow Pipit, 19 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 182 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 12 Brambling, 24 Greenfinch, 234 Goldfinch, 60 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting.

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  • The Short-eared Owls are showing really well at the moment. Dave Collins

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 07.00 – 11.15, 12.30-17.55. Broken clouds and sunny spells all day with a very light variable wind.
Another good day, a TAWNY PIPIT was found at Beacon Ponds early morning but soon flew off south, it flew south over the Narrows but returned north and was last seen heading for Sammy’s Point, this is the 16th record for the Spurn area and the latest. Another addition to the year list was a nice adult male Bearded Tit which spent a good part of the afternoon along the Canal. Three Yellow-browed Warblerswere seen – at post 70; north end of Beacon Lane; and the south side of the gas terminal in Easington. Other grounded migrants included 1 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 45 Song Thrush, 460 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 2+ Coal Tit, 12 Brambling.
A total of 10 Jays flew north-west (3 and 7) which is the highest count at Spurn since 1984. Other birds on the move (mainly south) were 71 Wigeon, 288 Teal, 28 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 2 Eider, 679 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 28 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Bonxie, 620 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 59 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 90 Meadow Pipit, 44 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 13 Carrion Crow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 83 Greenfinch, 868 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 9 Linnet, 205 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting.

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  • Tawny Pipit. Mick Turton

  • Bearded Tit. John Cooper

Friday, 12 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-17.00. Cloudy with some long sunny periods, in a very fresh force 4-5 gusting 6-7 W wind.
A great days birding, the main feature being a superb offshore passage of wildfowl and passerines coming in off the sea. The Wigeon total of 1709 and 1469 Common Scoter are the second highest counts in the Observatory’s history for each species, a total of 17 species of wildfowl flew south with the following totals 10 Barnacle Geese, 25 Brent Geese, 33 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 929 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 9 Pintail, 40 Tufted Duck, 12 Scaup, 6 Pochard, 6 Eider, 7 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser. Other birds moving south included 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 5 Shag, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 20 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 64 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 425 Black-headed Gull + 1000+ in, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 13 Tree Sparrow, 144 Goldfinch, 13 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Crossbill. Birds coming in off the sea were 35 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 15 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 84 Skylark, 34 Rock Pipit, 56 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 34 Song Thrush, 36 Redwing, 8 Mistle Thrush, 313 Starling, 14 Brambling.
The very blustery conditions made it hard finding grounded migrants but 2 Yellow-browed Warblerswere seen – Post 60 and the Point, other migrants seen included 2 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 60 Blackbird, 100 Song Thrush, 100 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 12 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Sea-watches 07.00-11.15, 13.15-15.00, 17.10-17.50. Long sunny spells then clouding over late morning for the rest of the day, fresh force 3 SSE-SE wind all day.
At last an arrival of migrants although only in small numbers, the star bird was a RADDE’S WARBLERfound in a mist-net at the Warren, it was released back in buckthorn but wasn’t seen again, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was found at post 62 and showed on and off during the day; Yellow-browed Warblers were found at post 62 and Canal Hedge but both were very elusive. Common migrants included 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 42 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush, 330 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 16 Chaffinch, 14 Brabling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
It was a reasonable morning for duck passage with 4 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 78 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 390 Teal, 1 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, other birds moving included 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 434 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Ruff, 7 Bonxie, 150 Little Gulls.

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  • Black Redstart. Ian Smith

  • Radde's Warbler. Mick Sharpe

  • Radde's Warbler. Alan Cawthrow

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-10.30, 11.20-12.30, 13.00-17.30. Blue skies all day until clouds formed early evening, a still start with a light force 1-2 E-SE wind from late morning.
Another fairly steady day although 2 Kingfishers were a late addition to the year list. Other grounded migrants included 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Stonechat, 7 Song Thrush, 53 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, a Jay in Easington, 3 Brambling.
On the move south were 10 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Pintail, 7 Eider N, 458 Common Scoter (313 N, 145 S), 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 208 Gannet, 8 Shag, 4 Arctic Skua N, 3 Bonxie, 306 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 31 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 1 House Sparrow, 33 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 17 Greenfinch, 486 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 23 Linnet, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.
Also seen were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 6700 Little Gulls and 7 Common Terns.

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  • Kingfisher. Andy Bunting

  • Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 07.30-10.30, 11.40-12.40, 14.15-18.00. Very light N-E winds with blues skies for most of the day.
Very little passage, very little over the sea and hardly any grounded migrants, all in all a very poor October day. The only birds of note were 3 Pintail, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 11 Bonxie, 500 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 9 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 43 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 5 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Rob Adams

Monday, 08 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.15-18.00. A misty, still start with a light S-SE wind picking up, and a light cloud covering most of the day.
It was a good day over the sea and over the land for migration, the highlight over the sea being a nice close in juvenile Sabine’s Gull flying south. The passage totals for the day were 180 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 65 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 48 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 3 Eider, 423 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1786 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 32 Bonxie, 3 Sandwich Tern, 7 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 18 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 59 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 102 Meadow Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 23 alba Wagtail, 4 Dunnock, 2 Rook, 17 Carrion Crown, 4 House Sparrow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 57 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 331 Greenfinch, 1411 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 135 Linnet, 116 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 90 Reed Bunting.
Still very few grounded migrants around: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 7 Song Thrush, 29 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.
Other birds seen included 4116 Shelduck, 10 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank.

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  • Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith

Sunday, 07 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-18.15. Clear skies all morning and light clouds in the afternoon, a light NW wind moved through to SE by the evening.
Clear skies last night and a big clear out by the morning, the only grounded migrants seen were 3 Short-eared Owl, 9 Stonechat, 10 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Coal Tit.
More light passage overland but more activity over the sea including a minimum of 5000 Little Gulls feeding offshore and slowly moving north. The days totals were 4 Whooper Swan, 920 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Greylag Geese, 28 Brent Geese, 11 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 5 Eider, 301 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 21 Manx Shearwater, 956 Gannet, 6 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 13 Arctic Skua, 19 Bonxie, 22 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 23 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 13 House Sparrow, 59 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 890 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 75 Linnet, 50 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Razorbill on the sea, 2 Puffin, 1 Tawny Owl.

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  • Coal Tit. Ian Smith

Saturday, 06 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-18.00. Clear start clouding over from mid-day with sunny spells, WNW wind had veered to NE in the evening and dropped to force 1-2.
Today’s highlight was a redhead SMEW sat on the sea with 2 Goldeneyes for about an hour mid-afternoon, this is the earliest and first ever October record of this species. A Woodlark flew south over the Warren mid-morning, other birds moving south were 6 Whooper Swan, 315 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 10 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag, 4 Sparrowhawk, 7 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 11 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common Tern, 40 Skylark, 19 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 73 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 87 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 17 Brambling, 970 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 65 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting. 
There was a small influx of migrants from the Continent including the first 2 Woodcocks of the autumn and the first arrival of Blackbirds (s), other migrants included 1 Jack Snipe, 9 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker including 2 in off the sea, 43 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Song Thrush, 140 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 115 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Brambling.
Other birds noted were a Common Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 2000 Little Gull.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Rich Swales

  • Smew. Adam Hutt

Friday, 05 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-17.00. Rain to start soon cleared leaving a cloudy day with a force 3-2 WSW wind.
The Goldfinches keep coming, todays total was 3440, while other totals were 369 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 152 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Eider, 186 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 9 Manx Shearwater, 1102 Gannet, 4 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 4 Bonxie, 8 Sandwich Tern, 77 Skylark, 162 Swallow, 249 House Martin, 246 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 221 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 37 Greenfinch, 17 Siskin, 56 Linnet, 179 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Avocet, 450 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Stonechat, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 21 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

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  • Coal Tit. Rich Swales

  • more Goldfinches. Rich Swales

Thursday, 04 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-11.45, 12.00-16.30. Sunny spells and a few light showers, a force 3 WNW – 1-3 SW wind.
Firecrest and a Treecreeper were seen in the churchyard and a Bullfinch was seen at the Point, other migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 57 Goldcrest.
On the move south were 2 Whooper Swan, 1120 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 14 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 4 Sandwich Tern, 29 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 150 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 11 Greenfinch, 600 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 43 Linnet, 103 Lesser Redpoll,, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 530 Little Gulls.

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  • 'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Tim Jump

  • 'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat. Rich Swales

Wednesday, 03 October 2012

Migration/sea-watch – 07.00-13.30, 17.00-17.45. Sunny spells throughout the day with a force 4-3 SW wind,
The Red-breasted Flycatcher caught at the weekend was seen again today in the churchyard, another ‘eastern-type’ Lesser Whitethroat was trapped at the Point and other migrants seen included 2 Redstart, 7 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Lesser Redpoll.
Yet more Goldfinches were on the move, todays total was 3290 – the fifth highest count In the observatory’s history, other birds moving south were 106 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 72 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 32 Pintail, 29 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 14 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 176 Swallow, 167 House Martin, 214 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 2 House Sparrow, 104 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 16 Siskin, 418 Linnet, 141 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Great Northern Diver. Ian Smith

  • Goldfinches. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 06.40-10.30, 15,30-16.45, 17.10-18.30. A mostly cloudy day with light showers in the morning turning into rain by late afternoon in a stiff force 4+ SW wind.
Firecrest trapped and ringed at Kew in the morning was the 97th species ringed by the Obs this year, other migrants included 10 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Redpoll.
There was more southerly passage typical of early October – 148 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 65 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 2 Sooty Shearwater N, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 46 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2300 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 1 Swift, 8 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 122 Swallow, 65 House Martin, 414 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 alba Wagtail, 52 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 45 Greenfinch, 1507 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 368 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting.

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  • Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Ian Smith

  • Firecrest. ian Smith

Monday, 01 October 2012

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-12.00, 17.05-18.30. Sunny spells with odd light showers, a fresh force 3-4 SW wnd.
Another reasonable day for southerly passage – 7 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater N, 9 Manx Shearwater N, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 3 Arctic Skua, 110 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1503 auk sp N, 51 Skylark, 81 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 675 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 15 alba Wagtail, 11 Rook, 203 Tree Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 63 Greenfinch, 1539 Goldfinch, 26 Siskin, 472 Linnet, 126 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 16 Reed Bunting.
There was an increase in Stonechats to 8 and other birds of note included 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Peregrine, 2 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit.

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