Sightings

Sightings

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A spectacular year at Spurn with 258 species recorded, only two off the record set in 2011. The list of class rarities is mouth-watering – IVORY GULL –a new bird for Spurn, PACIFIC SWIFT (4th for Spurn), ROCK THRUSH (2nd for Spurn), COLLARED FLYCATCHER (2nd for Spurn); GREAT SNIPE (5th record for Spurn); TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL (5th record for Spurn); and CASPIAN TERN (10th record for Spurn).
Add to this the following rarities: Citrine Wagtail; Thrush Nightingale; Red-flanked Bluetail; 3 Black Brants; Glossy Ibis; 2 Great White Egrets; 2 American Golden Plovers; Buff-breasted Sandpiper; 2 Caspian Gulls; 2 Alpine Swifts; Hoopoe, 2 Bee-eaters, 2 Red-rumped Swallows; Olive-backed Pipit; 2 Red-throated Pipits; 8 Marsh Warblers; confirmed blythi Lesser Whitethroat; Subalpine Warbler; Greenish Warbler; 4 Dusky Warblers; 4 Pallas’s Warblers, Woodchat Shrike; Serin; and 6 Little Buntings.
The list of scarce migrants is also impressive with record numbers of Wrynecks, Yellow-browed Warblers, Red-backed and Great Grey Shrikes, and Hawfinches. With good numbers of Red-breasted Flycatchers and Common Rosefinches also recorded.
For full details of all these records, rarity accounts and photographs as well as articles on the peninsula and its wildlife then see Spurn Wildlife 23 which will be published in the early spring.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00, 13,40-15.45. Another awful day with frequent showers in a force 5-6+ SSW wind.
Fea’s type Petrel was seen messing about in the troughs before disappearing from view, but not enough was seen to make a positive claim. Other birds seen included 6 Whooper Swan, 73 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 63 Common Scoter, 44 Red-throated Diver, 54 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 5 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp and 11 Guillemot.

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Sea-watch 07.45-10.30. A cold bright and sunny day with an overnight frost and a cold force 2 SSW wind.
Moving south were 1 Mute Swan, 3 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 3 Eider, 43 Common Scoter, 82 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater N, 4 Cormorant, 95 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake and 2 auk sp.
The Black Brant was still present, as were 6 Whooper Swan, 160+ Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Pale-bellied Brents, 1 Shoveler, 2 Peregrine, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, a Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.15. Bright and sunny with a decreasing force 3-2 SW wind.
On the move were 16 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 56 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake and an auk sp.
Also present were 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 96 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 650 Brent Geese + 1 Pale-bellied, 1 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Greenshank, and 17 Snow Bunting.

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  • Snow Bunntings. Ian Smith

Friday, 27 December 2013

THE CROWN & ANCHOR IS BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL 
Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Bright and sunny with a force 5-6 SW wind.
The Black Brant was seen again at Kilnsea Wetlands, and other birds present were 6 Whooper Swan, 36 Greylag Geese, 12 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Moving south were 3 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 3 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 auk sp, 7 Kittiwake and 3 Guillemot.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

A bright and sunny day with a force 1 SW wind.
Birds seen today included 3 Whooper Swan, 20 Pink-footed Geese + 450 flew up river possibly from roost; 34 Greylag Geese, 3 Pintail, 50 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 15 [strong[Twite south from Sammy’s Point.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Limited observations with nothing of any note seen. And no sign of the Ivory Gull at Patrngton.

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sea-watch 08.30-10.00, 14.00-15.00. Another wild day with a force 5-6 SW wind and occasional sunny spells.
The IVORY GULL[/strog] flew west past Sammy’s Point again at 08.02 am and was later seen at Patrington Haven. A first-year Iceland Gull flew south past the sea-watching hut and other birds moving south were 8 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 35 Kittiwake, 66 auk sp, 19 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, a Skylark and 4 Siskin.
Other birds present included 4 Whooper Swan, 26 Pink-footed Geese, 27 Greylag Geese, 720 Brent Geese + 1 pale-bellied.

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Monday, 23 December 2013

THE CROWN & ANCHOR IS BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL 
Sea-watch 13.15-14.30 which only produced 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea. An awful day of constant showers in a strong force 5-6 SW wind.
The IVORY GULL flew west past Sammy’s Point at 8am and was at Patrington Haven 25 minutes later, seems to be following a pattern and is probably roosting somewhere of the peninsula, which should make it easier for Spurn listers to add it to their lists. All other sightings were from Sammy’s Point and Long Bank area – 3 Whooper Swan, 150 Greylag Geese, 356 Wigeon, 4 Goldeneye, a male Hen Harrier, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Common Gull, and a Barn Owl.

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

PLEASE NOTE THE CROWN & ANCHOR IS OPEN AGAIN AND BUSINESS AS USUAL 
No watches. Bright and sunny all day in a cold force 4-5 SW wind.
The IVORY GULL finally made its way onto the Spurn list when early morning it was seen at Sammy’s Point, maybe it has found the dead seal there? It was then flushed by a helicopter and flew back towards Patrington Outstrays where it was seen the rest of the day.
The Black Brant was still in the Long Bank area with 850 Brent Geese and 5 Whooper Swans, also present were 9 Pink-footed Geese + 3 south, 3 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeeye, 2 Peregrne, a Marsh Harrier south, 1 male Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 15 Grey Partridge, a Woodcock, and a Blackcap.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

A expectedly quiet days with few birders and Christmas preparations and celebrations. Mostly cloudy with a variable force 3-5 WSW-W wind.
Most activity was over the sea, highlights being 6 Goldeneye, a Woodcock in off the sea on 21st, a Great Northern Diver on 23rd and 24th, 4 Red-breasted Merganser on 24th and 204 Herring Gull on 23rd. 
The Black Brant was seen on 24th along with 445 Dark-bellied and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, other birds seen during the period were 1 Water Rail, 150 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Long-tailed Tit and a Jay.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

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Sea-watch 07.45-09.45. A bright and sunny day in a cool force 4 SW wind.
The Black Brant was seen again, as were 4 Whooper Swans, 4 Goldeneye, Merlin, Peregrine, 4 Snow Buntings and the Firecrest ranged between Canal Scrape and the Blue Bell.
On the move were 14 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 3 auk sp and 2 Guillemot.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

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Sea-watch 07.45-09.45. Bright and sunny until late afternoon then clouding over, a force 4-6 SW wind.
The first winter Black Brant was still at Kilnsea Wetlands and 3 Whooper Swans were in the fields, also present were a Woodcock, a Greenshank, a Fieldfare and a Redwing. Over the sea were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 28 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 18 Golden Plover, a Bonxie, 51 Common Gull, 36 Herring Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 7 auk sp, 8 Guillemot and a Razorbill.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

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Sea-watch 07.45-10.00. Bright and sunny most of the day, clouding over late on, a cold force 4-5 SW wind.
Over the sea were 1Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Kittiwake and 16 Guillemot; a Fieldfare was in Church Field.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Bright and sunny in the morning and showers in the afternoon, a force 3-5 SW wind.
Still 21 Mute Swans, 4 Whooper Swans, 3 Greylag Geese and 360 Pink-footed Geese present in fields north of Long Bank, 4 Goldeneye at Beacon Ponds and a male Hen Harrier at Sammy’s Point.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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The Ivory Gull continued to draw in the crowds at Patringtong Oustrays, feeding on dead fish, if going for this bird, please park sensibly and DO NOT BLOCK ANY ROADS, PATHS OR ENTRANCES TO FARMS OR HOUSES.
At Spurn a new Black Brant was found, a first-year bird to the south of the Beacon Ponds, also the Firecrest was seen again in Church Field. Other birds present included 5 Whoopee Swan, 360 Pink-footed Geese, 760 Brent + 4 pale-bellied Brent, 100 Wigeon, 50 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, a male Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 800 Lapwing, 20,000 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling, a Siskin, and 12 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

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Just up the river Geoff Dobbs found an immature Ivory Gull at Patrington Haven by the pumping station mid-afternoon. At the weekend a fisherman spoke to Tim Jones saying he was fishing under Easington gas terminal a week last Thursday and had a small white gull with black spots walk more or less up to him on the beach, Tim asked if it had a black face and the fisherman said it hadn’t. Apparently this bird doesn’t have a black face! Hopefully be found in the Spurn area tomorrow or still at Patrington Haven, for the people who need it for their Yorkshire Lists.
At Spurn there were no watches but it was WEBS count although only north of the Warren was counted. Birds seen today were 34 Greylag Geese, 800 Brent Geese, 56 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 66 Golden Plover, 20 Lapwing, 350 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 650 Redshank, 700 Common Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redwing, 17 Goldfinch, and 10 Reed Bunting.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

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No watches. A mild, cloudy day, but an increasing SW wind during the day got up to a force 5-6 by the evening.
The neck-ringed Pink-footed Goose was found amongst the 330 present and is now thought to be a WWT bird with the lettering PZX. Also present were 4 Whooper Swan, 780 Brent, 5 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, a Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 600 Common Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit, a Blackcap and a Yellowhammer.

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Friday, 13 December 2013

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Sea-watch 08.00-09.15. A mild cloudy with a moderate SW wind.
On the move were 42 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Common Scoter, and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Birds present were 5 Whooper Swan, 350 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 768 Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 140 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrlne , 9 Black-tailed Godwit, and 9 Redwing.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

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Sea-watch -07.50-09.05. A mild and cloudy day with a moderate SW wind.
A flock of 300+ Pink-footed Geese appeared in Holderness Field off Beacon Lane and one was wearing a Danish neck ring, other birds present were 26 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 13 Greylag Geese, 360 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 148 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, a Fieldfare and a Song Thrush.
On the move over the sea were 45 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Shelduck, 5 Teal and a Fulmar.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

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A decent day with a moderate SW wind, sunny spells but cool.
Birds seen today include 3 Whooper Swan, 40 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 360 Wigeon, 61 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Scaup, 1 Little Egret, 84 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 2 Redwing, a Rook, 21 Tree Sparrow, 13 Snow Bunting and 23 Reed Bunting.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Variable cloud with some lengthy sunny spells, a force 3 SW wind.
The only birds seen at sea were a Red-throated Diver and 9 Common Scoter, other birds present included 22 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Greylag Geese, 8 Teal, 116 Mallard, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 900 Common Gull, a Rock Pipit and 3 Yellowhammer.

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Monday, 09 December 2013

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Sea-watch 07.50-09.30. Sunny spells with a cool force 1-2 SW wind.
The ringed Firecrest is still lingering in the area and was seen along the Canal today. Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Greylag Geese, 5 Teal, 73 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 44 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer.

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Sunday, 08 December 2013

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Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Dull and grey most of the day with a force 3-4 SW wind.
A few birds over the sea included a first-winter Glaucous Gull south, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Wigeon, 22 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 6 auk sp, 2 Guillemot.
Other birds included 4 Whooper Swan, 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat and 26 Snow Bunting.

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Saturday, 07 December 2013

The road between the Blue Bell and the gate to the reserve is still flooded, do not attempt to drive through and PLEASE FOLLOW ON SITE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESS TO THE PENINSULA. 
The aftermath of the storm surge is becoming apparent and it wlll be a long time until everything gets back to normal. There is no power or water to the Point with at least 5 power poles down south of the Warren, quite a few sheep lost their lives in the Sheep Field at Chalk Bank when it flooded and the big hide there has been seriously damaged. 
Sea-watch 07.50-09.15, Bright and sunny with a force 1-2 SW wind.
Waxwing which flew south was the highlight, other birds included a Teal, a Long-tailed Duck in and onto the Humber, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Woodcock, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Lapland Bunting, 25 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

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  • Lapland Bunting. Tim Collins

Friday, 06 December 2013

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No watches. A cold frosty day with blue skies and a force 2-3 NW wind.
Most of the day was spent assessing the damage done to the area and the extent of the flooding in the area. Luckily for the observatory, there was no damage to the Warren Cottage or Kew Villa, but some areas of the compounds were flooded and lot of cleaning up is required. The flooding in the area will have repercussions in the coming year and the peninsula may never be the same again. The flood defences have certainly worked to some degree as the situation could have been much worse. Sandy Beaches seems to have come off worse with several caravans battered and smashed.
On the bird front, a Spoonbill in Holderness Field was presumably the bird from a few days ago, also seen were 3 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 4 Teal, 1 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Merlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 400 Common Gull, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 23 Snow Bunting and 4 Yellowhammer.
The weather also had an effect on other wildlife when 2 Grass Snakes were seen.

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Friday, 06 December 2013

A few photos of the destruction on Sandy Beaches caravan site.

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Friday, 06 December 2013

Some more photos of the aftermath of the tidal surge. Bird Sightings will be added soon.

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Thursday, 05 December 2013

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Sea-watch 08.00-10.00, 12.00-13.30. Bright and sunny with a strong force 4-6+ W wind.
High spring tides and a 2+ metre storm surge breached the peninsula 2 hours before high tide, with extensive flooding from Sandy Beaches to Sunny Cliff and from the Crown & Anchor which flooded the kitchen and dining room all the way down to the Riverside Hotel. Lots of wood and debris was left on the road. The whole triangle area was covered in water with very little land visible. The Borrow Pit appears to have done what it was designed to do, taking in a lot of water from the surge.
Birds seen during the day were 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 365 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannet, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kittiwake, 7 auk sp and 2 Song Thrush.

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  • a few images of the flooding and damage. Tim Jones

  • a few images of the flooding and damage. Tim Jones

  • a few images of the flooding and damage. Tim Jones

  • a few images of the flooding and damage. Tim Jones

  • a few images of the flooding and damage. Tim Jones

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

A statement about the condition of the area after the predicted storm surge will be issued tomorrow, avoid being south of the Warren until then
Sea-watch 09.00-09.45. Bright and sunny with a cool force 2 W-WNW wind.
Another quiet day before the storm, 9 Common Scoter and 6 Red-throated Diver flew south, 1 Merlin was blogging, a Water Rail was eating berries at the Point, a Woodcock was in the Churchyard, a Rock Pipit at the Potato Fields, while at the Point were a Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and 2 Goldcrest and 19 Snow Buntings were blogging.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Work on improving the wader habitat and the footpath at Kilnsea Wetlands will commence this week, the work should take about a week and the footpath may be closed while work is carried, out, we apologise for the inconvenience 
Migration/sea-watch 08.15-11.00. Cloudy all day with a force 1-2 S wind.
Another quiet day, birds seen included 2 Goldeneye, 34 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Little Egret, 265 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 3 Redwing.

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Monday, 02 December 2013

No watches. Hazy sunshine with light high thin clouds and a light variable wind.
A very quiet day, birds noted today were 3 Whooper Swan, 5 Teal, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Linnet and 36 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 01 December 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.55-09.55. Mainly sunny with a light N-NE wind.
The highlight was a Spoonbill which flew north and is the first ever December record, and a Common Buzzard is also a good in December. Over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Dunlin, 4 Skylark and 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present included 3 Whooper Swan, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 360 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 32 Snow Buntings.

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  • Dunlin. Justin Carr

  • Snow Buntings. Justin Carr

  • Snow Buntings. Justin Carr

Saturday, 30 November 2013

NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES 
Migration/sea-watch 07.45-12.00, 15.30-16.00. Cloudy most of the day with some rain early on and some sunny spells, a force 4-1 NW wind.
The only birds of note were seen over the sea, 7 Wigeon, 136 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 16 auk sp and 2 Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Sea-watch 07.45-13.00, 14.45-16.00. Cloudy with rain until mid-day then sunny spells, a force 3-5 WNW-NW wind.
With the wind picking up from the NW sea-watching was the order of the day and was quite good for the time of year, and included the latest ever Long-tailed Skua at Spurn when a juvenile flew south, also recorded were 18 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 520 auk sp.
The only other birds seen were 27 Wigeon, 2 Greenshank and 29 Snow Bunting.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-09.15. Another dull cloudy day with some light drizzle and a force 1 NW wind.
A very quiet day, the only birds of note were 600 Brent Geese, 287 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare and 20 Snow Bunting.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Mostly cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun in the afternoon, a force 1 W wind.
A quiet day, 6 Long-tailed Tits in Easington being the best birds seen. Other birds included 226 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 123 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 11 Skylark, 3 Goldfinch, 32 Linnet, 11 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

High tide on 27th is at 12.30.
Migration/sea-watch 07.45-09.45. Cloudy all day after a heavy nights overnight frost, light NW wind.
The highlight was a Great White Egret which appeared to get up off Canal Scrape early morning then continue south over the Warren and down the peninsula. Other birds seen included 36 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 115 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 14 auk sp, 2 Skylark, 77 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Snow Bunting.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.30. Broken cloud with occasional light showers, a force 2 NW wind.
A quiet day with a few birds to present including the first Snow Buntings ringed of the year. On the move were 57 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 39 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 97 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannet, 3 Bonxie, 2 Kittiwake, 25 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
Birds present included 104 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 700 Brent, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 24 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 27 Moorhen, 44 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Redwing, 12 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-11.45, 14.35-15.35. Overcast all day with a few light showers, a force 5-3 NW wind.
Some more light passage over the sea, otherwise quiet. 25 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 11 Fulmar, 65 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 376 Kittiwake, 786 auk sp, 35 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 105 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 710 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 295 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 32 Moorhen, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Firecrest at the Crown, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-12.00. Cloudy all day with a few spots of rain, a cold force 1-2 NW wind.
A nice surprise was a DUSKY WARBLER found just south of the breach in the road early morning but quickly disappeared south and not to be seen again. 
There was some light passage 13 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 203 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 4 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Twite.
Other birds seen included 2 Whooper Swan, 108 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 530 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 254 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 131 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 13 Twite, 36 Snow Bunting.

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  • Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

  • Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

Friday, 22 November 2013

NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES 
High tides on 23rd are at 08.33 and 20.35.
Migration/sea-watch 07.10-14.40. Sunny with odd showers late afternoon, with a cold force 4-2 NE-N wind. 
Again it was a good day over the sea, on the move were 6 Teal, 278 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck+ 1 on the Humber, 174 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 109 Gannet, 7 Fulmar inc 1 blue, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe in, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 112 Kittiwake, 361 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 102 Greylag Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Skylark south, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, the Firecrest, 8 Goldfinch and 14 Linnet south, 1 Snow Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

High tides on 22nd are 07.56 and 19.59.
Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.40, 13.00-16.00. A cool day with a force 4 NE wind gusting 5, rain early morning with occasional showers during the day and sunny periods.
A good day over the sea which included the highest Eider count since 1999! Over the sea were 73 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 6 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 258 Eider, 529 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 55 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar including 1 blue, 1 Manx Shearwater, 204 Gannet, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 889 Kittiwake, 472 auk sp, 16 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 161 Starling in off.
Other birds present were 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 87 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling and 2 Yellowhammer.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.35, 13.00-15.00. Rain until mid-morning then sunny spells in a cold force 4-3 NW wind.
Another quiet day with most activity over the sea, 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 70 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 43 Oystercatcher, 35 Lapwing, 31 Dunlin, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 Blackbird, 2 Starling.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30. A cold raw day with overnight frost, with odd shower in the afternoon, a force 2 NW-NNW wind.
A quiet day, birds seen today included 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 79 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Woodcock, 13 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 2 Stonechat, 72 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 5 Blackcap and 2 Snow Bunting.

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.10. Cloudy all day with drizzle by midday and rain by early afternoon, a force 1 S- 2 NW wind.
There was a good passage of wildfowl offshore which included 618 Wigeon, 630 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 293 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 117 Blackbird in, 14 Fieldfare in, 2 Song Thrush in , 29 Redwing in, 117 Starling in, 2 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 80 Greylag Geese, 1 Woodcock, 510 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, and 1 Firecrest

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-08.30. A cloudy day with occasional drizzle and light variable winds.
A quiet day but still some good numbers of Blackbirds (430), also present were a Scaup, 2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 41 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Firecrest, a Brambling, 2 Siskin, 84 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer.
The only birds moving were 14 Pink-footed Geese, 63 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Firecrest. Ian Smith

  • Stonechat. Ian Smith

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Migration/sea-watches 07.20-11.00, 13.00-14.10. Another mild day with sunny spells mid-morning, in a force 2 SW – W wind.
Richard’s Pipit in Clubley’s Field which flew off south and a Shore Lark south were the main highlights, and other birds on the move south were 260 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 23 Eider, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 46 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goosander, 74 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Gannet, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 18 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 450 Blackbird in, 40 Fieldfare in, 85 Redwing in, 142 Starling in, 6 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 63 Linnet, 4 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler, 2 Whooper Swan, 148 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 180 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Brambling, 4 Siskin and 104 Snow Bunting.

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  • Sightings Archive 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 2012 2011 Sponsorship If you would like to help support the work of the observatory then please get in touch. Get in touch here Membership Download a membership form and become a friend of Spurn Bird Observatory. Click for more November 2013 Sightings 30th November 2013 - Saturday NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES Migration/sea-watch 07.45-12.00, 15.30-16.00. Cloudy most of the day with some rain early on and some sunny spells, a force 4-1 NW wind. The only birds of note were seen over the sea, 7 Wigeon, 136 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 16 auk sp and 2 Snow Bunting. 29th November 2013 - Friday Sea-watch 07.45-13.00, 14.45-16.00. Cloudy with rain until mid-day then sunny spells, a force 3-5 WNW-NW wind. With the wind picking up from the NW sea-watching was the order of the day and was quite good for the time of year, and included the latest ever Long-tailed Skua at Spurn when a juvenile flew south, also recorded were 18 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 520 auk sp. The only other birds seen were 27 Wigeon, 2 Greenshank and 29 Snow Bunting. 28th November 2013 - Thursday Migration/sea-watch 08.15-09.15. Another dull cloudy day with some light drizzle and a force 1 NW wind. A very quiet day, the only birds of note were 600 Brent Geese, 287 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare and 20 Snow Bunting. 27th November 2013 - Wednesday Migration/sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Mostly cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun in the afternoon, a force 1 W wind. A quiet day, 6 Long-tailed Tits in Easington being the best birds seen. Other birds included 226 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 123 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 11 Skylark, 3 Goldfinch, 32 Linnet, 11 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer. 26th November 2013 - Tuesday High tide on 27th is at 12.30. Migration/sea-watch 07.45-09.45. Cloudy all day after a heavy nights overnight frost, light NW wind. The highlight was a Great White Egret which appeared to get up off Canal Scrape early morning then continue south over the Warren and down the peninsula. Other birds seen included 36 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 115 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 14 auk sp, 2 Skylark, 77 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Snow Bunting. 25th November 2013 - Monday Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.30. Broken cloud with occasional light showers, a force 2 NW wind. A quiet day with a few birds to present including the first Snow Buntings ringed of the year. On the move were 57 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 39 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 97 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannet, 3 Bonxie, 2 Kittiwake, 25 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill. Birds present included 104 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 700 Brent, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 24 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 27 Moorhen, 44 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Redwing, 12 Snow Bunting. Snow Bunting. Tim Jones Snow Bunting. Tim Jones 24th November 2013 - Sunday Migration/sea-watch 07.45-11.45, 14.35-15.35. Overcast all day with a few light showers, a force 5-3 NW wind. Some more light passage over the sea, otherwise quiet. 25 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 11 Fulmar, 65 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 376 Kittiwake, 786 auk sp, 35 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill. Other birds seen included 105 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 710 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 295 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 32 Moorhen, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Firecrest at the Crown, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll. 23rd November 2013 - Saturday Migration/sea-watch 07.10-12.00. Cloudy all day with a few spots of rain, a cold force 1-2 NW wind. A nice surprise was a DUSKY WARBLER found just south of the breach in the road early morning but quickly disappeared south and not to be seen again. There was some light passage 13 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 203 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 4 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Twite. Other birds seen included 2 Whooper Swan, 108 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 530 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 254 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 131 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 13 Twite, 36 Snow Bunting. Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones 22nd November 2013 - Friday NO VEHICLE ACCESS BEYOND THE WARREN TO THE POINT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WALKING THE PENINSULA AND DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT WITH HIGH TIDES, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE YWT INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ABOUT TIMES OF TIDES High tides on 23rd are at 08.33 and 20.35. Migration/sea-watch 07.10-14.40. Sunny with odd showers late afternoon, with a cold force 4-2 NE-N wind. Again it was a good day over the sea, on the move were 6 Teal, 278 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck+ 1 on the Humber, 174 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 109 Gannet, 7 Fulmar inc 1 blue, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe in, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 112 Kittiwake, 361 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk. Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 102 Greylag Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Skylark south, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, the Firecrest, 8 Goldfinch and 14 Linnet south, 1 Snow Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer. 21st November 2013 - Thursday High tides on 22nd are 07.56 and 19.59. Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.40, 13.00-16.00. A cool day with a force 4 NE wind gusting 5, rain early morning with occasional showers during the day and sunny periods. A good day over the sea which included the highest Eider count since 1999! Over the sea were 73 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 6 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 258 Eider, 529 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 55 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar including 1 blue, 1 Manx Shearwater, 204 Gannet, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 889 Kittiwake, 472 auk sp, 16 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 161 Starling in off. Other birds present were 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 87 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling and 2 Yellowhammer. 20th November 2013 - Wednesday Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.35, 13.00-15.00. Rain until mid-morning then sunny spells in a cold force 4-3 NW wind. Another quiet day with most activity over the sea, 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 70 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 43 Oystercatcher, 35 Lapwing, 31 Dunlin, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 Blackbird, 2 Starling. 19th November 2013 - Tuesday Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30. A cold raw day with overnight frost, with odd shower in the afternoon, a force 2 NW-NNW wind. A quiet day, birds seen today included 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 79 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Woodcock, 13 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 2 Stonechat, 72 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 5 Blackcap and 2 Snow Bunting. 18th November 2013 - Monday Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.10. Cloudy all day with drizzle by midday and rain by early afternoon, a force 1 S- 2 NW wind. There was a good passage of wildfowl offshore which included 618 Wigeon, 630 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 293 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 117 Blackbird in, 14 Fieldfare in, 2 Song Thrush in , 29 Redwing in, 117 Starling in, 2 Snow Bunting. Other birds seen included 80 Greylag Geese, 1 Woodcock, 510 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, and 1 Firecrest. 17th November 2013 - Sunday Migration/sea-watch 07.10-08.30. A cloudy day with occasional drizzle and light variable winds. A quiet day but still some good numbers of Blackbirds (430), also present were a Scaup, 2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 41 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Firecrest, a Brambling, 2 Siskin, 84 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer. The only birds moving were 14 Pink-footed Geese, 63 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Lesser Redpoll. Firecrest. Ian Smith Firecrest. Ian Smith Stonechat. Ian Smith Stonechat. Ian Smith 16th November 2013 - Saturday Migration/sea-watches 07.20-11.00, 13.00-14.10. Another mild day with sunny spells mid-morning, in a force 2 SW – W wind. A Richard’s Pipit in Clubley’s Field which flew off south and a Shore Lark south were the main highlights, and other birds on the move south were 260 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 23 Eider, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 46 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goosander, 74 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Gannet, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 18 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 450 Blackbird in, 40 Fieldfare in, 85 Redwing in, 142 Starling in, 6 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 63 Linnet, 4 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting. Birds present included the Barred Warbler, 2 Whooper Swan, 148 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 180 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Brambling, 4 Siskin and 104 Snow Bunting. Scaup and Common Scoters. Ian Smith Scaup and Common Scoters. Ian Smith

  • Snow Buntings. Ian Smith

Friday, 15 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-11.45, 13.15-15.30. Bright and sunny but clouded over late afternoon, a force 1-2 NW-SW wind.
Firecrest by the Blue Bell sporting a ring may have been a bird from two weeks ago?, a Little Auk flew over Kilnsea Wetlands with a flock of Starlings, a Mealy Redpoll was by the Blue Bell and the Barred Warbler was still at the Warren.
Over the sea or moving south were 111 Pink-footed Geese, 13 Eider, 117 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Bonxie, 1 auk sp, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 30 Starling, 10 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present were 91 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting, 39 Snow Bunting and 5 Yellowhammer.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-12.00, 13.00-14.30. Mainly sunny with a few cloudy periods, a force 3-4 WNW-N wind.
There was some light passage offshore and a few birds coming in off the sea which included 140 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 72 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 5 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Shag, 22 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 89 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 8 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 47 auk sp, 29 Blackbird, 106 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 359 Starling, 1 Snow Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler which is now growing its tail back, 5 Whooper Swan, 65 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 210 Wigeon, 1 Blackcap.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. Richard Willison

  • the tail growing back on the ugliest Barred Warbler known to man! Richard Willison

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.55 – 09.15, 13.30-16.00. Broken cloud in the morning and a sunny afternoon, a force 2 WNW-NW wind.
The highlight of the day was an Iceland Gull at Kilnsea Wetlands before flying off north and was later seen just north of the gas site and then at Out Newton on the beach. Otherwise it was just another day of light passage – 11 Whooper Swan, 480 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 39 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Curlew, 4 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 208 Starling, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 100 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Snow Bunting.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00. Broken cloud in morning and sunny afternoon, a force 2 N-NW wind.
Only 314 Blackbirds were recorded today and other grounded migrants included 4 Woodcock, 4 Rock Pipit, a very late White Wagtail, a Stonechat, 32 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 34 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 35 Tree Sparrow, 18 Chaffinch and the Barred Warbler which is starting to re-grown its tail now!
There was some steady passage which included 1 Whooper Swan, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 88 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Eider, 1197 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 82 Red-throated Diver, 30 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 38 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 18 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 12 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 32 Linnet, 7 Twite, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Snow Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Whooper Swan, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 100 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Greenshank.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

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Migration/sea-watch 07.10-14.45. Overcast and raining from first light, stopped at 10am then overcast until the evening, a force 4-2 southerly wind.
A few features during the day, although the outstanding feature was the arrival of Blackbirds which were probably well underestimated. At least 1000 were present in the Triangle at first light, 400 were on Beacon Lane, 1200 were on the peninsula and 4375 came in off and moved through quickly west or left in the evening as it was getting dark, there were no counts for north of Kilnsea – the days log entry was 6975.
Other birds coming in off included 4 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 5 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 47 Black-headed Gull, 2 Skylark, 308 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 553 Redwing, 910 Starling.
Little Auk which flew south was the first of the year and it was a good day over the sea for wildfowl and wader passage, birds on the move included 3 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 264 Wigeon, 662 Teal, 27 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Scaup, 5 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 473 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 25 Goldeneye, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 38 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 172 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 15 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 250 Brent Geese, 50 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 700 Starling, 4 Snow Bunting and the Barred Warbler.

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  • Blackbirds coming in off the sea, to give a feel for the birds coming in off. John Hewitt

Sunday, 10 November 2013

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Migration/sea-watch-07.15-16.00. Early morning frost, with patchy cloud and a sunny afternoon, with a force 4-2 NW wind.
Again most action was over the sea, on the move were 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 166 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 27 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 60 Gannet, 1 Shag, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Sanderling, 1 Arctic Skua, 7 Bonxie, 30 Kittiwake, 73 auk sp, 5 Skylark, 1 alba Wagtail, 5 Starling, 5 Goldfinch and 6 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 250 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 16 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Siskin and 2 Twite.

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Saturday, 09 November 2013

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Migration-sea-07.15-16.00 . Overcast most of the day with some clear spells early afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Looking at the sea provided the best entertainment with birds moving south or coming in off the sea, 21 Goosanders flew south which is equal the highest day count, 9 Woodcock, 3 Blackbird, 19 Fieldfare, and 1238 Starlings came in off the sea. Other birds on the move were 49 Whooper Swans, 165 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 74 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 1 Scaup, 11 Eider, 139 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 64 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Bonxie, 1 Lesser B.B. Gull, 112 Herring Gull, 26 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 14 Skylark, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 20 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 15 Goldfinch, 69 Snow Bunting.
Birds present included 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 35 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Woodcock, 1 Stonechat, 30 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 7 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellowhammer.

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  • Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

  • Goosanders. Ian Smith

Friday, 08 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06.55-10.20, 13.20-15.20. Clear blue skies all morning, cloudy in the afternoon with rain late afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light passage, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 55 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 37 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 23 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 16 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 280 Starling in off, 2 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 54 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 11 Twite, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included the Barred Warbler, 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 38 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 51 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Scaup, 1 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Yellowhammer.

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Thursday, 07 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06.50-11.45, 14.00-16.00. Clear blue skies all day with a force 2 SW wind.
Another day of light passage, 17 Whooper Swan, 195 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 12 Teal, 80 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 66 Herring Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 69 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 46 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 336 Starling in off, 7 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 44 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 13 Linnet, 1 Twite, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Snow Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting. 
The Barred Warbler was still present and other birds included a Scaup, a Woodcock, a Greenshank, 16 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06.45- 12.00, 13.30-16.00. A cloudy day with some rain late afternoon, cold with a force 3-2 W-SW wind.
10 Woodcocks, 20 Blackbirds, 88 Fieldfare and 20 Redwings came in off the sea, otherwise it was mainly a day for sea-watching. On the move were 28 Whooper Swan, 17 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Scaup, 2 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 172 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 19 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 167 Herring Gull, 43 Great B.B.Gull.
Other birds seen included the long staying Barred Warbler, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 3 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 13 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

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Tuesday, 05 November 2013

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Sea-watch 06.45- 16.30. Overcast with passing showers in the morning remaining cloudy for the rest of the day, a force 1-3 S-NW wind.
Today’s highlight was a Bittern, which came in off the sea early morning, but the main feature of the day was a good arrival of thrushes particularly Blackbirds which started to arrive from mid-morning, an estimated 750 moved through and 131 were ringed. Also moving through were 4 Woodcock, 400 Fieldfare, 220 Redwing and 61 Starling.
The Firecrest was still in the churchyard, and the Barred Warbler was still at the Warren. Other migrants included 4 Woodcock, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest.
The sea produced some more birds – 13 Whooper Swans, 98 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 54 Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 4 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 324 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 234 Gannet, 26 Oystercatcher, 1 Pomarine Skua, 9 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 183 Herring Gull, 47 Great B.B.Gull, 16 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 5 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Snow Bunting.

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  • Fieldfare. Tim Jump

Monday, 04 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06.45- 12.00, 13.15-13.45, 15.00-16.15. Clear blue skies all morning with cloud building in the afternoon, the first cold day of the autumn with a force 2 WNW-NW wind.
There was very little expectancy this morning but what turned out to be a good day with plenty of variety if a bit slow going. The highlight was only Spurn’s 5th (and second this year) AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a juvenile which dropped into Kilnsea Wetlands for 15 minutes, showed very well then did a bunk south on its own. The Barred Warbler was still at the Warren and the Firecrest still in the churchyard. A Kingfisher was on Church Field pond and other birds present included 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 18 Robin, 50 Blackbird, 113 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 41 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Twite, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Snow Bunting.
The sea produced a few birds most notably 2 Black-throated and 2 Great Northern Divers, and a Long-tailed Duck, but also on the move were 137 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Brent Geese, 38 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Pochard, 1 Eider, 78 Common Scoter, 10 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 214 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 4 Arctic Skua, 12 Black-headed Gull, 75 Common Gull, 182 Herring Gull, 44 Great B.B.Gull, 116 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 17 Stock Dove, 32 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 20 Tree Sparrow, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting.
The first Twite (7) ringed of the year were the highlight for the ringers.

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  • juvenile American Golden Plover. Tim Jones

  • 1st yr male Twite - the first ringed in 2013. Tim Jones

Sunday, 03 November 2013

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Migration/sea-watch-07.05-16.25. Mainly clear blue skies but very blustery all day with a force 5-6 SW wind, sea-watching was the main task of the day.
On the move were 14 Whooper Swan, 39 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 2 Eider, 32 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 17 Snipe in, 2 Woodcock in, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 400 Black-headed Gull, 305 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1730 Herring Gull, 147 Great B.B.Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 67 Fieldfare in, 1 Redwing in, 35 Starling in, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 3 Twite, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen were 160 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, the Black Brant, 65 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 26 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, a Firecrest at Kew, and a Lapland Bunting over Beacon Ponds.

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Saturday, 02 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06.50-16.30. Broken cloud in the morning which clouded over by mid-day and heavy rain in the afternoon, then cleared for a sunny evening, force 1-2 SE wind, veered S-SW and picked up to force 5 by the evening.
The grotty looking Barred Warbler was still present at the Warren, but the bird of the day for one observer at least was 2 Long-tailed Tits at Chalk Bank, which is only the second record this year, the last being in January! The only other grounded migrants were 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock (2 in off), 29 Robin, 40 Blackbird, 55 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 22 Goldcrest, 20 Reed Bunting.
There was some light passage – 5 Whooper Swan, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 8 Eider, 380 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 6 Goosander, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 124 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 7 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 21 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 41 Rock Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 46- Starling in off, 19 Tree Sparrow, 21 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 102 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 6500 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank.

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  • Snow Bunting. Rich Swales

Friday, 01 November 2013

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Migration-sea-06,50-11.00. Broken clouds in the morning, clouded over with drizzle from mid-day and rain from mid-afternoon, a force 2 SW wind.
Passage was a little better than yesterday including a Sand Martin which we didn’t record in October! Other totals were 15 Whooper Swans, 60 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jack Snipe, 126 Black-headed Gull, 239 Herring Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, 85 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 16 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 7 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 25 Tree Sparrow, 38 Chaffinch, 23 Greenfinch, 234 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 31 Linnet, 10 Twite, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 156 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose, 158 Brent with 2 Pale-bellied and the Black Brant, 18 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 4 Stonechat, 22 Fiieldfare, 3 Redwing, the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest in the Kew/churchyard area, 1 Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

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Migration-sea-06.40-16.00. Cloudy for most of the morning, brightening up in the afternoon, very light SW wind, which picked up to force 3 in the afternoon.
With hardly any wind to start with passage was very light today, only 29 Whooper Swans flew south, while other birds moving were 63 Pink-footed Geese, 47 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 1 Pochard, 3 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 157 Herring Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 648 Fieldfare in, 8 Redwing in, 222 Starling in, 11 Tree Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet, 12 Twite, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting in, 4 Reed Bunting.
The flock of 156 Greylag Geese returned to Kilnsea Wetlands with the Canada Goose, with the Black Brant and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, also there were 11 Pink-footed Geese, 180 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Scaup, other birds seen were a Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 6 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, the Barred Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Snow Bunting.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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Migration-sea-06.30-12.30, 13.20-16.20. Clear blue skies to start and a few broken clouds throughout the rest of the day, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Another excellent day for passage with lots of variety, including the first 2 Bewick’s Swans of the year, the day record for Whooper Swan was broken again when 160 flew south, a Great Grey Shrike flew south from the Triangle, past Numpties and continued south down the peninsula not to be seen again, a Hen Harrier flew north then south and birds started coming in off the sea from late morning.
The other totals of birds moving south or coming in off were 600 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 7 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Shovler, 1 Scaup, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 207 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 107 Stock Dove, 40 Woodpigeon, 386 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 43 Meadow Pipit, 89 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 438 Fieldfare, 140 Redwing, 18 Jackdaw, 57 Rook, 5 Starling, 142 Tree Sparrow, 21 Chaffinch, 31 Greenfinch, 243 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 51 Linnet, 3 Twite, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer, 17 Reed Bunting.
The Barred Warbler was still present, 2 Firecrests were at Kew and other migrants included 2 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Twite, 5 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present were 150 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine.

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  • Whooper Swans. Ian Smith

  • Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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Migration-sea-06.40-13.30, 14.30-16.30. Clear blue skies to start, clouding over for a couple of hours then clear skies again, a force 3 WSW wind.
Greylag Geese are of very little interest to most people reading this, but to Spurn regulars, a flock of 154at Kilnsea Wetlands was more than double the previous record and nearly 3 times better than the next best count. Saying that they have probably only come from somewhere else in East Yorkshire but it was a nice sight for some of us!!!
Another good day for passage with another excellent count of Whooper Swans (92) taking the total so far this autumn to 438, which is 120 more than has ever been recorded flying south at Spurn in an autumn! Other birds moving were 201 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 4 Eider, 5 Common Scoter 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, 39 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, a male Hen Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Knot, 1 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1392 Black-headed Gull, 260 Common Gull, 475 Herring Gull, 33 Great B.B.Gull, 10 auk sp, 25 Stock Dove, 47 Woodpigeon, 234 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 69 Meadow Pipit, 94 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 20 Starling, 185 Tree Sparrow, 45 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 327 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 40 Linnet, 5 Twite, 56 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer, 17 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 7 Pink-footed Geese, a Canada Goose, 110 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Goosander, 1 Merlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, the Barred Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting.

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  • Black Brant. Tim Jones

  • Greylag Geese. Tim Jones

  • Greylag Geese. Tim Jones

Monday, 28 October 2013

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Sea-watch 07.00-17.00. Persistent rain until mid-day then cleared to leave a sunny afternoon, the wind never got up as it was forecast to and was a force 3+ SW wind.
The ten hour sea-watch produced very little, the best being 57 Whooper Swans, but also 175 Pink-footed Geese, 16 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 67 Gannet, 153 Black-headed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 48 auk sp, 10 Razorbill, 35 Skylark, 4 Rock Pipit.
The only other birds seen were 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 12 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Siskin, 25 Lesser Redpoll and a Mealy Redpoll.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

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Migration-sea-watch 06.30-11.00, 14.00-17.00. Some drizzle to start with, remaining mainly cloudy with some sunny spells, strengthening force 3-5 gusting 6 SW wind by the evening.
Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south and then returned north to Long Bank, the Black Brant was still at Beacon Ponds with 280 Dark-bellied and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, a Pintail and a Scaup. On the move were 12 Whooper Swan, 40 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 34 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 89 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 44 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 188 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

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Migration-sea-watch 07.30-14.00. Rain stayed off for most of the day, a mixed day of sunshine and heavy cloud with a freshening force 3 gusting 5 SW wind.
The highlight for most was Spurn’s sixth GLOSSY IBIS which was first seen at Beacon Ponds before flying to the Humber shore at Sammy’s Point where it spent a while feeding in the saltmarsh before eventually flying up river and landing near Welwick. Also a Pallas’s Warbler was found at Sammy’s Point in the afternoon which showed well. The Barred Warbler was still at the Warren but there was no sign of the Dusky Warbler. Other migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
Passage started slow but some decent totals were achieved by the end of the morning including more Whooper Swans (68), 37 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 31 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 71 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 45 Meadow Pipit, 89 Rock Pipit, 13 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 420 Tree Sparrow, 66 Chaffinch, 50 Greenfinch, 438 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 118 Linnet, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Scaup, 6 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank.

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  • Glossy Ibis. Tim Jones

  • Glossy Ibis. Tim Jones

  • Pallas's Warbler. Ian Smith

Friday, 25 October 2013

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Sea-watching 07.30-17.30. Rain for most of the morning and a fresh force 3 SE wind, the wind switched to SW and the skies cleared.
The weather didn’t really make for good birding today and didn’t produce any passage or any real new arrivals. The Dusky Warbler was seen again late afternoon, the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren and the Firecrest was trapped in Church Field, a Hawfinch was seen in Easington, otherwise the only migrants were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 30 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 18 Fieldfare, 46 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest.
The sea produced a few bits but nothing to get excited about – 22 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 27 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 12 Eider, 22 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 64 Gannet, 1 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, 37 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill. Coming in off and moving south were 9 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 16 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 154 Starling, 35 Chaffinch and a Brambling.
Other birds present included 3 Jack Snipe and a Spotted Redshank.

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  • Firecrest. Ian Smith

Thursday, 24 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-17.00. A very nice warm sunny day with very few clouds and a force 2-3 SW-W wind in the morning switching to the SE in the afternoon.
It was an excellent day for passage with the Whooper Swan record of [117] being smashed, when 155were counted moving south, the largest flock being 44. But there was also good numbers and variety of other species, the totals were 3 White-fronted Geese, 530 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Pintail, 205 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 29 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 158 Black-headed Gull, 35 Common Gull, 210 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 65 Great B.B.Gull, 18 Stock Dove, 126 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 473 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 361 Meadow Pipit, 54 Rock Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 20 Jackdaw, 56 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 414 Tree Sparrow, 25 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 63 Greenfinch, 838 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin, 31 Linnet, 4 Twite, 28 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 58 Reed Bunting.
The Dusky Warbler was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box, the Yellow-browed Warblers was still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren. But there was also a fresh arrival of migrants including a Firecrest in the churchyard, and at least 9 Stonechats, other totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 66 Robin, 55 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 126 Redwing, 30 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 31 Goldcrest.
Other birds included the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brant, a Scaup, 5 Little Egret, 1 Merlin and a Water Rail.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. Simon Jump

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.40-13.40. A cloudy morning with squally showers around but not touching down on the peninsula until lunchtime, a sunny afternoon followed and a force 4 SW-W wind dropping to 2 in the evening.
The Dusky Warbler was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. The Yellow-browed Warblers was still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and the Great Grey Shrike was seen at the north side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 105 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 130 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 1150 Starling and a Lapland Bunting.
Passage took a while to get going but it was nice and steady and some decent totals by early late morning, the most notable was what appeared to be a Common Swift which went south and other totals were 117 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 51 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 36 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 4 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 3 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 146 Skylark, 22 Swallow, 23 House Martin, 56 Meadow Pipit, 79 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 78 Starling in off, 250 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 36 Greenfinch, 534 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 89 Linnet, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll, 31 Reed Bunting.
The only other birds seen were 2 Merlin and a Greenshank.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-10.30. Cloudy all day with rain until early afternoon, a force 3 SSW wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and the Great Grey Shrike was still at the south side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were 2 Jack Snipe, 30 Robin, a Black Redstart, 105 Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 125 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, and 3 Brambling.
The only passage noted in the poor weather was 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 3 Little Gull, 11 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail.
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds and the only other birds of note were 4 Little Egret, and 3 Water Rail.

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Monday, 21 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-10.45, 14.00-16.00. A cloudy morning with heavy rain between 10.30 and 14.30, leaving it overcast afterwards, a force 2 SSW wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. a Yellow-browed Warblerswas still at Kew and the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again and a Great Grey Shrike was seen at the south side of the gas terminal. The only other migrants noted were a Woodcock, a few scattered thrushes, 9 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, and 2 Brambling.
Passage was good before the rain set in with 31 Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 16 Eider, 51 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 44 Woodpigeon, 28 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 88 Meadow Pipit, 30 Rock Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 22 Redwing, 8 Rook, 410 Starling, 220 Tree Sparrow, 33 Chaffinch, 51 Greenfinch, 623 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 150 Linnet, 41 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 42 Reed Bunting
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds and the only other birds of note were 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, and 1 Jack Snipe.

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.20-13.45. Long sunny spells with cloudy periods, a force 3-2 S wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still present in Canal Hedge by the pill box, the Barred Warbler was seen several times at the Warren, and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were heard at the Warren and Crown & Anchor, the only new migrants today were a Firecrest at post 62 and a Treecreeper in the churchyard.
Migrant totals were much reduced, 3 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Robin, 90 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 150 Redwing, 24 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest and 9 Brambling.
Passage was steady but very good for Rock Pipits again (111), other totals were 95 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 14 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, the first Long-tailed Duck of the autumn, 57 Common Scoter, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodcock, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Common Tern, 112 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 71 Meadow Pipit, 8 alba Wagtail, 8 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 173 Starling, 170 Tree Sparrow, 18 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 46 Greenfinch, 417 Goldfinch, 23 Siskin, 86 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 27 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

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  • More of the Dusky Warbler, one from today Richard Willison

Saturday, 19 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.00-11.30.
A new photograph has come to ligthand proved theCoue's Arctic Redpoll to be a Mealy.
There was no sign of the bluetail today, but the DUSKY WARBLER was present in Canal Hedge by the pill box. Four new Yellow-browed Warblers arrived, at the Warren, Crown car park, Point and Vicar’s Lane, Easington. A Richard’s Pipit flew over the Point, a Great Grey Shrike was found at the south side of the gas terminal, the Barred Warbler was seen at the Warren again, a Shore Lark flew north over the Warren, a Hawfinch was seen at Kew, 
The Black Brant was seen again at Beacon Ponds along with yet another addition to the burgeoning year list – a juvenile White-fronted Goose
Migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 56 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzel, 310 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare, 32 Song Thrush, 400 Redwing, 38 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 36 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 35 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 45 Brambling, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 25 Wigeon, 104 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 9 Eider, 176 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 23 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 28 Meadow Pipit, 32 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1400 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 26 Brambling, 43 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill, 8 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

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  • Mealy Redpoll. Mark Askew. This is a new photo of the 'Arctic Redpoll' , which is much clearer and shows the rump in much better light, proving it to be a Mealy!

  • Mealy Redpoll. Mark Askew. This is a new photo of the 'Arctic Redpoll' , which is much clearer and shows the rump in much better light, proving it to be a Mealy!

  • Juv White-fronted Goose. Mick Turton

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Mick Turton

  • Dusky Warbler. Adam Hutt

Friday, 18 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watching 07.30-12.30. Cloudy all day with just a glimpse of the sun, a force 1-3 SE wind.
There was an obvious clear out of migrants overnight, but it appeared new ones were starting to arrive, so when a new DUSKY WARBLER was found at the east end of the Canal, hopes were raised. And it proved so when Marcus found a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at the Point, just reward for tramping up and down the Point all week, the bird showed well behind the heligoland trap and was ringed late afternoon. A new Hawfinch dropped into the Crown car park before continuing north-west. Thrushes started to arrive from early afternoon but it was apparent that more were going over higher than we could see.
Migrant totals today included 3 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 49 Robin, 2 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 350 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 900 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 41 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 48 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 45 Brambling, 4 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Snow Bunting, 47 Reed Bunting. 
It was a good morning for passage although different species and numbers to yesterday, two days never seem the same at Spurn, who knows what tomorrow will bring. The passage totals are 1 Whooper Swan, 32 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Mallard, 5 Eider, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 93 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 169 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 125 Starling, 11 House Sparrow, 160 Tree Sparrow, 31 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 65 Greenfinch, 692 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 43 Linnet, 14 Redpoll, 1 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting, 12 Yellowhammer and 36 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were a Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • 1st yr female Red-flanked Bluetail.

  • 1st yr female Red-flanked Bluetail.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Sue Hepton

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Sue Hepton

  • Dusky Warbler. Tim Jones

Thursday, 17 October 2013

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Vis-mig 07.30-13.00, clear blue skies for most of the day with a force 3 WNW-1 S wind.
There was a clear out of many migrants but still a few remained, including the Little Bunting at Sammy’s Point, the Barred Warbler in the Crown car park and the one at the Warren put in another brief appearance, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at the Point and a Great Grey Shrike was in the Sheep Field. 
Common totals included 7 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10 Swallow,100 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 215 Blackbird, 16 Fieldfare, 50 Song Thrush, 695 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 31 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 32 Chiffchaff, 32 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 32 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 14 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 40 Reed Bunting.
Passage was different to what we were expecting, the wind was slightly north of west and the predominant species were Skylark coming in off and turning south (411) and Rock Pipits coming in off and carrying on north-west (147). Other birds on the move were 460 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 11 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 34 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 106 Meadow Pipit, 5 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 215 Tree Sparrow, 16 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 335 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 27 Linnet, 17 Lesser Redpoll, 32 Reed Bunting. 
There were 4 Whooper Swans at Long Bank while other birds present included 5 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Snow Bunting. Rob Adams

  • Rock Pipit. The real Tim Jones

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-13.00, 14.00-15.00, 17.30-18.30. Sunny start then slowly clouding over and rain by late afternoon, a force 4-5-3 WSW wind.
Sad news today that the GREAT SNIPE was unfortunately found dead in the garden of Warrenby Cottage just after first light, evidence suggests that the bird was killed by a cat, with its tail missing and its chest ripped open. The bird had never appeared moribund despite what some people (who didn’t even see the bird) have suggested. It was feeding well throughout its stay and was probably a bird that had never seen a human or natural predator.
It was another good day for Meadow Pipit passage with 5075 counted flying south by 13.00 hrs and 567 trapped and ringed at Wire Dump. Other birds on the move were 41 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Teal, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, an Osprey at 10.55, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper in and west, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Sand Martin, 9 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 29 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 50 Wigeon, 2 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, a Rock Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest.

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  • Osprey. Mick Sharpe

  • Yellow Wagtails. Tim Jump

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

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Migration-watch 07.30-13.15. Cloudy with some sunny spells then rain ruined the afternoon and a the wind picked up from a force 3 SE to force 4-5 SW wind.
New birds today included a Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Point and a Little Bunting in Church Field, with the 1 at Sammy’s Point. There were still 4 
Great Grey Shrikes in the area, and a Hawfinch in Church Field.
Common migrants included 7 Jack Snipes, 9 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Rock Pipit, 115 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 8 Ring Ouzel, 225 Blackbird, 125 Fieldfare, 76 Song Thrush, 910 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 47 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 45 Chiffchaff, 65 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 85 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Mealy Redpoll.
Southerly passage was quite good considering the wind, 3 Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 57 Common Scoter, 9 Cormorant, 5 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 202 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 195 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 19 Brambling, 90 Greenfinch, 476 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 111 Linnet, 9 Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 30 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

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  • Mealy Redpoll. Ron Egan

  • Redwing. Tim Jump

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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Sea-watching 07.15-08.50. Cloudy with rain to start, clearing to leave sunny spells, a force 3 NW—N wind.
The DUSKY WARBLER was still at the west end of the Canal, c100 metres south of Cliff Farm, although elusive. There was a new Little Bunting at post 21 and the one at Sammy’s Point again. A Richard’s Pipit was seen at the Lighthouse, the Barred Warbler was still in the Crown car park, but there were only 5 Great Grey Shrikes seen today and 1 Hawfinch was trapped at Kew, a Firecrest was seen at the Warren.
Common migrant totals included 6 Jack Snipe, 11 Woodcock, 2 Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 13 Rock Pipit, 225 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 490 Blackbird, 106 Fieldfare, 195 Song Thrush, 2130 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 78 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 120 Chiffchaff, 115 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 50 Brambling, 8 Siskin, 1 Twite, 22 Lesser Redpoll, 49 Mealy Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer and 66 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Bonxie, 4 Swallow, 19 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 200 Starling, 35 Chaffinch, 41 Brambling, 15 Greenfinch, 120 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen were 8 Pintail, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank.

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  • Great Grey Shrike. Simon Jump

  • Mealy Redpoll. Tim Jones

  • Barred Warbler. Bob Thompson

Monday, 14 October 2013

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Migration/sea-watch 07.30-08.00, 12.45-13.30. Overcast with showers in the morning, a force 2-3 E wind. 
The DUSKY WARBLER was still at the west end of the Canal, c100 metres south of Cliff Farm, there were still 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, 1 at Sammy’s Point on the Humber banking east of the car park and 1 on Green Lane. A Quail was flushed at the Lighthouse 2 Barred Warblers with 1 in the Crown car park, and 1 trapped and ringed at the Warren. A Richard’s Pipit was at Sammy’s Point in the afternoon, there were at least 10 Great Grey Shrikein the area, there were 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (Crown car park, Sammy’s Point and the Point), at least 5 Hawfinches (1 Point, 2 Church Field to Kilnsea, 1 Green Lane, 1 gas terminal, a ‘Northern’ Treecreeper was still at the Warren, a Firecrestalso in the area and 3 Waxwings flew south over Rose Cottage. 
Common migrants included 9 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owls, 1 Kingfisher, 7 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 60 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 400 Robin, 12 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 32 Ring Ouzel, 1160 Blackbird, 180 Fieldfare, 130 Song Thrush, 2100 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 85 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 126 Chiffchaff, 200 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 35 Chaffinch, 280 Brambling, 17 Siskin, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 55 Mealy Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Yellowhammer, 27 Reed Bunting.
There was some steady passage which included 2 Greylag Geese, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 40 Gannet, 3 Ruff, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 47 Skylark, 16 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 100 Greenfinch, 97 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer.

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  • Richard's Pipit. Justin Carr

  • Hawfinch. Jan Crowther

  • Great Grey Shrike. Sue Hepton

  • Black Redstart. Richard Willison

  • Barred Warbler. Tim Jones

Sunday, 13 October 2013

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Sea-watching 07.00-10.15. Over cast for most of the day with broken cloud mid-morning, heavy rain in the morning and evening, a force 3-4 NNE-NE wind.
Another superb day at Spurn, the main highlight being 2 DUSKY WARBLERS, 1 at the west end of the Canal 100 yards south of Cliff Farm, and one trapped and ringed at Kew Villa and shown in Church Field; there were also 3 LITTLE BUNTINGS seen one still on Green Lane, and new ones at Chalk Bank and Sammy’s Point; a Pallas’s Warbler was at post 31; 2 ‘Northern’ Treecreeper at the Warren with another of undetermined race in Canal Hedge; at least 12 Great Grey Shrikes were in the area (a new modern day record); a Barred Warbler in the hedge opposite the churchyard later moved into Church Field; aQuail flushed twice in the Clubley’s Field area is the latest ever record at Spurn; 5 Hawfinches 3 in the Kew area and 2 at the Point, this equals the previous day record; 2 Yellow-browed Warbler 1 in the Crown car park and 1 at the Narrows; a Firecrest was in the Kew area; and there were at least 50Mealy Redpoll were in the area and 11 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers also in the area.
Common migrant totals were also impressive again, 10 Jack Snipe, 7 Woodcock, 3 Short-eared Owl, 32 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 330 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 29 Ring Ouzel, 815 Blackbird, 415 Fieldfare, 230 Song Thrush, 4940 Redwing, 20 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 44 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 210 Chiffchaff, 190 Goldcrest, 28 Chaffinch, 670 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 80 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill sp, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 42 Reed Bunting.
Over the sea today were 48 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 40 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 119 Gannet, 2 Shag, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 6 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank and a Little Owl.

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  • Hawfinch. Richard Willison

  • 'northern' Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Willison

  • Little Bunting. Tim Jones

  • Little Bunting. Bob Thompson

Saturday, 12 October 2013

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Sea-watching 07.20-10.30. Overcast with passing showers all day and a force 4-5 NE-E-NE wind.
Every site on the east coast of Britain seems to have shared in the spoils of this superb arrival of migrants hitting the coast and Spurn didn’t disappoint.
Firstly the rare and scarce birds. A RED-THROATED PIPIT flew south over the Canal calling at 17.10 heading towards the Warren. A LITTLE BUNTING on Green Lane on the west side of the riding school in Easington late afternoon. 2 ‘Northern’ Treecreeper was trapped and ringed at the Warren, and a British race bird was also at the Point. A minimum of 7 Great Grey Shrikes were present which is equal the modern day record (one still in the Triangle, 2 between Chalk Bank and Potato Fields, 2 at the Warren, 1 north of the gas terminal and 1 at Sammy’s Point car park). A Mealy Redpoll in the churchyard was yet another addition to the year list, but 13 had been seen by the end of the day. A Richard’s Pipit was at Sammy’s Point before flying south to the Riverside Hotel, a Woodlark south over Kew Villa. 3 Hawfinches in the area, with one south from Canal Hedge in the morning and 2 at Cliff Farm in the late afternoon. A Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington by the White House at the north end of Green Lane. A Firecrest at the Crown car park. A Black Brant at Kilnsea Wetlands is the first ever autumn record of this race.
There were also very good numbers of common migrants grounded, the conservative estimates put down in the log which took nearly two hours to do tonight are shown here: 11 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 46 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 16 Pied Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 385 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 16 Ring Ouzel, 390 Blackbird, 200 Fieldfare, 4250Redwing, 34 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 43 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 205Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 365 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 62 Chaffinch, 630 Brambling, 18 Siskin, 32 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting.
The sea was productive when it was looked at, on the move were 12 Whooper Swan, 49 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 43 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 355 Gannet, Long-tailed Skua, 9 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 6 Guillemot.
Other birds seen during the day included 180 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 122 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank and a Mediterranean Gull.

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  • 'Northern' Treecreeper. Richard Willison

  • 'Northern' Treecreeper. Richard Willison

  • Mealy Redpoll. Richard Willison

  • Great Grey Shrike. Richard Willison

Friday, 11 October 2013

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Sea-watch 06.30-18.00. Cloudy all day with heavy showers in the morning, a force 4-5 NE wind.
A superb day with more good sea-watching and an excellent arrival of migrants including two new additions to the year list taking the total to 250. The first was 2 Pallas’s Warblers found at the Point early morning and then a Great Grey Shrike in the Triangle mid-morning. A Northern (familiaris) Treecreeper was found at the Warren, a Richard’s Pipit was seen in Clubley’s Field, a Hawfinch was seen in the Rose Cottage to Kew area, 2 ‘Northern’ Great Spotted Woodpeckers were ringed out of five seen, the first for many years. 
Common migrants totals included a Water Rail found dead at Potato Fields, 8 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, the first (4) Woodcocks and the first Long-eared Owl of the autumn at the Point, 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 78 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 18 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 205 Fieldfare, 4875 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 69 Goldcrest, 33 Chaffinch, 270 Brambling, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Snow Bunting and 20 Reed Bunting.
The sea was also good with 8 more Leach’s Petrel’s flying north, other totals over the sea included 117 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 624 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 60 Fulmar (inc 2 Blue phase), 56 Sooty Shearwater, 22 Manx Shearwater, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 17 Arctic Skua, 127 Bonxie (85 N, 42 S), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 22 Little Gull, 26 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Commic Tern, 30 auk sp, 4 Guillemot.

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  • Leach's Petrel. Tim Jones

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-18.10. Cloudy with showers throughout the day, very windy with a force 7 N wind. This wind hampered birding, most efforts were spent watching the sea and proved very worthwhile.
Another addition to the year list was a Grey Phalarope which flew north at 15.25, 6 Leach’s Petrels flew north, singles at 10.50, 11.56, 13.05, 13.45 and 2 at 15.50; 1 Red-necked Grebe flew north and 10 Pomarine Skuas flew south. More regular birds over the sea included 1 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 250 Common Scoter, 16 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 86 Sooty Shearwater, 49 Manx Shearwater, 225 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 32 Arctic Skua, 27 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 48 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 41 auk sp, 5 Guillemot and a Razorbill.
A very early Waxwing was seen at Kew, was the earliest ever by two days, a record standing since 1965, is this the first in the UK this autumn? Other migrants were very hard to see in the windy conditions – 4 Short-eared Owls, 3 Rock Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, the first 3 Fieldfares of the autumn, 10 Song Thrush, 56 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 36 Brambling, and a Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen today were 8 Barnacle Geese north up the Humber, 280 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, and a Little Owl.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sea-watch 05.40-19.20. Heavy cloud all day with rain for most of it, a force 5 gusting 7 NW-N wind. It was a day for sea-watching, the highlight was a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew south at 15.45 and took the year list to 240. Also a juvenile and adult Long-tailed Skua flew south and other totals were 16 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 70 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 292 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1355 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 162 Arctic Skua, 13 Bonxie, 13 Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern, 18 auk sp, 2 Puffin and a Swift.
The only migrants seen were a Tree Pipit, a Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. Other birds seen included a Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 14.30-18.00. Sunny spells, with showers in the afternoon, a breezy force 4 W-NW wind.
Yellow-browed Warblerand Firecrest still in the churchyard, but the only other grounded migrants were a Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and a Siskin.
There was a reasonable passage south including the first two Whooper Swans of the autumn, 230 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Teal, 8 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 285 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 17 auk sp, 47 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 33 House Martin, 238 Meadow Pipit, 19 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 1 House Sparrow, 248 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 22 Greenfinch, 307 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 91 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting, 19 Reed Bunting.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler

Tuesday, 08 October 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-16.30. Warm and sunny with occasional clouds, a force 3 SW-W wind.
A good passage included the first Shore Lark of the year flying south, an Osprey and a possible male Two-barred Crossbill! Other passage totals were 101 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 3 Pintail, 52 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 44 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 36 House Martin, 186 Meadow Pipit, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 170 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 54 Greenfinch, 435 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 191 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Common Crossbill and 23 Reed Bunting.
There were still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers (Kew/gas terminal) and 2 Firecrests at Kew. Other birds seen were 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, a Little Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 2 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Brambling.

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  • Jack Snipe. Ron Egan

  • Merlin. John Brattan

Monday, 07 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-11.30. Sunny with some cloudy spells, a force 1-4 SW-WSW wind.
Still 3 Yellow-browed Warblers (Churchyard, white house and gas terminal in Easington), 3 Firecrest (1 Point, 2 Churchyard), otherwise it was quiet with 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 30 Robin, 3 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 17 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting. 
Passage was light – 4 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 8 Dunlin, 20 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 87 Meadow Pipit, 17 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 168 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 146 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 110 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 36 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Firecrest. Tim Jones

Sunday, 06 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-11.15, 13.30-16.00. Mainly blue skies but some cloud at times, a very nice warm day with a force 2 WSW-SW wind.
Little Bunting was seen on the north side of the gas terminal mid-morning but not after, and a confusing buteo which showed many pro Rough-leg features, including long wings and flying on flat wings with primaries dipped, but not a classic plumage wise, for now will be put down as a Buzzard sp., it flew south-west across the Triangle and then the Humber. Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Kew and Easington gas terminal, and there were 3 Firecrests in the Kew area. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 40 Robin, 6 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 71 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 8 Brambling, 2 Twite, 5 Lesser Redpoll.
There was some good passage which included 788 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Geese, 35 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Dunlin, 206 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 390 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 8 Rook, 3 House Sparrow, 210 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 42 Greenfinch, 61 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 116 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 90 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 200 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 3 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 6 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • considered by most to be a pale juvenile Common Buzzard. Tim Jones

  • considered by most to be a pale juvenile Common Buzzard. Tim Jones

  • Firecrest. Tim Jones

Saturday, 05 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-09.30, 11.00-12.00. A warm day, sunny spells and bouts of heavy cloud, a force 2-3 W-NW-W wind.
The locustella was finally trapped and proved to be a Grasshopper Warbler, but there were a few new arrivals including a Red-breasted Flycatcher which showed very well at times in the churchyard and the one was still on the south side of the gas terminal, 5 Firecrests (1 Point, 2 post 60, 1 Canal Hedge, 1 churchyard), a Yellow-browed Warbler was at the churchyard and one still at Easington gas terminal, a British race Coal Tit was caught at the Warren and the first 3 Twite of the autumn.
Common migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 50 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 13 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 56 Song Thrush, 27 Redwing, a Reed Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 16 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
Passage was reasonable but birds were moving high and many probably missed, 450 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 190 Skylark, 105 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 625 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 12 Grey Wagtail, 30 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 110 Tree Sparrow, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 40 Siskin, 50 Linnet, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting.
A very late Wood Sandpiper was seen at Kilnsea Wetlands, and other birds seen during the day were 120 Wigoen, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

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  • Coal Tit. Tim Jones

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Richard Willison

  • The Grasshopper Warbler. Adam Hutt

Friday, 04 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 11.45-12.45, 14.00-15.30. A mixed day with sunshine, cloudy periods and showers, warm and a force 3 SSE-SW wind.
possible/probable Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler has been seen in flight on about 3 occasions at Chalk Bank. A brown, not olive streaked locaustella with a big broad tail was flushed initially but couldn’’t be relocated, it was then seen a couple more times later in the day and white tips to its tail were seen.
Yellow-browed Warblers were still on the south side of the gas terminal a new bird was by the Church late afternoon, a Firecrest was in Canal Hedge. while other common migrant totals were a Tree Pipit, 42 Robin, 14 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 108 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 13 Brambling.
Birds on the move were 5 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 22 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 7 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 346 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 52 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 56 Brambling, 88 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 112 Linnet, 62 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern.

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Thursday, 03 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-10.30, 11.30-12.00, 16.00-17.00. Cloudy all day with some heavy showers late afternoon, a force SE wind picked up to 4 in the afternoon.
Scarce migrants today were a Richard’s Pipit at the Point, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher (a new one at post 55, one still on the south side of the gas terminal), 2 Yellow-browed Warblers on the south side of the gas terminal and 2 Firecrests (in Canal Hedge).
Common migrant were down despite better conditions for searching, the totals were 3 Jack Snipe, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 70 Robin, 2 Black Redstart (1st of autumn), 16 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 235 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 26 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
There was some good passage considering the winds, on the move south were 1 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 43 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 31 not, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 86 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 490 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 85 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 73 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 320 Linnet and 28 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 302 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 205 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Ruff, 1 Spottd Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Marsh Harrier scaring the Starlings. Sue Hepton

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 55. Simon Jump

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Sea-watches 06.30-08.30, 11.45-13.00, 13.30-15.00, 16.40-17.40. Heavy cloud all day with a force 5 SE wind.
The Olive-backed Pipit was seen again at the Warren, it was only seen early on and then there was a report of it being seen in flight and landing in the Triangle in the afternoon.
The elusive Barred Warbler showed again at post 62, 4 Yellow-browed Warblerw were seen (Point/Church Field and 2 at Easington gas terminal), the Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen again at Easington gas terminal and 3 Firecrests were seen (Canal Hedge/Warren/Easington gas terminal).
Common migrant totals were a 2 Jack Snipe, Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 67 Robin, 15 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 375 Song Thrush, 23 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Chaffinch, 46 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
Birds moving included 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Goosander, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 285 Gannet, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Knot, 26 Dunlin, 1 Arctic Skua, 23 Bonxie, 11 Little Gull, 132 Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser B.B.Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 13 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 1 alba Wagtail.
Other birds present 2 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank.

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  • Ring Ouzel. Tim Jones

  • Firecrest. Alan Whitehead

Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-08.00, 08.40-09.20, 16.40-17.20. Sunny spells with varying amounts of cloud, a force 4 gusting 5 E-SE wind.
The days highlight was an Olive-backed Pipit at the Warren, it favoured the grass by the saltmarsh and occasionally showed well on the wires on in the grass, it was trapped and ringed only the second to be ringed at Spurn, the first one ringed was the first bird at Spurn in 1981.
Other scarce migrants included a Richard’s Pipit mobile between the saltmarsh and Walker Butts, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Canal Hedge and 1 trapped and ringed in Church Field), and 2 Firecrests(Canal Hedge and gas terminal).
There was another increase in most common migrants: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 76 Robin, 14 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 9 Ring Ouzel, 585 Song Thrush, 71 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 17 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Chaffinch, 90 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting.
Birds on the move included 10 Teal, 55 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 112 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 3 Ruff, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Commic Tern, 11 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Tree Sparrow and 35 Brambling.
Other birds seen were 15 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank and 6 Greenshank.

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  • Olive-backed Pipit in the hand. Alan Whitehead

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Garry Taylor

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Garry Taylor

Monday, 30 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-08.30, 09.00-10.30. A cloudy morning which broke up late morning, but clouded over again in the evening, a force 4 E wind.
There was a noticeable increase in common migrants and there were also some new scarce migrants in, most notably 2 Richard’s Pipits in the Sheep Field, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers (post 59 and Easington gas terminal, a Firecrest was at the gas terminal, but only 3 only Yellow-browed Warblers, were recorded with one in Canal Hedge, one at the White House in Easington and one at Easington gas terminal.
Common migrant totals included 3 Jack Snipe, a Tree Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 80 Robin, 18 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 10 Ring Ouzel, 340 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 23 Chaffinch, 18 Brambling, a Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.
There was some passage - 1 Brent Goose, 4 Shelduck, 60 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 19 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 309 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 30 Bonxie, 54 Little Gull, 33 auk sp, 12 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 35 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 230 Brent Geese, 237 Wigeon, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 5 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

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  • Red breasted Flycatcher. Garry Taylor

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-12.20, 13.00-17.30. Blue skies all day with a fresh force 4 E wind.
The best birding was over the sea and not just birds, the main highlights being 3 White-beaked Dolphins moving south and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins moving north. Birds moving over the sea were 15 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Shelduck, 182 Wigeon, 173 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 248 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 980 Gannet, 15 Knot, 12 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Arctic Skua, 66 Bonxie, 298 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 29 Sandwich Tern, 7 Common Tern, 118 auk sp, 1 Puffin.
There were still 11 Yellow-browed Warblers in the area but very elusive in the windy conditions, other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Robin, 8 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 185 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 17 Brambling.
Other birds seen included a Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 5 Ruff and a Kinfisher.

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  • a couple more Yellow-browed Warbler shots. Martin Standley

  • a couple more Yellow-browed Warbler shots. Martin Standley

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-08.15, 14.20-18.35. Blue skies all day with a freshening force 2-4 E-SE wind.
Another day of very few common migrants but still a few scarce birds, mainly Firecrests with singles at the Warren, Canal Hedge, Chalk Bank and 2 at Easington gas terminal, and still at least 17 Yellow-browed Warblers, although more were north of Kilnsea today. Also a suspected Blyth’s Reed Warbler was seen on the south side of Easington gas terminal.
Common migrant totals included 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 38 Song Thrush, 24 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling and I Siskin. 
Red Kite U-turned over Kilnsea Wetlands and other birds on the move were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 72 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 9 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 7 Little Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 32 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Reed Bunting. 
Other birds seen included1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, 9 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and a Tawny Owl.

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  • Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

  • Merlin. Mick Hemingway

Friday, 27 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.25-08.55, 16.00-17.00, 18.00-18.45. Mainly cloudy in the morning and the clearing to leave a bright and sunny afternoon with a force 2-3 ESE wind.
Another good day for scarce birds, a Firecrest trapped at the Warren was the first of the autumn, a Woodlark flew south in the morning, the Red-breasted Flycatcher at Chalk Bank showed well for most of the day and the Common Rosefinch was also still there, a Hawfinch dropped into the Warren and later flew north over Kew, and at least 19 Yellow-browed Warblers were recorded.
Common migrant totals included 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 25 Robin, 8 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 115 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 11 Brambling, 1 Lapland Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea and land including 10 Teal, 70 Red-throated Diver, 80 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 1 Bonxie, 70 Little Gull, 45 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 58 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 16 Tree Sparrow, 12 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 41 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 105 Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint (1 colour ringed from Norway), 5 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

  • Norwegian ringed Little Stint. Martin Standley

  • Jack Snipe. Martin Standley

  • Firecrest

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-09.00, 09.30-11.00, 17.00-18.40. Clear blue skies all day, a force 2-3 NNE-ESE wind.
A very good day for scarce birds but only small numbers of common migrants and as expected with clear blue skies, birds just kept appearing all day. A Cetti's Warbler was heard singing along the Canal.Scarce migrants included a Richard’s Pipit west over the Canal, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers (lighthouse and Chalk Bank), a Common Rosefinch at Chalk Bank, a Barred Warbler at post 62, a ‘Siberian-type (blythi) Lesser Whitethroat at Chalkies Point and at least 12 Yellow-browed Warblers all from Kew south.
Common migrant totals included 5 Jack Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Tree Pipit, a Rock Pipit, a White Wagtail, 25 Robin, 5 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 123 Song Thrush, 27 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapland Bunting.
There was some light passage over the sea and land including 49 Pink-footed Geese, 22 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 5 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 158 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 313 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 2 Little Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 8 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 173 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 19 Linnet, 11 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 35 Brent Geese, 3 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 35 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Owl.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jump

  • Simon Jump

  • Common Rosefinch. Richard Willison

  • Common Rosefinch. Richard Willison

  • White Wagtail - the first alba Wagtail to be trapped this year. Adam Hutt

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-09.15, 14.15-15.30, 16.35-18.35. A misty start, with a very light S wind, then still and fog thickened for most of the day only becoming misty again when a force 2-3 NNE wind picked up late afternoon.
Like everywhere else, we scored with 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, (2 at Kew, 1 at the Warren and 1 on Beacon Lane), there was a notable influx in Song Thrushes with 42 and other migrants included a Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Robin, 2 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 33 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Brambling, 47 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.
There was some passage particularly ducks, the days totals were 66 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 360 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 880 Teal, 7 Mallard, 11 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 111 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 34 Gannet, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 31 Dunlin, 42 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Skylark, 110 Swallow, 227 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 44 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Little Stint, 3 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-07.30, 15.00-15.30. Still all morning and cloudy, some sunny periods in the afternoon a force 1-2 SE-E wind picked up.
A very slow day but the years first Yellow-browed Warbler was found at Kew early morning and apparently put in another appearance in the afternoon at the churchyard, also an elusive Barred Warblerwas found at post 61. Other migrants were a Kingfisher north from the Narrows and then onto Canal Scrape, 24 Robin, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 33 Redwings (first of the autumn), 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, a Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 17 Pink-footed Geese S, 7 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 50 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

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  • Kingfisher. Chris Cox

  • Pink-footed Geese. Sue Hepton

Monday, 23 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.40-09.00 Clear blues skies apart from an hour early afternoon when it clouded over, a very light WNW veering SE.
Still conditions made for a quiet day, the highlight being a Hooded Crow which flew south as far as the Warren before returning north. Other passage was light – 1 Greylag Goose, 52 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 95 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 205 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin and 35 Linnet.
Birds present included 1 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 19 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 24 Little Gull, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a Yellowhammer.
A whale sp breached briefly twice and was thought to possibly be a Sperm Whale.

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  • A Mediterranean Gull with rig in the background that is placing the bases of wind turbines into the sea bed. Mick Turton

  • Hooded Crow. Andy Deighton

  • Purple Sandpiper. John Hines

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 14.30-15.30. Very light W wind and clear blue skies becoming very warm.
The weather conditions weren’t great for birding but a Hawfinch dropped into Kew briefly, otherwise passage was fairly light and a non eventful day. Birds moving were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon,, 21 Teal, 1 Pintail, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel,, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin, 13 Skylark, 30 Sand Martin, 406 Swallow, 539 House Martin, 931 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 11 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 134 Linnet and 13 Reed Bunting.
Migrants included 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds were 10 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Spotted Redshank, 23 Greenshank.
Up to 3 Clouded Yellows were at Sammy's Point.

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  • Clouded Yellow. Martin Standley

  • Clouded Yellow. Martin Standley

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-15.30, 17.30-19.15. Clear skies for most of the day and a nice pleasant warm day with just a light SW wind.
There were a few grounded migrants about including a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, also 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling and a Lapland Bunting.
Passage was good: 307 Pink-footed Geese, 81 Wigeon, 119 Teal, 25 Pintail, 350 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 269 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Tern, 4 Collared Dove, 49 Skylark, 79 Sand Martin, 651 Swallow, 722 House Martin, 4047 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 7 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 alba Wagtail, 11 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 20 Siskin, 81 Linnet, 2 Snow Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen were 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, 27 Greenshank, 42+ Mediterranean Gull.

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  • a few wader photos by Martin Standley, Little Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Whimbrel

  • a few wader photos by Martin Standley, Little Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Whimbrel

  • a few wader photos by Martin Standley, Little Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Whimbrel

Friday, 20 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-11.00, 15.15-19.00. Some sunny spells then clear blue skies followed by a cloudy afternoon, a force 1-2 WNW-NW wind.
A few new migrants drifted in including a few firsts for the autumn, star billing going to a 1st yr female Hawfinch which was trapped at the Warren; also a Brambling and a Jack Snipe. Other migrant totals were 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 23 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher. 
Birds on the move included 71 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 17 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 54 Red-throated Diver, 923 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel,2 Snipe, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 343 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 33 Rook, 19 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 19 Siskin.
Other birds seen: 2 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 464 Common Tern, 2 Roseate Tern and 54 Arctic Tern.

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  • 1st yr female Hawfinch. Rich Swales

  • 1st yr female Stonechat. Ian Smith

  • Purple Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-12.00, 15.00-18.00. Clouds built very early and rain moved in by about 9am and was on and off until mid-afternoon, then a few sunny spells with a force 3 WSW –SW – WNW 4.
There was some passage before the rain set in and movement over the sea on and off, the totals were 99 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 105 Wigeon, 157 Teal, 5 Eider, 226 Common Scoter, 57 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe north at 08.25, 2 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 438 Gannet, 8 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 9 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 4 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Pomarine Skua, 8 Bonxie, 33 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 26 auk sp, 1 Skylark, 58 Sand Martin, 56 Swallow, 425 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1763 Meadow Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 13 Linnet and 11 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Pintail, 2 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

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  • Little Stint. Rich Swales

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 13.15-18.50 Clear blues skies all morning which clouded over in the afternoon and produced a few showers followed by sunny spells, a force 3-4 WNW-NW wind.
The star bird was the sixth record and first since 2005 of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, which flew north over the sea-watching hut, pitched down briefly in Clubley’s Field and then continued north-west over Kilnsea. Also 2 Long-tailed Skuas flew south during the day and it was the first good day for Pink-footed Geese with many skeins making up a total of 2610 heading to north Norfolk.
Other passage totals included 71 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 14 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 425 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 8 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 10 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 130 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 765 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 31 Rook, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting.
Migrants were a little more obvious and included 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds included 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 3 Brent Geese, 60 Wigeon, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 25 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • plenty of Greenshanks still at Kilnsea Wetlands. Mick Sharpe

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.15, 16.00-18.50. Sunny to start then clouding over with some sunny spells a force 4-5 gusting 6 WSW wind all day.
The GREAT SNIPE didn’t show straight away but when it was found it was then typically showy all day IF YOU ARE COMING TO SEE THIS BIRD, DO NOT ENTER THE GARDEN AND RESPECT THE RESIDENTS PRIVACY, ALSO PARK IN THE CAR PARK AT THE BLUE BELL, IF FULL SENSIBLY ALONG THE ROAD.
The Red-backed Shrike was still present on Peter’s Lane, Easington but most other migrants were keeping very low in the windy conditions, but did include 3 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher and the Snow Bunting. 
The wind was very strong and passage was slow to start, Meadow Pipits were low and 1090 were counted moving south, 2 Sand Martins were the only hirundines recorded moving south and other passage birds were 102 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin, 3 Collared Dove, 1 flava Wagtail 4 Tree Sparrow and 3 Siskin.
Other birds present included 50 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper 5 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank.

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.20-11.00, 14.00-14.30, 16.30-17.00 18.20-19.20. A bright sunny start with a force 3 SW wind, however this soon clouded over and by 10am there were light rain showers and the wind picked up to force 5-6 and more persistent rain.
The GREAT SNIPE was seen from first light on the grass verge on Beacon Lane and then in the garden of Warrenby Cottage, it then showed more or less all day in the garden or in the ditch, giving extremely close views. IF YOU ARE COMING TO SEE THIS BIRD, DO NOT ENTER THE GARDEN AND RESPECT THE RESIDENTS PRIVACY, ALSO PARK IN THE CAR PARK AT THE BLUE BELL, IF FULL SENSIBLY ALONG THE ROAD. We would like to thank Mandy who lives at Warrenby Cottage for her patience and everyone who contributed to Spurn Bird Observatory collection bucket, we raised £175 today, thank you all.
Also the Barred Warbler at Southfield Farm was seen on a few occasions but the Red-backed Shrike was not seen there but the Red-backed Shrike at Peter Lane was seen mid-afternoon.
The weather conditions were perfect for vis mig this morning and we were not disappointed for the first few hours before the rain came, Meadow Pipits and House Martins were pouring right past our heads at the Narrows, a great sight. It would have been a classic passage if the rain hadn’t moved through, however there were still 4811 Meadow Pipits and 2555 House Martins recorded along with 137 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Teal, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Kestrel, 5 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 23 Redshank, 37 Sand Martin, 480 Swallow, 7 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 2 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Buntings.
Other birds seen included60 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail. 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Little Gull, 200 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and a Snow Bunting.

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  • Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

  • Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

  • Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

  • Some more pictures of the Great Snipe and what a great Snipe is too! top 2 Martin Standley, bottom 2 David Carr

  • Snow Bunting. Richard Willison

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch A dull cloudy start with some light rain, slowly cleared leaving some sunny spells, a cool force 3 -2 NNE –NW wind.
A probable GREAT SNIPE was seen mid-morning in Warrenby Cottage garden on Beacon Lane, but it flew over the road and lost and not seen again, at 17.00hrs it was seen again on the grass verge of Beacon Lane but jumped into the ditch revealing extensive white corners and edges to the rusty tail, confirming the identity. Everyone collected on site and a search of the ditch revealed nothing in the area it was seen to drop into, but a little further up it was seen walking through the hedge. On the other side of the hedge, good views were had as it sat roosting obscured in the grass. However later it came back right into view again and started strutting about. The bird flew off over Southfield Farm and may have dropped in somewhere but it wasn’t seen again
Also 2 Barred Warblers were found, one on Seaside Road in Easington and one on the fence with the Red-backed Shrike at Southfield Farm, the 2nd shrike from yesterday was seen again on Peter’s Lane. A Pectoral Sandpiper flew north past Middle Camp and was presumably yesterday’s bird. Just after dark a Quail flew into Steve Exley’s window in Kilnsea but then flew off into the field opposite.
There were also more grounded migrants today with 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit, 600 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 23 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Lapland Bunting and 2 Corn Buntings.
There was also some passage – 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 71 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 420 Gannet, 15 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 244 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included53 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 3 Little Stint, 7 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 13 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

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  • a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

  • a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

  • a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

  • a few pictures of the Great Snipe by Ian Smith

Friday, 13 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-10.50, 16.00-18.00. Cloudy all day with rain from late afternoon, a force 2 SSW-N wind.
The highlight was a Pectoral Sandpiper which was found on Canal Scrape early afternoon and spent several hours there before flying off south at around 16.45 hrs. Also a new Red-backed Shrike was found on Peter’s Lane, Easington early afternoon and the other was still at Southfield Farm. The first Lapland Bunting of the autumn was found on Clubley’s Field. A possible Great White Egret flew south at sea but was too far out to confirm. There was some more good passage with several thousand hirundines moving through, also 52 Shelduck, 52 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 235 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, 6 Arctic Skua, 1935 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 Siskin.
The first Goldcrest of the autumn was at Kew while other migrants included2 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen: 1 Pintail, 3 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-12.30, 14.30-15.15, 16.00-19.0. A cloudy day with a light SW wind.
At last good conditions for vis-migging and typically the predominant species at this time of year is Meadow Pipits which totalled a minimum of 2900 during the morning and 189 were ringed. Other birds moving included 16 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 352 Gannet, 39 Knot, 7 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 28 Sand Martin, 323 Swallow, 115 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Siskin, 6 Reed Bunting and 2 Corn Bunting.
The Red-backed Shrike was still at Southfield Farm, a few new migrants arrived including a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included a Merlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 13 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Meadow Pipit. Clive McKay

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.50-13.45, 16.15-19.00. Cloudy with rain showers for most of day then heavy rain from late afternoon, a decreasing force 4-1 N wind.
It was a good day over the sea – 2 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were the first of the autumn, 14 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 415 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 115 Fulmar, 53 Sooty Shearwater, 132 Manx Shearwater, a Storm Petrel, 212 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 46 Arctic Skua, 13 Bonxie, 38 Little Gull, 23 Kittiwake and 21 auk sp.
The Red-backed Shrike was still showing well at Southfield Farm, other migrants were a Kingfisher, 2 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit + 51 south, 4 Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler and the first Siskin of the autumn.
Kilnsea Wetlands was still holding good numbers of waders including 3 Little Stints, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Greenshank, 1 Green and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Little Stints. Simon Jump

  • Curlew Sandpipers. Tim Jump

Monday, 09 September 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-13.30, 16.00-16.30, 18.30-19.30. A still sunny start, a light SW wind picked up and cloud started building with showers late afternoon, the wind veered NE-N late afternoon.
When the wind picked up a little, Meadow Pipits and Swallows started to move but otherwise it was a little quiet. The first (25) Pink-footed Geese flew south and other birds on the move were 5 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 49 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 14 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Bonxie, 1 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 395 Swallow, 91 House Martin, 285 Meadow Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail and 42 Tree Sparrow.
The Red-backed Shrike was still present at Southfield Farm, other birds present included 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 16 Willow Warbler.

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Sunday, 08 September 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-13.00. Another pleasant sunny day with variable cloud cover, and a light W wind slowly picked up to a force 3 wind.
Another very enjoyable day seemed to be had by all with some very good comments and feedback on the festival. The Red-backed Shrike showed very well agin at Southfield Farm, and 3 Common Rosefinches were much more elusive with one calling at the Point, and 2 birds ranging between the Triangle and Sammy’s Point.
Common migrants included 9 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 14 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher.
Birds moving were 57 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 5 Eider, 28 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 4 Black Tern, 1 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 207 Swallow, 10 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 98 Tree Sparrow and a Reed Bunting.
Birds present included 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshank and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

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Saturday, 07 September 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-19.35. A pleasant sunny day with variable cloud cover, but a fresh force 4-3 S-SW wind. 
The first full day of the migration festival went very well, there weren’t large numbers of migrants in the bushes but still plenty to see and enjoy. A Corncrake was flushed at Sammy's Point. The Red-backed Shrike showed very well at times at Southfield Farm, and 2 Common Rosefinches were quite showy in Church Field at times. A Wryneck was found by the Canal and another one was seen by the listening dish.
There was a good passage offshore which included 120 Wigeon, 420 Teal, 2 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 61 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 72 Fulmar, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 330 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 19 Oystercatcher, 15 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 23 Snipe, 6 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 31 Arctic Skua, 12 Bonxie, 28 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 63 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 40 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, and 9 Tree Sparrow.
Grounded migrants included a Kingfisher, 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds included 26 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Black Tern.

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  • Common Rosefinch. David Carr

Friday, 06 September 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.30, 12.30-19.45. Cloudy with the threat of rain all day but never materialising, a force 2 N veered SSW and picked up to 3-4.
The highlights were the Red-backed Shrike was very showy at Southfield Farm, a Common Rosefinchwas trapped at the Warren, a Leach’s Petrel over the Humber (1st of the year), a Caspian Gull at Chalk Bank, a Garganey flew south at sea, 3 Pomarine Skuas, a Balearic Shearwater and 2 Red-necked Grebes. In the morning on the Humber or moving out were 5 Roseate Terns, 5500 Common and 20 Arctic Terns. 
Other totals of birds on the move were 82 Wigeon, 274 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 51 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 734 Manx Shearwater (3rd highest count at Spurn), 1 Sooty Shearwater, 180 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 14 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 74 Arctic Skua, 20 Bonxie, 12 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern.
Other birds seen included 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 16 Greenshank, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 16 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.

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  • juvenile Caspian Gull. Pete Wragg

Thursday, 05 September 2013

Migration/Sea-watches 06.00-10.00, 13.00-19.40. Foggy to start then a mixed day of sun and cloud with occasional sea fret, an almost still start with a light SE breeze picking up which moved to the N in the afternoon. 
There was a good arrival of migrants including a new Wryneck caught and ringed at the Warren and later seen by Canal Scrape. Migrant totals today were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redstart, 48 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, the Red-backed Shrike still by Southfield Farm.
A few birds started to move after the fog lifted and included 13 Shelduck, 51 Wigeon, 44 Teal, 27 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 38 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling, 7 Knot, 17 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 10 Arctic Skua, 19 Little Gull, 3 Swift, 200 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

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  • Wryneck. Martin Suanjak

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Migration/Sea-watches 06.15-12.00, 17.00-19.30. Cloudy with some sunny spells and misty at times, a force 2-3 S-SE wind.
The first proper movement of Meadow Pipits (171) gave the feel of a vis-mig autumn and just in time for the Migration Festival, these numbers are expected to rise dramatically over the next two weeks, particularly if we get some nice south-westerly winds. Also moving south were 5 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 152 Teal, 3 Pintail, 133 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 28 Oystercatcher, 26 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 23 Little Gull, 2 Swift, 195 Sand Martin, 1692 Swallow, 416 House Martin, 13 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 4 Linnet and a Reed Bunting.
The highlight of the day was the years first Kingfisher on Canal Scrape, which was later caught and ringed. The Red-backed Shrike as still at Southfield Farm and other migrants included a Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff and 9 Willow Warbler.
Other birds present were 2 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern.

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  • Some pictures of the Kingfisher. Ian Smith

  • Some pictures of the Kingfisher. Ian Smith

  • Some pictures of the Kingfisher. Ian Smith

Monday, 02 September 2013

Migration/Sea-watches 06.00-19.30. Cloudy periods with long sunny spells and a force 4 gusting 6 west wind.
The day’s highlight was an Osprey south over the sea t mid-day, other birds on the move were 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 18 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 57 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Oystercatcher, 17 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 4 Snipe, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Swift.
Red-backed Shrike was seen again in the Triangle, but the only other birds present were 1 Peregrine, 1 Cuckoo, an albino House Martin, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

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Sunday, 01 September 2013

Migration/Sea-watches 11.00-14.30, 15.00-16.00, 16.45-20.00. A cloudy day with a strengthening force 2-4 W wind.
There were 3 Wryneck today, two in the Big Hedge/Walker Butts area and one by the listening dish, and the Red-backed Shrike was seen in the Triangle again. Common migrants were harder to find with just 1 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. 
Some light passage included 10 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 1 Red-throated Diver, 39 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 47 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 31 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 8 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 5 Swift, 82 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present were 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Cuckoo. Andy Roadhouse

Saturday, 31 August 2013

August has been another excellent month, where we recorded 162 species, equalling last year’s record August. The year list now stands at 237, four more than it has ever been at this time of year.

Migration/Sea-watches 08.00-10.15, 13.30-19.20, A cloudy day with a few sunny spells and a force 3 WNW wind.
Two Corncrakes were flushed today one at the green beacon at the Point and another just south of the lighthouse, it is highly unlikely these were the same bird. A new Barred Warbler was found in the hedge east of Rose Cottage and the bird on Beacon Lane was seen a couple of times. The Wryneck was seen again on the Canal banking, the two Red-backed Shrikes were still present at Southfield Farm and Sammy’s Point. 
Common migrants seen included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 22 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 33 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Crossbill.
Very little passage today: 13 Fulmmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 22 Oystercatcher, 12 Dunlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 34 Little Gull, 5 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 300 Swallow, 80 House Martin.
Other birds included 8 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.
Convulvulus Hawk-moth was found in the moth-trap at Kew and a Clouded Yellow was seen south of the Warren.

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  • Convulvulus Hawk-moth. Andy Roadhouse

Friday, 30 August 2013

Migration/sea-watches 05.50 – 13.00. Warm and muggy, mainly cloudy with some long sunny spells, a force 2-3 WSW – WNW wind.
Wryneck was still on the Canal banking, Red-backed Shrikes were at Sammy’s Point and Southfield Farm and the Barred Warbler was seen again briefly on Beacon Lane, common migrants seen included a Cuckoo, 3 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 4 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Willow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher and a Crossbill.
An Osprey flew south at 17.30 and a Red-necked Grebe drifted north on the sea at 17.40, other birds moving today were 11 Teal, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Hen Harrier, 73 Oystercatcher, 17 Ringed Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 64 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 62 Redshank, 14 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 47 Little Gull, 43 Sand Martin, 1376 Swallow, 296 House Martin, 10 Meadow Pipit, 56 flava Wagtail, 4 Rook, 15 Tree Sparrow, 3 Linnet and a Goldfinch.
Other birds present were 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 12 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 16 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • record shot of the Red-necked Grebe. John Cooper

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00, 16.00-19.45. Blue skies with some clouds, a force 2-3 WSW wind dropped to WNW 1 in the evening.
Nightjar was at Kew flying round the garden in the dark at 5-5.30am. Still present were 3 Wrynecks(Crown/Canal/ Sammy’s Point), 2 Red-backed Shrikes (Canal/Sammy’s Point); and the Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 61 in the evening. Common migrants were again in few numbers – 1 Cuckoo, 5 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 25 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.
There as a better passage today: 8 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 35 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 3 Sparrowhawk, 6 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 83 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 15 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 107 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 48 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Turnstone, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 16 Little Gull, 48 Sandwich Tern, 459 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 8 Swift, 28 Sand Martin, 845 Swallow, 466 House Martin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 37 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 17 Tree Sparrow and 13 Linnet.
Other birds present included 10 Greylag Geese, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 17 Greenshank, 12 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Redstart. Mick Turton

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Migration/sea-watches 11.20-14.30, 16.55-19.15. Thick fog for most of the morning then a light SE wind picked up and sunny spells for the afternoon and evening.
Still a few scarcities about for people to see including 4 Wrynecks (a very showy one opposite the Crown & Anchor); the Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 61; 3 Red-backed Shrikes (Canal/Sammy’s/ a new one at Chalkies Point); 2 Barred Warblers (a new one at the Warren trapped and ringed, and the one at the Point); and an Icterine Warbler at Wire Dump; common migrants totals were down considerably – 1 Cuckoo, 8 Redstart, 33 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 8 Garden Warbler, 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 43 Whitethroat, 24 Willow Warbler, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.
Unusually hirundines were moving in the foggy conditions once the wind started to pick up a little with 101 Sand Martins, 1354 Swallows, and 1126 House Martins. Other birds moving included 18 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 8 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 3 Little Gull, 11 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 20 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

No migration or sea-watches. Foggy patches to start with that soon cleared, leaving a hot sunny day with a force 1 NE wind.
There was a further clear out of migrants, but still a few scarcities were still present. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at post 61; there were 2 Barred Warblers (Point/Beacon Lane), 3 Red-backed Shrikes (Warren/Sammy’s Point/post 59), a Common Rosefinch was seen at the Point, 4 Icterine Warblers (Beacon Lane/Sunny Cliff/2 Easington gas terminal), and only 4 Wryneck (Point/Rose Cottage/Cliff Farm/Beacon Lane).
Common migrants included a Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 14 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 30 Redstart, 91 Whinchat, 31 Wheatear, 8 Reed Warbler, 25 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 42 Whitethroat, 42 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 31 Pied Flycatcher.
There was a good movement of 26 Common Buzzards, which possibly coming in off moving south and turning back west, also moving were 8 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 8 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Arctic Skua, 50 Sand Martin, 80 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 18 Greenshank.

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  • The very showy Wryneck showing how long its tongue is! Richard Willison

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Richard Willison

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sea-watch 06.30-07.45. Warm with clear blue skies all day, force 1-3 NE wind.
Another excellent day, there was a clear out of a lot of yesterday’s migrants, but there were new arrivals as the day panned out. The best was a SUBALPINE WARBLER at Sammy’s Point, it was elusive but showed on and off most of the morning. 7 Icterine Warblers were found with singles at post 49, post 60, Canal, Kilnsea Road and 3 at Easington gas terminal; 1 Barred Warbler was found at the Point, Wrynecks were reduced to 13; a Red-breasted Flycatcher at post 61, 2 Common Rosefinches were found (Canal Hedge and Point); 3 Red-backed Shrikes were also seen (Sammy’s Point, Pallas’s Pond and Easington Lagoon), and a Wood Warbler was seen at Easington gas terminal. 
Common migrant totals were 3 Cuckoo, 4 Swift, 8 Tree Pipit, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 31 Redstart, 133Whinchat, 51 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 31 Garden Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 63 Whitethroat, 65 Willow Warbler, 15 Spotted Flycatcher, 31 Pied Flycatcher.
Other birds present included 42 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, the first Merlin of the autumn, 1 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 9 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 18 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, a juv Long-tailed Skua over the Humber, 3 Bonxie out and 150 Little Gull north.

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  • Common Rosefinch. Rob Adams

  • Red-backed Shrike. Richard Willison

  • Wryneck in the hand, starting to 'wry'. Richard Willison

  • Whinchat. Ron Egan

  • Icterine Warbler. Richard Willison

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sea-watches 06.05-12.45, 17.00-19.45, a nice pleasant day with a force 2 N-NE wind, mainly sunny with some haze.
An outstanding day where everyone must have gone home feeling very satisfied. The main feature again was Wrynecks and a minimum of 27 were seen which is a new record count for the Spurn area!, some of which were very showy and two were caught and ringed at the Warren. A Greenish Warbler was seen and heard mid-morning on Green Lane in Easington, where there was also a Wood Warbler and a Red-backed Shrike there later in the day; three Icterine Warblers were found one at Sammy’s Point which showed well in the evening, one by the listening dish next to Kilnsea Wetlands, and one south of the gas terminal in Easington. Also the Barred Warbler from yesterday was seen again along the Canal and another was seen on Beacon Lane. 
Common migrant totals were also very good with 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 13 Tree Pipit, 37 Yellow Wagtail, 52 Redstart, 105 Whinchat, 59 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 36 Garden Warbler, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 79 Willow Warbler, 13 Spotted Flycatcher, 92 Pied Flycatcher.
The sea was also good with 16 Wigeon, 313 Teal, 161 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 78 Fulmar, a Cory’s Shearwater south, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 42 Manx Shearwater, 393 Gannet, 348 Oystercatcher, 15 Dunlin, 8 Ruff, 17 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Pomarine Skua, 92 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 12 Bonxie, 244 Little Gull, 21 Kittiwake, 4 Black Terns and 2 Puffins.
Other birds included Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Greenshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper.

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  • Icterine Warbler. Martin Standley

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

  • Pied Flycatcher. Martin Standley

  • A couple of interesting flight shots of Wrynecks. Michael Flowers

  • A couple of interesting flight shots of Wrynecks. Michael Flowers

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Persistent rain all night and until late morning, then clearing to leave a mainly cloudy afternoon, a force 1-2 NE-N wind
The expected fall didn’t disappoint, there were birds about from first light but the rain was keeping them low and birds continued to arrive during the day. The first scarcity to be found was a Wryneck at the Borrow Pit, after which they kept arriving and a total of 12 birds were seen, with birds at Little Hedge, Point, post 68, Sheep Field, Chalk Bank, Middle Camp, Warren, Beacon Lane, and 3 at Easington gas terminal. Two Barred Warblers were found in a short space of time on the Canal Bank and at Easington gas terminal but both disappeared very quickly. A Common Rosefinch was seen at Easington gas terminal mid-afternoon.
Common migrant totals for the area were 1 Swift, 15 Tree Pipit, 26 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 11 Redstart, 57 Whinchat, 46 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 19 Reed Warbler, 14 Garden Warbler, 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 57 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 69 Willow Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 62 Pied Flycatcher.
There was no passage other than a few duck and waders coming in and going south which included 3 flocks of Ruff totalling 74, 12 Wigeon, 97 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 8 Grey Plover, 12 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper.
Other birds present included 17 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 21 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Plain Tiger (African Monarch) was seen flying north past the Lighthouse and settled briefly mid-afternoon!

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  • Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

  • Wryneck. Mike Robinson

  • A record shot of the Plain Tiger. John Grist

Friday, 23 August 2013

Sea -watch 07.15-07.30, 08.00-09.00, 16.30-19.30. Mainly cloudy with some longer sunny spells mid-afternoon, hazy around the edges, a force 1 SSE -3 ESE wind.
A clear out of most migrants with new ones arriving from mid-morning, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 36 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Pied Flycatcher.
35 Ruff including a flock of 30 was the highest count at Spurn since 2000, Greenshanks totalled 27 and Green Sandpipers 7, while other waders present included 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Sandpipers. 
Birds on the move over the sea were 178 Teal, 77 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 172 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, 3 Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie.
Other birds present included a Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, and a Water Rail.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-07.35, 18.00-20.15. A still cloudy start but cleared to leave a very warm sunny day with cloud building again late afternoon and some light rain, the wind picked up to a force 1-3 NE-SE wind from mid-morning.
There was a report on the pager of a Red-breasted Flycatcher in the Crown & Anchor, but no further details were received. There was a clear out of some migrants overnight and more new arrival particularly from early afternoon – grounded were a Cuckoo, 4 Swift, 1 Tree Pipit, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Robin, 3 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 114 Willow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 40+ Tree Sparrow and a Crossbill. 
Birds on the move included 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 30 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, 150 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 12 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Arctic Skua, 7 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 16 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 12 Greylag Geese, 31 Teal, 23 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 14 Greenshank.

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  • Good numbers of Willow Warblers were seen today including 45 ringed. Marcus Brew

  • Wheatear. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00 – 11.00, 17.30-20.30. Long sunny spells and a force 3-1 SW wind.
There was a reasonable arrival of drift migrants despite SW winds – 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 63 Willow Warbler and 8 Pied Flycatchers. 
Passage counts included 3 Shelduck, 59 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 24 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Oystercatcher, 22 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 25 Sanderling, 85 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 9 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black Tern, 9 Swift, 95 Sand Martin, 450 Swallow, 80 House Martin, 18 flava Wagtail. 
Other birds present included 46 Teal, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 65 Sandwich Tern, 1610 Common Tern, 21 Arctic Tern.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Andy Roadhouse

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-20.10. Cloudy with sunny spells and a light force 1-2-1 SW wind.
A good day of passage included the first Osprey of the autumn, a Purple Sandpiper, 2 Pomarine Skuaand a Roseate Tern, while commoner birds moving were 2 Shelduck, 188 Teal, 110 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 31 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 36 Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 13 Redshank, 14 Turnstone, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Swift, 91 Sand Martin, 1283 Swallow, 104 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 10 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 86 Sandwich Tern, 1100 Common Tern, 19 Arctic Tern.

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  • lots of Painted Lady's about at the moment, Bob Thompson

Monday, 19 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-10.30, 11.00-11.30, 14.30-16.00, 18.30-20.00. Sunny spells with a light WNW- N wind. 
A few more grounded migrants and some light passage over the sea. On the move were 5 Shelduck, 121 Teal, 6 Eider, 83 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 29 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 67 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew in, 66 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 19 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 37 flava Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail. 
Grounded birds included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Pipit, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 35 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher and 40 Tree Sparrows..
Other birds included 20 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 14 Greenshank and the last Little Tern flew today taking the total of fledged birds to 40 this year!

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-13.30. A fine sunny day with a breezy W-WNW wind dropping by early evening.
A good day for Teal and waders moving with the following passage totals: 141 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 80 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 35 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 69 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 48 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 93 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 11 Turnstone, 3 Arctic Skua, 19 Lesser B.B.Gull, 26 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 68 flava Wagtail, and a Crossbill.
A few more grounded migrants included 4 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 51 Willow Warbler and 8 Tree Sparrows. While other birds present were 37 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 25,000 Knot, 4 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 17 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 11 Mediterrranean Gull.

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  • Ruff. Rich Swales

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-11.40, 14.45-20.10. A bright start clouded over by mid-day with frequent showers and a stiffening force 1-5 W winds.
A much better day with a good arrival of 68 Willow Warblers, but also a few other migrants including a Cuckoo, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, a Garden Warbler and the Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn.
It was a good day for passage, the highlight was a Cory’s Shearwater which flew north in the morning, while other birds moving were a Shelduck, 7 Teal, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 60 Gannet, 80 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 29 Knot, 45 Sanderling, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 16 Dunlin, 14 Snipe, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 14 Turnstone, 4 Little Gull, 72 Sandwich Tern, 595 Common Tern, 30 Arctic Tern, 1 Razorbill, 128 Swift, 109 Sand Martin 1029 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 13 Meadow Pipit, 58 flava Wagtail, and a Crossbill.
Birds present included 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Migrating Sanderlings and Dunlins. Ian Smith

Friday, 16 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-10.30, 18.00-20.30. Rain first thing petered out by mid-morning and brightened up by mid-afternoon, a force 3 W – 1-2 E wind.
Pretty much the same as the last few days, quiet with some light passage. On the move were 55 Teal, 69 Common Scoter, 91 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 16 Sanderling, 12 Whimbrel, 6 Turnstone, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, a Black Tern, 21 Sandwich Tern, 507 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 13 Swift, 62 Sand Martin, 180 Swallow.
Birds present included a Water Rail, 4 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 24 flava Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler and 720 Starling.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.25-09.35, 17.45-20.30. Cloudy with light rain/drizzle until mid-morning, then brightening up in a force 3 W wind.
Another quiet day with light passage, moving south were Cloudy with light rain/drizzle until mid-morning, then brightening up in a force 3 W wind.
Another quiet day with light passage, moving south were 4 Teal, 2 Mallard, 4 Eider, 154 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 39 Oystercatcher, 3 Sanderling, 8 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 3 Arctic Skua, 55 Swift, 62 Sand Martin, and 145 Swallows.
Other birds present included 2 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 1 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Wheatear and 15 Willow Warblers.

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  • Have you booked your tickets yet?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.10-09.30, 14.30-16.00, 18.00-20.30. A bright sunny day until mid-afternoon when it clouded over, a force 1 W wind switched to the SE and increased to force 3-4.
Another quiet day with some light passage which included 9 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 201 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 25 Cormorant, 125 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 29 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 59 Sand Martin, 230 swallow and a Tree Pipit.
Other birds present included 15 Greylag Geese, 6 Whimbrel, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 52 Whitethroat and 29 Willow Warblers.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.20-08.00, 15.00-16.15, 18.00-20.00. Bright and sunny most of day with some cloudy spells, a force 3-2 NW wind veered NE-E 2-1 in the afternoon.
A very quiet day, although good numbers of Willow Warblers moving through with 44 counted. On the move were 25 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Kestrel, 118 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Swift, 39 Sand Martin, 72 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present included 15 Teal, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo. While the tern roost is still taking time to get going, there were less than 500 Common Terns, 4 Arctic, 12 Sandwich and a Black tern.

The YWT have done a fantastic job of cutting paths along the peninsula and around the Point dunes, it is now easy to get round without being nettled or getting wet through from the dew - well done Adam, Vicky and Steve

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.45-11.20, 13.30-15.30, 18.00-20.00. Cloudy with occasional glimpse of the sun and some heavy rain showers early evening, a force 3 WSW – NW 2 wind.
A quieter day with just light passage but good numbers of waders on the Humber and at Beacon Ponds/Kilnsea Wetlands. Passage totals were 8 Teal, 50 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Fulmar, a probable Cory’s Shearwater early morning, 7 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 121 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 7 Knot, 61 Sanderling, 66 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 33 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 17 Turnstone, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Black Tern, 1 Puffin, 16 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 124 Swallow.
Other birds seen included a Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear and 15 Willow Warblers.

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  • Spotted Redshanks. Adam Hutt

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-20.45. Cloudy with some long sunny spells, a force 3 W wind all day.
It was a quieter day today, Oystercatchers were still moving and 325 took the total of birds flying south this autumn to 6549, another record. Also realised today were two more wader records that have been broken this week – Little Ringed Plover and Green Sandpiper both with more bird/days logged than in any other year. Other birds on the move were 19 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 12 Fulmar, 22 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 12 Knot, 30 Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 24 Redshank, 15 Turnstone, 12 Kittiwake, 3 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 7 Swift, 260 Sand Martin and 85 Swallow.
Other birds present included 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 16 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 9 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap and 16 Willow Warbler.

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  • Tree Pipit trapped at the Warren. Rich Swales

  • Tree Pipit in Mick's garden in Easington. Mick Turton

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-20.45. A bright and sunny morning clouding over early afternoon, WNW-W 3-1 wind. 
There was a good early morning seabird passage which included 4 Cory’s Shearwaters (singles at 07.05, 08.00 and two at 09.25) and an adult Long-tailed Skua, and in the evening 2 adult Roseate Terns flew south in the evening roost. Also over the sea were 15 Teal, 44 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 62 Manx Shearwater, 444 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 17 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 47 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 10 Turnstone, 10 Arctic Skua, 28 Kittiwake, 111 Sandwich Tern, 450 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Puffin. Also moving were 164 Sand Martin, 1204 Swallow, 4 House Martin. A Red Kite U-turned and other birds present included the first Purple Sandpiper of the year, a Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.
There was also a decent arrival of Willow Warblers which totalled 42 and other migrants included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, 14 Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat, a Garden Warbler.

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  • Red Kite. John Hewitt

Friday, 09 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.20-20.45. Rain at first light slowly petered out, leaving a cloudy day with some sunny spells, in a force 2-3 SW-W-NW wind.
An addition to the year list was a Balearic Shearwater which flew south in the evening, what was probably the same adult Red-necked Grebe drifted south on the sea and other seabirds totals were 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 58 Manx Shearwater, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 160 Sandwich Tern, 750 Common Tern and 5 Arctic Tern.
Oystercatcher had another good day with 668 flying south, and other birds moving south were 11 Shelduck, 82 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 95 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 14 Sanderling, 45 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone, 37 Swift, 130 Sand Martin, 120 Swallow.
Other birds included 28 Little Egrets, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Willow Warblers.

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  • Greenshank. Bob Thompson

  • Whimbrel. Bob Thompson

Thursday, 08 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-17.10, 18.00-21.00. A warm sunny start with a very light NW wind, it slowly clouded over and a force 2 SE wind picked up in the afternoon.
It was another good day for Oystercatchers with 810 recorded flying south, and a Great Northern Diverand Goldeneye flying by were unusual for the time of year. The days passage totals were 13 Teal, 2 Eider, 135 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 27 Sanderling, 21 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Little Gull, 180 Sand Martin, 70 Swallow.
Other birds seen included 19 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 9 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Gull, 600 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, a Short-eared Owl, 7 Yellow Wagtail, a Garden Warbler and 11 Willow Warblers.

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  • Green Sandpipers. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-20.00. A much cooler day with a light NW-NE wind, some sunny periods, though mostly cloudy.
The main feature of the day was again migrating waders, but this time Oystercatchers, which for some reason the highest counts seem to be in northerly winds. The highest previous count of migrating birds was 1471 on 12th August 1996. Today that record was broken when 1776 flew south. Also we only needed 22 Whimbrels to break the record for number of birds recorded flying south in an autumn which stood at 2344, we cruised past this total when 142 flew south during the day.
Other birds on the move included 11 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 3 Eider, 167 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, an adult Red-necked Grebe north at 19.20, 6 Fulmar 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Knot, 79 Sanderling, 19 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 5 Little Gull, 6 Sand Martin and 35 Swallows.
Other birds present included 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap and 13 Willow Warbler.
The first Essex Skipper of the year was seen.

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  • migrating Oystercatchers. Daniel Langston

Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.10-20.00. Sunny all day with a few clouds building from time to time, a force 3 WNW wind slowly veered to the SE by the evening and dropped to force 1-2.
With light NW winds we usually get a few Willow Warblers and it was no surprise that 28 were recorded as was the first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn, the only other migrants were 2 Cuckoo and 2 wandering Reed Warblers.
Wader passage was very light apart from Whimbrel which totalled another respectable 126. However there were a lot more hirundines moving: 416 Sand Martins, 1427 Swallows and 15 House Martins. The days passage totals were 71 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 260 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmar, 35 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 87 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 13 Knot, 37 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 126 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 14 Arctic Skua, 229 Swift.
Other birds included 25 Greylag Geese, 8 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 24 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

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  • male Kestrel found its way into a mist-net. Daniel Langston

  • male Kestrel found its way into a mist-net. Daniel Langston

Monday, 05 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-20.35. Rain showers on and off in the morning, some sunny periods in the middle of the day and some showers in the evening, a force 3-4 SW to NW 2.
A superb days birding, an adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER in full breeding plumage flew south with a Golden Plover at 11.48 and an ALPINE SWIFT U-turned over the Warren at 19.55. 
But also it was another great day for offshore wader passage, the most notable species today was Sanderling when 708 flew south, over 200 more than the record day count for birds moving south; also 135 Turnstone made it now a record autumn for that species and another 187 Whimbrel took it very close to being a record autumn for that species too. Other totals for the day were 11 Shelduck, 77 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 294 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 103 Oystercatcher, 32 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 124 Knot, 382 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 41 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 19 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 91 Swift and 5 Sand Martin.
It was the first real tern roost movement with unusually high Arctic Tern numbers (220), and 72 Little Terns, 365 Sandwich Terns and 4239 Common Terns.
Other birds present were a Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 12 Mediterranean Gull, a Black Tern, a Cuckoo, a Barn Owl, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warblers and a Budgerigar!

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Sunday, 04 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.10-21.00. Another warm and sunny day with a force 3 SW wind. 
It was yet another excellent day for wader passage with another superb Whimbrel count, the days totals were 1 Greylag Geese, 7 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 192 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 128 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 98 Knot, 148 Sanderling, 66 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 565 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 56 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 28 Turnstone, 1 Bonxie, 1 juv Black Tern, 80 Swift, 53 Sand Martin, 357 Swallow, 2 House Martin. 
Treecreeper was in Easington and the only other birds present were 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Justin Carr

Saturday, 03 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.10-19.00. A warm day with long sunny periods and a force 3-2 SW wind.
The first Treecreeper of the year was trapped at the Point and a Cuckoo was at Beacon Ponds. it was another good day for wader passage and the days totals of birds moving south were 4 Greylag Geese, 16 Shelduck, 43 Teal, 175 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 126 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 230 Knot, 70 Sanderling, 110 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 230 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew, 51 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 1 Bonxie, 20 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 94 Swift, 40 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 2 House Martin.
Other birds present included 34 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 9 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Dragonflies present were a Banded Demoiselle, a Red-veined Darter and 31 Ruddy Darters
The annual Friends of Spurn BBQ was held in the evening and was attended by over130 people and raised over £1000 for the Observatory, we would like to thank everyone who helped on the night and everyone who attended.

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  • Plenty of Little Egrets around at the moment. Mick Turton

  • Alan Whitehead

Friday, 02 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-10.30, 18.00-20.30. Another warm and sunny day clouding over around mid-day for a couple of hours, with a force 3 SW dropping to force 2 S wind.
More wader passage but in lesser numbers again, two illustrate how good an autumn it has been already for wader passage, the most Sanderlings that have been recorded flying south in an autumn is 1917 and this year we have already passed 2400!
Birds moving today included 44 Shelduck, 52 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 84 Common Scoter, 207 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 177 Knot, 35 Sanderling, 21 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 33 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 22 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 19 Turnstone, 80 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 147 Sandwich Tern, 409 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 814 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 368 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 12 flava Wagtail.
Birds present included 13 Little Egret, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, the first Wheatear and Garden Warbler of the autumn and 2 Willow Warbler.
Insect interest was provided by a Vestal moth (very rare in Yorkshire) and a Banded Demoiselle on Beacon Lane.

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Thursday, 01 August 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.40-11.00, 12.55-20.40. A very warm and sunny day, kept a little cooler by the force 2 S- 3-4 SE wind.
It was another very good day for wader passage, particularly in the afternoon when they picked up pace. The days totals were 8 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 159 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 233 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 374 Knot, 126 Sanderling, 271 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 222 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 23 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 38 Turnstone, 2 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 316 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 11 Swift, 105 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow.
There was an emergence of flying ants in the evening and at least 2000 Black-headed Gulls filled the sky feeding on them, there was a nice adult Mediterranean Gull with them. Other birds seen included 2 Ruff 1 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Willow Warbler.
Interesting insects today included a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a Small Red-eyed Damselfly, a Red-veined Dart and the first Migrant Hawker of the year.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.20-11.00, 18.15-20.00. A force 2 WSW wind dropped and backed SSE by the evening, a clear sunny start clouded over by late morning and some heavy showers mid-afternoon to early evening.
More of the same and in less numbers again, on the move were 4 Shoveler, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 85 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 120 Knot, 49 Sanderling, 87 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel, 38 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 66 Swift, 92 Sand Martin, 120 Swallow.
Birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 7 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap and 6 Willow Warblers.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.40-11.00, 11.30-12.30, 17.30-20.00. A warm and sunny day with a few short sharp showers in the late afternoon, a force 3-1 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light wader passage in the morning, birds moving today were 2 Teal, 82 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing, 129 Knot, 182 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 121 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 164 Swift, 149 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 3 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included 6 Teal, 23 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 32 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.

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Monday, 29 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 04.30-13.00, 14.45-16.30, 18.30-20.00. Sunny spells with squally showers moving through although most were offshore, a force 3-4 S wind dropped off in the evening.
There was a constant movement of waders in the morning, although not in as good a numbers as yesterday. Passage lulled from early afternoon to just occasional flocks moving offshore until the evening.
The days passage totals were 4 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 80 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 106 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 294 Knot, 295 Sanderling, 410 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 58 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 180 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 85 Turnstone, 412 Swift, 132 Sand Martin and 35 Swallows.
Other birds present included 7 Teal, 25 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Corn Bunting.

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  • Oystercatchers on the move. Justin Carr

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.10-20.45. A fresh SW 4-5 wind dropping off in the evening to 1, sunny spells and a thunder storm with heavy downpour in the early evening.
An outstanding day for wader passage, with the Whimbrel record being obliterated when 668 flew south and 21 more were on the Humber, the previous best was 468 set in 2009. Other wader passage totals were 487 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 10 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 563 Knot, 397 Sanderling, 550 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 91 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 208 Turnstone.
Other birds moving included 13 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 141 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 10 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 129 Black-headed Gull, 222 Sandwich Tern, 286 Common Tern, 21 Arctic Tern, 953 Swift, 48 Sand Martin.
Other birds present were 27 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a Barn Owl and a Grasshopper Warbler.

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  • One flock of Whimbrels on this record breaking day. Justin Carr

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.00-10.00. Bright and sunny until fog by late afternoon in a force 1-2 E wind.
A fairly quiet day with waders again dominating, 10,000 Dunlin were on Beacon Ponds and other waders present included a Little Ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper. While birds on the move were 35 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 65 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 6 Knot, 85 Sanderling, 116 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 7 Swift.
Other birds seen included 2 Gadwall, 16 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Little Gull, a Cuckoo, 70 Sand Martin, a Mistle Thrush and 2 Willow Warbler.

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 15.00-16.15, 18.15-21.30. Bright and sunny most of the day with a light E-SE wind.
Another good day for wader passage with a few other birds also moving south – 5 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 35 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 63 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 251 Knot, 76 Sanderling, 109 Dunlin, 24 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 68 Swift, 195 Sand Martin.
The first evening tern roost movement of the year occurred when 57 Common and 3 Arctic Terns moved south, but also an incredible 172 Little Terns which are not usually involved in the roost movements, so were these birds genuinely moving off south? The tern roost movements will no quickly build up over the next couple of weeks and in August we have recorded as many as 40,000 Common Terns on an evening, with a Bridled Tern north of here and quite likely to get caught up in the movements, means it could be an interesting but tiring August!!!!
A petrel ringing session in the evening was successful and a Storm Petrel was trapped and ringed at 23.15 hrs.
Other birds seen during the day were 2 Greylag Geese, a Brent Goose, 3 Teal, 14 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Barn Owl, 11 Yellow Wagtail and 18 Crossbills.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.45-11.30, 18.30-20.00. Cloudy with some light showers began clearing up to blue skies in a force 1-3 SE-S wind.
Another good day for passage, particularly waders – 2 Sheldduck, 3 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Grey Heron, 101 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 108 Knot, 124 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Whimbrel, 33 Curlew, 103 Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 21 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 24 Sandwich Tern, 210 Swift, 215 Sand Martin.
Other birds present included 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 10 Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 47 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Sand Martin, 19 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.00. More thunderstorms throughout the night continuing to mid-morning, leaving a mixture of blue skies and rain with a light ENE wind.
There was a good count of 182 Shelducks flying out east, and a Goldeneye at Kilnsea Wetlands yesterday and today was very unseasonal! Other birds moving south were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 1 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 63 Oystercatcher, 10 Knot, 19 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 32 Swift and 119 Sand Martin.
Birds present included 26 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 16 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 239 Little Gull, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Yellow Wagtail.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.45-20.30. Thunderstorms overnight continued through the morning with rain until early afternoon, in a light E-S-SE wind.
The outstanding feature of the day was the Green Sandpiper record of 12 being broken when 18 moved through Canal Scrape including 11 together at one time. Also a Wood Sandpiper was on Canal Scrape briefly. It was a very good day for waders with the following moving south over the sea: 148 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 124 Knot, 212 Sanderling, 80 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 89 Whimbrel, 34 Curlew, 46 Redshank, and 55 Turnstone. Also moving south were 23 Shelduck, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Common Tern, 375 Swift, 184 Sand Martin and a Crossbill.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 8 Little Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler and a Willow Warbler.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.15-08.30, 16.00-18.30. Low cloudy or fog on and off all day with just the occasional glimpse of the sun, a force 1 NNE-NE wind.
A male Red-backed Shrike was found at Beacon Ponds, one of several to turn up along the east coast in the last few days. Otherwise there was just some light passage which included 7 Tufted Duck, 37 Oystercatcher, 150 Sanderling (+540 on the Point beach), 11 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Turnstone, 1 Razorbill, 12 Swift, 8 Crossbill and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included 5 Teal, 300+ Common Scoter, 200 Gannet, 34 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, and 75 Sand Martin.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 08.00-12.00, 12.30-13.30, 14.30-18.20. A cloudy misty day with a force 1 NE wind.
A good day for waders and seabirds moving offshore – 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 500 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 332 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 114 Knot, 266 Sanderling, 75 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 5 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 35 Swift and 16 Crossbills.
Other birds present were 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 05.30-08.30, 10.00-11.20, 14.30-17.00. Low cloud all day with constant sea fret or drizzle, a force 1 NE wind.
The undoubted highlight for two lucky observers was a juvenile TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL seen by the lighthouse in the morning, they told YWT staff they had seen a Crossbill but later realised they had seen a Two-barred Crossbill and fortunately took some photographs. Also 2 Common Crossbills were in the Kew area. Other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 35 Sand Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush.
Birds on the move included 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 7 Manx Shearwater, 81 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 15 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Tern, 9 auk sp, 2 Razorbill, 3 Puffin.
Other birds seen were 16 Greylag Geese, 13 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 13 Cormorant, 25 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5400 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper.

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  • Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

  • Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

  • Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

  • Two-barred Crossbill. David and Maureen Blackmore

  • male Common Crossbill. Ian Smith

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 11.20-17.30, 18.00-19.45. Another very hot and sunny day with a light force 1 N-NE wind.
The first addition to the year list this month was a Storm Petrel trapped in the early hours of the morning during a tape-luring session. Another seabird surprise was 3 Black-throated Divers in breeding plumage which flew north, one coming out over the Warren. Other birds on the move were a Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 125 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 45 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 73 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 32 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 14 auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 186 Swift, 149 Sand Martin and 1 Crossbill.
Other birds present were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Teal, 337 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Water Rail, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Willow Warbler.
Also 2 dolphin sp moved north.

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  • Storm Petrel. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 16.30-17.30, 18.00-19.00. Another hot sunny day with a force 1 N wind.
Some light passage over the sea included 3 Teal, 256 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 23 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Common Tern, 8 auk sp, 22 Swift and 13 Crossbill.
Birds present included 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, a Water Rail, 226 Bar-tailed Godwits including the first 2 juveniles, 1 Greenshank, the first juv Cuckoo, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Yellow Wagtails.
Also there were 9 Emerald Damselflies on Clubley’s.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.50-09.50, 14.30-20.00. Hot and sunny with a light NE wind.
The highlight was a new species of dragonfly for Spurn and only the 2nd for VC61, a male Keeled Skimmer was found at the Warren.
Birds on the move included 37 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 2 Sanderling, 22 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 9 auk sp, 1 Puffin, 66 Swift and 27 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 13 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Grasshopper Warbler.

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  • Arctic Skua and Sandwich Tern battling. Ian Smith

Monday, 15 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.20-12.00, 15.45-17.30, 18.00-20.30. A hot, bright sunny day with a swinging force 1-3 WNW-E-S wind.
The Little Egret record was smashed when 37 were counted between Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands. On the move were 11 Teal, 4 Eider, 254 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 23 Knot, 72 Sanderling, 13 Dunlin, 12 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Kittiwak, 36 Sandwich Tern, 2 auk sp, 13 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 60 Swift, 4 Sand Martin and a Crossbill.
Other birds seen included the first 2 Snipe of the autumn, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Blackcap.

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  • part of the Little Egret flock. John Hewitt

  • Dunlin. John Hewitt

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 09.30-12.00, 14.45-17.00, 17.30-19.30. Fog to start and end the day with sunny spells in between, a force 1-2 E-SE wind.
Pomarine Skua which flew south was the days highlight, other birds moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Manx Shearwater, 67 Gannet, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 48 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 13 Common Tern, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 34 Swift and 14 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen included 250 Common Scoter, 22 Little Egrets (2nd highest count), 3300 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull and 20 Little Gulls.

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  • Swallow feeding young. Justin Carr

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 04.45-11.00. A hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine until fog set in mid-afternoon, a force 1 NE wind.
The highlight was 2 Long-tailed Skuas over the Humber which flew out over the peninsula and headed off north, also on the move were 1 Eider, 223 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua, 96 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 93 Swift, 68 Sand Martin.
Other birds present were 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and a Reed Warbler.

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  • Black-tailed Godwits are looking very smart at the moment. Ian Smith

  • Black-tailed Godwits are looking very smart at the moment. Ian Smith

Friday, 12 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-10.30, 18.00-18.30, 19.00-21.00. A cloudy cool morning with the sun breaking through mid-afternoon, a force 1 -2 NE wind.
The first Willow Warbler of the autumn appeared at Kew and there was a steady trickle of birds moving including 3 Shelduck, 9 Teal, 1150 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 251 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Common Tern, 23 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 235 Swift, 34 Sand Martin and 2 House Martins.
Other birds seen included 13 Little Egret, a Little Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

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  • Avocet attacking Little Egret, both rare birds at Spurn at the turn of this century! Ian Smith

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 16.00-17.30. Another cloudy day with a force 2-1 NE wind.
Another day of sea-watching – 6 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 150 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 300 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 85 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 31 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and 2 Swift.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-21.00. Mostly cloudy with a force 1-3 NE wind.
A good day over the sea for early July, 3 Tufted Duck, 607 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 63 Manx Shearwater, 448 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 44 auk sp, 26 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 6 Puffin.
The only other birds noted were 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, and 2 Greenshank.

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  • Red-breasted Merganser. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.45-09.30. A hot, sunny day with occasional fog drifting in, a force 1 NE wind.
On the move were 6 Teal, 85 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet and 64 Swift.
A juvenile Coal Tit was trapped at Kew, and other birds present included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Yellow Wagtail.

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  • Over 280 spikes of Pyramidal Orchids on the parade ground at the Point is the best showing for several years. Michael Flowers

Monday, 08 July 2013

Fog for most of the day restricted birding all day.
A Red-breasted Merganser was on Kilnsea Wetlands, 22 Golden Plover and 2 Whimbrel on the Humber, 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Beacon Ponds. Interestingly 45 pipistrelle bats came out of roost at the Blue Bell, normally only a handful of bats can be seen on an evening in the Spurn area.

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Sunday, 07 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-12.00, 13.00-14.15. A very warm and cloudless day with just a force 1 NE wind.
Another quiet day, on the move were 285 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 162 Swift, 195 Sand Martin and 19 Crossbill.
Other birds seen included 5 Grey Heron, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Little Gull and a Blackcap.

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Saturday, 06 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 07.15-16.00. Another very warm and sunny day with a light SW-SE breeze.
There was some more passage of Swifts and Sand Martins with 570 and 374 respectively moving south, also on the move were 5 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 198 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 18 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 6 House Martin.
Other birds present included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern and 6 Crossbills.

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  • Green Sandpiper. Ian Smith

  • Mediterranean Gulls. Ian Smith

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Mick Turton

Friday, 05 July 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.00, 19.10-21.15. A warm sunny day with a force 2-3 W wind.
Another quiet day with light passage: 491 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 74 Gannet, 2 Lapwing, 6 Kittiwake, 18 Guillemot, 56 Swift, 152 Sand Martin.
Only other birds seen included 4 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Yellow Wagtail.

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  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Mick Turton

Thursday, 04 July 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-10.30, 13.30-16.30. Sunny spells and warm and muggy with a force 3-4 SW wind.
A quiet day with some light passage, 7 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 636 Swift, 253 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin and a flava Wagtail.

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  • Linnet. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.25-11.30, 14.00-16.15. Mostly cloudy with some light showers in a force 3-1 SW wind.
Another good day for passage included 52 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 88 Manx Shearwater, 82 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 28 Curlew, 1 Little Gull, 62 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 1981 Swift, 92 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and a Siskin.
Other birds present included 1060 Common Scoter offshore going back and forth, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30, 13.30-17.00. A bright start but clouded over with light rain by late afternoon, a stiffening force 1-4 SW-SSW wind.
More of the same, on the move were 848 Common Scoter (749 N), 3 Red-throated Diver, 48 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 29 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 22 Black-headed Gull, 986 Swift, 44 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail.
The only birds seen were 1 Scaup, 14 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

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  • Little Tern. Ian Smith

Monday, 01 July 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00, 14.15-16.30. Mainly cloudy with the odd sunny spell or light shower with a force 2-4 WNW wind.
Another day of light passage – 181 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 17 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 31 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-taild Godwit, 24 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 10 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 277 Swift, 60 Sand Martin and 11 Starling.
Other birds present were 9 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Greenshank and 70 Sandwich Terns.

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

The final tally for species recorded during June was 161, 16 more than the best ever June, which usually averages around 125-130.
Migration/sea-watch 06.00-13.00, 14.05-16.00, 18.30-19.30. A hot, humid day with lengthy sunny spells and a few cloudy periods, with a force 1-3 SW wind.
A reasonable day for passage which included a few seabirds, waders going south and coming inoff and Swifts and martins, the totals were 690 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 60 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 46 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Common Tern, 2 Razorbill, 507 Swift, 167 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw and 2 Chaffinch.
Other birds seen included a Tufted Duck, the Scaup, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mostly cloudy with a force 2-3 NW/N wind. Seawatch - 0600-1115.
Cory's Shearwater was again seen to go south in the morning as did 2 Montagu's Harriers through the day. Other birds seen were 65 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Divers, 4 Fulmars, 14 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannets, a Grey Heron, 2 Dunlin, Great Skua,13 Kittiwake,267 Auk sp., 20 Guillemots, 11 Razorbills,22 Puffins plus 5 on the Humber and 10 Sand Martins. Wader numbers contiue to build with 332 Dunlin,10 Redshank and a Black-tailed Godwit on Beacon Ponds and 380 Oystercatchers,6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrels and 216 Curlews on the Humber plus 6 in. 3 Little Gulls and 3 Common Terns were on Beacon Ponds and the Scaup remains on Kilnsea Wetlands.
The first Red-veined Darter was on Clubley's Scrape.

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  • immature male Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith

  • immature male Montagu's Harrier. Ian Smith

Friday, 28 June 2013

Seawatch - 0530-0900. A sunny start to the day gave way to cloud and increasingly heavier showers becoming persistant.
Passage at sea included 14 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver N + 1S, 4Fulmar N + 2S, 2 Manx Shearwater N + 25S, 30 Gannet N + 33S, Arctic Skua S, 4 Kittiwake N + 3S, 15 Auk sp.N + 14S, 1 Guillemot N + 2S, and the day's highlight,a Cory's Shearwater flew south at 20:15.
Other birds on the move were 3 Lapwing S, a Whimbrel and 32 Curlew in + 4S,17 Oystercatcher S, 19 Swift S, 8 Sand Martin S and a Crossbill N.
A Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Gulls were on Kilnsea Wetlands and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Beacon Ponds.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Seawatch 0600-0920.A fine sunny start with ligh NW-W wind clouding over in the afternoon with wind veering WSW.
The Pectoral Sandpiper remained on Holderness Pools.On the Humber were 52 Curlew plus 2 in from the East, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Golden Plover, a first-summer Little Gull and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail was on the Saltmarsh .Birds on the move included 35 Common Scoter N + 5S, Red-throated Diver N, 11 Fulmar N + 1S, 2 Manx Shearwater N, 26 Gannet N + 37S,8 Cormorant N, 21 Kittiwake N, a Common Tern N, 28 auk sp N and 26S, 1 Puffin N + 1S, 110 Swift S, 84 Sand Martin S, 9 House Martin S, 3 Jackdaw U-turned, and a Siskin S.
The female Scaup was still on Kilnsea Wetlands and a Black Tern flew North past Easington Gas Terminal.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

No watches today. A dry bright morning giving way to cloud by the afternoon with the odd light shower with a light F1-2 N-NW wind.
The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on the pool in the holderness field though spends time in pools not viewable from the path. A juvenile Croossbill flew north from the warren to kew. Birds moving south were a Green Sandpiper, 34 Swift, 73 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 13 Jackdaw and 3 Chaffinch whilst offshore 120 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 142 Kittiwake and 70+ Sandwich Tern. Wader numbers are slowly increasing on the Humber with the first 3 Golden Plover and also 210 Oysercatcher and 36 Curlew plus 16 in from the east. 
Other birds of interest were the female Scaup on Kilnsea wetland and a Mistle Thrush in the triangle.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Sea-watch 06.00-08.15. A better day with plenty of warm sunshine, a force 2-1 NW-N wind.
Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on Holderness Field pond late morning before flying off, but then returned in the evening. 22 Sand Martins flew south and were probably the first autumn migrants. Also on the move were 1 Teal, 103 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 19 Manx Shearwater, 136 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Kittiwake, 46 Sandwich Tern, 146 auk sp, 1 Puffin, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, and 7 Chaffinch.
Other birds present were 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Whimbrel, 33 Curlew, 4 Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 8 Cuckoo, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Jay and a Crossbill.

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Sea-watch 06.20-09.20. Cloudy most of the day with some light drizzle on and off. A cool force 1-2 NW-ENE wind.
Other than the Whooper Swan, Tufted Duck and Scaup on Kilnsea Wetlands, the only birds noted were over the sea – 19 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 16 Manx Shearwater, 6 Curlew, 76 auk sp, 18 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and a Puffin.

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sea/migration-watch 04.30-12.00, 15.00-17.10. Heavy rain showers in a stiff force 4-5 W-WNW wind with just the odd sunny spell.
In between showers it was another day of Swift passage with a total of 3102 by the end of the day, other birds moving included 23 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Curlew, 6 Kittiwake, 51 Sandwich Tern, 4 Guillemot, 16 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 18 House Martin, 1 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included a Whooper Swan, 4 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Gull, a Barn Owl and a Jay.

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  • Whooper Swan. Ian Smith

  • female Scaup. John Hewitt

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.00-12.00. Rain at dawn slowly petered out with a strong force 4-5 SW wind.
A good day for Swift passage with 7587 flying south, also moving south were 3 Gadwall, 46 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 12 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 3 Kittiwake, 77 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 18 House Martin.
Other birds present included 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Jay.

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  • Swift watchers. Garry Taylor

  • Swift. Ian Smith

Friday, 21 June 2013

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-11.30, 13.30-17.00. Overnight rain petered out by early morning but remaining overcast for most of the day, with sunny spells in the evening, a force 1 NW-SE wind.
A pick up in passage included 31 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 101 Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwater, 86 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 10 Curlew, 4 Puffin, 1174 Swift and 17 House Martin. The only other birds seen were 1 Scaup and a Barn Owl.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.10-10.10, 14.00-15.30. Cloudy all day with heavy rain by the evening in a force 1-2 E-NE wind.
Another quiet day, moving south were 212 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 45 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Gull and 54 Swift.
The only birds seen were 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, a Grey Heron and a Blackcap

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Sea-watch 13.30-15.30. A very humid day with low cloud and a few sunny spells in a light force 2-1 N-NE wind.
The biggest surprise was a Whooper Swan which flew north and settled for a while on Holderness Field, this is the first June record at Spurn, in fact the previous latest record was on 15th April 1956! It is probably not to be unexpected in this very late and unusual spring, where we have had our first ever June records of Pink-footed Geese and even Fieldfare and there was one at Gibraltar Point in Lincs the day before – a late bird making its way back north?
In comparison a Green Sandpiper was probably the first returning autumn migrant! Also present were 6 Teal, a Shoveler, a Scaup, 2 Grey Heron, a Common Buzzard, a Hobby, 3 Swift south, and 2 Jackdaw.

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  • Whooper Swan. Michael Flowers

  • Tony Robinson

  • eclipse drake Shoveler. Michael Flowers

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.30. Mostly cloudy but humid in a force 1-2 E-NE wind.
A very quiet day, the only birds of any note were 340 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 2 Shag, 5 auk sp all offshore; 1 Swift and 1 House Martin south and 3 Cuckoo blogging.
Another new brood of 4 Avocets are out at Kilnsea Wetlands and the first brood of Lesser Whitethroats at the Point.

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-08.10. Mostly sunny with variable amounts of cloud, a light force 1 E wind.
On a very quiet day there were a few surprises, a female Red-backed Shrike along the road between Easington and Long Bank, a Quail by Easington gas terminal and a Marsh Warbler singing at the north end of Beacon Lane. Otherwise the only other birds of note were 2 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Hobby, 16 Swift, 1 House Martin, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-12.00. Cloudy with some long sunny spells, a force 3-1 WSW wind.
Fieldfare and a Bullfinch were very unseasonal and other migrants included a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Jay.
There was some light passage over both the sea and land: 4 Greylag Geese, 75 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, 44 Manx Shearwater, 166 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, a Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Oystercatcher, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 36 Sandwich Tern, 87 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 195 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 5 Jackdaw, 262 Starling, 21 Chaffinch and 3 Goldfinch.
Also present were 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, a Golden Plover, a Little Stint, and a Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Fieldfare. John Hewitt

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-14.40, 18.15-20.15. Some sunny spells mixed with some heavy showers, a stiff force 4-3 SW-W wind.
Another day of light passage, moving (mainly south) were 32 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 193 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, a Red Kite U-turned, 16 Black-headed Gull, 26 Lesser B.B.Gull, 148 Kittiwake, 114 Sandwich Tern, 127 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 549 Swift, 73 Swallow, 56 House Martin.
Birds present 3 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 29 Teal, a Hobby, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Turtle Dove, a Reed Warbler and a Crossbill.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.25-10.10, 14.00-16.30. A cooler day with some heavy showers in the afternoon and plenty of sunshine in the morning, a force 2-3 SW wind.
Passage was much lighter today but got off to a good start when a Bee-eater flew south over Numpties at 06.45, other birds moving south included 1 Eider, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 19 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, a Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 auk sp, 143 Swift, 22 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 7 Goldfinch.
Red-backed Shrike was found at the Point mid-morning taking the spring total so far to at least 27 birds, while other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Hobby, a Spotted Redshank, a Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Jay.
To illustrate quite how good this spring has been, the number of species seen at Spurn in April was 169, 9 more than has been recorded at Spurn before in April; in May there was 189, 11 more than ever in May and only 4 short of the best month ever; and in June we have already passed the June record (145) by two and still have half a month to go!

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Migration/sea-watches 05.50-13.15, 13.40-14.40. Heavy clouds most of the day with just the odd glimpse of the sun and heavy rain late afternoon with thunder and lightening, a force 3-4 SW-WSW wind.
It was another good day for Swift passage but not quite as many and no surprises today, totals moving south were 2 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 14 Lapwing, 1 Curlew south and 2 in (the first returning birds?), 1663 Swift, 41 Swallow, 191 House Martin, 1 Jackdaw and 22 Goldfinch.
Other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Gull and a Jay.

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  • Brent Goose and 3 Pink-footed Geese on Long Bank, a typical mid-summer scene at Spurn? Mick Turton

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-12.00, 13.00-17.00. The first proper south-westerlies in over a month produced the hoped for passage of Swifts and during a netting session trying to catch them our warden picked a PACIFIC SWIFT up over the Triangle, it was seen feeding over the Triangle while slowly moving south, and as it passed the Warren at 08.50 it just missed the top of the net! This is the fourth record of Pacific Swift at Spurn and is a couple of weeks earlier than previous records but also the Swift count is very good for so early in June. The peak period for swifts being 20th June to 10th July. The Swift total by the end of the day was 2616, also moving south was a Spoonbill, 1 Greylag Goose, 48 Canada Geese, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet, 120 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 23 Razorbill, 14 Puffin, 208 Swallow, 291 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 5 Goldfinch.
Red-necked Phalarope was on Holderness Field pools (the field south of Beacon Ponds with new ponds dug out) at 12.45 but flew off over the banking as lost to view. Other birds present included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Turtle Dove.

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  • Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

  • Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

  • Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

  • Pacific Swift as flew south past Numpties at Spurn, all Ian Smith, apart from the obvious white rump, the scaling can be seen on the bottom image, the long, slimmer wings and longer more deeply forked tail

  • imm Spoonbill. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00. Mainly cloudy with just the odd sunny spell in a force 3 S-SE wind.
The Canada Goose record was broken when two flocks totalling 76 birds flew south during the day, and a Crossbill over the Warren was the first since the first day of the year. There was some light passage south – 1 Greylag Goose, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp, 148 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 47 Swallow, 152 House Martin and a Jackdaw. The only other bird of note was a Spotted Flycatcher at Kew.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-12.20. Cloudy most of the day with some sunny spells around mid-day, a force 1-2 NE-SE wind.
A new Marsh Warbler was singing at the west end of the Canal deep in cover but wouldn’t show and other migrants included a Tree Pipit, a Marsh Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
Birds on the move included 2 Cormorant, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 57 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow, 6 House Martin.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Whimbrel.

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  • House Martin. Ian Smith

Sunday, 09 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-11.50. Another sunny start but clouded over later in the day, a cool force 2-1 NNE wind.
A very quiet day, on the move were 32 Common Scoter, 8 Swift, 20 Swallow, 90 House Martin, 7 Jackdaw and a Corn Bunting. Other birds seen included, 3 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, and 4 Jays.

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  • the young Avocets are growing well. Alan Whitehead

Saturday, 08 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-09.30. A bright start, cloud building later on, a force 1-2 NNE wind.
The Nightjar was seen again at the Potato Fields, the Red-backed Shrike was still at Southfield Farm and the Common Rosefinch was showing well behind the White Horse Pub in Easington. Other migrants were 2 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 11 Spotted Flycatchers.
A few birds on the move included 3 Teal, 9 Eider, 96 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 105 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 56 auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 23 Swift, 46 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail.

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Friday, 07 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-09.15. A fine sunny day with a light to moderate NE wind.
The good birds keep arriving, a Woodchat Shrike was found at Middle Camp late morning and quickly moved south settling down in the Sheep Field where it was still present in the evening. A Nightjar was seen briefly at Wire Dump and a female Red-backed Shrike was at Southfield Farm. Other migrants included 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Corn Bunting.
Birds on the move included 4 Canada Geese, 101 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmer, 44 Gannet, 106 Kittiwake, 12 Common Tern, 138 auk sp, 1 Turtle Dove, 19 Swift, 113 Swallow, 132 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw.
The only other birds seen were 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and a Mediterranean Gull.

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Thursday, 06 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-09.15. Cloud early morning which soon cleared and a light force 2 E wind.
There was a bit of a trauma in the early hours of the morning, when it was discovered there was a fire in the roof space at the Warren Cottage, fire engines were summonsed and the fire put out, no one was hurt and no damage was done to the rooms, but the joists appear damaged and the obs will now be closed until further notice until the work has been done.
Fortunately it was a good day for birding, what was presumably the same Thrush Nightingale was singing from the same spot as last weekend, it was trapped and ringed and released and was heard singing there again afterwards. Two Marsh Warblers were trapped at the Warren, one of which was one from two days ago. A male and female Red-backed Shrike were found on Beacon Lane, a singing brown male Common Rosefinch was present on Vicar’s Lane, Easington. Common migrants included 5 Cuckoo, a Black Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
On the move were 137 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 311 Gannet, 6 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2365 Kittiwake, 15 Common Tern, 18 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 28 Swift, 50 Swallow, 55 House Martin.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Scaup, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 88 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

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  • Thrush Nightingale. Alan Whitehead

  • Tim Jump

  • 2 Marsh Warblers. Andy Roadhouse

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.45, 14.30-15.30, 18.00-20.00. Mainly cloudy with a light N-NE wind.
The Corncrake flushed was flushed again in the Point dunes late morning, a female Red-backed Shrikeshowed very well in the Triangle, otherwise migrants included 6 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, a Lesser Redpoll and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 6 Teal, 3 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 109 Gannet, 1 Shag, 342 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 139 auk sp, 41 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill, 6 Puffin, 19 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 72 Swallow, 21 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel and a Barn Owl.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-12.00, 14.45-16.15. Clear skies with to start but cool in a fresh N wind, clouded over mid-afternoon.
To say there were no common migrants apart from 1 Chiffchaff, there were a few scarce migrants, most notably a Corncrake flushed in the Point dunes; another Marsh Warbler was found in a mist-net at the Warren late afternoon and a Common Rosefinch was seen, firstly singing in Canal Hedge in the morning and then at the Point late afternoon. A Little Stint at Beacon Ponds early morning was the second addition to the year list in the morning but not seen again afterwards.
On the move were 4 Fulmar, 114 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 39 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 9 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow, 71 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw and 11 Goldfinch.
Other birds included 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 3 Whimbrel.

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  • Marsh Warbler. Ian Smith

Monday, 03 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30. Warm and sunny with clear blue skies all day and a very light SE-E wind.
Apart from a Quail singing at Sammy’s Point early morning, the day was almost a dead loss. The only other birds of note were 3 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Cuckoo, 27 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 164 Swallow, 73 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Chiffchaff.

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  • Marsh Harrier being chased off by Shelducks. John Brattan

  • one of many Cuckoos around at the moment. Bob Thompson

Sunday, 02 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-13.30, 14.45-17.00. Long sunny periods and a light N-NE wind.
The Thrush Nightingale was seen and heard early morning but then stopped singing and has not been seen or heard since. A male Red-backed Shrike showed very well at Sammy’s Point taking the total to a minimum of 22 birds so far this spring, breaking the record of 20 in spring 1977. Two Red Kites flew south together mid-morning followed shortly by a Spoonbill flying north. A Curlew Sandpiper was at Beacon Ponds. 
Other birds seen included 3 Pink-footed Geese and due to the lateness of birds this spring may well have been wild birds, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 ArctIc Tern, 162 Swallow, 66 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and 3 Jay.

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  • male Pied Flycatcher. Alan Whitehead

  • Justin Carr

  • male Red-backed Shrike. Bob Thompson

Saturday, 01 June 2013

Migration/sea-watch on and off all day. A cool cloudy day with a force 2 N-NE wind.
The Thrush Nightingale was present all day at Sammy’s Point, singing occasionally and showing even less, there was also a Marsh Warbler singing next to it and another singing in Canal Hedge which was trapped and ringed, the Common Rosefinch was singing at the Warren in the morning before flying north and then not seen again, a Temminck’s Stint was flushed by Beacon Ponds, it flew off south and wasn’t seen again. A pair of Red-backed Shrikes and a Long-eared Owl were in the Triangle. 
Commoner migrants were 4 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 11 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 12 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Jay.
There was some light passage over the sea and the land which included 32 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 47 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 80 Gannet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 188 Kittiwake, 30 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 22 Arctic Tern, 127 auk sp, 99 Guillemot, 66 Razorbill, 19 Puffin, 176 Swallow, 51 House Martin and 2 Jackdaw.

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  • Thrush Nightingale. John Brattan

  • Marsh Warbler. Micky 'luv' McNaghten

Friday, 31 May 2013

May has been an incredible month (continuing the excellent spring), with 189 species recorded, 11 more than has ever been recorded in May before and only 4 short of the most species ever recorded in any month. The year list stands at 220 which is 7 more than the total has ever been at the end of May.
Migration/sea-watch 08.00-16.00. A cool foggy start, with a light N-NE wind, the fog cleared at times, making it feel like spring for a change with long sunny periods.
A Nightingale was reported at Sammy’s Point earlier in the day, and on thinking it was an unusually late date at Spurn, the bird went to be checked out early evening, it was glimpsed a few times and didn’t react to Nightingale song, but when THRUSH NIGHTINGALE was played it responded immediately and was recorded singing back to the tape. The bird never gave good views as it sang from deep cover. Another addition to the year list was a Coal Tit seen in Easington. There were 6 Red-backed Shrikes including a new male on Green Lane, Easington, as well as 2 males and female in the Triangle, a female on Beacon Lane, and a male at Chalk Bank. The Common Rosefinch was found in a mist-net in Church Field early morning and continued to sing there most of the day. Two Spoonbills flew south mid-morning, a Long-eared Owl was at the back of Rose Cottage, while common migrant totals were 6 Cuckoo, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, and 5 Jay. 
There was some light passage which included 3 Fulmar, 4 Marsh Harrier, 6 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 529 Swallow, 184 House Martin, 4 Jackdaw, 18 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 12 Linnet.
Other birds seen included 15 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine and a Barn Owl.

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  • Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Thursday, 30 May 2013

No watches and another other misty damp start then fog rolled in from late morning with a cold force 3-2 NW-NNE wind.
The singing ‘brown’ Common Rosefinch in the churchyard reas was probably the one from yesterday, and was seen a few times on the birdfeeders in Church Field, please note access of for Friends of Spurn ONLY. There were five Red-backed Shrikes in the area, the male at Chalk Bank, two females and a male in the Warren to Canal Scrape area, one female probably ranging to Beacon Lane and a male on the north side of Easington Gas Terminal. A Long-eared Owl was ringed at the Warren and a Black Redstart was also there, other migrants included 2 Turtle Doves, 4 Cuckoo, 40 Swallow south, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.
Four Snow Geese dropped into the field by the listening dish with 8 Greylag Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Peregrine, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull and 12 Razorbills were the only other birds of note.

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  • 1st summer male Common Rosefinch. Marcus Brew

  • Long-eared Owl. Marcus Brew

  • male Red-backed Shrike. Adam Hutt

  • Turtle Dove. Adam Hutt

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Migration-watch 07.30-08.15. A misty damp start then fog rolled in before rain took over until early afternoon, the rain stopped but remained misty, a force 3 NE-NNW wind.
A first-summer Caspian Gull showed well on the edge of the saltmarsh off the Warren for 15 minutes before flying off south down the Humber, but could still be in the area. A singing ‘brown’ Common Rosefinch was first in Canal Hedge and then flew to the Warren where it was heard several times in the morning. Two new male Red-backed Shrikes were found , one on Beacon Lane and one at Chalk Bank, and the female from yesterday was still in the Triangle but elusive. Common migrants totals were 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 14 Swift, 44 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.
The only other birds seen were 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 4 Fulmar, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 14 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.

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  • 1st summer Caspian Gull.

  • 1st summer Caspian Gull.

  • brown male Common Rosefinch

  • female Red-backed Shrike. all phots Adam Hutt

  • male Red-backed Shrike. Justin Carr

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Migration-watch 05.00-10.00. A still and drizzly start, a few sunny spells developed but was mainly cloudy, a freshening SE-E wind picked up to force 3 by late morning.
The first Icterine Warbler of the year was found singing in Canal Hedge and later moved to Little Hedge where it remained very elusive, also a new female Red-backed Shrike was seen in Little Hedge, otherwise just an increase in a few common migrants – 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, a Jay and a Lesser Redpoll.
On the move were 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 20 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 131 Swallow, 31 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch and 13 Linnet.
Other birds seen included 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 13 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and a Common Sandpiper.

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  • Jay. Martin Standley

Monday, 27 May 2013

Migration-watch 05.10-17.15, 18.15-18.45. Bright and sunny with cloud closing in during the evening, a force 1-3 SW wind backed southerly late on.
Only one Red-backed Shrike was seen early in the morning at Sammy’s Point, and most other migrants had cleared out. Highlights were a Red Kite which U-turned and 3 Spoonbills which flew north in the evening. Migrant totals were a Turtle Dove, a Tawny Owl, a Long-eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, and 2 Jay.
Passage was light but picked up in the afternoon – 113 Brent Geese flew out east, as did 16 Grey Plover, 30 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel and 8 Arctic Terns. Moving south were 72 Common Scoter, 16 Fulmar, 8 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 104 Woodpigeon, 79 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 528 Swallow, 78 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 28 Jackdaw, 27 Goldfinch and 182 Linnet.
Other birds seen included 1 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel.

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  • Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Migration-watch 17.00-17.30. A very nice sunny day with a light N-NE wind.
Very little passage apart from waders going out east late afternoon, also a few more new grounded migrants. Migrants present were 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, a Firecrest at the Lighthouse, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Red-backed Shrike (2 post 53, 1 Sammy’s, 1 Peter Lane, Easington), and 2 Jay.
24 Ringed Plover, 454 Grey Plover, 960 Dunlin and 3 Curlew all went out east, while other birds seen included4 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Hobby, a Peregrine, a hybrid? large Falcon, 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

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  • male Red-backed Shrike, Chalk Bank, Richard Willison

  • female Red-backed Shrike, Sammy's Point. Richard Willison

  • male Black Redstart. Martin Standley

  • Firecrest. Rich Swales

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Martin Standley

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Sea-watch 05.00-07.45.In complete contrast to yesterday the weather was sunny and a force 3 northerly dropping to 1 in the evening.
The spring record count for Red-backed Shrikes was broke when at least 10 birds were in the area (1 Easington playing fields, 2 Sammy’s Point, 1 Green Lane, Easington, 1 Easington road, 1 Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Triangle, 2 Middle Camp and 1 Chalk Bank area). Also there were 3 Common Rosefinches(Sammy’s Point car park; Canal Hedge and the Point); a Spoonbill flew north over Beacon Ponds at 08.25; and a Long-eared Owl in the Triangle. Common migrant totals were 5 Cuckoo, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Jay and a Lesser Redpoll.
The sea was much quieter with 85 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 11 Fulmar, 148 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 80 Kittiwake, 612 auk sp, 1 Puffin.
Another addition to the burgeoning year list was a first year Yellow-legged Gull at the Point, taking the year list to 216. While other birds present included 5 Teal, 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, a Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • A 'brown' Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

  • female Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Friday, 24 May 2013

Sea-watch 0600-18.00, near gale force north-easterly wind and blustery showers with some sunny spells in between.
The best ever spring sea-watch produced an Alpine Swift south at 10.25, a Great Shearwater south at 09.50 and 6 Long-tailed Skuas, other totals included a record spring count of 25 Arctic Skuas, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 1 Red-throated Diver, 264 Fulmar, 45 Manx Shearwater, 683 Gannet, 2 Bonxie, 89 Kittiwake, 46 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1580 auk sp and 1 Puffin.
Two new Red-backed Shrikes appeared a male at Kilnsea Wetlands and later by the listening dish and a female at Sammy’s Point, also a Hawfinch was at Cliff Farm early evening, but the only other migrants were a Cuckoo, 4 Wheatear and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Birds present included the usual wildfowl at Kilnsea Wetlands along with a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew Sandpiper was on the Humber and a Wood Sandpiper on Clubley’s Scrape.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. Ian Smith

  • Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sea-watch 13.45-16.00. A cold raw day with just a few sunny spells and showers in a force 4-6 NW –N wind.
Temminck’s Stint was found at Beacon Ponds and moved to Kilnsea Wetlands before disappearing late morning, the usual wildfowl were on the wetlands, and there are now 5 pairs of Avocets there, with two nests already hatched, along with a Little Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpipers. The weather didn’t make it easy looking for migrants, the only ones noted were late news of a Wryneck at Chalk Bank, a Long-eared Owl at post 53, 3 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Jay.
There were also a few birds over the sea, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 125 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Arctic Skua, 28 Kittiwake, 329 auk sp.

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  • drake Scaup. Martin Standley

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Martin Standley

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.15 – 08.30, 16.30-17.15. Cloudy with some drizzle early on, a force 1-2 NW wind. 
Just about all of yesterdays birds had cleared out overnight, a new male Red-backed Shrike was seen just north of Long Bank. Other migrants included 4 Cuckoo, 1 Sand Martin, 53 Swallow S, 3 House Martin S, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Jay.
Other birds present included 21 Greylag Geese, 106 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Red-throated Diver, 59 Gannet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, and 2 Arctic Skua, while going out east were 16 Grey Plover, 11 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 1 Greenshank.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Si Jump

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sea-watch , A cold force 3 N wind all day, cloudy and damp to start with some sunny periods in the afternoon.
With the weather conditions we had, we weren’t expecting the quality of birds we ended up with during the day. A Great White Egret was seen in flight near Sammy’s and it dropped into one of the drainage ditches east of there, but wasn’t seen to come out again until early evening when it flew towards the Wetlands and started feeding along the waters edge giving good views, while looking for the bird in the morning, the same observers had a Bee-eater fly east low over their heads at 10.50. 3 Red-backed Shrikes were seen, the female at Sammy’s Point and two new ones on the peninsula, a male at Potato Fields and a female at the Point. A female Bluethroat was found on the edge of the saltmarsh off the sound end of the Canal, a Common Rosefinch was seen on Beacon Lane early afternoon, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Canal Scrape, where it showed well early morning.
Other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 6 Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and a Lesser Redpoll.
There was some passage over the sea, 21 Common Scoter, 17 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 41 Gannet, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 129 Kittiwake, 228 auk sp, 144 Guillemot, 142 Razorbill, and the only birds moving over the land were 49 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 5 Carrion Crows.
The same wildfowl was still on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Little Egrets were present, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper were the most interesting of the good numbers of waders still present.

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  • Great White Egret. Ian Smith

  • Female Bluethroat. Ron Egan

Monday, 20 May 2013

Migration/sea-watches 13.50-14.50, 15.00-16.30, 17.00-18.00, fog and a fresh N wind in the morning, the fog cleared early afternoon and the sun came out for a short while.
It was apparent there had been a big clear out overnight, and the flycatcher seen late last night had done a bunk and deprived us of adding a fifth species of flycatcher to the weekends list. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at the Warren early morning and later moved to Little Hedge where it was viewable from Canal Scrape hide. The Red-backed Shrike was seen early evening in the fields south of Sammy’s Point, while the only other migrants seen were 2 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin.
There was a little activity over the sea once it was visible but nothing out of the ordinary, the totals were 44 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 49 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 49 Kittiwake, 210 auk sp, 40 Guillemot.
While elsewhere there were 20 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 9 Avocet, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Swift, 81 Swallow and 6 House Martin.

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  • Grey Plover. Adam Hutt

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Migration-watch 04.50-11.00. Cloudy still start, breaking to leave a warm sunny period before fog rolled in with a freshening E-NE wind, but veered NNW by the evening and cloudy again.
The Collared Flycatcher had unfortunately disappeared overnight, but there was a good arrival of new birds a Red-backed Shrike was at Sammy’s Point all day; a Marsh Warbler was trapped at the Warren early morning and released at Kew but did the usual disappearing act; a brown male Common Rosefinch was singing at the Point; a Red-breasted Flycatcher was found just south of the Warren and was later found in a mist net; a Curlew Sandpiper off the gate was the fourth addition to the year list during the day. Also an interesting small flycatcher was seen just before dusk but not enough features were seen to identify the bird, but it will be looked for again first thing.
There was a noticeable arrival of Spotted Flycatchers and Whitethroats and the days totals were 1 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 9 Tree Pipit, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, a probable Grey-headed Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 40 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 22 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Siskin and 4 Lesser Redpoll.
The best passage of Swallows this spring took place today with 1789, other passage totals included 1 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Whimbrel, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 170 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch and 25 Linnet.
Birds present were 15 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 1 Hobby, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl.

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  • Red backed Shrike. Richard Willison

  • Marsh Warbler. Garry Taylor

  • Red-breasted Flycather. Ian Smith

  • Garry Taylor

  • Rich Swales

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sea-watch 05.30-06.45, 09.00 – 17.30. Cloudy with light drizzle to start but soon clearing and odd drizzly period during the day but not the heavy rain that was forecast, a force 3-2 NW-W wind.
At the 11th hour or about 19.00 hrs John Grist found an adult male COLLARED FLYCATCHER at Sammy’s Point, the excited message was misunderstood at first as a probable adult male, had us thinking maybe he’s not had good views, but he meant he thought it was probably an adult male, so it took 15 minutes later to get the news out. The bird was flighty but showed in the open a few times and was still present at dusk. Unbelievably, John had already found a BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER at Patrington Oustray earlier in the day, the man is a legend and was slightly inebriated when he left the pub last night!
A 1st yr female Bluethroat was found in a mist-net at Kew Villa early morning and released at Cliff Farm, another female Bluethroat without a ring was found at the east end of the Canal early afternoon but was very elusive. There were also small numbers of other migrants but nothing out of the ordinary: 4 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit, 8 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycacher.
It wasn’t just a day or rare and scarce birds either, it was yet another very good day over the sea with the earliest ever Sooty Shearwater by about a month and the spring record count of Gannets being obliterated with 1620 N, also 909 Kittiwakes and a Great Northern Diver were other highlights, the seabird totals were 4 Red-throated Diver, 64 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 18 Sandwich Tern, 407 auk sp and a Puffin.
Other birds included 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, a Goosander, 9 Eider, a Hobby, 3 Greenshank, and a Barn Owl.

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  • Adult male Collared Flycatcher. John Grist

  • Broad-billed Sandpiper at Patrington Oustray. John Grist

  • Bluethroat. Ian Smith

  • migratong Gannets. Ian Smith

Friday, 17 May 2013

Sea-watch – 06.20 –13.00. Cloudy and drizzle to start and only a few sunny periods all day, a cold force 2-3 N wind.
The largest ever spring movements of auks occurred in the morning with at least 2895 auk sp, 530 Guillemots, 197 Razorbills and 9 Puffins. Also on the sea-watch 3 Black-throated Divers were seen with two south together and one north, becoming the 200th species recorded at Spurn this year. However, a few migrants appeared also, best of all being a male Ortolan Bunting found in the saltmarsh while looking for Bluethroats, unfortunately it couldn’t be relocated when other birders arrived. Other migrants included a Turtle Dove, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Swift S, 160 Swallow S, 4 House Martin S, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Jay and a Siskin.
While over the sea other totals included 5 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver (highest ever count in May), 11 Fulmar, 193 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Arctic Skua, 221 Kittiwake, 5 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern.
Other birds seen were 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck and 2 Scaup on Kilnsea Wetlands, a Red-legged Partridge, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard,, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Rich Swales

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.00 – 12.00. A still start, with cloud and a few rain showers, a light to fresh E wind picked up and left clear blue skies, cloud built again later in the day.
It was nice to finally get a small but varied arrival of common migrants, and the highlight was a non-singing Marsh Warbler which only gave away its presence when it was found in a mist-net at the Warren early morning, it remained in the area but was typically very elusive. A Garganey spent a short time early morning on Clubley’s Scrape and a Little Ringed Plover flew south over the Warren.
Migrant totals were 6 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Tree Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 48 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 20 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher.
Some light passage included 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 5 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 265 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava Wagtail, 4 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 20 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 22 Linnet.
Other birds present included 11 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Merlin, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and a Puffin.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Sea-watch – 05.30 – 11.30, 14.45-17.00. A cool S wind up to force 4-5 at times, cloudy all day with frequent showers, some heavy, with sunny spells in the evening and the wind dropping and switching to the W.
The overnight easterlies never materialised and birds were keeping very low, however a Firecrest was found at the east end of the canal and there were a few new Willow Warblers including at least one Acredula. 2 Spotted Flycatchers turned up late afternoon other wise the only migrants seen were 3 Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler and 2 Siskins. 
The sea was quite good for the time of year including the first Roseate Tern of the year south past the gas terminal, off the sea-watching hut were 5 Red-throated Diver, 13 Fulmar, 14 Manx Shearwater, 168 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 454 Kittiwake, 47 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 27 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, 516 Razorbill.
Other birds present included 9 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 2 Scaup all on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail harrier sp, 7 Whimbrel and Barn Owl.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 04.45 – 13.30, A clear sunny start, cloudy from early afternoon and light rain in the evening, a force 3-4 WSW wind backed SE in the evening.
A quiet day but with some light passage and a reasonable passage of waders moving out east, the days totals were 6 Barnacle Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, a female Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 26 Oystercatcher, 10 Grey Plover, 250 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 2 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Lesser B.B.Gull, 9 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 268 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, 14 Chaffinch, 60 Goldfinch, 92 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
Birds present included 14 Greylag Geese, 100+ Brent Geese, 4 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting.

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  • female Hen Harrier being harrassed by a crow. Adam Hutt

  • Barnacle Geese. Adam Hutt

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith

Monday, 13 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.30 –13.00, A blustery day with a strong W wind and regular rain showers, some heavy, moving through.
Passage was light, with mainly Swallows moving between stormy conditions, however the first Hooded Crow of the year dropped into Clubley’s Field before flying south; also the first Garganey (drake) was found on Kilnsea Wetlands and while watching this a ring-tail Montagu’s Harrier was seen flying south, it was followed as it eventually flew south down the peninsula and presumably towards Lincolnshire, and finally the first Turtle Dove of the year was seen at Kew Villa early evening.
Other birds on the move were 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Kittiwake, 82 Auk sp, 10 Razorbill, 5 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 267 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 9 flava Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 27 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 41 Goldfinch, 88 Linnet.
Other birds present included17 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 1 White Wagtail, a male Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear.

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  • female Montagu's Harrier. Sue Hepton

  • male Black Redstart. Sue Hepton

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.30 – 14.30. A mainly cloudy day with rain from late afternoon, a cool force 3 W wind.
A fairly quiet day apart from a one hour period around mid-day, when a male Hen Harrier flew south, two Common Buzzards were seen off the Point, a Red-rumped Swallow flew south past Numpties, resting briefly on the fence before continuing and later seen at the Point, a Hobby flew south and back north and male Blue-headed Wagtail flew south. Other birds moving south were 1 Canada Goose, 4 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 74 Herring Gull, 29 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 29 Razorbill, 19 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 783 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 6 flava Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 34 Linnet.
Other birds present included 16 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 4+ Jay.

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  • Sedge Warbler. Justin Carr

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.35 – 19.20. A clear sunny morning, clouded over late morning with rain in the afternoon but clear again in the evening, a force 4-2 WSW-NW wind.
Pretty much the same as the last few days, some steady passage mainly in the first few hours and a few grounded migrants hanging around. The Firecrest was seen again in the Churchyard along with a Pied Flycatcher and a Black Redstart was in Easington, other migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 16 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Jay.
On the move south were 2 Barnacle Geese, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 51 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 6 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Arctic Skua, 18 Lesser B.B.Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 197 Kittiwake, 64 auk sp, 27 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill, 1 Stock Dove, 10 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 710 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 14 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 11 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 94 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 206 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.

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  • waders at Beacon Ponds. Rich Swales

Friday, 10 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.05 –14.00, 15.15-16.30, A cloudy day with some long sunny spells, a cool force 4-2 WSW wind.
The highlight for one observer was a RED-THROATED PIPIT which flew south calling over the sea-watching hut at 06.00, passage was very slow to start but then picked up and the best passage of flava Wagtails of the spring was recorded with 108, other passage totals were 1 Shoveler, 14 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, a female Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 14 Swift, 16 Sand Martin, 645 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 112 flava Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 23 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 93 Goldfinch, 135 Linnet and a Corn Bunting.
There were only a few grounded migrants seen, the best being a Firecrest found in a net at Kew Villa late morning. Also there were 2 Cuckoo, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Jay.
Birds present included 2 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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Thursday, 09 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.15 – 10.30, 14.15-15.30. A clear morning but cold force 3 SW wind, clouded over late morning with some light rain showers in the afternoon and the wind picking up to force 5 gusting 6.
The day started well with a good passage of Swallows, 800 in the first 2 hours which almost stopped by 7am, then a trickle throughout the morning to give a total of 1035, also 5 Marsh Harriers went through before 8am, other birds moving south were 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Sparrowhawk 5 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 33 House Martin, 21 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 99 Goldfinch and 11 Linnet.
The only other birds of note seen included 1 Wigeon, 320 Sanderling, 16 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 21 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 05.20 – 10.30, 13.50-17.30. A misty, cloudy morning with a cold SE wind, the mist cleared by early afternoon and the wind veered SW by late afternoon.
A better day, the morning was dominated by some Swallow passage and terns moving out east, 128 Arctic’s, 4 Common and the first 2 Black Terns of the spring. There were only a handful of new migrants but they did include a Nightjar at post 63 and the first 2 Pied Flycatchers of the year at post 50 and post 67. A Wood Sandpiper was found on Long Bank Marsh but soon disappeared.
Migrant totals for the day were 4 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Passage had more or less stopped by 9am but then picked up again in the afternoon when the wind switched to SW, heading south were 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, 3 Whimbrel out, 3 Curlew out, 220 Herring Gull, 12 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 850 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 9 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 55 Linnet.
Other birds present included 10 Greylag Geese, 84 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 30 Razorbill.

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  • Whimbrel. Justin Carr

  • Whinchat. Sue Hepton

  • a very tatty Marsh Harrier. Sue Hepton

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Migration-sea-watch 04.50-10.00, 13.00-15.15. Clear blue skies with some cloud building late afternoon, a still to light S 1 start picking up to a force 2 and veering SE to ESE.
A quiet day with a clear out of most birds and only a few new arrivals, although Swallows picked up to the best day so far this spring. Moving south were 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua out, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern and 137 Arctic Tern out, 4 Swift, 31 Sand Martin, 515 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 1 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 13 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 41 Goldfinch, 94 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting.
Grounded migrants included 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler.

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Monday, 06 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-12.15, a very nice warm and sunny day with a light W-SE wind.
A much better day with a good arrival of migrants in the morning, including Spurn’s 8th Nuthatch, which was trapped and ringed at the Warren before flying back north. A Wood Warbler was found by the White House as you enter Easington from Hull, where two Hawfinches were also seen, Spotted Flycatcher at the Point was also a new bird for the year, as was an Osprey which flew west over the Point before catching a fish in the Humber and then continuing west. The two Dotterels were showing well in Long Bank Marsh, a Firecrest was found at post 50, a Black Redstart arrived at the Warren. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 73 Wheatear, 2 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 22 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 18 Lesser Whitethroat, 117 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Corn Bunting.
Passage was very light – 3 Pochard, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Whimbrel, 19 Curlew, 4 Swift, 19 Sand Martin, 206 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 14 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 18 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 88 Linnet.
Other birds included 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, a Water Rail, 3 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

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  • Nuthatch. Justin Carr

  • Black Redstart. Rich Swales

  • Wheatear. Peter Nash

  • a record shot of the dull Wood Warbler. John Hewitt

Sunday, 05 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch 04.55-14.00, 18.00-20.00. Long sunny periods and very warm with a light force 1-2 SW wind.
The 2 Dotterels and Black Brant were at Long Bank, otherwise a fairly quiet day, although there was a reasonable count of Wheatears (50). The migrant totals were 3 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 15 Yellow and 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 59 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 12 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds on the move included 6 Red-throated Di ver, 2 Gannet, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lapwing, 17 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Swift, 48 Sand Martin, 130 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 33 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 12 Great Tit, 9 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 38 Carrion Crow, 27 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 73 Goldfinch, 241 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present were a Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 5 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 11 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, and a Common Sandpiper.

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  • Corn Bunting. Rich Swales

Saturday, 04 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-, broken clouds and long warm sunny spells, a force 1-3 WSW wind
A few highlights today included an adult female Montagu’s Harrier which flew south but returned back north. Two Common Cranes flew high south and late in the afternoon 2 Dotterels were found on Long Bank Marsh. However one of the best sights and sounds was the 2500+ Grey Plover flock which appeared on the Humber which almost doubled the highest count ever recorded at Spurn.
There was some steady passage south which included 1 Pochard, 11 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard in, 2 Kestrel, 4 Whimbrel, 49 Curlew, 59 Sandwich Tern, 23 Sand Martin, 187 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 61 flava Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 1 Rook, 34 Carrion Crow, 28 Chaffinch, 96 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 268 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.
Other birds seen included 600 Brent, the Black Brant and Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Cuckoo, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 12 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • A very bright Lesser Redpoll. Andy Roadhouse

Friday, 03 May 2013

Migration-watch 05.30-13.00, 15.00-15.30, 19.15-19.45. A still start slowly picked up to a light SW wind and a fresher W wind in the afternoon, clear blue skies also clouded over in the afternoon.
The highlight of the watch was a Serin which flew south at 10.25, while other totals were 8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Whimbrel, 28 Curlew, 1 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 64 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 31 flava Wagtail, 11 Jay, 20 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 24 Carrion Crow, 9 Chaffinch, 53 Goldfinch, 119 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
Birds present included the Black Brant, 620 Brent and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler.

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  • Jay. Rich Swales

  • Whinchat. Garry Taylor

  • Jay. Garry Taylor

Thursday, 02 May 2013

Migration-watch 05.15-12.30, some light cloud first thing, soon cleared to leave a very pleasant sunny day, a force 1 N wind soon veered SE and picked up a little.
The Hawfinch was seen again very early in the morning as it dropped into the bushes north of the Warren, however it soon disappeared again. A Ring Ouzel was seen on Clubley’s, and a Long-eared Owl at the Point, otherwise it was the usual migrants slowly increasing in numbers – 2 Cuckoo, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 29 Wheatear, 9 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 57 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay and a Redpoll.
Birds on the move included 24 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 22 Arctic Tern, 1 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 12 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 14 Carrion Crow, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 14 Goldfinch, 52 Linnet and a Yellowhammer. W
While other birds seen included the Long-tailed Duck, 2 Eider, 2 Snipe, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-12.30. Clear blue skies until clouding over late afternoon, a light SSW wind veered SE and picked up to force 3.
A much quieter day although warblers appeared to be arriving in better numbers, particularly Whitethroats. A Hawfinch at Kew around tea-time soon disappeared. The days totals were 2 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blue-headed Wagtail, 20 Wheatear, 8 Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 57 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 22 Willow Warbler, and a Siskin.
There was only very light passage – 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Sand Martin, 89 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 52 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 123 Linnet.
Other birds included 446 Brent Geese, 12 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 6 Little Egret, a Peregrine, 18 Whimbrel, a Greenshank.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-11/00, Bright and sunny all day with a cool force 1-2 NW wind swing to SE by late afternoon. 
The ‘purple patch’ continues, with the finding of an adult male CITRINE WAGTAIL, it was heard and then seen on the saltmarsh off the Warren before quickly flying off north, it appeared to drop onto Clubley’s Scrape but couldn’t be found when searched for. There was also a large fall of Blue-headed Wagtailswith at least 6 males and 10 female types. New additions to the year list were a Wood Sandpiper at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Grasshopper Warbler on Beacon Lane and a Whinchat at the Warren.
Other migrant totals were 4 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 30 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 7 Sedge Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler.
There was some light passage including birds making their way north, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Arctic Tern, 8 Sand Martin, 52 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 46 flava Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Jay N, 7 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 58 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
The Long-tailed Duck was still present and there were 12 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Pintail, 2 Little Egret, 13 Whimbrel and a Greenshank present.

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Monday, 29 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-12.00, 14.30-15.00. A fine sunny day, with a force 5 W wind all day.
Mainly a day of passage, the highlight being 2 Hobbies which came in off the sea and carried on north, other totals were 1 Pintail, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 15 Sand Martin, 76 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 22 Meadow Pipit in, 21 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 28 Chaffinch, 102 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 315 Linnet.
Other birds present included7 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 20 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 12 Whimbrel, 12 Little Tern, 18 Sandwich Tern, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and a Corn Bunting.

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  • Blackcap. Ian Smith

  • Hobby. Ian Smith

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-15.30. Cold and cloudy with rain developing by late afternoon, a strong SW wind all day.
The highlight of the day was a Red-rumped Swallow which spent a few minutes around the Warren before flying south at 13.45, however 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphins offshore were a much rarer sight at Spurn. A Reed Warbler was another addition to the year list, while a steady passage (mainly south) included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 15 Eider, 110 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, 15 Whimbrel and 86 Curlew out, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Black-headed Gull, 20 Lesser B.B.Gull, 11 Little Tern, 1 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 51 Swallow, 21 Meadow Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 9 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 54 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 364 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included the Black Brant, the Long-tailed Duck, 28 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Cuckoo, 33 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 18 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling.

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  • A record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Jack Ashton-Booth

  • Cuckoo. Ian Smith

  • Wheatear. Ian Smith

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.00 – 12.00, A sunny day with a strong N wind all day keeping it cool but pleasant out of the wind.
Unfortunately the Rock Thrush appeared to have left overnight and in general a quiet day in the cold winds. The bird of the day was a Hawfinch which flew north-west over Kilnsea heading towards Sammy’s Point. The Black Brant was also still present at Long Bank Marsh.
There was some light passage particularly over the sea – 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 26 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 456 Kittiwake, 9 Little Tern, 57 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 81 auk sp, 61 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill, 7 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch.
Grounded migrants were keeping low but included 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 23 Wheatear, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler.
Other birds seen included a Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, a Ruff, 1 Snipe, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and a Barn Owl.

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  • Black Brant. Tim Jones

Friday, 26 April 2013

The ROCK THRUSH was still present and spent the day either Walker Butts or the field around the Borrow Pit behind the Blue Bell. Also a Hoopoe was found early morning in Church Field, it quickly moved into the Triangle and an hour later disappeared up Beacon Lane. A good spring record was a Richard’s Pipit which flew south at 07.00. A Long-eared Owl showed well at Canal Scrape for most of the day.
Other migrant totals were 2 Short-eared Owls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 38 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Redstart, 74 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 15 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
On the move south were 9 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 76 Black-tailed Godwits (north), 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Whimbrel and 35 Curlew out east, 1 Bonxie, 7 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 16 Meadow Pipit, 36 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 18 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 47 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet.
Other birds included 24 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, 6 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Little Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and a Barn Owl.

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  • Rock Thrush. David Carr

  • Bob Thompson

  • Nigel Genn

  • Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

  • Hoopoe. Scott Reid

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Migration-watch – 05.45-11.00. A fine sunny start with light southerly winds, clouding over as the day progressed and the wind strengthening and moving to the west, and north by late evening with heavy rain.
A real ‘red-letter day’ at Spurn, especially for Adam Hut who found himself two Spurn ticks, not bad for someone with a Spurn list in the mid 320’s! He first noticed the ROCK THRUSH being blown about on the roofs of the buildings at the Warren and it quickly took flight and headed in the direction of Sandy Beaches caravan site. It was eventually relocated there but was elusive, it was then found on the fence line bordering the Borrow Pit behind the Blue Bell and it spent all afternoon there, showing well but distantly. Birders were very well behaved and didn’t push the bird. At 19.40 it flew into Southfield Farm presumably looking for somewhere to roost. This is the second Rock Thrush at Spurn, the first was a male on 3rd-4th May 1984, which was also the last record in Yorkshire.
At 17.25 hrs, Adam was stood at ‘Numpties Castle’ by the Warren when he picked up an adult CASPIAN TERN flying out of the Humber north-east where it continued past the birders watching the Rock Thrush!
Firecrest was in the Crown car park and a Waxwing in Cliff Farm, the Black Brant was still at Long Bank and a Hobby flew north. Other migrants seen included a Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 23 Yellow Wagtail, a male Blue-headed Wagtail and possible female, 8 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, the first Garden Warbler of the year, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler and 8 Jays.
Six Jays were ringed today taking the spring total of ringed birds to 9 this spring, which is equal to the number of Jays ringed since the Observatory was set up in 1945!
There was some more steady passage in the morning- Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Whimbrel, 37 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 17 Black-headed Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Skylark, 16 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 9 Meadow Pipit, 43 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 184 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included a Canada Goose, a Shoveler, the Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, a Shag, a Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 5 Avocet, 6 Whimbrel.

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  • female Rock Thrush. Tim Jones

  • Dave Bowes

  • Martin Standley

  • Caspian Tern. Simon Spavin

  • Simon Spavin

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.20. A fine, sunny day with a light to moderate W-NW wind.
There was a very good arrival of Willow Warblers (81) which is the highest spring count since 2007, other migrant totals were a Cuckoo, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 24 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, a Firecrest at Southfield Farm, 2 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
A steady passage included 7 Eider, 25 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 13 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, 1 Stock Dove, 30 Woodpigeon, 7 Sand Martin, 39 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 24 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 27 Rook, 52 Carrion Crow, 29 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 62 Goldfinch, 251 Linnet and 2 Siskin.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still present and other birds seen included 21 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 5 Little Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Migration-watch 06.15-10.00. Cloudy with sunny spells, a force 1-4-2 SW wind.
What was presumably yesterdays Red Kite flew south in the morning, 2 Jays were blogging about, a Firecrest was at the Blue Bell and the Black Brant was still present.
Passage was light apart from corvids – 6 Greylag Geese, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit out, 15 Curlew out, 8 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 11 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 9 Magpie, 31 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 90 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 45 Linnet.
There were only a few grounded migrants, a Long-eared Owl in Canal Hedge, a Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, a Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin.
Other birds present included 5 Greylag Geese, 578 Brent Geese, 11 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Whimbrel and a Barn Owl.

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  • Jay. Ian Smith

  • Red Kite. Ian Smith

Monday, 22 April 2013

Migration watch 06.15-10.30. A bright clear start with clouding building and 8/8 cover by mid-afternoon, an increasing force 1-3+ SW wind.
The record Red Kite spring continued when one spent a while blogging around Kilnsea before returning north, there was some steady passage south – 1 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, the first Swift of the year, 16 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 8 Meadow Pipit, 52 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 8 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 38 Goldfinch, 195 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer.
Grounded migrants included another ‘dodgy’ Blue-headed Wagtail, this time a female, both birds from the same brood? Also 2 Firecrests around Kew one of which was trapped and ringed and 2 Jays there, with one of those also being trapped and ringed. Other totals included a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 3 Short-eared Owl, 19 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin.
Other birds present were the Black Brant, 1 Pale-bellied and 556 Brent Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 16 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Grey heron, 8 Avocet, and 2 Whimbrel.

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  • Firecrest. Ian Smith

  • Long-eared Owl. Nigel Genn

  • female Blue-headed type. Justin Carr

  • Yellow Wagtail. Justin Carr

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Migratiion/sea-watch 05.45-16.30, a very bright and sunny morning clouding over by early afternoon, a force 2 S wind, veering SE.
The first Lesser Whitethroats arrived with at least 8 present, a hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail was on Canal Scrape with 2 more Blue-heads at Easington Lagoon and Kilnsea Wetlands. The migrant totals for the day were 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 50 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest (Point, Potato Fields, Blue Bell), 1 Brambling.
There was some light passage again – 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 out Whimbrel, 117 Curlew out, 67 Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser B.B.Gull, a first year Iceland Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 17 Arctic Tern, 27 Woodpigeon, 1 Woodlark, 44 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 6 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 60 Carrion Crow, 58 Chaffinch, 40 Greenfinch, 109 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 305 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included 9 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, the Black Brant, 8 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 8 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 5 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

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  • 1st yr Iceland Gull. Ian Smith

  • hybrid flava Wagtail, Blue-headedx Channel? Ian Smith

  • Black Redstart. John Hewitt

  • Lesser Whitethroat. Adam Hutt

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-16.15, 18.35-19.35. A cold start with clear blue skies all day, a force 1-3 SW wind veering SE in the afternoon.
There was a reasonable passage but not as good as expected, highlights were a Woodlark, a Blue-headed Wagtail, while more common birds included 2 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 19 Curlew, 31 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Skylark, 62 Sand Martin, 148 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 27 Meadow Pipit, 21 flava Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 3 Jay, 20 Magpie, 25 Jackdaw, 31 Rook, 101 Carrion Crow, 57 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 43 Greenfinch, 69 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 446 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting.
On the ground were 4 Firecrests (2 Point, 1 Chalk Bank, 1 near the Blue Bell), a Long-eared Owl in Middle Hedge, 2 Blue-headed Wagtails (Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea) and a Lapland Bunting in the Point dunes. Migrant totals: a Jack Snipe at Easington Lagoons, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 3 Siskin.
Birds present included the Black Brant, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel.

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  • Can't resist putting another picture of these lovely birds, Firecrest. Ian Smith

  • Blackcap. Ian Smith

Friday, 19 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.15 – 12.00, 13.45-14.15. Cloudy with light rain to start, slowly clearing to leave blue sky all afternoon, a cold force 2 N wind.
Jays flew from the Warren to Kew where one was trapped and ringed, a Bullfinch was trapped at Kew mid-afternoon, both were additions to the year list and the years ringing list. 2 Firecrests were present (Sammy’s Point and Kilnsea Road), a Redstart was by the lighthouse, 2 Ring Ouzels (Church Field/Sammy’s Point). The commoner migrant totals were 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 28 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 25 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
There was some steady passage, most noteworthy were 7 Common Buzzards which is a spring record. The days totals were 3 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 330 Herring Gull, 21 Great.b.b.Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Stock Dove, 50 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 18 Meadow Pipit, 23 Jackdaw, 53 Rook, 90 Carrion Crow, 39 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 19 Goldfinch, 44 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer.
Other birds included the Black Brant and possibly another one or a hybrid, with 4 Pale-bellied and 800 Brents, 5 Teal, 9 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 950 Grey Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl.

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  • Jay. Rich Swales

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-08.30, 09.10-10.10. Gale force winds and squally showers made for an unpleasant mornings birding, the weather improved very slightly in the afternoon and sheltered spots in the sun held a few migrants.
The grounded migrants seen totalled 1 Woodcock, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 9 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
The few birds moving were 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 26 Curlew, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Swallow, 3 alba Wagtail, 25 Chaffinch, 31 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 15 Linnet.
Other birds included the Black Brant, 860 Brent and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 22 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 4 Little Terns.

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  • migrating Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.00. Blue skies and calm to start with, cloud rolled in with a freshening SSE wind, then drizzle at 9am and cloudy for the rest of the day, the wind in the evening had got up to force 6+.
What looked like being a good passage again until the drizzle stopped passage. An Egyptian Gooseflew north and the rest of the totals were 4 Greylag Geese, 3 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 40 Black-headed Gull, 130 Herring Gull, 2 Little Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 17 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 27 Carrion Crow, 288 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 19 Greenfinch, 72 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, 363 Linnet, 6 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting and the first 2 Corn Buntings of the year.
The south-east winds had obviously brought in a new arrival of Firecrest[ with at least 6 birds present (3 Chalk Bank, 1 Canal Scrape, 1 Church Field, 1 Sammy’s Point), also present were the first Red-legged Partridge (2), Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat of the year. 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Long-eared Owl in Canal Hedge, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 10 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling.
Other birds present included a Canada Goose, 56 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Peregrine, 6 Avocet.

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  • Egyptian Goose. Ian Smith

  • one fo the 6 Firecrests. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.20. Sunny spells with a few spots of rain early morning, a freshening force 4-6 SW wind.
Another good days passage with a superb Chaffinch passage, which totalled 1168, the rest of the days totals were 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, another Red Kite, a wing-tagged Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, the earliest ever Hobby, 3 Lapwing, 7 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 188 Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser B.B.Gull, 230 Herring Gull, 5 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 12 Stock Dove, 16 Woodpigeon, 38 Sand Martin, 54 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 69 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 11 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 106 Jackdaw, 61 Rook, 64 Carrion Crow, 97 Starling, 5 Tree Sparrow, 8 Brambling, 41 Greenfinch, 115 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 635 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 23 Reed Bunting.
Two new Firecrests were ringed at Kew today and a third was at Sammy’s Point, a male Blue-headed Wagtail showed very well at Canal Scrape and other migrants included 19 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.

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  • Blue-headed Wagtail. Ian Smith

  • migrating Chaffinches in their typical loose flock formation. Ian Smith

Monday, 15 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-13.00. Cloudy with long sunny spells and feeling warm out of the fresh force 4-3 SW wind. 
An excellent day for vis mig and birds were still moving at 13.00 when we finally cracked and left to see the Flamborough Baikal Teal (successfully). There was variety, volume and scarcities, Tree Pipit and Little Tern, both singles were firsts for the year. The Chaffinch count was the highest since 2008 (362), and the Linnet was also good for recent years (782), hirundine counts were good considering the first were only seen two day previously, corvids and gulls were also in good numbers. The days totals were 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, 1 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, another Red Kite, 7 Sparrowhawks, a Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 19 Lapwing, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Curlew, 228 Black-headed Gull, 65 Common Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 474 Herring Gull, 25 Stock Dove, 45 Woodpigeon, a Woodlark, 4 Skylark, 80 Sand Martin, 158 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 147 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 19 alba Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 59 Jackdaw, 55 Rook, 64 Carrion Crow, 49 Starling, 2 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 85 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 13 Reed Bunting.
Grounded migrants had also increased in number, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart (1st of year),30 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 16 Blackcap, 21 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, a Firecrest trapped at Kew, 1 Brambling.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still present, also present were a Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and a Whimbrel.

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  • Red Kite. Sue Hepton

  • White Wagtail. John Sadler

  • Black Redstart. Ron Egan

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Migration-watches 06.10-10.20, 12.00-15.30, Cloudy with sunny spells and a few spots of rain, nasty SW force 5-6 wind.
Siberian Chiffchaff was found at the football field in Easington and showed very well at times, additions to the year list keep coming, another four today with 4 Whimbrel on the Humber, a Common Sandpiper by Sandy Beaches, 3 Ruff and a House Martin south. A Firecrest was seen at Canal Scrape early on. There was some reasonable passage again with 420 Meadow Pipits coming in off and carrying on north west and 23 south, other birds on the move included 21 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 3 Eider, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 380 Black-headed Gull, 82 Common Gull, 15 Lesser B.B.Gull, 250 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 8 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 18 alba Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 9 Starling, 3 Tree Sparrow, 41 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 29 Greenfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin and 128 Linnets.
Migrant totals were 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 12 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 76 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 300 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 300 Starling, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
Other birds included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck, 4 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Avocet, 1 Greenshank.

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  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Ian Smith

  • Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith

  • Common Buzzard. Ian Smith

Saturday, 13 April 2013

The fog soon cleared, there was some cloudy and a short shower before a long sunny warm period, mid afternoon it clouded over again. Almost still picked up to a light south-westerly and a force 3 SE wind by late afternoon.
A good day with many features the best being a sunny day with southerly winds and quite a few summer visitors arriving, there were six additions to the year list – Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sand Martin, Swallow and Yellow Wagtail. The largest ever spring count of Redwings was over 2000 with again good numbers of Fieldfares, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. A total of 19 Black Redstartswere in the area including 8 at Easington Gas Terminal, 5 at the Point and 4 by the Blue Bell, the Long-eared Owl was at the Point and there was a sprinkling of Wheatears, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests with 2 Ring Ouzels and 2 Willow Warblers.
There was also some passage with several Swallows and Sand Martins, Marsh Harrier, and reasonable numbers of finches and corvids, totals will be updated tomorrow.
As usually happens when still foggy conditions occur in early April, disorientated wildfowl sit on the Humber waiting for the fog to clear, there were 20 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 150 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 4 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye and 420 Common Scoter.

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  • Black Redstart. Rael Butcher

Friday, 12 April 2013

No watches due to the thick fog that lingered for most of the day, becoming a little more transparent later in the day. A light E-NE wind.
A good day for arrivals included the first Hawfinch that was seen briefly in the morning and showed well in the evening in the Crown car park, also the first Ring Ouzels (5) including 2 showy birds at Sammy’s Point. A large number of thrushes moved through mainly north-west with some remaining in the Triangle, a minimum of 160 Blackbirds, 700 Fieldfare, 62 Song Thrush and 930 Redwing. Other migrant totals were a Water Rail, 27 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 7 Brambling, 3 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 50 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 1 Eider, the Long-tailed Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, a Peregrine, 4 Avocet, a Greenshank and Barn Owl.

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  • Hawfinch. Ian Smith

  • Ring Ouzel. Alan Whitehead

  • Brambling. Rael Butcher

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Mainly cloudy with just the odd glimpse of the sun around mid-day in a cool force 2 NE.
Yet another Red Kite flew south after messing around for a while first, 3 distant terns flew south which were probably Arctics and a few more new migrants arrived, the totals were still low though – 1 Woodcock, 1 Long-eared Owl, 26 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 60 Linnet, 65 Reed Bunting.
Only some very light passage which included 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Curlew, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Great Tit, 3 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 15 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet.
Other birds present included 13 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Long-tailed Duck, and 4 Avocet.

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  • Red Kite. Tim Jump

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.20. A cool cloudy start brightening up later with a light NW-N wind.
The first Willow Warbler of the year put in an appearance by the Warren and a Long-eared Owl was at the Point, other grounded migrant totals were 86 Meadow Pipit, 35 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 34 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 19 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 6 Siskin.
There was some light passage which included 2 Canada Geese, 16 Red-throated Diver, 21 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 54 Golden Plover east, 2 Knot east, 21 Black-headed Gull east, 25 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 alba Wagtail, 25 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Other birds present included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck, 5 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, a Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl.

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  • Willow Warbler. Rael Butcher

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Sea-watches 07.30-08.00, 14.10-14.40. Blue skies which clouded over in the afternoon, very misty and a cold force 3 E wind.
Glaucous Gull flew south in the morning, as did a Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 7 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Linnet.
There were a few new migrants in most notably a Woodcock, 18 Robin, 6 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 60 Blackbird, 21 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and a Lesser Redpoll.
Also present were 25 Wigeon, 19 Teal, the Long-tailed Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 6 Avocet, 1 Greenshank.

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Monday, 08 April 2013

Sea-watches 07.00-10.00, 13.30-17.00, Cloudy and misty and a very cold ESE-ENE force 3-4 wind.
Back to the wintry conditions and more wintry birding, the main feature of the day was the southerly passage of large gulls, at least 2000 Herring Gulls, 29 Lesser B.B.Gulls and 550 Great B.B.Gulls, the GBB count is the second highest spring record (previous 600), and would surely have been broken if there had been all day coverage from the sea-watching hut. Also seen over the sea were 3 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 7 Gannet, 23 Black-headed Gull, 95 Common Gull, 1 Razorbill.
The Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck remained while other birds seen included a Red-breasted Merganser, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 4 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Rock Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, a Wheatear, 92 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and 50 Chaffinch.

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  • Blackcap. Andy Roadhouse

Sunday, 07 April 2013

Migration /sea-watch 06.10-12.00. Clear blue skies to start with light cloud building up from mid-morning, a light SW –S wind. 
At last a day that felt like spring with some reasonable passage and plenty of migrants. From first light it was evident that there had been arrival of birds and mainly ones ready to leave for Scandinavia. The first Goldcrests of the spring (18), gave a bit of hope and luckily the first two Firecrests of the autumn were found, one in Canal Hedge and one in the wood to the west of Easington Gas Terminal. A singing male Waxwing was at Sammy's Point. Good numbers of Redwings were moving through north with at least 650 involved, also 47 Fieldfares. There was a noticeable increase in Blackbirds with at least 225 grounded.
The first Blackcap of the year was seen briefly, a Black Redstart was by Easington Gas Terminal, while other migrant totals were 12 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Rock pipit also a Scandinavia Rock Pipit, a White Wagtail, a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling, 15 Siskin.
There was some good passage, with a nice selection of raptors and good numbers of corvids, the days totals were a Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 1 Scaup, 6 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 59 Red-throated Diver, 6 Cormorant, a Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, a Kestrel, 31 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Curlew, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 570 Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 58 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 8 Stock Dove, 67 Woodpigeon, 9 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 84 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 74 Carrion Crow, 31 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer.
Still remaining were the Black Brant, the Long-tailed Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 4 Avocet, 2 Greenshank.

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  • Woodcock. Timmy Jones

  • Mediterranean Gull. Errjack

  • a couple of shots in the Firecrest. Ian Smith

  • a couple of shots in the Firecrest. Ian Smith

Saturday, 06 April 2013

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00, migration watch 10.10-17.30. Clear blue skies all day feeling very pleasant with a dropping force 2-1 NE- SE wind.
Gulls were taking advantage of the calmer conditions and there was a good emigration of gulls heading out north-east with 2680 Black-headed Gulls, 807 Common Gulls, 17 Lesser B.B.Gulls, 191 Herring Gulls, 57 Great B.B.Gulls, and 38 Kittiwakes. Other birds taking advantage of the conditions were 340 Pink-footed Geese north, 2 Lapwing, 70 Knot, 24 Curlew all out east, while moving south were 4 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander, 28 Red-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 105 Lapwing, 31 Meadow Pipit in, 2 alba Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 19 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch.
Birds present included the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still at Beacon Ponds, 650 Brent, 5 Pale-bellied’s, 63 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 108 Teal, 14 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 8 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Little Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 05 April 2013

Sea-watch 07.00-08.00. Blue skies all day with a cold force 3 NE wind.
Another Red Kite flew south in the morning, the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck were still at Beacon Ponds along with 2 Avocets, 2 Wheatears were at the Borrow Pit. Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 6 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Merlin, 18 Meadow Pipit, a Stonechat, a Mistle Thrush, 11 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin. 
33 Curlews flew out east and other birds moving mainly south were 2 Lapwing, 1 Kittiwake, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw and a Rook.

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  • Siskin. Rael Butcher

Thursday, 04 April 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.00, sunny spells with a force 4 NE wind.
The first Little Ringed Plover of the year was found on Long Bank Marsh, a Wheatear was still at the Borrow Pit, 4 Avocets were at Kilnsea Wetlands, and the Black Brant and Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds.
Other birds included 26 Teal, 6 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Little Egret, 11 Snipe, a Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 119 Herring Gull, a Fieldfare and a Redwing.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-11.30. A heavy overnight frost, sunny all day with a force 2-3 NNE wind
The Black Brant was seen again, this time off the Tank Blocks on the Humber, other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 107 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 6 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Siskin.
The first reasonable Chaffinch passage of the year saw 81 fly south, while other birds on the move were 70 Pink-footed Geese N, 13 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Curlew out, 165 Black-headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 7 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Tree Sparrow, 11 Goldfinch.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-10.30. Warmer than of late with long sunny spells and a force 2 NE wind.
The first White Wagtail of the spring was in Walker Butts, a Wheatear was by the Borrow pit and a Stonechat was in the Sheep Field, other birds present included 8 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Eider, 2 Avocet, 1 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing. 
Birds moving included 1 Scaup, 23 Common Scoter, 103 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Curlew, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and a Siskin.

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Monday, 01 April 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-10.20. Long sunny spells with a force 2-3 NE wind.
A nice male Lapland Bunting coming into breeding plumage was with Linnets and Reed Buntings at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Black Redstart was in Kilnsea, otherwise birds present included 8 Greylag Geese, 156 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied, 210 Wigeon, 240 Teal, 6 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 53 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Song Thrush.
Birds on the move were the first Arctic Skua of the year, 14 Wigeon, 25 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 121 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 33 Kittiwake, 21 auk sp, 2 Razorbill and a Jackdaw.

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  • A nice moulting male Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

  • A nice moulting male Lapland Bunting. Ian Smith

  • drake Pintail. Ian Smith

  • drake Pintail. Ian Smith

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.30, 15.00—16.00. A nice calm morning with plenty of sunshine with a cool force 1-2 NNE wind.
Another Red Kite flew south in the morning, and other birds on the move were 43 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 157 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Oystercatcher, 42 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock in off, 517 Black-headed Gull out, 161 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 10 auks p, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Great Tit, 15 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.
Birds present included 3 Greylag Geese, 150 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 112 Teal, 7 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, a Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 12 Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff.

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sea-watches 07.00-10.30, 15.00-16.00. A much better day with plenty of sunshine and a force 2-3 NNE wind.
There was a bit more passage today – 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 105 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar including a blue phase, 7 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 23 Lapwing, 3 Curlew out, 129 Black-headed Gull, 346 Herring Gull, 16 Great B.B.Gull, 16 Kittiwake, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow.
Birds present included the Black Brant and 1 Pale-bellied Brent with the Brent Geese, 258 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 98 Teal, 6 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Avocet, 83 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 7 Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff, 3000 Starling and 2 Siskin.

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  • The Black Brant was showing very well on Kilnsea Wetlands. Ian Smith

Friday, 29 March 2013

Birding was fairly limited with the East End Charity Bike Ride from Welwick to Spurn taking place and most birders on site participating with most of those too inebriated to bird afterwards!
However there were a few birds seen including the first Brambling of the year and a Red Kite and Marsh Harrier flying south. Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 226 Wigeon, 106 Teal, 8 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Woodcock, 302 Black-headed Gull out east, 20 Fieldfare and 2 Siskin.

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Sea-watches 07.10 - 9.30. Another cold day with frequent snow showers in a force 3-2 NE wind.
The first Black Redstart of the year was at Kilnsea Wetlands and the first Grey Wagtail flew south, a Wheatear was at Chalk Bank and other birds present included 5 Greylag Geese, 882 Brent and 1 Pale-bellied Brents, 138 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 16 Stock Dove, 2 Barn Owl, and 5 Song Thrush.
There was a bit more passage today – 4 Scaup, 1 Eider, 9 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 304 Herring Gull, 31 Great B.B.Gull 12 Kittiwake and 3 Rook.

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  • The peninsula has been battered recently including damaging electricity poles to the Point. Barry Spence

  • The peninsula has been battered recently including damaging electricity poles to the Point. Barry Spence

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Sea-watches 07.25-9.30. Another cold, raw day with frequent snow showers in a force 3-2 NE wind.
A Tawny Owl at the Warren was unusual, otherwise quiet, on the move were a Red-throated Diver, 1 Sanderling, 105 Herring Gull, 23 Kittiwake, and a Razorbill.
The only birds present were 18 Greylag Geese, the Black Brant, 4 Pintail, a Merlin, a Snipe, a Woodcock and 8 Chaffinch.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.15-08.30. Sunny spells with the wind easing a little but still cold and force 3-5 NE.
The first singing Chiffchaff of the spring was in Kilnsea, the Black Brant was still present with 1120 Brents and 5 Pale-bellied Brents, 4 Goldeneye, 5 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank. 
The only birds moving were a Lesser B.B.Gull, 110 Herring Gull and 7 Kittiwake.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-8.45. Sunny spells clouding over mid afternoon in a cold force 5-6 NE wind.
The winter birding continues, the Black Brant was still present along with 24 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 40 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch.
The only birds moving were 2 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 319 Herring Gull, 52 Great B.B.Gull, 2 Kittiwake.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.00-12.40, 14.00-16.30. Remaining cold and very windy, a force 6+ NE with sunny spells and clouding over late afternoon.
The first Wheatear of the year arrived at Sammy’s Point, but otherwise it was more like a mid-winters day birding. On the move were 4 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 168 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1414 Herring Gull, 161 Great B.B.Gull, 51 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot.
Birds present included the Black Brant, 950 Brent Geese, 23 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, an Avocet, 122 Lapwing, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 3 Song Thrush and 6 Redwing.

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.00-10.20, 11.50-13.20, 14.15-15.30. Another terrible day, cloudy with frequent wintry showers in the morning, and a very cold force 6+ NE wind.
The Black Brant was still present, also 19 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 650 Brent Geese, 220 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Woodcock, 20 Skylark, 52 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Song Thrush, 45 Chaffinch, 43 Reed Bunting.
On the move were 5 Red-throated Diver, 40 Fulmar, 52 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 606 Herring Gull, 113 Great B.B.Gull, 22 Kittiwake and 2 Guillemot.

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.45-10.00, 15.15-16.15. Another awful cold day with 8/8 cloud cover and a force 5-6 NNE wind.
Over the sea were 9 Common Scoter, 43 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 25 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp, 14 Razorbill.
Other birds present were the Black Brant and 920 Brent Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Teal, a Fieldfare, 5 Redwing.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.00-08.45. Sunny spells with an increasing force 1-3 NE wind.
In the Long Bank/Beacon Pond area the Black Brant was still present with 1300 Brent and 7 Pale-bellied Brents, also 23 Greylag Geese, the Barnacle Goose, 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard and 2 Avocets. Other birds present included 571 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 13 Meadow Pipit, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2000 Starling, 9 Chaffinch.
On the move were a Canada Goose, 3 Teal, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Skylark 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 2 Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-09.15, 13.00-15.25. Cloudy all day with frequent light wintry showers in a cold force 32 NE wind.
A bit more passage today included a Teal, 2 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 48 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, a male Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, a Little Gull, 6 Lesser B.B.Gull, 430 Herring Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 66 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 17 Razorbill. 
Birds present included 2 Avocet at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, 5 Redwing, 2000 Starling and 7 Snow Bunting at Beacon Ponds.

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  • Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.40-09.00. Fog at dawn soon burnt off leaving blue skies, clouding over late on with a force 1 variable wind.
There was very little passage – 6 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit + 3 in, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and the first 3 Curlew fly out east of the spring.
Birds present included 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 322 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, a Water Rail, 109 Lapwing, a Little Owl, 11 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 2500 Starling, 25 Reed Bunting.

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.15-09.15. Cloudy all day with rain petering out by mid-day, remaining cloudy in a decreasing force 2-1 E-NE-NW wind.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 68 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Gull, 7 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 11 Razorbill.
Birds present included 2 Canada Geese, 5 Shoveler, 2 Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Stonechat, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2000 Starling and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sea-watch 06.45-10.00, 13.15-14.15. Sunny spells to start with clouded over mid-afternoon, a force 4-1-3 SSW wind.
The earliest ever Sandwich Tern by 3 days flew south and some more passage offshore including a very good count of Sanderling for the time of year, 10 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 267 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 24 Knot, 105 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 36 Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser B.B.Gull, 77 Herring Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 44 Great B.B.Gull, 19 auk sp, 60 Razorbill, 2 Meadow Pipit in off, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook and 2 Linnet.
Other birds present included 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 7 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Rock Pipit, a Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1000 Starling, 8 Chaffinch and a Yellowhammer.

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.55-10.30, 12.05-16.15. Cloudy and frequent rain showers on and off all day, a strong force 5-6+ SW wind.
The sea was very productive, including an unusually good wildfowl and wader passage for the time of year – on the move, again mainly south were 85 Wigeon, 256 Teal, 10 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 22 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 7 Eider, 19 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 55 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 280 Gannet, 7 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 46 Lapwing, 41 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Little Gull, 19 Black-headed Gull, aGlaucous Gull, 29 Lesser B.B.Gull, 101 Herring Gull, 42 Great B.B.Gull, 14 Kittiwake, 15 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Skylark. 
Also a Canada Goose in the Triangle and 2 Avocets on the Humber were additions to the year list while other birds on the ground included a Barnacle Goose, 145 Wigeon, 119 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 2 Snipe, 2 Woodcock 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 6 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff and 1100 Starling which is the first influx of the spring. Also a controlled Reed Bunting was sporting a Dutch ring.

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  • record shot of Glaucous Gull. Ian Smith

  • A selection of wildfowl on the move - Teal and Goldeneye

  • Pintail

  • Wigeon

Friday, 15 March 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-09.15, 13.00-14.15. Cloudy all day and rain from mid-day, a force 4-5 SSW wind.
The Black Brant seems to have disappeared but so has the Brent Goose flock which are presumably on the Lincolnshire coast. Some light passage saw the following moving mainly south – 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 3 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Black-headed Gull, 1 Razorbill, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 44 Starling, 7 Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch.
Other birds included 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 12 Teal, 1 Rock Pipit and 2 Song Thrush.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-10. Very cold in the morning with a dusting of snow, then long sunny spells and feeling spring-like in a force 1-2 NW-W wind.
The Long-eared Owl was in the Triangle and a Barn Owl at the Warren otherwise a Redwing was the only other grounded bird.
A first-winter Iceland Gull flew north in the morning and other birds over the sea included 3 Scaup, 2 Goosander, 49 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 16 Black-headed Gull. A Skylark came in off and a Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, 3 Jackdaw and 3 Rooks all moved south.
Other birds included 5 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Scaup, 10 Snipe, 1 Woodcock.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Frequent heavy snow showers and sunny spells in a decreasing force 4-1 N-NNW wind.
A few new migrants made for a more interesting day, the first Water Pipit for two years was found by the Borrow Pit before flying south in the direction of Clubley’s Field. A Long-eared Owl at Rose Cottage was the first of the year and was later found at Kew where it found its way into a mist-net – the first ringed for two years! Also present were a Little Egret, a Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit, a Stonechat, 2 Redwing and a Snow Bunting.
On the move were 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 55 Herring Gull, 2 Jackdaw and a Rook.
The Black Brant was still at Long bank with 628 Brents and 10 Pale-bellied Brents.

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  • Long-eared Owl roosting by Rose Cottage. Ian Smith

  • Long-eared Owl. Rael Butcher

  • Long-eared Owl. Ian Smith

  • Barn Owl hunting in the snow. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30. Another very cold day with a biting force 3-4 NE wind and frequent wintry showers.
THE ROAD TO SPURN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to damage to the road and electric poles by recent high tides.
The Brent Geese keep increasing and the record was broken when 1500 were in the Long Bank area with the Black Brant and 10 Pale-bellied Brents. The adult drake Long-tailed Duck was on Beacon Ponds and other birds seen included 4 Gadwall, 52 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 16 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 250 Herrin Gull S, a Razorbill, a Barn Owl, a female Stonechat in the Triangle, 2 Jackdaw and a Rook.

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  • The damage to the road to Spurn. Barry Spence

  • The damage to the road to Spurn. Barry Spence

  • The damage to the road to Spurn. Barry Spence

Monday, 11 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.20-10.20. Snow showers on and off all day and a very cold force 4 NE wind.
The Black Brant was still present at Long Bank with 1 Barnacle Goose, 886 Brent and 10 Pale-bellied Brents and on Kilnsea Wetlands were 186 Wigeon, 50 Teal and a Shoveler. 
Other birds seen included 4 Gadwall, 2 Eider, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 411 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Redwing, 7 Chaffinch and 42 Linnet.

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  • Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Nigel Genn

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.15-11.15. Snow showers and sunny spells in a very cold force 4-5 NE-NNE wind.
Red-necked Grebe flew south past the sea-watching hut at 09.00 and other birds seen over the sea were 3 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, a Goosander, 5 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 41 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 300 Herring Gull, 33 Kittiwake.
The Black Brant was still present at Long Bank along with 1069 Brent, 8 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Barnacle Goose, 171 Wigeon. An adult drake Long-tailed Duck was on the Borrow Pit for a short while before moving to Beacon Ponds. Other birds included 2 Gadwall, 38 Teal, a Shoveler, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, a Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redwing, 46 Linnet and 2 Snow Bunting.

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  • Black Brant with the dark-bellied Brent Geese

  • Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent to the right and plenty of dark-bellied Brents

  • A close up of the Black Brant. Ian Smith

  • adult male Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

Saturday, 09 March 2013

No watches. An awful day with rain all day and a cold force 3-4 NE wind and poor visibility.
The highlight was the finding of an adult BLACK BRANT in with the Brent Goose flock at Long Bank, along with 6 Pale-bellied Brents and a Barnacle Goose. Also at Kilnsea Wetlands was the first Stonechatof the year. other birds seen include 2 Gadwall, 57 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 45 Common Scoter, a Water Rail at the Point, a Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, a Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, a Chiffchaff at the Warren, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, and 40 Linnet.

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  • female Stonechat. Ian Smith

Friday, 08 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-09.00. Low cloudy with rain most of the day, with poor visibility and a cool force 3 E wind.
Brent Geese had increased to 862 with 4 Pale-bellied and a Barnacle Goose with them, also present were 166 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 36 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 42 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 162 Herring Gull S, and a Linnet.

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Thursday, 07 March 2013

No watches. Another dull, murky day with poor visibility in a force 2 ENE-E wind.
Birds present today were much the same as last couple of weeks – 3 Greylag Geese, 39 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 181 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, a Litlte Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and a Siskin.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy with rain until mid-day in a force 2-3 NE wind
On the move were 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 155 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit NW.
Other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 217 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 11 Goldeneye, a Snipe, a Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit and a Redwing.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Fog all day with little or now wind.
Typically quiet considering the weather with just 4 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and a Siskin being the only birds of note.

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Monday, 04 March 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45, 15.15-16.15. Mostly cloudy with some sunny spells, in a cool force 2-3 SE wind.
On the move south were a Wigeon, 13 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 77 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 19 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill.
Other birds seen were 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 135 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 11 Goldeneye, a Moorhen in Kew garden!, 1 Woodcock.

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Sunday, 03 March 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.45. Cloudy all day with a light force 1-2 W wind, veering S-SE by the evening.
380 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west, while other birds on the move were 2 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 67 Red-throated Diver, 5 auk sp, 9 Skylark, a Jackdaw and a Linnet.
Other birds present included the Barnacle Goose, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Song Thrush.

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  • Water Rail. Ian Smith

Saturday, 02 March 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.45. A lovely spring-like day with a light force 1 NW wind.
A good wader ringing session caught 2 Oystercatcher, 21 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 14 Redshank!
In the Long Bank area were 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 668 Brent, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. Over the sea were 30 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 11 auk spm and 3 Razorbill. Other birds included a Marsh Harrier, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snow Bunting.

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  • Snow Bunting with the Linnet flock. Ian Smith

Friday, 01 March 2013

Sea-watch 07.25-10.25. Cloudy with very occasional sunny spells and a light shower, force 3-2 NNE wind.
A quiet day, 8 Scaup on the Humber being the highlight, other birds seen included 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Greenshank, 20 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 2 Skylark south.

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  • Greenshank. Ian Smith

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Thurs 28th
Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.30, 14.30-15.00. Sunny spells clouding over from late morning, a force 3-1 N-NE wind.
There was some light passage which included 6 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 19 Lapwing, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Razorbill, 10 Skylark, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 7 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet.
Other birds included 2 Greylag Geese, 481 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 5 Scaup, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Rock Pipit.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wed 27th
Migration/sea-watch 08.00-10.00. A glorious spring day with big blue skies and a light force 1-2 N wind.
On the move were a Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 82 Lapwing U-turned, 220 Herring Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin, 1 Linnet. 
Still present were 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 668 Brent and 20 Pale-bellied Brent, 174 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 5 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-09.15. Cloudy with a cold force 3 NE wind.
The only birds seen were 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannet, 1 Fieldfare and 3 Song Thrush.

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  • A Common Gull ringed after being caught in a mist net when it came down to the garden for bread! Rael Butcher

Monday, 25 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy all day with a cold force 3 NE wind.
On the move were 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 15 Red-throated Diver, 38 Gannet, 72 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, the Barnacle Goose, 4 Gadwall, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank and 1 Fieldfare.

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00. Another cloudy day with a few brief sightings of the sun, a cold force 3 NE wind.
Another Red Kite flew south in the morning, 3 Great Northern Divers were seen offshore and other birds on the move were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 40 Red-throated Diver, and 2 Gannet.
Other birds present included the Black Swan, the Barnacle Goose, 9 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 11 Goldeneye, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe a Greenshank and 6 Redwing.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.00-10.00. Another cloudy day with light snow showers, in a cold force 3 NE wind.
On the move were 1 Greylag Geese, 17 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 657 Herring Gulls, 1 Razorbill. 
Birds present included a Black Swan, a Barnacle Goose, 22 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Gadwall, 34 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, and a Rock Pipit.

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy all day with light wintry showers, a cold force 2-3 E wind.
1100 Brent Geese were in the area, a Barnacle Goose was at Beacon Lagoons, 32 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 14 Goldeneye were at Beacon Ponds, while offshore were 4 Common Scoter, 63 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 420 Herring Gulls.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30, 14.30-15.30. Cloudy all day with light wintry showers, a cold force 2-3 E wind.
An Egyptian Goose flew north past the Warren and found at Kilnsea Wetlands, also in the Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Ponds area were a Black Swan, 756 Brent, 22 Pale-bellied Brents, 280 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 152 Lapwing.
On the move were 87 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 152 Herring Gull and 2 Razorbill.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.30-10.45. A cold raw day with 8/8 cloud cover and a force 3 E wind.
There was no sign of the Crane, but there was a Barnacle Goose at Kilnsea Wetlands, also in the Beacon Ponds/Kilnsea Wetlands area were 29 Pale-bellied Brents, 144 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
On the move south were 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 211 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 12 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 13 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Migration/sea-watch 11.50-13.40. Heavy overnight frost and fog slow to clear, finally cleared by mid-day with a force 1-2 W wind.
A good day with 2 additions to the year list, the first a Common Buzzard U-turned and early afternoon a Common Crane flew south then turned back north and landed in fields north of Long Bank. Two Hen Harriers were also seen in the Long Bank area, a male and a ringtail. 
On the move were 44 Pink-footed Geese NW, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill. Other birds included 11 Greylag Geese, 600 Brent and 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Fieldfare.

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  • adult Common Crane. Rael Butcher

Monday, 18 February 2013

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.00, 15.15-16.00. A cloudy start with sunny spells developing and a force 1-2 SE wind.
On the move were 6 Shelduck, 1 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 202 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 1 auk sp, 4 Razorbill, 1 Siskin.
Birds present included 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, a Fieldfare, 4 Redwing and 4 Siskin.

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  • one of the Long-tailed Ducks at Beacon Ponds. Ian Smith

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.30, 10.45-12.30. A bright start but fog moved in during the early afternoon, a light south wind.
The fine conditions induced some light passage south – 5 Greylag Geese, 53 Barnacle Geese U-turned, 4 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 209 Black-headed Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 26 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 24 Siskin, 15 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Lapland Bunting
Other birds seen included 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 345 Lapwing, a Jack Snipe, a Snipe, a Fieldfare and 4 Song Thrush.

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  • Barnacle Geese. Ian Smith

  • Barnacle Geese. Ian Smith

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sea-watches 07.45-09.15. Mostly cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun in a light force 1 SW wind.
Red Kite flew south over Kilnsea but then returned back north-west up river, a Lapland Bunting was seen in the Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Ponds area, where there were still 776 Brent and 49 Pale-bellied Brents, 8 Teal, a Shoveler, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, and 2 Greenshank.
On the move were 4 Pintail, 28 Red-throated Diver, 2 auk sp, 8 Skylark and 25 Siskin.
Other birds seen included 4 Scaup on the Humber, a Fieldfare and 3 Song Thrush.

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  • record shot of the Red Kite. Ian Smith

Friday, 15 February 2013

No watches. A calm day with plenty of sunny spells and much more spring like with a force 2-1 W wind
In the Kilnsea Wetlands/Beacon Ponds area were a Greylag Goose, 720 Brent Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 215 Wigeon, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 171 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank.
Elsewhere there were 2 Red-throated Divers, a Woodcock, a Little Owl at Kew, a Short-eared Owl at Long Bank, 4 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 19 Siskin.

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  • Greenshank. Ian Smith

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.30-09.30. Heavy overnight rain petered out by early morning with a decreasing W wind and sunny spells. The road to the Point was open again in the afternoon.
At Beacon Ponds/Kilnsea Wetlands were 150 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 54 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Woodcock.
Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, a Goldeneye south, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 2 Song Thrush and a Siskin.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.50-09.35. Cloudy all day with snow by late afternoon in a stiffening force 3-6 SW wind
Apart from a Gadwall on Canal Scrape and 21 Lapwings in North Field, all other sightings were over the sea – 1 Common Scoter, 44 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 4 Eider, 1 Lesser B.B. Gull, 6 auk sp, 1 Guillemot and 7 Razorbill.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.00. Cloudy with a force 2-1 SE wind.
The short sea-watch produced 1 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 30 auk sp and 2 Guillemot.
The only other birds seen were a Gadwall, Barn Owl, a Little Owl and a Redwing.

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  • Barn Owl. Ian Smith

Monday, 11 February 2013

Sea-watch 07.50-10.20. A bright sunny start clouding over early afternoon, a cold force 4-2 SE wind
The tide came on the road leaving plenty of debris and closing the road until later in the week.
It was a good day over the sea 1 Wigeon, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 18 Fulmar, 25 Gannet, 376 Herring Gull, 58 Great B.B.Gull, 32 Kittiwake, 642 auk sp, 114 Guillemot, 133 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included a Gadwall, a Marsh Harrier U-turned,, a Jack Snipe, a Woodock, a Barn Owl, a Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. Cloudy all day with rain on and off for most of it, a force 4-6 SE wind.
Over the sea were 26 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 auk sp, 2 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot. 
Other birds present included 746 Brent Geese, 26 Pale-bellied Brents, 181 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 9 Goldeneye, a Heron, a Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, a Barn owl and 2 Redwing.

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Saturday, 09 February 2013

A heavy overnight frost and clear blue skies all day with a light WNW wind.
An unusual find was a Bittern at Beacon Ponds in the early hours which flew off towards the dunes and wasn’t seen again. Also in the Beacon Ponds/Kilnsea Wetlands area were 3 Greylag Geese, 18 Pale-bellied Brents with the 630 Dark-bellieds, 147 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 1 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen elsewhere included a Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Siskin, 45 Yellowhammer and 30 Reed Bunting.

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  • Yellowhammer. Ian Smith

Friday, 08 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.15. A dully day with a light NW wind increasing by late afternoon, with occasional sleet showers.
On the move were 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Siskin.
Birds present included 7 Greylag Geese, 590 Dark-bellied and 24 Pale-bellied Brents, 202 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, a Linnet and 30 Reed Buntings.

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Thursday, 07 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.15, 13.00-13.45. Another cold day with 1 inch of overnight snow and frost, sunny spells with a force 2 WNW wind.
Over the sea were 2 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Razorbill and a Phalarope sp which flew north at 13.40.
A Pochard at Beacon Ponds was an addition to the year list, also there were 2 Long-tailed Ducks, a Barn Owl was at Long Bank, a Fieldfare and 3 Song Thrush at the Point.

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. A cold raw day with frequent wintry showers in a force 5+ N wind
Over the sea were 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 3 Shag, 47 Kittiwake. Other birds seen included a Water Rail found dead along the Canal, 1 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Sea-watch 09.50-10.20. A bright start clouded over and snow flurries in the afternoon with a stiff force 6-5 W wind.
The only birds recorded were 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Guillemot, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and 2 Linnet.

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Monday, 04 February 2013

Sea-watches 08.30-10.30, 15.00-15.30. Bright and sunny with a 5-6 W-NW wind making birding difficult.
The only birds of note seen were over the sea – 1 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 460 Herrin Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 14 Razorbill.

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Sunday, 03 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.30-12.30. Cloudy all day with a cold force 4-2 W wind.
Two more additions to the year list were seabirds, singles of Manx Shearwater and Puffin. Also over the sea were a Long-tailed Duck north, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 76 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 10 Kittiwake, 34 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 152 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 2 Whooper Swan, 600 Brent Geese, 213 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 1 Fieldfare and 4 Goldfinch.

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Saturday, 02 February 2013

Sea-watches 08.30-12.00, 15.15-15.45. Cold blustery NW-N wind, cloudy with odd showers.
The sea produced most of the days birding, the highlight was a Pomarine Skua which flew south, other birds seen included 53 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Scoter, 201 Kittiwakes, 35 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included a Whooper Swan, 570 Dark-bellied, 12 Pale-bellied Brents at Long Bank, 2 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll at Kew.

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Friday, 01 February 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Blue skies with some cloudy spells and a couple of short sharp showers, a light force 2 W wind.
There was some light passage including 5 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 108 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe in off got took by a Peregrine before it reached land!, 6 Black-headed Gull, 235 Herring Gull, 8 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 11 Stock Dove, 10 Skylark and 5 Siskin.
There were 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Beacon Ponds as well as 16 Teal, 10 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank and other birds seen included a Little Egret, 40 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, a Chiffchaff and 70+ Linnet.

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  • Two additions to the years ringing list, Coot and Siskin. Andy Roadhouse

  • Two additions to the years ringing list, Coot and Siskin. Andy Roadhouse

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sea-watches 08.00-11.05, 14.45-16.30. A dreadful day with a force 6+ W wind gusting near gale force at times and bringing down at least one tree in the garden.
Over the sea were 8 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 30 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 795 Herring Gull, 41 Great B.B.Gull, 10 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 4 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swan at Long Bank, the Long-tailed Duck at Beacon Ponds, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and 4 Siskin.

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  • Whooper Swans at Long Bank

  • part of the Brent Goose flock at Long Bank

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Sea-watches 07.40-11.00, 13.00-15.15. A mixed day of sunshine, cloud and a couple of heavy showers moving through in the strengthening force 2-5 -4 WSW wind. 
The Richard’s Pipit was seen again in the morning at Kilnsea Wetlands before flying off towards Sammy’s Point. The Long-tailed Duck was still on Beacon Ponds. 
Moving over the sea were 16 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 7 Pintail, 68 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 125 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 50 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 20 Black-headed Gull, 386 Herring Gull, 15 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 8 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 9 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch and 60 Linnet.

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  • A few Lapwing on the move today. Ian Smith Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith

  • Richard's Pipit. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Sea-watches – 07.55 - 10.20. Cloudy with a few spots of rain, a force 2-4 SSW wind.
Sadly the Spoonbill was found dead today! The Richard’s Pipit was seen again early afternoon feeding on the island next to the hide on Kilnsea Wetlands and the Long-tailed Duck was on Beacon Ponds along with 91 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, the Long-tailed Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Greenshank and 2 Twite.
Long Bank was very quiet with just 2 Gadwall, 525 Brent and 52 Pale-bellied Brents. Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 290 Common Scoter, 45 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 155 Herring Gull, 1 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 7 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Skylark, 600 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing, 44 Siskin south, 72 Linnet.

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  • Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied Brents. Ian Smith

Monday, 28 January 2013

Sea-watches 08.00-10.30, 15.20-16. Frost overnight, clear skies which soon clouded over, a strengthening force 3-5 SW wind.
The Richard’s Pipit was found feeding next to the hide at Kilnsea Wetlands for half an hour early morning before flying towards Sammy’s Point, and it was heard later in the stubble field to the west of Sammy’s Point. The Spoonbillwas found roosting at Beacon Ponds but was later actively feeding in the ditch by the road and viewable down to 5 feet. The first Chiffchaff of the year was at Kew, 3 Jack Snipe were in the saltmarsh, a Water Rail was at the Point, while other birds present included 1 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Greylag Geese, 500 Brent, 50 Pale-bellied Brents, 350 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 100+ Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, the Long-tailed Duck, 52 Common Scoter, 15 Goldeneye, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 5 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 40 Meadow Pipit, 650 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 90 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Siskin, 50 Linnet, 11 Yellowhammer.

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  • Richard's Pipit. Adam Hutt

  • Richard's Pipit. Adam Hutt

  • Jack Snipe. Andy Roadhouse

  • more photos of the Spoonbill. Richard Willison

  • more photos of the Spoonbill. Richard Willison

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch – 08.00-09.45, cloudy periods with long sunny spells in between, a cold, fresh force 4-5 SW wind.
The month continues to attract good birds, todays star was Spurn’s first ever January Richard’s Pipitwhich was heard calling five times after being flushed by a Peregrine on Kilnsea Wetlands.
After several reports that the Spoonbill wasn’t looking too well and how approachable it could be, it was decided to catch the bird and see if it was well. The bird was caught by a hand net and took back to Kew where it was examined and appeared healthy, it was rested for a couple of hours and fed and released back at Kilnsea Wetlands where it had a preen before starting to feed and continued until dusk.
Long Bank Marsh still looks fantastic and covered with birds – 550 Brent Geese + a very good count of 50 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 27 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 250 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 116 Lapwing, 200 Golden Plover, 500 Dunlin, 500 Redshank, 210 Fieldfare and 500 Starling.
Other birds seen included 7 Pintail south, 6 Tufted Duck and the Long-tailed Duck on Beacon Ponds, 15 Red-throated Diver offshore, 2 Little Egret, 10 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank present, 1 Jackdaw U-turned and 28 Linnets seen.

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  • The Spoonbills wing, showing the black shafts to the primaries and primary coverts, something hardly ever seen in the field. Andy Roadhouse

  • taking some food

  • The Spoonbill being released back at Beacon Ponds

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 09.00-12.00. Some long sunny spells and a few clouds in the afternoon, very pleasant out of the cold force 3 W-SW wind.
An excellent days birding for January, a Lapland Bunting flew south early morning quickly followed by a Woodlark. a male Marsh Harrier flew north, the Spoonbill was seen again at Beacon Ponds, 7 Waxwings were in Easington, a Spotted Redshank was on the Humber, 2 Twite were in the Linnet flock at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Shoveler on the Humber became the 120th species to be recorded so far this month.
More common fare moving south were 8 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 12 Knot, 14 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 540 Herring Gull, 40 Great B.B.Gull, 2 auk sp, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 17 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting. 
Other birds present included 26 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Greylag Geese, 18 pale-bellied and 600 Brent Geese, 2 Gadwall, 34 Teal, 80 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 4 Snipe, 17 Woodcock, 1 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl, 100 Blackbird, 695 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 52 Linnet, 25 Snow Bunting and 13 Reed Bunting.

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  • 3 Pale-bellied Brents with the Dark-bellied's.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.00. Cloudy and cold with a fresh force 3 SW wind.
The Spoonbill was at Beacon Ponds again, where there was also 3 Barnacle Geese, 275 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Jack Snipe.
Other birds present included 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 1 Skylark, 49 Blackbird, 250 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 85 Redwing and 50 Linnet.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sea-watch 11.00-11.30. Cloudy with a shorty wintry shower in the morning but a pleasant day with a still to light SW wind.
The Spoonbill was seen again early morning at Beacon Ponds but then disappeared and presumably moved further up the Humber. In the Beacon Ponds/Long Bank Marsh area were the Long-tailed Duck, 3 Greylag Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 574 Brent and 22 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 325 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 46 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Partridge and 2 Greenshank.
22 Red-throated Divers were seen offshore and other birds seen included a Merlin, a Water Rail, 14 Woodcock, 6 Meadow Pipit, 60 Blackbird, 507 Fieldfare (moving between Long Bank and the Triangle), 9 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush.

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  • Sanderlings. Ian Smith

  • Sanderlings. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-10. Cloudy all day and cold with a force 1-3 SE wind.
There was no sign of the Spoonbill today but Waxwings returned with 5 in Easington and at least 7 more going south, one of which was trapped and ringed at Kew.
The sea was very quiet with just 4 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and 51 Herring Gull moving south. There was another increase in Woodcocks with at least 11 present and other birds seen included 3 Barnacle Geese, 628 Brent and 18 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 44 Blackbird, 123 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 93 Redwing and 3 Goldfinch

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  • Adult male Waxwing. Andy Roadhouse

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Cloudy all day with the odd shower, a force 1 SE wind.
An immature Spoonbill was seen on the Borrow Pit then flew to Kilnsea Wetlands and was last seen in the afternoon feeding on the Humber off the Point. This is the first ever winter record at Spurn and is the 115th species seen so far this month which is also a record count for January.
Also on the record front, 166 Siskins flew south which is a new winter record (December to February). Also on the move were 3 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Skylark and 18 Linnets.
Other birds present included 3 Barnacle Geese at Long Bank, a Little Egret, a Water Rail on the road at Wire Dump, 4 Snipe, 5 Woodcock, 14 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 60 Blackbird, 130 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing and 6 Goldfinch.

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  • Some photos of todays immature Spoonbill

Monday, 21 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-10.30. Cloudy with sleet or snow showers up to mid-day, with a force 3 SE – 1 S wind.
The sea was disappointingly quiet after yesterday with just 3 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, and 2 Red-throated Diver. The cold weather continues to push more birds in, the best being 2 Black-headed Gull and 2 Common Gulls trapped in the house trap which is usually used for catching pigeons and Starlings. There have only been 4 Black-headed Gulls and 11 Common Gulls previously ringed at Spurn. 3 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Barnacle Geese were seen at Long Bank, 8 Teal on Canal Scrape, a Water Rail on Church Field pond, 90 Golden Plover, 32 Lapwing and 3 Snipe in Triangle, 8 Woodcock, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 55 Blackbird, 126 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 28 Redwing.

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  • Common Gull

  • Fieldfare

  • Redwing

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-15.00. Cloudy all day with a stiff force 4-5 E-ENE wind.
A superb winter’s day sea-watching included a new winter record count of Fulmars (previous best 322) – when 952 were recorded (inc 3 blue phase birds), which is the highest count at Spurn at any time of year since 2006. Also on the move were a Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxies, a Little Gull, and a Velvet Scoter. Common species totals were 2 Wigeon, 5 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 66 Gannet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 326 Herring Gull, 23 Great B.B.Gull, 59 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe at Beacon Ponds, 50 Lapwing, a Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 43 Skylark, 34 Meadow Pipit, 120 Fieldfare and 21 Redwing.

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  • Skylarks have increased with the cold weather. Ian Smith

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.45-13.30. Mostly cloudy with occasional wintry showers and a force 4 E wind.
The highlight was a Woodlark which flew north at 08.15, the previous earliest record was 21st February! Also a male Hen Harrier seen at Long Bank flew as far south as the Triangle before U-turning back north. 
Birds on the move over the sea included 2 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 52 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 30 Common Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 375 Herring Gull, 25 Great B.B.Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 32 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 25 Razorbill. A Skylark came in off the sea and 2 Linnets flew south.
Other birds seen included 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Peregrine, a Moorhen, 58 Lapwing, 19 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 41 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 197 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 47 Redwing.

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30, 14.00-15.00. Mainly cloudy with odd sunny spells but heavy cloud and snow flurries in the afternoon, a force 4 E-ESE wind.
Waxwing was mobile between the Warren and the Triangle, birds that have been pushed here by the cold weather include 300 Golden Plover, 56 Lapwing, 2 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 92 Fieldfare and 12 Redwing.
On the move offshore were 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 57 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Guillemot and a Razorbill. 
At Beacon Ponds there was still 1 Long-tailed Duck along with 112 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye.

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  • Goldeneyes and Wigeons. Ian Smith

Thursday, 17 January 2013

No sea-watches. Frozen ground had thawed by mid-day, sunny spells and a light SSE wind.
2 Scaup on the Humber became the 100th species to be recorded at Spurn so far this year, ther birds present included 14 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, 30 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, 18 Skylark, 21 Meadow Pipit, 80+ Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 20+ Redwing and 4 Goldfinch.
Also there were 2 Snow Buntings, 100+ Skylarks and a flock of Fieldfare at Easington gas terminal.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

  • Pink-footed Geese. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Sunny spells with occasional wintry showers after a very cold start which slowly thawed, a force 1 WNW –SW wind.
A flock of 67 Snow Buntings were in fields by the gas terminal at Easington, while at Spurn there was 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 21 Meadow Pipit, 44 Fieldfare 4 Song Thrush and 15 Redwing. 
On the move offshore were 4 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 54 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver and a Gannet.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.5-11.15. The overnight snow soon melted with sunny spells, some light snow showers in a force 2 NW wind.
Lapland Bunting and 120 Skylarks were in a field by Easington gas terminal, also 9 Skylarks, 4 Meadow Pipits and a Snow Bunting flew south; 2 Fieldfare, a Song Thrush and 6 Redwing were present. Other birds seen included a Whooper Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 5 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Partridge, 31 Red-throated Divers and 2 Gannet.

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Sea-watching 09.45-11.45. A few sunny spells to start then clouded over and snow showers, with 2 inch by late afternoon, a force 1 SSE wind.
Long-tailed Tits at Kew was the first ever January record for the old recording area, also present was a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush and 7 Redwings. 
Moving south offshore were 6 Shelducks, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Gannet. A Whooper Swan was still at Long Bank.

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-11.30. Cloudy with sleet showers more frequent in the afternoon, a force 1 E-ESE wind.
A first-winter Glaucous Gull which flew south was the highlight of the day, the only other birds of note seen were 11 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 40 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, a Peregrine, 113 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing.

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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-10.00. Cold with a force 3 SE wind all day, cloudy with some wintry showers late afternoon.
Pretty similar to last few days although a Water Rail was new. On the move were 8 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 39 Common Scoter, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 507 Herring Gull, 7 auk sp, 1 Stock Dove, 7 Goldfinch.
At Beacon Ponds there were 1 Whooper Swan, 2 pale-bellied Brents, 102 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and the 2 Greenshank. Other birds seen included 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 1 Redwing.

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  • Little Egret. Ian Smith

Friday, 11 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.30-12.00. A cool day with a light to moderate SSW-S wind all day with occasional light drizzle on a cloudy day.
A much better day with the first Marsh Harrier of the year U-turning, also on the move were 6 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 48 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Knot, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Siskin.
An small increase in migrants included 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 5 Chaffinch.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 8.00-12.00. Cloudy all day with a cool force 2 W wind.
On the move were 120 Pink-footed Geese north, 3 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 58 Great B.B.Gull, 129 Herring Gull, and 5 Siskin. 
Other birds seen included a Little Egret, a Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl and 4 Song Thrush.

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.00-12.00. A fine, sunny but cool day with a light to moderate NW-WNW wind.
Some light passage included 3 Eider, 21 Red-throated Diver, 3 Golden Plover (in off), 3 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 2 Goldfinch, and 4 Linnet.
At Beacon Ponds were the Whooper Swan, a Pink-footed Goose, 108 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank; while elsewhere there were a Peregrine, a Jack Snipe, 27 Stock Dove, a Meadow Pipit and 2 Song Thrush.

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  • Whooper San. Ian Smith

  • Whooper San. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-12.00. A cloudy cool day with a light SW wind.
Moving south were 16 Whooper Swans, 65 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 18 Ringed Plover in off (very good count for January), 34 Herring Gull, 4 Guillemot, also a Pied Wagtail, 15 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin.
Other birds present included the Whooper Swan, 121 Wigeon, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe and 2 Greenshank all at Beacon Ponds. Elsewhere there were 7 Teal, 60 Mallard, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, a Jack Snipe, a Rock Pipit, and 6 Song Thrush.

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Monday, 07 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.30-10.30. A bright start clouding over by mid-day, a force 2 SW wind.
A quiet day, 65 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, 81 Wigeon, 3 Curlew and a Guillemot flew south, 167 Common Scoter and 12 Red-throated Diver were seen offshore. The Whooper Swan was at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Woodcock and 2 Redwing were at the Point.

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Sunday, 06 January 2013

A couple of short sea-watches in the morning. Long sunny spells clouding up later in the day and a light SSW wind.
A good passage of Pink-footed Geese saw 800 flying north-west, moving south were 2 Greylag Geese, a Long-tailed Duck, 20 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shag, 28 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
Offshore c.1000 Common Scoter were blogging about which is more than double the previous winter record for this species while other birds present included a Whooper Swan at Kilnsea Wetlands, the 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank at Beacon ponds and a Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point.

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Sea-watch 09.15-10.45. Cloudy with very occasional sunny spells, a force 1-2 SSW wind.
A Whooper Swan, 396 Brent Geese + 2 pale bellied were at Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank were at Beacon Ponds and a Waxwing was at Kew Villa.
There was some reasonable passage for the time of year including 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 1 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 116 Black-headed Gull, 4 Goldfinch, 67 Siskin, 1 Sikin.

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Friday, 04 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.30-11.00. Some sunny spells but mostly cloudy with a force 2 W wind.
The highlight of the day was a Red Kite which flew south at 11.20, also on the move were 2 Teal, 339 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 7 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting.
Other birds included 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Skylark and 8 Goldfinch.

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  • Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith

Thursday, 03 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.45-10.15. Cloudy all day with a force 2-3 W-NW wind.
Long-tailed Duck remained at Beacon Ponds, with 78 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Greenshank.
On the move were 24 Pink-footed Geese, 34 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill.
Other birds included 2 Grey Partridge, a Song Thrush and 2 Linnet.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.15-09.30. Overcast with constant light rain all day, a force 2 W wind
A very quiet day due mainly to the poor weather, over the sea were 7 Teal, 3 Eider, 134 Common Scoter, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. The only other birds of note were 12 Greylag Geese at Kilnsea Wetlands and a Siskin south.

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Tuesday, 01 January 2013

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30, 14.00-15.00. A lovely bright sunny day with a stiff force 3-4 W-WNW wind.
The first ever January record of Crossbill was 2 at the Warren before they flew off south, a Waxwingwas at Kew before flying north and 4 more were at Kilnsea Wetlands. Over the sea were 47 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver and 10 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 12 Greylag Geese and a Barnacle Goose at Kilnsea Wetlands, the 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Greenshank at Beacon Ponds. A Little Grebe was on Canal Scrape and a Peregrine blogging about.

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  • Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith

  • Long-tailed Duck. Ian Smith