Monday, 16 July 2018

Hot and sunny with F0-1 variable wind.

Watches: 0530-0930,

Unfortunately there has been no sign of the Sand Plover all of today, despite all areas being covered, though of course the Humber is huge and it could be still nearby somewhere.

Sightings today centred yet again on the wetlands and Beacon ponds area, returning totals of 2000 Black-headed Gull and 444 SandwIch Tern among ood numbers of Waders and Gulls. 

On the move were 4 Shoveler, 6 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Sanderling, 74 Dunlin, 1 Little Gull while overland 77 Swift, 72 Sand Martin, 360 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 6 Tree Sparrow, 7 Flava Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail and 15 Linnet.

Einging:1 Blackcap, 1 Wren

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

A very nice hot day with a F2 SE wind.

Watches: 0600-1300.

Please can birders park sensibly off the road in the coming days if the Sand Plover remains, as the campsite often need access with large lorries and the road needs to be kept clear. Also please stay away from any fenced off areas on the beach where Terns and Waders are breeding.

The adult male GREATER SAND PLOVER was again present early morning, vanishing for a while, then re-appearing on the beach just north of seaside road, where it showed very well to a constant supply of observers.

Nearby Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon Ponds had 3 Little-ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2000 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 55 Little Gull, 19 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Tern.

A bit of south in the wind encourage a few bits to make the move with 25 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 8 Grey Heron, 7 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 18 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 51 Sandwich Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua, 51 Sandwich Tern, 456 Swift, 1 Skylark, 264 Sand Martin, 1788 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 7 Flava Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail and 4 Grey Wagtail.

Other decent counts and sightings included 7 Whimbrel and 45 Black-tailed Godwit.

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  • Greater Sand Plover. Roy Harvey.

  • Greater Sand Plover. Adam Archer.

  • Greater Sand Plover. Robert Dowley.

  • Greater Sand Plover with Ringed Plover. Tim Cowley.

  • Greater Sand Plover. Andy Hood.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hot, sunny cloudless day witjh a welcome F2 SW wind.

Watches: 0530-1130.

The day began with the headline news, well in a Spurn context when our 17th Marsh Tit was found at the Warren. Late in the day this local rarity was soon put in its place by the finding of Spurn's 3rd GREATER SAND PLOVER, an adult male on the beach, north of Beacon ponds and still present late on roosting on the beach at high tide. Please stay well away from ther fenced off areas where breeding birds are present.

On the move today were 15 Common Scoter, 20 Cormorant, 15 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 240 Dunlin, 47 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 252 Swift,1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 25 Sand Martin, 154 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 14 Flava Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 10 House Sparrow and 10 Linnet.

Other sightings mainly at Kilnsea wetlands were 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1000 Dunlin, 160 Reedshank, 2500 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Peregrine causing mayhem at Beacon ponds while 2 Grashopper Warbler were along the peneinsula.

Ringing: 3 Whitethroat.

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  • Greater Sandplover. Georgia Gough.

  • Georgia Gough. Rob Adams.

  • Marsh Tit. Paul Willoughby.

  • Greater Sandplover. Dave Tucker.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Overcast with sunny periods in the afternoon with F3 E wind.

Another quiet day, started well with 2 Spoonbill, one of which was colour ringed spending some time on Kilnsea wetlands then flew off south, while also here 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Avocet plus 5 young, 1 Snipe, 1 Canada Goose, 15 Teal, 11 Little Gull and 14 Mediterranean Gull.

Little on the move, but included 11 Teal, 700 Common Scoter (100 on Humber), 3 Little Egret and 2 Arctic Tern and overland 15 Sand Martin and a Grey Wagtail.


Ringing, 2 Oystercatcher pulli, 2 Ringed Plover pulli, 4 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit,1 Blackbird. 

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  • Spoonbills. Dave Tucker.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The main sightings today were over the sea with our first Sooty Shearwater of the autumn and a Pomarine Skua Full sightings still to come.

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  • Avocet and chick. John Hewitt.

  • Avocet chick. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A mixed day of overcast conditions with hot sunny afternoon but a chilly F2-3  NE wind.

Watches: 0630-1000.

Generally quiet day, with little on the move, but with the first signs of Wader movement over the sea.

On the move 52 Common Scoter, 86 Gannet, 2 Cormoramnt, 32 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew while overland 2 Swift, 1 Hobby, 2 Swallow and an Alba Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands arae produced 7 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 6 Lapwing, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 2400 Dunlin, 46 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 830 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern and a Peregrine while a juvenile Cuckoo was by the gate and in Churchfield 2 Blackcap and a Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Dunnock.

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Monday, 09 July 2018

Overcast with a chilly F3 NNE wind.

Watches: 0645-1030.

The steady increase in wader numbers contiues with 403 Golden Plover and 2000 Dunlin on the Humber along with 84 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel and a Green Sandpiper.

On the move over the sea were 9 Teal, 238 Common Scoter, 41 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Arctic Skua while overland 1 Hobby, 1 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, 3 Flava wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Other sightings included 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1000 Black-headed Gull and 1 Peregrine while in Churchfield 3 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.


Ringing: 1 Guillemot, 1 Barn owl pulli, 3 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Tree Sparrow.

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Sunday, 08 July 2018

Hot and sunny with a fresh F2-3 NE wind.

Migration Watches: 0730-1030.

Over the sea were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant and 2 Kittiwake while little overland with 9 Swift, 21 Swallow and 1 Flava Wagtail.

Other sightings from today were 4 Little-ringed Plover, 1000 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 100 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1100 Black-headed Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 186 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern and 1 Peregrine in the Kilnsea wetlands area and a Short-eared Owl at the Warren.


Ringing:  1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Tit, 9 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 07 July 2018

Hot and sunny again with a fresh F1-2 S-E wind.

Migration Watches: 0800-1115.

While events happening in Russia dominated the typical day in the average English household, there were a few bits of interest at Spurn bird wise to divert some attention for those not interested in football.

The best of these being a Serin south over Beacon ponds then down Beacon lane, while a Spoonbill was also over Beacon ponds and a Pomarine Skua flying down the Humber.

Over the sea were 2 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 1 Cormorant and 2 Kittiwake while little overland 14 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow and 1 House Martin.

Other sightings from today were 63 Golden Plover, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 1100 Dunlin, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 100 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 760 Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull  and 1 Peregrine in the Kilnsea wetlands area and a juvenile Yellowhammer on Beacon lane.


Ringing:  1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 2 wood Pigeon pulli, 4 Tree Sparrow.

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Thursday, 05 July 2018

A hot day clouding over late on with F0-3 varaiable wind.

Watches : 0445-1000, 1900-1925.

Another good day for Wader arrivals with the first Snipe of the 'autumn' and good numbers of Gulls continue to roost on Kilnsea Wetlands.

There were 2 adult Roseate Tern on Kilnsea wetlands early morning which then flew out to sea, while in the same area there were also 4 Little Egret, 68 Black-tailed Godwit, .2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 385 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1179 Black-headed Gull, 19 Little Gull, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 457 Common Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Sandwich Tern and 6 Common Tern while on the Humber 148 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 169 Curlew, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot and 111 Oystercatcher.

On the move 103 Shelduck, 1 Canada Goose, 52 Common Scoter, 5 Grey Heron, 9 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 12 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kittiwake, 119 Swift, 1 Hobby, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Alba Wagtail and 4 Chaffinch.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 4 Tree Sparrow, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit.

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  • Roseate Terns. Tim Jump.

  • Little Gulls. Simon Jump.

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Overcast most of morning into the late afternoon, when it became warm and sunny.

Watches- 0700-1015, 1100-1525, 1800-1925.

The first returning Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear were seen today while there were further increases in Wader numbers overnight, especially Curlew as the females return to feeding areas leaving the males to look after the young, though a Bee-eater(s) heard over the Warren wasn’t clinched, though 3 passed over Gib point later.

As news filters through that some high Arctic Waders, may have had a poor breeding season, it was nice to see returning ‘British’ breeders in good numbers. Totals were an impressive 220 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 77 Golden Plover, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 270 Dunlin, 20 Redshank and 1 Greenshank.

On the move were 99 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 167 Common Scoter with another 250 ‘trapped’ on the Humber along with 2 Eider, 1 Manx Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 46 Oystercatcher, 4 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot while overland 67 Swift, 12 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Alba Wagtail.

Other sightings included 5 Teal, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1430 Black-headed Gull, 60 Common Gull, 53 Little Gull and 10 Mediterranean Gull and 10 Yellow Wagtail mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area.


Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Begging Swallows being fed in the Canal scrape hide. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

A cold foggy start, turned into a bright warm sunny day with a F1-3 NE wind.

Watches- 0800-0945.

A bit of a quiet day than of late, with even the Silver Y influx having a rest day though the first juvenile Willow Warbler of the ‘autumn’ was trapped in Church field.

On the move over the sea were 230 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 31 Gannet, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua, 48 Auk sp and 4 Guillemot.

Other sightings included 5 Teal, 56 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 64 Curlew, 133 Dunlin, 13 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 53 Little Gull and 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area.


Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackbird pulli, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Tree Sparrow.          

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  • Little Gulls with Black-headed Gulls on Kilnsea wetlands. Dan Rouse.

Monday, 02 July 2018

The hot sunny weather continues with a F1-2 NE wind.

Watches: 0630-1030.

The Kilnsea Wetlands area was the place to be today, with a nice adult Roseate Tern the highlight , though the flock of 212 Little Gull here was very impressive among the 1300 Black-headed Gull, 120 Common Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull and  1 Yellow-legged Gull.

Also here 11 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 120 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake and 84 Little Tern.

Few birds on the move today, 8 Gannet, a Mandarin south over the Humber, 1 Curlew in/off, 1 Hobby, 19 Sand Martin, 26 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 23 Linnet and 9 Goldfinch, but 200 Common Scoter were loafing on the Humber and 3 Eider on the sea.

The huge infux of Silver Y continues and seems to be increasing!

Ringing: 4 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock.

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  • Roseate Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Roseate Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 01 July 2018

If visiting the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds please stay on the embankment accessed from Kilnsea wetlands, or around holderness field from Beacon lane to minimise disturbance. There have been way too many visits by birders and photographers along the beach. Thank you in advance.

The SQUACCO HERON is still present yet again on Holdeness field, though apparently flew off high north at 3pm. Nearby 2 Curlew Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds and 56 Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands. 

Other sightings in this area, 8 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 95 Dunlin, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Arctic Tern and 70 Little Tern while on the Humber 62 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 48 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

On the move were 8 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 16 Gannet, 3 Lapwing, 193 Swift, 1 Hobby, 19 Sand Martin and 10 Swallow.

Of note the Silver Y  influx increased in pace with even more today!! 

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wren.

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