Sightings

Sightings

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Hot and sunny with a F3-4 SE wind

Watches: 0645-0915, 1830-2030.

The first hint of east in the air brought a nice drift arrival though surprisingly no rare or scarce were found. Totals no doubt would have been much higher if there was a bit of cloud or maybe a hint of rain in the air, but was impressive anyway, 12 Reed Warbler, 2 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field, 160 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 108 Whitethroat, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 37 Pied Flycatcher, 15 Redstart, 37 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat and a Tree Pipit.

Moving over the sea were 12 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 52 Common Scoter, 26 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 13 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Greenshank, 29 Gannet and 4 Fulmar.

The evening Tern roost was steady away with 2843 Common Tern, 4 Arctic tern and a Black Tern.

Overland movement saw a Marsh Harrier, 4 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 387 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 11 Starling, 9 Tree Sparrow, 15 Flava Wagtail and 6 Linnet.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a fine array of species with a Garganey, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a fine 3cy Caspian Gull and 72 Mediterranean Gull in the area. Otherwise the nice juvenile Purple Sandpiper was at the Narrows and 21 Little Tern at the Point.

Ringing: 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Swallow, 2 Great Tit.

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  • Whinchat in the Triangle. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Pied Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpipers on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Purple Sandpiper. Paul Willoughby. Catch them in the right light and the purple iridescence becomes evident.

  • Caspian Gull. Justin Carr.

  • Caspian Gull. Justin Carr.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Warm and sunny with a F3-4 W-SE wind

Watches: 0545-1300, 1815-1945.

The number of grounded migrants remain high, and in fact increases for most, but little yet in the way of scarce migrants, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field, 91 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 66 Whitethroat, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 34 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit.

Very quiet over the sea, but little time was given to it really with so many migrants about, 10 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 43 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 60 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Sanderling, 42 Gannet and a Fulmar, while the evening Tern roost was steady again with 2910 Common Tern, 4 Arctic tern and 2 Black Tern.

Overland movement saw a Marsh Harrier, 11 Swift, 115 Sand Martin, 436 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 85 Starling, 86 Tree Sparrow, 37 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 20 Linnet.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had 184 Greylag Geese, a Garganey, 3 Wigeon, a big reduction to only 47 Teal, a Tufted Duck, a Little-ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 4500 Knot, 3 Ruff, 860 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper and 2 Wood Sandpiper. A Purple Sandpiper was showing nicely at the Narrows and a Red Kite in Easington with both Merlin and Peregrine hunting the area.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 15 Tree Sparrow, 2 Wren, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Juvenile Little Terns. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Watches: 0645-1045.

The sea had a bit of Duck movement while there were increases also on Kilnsea wetlands.

Over the sea 20 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, a Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 193 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 229 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 70 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 117 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot, 1 Ruff, 6 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 1Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 64 Black-headed Gull, 22 Little Tern, 870 Common Tern, 15 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, a Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and a nice juvenile Long-tailed Skua.

Overland an Osprey, 1 Sparrowhawk, 56 Swift, 90 Sand Martin, 507 Swallow, 65 House Martin, 119 Tree Sparrow, 5 Flava Wagtail and 11 Linnet.

Another good day of migrants present in the area 52 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 29 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Bullfinch. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area had (unless stated) a Garganey, 448 Teal, 2020 Shelduck on the Humber, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 9000 Knot, 2 Ruff, 1600 Dublin, a Little Stint at the Point, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 415 Redshank and 23 Greenshank.

Ringing: 5 Whitethroat, 5 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Yellow Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Osprey. John Hewitt.

  • Knot and Grey Plover. Tim Jump.

  • Action on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Watches: 0600-1030, 1735-2030.

Late in the afternoon a BONELLI'S WARBLER was found just south of the narrows. Despite no calls being heard, the bird reacted to the call of Western rather than eastern. While the bird overall would appear to be quite bright and warm coloured, there are apparently no real plumage characters other than their distinctive calls to go on, Western would be the favourite for its identification? There is some suggestion from some literature that Eastern Bonelli's can be a bit more 'Chiffchaff like' in its appearance though again this is open to conjecture. Hopefully it will be present again tomorrow.

Good numbers of migrants remain with maybe some new arrivals with 68 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 41 Whitethroat, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 19 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Tree Pipit with the 2 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

On a day with no other Skuas and in reality a bit quiet over the sea yet another? fine adult Long-tailed Skua flew south past the sea watch hut, while also moving were 9 Teal, 73 Common Scoter, 157 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 29 Redshank, 62 Gannet and 1 Fulmar.

The evening Tern roost was also quiet by recent standards with a Little Tern, 149 Sandwich tern, 2079 Common Tern, 45 Arctic tern and a Black Tern, but it does in good years come in pulses as new birds move into the area as other depart..

Overland movement saw a Red Kite yet again blogging about the area, a Merlin, 1 Collared Dove, 42 Swift, 34 Sand Martin, 256 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 25 Flava Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Garganey, a Wigeon, 35 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 123 Grey Plover, an Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000 Dunlin, 1000 Knot, a Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 425 Redshank and 11 Greenshank with 4 Green Sandpiper in the triangle.

4 Clouded Yellow were seen about the area.

Ringing: 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Bonelli's Warbler (prob Western). Rich Swales. Showing some warmth in the upperparts, while the head pattern is less Chiffchaff like than has been suggested for Eastern.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt. Showing the pale underwing.

  • Clouded Yellow at Beacon ponds. Tim Jump.

  • Clouded Yellow at the Warren. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Watches: 0710-1030, 1730-2045.

There were some good totals of grounded migrants about with the final total of 115 Willow Warbler regrettably not including any counts down the peninsula south of the Warren, wile also recorded a Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 23 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Tree Pipit with 2 Marsh Warbler again in Sykes field..

On the move over the sea were 17 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 13 Gannet, an Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Oystercatcher, 12 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Arctic Skua, 59 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 70 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 59 Tree Sparrow, 12 Flava Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit and 6 Linnet. The evening Tern roost movement had 99 Sandwich Tern, a Little Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 11041 Common Tern and 102 Arctic Tern.

Kilnsea wetlands held a Garganey, 27 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Avocet, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 4000 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green sandpiper, 132 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Hobby and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 14 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Great Tit.

 

 

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  • Common Redstart. Colin Bushell.

  • Whinchat. Nigel Genn.

  • Whinchat. Nigel Genn.

  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Watches: 0500-0600, 0645-1045, 1515-1600.

The noticeable Tree Pipit (for us) movement continued and an increase in grounded migrant numbers and species with Kilnsea wetlands still pulling in the Waders.

The first Sooty Shearwater of the autumn cruising north past the seawatch hut is always a welcome sight and much anticipated addition to the year list of this global wanderer. Also moving 7 Shelduck, 7 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 15 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 81 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 19 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 22 Redshank, 101 Mediterranean Gull (70 of which were on the sea), 37 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, a Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua.

Overland movement saw a Red Kite blogging about the area, 37 Swift, 37 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 13 Flava Wagtail and 3 Tree Pipit.

 It was nice to walk about with a nice selection of migrants on offer though the peninsula was unfortunately not covered but brought totals of 80 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 25 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 9 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit with 2 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Little-ringed Plover, 260 Grey Plover, 2 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Dunlin, a Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 183 Redshank and 13 Greenshank.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Yellow Wagtail. Tim Jump.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Watches: 0630-1000, 1700-2040.

Continuing the steady movement over the sea during the day were 8 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 56 Common Scoter, 59 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 140 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, 13 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 35 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Arctic Skua and in the evening Tern roost movement 180 Sandwich Tern, 5000 Common Tern and 35 Arctic Tern.

Overland movement while still quiet, had some interesting totals, 24 Swift, 63 Sand Martin, 74 Swallow, 74 Flava Wagtail, a Grey wagtail, 6 Alba wagtail, 10 Tree Pipit, 200 Tree Sparrow and 29 Linnet.

A small increase in migrant numbers saw 26 Willow Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat recorded with 3 Marsh Warbler still showing in the corner field area.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had all the usuals present, Garganey, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 7000 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 12 Greenshank.

A Brown Hawker was found in the Heligoland trap in Church Field.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Watches: 0630-1200.

The evening Tern roost which has been amazing the last few day was slightly quieter with no Roseates seen, but still had 3 Black Tern, 7280 Common Tern and 107 Arctic Tern. On the move over the sea during the day were 67 Teal, 3 Velvet Scoter, 77 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, a Great Northern Diver, 26 Gannet, 306 Oystercatcher, 11 Golden Plover, 4 Curlew, 31 Whimbrel, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 68 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 93 Knot, 41 Dunlin, 36 Sanderling, 37 Redshank and a Bonxie while overland a Red Kite, 6 Swift, 38 Sand Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail and 4 Linnet.

There was a small increase in migrant numbers 10 Wilow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear and 2 Tree Pipit.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey, a Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 217 Teal, 56 Mallard, a Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 13 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Little-ringed Plover and 5000 Dunlin.

A Small Red-eyed Damselfly was in the garden at Kew.

Ringing: 2 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Robin, 1 Whitethroat.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith. A nice sequence of shots showing in detail a squabble between 2 Godwits which almost seem to show some high energy dancing?

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Red Kite. Ian Smith.

Friday, 16 August 2019

The sea was where most of the action occurred today with the evening Tern roost movement being particularly impressive. Birds were streaming south over the sea and across from Kilnsea wetlands to the Humber. These birds then go onto roost distantly out on the vast saltmarshes on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber. This evenings roost saw 133 Sandwich Tern, 12859 Common Tern, 83 Arctic Tern, 9 Roseate Tern and 3 Black Tern head south.

Also over the sea during the day were 20 Teal, 49 Oystercatcher, 23 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 69 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua with an Osprey south over the Humber and 17 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 3 Flava Wagtail and 5 Linnet also noted.

A scatter of returning migrants was noted in the area with returns of 28 Willow Warbler, a Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Cuckoo.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had a Garganey, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap.

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  • Common Terns on the move past the seawatch hut. Ian Smith.

  • Common terns. Ian smith.

  • Terns on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

watches: 0600-1020, 1445-2100.

The evening Tern roost finally kicked into gear with a fine movement of 2 Black Tern, 238 Sandwich Tern, 43 Arctic Term, 10400 Common Term and a Roseate Term.

Moving over the sea were a Brent Goose, 10 Teal, 61 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 17 Fulmar, 140 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 54 Oystercatcher, 22 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Turnstone,5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 121 Knot, 32 Sanderling,55 Dunlin,2 Whimbrel, 13 Redshank,8 Grey Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, an Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua.. 

Overland it was quiet but it shouldn’t be long before the first bigger movements of Hirundines. Today the totals were  107 Swift, 14 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 143 Swallow, 90 Sand Martin, 72 House Martin, 9 Linnet, 55 Tree Sparrow and a Yellowhammer. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 3 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little-ringed Plover, 178 Curlew, 4 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 7 Greenshank.

Ringing: 4 Swallow pulli, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Sparrow, 

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  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Watches: 0515-0530, 0630-1030, 1230-2030.

A fantastic 186 Mediterranean Gull were on the Humber this morning along with over 8000 Black-headed Gull and no doubt the final total would have been much higher if co-ordinated counts had been made.

On the move over the sea were 4 Shelduck, 79 Teal, 22 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 174 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 41 Oystercatcher, a Grey Plover, 13 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 61 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 28 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper, 21 Redshank, 9 Kittiwake, a Great Skua and 3 Arctic Skua while the evening roost movement produced 230 Sandwich Tern, 14 Little Tern, 2 Roseate Tern, 974 Common Tern, 12 Arctic Tern and 2 Black Tern..

Overland small numbers of birds wee on the move, 33 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 204 Swallow, 23 House Martin, 22 Flava Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

In the Kilnsea wetlands area 168 Greylag Geese, a Spoonbill, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 1 Commn Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and a Hobby.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Swallow. (20 of 8 species).

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  • Willow Warbler.Ian Smith.

  • Juvenile Knot on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt. Fantastic numbers of juvenile birds this autumn in the area.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

 

Watches; 0600-1130, 1630-1930.

The first pulses of Tree Sparrows moving and a high proportion of juvenile birds give a hint at a good breeding season. A trickle over the sea once again and the first controlled Roseate Terns at Spurn.

On the move were 11 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 40 Gannet, a Shag, 46 Oystercacther, a Ringed Plover, 16 Turnstone, 174 Knot, 10 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 9 Redshank, a Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua, a Great Skua and a Puffin while heading overland were a Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 56 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 100 Tree Sparrow and 4 Flava Wagtail.

The evening Tern roost movement had 195 Sandwich Tern, 39 Little Tern, 448 Common Tern and 3 Arctic Tern with birds still moving well after dark and trapping late evening saw a Black Tern and 5 Roseate Tern head south (with 2 of these controlled at the Warren, presumably from Coquet). The other highlight was a Norwegian ringed Common Tern.

Grounded birds included a Cuckoo, 24 Willow Warbler, 3 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear and a Tree Pipit with the Marsh Warblers still in Sykes field.

On Kilnsea wetlands a Garganey, 15 Teal, 6 Avocet, 5 Little-ringed Plover, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Geen Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 56 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 5 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 42 Tree Sparrow, 1 Linnet pulli, 2 Goldfinch. (69 0f 10 species).

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  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Mark Rayment.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Mark Rayment.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Watches: 0645-1100, 1330-1530, 1620-2030.

A quieter day all round, but there were still Waders moving over the sea albeit in smaller numbers. An adult Long-tailed Skua with full tail streamers flying south close in (with 2 Great Skua) was a nice addition to the day. Also moving were 6 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 21 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 55 Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Skua, 20 Arctic Skua while overland a Red Kite, 165 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 40 Tree Sparrow and 43 Linnet. The evening Tern roost is just starting to pick with 165 Sandwich Tern, 756 Common Tern and 22 Arctic Tern south to rrost of the saltmarshes in Lincs. This should hopefully build into evenings with thousands streaming past the seawatch hut.

There were a few grounded migrants about with 15 Willow Warbler, 3 Whinchat and a Stonechat while the Marsh Warblers were still in Sykes field.

On Kilnsea wetlands a Garganey, 3 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 9 Little Egret, 7 Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, a Snipe, 9 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper and 12 Greenshank.

The Clouded Yellow was again in Church field.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat.

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  • Marsh Warbler. Ian Bollen.

  • Little Tern. Rich Swales.

  • Emperor Dragonfly. Ian Smith.

  • Clouded Yellow. Tia Metcalfe.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Watches: 0515-1045, 1530-2015.

It was another good day of Wader movement with particular emphasis yet again on Knot, with good numbers of juvenile birds, hinting at a brilliant breeding season. At least 2 Marsh Warbler were still on show today in Sykes field.
An early start in the hope the Pacific Swift would fly south was in vain, and overall surprisingly slow given the wind, but observers did record a Stock Dove, 762 Swift, a Hobby, 15 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 4 Flava Wagtail and a Greenfinch. The watchers here also had the luxury of being able to check the sea where more was going on, 8 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 139 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 825 Knot, 65 Redshank, 21 Turnstone, 48 Sanderling, 61 Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull and 5 Arctic Tern.


Kilnsea wetlands had a Garganey, 4 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 5 Wood Sandpiper. 300 Redshank, 7 Greenshank and in the evening 90 Mediterranean Gull.

A male Small Red-eyed Damselfly was on a pond in Easington which is the first this year and a Clouded Yellow butterfly was in Church field.


Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow.

 

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  • Swift. Rich Swales.

  • Grass Snake with Ringed Plover. Rich Swales.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Rich Swales.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

  • Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Tony Broom.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Another good day of Wader movement over the sea was interrupted by a mad dash up to Hornsea to see a Pacific Swift which had been found feeding with Swifts.

Late in the evening the Spurn radios burst iinto life that the PACIFIC SWIFT was flying around the church in Easington, ultimately being seen by three observers. The 5th record for Spurn, it was lost but may have gone to roost on the church itself? During the day observers logged 571 Swift heading south in the hope that it would appear here earlier n the day.

The sea was where most of the action occurred today in wild conditions, with 108 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 130 Oystercatcher, 8 Grey Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 676 Knot, 10 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 72 Turnstone, 52 Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua and a Long-tailed Skua which lingered off the seawatch hut then headed south.

Kilnsea wetlands had a Garganey, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Wood Sandpiper.

Ringing: 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover.

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  • Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands. Daniel Gornall.

  • Juvenile Cuckoo in an Easington garden. Paul French.

  • Cuckoo. Paul French..

  • Juvenile Little-ringed Plover. Daniel Gornall.

  • Juvenile Knot on Kilnsea wetlands. Daniel Gornall.

Friday, 09 August 2019

Rain petered out by late morning but an increasing F3 SE to a 5-6 SW wind.

Watches: 0655-1755.

The sea had most of the action today with a nice array of waders on the move with yet more Oystercatcher and a big Knot movement. On the move were 31 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 150 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 206 Gannet, 368 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 780 Knot, 10 Redshank, an impressive 24 Common Sandpiper over the sea, a Greenshank, 37 Turnstone, 69 Sanderling, 38 Dunlin, 4 Arctic Skua and a Black Tern.

While a full count of Waders was not done the quality birds were all still about mainly on Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 316 Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

The Marsh Warbler family were still in Sykes field, but a huge decline to only 10 Willow Warbler, though 2 Pied Flycatcher were recorded.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Stonechat. Ian Smith.

  • House Martin young. Michael Flowers.

Thursday, 08 August 2019

Watches: 0700-0915, 1400-1500, 1845-2015.

A good day to be looking for migrants, but the lack of Pied Flycatchers suggests these birds were British birds on their way south rather than Scandinavian.


The bird of the day were the 185 Willow Warbler seen, a big increase on the previous day. There were also obvious increases in other migrants. The Marsh Warbler family (2 adult and 2 young) were still in Sykes field, while logged today were 2 Cuckoo, 15 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 36 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 32 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit.


Yet again the Kilnsea wetlands area kept up the fantastic birding spectacle producing 1 Little-ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Knot, 1 Ruff, 9000 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 530 Redshank and 7 Greenshank.
The sea was yet again quiet with only 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 142 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, 32 Knot, 2 Redshank, 1 Turnstone and a Pomarine Skua while overland there was a trickle, 13 Swift, 44 Sand Martin, 223 Swallow, 6 House Martin and 20 Flava Wagtail.


Ringing: 2 Little Tern pulli, 17 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 2 Greenfinch.

 

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  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Willow Warbler. Simon Jump.

  • Reed Warbler. Tim Jump.

  • Reed Warbler. Simon Jump.

  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Willow Warbler. Tim Jump.

  • Wheatear. Colin Bushell.

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Watches: 0545-1000, 1810-1940.

There is a small trickle of passerine migrants moving through the area, as we wait for the first proper easterlies of the autumn to arrive. In the meantime the Marsh Warbler family were still hanging around in Corner field, with other species noted being a Cuckoo, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Stonechat and a Song Thrush.

The White-rumped Sandpiper was on Kilnsea wetlands in the morning among some impressive totals of other species for a small site, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 6 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1100 Knot, 1 Ruff, 5000 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and 15 Greenshank.

The sea had was quiet and only light passage was noted 1 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 55 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 6 Dunlin and a Great Skua while overland 294 Swift, 41 Sand Martin, 80 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 20 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit and 15 Linnet.

Along the peninsula 2 Clouded Yellow butterfly were recorded.

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat.

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  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Rich Swales.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Rich Swales.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Lawrence Middleton

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Clouded Yellow. Colin Bushell.

  • Tree Lichen Beauty. Martin Stoyle.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

Watches: 0555-0830, 1000-1330, 1710-1750, 1835-2030.

The White-rumped Sandpiper was again on Kilnsea wetlands today along with a Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint, 7 Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 700 Knot, a Ruff, 6000 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank with a juvenile Caspian Gull feeding on a dead seal on the nearby beach.

The Marsh Warbler family remained in Sykes field with other passerines represented by a Cuckoo, 14 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear and a Tree Pipit.

On the move were 176 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 31 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit while overland 77 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 105 Swallow, 4 Flava Wagtail and 15 Linnet. The evening Tern roost saw 113 Sandwich Tern, 52 LittleTern, 153 Common Tern and 20 Arctic Tern fly south to the Lincolnshire saltmarshes to roost.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Dunnock, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. George Dunbar.

  • Wood Sandpiper. George Dunbar.

  • Knot over Kilnsea wetlands. George Dunbar.

  • Young Marsh warbler. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Marsh Warbler. Lawrence Middleton.

Monday, 05 August 2019

Watches: 0645-1015, 1220-1420, 1805-2045.

The Marsh Warbler family were still on show in Corner field.

The White-rumped Sandpiper yet again put in appearances on Kilnsea wetlands along with a Spoonbill, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2100 Knot, 1 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank plus a juvenile Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Gull and 20 Mediterranean Gull.

The sea had 12 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 58 Common Scoter, 6 Cormorant,  Fulmar, 62 Oystercatcher, 28 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 16 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 67 Knot, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 90 Dunlin and 67 Sanderling and 4 Arctic Skua while overland 321 Swift, 9 Sand Martin, 221 Swallow and 6 House Martin.

Other sightings saw a Peregrine take one of the newly fledged Little Terns and a Cuckoo wandering the area.

Ringing: 1 Common Gull, 1 Reed Warbler

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  • Spoonbill on a packed Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Brimstone. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. George Dunbar.

  • Spoonbill. George Dunbar.

Sunday, 04 August 2019

Watches: 0540-1300, 1630-2010.

Fantastic news that the pair of Marsh Warbler which were discoverd in June, have succesfully fledged their young moving them away from the breeding site into Sykes field where they have been showing well. Friends of Spurn are welcome to come view them (and a donation from non Friends of Spurn).

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a new White-rumped Sandpiper which was discoverd the previous day on the Humber and it showed well on here during both high tides. Observers here were treated to 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 10 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 8 Wood Sandpiper, 14 Greenshank, a Little Gull and 25 Mediterranean Gull.

On the move were 4 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Gannet, 37 Cormorant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 81 Oystercatcher, 34 Grey Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Turnstone, 94 Knot, 99 Sanderling, 228 Dunlin, a Snipe, 42 Redshank, 2 Little Gull, 3 Swift, 40 Sand Martin, 15 House Martin, a House Sparrow, 20 Tree Sparrow, 11 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail and a Yellowhammer.

Other sightings druing the day included 2000 Knot, 15 Whimbrel, 420 Sanderling and 8,000 Dunlin on the Humber with 2 Cuckoo and 2 Stonechat in the area.

Ringing: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Swallow, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Tree Sparrow, 

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  • Little-ringed Plover. Martin Standley.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Jonny Mac.

  • Little Stint. Martin Standley.

  • Little Stint. Martin Standley.

  • Marsh Warbler. Martin Standley.

Saturday, 03 August 2019

Watches: 0500-1700.

Another great day of Oystercatcher passage offshore, while a new White-rumped Sandpiper was found by 'that man' John Grist.

A new White-rumped Sandpiper was found on the Humber just south of cliff farm then moved down to the Warren, then as the tide rose was located at the south end of Beacon ponds in the evening. This bird showiing different scapular, coverts pattern and streaking on the flanks. A nice spotty juvenile Spotted Flycatcher was at Kew.

The kilnsea wetlands area continued to be the place to go with 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 18 Little Egret, 5 Little-ringed Plover, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 9 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 200 Redshank, 4 Wood Sandpiper, a Little Stint and 50 Mediterranean Gull.

On the move 36 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 564 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew, 3 Turnstone, 42 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 139 Sanderling, 107 Dunlin and a Kittiwake.

There are now 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, all males, with 2 in Corner field and another along the canal.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 Linnet. (27 of 8 species).

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  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Southern Migrant Hawker in Corner field. Daniel Owen.

  • Southern Migrant Hawker. George Dunbar.

  • Southern Migrant Hawker. George Dunbar.

  • Southern Migrant Hawker along the canal. George Dunbar.

Friday, 02 August 2019

Watches: 0545-2030.

Kilnsea wetlands and Waders heading south continued to dominate the headlines with a record Oystercatcher vis-mig count . 

On the move over the sea today were 24 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 217 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 136 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 8 Cormorant, 1781 Oystercatcher which is a new record count, 47 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 48 Sanderling, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 13 Little Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 41 Common Tern, 16 Arctic Tern, a Great Skua and 5 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area produced 12 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Little-ringed Plover, 435 Knot, 2 Ruff, 5000 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 45 Mediterranean Gull and 96 Little Tern.

Grounded migrants included a juvenile Cuckoo, a Pied Flycatcher and 14 Willow Warbler.

Insect news from today saw a male Southern Migrant Hawker recorded for the second year in a row (3rd record) and a Brown Hawker picked out of the Warren trap. In the Moth traps a Dark Crimson Underwing was only the second for Spurn (and maybe Yorkshire?)

 

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  • Wood Sandpipers. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandppiper. Daniel Owen.

  • Dark Crimson Underwing. Mark Andrews.

  • Dark Crimson Underwing. Mark Andrews.

  • Southern Migrant Hawker. Adam Hutt.

Thursday, 01 August 2019

Watches: 0500-1300.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area were both full of birds today, with some impressive numbers to sift through for anything rarer and producing finall totals of 17 Teal, 2 Lapwing, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 13,000 Dunlin, 5 Little Stint, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Wood Sandpiper, 500 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 3cy Caspian Gull, 200 Sandwich Tern and 120 Little Tern

The sea saw the first 6 Brent Geese of the autumn fly south, while also on the move were 15 Common Scoter with 500 off the Point, 2 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater,78 Gannet, 21 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Little-ringed Plover, 29 Knot, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 19 Kittiwake, 23 Little Gull, a Black Tern, 157 Swallow, 13 Flava Wagtail and 5 Alba Wagtail.

Seemingly an increase in migrants, which may have also been down to increased visitor numbers, 19 Willow Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. Justin Carr.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Justin Carr.

  • Little Stint. Tim Jump.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Tim Jump.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Justin Carr.

  • Caspian Gull.