Sightings

Sightings

Monday, 14 October 2019

A wet, cool overcast day with light wind.  Watches: 0700-1200.

The RED EYED VIREO was still present all day and giving some amazing views while visiting its favourite berry bush ay the western end of Vicars lane.

The Little Bunting was still present at the Warren and good numbers of migrants still about in the area with 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 13 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 26 Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 2 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 100 Goldcrest, 9 Ring Ouzel, 19 Fieldfare, 1120 Redwing, 42 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 22 Robin, 39 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit, 21 Siskin and 4 Brambling.

Overland vis-migging saw a Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret after being in the Long bank area, 45 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 35 Alba Wagtail, 73 Meadow Pipit, 29 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 120 Linnet, 558 Goldfinch and 21 Reed Bunting.

The sea was quiet and only had 12 Brent Geese, 292 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver and 4 Gannet were seen for the effort.

Also today 20 Shoveler and 61 Teal on Kilnsea wetlands, 1500 Golden Plover on the Humber, Purple Sandpiper by the Crown and anchor and 8-0 Pink-footed Geese on Easington straight

Ringing: (Still good numbers of both Blue and Great Tit being caught this October): 4 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 10 Redwing, 8 Starling, 1 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap. 1 Garden warbler, 44 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 11 Robin, 5 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 18 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 9 Reed Bunting, 1 House Sparrow, 80 Tree Sparrow. (233 of 22 species).

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  • Red-eyed Vireo. Debra Saunders.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Paul Coombes.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Ian and Sue Bollen.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Ian and Sue Bollen.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Paul coombes.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Karen Spavin.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Karen Spavin.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Paul Coombes.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

The weekend got even better today with the finding of a GREAT SNIPE on Beacon lane by Pete Wragg. Initially showing in the open it spent much of the time sat in the grass. It was only in September 2013 the famous bird was present on Beacon lane, eventually sadly succumbing to a cat. The RED EYED VIREO  has been present all day on Vicars lane.

The common migrant of the day were the conservative, but fantasic count of 1530 Siskin in the Kilnsea to Easington area among a good arrival of migrants which included 5 Bearded Tit, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Willow Warbler, 29 Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 90 Goldcrest, 14 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 2655 Redwing, 300 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 70 Robin, a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 50 Chaffinch, 61 Brambling and a Snow Bunting on Beacon lane.

Also seen today were a Great White Egret on Beacon ponds, 3 Marsh Harrier one of which had a lage section of missing wing from being shot while moving south the best being 34 Swallow and 19 House Martin.

Ringing: 1 Ring Ouzel, 44 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 14 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Blue Tit, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Brambling, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting. (111 of 17 species).

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  • Great Snipe. Frank Cackett. Stunning photo by Frank of yet another Great Snipe on Beacon lane following on from the famous 2013 bird which fed around birders feet.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Justin Carr.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Ian Smith. (Pic from 12th)>

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Stephen Cribbin. (pic from 12th).

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Ian Smith.

  • Whooper Swans. Pete Saunders.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Debra Saunders.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

The day came to life with breaking news of a RED-EYED VIREO on Vicars lane in Easington found by Mick Turton. The 2nd for Spurn and a great grip back, it showed on and off all day, sometimes with patience brilliant views were available. If still present tomorrow please park sensibly to avoid antagonising the locals and police alike. Thank you.

The Little Bunting was present again today in the Big hedge area, 10 Bearded Tits along the Canal, the Great White Egret on canal scrape in the morning, flying west up the Humber later, while both the 'Halimodendri' Lesser Whitethroat in Sykes field and the Blythi Lesser Whitethroat at the Warren were both still present, with a further eastern Lesser Whitethroat on Vicars lane. Other good sightings today included the Firecrest still in the Crown carpark, the Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands and a Turtle Dove in the triangle which flew off north.

Migrants totals were a Common Sandpiper by the Tank blocks, 79 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff in the Obs garden, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 72 Goldcrest, 7 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 60 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 13 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit, 13 Brambling and a Bullfinch. 

On  the move were a 2 Marsh Harrier, male Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Rook, 151 Skylark, 88 Swallow, 53 House Martin, 840 Tree Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 5 Grey Wagtail, 38 Alba Wagtail, 777 Meadow Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, 32 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 24 Greenfinch, 609 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 2904 Goldfinch, 17 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 243 Reed Bunting, while over the sea 105 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, 1 Goosander, a Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, a Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern and 7 Common Tern.

Ringing: 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 29 Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 10 Robin, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 148 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, 11 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch. (239 of 18 species).

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  • Red-eyed Vireo. Tony Broom. The 2nd for Spurn and Yorkshire.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. John Hewitt.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Richard Willison.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Tony Broom.

  • Red-eyed Vireo. Lee Johnson.

Friday, 11 October 2019

A chilly, windy day with rain on and off with a F4-6 SSW wind.

Migration Watches: 0700-0930, 1600-1820.

A bit of a quieter day all round no doubt due to the weather, but the good birds were still present today. The Little Bunting was still present again in the Warren area, while the Great-white Egret spent the day on Canal scrape and roosted in the Crown carpark!

Migrants present  today, included a Short-eared Owl, 23 Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, presumed ‘Halimodendri’ Lesser Whitethroat in Sykes field, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat at the Warren, the Firecrest still in the Kew area, 47 Goldcrest, 2000 Starling, a Ring Ouzel at Sammies, 19 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear and 7 Brambling while the Bearded Tits were heard along the Canal.

Moving were 5 Brent Geese, 150 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 22 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 19 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 40 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Tern and an Arctic Skua while overland a 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Skylark, 35 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 18 Meadow Pipit, 90 Linnet, 55 Goldfinch, 3 Snow Bunting in/off at the Warren and 18 Reed Bunging.

The Garganey was still present on Kilnsea wetlands along with 2 Spotted Redshank

 Ringing:  2 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow. (17 of 7 species).

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Mark Robanson.

  • Great-white Egret. Richard Thomlinson.

  • Great-white Egret. Mark Robanson.

  • Jack Snipe. Mark Robanson.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Watches: 0655-1230, 1530-1600, 1730-1820.

Another great day of overland movement, while some good totals of migrants remain in the area and some good totals over the sea including  late Little Tern

The Little Bunting was still present and occasionally showing well in Big hedge area, a Firecrest in the Crown car park, the 6 Bearded Tits along the canal and a Great-white Egret on Canal scrape, while a surprise late Little Tern went south in the evening with a good Tern movement in general.   

There was a decline in Thrush numbers with 1 Jack Snipe, 32 Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat still at the warren, 70 Goldcrest, 2000+ Starling, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 25 Robin, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 18 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit and 4 Brambling.

Overland vis-migging was brilliant again, 6 Little Egret, 3 Magpie, a Kestrel, 11 Stock Dove, 122 Wood Pigeon, 305 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 94 House Martin, 25 House Sparrow, 1100 Tree Sparrow but numbers were difficult to get to grips with, 6 Grey Wagtail, 35 Alba Wagtail, 1188 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 101 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 48 Greenfinch, 1132 Linnet, 962 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting and 115 Reed Bunting.

The sea had 6 Brent Geese, 4 Barnacle Geese, 686 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Whooper Swan, 1 Teal, 17 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 19 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern and a fantastic 117 Common Tern for the time of year.

Also today the Garganey was still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 2500 Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 310 Redshank with a Goosander on the Humber and 210 Brent Geese still on the Humber.

Ringing: 3 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 36 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 House Sparrow, 197 Tree Sparrow. (174 of 15 species).

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  • Little Bunting. John Hewitt.

  • Great-white Egret. Steve Valentine.

  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

  • Whooper Swan. John Hewitt.

  • Whooper Swans. Pete Saunders.

  • Little Egrets on the move heading south past the sea watch hut. Debra Saunders.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Watches: 0705-1530, 1620-1830.

It was a great day of movement overland with some brilliant totals of Passerines, good numbers of Hirundines, Pipits and Finches while more Blue tits headed south though nothing to rival Falsterbo!

Sightings today included 2 Crane which came soth with a flock of Pink-feet, but u-turned at the Warren, the Little Bunting remained occasionally showing well in Big hedge area and there are now 3 Red-breasted Flycatcher (with one at the Point, the White horse pub and seaside road in Easington) and a Firecrest on Beacon lane                                                                                                                             

There was a decline in migrant numbers with final totals of a Short-eared Owl, 1 Jack Snipe, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 35 Chiffchaff, 10 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 2 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat still at the warren, 58 Goldcrest, 1000+ Starling, 7 Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 90 Redwing, 50 Song Thrush, 60 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Lapland Bunting and 4 Brambling.

Overland vis-migging was brilliant with some fine totals, 3 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Kestrel, 9 Stock Dove, 1 Lapwing, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 383 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 125 Swallow, 242 House Martin, a Mistle Thrush, 17 House Sparrow, 1251 Tree Sparrow, 9 Dunnock, a Flava Wagtail, 11 Grey Wagtail, 53 Alba Wagtail, 1630 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, 173 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 47 Greenfinch, 1921 Linnet, 1321 Goldfinch, 4 Redpoll, 14 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer and 151 Reed Bunting. The sea was steady apart from the 1246 Pink-footed Geese which flew south while also moving 4 Wigeon, 7 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, a Shag, 7 Cormorant, an Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern and 31 Common Tern.

Also today the Garganey was still on Kilnsea wetlands, 210 Brent Geese on the Humber and 116 Pink-footed Geese on Easington straight.

Ringing: 1 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Robin, 7 Chaffinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll,  5 House Sparrow, 221 Tree Sparrow. (258 of 11 species).

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  • Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little Bunting. John Hewitt.

  • Little Bunting. Steve Valentine.

  • Cranes over Kilnsea. Steve Valentine.

  • Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne.

  • Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Watches: 0705-1345, 1650-1830.

The Little Bunting remained in the Warren to Big hedge area and the Red-breasted Flycatcher by the White horse pub in Easington. A Jay wandering around the warren area eventually trapped itself in the Heligoland trap.                                                     

There was a decline in migrant numbers with final totals of a Short-eared Owl, 2 Jack Snipe, 27 Chiffchaff, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 2 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat, 63 Goldcrest, 2000 Starling, 2 Ring Ouzel, 25 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 119 Redwing, 90 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 40 Robin, a Pied Flycatcher, 3 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit and 8 Brambling.

The sea was steady with 38 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 394 Pink-footed Geese, a Whooper Swan, 7 Pintail, 20 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, a Shag, 7 Cormorant, 2 Little Gull, an adult Caspian Gull,  1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 14 Arctic Tern and 12 Common Tern.

Overland vis-migging saw a good movement with the 6 Bearded Tit threatening to fly south but returning back north to their reed bed along the canal plus 2 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 28 Lapwing, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 430 Skylark, 80 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 31 House Sparrow, 450 Tree Sparrow, 9 Dunnock, a Flava Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba Wagtail, 483 Meadow Pipit, 32 Rock Pipit, 66 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 42 Greenfinch, 1293 Linnet, 432 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 72 Reed Bunting.

Kilnsea wetlands held a Garganey, 183 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank while just outside the area 1500 Pink-footed Geese were still in fields northwest of Sammies.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 9 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 13 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow, 51 Tree Sparrow. (103 of 13 species).

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  • Brambling. John Hewitt.

  • Caspian Gull. Daniel Langston.

  • Jay. Michael Flowers.

  • Little Bunting. Ian Morris. Annual at Spurn these day with the Warren area being a great place to see them. This bird in the big hedge area occasionally showing well.

  • Jack Snipe. Pete Saunders. Frequenting Canal scrape and giving fabulous views.

  • Comma. Michael Flowers. If you find one of these autumn beauties check out the underwing for its 'white comma'.

  • Roe Deer. Michael Flowers. A common sight at Spurn area often in fields in the triangle and long bank area.

Monday, 07 October 2019

Watches: 0700-1000.

The SIBERIAN STONECHAT was still present this morning, but vanished as the rain started. The Little Bunting remained elusive and flighty in the Warren to Southfield farm area and the Red-breasted Flycatcher by the White horse pub. The 6 Bearded Tit remained along the canal.                                                  

Migrants were boosted a little by a small arrival in the afternoon with 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, a Willow Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 93 Chiffchaff, 19 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 31 Blackcap, 3 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 1 Barred Warbler, 215 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 3000 Starling, 20 Ring Ouzel, 125 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 1700 Redwing, 500 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 320 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, a Whinchat, 17 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 3 Lapland Bunting at the narrows, 44 Siskin and 53 Brambling.

Over the sea it was relatively quiet after the good Duck movements recently with only 6 Brent Geese, Gadwall, 1 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 23 Pintail, 43 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 34 Common Scoter, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, a Shag, 7 Cormorant, 1 Little Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern and 1 Common Tern. Overland movement saw a small trickle head south 2 Jackdaw, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 170 Starling plus 200 in/off, a Grey Wagtail, 23 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 9 Chaffinch and 6 Reed Bunting.

Kilnsea wetlands held 226 Wigeon, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 650 Knot while just outside the area a huge flock of 3000 Pink-footed Geese arrived from the north settling in fields between Easington and Out Newton.

Ringing: 1 Kingfisher, 6 Blackbird, 30 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 29 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 54 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting. (160 of 17 species).

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  • Brambling. Steve T.

  • Bearded Tit. Ian Smith.

  • Ring Ouzel over the Obs platform. Debra Saunders.

  • Siberian Stonechat. John Hewitt.

  • Siberian Stonechat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Siberian Stonechat. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 06 October 2019

The day began with continuous rain and very low cloud making it difficult out in the field, obviously making it hard for migrants to see land and no doubt many just passed unseen overhead. Eventually early afternoon the rain slackened and with patches of blue sky more Thrushes began to drop in, no doubt being able to see land after their epic journey. The radios which had been busy with the odd Yellow-browed Warbler and Ring Ouzel soon cranked up as more birds began to appear.

The highlight of the day was a female type SIBERIAN STONECHAT presumed 'Mauras' by the Crown and Anchor pub which showed well. It was trapped soon after to help with the ongoing assessment of this difficult recently split group. In reality this could be the first confirmed record for Maura at Spurn. While everyone was watching this bird a Little Bunting had been found showing well at Canal scrape, a Red-breasted Flycatcher in Easington by the white horse pub and late evening 2 Marsh Warbler were just north of the breach showing well. Along the canal the 6 Bearded Tit were still present.

Migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 5 Short-eared Owl, a Willow Warbler, 63 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 28 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 26 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 'eastern type' Lesser Whitethroat, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat, 210 Goldcrest, 15 Ring Ouzel, 1200 Redwing, 1100 Song Thrush, 330 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Black Redtstart, 10 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, a Yellow wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 18 Rock Pipit, 80 Brambling, 70 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.

Ringing: Siberian Stonechat, 39 Robin, 1 Redstart, 4 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 14 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Tree Sparrow, 1 Siskin

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  • Siberian Stonechat. Sarah Harris.

  • Siberian Stonechat. Pete Saunders.

  • Siberian Stonechat. Pete Saunders,

  • Little Bunting. Neil Hunt.

  • Marsh Warbler. Tim Jones. One of two feeding just north of the breach with a Reed Warbler.

  • Siberrian Stonechat. Justin Carr.

Saturday, 05 October 2019

A few good birds seen today without being outstanding, highlighted by 6 Bearded Tit in Sykes field, a Barred Warbler opposite the Obs and at least 23 Yellow-browed Warbler

Migarnt totals were as follows with 3 Jack Snipe, a Jay, 4 Willow Warbler, 50+ Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat, with at least one definitely Siberian being trapped at the Warren, 107 Goldcrest, 5 Ring Ouzel, 370 Redwing, 5 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 30 Stonechat, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 33 Brambling, 5 Ssikin, a Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting.

The 3rd Cal year Caspian Gull was again on Kilnsea wetlands. Full details to come.

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  • Bearded Tit. Neil Hunt. The new acquisition of sykes field is turning up a few good birds already and these were a nice addition to that list.

  • Snow Bunting. Neil Hunt.

  • Barred Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

  • Roe Deer. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 04 October 2019

The anticipation in the air as birds arrived in from the sea was vivid as observers wait to see if the big fall will be on this weekend. Decent numbers this afternoon and evening bode well, while good numbers of Duck over the sea added to a good day.

The Red-breasted Flycatcher was again along Beacon lane, but no sign of the Booted Warbler today. The Great White Egret was again in fields at Sammies and the 3rd cal year Caspian Gull on Kilnsea wetlands..

Decent migrant totals with an arrival late afternoon, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Willow Warbler, 64 Chiffchaff, 16 Yellow-browed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Ring Ouzel, 530 Redwing, 94 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 30 Robin, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 20 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Lapland Bunting north at the Warren and 12 Brambling.

The sea had a fantastic movement of Duck especially late morning with many coming in from the east and continuing straight up the Humber with 15 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 46 Pintail, 247 Teal, 1588 Wigeon, 10 Velvet Scoter, 207 Common Scoter, 2 Scaup, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 102 Gannet, 22 Cormorant, 22 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, Kittiwake, 6 Guillemot and 38 Auk sp

Overland movement saw a relative trickle head south 3 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 9 Snipe in/off,  9 Rook, 6 Jackdaw, 28 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 80 Starling plus 25 in/off, 14 House Sparrow, 350 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 14 Alba Wagtail, 138 Meadow Pipit, 15 Rock Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, .

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow, 42 Tree Sparrow, 1 Rock Pipit. (97 of 18 species).

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  • Velvet Scoter over the Obs. Pete Saunders.

  • Male Brambling. Michael Flowers.

  • Barmbling. Michael Flowers.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Steve Clipperton.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

  • Merlin. Ben Moyes.

Thursday, 03 October 2019

After a cold start with ground frost it was a warm and sunny day with generally light winds, but after dark rain and strong blustery southerly.

Watches: 0645-1300, 1430-1720.

A much calmer day made it pleasant out birding and saw a small arrival late morning with a decent days vismigging which saw interesting numbers of Little Egret and Blue Tit head south.

The BOOTED WARBLER was re-located in Well field in the Sunflower crop and showed well on and off all day as did the Red-breasted Flycatcher on Beacon lane. There was an increase to at least 14 Yellow-browed Warbler today, while a Great White Egret by Long bank later flew south. 

Migrant totals were 3 Willow Warbler, 90 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 31 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 2 Ring Ouzel, 62 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 385 Redwing, 25 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, a White Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 14 Brambling, a Hawfinch in Easington, 1 Bullfinch on Beacon lane, a Lesser Redpoll and 2 Lapland Bunting.

On the move were overland were 19 Little Egret, 9 Collared Dove, a Kestrel, 14 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 17 Carrion Crow, 22 Blue Tit, 98 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 585 Starling, 39 House Sparrow, 540 Tree Sparrow, 12 Dunnock, 2 Flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 19 Alba Wagtail, 373 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 16 Chaffinch, 28 Greenfinch, 496 Linnet, 37 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer and 106 Reed Bunting. Over the sea 22 Brent Geese, 255 Pink-footed Geese, 15 Whooper Swan, 4 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 40 Kittiwake, 1390 Little Gull, 22 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua and 1112 Auk sp.

Kilnsea wetlands had a 3rd Cal year Caspian Gull, 7 Pintail, 9500 Knot, a Ruff, 639 Redshank among the usual species present with 14 Grey Partridge nearby and 1300 Shelduxck on the Humber. 

Ringing; 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Blacbird, 2 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 6 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 199 Tree Sparrow, 9 House Saprrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 19 Reed Bunting. (286 of 20 species).

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  • Booted Warbler. Andy Butler.

  • Booted Warbler showed well today occasionally sat on a sunflower head. Mark Robanson.

  • Caspian Gull on Kilnsea wetlands. John Reeves.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019

Early morning the BOOTED WARBLER was trapped in the Churchfield Heligoland trap, having not been seen beforehand and then not seen subsequently. A big suprise was a White Stork south high out over the sea, while the Red-breasted Flycatcher was again at the north end of Beacon lane, occasioanlly showing well. Early morning our first Whooper Swan of the autumn flew south over the triangle. There was no sign of the Rustic Bunting today.

Migrant totals were a Jack Snipe at Chalk bank, 8 Snipe, 30 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 5 Willow Warbler, 100 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 30 Goldcrest, 1000 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 17 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and 2 Siskin.

It was a bit disappointing over the sea after the previous day with only 7 Barnacle Geese, 14 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, 48 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 51 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 39 Cormorant, 17 Gannet, 14 Kittiwake, 270 Little Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 3 Great Skua, 1 Artic Skua and 160 Auk sp. Overland 6 Common Buzzard, a Hobby, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 69 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 9 House Sparrow, 270 Tree Sparrow, 11 Rock Pipit, 4 Greenfinch and 25 Reed Bunting. 

Other sightings included the Barnacle Goose still on Easington straight, 1020 Shelduck and a Spotted Redshank on the Humber, with an Avocet, 5 Lapwing, 7000 Knot, 177 Wigeon, 7 Pintail and 55 Teal on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 4 Robin, 5 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Booted Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrow, 99 Tree Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting. (161 of 18 species).

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler showing well at Sammies. Paul Coombes.

  • Booted Warbler. Ian Smith. Pic from previous day, Corner field.

  • Booted Warbler. Ian Smith. Pics from 1st October.

  • Booted Warbler. Ian Smith. Pic from 1st October.

  • Booted Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Booted Warbler. Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019

Watches: 0645-1230, 1400-1600, 1700-1830.

A fantastic day overall despite the difficult strong north easterly wind with persistent driving rain which brought Thrushes wiffling down mainly into the Kew area, while over the sea it was good again with plenty of Skuas and a few oddities.

The month began with a bang with the finding of a skulky, but occasionally showy BOOTED WARBLER in Sykes/Corner field. The 11th record, but the first since September 2009, it is also the first October record for the Obs. If present tomorrow can birders please use the Sykes field entrance (the metal gates) rather than the Corner field entrance and walk round to view. Thank you. The RUSTIC BUNTING was still present late afternoon in big hedge on the weedy embankments and showed quite well upto dark. 

Other migrants today included a Hawfinch over Kilnsea which dropped in by the Riverside, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 56 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 40 Goldcrest, 60 Blackbird, 500 Redwing, 180 Song Thrush, 5 Ring Ouzel, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 9 Grey Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 130 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit and a Siskin with a Common Sandpiper by the tank blocks.

The sea didnt disappoint today with 12 Brent Geese, 43 Barnacle Geese, 24 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 770 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 157 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 33 Manx Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater,192 Gannet, a Grey Phalarope, 86 Kittiwake, 226 Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 34 Great Skua, 6 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 71 Arctic Skua, 91 Guillemot, 19 Razorbill, 1247 Auk sp and 4 Puffin.

Other sightings included a Barnacle Goose, 60 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose and 315 Greylag Geese on Easington straight, 4 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1000 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 1500 Knot, 1 Greenshank and a Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands, while heading south overland 61 Swallow and 46 House Martin made use of the strong tail wind.

Ringing: 1 Guillemot, 2 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 1 Tree Sparrow. (15 of 9 species).

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  • Booted Warbler. Andy Hood. The bird is feeding by the path leading from Sykes field into Corner field spending time in thistles and low vegatation. If coming to view the bird do not enter from Corner field and if you are not a Friend of Spurn please consider a donation or why not join?

  • Booted Warbler. Pete Saunders.

  • Booted Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Booted Warbler. Andy Hood..