Sightings

Sightings

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.

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.