Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was again on Kilnsea wetlands this morning, before flyingoff towards the Humber. 

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  • White-rumped Sandpiper with colour flagged Dunlin. Paul French.

  • Grey Heron. Dave Tucker.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Dave Tucker.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Watches: 0645-1000.

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was present again on Kilnsea wetlands for about 20 minutes in the evening where there were also a Garganey, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 2500 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 9 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Little Stint, 535 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 20 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Gull.

On the move over the sea were 4 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shoveler, 19 Teal, 64 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 89 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 68 Oystercatcher, a Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 8 Knot, 45 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, a Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua.

Grounded migrants were few and far between but there were still 4 Pied Flycatcher and 8 Willow Warbler  to be seen.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Willow warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 10 Tree Sparrow pulli, 3 Dunnock.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Ian Smith.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Ian Smith.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Michael Flower.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

  • Green Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

  • Little Stints. Michael Flowers.

Monday, 29 July 2019

The Wader infux continues in to the area with many grounded birds and continued offshore movement, while the weather conditions are now bringing passerine migrants in from the east too. It seems like autumn is arriving nice and early.

The highlight today was a brief adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on Kilnsea wetlands, which flew off to the Humber with Dunlin. Hopefully it will be found again. An interesting record concerned 5 Ruddy Shelduck which flew over Kilnsea spending the day on the wetlands, having being seen on Sunday flying north at Frinton-on-sea, Essex then this morning in Norfolk at Sheringham at 05:50 then Scolt head at 07:40, while late afternoon an Icterine Warbler was found in Corner field.

The Kilnsea wetland/Beacon ponds area also had a Garganey, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 2 Little Stint, 18 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 22 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 12 Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Black Tern among the commoner Waders and Wildfowl. 

On the move were 27 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 142 Common Scoter, 194 Gannet, a Shag, 162 Oystercatcher, 6 Golden Plover, 105 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Turnstone, 38 Knot, 126 Sanderling, 89 Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 22 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 62 Common Tern, 19 Arctic Tern, 5 Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua. 

Ringing: 10 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Ruddy Shelduck. Rich Swales.

  • Ruddy Shelduck. Rich Swales.

  • Ruddy Shelduck. Rich Swales.

  • Ruddy Shelduck with Mediterraean Gulls. John Hewitt.

  • Ruddy Shelduck. Rich Swales.

  • Ruddy Shelduck. Rich Swales.

  • Green Sandpiper. Rich Swales.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Watches: 0615-1215.

The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was on Beacon lane, a Turtle Dove wandering the area and a Cuckoo at the Warren among small numbers of other passerine migrants.

Moving over the sea were 24 Teal, 105 Common Scoter, 4 Cormorant, 698 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone, 10 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, a Greenshank, 4 Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua.

The Kilnsea wetlands (unless stated) area held, 2 Garganey, 11 Little Egret, 180 Oystercatcher at Chalk bank, a Ruff at the Warren, 1 Little Stint, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Wood Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gull and 246 Black-headed Gull 

Ringing: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock pulli, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Two Garganey with Mallard. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Watches: 0600-1400, 1645-1820.

The day was dominated by an arrival of Waders which brought Kilnsea wetlands to life with the highlights being 13 Wood Sandpiper, 15 Green Sandpiper and 25 Common Sandpiper, which also had 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 360 Redshank and 13 Greenshank plus Garganey, 24 Arctic Tern, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 11 Little Egrets. Further Wader totals included 1650 Dunlin, 130 Knot, a Curlew Sandpiper, 19 Whimbrel and 103 Golden Plover on the HUmber.

Only a small number of other Wader species were seen on the move over the sea, but they added to the diversity of the day, 13 Oystercatcher, 92 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, 29 Knot, 3 Turmstone and a Snipe, along with 308 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 21 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 897 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup, a female Mandarin, the first Roseate Tern of the year, 5 Kittiwake and 3 Little Gull.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock pulli.

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  • Crossbill. Ian Smith.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Green sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpipers. Ian Smith.

Friday, 26 July 2019

A hot humid day with frequent thundery showers and a F1-2 SW wind.

Watches: 0515-1215.

Some decent totals of wader over the sea, and also grounded birds on Kilnsea wetlands, while Hirundines had a big push.

The sea produced 45 Shelduck, 31 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, an Eider, 1 Fulmar, 28 Gannet, 434 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 29 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 5 Knot, 13 Redshank, 38 Dunlin and 94 Sanderling, 49 Black-headed Gull in, 1 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua.

Overland 286 Swift, 441 Sand Martin, 1900 Swallow and 12 House Martin.

The Garganey remained on Kilnsea wetlands which also had some good Wader counts with 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 3 Wood Sandpiper with 18 Greenshank on the Humber. In Easington breeding was apparently confirmed with Spotted Flycatcher for the 3rd year in a row with an adult feeding a juvenile.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Watches: 0515-1100.
The sea had a nice varied movement of Waders with some decent totals. Moving were 17 Shelduck, 81 Teal, 2 Eider, a Grey Heron, a Great Crested Grebe, 5 Manx Shearwater, 22 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 89 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 55 Whimbrel, 17 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone, 102 Knot, 13 Redshank, 105 Dunlin and 10 Sanderling, with a female Mandarin south over the Humber.
Overland there were 23 Swift, 46 Sand Martin, 174 Swallow, 34 House Martin, 11 Flava Wagtail and 4 Alba Wagtail.


The Kilnsea wetlands area 18 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1900 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, 175 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

A Dark Umber moth was trapped overnight at Kew and is a first for Spurn.

Ringing: 1 Avocet, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet.

 

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  • Dark Umber. Barry Spence. New for Spurn.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A hot sunny day with early morning thunder storms and a F2 NNE-SW wind.

Watches: 0645-1100.

It seems like the autumn is almost upon us with each day bringing further signs. Today saw the first 2 Whinchat of the autumn at the Point while Wader passage continues.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, 3 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 5 Greenshank, 275 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and an Arctic Tern.

The sea had, 81 Teal, 229 Common Scoter, 41 Gannet, 7 Oystercatcher, 12 Whimbrel, 13 Knot, 2 Dunlin and 1 Redshank, while overland a Hobby, 12 Sand Martin and 36 Swallow.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon pulli, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 4 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Watches: 0530-1100.

A bit quieter all round than of late, but a Serin flying south at Numpties was the highlight of the day and given how few have ever been seen at this time of year, it is almost certainly the bird from Saturday.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, 19 Teal, 3 Marsh Harrier, 6 Little Egret, a Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 2500 Dunlin,

The sea had, 51 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 10 Common Tern, 629 Sandwich Tern, while overland 46 Swift, 78 Sand Martin, 277 Swallow, 5 House Martin and 6 ‘Alba’ Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher pulli, 3 Little Tern pulli, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting..

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  • Little Tern. Paul Willoughby.

  • Little Tern. Paul Willoughby.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Very warm with a F3-1 SW wind.

Watches: 0600-1215, 1500-1600.

Most of today’s action was over the sea mainly involving passage Waders, while a nice selection were still present on Kilnsea wetlands.

The sea had 2 Great Crested Grebe, 71 Gannet, 18 Oystercatcher, 29 Golden Plover, 102 Whimbrel, 197 Knot, 22 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 9 Redshank, a Turnstone and 57 Black-headed Gull, while overland a 20 Swift, 310 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin and 141 Swallow.

The Kilnsea wetlands area still had a juvenile Garganey, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, 6 Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, 219 Redshank and 37 Black-tailed Godwit.

Ringing: 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Warm and sunny with a F2-4 W-SW wind.
Watches: 0530-1230.
The beginnings of the passerine autumn are upon us and today saw an increase to 8 inquisitive juvenile Willow warbler, with a Cuckoo in Churchfield, the Redstart on Beacon lane, 15 Yellow Wagtail on the salt marsh at the warren and 2 Grasshopper Warbler in the area.


The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, 4 Marsh Harrier including an adult male, 5 Little egret, 1 Whimbrel, 133 Curlew, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 5 Greenshank, 351 Sandwich Tern, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull and 4170 Black-headed Gull and 3 Arctic Tern on the Humber.


The sea had, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, a Whimbrel, 9 Sanderling, 47 Knot, 23 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 9 Black-headed Gull in, 500+ Little Gull and 2 Puffin, while overland 46 Swift, 304 Sand Martin, 174 Swallow, 21 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 ‘Alba’ Wagtail and 26 Linnet.


Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin.

 

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  • Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Colin Bushell.

  • Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Colin Bushell.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0500-1130, 1800-1830.

A few bits of interest today highlighted by a Nightjar late evening flying around gardens in Kilnsea then north towards Holderness field and a vocal Serin around Kew. The first ‘returning’ spotty juvenile Redstart was on Beacon Lane and a juvenile Willow Warbler in Corner field.

 Moving were 2 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 66 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 50 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 11 Oystercatcher, a Ringed Plover, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 184 Knot, 15 Turnstone, 43 Sanderling, 133 Dunlin, 101 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 28 Kittiwake, 295 Black-headed Gull in/off, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull in, 5 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill, while overland 1552 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow and 4 Flava Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, a Spoonbill which later flew off north west, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1500 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 266 Redshank, 8 Greenshank and 160 Sandwich Tern.

Ringing:  1 Wren, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0515-1930.

The sea produced 2 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 57 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 321 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 24 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 17 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 49 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 96 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Knot, 4 Turnstone, 48 Sanderling, 104 Dunlin, 322 Redshank, 16 Kittiwake, 114 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 3 juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 8 Guillemot, 41 Auk sp and a Puffin,  while overland a Marsh Harrier, 1278 Swift, 77 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow and 2 Flava Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area continues to be good with a Garganey, 6 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, a Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 3000 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 190 Redshank and 6 Greenshank.

Ringing:  3 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit.

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  • Little Stint with Dunlin. John Hewitt.

  • Little Stint. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0500-1400, 1545-2000.

Wader movement over the sea continues to increase and producing some good totals, which in the next few weeks should have some very big days. Moving were 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 42 Teal, 235 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 89 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 23 Golden Plover, a Little-ringed Plover, 38 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 43 Knot, 3 Turnstone, 14 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 49 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 9 Kittiwake, 1089 Black-headed Gull in/off, 614 Little Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull in, 4 Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 2 Auk sp,  while overland a Marsh Harrier, 1526 Swift, a Hobby, 23 Sand Martin, 27 Swallow and 2 Flava Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1600 Dunlin, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 190 Redshank and 6 Greenshank.

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  • Unusual Common Tern. John Hewitt. Pretty distinctive and we wonder has it been seen anywhere else?

  • Common Tern with Sandwich Tern on Beacon ponds. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Watches: 0530-1000, 1400-2100.

The sea had had most of the action, but the beginnings of southerly overland movement were in evidence too. Over the sea, 20 Shelduck, 5 Eider, 240 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 35 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 55 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 50 Whimbrel, 17 Curlew, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 39 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Kittiwake, 95 Black-headed Gull, 878 Little Gull, 161 Sandwich Tern, 13 Arctic Tern and 7 6 Auk sp while overland 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 913 Swift, 69 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, a House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail.

While we wait for the late summer exodus of Passerine migrants, 3 Cuckoo were seen today with 2 juveniles present and a Grasshopper warbler at the point. On the Humber there were now 300 Golden Plover and 25 Whimbrel, while on Kilnsea wetlands a Curlew Sandpiper and a colour ringed Little Stint.

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  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

  • Little-ringed Plover. John Hewitt.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Watches: 0530-1030.

Good numbers of Waders and Terns are still about, but the day was a frustrting one with a brief 'Orange billed' Tern sp at Beacon ponds which maybe flew out to the south east. Hopefully it will be relocated.

The immediate area around here did produce among the 'usuals', 2 Tufted Duck, a Little-ringed Plover and 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 

The sea had 3 Shelduck, 158 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Manx Sheartwater, 334 Gannet, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 54 Kittiwake, 90 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Tern, 8 Guillemot and 19 Auk sp while 3 Scaup (2 male) were on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 

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  • Little-ringed Plover. Rich Swales.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Rich Swales.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunny spells with a F2 NNW-N wind.

Watches: 0710-1035.

The sea had 3 Eider, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, 11 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, a Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua with 4 male Scaup on the Humber.

The Kilnsea wetlands area 21 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1200 Dunlin, 5 Greenshank, 184 Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1129 Black-headed Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gull and 92 Little Gull.

Ringing: 1 Ringed Plover pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0450-1115, 1815-2100.

Little done today bar plenty of attention being paid to the sea

The sea produced 23 Teal, a Shoveler, 320 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 77 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank,  1 Greenshank, 30 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Little Gull, 5 Common Tern, 13 Arctic Tern, an Arctic Skua, 4 Razorbill, 8 Puffin and 13 Auk sp with 4 male Scaup on the Humber.

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chiffchaff.

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  • Stonechat. Rich Swales.

  • Small Marbled. Tony Broom.

  • Small Marbled. Tony Broom.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Watches: 0540-1055.

While Wader numbers remain high, there are still few Duck about, in particular Teal which have often built a decent flock by now.

On the move today over a quiet sea were 77 Shelduck in, 7 Teal, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 67 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, a Whimbrel and 2 Curlew with overland a juvenile Cuckoo, 52 Swift, 57 Sand Martin, 89 Swallow, 42 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail and the first  Tree Pipit of the 'autumn'.

Other sightings included 14 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 390 Black-headed Gull and 2Yellow-legged Gulls (ad+juv), with some good Wader counts 120 Golden Plover, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 54 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 114 Redshank and 5 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit..

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  • Little-Ringed Plover. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Avocet. Lawrence Middleton.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0450-1035, 1330-2000.

The sea produced 6 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 64 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 25 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 33 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kittiwake, 48 Black-headed Gull, 18 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Common Tern and 5 Arctic Tern, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 672 Swift, 74 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 45 Starling, a Flava Wagtail and 1 Alba Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area continues its good run with  15 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1570 Dunlin, a Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 150 Redshank, 4 Greenshank,  with 125 Curlew and 166 Golden Plover on the Humber.

Ringing:  1 Blackbird.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0630-1200, 1255-2000.

An impressive increase in Waders on Kilnsea wetlands and good numbers moving over the sea.

The sea produced 26 Teal, 249 Common Scoter, 78 Gannet, 10 Oystercatcher, 46 Whimbrel, 24 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 Common Tern and 5 Arctic Tern, while overland 4 Little Egret, 1843 Swift, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 236 Sand Martin, 43 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 15 Linnet flew south.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a brilliant array of species on offer, 17 Teal, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1250 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 160 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 459 Black-headed Gull with 118 Curlew and 135 Golden Plover on the Humber while a juvenile Cuckoo at Point.

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  • juvenile Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Overcast all day, spots of rain but warm with a F3 E wind.

Watches: 0615-1200, 1515-1815.

A day of some movement over the sea saw decent numbers of Waders heading south and further increases on the Humber and Kilnsea wetlands.

On the move were 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 618 Common Scoter, 9 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 331 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, a Little-ringed Plover, 28 Whimbrel, 27 Curlew, 31 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 16 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 11 Auk sp while overland 72 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Flava Wagtail.

On Kilnsea wetlands 4 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 51 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Little egret, 28 Avocet, 4 Little–ringed Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1150 Dunlin, 102 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Caspian Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 3 Little Gull with 40 Golden Plover on the Humber

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Linnet.

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  • Starling. John Hewitt.

  • Caspian Gull. Mick Turton.

Monday, 08 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0700-1045, 1630-1800, 1915-1940.

A day very much similar to yesterday, but a Cory’s Shearwater flying north past the seawatch hut was a nice addition to the year list, while also seen were a Gadwall, 6 Teal, a fine total of 1402 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 21 Manx Shearwater, a Red-throated Diver, 276 Gannet, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, a Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 152 Auk sp and 4 Puffin, while overland 5 Swift and 35 Sand Martin flew south.

Also today mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area were 3 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 717 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 166 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 530 Black-headed Gull with 143 Curlew and 50 Golden Plover on the Humber.

Ringing:  1 Oystercatcher pulli, 2 Ringed Plover pulli, 2 Little Tern pulli, 1 Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Male House Sparrow. Ian Smith.

  • Little Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Emperor. Micky Maher.

Sunday, 07 July 2019

Migration Watches: 0700-1050.

A typical summers day which can be quiet overall, but Wader numbers are still slowly increasing and something good could appear any day among them.

On the move were 76 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, a Great Northern Diver, 49 Gannet, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 4 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 2 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 21 Auk sp and 2 Puffin.  

Also today mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area were 19 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 874 Dunlin and 126 Curlew while a Water Rail was on Canal scrape.

Ringing:  1 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 1 Whitethroat.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

  • Moorhen chicks at Driftwood. John Hewitt.

  • Knot, Dunlin and Redshank at Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 06 July 2019

Watches: 0550-0930.

A fairly standard species list were present today over the sea and the Humber.

It was quiet over the sea with, 8 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 43 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 12 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, a Dunlin, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Common Tern, 21 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 11 Auk sp.

Other sightings today on Kilnsea wetlands and the Humber were 2 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 32 Mallard, 23 Golden Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 132 Curlew, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 440 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 91 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 19 Little Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gull. 

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli.

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Friday, 05 July 2019

Watches: 0530-0900.

The Kilnsea wetlands area continues to be the ‘go to place’ at the moment with little happening elsewhere 221 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 58 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Little egret, 48 Avocet, a Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 145 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Dunlin, 99 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 12 Little Gull.

The sea had, 3 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Cormorant, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 15 Curlew, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Knot, 15 Dunlin, 45 Kittiwake, 11 Guillemot, a Razorbill, 5 Puffin and 6 Auk sp while overland 24 Swift, 35 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow and 22 Starling. In the evening over 1000 Swift were blogging over the area.

Other sightings included a Water Rail was along the canal.

Ringing: 2 Collared Dove pulli, 1 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock pulli, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin.

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Thursday, 04 July 2019

Watches: 

Wader numbers are increasing day by day, with a trickle over the sea, which will in the right conditions over the next few weeks become a regular stream.

On the move were 9 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 18 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater, 6 Little Egret, 71 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 11 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, a summer plumage Spotted Redshank, 68 Kittiwake, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Sandwich Tern, 1493 Swift, 81 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 88 Starling, 1 'Flava' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet and 14 Goldfinch.

Other sightings mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area included 30 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 31 Golden Plover, a Little-ringed Plover, 208 Curlew, 39 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 512 Dunlin, 82 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 25 Little Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern and the Wheatear still at Beacon ponds.

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  • Avocet. Ian Smith.

  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls on Beacon ponds. John Hewitt.

  • Adult Little Gull. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019

Warm and sunny with a F2 ENE wind.

Watches: 0630-1015, 1720-2015.

The Kilnsea wetlands general area continues to be the ‘go to place’ at the moment with little happening elsewhere, 1 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Little egret, 30 Avocet, 130 Curlew, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 225 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 12 Little Gull.

The sea continued with another good movement of 238 Black-headed Gull along with 39 Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwater, 185 Gannet, 8 Fulmar, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 13 Guillemot and 10 Auk sp.

Other sightings saw the Treecreeper around Kilnsea, the Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s and the Wheatear again at Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 2 Collared Dove pulli, 1 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock pulli, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin.

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  • Juvenile Yellow Wagtail. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Little Gull. Colin Bushell.

  • Little Gull with Black-headed Gulls. Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Watches: 0630-0935, 1615-1645.

A bit of an overnight decline in wader numbers, but there were still decent totals about to keep up the interest with 6 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 10 Little egret, 32 Avocet, a Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 126 Curlew, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 235 Dunlin, 55 Redshank, a Greenshank, a Yellow-legged Gull, 600 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Gull.

Overland movement was quiet and saw 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 12 Starling and a Flava Wagtail head south, while the sea only produced 3 Common Scoter, 25 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 137 Black-headed Gull, 11 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings saw the Turtle Dove still residing in an Easington garden, a juvenile Treecreeper trapped at Kew, a Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea wetlands was an interesting record, while the first returning? Willow Warbler were at Kew, 4 Blackcap around the area and a Wheatear at Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 3 Barn Owl pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Wren.

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  • Turtle Dove. Paul French.

  • Turtle Dove with Collared Doves. Paul French.

  • Wood Pigeon with Collared Doves....and a Turtle Dove. paul French.

  • Arty take on a Little Tern mobbing a Kittiwake. Mick turton.

Monday, 01 July 2019

Warm and sunny with a blustery F6 SW wind.

Watches: 0530-1200, 1400-1530.

An obvious arrival of Waders saw Kilnsea wetlands the place to be with so much going on in a small area, 7 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 99 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Little-ringed Plover, 160 Dunlin, 70 Redshank, a dapper Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull and a Little Gull while on the Humber, 42 Golden Plover, 58 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper and 62 Knot roosted at Chalk bank.

Overland movement saw a Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, a Turtle Dove, 2276 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 85 Starling, 2 Flava Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail head south, while the sea produced 9 Greylag Geese, 17 Shelduck, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 19 Redshank, 107 Black-headed Gull, and 12 Auk sp.

Other sightings saw 2 Peregrine in the area, a Cuckoo along the peninsula and another Turtle Dove residing in an Easington garden.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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  • Spotted Redshank at Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Spotted Redshank with 2 Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin in background. John Hewitt.

  • Part of the Black-tailed Godwit flock. John Hewitt.

  • Redshank with the Spotted Redshank and an Avocet. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.