Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Well what a year 2014 was. A total of 252 species were recorded and if all accepted there were four additions to the Spurn list – White-billed Diver, Masked Shrike, Blackpoll Warbler and Steller’s Eider, not to mention the second records of Ring-necked Duck and Terek Sandpiper, 2nd and 3rd Desert Lesser Whitethroat, 3rd Pacific Golden Plover and Fea’s Petrel, 3rd and 4th Pallid Swifts, 4th Isabelline Shrike, 5th White-winged Black Tern, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and Surf Scoter, not to mention a whole selection of sub-rarities, scarce migrants, good falls of drift migrants and some record passages of common vis mig migrants.
Let’s hope 2015 is just as good.

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-10.00. Blue skies with an increasing force 2-5 WSW wind.
Observations were cut short when a Little Bustard turned up up the coast! On the move were 11 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 auk sp.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Woodcock, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit in an Easington garden which has been present most of the winter.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-08.45. Cold with clear blue skies and a force 1-2 WNW wind.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet. Other birds seen included 6 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and a Chiffchaff.

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.15-10.00. A cold day with a heavy frost and clear blue skies, a force 1 NW wind.
Very little moving but a Marsh Harrier was very good for the time of year, other birds moving were 3 Eider, 5 Red-throated Diver and a Kittiwake.
Scaup was on Beacon Ponds with 212 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 16 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, a Water Rail, and a Greenshank. The Black Brant was in the fields again with 635 Brent and 2 Pale-belled Brents. Other birds seen included a Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 230 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush , 3 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest and a Long-tailed Tit.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Bright and sunny most of day with a force 1 NW wind.
Birds seen today were a Pink-footed Goose, 7 Greylag Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 7 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, a Jack Snipe, 7 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.15-11.00. Heavy overnight rain which continued all day with a force 1 NW wind.
The first Fulmar since mid-October flew south and other birds over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua and a Bonxie.
Other birds seen were 7 Greylag Geese, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 33 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing and 4 Goldcrest.

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Sea-watch 07.55-09.30. A frosty night but cloudy from dawn, a light NW wind.
On the move were 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Pintail, 46 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 37 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua.
The Black Brant and 2 Pale-bellied Brents were in the fields with 8 Greylag Geese, other birds seen included 7 Goldeneye, 20 Little Grebe, 2 Woodcock, 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, and 2 Goldcrest.

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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Mostly sunny with a decreasing WSW 3-1 wind.
The only birds noted were 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing and a Chiffchaff.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

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, 20 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.15-12.30, 14.15-16.00. Another day of sunshine with a force 4-5 cool W wind.
A better day over the sea with 5 Wigeon,, 5 Mallard, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 15 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 9 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1003 Herring Gull, 75 Great B.B.Gull, and 10 Guillemot.
The only other birds seen were a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Fieldfare and 6 Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.30. Bright and sunny all day with a force 4-5 W cool wind.
Over the sea were 1 Teal, 24 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, and 76 Herring Gull.
Other birds noted were 1 Little Egret, 1 Mistle Thrush and 6 Long-tailed Tit.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Cloudy all day with a force 4-6 SW wind.
The Black Brant was back in the fields with 450 Brent and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, also present were 146 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, a Stonechat and a Jay.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 9 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver north, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet and 59 Herring Gull.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Cloudy all day with a force 3 W wind.
Only 2 Wigeon, 16 Red-throated Diver, 6 Black-headed Gull and 88 Herring Gulls were seen on the sea-watch. other birds present included 108 Pintail, 1 Woodcock, 30 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Twite, 16 Yellowhammer and a Jay.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A cold winters day with blue skies and a force 2 W wind.
On the move south were 8 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 14 Red-throated Diver, a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Rock Pipit.
Also seen were 50 Common Scoter on the Humber, a Little Owl and 12 Snow Bunting.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.45-10.15. A chilly day with a force 2-3 W wind and mainly cloudy day.
Moving south were 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 61 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake.
Birds present included 6 Whooper Swan, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 40 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 5 Long-tailed Tit.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Migration/sea-watch 08.30-11.15. Another wild day with a force 4-6 WSW wind, cloudy all day.
Over the sea were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Wigeon, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 57 Herring Gull and 3 auk sp.
Birds present included 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 160 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 5 Grey Partridge, 2 Song Thrush and 15 Redwing.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Migration/sea-watch 08.15-12.30. A very cold start with a heavy frost followed by big blue skies and a force W wind.
On the move were 80 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Pomarine Skua, 2 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 2 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 70 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 23 Linnet, a Bullfinch and a Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.35. Heavy rain overnight but sunny spells developing during the day with a force 2-4 W wind.
Barnacle Geese were with the Brent Goose flock and also present were 3 Teal, 168 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank and a Goldcrest, while over the sea were 2 Eider, 50 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet and 1 Little Auk.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.15-11.45. Occasional showers and a force 5-6 W-WSW wind.
On the move were 1 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 137 Herring Gull, 2 auk sp and Guillemot. The only other birds noted were a Peregrine and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30, 13.10-15.10. Mainly blue skies but very windy with a force 6 SW wind most of the day.
Apart from 30 Snow Buntings blogging about all activity noted was over the sea with 1 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 1 Snipe, 110 Herring Gull, 55 Great B.B.Gull and 5 auk sp.

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Tuesday, 09 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. A wild, cold cloudy day with an increasing force 2-6 SW wnd.
A quiet day due to the weather conditions. On the move were 4 Eider, 17 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 4 Black-headed Gull, 139 Herring Gull and 29 Great B.B.Gull. The only other birds of note seen were 23 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Goldcrest.

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Monday, 08 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. A cold frosty start and clear skies with a force 3 W-WNW wind.
Another quiet day with just some light passage over the sea. On the move were 5 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Black-headed Gull, 107 Herring Gull, 17 Great B.B.Gull, 1 auk sp.
Other birds included 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and 42 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 07 December 2014

Sea-watch 09.30-11.45. Cold and sunny with a force 4 W-WNW wind.
There was no sign of the Bean Goose or the Black Brant and passage was very light, the highlight being a probable Water Pipit over the Warren, other birds moving were 4 Whooper Swan, 100 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 5 Snipe in off, 6 auk sp and 1 Little Auk, 2 Skylark, and 3 Snow Bunting.
Other birds present were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brents, 8 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Rock Pipit and 3 Goldcrest.

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Saturday, 06 December 2014

A cold frosty start clear blue skies, a force 2 SW wind.
Bean Goose dropped into fields by Sammy’s Point and the Black Brant was present again. A Great White Egret was seen just outside the recording area between Sammy’s Point and Skeffling. The male Hen Harrier was still present in the Sammy’s area. Other birds seen included 8 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, a Common Buzzard, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest.

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  • Bean Goose. Ian Smith

  • Black Brant. Ian Smith

Friday, 05 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.30-11.00. A cloudy start brightened up by mid-day with a force 2-3 WNW-NW wind.
The Black Brant was seen again on Easington straight along with 3 Barnacle Geese and 460 Brent Geese, also present were 180 Wigeon, 4 Teal, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 1 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest. The only birds moving were 2 Brent Geese, 2 Goosander, 1 Shag, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin and a Twite.

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Thursday, 04 December 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-12.00. Low cloud with some light drizzle, a force 1 ESE wind.
A very quiet day with 6 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Pintail, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Auk, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Goldcrest.

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-12.00. Sunny spells with a cool force 2-1 NE wind. 
More seabirds moving but very few ducks today, 1 Brent Goose, 7 Teal, 2 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 10 Gannet, 15 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 auk sp, and 1 Little Auk. Other birds present included 1 Woodcock, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 dead Barn Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 'eastern' Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Sea-watch – 08.00-14.00. Mostly cloudy and dull with some showers and a force 4 cold N wind.
The sea was very productive with 37 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 auk sp, 1 Guillemot and 7 Little Auk. There were also plenty more duck moving and Teal is getting close to the record breaking autumn of over 14,000 in 2012, when 472 passed offshore with 58 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 19 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 35 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. 5 Lapwing, 16 Snipe and 11 Starling came in off the sea. Other birds included 260 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing.

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Monday, 01 December 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-09.50, 11.40-13.40. A dull cloudy day with a force NE wind.
A quiet day, moving offshore were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Bonxie and 1 Little Gull.
Other birds seen included 1 Woodcock, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and 3 Goldcrest.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-14.00. A bright start that clouded over later on, a force 1-3 NW-N wind.
An addition to the year list was a Bean Goose which flew south over Kilnsea and then the Humber heading towards Lincolnshire, an adult Bewick’s Swan which also flew south over the Humber was the first of the autumn also a presumed tristis(Siberian) Chiffchaff along Vicars Lane (sound recording below). 
Other birds move included 210 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 62 Wigeon, 253 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Pintail, 73 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 33 Red-throated Diver, 26 Gannet, 3 Pomarine Skua, 50 Woodpigeon, 6 Stock Dove, 25 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 5 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 16 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 13 Linnet, 12 Twite, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting and 11 Snow Bunting.
Birds present were 540 dark-bellied and 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 160 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 60 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 41 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest.

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.15, 13.30-14.00. Another dull cloudy day with a light 1-3 ESE-SE wind.
The most unexpected bird was the latest ever Whinchat by one day at Southfield Farm. A Red-necked Grebe, a Spotted Redshank and 4 Little Auks were all seen on the Humber along with 60 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, and a Great Crested Grebe. 
Over the sea were 40 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 23 Gannet, 14 Knot, 6 Pomarine Skua, 2 Little Gull, 7 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, and 2 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included 300 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 105 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, and a Snow Bunting.

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  • Whinchat. Luke Ellison

Friday, 28 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-13.30, 14.15-14.30. Low cloud all day with some light drizzle and a force 1-2 ESE wind.
A drake Long-tailed Duck was sat on the sea in front of the sea-watching hut on another good duck day, when moving south were 12 Wigeon, 336 Teal, 4 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 173 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 28 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 16 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 101 Common Gull, 11 auk sp, 11 Guillemot, 8 Little Auk.
Other birds included 4 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 90 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 6 Redwing.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-11.00, 13.40-16.00. Cloudy all day with out breaks of rain or drizzle, with a force 1 SE wind.
It was another excellent day for wildfowl passage, particularly Teal -1690 had flown south by the end of the day, others moving were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Shelduck, 116 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 9 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 3 Scaup, 18 Eider (N), 30 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 23 Red-throated Diver, 3 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Bonxie and 4 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included 148 Wigeon, 58 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 5 Woodcock, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Barn Owl, 4 Redwing and 4 Goldcrest.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Cloudy all day with rain and a force 2 E wind.
Apart from a Jay, a Song Thrush and a Redwing, the only birds noted today were over the sea – 16 Common Scoter, 3 Scaup, 12 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, and a Little Auk.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-11.00. Another frosty start clouding up late afternoon and a force 1 E wind.
Another quiet day, the best of which was moving south 2 Whooper Swan, 19 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 9 Gannet, 116 Common Gull, 65 Herring Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Siskin.
Other birds present were 2 Woodcock, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Owl, 2 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 13 Snow Bunting and a Jay.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-11.30. A cold frosty start with blue skies and becoming hazy sunshine, a fore 2 W-NW wind.
A fairly quiet day with some light passage, moving were 56 Whooper Swan, 84 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Eider, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Gannet, 1 Shag, 44 Lapwing, 2 Bonxie, 25 Little Gull, 54 Black-headed Gull, 108 Common Gull, 351 Herring Gull, 32 Great B.B.Gull, 300 Woodpigeon, 35 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 54 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet.
Other birds present included the Black Brant with 3 pale-bellied and 414 dark-bellied Brents, 260 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting and 12 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sea-watches 07.30-11.45, 12.30-13.30. Cloudy with light rain for most of the day, with alight WSW wind.
A very quiet day even over the sea and the weather not making for good birding. The Redstart was still by the Riverside Hotel, the only other migrants were 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, a Jay, 1 Redpoll and 6 Snow Bunting.
Over the sea were 25 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 43 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 29 Red-throated Diver, 49 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull.
The Black Brant was still present.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-15.15. Cloudy most of the day with some sun early afternoon, a force 2 SW wind. 
Another good day for duck passage, on the move were 20 Brent Geese, 15 Shelduck, 144 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 781 Teal, 28 Mallard, 17 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Scaup, 6 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 33 Goldeneye, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe (1 at 11.30, 1 at 14.30), 5 Gannet, 9 Golden Plover, 43 Lapwing, 36 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 46 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 2 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting. 
The Redstart was still present by the Riverside and other migrants included 2 Woodcock, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Stonechat, 240 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest, 7 Snow Bunting. 
Other birds present included 253 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.20-16.00. Cloudy day with a force 2-3 SW wind. 
A reasonable day for duck passage, on the move were 18 Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 59 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 296 Teal, 4 Mallard, 10 Pintail, 17 Tufted Duck, 7 Eider, 66 Common Scoter, 10 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 23 Dunlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 155 Common Gull, 69 Herring Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk, 2 Skylark.
The Redstart was still present by the Riverside and other migrants included 2 Woodcock, 4 Stonechat, 240 Blackbird, 51 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 32 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling. 
Other birds present included The Black Brant with 656 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.30. A cooler day but still sunny spells, with a force 1 SE wind. The intriguing Common Redstart is still present along the Humber shore near the Riverside Hotel. The bird shows some features that may indicate the subspecies samamisicus. However identification of females of this race is still in its infancy. A faecal sample has been collected and we hope to have this tested for DNA.
Also present were 1 Woodcock, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcret and a Jay.
On the move were 31 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 19 Shoveler, 20 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 34 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Gull, 1 Guillemot, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 13 Meadow Pipit, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Siskin, 7 Twite.

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  • Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

  • Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

  • Common Redstart ssp. Garry Taylor

  • Common Redstart ssp. Richard Clarke

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Common Redstart on the Humberside behind the Riverside this afternoon showed some features (pale wing panel and greyish wash to the breast) of P.p.samamisicus (Ehrenberg's Redstart).Sea-watch 07.15-11.30. Another mild and day of sunny spells, a force 2-1 SE wind. 
Also another day of light passage with 9 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Eider, 25 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 9 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Little Gull, 30 Skylark, a late Swallow, 80 Redwing, 129 Starling, 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting.
The only other birds seen were a Mistle Thrush and 3 Chiffchaff.

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  • Possible Ehrenberg's Redstart. Ian Smith.

  • Possible Ehrenberg's Redstart. Ian Smith.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sea-watches - 07.15-10.30, 15.25-16.20. Sunny spells and very mild with a light force 2-1 SE wind.
There was some light passage over the sea including 9 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 9 Eider, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Avocet, 4 Dunlin, 1 Pomarine Skua, 8 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, and 1 Skylark.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant, with 360 Brent Geese, 1 Pintail, 2 Velvet Scoter , 1 Goldeneye, 1 Woodcock, 2 Black Redstarts at the Point, 8 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 23 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 9 Snow Bunting.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 07:10-12:00 14:15-16:00. F2 SE broken cloud with a heavy shower in the morning then sunny spells and another shower in afternoon. A few more thrushes around and a few birds moving over the sea.
On the move were 10 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 26 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet, 17 Cormorant, 5 Shag (inc white-darvic’d individual), 8 Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 101 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 13 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 6 Little Auk, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), 8 Fieldfare (in/off), 2 Redwing (in/off).
Also present were 1 Shag, 1 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 110 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 120 Redwing and 2 Chiffchaff.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 07:10-15:45. F2 ESE broken cloud and sunny spells for most of the day. Some passage over the sea and the Black Brant re-appeared with the Brent flock at Beacon Ponds. 
On the move were 7 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 9 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 136 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 6 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 10 Little Auk, 2 Snow Bunting.
Also present were 400 Dark-bellied and 3 Pale-bellied Brent, 150 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 12 Beacon Ponds, 4 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 4 Greenshank, 3 Little Auk on the Humber (1 was swallowed by a Great Black-backed Gull), 1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 11 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 3 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 15 Snow Bunting, 15 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:30-09:00 12:40-13:30. F1-0 E-W a foggy day start it slowly cleared as the morning went on but still poor visibility. A few more thrushes around and a new Yellow-browed Warblerby the riding school. On the move were 5 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 5 Skylark, 72 Starling (NW).
Also present were 169 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Scaup on the sea, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Grey Partridge, 20 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 30 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Auk was picked up on the beach by a fisherman with a broken leg, but was a decent weight and quickly released where it flew out to sea strongly, 8 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 54 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 143 Blackbird, 49 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff including a tristis type along the Canal, 9 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1340 Starling, 1 Jay, 1 Brambling, 1 Twite, 34 Yellowhammer.

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  • Little Auk. Matthew Bruce.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:15-10:30 11:45-13:30 14:30-15:50. F5-2 SSE-SSW some light showers early morning then heavy rain from 10 till 12 leaving a cloudy afternoon. A fairly quiet day with the weather not really producing anything. On the move were 2 Gadwall, 44 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 25 Scaup, 4 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 22 Gannet, 13 Knot, 1 Jack Snipe (in/off), 1 Woodcock (in/off), 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp., 4 Guillemot, 1 Starling (in/off).
Also present were 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Lapwing, 1 Woodcock, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-10.00, 13.30-15.30. Clear skies soon clouded over with a force 2-4 SSE-SE wind.
The halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat was at the Point and was sound recorded today, other migrants included 1 Stonechat, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Yellowhammer and 3 Snow Bunting.
On the move were 5 Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 2 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 10 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 2 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 92 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 60 Goldfinch, 19 Siskin, 37 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 3 Lapland Bunting, 10 Reed Bunting.
Other birds included 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe and 9 Black-tailed Godwit.

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  • record shots of the Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Boyle

  • record shots of the Lesser Whitethroat. Dave Boyle

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-13.45, 14.30-16.00. Mainly cloudy with rain from mid-morning to early afternoon, a force 3-2 SE wind.
On the move were 24 Brent Geese, 11 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 508 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 3 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Gannet, 15 Lapwing, 37 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 74 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Gull, 75 Black-headed Gull, 52 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 92 Herring Gull, 63 Great B.B.Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 6 Little Auk, 1 Short-eared Owl, 24 Skylark, 7 Jackdaw and a Lapland Bunting.
The halimodendri type Lesser Whitethroat was seen at the Point again behind the VTS tower and other birds present included a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 7 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and a Jay.

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  • Woodcock. Dave Boyle

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sea-watches 07.00-09.00, 10.30-11.30, 13.00-15.45. A fresh force 3 SSE all day, mainly cloudy with sunny periods.
A very quiet day apart from some activity over the sea late morning to mid-afternoon with 2 Grey Phalaropes south together and a Little Auk also flying south and one flying north being the highlights. Other birds noted were 43 Teal, 12 Pochard, 9 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 33 Gannet, 1 Woodcock, 1 skua sp, 8 Bonxie, 24 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 9 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 5 Starling in off and a Chiffchaff at Kew.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.15-11.00, 14.00-15.30. A force 3-4-2 SW SW wind, long sunny periods.
Cloudy for most of the day with occasional sunny spells and only a few spots of rain, a force 2-3 SW wind.
There was some light passage over the land but as expected now only in small numbers and some more good duck passage. On the move were 9 Shelduck, 154 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 802 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Scoter, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 231 Lapwing in/off, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Bonxie, 12 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 86 Skylark,29 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 alba Wagtail, 22 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 450 Starling south only 1 in off, 35 Tree Sparrow, 32 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 31 Siskin, 32 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting and 1 Corn Bunting.
Thrushes mainly Blackbirds were coming in off for a couple of hour period from mid-morning and other birds present included 4 Whooper Swan, 120 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Merlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Rock Pipit, 20 Robin, 3 Stonechat, 380 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin and 4 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 09 November 2014

Sea-watches 06.50-10.15, 14.00-14.50. Some clouds in the morning then clear blue skies and warm for the rest of the day with a force 1 S wind.
A few new migrants appeared today, most notably a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Narrows and a flava Wagtail that wasn’t a Yellow Wagtail at Easington Lagoon briefly. Other migrant totals were 6 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Rock Pipit, 45 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 160 Blackbird, 22 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 55 Redwing, 13 Blackcap, 8 Chiffcahff, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling, 20 Twite, 2 Bullfinch and 5 Snow Bunting.
There were a few things moving over the sea which included 11 Whooper Swan, 235 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 1 Eider, 22 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 39 Red-throated Diver, 22 Gannet, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 11 Little Gull and 57 Starling.
No sign of the Black Brant for the last two days but a Pale-bellied Brent present, also 178 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe.

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Saturday, 08 November 2014

Sea-watch 06.45-13.00, 14.00-16.00. Clear skies clouded over mid-morning and rain from late morning to late afternoon, a force 2-3 SW-SSE wind.
A quiet day but some good duck passage. On the move were 17 Whooper Swan, 2 Brent Geese, 133 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 957 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 12 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 4 Little Gull, 37 Skylark.
Other birds seen included 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 110 Blackbird, 27 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 35 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 12 Siskin, 1 Twite, 1 Bullfinch, 7 Snow Bunting.

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Friday, 07 November 2014

Sea-watches 06.45-11.45, 133.45-16.10. A light SSW wind picked up to force 4 and clouded over with rain showers late afternoon and early evening.
The highlight was an Osprey which was seen on the groynes at the Narrows before flying off south at 13.30, this is the latest record at Spurn, the latest before being 26th October.
Most other activity was over the sea with a good variety of ducks on the move; the totals were 2 Brent Geese, 6 Shelduck, 146 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 134 Teal, 46 Mallard, 19 Pintail, 21 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 3 Scaup, 2 Tufted Duck, 16 Eider, 365 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, 126 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver 21 Gannet, 8 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 31 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Bonxie, 13 Little Gull, 6 auk sp, 4 Little Auk.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant with a Pale-bellied and 180 Dark-bellied Brents, 220 Wigeon, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 150 Blackbird, 100 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing,3 Chiffchaff (inc a tristis type at Southfield Farm), 1 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling.

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Thursday, 06 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 11.00-13.00, 14.00-16.15. A frosty still start slowly picking up to a force 4 SSW wind, and cloud building through the day.
Hardly any Little Auks today with just 9 north and one in off and continuing west, there were a few other birds moving over the sea although mainly ducks with 6 Whooper Swan, 3 Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 145 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 132 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 16 Eider, 135 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 42 Gannet, 3 Lapwing, 28 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Gull, 191 Black-headed Gull, 78 Herring Gull, 5 Guillemot, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 80 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 RocK Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 420 Starling in, 62 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 6 Snow Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting.
There was a reasonable arrival/movement of thrushes coming and going with 1 Ring Ouzel, 600+ Blackbird, 400 Fieldfare and 650 Redwing. Other migrants included 12 Woodcock, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Brambling, 1 Twite and 15 Snow Bunting.
The Black Brant was still present.

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014

All day sea-watch 07.00-16.45 From a still start just before first light, a freshening N wind soon picked up to force 4-5 and started to ease in the afternoon, a few showers moved through during the day, although with long sunny spells.
The best day for Little Auk passage since 2007, with 334 counted passing north by the end of the day; the sea-watch also produced a Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, a Purple Sandpiper, 23 Pomarine Skua, 1 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 24 Eider, 267 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 195 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 670 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 skua sp., 34 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 1300 Kittiwake, 80 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 320 Starling.
Away from sea-watching the Black Brant was still present and other birds seen included a Waxwing at Kew early morning, 6 Whooper Swan, 320 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brents, 1 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Twite, 2 Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch and 6 Snow Bunting.

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  • Little Auks

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.00, 09.45-12.15, 13.30-14.30, 1.45-16.50. Clear skies to start then fog rolled in for a couple of hours and then clear skies again with a light WSW-NNE wind.
The fog stopped play for vis mig, and it was a quiet day although a few thrushes went through late afternoon.
On the move were 130 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 6 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 41 Black-headed Gull, 71 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 7 House Sparrow, 23 Tree Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 11 Linnet, 21 Twite, 1 Snow Bunting, 9 Reed Bunting. 
6 Whooper Swan, 26 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 60 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest.

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  • Twite. Andy Roadhouse

Monday, 03 November 2014

Sea-watches 06.40-10.15, 11.45-16.30. Cloudy with passing showers early morning, slowly cleared to leave long sunny spells, a force 3-4 SW wind dropping in the evening.
The first Little Auk of the year flew north, taking the year list to 250. Other birds moving (mainly south) were 103 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 100+ Little Gull, 77 Black-headed Gull, 94 Common Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 18 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 20 Starling in off, 6 Chaffinch, 28 Goldfinch, 16 Snow Bunting.
Other birds seen included 6 Whooper Swan, the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent in the Brent flock north of Long Bank, 1 Merlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 1 Twite, 6 Lesser Redpoll, and 3 Bullfinch.

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Sunday, 02 November 2014

Sea-watches 07.00-08.00, 12.45-16.20. A strong force 5 SW wind overnight to early morning quickly dropped and was force 1 by late afternoon, showers for first few hours then nice sunny spells in the afternoon.
The highlight was Spurn’s first BLACKPOLL WARBLER found by Mick Turton outside his house in Easington around 8am, it was mobile and was last seen about 08.50 by 15 people, despite extensive searching the bird was not seen again.
A second new bird for Spurn in the shape of a female STELLER'S EIDER flew south past the sea-watching hut at 12.30. Most other activity was over the sea with 19 Whooper Swan, 15 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Red-throated Diver, 126 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, ,1 Mediterranean Gull, 385 Little Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 5 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, 4 Skylark, 49 Starling.
The Black Brant was still present and a late Willow Warbler was seen on Vicar’s Lane, other birds seen included 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1Fieldfare, 56 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch.

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  • BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Rich Swales

  • BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Rich Swales

  • BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Rich Swales

Saturday, 01 November 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 14:00-16:00. F2-1 SW broken cloud in morning broke up leaving sunny spells in afternoon. Some good passage and the Black Brant was again present with the Brent flock off north end of Beacon Lane.
On the move were 825 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 25 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (in/off), 47 Lapwing (in/off), 1 Jack Snipe (in/off), 1 Snipe (in/off), 1 Woodcock (in/off), 1 Bonxie, 7 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 10 Stock Dove, 120 Wood Pigeon, 612 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 24 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 3 Fieldfare (in/off), 11 Redwing (in/off), 1 Mistle Thrush, 166 Starling (in/off), 267 Tree Sparrow, 49 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 34 Siskin, 25 Twite, 1 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 2 Whooper Swan in fields on Easington Straight, 6 Greylag Geese, 300 Dark-bellied, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 110 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Cormorant, 12 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 70 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 30 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 128 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 7 Twite, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Snow Bunting and 6 Yellowhammer.

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  • Black Redstart. Alan Whitehead

Friday, 31 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-15:30. F2 S-SW misty start with some sunny spells in afternoon. A quiet day with a few birds on the move, the Black Brant was again present in fields off Beacon Lane. 
On the move were 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 114 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 13 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 31 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Lapwing, 48 Little Gull, 81 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba wagtail, 36 Blackbird (in/off), 6 Fieldfare (in/off), 171 Redwing (in/off), 12 Carrion Crow, 140 Starling (in/off), 126 Tree Sparrow, 46 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 54 Goldfinch, 9 Twite and 2 Yellowhammer.
Other birds present included 65 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 3 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 40 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Woodcock, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 8 Chiffchaff, 24 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 400 Starling, 3 Brambling, 32 Twite, 1 Siskin and 2 Snow Bunting on Clubley’s cliff top.

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  • Snow Bunting. Tim Jones.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-15:30. F3-2 SSE-S cloudy and foggy start broke up as the day went on some drizzle mid morning. 
A brilliant day for thrushes arriving with several big waves of birds arriving early morning then mid morning and mid afternoon. The majority of the thrushes were a good weight and after resting for a short period got up and carried on west. Some good duck passage offshore, could have been better if the majority of observers present weren’t distracted by twitching!
Thrush numbers moving west were 6 Ring Ouzel, 3578 Blackbird, 2715 Fieldfare, 64 Song Thrush, 7415Redwing and 1600 Starling.
Also on the move were 7 Whooper Swan, 12 Pink-footed Geese, 156 Brent Geese, 183 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 8 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 12 Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Ruff (in/off), 1 Woodcock (in/off), 1 Woodlarksouth, 1 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Brambling, 13 Tree Sparrow.
Grounded migrant totals were 4 Woodcock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 24 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 22 Goldcrest, 40 Chaffinch, 4 Siskin, 37 Twite blogging, 1 (british) Bullfinch, 2 Snow Bunting still on the cliff top at Clubley’s, 2 Yellowhammer.

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  • Blackbirds, like you've never seen before! Tim Jones.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch -06:30-11:00. F2 NNE-E clear and sunny start with some cloud developing as the day went on. A quiet day with a few highlights over the sea and some birds coming in off hopefully a good sign for tomorrow. The Yellow-browed Warbler was still in the Crown and Anchor car park and the Black Brant was still present in fields off the north end of Beacon Lane.
On the move were 16 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 female Long-tailed Duck south, 94 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 33 Gannet, 1 Woodcock (in/off), 4 Pomarine Skua, 3Long-tailed Skua south, 3 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Kittiwake, 5 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 alba wagtail, 135 Starling (in/off).
Also present were 200 Pink-footed Geese, 11 Greylag Geese, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 96 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thursh, 14 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 21 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 13 Siskin, 31 Twite, 2 Snow Bunting.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-13:00. F5-2 SW bright and sunny morning clouding up in the afternoon. Some passage over the land including 2 Jay that flew south and a slight arrival of thrushes including a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Crown & Anchor car park, made for an interesting day.
On the move were 7 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 1 Knot, 164 Black-headed Gull, 119 Herring Gull, 81 Great BB Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 71 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 16 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 1 alba wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 61 Starling (in/off), 8 House Sparrow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 23 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 78 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 67 Linnet, 40Twite, 2 Yellowhammer and 18 Reed Bunting.
Grounded migrants included 3 Stonechat, 96 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 23 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest.
Also present were 250 Dark-bellied, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stock Dove.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:50-10:40. F5 SW cloudy all day. Another quiet day with strong winds, a Water Pipit flew south continuing the good autumn for this species and the Black Brant was still in the fields around Long Bank.
On the move were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 42 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 2 Guillemot, 7 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 11 Jackdaw, 4 Starling (in/off), 14 House Sparrow, 252 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 29 Greenfinch, 56 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 65 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Snow Bunting. 
Also present were 9 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Siskin, 1 Snow Bunting on Clubley’s Field.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-09:00. F5-6 SW mostly cloudy. A quiet day with the Black Brant still present with the Brent flock around Long Bank.
On the move were 67 Whooper Swan, 20 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver, 25 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 65 auk sp., 4 Razorbill, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba wagtail, 10 Starling (in/off), 51 Tree Sparrow, 14 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 8 Twite, 2 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 200 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Teal, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Snipe, 6 Greenshank,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 20 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Whooper Swans. Tim Jones.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:00-11:30 14:45-17:40. F2-3 SW broken cloud all day with some light drizzle and heavier cloud in the evening. A quiet day with some light passage, the Black Brant was again in with the Brent flock north of Long Bank and the Water Pipit was seen briefly on Canal Scrape.
On the move were 31 Whooper Swan, 282 Pink-footed Geese, 76 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 23 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Kittiwake, 36 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 2 Stock Dove, 81 Woodpigeon, 114 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 133 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 alba wagtail, 6 Rook, 26 Starling (in/off), 186 Tree Sparrow, 18 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 136 Goldfinch, 69 Linnet, 12 Twite, 9 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Red-throated Diver, 1 Merlin, 4 Peregrine, 27 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Med Gull, 25 Little Gull, 1 asio owl sp., 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting on the beach off the Blue Bell car park.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:00-11:30 14:45-17:15. F2-1 SW some cloud in the morning thickened through the day with a heavy shower at dusk. A few highlights being a Leach’s Petrel that was over the Humber for 30mins till 09:40 when it was lost moving off north, the adult Black Brant re-appeared in the fields north of Long Bank for most of the day and a female Long-tailed Duck on the Humber off the Warren was only the 2nd record of the year. 
On the move were 24 Whooper Swan, 5 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 62 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Bonxie, 67 Little Gull, 65 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 7 auk sp., 120 Woodpigeon, 62 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 88 Meadow Pipit, 36 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Rook, 16 House Sparrow, 272 Tree Sparrow, 32 Chaffinch, 75 Greenfinch, 205 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 56 Linnet, 6 Twite, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Yellowhammer, 33 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 6 Greylag Geese, 188 Dark-bellied, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Scaup on the Humber, 41 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Water Rail, 33 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 4 Song Thrush, 36 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 17 Twite at Sammy’s Point, 1 Bullfinch.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 07:00-11:30 13:15-17:15. F3-2 SW broken cloud for most of the day. A relatively quiet day with passage never really got going however a Great Grey Shrike flew strongly south with a flock of Skylark and a new record count of Water Pipit was set when 3 were recorded, yesterday’s bird on Canal Scrape early morning then Holderness Field this afternoon and 2 birds flew south mid-morning. 
Also on the move were 7 Whooper Swan, 19 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 4 Eider, 77 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 62 Gannet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Bonxie, 34 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 48 Skylark, 43 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Rook, 11 House Sparrow, 128 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 37 Greenfinch, 139 Goldfinch, 109 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting.
Grounded migrants were 30 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 68 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 93 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 39 Goldcrest, 8 Twite blogging around the Warren including 1 trapped and ringed, the first this year and 2 Snow Bunting on the beach off the top of Beacon Lane.
Also present were 186 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 2650 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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  • Water Pipit showing it's 'furry trousers'. David Constantine

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 07:00-11:30 13:00-17:00. F3-2 WNW broken cloud for most of the morning then a cloudy afternoon. Despite the unpromising forecast another day with plenty of quality, a drake SURF SCOTER flew south about 200 yards off the seawatching hide with a probable female at 08:32 just the 5th record for Spurn, a Water Pipit was on Canal Scrape all morning and again in the evening, presumably the same wandering juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew north over Westmere Farm towards Sammy’s Point at 13:45 and a Grey Phalarope flew south late morning.
Also on the move were 54 Whooper Swan, 94 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 5 Shelduck (in/off), 4 Eider, 47 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 46 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver flew north then returned south, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 48 Bonxie, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 39 Black-headed Gull, 67 Common Gull, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 271 Herring Gull, 12 Great BB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 6 Stock Dove, 145 Woodpigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), 12 Skylark, 23 Meadow pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Blackbird (in/off), 6 Jackdaw, 2 Jayblogging, 31 Starling (in/off), 5 House Sparrow, 400 Tree Sparrow, 20 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Crossbill, 1 Snow Bunting (in/off).

Also present were 1 Merlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper over the Triangle, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit at the Warren then moved north, 1 Brambling, 4 Snow Bunting at the Narrows.

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  • Water Pipit. Tim Jones.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:20-17:15. F6 gusting 7 W-WNW a short heavy shower early morning cleared to leave sunny spells. A day dominated by wind resulted in little but sea watching done. A juvenile Storm Petrel was brought in from the RSPCA after it was found on the Rotterdam to Hull ferry, it flew off strongly this evening. 
On the move were 380 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 121 Gannet, 1 Little Egret, 9 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 1Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Little Gull, 242 Black-headed Gull, 288 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 335 Herring Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Kittiwake, 3 Common Tern, 38 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 26 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 12 Starling (in/off), 60 Tree Sparrow, 49 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 4 Twite.
Also present were 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 5 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest.

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  • Storm Petrel. Tim Jones.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 07:15-15:30. Windy with a F4-5-2 SW-WSW with rain through the early afternoon. A quiet day with the wind making birding difficult at times, however another good count of Tree Sparrows moving south and a Yellow-browed Warbler near Willow Cottage. On the move were 1 Whooper Swan, 50 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver,1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 2 Golden Plover (in/off), 106 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 2 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 7 Little Gull, 331 Black-headed Gull, 239 Common Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 345 Herring Gull, 26 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 407 Woodpigeon, 1 Long-eared Owl, 72 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 142 Meadow Pipit, 33 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba wagtail, 17 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 2 House Sparrow, 1455 Tree Sparrow, 27 Chaffinch, 23 Greenfinch, 613 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 177 Linnet, 8 Twite, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 14 Greylag Geese, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 6 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest and 1 Siskin.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.05-16.30. A force 3-4-2 SW SW wind, long sunny periods.
Water Pipit landed at the Warren before continuing south and was the first of the year; an adult Black Brant was on the Humber off the Crown before flying off in the direction of the Warren; the Rough-legged Buzzard was seen south of Easington before moving off west; 4 Great Grey Shrikes were still in the area, 2 in the Triangle to Beacon Lane, one at Chalk Bank and 1 at Sammy’s Point; a Shore Larkwas seen at the gas terminal before flying off north. 
Grounded migrants were generally in low numbers: 1 Short-eared Owl, a Common Swift was seen over Sandy Beaches caravan park, 6 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 8 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 67 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
Another good passage of Tree Sparrows totalled 1030 and Goldfinches 1188, while other totals were 6 Whooper Swan, 305 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 27 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 4 Eider, 18 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander, 11 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 243 Skylark, 27 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 77 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 alba Wagtail, 205 Starling in off, 30 House Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 106 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 304 Linnet, 5 Twite, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Reed Bunting.

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  • Black Brant. Justin Carr

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-17.00. A blustery SW force 3-4 SW wind, overcast for most of the day.
There was no sign of the Isabelline Shrike today, but there were 5 Great Grey Shrikes, 2 in the Triangle to Beacon Lane and 2 in the Sammy’s Point to Grange Farm area; and one at Easington Cemetery; a Rough-legged Buzzard showed well again late afternoon as it came south and then returned back north; a Grey Phalarope was seen off the sea-watching hut in the afternoon; a Barred Warbler was seen in North Hedge; and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen on Beacon Lane; Kew/Crown area, the gas terminal and Easigton Cemetery; a Richard’s Pipit flew south over Church Field and 5 Crossbill at Sammy’s flew off west.
Passage over the land was quiet but the sea produced more particularly ducks, 5 Brent Geese, 415 Wigeon, 183 Teal, 7 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Scaup, 4 Eider, 137 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 37 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 10 Golden Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 82 Lapwing, 18 Knot, 83 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 20 Skylark, 11 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 42 Starling + 218 in off, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 83 Goldfinch, 7 Reed Bunting. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 4 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 19 Song Thrush, 350 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 95 Goldcrest, 32 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Justin Carr

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Justin Carr

Friday, 17 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-17.30. Warm with sunny spells and cloudy periods, a force 2 SW wind.
The ISABELLINE SHRIKE was still present but spent long periods of time out of view, the last report we have is of it flying towards Sammy’s Point area after being disturbed by farmer clearing ditches. 
Rough-legged Buzzard came south and landed in North Field by the Churchyard, and then returned north again and is presumably one of yesterday’s lingering birds. There were still 
Great Grey Shrikes in the Triangle and 1 on Peter Lane; a Richard’s Pipit landed in the field by the Borrow Pit; Yellow-browed Warblers were seen in the churchyard and in Easington. 
A very good day for passage, particularly Tree Sparrows again, with 1920 flying south in flocks of up to 90 birds; other birds moving were 7 Whooper Swan, 160 Pink-footed Geese, 87 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 10 Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 19 Little Gull, 29 Lesser B.B.Gull, 96 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 460 Woodpigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl (in/off), a Woodlark, 334 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 276 Meadow Pipit, 50 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 12 alba Wagtail, 17 Fieldfare NW, 1175 Redwing NW, 29 Jackdaw, 47 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 195 Starling, 51 House Sparrow, 74 Chaffinch, 104 Greenfinch, 919 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 134 Linnet, the first 2 Twite of the autumn, 13 Yellowhammer, 45 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Rock Pipit, 63 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 8 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 55 Song Thrush, 550 Redwing, 31 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 110 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Chaffinch, 49 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch.
Other birds present were 300 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Greylag Geese, 10 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 7000Golden Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Snipe.

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  • Rough legged Buzzard. Garry Taylor

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-8.30. Cloudy start then patchy cloud and overcast in the afternoon, a fore 3-2 NE – E wind.
Another superb day at Spurn and is often the case, the rarities usually turn up the day after a really big fall. Today again didn’t disappoint with the first ISABELLINE (Daurian) SHRIKE since 1997 and the fourth record for Spurn. It was found mid-afternoon at Long Bank and showed in the hedge on the east side of the road, if still present tomorrow please use Kilnsea Wetlands car park and DO NOT park on the bend on the road.
RADDE’S WARBLER was found at Easington Cemetery while watching a putative Halimodendri Lesser Whitethroat. A Long-eared Owl in the Crown car park and at the Point and a Shore Lark at the Point were finally added to the year list. A Barred Warbler was found on the Canal and made its way to the Warren where it was trapped and ringed; the Hoopoe was still present between the old boatyard in Kilnsea and Cliff Farm and last seen near Westmere Farm early afternoon; at least 6 Great Grey Shrikeswere present and at least 4Yellow-browed Warblers were seen; 2 Woodlarks flew south from Church Field, a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was caught in Church Field; a Hawfinch was in Church Field early morning.
Common migrant numbers were reduced from yesterday but it was still fantastic to see and hear laods of Goldcrests, Robins and thrushes everywhere. The days totals were a 6 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, a Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 265 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redstart, 20 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 8 Ring Ouzel, 140 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 35 Song Thrush, 1100 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 34 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 88 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1190 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 78 Chaffinch, 72 Brambling, 6 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting, 9 Yellowhammer.
On the move were 250 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 18 Wigeon, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 35 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 28 Jackdaw, 12 Rook. 
Also present were 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine

  • Great Grey Shrike. Ian Smith

  • Isabelline Shrike. Ian Smith

  • Isabelline Shrike (Daurian). Ron Marshall

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sea-watch 06:50-10:20. F4-2 NE a drizzly start then cleared to leave sunny spells and a cloudy afternoon. A brilliant day with lots of grounded migrants from first light with plenty of highlights. Spurn's latest ever Hoopoe was found at Cliff Farm and showed well at times, a juvenile Rough-legged Buzzardflew north over the Triangle , landed along Beacon Lane before being chased north by corvids at 16:00 then was seen again near Easington Cemetery at 17:10, 6 Great Grey Shrike included birds at Chalk Bank, 2 between Warren and Canal Scrape, Beacon Lane, east of Sammy’s Point and Easington Boatyard, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler with birds in the Crown and Anchor, Canal Hedge and 2 at Easington Gas Terminal and a ‘Siberian-type’ Chiffchaff in Church Field. An 'eastern Lesser Whitethroat' at Easington Cemetery was calling like the race halimodendri, to be followed up from recordings.
Grounded migrant totals were 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Woodlark flew south over Church Field early morning, 6 Swallow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Waxwing in Easington, 810 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 16 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 20 Ring Ouzel, 240 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 155 Song Thrush, 2300 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 98 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 91 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1600Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Jay, 195 Brambling, 20 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Hawfinch with 1 Church Field, 1 Southfield Farm and 2 at Two Hoots, 8 Yellowhammer.
On the move were 1 Brent goose, 50 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 13 Eider, 117 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, 14 Lapwing, 15 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 147 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Little Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 9 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 2 Swallow.

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  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Dave Constantine

  • Hoopoe. Steve Valentine.

  • putative halimodendr Lesser Whitethroat. Tony Disley

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sea-watch- 07:30-18:00. F6-7 a cloudy start then the rain rolled in from mid-morning then on and off for the rest of the day. A brilliant day for sea-watching with plenty of highlights including a record breaking Bonxie passage, the weather wasn’t the best for seeing what had arrived but it was clear that plenty had especially in the late afternoon, totals recorded were probably way below what was actually around due to the weather. Highlights were a juvenile male Bluethroat that was sheltering from the wind along the beach behind the Riverside Hotel and a juvenile Great Grey Shrike that turned up at the Warren.
Sea watching totals were, 9 Pink-footed Geese, 36 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 151 Common Scoter, 18 Velvet Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 34 Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel north at 13:30, 608 Gannet, 28 Pomarine Skua, 63 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua335 Bonxie(smashing the previous record of 197), 210 Little Gull, 3 Sabine’s Gull a juv south at 11:48, a juv north at 13:05 and an adult north at 13:20, 250 Herring Gull, 300 Great Black-backed Gull, 53 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 81 auk sp., 28 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 Puffin. 
Grounded migrant totals were 5 Grey Wagtail, 98 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel, 127 Song Thrush, 132 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in the Crown and Anchor car park, 4 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the southern end of the Canal, 47 Brambling and 2 Siskin.

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  • Bluethroat. Mick Turton.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch Clear skies and some fog early on, mainly sunny with a few cloudy spells and a light force 1 E wind in the afternoon.
Radde’s Warbler was found late afternoon by Beacon Ponds but was elusive and a Grey Phalaropewas on the sea off Easington boatyard. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in the Crown car park and one was on the south side of the gas terminal.
Still small numbers of grounded migrants were present 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 13 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 9 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Jay and 4 Brambling.
Apart from Pink-footed Geese, passage was very light with the still conditions – 9 Whooper Swan, 1196 Pink-footed Geese, 26 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Cormorant 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 431 Black-headed Gull, 51 Herring Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 121 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 93 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 16 alba Wagtail,16 Jackdaw, 67 Rook U-turned, 403 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 105 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 22 Linnet and 7 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included1 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands, 136 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Barn Owl.

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  • Grey Phalarope. John Hewitt

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 15:00-16:30. F1-2 SW broken cloud and sunny spells in the morning then showers in the afternoon. Plenty of new migrants around presumably coasting having arrived further north, a Richard’s Pipit flew south over the Riverside and presumably landed in a field, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler with 6 new birds at the Warren, 2 in Crown & Anchor car park, 1 Pancho’s Pond, 1 at Lount’s Farm and 1 along Green Lane with the lingering bird at Easington Gas Terminal, a Barred Warbler was around Canal Scrape car park and a ‘Siberian-type’ Chiffchaff was at Easington Gas Terminal. Grounded migrant totals were 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20Stonechat (highest count since 2009), 6 Wheatear, 45 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 16 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 31 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at Pancho’s Pond/Crown & Anchor.
Some light passage in the morning included 72 Whooper Swan, 521 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 26 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 1 Eider, 148 Common Scoter, 61 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 41 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 3 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bonxie, 61 Little Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 21 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp., 5 Guillemot, 54 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 118 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 53 Swallow, 36 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 104 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 11 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 1Jay u-turned, 10 House Sparrow, 849 Tree Sparrow, 27 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 41 Greenfinch, 100 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 101 Linnet, 11 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 248 Brent Geese, 108 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 47 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver on the Humber, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 12 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 19 Lapwing, 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Little Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Martin Suanjak.

  • Stonechat. Dave Bowes

  • Stonechat. Dave Bowes

  • Firecrest. Dave Bowes

Friday, 10 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.30, 14.30-17.45. Clear skies for most of the day with some light clouds, a force 2-3 SW wind.
A superb day for vis-mig, after several days of not quite the right conditions, today looked perfect in our experience and we were not disappointed. The key species was Tree Sparrow2285 is the second highest count recorded at Spurn (2320 in 1971 –best on record and 1650 in 1961 the next best), it is more than double the highest count in recent years of 1120 in 2007. However, the total of birds recorded moving south for the autumn so far is close to 9000 making it better than the autumn of 1971 and with still a few more weeks of passage to go yet!
House Sparrows were also tied in with the movement and the count of 312 is the highest day count since 509 in 1984; and Skylarks gave their highest count since 2005 with 701.
There was also variety and good numbers of other species on the move including good numbers of Swallows which picked up during the afternoon, the totals were 24 Whooper Swan (1st of autumn), 609 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 10 Wigoen, 14 Teal, 2 Pintail, 17 Common Scoter, 126 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 228 Little Gull, 118 Black-headed Gull, 95 Common Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 229 auk sp, 20 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Sand Martin, 574 Swallow, 80 House Martin, 1347 Meadow Pipit, 91Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 42 alba Wagtail, 22 Rook, 1 Jay, 84 Chaffinch, 106 Greenfinch, 876 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 1047 Linnet, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 36 Reed Bunting. 
Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, one on Vicar’s Lane, Easington and one on the north side of the gas terminal, other migrants included 40 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 38 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin.
Other birds present were6 Pink-footed Geese, 430 Brent Geese, 4 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 10 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank.
A whale sp probably Minke Whale quickly moved north mid-morning.

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Thursday, 09 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:45-10:15 10:45-12:00 15:00-17:30. F3-4 S-SW some cloud early on built up to give some showers early afternoon then cleared in evening.
A quiet day, on the move were 29 Pink-footed Geese, 31 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 4 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 26 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 139 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 150 Common Tern, 85 auk sp., 5 Puffin, 59 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 56 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 43 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 104 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 230 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 19 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 47 Lapwing, 200 Little Gull, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 120 Tree Sparrow.

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.15, 11.30-14.00. Clear skies to start but soon clouded over and rain from mid-morning and a break for an hour or so mid-afternoon before thunder storms developed early evening. A force 2 S- 3 SE wind.
Yellow-browed Warbler was seen mid-afternoon opposite Westmere Farm, and a few migrants seen included 15 Rock Pipit, 46 Robin, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 83 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 10 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 15 Chaffinch, 34 Reed Bunting.
Visible passage was disappointing, with hardly any wildfowl and presumably weather north of Spurn stopping passage over the land. Passage totals were 21 Brent Geese, 15 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 138 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 2 Bonxie, 1 Stock Dove, 182 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 256 Meadow Pipit, 23 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Rook, 2 House Sparrow, 155 Tree Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 87 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 125 Linnet and 9 Red Bunting.
Other birds present included 9 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 509 Brent Geese at Long Bank, 1 Pintail, 57 Common Scoter, 17 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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Monday, 06 October 2014

All day sea-watch 06.45-17.30. Cloudy for first couple of hours then rain set in for the rest of the day, a force 4-5 SSE wind.
With SSE winds from the Continent, we were expecting a good ‘wildfowl day’ and we were not disappointed as nearly all attention was spent watching the sea and it’s passers by! Although the highlight for many was the first Leach’s Petrel of the year as it spent about 15 minutes offshore mid-distance, slowly moving north. 
Moving offshore were 213 Brent Geese (5th highest passage count), 1 Shelduck, 1898 Wigeon (2nd highest Spurn count), 2 Gadwall, 831 Teal, 34 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 145 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ‘brown’ Fulmar, 87 Gannet, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 38 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 93 Dunlin, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 20 Little Gull, 40 Kittiwake, 17 Sandwich Tern, 109 Common Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 6 Guillemot, 1 asio owl sp in off the sea and 32 Starling in off the sea.
The only other birds seen were 7 Pintail and 2 Little Stint at Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds and a Chiffchaff in Church Field.

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  • Velvet Scoters. Mick Turton

Sunday, 05 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-17.45. Broken clouds all day with a force 1-2 WSW-SSE wind, picking up to force 3 in the evening.
The Richard’s Pipit was seen again as it flew from the field north of the Riverside to Long Bank Marsh and then as it flew north into the next field, it was generally a quieter day but still a few new grounded migrants: a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Rock Pipit, 91 + Wren (2nd highest count at Spurn), 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 16 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. 
There was some good passage, including 21+ Jay mainly moving west, also on the move were 197 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 162 Wigeon, 103 Teal, 15 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 55 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Manx Shearwater, 209 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 9 Bonxie, 90 Little Gull, 290 Black-headed Gull, 453 Herring Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 19 Sandwich Tern, 400 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 231 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 452 Meadow Pipit, 49 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 alba Wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 29 Houe Sparrow, 765 Tree Sparrow, 40 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 39 Greenfinch, 103 Goldfinch, 117 Linnet and 28 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 198 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 5 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher.

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  • Jays. Tim Jones.

Saturday, 04 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 - 12.00, 14.45-18.30. A strong force 4-5 southlerly from before light which slowly dropped through the day to calm conditions by mid-afternoon. Rain from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, but clear sunny evening.
The 240th species recorded was a Red-throated Pipit which was seen and heard twice as it flew from North Field and probably dropped somewhere in the Triangle; a Richard’s Pipit dropped into the middle of Long Bank Marsh late afternoon but wasn’t seen again, this may have been the bird from earlier in the week, but who knows; as new Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Lount’s Farm on Easington Straight and at the east end of the canal with ones still at the Warren and the north side of the gas terminal.
Other migrants included 3 Jack Snipe, a Kingfisher, 15 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Brambling. 
Again there was some duck passage, although not in as good a numbers as yesterday: 13 Brent Geese, 70+ Wigeon, 423 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Eider, 183 Common Scoter. Other birds moving included 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1018 Gannet, 5 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 57 Dunlin, 2 Pomarine Skua, 16 Kittiwake, 80 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 4 auks p, 5 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 18 Rock Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 211 Linnet and 3 Reed Bunting. 
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen at Kew.

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  • Jack Snipe. Ian Smith

Friday, 03 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-18:15. F3 SW-S misty start soon cleared to leave patchy cloud for the rest of the day. The Masked Shrike seems to have finally gone after a 12 day stay, thank you to everyone who has visited to see this bird and followed instructions on parking. 
A good day for wildfowl passage with 31 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Shelduck, 1479 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 923 Teal, 2 Mallard, 29 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 578 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser all moving south also 49 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 408 Gannet, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Golden Plover, 112 Knot, 54 Sanderling, 328 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua north, 7 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Sandwich Tern, 148 Common Tern, 28 Arctic Tern, 13 auk sp., 13 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 14 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 159 Meadow Pipit, 62 Rock Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 88 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 13 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 96 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting. 
Highlights of grounded migrants were 2 new Yellow-browed Warbler at the Warren and the Narrows and 1 remaining at the north side of Easington Gas Terminal and the Barred Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park. Other totals were 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting.
Also present were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 37 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 148 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe sat on the sea, 10 Gannet on the Humber, 8 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 40,000 Knot, 300 Sanderling, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Little Gull, 30 Kittiwake, 20 Guillemot.

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  • Merlin. Pete Saunders

  • Common Snipe. Tim Jones.

Thursday, 02 October 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30 – 13.30, 14.00-15.30, 17.30-18.45. Broken clouds all day with a force 1-2-1 NE-N wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE ike was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, please CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DON’T PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.
The Barred Warbler was seen again in the Crown car park and a new one was found at the Point, 3 new Yellow-browed Warblers two at Sammy’s Point and one on the north side of the gas terminal; a Lapland Bunting was seen in the field north of the Riverside Hotel and the first Snow Bunting of the autumn flew south; other migrants included 2 a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 14 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 17 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, and a Bullfinch.
There was some light passage over the sea and land, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 23 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Eider, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 53 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 325 Gannet, 2 Shag, 4 Pomarine Skua, 20 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 5 Bonxie, 126 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 119 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 209 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 456 Tree Sparrow, 13 Chaffinch, 19 Greenfinch, 17 Goldfinch, 101 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer and 32 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 12 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 10 Greenshank.

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-14:14 17:30-18:30. F2-1 WSW-SW cloudy start soon cleared, some light showers in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, please CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DON’T PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.
Some good passage in the morning included 124 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 4 Pintail, 80 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 165 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 6 Arctic Skua, 292 Little Gull, 44 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 52 Common Tern, 34 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 298 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 167 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 766 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 flava wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 57 alba wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 68 House Sparrow, 935 Tree Sparrow, 111 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 83 Greenfinch, 341 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 613 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer, 76 Reed Bunting. 
Grounded migrant totals were 350 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel in Church Field, 9 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Brambling. 
Also present were 2 Greylag Geese, 46 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Eider, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth and 1 Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

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  • Sparrowhawk. Tim Jones.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00 – 18.30. Cloudy with hazy slowly clearing leaving a warm sunny afternoon, a force 2-1 W wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, please CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DON’T PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.
Barred Warbler was found in the Crown car park late afternoon, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, one ringed at the Warren and one in the Crown/Kew area; the Common Rosefinch was seen in Church Field; the Richard’s Pipit was seen in the field north of Riverside Hotel but flew off in the direction of North Field although did return later. A few new migrants appeared in the afternoon including a Black Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, 30 Song Thrush and 17 Brambling, while other common migrants were few and far between: 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest.
There was some steady passage over the sea and land with 74 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 72 Wigeon, 185 Teal, 1 Pintail, 15 Tufted Duck, 282 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Manx Shearwater, 537 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 5 Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Little Gull, 160 Skylark, 363 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 568 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 480 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 118 Goldfinch, 181 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 16 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen include 52 Brent Geese, 18 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 4 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 580 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.
A good month with 186 species recorded at Spurn , the second best September on record for number of species.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-12.30, 16.30-18.30. Cloudy all day and hazy with moderate visibility, heavy rain from late afternoon, a force 1-2 SE wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in North Field off Beacon Lane, parking remains the same, park in Well Field and NOT ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN AND ANCHOR CAR PARK.
Little Bunting was found in a mist-net at the Warren and wasn’t seen before or after release and probably carried on with the good Reed Bunting passage. A Richard’s Pipit was found in the field north of the Riverside Hotel and was probably the bird that flew north yesterday; a Yellow-browed Warblerwas found late afternoon at the Warren; the Common Rosefinch was seen briefly between Kew and Beacon Lane. 
Common migrant totals were 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 300 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 31 Reed Bunting. 
There was some reasonable passage: 29 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 206 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 48 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 109 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 650 Meadow Pipit, 29 Rock Pipit, 2 flava Wagtail, 11 Grey Wagtail, 33 alba Wagtail, 15 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 380 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 60 Greenfinch, 47 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet, 48 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 24 Brent Geese, 94 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Pintail, 50 Common Scoter, 28 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterrranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

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  • Little Bunting. Tim Jones.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-11.00, 14.00-17.00. Mild, warm day with plenty of sunny periods, a force 1-2 SW wind switching SE in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE continued to entertain, showing well in the hedgerows of North Field (the field on the north side of Kilsnea Road. Photographers please DO NOT USE TAPES TO GET THE BIRD CLOSER!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO USE WELL FIELD FOR PARKING AND DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN AND ANCHOR CAR PARK.
The first Richard’s Pipit of the autumn flew north over Numpties at 09.30, a Firecrest was found at the gas terminal late afternoon, the Common Rosefinch was seen in Church Field and North Hedge off Beacon Lane next to the shrike at one point. Other migrants seen included 1 Kingfisher at the Warren, 25 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 45 Wren, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling.
On the move were 4 Teal, 130 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 38 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Little Gull, 30 auk sp, 18 Razorbill, 130 Skylark, 200 Swallow, 533 Meadow Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 42 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 143 Tree Sparrow, 58 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 26 Greenfrinch, 12 Goldfinch, 204 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer and 32 Reed Bunting.

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  • Kingfisher. Si Jump

  • Rock PIpit. Si Jump

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:00 14:30-15:45 16:30-18:30. F1-2 SW-W some cloud in the morning soon cleared to leave a bright and warm day. 
The MASKED SHRIKE was again present in Well Field until mid-afternoon when it flew across the road and stayed in Middle Hedge for the rest of the day. If coming tomorrow please remember to park only in Well Field. 
A juvenile Common Rosefinch was found in the Heligoland Trap at the Warren where it was trapped and ringed then later seen in Church Field. Other grounded migrants included 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.
Again some passage included 350 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 48 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 40 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron in off, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 91 Little Gull, 17 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 4 auk sp., 1 Puffin, 48 Swallow, 800 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit in off, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 4 House Sparrow, 65 Tree Sparrow, 15 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 47 Linnet, 4 Reed bunting.
Other birds present included 2 Greylag Geese, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 77 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 4 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Common Rosefinch admiring the Spurn branded clothing. Tim Jones.

Friday, 26 September 2014

PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea-watch 06:45-10:00 . F2-1 WSW-NW broken cloud in morning clearing in the afternoon leaving a very mild day. Another quiet day for the time of year, the MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field. If coming down tomorrow please park in Well Field (accessed from gate on right as you go south past the Bluebell café) and walk back along the road to the viewing area and give generously to the Observatory/YWT donation buckets. Other grounded migrants were 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Siskin.
Some light passage in the morning included a Jay that u-turned, presumably part of the wider movement noted across the UK and the Continent. Also on the move were 264 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 62 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier in off, 12 Snipe in off, 1 Bonxie, 215 Little Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 400 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 auk sp., 3 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 51 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 114 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 633 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 flava wagtail sp., 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 alba, 4 Rook, 10 House Sparrow, 192 Tree Sparrow, 28 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 60 Greenfinch, 114 Goldfinch, 620 Linnet, 26 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 1 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Jack Snipe on Canal Scrape, 1 Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Greenshank.

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  • Jay. Martin Garner.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK all visiting birders for parking in Well Field and not in the Crown and Anchor. If you are planning to visit then please give generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-10:00 15:20-18:20. F2 SW cloudy morning clearing slightly in the afternoon. A quiet day with some light passage that never really got going and nearly all common migrants clearing out, today being the first day since Aug 26th without a Pied Flycatcher in the area! However the MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field sticking to the hedgerow behind Rose Cottage. Other grounded migrants were 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and a Lapland Bunting.
On the move were 131 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 97 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 147 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk(in), 1 Jack Snipe in off, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 147 Little Gull, 89 auk sp., 8 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 2 Short-eared Owl in off, 9 Skylark, 82 Swallow, 32 House Martin, 833 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava wagtail sp., 10 alba wagtail sp., 4 Jackdaw, 5 House Sparrow, 90 Tree Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 127 Goldfinch, 541 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 1 Pintail, 7 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe on Clubley’s and Canal Scrape, 6 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

PLEASE PARK IN WELL FIELD AND NOT ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-11:00 13:45-19:00. F3-1 W-NW broken cloud all day as the wind dropped.
The MASKED SHRIKE again stayed loyal to the hedge line behind Rose Cottage in Well Field all day. Please remember to park in Well Field and walk round, do not park along the road or in the Crown and Anchor. Many thanks to all who have donated generously so far.
Migrant numbers again dropped off with just the Yellow-browed Warbler still around Kew, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
Stronger westerly/north westerly winds produced a few birds moving mainly over the sea including 852 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 6 Pintail, 74 Common Scoter, 170 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 51 Gannet, 1 Purple Sandpiper (in), 4 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 297 Little Gull, 27 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 47 Common Tern, 77 auk sp., 4 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 26 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 7 Pintail, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

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  • Masked Shrike. Ian Smith.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-10:00 14:00-16:45 17:30-18:30. F2 W-SW broken cloud and sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon.
The MASKED SHRIKE was present again in Well Field staying faithful to the same hedge line behind Rose Cottage. Again please park only in Well Field and walk round to view the bird, please do not park along the road or in the Crown and Anchor car park. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
Again slightly fewer numbers of migrants, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still present in the Kew/Churchyard area as well as 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 16 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
First westerly/south westerly wind for a while produced some light passage including 3 Mute Swan, 126 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Barnacle Geese, 14 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 84 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 102 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 98 Gannet, 1 Buzzard, 1 Osprey, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 149 Little Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 112 Common Tern, 66 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in off, 50 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 248 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 984 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 alba wagtail, 8 House Sparrow, 203 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 19 Greenfinch, 76 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 311 Linnet, 65 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present were 15 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 78 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2 Pintail, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANK all visiting birders today who behaved impeccably, parked in the allocated areas and gave generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/Sea-watch 06:45-08:30 15:00-19:10. F3-1 WNW-E a chilly start soon warmed up with some patchy cloud. 
The MASKED SHRIKE was still present in Well Field all day appearing at 07:40 and still present at dusk. Many other migrants appeared to have cleared out but birds also arrived with 2 new Yellow-browed Warbler at the Warren and the Churchyard with 1 still present at Sammy’s Point, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Warren and the Churchyard, Barred Warbler around the Crown and Anchor and only the second Hawfinch of the year that flew into the Crown and Anchor car park. Migrant totals included 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in off, 2 Tree Pipit, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 20 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 4 Siskin, 1 Lapland Bunting over the Triangle.
Some passage in the morning included 37 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Barnacle Goose in, 6 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 54 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 13 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 250 Little Gull, 16 Common Tern, 15 Sandwich Tern, 3 Guillemot, 6 Skylark, 284 Swallow, 550 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 1 Rook, 22 Tree Sparrow, 10 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 34 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 78 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier around Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 2 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 19 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl. Also 2 Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

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  • Masked Shrike. Rich Willison.

  • Masked Shrike showing the dark rump and tail pattern. Rich Willison.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

SPURN BIRD OBSERVATORY WOULD LIKE TO THANKall visiting birders today who behaved impeccably, parked in the allocated areas and gave generously to the Observatory and YWT collection buckets.
PARKING TOMORROW WILL AGAIN BE IN WELL FIELD, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK.

Migration/sea-watches – 06.45-09.00, 11.45-13.45, 16.30-17.20, 18.00-19.00. A better day with clouds and sunny spells and a couple of light showers, a force 1-2 NW-N wind.
The MASKED SHRIKE, was still present in Well Field all day and showed very well at times; the Olive-backed Pipitwas seen along the Canal on and off all day although mostly elusive; a Barred Warblershowed well in the hedge north of the Crown & Anchor; the Great Grey Shrike was still in the hedgerows off Beacon Lane; Red-breasted Flycatchers were still opposite the Church, the Warren, Sammy’s and a new one by the Old Boatyard n Kilnsea which moved to the churchyard; Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Sammy’s Point and on Vicar’s Lane, Easington; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew.
Migrant totals were in lower numbers but still included 3 Tree Pipit, 150 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 15 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 15 Song Thrush, 1 1 Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 20 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher, a Coal Tit, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, and 6 Siskin. 
There was more activity over the sea today, although there were a few other reports that weren’t substantiated – 86 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 47 Sooty Shearwater, 29 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 4 Bonxie, 120 Little Gull, 31 Kittiwake, 4 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 11 Puffin.
Passage was only light with 3 Eider, 33 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tree Pipit, 124 Meadow Pipit, 5 flava Wagtail, and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 21 Brent Geese, 81 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 21 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, and 8 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Masked Shrike. Pete Saunders

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Pete Saunders

  • Barred Warbler. Pete Saunders

Saturday, 20 September 2014

BIRDERS ARRIVING TOMORROW ONLY PARK (FREE) IN WELL FIELD AND BE DIRECTED TO THE BIRD. NO PARKING ALONG THE ROADS OR IN THE CROWN & ANCHOR CAR PARK. CARS WILL BE MOVED ON BY THE POLICE. Thank you.
THE MASKED SHRIKE WAS STILL PRESENT JUST BEFORE DUSK TONIGHT
Migration/sea-watches 06.40-14.00, 17.50-18.15. Overcast all day again, a force 1-2 NNW-N wind.
The undoubted highlight was Spurn and Yorkshire’s first MASKED SHRIKE, which is only the third for the UK, a very nice young bird showed in the open although fairly distantly for most of the day in Well Field
It was strange watching people walking straight past an Olive-backed Pipit that had been found five minutes earlier on the Canal banking and showing well at times until it flew off in the direction of Cliff Farm. A Grey Phalarope flew from the sea to the Humber. A dark juvenile Honey Buzzard flew south over the Humber at 13.25; a Marsh Warbler showed well at the north side of the gas terminal; 
The Great Grey Shrike was still in the hedgerows off Beacon Lane; Red-breasted Flycatchers were still in the Crown car park, the Warren, Potato Fields and Sammy’s Point; 5 Yellow-browed Warblers 4 around the gas terminal, 1 at the Point; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew; the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn flew south. 
There was more heavy passage for a northerly wind, affecting the species moving yesterday, the totals were 16 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 53 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 10 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 16 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 55 Little Gull, 10 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 2 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 1000 Swallow, 10 Tree Pipit, 2600 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 22 Grey Wagtail, 17 alba Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch, 42 Siskin and 22 Reed Bunting.
There were still a few common migrants and totals entered into the log were 7 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 17 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 38 Wheatear, 24 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 19 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 11 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Brambling, 30 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included 10 Brent Geese, 20 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 14 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 3 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern.

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  • juv MASKED SHRIKE. Dave Aitken

  • juv MASKED SHRIKE. Dave Aitken

  • Olvie-backed Pipti. Ian Smith

Friday, 19 September 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.45-14.30. Overcast all day with mist most of the day and rain from mid-afternoon, a force 2+ ENE wind.
A record-breaking day at Spurn. The bird of the day was Grey Wagtail! One of the oldest day records at Spurn is the Grey Wagtail which stood at 24 set on 8th September 1958. Keen vis-miggers at Spurn for years have been close to breaking the record on several days in classic conditions, south-west winds in mid-September! So it was a surprise, in ENE winds and misty conditions that the record was obliterated today when 55 were recorded flying south. There have only been 18 ringed at Spurn previous to 2014, and no more than three in a year, today 16 were ringed! What is unusual is where are the birds coming from, usually they would come from the British Isles and probably why the record has stood so long, as most wagtails migrate through the centre or west of England and only small numbers down the east coast. However, with NE winds off high pressure over Scandinavia for the past couple of weeks, most birds at Spurn at the moment are most probably from Scandinavia which reflects in the large numbers of drift migrants changing daily for most of September, and there is no reason to not think these are also of Scandinavian origin. 
It wasn’t just Grey Wagtails on the move, the best Meadow Pipit movement of the autumn so far also shouldn’t be on ENE winds, but large numbers were coming in off the sea or from the north, many of the flava Wagtails looked like Grey-headed’s, with two very good candidates seen on the ground, many alba’s looked like White’s and also good numbers of Tree Pipits which are not normally associated with good Mipit movements in normal conditions.
The days passage totals were 2 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 89 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 11 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 842 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 24 Tree Pipit, 3647 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 26 flava Wagtail, 19 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 29 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 45 Siskin, 118 Linnet, and 66 Reed Bunting.
Grey Wagtail wasn’t the only record broken today, 6 Red-breasted Flycatchers, represents a new day record at Spurn, the previous being 5 on several occasions, there were three at Sammy’s Point, with singles at the Churchyard, the Warren and Potato Fields; two Yellow-browed Warblers were at Sammy’s Point; the Wood Warbler was still at Kew; two good candidates for Grey-headed Wagtail were seen on Clubley’s and at Kilnsea Wetlands; the Great Grey Shrike was seen by the listening dish again in the afternoon; a ‘Sibe’ Lesser Whitethroat was caught at the Warren.
Common migrant totals entered into the log were 2 Kingfisher, 11 Tree Pipit, 660 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 33 Robin, 14 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 75 Wheatear, 44 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Brambling, and 32 Siskin.
Other birds present included 12 Brent Geese, 71 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Pintail, 9 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, a juv female Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 16 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Stint, 14 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 15 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 78 Little Gull.

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  • Grey Wagtail. Andy Roadhouse

  • Jack Snipe. Michael Flowers

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Migration/sea-watches 08.30-11.30, 18.15-19.15. A pea-souper to start with which cleared to leave a warm sunny day from mid-morning then mist rolled in and clouded over mid-afternoon, a force 1-2 ENE wind.
Another excellent day with lots of birds to look at and search through. The highlight for a couple of observers was Spurn’s 5th CETTI’S WARBLER at Sammy’s Point. What appeared to be the same Honey-buzzard flew south from Sammy’s Point and headed for the Point again.A Caspian Gull flew north past the Warren. New scarce migrants included Red-breasted Flycatchers at the Warren and Sammy’s Point, plus one still in the Crown car park; a Barred Warbler at the Blue Bell and one still at Sammy’s Point; a Yellow-browed Warbler at Sammy’s Point and one still at the Point; the Firecrest and Wood Warbler were still at Kew, the Wryneck was seen again at Canal Scrape;the ringed Marsh Warbler was trapped again at Kew late afternoon, the first Black Redstart of the autumn was at the Narrows.
Common migrant totals included 1 Short-eared Owl, 22 Tree Pipit, 150 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail,30 Robin, 31 Redstart, 34 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 40 Wheatear, 22 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 15 Garden Warbler, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 38 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 260 Siskin, 54 Reed Bunting.
Once the fog cleared birds started to move despite the easterly winds, 7 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 65 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 8 Grey Heron, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Kestrel, 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 64 Little Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 16 Skylark, 71 Swallow, 11 Tree Pipit, 671 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 9 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 26 Reed Bunting. 
Other birds seen included 5 Brent Geese, 40 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 14 Little Egret, 15 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 5 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff including one ringed (only 12th for Spurn), 1 Jack Snipe, 22 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Black Tern, 355 Common Tern and a Barn Owl.
Interesting insects included a Bedstraw Hawk-moth trapped in Easington, a Ruddy Darter and 2 newly emerged Red-veined Darters on Clubley’s Field.

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  • Redstart. Ian Smith.

  • Marsh Warbler. Mick Turton.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Pete Saunders

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-10.00. Rain from before light, turned to mizzle in the Fog which remained all day, a force 1-2 N-NNE wind.
Still new arrivals kept coming, two Yellow-browed Warblers were found, one at the Point and one at Chalky Point; two more new Red-breasted Flycatchers one at the Narrows and one on the north side of the gas terminal, with ones also still at Kew and the Potato Fields; a Common Rosefinch was found by Easington boatyard at the end of Seaside Lane late afternoon. The first Jack Snipe of the autumn was on Canal Scrape. A Wryneck was found in Canal Scrape car park, the Firecrest was at Kew, the Barred Warbler was still at Sammy’s, the Wood Warbler was still at the Churchyard, and the Great Grey Shrikewas reported by the Listening Dish.
Common migrant numbers included a Cuckoo, 14 Tree Pipit, 400+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 30 Robin, 13 Redstart, 18 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 36 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 78 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler,12 Blackcap, 10 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 9 Goldcrest, 9 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Brambling, 69 Siskin, 18 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Meadow Pipits were moving even in the poor conditions with 600+ moving mainly south but some obviously disorientated in the fog, also on the move were 105 Wigeon, 177 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 183 Common Scoter, the first Goldeneye of the autumn, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Skylark, 50+ Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 12 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 10 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included a Pink-footed Goose, 5 Brent Geese, 47 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 4 Ruff, 12 Common Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

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  • Common Rosefinch. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:40-08:15 17:20-18:45. F1-2 SE-ENE misty most of the day with some sunny spells in the afternoon. A clear out of most migrants from the last few days and seemingly only a few arriving despite the conditions. 
Grounded migrants were 3 Kingfisher, 1 Wryneck along the Canal 150 yards south of Cliff Farm, 16 Tree Pipit, 90 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 59 Robin, 13 Redstart, 24 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 20 Wheatear, 37 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 10 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 13 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest around Kew, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher at Potato Field and Crown and Anchor/Churchyard, 8 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Great Grey Shrike in North Hedge, 21 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 105 Siskin, 300 Linnet, 30 Reed Bunting.
Very little was moving in the misty conditions, 25 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 4 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 15 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 imm Long-tailed Skua was on Beacon Lagoons before moving off south to the Humber, 14 Little Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 86 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 10 flava wagtail sp.
Also present were 54 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 1 Pintail, 10 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern.

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  • Firecrest. Martin Standley.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:35-08:35 18:00-19:30. F1-2 NE-ENE a murky misty start cleared to leave some sunny spells. Another brilliant day in the Spurn area with a good scattering of migrants and plenty of scarcities and Spurn's 3rd PALLID HARRIER a juvenile that flew south past Sammy’s Point, then u-turned just off Chalkies Point and headed back along the spartina landing briefly before vanishing into the thick fog. The pale juvenile Honey Buzzard came back over Sammy’s Point and cut out to Sammy’s Point at 10:30. Given that there had only been 3 previous autumn records of Marsh Warbler it was a surprise when the second of the autumn was found at Sammy’s Point, 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher a new bird at Potato Field and 3 remaining birds at Southfield Farm, Churchyard and Sammy’s Point, the Great Grey Shrike around the Triangle, a Barred Warbler at Sammy’s Point, a new Wryneck in the Triangle and the first Firecrest, 3 Ring Ouzel and Brambling of the autumn.
Grounded migrant totals were 11 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 63 Robin, 15 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 28 Wheatear, 37 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler in the Crown and Anchor car park, 10 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 24 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 23 Wigeon, 86 Teal, 99 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 20 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 17 Snipe, 12 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 135 Common Tern, 4 Tree Pipit, 300 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 flava wagtail sp., 4 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds present included 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 8 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Grebe, 22 Gannet, 13 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 11 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 17 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 118 Turnstone, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 80 Tree Sparrow, 150 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 16 Reed Bunting.

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  • Great Grey Shrike. Mick Turton.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Another day full of quality birds and two more additions to the year list, which now stands at 233, a Corncrake was flushed from next to the Canal and dropped back into cover by the Canal Hedge; an early Great Grey Shrike was found in the Triangle but moved off north later in the day. A Honey-buzzard flew south to the Triangle then returned back north and was last seen perched north of Easington gas terminal; a Marsh Warbler was trapped in Church Field as was a Wood Warbler; there were two Yellow-browed Warblers (one at the Crown and a new one at Sammy’s); 3 Barred Warblers(Canal Scrape, Crown car park and a new one at Sammy’s); 4 Red-breasted Flycatchers(Kew/Southfield Farm/ Beacon Lane/new one at Sammy’s); the Wryneck still on Beacon Lane; 
Common migrants totals included 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 23 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher. 
A few birds were seen over the sea 12 Brent Geese including 4 Pale-bellied, 29 Wigeon, 63 Teal, 403 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 6 Grey Heron, 22 Arctic Skua, a juv Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie, 30 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Other birds seen were 45 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank.

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  • Honey-buzzard. Dave Tucker

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

  • Wood Warbler. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-08:45 17:30-18:00. Mostly cloudy with a light force 1-2 E-ENE. Plenty of quality birds all round with a juvenile Dotterel found in with the Golden Plover flock at the north end of Easington Straight before flying off with them mid-morning, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull that flew north past Easington Cliff top in the morning, a total of 4 Barred Warbler with birds at the Warren, Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor, Canal Scrape and another further along the Canal, at least 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher 1 at the Warren that flew north to Beacon Lane, 1 Southfield Farm to Beacon Lane and 2 in the Cliff Farm/Crown & Anchor/Kew area and 2 Wryneck with a new bird in the Kew/Church Field area and one along Beacon Lane and a new Yellow-browed Warbler at Kew.
Grounded migrant totals were 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 27 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler , 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 33 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 28 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron (in), 3 Arctic Skua, 22 Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 4 auk sp.
Also present were 5 Grey Partridge, 5 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher .

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  • Wood Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Pete Saunders

  • Steve Smith

Friday, 12 September 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-09:15. F1-2 NNE-NE some mist but mainly clear with a pleasant sunny afternoon. New migrants started arriving from mid morning onwards with the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the Autumn turning up in a net in Church Field late afternoon and becoming the second earliest record. Other grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck along Beacon Lane, 25 Robin, 7 Redstart, 50 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 19 Wheatear, 65 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 new Barred Warbler 1 in Canal Hedge and 1 that moved from Beacon Lane to Cliff Farm, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Beacon Lane to Crown and Anchor/Cliff Farm, 19 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 14 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 66 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 88 Gannet, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jackdaw. 
Also present were the first Dark-bellied Brent Goose of the autumn, 31 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 16 Eider, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 3 Water Rail, 15,000 Knot, 6 Little Stint on Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 21 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Tim Jones.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.00-15.00, 17.50-18.35. A warm and mainly sunny day with misty conditions creating some interesting records, a force 1 NE wind.
Two additions to the year list were a juvenile Sabine’s Gull which flew out east over the breach at high tide early morning; and a Wood Warbler was seen in the Crown car park mid-afternoon. 
A first calendar year Caspian Gull was seen on the Tank Blocks at high tide before flying off south towards the Narrows; a Common Rosefinch was trapped and ringed at the Warren first thing; a total of 1300 Common Scoters were seen including a flock of 1000 off the Point, the largest flock ever recorded at Spurn; the Wryneck was seen again on Beacon Lane; a Roseate Tern flew out north-east early morning; a Tawny Owl was at Kew in the early hours and the first Rock Pipit of the autumn flew south.
Only a few migrants were around first thing, but small numbers started to appear from early afternoon and the totals were 3 Tree Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 34 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher. 
A few birds were moving: 48 Teal, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 148 Swallow, 250 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail and 30 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 41 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 8 Little Egret, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern and 500+ Common Tern.

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  • juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

  • juvenile Sabine's Gull. David Constantine

  • Caspian Gull. Martin Standley

  • Common Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 13.30-19.30. Long sunny spells with some broken clouds, a force 1-2 E-SE wind.
The Wryneck at Sandy Beaches and the Barred Warbler by the ListenIng Dish were still present, the tail off in migrants the last couple of days changed mid-afternoon when new migrants started to appear. The totals were a Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 21 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 16 Pied Flycatcher.
The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn flew south (5), while also on the move were 29 Wigeon, 81 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 29 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 46 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 19 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 22 Dunlin, 11 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern, 43 Sandwich Tern, 355 Common Tern, 14 auk sp, 32 Sand Martin, 142 Swallow, 2241 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 49 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 27 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet and 17 Reed Bunting. 
Other birds present were 11 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 13 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 11 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper.

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 18.00-19.30. A mainly still and sunny day with cloud cover for a couple of hours late morning, a force 1-2 NW-E wind.
A good clear out overnight of many migrants and just a few new birds in during the day. The Barred Warbler was still at the Listening Dish and the Wryneck at Sandy Beaches. Other migrant totals were 3 White Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 22 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher.
Passage was surprisingly good with 24 Teal, 33 Common Scoter, 23 Red-throated Diver, 15 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 128 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 6 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 12 Kittiwake, 408 Common Tern went south in the evening, 16 Sand Martin, 302 Swallow, 328 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 2113 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 8 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 43 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 22 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 13 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Little Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 2 Little Owl calling at 03.30 from Grange Farm.
Elsewhere a Sunfish was seen off the sea-watching hut.

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Monday, 08 September 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.25-11.30, 15.00-15.30, 18.00-19.30. A mainly warm and sunny day with some light clouds moving through mid-morning, a light force 1-2 W-N-NNE wind.
A few grounded migrants continue to linger, and some good passage early morning made for an interesting if not busy day clearing down from the MIg Fest.
A new Wryneck was seen at Sammy’s Point and the one on Beacon Lane showed well again, the Barred Warbler showed well in the hedge between Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon Ponds. A Kingfisherwas caught in Church Field and other migrant totals were a Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Robin, 3 Redstart, 32 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 21 Goldcrest, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 1+ Long-tailed Tit.
Birds moving south (with a few coming in off too) were 16 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 52 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 35 Oystercatcher, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 5 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 410 Swallow, 44 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 2540 Meadow Pipit, 11 flava Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 377 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 48 Linnet.
Other birds included 13 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4000 Golden Plover, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (including a tagged bird from Norway), 3 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper.

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  • Kingfisher. Tim Jones.

Sunday, 07 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-11.00. A cloudy start clearing late morning to leave a warm and sunny afternoon and evening. 
Another good day with 112 species recorded bringing the total for the weekend to 123, and most people who attended finally saw Wryneck and Barred Warbler and fine selection of migrants.
A LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER flew onto the Humber with a Golden Plover and landed with the Golden Plover flock which was later counted in the fields to be around 4000. On call the bird is probably a Pacific and will be searched for again. A 1st year Caspian Gull flew north from the Humber and returned half an hour later. A probable blythi Lesser Whitethroat was in the Crown car park with a ‘normal’ Lesser Whitethroat.
There was another increase in some migrants and the days totals entered in the log today were 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wryneck (Sandy Beaches and 1 late on flushed off the road by Kew), 3 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 7 Redstart, 73Whinchat, 35 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Churchyard, Narrows, 1 from Westmere Farm to the Listening Dish), 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 56 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 32 Willow Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 12 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Pied Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
On the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 39 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 1 Ruff, 9 Whimbrel, 32 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 7 Artic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 489 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 5 Tree Pipit, 919 Meadow Pipit, 27 flava Wagtail, and 400+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 2 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gulls.

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  • a Fly pied-catcher. David Constantine

  • Whinchat. David Constantine

  • Wryneck. Richard Willison

Saturday, 06 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.00-18.00. Misty start with cloud for most of the day with regular showers from mid-afternoon. A force 1 NNE-N wind.
A juvenile Long-tailed Skua which flew north from the sea-watching hut and followed all the way to Easington was a good highlight for all those that saw the bird. There was very good passage considering the light northerly winds including 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 27 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 34 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 18 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 32 Arctic Skua,, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Swift, 43 Sand Martin, 1928 Swallow, 198 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit, 2051 Meadow Pipit, 40 flava Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, and 2 Reed Bunting.
There were still good numbers of grounded migrants and a few more additions – 4 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm, Chalk Bank, Canal Scrape, and Sandy Beaches – only 4 of the 200 people present at the evening lecture hadn’t seen a Wryneck this weekend! 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Tree Pipit, 35 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Redstart, 76 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Point/opposite churchyard and Church Field), 3 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Whitethroat, 4 Chifffchaff, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, the first Lesser Redpoll of the autumn and an entertaining escaped Cockatiel.
Other birds seen included 12 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mediterranean Gull. 
The evening entertainment surpassed all expectations as 210 people were entertained by a very big pig spit roast, or other non-pig food, a very inspirational Martin Garner getting every one warmed up and a superb hours entertaining presentation by our new patron Mike Dilger proving he is a Naturalist and TV presenter and not the other way round. This was followed by many having a nice social in a very packed Crown & Anchor.

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  • record shot of Long-tailed Skua. David Constantine

  • Wryneck. Ian Smith

Friday, 05 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-07.45. A misty start and cloudy in the morning with sunny spells from early afternoon and a N-NE 1-2 wind.
The start to the migration festival got off to a good start, there were plenty of birders arriving from early morning and seeing a good selection of species with 103 recorded during the day. 
The bird of the day was found by two Next Generation Birders who had a Bittern come down the Humber but returned back before crossing the Triangle, this is only the 23rd record in the Spurn area. Also an Osprey appeared to fly south across the Humber at 10.30.
The main feature of the day was the good numbers of grounded migrants available for people to see including 2 Wrynecks (Cliff Farm and Canal Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Tree Pipit, 42 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 23 Robin, 14 Redstart, 63 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler (Narrows, Churchyard and 1 ringed at the Warren and moved up to Rose Cottage), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 150 Tree Sparrow and a Corn Bunting.
There were a few birds on the move despite the northerly winds including 9 Shelduck, 122 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Little Gull, 3 Puffin, 6 Sand Martin, 450 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 210 Meadow Pipit, 9 flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, and 6 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 3 Pintail, 3 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 28 Mediterranean Gulls.

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  • Barred Warbler. Gareth Picton

Thursday, 04 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-14.00, 16.30-19.30. A foggy start with a light N-NE wind veering more E in the evening, cleared to leave a sunny afternoon but a cloudy evening.
With so much preparation going on the MIG FEST, it was a little distracting that new migrants kept arriving. At least 4 Wrynecks were present, one trapped at Kew early morning moved to Cliff Farm and was joined by a second bird later, one trapped at the Warren moved to Canal Scrape and one was at Sammy’s Point. The Barred Warbler showed on and off opposite the Churchyard during the day, while common migrants continued to arrive throughout the day and the totals were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Tree Pipit, 31 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Redstart, 55 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 28 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Pied Flycatcher, and 6 Long-tailed Tit.
On the move were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 40 Little Gull, 45 Sand Martin, 670 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 400 Meadow Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail.
Other birds of note included 1 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Wryneck. Alan Whitehead

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-09:30 15:00-19:10. Sunny spells to leave a warm sunny day, clouding more late afternoon F1-2 E. Some light passage and a decent arrival of migrants from mid morning onwards.
Grounded migrants were 1 Wryneck in the first paddock at Sammy’s Point, 1 Tree Pipit, 14 Redstart, 56 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2Barred Warbler presumably yesterday’s new bird behind Cliff Farm and a new bird at Chalkies Point, 4 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Long-tailed Tit 
On the move were 1 Wigeon, 67 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Swift, 87 Sand Martin, 1050 Swallow, 350 House Martin, 320 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 50 Tree Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting.
Also present were 1 Gadwall, 25 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint, 13 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

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  • Whinchat. Ian Smith

  • Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlins, David Constantine

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00 17:00 19:45. Still start with heavy cloud all morning with drizzle mid morning clearing to leave some sunny spells in the afternoon NW-NE 1-2. Some passage early morning and a few new arrivals started appearing at midday including a Barred Warbler found not long after midday hopping round in a small patch of reeds on the sand before presumably moving off into more suitable habitat and disappearing not long after.
Grounded migrants included 200 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 27 Wren, 34 Dunnock, 28 Robin, 1 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler 1 again at the point and a new bird in the reeds on the seaward side of the Borrow Pit, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat, 23 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Tree Sparrow.
On the move were 6 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 14 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 19 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1440 Black-headed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 44 Sandwich Tern, 1360 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 49 Sand Martin, 170 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 275 Meadow Pipit, 7 flava wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 40 Tree Sparrow.
Also present were 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea Wetlands, 8 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 1Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea Wetlands, 6 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Black-headed Gull, 50 House Martin. Also there were 2Ocean Sunfish on the sea off the Warren, a Clouded Yellow and a Red-veined Darter on Clubley’s Scrape.

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  • Today's new Barred Warbler. Tim Jones.

  • The Little Stints on Kilnsea Wetlands are showing very well at the moment. Ian Smith.

Monday, 01 September 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.00, 12.30-19.45. A cloudy start, then heavy rain shower for a couple of hours before clearing but mainly cloudy, a force 1-2 SW wind veered N and dropping to force 1 in the evening.
An interesting day that produced the first Barred Warbler of the year at the Point, most other migrants had cleared out leaving totals of 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Robin, 6 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher.
It was a good morning for passage considering the rain and the Meadow Pipit was excellent for the 1st September and the majority of Swallows moved in the afternoon after the wind went northerly. The totals moving south were 5 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 204 Teal, 11 Pintail, 75 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 12 Arctic Skua, 202 Sand Martin, 2864 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 1196 Meadow Pipit, 16 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Rook, 58 Tree Sparrow and 2 Reed Bunting.
Large numbers of waders continue to build on the Humber and of the more interesting around were 5 Little Stint, 11 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper.
Other birds seen included 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 49 0 Common Tern.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.15-14.00, 17.00-20.00. Sunny spells and a few cloudy periods with a force 3-2 NW-N-SE wind.
What seems to be a recent pattern over the last few years is a passage of Common Buzzards in late August and early September and today a minimum of 18 moved through, the third highest ever count at Spurn. Also we have found the largest previous August Tree Sparrow passage count was 200 so yesterday’s and today’s counts (595) completely smash previous August records.
Other birds moving were 2 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe north at 18.20, 4 Fulmar, 43 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 6 Marsh Harrier, a fine male Hen Harrier, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 12 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 20 Kittiwake, 1 Puffin, 11 Swift, 1 Cuckoo, 18 Sand Martin, 259 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 5 Tree Pipit, 191 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rook.
The Red-backed Shrike was seen early morning but not after, and other migrants still present were 32 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 27 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher.
In the tern roost were 1 Little Gull, 1 Black Tern, 21 Sandwich Tern and 4730 Common Tern, while other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Pintail, 16 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit,, 2 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper and 5 Mediterranean Gull.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00 18:00-20:20. F3-2 W-SW broken cloud and sunny spells. A good mixed day with decent passage, some new migrants and the best tern roost movement this year.
On the move were 3 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 95 Oystercatcher, 25 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 13 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Puffin, 61 Swift, 161 Sand Martin, 4114 Swallow, 507 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 101 Meadow Pipit, 35 flava wagtail, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Rook, 686 Tree Sparrow, 6 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet.
In the tern roost movement were 1 ad Roseate Tern , 2 Black Tern, 24 Sandwich Tern, 10,360 Common Tern and 6 Arctic Tern.
Grounded migrants were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 300 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 9 Robin, 3 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 42 Willow Warbler, 14 Pied Flycatcher, 1 juv Red-backed Shrike in Canal Hedge.
Also present were 2 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 13 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 5 Whimbrel, 14 Greenshank, 1 Arctic Skua and a Clouded Yellow.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-12:00 16:15-20:20. A F3-4-3 SW and sunny spells. Some good passage, especially of Swallows with the highest count of the year and the first Red-backed Shrike of the autumn.
On the move were 71 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 3 Marsh Harrier, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 17 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 26 Dunlin, 9 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Tern , 73 Sandwich, 4330 Common and 25 Arctic Tern south in the evening, 1 Razorbill, 196 Swift, 47 Sand Martin, 7263 Swallow, 177 House Martin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 23 flava wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 31 Tree Sparrow, 7 Greenfinch.
Grounded migrants were 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 7 Reed Warbler, 14 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 17 Pied Flycatcher, 1 juv Red-backed Shrike in Canal Hedge, 80 Tree Sparrow.
Also present were 14 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Common Scoter,8 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 11 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Tern, 80 Linnet.

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  • Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. Daniel Branch.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:45-10:00 18:00-20:15. F2-3 SE swinging SW in the afternoon, showers in the morning then a sunny afternoon. A good tern roost movement and a few new migrants on the land. 
Grounded Migrants were 3 Wryneck with a new bird at Chalk Bank and lingering birds in the Triangle and Sammy’s Point, 6 Yellow Wagtail including a male Blue-headed Wagtail on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 new Icterine Warbler trapped and ringed at Kew, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 5 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Spoonbill flew south in the evening, 1 Marsh Harrier (in), 31 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 52 Black-headed Gull, 2 Swift. The evening tern roost movement contained 4 Black Tern (2ad&2juv), 20 Sandwich Tern, 6000 Common Tern and 50 Arctic Tern.
Also present were 10 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Stint between Canal Scrape and Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Ruff, 13 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:30-10:00m 18:00-19:45. Broken cloud and sunny spells with a F2-3 SE. Another great day with more migrants about with 2 new Wryneck the highlight. 
Grounded migrants were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wryneck at Sammy’s Point and just north of the Lighthouse, 2 Tree Pipit, 24 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 13 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler at Kew, 4 Garden Warbler, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 32 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 52 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 45 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move were 36 Teal, 1 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 19 Fulmar, 2 Common Buzzard, 34 Oystercatcher, 17 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel (in), 11 Redshank (in), 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 4 auk sp, 1 Puffin. 
Also present were 24 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 7 Whimbrel, 2100 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 53 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, only 238 Common Tern south in the evening, 1 Barn Owl.

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  • Icterine Warbler. Tim Jones.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Ron Egan.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-10:40 18:00-20:00. Broken cloud all day with a F4-3 E-ENE. A brilliant day, with plenty moving over the sea in the morning and migrants arriving from 10 o’clock including the firstWryneck Icterine WarblerRosefinch and Pied Flycatchers of the autumn. 
Grounded Migrants were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wryneck behind Rose Cottage, 3 Tree Pipit, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redstart, 15 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler at Kew, 10 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 46 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Pied Flycatcher, 1 male Blue-headed Wagtail at Kilnsea Wetlands and 1 Rosefinch at Kew. 
On the move were 73 Teal, 4 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 128 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 28 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Manx Shearwater, 345 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 116 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 66 Arctic Skua, 2 (adult and sub-ad) Long-tailed Skua , 4 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 204 Kittiwake, 6 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Swift.
Also present were 5 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 1 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1Pomarine Skua on the Humber, 1 Bonxie, 45 Mediterranean Gull.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

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  • Juv Water Rail. Found on the Canal using a Camera Trap, present for 2 weeks without being seen. Tim Jones.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-09.30, 16.00-20.15. Cloudy with sunny spells but feeling cool in the WNW 2- SE wind.
More migrants drifting in with 2 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 42 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 57 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 325 Tree Sparrows.
On the move were 1 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 11 Manx Shearwater, 13 Cormorant, 31 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 25 Redshank, 14 Arctic Skua, 1 adult Long-tailed Skua, 2 Little Gull, 3 Swift, 1 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 4440 Common Tern, 18 Arctic Tern.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-12,00, 13,45-14,45, 18.00-20.30. A mixture of sunshine and some heavy thundery showers, a force 3-4 W wind, veered N-NE by late morning.
On the move were 3 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 50 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 16 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 82 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 37 Sand Martin, 400 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail.
Grounded migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 200 Swallow, 25 flava Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 24 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler and 100+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds present included 790 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Shag, 14 Little Egret, 3000 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3000 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-10.00, 15.00-19.40. A generally fine day but chilly with a force 3 N wind which remained until late evening then turned SW.
Some more light passage and a few grounded migrants. On the move were 4 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Fulmar, 9 Manx Shearwater, 1 Shag, 1 Hobby, 49 Oystercatcher, 7 Sanderling, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Pomarine Skua, 20 Arctic Skua. 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 250 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 33 Sand Martin, 106 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 25 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rook.
Grounded migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present included 1 Pintail,1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15, 13.00-20.30. A mixture of sunshine and cloud and a force 3 W wind.
The first Long-tailed Skua of the year flew south on a day when all four species of skua were seen, a dark phase adult Pomarine Skua flew north and 22 Arctic Skuas and 2 Bonxies were also recorded. 
Birds on the move included 36 Teal, 2 Eider, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Marsh Harrier, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 31 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 11 Turnstone, 4 Little Gull, 7 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 flava Wagtail. Of note a distant possible Pteredroma petrel flew north.
Other birds present included 1 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Kittiwake, 43 Sandwich Tern, 3500 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 9 Razorbill, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-10.00, 18.00-20.30. Sunny spells and showers with a force 2 N wind veering SE 1 by the evening.
Again most action was over the sea, a possible Cory’s Shearwater flew north distantly, other birds moving were 22 Common Scoter, 14 Fulmar, 26 Manx Shearwater, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Pomarine Skua 16 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern, 5200 Common Tern, 64 Arctic Tern, 1 Swift, 34 Sand Martin and 85 Swallow.
There were a few more grounded migrants around, including 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Cuckoo, the first Kingfisher of the autumn, 9 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 35 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 70 Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 9 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, a big increase in Golden Plovers with 2500, and 2 Snipe.

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  • Whinchat. Ian Smith

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.00, 18.00-20.00. Sunny spells and showers, with a cool nagging force 3-1 N wind.
The first Balearic Shearwater of the year flew north in the evening, as did a Black-throated Diver and an Osprey came in off the sea and turned north.
Other birds moving were 2 Wigeon, 49 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 4 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel in off, 58 Oystercatcher, and 10 Arctic Skua.
Migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 22 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 50+ Tree Sparrow.
Other birds seen included 5 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • juv Osprey. Ian Smith

Monday, 18 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.15, 18.00-20.45. A changeable day with sunshine and heavy showers with a force 4 -1 N-SW wind.
Some reasonable passage over the sea, although not as good as expected, on the move were 5 Teal, 11 Common Scoter, 62 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 78 Manx Shearwater, 145 Oystercatcher, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel, 33 Redshank, 18 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 1 Little Tern, 2 Guillemot, 2 Puffin.
Migrants around included 3 Tree Pipit, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 33 Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen were a Pintail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2480 Common Tern.
Also the last two Little Tern chicks were seen flying today.

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  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.45, 18.00-21.00. A very windy day with occasional showers, a force 4-5-6 gusting W wind.
The best tern roost movement so far this summer with 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern, 32 Sandwich Tern, 10,120 Common Tern and 81 Arctic Tern.
Birds on the move included 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 12 Common Scoter, 35 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 170 Oystercatcher, 19 Ringed Plover, 156 Knot, 28 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 50 Redshank, 12 Turnstone, 44 Swift, 2 Sand Martin.
Other birds present were 2 Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler and 20 Willow Warbler.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.00, 18.00-20.30. Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, a force4-5 W-WNW wind.
A few more migrants today with the first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn, but also 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 29 Willow Warbler, and 8 Tree Sparrow.
Birds on the move were 14 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Scoter, 20 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 5 Cormorant, 26 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 23 Knot and 22 Swift.
A better tern roost with 1 Black Tern, 200 Sandwich Tern, 5470 Common Tern and 48 Arctic Terns.
Other birds seen included 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 20 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.40, 18.30-20.30. Another day of sunny spells and showers with a cool force 4-5 NW wind.
The first Sooty Shearwater of the year flew north as did 10 Fulmar and 3 Manx Shearwaters, with northerly winds there were very few terns going to roost but other birds on the move were 3 Teal, 63 Common Scoter, 87 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, and 2 Swift.
Migrants present included 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler and 13 Willow Warbler.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.30, 17.50-20.30. Sunny spells with some heavy showers and a force 3-1 W-NW-E wind.
A reasonable fall of Willow Warbler totalled 50 with 39 being ringed, other migrants included 4 Tree Pipits, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, and 4 Long-tailed Tits.
On the move were 9 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 151 Oystercatcher, 14 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 17 Sand Martin, 242 Swallow and a flava Wagtail.
The tern roost movement was light with just 1480 Common Terns and a few Sandwich Terns, while other birds seen included 2 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 25,000 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, and 29 Mediterranean Gulls.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.45-10.30, 17.30-21.00. Sunny spells with occasional showers, a force 3-5 SW wind.
On the move today were an Osprey, 18 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 9 Cormorant, 83 Oystercatcher, 23 Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 125 Knot, 30 Sanderling, 48 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 49 Redshank, 12 Turnstone, and 15 Swift.
In the tern roost movement were just 5 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Tern, 1 Black Tern, 1210 Common Tern and 166 Arctic Tern.
Other birds seen included 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Wheatear and 22 Willow Warbler.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-10.45, 17.00-21.00. Another windy day with a force 4-5-3 SW wind, odd showers and sunny spells.
A good day for wader passage and another good tern roost movement. On the move were 2 Shelduck, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 39 Cormorant, 70 Oystercatcher, 38 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 311 Knot, 163 Sanderling, 243 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Whimbrel, 72 Redshank, 25 Turnstone, 7 Swift, 27 Sand Martin.
In the roost movement were 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Tern, 525 Sandwich Tern, 7880 Common Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 62 Arctic Tern.
Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler and 4 Long-tailed Tit.

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  • flock of Common Terns whipping past Spurn to go to roost. Ian Smith

  • Migrating Redshanks in front of a rainbow. Ian Smith

Monday, 11 August 2014

Migration/sea-watches 07.35-10.10, 16.55-21.00. A blustery day again with a force 5-6 SW wind dropping to force 3 by the evening, a mixed day of sunshine and showers.
Huge numbers of small gulls were in the fields between Kilnsea and Easington, taking advantage of the freshly cut fields, sprayed with muck and then large amounts of rain dumped on them the last couple of days. Many birds were keeping low in the wind but it was estimated there were 7500 Black-headed Gulls2500 Common Gulls, 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 20 Lesser B.B.Gulls and 450 Sandwich Terns.
The tern roost movement was the best so far this year with 7510 Common Tern, 180 Sandwich Tern, 128 Arctic Tern, 1 Roseate Tern and 2 Black Tern, with 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 70 Black-Headed Gull and 1 Kittiwake.
Birds on the move were 4 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Avocet, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 54 Knot, 31 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Whimbrel, 16 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua and 13 Swift.
The only other birds seen were 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Willow Warbler.

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  • Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.00-10.15, 16.45-20.00. A very blustery day, with near gale force at times, SE until 15.30 then switched to the south-west. Some very heavy showers and thunderstorms on and off throughout the day.
A quiet day apart from waders moving over the sea. On the move were 8 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 2 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 104 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 46 Grey Plover, 125 Knot, 65 Sanderling, 145 Dunlin, 30 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 149 Swift, 8 Sand Martin and 50 Swallow.
In the tern roost were 218 Sandwich Tern, 1425 Common Tern and 48 Arctic Terns.
Other birds present included 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 8 Snipe, 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler.

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Friday, 08 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.30-10.00. A bright start then heavy cloud and rain for a good part of the afternoon and showers into the evening, a force 3 SW-SE wind.
On the move were 11 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 63 Common Scoter, 11 Fulmar, 122 Oystercatcher, 4 Sanderling, 20 Snipe, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Tern and 1 Tree Pipit.
Just a handful of migrants arrived including 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, a very early Fieldfare and 10 Willow Warblers.
Other birds seen included 1 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 30+ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014

Migration/sea-watches 07.00-10.45, 18.00-20.00. A warm and mainly sunny day with a south-west force 2 wind swinging round to the east early afternoon.
TEREK SANDPIPER was found at Beacon Ponds at 13.10 and stayed there showing well until 16.20 then it flew towards the Humber but couldn’t be relocated, this is the second record for the Spurn area, the first also being at Beacon Ponds in 2002. A probable flew south past the sea-watching hut yesterday morning but couldn’t be clinched.
Also the Mediterranean Gull record was broken with 47 on the beach by Beacon Ponds and in the fields south of Easington.
On the move were 20 Teal, 59 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 133 Gannet, 53 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 85 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 3 Swift, 53 Sand Martin and a Tree Pipit.
In the tern roost movement 50 Sandwich Tern, 1600 Common Tern and 15 Arctic Terns.
Other birds seen today included 17 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, and 6 Willow Warbler.

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  • Terek Sandpiper. Roy Harvey

Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-12.30, 18.00-20.30. A wet murky start, cleared mid-morning with a couple of heavy showers in the afternoon, a variable force 2-12 wind.
A fairly quiet day apart from some waders moving. On the move were 67 Teal, 205 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 504 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Golden Plover, 35 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 13 Turnstone, 47 Black-headed Gull, 4 Swift.
In the tern roost movement were 95 Sandwich Tern, 1450 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern.
Other birds present included 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 20 Mediterranean Gull (19 in the fields south of Easington and 1 juv on the sea), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap and 6 Willow Warbler.

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  • a cracking juv Swift. Rich Swales

  • a very showy Fulmar. Rich Swales

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-10.45, 18.10-20.55. Warm with broken cloud all day and a light shower in the evening, a force 1-2 N-E-SE wind.
A fairly quiet day with a decent tern roost movement, mainly due to the good numbers of Arctic Terns, which only happens once or twice an autumn, suggesting they carry on south after roosting rather than going back and forth like Common Terns! The tern roost movement recorded 2 Black Tern, 151 Sandwich Tern, 1880 Common Tern and 406 Arctic Tern.
Other birds moving south were 7 Teal, 149 Common Scoter, 54 Gannet, the first Merlin of the year, 56 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 19 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 27 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Swift, 102 Sand Martin.
Other birds seen included 1 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 21 Willow Warbler.

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Monday, 04 August 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.00, 17.20-20.55. Mainly hot and sunny with some cloudy spells, still to a force 2-3 SE wind.
A good day with Spurn’s 20th GREEN WOODPECKER, which was found in a mist-net at the Warren, after it release it flew south before returning north. In the tern roost movement the first Roseate Tern of the year flew south, along with 512 Sandwich Tern, 3345 Common Tern and 51 Arctic Tern.
On the move south were 254 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannet, 62 Oystercatcher, 4 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 10 Swift, 462 Sand Martin, 81 Swallow, 4 House Martin.
There was also a good increase in waders on the Humber with 250 Golden Plover, 50,000 Knot, 900+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 1600+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank.
Other birds present included 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 51 Whitethroat and 10 Willow Warbler.

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  • Green Woodpecker. Rich Swales

  • Green Woodpecker. Rich Swales

  • Green Woodpecker. Tim Jones.

Sunday, 03 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-12:15 15:00-21:00. F2-3 SW broken cloud and sunny spells. A few more waders on the move and the first real tern roost movement of the summer. On the move were, 47 Teal, 1 Eider, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 13 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 82 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 16 Golden Plover (in), 209 Knot, 17 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 7 Ruff )(in), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 13 Turnstone, 1Pomarine Skua flew north, 10 Arctic Skua, 3 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Tern south from Beacon Ponds, 81 Swift, 95 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 flava sp. The evening tern roost movement contained 1 juv Black Tern , 15 Little Tern, 820 Sandwich Tern, 3580 Common Tern, 50 Arctic Tern. Also present were 60 Common Scoter, 6500 Knot, 20 Snipe, 1 2s hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull at Beacon Ponds, 1150 Sandwich Tern, 150 Common Tern, 12 Willow Warbler, 1 Coal Titalong Vicar’s Lane.

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  • Knot. Justin Carr.

Saturday, 02 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-12:15. A F2 SE broken cloud with 2 very heavy showers in the early afternoon and evening, luckily cleared before the annual BBQ! Fairly quiet due to most regulars helping out with BBQ preparation! On the move were 3 Fulmar, 83 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 14 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 8 Snipe (in), 7 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua. Also present were 6 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 young Grey Partridge on Kilnsea Wetlands, 15 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds at high tide, 25 Snipe, 7 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper on Canal Scrape, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull on the Humber, 1 Willow Warbler.

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  • Clouded Yellow. 1 of 2 in the area. Mick Turton.

Friday, 01 August 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 05:45-09:50 18:00-20:15. A F1-2 SW-SSE broken cloud and sunny spells with a short shower in the evening. A few waders going south. On the move were 2 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 69 Gannet, 33 Oystercatcher, 62 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Sanderling, 28 Dunlin, 37 Snipe (in), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 12 Arctic Skua, 51 Swift, 369 Sand Martin, 425 Swallow, 4 House Martin,1 Tree Pipit . Also present were 4 Teal, 1 Pintail, 10 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds at high tide, 15 Whimbrel, 2 (juv, 1s) Mediterranean Gull at Beacon Ponds, 1 Little Gull, 283 Sandwich Tern, 235 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Willow Warbler.

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  • Juv Mediterranean Gull. Mick Turton.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 05:45-12:00 18:00-20:30. F1-2 SW cloudy with some sunny spells and showers in the evening, a steady trickle of waders, not as much going south as expected with the south westerly winds. On the move were 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 54 Gannet, 1 Hobby , 16 Oystercatcher, 32 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 109 Dunlin, 12 Snipe (in), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Whimbrel, 50 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone, 76 Swift, 257 Sand Martin, 66 Swallow. Also present were 1 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 300 Common Scoter, 1 Little Grebe, 33 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 adult Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber off the Warren on the rising tide, 40 Snipe, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua on the sea, 1 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull , 10 Kittiwake, 675 Sandwich Tern, 280 Common Tern and 6 Arctic Tern at Beacon Ponds, 1 Stock Dove, 100 Sand Martin, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Garden Warbler at the Warren, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Tree Sparrow.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 05:40-10:40. F2-3 WNW-NW broken cloud and plenty of sun, a few waders on the move and the first hint of a tern roost movement. On the move were 1 Shoveler, 39 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 9 Cormorant, 7 Oystercatcher, 18 Knot, 55 Sanderling, 144 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 86 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 2 juv Mediterranean Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 1 juv Black Tern , 800 Sandwich Tern, 800 Common Tern and 18 Arctic Tern south in the evening, 156 Swift, 376 Sand Martin, 700 Swallow. Also present were 1 Pintail on Canal Scrape, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier around Beacon Ponds, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber and Beacon Ponds, 11 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Skua blogging, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Willow Warbler and 6 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Sitochroa palealis and Scarce Silver Y trapped at the Warren recently. Jan Crowther.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

F1-2 N-NW broken cloud, sunny and hot. Wader numbers have increased a lot in the last few days and a few youngsters are starting to move about including the first Treecreeper of the year, a juv at the Warren. On the move were 1 Teal, 40 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet, 52 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe in, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper in, 14 Arctic Tern, 10 Swift. Also present were 5 Shoveler, 250 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 10 Cormorant, 2 Little Ringed Plover on Holderness Field, 2 Snipe, 15 Whimbrel on the Humber, 300 Curlew, 3 Arctic Skua blogging over the sea, 24 Little Gull at Beacon Ponds, 12 Guillemot,320 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern, 6 Swift, 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker went from the Warren to Kew, 150 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler. Waders on Beacon ponds at high tide were 2500 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper 6500 Dunlin, 1000 Redshank, 2 Greenshank.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-10:30. Another warm day with some cloud F2 NE-N. Highlight of the day was Spurn’s 15th and first July record of Bittern , a juvenile that was picked up over the triangle and landed on Canal Scrape before settling at the top end of the canal just south of the sluice on Walker Butts ditch at 06:45 where it then disappeared. On the move were, 28 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 7 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 10 Golden Plover, 16 Redshank, 4 Swift, 53 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow. Also present were 5 Shoveler, 100 Common Scoter, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 280 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 50 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 400 Starling.

In other news, Marsh Warblers have bred or at least attempted to breed at Spurn for the 3rd time since 2008. A male on territory since at least mid June and singing sporadically through early July with a pair seen carrying food into the same area. No attempt was made to locate the nest to keep disturbance to a minimum so proving success has been difficult but lots of begging calls were heard from same area whilst views of young acros on 2 occasions also in same place were probably the young but again keeping a distance for the birds welfare was more important than trying to prove it. Spurn Bird Observatory

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  • Bittern. Ian Smith.

  • Bittern. Ian Smith.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:15-12:00. Mostly bright and sunny with a F3-1 NW-SSE. Some light passage given the first southerly winds for a while. On the move were, 7 Greylag Geese, 62 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 16 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 12 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 3 Arctic Skua, 9 Little Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot, 132 Swift, 139 Sand Martin, 1000 Swallow, 4 House Martin. Also present were 2 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 5 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1500 Swift, 175 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 2 Black Redstart at the Point, 1 Coal Tit in Easington and a Bedstraw Hawkmoth at Kew.

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  • Swift. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch-06:45-10:45. F1 NE misty start till the fog finally cleared! Sunny day till another foggy evening. On the move were 237 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 50 Gannet, 25 Oystercatcher, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 73 Little Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 1 Swift. Also present were 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 69 Sanderling, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 7 Greenshank, 6 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 30 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- . Another foggy day F2-3 NE with a slight clearing of the fog during the middle of the day but it soon rolled back in, on the move were 18 Teal, 237 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 8 Little Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 2 Swift. Also present were 3 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Gull.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

No watches, thick fog all day with a F2-3 N wind. Birds present were 1 Kestrel, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Gull, 1 Swift, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Pied Wagtail and 1 Chiffchaff. Let’s hope the fog clears soon!

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  • Black Arches caught in Easington on 20th July, 2nd modern Yorkshire record. Barry Spence.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Migration/Sea watch- 06:00-11:00. F1-3 N foggy all day, a quiet day due to the fog! On the move were 11 Teal, 240 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 93 Gannet, 19 Oystercatcher, 14 Sanderling, 29 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Skua, 7 Little Gull. Also present were 1 Kestrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie, 200 Sandwich Tern, 16 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-12:00 F1-2 NW cloudy all day. A quiet day highlight being the first juvenile Willow Warblers of the autumn. On the move were 3 Teal, 340 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 2 Grey Heron, 37 Oystercatcher, 11 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Redshank, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 29 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 3 Swift. Also present were 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 300 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:30-10:00. Bright and sunny clouding up by midday with a light F1-2 NW-NE. Good news from the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds where at least 37 juveniles have fledged so far with still plenty of chicks left. On the move were 1 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 29 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake, 7 Swift, 80 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow. Also present were 80 Common Scoter, 22 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 300 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper , 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bonxie eating a Guillemot, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Little Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 8 Arctic Tern, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch-06:45-11:40, heavy rain first thing remaining muggy with hazy sunshine with a F1 N-NW. On the move were 9 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 223 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 14 Manx Shearwater, 32 Oystercatcher, 17 Knot, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 22 Swift, 16 Sand Martin. Also present were 17 Common Scoter, 2 Snipe, 8 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 3 Common Sand Piper, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 40 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 04:50-15:00 17:00-20:00.Hot and humid with cold heavy shower a light F1 SE-NE wind. Some decent wader passage with a record July count of Oystercatcher and the first Cory’s Shearwater of the year. On the move were 48 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 446 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 1 Cory’s Shearwater that flew north at 10:00, 30 Manx Shearwater, 754 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 53 Knot, 39 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 104 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (in), 44 Whimbrel, 22 Curlew, 31 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 42 Sandwich Tern, 29 Common Tern, 2 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 98 Swift,64 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow. Also present were 6 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge, 18 Cormorant, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3000 Dunlin, 7 Snipe,13 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 21 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 167 Sandwich Tern, 70 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Sammy’s Point. Also the first Migrant Hawker of the year.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:50-10:30 16:30-17:30 18:45-20:00. A very windy day F4-5 from the east with some sunny spells. As expected for the time of the year most of the movement was over the sea with wader numbers starting to increase, 243 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 14 Manx Shearwater, 236 Gannet, 13 Oystercatcher, 5 Knot, 22 Sanderling, 170 Dunlin, 13 Whimbrel, 94 Redshank, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 5 Little Gull, 13 Kittiwake, 150 Sandwich Tern, 21 auk sp., 13 Guillemot. Also present were 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 53 Common Tern.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 04:45-09:50 18:20-19:50. F1 W-SE clear with some cloud, very hot and sunny! A generally quiet day, on the move were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 24 Common Scoter, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 34 Dunlin, 32 Whimbrel (in), 3 Curlew, 2 Redshank (in), 46 Swift, 84 Sand Martin, 193 Swallow. Also present were 1 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 7000 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 14 Little Gull, 250 Sandwich Tern, 50 Common Tern, 4 Yellow Wagtail.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-09:30 15:30-19:00, F3 WNW patchy cloud all day plenty of sunshine switching F2-1-SW. A generally quiet day. On the move were 7 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Snipe (in), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank (in), 7 Greenshank, 1060 Swift, 52 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow. Also present were 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 51 Little Gull, 70 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-10:30 13:25-14:25. Broken cloud and sunny all day F4-1 WNW-W. A typical mid-summer quiet day, on the move were 5 Common Scoter, 7 Cormorant, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 260 Swift, 75 Sand Martin, 118 Swallow, 2 flava. Also present were 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 6 Cormorant, 96 Golden Plover, 5000 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 300 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 1300 Black-headed Gull, 70 Sandwich Tern, 65 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Chiffchaff.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:00-11:00 16:00-19:30. Bright and sunny F2-3 NW-W clouding up late afternoon. A few waders and a small movement of Swifts in the afternoon, on the move were 23 Shelduck (east), 3 Manx Shearwater, 35 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing (in), 12 Knot (in), 8 Snipe (in), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (in), 1 Turnstone, 32 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew (in), 11 Redshank (in), 1669 Swift, 75 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow. Also present were 6 Wigeon, 6 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 2 Greenshank, 56 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 76 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 07:00-11:40 14:14-14:45. Showery morning with a F1 SW leaving broken cloud and a F2 NW in evening, highlight of the day was a FEA’S PETREL that was seen from a boat 3.7 miles east of Easington at 09:04 then flew north also a Spoonbill on Kilnsea Wetlands. Other birds on the move were 7 Mute Swan, 328 Common Scoter, 70 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 8 Whimbrel (in), 1 Arctic Skua, 13 Kittiwake, 16 auk sp., 7 Guillemot, 352 Swift, 95 Sand Martin. Other birds present included 6 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 70 Common Scoter, 5 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Little Gull, 50 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap.

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  • Fea's Petrel. Russell Neave. Although there are 2 previous records of "Fea's type" Petrels (the possibility of Zino's not excluded) from Spurn we believe these photo's show this bird to be a definite Fea's.

  • Fea's Petrel. Russell Neave. There are only 3 previous records accepted as proven Fea's for Britain.

  • Juv Cuckoo. Tim Jones.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 08:15-10:00 A very warm and foggy day F1-2 N-SE-S, a quiet day except for an adult female Honey Buzzard that u-turned over Kilnsea before heading back north over Kilnsea Wetlands. Other birds present were 3 Teal, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 5 Med Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 56 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaff.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-11:00 16:15-17:15 a cloudy morning with some sunny spells F3-1 a bit of movement over the sea with the first Pomarine Skua of the year flying south, also on the move were 3 Teal, 377 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 28 Manx Shearwater, 517 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Little Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 21 auk sp., 8 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Swift. Other birds present included 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1550 Dunlin, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Med Gull, 8 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, a juvenile Cuckoo that found its way into a mist net at Kew and 1 Wheatear. Of interest 100+ of each Silver Y and Diamond Back moths in the traps at the Warren and Kew.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-12:30 A truly miserable day with heavy rain all day F4-1 N. Over the sea were 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 86 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 146 Gannet, 1 Curlew (in), 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern, 35 Arctic Tern, 2 Guillemot. Also present were 6 Shoveler, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Little Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 60 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern.

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Migration/Sea-watch- 06:30-10:45 17:00-19:45 Sunny spells with variable cloud cover and a stiff F2-5 N. On the move were 1 Teal, 43 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 67 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 368 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Dunlin (in), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (in), 4 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 69 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 2 Puffin, other birds present included 1 Med Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern and 1 Grey Wagtail

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.00. Warm and muggy with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1-2 SW-NE wind.
In the early hours of the morning 3+ Storm Petrels came into tape lure and two of them were trapped and ringed, these are the first of the year. During the day some light passage included 141 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Common Buzzard, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 52 Swift, 101 Sand Martin.
Birds present were 2 Teal, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler.

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  • Storm Petrel. Tim Jones

Monday, 07 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-11.15. Bright and sunny clouding over later in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW –SSE wind.
Birds moving were 8 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Knot, 8 Snipe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 53 Redshank, 7 Common Tern, 5 Guillemot, 311 Swift, 454 Sand Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, and 9 alba Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap.

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Sunday, 06 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-13.10, 15.15-17.30. Showers in the morning, dying out by mid-afternoon, a force 1-2 SE-SW wind.
A much quieter day, moving south were 1 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 190 Common Scoter, 18 Manx Shearwater, 127 Gannet, 15 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 6 Little Gull, 32 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 31 auk sp, 25 Guillemot, 14 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 40 Swift, 68 Sand Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 2 Corn Bunting.
Birds present included the Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and 2 Shoveler at Beacon Ponds, a Little Ringed Plover and 6 Black-tailed Godwits on Kilnsea Wetlands, 3 Whimbrel and a Spotted Redshank on the Humber, 30 Little Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull on Kilnsea Wetlands, and a Grey Wagtail.

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  • Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt

  • juvenile Little Ringed Plover. John Hewitt

  • part of the Little Gull flock. John Hewitt

Saturday, 05 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 04.50-13.00, 14.00-20.00. Rain on and off most of the morning, then some long sunny spells in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind.
A good day for passage which along with Swifts were good numbers of duck, Manx Shearwaters and waders. The totals were 15 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a superb 1272 Common Scoter which is the highest summer count at Spurn, 2 Fulmar, 183 Manx Shearwater, 108 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 77 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 138 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 20 Little Gull, 19 Kittiwake, 45 Sandwich Tern, 30 auk sp, 56 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 5191 Swift, 4 Sand Martin.
Other birds present included 9 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 6 Little Egret, 30 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Blackcap and a Goldcrest in Easington.

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Friday, 04 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 04.05-21.00. Sunny spells and cloudy periods with some heavy storm clouds around but no rain until after dark, a force 3-4 SW wind.
Swift passage was a bit hit and miss throughout the day with only 2500 recorded by 18.00, but then from 18.30 there was a big push in front of a black storm clouds and by 21.00 9050 had been logged, other birds moving included a Tufted Duck, 80 Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 86 Gannet, 4 Lapwing, 23 Knot, 53 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Snipe, 10 Curlew, 82 Redshank, 12 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 187 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 7 alba Wagtail and a Corn Bunting.
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and a Barn Owl.

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Thursday, 03 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-21.00. Cloudy with some very warm sunny spells, a force 3-1 SW wind.
Another very good day for passage, Swifts were moving steady all day and totalled 5654 by the end, but it was also good for a few other species, the most Black-tailed Godwit recorded moving in a day before was 101, but today 256 flew south in nine flocks; also 14 Gadwall were recorded including a flock of 13 which is the 3rd highest count in the Observatory’s history. Other birds moving were an adult Spoonbill, 35 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 1 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 25 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 6 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing, 44 Dunlin, 25 Common Snipe, 5 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 33 Little Gull, 139 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin and 3 flava Wagtail.
Other birds included 1 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank and a Cuckoo.

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Migration/sea-watches 05.45-11.30, 15.00-20.35. Clear blue skies and very warm and sunny, clouding over late afternoon and evening, a force 1 SW wind in the morning which picked up to a force 3 late afternoon.
At last a change in winds and the expected Swift passage happened, although quiet in the morning with just less than 400 in the first session, but a further 4120 between 1500 and 20.35 hrs, giving the best total so far this year (4520). Other birds moving included a Pochard, 11 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 21 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 157 Sand martin, 5 House Martin, a flava Wagtail and a Coal Tit
Other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, and 1 Greenshank.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-10.30. A warm day with variable amounts of cloud and a force 1 E wind.
On the move were 22 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 53 Swift, 86 Sand Martin and 1 flava Wagtail. 
Birds present included singles of Wigeon, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 76 Little Gulls and 340 Starlings.

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  • Elephant Hawk-moth. Rich Swales

Monday, 30 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.00, 15.00-16.00. Sunny spells in the morning, blues skies in the afternoon, a force 1 NW-NE-SE wind.
Passage included 13 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 13 Little Gull, 31 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 107 Swift, 34 Sand Martin and 260 Starling.
Birds present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 177 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Grey Wagtail, a Reed Warbler and 2 Blackcap.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-10.15, 13.30-14.30. Force 2-3 NE-NW wind, rain overnight and a murky start clearing mid-morning to leave a nice day.
Birds moving included 3 Teal, 42 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 6 Little Gull, 53 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 4 Swift, 3 Sand Martin.
Black Redstart was by the Riverside Hotel, a Wheatear was at Sammy’s Point, a Short-eared Owlwas in the Triangle, and other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 100 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 206 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.55-09.00, 09.30-15.30. Cloudy in the morning clearing in the afternoon, a force 2-1 NW wind.
Spoonbill flew south to Beacon Ponds, other birds on the move were 5 Teal, 5 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 63 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 70 Swift, and 17 Sand Martin.
The first returning juvenile Wheatear was seen in the Triangle, other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 10 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff.
After having the first Marbled White for Spurn earlier in the week, 8 were present at Beacon Ponds today.

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.10 – 09.20, 18.45-20.45. Rain most of the day with a force 1-3 NNE-E-NE wind, much colder than of late.
Most activity was over the sea 33 Teal, 2 Eider, 126 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 5 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 30 auk sp.
The only other birds seen were 1 Wigeon, 2 Whimbrel and a Blackcap.

Migration/sea-watch 06.10 – 09.20, 18.45-20.45. Rain most of the day with a force 1-3 NNE-E-NE wind, much colder than of late. Most activity was over the sea 33 Teal, 2 Eider, 126 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 5 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 30 auk sp. The only other birds seen were 1 Wigeon, 2 Whimbrel and a Blackcap.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-09.30. Another warm and sunny day with a light cloudy and a force 1-2 E-NNE wind.
Passage was still hardly existent, 130 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 17 Swift, 15 Sand Martin and 1 flava Wagtail.
A juvenile Black Redstart was at the Blue Bell and other birds seen included 1 Whimbrel, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
A Red-veined Darter was on Clubley’s Scrape and 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth was in Kilnsea.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-08.40. A warm bright and sunny day with a force 1 NW-E wind.
A black male Ruff is only the second record of the year, a late spring migrant or an early non-breeding bird? The only birds moving were 40 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 8 Kittiwake, 28 Swift and 1 flava Wagtail.
Other birds present were 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Grey Heron, the first returning Little Ringed Plover, 41 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.
The first Common Darter of the year and 25 Common Emerald were on the wing.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.20-09.00. Cloudy with the odd shower becoming brighter in the afternoon, a force 1 E-NE wind.
The only passage was 150 Common Scoter, 5 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 22 Swift and a Sand Martin.
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, a Curlew Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds, the first Snipe of the autumn, 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Gull and a Chiffchaff.
The highlight however was the first Marbled White butterfly for the Spurn area seen at Kilnsea Wetlands.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.40-08.30. A pleasant sunny day with a force 2 SW-NW wind.
On the move were 336 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 1 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 814 Swift, 15 Sand Martin and 3 flava Wagtail. 
Birds present included 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Pintail, 23 Common Scoter, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Common tern, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap.

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  • Red-veined Darter. Richard Willison

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-15.25. Bright and sunny with variable amounts of cloud cover, a force 1 E-NE wind.
On the move were 282 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 305 Swift, and 4 flava Wagtail. Birds present included 1 Pintail, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Common Tern, a Mistle Thrush, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
A Red-veined Darter was also present on Clubley’s Scrape.

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-09.45, 14.45-15.30. Warm, bright and sunny with a force 1 NW-SE wind.
Woodchat Shrike gave everyone the run-a-round, it was found on wires to the west of the Blue Bell in the morning and then quickly disappeared, it was re-found later at the north end of Beacon Lane and then later by the sluice between Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands. The Great White Egret was seen again briefly at Beacon Ponds, but the main excitement for the day was a possible Great Black-headed Gull which flew out north-east across the Triangle, unfortunately it continued out to see but couldn’t be confirmed and didn’t return on the following low tide. Also 2 Bullfinch were at the Warren the Blackcap and Chiffchaff were still present.
On the move were 65 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet, 90 Swift and 2 flava Wagtail. Other birds present were 9 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Grey heron, 197 Grey Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, and 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.30. Bright and sunny and warm most of the day with a force 1 NW-W wind.
Great White Egret flew north and appeared to drop into Beacon Ponds, although couldn’t be found later. The only passage noted was 233 Swift and 2 Sand Martin, while birds present included 9 Teal, a Pintail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06,45-09.30. Overcast and drizzly start, clearing to leave a sunny afternoon, a force 2 NE wind.
The highlight was a drake Garganey that flew south, other birds on the move were 232 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 46 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 auk sp, 18 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill. The only other birds of note were 31 Golden Plover, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-12:00. Cloudy with drizzle on and off, clearing by mid-afternoon with a F3-1 N. Some passage over the sea included, 228 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, (including a ‘blue’ morph north), 485 Gannet, 2 Bonxie, 1551 Kittiwake, 11 Sandwich Tern, 157 auk sp., 72 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 8 Puffin, 4 Swift. Also present were 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-09:15. A brighter start then clouded up by the afternoon with a F2-3 NW-N. On the move were 30 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 206 Gannet, 54 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 8 auk sp., 34 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin. Also present were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. A Red-veined Darter was on Church Field Pond.

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-10:15. Cloudy all day with some light showers a F2-3 NNW. Continued northerly winds made for another quiet day, on the move were, 25 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 173 Gannet, 15 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 18 auk sp., 201 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 1 Swift. Also present were 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff.

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  • Sedge Warbler. Sue Hepton

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-10:00. Cloudy with a F1-3 NW. Another quiet day, on the move were 100 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 99 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 28 auk sp., 10 Guillemot, 6 Swift. Other birds present included 26 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, the first returning Green Sandpiper in the Triangle, 20 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffhchaff.

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-10:00. A mainly cloudy day with the odd sunny spell, a F1 N-NW. Northerly winds in mid June meant for a quiet day, on the move were 4 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 26 Gannet, 16 Sandwich Tern, 12 auk sp, 56 Swift, 1 flava. Other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 3 Little Gull, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. 3 Common Emerald Damselflies were on Clubley’s Scrape.

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:20-09:00 15:45-17:10. A warm bright and sunny start clouding up by mid afternoon with a F1 NW-N. The highlight of the day was another Spoonbill that flew south in the morning continuing the good spring for this species, other birds on the move were 2 Lapwing, 7 Razorbill, 19 Swift, 1 flava, 2 Jackdaw. Other birds present included 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 20 Swift, 1 Blackcap.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-10:00. F1-3 SW-S a warm day with broken cloud all day and plenty of sunshine. A generally quiet day, on the move were 9 Eider, 17 Sandwich Tern, 126 Swift, 8 House Martin, 1 flava, 7 Jackdaw. Other birds present were 3 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. A few insect arrivals included 5 male Red-veined Darters (3 Church Field Pond and 2 Clubley’s Scrape), 3 Clouded Yellows and a female Broad-bodied Chaser.

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  • Red veined Darter. Garry Taylor

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-13:30 14:30-16:45. F2 SW-WNW-W cloudy morning with a clear sunny day. Some light passage with a few highlights but otherwise quiet. On the move were 3 Barnacle Geese 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Cormorant, 1 adult Spoonbill flew south past the Warren in the morning, 17 Golden Plover (in), 1 Dunlin (in), 30 Sandwich Tern, 1 Turtle Dove u-turned past the Warren, 1 Cuckoo that circled up at the Warren and flew south! 1058 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 36 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, the first Coal Tit a juv that continued south past the Warren, 2 Jackdaw, 4Crossbill west over Sammy’s Point. Other birds present included, 1 Shoveler, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Grey Partridge with a brood of chicks at Long Bank, 2 Fulmar, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

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  • Coal Tit. Steve Exley.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:15-19:55. F1-4 S-SW broken cloud all day warm and sunny. The first SW winds for a while saw a good number of Swift fly south for this early date as well as some other light passage. On the move were 9 Canada Geese, 9 Teal, 4 Fulmar, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 1 Sanderling, 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Turnstone, 41 Sandwich Tern, 2756 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 40 House Martin, 1 flava, 1 Crossbill , 3 Chaffinch and a Common Rosefinch was at the Warren before disappearing south. Other birds present included 1 Brent Goose, 11 Common Scoter, 1 eclipse drakeGarganey in Well Field, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Humber, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

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Monday, 09 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:00-08:00 09:30-11:00. F1-3 SE broken cloud for most of the day with a thunderstorm in the evening, 2 Spoonbill flew south early morning and a female Red-backed Shrikewas found just north of Chalk Bank. Other birds on the move included 46 Canada Geese, 2 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 1 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 1 Turnstone (east), 4 Sandwich Tern, 32 Swift, 11 House Martin, 2 flava. Other birds present included 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Med Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap.

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Sunday, 08 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 07:20-10:30. A F1-3 S-SW overcast in the morning clearing to leave a lovely sunny day. A new Golden Oriole at Sammy’s Point was the highlight of a quiet day, the only other grounded migrants being 2 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Crossbill briefly at Kew. On the move were 8 Grey Heron, 5 Lapwing, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 181 Swift. The 2 Garganey re-appeared on Holderness Field, a Turtle Dove was along Peter Lane and the first Avocet and Mute Swan chicks of the year appeared.

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  • 1 of 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths present in Kilnsea for last 2 weeks. Peter Martin.

Saturday, 07 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:50-09:00 10:45-12:20. Heavy rain at times until it cleared mid-afternoon, a force 1-3 E-SE-S. A very quiet day, on the move were 6 Eider, 65 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 104 Gannet, 16 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp., 48 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 3 Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin. Very little else present, 1 Gadwall, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Blackcap.

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Friday, 06 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:30-11:30. A bright and sunny day with a light S-E wind produced Spurn’s 5th ever and 3rd spring BLYTH’S REED WARBLER that burst into song at 10:45 at the Warren before being found in a mist net shortly after, not many other birds about but 2 other year list additions being 2Garganey on Canal Scrape in the evening and a satellite tagged Osprey that flew north over the Warren whilst the Blyth’s Reed Warbler was being processed. The few other grounded migrants were 1 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. On the move were 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 40 Grey Plover (east), 1 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover (east), 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Swift, 8 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Redpoll. Also present were 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Yellowhammer.

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  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Rich Swales.

Thursday, 05 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watches 06:25-08:25, 09:30-11:45, 15:00-16:30. Heavy showers in the morning died out by the afternoon leaving sunny spells with a force 1-4 WNW. Some light passage being 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Fulmar, only the 2nd Hen Harrier of the year, an adult female flew south over the Warren, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint , 1 Whimbrel (in), 6 Sandwich Tern, 275 Swift, 37 Swallow, 31 House Martin. Grounded migrants were 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-11:15. A rainy morning petered out to leave sunny spells for the rest of the day. A very quiet day highlight being 2 Little Owl and 2 Tawny Owl chicks ringed. On the move were 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 95 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 35 Gannet, 24 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 5 Sand Martin. Birds present included a Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Little Egret, 1 Golden Plover, 10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear and 1 Chiffchaff.

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.30-11.30. Cloudy in the morning with light passing showers, a few heavy rain showers in the afternoon but pleasant sunny spells in the evening, the wind swung from SSW to N to ENE, force 1-2.
Another quiet day with some light passage, moving through were 1 Tufted Duck, 49 Common Scoter, 1 Hobby, 2 Stock Dove, 205 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 60 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail and 8 Jackdaw.
Other birds seen included 9 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Shag, 7 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

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Monday, 02 June 2014

Sea-watch 05.30-08.00, 17.30-18.30. Cloudy with a few light showers, sunny spells developed with a force 2-3 SSE-S wind.
A very quiet day where the only grounded migrants noted were a White Wagtail and a Black Redstart. Some light passage included 48 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 24 Gannet, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 47 auk sp, 52 Swift, 50 Swallow, 38 house Martin.
The only other birds noted were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 16 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

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Sunday, 01 June 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-11:00. F1-2 SW-SE a clear pleasant day with some cloud. A quiet day with most of the migrants moving on overnight, the Icterine Warbler was still present but elusive at the Warren, the Red-breasted Flycatcher and 1 Golden Oriole were still at Sammy's, other grounded migrants were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. On the move were 32 Brent Geese (east), 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 57 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby , a Moorhen flew south over the Warren as far south as the wash over cut out over the Humber and returned north into the Triangle, 1 Avocet, 12 Grey Plover (east), 11 Knot (east), 3 Sanderling (east), 1 Dunlin (east), 1 Redshank (east), 1 Wood Sandpiper , 2 Turnstone (east), 21 Black-headed Gull, 13 Common Gull, 35 Lesser BB Gull, 104 Herring Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 28 Sandwich Tern (east), 1 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern (east), 22 auk sp., 39 Guillemot, 51 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 32 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 64 Swallow, 33 House Martin, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 27 Linnet. Other birds present were 1 Teal, 3 Kestrel, 1Purple Sandpiper , 1 Greenshank, 1 Med Gull, 1 Corn Bunting.

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-16:30. F1-0 WNW-SE-NE fairly cool and cloudy start soon warmed up to be a pleasant day with some broken cloud. The highlight of the day was Spurn’s 3rd and first Spring PALLID SWIFT that flew south over the Warren at 09:45 and continued south over the peninsula with 2 Common Swifts, also on the move were 68 Brent Geese (east), 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel (east), 9 Redshank (east), 9 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 11 Arctic Tern (east), 2 auk sp., 6 Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo,77 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 305 Swallow, 132 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Rook, 25 Linnet. Grounded migrants were 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Icterine Warbler at the Warren, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Golden Oriole at Sammy’s Point, 1 Corn Bunting. Other birds present included 2 Wigeon, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

  • Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

  • Golden Oriole. Martin Standley.

Friday, 30 May 2014

A cloudy day until mid-afternoon then clear blue skies developed with a force 2-1 ENE-E wind.
Another good day, 3 new Icterine Warblers were found, one trapped and ringed at the Warren and two at Potato Fields, a new singing male Marsh Warbler was at the Potato Fields but not showing itself, the female-type Bluethroat gave brief views again south of Wire Dump; 3 Red-breasted Flycatchers one was still at Sammy’s Point and at Easington Gas Terminal and a new one in Canal Hedge, this is the fourth this spring and the most ever recorded in a spring and a day in Spring at Spurn and the Golden Oriole was at Sammy’s Point but was again flighty and elusive. A new female Red-backed Shrike was found on Peter Lane and the Stonechat was by the Lighthouse again.
Common migrants included a Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap, a few Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, and several Spotted Flycatchers.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Martin Standley.

  • Richard Willison

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sea-watch 06.00-07.45. Light rain to start soon stopped and there was brightness in the sky although never any blue sky or sight of the sun, then some more light rain late afternoon, a force 3-2 E wind.
At last the weather was finally nice enough for the birds that probably arrived the last couple of days to start showing themselves and it was a typical late May day with as many scarce migrants as common migrants. There were four additions to the year list: the highlight was Spurn’s fifth WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN which flew south-east past Sammy’s and then cut out east with four Commic Terns at 17.15, Icterine Warbler– three were found, one trapped and ringed at the Warren, one at Chalk Bank and one by the Riverside Hotel; a singing male Marsh Warbler north of Chalk Bank; and a female-type Bluethroat south of Wire Dump. 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers 1 was found in the small copse north of the gas terminal on the east of the road and the 2nd was found at Sammy’s Point in the 2nd paddock and flew into the third paddock; a green Golden Oriole was found at Sammy’s Point but was flight and elusive; the Common Rosefinch was still singing by the car park at Sammy’s Point; a new male Red-backed Shrike was found along the hedge on the south side of the gas terminal on the west side of the road and the female from the Triangle was still present and was also trapped and ringed in the morning; 2 Crossbills were flying about Kilnsea, a Black Redstart was on Beacon Lane and a Stonechat by the Lighthouse.
Common migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 22 Gannet, 4 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 5 Commic Tern, 22 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.

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  • Icterine Warbler. Paul Meredith

  • Marsh Warbler. Tim Jones.

  • Golden Oriole. Paul Meredith

  • Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sea-watch 07:10-10:00. F4-3 ENE raining for most of the day with a cold gusty wind, a decent day considering the conditions with a female SUBALPINE WARBLER being found at Chalk Bank, a 1s maleRosefinch singing at Sammy’s Point and 2 new Red-backed Shrike , a female on Beacon Lane and a male that moved along Peter Lane towards Willow Cottage as well as the female from yesterday still along the Canal. Other grounded migrants included 1 Turtle Dove at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 11 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Pied Flycatcher. Other birds present included 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Tern and 3 Common Tern.

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  • Rosefinch. Tim Jones.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sea-watch 06:00-11:20. A miserable wet day a F3-4 NE raining for most of the day meant little coverage on the land. The sea-watch produced 1 Teal, 141 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 24 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake, 8 Little Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 86 auk sp., 37 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 5 Swift, 33 Swallow, 8 House Martin. The only grounded migrants seen were 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Red-backed Shrike along the Canal near Cliff Farm early evening.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-15:00. F1-2 SE-E a clear sunny day with some broken cloud and the firstGolden Oriole of the year that flew in from the Humber landed on the Canal briefly then flew towards Kew and disappeared, birds taking advantage of the wind direction and going out east included, 170 Brent Geese, 330 Grey Plover, 30 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper , 24 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern. On the move south were 10 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 131 Swallow, 129 House Martin, 2 flava, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 16 Linnet, 1 Redpoll sp., 1 Yellowhammer. Grounded migrants were again thin on the ground with 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher. Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 Scaup, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:50-10:40 12:35-17:00. The 5 Bee-eaters that have been north of the area for the last few days finally flew south at 07:41 this morning becoming the 200th species recorded in the Spurn area this year. Otherwise generally the same as yesterday with a cloudy F3-2 SW-SE morning and a sunny and warm afternoon. Grounded Migrants present included 1 Turtle Dove in the Triangle, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1Red-backed Shrike behind the Riverside Hotel. On the move were 2 Common Scoter, 24 Brent Geese (east), 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 170 Grey Plover (east), 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (east), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Commic Tern, 96 auk sp., 10 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 288 Swallow, 118 House Martin, 3 flava, 10 Goldfinch and 31 Linnet. Other birds present were 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 4 Little Egret, the first 2 Curlew Sandpiper of the year, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and 2 Long-tailed Tits in Easington.

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Rain, heavy at times persisted until late morning, then left some long sunny spells, with a force 2-3 E-SSE wind.
A ‘brown’ Common Rosefinch at the Point was the latest addition to the year list, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still present on Beacon Lane but proved elusive. The only Red-backed Shrikeremaining from yesterday was a female just north of the Riverside. There were very few other new common migrants, the best being a Pied Flycatcher at the gas terminal, along with 3 Cuckoo, 2 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Bob Mann.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 04:45-07:30. F3-2 NE-SE overcast in the morning clearing to a sunny day with some broken cloud, shower in the late evening. A good arrival of Red-backed Shrikes with arriving throughout the day, 2 males and 2 females in the Triangle, and females at the Riverside and Peter Lane an elusive female Red-breasted Flycatcher on Beacon Lane and a scattering of other birds including, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Crossbill. On the move were 8 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 46 Gannet, 27 Grey Plover (east), 35 Knot (east), 70 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 298 auk sp, 1 Swift, 2 flava, 1 Grey Wagtail. Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Ian Smith.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Migration/sea-watches 07.15-10.00, 13.50-14.50. Heavy overnight rain finally stopped around mid-morning but returned with showers and then continuous heavy rain by the evening, with a force 4 NNE veering NW-NE 3 wind.
With little let up in the poor weather, few new migrants were found: 3 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 36 Greylag Geese, 6 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 2 Scaup, 1 Fulmar, 15 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Kittiwake, 42 auk sp, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-08:15. F3-2 SW-SE clear and sunny all day. Less grounded migrants than yesterday but the first 2 Crossbills of the year flew south, also on the move south were 24 Brent Geese (east), 2 Spoonbill from Kilnsea Wetlands yesterday early morning, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby , 14 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 126 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 flava, 1 Jackdaw. The few grounded migrants consisted of 2 Cuckoo, 1 Black Redstart at the Point, 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher. 
Other birds present included 36 Greylag Geese, 12 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern and a Broad-bodied Chaser at Kilnsea Wetlands.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-10.50. Light clouds and sunny spells, with a force 2 SE- E wind.
The highlight was a 1st yr male SUBALPINE WARBLER found by Sue Hepton in Canal Hedge mid-morning, it showed very well at times for the rest of the day, and was thought to be an Eastern, however after studying photographs of the bird, it has been identified as a Western. 2 Spoonbills were found on Kilnsea Wetlands in the early evening and a Wood Sandpiper was on Well Field in the Triangle.
Other migrants included 3 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Bullfinch and a Corn Bunting.
Moving south were 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 638 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Goldfinch, 26 Linnet.
Other birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Subalpine Warbler. Sue Hepton.

  • Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Subalpine Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Spoonbill. Tim Jones.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:45-08:40. A sunny clear day starting with a F1 SE with it picking up to F3 E in the afternoon. Very quiet day with little happening, on the move were 1 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 3 flava, 6 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet. Present were 39 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose , 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint , 9 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Corn Bunting also the first Small Heath and Brown Argus on the wing today.

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  • female Broad-bodied Chaser, Kilnsea Wetlands, also a male seen on Beacon Lane, rare at Spurn. Marcus Brew

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 04.45-10.00. Clear blue skies all day, a light SW wind backed SE and picked up to force 3-4.
A very quiet day with hardly any new arrivals and only light passage, moving south were 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 400 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 1 flava Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 7 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet and 1 Yellowhammer.
Birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 9 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher.

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  • Scaup. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Migration/sea-watches 05.45-11.45, 15.10-17.10, 17.45-20.10. Warm and sunny with little or light W-SW wind.
Finally Turtle Dove was added to the list when 2 were seen between Kilnsea and the Triangle throughout the day, another year tick was a Little Stint at Beacon Ponds. Grounded migrants were only in small numbers: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, and 5 Spotted Flycatcher.
There was some steady passage which included 5 Tufted Duck, 37 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 15 Kittiwake, 2 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 704 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch and 16 Linnet.
Other birds present were 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank and 5 Common Sandpiper.

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-15.45. Bright, warm and sunny for most of day, still conditions picked up to a force 2-3 WSW-S wind.
The first 2 Wood Sandpipers of the year flew south, also flying south were 6 Pochard, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 725 Swallow, 53 House Martin, 8 flava Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 4 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting. 
A canary sp x siskin sp type cross thingymajig was at the Warren and brought some colour to the day, other birds seen included 3 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Redpoll sp.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:05-12:00. Another warm day with a very light SW-SE wind and some cloud late morning clearing for a fine day. Passage was again light with 3 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 8 Cormorant, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew (east), 11 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swift, 13 Sand Martin, 650 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 13 flava, 1 Jay (u-turned), 26 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch and 6 Linnet. 
A clear out from yesterday with few new birds in, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 52 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler,.
Other birds present included, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 8 Avocet, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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  • Swallow. Barry Oakley

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-09.30, 15.00-16.30. A warm day with long sunny spells and a light N-NNE wind.
Passage was very light with 3 Barnacle Geese, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 21 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 7 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 8 Sand Martin, 274 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 7 Rook.
A few more grounded migrants but still thin on the ground: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 29 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, and a Bullfinch.
Other birds present included 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel and 10 Kittiwake.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-09.30. Drizzle early morning soon cleared to leave a warm, pleasant sunny day, a force 1 NW-E wind.
There was a bit of activity over the sea early morning but that dried up when the weather got better, birds moving were 93 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 59 Gannet, 1 Shag, 6 Oystercatcher, 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 16 Little Gull, 371 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 231 auk sp, 15 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Swift, 46 Swallow, 3 House Martin.
There were a few new migrants but very thin on the ground: 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Wheatar, 12 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds present included 3 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 8 Little Egret, 15 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-10.15. Broken cloud with a few heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 2-1 NW to NE wind.
Not a good day for passage due to the wind or lack of it, 3 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 19 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 19 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 255 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 flava Wagtail, 1 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet.
The best bird of the day was a Mealy Redpoll on the Canal which left north, other birds seen included 14 Greylag Geese, 124 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 4 Avocet, 29 Ringed Plover, 140 Sanderling, 24 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Wagtail on Church Field Pond (caught on camera trap!), 16 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Migration/Seawatch 06:00-17:30. Some heavy passing showers in the morning with an overcast afternoon F4-3 WNW-NW. Some light passage with the highest Swallow count so far this year included, 23 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 51 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 adult femaleMontagu’s Harrier that first came down to the Warren then turned back hunted over the fields at Long Bank till c09:00 flew north then went south at 09:45, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (in), 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 auk sp., 1 Puffin, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 51 Swfit (plus 9 NW), 16 Sand Martin, 1169 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 9 flava, 1 alba, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 31 Carrion Crow, 26 Goldfinch and 18 Linnet. Also present were 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 1522 Grey Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Little Tern, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Tit.

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  • Montagu's Harrier. Tim Jones.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.00-15.45. A mixed day with some sunny periods but some very heavy prolonged showers with thunder and lightening, a strong force 5 S-SW wind.
Despite the poor weather there was still some reasonable passage – 12 Shelduck, 5 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 41 Gannet, 1 Hobby north, 4 Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Little Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 43 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 954 Swallow, 37 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit, 13 flava Wagtail, a male Blue-headed Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 23 Goldfinch, 108 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
Migrants present included 13 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, and Spotted Flycatcher.
Other birds seen included 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 20 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper.

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Friday, 09 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.15-11.30. A day of strong westerly winds, with heavy showers sometimes prolonged, giving way to sunshine late afternoon.
Birding was quite limited to watching between the showers or from the sea-watching hut, birds moving south were 5 Gannet, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 24 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 12 auk sp, 7 Guillemot, 28 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 577 Swallow, 12 flava Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet and 2 Corn Bunting.
Other birds present were few – 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 20 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 12 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

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Thursday, 08 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.20-12.00. Cloudy all day with frequent showers, some heavy and persistent, a force 3-4 SW wind dropping to a force 1 SE in the afternoon.
Passage would probably have been good if it wasn’t for the rain halting movement. The totals were 3 Shelduck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whimbrel, 30 Black-headed Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Razorbill, 6 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 781 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 20 flava Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Chaffinch, 29 Goldfinch, 57 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Whinchat, 25 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler.

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.45, 13.45-17.45. Cloudy all day with showers in the afternoon, a force 2-3 SW wind gusting 5.
Another good day for passage which included an immature Spoonbill which stopped off in the Triangle before continuing south, also moving south were 1 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit out, 7 Whimbrel out, 2 Curlew out, 33 Lesser B.B.Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 21 Swift + 21 NW, 29 Sand Martin, 891 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 15 flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 69 Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting.
Birds present were 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 8 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 4 Cuckoo, 12 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-12.00, 14.30-15.30. A cloudy start with rain at dawn, brightened up as the day wore on with a force 3-1 W wind.
A decent passage which included another Serin south past the Warren, other totals were 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 15 Woodpigeon, 3 Swift, 31 Sand Martin, 559 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 House Martin, 5 Chaffinch, 16 Goldfinch, 107 Linnet.
Other birds present included 4 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared owl, 18 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, and a Willow Warbler.

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Monday, 05 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-12.00. A mostly cloudy day with a force 2-3 SSW-W wind.
A much quieter day but the highlight was a Red-rumped Swallow which flew south at 09.45, other birds moving included 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Sand Martin, 221 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 flava Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 25 Carrion Crow, 4 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 102 Linnet.
Other birds present were 1 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 350 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff.

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Sunday, 04 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-18.00. Cloudy all day with a force 1-2 SW wind.
With the first SW winds in a while, passage was expected to be better than it was. It was still a decent passage though with the following totals: 7 Barnacle Geese, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Fulmar, 10 Cormorant, 1 Spoonbill (north), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, the first Hobby of the year, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 96 Black-headed Gull, 14 Lesser B.B.Gull, 13 Great B.B.Gull, 35 Arctic Tern, 124 Woodpigeon, 20 Sand Martin, 449 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit, 30 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 4 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch, 274 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present included 438 Brent Geese + 3 pale-bellied; 1 Teal, 4 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 22 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart, 44 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Firecrest (Sammy’s Point/Chalk Bank), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling.

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Saturday, 03 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-09.00. A cloudy start soon broke up and lot of warm sunshine with a force 1-2 E wind.
A good day with 4 additions to the year list – a Hooded Crow u-turned at Kilnsea Wetlands, a Jay U-turned, 1 Reed Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher were all seen. Other migrant totals were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 64 Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Birds moving included 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 14 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Curlew, 8 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 flava Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow.
Other birds included 29 Greylag Geese, 6 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Wheatear. Richard Willison

Friday, 02 May 2014

Migration/sea-watch – 06.40-09.20, 14.30-15.15. Cloudy all morning becoming sunny in the afternoon with a force 4-2 NE wind.
36 Barnacle Geese landed in Holderness Field before continuing north, other birds moving included 2 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 321 auk sp, 166 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 11 Sand Martin, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail.
Grounded migrants were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 11 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 32 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler.
Other birds present included 8 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Golden Plover.

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Thursday, 01 May 2014

Migration-watch 05,45-08.30. Cloudy with fog or drizzle on and off most of the day with a force 1-3 E-NE wind.
A flock of 91 Barnacle Geese including an albino bird flew south, coinciding with a large dispersal from the Solway and passage noted at several sites along the east coast! Other birds moving were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 48 Herring Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 20 auk sp, 3 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 59 Linnet.
Grounded migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 14 Wheatear, 7 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fielddfare, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Brambling and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
Other birds seen included 8 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 5 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Whimbrel.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Migration-watches 05.45-09.30, 11.30-14.00, 15.00-17.00. Yet more fog, more or less all day, with the sun trying to get through, a force 1-2 E-ESE wind.
A good day considering the fog – a Hoopoe was found on Beacon Lane and spent an hour or so at the top end of Sandy Beaches caravan site, however, it flew off west over the hedge and wasn’t seen again. A phone call was received from a local resident in Kilnsea about a warbler that had flown into a window, it was still alive and proved to be a Yellow-browed Warbler, but unfortunately died soon after. These two birds put the year list on 183, one more than it has ever been by the end of April. 
Woodlark dropped into the saltmarsh off the Warren but soon after returned north, other migrants included 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler.
Despite the fog and easterly wind there was the best Swallow passage so far this spring, with 284 flying south, other birds moving included 35 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 51 Herring Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 14 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 15 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 15 Goldfinch and 61 Linnet.
Birds present included 9 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 27 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Merlin, 31 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.

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  • The dead Yellow-browed Warbler. Andy Roadhouse

  • Hoopoe. Phil Jones

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Sea-watch 06.50-07.50. Fog rolled in early morning and cleared late morning, and remained cloudy all day, a force 1 S-E wind.
Another fairly uneventful day, despite having a good feel about it. Migrants included 2 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 20 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 34 Whitethroat, 22 Chiffchaff and 8 Willow Warbler.
The only birds moving were a Sparrowhawk, 16 Curlew, 52 Black-headed Gull, 12 Swallow and a flava Wagtail. 
Other birds seen included 4 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Little Egret, 11 Avocet, 4 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Whimbrel and a Yellow-legged Gull.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.30-07.45, 11.00-12.30. Cloudy all day, with hazy fog from lunchtime, a force 1 E wind.
A disappointing day, migrant totals were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 25 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 62 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 29 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler.
Birds moving included 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Marsh Harrier, 16 Curlew, 2 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 10 flava Wagtail, 1 Rook, 1 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch.
Other birds seen were 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-10.45. Cloudy occasional sunny spells, fog rolled in mid-afternoon and some light drizzle in the evening.
An immature Spoonbill flew north over the Warren early morning and landed on Kilnsea Wetlands before disappearing. Three male Pied Flycatchers arrived early evening, two along the Canal and one in the Crown car park. Other migrants included a Short-eared Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 47 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 34 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 19 Lesser Whitethroat, 31 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 16 Willow Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting.
On the move were 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Curlew, 32 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 396 Herring Gull, 82 Great B.B.Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 6 Sand Martin, 38 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 1 Tree Sparrow, 33 Goldfinch, 19 Linnet.
Other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Whimbrel and 1 Greenshank.

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  • a nice breeding plumage Bar-tailed Godwit with the Blackwits. Rich Swales

  • Spoonbill. Ian Smith

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.50-09.00. Sunny spells and some rain in the afternoon, a force 2 ENE-ESE wind.
The first Common Sandpiper of the year was seen on Canal Scrape, other migrants included a Jack Snipe, a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 67 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 37 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warbler.
On the move were 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Avocet, 1 Little Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 45 Goldfinch, 101 Linnet.
Other birds present included 1 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel and 1 Spotted Redshank.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

No watches due to thick fog all day with regular drizzle or rain. The weather did very little for birding either, although 11 Brambling and a Mealy Redpoll were obviously new in. Other birds seen included 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 16 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler.

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:30-18:45. F1-2 S-SSE misty rainy start cleared to a nice sunny day. Increases in some migrants but mainly lingering/decreasing migrants, 4 Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 57 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 31 Whitethroat, 34 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll. Passage was slow except for a few raptors totals being, 4 Shelduck (east), 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 ‘blue’ Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 5 Ring Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 67 Curlew (east), 1 Kittiwake, 30 Little Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 21 Arctic Tern (east), 38 Sand Martin, 126 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 14 Meadow Pipit, 19 flava, 2 alba, 2 Fieldfare (north), 16 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 44 Goldfinch, 53 Goldfinch, 53 Linnet. Other birds present included 4 Greylag Geese, 7 Teal, 1 Eider, 100 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 24 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 36 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 12 Little Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Rook, 23 Carrion Crow.

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  • Redstart. Si Jump.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-11:40 15:00-19:00. F2 SW-SE Misty conditions, cloudy early on cleared to a sunny day turning overcast in the evening. A pleasant day with some steady passage in the morning. On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 8 Whimbrel, 54 Curlew (east), 15 Black-headed Gull, 5 auk sp., 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 32 Sand Martin, 176 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 8 Meadow Pipit, 34 flava, 1 alba, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 32 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 124 Goldfinch, 265 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. Increased grounded migrants included 3 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit at the Warren, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Redstart, 1 Whinchat on Canal Scrape, 46 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin. Also present were 6 Greylag Geese, 3 Red-breasted Merganser on Beacon Ponds, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Common Snipe, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank on the Humber, 3 Little Tern, 46 Carrion Crow and a Grass Snake at Sammie’s Point.

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  • Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

F3-2 ENE-SE overcast for most of the day with a shower in the morning and some sunny spells.
A slight change in migrant totals with the first Whinchat of the year at the point and a frustrating ringtail harrier sp that flew south but was silhouetted the whole time. On the move were 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 36 Curlew, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Little Gull, 2 Little Tern, 26 Arctic Tern (all east), 1 Sand Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava, 1 alba, 1 Siskin. A Ring Ouzel appeared at the Warren mid-morning was a good sign but generally low numbers of migrants, totals being 5 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 19 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 30 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling, 3 Siskin. Also present were 2 Greylag, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Golden Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper flew from Sammie’s Point to Church Field, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl at Sammie’s Point.

The large pipit from Friday and Saturday in Easington has been identified from sonogram as a Richard's.

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  • Whinchat. Si Jump.

  • Wheatear. Tim Jump.

  • Ring Ouzel. Ian Smith.

  • Green Sandpiper. Ian Smith

Monday, 21 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-11.00. Misty start, some sunny periods with some rain mid-afternoon and a force 2-3 ENE wind.
It was another good morning for Arctic Terns moving out east which totalled 81, but also the first 5 Black Terns of the year, 11 Little Gulls, 2 Arctic Skuas, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 5 Little Terns. Birds moving south included 2 Wigeon, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 35 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
There was a noticeable arrival of birds from mid-morning and the migrant totals were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 34 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Brambling and a Siskin.
Other birds seen included 23 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank.

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  • Black Redstart at Sammy's Point. Nigel Genn

  • Redstart. Ian Smith

  • Arctic Tern. Ian Smith

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05.45-11.00, 14.45-15.30. A cold fresh force 3 ENE wind, mostly cloudy with some sunny spells.
Despite a few reports there were no definite sightings of the large pipit today, a sound recording of the bird is being analysed and will hopefully sort out this conundrum.
Migrants present today were a White Wagtail, a Black Redstart at the Point, 2 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling.
59 Arctic Terns flew out east and other birds on the move were 55 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar, 58 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 71 auk sp, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 9 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, 4 flava Wagtail, 7 Rook, 36 Goldfinch and 120 Linnet.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-14.00, 15.30-19.25. Mainly sunny with a light north wind swinging to the east by the evening.
The highlight for several birders who were up without sore heads was a new bird for Spurn – a partial breeding plumage WHITE-BILLED DIVER which flew out over the Warren but then flew back up river a little later on.
The large pipit was found again early afternoon in the fields south of the gas terminal, again it looks small and is calling like a Blyth’s Pipit but views of the bird have been distant and brief. It will be looked for again tomorrow.
Grounded migrants included 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, the first Sedge Warbler of the year, 2 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling.
There was some passage 9 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Diver, 22 Fulmar inc 1 blue phase, 25 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 59 Curlew out east, the first Arctic Skua of the year out, the first 20 Arctic Terns of the year out, 1 Puffin, 1 Skylark, 34 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 flava Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch, 68 Goldfinch, 202 Linnet and a Corn Bunting.

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  • White-billed Diver. Ian Smith

  • Andy Hanby

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sea-watches 06.00-08.30, 18.30-19.30. Blue skies for most of the day and a force 2 northerly wind.
A charity bike ride for East End Cancer took place today, so most regulars were out of action from the bike ride and the drinking that followed. But a few were out birding, and a large pipit was found by Easington gas terminal, it was initially thought to be a Tawny, but later a Richard’s Pipit although a small looking one at that!
Other migrants seen included 2 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 11 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and a Corn Bunting.
Birds moving including were 3 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 38 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 58 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 15 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Swallow, 2 flava Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 7 Goldfinch.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-12.00, 17.30-19.25. Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, a force 2-3 SW wind.
The highlight was late in the day when John Cooper picked up a Common Crane flying south while sat in his caravan while watching the Simpsons, the bird continued south allowing everyone to see it.
Also the first 2 Swifts of the year flew south while other totals were 4 Shelduck, 4 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 58 Curlew (east), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 208 Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 39 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 8 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 32 Meadow Pipit, 22 flava Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 21 Rook, 31 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 96 Goldfinch, 361 Linnet, 2 Redpoll and 2 Corn Bunting.
Birds present included 3 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler.

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  • Common Crane. Adam Hutt

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 05:55-09:45. A steady day with light passage, F1 SSW-S wind bright and sunny with some broken cloud. Passage totals were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 144 Curlew (east), 17 Herring Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 flava, 3 alba, 15 Jackdaw, 45 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 104 Goldfinch, 295 Linnet, 1 Redpoll. Other birds present included 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 12 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, first 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin, 1 Mealy Redpoll and 6 Yellowhammer.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:20-11:00 A pleasant but quiet sunny day with a light N swinging SE wind, passage totals being 33 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 453 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 29 auk sp., 13 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 24 Linnet. Other birds present being 7 Greylag Geese, 4 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 2 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Swallow, 11 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, first Whitethroat of the year, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 1 Brambling.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Migration/Sea Watch 06:15-12:30 F4-5 W-WNW broken cloud and sunny spells
A quieter day all round passage totals being 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Med Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 15 Meadow Pipits, 7 alba, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Jackdaw, 91 Rook, 22 Goldfinch, 104 Linnet. Present today were 19 Greylags, 5 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 21 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel on the Humber, 1 Short-eared Owl ranging from Long Bank to Borrow Pit, 1 Tree Pipit at Sheep Field, 6 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 18 Rook, 5 Chaffinch.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Migration/Sea-watch 06:15-09:15 15:00-15:30 F4-3 NW sunny and clear all day
Very slow passage and only a few grounded migrants but first Cuckoo in Easington and Ring Ouzel of the year present. On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 50 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 flava, 1 alba, 5 Jackdaw, 26 Rook, 24 Linnet. Birds present were 21 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 15 Avocet, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Swallow, 10 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 30 Rook.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 05:55-17:20. Overcast and cold in morning with a F2 SW wind, clearing for sunny early afternoon then light drizzle in evening turning W. 
Expectant observers hoping for the Crag Martin coming through, were compensated by slightly better passage than last few days highlighted by 2 Serin , first flying south at 11:20 followed by second bird early afternoon that landed in the Warren bushes for around 20mins before unexpectedly both had found each other and flew north and weren’t seen again. Other passage totals being 3 Teal, 8 Shelduck, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 91 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-throated Diver, 10 Cormorant, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover (in), 178 Curlew (east), 1 Med Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, first Yellow-legged Gull and Little Tern of the year, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Meadow Pipit (plus 161 NW), 3 Flava, 12 alba, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 28 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 129 Goldfinch, 444 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting. 
Also present 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egret, Common Buzzard at Sammy’s Point, 2 Merlin, 13 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, first Spotted Redshank of the year on the Humber, 15 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

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  • Serin. Jack Ashton-Booth

Friday, 11 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-08.30, 13.30-19.15. Long sunny spells, still to start with a light WNW wind picking up and veering right round to SSE by the evening.
Passage was almost non-existent, but an asio owl sp came in off the sea and landed somewhere north of Beacon Lane, a very unusual sight in the spring. When news that a Crag Martin had not been seen at Flamborough for 40 minutes a crowd gathered an Numpties in anticipation that it may fly south at Spurn, however it hadn’t been seen by 19.15 when everyone packed in.
Moving south were 2 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Skylark, 18 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, the first Tree Pipit of the year, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 11 Magpie, 22 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 3 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 66 Linnet and a Yellowhammer.
There was an increase in common migrants, most notably Wheatears (27) and Willow Warblers (12), the first Redstart of the year was found and other birds present included 8 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Blackcap, and 5 Chiffchaff.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-10.00. Cloudy periods and sunny spells, a force 1-2 WSW wind.
Migration was light and more or less finished by 09,30, but in the afternoon a Richard’s Pipit flew south over the Warren adding some interest to the day. the days passage totals were 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 30 Curlew (east), 21 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit + 58 in, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail, 19 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 309 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting.
Also present were 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Goosander on Beacon Ponds, 4 Little Egret, the first Little Ringed Plover of the year on Kilnsea Wetlands, a Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, 4 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-10.30. Long sunny spells but a cool force 2 SW wind.
A much reduced passage from yesterday with few notable highlights. Moving south were 4 Greylag Geese, 11 Shelduck, 12 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Avocet, 7 Curlew, 74 Black-headed Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 51 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 17 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 58 Rook, 7 Carrion crow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 35 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 3 Greenfinch, 47 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 469 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting.
Present today were 24 Greylag Geese, 5 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, Short-eared Owl, the Kingfisher at Sammy’s Point, 6 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff inc possible tristis birds at the Point and Wire Dump; 1 Willow Warbler, and a Bullfinch.

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  • Chiffchaff. Tim Jump

  • Chiffchaff. Tim Jump

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Migration/sea-watches 06.10-11.00, 13.45-15.30. A mixed day of cloudy periods and long sunny spells, a cold gusty force 3-4 W-WNW wind.
An excellent morning for passage, particularly for Linnets which recorded the high spring day count since 2000 with 1196 flying south, 1000 of which were before 8am. Chaffinches also recorded their best movement so far this spring with 411. 2 single Red Kites flew south at 08.05 and 09.03, while other totals were 8 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 11 Curlew, 1 Bonxie, 121 Black-headed Gull, 148 Common Gull, 3 Lesser B.B.Gull, 185 Herring Gull, 15 Great B.B.Gull, 2 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 39 Meadow Pipit + 21 in, 20 alba Wagtail, 4 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 98 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 14 Greenfinch, 105 Goldfinch, and a Bullfinch.
Birds present included 450 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher at Sammy’s Point, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff.

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Monday, 07 April 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.10-10.45, 15.30-16.30. Cloudy all day with light rain for most of the morning and again in the evening, a force 2-3 SE-S wind.
There was a very unusual spring passage of ducks and waders including 32 Shovelers (smashing the previous spring record of 11!), also the first Sandwich Terns (2 south) and Common Terns (1 south, 1 out) of the year. Moving south were 18 Shelduck, 221 Wigeon, 90 Teal (+240 on the Humber), 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 35 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diver, 27 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 52 Oystercatcher, 22 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew, 190 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser B.B.Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 10 Great B.B.Gull, 3 Guillemot, 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Swallow, 9 Meadow Pipit + 19 in, 6 alba Wagtail, 3 Rook, 51 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch, 124 Linnet.
Siberian Chiffchaff was found by Wire Dump trap and a Firecrest at Chalk Bank, other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 2 Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 80 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff.
The first Kingfisher of the year was seen at Sammy's in the evening along with 3 Sand Martins and a Swallow.

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  • Kingfisher at Sammy's Point. Alan Whitehead

Sunday, 06 April 2014

Migration-watch – 6.30.11.30. A cloudy start, with a few lengthy showers in the morning, a few sunny spells in the afternoon, but the SW wind increased from 2-4.
Good passage again until rain stopped the movement, with just small numbers after that, the totals were 11 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red Kite U-turned, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Curlew out, 8 Common Gull out, 2 Sktylark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 31 Meadow Pipit, 16 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 372 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 110 Goldfinch, 666 Linnet.
Birds present included 2 Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, s1 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at the Warren, 1 Brambling.

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  • Firecrest. Martin Standley

  • Brambling. Ian Smith

  • Red Kite. Ian Smith

Saturday, 05 April 2014

Migration-watch 06.15 - 19.00. Cloudy with long sunny spells and a couple of showers, a nice pleasant warm day with a force 2-3 SW wind.
An excellent day, several additions to the year list and excellent passage for the time of year, Goldfinches were particularly good for early April when counts like this are usually late April to mid-May. The bird of the day was the earliest Red-rumped Swallow by 10 days and the 71st recorded at Spurn. It was presumably the bird that was seen at Flamborough earlier in the day, it was picked up over Easington around 17.45 and eventually passed the Warren allowing everyone on site the chance to see it.
The Wryneck was seen occasionally on the path opposite Rose Cottage, a Firecrest was at post 63 and Lapland Buntings were seen at Chalky’s Point and Chalk Bank. Grounded migrant totals were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, the first Whimbrel of the year, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Twite and 2 Lapland Bunting.
The excellent passage included the following totals – 4 Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, 9 teal, 5 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 22 Cormorant, 1 Shag, a Red Kite, a Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 154 Black-headed Gull, 51 Common Gull, 18 Lesser B.B.Gull, 215 Herring Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 46 Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 6 Great Tit, 7 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 54 Carrion Crow, 26 Starling, 2 Tree Sparrow, 88 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 228 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 980 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Lapland Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, 6 Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen included 5 Little Egret, 3 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 19 Avocet.

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  • record shot of the Red-rumped Swallow. Andy Hanby

  • Chiffchaff. Martin Standley

Friday, 04 April 2014

Migration-watch. Fog and heavy cloud until late afternoon when it started to clear and Grimsby could be seen for the first time this week, a force 2-1 W wind.
The earliest every Wryneck by 10 days was found feeding on the path opposite Rose Cottage at mid-day and was later found in a mist-net at Kew!
An interesting Mealy Redpoll was caught at Kew, it had no streaks on the undertail coverts and a very pale almost un-streaked rump and a bill that was in the range of Arctic rather Mealy, but the amount of red on the breast could only mean it was a Mealy.
The first Sand Martin of the year flew south and 6 Swallows moved through (4 north, 2 south), other birds moving were 9 Wigeon, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sparrowhawk, 13 Curlew, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch and 110 Linnet.
Grounded migrants included a Water Rail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 45 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackap, 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling and 5 Siskin.
Other birds present included a Whooper Swan, 3 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank.

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  • Wryneck. Andy Roadhouse

  • adult male Mealy Redpoll. Mick Turton

  • adult male Mealy Redpoll. Mick Turton

  • adult male Mealy Redpoll. Mick Turton

  • Wryneck. Ian Smith

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Fog and cloud again all day, a force 2 ENE wind.
The first Swallow of the year flew west up the Humber, 6 Meadow Pipit flew NW and 200 Herring, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 30 Great B.B.Gulls flew south.
Migrants present included a Short-eared Owl, 3 Black Redstart, 45 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush 17 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Mealy Redpoll.
Other birds seen were 7 Greylag Geese, 15 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, and 16 Avocet.

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Thick fog for most of the day and cloudy with some drizzle, a force 2-3 ENE-NE wind.
The fog hampered birding, but the first Yellow Wagtail of the year was seen over Clubley’s, other grounded migrants included 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll. Feathers of a Waxwing (presumed Sparrowhawk kill) were found in the trap at the Point, a possible was seen very briefly there yesterday!
The only other birds seen were 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Migration-watch –07.00-09.00. Fog or mist all day, early rain and cloud soon cleared to leave a warm and sunny day with a very light N-E wind.
On still foggy days in late March or early April, ducks regularly get disorientated and sit on the Humber in mixed flocks, and today was one of those days. One small flock contained a Pochard (1st of the year), 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon and a drake RING-NECKED DUCK – only the second for the Spurn area, the last being at Beacon Ponds on 8th April 1987. A drake Scaup soon joined the flock before they flew off south across the Humber. At around mid-day the flock was relocated off the Point at low tide, and with them were a Goldeneye, a Shoveler, 28 Teal, 18 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 23 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe.
There was also a small grounding of migrants, with the first Willow Warbler and Blackcap of the year which were trapped at Kew Villa. The Mealy Redpoll was still in Church Field and other migrant totals included 4 Black Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 20 Blackbird, 70 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
There was some light passage despite the foggy conditions – 18 Common Gull east, 1 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtail, 1 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 108 Linnet.

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  • Ring-necked Duck with 5 Tufted Duck, drake Pochard and drake Scaup. Steve Exley

Monday, 31 March 2014

Migration-watch 06.45-09.45. Foggy all day, with heavy cloud in the morning and the sun breaking through later on, a force 1-2 E-ENE wind.
The fog presumably grounded a few birds heading back to the Continent including the first Mealy Redpoll of the year, and the first thrushes for what seems like ages, with 200+ Fieldfare, 90+ Redwing, and 10 Song Thrush. Other migrants included 4 Black Redstart, 14 Wheatear, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
19 Curlew flew out east as did 7 Common Gulls, while birds moving south included 3 Shoveler, 4 Snipe, 55 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit + 18 NW, 2 alba Wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Linnet, and a Lesser Redpoll.
Birds present were 5 Greylag Geese, 26 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 11 Avocet.

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  • Mealy Redpoll. Andy Roadhouse

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.15 - 09.00. Misty all day but some sunny spells broke through the light cloud, a force 1-2 ESE wind.
A reduction in most migrants apart from Wheatears which increased to 11, others present were a Short-eared Owl, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Chiffchaff, 17 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 2 Siskin and a Bullfinch
Some light passage produced 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit out east, 12 Curlew out east, 25 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 109 Herring Gull, 4 Skylark, 35 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 11 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch and a Siskin.

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  • Black Redstart. Pete Wragg

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Migration-watch 06.00-12.00. Misty for most of the day with cloud soon clearing to leave a sunny but cool day with a force 2 E wind.
A much better spring day with Firecrests at the Point and by the gas terminal; 5 Black Redstarts were present and other migrants included 1 Rock Pipit, 2 White Wagtail, 9 Robin, 3 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 30 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 80 Starling.
There was some light passage in the morning 83 Common Gull, 16 Lesser B.B.Gull, 324 Herring Gull, 72 Great B.B.Gull, 12 Skylark, 8 alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 17 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 26 Carrion Crow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 84 Linnet.

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  • Black Redstart. Garry Taylor

  • Black Redstart. Garry Taylor

Friday, 28 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.00-08.30. A mainly miserable, foggy, drizzly day with a few heavier showers in the morning, a force 2 E wind.
A very quiet day in the bad weather but a few signs of spring included a Black Redstart, a Stonechat and 3 Chiffchaffs. The only other birds seen of note were 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, a Mistle Thrush, 4 Chaffinch and a Siskin.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-08.00. Again sunny spells in the morning and heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 3 ENE wind. 
An even quieter day than yesterday – 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 23 Herring Gull south, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, and a Siskin.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sea/migration-watch 06.30-09.45. A cold day with sunny spells in the morning with heavy showers in the afternoon with a force 2-3 N-NNE wind.
A very quiet day due to the wind, birds of interest included 4 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 25 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 22 Avocet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Jackdaw, 9 Rook and 4 Linnet.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-09.30. A cold frosty start and blue skies all day with a force 1-2 SE-E wind.
A very early (but not the earliest at Spurn) House Martin was seen in Easington and a Firecrest was seen in Church Field. Other migrants included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and 2 Siskin.
Passage was very light and included 2 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 1 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin and 43 Linnet.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.15-09.30. A heavy overnight frost, a bright and sunny day with a force 1-3 SE-E wind.
The 2 Firecrests were still at the Point and the first Brambling of the year was in Church Field, other grounded migrants were a Wheatear, 3 Redwing and 5 Chiffchaff.
Passage was light – 7 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Curlew, 71 Black-headed Gull, 32 Woodpigeon, 28 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 64 Staring, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet and 1 Redpoll. 
Other birds seen included 23 Teal, 22 Sanderling, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Greenshank.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45=10.15. Long sunny spells with a few heavy showers. A force 3-1 WNW-N wind.
A few more migrants were found today including the first Black Redstart of the year in Kilnsea, 2 Firecrests at the Point, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear, a Redwing, and a White Wagtail.
There was some light passage which included 4 Eider, 34 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Gannet, 1 Shag, 53 Black-headed Gull, 41 Common Gull, 10 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 93 Meadow Pipit, 9 alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 40 Starling, 14 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch and 38 Linnet.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.45. Sunny spells in the morning, cloud building and some showers in the afternoon, a cold force 3-4 SW wind.
2 Red Kites flew south together just after mid-day and another first for the year was a White Wagtail at the Warren. Other birds moving were 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 1 Lapwing, 122 Black-headed Gull, 78 Common Gull, 57 Herring Gull, 19 Stock Dove, 6 Woodpigeon, 6 Skylark,15 Meadow Pipit, 4 alba wagtail, 11 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 30 Starling, 27 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 98 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting and a Corn Bunting.
Other birds seen were a Firecrest was seen by Church Field early morning, 1 Whooper Swan, 50 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter at Beacon Ponds, 1 Merlin, 18 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, 3 scandinavian Rock Pipit, a Wheatear, 5 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, and 3 Goldcrest.

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  • Wheatear. Garry Taylor

  • Short-eared Owl. Rich Swales

  • Common Scoter at Beacon Ponds. Rich Swales

Friday, 21 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.00-11.20. Clear blue skies with cloud building in the afternoon and a cold force 3 gusting 4 SW wind.
A bit more passage today included 10 Wigeon, 5 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 32 Black-headed Gull, 55 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 38 Herring Gull, 16 auk sp, 39 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 20 Stock Dove, 47 Woodpigeon, 3 Skylark, 38 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 15 alba Wagtail, 23 Jackdaw, 31 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 127 Starling, 18 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 58 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting and a Corn Bunting.
c200 Red-throated Divers were blogging offshore and other birds seen included 4 Redwing and 4 Chiffchaff.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sea-watches 06.40-09.10, 14.15-15.15. Mostly cloudy with a strong force 5-6 SW wind.
Despite the very windy conditions several migrants appeared including the first Firecrest of the year in the hedge between Church Field and Rose Cottage; 4 Wheatears, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest.
Another first for the year was a Bonxie which flew out east over Beacon Ponds and landed on the sea, other birds over the sea included 22 Greylag Geese, 2 Eider 4 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 116 Black-headed Gull, 47 Common Gull, 46 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 3 Skylark and 6 Meadow Pipit.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sea-watches 06.15-09.15, 14.45-15.45. Cloudy most of the day with a force 3 WSW wind.
The only birds moving were 4 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 58 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 7 Gannet, 140 Black-headed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 10 auk sp and 3 Meadow Pipit.
Other birds seen were 5 Whooper Swan, 45 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 21 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redwing.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-10.20. Cloudy with sunny spells and a few showers in the afternoon, a force 2-3 WSW wind.
Some light passage but not as much as expected, a Corn Bunting was the first of the year. Other birds moving south were 32 Wigeon, 10 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull,, 39 Herring Gull, 13 Stock Diove, 1 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 29 Rook, 13 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 47 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer and 3 Reed Bunting.
Other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swan, 1 pale-bellied Brent, 44 Wigeon, 32 Teal, a Marsh Harrier at Sammy’s Point, 1 Merlin, 21 Avocet, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest.

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  • part fo the Avocet flock. Tim Jones

Monday, 17 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-09.15. Cloudy with sunny spells later in the day, a force 3 WNW wind.
Another quiet day with little passage – 4 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 42 Black-headed Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Jackdaw and 4 Rook.
Other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swan, 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, and 3 Redwing.

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-12.00. Clear and sunny all day with a fresh force 5-6 WNW wind.
On the move were 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 19 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Common Buzzard, 28 Golden Plover, 3 Knot, 4 Curlew, 187 Black-headed Gull, 186 Common Gull, 591 Herring Gull, 66 Great B.B.Gull, Lesser B.B.Gull, 591 Herring Gull, 66 Great B.B.Gull, 5 auk sp, 26 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rook, 2 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin.
An escaped Peregrine x Lanner with jesses was seen for a second day, while other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swans, 9 Greylag Geese, 34 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Redwing.

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sea-watch 06.40-09.30. A cloudy morning clearing in the afternoon with a cold force 3-2 W wind.
The highlight for one observer was a Green Woodpecker near the cemetery in Easington, the 20th record for the Spurn area, also new for the year was a male Bullfinch at Sammy’s Point. A Wheatear was seen at the gas terminal and other migrants included 2 Redwing, a Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 3 Siskin.
On the move were 5 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 21 Gannet, 53 Black-headed Gull, 125 Common Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 620 Herring Gull, a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull, 40 Great B.B.Gull, 11 auk sp, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Other birds seen included 5 Whooper Swan, 76 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 22 Avocet, 2 Jack Snipe, and 1 Woodcock.

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.40-11.30. Misty start clearing late morning, clouded over early afternoon with an increasing force 1-3 SW wind.
A better day with more passage, 2 Grey Herons flew out north-east while move south were 2 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 245 Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser B.B.Gull, 106 Herring Gull, 57 Great B.B.Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 8 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 2 Tree Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 23 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting.
Birds present included 5 Whooper Swan, 7 Greylag Geese, 338 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 65 Wigeon, 56 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, a record 22 Avocets, 9 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.50-07.50, 09.50-10.30. Mist and fog early morning cleared by late morning, a force 1-2 WNW wind.
A very quiet day, moving were an adult Mediterranean Gull, 12 Meadow Pipit, a Jackdaw and 2 Chaffinch. The only other birds seen were 5 Whooper Swan, 26 Greylag Geese, 30 Wigeon, 10 Red-throated Diver, 3 Snipe , 2 Chiffchaff and a Siskin.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.30-11.00. Some early cloud cleared to leave another warm and sunny day with a force 1 E wind.
Passage was light: 32 Common Scoter, 2 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 alba Wagtail, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 1 Greenfinch and 12 Linnet.
Other birds present were 5 Whooper Swan, 17 Greylag Geese, 2 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 15 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 16 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, a Stonechat, a Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 1000+ Starling.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sea-watch 06.50-09.05. Overnight frost then a glorious sunny day with a force 2-1 NE-E wind.
Over the sea were 3 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 37 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant.
Other birds seen included 7 Greylag Geese, 2 Snipe, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 400 Starling and a Snow Bunting.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.15-09.30. Mainly sunny but with some cloudy spells, a cool force 3 NNW – 2 NNE wind. 
Following yesterday’s Grasshopper Warbler was a male Wheatear in the Triangle, one day later than the earliest ever record. 
Birds moving included 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 62 Herring Gull, a 1st yr Glaucous Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, and 4 Jackdaw.
The only other birds seen 8 Whooper Swan, 12 Greylag Geese, a Little Owl and a Redwing.

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Sunday, 09 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 06.45-11.30. A very nice bright and sunny spring day with a force 2-1 SW wind.
The first real spring day with a sudden burst of activity but most surprising was a Grasshopper Warblersinging at Long Bank, this is nearly a month earlier than the earliest record at Spurn. The earliest record is 6th April but in most years the first Grasshopper Warblers arrive at Spurn between 10th and 20th April. Is this a bird that has wintered somewhere nearby laying undetected or a very early migrant? Also the first (3) Chiffchaffs of the year arrived and the first 2 Goldcrests of the spring. Another good spring migrant was a Woodlark which flew south in the morning, and it was the first real day of southerly passage of the spring, many species were early and in good numbers: 1 Common Buzzard U-turned, 5 Stock Dove, 14 Woodpigeon, 30 Skylark, 27 Meadow Pipit (+4 in), 7 Rock Pipit (+6 in), 11 alba Wagtail (+6 in), 7 Blue Tit, 6 Magpie, 35 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 44 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 164 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer, 21 Reed Bunting.
Over the sea were 2 Shelduck, 8 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 6 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 4 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 3 Curlew, 173 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 30 Herring Gull.
12 Whooper Swans flew north and joined the 8 in the fields, the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent was with 600 Brents in the fields, 7 Greylag Geese were in the Triangle, 12 Avocets were now at Kilnsea Wetlands and the first Ruff of the year was at Beacon Ponds. A Fieldfare and Redwing were in the area and it was an excellent day for butterflies with 2 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoishell, 4 Peacock, a Comma and a Red Admiral all on the wing.

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Saturday, 08 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.00. A cloudy, murky start with a force 3 S wind, cloudy slowly cleared to leave sunny spells late afternoon.
More birds on the move south today including 78 Pink-footed Geese (N), 4 Pintail, 4 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 2 Knot, 17 Dunlin, 4 Little Gull, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull (N), 4 auk sp, 8 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 1 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit in off, 1 Rock Pipit in off, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 17 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.
Other birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 Woodcock, 2 Greenshank, 20 Redwing, 300 Starling.

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Friday, 07 March 2014

Migration/sea-watch 07.00-09.30. A wet start, brightening up later to leave a very pleasant day, with a brisk force 4 W wind.
The first Grey Wagtail of the year flew south, other birds moving were 2 Eider, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 5 Dunlin, 6 auk sp, 12 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 8 Meadow Pipit in off and 5 Goldfinch.
The only other birds of note seen were the 8 Whooper Swans, 2 Greylag Geese and a Fieldfare.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-09.00. Cloudy with the odd light shower and a force 3 SW wind.
Over the sea were 70 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 1 Puffin. 
Other birds present were 8 Whooper Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 95 Wigeon, 3 Teal and 10 Avocet.

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.00-09.30. Sunny spells with longer cloudy periods, a force 2-5 SW wind.
460 Pink-footed Geese flew north offshore, otherwise the only other birds noted were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Merlin, 34 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30. Sunny spells and light showers with a force 2-1 SSW wind. 
A few more birds moving today including 112 Pink-footed Geese north, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, a Mediterranean Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 35 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, and 2 Jackdaw. 
Otherwise a Little Owl was the only other new bird of note.

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Monday, 03 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.00-09.25. Mainly sunny with some light cloud, a force 1 SW wind.
On the move were a Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Razorbill and 2 Siskin.
The only other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swan, 4 Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Barn Owl.

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Sunday, 02 March 2014

Sea-watch 07.20-10.00. Cloudy all day with occasional light showers, a force 5-6 SW wind.
Most sightings were over the sea – 1 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 9 Eider, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Dunlin, 14 Curlew, 32 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot and a Razorbill.
The only other birds noted were the 8 Whooper Swans in the fields and Avocets had increased to 5 at Kilnsea Wetlands.

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Saturday, 01 March 2014

Sea-watch 14.00-16.00. Fog or low cloud most of the day with a few sunny spells in a force 1 W wind.
There was little change, over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, and 1 Gannet.
Other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swan, 110 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Avocet, 2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 13 Linnet and a Lesser Redpoll.

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.10-09.30. Bright and sunny, very spring like until the afternoon when it clouded over, a force 1 NE wind.
On the move were 1 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 38 Black-headed Gull, 372 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 4 Jackdaw and the first 5 Chaffinch of the spring.
The Black Brant was still in the fields with 3 Pale-bellied and 700 Brents. Also present were 8 Whooper Swan, 110 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 4 Avocet, and a Short-eared Owl.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sea-watches 08.35-1015. Cloudy with rain until late morning then sunny spells, a force 3 W wind.
Over the sea – 13 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 auk sp.
Other birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 1100 Brent Geese, 6 Teal, 4 Avocet, a Jack Snipe, 4 Skylark south, 3 Jackdaw and a Lesser Redpoll.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.00-09.30. A nice sunny morning clouding over in the afternoon, a force 2 SSW wind.
A much better day with 8 Avocets on Kilnsea Wetlands and the first Lesser Redpoll of the year was trapped and ringed at Kew. On the move were 102 Pink-footed Geese NW, 1 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 9 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gull, 105 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit and 4 Snow Bunting.
8 Whooper Swans were still present and 10 Chaffinch were in the Kew area.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.35-09.35. Cloudy with rain late morning, sunny spells in the afternoon, a force 3 SSW wind.
Very quiet with just 3 Wigeon, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 41 Herring Gull, 1 Knot, 3 Dunlin and a Skylark all moving south.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Sea/migration-watch 07.30-09.30. Cloudy in the morning and clear blue skies in the afternoon, a force 3-2 SW wind.
Birds moving south included 1 Shelduck, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Oystercatcher, 20 Herring gull, 3 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swan, 86 Wigeon, 3 Skylark and 8 Linnet.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00. A very windy day touching force 6 SW wind, sunny spells.
Over the sea were 5 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 5 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 58 Herring Gull and 4 Guillemot. 8 Whooper Swans were still in the fields, 5 Greylag Geese in the Triangle.

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-10.00. Cool with sunny spells and a force 3-4 SW wind.
Over the sea were 3 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Knot , 10 Dunlin, 37 Black-headed Gull, 273 Herring Gull, 11 Great B.B.Gull and 3 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 8 Whooper Swans were in the fields, 9 Greylag Geese, 10 Goldeneye, a Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 1 Fieldfare and 4 Linnets.

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-09.40. Sunny spells and variable cloud cover, a force 4-5 SW wind.
Moving south were 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 4 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 45 Black-headed Gull, 103 Herring Gull, 8 auk sp, 7 Guillemot. Very little else of note.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.40-09.40, 10.30-12.00. Cloudy to start with becoming brighter by the afternoon, a force 4-2 SW wind.
Over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 15 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Little Gull, 34 auk sp, 7 Guillemot.
Other birds present included the swans, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 150 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-09.30. Sunny spells with variable cloud cover with a force 1-2 SW wind.
The first two Avocets of the year wandered around Beacon Ponds and Kilnsea Wetlands, the Black Brant was seen again in the Long Bank area with a Pale-bellied and the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans. 252 Pink-footed Geese flew NW, 12 Greylag Geese were in the Triangle.
Over the sea were 24 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, a ‘blue’ Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 15 Sanderling and a Guillemot. Other birds seen included 2 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Jackdaw, 25 Linnet, 1 Siskin and 2 Yellowhammer.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Sunny spells in the morning clouding over by the afternoon, a force 2-1 SW wind.
At last a spring like day and birds were singing and lifting peoples spirits, although the only new sightings were 840 Pink-footed Geese flying north-west, 5 Greylag Geese, a Barn Owl, a Jackdaw, 25 Siskins south and 9 Linnets appeared.

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Fog or low cloud all day with a force 2 SW wind.
The only birds seen were 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, a Fieldfare and a Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.40-12.00, 15.00-15.45. Bright and sunny all day with a force 2 W wind.
The obvious highlight was a cracking male Hawfinch at ‘Turton Towers’ in Easington for 10 minutes in the morning.
There was a noticeable passage offshore, waders and gulls in particular: 4 Common Scoter, 37 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 27 Golden Plover, 30 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 55 Little Gull, 54 Black-headed Gull, 1180 Herring Gull, an adult Glaucous Gull, 4 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark and a Rook.
Other birds included the swans, 9 Greylag Geese, 21 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Greenshank, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, and 7 Long-tailed Tit.

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  • male Hawfinch. Mick Turton

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.50. Cloudy with frequent heavy showers in a force 5+ SW wind.
Apart from the swans in the fields, the only other birds seen were over the sea -5 Shelduck, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 123 Herring Gull and a Kittiwake.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-10.00. Cloudy with rain by mid-day and an increasing force 2-6 S wind.
The only birds seen were over the sea, the highlight being a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull, also 3 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 42 Red-throated Diver, 14 Cormorant, 16 Golden Plover, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 444 Herring Gulls.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 15.00-16.00. Bright and sunny most of the day, a force 4 WSW wind.
Grey Phalarope flew north over the surf past the Clubley’s Field and can only presumed to be the bird seen a few days ago as there has never been a record in the January to June period at Spurn.
Birds moving included 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant, 34 Black-headed Gull, 91 Common Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 391 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 auk sp and a Guillemot.
Also present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 750 Brent Geese, 25 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, Merlin, Peregrine and 2 Greenshank.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00. A wild day with a force 6-7+ SSE wind and frequent heavy rain after a cold frosty start.
Needless to say birding was limited – 2 Shelduck, 1 Wgeon, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 38 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 91 Herring Gull, 3 Guillemot, Razorbill and 5 auk sp were over the sea.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.00, 14.00-15.45. Rain or sleet until late afternoon in a cool force 4-5 SW wind.
The only birds of any note seen were 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup, 136 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, and 12 auk sp offshore. The swans were still in the fields.

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-11.15, 14.00-15.00. An overnight frost and remaining sunny, a force 2-1 SSE wind.
FEA’S type PETREL came in from the east turned north then blogged about for a short while before heading back out east. 
The only other birds seen included the Black Brant and swans in the fields, moving south were 6 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 65 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 342 Herring Gull, 5 Skylark and a Song Thrush. The first Small Tortoishell of the year was flying around.

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Sunday, 09 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.40-10.45, 12.30-15.45. Sunny spells in the morning with some heavy showers in the afternoon, a force 5-3 SW wind.
A good day over the sea with a rare January Spurn sighting of a Grey Phalarope north past the sea-watching hut. Other birds over the sea included 7 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 816 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser B.B. Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Other birds seen included the Black Brant, 24 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 7 Greylag Geese, 240 Wigeon, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 3 Snipe, and 2 Greenshank.

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Saturday, 08 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-12.00. A very windy day reaching force 6 from the SW, with some sunny spells.
Again some more movement over the sea, 9 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 38 Common Gull, 1 Puffin. 1 Skylark and 1 Song Thrush came in off the sea and 3 more Skylark flew south.
Other birds present were the swans, the Black Brant with a Pale-bellied and 746 Brents, 4 Teal, 2 Pintail, 10 Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Redwing.

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Friday, 07 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. Sunny spells with an increasing for 2-6 N-WNW wind.
Over the sea were 9 Wigeon, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 17 Cormorant, 114 Herring Gull, 3 auk sp.
A Marsh Harrier flew south and other birds seen included the Whoopers and Bewick’s Swans, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail and a Redwing.

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Thursday, 06 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.40-10.40. Broken clouds all day until a few showers late on, a force 3-4 SW wind.
There was a good passage over sea including the first White-fronted Goose of the year, also moving south were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 6 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 184 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 1 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Other birds present included 3 Bewick’s and 8 Whooper Swans, 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jack Snipe and 2 Woodcock.

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.45-10.45, 14.00-15.00. Another wild day with showers and a force 4-5 SE wind.
Long-tailed Tits were seen in Easington, the Black Brant, a Pale-bellied Brent and the swans were still in fields north of Long Bank. All other birds were over the sea 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Gull, 11 auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 14 Razorbill.

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Sunny in the morning, cloudy later on with a force SW wind.
Another good day for the time of year. There are only 4 previous winter records of Green Sandpiper at Spurn and the last was on 30th December 1973, so one which came in off the sea was a very welcome surprise!
Again Little Gulls were in evidence with 64 flying north, and other birds moving included 3 Shelduck, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Cormorant, 1 Gannet, 74 Knot, 2 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 7 Skylark.
While birds present included the swans, a Pale-bellied Brent, a Jack Snipe, a Common Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Fieldfare and a Linnet.

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Monday, 03 February 2014

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Bright and sunny to start, clouding over later with a force 3 SW wind.
A better day with more movement over the sea including 74 Little Gulls which is a new winter record count, the previous best being 11! Also there was a nice first-winter bird feeding over the fields at Long Bank. Other birds moving were 7 Teal, 2 Scaup, 1 Eider, 192 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 7 Black-headed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Skylark and a Linnet.
Other birds seen include 22 Mute, 3 Bewick’s and 8 Whooper Swans, 317 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

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  • first-winter Little Gull. Adam Hutt

  • first-winter Little Gull. Adam Hutt

Sunday, 02 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. Bright and sunny all day with a decreasing force 4-2 SW wind.
Moving south were 12 Greylag Geese, 15 Teal, 11 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Little Gull, 19 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser B.B.Gull, 600 Herring Gull, 9 auk sp, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.
Still the Whoopers and Bewick’s present, 280 Wigeon, 11 Goldeneye, 230 Lapwing and 2 Greenshank.

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Saturday, 01 February 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.45. A wild day with a force 5-6+ SW wind and also bright and sunny.
The month started pretty much as the January finished, quiet with a few birds moving and the usual birds present.
On the move were 1 Shelduck ,1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Little Gull, 26 Black-headed Gull, 338 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill.
Birds present included 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 290 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 1 Woodcock and a Greenshank.

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Friday, 31 January 2014

Sea-watches 07.45-11.00. Cloudy to start with heavy rain by early afternoon and a force 4 SSE-SW wind.
A few birds were moving over the sea: 2 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 3 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 1 Oystercatcher, 31 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 126 Herring Gull.
Birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 8 Bewick’s Swan, a Skylark and a Fieldfare.

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sea-watches, a couple of short sea-watches. Cloudy all day with a few light sleet showers and a force 2 E wind.
Over the sea were singles of Wigeon, Common Scoter and Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot.
8 Whooper Swan, 8 Bewick’s Swan, 260 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 210 Lapwing, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, a Meadow Pipit and 7 Fieldfare.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.45-10.15. Cloudy with some light showers in a cold force 3 E wind.
Similar to yesterday with 2 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, and 2 Guillemot over the sea.
The Black Brant was still present as were the Whoopers and Bewicks’s Swans and 10 Black-tailed Godwits in Holderness Field.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Sea-watches 08.00-10.00. Cloudy more or less all day with frequent heavy rain showers, a force 3-4 SE wind and much colder than of late.
The only birds moving were 6 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Red-throated Diver and 2 Guillemots. 
Birds present were 22 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swan, 1 Black Brant, the first returning Coot, 500 Oystercatcher, 245 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 400 Starlings.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Sea-watches 07.50-10.30. Cloudy with heavy rain on and off all day with a force 3 SW wind.
A bit more movement over the sea included 3 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Lesser B.B.Gull and 2 Herring Gull.
The only other birds seen were the swans and 225 Starlings.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sea-watches 07.45-10.30. An awful day of constant wind and rain.
Over the sea were 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, and 2 Kittiwake.
Present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 26 Greylag Geese, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank.

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Sea-watches 07.55-10.30, 14.30-15.30. A pleasant start with sunny spells but heavy rain in the afternoon, a cool force 2-4 SW wind.
On the move south were 8 Wigeon, 117 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 97 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill. 
Red-legged Partridge was seen in North Field and other birds seen were 18 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 27 Greylag Geese, 264 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Woodcock, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Sea-watches 07-45-10.30. Sunny spells clouding over in the afternoon, a force 2 SSW wind.
Over the sea were 1 Scaup, 18 Common Scoter, 40 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Present were 7 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, and 320 Wigeon.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Sea-watches 07.55 - 11.10, 14.15=15.50. Rain petered out early morning leaving sunny spells and showers with a force 2 SW wind.
Over the sea were 5 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 2 Mallard, 8 Common Scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill. 
Again the Whoopers and Bewick’s were still present.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Sea-watches – 08.00-11.00, 13.00-14.15. Rain until mid-morning, then mostly cloudy with a force 1 ESE wind.
Moving over the sea were 15 grey geese (probably White-fronts), 11 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 7 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 11 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 4 Shag, 1 Curlew, 2 Kittiwake, 7 auk sp, 38 Razorbill. 
The Whooper and Bewick’s Swans were still present.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Fog all day with little or no wind. Only birds seen were the Whooper and Bewick’s Swans.

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. A heavy overnight frost then mostly sunny all day and very little wind.
Over the sea were 3 Scaup, 1 Eider, 264 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 62 Common Gull and 4 Guillemot.
Birds present were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 168 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Goldeneye and a Short-eared Owl.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.05. Rain until mid-morning then mainly cloudy with a force 2-1 SE-SW wind.
Present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’s Swans, 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, a Stonechat and 2 Linnet.
Another excellent job by volunteers on the clean up operation at Spurn.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sea-watches 08.00-10.00, 14.30-15.15. Cloudy with light rain most of the day with a force 3-2 se wind.
Moving south were 2 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 2 Gannet and 2 Kittiwake.
The Black Brant was still present as were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan and 4 Greylag Geese.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.30-09.35. A cloudy start brightened up with a force 2-3 W wind.
Pretty much the same as yesterday with very little moving.

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Overnight rain petered out early morning becoming mostly sunny with a force 2-3 W wind.
Moving south were 5 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 101 Herring Gull, and 2 Guillemot.
Birds present included 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 8 Greylag Geese, 8 Pale-bellied Brents and a Skylark.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Rain until early morning then sunny spells with a force 2-3 W wind.
The only birds over the sea were 7 Shelduck, 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Cormorant.
The Black Brant was still present in the Brent flock and 2 Pale-bellied Brents, along with 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 16 Teal, 6 Goldeneye and 4 Fieldfare.

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  • Bewick's Swans. Rael Butcher

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.30. Mostly sunny with some cloud building late afternoon with a force 1-2 W wind.
Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, 35 Herring Gull, 3 auk sp, 4 Guillemot.
Other birds seen included 21 Mute Swan, 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Little Egret, and a male Hen Harrier.

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10..45. Bright and sunny with a force 2 W wind.
Moving over the sea were 4 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 63 Red-throated Diver and a Great Northern Diver.
Still present were the 8 Whooper and 3 Bewick’ s Swans, a Greylag Goose, 6 Pale-bellied Brents, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and 7 Snow Bunting.

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Bright and sunny then clouded over in the afternoon, a force 3-4 W wind.
Over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 447 Herring Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 12 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill.
Present were 8 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick’s Swan, 362 Pink-footed Geese, 600 Brent, 6 Pale-bellied Brent, the Black Brant, 320 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.05, 14.15-15.00. A nice bright and sunny day with a light W wind.
A clear up day was organised by the YWT and over 60 volunteers turned up, clearing an estimated two tonnes of rubbish, over 400 black bags were filled and 30 tyres and 2 fridges removed.
On the bird front, the Bewick’s and Whooper Swans were still in the fields, 600 Brent Geese in the Long Bank area also included the Black Brant and 6 Pale-bellied Brents, 7 Goldeneye were at Beacon Ponds along with a Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and 2 Greenshank. A Rock Pipit was in the Triangle.
Over the sea were 24 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, a Velvet Scoter, 48 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, a Cormorant, 2 auk sp, 3 Guillemot, and 4 Razorbill.

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  • Bewick's Swans. Mick Turton

  • Black Brant. Mick Turton

Friday, 10 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-09.50. Mostly sunny with the occasional cloudy period, a force 3 W wind.
The Whooper Swans in fields north of Long Bank had increased to 8 and were joined by 3 Bewick’s Swans, also present were 200 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 302 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 26 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank and 2 Meadow Pipit.
On the move were 74 Pink-footed Geese NW, 28 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, and 3 Linnet.

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Thursday, 09 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.15. Heavy overnight rain continued into the morning, clearing by mid-day in a force 3 W wind.
The Pink-footed Geese headed upriver before first light, otherwise the only difference were 76 Herring Gulls heading south at sea.

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-09.15. Bright and sunny to start, clouding over with rain in the evening, a force 4-3 SW wind.
300 Pink-footed Geese came into roost at Long Bank in the evening, also present were 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 23 Linnet. On the move were 5 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 16 Herring Gull and 6 Guillemot.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.35-10.35.. Sunny spells with a force 4-5 SW wind.
Little Grebe on the sea was unusual and a Purple Sandpiper flew south, otherwise there were 6 Whooper Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag and 3 Guillemot.

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Monday, 06 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-10.00. A mostly sunny day with a force 5 SW wind.
The only birds of note were 6 Whooper Swan, 7 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and a Redwing.

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Sunday, 05 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.30. A bright start with a light overnight frost, clouding over later with a force 2-3 SW wind.
On the move were 6 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 36 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Razorbill and a Siskin.
Other birds included 6 Whooper Swan, 88 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank.

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Saturday, 04 January 2014

Sea-watch 09.15-10.15. Cloudy with rain slowly petering out by late afternoon, a force 2-1 SW wind.
7 Red-throated Divers were the only birds over the sea, while on the land were 6 Whooper Swan, 300 Pink-footed Geese, 60 Greylag Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 356 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, and 68 Lapwing.

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Friday, 03 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.00-09.30. Overnight rain petered out by early morning brightening up afterwards, a force 5-6 SW wind.
The only birds over the sea were 35 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe. Other birds included 6 Whooper Swan, 86 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 312 Wigeon, 7 Goldeneye, a Grey Partridge, a Peregrine and a Greenshank.

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Thursday, 02 January 2014

Sea-watch 08.15-12.30. Bright and sunny with a force 2 SW wind.
A decent sea-watch produced 8 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Eider, a drake Long-tailed Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 72 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, a Grey Plover, an auk sp and a Skylark.
Other birds seen included 6 Whooper Swan, 86 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, a Marsh Harrier at Sammy’s Point, and a Greenshank.

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014

Sea-watch 07.50-10.30, 12.50-15.10. Another awful day of rain and a strong force 5-6 SSE wind.
Some movement over the sea included 14 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 96 Teal, 2 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 58 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake, 8 auk sp and 7 Guillemot.
The Black Brant was still on Holderness Field with 3 pale-bellied and 586 Brent Geese, 300 Pink-footed Geese roosted on Long Bank, 6 Whooper Swans were in fields north of Long Bank with 19 Mute Swan, 88 Greylag Geese and a Canada Goose. 310 Wigeon and 48 Teal were on Kilnsea Wetlands; a Jack Snipe and Common Snipe were at Southfield Farm and 5 Black-tailed Godwits were on the Humber.

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