Sightings

Sightings

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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