Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 23 March 2019

A cloudy day with long sunny periods and a F1-2 N wind.

Watches: 0555-1230.

A fantastic day of all round birding and movement overland was dominated by one species. The total of 9375 Starling heading south was phenomenal on the back of some strong movement recently. These birds will make their way south before heading out east to the continent from maybe East Anglia.

There were also decent numbers of grounded migrants still about as spring slowly cranks in to life, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Shorelark at the Breach, 16 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 500 Starling, 18 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 19 Wheatear, 18 Pied Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail and 9 Rock Pipit.

Totals for vis-mig were pretty good despite the unfavourable wind, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Common Crane which went north west, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 3 Wood Pigeon, 7 Magpie, 43 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, another 18 White Wagtail continued the awesome period of movement, 18 Alba Wagtail, 23 Meadow Pipit (14 NW), 3 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin.

Movement over the sea, 60 Teal, 2 Eider, 1 Velvet Scoter, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 68 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 24 Cormorant, 57 Black-headed Gull and 11 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose at Long bank, 5 Common Buzzard, 245 Curlew, 2 Greenshank on Beacon ponds, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s with 136 Carrion Crow and a Corn Bunting in the area.

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  • Goldcrest. David Caulfield.

  • Wheatear. David Caulfield.

  • Shorelark David Caulfield.

  • Shorelark. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 22 March 2019

A cloudy grey day with a F1-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0600-1030.

A clear out of much of yesterday’s birds, but with small increases for others and surprisingly not much was on the move. Grounded migrants were 1 Woodcock, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 31 Redwing, 1375 Starling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 12 Wheatear and 14 Pied Wagtail.

Totals for vis-mig were much reduced than yesterday, but more Starling and Wagtails on the move, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Wood Pigeon, 13 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 490 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow, 14 Alba Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit (6 NW), 132 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 11 Linnet, 6 Siskin and 5 Reed Bunting.

Movement over the sea, 7 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 101 Black-headed Gull, 41 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose at Long bank, 794 Oystercatcher Humber, 1 Greenshank on Beacon ponds and the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (13 of 6 species).

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  • Rock Pipit. Denise Shields.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

A generally fine sunny warm day with a F1 SW-2 W wind.

Watches: 0545-1100.

Another good day all round, with an interesting and varied vis-mig, continuing the almost unprecedented movement of White Wagtail which has been a feature of the last week. There were increases of grounded migrants with 38 Wheatear a fantastic March total, with also 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 470 Starling, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 White Wagtail and 1 Siskin recorded.

Totals for vis-mig were a Red Kite blogging, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 43 Wood Pigeon, 3 Merlin, 8 Magpie, 89 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, the wandering Pied Crow which has spent the winter at Flamborough, 12 Skylark, 666 Starling, 7 Alba Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 27 Meadow Pipit (24 NW), 24 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet and 4 Corn Bunting.

Movement over the sea took a bit of a back seat, but still recorded a similar array of species, 7 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver,  Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 148 Black-headed Gull, 82 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 17 Avocet and Greenshank on Kilnsea wetlands, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl in the triangle and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 1 Robin, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (17 of 11 species).

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  • Wheatear. A few of this mornings good arrival. Denise Shields.

  • Pied Crow heading south. Denise Shields.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A fine sunny warm day.
Watches: 0545-1015, 1215-1330.
The fine conditions saw a nice push of overland migration, along with the first decent arrival of summer migrants such as 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail and 5 Goldcrest.


Totals for visible migration (vismig) were a Red Kite, 22 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew out east, 10 Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon, 103 Jackdaw, 65 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Skylark, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1070 Starling with another 2200 in area, 3 Tree Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 7 Alba Wagtail, 14 White Wagtail, 186 Meadow Pipit (176 NW), 10 Rock Pipit (2 NW), 34 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 25 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Bunting.


Movement over the sea, 9 Whooper Swan, 1 Wigeon, 4 Eider, 49 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 105 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose, 34 Mute Swan, 2 Goldeneye, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s and maybe small increases in Thrush numbers with our first Fieldfare for a while and a Brambling at the warren.


Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 9 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Linnet, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (24 of 12 species).

 

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  • Short-eared Owl. Alan Whitehead.

  • Wheatear at Sammy's. Mick Turton.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A still start becoming warm with spells of rain in the afternoon with a F2 SW wind.

Watches: 0640-1145.

An interesting day overall, but there was little on the move. A small increase in arriving and departing migrants, including more obscure species like Linnet which are making the return journey from southern Europe, while both Dunnock and Robin are on the increase.

Our first eagerly anticipated Wheatear of the spring appeared at the Gas terminal today, though a Green Woodpecker in the area today is much rarer in a Spurn context being only the 28th ever recorded here.They have of course become more regular over the last few years. The Black Brant made a re-appearance at the Narrows along with 320 Brent Geese, after not being seen since last year, maybe spending the winter in Lincolnshire, while the Hooded Crow was again at Sammy's.

Migrant totals were 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 26 Robin, 1 Brambling, 52 Linnet and 1 Siskin.

A quiet morning of movement with only 30 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 280 Starling, 6 Meadow Pipit and 2 Chaffinch while over the sea 9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were the usual White-fronted Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl in the triangle

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Green Woodpecker. Alan Whitehead.

  • Wheatear. Alan Whitehead.

  • Black Brant at the narrows. Simon Jump.

  • Black Brant with Dark-bellied Brents. Tim Jump.

Monday, 18 March 2019

A fine sunny warm day with a F3 WNW-NW wind.

Watches: 0620-0915.

Another big day of Starling movement while everything else was limited to a trickle. The same or maybe even a new Green-winged Teal was on Kilnsea wetlands after not being seen for a few weeks, while sad news came in the form of 2 Barn Owls found dead in the last 2 days in the triangle, maybe casualties of the continued strong winds making hunting impossible?

Totals were 59 Wood Pigeon, 43 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Great Tit, 660 Starling (with another 900 in the triangle), 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 34 Meadow Pipit (32 NW), 8 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch and 6 Reed Bunting

Movement today over was limited to only, 4 Eider, 9 Red-throated Diver, 29 Black-headed Gull and 75 Herring Gull.

Other bits of interest were the White-fronted Goose with the Whooper Swans at Long bank, the Hooded Crow at Sammy’s with 142 Carrion Crow, 14 Avoocet on Kilnsea wetlands and 1 Chiffchaff singing in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch.

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

A nice mild sunny day, though a strong F5 NW wind continued 

Watches: 0650-1150.

A decent day of overland migration despite the north westerly wind, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Pintail out east, Green Sandpiper north over the warren then on Clubley's, 2 Sparrowhawk, 25 Rook, 49 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 67 Meadow Pipit (63 NW), 9 Rock Pipit (7 NW), 23 Alba Wagtail (with a minimum of 10 White Wagtail), 1 Grey Wagtail, 210 Starling, 5 Skylark, 3 Greenfinch, 27 Linnet, 4 Siskin, 143 Chaffinch and 7 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 3 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 20 Gannet, 12 Cormorant, 26 Black-headed Gull, 209 Common Gull, 202 Herring Gull and 3 Auk sp.

Also today the Hooded Crow was again at sammy's, 5 Whooper Swan and a Canada Goose at long bank, 3 Pintail on the Humber with 500 Brent Geese and a Marsh Harrier in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch.

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  • Grey Heron on the move. Adam Hutt

  • Meadow Pipits taking evasive action from a Sparowhawk heading south. Adam Hutt.

  • Sparrowhawk. Adam Hutt.

  • Short-eared Owl. Adam Hutt.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A wet, blustery day with a strong F6+ W wind.

Migration Watches: 0635-1230.

The blustery weather continued and with added rain soon put an end to any movement of note. A ringtail Hen Harrier was mobile around the triangle and was the most noteworthy bird seen today.

Vis-migging was hard work and only, 1 Stock Dove, 11 Wood Pigeon, 19 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 1 Alba Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit and 16 Linnet were seen..

Over the sea 2 Brent Geese, 4 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Eider, 38 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 7 Dunlin, 31 Black-headed Gull, 101 Common Gull, 112 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Skua, 3 Guillemot and 2 Auk sp.

Other sightings from today were a Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands Merlin seen to take a Dunlin, Short-eared Owl at the Warren, 800 Starling in the triangle and 2 Mistle Thrush by the gas terminal.

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Friday, 15 March 2019

A sunny blustery day with a strong F6+ W wind.

Migration Watches: 0640-1050, 1155-1350.

Despite the strength of the wind it was enough to get a decent passage of Chaffinch underway, with a few Geese heading north, while the first Green Sandpiper of the spring was on Clubley’s.

Vis-migging produced, 2 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 24 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 2 Skylark, 43 Starling, 5 Alba Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 365 Chaffinch and 4 Siskin.

Over the sea 16 Brent Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Eider, 4 Wigeon, 26 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 49 Black-headed Gull, 12 Little Gull, 184 Herring Gull, 6 Guillemot and 11 Auk sp.

Other sightings from today were 516 Brent Geese, the White-fronted Goose, 23 Greylag Geese, 5 Whooper Swan, 404 Wigeon, 16 Avocet, 1 Ruff and 1 Greenshank all in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

A sunny, but very blustey day with a F5-6 WNW-NW wind.

Watches: 1235-1545.

A very poor day of recording and generally was done from the shelter of the seawatching hut where our earliest ever Sandwich Tern by 3 days flew south, though there is a winter record from the 8th Jan 2015. Also over the sea were 1 Eider, 20 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 14 Black-headed Gull, 126 Herring Gull and 9 Auk sp. 

Otherwise a ringtail Hen Harrier was mobile around the area, Greenshank on Beacon Ponds, Merlin over the Humber, Rock Pipit at Easington lagoon and 2 Siskin at Long bank.

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  • Greylag Geese. Adam Hutt.

  • Looking north from Kilnsea caravan site. Julie Goss.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Another blustery day with sunny spells.

Watches: 1000-1130.

Not much to report with few observers out and about, though the Hooded Crow was still at Sammy's with 500 Brent Geese here and a Peregrine over the Humber. 

The sea had, 10 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 32 Herring Gull and 16 Guillemot.

Ringing: 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Pretty much a washout, along with strong F5-6 W wind.

Migration Watches: 0650-1120, 1440-1650.

All today’s action was over the sea with 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Common Scoter, 50 Red-throated Diver, 2 Dunlin, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 74 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 42 Black-headed Gull, 79 Herring Gull, 1 Puffin, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 7 Auk sp.

Ringing:  1 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

A blustery day, calmer by late afternoon with a F5-3 W wind.

Watches: 0700-1030.

There was a nice surprise for one local with a nice Long-eared Owl in his Easington garden, before it flew off high north. Otherwise it was much the same, while we wait for the first arrivals of migrants.

Movement today over 3 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 22 Black-headed Gull, 11 Guillemot and 70 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had, 265 Brent Geese, 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 340 Wigeon and 3 Goldeneye along with 2 Little Egret, 2 Avocet and 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Great Crested Grebe on the sea by the gas terminal.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch.

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  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

  • Long-eared Owl. Paul French.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

A cold day with sunny spells and wintery showers with a F5-7SW wind.

Watches: 0710-1030.

The Hooded Crow was again at Sammy’s with a nice count of 80 Rook here, though they breed nearby at Skeffling and the White-fronted Goose nearby with the 6 Whooper Swan and 24 Mute Swan.

Movement today over the sea was limited to 25 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet and 15 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had, 9 Shoveler, 280 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall and 4 Goldeneye along with 3 Little Egret and 6 Avocet.

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Saturday, 09 March 2019

Sunny spells interspersed with heavy blustery showers and a cool increasing F3-5 W wind.

Watches: 0730-1000.

The Hooded Crow is still wandering the fields west from the Riding school with a flock of 134 Carrion Crow. Nearby the White-fronted Goose continued its presence with the 6 Whooper Swan and 36 Mute Swan.

Over the sea a Great Northern Diver and 7 Whooper Swan were the highlights north, with also 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 21 Black-headed Gull, 104 Herring Gull 19 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 43 Auk.

Overland 5 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Alba Wagtail, 70 Starling, 7 Chaffinch and 5 Reed Bunting.

Otherwise there were 8 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 274 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe around Kilnsea wetlands, a Merlin over the Humber and 239 Curlew in Long bank.

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  • Looking north from the Numpties watchpoint with 2 Rook heading south. Adam Hutt.

  • Rook on the move. Adam Hutt.

  • Rook on the move. Typical early spring movers sometimes in big numbers along with Jackdaw. Adam Hutt.

Friday, 08 March 2019

Sunny morning, clouding over with rain by early evening with a F3-5 WSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0630-1530.

While no big numbers it was an interesting day of movement, though 3 Crossbill on Humberside lane by the riding school were intriguing for the time of year, with 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Chiffchaff at the Sewage works nearby, the 2 Shorelark still on the beach at Easington lagoon and the nice male Black Redstart again at the Gas terminal.

A better day of vis-migging with, 1 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Wood pigeon, 40 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 584 Starling, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 4 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 5 Meadow Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting, while over the sea, 6 Common Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 39 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 11 Kittiwake, 12 Black-headed Gull, 456 Herring Gull, 7 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 73 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 9 Whooper Swan, 8 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 3 Goldeneye and 2 Little Egret in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

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  • Crossbills on Humberside laen. Richard Boon.

Thursday, 07 March 2019

A sunny start, soon deteriorated into a washout with a F6 SW wind.

Watches: 0630-1100.

A nice ringtail Hen Harrier graced the Sammy’s area, maybe a wanderer from the Sunk island area.

What had seemed like it was going to be a good day fell flat with the worsening weather with 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 3 Alba Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 90 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet and 14 Reed Bunting recorded before 9am.

It was the usual fair over the sea with, 2 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter, 86 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Kittiwake, adult Mediterranean Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 61 Herring Gull 10 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 46 Auk.

Otherwise there were 630 Brent Geese, 6 Whooper Swan, 11 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 477 Wigeon, 17 Teal and 3 Goldeneye to keep the day ticking over.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Heavy rain to begin with scattered showers thereafter with a F5-6 SSE wind.

Watches: 0745-1030.

A bit of an unusual occurrence for the time of year was a Crossbill flying east over Easington with the nice male Black Redstart again by the gas terminal.

Movement today over 3 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 65 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 25 Black-headed Gull, 39 Guillemot and 44 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the Greenshank on Beacon ponds and 3 Chiffchaff including one singing at the sewage works.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Sunny spells, rain by the evening with a F3-5 SSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

Poor over land and sea with only 4 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 3 Skylark, 3 Chaffinch, 16 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 6 Black-headed Gull and 3 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 480 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 13 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 360 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier and 6 Black-tailed Godwit in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

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Monday, 04 March 2019

A wild windy day, sunshine in the afternoon, rain in the evening with a F5-7 W wind.

Migration Watch: 0730-1005.

Difficult conditions today with the blustery conditions, but a Red Kite u-turned back north while over the sea 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Eider, 19 Red-throated Diver,  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 38 Gannet and 1004 Auk sp.

Also today were 9 Whooper Swan, 161 Brent Geese, 28 Shelduck, 16 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 196 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 2 Goldeneye in the Kilnsea Wetlands area with a Chiffchaff and 3 Siskin around Kilnsea.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Reed Bunting. Paul Willoughby.

Sunday, 03 March 2019

After a fine start, clouding over, with persistent rain in the afternoon and a F5-6 SW wind.

Migration Watch: 0640-0920.

A steady day all round, with maybe the Toad count the highlight of the day?

Moving were 77 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 58 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Siskin and 3 Reed Bunting while over the sea 21 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 81 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 106 Herring Gull and 23 Auk sp.

Also today were the White-fronted Goose, 10 Whooper Swan, 400 Brent Geese, 17 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye and a Greenshank in the Kilnsea Wetlands area.

Of interest 139 Toad were counted in Church field pond.

Ringing: 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird.

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Saturday, 02 March 2019

A sunny start, with an increasing wind and cloud with a F3-6 SSW wind.

Migration Watch: 0640-1500.

Similar to the previous day in terms of movement while the large number of Gadwall (for us) continue at Kilnsea wetlands.

The drake Green-winged Teal was again on Kilnsea wetlands with a new unringed Siberian Chiffchaff heard calling at Easington sewage works.

On the move today were a Red Kite which then west , 31 Golden Plover, 19 Snipe which dropped into the triangle, 3 Stock Dove, 36 Wood Pigeon, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 24 Rook, 4 Skylark, 70 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 38 Chaffinch, 12 Linnet and 27 Siskin while over the sea 3 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 8 Black-headed Gull, 6 Guillemot and 18 Auk sp.

Also today were the White-fronted Goose with 9 Whooper Swan, 424 Brent Geese plus a Pale-bellied Brent on Easington straight, 6 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall, 410 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Avocet and 1 Greenshank in the Kilnsea Wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Goldfinch. John Hewitt.

  • Goldfinch. John Hewitt.

Friday, 01 March 2019

A sunny start clouding over with a F2-3 NNW-WSW wind.

Migration Watch: 0640-1240.

There was a bit of movement over land and sea including the continued exodus of Starlings through the area. The drake Green-winged Teal was again on Kilnsea wetlands while the male Black Redstart remained by Easington gas terminal.

On the move today were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 2 Skylark, 242 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Siskin while over the sea 2 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 173 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 13 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 65 Black-headed Gull, 15 Guillemot and 97 Auk sp.

Also today were 10 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 697 Brent Geese on the Humber, 15 Shoveler, 21 Gadwall, 538 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Avocet, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank in the Kilnsea Wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Black Redstart. Mick Turton.

  • Chiffchaff. Paul Willoughby.

  • Chiffchaff. Paul Willoughby.