Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 15 December 2018

‘Securing the Future’ project. 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.

 

A windy day with frequent drizzle with a F4-5 SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0815-1100.

Good numbers of Duck are present on Kilnsea wetlands with a few on the move over the sea.

The usual White-fronted Goose with 11 Whooper Swan remain in the Long bank area along with 12 Mute Swan.

On Kilnsea wetlands area, 4 Peregrine were terrorising the 4 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 516 Wigeon, 154 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 13 Little Grebe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank that were present.

Over the sea were 14 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 9 Eider, 2 Gannet, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Kittiwake and Auk sp.

Otherwise there were 1 Short-eared Owl at Long bank with 2 Redwing and 100 Tree Sparrow by the Listening dish

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 5 House Sparrow.

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  • White-fronted Goose. Kev Newsam.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

‘Securing the Future’ project. 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.

 

A windy day with frequent drizzle with a F4-5 SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0815-1100.

Good numbers of Duck are present on Kilnsea wetlands with a few on the move over the sea.

The Hooded Crow is still present on the muck heap just west of Sammy’s car park and the usual White-fronted Goose with 11 Whooper Swan remain in the Long bank area along with 21 Mute Swan and 600 Brent Geese. Nearby on Kilnsea wetlands, 4 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 480 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 11 Little Grebe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank,

On the move over the sea were 6 Brent Geese, 7 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 11 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 8 Red-throated Diver and 10 Auk sp.

Otherwise there were 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing and 40+ Carrion Crow.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Sunny and fine all day with a F1-2 SE wind.

Watches: 0815-1015.

The White-fronted Goose was yet again present today along with 11 Whooper Swan (which included 5 juveniles) on Easington straight while on nearby Kilnsea wetlands 14 Shoveler, 332 Wigeon, 114 Teal, both Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Stonechat.

Over the sea 17 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Kittiwake, 9 Auk sp and 2 Razorbill.

 

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  • Kestrel. David Caulfield.

  • Curlew. David Caulfield.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A glorious sunny day with litle wind.

Despite the lack of observers in the area there was a nice count of 630 Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands which included 64 juveniles. The White-fronted Goose was still on Easington straight with 11 Whooper Swan while also in the Beacon ponds/Kilnsea wetlands area were 260 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 17 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Snipe.

The few migrants present were a Short-eared Owl, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 2 Stonechat and a Bullfinch.

Ringing: 3 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Sparrowhawk. David Caulfield.

Monday, 10 December 2018

A bright sunny cloudless and still day.

Watches: 0735-1030.

Little birding done today, but a busy one as a new viewing screen was constructed in Churchfield.

The usual White-fronted Goose and 14 Whooper Swan remain in the Long bank area.

On the move over the yet again quiet sea were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 31 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 2 Gannet, 31 Red-throated Diver, 34 Kittiwake and 6 Auk sp.

Otherwise there were 1 Short-eared Owl in Church field and 11 Yellowhammer by the gate.

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  • White-fronted Goose hanging out with the Whooper and Mute Swan flock. Africa Gomez.

  • Stonechat. Africa Gomez.

Sunday, 09 December 2018

A chilly start but, bright and sunny with a F2-4 NW wind.

Migration Watches: 0745-1030.

Overall a quiet day. We are still blessed with fantastic numbers of both Sparrow species at Spurn, with the feeders outside the Obs and the nearby Kew and Church field holding good numbers of both species, while 100+ Tree Sparrow in the cover strip by the Listening dish and big numbers of House Sparrow often by Kilnsea caravan site and as shown below the Easington area is pretty much a stronghold too.

The usual White-fronted Goose and 14 Whooper Swan remain in the Long bank area along with 18 Mute Swan and 600 Brent Geese

On the move over a quiet sea were 5 Geese, 53 Common Scoter, 49 Gannet, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 43 Kittiwake, 1 Great Skua and 11 Auk sp.

Otherwise there were 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Chiffchaff and a good count of 150 House Sparrow on Vicars lane.

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  • Short-eared Owl. David Caulfield.

Saturday, 08 December 2018

Sunny spells with light rain and a F4 NW wind.

Watches: 0730-1100.

The White-fronted Goose remains on Easington straight with an increase to 14 Whooper Swan and the flock.of 600 Brent Geese in the same area.

Over the sea another 5 Whooper Swan flew south while also moving were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 11 Kittiwake,132 Common Gull, 165 Herring Gull and 11 Auk sp.

Also seen today were 1 Goldeneye, 12 Little Grebe, 108 Lapwing and 1 Greenshank,

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  • White-fronted Goose. David Caulfield.

Friday, 07 December 2018

Heavy rain in the morning gave way to sunshine with a F4-5 W-SW wind.

Watches: 0800-1100.

With each passing day the birds on offer are becoming the typically recorded winter species, though the White-fronted Goose continues to hang on with the 7 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, with a suprise Long-eared Owl in Easington.

Over the sea 1 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 14 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 15 Great Black-backed Gull and 27 Herring Gull.

Other sightings included 9 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackbird and 1 Redwing all in the Easington area.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Mick Turton.

Thursday, 06 December 2018

Overcast and dull with a F3 SSW wind.

Watches:0740-1115.

The usual White-fronted Goose remained with the 7 Whooper Swan on Easington straight.

Over the sea were 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 15 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant and 45 Herring Gull.

Other sightings mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area,17 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 82 Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Woodcock, 9 Skylark, 3 Goldcrest, 120 Tree Sparrow and 15 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018

A gloomy overcast day with rain all day and a F3-4 SSE-S wind.

Watches: 0745-1030.

The highlights on a quiet day were the White-fronted Goose which remained at Long bank along with 7 Whooper Swan and 7 Mute Swan with 180 wigeon, 5 Shoveler and 60 Teal on Kilnsea Wetlands.

Over the sea were 4 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and 5 Great Crested Grebe.

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018

The White-fronted Goose remained with the 7 Whooper Swan at Long bank while in the Kew area a Waxwing and Mealy Redpoll continued the autumn arrivals late into the season while a male Hen Harrier was at Sammys and an unseasonal Ruff at Beacon ponds.

Other migrants were 2 Short-eared Owl, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 50 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch and 4 Siskin.

Over the sea were 19 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag.

 

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Monday, 03 December 2018

A damp chilly start with drizzle on and off in the morning and a F2 SW becoming a cold F3-4 NW wind.

Watches: 0735-1300.

A fantastic day of movement over the sea, brought 1190 Pink-footed Geese and 37 Whooper Swan south past the sea watch hut, but suprisingly few other Wildfowl among them with 14 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet and 1 Shag.

 it was also another day of half decent vis-mig, bringing 7 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 13 Tree Sparrow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 55 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 18 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Corn Bunting, 7 Yellowhammer and 5 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings involved the White-fronted Goose and 7 Whooper Swan at Long bank, 108 Lapwing, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 270 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine and 2 Snow Bunting by the tankblocks.

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  • Some of this weekends work carried out in Churchfield and Kew. Jonnie Fisk.

Sunday, 02 December 2018

Bright and sunny with some periods of drizzle.

Migration Watches: 0725-1045.

There were 4 Waxwing in Easington which were a nice surprise, while the White-fronted Goose and 7 Whooper Swan remain in the Long bank area.

On the move over the sea were 90 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 90 Teal, 147 Common Scoter, 42 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet and 2 Auk sp.

Otherwise there were a few migrants still to be seen with 3 Short-eared Owl, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 25 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush and 3 Redwing around the area.

Ringing:  1 Song Thrush, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Waxwing. Mark Cookson.

Saturday, 01 December 2018

Damp and overcast with drizzle and a F2 S-SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0715-1130.

The first day of the working weekend saw work done in Churchfield and the base at Kew for the new Little Tern hut put in place. Little was seen today as observers were busy!

The Taiga Bean Goose returned to the field on Easington straight, best viewed from the Cemetery with a White-fronted Goose and 7 Whooper Swan nearby at Long bank.

On the move over a quiet sea were 6 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 54 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake and 2 Auk sp.

Otherwise there were 2 Tawny Owl on Vicars Lane, Short-eared Owl at Easington lagoon and 5 Woodcock in the area while a Toad, Field Vole and Wood Mouse were all recorded in Churchfield.

Just outside the area 7 White-fronted Geese were in roadside fields near Skeffling.

Ringing:  2 Woodcock.

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  • Taiga Bean Goose. Ryan McClarence.

  • White-fronted Goose. Mark Cookson.