Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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There was little happening during the day and certainly no repeat of the Pigeon movement, though with easterlies forecast from the weekend it could be the last period of interesting weather with potential for arrivals before the winter?

A Turtle Dove was a nice garden find in Easington and seen on and off in the afternoon, becoming the latest ever record, while a superb Long-eared Owl flew into the Churchfield heligoland.

Flying south included 47 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Wigeon, 42 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 20 Guillemot, 1 Swallow, 2 Skyalrk, 14 Starling, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 27 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin, 9 Twite 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting.

Other bits of interest during the day were 2 Short-eared Owl, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Bullfinch.

Ringing: 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Turtle Dove. Paul French.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Watches: 0715-1200, 1400-1615.

Yet another great day of visible migration with the attention concentrated on Pigeons, which usually seem to miss out Spurn, taking a more central route through the country.

There were impressive counts of 3,504 Wood Pigeon and an autumn record of 242 Stock Dove on the move south today, with also 11 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 145 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 Rook, 20 Jackdaw, 19 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 House Saprrow, 74 Tree Sparrow, 170 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 70 Linnet, 221 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Siskin, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Snow Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting and 21 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea, 599 Pink-footed Geese, 11 Whooper Swan, 24 Wigeon and 4 Red-throated Diver.

Other bits of interest were 4 Whooper Swan near long bank, a Pale-bellied Brent with the Brents on Beacon ponds, 1 Greenshank, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Chiffchaff.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 House Saprrow, 1 Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch.

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  • Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Pigeon. John Hewitt.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Pigeon. John Hewitt.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Watches: 0715-1600.

A great morning of visible migration, typically petering out as the day wore on as observers hoped for more Swift action, though it appears there was a mass clear out countrywide overnight. Totals for Chaffinch moving south are the best for many years which from the records is the 3rd best autumn count, while for Stock Dove is the 2nd highest ever.

The day brought a Red Kite, 1 Common Buzzard, male ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 131 Stock Dove, 158 Wood Pigeon, 310 Skylark, 8 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 2 Alba Wagtail, 129 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 71 Tree Sparrow, 10 House Sparrow, a fantastic 536 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, 283 Goldfinch, 46 Reed Bunting and 4 Yellowhammer.

Other sightings included 401 Brent with 30 juveniles, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 240 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 3 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 13 yellowhammer.

A few Butterfly on the wing with 3 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoishelle seen while the sun also brought out plenty of Hoverflies at Kew.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 5 Tree Sparrow, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer.

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  • Red Kite. Ian Smith.

  • Common Buzzard accompanied on its southbound migration. Ian Smith.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Overcast and dull for much of the morning, with heavy showers, brightening to blue skies and long periods of sun in the afternoon with a F3 SW wind.

Watches: 0715-1300. 

With a nationwide influx of Pallid Swift underway, it would almost be unheard of if one of the best places to see a rare Swift didnt get in on the show. It would also seem likely that more may pass through in the next few days?

The day started well with a Swift sp seen over Church field, in very poor light which was confirmed as a PALLID SWIFT from photos later. It headed back off north after a trip down to the Warren and appears to be the same bird seen at Goxhill in Lincolnshire later.

It was also a decent day for visible migration as we get late into the season with 21 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 13 Snipe in/off, 5 Stock Dove, 50 Skylark, 2 Alba Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 210 Starling, 1 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 115 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 4 Greenfinch, 132 Chaffinch, 58 Linnet, 14 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 28 Wigeon, 5 Eider, 8 Rede-breasted Merganser, 30 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 88 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake and 7 Razorbill.

Migrants were few and far between, but the Hooded Crow was still in the Sammys point area and a Black Redstart in Churchfield were the best, while other totals were 4 Water Rail, 3 Short-eared Owl which remained popular with the photographers, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 160 Blackbird, 18 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 22 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Mealy Redpoll and 5 Lesser Redpoll.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was a suprise sighting at the Obs.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackbird, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer.

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  • Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

  • Pallid Swift. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Watches: 0650-1100.

There were still decent numbers of migrants about, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, an Eastern Lesser Whitethroat by the Bluebell, 44 Goldcrest, 20 Blackbird, 25 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 3 Bullfinch and a Hooded Crow by Sammys carpark.

On the move overland, 11 Snipe in/off, 55 Stock Dove, 356 Wood Pigeon, 4 Carrion Crow, 86 Skylark, 231 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 38 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Alba Wagtail, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 37 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 14 Twite, 27 Linnet, 77 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 9 Yellowhammer and 25 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 10 Teal, 7 Eider, 1 Goosander, 1 Red-breated Merganser, 7 Eider, 4 Velvet Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 46 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake, 6 Little Gull and 9 Auk sp.

Other sightings included the 5 Whooper Swan at Long bank, 257 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 3000 Golden Plover and 16 Black-tailed Godwit.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Ian Walker who stepped down from the committee after 30 years of service. His level headed approach to problems will be missed, even though he might not miss the 5 hour meetings.

  • An evening of amusing anecdotes from Ian on his time on the committee.

Friday, 09 November 2018

Overcast but bright with a F4 SE.

Watches: 0710-1230, 1300-1600.

We have now secured some 40 subscribers to our ‘Securing the Future’ project, where we are trying to build a substantial lump of money that will be used exclusively for future land purchases. We set ourselves an ambitious target of having 100 people signed up to the project by the end of December 2018. The future of Spurn is really in our hands and we feel that if we are to make the most of securing future land purchases to improve the habitat for migrant and breeding birds in the Spurn area then this truly is the best way to do so. We're asking for a small regular contribution that will almost go unnoticed that will help make a big bang in years to come. Please visit the 'Support Us' tab for more details.

Not a lot happening on all fronts, but a small arrival of migrants occured maybe as birds pushed up the coast bringing totals of 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 40 Goldcrest, 60 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll. 

Over the sea brought 2 Brent Geese, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 6 Teal, 24 Eider, 83 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 16 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 16 Auk sp.

Overland was little better with only 4 Stock Dove, 124 Wood Pigeon, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 30 Skylark, 83 Starling, 6 Redwing, 6 House Sparrow, 28 Tree Sparrow, 1 Alba wagtail, 19 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 28 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Twite, 13 Linnet, 59 Goldfinch, 14 Reed Bunting and 2 Snow Bunting.

Other counts from the day were 6 Whooper Swan, 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 259 Wigeon, 92 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank.

Ringing: 18 Goldcrest, 4 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Brambling.

 

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  • Snipe. Steve Clipperton.

  • Water Rail. Steve Clipperton.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Steve Clipperton.

Thursday, 08 November 2018

A fine settled day with periods of sunshine and a F3 SSW wind.

Watches: 0650-1230, 1315-1545.

On the move overland were 1 Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 7 Stock Dove, 256 Wood Pigeon, 12 Carrion Crow, 331 Starling, 7 Blackbird in, 5 Fieldfare in, 38 Redwing in, 5 House Sparrow, 46 Tree Sparrow, 1 Swallow, 1 Alba Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 57 Chaffinch, 46 Brambling, 13 Greenfinch, 1 Twite, 57 Linnet, 3 Redpoll, 4 Crossbill, 97 Goldfinch, 50 Siskin, 12 Yellowhammer and 30 Reed Bunting while over the sea 46 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 61 Teal, 5 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 12 Red-throated Diver, 28 Gannet, 24 Cormorant, 4 Little Gull, 1 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua and 4 Auk sp.

Not much in the way of migrants in the bushes with 2 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush and 7 Snow Bunting at Chalk bank.

Otherwise we had 5 Whooper Swan by Long bank, 447 Shelduck on the Humber, 624 Oystercatcher, 220 Lapwing, 2600 Golden Plover and 10,000 Knot on the Humber.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 1 House Saprrow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Some periods of sunshine during the day with torrential rain late afternoon and a F5 SE wind.

Watches: 0720-1100.

A quieter day with the strong wind seemingly stopping any overland movement and there was no sign of the Rough-legged Buzzard.

On the move over the sea were 43 Wigeon, 61 Teal, male Velvet Scoter, 16 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 39 Knot, 16 Dunlin, adult Glaucous Gull and 1 Kittiwake.

There were few migrants seen with 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 27 Starling in/off, 19 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Brambling.

Other sightings were 459 Shelduck on the Humber, 5 Whooper Swan, 7 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 43 Lapwing Kilnsea wetland, 1 Greenshank Humber, a Purple Sandpiper on Beacon ponds and 1 Peregrine with 8 Yellowhammer and 24 Reed Bunting by the Listening dish.

Ringing: 2 Goldcrest.

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  • Purple Sandpiper. Peter Williams.

  • Short-eared Owl. Peter Williams.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Overcast with sunny spells in the afternoon and a F2-3 S wind.

Migration Watches: 0720-1300.

The juvenile male Rough-legged Buzzard was present all day in the Kilnsea wetlands showing very well to a constant stream of admirers.

Migrants were still decently represented with 1 Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Goldcrest, 40 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 90 Redwing, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Brambling, 9 Twite and 7 Snow Bunting.

Overland movement was what you would expect for this time of year with 11 Stock dove, 54 Wood Pigeon, 27 Rook, 4 Jackdaw, 78 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 47 Starling, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 House Sparrow, 20 Tree Sparrow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 White wagtail, 42 Rock Pipit, 49 Meadow Pipit, 77 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 16 Twite, 30 Linnet, 3 Redpoll, 23 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 23 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer and 1 Corn Bunting.

Over the sea it was quiet with only 25 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 1 Pochard, 4 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 1 Great Skua.

Other bits of interest mainly on Kilnsea wetlands were 5 Whooper Swan, 400 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 325 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 1 Pintail, 50 Lapwing, 900 Golden Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwit and a Peregrine.

Ringing:  1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Blackbird, 2 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Robin, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Rough-legged Buzzard. David Caulfield.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. David Caulfield.

Monday, 05 November 2018

A grey,murky overcast day with some sunshine breaking through and a F3-1 SE wind.

Watches: 0645-1300. 

A superb and frankly expected juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD spent the whole day hunting the Long bank area, often giving fantastic views and was still present at dusk There were 6 Shorelark today with 4 at Easington lagoon and 2 which flew south, 3 Water Pipit at the Warren, the Eastern Lesser Whitethroat giving it's 'tit like' call on Vicars lane,  7 Snow Bunting and 18 Twite.

Maybe an increase in migrant numbers today, 19 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 21 Goldcrest, 292 Blackbird, 55 Fieldfare, 154 Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart by the Listening dish, 4 Stonechat and 7 Brambling.

On the move were a Ruff, an adult Glaucous Gull out over the triangle, 2 Great Skua, 13 Wood Pigeon, 8 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 43 Skylark, 60 Tree Sparrow, 2 Alba Wagtail, 27 Meadow Pipit, 19 Rock Pipit, 16 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 17 goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 8 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Bunting.

There was some good news today among the 496 Brent Geese seen today with around 40 juveniles, having only been 1 or 2 the last two winters. There were also 5 Whooper Swan, 427 Shelduck, 423 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Peregrine and 1 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Magpie, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 17 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer. (48 of 17 species).

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  • Rough-legged Buzzard with 'friends'. John Hewitt.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Steve Cribbin.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. John Hewitt.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Steve Cribbin.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Steve Cribbin.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Steve Cribbin.

  • Rough-legged Buzzard. Steve Cribbin.

  • Shorelark. Steve Furber.

  • Shorelark. Steve Furber.

Sunday, 04 November 2018

Mainly cloudy with a few light showers and a F2-3 S-SE wind.

Watches: 0730-1100.

A change to winds from a more easterly vector brought about an arrival of Thrushes to the area along with a decent array of other species.

The greatest prize came in the form of a superb DUSKY THRUSH found feeding on apples in the infamous garden by Vicars lane, where the 2016 Siberian Accentor had resided for a week. The finder Tony Broom tried to keep track of the Thrush, forgetting to get some record shots, which if accepted will become the 399th species for Spurn! The sweepstake for the 400th species is already well underway, so if you would like to take part get in touch with Jonnie Fisk at Kew and we would suggest as soon as possible! In the meantime our 7th Red-crested Pochard flew south over the Humber and a Great-white Egret was in the Easington area.

During the day the 2 Shorelark were still present at Easington lagoon while 4 Waxwing were about and the Eastern Lesser Whitethroat was still by the Old School. Other migrants were 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler on Vicars lane, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 27 Wren, 150 Blackbird, 32 Fieldfare, 75 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 30 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Siskin and 7 Snow Bunting.

On the move overland were, 9 Lapwing, 17 Skylark, 1000 Starling, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Tree Sparrow, 27 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rock Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Crossbill, 22 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, and 7 Reed bunting.

The sea had 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 181 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 4 Knot, 3 Dunlin. 

Ringing: 7 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 13 Tree Sparrow, 8 House Sparrow, 3 Starling, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet. (37 of 8 species).

 

 

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  • Shorelark. Steve Cribbin.

  • Waxwing. Daniel Gornall.

Saturday, 03 November 2018

A wild windy day with a F5-6 SSE wind.

Migration Watches: 0710-1000.

The 'influx' of Great-white Egret to Spurn continues with yet another bird south through the area, spending some time on the Humber. A Richard's Pipit was seen on a few occasions during the day in the Beacon lane to Borrow pit area, while a Waxwing was around the Obs.

Migrants were represented by 2 Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Stonechat and 20 Redwing.

Over the sea it was quiet with only 9 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 31 Gannet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Kittiwake and 1 Great Skua fpr the effort.

Overland movement saw 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Rook, 114 Skylark, 375 Starling. 1 Alba Wagtail, 3 Water Pipit,  11 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 12 Linnet, 19 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting and 1 Snow Bunting head south.

Other bits of interest mainly on Kilnsea wetlands were 480 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 230 Shelduck, 130 Wigeon and 4 Pintail.

Ringing:  1 Sparrowhawk.

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  • Great-white Egret. John Hewitt. A huge change to the occurance pattern of GWE has taken place in a relatively short space of time and is now an expected visitor to the area, though without doubt this year has been unprecedented.

  • Water Rail. John Hewitt.

Friday, 02 November 2018

A nice sunny day with a light F1-2 W wind.

Watches: 0645-1000, 1200-1500.

The day was much the same as the previous day with most of the good birds still present, though that soon changed with the radios crackling into life, bringing the news a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was flying north up the Humber, then out over the sea. It was the 11th record for Spurn, also becoming a new addition to the Obs garden list from the viewing tower. The Eagle was tracked up the coast eventually roosting at Flamborough.

The Pallas's Warbler was still present in Easington by the old school, even singing during the day, while nearby the Great-grey Shrike was by the Riding school and the Barred Warbler near Easington caravan site and Hooded Crow on Green lane, while the 2 Shorelark were still showing well at the north end of Easington lagoon. There were also both 4 Siberian Chiffchaff and 3 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat arounbd the area and 4 Bearded Tit along the canal.

Migrants were still about 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 250 Fieldfare, 70 Redwing, 14 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 21 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 48 Reed Bunting and 1 Snow Bunting.

A decent day over land saw 36 Lapwing, 15 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 232 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 7 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 32 Goldfinch, 16 Twite, 14 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 13 Yellowhammer, 4 Yellowhammer and 1 Snow Bunting while over the sea 440 Pink-footed Geese with a Bar-headed Goose, 1 Eider, a brilliant total of 31 Goosander, 14 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver.

Other sightings included 550 Brent Geese, 6 Whooper Swan, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail, 5 Blackbird, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest, 81 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock. (101 of 9 species).

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  • Pallas's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Twite. Tim Jump.

  • Great-grey Shrike. Richard Willison.

  • Great-grey Shrike. Richard Willison.

  • Great-grey Shrike. Brilliant set of pictures by Richard Willison with the Shrike tackling and killing a Thrush about the same size at itself. Awesome!!

Thursday, 01 November 2018

A wet day, with light rain stoppiong mid-fternoon with a F2-3 SW-W wind.

Watches: 0650-1100.

Many of yesterdays birds were still present with little change noted and only a few new birds were found.

The Pallas's Warbler was still on Vicars lane, the Great-grey Shrike by the Riding school, a Richard's Pipit north over the Warren and Peter lane, a Firecrest at the Warren, a Waxwing by the Cemetery, 6 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, at least 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Long-eared Owl while a Barred Warbler in Easington was new to Mick Turtons ever growing garden list.

Migrant totals were 2 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 59 Goldcrest, 108 Starling in/off, 650 Fieldfare, 190 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 17 Brambling, 11 Twite, 3 Mealy Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 51 Reed Buntin and 1 Snow Bunting.

Other sightings included 250 Brent Geese, 3 Whooper Swan, 120 Wigeon, 50 Black-tailed Godwit on Kilnsea wetlands and 1 Greenshank on the Humber.

Ringing: 13 Blackbird, 1 Starling, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. 3 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Brambling, 1 House Sparrow, 12 Tree Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, (41 of 12 species).

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  • Pallas's Warbler. Nigel Taylor.

  • Eastern Lesser Whitethroat. Simon Jump.

  • Shorelark. Daniel Gornall.

  • Mealy Redpoll. Daniel Gornall.

  • Black Redstart. Nigel Taylor.