Sightings

Sightings

Thursday, 17 January 2019

After an icy start it remained cold with the odd snow/rain showers, but nice sunny day with a F3-4 NNW wind.

Watches: 1430-1600.

The first proper cold day of the winter had observers wrapping up with the bitter wind making it slightly uncomfortable.

Both the drake Green-winged Teal at Kilnsea wetlands and the Hooded Crow at sammy's remained, while a trip to the Point yielded a 2cy Glaucous Gull on the beach. The White-fronted Goose remained on Easington straight with 6 Whooper Swan.

A bit of interest over the sea with 2 Eider, 1 Red-throateed Diver, 21 Fulmar, 32 Kittiwake, 10 Auk sp, 7 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

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  • Glaucous Gull on the Point beach. John Hewitt.

  • Dramatic action shot. John Hewitt.

  • Glaucous Gull passing the lighthouse. John Hewitt.

  • John Hewitt!!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Watches: 0800-1030.

The cold weather on the continent seems to be having an effect with small increases in Wildfowl numbers in the Kilnsea wetlands area. Totals were a nice group of 6 Barnacle Geese which flew off south, 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 786 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 128 Teal, the drake Green-winged Teal and 5 Goldeneye with also 550 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 250 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Little Grebe and 1 Little Egret.

The Hooded Crow was still present on it's favourite muck heap at Sammy’s, the nice male Black Redstart at Easington gas terminal and the Siberian Chiffchaff along with 4 Chiffchaff at the treatment works.

Other bits seen today included a few species which are still getting a foothold in the Spurn area with 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Bullfinch and are all worth reporting if you are visiting the area. It was quiet over the sea with only 3 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver and 3 Kittiwake.

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  • Black Redstart. Steve Furber.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Black Redstart. Steve Furber.

  • Barnacle Geese. Steve Furber.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

A cold but bright day with a F2-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0805-1020.

Sightings today included the drake Green-winged Teal on Kilnsea wetlands even getting down to a bit of courtship displaying in the mild conditions, the 2 Shorelark still at Easington lagoon, the dapper male Black Redstart on the rocks at Easington gas terminal, the White-fronted Goose on Easington straight with the 5 Whooper Swans while 77 Pink-footed Geese flew North west.

Kilnsea wetlands served up 470 Brent Geese (with 19 juveniles), 7 Shoveler and 1 Gadwall among the usual Wigeon and Teal. Nearby were 3 Stonechat and 2 Short-eared Owl quartering the fields.

Quiet over the sea with only 2 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Cormorant and 2 Auk sp for the effort.

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  • The 2 Shorelark which are continuing their winter vigil at Easington lagoons. Kev Newsam.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Little of note returned sightings wise bar the 2 Shorelark, a Short-eared Owl at the warren and over the sea 11 Red-throated Diver, 3 Auk sp and a Gannet.

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Blustery and overcast with light rain in the afternoon and a F5 W wind.

Watches: 1400-1600.

The good birding continues with the Green-winged Teal still present among good numbers of Wildfowl, the 2 Shorelark at Easington lagoon/Beacon ponds, the Hooded Crow still at Sammys with the White-fronted Goose along with 5 Whooper Swan on Easington straight with the ringed Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works along with 4 Chiffchaff.

Otherise a Black-throated Diver flew south past Easington boatyard, 124 Lapwing, 100 Teal and 2 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands with 4 Yellowhammer at the Narrows.

Of interest 3 Harvest Mice nests were found on Churchfield during the work party day.

2 Hen Harrier are still nearby at Welwick saltmarsh.

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  • Shorelark pic from Thursday by Gary Vause.

  • A different view, almost arty take on the White-fronted Goose and Whooper Swan. Mick Turton.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

A mild grey day with an occasional blustery SW wind.

The first day of the working weekend in Churchfield and corner field.

The drake Green-winged Teal is again present at Kilnsea wetlands today. (If it's not here then check Holderness field). Also still present were the Black Redstart at Easington gas terminal and the Hooded Crow at Sammy's. 

Most of todays action was centred around the Kilnsea wetlands area, as no seawatches were done, with 30 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 7 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 760 Wigeon, 101 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 100 Lapwing, 15 Black-tailed Godwit and 64 Redshank with 2 Peregrine hunting a Knot over Churchfield.

Also of interest a Harvest Mouse nest found in Churchfield along with 2 Toad and a Field Vole.

 

 

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  • Drake Green-winged Teal with Drake Teal. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Watches: 0820-1020.

A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL appeared in front of the hide at Kilnsea wetlands today, maybe last years returning bird. The male Black Redstart still on the cliffs at Easington gas terminal, the ringed Siberian Chiffchaff at Easington sewage works along with 5 Chiffchaff, while a Glaucous Gull was reported at Chalk bank then flew to the point.

Counts for Kilnsea wetlands produced 8 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 620 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret and 16 Black-tailed Godwit with 149 Lapwing nearby on Easington straight.

Otherwise over the sea were 43 Red-throated Diver and 4 Gannet with 3 Short-eared Owl in the area, a Stonechat at Sammys and 13 Meadow Pipit.

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  • Green-winged Teal with Wigeon at Kilnsea wetlands. Lawrence Middleton.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

The 2 Shorelark were again at Easington lagoon, the White-fronted Goose with 7 Whooper Swan at Sammy's and a Great Northern Diver over the sea. 

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  • Shorelark. Gary Vause.

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoons.

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Monday, 07 January 2019

A blustery, overcast day with early morning rain and a F4 WSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0800-0945.

The usual White-fronted Goose remained along with 7 Whooper Swan at Sammys with the Hooded Crow nearby and the ringed Siberian Chiffchaff still at Easington sewage works along with 4 Chiffchaff.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall,2 Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank along with the Usual Wigeon, Mallard and Teal with a Marsh Harrier at Sammys. A fantastic count of 1170 Oystercatcher was made on the Humber along with 196 Curlew and 26 Black-tailed Godwit.

Over the sea were 172 Pink-footed Geese which went NW up the Humber, 5 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver and 1 Guillemot.

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Sunday, 06 January 2019

A grey, calm and overcast day.

Migration Watches: 0800-0830.

The day of the Michael Clegg memorial bird race was underway and produced a fantastic list of species and decent totals for the two teams taking part.

Some of the good birds seen included the White-fronted Goose along with 7 Whooper Swan and 23 Mute Swan at Sammy’s, the Hooded Crow was again nearby, a Jack Snipe on Clubley’s and the ringed Siberian Chiffchaff at Easington sewage works along with 3 Chiffchaff and 12 Long-tailed tit. A Scaup was a good find on the Humber with bonus species of 2 Coot along the canal, the male Black Redstart still at Easington gas terminal and a Siskin.

Other species boosting the totals nicely were Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Water Rail including 2 feeding around a puddle in Easington, 132 Lapwing, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Grey Plover, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stock Dove, Peregrine, a Mistle Thrush and 4 Stonechat.

Over the sea were 172 Pink-footed Geese which went NW up the Humber, 5 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver and 1 Guillemot.

The total was boosted further with Water Pipit and 2 Male Hen Harrier at Welwick/Skeffling with an extra 5 White-fronted Geese into roost also.

Ringing:  House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Hen Harrier. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Black Redstart. Kev Newsam.

Saturday, 05 January 2019

A cool, still overcast day with a F2 NW wind.

Migration Watches: Nil

A quietish day before the drama of the Michael Clegg memorial bird race on Sunday.

The resident White-fronted Goose still present, but with only 1 Whooper Swan though 23 Mute Swan are present. The Hooded Crow was also still present in the Sammy’s point area, while a nice male Black Redstart was found on the rocks at Easington gas terminal and the Black Brant was again on the Humber with a Pale-bellied Brent Goose.

Other bits seen today were a Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owl near Long bank and 2 Mistle Thrush in Easington.

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Friday, 04 January 2019

"Highlights of 2018. It was a fantastic year with 266 species recorded, our second ever highest total. Two more species were added to the Spurn list, both during the autumn, bringing the overall total up to 399, with a much anticipated Baird’s Sandpiper on the 30th September and an unexpected Dusky Thrush on 4th November. Of course dependant on acceptance, who would bet against us reaching the magical 400 during 2019. This will be some achievement for a mainland site. See the 31st December 2018 full the full write up".

Watches: 0820-1045.

The usual White-fronted Goose remained in residence with the 5 Whooper Swan and 32 Mute Swan plus 178 Lapwing on Easinton straight with 500 Brent Geese on nearby Kilnsea wetlands, which also held 7 Shoveler, 500 Wigeon and 60 Teal.  

A Jack Snipe with 2 Snipe on Clubleys was a nice addition to the early year list, while also seen today were 2 Woodcock, the return of the Tawny Owl to Kew, 1 Short-eared Owl and 22 Yellowhammer at the Warren.

Terrible for movement over the sea, 3 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet.

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Thursday, 03 January 2019

A very cold overcast day with a F2 WNW wind..

Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoons with the Hooded Crow again at Sammy’s.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 500 Wigeon, 79 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Short-eared Owl and a Barn Owl.

Over the sea were 56 Pink-footed Geese which went NW up the Humber, 1 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, male Velvet Scoter, 15 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag and 1 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest mainly in the Easington area included 3 Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 2 Stock Dove, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 74 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 19 Chaffinch, 21 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch and 9 Yellowhammer.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Mostly overcast with sunny spells and a F2-3 NNW wind.

Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

The usual White-fronted Goose remained along with the 5 Whooper Swan, 31 Mute Swan, 680 Brent Geese plus 2 Pale-bellied Brent on Easington straight. The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoons.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 8 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 409 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 17 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and a Stonechat with 118 Lapwing and a male Marsh Harrier by Long bank.

Over the sea were 1 Common Scoter, 35 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 1 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake and 4 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Gadwall. John Hewitt.

  • Goldcrest. Ian Smith.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Sunny but chilly day in a F3 NNW  wind.

Migration Watches: 0810-1130.

The first day of the New Year had a nice selection of species on offer, continuing the good end to 2018.

The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoon while nearby Kilnsea wetlands had 6 Shoveler, 240 Wigeon, 48 Teal and 1 Goldeneye plus 48 Lapwing and 1 Greenshank with the fields along Easington straight holding single White-fronted Goose along with the 5 Whooper Swan and 9 Mute Swan. A Siberian Chiffchaff sporting a nice silver ring was at Easington sewage works along with 4 Chiffchaff and the Hooded Crow remained at Sammys.

Over the sea were 7 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 5 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 5 Razorbill and 3 Guillemot.

Other sightings from today were 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Common Buzzard and 30 Yellowhammer at canal scrape.

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