Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 16 February 2019

A glorious sunny day clouding over later with a F2-3 SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0655-1400.

It was another good day for visible migration, including Black-headed Gulls, mirroring increases on inland breeding grounds.

The 6 White-fronted Goose remained in Well field, while the first returning Avocet was back on Kilnsea wetlands.

A nice day of overland migration, 13 Lapwing, 45 Stock Dove, 58 Wood Pigeon blogging, 2 Jackdaw, 33 Skylark, 28 Starling, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush blogging, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, 11 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 7 Snow Bunting and 52 Reed Bunting with good numbers of both Blue and Great Tit at the Warren hinting at movement, while over the sea were 5 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 3 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 76 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 12 Cormorant , 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 152 Black-headed Gull and 2 Guillemot.

Other bits of interest were 443 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 1216 Oystercatcher and 28 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, a Coal Tit in Easington and Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owl hunting the area.

Ringing:  1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Pale-bellied Brent with Dark-bellied Brents. Paul Willoughby

  • Brent Geese. Paul Willoughby.

  • Brent Geese. Paul Willoughby.

Friday, 15 February 2019

After a heavy frost it was a lovely sunny day with a F2 SSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0730-1330.

It was another good day of movement today with 848 Pink-footed Geese north, while a 2nd calendar Glaucous Gull wandered the area. An increase to 7 White-fronted Goose was welcome, with 6 in Well field and the usual single, accompanying the 8 Whooper Swan and 32 Mute Swan at Sammy’s. The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present at the sewage farm in Easington with 3 Chiffchaff.

A bit of overland vis-mig brought a Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 9 Skylark, 90 Starling, 7 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Snow Bunting and 21 Reed Bunting while over the sea were 11 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 9 Cormorant and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Other bits of interest were 275 Brent Geese and 7 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, 2 Gadwall, 304 Wigeon, 47 Teal and a Greenshank in the Kilnsea wetlands area, a Woodcock at Sammy’s and Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owl hunting the area.

Ringing:  1 House Sparrow.

After a heavy frost it was a lovely sunny day with a F2 SSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0730-1330.

It was another good day of movement today with 848 Pink-footed Geese north, while a 2nd calendar Glaucous Gull wandered the area. An increase to 7 White-fronted Goose was welcome, with 6 in Well field and the usual single, accompanying the 8 Whooper Swan and 32 Mute Swan at Sammy’s. The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present at the sewage farm in Easington with 3 Chiffchaff.

A bit of overland vis-mig brought a Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 9 Skylark, 90 Starling, 7 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Snow Bunting and 21 Reed Bunting while over the sea were 11 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 9 Cormorant and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Other bits of interest were 275 Brent Geese and 7 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, 2 Gadwall, 304 Wigeon, 47 Teal and a Greenshank in the Kilnsea wetlands area, a Woodcock at Sammy’s and Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owl hunting the area.

Ringing:  1 House Sparrow.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

A beautiful mild spring like sunny day with a F3 SW wind.

Watches: 0730-1400.

The mild conditions brought about the first decent visible migration (vis-mig) of the year, with small numbers of south bound passerines adding to the day.

A total of 1287 Pink-footed Geese headed north during the morning, maybe on their way up to Northumberland or beyond? Movements like this are typical of milder conditions, where they take advantage of the weather to maybe move to other feeding areas.

Movement today over land and sea, 3 Eider, 16 Red-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Stock Dove, 33 Skylark, 30 Starling, 1 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch and 9 Reed Bunting.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had, the White-fronted Goose, 7 Whooper Swan, 31 Mute Swan, 650 Wigeon and the male Green-winged Teal, while other bits on offer included 330 Brent Geese, 2 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl in the area and 4 Chiffchaff at the Sewage works in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Cloudy with a few sunny spells and a light F1 SW wind.
Kilnsea wetlands still offers the best area, for a good days birding at Spurn along with a trip to the Welwick and Sunk areas just west of our location.

A Red Kite was a nice suprise this morning over Kilnsea wetlands, where the Green-winged Teal was still present along with the White-fronted Goose, 7 Whooper Swan and 32 Mute Swan.

Wildfowl of course dominated as usual, 539 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, the male Green-winged Teal, 67 Teal and 4 Goldeneye along with 8 Little Grebe, 380 Lapwing and 34 Black-tailed Godwit.
Other bits of interest were a Common Buzzard by Long bank, 650 Oystercatcher and 114 Curlew on the HUmber, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 14 Skylark and 6 Meadow Pipit.

 

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  • Red Kite. John Hewitt.

  • Common Buzzard. Mick Turton.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Overcast with sunny spells and a F3-4 SW wind.

Watches: 0820-0950.

Wildfowl in the Long bank area continues to dominate the headlines in a Spurn context, though a nice ringtail Hen Harrier was at Sammy’s and a Jack Snipe was located on Beacon poinds.                             

The drake Green-winged Teal remains on Kilnsea wetlands, the White-fronted Goose with 8 Whooper Swan at Sammy’s, 4 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 413 Wigeon, 91 Teal, 4 Goldeneye and 11 Little Grebe. The Humber had some decent numbers of Wader on show, 127 Grey Plover, 85 Curlew, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1750 Knot, 350 Dunlin and 80 Redshank.

A trickle over the sea, 1 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter, male Goosander, 96 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Guillemot.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Hen Harrier. Mick Turton.

Monday, 11 February 2019

A beautiful still sunny spring like day.

Migration Watches: 0720-0830.

The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoons, the drake Green-winged Teal on Kilnsea wetlands while 3 White-fronted Goose were seen, 2 on Kilnsea wetlands and the single with 6 Whooper Swan nearby at Sammy’s .

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 7 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 420 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Short-eared Owl and a Barn Owl.

Over the sea were 1 Common Scoter, 67 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 7 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.

Other bits of interest were 340 Brent Geese and 173 Shelduck on the Humber, 3500 Knot on the Humber and 2 Stonechat in the srea.

Ringing:  1 Water Rail, 2 House Sparrow.

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  • Brent Geese. Mick Turton.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

A day of sunny spells with a F2-3 (0 by evening) SW wind.

There was little change in the species or numbers present.

The nice but elusive male Black Redstart was still at Easington gas terminal on the rocks at the north end, the drake Green-winged Teal on Kilnsea wetlands with the White-fronted Goose with 8 Whooper Swan nearby at Sammy’s .

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 7 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 370 Wigeon, 25 Teal, an increase to 7 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe and a Barn Owl.

Other bits of interest were 4500 Knot on the Humber and fantastic counts of 27 Greenfinch and 45 Goldfinch in one Easington garden.

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  • Hare. Martin Standley.

  • Teal. Martin Standley.

Saturday, 09 February 2019

Sunny spells , but a wild windy F6-7 SW day.

Watches: 0930-1130.

Little seen today other than what was seen over the sea, 10 Red-throated Diver, 39 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 9 Kittiwake, 12 Guillemot and 14 Auk sp. Most observers had travelled up to Scarborough for the annual get together with friends and a bit of Karaoke.

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Friday, 08 February 2019

A foul day of strong F7 SW winds and horizontal driving rain.

Watches: 0744-1030, 1315-1630.

The Kilnsea wetlands hide offered the best spot out of the wind and rain to enjoy a fair selection of Wildfowl on offer, 515 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, the male Green-winged Teal, 30 Teal and 2 Goldeneye.

The seawatching hut also offered some respite from the weather, but maybe not the same level of interest for the effort involved, 2 Teal, 61 Red-throated Diver, 25 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 20 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 20 Auk sp were all typical mid-winter selections for Spurn.

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  • Little Egret. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 07 February 2019

A windy day with rain in the morning though sunny spells in the afternoon and a F7 SW wind.

Watches: 0800-1100.

The White-fronted Goose is still with 8 Whooper Swan in the Sammy’s area while 552 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, the male Green-winged Teal, 60 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Curlew and 100 Redshank were on Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon Ponds.

In complete contrast to yesterday only 73 Red-throated Diver were recorded along with a Wigeon, 5 Eider, 2 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 15 Auk sp and 6 Guillemot.

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  • Cormorant. Joihn Hewitt.

  • Water Rail and Blackbird. John Hewitt.

  • Water Rail with House Sparrows. John Hewitt.

  • Cormorant. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Sunny spells with an overcast afternoon and a F3 SW wind.

Watches: 0800-1100.

Typically for this time of year, we regularly have sizeable gatherings of Divers offshore and with the movement of the tides and sometimes boat disturbance, big numbers move offshore to other feeding areas. This morning after a quiet start a fantastic total of 933 Red-throated Diver (881 north) were counted along with a Shoveler, 9 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Shag, but surprisingly only 1 Guillemot. The nice sunny weather also encouraged a few spirit uplifting songster Skylark up into the sky in the Long bank area.

The White-fronted Goose is still with 8 Whooper Swan in the Sammy’s area while nearby the Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held 464 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, the male Green-winged Teal, 51 Teal and the usual Greenshank, while on the Humber 24 Black-tailed Godwit were counted with both male Hen Harrier and Marsh Harrier hunting the fields and a Peregrine likewise over the Humber.

Outside the recording area 4000+ Lapwing were in fields between Sammy’s point and Welwick.

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  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 05 February 2019

After a frosty start it was a still sunny day with rain by evening and a F3 S wind.

Watches: 0740-0945.

The resident White-fronted Goose is again with 9 Whooper Swan and 20 Mute Swan in the Sammy’s area. The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held good variety and numbers, 350 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, the male Green-winged Teal, 74 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit and 14 Little Grebe with a male Marsh Harrier hunting the nearby fields.

Also today 2 Short-eared Owl and 4 Grey Partridge were in the Sammy’s area, a Kingfisher by the Riding school and 2 Stonechat on the triangle.

Over the sea the usual fair, 22 Common Scoter, 145 Red-throated Diver, 8 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 4 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Lapwing. Paul Willoughby.

Monday, 04 February 2019

A dull day with sunny spells and a F4 SW wind.

Watches: 0800-1010.                                                                                                                                     

The drake Green-winged Teal remains faithful to Kilnsea wetlands and the usual White-fronted Goose with 8 Whooper Swan and 17 Mute Swan in the Sammy’s area.

Nearby the Kilnsea wetlands area held 3 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 730 Wigeon, 58 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, the first 2 returning Oystercatcher to Beacon ponds, 150 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 120 Redshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, a Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat.

Little over a dire sea, 2 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant and an Auk sp

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt. This bird is one of 64 colour ringed so far at Welwick saltmarsh and was ringed on the 6th Novemeber 2018. Info courtesy of Lucas Mander.

  • Green-winged Teal. Africa Gomez.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Stonechat. Africa Gomez.

Sunday, 03 February 2019

A heavy frost was overlaid by a light duting of snow, with sunny spells and an increasing F2-4 SW wind.

Watches: 0750-1015.

The 2 Shorelark were still at Easington lagoon with the Green-winged Teal nearby still on Beacon Ponds and the White-fronted Goose along with 9 Whooper Swan and 25 Mute Swan at Sammy's.

The usual fair graced Kilnsea wetlands, but no counts were returned, while other sightings included 189 Lapwing, a Stonechat at Long bank, 7 Fieldfare wandering the area and 4 Meadow Pipit by the Borrow pit.

A decent count of 135 Red-throated Diver over the sea along with 1 Gannet and a Guillemot completed todays action.

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  • Redshank. Paul Willoughby.

  • Wigeon. Paul Willoughby.

Saturday, 02 February 2019

Wintry showers with a cold F2-3 NNW wind.

Watches: 0750-0930.

Pretty much the same as the last few days as the weather remains typically cold.

The Green-winged Teal remained on Beacon Ponds along with 7 Whooper Swan, 450 Brent Geese, 3 Shoveler, 290 Wigeon, 43 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Little Egret, 8 Little Grebe, 137 Lapwing, 88 Golden Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, Barn Owl and 2 Peregrine while the sea had eased off with only 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Auk sp.

Ringing: 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow.

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Friday, 01 February 2019

Wintry showers all day with a gusty F2-4 SE wind.

Watches: 0800-1000.

Most sightings were yet again from the Kilnsea wetlands area with 7 Whooper Swan, 500 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 95 Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin and 2 Kestrel with only 53 Red-throated Diver the only bit of note over the sea though a Jack Snipe at Chalk bank is a good record away from the usual areas.

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