Sightings

Sightings

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

We are now entering the final few hours of the 10’s decade, which has been arguably the best period of Birding in the history of Spurn, with outstanding rarities, falls, movements and ‘hours’ of study accumulated. The Observatory has moved forward rapidly from a position of uncertainty to one of the best on mainland Britain. Everyone will have their favourite decade moments such as in October 2016 with amazing arrivals of eastern vagrants or even this year with October 2019 arguably rivalling it, but for different reasons. Happy Birding in 2020 eveyone!!

2019 has followed on nicely from 2018, with the Observatory on the brink of reaching the magical 400 species, which is pretty awesome for a land based site. Well with the Dusky Thrush becoming our 399th species, being as expected, accepted, the 400 was achieved in fine style with a rather stunning drake Baikal Teal on Kilnsea wetlands, though of course subject to acceptance. The final year list finished around the 261 mark.

There were yet again many other fantastic rarities during the year with the 2nd AND 3rd Red-eyed Vireo taking pride of place in many birders note books. The Easington bird was probably the bird of the year, giving stunning views feeding on berries down to a few feet at times, in the same location as the famous 2016 Siberian Accentor. Birders travelled from afar to see it and behaved immaculately in such a sensitive site. A twitchable Stejneger’s Stonechat was our 2nd, DNA coming to the rescue for this new evolving species, while our 3rd Collared Flycatcher, a female, gave everyone an interesting identification challenge. The 4th Isabelline Wheatear, Green-winged Teal and Broad-billed Sandpiper (the 1st was only in 2008), 4-5th Cattle Egret, 5th Pacific Swift and Great Reed Warbler were gratefully received by locals. Our 6th Great Snipe took up temporary residence a stone’s throw from the last in 2013. The autumn also brought our 7th (Western) Bonelli’s Warbler, 7-8th Humes Leaf Warbler and 8th Blyth’s Reed Warbler, while the first ‘summer’ record of Pallid Swift was also our 8th with our 11th Booted Warbler being the first since 2009, but present for 3 days and our 13-15th White-rumped Sandpipers graced Kilnsea wetlands. The 14th Arctic Warbler (half of which have been recorded since 2015) was maybe the most under stated rarities of the year and there will possibly be some sort of write up on this bird at some point? Our 20th Rustic Bunting continues Spurns relative domination of this species in Yorkshire terms and lastly our 16th Siberian Stonechat (which was one) will maybe need some of the other records reviewing at some point with the splitting of this group.

Local listers had plenty to get their teeth into, the highlight being our 12th Goshawk, the first seen by multi observers and maybe the first to not be tinged with doubt. The year also had the 8th Green Woodpecker and Raven, the 9-10th Black Kite and 10th White Stork plus the 12-13th Mandarin which were well received.

An impressive list of other good birds seen during the year, a few of which eluded the list last year starting with an amazing 20 Great White Egret, 3 Montagu’s Harrier, 3 Honey Buzzard, male Red-footed Falcon, 4 Dotterel, 2 Temminck’s Stint, 1 Bee-eater, 2 Golden Oriole, 5 Red-rumped Swallow (including an autumn bird), 2 Richard’s Pipit, 2+ Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Barred Warbler, 1 Dusky Warbler, 5 Pallas’s Warbler, 5 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Rose-coloured Starling, 2 Bluethroat, Nightingale, 4 Serin and 2 Little Bunting (including a spring bird), while shamefully it’s maybe time to now add Turtle Dove to this list.

The year was up and down for overland visible migration and seawatching with few days of ideal conditions, but the year did have fantastic arrivals of common migrants in August including some big days of Willow Warbler, brilliant numbers of scarcer waders, particularly Wood Sandpipers in spring and autumn, some of the best Tern roost movements for several years, a nice late autumn arrival of Russian White-fronted Geese, while the 2 adult Long-tailed skua hovering over clubley’s in late June will live long in the memory. There were many other highlights during the year, too many for this write up, none more so than Marsh Warbler successfully breeding for the 2nd year in a row. More to come in the report.

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  • Red-eyed Vireo. Ian Bollen. Below are just some of the good birds in October 2019

  • Isabelline Wheatear. Tony Wells.

  • Stejneger's Stonechat. Dave Bowes.

  • Arctic Warbler? Debbie Saunders.

  • Siberian Stonechat. Sarah Harris..

  • Booted Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Bluethroat. John Hewitt.

  • Little Bunting. Steve Valentine.

Monday, 30 December 2019

31st December 2019. After a light frost it was a bright and sunny day with a F1 SW wind.  Watches: 0830-1030.

The Kilnsea wetlands area again held most of today’s interest with 164 Greylag Geese, a Canada Goose, 13 Shoveler, 40 Mallard, 220 Teal, 428 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 21 Little Grebe, 98 Curlew, 241 Redshank and a Greenshank.

Very quiet over the sea, 1 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver and 6 Auk sp the sum total.

A Blackcap was at Kew and a Treecreeper on Peter lane, Easington.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 3 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow.

 

30th December 2019. A lovely sunny day with a cool F3-4 SW wind. Watches: 0800-1030.

Over the sea, 6 Whooper Swan, 188 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Barnacle Geese, 16 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 50 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 11 Guillemot and 9 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Long bank area held 14 Whooper Swan, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, a Little Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier along with the usual Wildfowl. Elsewhere a Blackcap was in Churchfield and a Peacock butterfly was on the wing.

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Sunday, 29 December 2019

Overcast and cool with a F4 SSE wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

It was typically a completely different day over the sea, when yesterday it was busy, today rather flat and uninspiring with only 2 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander and 10 Red-throated Diver.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 14 Whooper Swan, 21 Shoveler, 450 Wigeon, 56 Mallard, 180 Teal, 2 Scaup, 15 Little Grebe, 500 Lapwing, a Greenshank and a Stonechat.

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  • Great Tit. Jacob spinks.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Dull and overcast again with a F3-4 S wind.  Watches: 0800-1145.

A fine movement of Wildfowl over the sea produced some good totals for the time of year with 13 Shoveler, 22 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 226 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 454 Teal, 10 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 27 Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 5 Goldeneye, a Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot.

There were still 12 Whooper Swan on Easington straight with the Kilnsea wetlands area holding 120 Greylag Geese, 21 Shoveler, 316 Wigeon, 166 Teal, 2 Scaup (male and female), 2 Goosander and 252 Lapwing.

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Friday, 27 December 2019

Dull and overcast with a F2 SE wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

Sightings in the Kilnsea wetlands and Long bank area included 172 Greylag Geese, a Canada Goose, 12 Whooper Swan, 448 Wigeon, 230 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 50 Mallard, the drake Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 130 Lapwing, a Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl and 17 Stock Dove.

Over the sea there was not much going on with totals of 7 Teal, 37 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, a Cormorant and a Guillemot.

Other sightings today included 310 Shelduck, 1075 Oystercatcher, 490 Grey Plover, 800 Dunlin and 410 Redshank on the Humber, 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest in Sykes field with 5 Meadow Pipit at Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 2 Robin, 1 Blue Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow.

 

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

Overcast with an increasing F2-4 SE wind.  Watches: 0800-1000.

Few observers about with the sea, seeing most of the action, 2 Shelduck, a Goldeneye, 18 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shag, a Gannet and a Skua sp which was almost certainly a Pomarine.

A Blackcap was at Kew, 2 Long-tailed Tit wandering and a scatter of Thrushes completed the news.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 House Sparrow.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019

A lovely sunny Christmas day with a F1 SW wind.

The Kilnsea wetlands area was about the only area to be birded with a Canada Goose, 177 Greylag Geese, 20 Shoveler, 360 Wigeon, 56 Mallard, 135 Teal, the drake Scaup, 2 Goldeneye and 140 Lapwing.

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Rain petered out leaving sunny spells with a F2 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

A small movement over the sea at least included some quality with 12 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 12 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 26 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Gannet, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Auk sp.

There were still 7 Whooper Swan on Easington straight with the Kilnsea wetlands area holding 500 Brent Geese, 137 Greylag Geese, 19 Shoveler, 600 Wigeon, 150 Teal, drake Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 21 Little Grebe, a Marsh Harrier and 500 Lapwing.

Other sightings were 3 Water Rail, a Mistle Thrush and 3 Goldcrest.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 2 Redwing.

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Monday, 23 December 2019

Sunny spells with an increasing 2-4 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

A Siberian Chiffchaff was again in Sykes field along with 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest with 55 Fieldfare and 3 Stock Dove in North field..

The Black Brant with hybrid family was again in the area plus 790 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent with 12 Whooper Swan and a Little Owl on Easington straight. The drake Scaup was still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 3 Goldeneye.

Over the sea 4 Wigeon, 59 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot and 6 Auk sp hardly justified 2.5 hrs in the seawatch hut.

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  • Whooper Swans. Jacob Spinks.

  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Jacob Spinks.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Overcast with the odd light shower and a F2 W wind.  Watches: 0830-1030.

A decent movement saw 385 Pink -footed Geese head south alogn with a Wigeon, 18 Teal, 1 Eider, a Pochard, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Shag.

A Siberian Chiffchaff remained in the Sykes field area along with a Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest plus some decent Thrush counts involving 80 Fieldfare, 49 Blackbird, 31 Redwing and a Song Thrush.

The Long bank and Kilnsea wetlands area had the drake Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 18 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 400 Lapwing, 90 Curlew, 350 Redshank and a Greenshank with the Black Swan still in the area.

Ringing: 4 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow.

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  • Pink-footed Geese heading south over Sykes field. Jacob spinks.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Mainly overcast with a few showers and sunny spells with a cool F2 SE wind. Watches: 0830-1015.

Wildfowl in the Long bank and Kilnsea wetlands area again dominated the headlines with 12 Whooper Swan, 600 Brent Geese along with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, a Canada Goose, 57 Greylag Geese, 28 Shoveler, 450 Wigeon, 180 Teal, the drake Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 20 Little Grebe, 450 Lapwing, 15 Golden Plover, 70 Curlew, 200 Redshank and a Greenshank with a Marsh Harrier hunting the area.

Passerine wise a Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Chiffchaff were in Sykes field, a Goldcrest in the Crown carpark, 18 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 100 Blackbird and a Stonechat while on the move were 24 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Wigeon, 3 Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot.

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  • Waders on the Humber. Jacob Spinks.

Friday, 20 December 2019

A horrible overcast rain filled day and a F2-3 SW wind. Watches: 0800-1015.

Little seen today but a good count of 120 Black-tailed Godwit on Long bank plus the drake Scaup, 72 Greylag Geese, 25 Shoveler, 350 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 82 Curlew and 2 Little Egret with 2 Long-tailed Tit and 12 Redwing in Churchfield.

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Thursday, 19 December 2019

Grey and overcast with light rain and a F3 W wind.

Poor weather and only 3 observers looking returned only 173 Greylag Geese, 6 Pink-footed Geese, a Canada Goose, 90 Lapwing and 60 Curlew in the Long bank area with a Water Rail in Churchfield, 180 Fieldfare on Peter lane plus 12 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Redwing and 25 Blackbird in the area. Elsewhere a Little Owl was on Easington straight.

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  • Little Owl. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A grotty day being overcast with fog nearly all day, rain in the evening and a F4 SW wind.

The kilnsea wetlands area held 235 Greylag Geese, 10 Shoveler, 350 Wigeon, 150 Teal, a Tufted Duck, the drake Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe and 7 Little Egret.

The day also saw another 3 Whooper Swan fly south along with 100 Pink-footed Geese, a Water Rail in Church field, 1 Chiffchaff and a Bullfinch by the Bluebell with a flock of 22 Redwing in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail.

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  • Common Scoter. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

A grim day being overcast with rain on and off with a F5 SW wind.  Watches: 0750-1035.

On the move over the sea were 16 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 69 Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot.

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Monday, 16 December 2019

Bright with sunny spells and a F4 SW wind.

The best of today sightings were concentrated in the Long bank and Kilnsea wetlands area with 500 Brent Geese, 22 Whooper Swan, 17 Shoveler, 490 Wigeon, 219 Teal, the drake Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Greenshank, 1180 Lapwing and 61 Curlew.

A bit of an influx of Thrushes into the area saw 23 Blackbird, 180 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush recorded along with 2 Stonechat.

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  • Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mute Swan. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Bright and sunny.  Watches: 0800-1230.

On the move over the sea were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 9 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill and 6 Auk sp.

Elsewhere 610 Brent Geese were at Chalky point, 5 Goldeneye on Beacon ponds, 240 Lapwing and 80 Curlew on Long bank, a Short-eared Owl on Beacon lane, 2 Chiffchaff in Sykes field, a Stonechat on Clubleys with 80 Fieldfare, 30 Blackbird, 2 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush in the area.

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Saturday, 14 December 2019

Sunny spells with a F5-6 W wind. Watches:0750-1100.

Yet another 13 White-fronted Geese headed south today during this good late autumn spell for them while also moving were 16 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Velvet Scoter, 14 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 8 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Cormorant and 9 Auk sp.

A good total of 15 Shoveler were on Kilnsea wetlands along with the Black Swan, a drake Scaup, 400 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 211 Greylag Geese, a Common Scoter and a Woodcock with 2 Chiffchaff seen today in Sykes field and rose cottage.

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  • Black Swan. John Hewitt.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Sunny spells with a F5 W wind. Watches: 0755-1040.

Moving over the sea were a Shelduck, 44 Teal, 33 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Shag and 5 Auk sp.

Decent counts again on Kilnsea wetlands with 14 Pink-footed Geese, 457 Wigeon, 13 Shoveler, 251 Teal, a Common Scoter, the drake Scaup, 13 Little Grebe, 134 Redshank and a Merlin plus the Black Swan.

Other sightings included a Chiffchaff, 50 House Sparrow and 20 Tree Sparrow in Sykes field and a Meadow Pipit in Well field.

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  • Black Swan touring the area. John Hewitt.

  • Black Swan. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Cloud and rain all day with a F6 S wind. Watches: 0750-1035.

The Siberian Chiffchaff remained in Sykes field with 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest with a Bullfinch by Easington cemetery still a scarce visitor/ resident in the area.

A trickle over the sea saw 3 Pintail, 85 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Goosander, 20 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, 1 Shag and 4 Auk sp on the move with a Whooper Swan on Easington straight, a Marsh Harrier in the area, a Mistle Thrush and 5 Stock Dove in the triangle.

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  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Another windy unsettled day with rain on and off. Watches: 0750-1015.

In Sykes field at least 1 Siberian Chiffchaff remained along with 2 Chiffchaff with 25 Blackbird and 5 Redwing in the triangle area.

The sea showed a bit of promise highlighted by a Great Northern Diver and Velvet Scoter plus 3 Gadwall, 26 Common Scoer, 35 Red-throated Diver  and 5 Auk sp.

Other bits of note today included 6 Whooper Swan in Long bank, a Marsh Harrier in the area and a Water Rail in Corner field.

Ringoing: 3 Redwing, 1 Blackbird.

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  • Little Egret. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

A horrible wet and windy day with a F6-7 S wind. Watches: 0800-1030.

A few bits were noted today despite the terrible weather with 2 Siberian Chiffchaff feeding in sheltered areas in Sykes field with a Chiffchaff for company.

What little else was seen was from the shelter of the seawatch hut producing a Manx Shearwater along with 15 Teal, 21 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet and a Guillemot.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing.

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Monday, 09 December 2019

An unpleasant day with rain and a F6 NW wind.

Maybe a good day to do some birding from the car with the Black Brant plus hybrid young again on Long bank with 444 Dark-bellied Brents, a Canada Goose and 237 Greylag Geese. Nearby 8 Shoveler, 370 Wigeon and 71 Teal were on Kilnsea wetlands.

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Sunday, 08 December 2019

Unsettled with gusting F7 WSW winds. Watches: 0815-1050.

Not much happening in the windy weather with the few migrants seen included a Water Rail, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare and 9 Blackbird, while the sea weighed in with 15 Teal, 40 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and 7 Auk sp. Otherwise 6 Stock Dove in the triangle and 2 Little Egret in Well field.

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  • Wren. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 07 December 2019

Yet again the day was dominated by Wildfowl though the day was largely taken up within a working day in Sykes Field. The Black Brant plus hybrid family returned to Long bank along with 400+ Brent Geese, 150 Greylags, a Canada Goose and an Egyptian Goose. The Scaup was still on Kilnsea wetlands, 372 Shelduck on the Humber, 14 Whooper Swan and 126 Pink-footed Geese flew south and another 7 Whooper Swan in fields west of Sammies where the 21 White-fronted Geese resided. 
Other birds today were a Lapland Bunting at Kilnsea wetlands with also 8 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest plus 12 Blackbird, 12 Fieldfare, 19 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 11 Meadow Pipit and a Siskin.

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  • Starling. Jacob Spinks.

  • Egyptian Goose with Brents on Long bank. Adam Hutt.

  • Brent Geese. Jacob Spinks.

Friday, 06 December 2019

Overcast with the odd sunny spells and regular rain showers with a F5 SSW wind. Watches: 0750-1015.
It was a day dominated by Wildfowl the highlight being the 21 White-fronted Geese re-appearing today having a tour of the area before heading off north-west again, while another 5 White-fronts headed south. A Barnacle Goose was with the 176 Brent Geese and 140 Greylag Geese along with a Canada Goose in Long bank Marsh. Other totals were 200 Shelduck on the Humber plus 5 Shoveler, 400 Wigeon, 95 Teal, the drake Scaup and a Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands.

Quiet over the sea with only 29 Teal, a Common Scoter, 37 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 18 Auk sp.

Few migrants about today with just 4 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush and a Stonechat with a Marsh Harrier and Merlin hunting the area. 

Ringing : 1 Sparrowhawk.

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  • Barnacle Goose with Brents. John Swallow.

  • Barnacle Goose. John Swallow.

Thursday, 05 December 2019

After a sunny start it clouded over, becoming very windy with rain with a F6-7 SSW wind. Watches: 0800-1000.

Few observers out and about, though the sea recieved its customary attention with a Glaucous Gull heading south and a Manx Shearwater heading north maybe making it worthwhile. also moving were 4 Wigeon, 6 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, a Cormorant, 3 Guillemot and 5 Auk sp.

Also today 11 Stock Dove in Well field, 2 Merlin and a Peregrine hunting the area and a few migrants recorded in the wind included 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing and 2 Goldcrest.

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  • Wigeon. Ian Smith.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Sunny spells with a F4 WSW wind. Watches: 0740-1015.

More Russian visitors today with another 21 White-fronted Geese which flew north west with 120 Pink-footed Geese while another 134 Pink-feet flew south. Wildfowl totals in Kilnsea wetlands area were 230 Greylag Geese, 6 Shoveler, 383 Wigeon, 33 Mallard, 47 Teal, the drake Scaup, 1 Goldeneye and 19 Little Grebe plus 150 Curlew.

Also on the move today over the sea were 5 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 3 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet.

Migrant numbers are eventually dropping off to expected numbers for the time of year, but who could rule out something else turning up. Totals today were a Woodcock, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush. 

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 7 Dunnock, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 9 House Sparrow. (28 of 9 species).

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  • White-fronted Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Walk to the Point. Paul Gould.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019

A calm sunny day with a F1-3 WSW wind. Watches: 0750-1015.

Moving over the sea were a Wigeon, 19 Teal, 13 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 41 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Cormorant, 5 Guillemot and 3 Auk sp.

Migrants weres still well represented with a Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff still in Sykes field, a Blackcap, 50 Blackbird, 18 Robin, a Siskin and 16 Snow Bunting at the narrows.

Other sightings today imcluded 280 Shelduck and 2000 Knot on the Humber, 8 Little Egret in Well field, Short-eared owl and Barn Owl in the triangle and 28 Magpie in north field.

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Monday, 02 December 2019

After a chilly start it was a fine sunny day. watches: 0745-1000, 1450-1510.

A Hen Harrier in the triangle was nice before it flew west up the Humber while the Siberian Chiffchaff was again in Sykes field. Other migrant totals were 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 150 Starling, a Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat and 2 Meadow Pipit.

There was not too much going on over the sea to get excited about with just 11 Pink-footed Geese, 41 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Cormorant and 4 Guillemot.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 97 Greylag Geese, 13 Shoveler, 297 Wigeon, 19 Mallard, 201 Teal, a drake Scaup, 1 Common Scoter and a Goldeneye.

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Sunday, 01 December 2019

Grey and overcast with a F1-2 W wind. Watches: 0755-1210.

Clear skies overnight resulted in a small clearout with no sign of The Pallas's Warbler. Migrant totals were 7 Chiffchaff, the Siberian Chiffchaff in Sykes field, 1 Goldcrest, 35 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 25 Chaffinch, and 1 Siskin.

Over the sea were 60 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 11 Eider, a Goodander, 16 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 1 Shag, 15 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 6 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunnock, 1 Blue tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 10 House Sparrow.

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