Sightings

Sightings

Monday, 30 September 2019

Watches: 0630-1100.

The winds had the desired effect and brought good scatter of migrants and scarcities, but unfortunately not the fall we were hoping for. The sea didn't really get going so it was nice to see a fantastic Little Gull count.

The undoubted highlight of the day was a RUSTIC BUNTING found at the Warren remaining elusive throughout, but pinned down in the evening by big hedge. Also today a Red-breasted Flycatcher on Beacon lane, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 52 Goldcrest, 650 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 20 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, 14 Song Thrush, 4 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 12 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, a White Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit with a Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea wetlands. 

Over the sea 2 Barnacle Geese, 595 Pink-footed Geese, 14 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 80 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 16 Manx Shearwater, 215 Gannet, a Shag, 23 Cormorant, 120 Kittiwake, 3734 Little Gull, 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua and 81 Auk sp while overland 7 Common Buzzard, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 203 Skylark, a Sand Martin, 44 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 107 Tree Sparrow, 1 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 350 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 288 Linnet, 39 Goldfinch and 47 Reed Bunting.

The Garganey was still on Kilnsea wetlands plus 3 shoveler, 161 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 121 Teal, 3 Avocet, 3 Lapwing, 10 Greenshank and 10 Mediterranean Gull with a Purple sandpiper by the Bluebell.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (62 of 15 species).

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  • Rustic Bunting. Danny Gornall.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Paul Matson.

  • Juvenile Gannet. Debbie Saunders.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Rain on and off all day with the wind increasing from virtually calm to a F4 S- 4-7 NE.

Watches: 0650-1230, 1445-1830.

There was an obvious increase in migrants today while in the morning a good visible migration session saw more Meadow Pipits fly south, and later still the sea picked up with some good Skua passage.

Migrant totals saw noticeable increases in Thrush numbers with totals of a Hobby, a Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, a Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 72 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 25 Robin, 3 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit. 

Over the sea were a Barnacle Goose, 27 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 5 Eider, 27 Common Scoter, 96 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 9 Manx Shearwater, 100 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 180 Little Gull, 28 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern, 12 Great Skua, 110 Arctic Skua and 72 Auk sp.

Overland movement had yet more Pipits and Finches culminating in totals of 4 Swift, 8 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, 20 Skylark, 115 Swallow, 52 House Martin, 85 Tree Sparrow, 1 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 25 Alba Wagtail, 2550 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 1620 Linnet, 4 Siskin and 26 Reed Bunting.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had all the usual suspects, a Garganey, 6 Pintail, 153 Teal, 192 Wigeon, a Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 700 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch. (20 of 11 species).

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  • Eider on the move. Pete Saunders.

  • Sanderling. Pete Saunders.

  • Kingfisher. Steve Clipperton.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Watches:0700-1045, 1235-1500.

As we approach the end of the month at total of around 30,000 Meadow Pipit have flown south past the counters at the Warren. Today a more modest total of 2654 Meadow Pipit flew south with rain again putting paid to a bigger count.

Vismigging pre-rain also produced 2 Marsh Harrier, a Collared Dove, a Short-eared Owl in/off, 2 Swift, a Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 9 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 62 Swallow, 78 House Martin, 9 Tree Sparrow, 3 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 17 Alba Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, 967 Linnet, 9 Goldfinch and 3 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were a Great White Egret, 34 Greylag Geese, 28 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 26 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 108 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 13 Cormorant, a Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 32 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Tern, an Arctic Tern, 600 Little Gull, 4 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 16 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 30 Auk sp.

Migrant totals today included the Firecrest still on Vicars lane, where an 'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat was also present, plus in the area 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 28 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Kilnsea wetlands had Garganey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 481 Grey Plover, 250 Curlew, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2100 Knot, 7 Snipe, 1330 Redshank and 14 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Wheatear, 5 Goldcrest.

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  • Hobby. Debbie Saunders.

  • Wheatear. Dave Tucker.

  • Meadow Pipit. Debbie Saunders.

  • Common Swift. Debbie Saunders.

  • Stonechat. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Watches: 0615-1200, 1235-1340.

A fantastic day of movement overland more than made up for some rather poor days so far this autumn, while it had unfortunately dried up by 11am as heavy rain curtailed and gorunded most birds.

The highlight was a Red-rumped Swallow which are annual in spring, but this is only about the 7th ever in autumn. The days headline totals were 8113 Meadow Pipit and 2433 Linnet, flying south, but also 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Rook, 17 Skylark, a Sand Martin, 67 Swallow, 145 House Martin, 210 Starling, 35 House Sparrow, 164 Tree Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 19 Alba Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit, 39 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 1 Lapland Bunting, a Snow Bunting, 21 Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer. Over the sea a Brent Goose, 41 Pink-footed Gese, 1 Teal, 28 Common Scoter, 41 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 24 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 2 Kittiwake and 27 Mediterranean Gull.
Kilnsea wetlands had a Garganey, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 750 Knot, a Spotted Redshank and 1st year Caspian Gull.

Ringing: 14 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 6 Tree Sparrow. (31 of 8 species(.. 

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  • Red-rumped Swallow. Magnus Anderrson.

  • Caspian Gull. Paul Matson.

  • Caspian Gull. Paul Matson.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Watches: 0625-0915, 1020-1150.

While we wait for the first proper easterlies (if we ever get them) then we have to make do with the southerly movement in what turned out to be a decent days vismigging. Despite early morning, sometimes prolonged and heavy rain showers there was a good showing mainly after the rain stopped. The highlights were a Great White Egret south after a brief stop over on long bank field, a late Wood Sandpiper, a Black Tern down the Humber plus 2 Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 5 Swift, 3053 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 2 Sand Martin, 212 House Martin, 167 Swallow, 82 Starling, 9 Flava Wagtail, 29 Alba Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 7 Skylark, 18 Chaffinch, 23 Greenfinch, 4 Redpoll, 759 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch, 37 Tree Sparrow, a Lapland Bunting and 16 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 59 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 73 Teal, 67 Common Scoter, 81 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater, 138 Gannet, 20 Cormorant, 5 Knot, 9 Sanderling, a Snipe, 27 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 9 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill and 42 Auk sp.

It was difficult in the windy and wet conditions looking for migrants but our first Jack Snipe of the autumn was at Chalkies point, with 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Sykes field and Vicars lane) where the Firecrest was still present and the Fieldfare again in North field. Also today a Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, a Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Goldcrest, 1200 Starling, 10 Song Thrush, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Garganey , 2 Shoveler, 158 Wigeon, 99 Mallard, 12 Pintail, 262 Teal, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 462 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 21 Little Egret while on the Humber there are now 28 Brent Geese.

Ringing: 1 Wheatear, 1 Robin, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Redstart. Sarfraz Hayat.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great White Egret. Paul Willoughby.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Watches: 0620-1100.

Another decent day of grounded migrants with some new arrivals which moved out quickly, 7 Willow Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, the Firecrest still on Vicars lane, 15 Goldcrest, 800 Starling, a Ring Ouzel on Beacon lane, 6 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 12 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 11 Dunnock, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Meadow Pipit, 8 Brambling at Kew, 2 Lapland Bunting and 62 Reed Bunting.

Moving over the sea were 4 Brent Geese, 35 Wigeon, 239 Teal, 2 Eider, 33 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 66 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver lingering offshore, a Manx Shearwater, 5 Grey Heron, 107 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit,  4 Sanderling, 16 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common Tern, 8 Great Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, 1 Guillemot and 3 Razorbill, while overland a Swift, 64 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 45 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 8 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 1546 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 2 Corn Bunting and 18 Reed Bunting.

6 Bottlenose Dolphins were offshore continung the recent run of sightings and a Convolvulus Hawkmoth in Churchfield.

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redstart, 1 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 36 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 10 Tree Sparrow. (70 of 15 species).

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Tony Broom.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Tony Broom.

  • Firecrest. Alan Whitehead.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Rain on and off allday with the odd sunny period and a F4 SE wind.

Watches: 0645-1140.

There were still decent numbers of migrants about despite the weather and the sea continued to deliver wildfowl albeit in ;lesser numbers.

Grounded migrants were still in evidence with 3 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear and 3 Brambling.

Over the sea 51 Wigeon, 475 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 90 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 303 Gannet, 3 Oystercathcer, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 6 Snipe in/off, 10 Little Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern, 84 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill, while overland there were only a Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby and 26 Swallow.

In the Kilnsea wetlands area 3 Shoveler, 181 Wigeon, 10 Pintail, 148 Teal, 8 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Lapwing, 400 Knot, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank and a Merlin.

A Box Tree Moth was trapped overnight at Kew after 4 were trapped in Easington the previous night. 

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest.

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  • Box Tree Moth. Tony Broom.

  • Turnstone. John Hewitt.

  • Knot. John Hewitt.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Watches: 0650-1330, 1725-1840.

It was a good day for birds on the move particularly over the sea and a sizeable movement of Great White Egret in Yorkshire was also reflected here.

Grounded migrants were reduced on the previous day with 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Brambling and 30 Reed Bunting.

A fantastic day of wildfowl movement over the sea saw 7 Brent Geese, 17 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, 369 Wigeon, a Mallard, 1118 Teal, 186 Common Scoter, 107 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 174 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, an Osprey, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover in/off, a Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone, 36 Knot, 34 Dunlin, a Purple Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 208 Little Gull, 18 Sandwich Tern, a late Little Tern, 47 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Skua, 5 Guillemot and 2 Puffin.

Overland a trickle of vismig saw on the move 3 Great White Egret head south along with 5 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, 4 Jackdaw, 50 Swallow, a Starling in/off, 1 Alba Wagtail, 71 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 11 Reed Bunting.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a noticeable increase in wildfowl with totals of 2 Canada Geese, 226 greylag Geese, 13 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shoveler, 119 Wigeon, 60 Mallard, 7 Pintail, 345 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 6 Lapwing, a Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Knot, 3 snipe, 200 Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

10+ Bottlenose Dolphin were offshore continuing the unprecedented run of sightings in the area, a Convolvulous Hawkmoth caterpillar was found along the canal and a first for the area concerned 4 Box Tree Moths were trapped in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Redstart, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 House Sparrow, 17 Tree Sparrow, 7 Reed Bunting. (37 of 12 sp).

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  • Great White Egret. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Brambling at the Point. John Swallow.

  • Snipe on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Stonechat. Micky Maher.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Watches: 0700-0830, 1130-1800.

There was a good arrival today though no big numbers, but it did bring the first 4 hotly anticipated Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn (2 on Vicars lane, 1 Old school, 1+ Point), with a Firecrest on Vicars lane, a Hawfinch on Beacon lane and a Lapland Bunting on the Point beach, along with 10 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, a Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 37 Robin, 15 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 24 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 50 Dunnock, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, a Rock Pipit and 70 Reed Bunting.

On the move today over a quiet sea were 5 Brent Geese, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shelduck, a Pintail, 29 Teal, 1 Eider, 143 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 21 Gannet, 129 Black-headed Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern, a Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua.

Overland movement was poor with only a Skylark, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit and 3 Reed Bunting.

Offshore a Sunfish made its way south and 3 Bottlenose Dolphin lingered.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 6 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch.

 

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  • Arctic Skua by the seawtch hut. Pete Saunders.

  • Arctic Skua. Pete Saunders.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Firecrest on Vicars Lane. Tony Broom.

  • Red-throated Diver flying over the Warren. Pete Saunders.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Watches: 0650-0945, 1600-1900.

A Red-breasted Flycatcher was a nice find in the Crown carpark among a scatter of new migrants, 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Garden warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 16 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling.

On the move today over the sea were 3 Pintail, 4 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 11 Common Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 206 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, a Whimbrel, 6 Knot, 29 Sandwich Tern, 24 Common Tern, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 5 Guillemot and 10 Auk sp with only a trickle of overland movement, a Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail and an Alba Wagtail.

Offshore 3 White Beaked Dolphin and 2 Bottlenose Dolphin were feeding together from the seawatch hut.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Pete Saunders.

  • Whimbrel and Curlew. Rich Swales.

  • Whimbrel. Steve Clipperton.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Simon Spavin.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Watches: 0630-1015, 1700-1900.

A Slavonian Grebe sat of the sea was the day’s highlight, while a Purple Sandpiper was at the breach, though an unconfirmed report of Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington will be looked for in the morning, but the day did include the first 2 Brambling of the autumn. Migrant totals were 4 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, a good count of 20 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit and 4 Yellow Wagtail.

Over the sea were 644 Pink-footed Geese, 31 Teal, 22 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 133 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 226 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 46 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Guillemot and 22 Auk sp with overland movement producing, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 2 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 41 Swallow, 3 Dunnock, 5 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 523 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 20 Greenfinch, 110 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch and 76 Reed Bunting.

The Kilnsea wetlands area was quiet for the just about the first time this autumn with only 41 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 107 Teal, an Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1850 Dunlin, 550 Redshank and 3 Greenshank of note.

Ringing: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 11 Tree Sparrow, 16 Reed Bunting.

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  • Ringed Plover. Martin Standley.

  • Ringed Plover and Dunlin. Martin Standley.

  • Greenshank. Rich Swales.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Pete Saunders.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Watches: 0625-0930, 1600-1900.

The first Redwing of the autumn was in the Church yard, where a Tawny Owl was also present, while presumably yesterday’s Hawfinch flew north over the Obs. There were some good totals of migrants as we wait to see if the easterlies materialise some goodies in the next few days, 6 Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Song Thrush, 15 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 18 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 36 Dunnock, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 48 Reed Bunting and a Snow Bunting at Middle Camp.

On the move today over the sea were 53 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Pintail, 51 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 108 Common Scoter, 256 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 188 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 291 Kittiwake, 18 Little Gull, 1 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 11 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 16 Auk sp with only a trickle of overland movement, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 68 Meadow Pipit, 31 Linnet and a Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands area was quiet for the just about the first time this autumn with only 4 Pintail, 65 Teal, an Avocet and 2 Greenshank of note.

Ringing: 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 15 Reed Bunting.

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  • Redshank. Paul Hackett.

  • Avocet. Paul Hackett.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Watches: 0700-1115, 1600-1915.

An increase in migrant numbers produced the first autumn records of Hawfinch at Rose cottage and Lapland Bunting at Beacon ponds with also 4 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 12 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit, 17 Yellow Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail.

On the move today over the sea were 180 Pink-footed Geese, a Brent Goose, 73 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 86 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 128 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Manx Shearwater, 398 Gannet, 2 Shag, 41 Oystercatcher, 903 Kittiwake, 6 Great Skua, 22 Arctic Skua, 2 adult Pomarine Skua, 2 Puffin and 58 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 55 Mallard, 20 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 154 Teal, 1 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 143 Curlew, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Snipe, 450 Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 9 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet, 2 Tree Sparrow, 18 Reed Bunting.

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  • Common Buzzard with Starlings. Micky Maher.

  • Starling riding a Sheep. Steve Clipperton.

  • Water Rail. Steve Clipperton.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

A cool day with sunny spells and a F2-4 NNW wind

Watches: 0700-1030, 1700-1915.

The sea was where the action occurred today even without continuous coverage, but still resulted in some nice highlights with a Leach’s Petrel, juvenile Sabines Gull, a Balearic Shearwater and 2 Long-tailed Skua heading north.

Other sightings on the move today over the sea were 50 Pink-footed Geese, 46 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Scaup, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 60 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 11 Fulmar, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 24 Manx Shearwater, 205 Gannet, a Purple Sandpiper, 36 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 20 Great Skua, 11 Arctic Skua, 34 Guillemot and 46 Auk sp while overland a Great White Egret flew west up the Humber and a Common Buzzard went south.

Less migrants, but maybe due to less observers as they headed off to Blacktoft, a Snow Bunting at the breach was the first of the autumn with also 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, a Stonechat, 5 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail were the best of it.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 19 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Wheatear. Africa Gomez.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Africa Gomez.

  • Sea Aster Mining Bee.Africa Gomez.

  • Wall Brown. Africa Gomez.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Warm and sunny cooler later with a F2 ENE-N wind.

Watches: 0630-1130, 1400-1945.

On the move over the sea were a Brent Goose, 174 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 21 Common Scoter, 69 Red-throated Diver, a Leach's Petrel, 6 Fulmar, 31 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a Great Crested Grebe, 307 Gannet, 1 Shag, 23 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 268 Black-headed Gull, 72 Sandwich Tern, 11 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 6 Guillemot and 15 Auk sp. Overland movement saw 1 Marsh Harrier, an impressive 37 Common Buzzard which then went west up the Humber, 11 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 2 Sand Martin, 74 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 17 Starling, 30 Tree Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 766 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 16 Reed Bunting.

There was an obvious increase in grounded migrants 6 Swift, 28 Willow Warbler, 30 Chiffchaff, 7 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 20 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 40 Wheatear and 7 Yellow Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 2 Shoveler, 20 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 74 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Avocet, 1 Lapwing, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1000 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 600 Redshank and 6 Greenshank. There were also 10,000 Knot on the Humber.

Ringing: 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffhcaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 24 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Whinchat persued by Stonechat. Steve Clipperton.

  • Avocet on Kilnsea wetlands. Martin Roper.

  • Knot. Martin Roper.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Watches: 0625-1400, 1730-1915.

The Grey Phalarope continued to perform giving great views to a succesion of visitors at the breach area and for the seawatchers a Black-throated Diver gave observers a nice chance to see one sat on the sea for a while rather than the usual views of a fly-by. A record 212 Mediterranean Gull were counted on the receding Humber tide before the heat haze became too bad.

Also over the sea were 98 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 7 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, 4 Great Skua and an Arctic skua while the evening roost movement had 2 Black Tern, 142 Sandwich Tern, 1710 Common Tern and 8 Arctic Tern. It was much quieter overland with just 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Swift, 2 Kestrel, a Hobby, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Sand Martin, 177 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 72 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 33 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 362 Meadow Pipit, a Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 119 Linnet, 6 Siskin, a Corn Bunting and 29 Reed Bunting.

A nice selection of migrants were still present, though not in any numbers, 8 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, 7 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail and 34 Pied Wagtail.

On Kilnsea wetlands 6 Pintail, 19 Little Egret, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 300 Knot, 3+ Curlew Sandpiper, 1050 Redshank and 30+ Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Linnet, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Grey Phalarope. Steve Clipperton.

  • Grey Phalarope. Steve Clipperton.

  • Crowd watching the Phalarope.

  • Mediterranean Gull. Jason Spinks.

  • Little Egret. Justin Carr.

  • Black-throated Diver. Justin Carr.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Another great day of birding with more good vis-migging and a few seabirds thrown in for good measure. The highlight was a surprise juvenile Sabines Gull feeding on the Humber with Black-headed Gulls which moved out with the tide. The Grey Phalarope re-appeared feeding on the south side of the breach and yet again gave brilliant views. 

On the move today were 266 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 7 Sheldck, 4 Wigeon, 35 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 1 Shag, 19 Cormorant, 9 Knot, a Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, an Osprey, 2 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Jackdaw, 16 Sand Martin, 263 Swallow, 96 House Martin, 14 Starling, 49 House Sparrow, 55 Tree Sparrow, 12 Dunnock, 17 Flava Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 5375 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 9 Chaffinch, 18 Greenfinch, 401 Linnet, 65 Goldfinch, a Siskin amd 53 Reed Bunting.

A decent scatter of migrants throughout the area, 5 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 11 Goldcrest, 2 Black Redstart, a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Kilnsea wetlands had 4 Shoveler, 21 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 57 Teal, an Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 191 Curlew, a Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 700 Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 34 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Tree Sparrow. (63 of 12 species).

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  • Grey Phalarope. Justin Carr.

  • Grey Phalarope. Jason Spinks.

  • Grey Phlarope. Justin Carr,

  • Wheatear. Jason Spinks.

  • Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Jason Spinks.

  • Pink-footed Geese on the move. Will Scott.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Watches: 0645-0915, 1300-1915.

A noticeable increase in migrant numbers saw most areas covered except the Peninsula, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 6 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 17 Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 61 Wheatear and 20 Yellow Wagtail.

The White-rumped Sandpiper was still on Kilnsea wetlands for its 16th day along with an Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Shoveler, 31 Wigeon, 5 Pintail and 33 Teal. 

There was a bit of interesting action over the sea though no big numbers, 92 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, a Red-necked Grebe, 61 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, a Bonxie, 2 Pomarine Skua and an Arctic Skua. Overland saw only 2 Little-ringed Plover and a Marsh Harrier fly south.

Ringing: 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Robin, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Dunnock, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Sparrow, 4 Reed Bunting. 

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  • Barred Warbler. Steve Furber.

  • Barred Warbler. Steve Furber.

  • Whinchat. Denise Shields.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Watches:0715-1015, 1545-1945.

With the wind in the south-west there was a noticeable period of vis-migging in the morning along the east coast with Spurn recieving a decent share of the movement and some brilliant totals with 2 Swift, 10 Jackdaw, a Skylark, 24 Sand Martin, 1314 Swallow, 701 House Martin, 324 Tree Sparrow, 8 Flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5432 Meadow Pipit, 109 Linnet and 24 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea the evening Tern roost burst into life again with 3 Roseate Tern, 337 Sandwich Tern, 3254 Common Tern, 11 Arctic Tern and 3 Black Tern. During the day the sea also had 3 Teal, 26 Red-throated Diver, 103 Gannet, 16 Turnstone, 3 Little Gull, 68 Black-headed Gull while a typically approachable and very photographic Grey Phalarope lingered off the seawatch hut giving brilliant views in the surf and on the beach.

Migrants reduced yet further with a Hobby in the triangle, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, a Garden Warbler, the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Goldcrest, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat and 15 Yellow Wagtail. 

On Kilnsea wetlands there were 2 juvenile Spoonbill plus the usual adult White-rumped Sandpiper, an Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 700 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 35 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 7 Pintail and 76 Mallard, while also seen today were a Tawny Owl at the Obs.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 42 Tree Sparrow.

 

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  • Grey Phalarope. Bethan Clyne.

  • Grey Phalarope. Bethan Clyne..

  • Grey Phalarope. Bethan Clyne..

  • Grey Phalarope. Bethan Clyne.

  • Grey Phalarope. Bethan Clyne.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Jason Spinks.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Colin Bushell. Colour ringed bird L01.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Watches: 0700-1315, 1515-1810.

The White-rumped Sandpiper was again on Kilnsea wetlands and the Barred Warbler still at the Warren.

On the move overland were 5 Swift, 44 Sand Martin, 498 Swallow, 150 House Martin,18Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 381 Meadow Pipit while over the sea 5 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 14 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northen Diver, 3 Fulmar, 43 Gannet, 6 Oystercatcher, 81 Sandwich Tern, 121 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Skua and 9 Guillemot.

A bit of a reduction in yesterdays migrant numbers saw 4 Willow Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 8Goldcrest, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

On Kilnsea wetlands 3 Little Egret, 50 Golden Plover, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Knot, 1 Ruff, 200 Redshank, 18 Mediterranean Gull and 20 Sandwich Tern.

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlin. John Hewitt.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Male Stonechat. John Hewitt.

  • Water Rail. Steve Valentine.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Watches: 0630-1130, 1255-1600.

The Barred Warbler remained showing well on occasions at the Warren while a very showy juvenile Little Stint was the highlight of the day on Canal Scarpe.

A small arrival mid morning saw slight increases in migrants with 2 Hobby hunting a House Martin over the triangle, 11 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 9 Yellow Wagtail.

On the move over the sea 33 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 35 Wigeon, 190 Teal, 21 Common Scoter, 12 Grey Heron (7 in/off), 11 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 18 Oystercatcher, a Curlew, 4 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 391 Black-headed Gull, 341 Sandwich Tern, 1710 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, a Bonxie, 15 Arctic Skua, 2 juvenile Long-tailed Skua and a Puffin.

Overland vismigging saw a Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Swift, 73 Sand Martin, 138 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 105 Tree Sparrow, 7 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 451 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 12 Linnet and 27 Reed Bunting.

Kilnsea wetlands had the 'resident' White-rumped Sandpiper along with 3 Pintail, 16 Wigeon, an Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1070 Redshank.

Ringing: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 28 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Barred Warbler. Alison Playle.

  • Little Stint. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Curlew Sandpiper 'Red L01'. Denise Shields.

  • Whinchat. Dave Tucker.

Monday, 09 September 2019

The day after the Migfest weekender continued with more good birding, and the much hoped and anticipated for juvenile Honey Buzzard eventually turned up a day late after being seen further up the coast the previous day. That was not the end of the action though as a nice Blyth's Reed Warbler turned up in a net in Churchfield, showing well afterwards alongside a Reed Warbler in the same area by the pond. There were 2 Barred Warbler today with a new bird in Sykes field and the other still at the Warren and a Treecreeper in the kew area.

Migrants wise there were 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, a Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 12 Yellow Wagtail. 

There was a decent amount of visible migartion on offer before the rain started with 3 Swift, 1051 Swallow, 553 House Martin, 150 Sand Martin, 4 Rock Pipit, 177 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 7 Flava Wagtail, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Wood Pigeon, a Kestrel in/off, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 25 Linnet and 5 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea the highlight was a Black-throated Diver north plus 3 Shoveler, 33 Wigeon, 456 Teal, 214 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, a Sooty Sheartwater, 218 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 12 Knot, 119 Black-headed Gull84 Sandwich Ter, 3632 Common Tern, 2 Great Skua, 17 Arctic Skua and 2 Puffin.

On Kilnsea wetlands the White-rumped Sandpiper was still present along with 3 Curlew Sandpiper (incuding a Colour ringed bird), an Avocet, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Shoveler, 19 Wigeon, 7 Pintail and 72 Teal.

Ringing: 1 Blyth's Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Redstart, 1 Meadow Pipt, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Chaffinch. 

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  • Honey Buzzard. Rich Swales.

  • Honey Buzzard. Rich Swales.

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Rich Swales. This bird showed obvious fault bars on the tail and across the primaries. These bars are formed in the nest during poor weather and/or lack of food availabilty.

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Rich Swales.

Sunday, 08 September 2019

- Second full action packed day of Migfest with talks, migartion walks, seawatching and visible migartion all producing.

- White-rumped Sandpiper continues to delight among nice selection of other species.

- Barred Warbler the highlight passerine wise.

- Secong talk by Per Alstrom.

- Look north attended in the morning and overall feeling for the weekend was a massive success.

Watches: 0600-1930.

There was plenty of good birding to be had throughtout the day with a nice scatter of migrants, good seawatching and visible migration with plenty of Waders om Kilnsea wetlands and the Humber. 

There were a number of good sightings during the day with the usual White-rumped Sandpiper still on Kilnsea wetlands, a Cetti's Warbler in Canal Hedge, a Slavonian Grebe on the sea among a Common Scoter flock, an eclipse male Mandarin wandering the area and 2 Barred Warbler with one trapped at the Warren and the other by the Riverside.

Migrants totals and diversity kept eveyone happy with 18 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 18 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 12 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear.

On the move south were 35 Sand Martin, 42 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 348 Tree Sparrow, 1 Alba Wagtail, 8 Flava Wagtail, 569 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 1 Greenfinch, 16 Linnet and a Yellowhammer while over a busy sea 15 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 87 Teal, 76 Common Scoter, 68 Red-throated Diver, 62 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 159 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 47 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, 14 Great Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 31 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 18 Guillemot, 3 Puffin and 17 Auk sp.

Also today 3 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber, a showy Kingfisher on Canal scrape and 125 House Sparrow in Kilnsea.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 2 Wren, 42 Meadow Pipit, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 33 Tree Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting. (117 of 18 species).

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  • Swallow feeding young.

  • Barred Warbler.

  • Barred Warbler. Matt Hobbs.

  • Common Whitethroat. Matt Hobbs.

  • Whinchat.

  • Pied Flycatcher.

  • Moth(ers)

  • Small Ranunculus. Mark Andrews.

  • Scare bordered Straw.

  • Plant walk in action passing the OBS.

  • Migfest HQ.

  • Fantastic views from the Obs platform.

  • Jonny Holliday doing his own migrant walk.

  • Artists in training

  • Mandarin. Jake Gearty.

Saturday, 07 September 2019

- First full day of action at #migfest

- Packed programme of walk, talks, ringing and vismigging,

- The launch of the RBA Young Ornithologists Fellowship also involving Swarovski Optics, WILDSounds, Bardsey, Isle of May, Sandwich Bay and Spurn Bird Obs.

- The Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder, 2019 competition comes to its climax.

- Packed talk for Per Alstrom on speciation and migration.

- Nice scatter of migrants throughout the day.

- Good sea watching in the morning.

- White-rumped Sandpiper still performing among a nice selction of Waders.

Most of todays action over the sea, but while not a classic sea watch it was still agood morning allowing many people their first chance to see a Skua or Shearwater. Totals today, a Pale-bellied Brent, 6 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 17 Fulmar 4 Sooty Shearwater, 39 Manx Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, 545 Gannet, 131 Oystercatcher, a Whimbrel, 10 Kittiwake, 140 Black-headed Gull, 450 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 19 Great Skua, 51 Arctic skua, 4 Pomarine Skua and 4 Puffin.

Migrant wise there were a Hobby, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, a Marsh Warbler trapped in Churchfield, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 4 Wheatear and 3 Tree Pipit.

The Kilnsea wetland area still ahd the adult White-rumped Sandpiper along with 6 Pintail, an Avocat, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 115 Mediterranean Gull and a Marsh Harrier with an Osprey north over at 1700 hrs.

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  • The future of birding?

  • White-rumped Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpipers.

  • Kingfisher showed well on Canal scrape. Stuart Pike.

  • Pomarine Skua during an eventful seawatch. Martin Standley.

  • Some of the seawatchers enjoying the birds and the weather

  • Our partners the BTO.

  • The 'WWT'

  • Easington walk taking in the rarity hotspot around the gas terminal.

  • Dick Filby handing over a rather impressive sized cheque a the launch of the RBA young birder fellowship.

  • Dodgy shirt evening in the crown and anchor.

Friday, 06 September 2019

- The first unofficial day of #migfest

- Kilnsea wetlands looking fabulous with Ducks and Waders with the White-rumped Sandpiper still present.

- Seawatching looking good for the morning festival goers.

- Nightjar the pick of a good scatter of migrants.

Watches: 0615-1000, 1200-1410.

The White-rumped Sandpiper continued to show from the hide at Kilnsea wetlands where there was aslo an Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 30 Mediterranean Gull, the 3cy Caspian Gull and 2 Pintail.

A male Nightjar was a nice find in an Easington garden, dropping in to private gardens out of view. Also recorded were 7 Swift, 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 1 Grashopper Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 4 Whinchat and a Tree Pipit.

The sea had 1 Teal, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, a Sooty Shearwater, 11 Cormorant, 7 Red-throated Diver, 64 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 127 Sandwich Tern, 5 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Skua and a Kittiwake.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019

- The 7th Spurn Migration Festival begins tomorrow.

- White-rumped Sandpiper, Dotterel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank all showing on Kilnsea wetlands.

- A nice selection of seabirds including Shearwaters and plenty of Skuas over the sea.

- Thin scattering of migrants with a Nightjar the highlight.

- Trickle of overland moving Passerines.

Both the White-rumped Sandpiper and Dotterel were both on Kilnsea wetlands early morning along with a Canada Geese, 6 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 2 Avocet, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 640 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 16 Greenshank, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 35 Mediterranean Gull.

On the move today over the sea were 49 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 35 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Manx Shearwater, 199 Gannet, 10 cormorant, 71 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, 11 Sanderling, a Purple Sandpiper, 106 Great Skua, 14 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua and 2 Puffin among few Auks while there was also a decent movement of Terns to roost with 36 Sandwich Tern, 1359 Common Tern, a Black Tern, 1 Roseate Tern and 2 Artic Tern, while overland were 2 Common Buzzard, 30 Swift, 284 Tree Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 12 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit and 147 Meadow Pipit.

The pick of the migrants were a Nightjar flying along the road in Easington, while also seen were 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 6 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 2 Tree Pipit and 21 Yellow Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 48 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Blackbird. (58 of 8 species).

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  • Dotterel. Steve Clipperton. This bird has proved unusual in its feeding habits, finding plenty of food on the Humber mud, when on autumn passage at Spurn they are usually encountered on sandy shingle beaches.

  • Dotterel. Tim Jump.

  • Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetlands. Steve Clipperton. Longer billed and longer legged than the associating Dunlin, in good autumns double figure counts occur in the Spurn area, while Kilnsea wetlands is a brilliant place to see them up close.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Steve Clipperton.

  • Common Buzzard on the move south. Thomas Willoughby. Keep your eyes to the skies for migrating Buzzards over the weekend, as with the correct conditions high double figure counts can occur.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Steph Murphy. Upto 5 have been seen regularly in front of the hide on Kilnsea wetlands.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Watches: 0700-1015, 1750-1930.

- The Spurn migration festival begins on Friday.

- Kilnsea wetlands still comtinuing to pull the birds in and creating a fantastic spectacle.

- The Whte-rumped Sandpiper is still paying daily visits to the wetlands, as is the Dotterel which continues its atypical behaviour by feeding on the Humber mud.

- Potential for some seabirds over the weekend. 


The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had both the adult White-rumped Sandpiper and juvenile Dotterel which also continues its unusual behaviour of feeding out on the Humber mud along with 2 Canada Geese, 157 Greylag Geese, 7 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 18 Wigeon, 112 Mallard, 42 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 2 Avocet, 380 Ringed Plover, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 600 Knot, 2 Ruff, 750 Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a Hobby, 25 Mediterranean Gull and the usual 3cy Caspian Gull.


On the move today over the sea were 330 Pink-footed Geese, 36 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 5 Little Egret, 36 Gannet, 14 cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 3 Arctic Skua, while there was also a decent movement of Terns in the morning heading out from their roosting area with 116 Sandwich term 1062 Common Tern and 2 Artic Tern. The only notable movement overland was 21 Swift heading south.
A big clear out of migrants left only 3 Wheatear from the previous day count of 54, while also seen were 8 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, a Tree Pipit and 15 Yellow Wagtail.


Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler, 32 Tree Sparrow, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch. (39 of 6 species).

 

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  • Caspian Gull. Steve Clipperton. While resembling a few other species of big Gulls, this bird has been hanging around on KIlnsea wetlands and if still present hopefully we can show you the subtleties of its identification over the weekend of Migfest.

  • Curlew Sandpipers. Tim Jump.

  • Yellow Wagtail. Steve Clipperton.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Watches: 0725-1030, 1800-1910.

- The 7th Migration Festival begins on Friday.

- The White-rumped Sandpiper and Dotterel are still present and showing well.

- Kilnsea wetlands still impressing especially at high tide.

- Good arrival of Wheatear in the area.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area yet again had both the adult White-rumped Sandpiper and juvenile Dotterel along with 10 Pintail, 19 Wigeon, 2 Avocet, a Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper and a 3cy Caspian Gull.

It was quiet for birds on the move today over the sea with 37 Pink-footed Geese, 18 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 56 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua and 4 Great Skua.

Migrant totals reduced again, but a nice increase to 54 Wheatear while also recorded, a Hobby, 2 Swift, 11 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, a Tree Pipit and 33 Yellow Wagtail with a juvenile Water Rail along the canal.

Ringing: 4 Wheatear, 15 Tree Sparrow, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Greenfiinch.

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  • Juvenile Water Rail along the canal. Bob H.

  • Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew Sandpipers. John Hewitt.

  • Bar-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Sanderling. Ian Smith.

Monday, 02 September 2019

Sunny spells with showers in the afternoon and a F5 W-SW wind

Watches: 0630-1125, 1730-1930.

- The 7th Migration festival begins on Friday.

- White-rumped Sandpiper and Dotterel continue to perform on Kilnsea wetalnds.

- Nice selection of Waders and Ducks also on Kilnsea wetlands.

- The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn the highlight of steady vismigging.

- A few migrants remain in the area.

The first 12 Pink-footed Geese of the autumn headed south on this rather early date while also on the move over the sea, 22 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 11 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 37 Gannet, 132 Oystercatcher, a Curlew, 26 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Kittiwake and 3 Great Skua. It was a little bit quieter than the previous day, but overland movement saw 3 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 405 Tree Sparrow, 11 House Sparrow, 11 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 333 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit and 3 Linnet head south.

Migrant totals saw another slight decrease as the winds continue in the west, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit and 18 Yellow Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area had both the adult White-rumped Sandpiper and juvenile Dotterel along with a Caspian Gull, 6 Pintail, 2 Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 650 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

Ringing: 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipit, 82 Tree Sparrow. (88 of 3 species).

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  • Green Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper. Martin Standley.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. David Bedford.

  • White-rumped Sandpiper. Bob H

  • Curlew Sandpipers. Bob H.

Sunday, 01 September 2019

Watches: 0630-1130, 1730-1925.

The first decent passage of Meadow Pipits along the coast occured today, but suprisingly few Hirundines were involved. 

On the move were 15 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 10 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Grey Heron, 6 Gannet, 2 Osprey, a Marsh Harrier, 14 Oystercatcher, 3 Whimbrel, 31 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Arctic Skua, 54 Swift, 2 Kestrel, 5 Sand Martin, 72 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 540 Tree Sparrow, 22 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 739 Meadow Pipit, 14 Tree Pipit, 3 Greenfinch, 38 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting. The evening Tern roost had 41 Sandwich Tern, 1375 Common Tern, 11 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Gull.

The adult White-rumped Sandpiper and juvenile Dotterel were still delighting visitors on Kilnsea wetlands, but even when they were not on show there were 10 Wigeon, 7 Pintail, the adult Spoonbill, 5 Little Egret, an Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 812 Redshank and 3 Wood Sandpiper.

Still some migarnts about with a Cuckoo, 11 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear and a Tree Pipit.

Ringing: 1 Herring Gull, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow pulli, 55 Tree Sparrow. (64 of 6 species).

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Ian Smith.

  • Peregrine. Ian Smith.

  • Peregrine. Ian Smith.

  • Peregrine. Ian Smith.

  • Dotterel. John Hewitt.