Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Overcast and damp all day with a F2 SE-F3-4 W wind.

Watches: 0705-0915.

The weather conditions did not lend themselves to finding new migrants, but those reamaining included the Cetti's Warbler along the canal and the Firecrest in the Churchyard plus 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin. a Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 54 Goldcrest, 114 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 103 Redwing, 14 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 8 Bullfinch, 23 Twite at Chalk bank, 53 Lesser Redpoll, 70 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting.

There was very little on the move today, most of which was oveer the sea with 110 Pink-footed Geese, 16 Teal, 18 common Scoter, 7 Goosander, 9 Red-throated Diverr, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Gannet and a Shag, while overland 7 Swallow, a House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail and 3 Redpoll.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 10 Whoopwr Swan, 12 Shoveler, 304 Wigeon, 7 Pintail, 400 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Ruff, 700 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank and a Merlin. 

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 19 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Firecrest. Pete Saunders.

  • Mistle Thrush. Debra Saunders.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Sightings from today included a Firecrest trapped at Kew, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Sykes field, 2 Black Redstart by Westmere farm, 10 Whooper Swan and Culrew Sandpiper at Kilnsea wetlands.

The Great Grey Shrike remains at Skeffling.

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  • Black Redstart. John Hewitt.

  • Kestrel. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wren. Bethan Clyne.

  • Great Grey Shrike. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 19 October 2020

A chilly bright day with a F4-5 S wind. 

Watches: 0700-0900.

A much quieter day overall and very little movement south as was maybe expected and most observers left to check out the Shrike in West Yorkshire. A Short-toed Lark was the best of the day, reported flying south over Corner field, but no notes were recieved. Migrant totals were well down on previous days with just a Jack Snipe, Hen Harrier at Chalk bank, 30 Swallow, 5 House Martin, a Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 47 Goldcrest, 35 Blackbird, 90 Fieldfare, 73 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 21 Robin, a Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Barmbling, a Mealy Redpoll, 14 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Crossbill.

Moving today were 224 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Shelduck, 8 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 61 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, a Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua,, 16 Auk sp, 8 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 27 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 11 Alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 10 Twite, 31 Linnet, 44 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin and a Reed Bunitng.

Other sightings were mainly centred around the Kilnsea wwtland area with 10 Whooper Swan, 5 Pintail, 378 Wigeon, 328 Teal, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 770 Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 22 Mediterranean Gull. 

Ringiing: 5 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 1 Wren, 7 Goldcrest, 6 Tree Sparrow, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch, 7 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Male Crossbill. Mick Turton.

  • Lesser Redpoll. Pete Saunders.

  • Stock Dove. Mick Turton.

  • Siskin. Pete Saunders.

  • Weasel. Craig Bell.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

There was an almost complete clearout of migrants today with just the Barred Warbler in Easington cemetery remaining of the more unusual species, though 2 Hawfinch Easington-KIlnsea and 5 Bearded Tit were new along the canal. A Firecrest was at Rose cottage and the Cetti's Warbler still along the canal with furhter totals of a Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, a Common Sandpiper, 35 Chiffchaff, 4 Siberian Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, a late Garden Warbler, 90 Goldcrest, 80 Blackbird, 30 Fieldfare, 175 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Black Redstart, 20 Stonechat, 18 Brambling, 4 Bullfinch, 150 Redpoll, a Mealy Redpoll, 4 Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting.

On the move today were a Great White Egret, 20 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Barnacle Geese, 20 Redd-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 10 Jackdaw, 50 Skylark, 16 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 9 Alba Wagtail, 43 Meadow Pipit, 31 Rock Pipit, 23 Greenfinch, 48 Linnet, 33 Redpoll, 61 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin, 9 Yellowhammer and 17 Red Bunting.

Other sightings included 10 Whooper Swan at Sammy's, 290 Black-tailed Godwit on Kilnsdea wetlands, 5 Ruff and 10 Mediterranean Gull. 

Just outside the area a Great Grey Shrike performed at Skeffling.

Ringing: 1 Fieldfare, 16 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 7 Robin, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff,13 Goldcrest,  2 Blue Tit, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 114 Lesser Redpoll, 17 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Barred Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Whooper Swans. Debra Saunders.

  • Great Grey Shrike. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Great Grey Shrike eyeing up a Reed Bunting. Steve Clipperton.

  • Grey Grey Shrike taking food to its larder. Thomas Willoughby.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Some early morning rain seemed to have a decent effect dropping in good numbers of Thrsuhes to the area and with them some good birds too. The 3rd or 4th Red-flanked Bluetail this autumn was elusive in the Rose cottage to Churchfield area, where it was trapped in the evening, while a Dusky Warbler at Sammy's was maybe even more hard to pin down, a Pallas's Warbler was trapped at the Warren and a Barred Warbler at Easington cemetery. Other bits of interst were supplied by 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at the Point, 2 Firecrest (canal and churchyard) and at least 6 Yellow-browed Warbler with 2 Little Auk over the sea.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Pete Saunders.

  • Purple Sandpiper. Pete Saunders.

  • Firecrest. Steve Clipperton.

  • Pallas's Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Frank Cackett.

Friday, 16 October 2020

A cloudy overcast day with a F4 NE wind. 

Watches: 0650-1100, 1300-1400.

With the wind in an ideal position there was high hopes for the day, but the good birds generally eluded the area. The Richard's Pipit was seen by the lighthouse while migarnts were in good numbers with 14 Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Willow Warbler, 22 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, a Firecrest, 160 Goldcrest, 2500 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 170 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 23 Song Thrush, 500 Redwing, 25 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 20 Brambling, 40 Lesser Redpoll and 7 Crossbill.

Maybe the highlight of the day were 2 Tundra Bean Geese north over the Warren a d the day in general saw quite a bit of movement with 344 Pink-footed Geese, 19 Wigeon, a Pintail, 16 Teal, 40 Eider, 439 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 47 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 31 Gannet, a Shag, 4 Kittiwake, 27 Little Gull, 4 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua, 2 Little Auk and 29 Auk sp, while it was predictably quieter overland with 7 Skylark, 11 Swallow, a Rock Pipit and 2 Lapland Bunting.

Other sightings were 10 Whooper Swan at Sammy's, a Hen Harrier along Peter lane with Kilnsea wetlands ahving a Purple Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

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  • Mistle Thrush. Debra Saunders.

  • Goldcrest. Andy Bunting.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

There was maybe less about, but some good birds are still about to be found. An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT showed well in the Obs garden, a Bluethroat at Sammy's carpark, a Pallas's Warbler at the Point, Richard's Pipit which moved from the narrows to the Sheepfield, Siberian Chiffchaff at Chalk bank to middle camp, Firecrest at canal scrape and a Tundra Bean Goose flew south.

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Tim Jones.

  • Olive-backed Pipit at the Ficedula diner. Tim Jones.

  • Pallas's Warbler. Jacob Spinks.

  • Black Redstart. John Swallow.

  • Goldcrest, Debra Saunders.

  • Redwing. Bethan Clyne.

  • Blackbird. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

A  generally sunny day with rain mid afternoon, but a cool F4 E wind.

Watches: 0655-0930.

The calmer day with sunshine brought migrants into the open, including some good birds with a PALLAS'S WARBLER at Chalk bank which moved to Middle camp, a RADDES WARBLER trapped  in Churchfield after being glimpsed in the Churchyard and a Richard's Pipit south over Easington boatyard. Further migrant totals came in the form of 7 Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, 1 Long-eared Owl, 4 Short-eared Owl, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 42 Blackcap, 430 Goldcrest, 47 Wren, 4 Ring Ouzel, 520 Blackbird, 90 Fieldfare, 2555 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 118 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 4 Redstart, 14 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 84 Brambling, a Twite, 7 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.

There was a bit of movement over the sea with 6 Barnacle Geese, 75 Wigeon, 3 Mallard, 52 Teal, 7 Eider, 4 Velvet Scoter, 38 Common Scoter, 3 Goosander, 12 Red-throated Diver, 159 Gannet, a Shag, 20 Little Gull, a Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 106 Auk sp and 8 Guillemot while overland just 15 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 31 Skylark, 8 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.

Other sightings included a Pale-bellied Brent with 160 Brent Geese on the HUmber, 10 Whooper Swan at Sammy's, 2 Purple Sandpiper off the Crown, 1200 Teal and 18 Pintail on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 61 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 67 Blackbird, 1 Redstart, 22 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 11 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 147 Goldcrest, 6 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 

 

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  • Sparrowhawk hunting Goldcrest. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne.

  • Goldcrest. Thaomas Willoughby.

  • Song Thrush. Bethan Clyne.

  • Ring Ouzel. John Swallow.

  • Raddes Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Raddes Warbler. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Overcast with sunny spells and afternoon rain with a chilly F4-2 NE wind.

Watches: 0700-0945. 1040-1245.

The wind and eventual rain dropped in some good totals of migrant, mainly Thrushes which moved on quickly, but an overall increase in grounded migrants was evident with 6 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 7 Short-eared Owl, a Long-eared Owl, 6 Coal Tit in/off, 3 Swallow, 22 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 22 Blackcap, an Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 23 Goldcrest, 27 Wren, 60 Starling in, 5 Ring Ouzel, 330 Blackbird, 1200 Fieldfare, 3656 Redwing, 23 Song Thrush, 23 Robin, 2 Redstart, 19 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, a Twite, 19 Redpoll, 4 Siskin and 7 Brambling.

Movement today was light, but overall some good totals with a Marsh Harrier, 5 Rook, 37 Skylark, 7 Swallow while over the sea had 750 Pink-footed Geese, 48 Barnacle Geese, 4 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 137 Teal, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Diver, 20 Little Gull, 2 Pomarine Skua, a Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and 54 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had an overnight decline in Wildfowl and no sign of the Garganey, but present in the area were the Great White Egret11 Whooper Swan, 1000 Pink-footed Geese, 36 Pintail, 300 Teal, 466 Wigeon, 15 Little Grebe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 57 Blackbird, 7 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Robin, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Reed Bunting.

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  • Jack Snipe. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Jack Snipe. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Merlin. Marcus Brew.

  • Ring Ouzel. Thomas Willoughby.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Mainly overcast with the odd sunny spell, rain from mid afternoon and a F4 WNW wind.

Watches: 0700-1030, 1330-1515.

The winds are predicted to go into the east in the next few day, but while we wait for that there are still birds trickling in from Scandinavia with 3 Jack Snipe, a Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Swallow, a House Martin, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Goldcrest, 133 Starling in, 160 Blackbird, 360 Fieldfare, 900 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 5 Rock Pipit and 12 Brambling.

Movement today was light, but overall some good totals with a Grey Heron, 2 Rook, 16 Skylark, 7 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 28 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 265 Linnet, 128 Lesser Redpoll, 16 Crossbill, 620 Goldfinch, 14 Siskin and 38 Reed Bunting. The sea had 5 Barnacle Geese, 35 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 95 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Red-throated Diver, a wandering Great Northern Diver, 447 Gannet, 5 Shag, a Puffin and 66 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had some fantastic totals of Wildfowl yet again and continues to be an amazing spectacle when a Peregrine goes through looking for an easy meal. The mobile Great White Egret put in a few appearances, 1243 Pink-footed Geese wandered the local area, a late Garganey was a surprise, 27 Pintail, 1900 Teal, 540 Wigeon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 5 Snipe. Also of note today were 3 Purple Sandpiper at the Narrows with 157 Brent Geese onm the Humber/

Ringing: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 2 Redwing, 18 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Great Tit, 10 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 101 Lesser Redpoll, 19 Goldfinch, 21 Reed Bunting.

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  • Greenshank. Pete Saunders.

  • Purple Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Pete Saunders.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Neil Hunt.

  • Greenshank and Snipe. Pete Saunders.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sunny spells and rain with a F2-3 NW cold wind.

Watches: 0650-1050, 1100-1700.

There were still a few migrants as fresh arrivals boosted numbers, but it seems with the decent weather Thrushes were going over at height and out of sight, with big numbers sen inland. The  highlight was a Common Rosefinch at the Point, with further totals of a Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Starling in, 348 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 240 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lapland Bunting, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Crossbill and 16 Brambling.

The first bit of movement over the sea with 5 Whooper Swan, a Wigeon, 65 Teal, an Eider, 26 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, the Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 3201 Gannet, a Shag, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich tern, 13 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua and 4 Arctic Skua.

The Kilnsea wetlands produced 12 Whooper Swan, 105 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Pintail, 1500 Teal, a surprise late Garganey, redhead Goosander, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, with the Great White Egret on canal scrape.

Ringing: 6 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 37 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 36 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Great White Egret. Rob Adams.

  • Great White Egret. Rob Adams.

  • Rosefinch. Marcus Brew.

  • Redstart. Pete Saunders.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

F4 WNW wind with some showers in the afternoon with sunny spells.

Watches: 07:00-10:00, 16:45-17:15.

A steady day with a few birds around and a small arrival of Redwing but otherwise generally quiet. Highlights from grounded migrants were a Turtle Dove seen briefly along Peter Lane, the Barred Warbler again in Listening Dish hedge, ranging down towards the back of Westmere Farm (no access unless staying there), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler  in Easington Cemetry and a blythi-type Lesser Whitethroat behind Westmere Farm. Otherwise migrant totals were, 1 Jack Snipe at Chalk Bank, 4 Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl (Easington Straight and Easington Playing Fields), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 22 Skylark, 6 Long-tailed Tit down to Kilnsea, 34 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Firecrest at Kilnsea Church, 45 Goldcrest, 800 Starling, 17 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Ring Ouzel mobile between Church Field and Sammy's Point, 6 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing, 13 Robin, 4 Redstart, 9 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 40 Meadow Pipit, 6 Brambling, 1 Hawfinch in the hedge behind Rose Cottage, 2 Bullfinch,60 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Lapland Bunting in Clubley's Field.

Over the sea passage was light but included, 170 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Eider, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Red-throated Diver, the presumed lingering Black-throated Diver again flew south, 335 Gannet, 1 Shag, 22 Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Gull, 1 Med Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 5 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 14 Guillemot, 47 Razorbill and 60 auk sp. 

Passage over land was light, sa and consisted of 30 Rook, 2 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 329 Redwing NW, 36 S, 1 Mistle Thrush, 17 Tree Sparrow, 9 alba Wagtail, 179 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 69 Linnet, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 422 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 15 Reed Bunting.

Other bits seen included a Spoonbill seen flying north up the Humber, 90 Pink-footed Geese along Easington Straight, 11 Whooper Swan along Green Lane, 5 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon, 82 Pintail on the Humber, 400 Teal, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Great White Egret on Canal Scrape, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Water Rail on Canal Scrape, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kilnsea Wetlands, 20 Med Gull and 1 Peregrine 

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Tree Sparrow, 3 Redwing, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 41 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • 'abietinus-type' Chiffchaff. Andy Butler.

Friday, 09 October 2020

There were still a few migrants about which included the Red-breasted Flycatcher at terminal wood, the Barred Warbler in the listening dish hedge and a Hawfinch by Rose cottage. Addiotional sightings were Siberian Lesser Whitethroat along the canal, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 16  Goldcrest, 1000 Starling, 2 Ring Ouzel, a Mistle Thrush, 13 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 4 Redstart, a Whinchat, 15 Stonechat and 5 Brambling.

Some decent movement overland included a fantastic total of 67 Crossbill plus 14 Carrion Crow, 7 Great Tit, 140 Skylark, 31 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 20 House Sparrow, 214 Tree Sparrow, 5 Dunnock, 13 Alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 336 Meadow Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit, 34 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 698 Linnet, 90 Lesser Redpoll, 1500 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer and 43 Reed Bunting.

There was the usual good species array on Kilnsea wetlands including 2 Whooper Swan, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Pintail, 1150 Teal, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, a Spotted Redshank and 53 Mediterrnaean Gull, with the Great White Egret on canal scrape.

Ringing: 1 Gtreat Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 4 Robin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 54 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Common Buzzard. Andy Butler.

  • Short-eared Owl. Steph Murphy.

  • Hawfinch. Pete Saunders.

  • Great White Egret. Debra Saunders.

Thursday, 08 October 2020

There was a decline in migrant numbers though the overall totals were still decent with a 3 Short-eared Owl, a Jack Snipe, Woodcock in, 67 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Blackcap, a Firecrest, 43 Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 115 Redwing, 41 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 40 Robin, a Redstart, 22 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Roock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 3 Barmbling, 3 Hawfinch, 60 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Crossbill and 3 Siskin.

Kilnsea wetlands had some impressive increases in Wildfowl numbers with 79 Pintail and 1620 Teal the highlight along with 156 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Whooper Swan, 9 Shoveler, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and 90 Mediterranean Gull. Ther Great White Egret remained in the area and 65 Brent Geese were on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 Goldfinch, 29 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Jo King.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Mute and Whooper Swans with Pintail in background. John Hewitt.

  • Lesser Redpoll. Neil Hunt.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 07 October 2020

While not as busy as the previous day there was still plenty going on around the area. The juvenile Dotterel was found sitting on the beach off Easington lagoon showing very close. The Barred Warbler remained in the Listening dish hedge anmd the Siberian Lesser Whitethroat along the Canal. Additinal migrannt totals were 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, 75 Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 21 Blackcap, 89 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 3 Fieldfare, 224 Redwing, 26 Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 62 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Barmbling and a mobile Hawfinch.

There was some good movement again today, but nowhere near the level as the previous day. Totals today were 3 Swift, 143 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 49 House Martin, 6 Alba Wagtail, 235 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 9 Chaffinch, 17 Greenfinch, 205 Linnet, 28 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Crossbill, 195 Goldfinch, 39 Ssikin, and 9 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea were 350 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Whooper Swan, 2 Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Skua.

Kilnsea wetlands remained busy with the wandering Great White Egret, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank and 50 Mediterranean Gull, while 8 Greenshank were on canal scrape.

 

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  • Firecrest, Craig Bell,

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Craig Bell.

  • Common Redstart. Bethan Clyne.

  • Short-eared Owl. Jo King.

  • Barred WArbler. Jo King.

  • Chiffchaff. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 06 October 2020

A fantastic day with afternoon arrivals, Wildfowl and Passerines on the move south and migrants still aplenty. There was maybe the best vismig of the autumn for the counters with a varied species list with 5 Brent Geese, 565 Pink-footed Geese, 58 Pintail, 21 Whooper Swan, 2 Shoveler, 273 Wigeon, 112 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Swift, a ringtail Hen Harrier in/off. a Common Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, a Hobby, 11 Jackdaw, 41 Rook,,665 Skylark, 51 Swallow, 51 House Martin, 33 House Sparrow, 408 Tree Sparrow, 7 Dunnock, 4 Grey Wagtail, 27 Alba wagtail, 1600 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 94 Rock Pipit, 94 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 14 Greenfinch, 1608 Linnet, 50 Lesser Redpoll, 1425 Goldfinch, 120 Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer and 122 Reed Bunting.

There was a fantastic late arrival of mainly Thrushes just ahead of some heavy rain with 2755 Redwing, 4 Ring Ouzel and 4 Fieldfare, while also today a Little Bunting on Peter lane, 3 Firecrest in the area, the Red-breasted Flycatcher at Terminal wood, Barred Warbler in the Listening dish hedge and the Siberian Lesser Whitethroat along the Canal plus further totals of 5 Jack Snipe, 2 Swift, a Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Willow Warbler, 104 Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 58 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat inc an eastern brd on Beacon lane, a Whitethroat, 81 Goldcrest, 23 Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher,  95 Robin, 28 Redstart, a Black Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 57 Stonechat, 13 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 35 Brambling and a Crossbill.

Some good totals of Wildfowl remain on Kilnsea wetlands among other species which included a fantastic juvenile Dotterel which showed well, 41 Pintail, 950 Wigeon, 550 Teal, a Great White Egret, 17 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier and 176 Mediterranean Gull

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  • Hobby. Pete Saunders.

  • Redwing. Pete Saunders.

  • Fieldfare. Pete Saunders.

  • Kingfisher. Bethan Clyne.

  • Firecrest. Martin Roper.

  • Siberian Lesser Whitethroat. Pete Saunders..

  • Brambling. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Craig Bell.

Monday, 05 October 2020

Watches: 0645-1130. 

Seemingly a bit of a clearout, but maybe some new arrivals too, the best being a late Common Nightingale around the Bluebell, while an interesting looking Stonechat reported as eastern, is maybe just a nice male Rubicola. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was again at the Terminal Wood and the Barred Warbler remained elusive in the Listening dish hedge, while maybe the rarest bird today was a Green Woodpecker in Easington. Further migrant sightings included 2 Long-eared Owl, 4 Short-eared Owl, 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Wheatear, 24 Redstart, 2 Black Redstart, 42 Stonechat, 4 Whinchat, 2 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, the Cetti’s Warbler still by the football pitch in  Easington, 66 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat plus 2 ‘eastern’ birds, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 206 Chiffchaff, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler, 80 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 140 Redwing, 95 Song Thrush, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Tree Pipit, a Water Pipit at the Borrow pit, 37 Brambling, 3 Hawfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 115 Lesser Redpoll 5 Crossbill and 25 Siskin.

There was decent overland movement which involved 6 Magpie, 35 Rook, 137 Skylark, a Shorelark, 48 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 15 House Sparrow, 233 Tree Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 117 Meadow Pipit, 56 Rock Pipit, 15 Chaffinch, 224 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 211 Redpoll, 275 Goldfinch, 81 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and 61 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Stock Dove, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wheatear, 9 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff,  7 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 86 Lesser Redpoll, 1 House Sparrow, 20 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

  • Barred Warbler. Stuart Rothery.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Nigel Taylor.

  • Common Nightingale. Craig Bell.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Stuart Rothery.

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker. Michael Flowers.

  • Rock Pipit. Jonny Holliday.

  • Chiffchaff. Adam Hutt.

Sunday, 04 October 2020

Another great day with a fantastic array of species around the area highlighted with an eventual showy WESTERN BONELL'S WARBLER on Vicars lane, Easington, an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Sammys Point, the Red-flanked Bluetail still at Cliffe farm, a Bluethroat at the Point, Red-breasted Flycatcher at Terminal Wood, a late Icterine Warbler at Sammys with the Wood Warber nearby, Firecrest around the Crown area, Cetti's Warbler at Easington sewage works, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat trapped at Kew, 2 Hawfinch and a Long-eared Owl with good numbers of common migarnts again.

Ringing: 9 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Dunnock, 1 Starling, 75 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Red-flanked Bluetail, 1 Redstart, 27 Blackcap, 1 Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 3 Linnet, 1 Siskin. (229 of 22sp)

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  • Western Bonelli's Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Western Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Tree Pipit. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Firecrest. Jo King.

  • Siskin. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Tim Jones.

Saturday, 03 October 2020

It was a great day with birds arriving as the day wore on, so areas which had been previously checked suddenly had fresh birds in. The best of the days offerings were 2 RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL with a showy bird in Cliffe farm and another less so at Sammy's. There were also a flighty vocal Red-throated Pipit at the Point, a Little Bunting at the Gas terminal, a Serin at the narrows, a Red-breasted Flycatcher between Sykes field and Rose cottage, at least 1+ Hawfinch wandering the area, a Firecrest, 'Blythi Lesser Whitethroat with at least 4 other eastern types, a Long-eared Owl, with conservative counts of 260 Chiffchaff, 11 Yellow-browed Warbler, 139 Blackcap, 940 Song Thrush, 376 Robin and 61 Redstart. Full totals to come. 

Ringing: 1 Long-eared Owl, 4 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 39 Robin, 5 Redstart, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 39 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch. (140 of 17sp).

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  • Brambling. Tony Hull.

  • Reed-flanked Bluetail. Pete Saunders.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Pete Saunders.

  • Goldcrest. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 02 October 2020

The report of a Great Snipe at the Point turned out to be a bit of an oddball Common Snipe and re-identified from photos. It was another good morning of Wildfowl movement over the sea which saw 12 Brent Geese, 2 Shoveler, 18 Pintail, 623 Wigeon, 700 Teal, 50 Common Scoter and 2 Red-breasted Merganser all head south, while aslo moving were a Black-throated Diver (which has been around for a while), 15 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 5 Grey Heron in/off, 157 Gannet, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Guillemto, 3 Razorbill and 216 Auk sp.

With the wind predicted to go east, there was still a bit of an arrival to the area. The usual Barred Warbler remained in the Listening dish hedge, while the first Siberian Chiffchaff of the autumn was at Pancho pond. Totals for today were 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 38 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 32 Song Thrush, 30 Robin, a Pied Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 30 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit, 15 Chaffinch, 21 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting, while 2 Crossbill and 5 Lapland Bunting went south.

Ringing: 2 Redwing, 3 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 5 Robin, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Linnet, 1 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Siberian Chiffchaff.

  • Brambling. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Spotted Flycatcher Thomas Willoughby.

  • Teal. Debra Saunders.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Pete Saunders.

  • Merlin. Pete Saunders.

Thursday, 01 October 2020

The highlight today was a flyover Buff-breasted Sandpiper seen by two visiting birders (pending acceptance) which appeared to land in fields just west of KIlnsea wetlands, but could not be found again, It was a great day for Wildfowl movement over the sea with some nice totals involved, 4 Brent Geese, 83 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 601 Wigeon. 5 Mallard, 44 Pintail, 962 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 84 Common Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 65 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 14 Grey Heron in/off, 105 Ga nnet, 3 Sandwich Tern, a Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and an Arctic Skua.

There was amybe a slight increase in migrant numbers with 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Short-eared Owl, 4 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, the Barred Warbler in the Listening dish hedge, an eastern Lesser Whitethroat, a Firecrest, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 42 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 15 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling.

A Great White Egret came south over the Gas terminal and spent the day on Beacon ponds with the same general area also having 4 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier and 20 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 3 Song Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Goldcrest, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Tree Sparrow. 

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Debbie Saunders.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Bethan Clyne.

  • Great White Egret. Steve Clipperton.

  • Teal on the move. Bethan Clyne.

  • Kestrel. Michael Flowers.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

It was adifficult day to be out birding with a cold F4-5 southerly with rain, but before it set in there was some decent movement the best being 39 Crossbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 23 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 25 Skylark, 51 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 68 Tree Sparrow, a Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 197 Meadow Pipit, 18 Chaffinch, 47 Greenfinch, 620 Linnet, 56 Lesser Redpoll, 314 Goldfinch, 102 Siskin and 32 Reed Bunting.

Despite the weather there were a few migrants still on offer with a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 21 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 22 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Crossbill. Pete Saunders.

  • Crossbill. Jacob Spinks.

  • Merlin. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

There was an almost complete clearout of migarnts and no sign of most of the good birds, though the Barred Warbler remained in the Lisening dish hedge and 14 Yellow-browed Warbler were still about. Additonal totals were a Jack Snipe, 1 Willow Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 13 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, an eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 53 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 11  Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Robin, a Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 38 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Meadow Pipit, a Brambling, 265 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Crossbill, 22 Siskin and 2 Lapland Bunting

On the move today were a Marsh Harrier, 18 Rook, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Coal Tit, 89 Skylark, 10 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail, 390 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 48 Goldfinch with a Pale-bellied Brent north over the sea the highlight.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 14 Pintail, 10 Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, a Little-ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 1 Little Stint, 4 Greenshank and 60 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 4 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, 8 House Sparrow, 37 Tree Sparrow, 136 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Lapland Bunting. Craig Bell.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Craig Bell.

  • Barred Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Steve Clipperton.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 28 September 2020

The weather today is much calmer and with it the good birds keep coming. Today our first September RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL appeared at Chalk bank, with 2 Barred Warbler a new bird in Churchfield and the other still present in the Listening dish hedge. The Red-throated Pipit is also still present at the Warren (with a Little Bunting reported at Sammys by the carpark, but few details have appeared). The first Cetti's Warbler of the autumn is along the Canal and at least 28 Yellow-browed Warbler are present plus 9 Willow Warbler, 35 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 15 Blackcap, an 'eastern' Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 70 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ozel, a Fieldfare, 13 Song Thrush, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 30 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, a Whinchat, 51 Stonechat, 15 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 240 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bambling, 14 Crossbill, 3 Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting.

A Great White Egret is again present in the Long bank area, while further sightings in this area included 24 Pintail, .300 Teal, 17 Little Grebe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff and 5 Greenshank with 2 Purple Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper at the Narrows. There was a bit of movement today with 15 Rook, 94 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 690 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 30 Chaffinch, 180 Linnet and 32 Siskin. The best of the sea were 408 Pink-footed Geese, 63 Teal, 122 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, a Sooty Shearwater and a Great Skua.

A Vagrant Empreror Dragonfly is by the breach.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 2 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Barred Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whtethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 22 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 18 Tree Sparrow, 162 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch,  4 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (266 of 24 sp).

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  • Red-flanked Bluetail. John Hewitt.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Tony Hull.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. John Hewitt.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Debbie Saunders.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne.

  • Song Thrush. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Andy bunting.

Sunday, 27 September 2020

The wind remained strong enough for the seawatchers, even though there was much lesss to show for their effortts, but it also allowed observers to get out looking for migrants as it reduced in strength. Sightings today included the Red-throated Pipit seen a few times at the Warren and a juvenile Hawfinch trapped at Kew, along with 5 Short-eared Owl, 2 Jack Snipe, a Hobby, 7 Swallow, 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 32 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 36 Song Thrush, a Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 21 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Brambling, a Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and a Lapland Bunting.

Over the sea there was a definite decline in numbers, but still some good birds on offer with 2 Barnacle Geese, 669 Pink-footed Geese, 17 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 38 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 12 Sooty Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwater, 152 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1+ Grey Phalarope, 4 Kittiwake, 5 Little Gull, 9 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill,  and 549 Auk sp.

On Kilnsea wetlands 33 Pintail, 357 Teal, 10 Shoveler, a Great White Egret over north-west, a Little-ringed Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, a Little Stint and 10 Mediterranean Gull with a Purple Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank on the HUmber.

Ringing: 3 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1  Blaccap, 1 Great Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Hawfinch.

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Goldcrest. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Yellow Wagtail. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Gannets over the Humber. Andy Bunting.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

A slight reduction in the wind, better visibility and observers gave the sea another go, which was maybe better than the previous day, while others were out searching for migrants, after birds were seen arriving in/off from their sea crossing. Sadly for some they did not make it, illustrated by a Goldcrest snatched by a Merlin as it crossed the last few waves before land fall. .

The highlight of the day was a 'red throated', RED-THROATED PIPIT just north of the Warren in the saltmarsh, which gave some decent flight views and was heard to call repeatedly. The day also produced a Common Rosefinch by the Warren trap which soon flew off north, 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Goldcrest, 24 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycathcer, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, a Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, a Grey Wagtail, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Brambling, 90 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

The sea had more 'commoner' to fill in the gaps, but maybe also due to the much increased visibilty. Moving today were 81 Barnacle Geese, 29 Pale-bellied Brent, 52 Pink-footed Geese, a Whooper Swan  (first of the autumn), 27 Wigeon, a Pintail, 59 Teal, 23 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 145 Red-throated Diver, a Storm Petrel (which narrowly avoided becoming Peregrine lunch), a 'blue'Fulmar, 59 Sooty Shearwater, 15 Manx Shearwater, 3 Grey Heron, 173 Gannet, a Shag, 2 Oystercatcher, a Grey Phalarope, 26 Kittiwake, 7 Little Gull, a juvenile Sabines Gull, 2 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 38 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 21 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 16 Guillemot, 116 Razorbill, a Puffin and 11 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Mute Swan, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 27 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin.

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  • Red-throated Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-throated Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sooty Shearwater. Andy Bunting.

  • Sooty Shearwater. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Barnacle Geese. Andy Bunting.

  • Barnacle Geese. Jacob Spinks.

  • Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

Friday, 25 September 2020

Watches: 0645-1850.

The sea dominated the proceedings today as a strong F7-8 NNW battered the coast and the seawtch hut the place to be though saying that it was suprisingly quiet for the commoner species. The totals would probably be much higher, but for the sea shrouded in mist and rain showers much of the time and visibilty only a few hundred metres. Totals were 24 Pink-footed Geese, 19 Teal, 3 Scaup, 20 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 11 Fulmar, 52 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, a Snipe in, a Grey Phalarope, 1 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 61 Little Gull, 75 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 163 Arctic Skua, 3 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill and 3 Auk. 

The only other spot to offer some respite from the conditons were the hides at Kilnsea wetlands with 25 Pintail, 142 Teal, a Marsh Harrier, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 4 Greenshank and a Caspian Gull.

 

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  • Little Gull. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Little Gull. Paul Willoughby.

  • Red-throated Diver. Paul willoughby.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Caspian Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Pintail. John Hewitt. Some of the 25 that were present.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Both the Little Bunting and Barred Warbler remained in the Listening dish hedge adjacent to Kilnsea wetlands with 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington with also 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, a Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling and 15 Lesser Redpoll.

It was a good day for movement over land and sea with 1830 Pink-footed Geese, a Pintail, 1 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, an Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 239 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwtater, 18 Cormorant, 3 Kittiwake, 14 Little Gull, 13 Sandwich Tern, 133 Great Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 50 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill and 115 Auk sp. 143 Red-throated Diver all south while overland a Hobby, 11 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 1205 Meadow Pipit, a Lapland Bunting, the first Snow Bunitng of the autumn, 5 Goldfinch and 230 Siskin.

The best of the Kilnsea wetlands area were 2 Caspian Gull, 5 Short-eared Owl, 16 Pintail, 50 Wigeon, 126 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, a Curlew Sandpiper and 6 Greenshank.

Rining: 2 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 14 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Siskin, 17 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Wheatear. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Water Rail. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

The Little Bunting conitued its mini stay in the Listening dish hedge with the Barred Warbler for company, while a scatter of migrants remain including 2 Jack Snipe in the Canal area, a Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling and 14 Lesser Redpoll. 

A Great White Egret present around the area eventually left south in a day when little was on the move, the best being a Pochard and 16 Siskin.

Kilnsea wetlands had 9 Pintail, a Little-ringed Plover, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 2 Little Stint, 300 Redshank, 6 Greenshank and 60 Mediterranean Gull.

Overnight an L-album Wainscott was trapped in Easington. Only maybe the 2nd for Spurn and Yorkshire.

Ringing: 3 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 1 Linnet.

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  • Little Bunting. Craig Bell. (Pic from Monday).

  • Little Bunting. Craig Bell.

  • Little Bunting. Tony Hull. Contrasting fortunes in seeing this bird which has proved showy for some observers while elusive for others.

  • Barred Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • L-album Wainscott. Jonathan H Fisk esq.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Watches: 0630-1115. 

The Little Bunting and Barred Warbler were both still elusive in the Listening dish hedge among declining numbers of migrants which included a Jack Snipe, 7 Wheatear, 3 Redstart, 4 Stonechat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, a 'frosty' Treecreeper at the Point, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Lapland Bunting.

The vismiggers had a good day (but another poor one for Hirundines) with a Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 2 Swift, 5 Jackdaw, 8 Skylark, a Sand Martin, 43 Swallow, 9 Tree Sparrow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 9 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 2132 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 71 Linnet, 40 Redpoll, 43 Goldfinch, 49 Siskin, 3 Lapland Bunting, a Corn Bunting and 24 Reed Bunting, while over the sea just 8 Brent Geese, 2 Teal and 2 Little Gull.

Kilnsea wetlands among all the usual species had 17 Pintail, 78 Wigeon, 114 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank.

Ringing: 2 Blackbird, 1 Redstart, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 6 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 36 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Tree Sparrow, 15 Reed Bunting

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  • Little Bunting. Craig Bell.

  • Lapland Bunting. Craig Bell.

  • Kingfisher. Ian Bollen.

  • Kingfisher. Ian Bollen.

  • Greenshank. Ian Bollen.

  • Snipe. Tony Hull.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Watches: 0615-1200.

The day got off to a good start with the second BLYTH'S REED WARBLER trapped at Kew in the last few days (the 4th this year after 2 in spring), while the Little Bunting was showing again in the Listening dish hedge, a Hawfinch in Little hedge, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area and 2 Wood Warbler in Kilnsea. A Barred Warbler initially by Westmere farm moved to the Listening dish hedge, while further migrant totals involved 20 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 44 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 19 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Brambling, a Mealy Redpoll, 25 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Lapland Bunting.

A Great White Egret paid a brief visit to Beacon ponds then flew off south, while also moving were a Marsh Harrier, 4 Jackdaw, 24 Swallow, 4 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 161 Linnet, 10 Redpoll, 12 Siskin and 15 Reed Bunting. 

Kilnsea wetlands held its usual good numbers of birds and well worth a visit if your in the area. Todays offerings were 13 Pintail, 142 Teal, 76 Wigeon, 15 Little Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 19 Black-tailed Godwit,49 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 900 Redshank, 10 Greenshank and 2 Caspian Gull.  

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  • Lapland Bunting. Paul Langley.

  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Lesser Redpoll. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Goldcrest. Adam Hutt.

  • Wheatear. Craig Higson.

  • Common Darter. Sarah Harris.

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Watches: 0600-1300.

Like the previous day there were a few bits of interest, but it was by no means an easy day to be out birding and you had to work for your birds. Maybe the highlight of the day were the 377 Mediterranean Gull on the Humber, a Spurn and Yorkshire record, but this will no doubt be broken again as they continue to increase as a breeder. The best of the Passerine action was a Little Bunting late afternoon in the listening dish hedge, while a young female Hawfinch trapped at Kew gave some close scrutiny in the hand. There were a few extra birds about with at least 6 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area, the Firecrest and Wood Warbler in the Crown area, with 3 Ring Ouzel over, Lapland Buntings still at Beacon ponds and north over the Warren and  2 Jack Snipe. Migrant totals were 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 21 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 19 Song Thrush, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 30 Robin, 10 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 20 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Brambling and 25 Lesser Redpoll.

There was a trickle of overland movement despite unfavourable winds with a Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 285 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, a Dunnock, 10 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 74 Linnet, 6 Redpoll and 4 Reed Bunting. Over the sea 66 Wigeon, 102 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 115 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 13 Kittiwake, a GreatSkua, 8 Arctic Skua and 14 Auk sp.

Kilnsea wetlands held its usual mix of Waders, Gulls and Ducks, again with some good birds on offer with 2 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Pintail, an Avocet, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Ruff, 1 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank and a juvenile Caspian Gull among the commoner species.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 2 Redstart, 5 Robin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 1 Greenfinch, 24 Lesser Redpoll,  1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Wood Warbler. Neil Hunt.

  • Jack Snipe. Adam Hutt.

  • Brent Goose. Martin Standley.

  • Goldcrest. Toby Phelps.

  • Common Buzzard. Mark Rafter.

  • Redstart. Roy Harvey,

Saturday, 19 September 2020

There was a bit of a clearout of birds today, but still some good bits to be had if you were lucky. A new unringed Little Bunting was in Canal hedge, a Jack Snipe on canal scrape, the Barred Warbler at the Warren, the Wood Warbler and Firecrest in the Churchyard, Yellow-browed Warbler at Sammy's, 2 Hawfinch at Driftwood and a Lapland Bunting. Other migant totals were 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap,  a Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 12 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 25 Robin, 10 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 14 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 3 Brambling, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin.

In the afternoon the Pectoral Sandpiper re-appeared on Kilnsea wetlands,. along with a Ruff, 2 Little Stint, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 13 Pintail, 128 Teal, 

Over the sea there were 1+ Cory's Shearwaters blogging about and eventually back north (probably same as the previous days bird), along with 5 Eider, 142 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 180 Red-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwtaer, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 237 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 22 Sandwich Tern, 9 Great Skua, 21 Arctic Skua, a Long-tailed Skua and 7 Razorbill.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Redstart. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wheatear. Gary Vause.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Martin Standley.

  • Little Bunting. Jacob Spinks.

  • Siskin. John Hewitt.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Jo King.

Friday, 18 September 2020

It 's been another good day so far with a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER trapped and ringed in Churchfield, 1+ Ortolan Bunting (Point, Sammys), a Little Bunting trapped in Sykes field, Firecrest in crown carpark, Woodlark over Easington with a Hawfinch nearby, a Wood Warbler in Kilnsea, 4 Lapland Bunting and 2 Mealy Redpoll. The usual Barred Warbler remained at the Warren, while further migrant totals came in the form of 8 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 12 Stonechat, 12 Wheatear, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Brambling and 2 Mealy Redpoll.

The best of the sea saw a Cory's Shearwaters fly north, while also moving were 17 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 18 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 139 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 109 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 5 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Puffin with a Sabines Gull over the Humber.

The Kilnsea wetlands area still recieved some good attention with 2 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, juvenile Caspain Gull and ajuvenile Hobby.

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  • Wheatear. Jo King.

  • Brambling. Gary Vause.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Mark Rafter.

  • Wood Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Sabines Gull. Gary Vause.

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Little Bunting. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Lapland Bunting. Steve Exley.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Sightings today have been varied and well scattered and included a Corncrake at the Point, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, (2 Point area, 1 Sykes field, 1 Sammys), a Wryneck at Sammys, the Rose-coloured Starling, possibly 6 Hawfinch, 2 Firecrest, a Wood Warbler and Mealy Redpoll at Chalk bank and the Barred Warbler at the Warren. Migrant totals increased nicely too with a Cuckoo, 21 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 17 Pied Flycatcher, 21 Robin, 12 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 19 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail (inc an Intersting Thunbergi type at Sammys), 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Brambling, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Lapland Bunting.

Overhead a nice dark juvenile Honey Buzzard through Sammys with 10 Common Buzzard also in the area, while over the sea a Long-tailed Skua, 19 Great Skua, 18 Arctic Skua, a Black-throated Diver, 229 Red-throated Diver, 20 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Fulmar, 562 Gannet, 11 Wigeon,  88 Teal, a Red-breasted Merganser, 188 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 77 Kittiwake, 17 Sandwich Tern, 45 Auk sp and 3 Puffin.

A Vagrant Emperor dragonfly was at the Point, continuing the recent good run of this highly migratory species.

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  • Hawfinch. Jacob Spinks.

  • Wood Warbler. Tom McKinney.

  • Rose-coloured Starling. Steve Furber.

  • HONEY Buzzard. Andy Butler.

  • Ring Ouzel. Steve Furber.

  • Caspian Gull (back Bird) with Herring Gull. Jo King

  • Sunset over the Humber. Tony Hull.

  • Wheatear. Rob Adams.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Watches: 0645-1045, 1300-1830. 

A nice mix of species  during the day with a Glossy Ibis which landed on the Humber, before flying east out to sea and a Cattle Egret which flew west past Sammy's then south over the Humber, were the best of the vismigging today which aslo had 2 Red Kite and a Grey Wagtail.

In the bushes the first and very welcome Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was the highlight which included a Hawfinch at the Potato fields, the Rosy Starling wandering the area with also the Barred Warbler remaining at the Warren plus 8 Wheatear, 2 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Lesser Redpoll.

Over the sea a nice adult Sabines Gull lingering offshore was the best of the action over a busy sea, with a Brent Geese, 16 Wigeon, 169 Teal, 178 Common Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, 162 Red-throated Diver, 12 Sooty Shearwater, 44 Manx Shearwater, 11 Fulmar, 502 Gannet, a Shag, 131 Oystercatcher, a Purple Sandpiper, 179 Kittiwake, 33 Little Gull, 46 Sandwich Tern, 8 Great Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 29 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 92 Auk sp and 11 Puffin

Kilnsea wetlands had 5 Pintail, a Little-ringed Plover, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wood Sandpiper and a 3cy Caspian Gull.

Ringing: 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 9 Redshank, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush.

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  • Glossy Ibis. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steven Grimshaw.

  • Rosy Starling with its common cousins. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Red Kite. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Gary Vause.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A change in the weather brought a small arrival to the area with a probable Arctic Warbler very elusive in Kilnsea, our earliest Little Bunting at Sammy'sa Firecrest to the Point and juvenile Rose-coloured Starling wandering the area, the long staying Barred Warbler still at the Warren and a Lapland Bunting was at Beacon ponds. Other migarnts involved were 2 Short-eared Owl, 20 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 19 Pied Flycatcher, 9 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat and 2 Grey Wagtail. 

The sea showed some interest with a Storm Petrel north past the seawatch hut the highlight among a Shelduck, 63 Teal, 67 Common Scoter, 74 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 13 Kittiwake, 6 Little Gull, 37 Sandwich Tern, a Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua and 2 Puffin.

As usual the Kilnsea wetlands area held a fantastic array of species including 9 Pintail, 22 Little Egret, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 50 Mediterranean Gull and a Little Tern.

Ringing: 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Whinchat. Jo King.

  • Rosy Starling. Colin Bushell.

  • Lapland Bunting. Jo King.

  • Little Stint and Wood Sandpiper. Jo King.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Watches: 0615-0945.

There was some good overland passage which saw another 2763 Meadow Pipit on the move along with a Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Jackdaw, 18 Carrion Crow, 4 Skylark, 120 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 20 House Sparrow, 16 Tree Sparrow, 8 Flava Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 6 Greenfinch, 173 Linnet, 12 Redpoll, 24 Goldfinch, 97 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer. Over the sea were 120 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Pintail, 10 Teal, 18 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 115 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake and 3 Arctic Skua.

The Barred Warbler remained at the Warren along with a good scatter of other migrants including a Hobby, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 14 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Lapland Bunting still frequenting Beacon ponds.

Kilnsea wetlands was again alive with birds the best being 14 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, a Great Crested Grebe, 14 Little Egret, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and 5 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Barn Owl, 8 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Wren, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, 4 Great Tit, 27 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 6 Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll. (69 of 13 sp)

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  • Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper and Dunlin. Jo King.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Watches: 0615-1130. 

The Barred Warbler remained at the Warren, retaining its top billing Passerine wise, but with little competition from the 5 Wheatear, a Stonechat, 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Yellow Wagtail.

There was no sign of the Pec Sand today or any Curlew Sandpipers, but there was still a nice array of species on offer with 8 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 54 Teal, 60 Wigeon, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank and the 4cy Caspian Gull.

The vismiggers had their first quieter morning for a while but still had 2 Osprey, one of which carried a satellite tag, a Snipe in/off, 84 Swallow, 272 Meadow Pipit, 2 House Sparrow, a Redpoll, 93 Siskin, 98 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch and 2 Crossbill. Over the sea just 31 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 106 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, a Shag and 1 Whimbrel.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Meadow Pipit. Paul Whitby.

  • Sparrowhawk. Simon Richardson.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Watches: 0630-1130. 

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper remained on Kilnsea wetlands along with a juvenile Spoonbill. Also present were 8 Pintail, an Avocet, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 435 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank and 138 Mediterranean Gull. 

The vismiggers had another steady morning with 2 Swift, 5 Carrion Crow, 15 Rook, 3 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 59 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 5 Starling, 1549 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 13 Flava Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 37 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 22 Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll, a Crossbill and 21 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were a Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 106 Gannet, 4 Shag, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Sanderling and 4 Great Skua.

The Barred Warbler remained at the Warren with a few other migrants scattered around the area, 4 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, a Pied Flycatcher, 3 Yellow Wagtail and the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn around Beacon Ponds, showing well at times.

Our 2nd record of Willow Emerald was at Kew following so quickly on from the first.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Linnet, 32 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Lapland Bunting. Bethn Clyne.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. David Naylor.

  • Spoonbill. Simon Richardson.

  • Wheatear, Simon Richardson.

  • Lapland Bunting. Barry Byatt.

  • Willow Emerald. with Common Darter. Neil Glenn.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Watches: 0625-1103, 1800-1900. 

There was another decent Meadow Pipit count along with the best count for several years of Curlew Sandpiper with Kilnsea wetlands domainating procedures. A sniff of easterly for next week gives hope for a few arrivlas and maybe the first Yellow-browed Warbler? The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper remained on Kilnsea wetlands along with a juvenile Spoonbill along with most of the recent everpresnts, 10 Pintail, 11 Shoveler, 90 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 16 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 5 Greenshank, 4cy Caspian Gull and 109 Mediterranean Gull, with a nice count of 1282 Shelduck on the Humber

The vismiggers had another steady morning with 3 Swift, 5 Carrion Crow, 10 Sand Martin, 122 Swallow, 407 House Martin, 5 Starling, 7627 Meadow Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 93 Siskin, 26 Linnet, 24 Goldfinch and 3 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were a Pink-footed Geese, 13 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 108 Teal, 67 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 161 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Arctic Skua and a Puffin.

The first Jack Snipe of the autumn was at Easington sewage works, and the Barred Warbler still at the Warren, but overall little else with just 4 Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher and 5 Yellow Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Goldcrest, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Simon Richardson.

  • Curlew Sandpipers and a Dunlin. David Naylor.

  • Curlew Sandpipers. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Watches: 06130-1030. 

The bird of the day was a flighty Ortolan Bunting in Clubleys, which possibly flew off south. Nearby the Barred Warbler remained with a small selection of migrants still present which included 3 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 400 Meadow Pipit and 3 Yellow Wagtail.

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper remained on Kilnsea wetlands along with 11 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, a Spoonbill, 8 Pintail, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 250 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 61 Mediterranean Gull and a new juvenile Caspian Gull. Elsewhere 5000 Golden Plover and 720 Sanderling were on the Humber.

The vismiggers had a chance to recharge their batteries with a quiter more relaxed morning, 2 Rook, 6 Jackdaw, 20 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 560 Meadow Pipit, 5 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Flava Wagtail, 16 Redpoll, 19 Siskin, 19 Goldfinch and 5 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were it was another quiet one, 12 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Wigeon, 43 Teal, a Red-breasted Merganser, 25 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 111 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 7 Oystercatcher, 14 Ringed Plover, a Puffin and 1 Arctic Skua.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Magpie, 1 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 54 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 11 Tree Sparrow, 6 Reed Bunting.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Greenshank. Steve Clipperton.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Steve Clipperton.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Watches: 0630-1015, 1745-1900. 

A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetlands continued the good run and was either the 4th or 5th this autumn. Also present were 10 Pintail, 66 Wigeon, 3 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 360 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Caspian Gull and 100 Mediterranean Gull. 

It was another good morning of overland movement with 6 Little Egret, Swift, 42 Carrion Crow, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove, 34 Sand Martin, 354 Swallow, another 2189 Meadow Pipit (with 24,695 south since the 30th August), a Tree Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 13 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 120 Tree Sparrow, 13 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Reed Bunting. The sea had the usual species, 10 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 56 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 8 Great Skua.

The Barred Warbler remained at the Warren, while there was seemingly a small arrival of common migrants, 23 Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 6 Whitethroat, 12 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Yellow Wagtail.

The 1st and much anticipated Willow Emerald for the area was in Canal hedge.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 63 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Spotted Flycatcher. Tony Hull.

  • Kingfisher. John Hewitt.

  • Swallow. Craig Bell.

  • Starling. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sunset over the Humber. Craig Bell.

  • Willow Emerald. John Tebbet. The first record for Spurn which we know about.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020

Watches: 0615-0930, 1745-1945.

The best of todays action was to be had on Kilnsea wetlands where a nice selection of species remain on show including the usual 3 Spoonbill along with a Great Crested Grebe, 11 Pintail, 56 Wigeon, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, an Avocet, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank and 7 Common Buzzard.. 

The Barred Warbler was still at the Warren and the Redwing in Churchfield along with a scatter of migrants including a Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, a Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest.

There was another decent movement of 2233 Meadow Pipit, though no counts after 0930 were made. The morning also saw 8 Rook, 40 Sand Martin, 171 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 84 Linnet, 5 Redpoll, 43 Siskin, a Croossbill and a Corn Bunting. The sea contiued its quiet theme with just 5 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, a Shag and an Arctic Skua being the best.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Steve Clipperton.

  • Little Stint. John Swallow.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 07 September 2020

Watches: 0615-1000, 1730-1930. 

The Nightjar was seen again in Churchfield early morning and what was assumed to be the same Barred Warbler was at the Warren plus a Redwing in Churchfield, a Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 7 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and a Spotted Flycatcher.

A much quieter vismig day, mainly due to the poor conditions with just 56 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 401 Meadow Pipit and 2 Grey Wagtail. The sea was slightly better with 48 Pink-footed Geese, a Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 6 Great Skua and 5 Arctic Skua.

The usual 3 Spoonbill were still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 12 Pintail, 47 Wigeon, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 250 Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and a Little Gull. 

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Little Stint. Matthew Steane.

  • Wheatear. Sarah Burton.

  • Greenshank. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 06 September 2020

Watches: 0630-1200, 1715-1900.

There were a few autumn highlights for the day with the first Lapland Bunting and 96 Pink-footed Geese flying south and a Nightjar in Sykes field which then flew up Beacon lane.

In addition to the above there was again some decent movement, with an Osprey, 3 Swift, 19 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 3675 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands held 2 Spoonbill, 13 Little Egret, 8 Little Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, a 4cy Caspian Gull and a Little Gull.

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  • Greenshank. Bethan Clyne.

  • Short-eared Owl. Bethan Clyne.

  • Bar-tailed Godwits. Tony Hull.

Saturday, 05 September 2020

Watches: 0600-1130, 1730-1830. 

It was another decent morning, though far fewer Hirundines in a relatively poor year so far. Moving were 6 Swift, 19 Sand Martin, 223 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 3 Rook, 5971 Meadow Pipit, 6 Tree Pipit, 23 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 98 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll, with another 5 Short-eared Owl in/off, but again little over the sea, 15 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, maybe the same Black-throated Diver again, 60 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, an Oystercatcher, 46 Ringed Plover, 15 Knot, 35 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 17 Redshank.

There were 2 Barred Warbler today, singles on Beacon lane and another at the Potato fields, while a small arrival of probably British migrnys included 27 Wheatear, 18 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher, 6 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Crossbill.

Kilnsea wetlands remained on top form with 2 Caspian Gull (inc a new ringed bird), the 3 Spoonbill, 11 Pintail, 98 Mallard, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 450 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 11 Greenshank. 

Ringing: 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 9 Meadow Pipit, 21 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Barn Owl. John Swallow.

  • Peregrine. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little Stint. Tony Hull.

  • Pintail. Tony Hull.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt. Its been a fantastic early autumn for these beauties arriving in from a their North Sea crossing

Friday, 04 September 2020

Watches: 0530-1130, 1730-1830. 

It was a very good morning for overland vismigging 2 Osprey, 21 Swift, 40 Sand Martin, 1403 Swallow, 611 House Martin, 16 Rook, 5381 Meadow Pipit, 13 Tree Pipit, 9 Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 31 Linnet, 110 Siskin, 6 Reed Bunting and a Corn Bunting, but very quiet over the sea with just 6 Gadwall, 14 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone, a Puffin and 1 Razorbill.

A Barred Warbler at the Warren briefly, moved south quickly through the bushes and not seen again, the 26 Wheatear were the exception to the decreases in migrant numbers with just 3 Whitethroat, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, a Pied Flycatcher and 3 Lesser Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands as usual never seems to disappoint with a juvenile Caspian Gull, the 3 Spoonbill, 13 Pintail, 40 Wigeon, 89 Teal, a Great White Egret, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Ruff, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 13 Greenshank, 2 Little Tern and 2 Short-eared Owl with the Purple Sandpiper still by the Gas terminal. 

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 19 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Willow Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Short-eared Owl. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little Stint. Bethan Clyne.

  • Juvenile Swallow. Bethan Clyne. The recent bad weather when we are enjoying some decent sea watching had a bad effect on the local nesting birds with many broods succumbing.

  • Snipe. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 03 September 2020

Watches: 0630-0900, 1045-1900. 

A complete change to the previous day with less on the move, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 7 Swift, 29 Sand Martin, 448 Swallow, 122 House Martin, 16 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch and 3 Siskin, while a Short-eared Owl arrived in/off, while the sea had a great movement of Wildfowl with, 6 Shelduck, a Shoveler, 216 Wigeon, 477 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 21 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Whimbrel, 82 Knot, 9 Sanderling and 16 Dunlin.

The showy Wryneck remained around Canal scrape, but few other migrants were seen with just 5 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart and 3 Wheatear.

Sightings from Kilnsea wetlands showed a significant increase in Wildfowl numbers, which had been reflected over the sea. Ttals were  2 Caspian Gull, the 3 Spoonbill, 10 Pintail, 50 Wigeon, 2 Garganey, 414 Teal, an Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 764 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 5 Greenshank, with a Purple Sandpiper by the Gas Terminal.. 

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Dunnock, 3 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Wryneck. Bethan Clyne.

  • Purple Sandpiper. John Swallow.

  • Yellow Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garganey, John Hewitt.

  • Dunlin and Little Stint. John Hewitt.

  • Little Stint. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020

Watches: 0630-0930, 1730-1945. 

It was another good morning for the vismiggers, with a late flurry of Swift and an increase in Hirundine numbers as you would expect at this time of year. There were also increases in Wildfowl numbers over the sea and on Kilnsea wetlands. First up though there were still 2 Wryneck (Sammy’s, Canal scrape) and a Barred Warbler (Warren) present along with 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, 11 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 3 Wheatear and a Crossbill.

While not a big diversity of species, there was a decent movement with 178 Swift, 46 Sand Martin, 1782 Swallow, 43 House Martin, 9 Rook, 28 Flava Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 502 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 26 Siskin and 2 Reed Bunting.

Some good movement over the sea with 4 Shoveler, 32 Wigeon, 351 Teal, a Tufted Duck, the Black-throated Diver again, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 21 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, a Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 4 Knot, a Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, a Great Skua and a Pomarine Skua.

Sightings from Kilnsea wetlands area produced the 3 Spoonbill, 10 Pintail, 47 Wigeon, 107 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, a Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 732 Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 11 Greenshank and the 4cy Caspian Gull.  

Ringing: 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 5 Linnet.

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  • Wryneck. Simon Jump.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Craig Bell.

  • Greenshank. Craig Bell.

  • Barred Warbler. Craig Bell.

  • Spurn scenes. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020

Watches: 0550-1315, 1745-1930. 

Good numbers of migrants remain on show, with all the species you generally associate with early September and we hopefully will not have long to wait for further arrivals. There was a great count for us of 3 Kingfisher plus 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wryneck (Point, Canal scrape), 2 Barred Warbler (Warren, Easington), 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, 5 Garden Warbler, 22 Willow Warbler, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 18 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear and 2 Siskin.

The first decent day of the autumn for Hirundine passage along with more Meadow Pipits, made it a good start to the month for the vismiggers, 21 Sand Martin, 750 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 28 Flava Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1388 Meadow Pipit, a Siskin and 3 Reed Bunting.

With the wind in the south east there was little on the move, but for some decentish Duck totals, 36 Wigeon, 34 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 65 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 11 Cormorant, a Sooty Shearwater, 29 Gannet, 11 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Sanderling, 37 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 4 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua.

The resident 3 Spoonbill were on Kilnsea wetlands and the Bittern again showed on and off, even flying as far south as Chalk bank! While further sightings included a Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, a Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Greenshank. 872 Shelduck were on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 35 Meadow Pipit, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Robin, 3 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 1 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 7 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Wryneck. Craig Bell,

  • Barred Warbler. Craig Bell.

  • Spotted Redshank. Craig Bell.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Craig Bell.

  • Kingfisher. John Hewitt.

  • Wheatear, Tim Jump.

Monday, 31 August 2020

Watches: 0620-1400, 1730-2000. 

It was a good day for overland movemnet with the big first push of Meadow Pipit and despite a bit of a clearout of migrants, it was still good day, though seemingly some new ones arrived. Totals today included a Long-eared Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Wryneck including the very showy bird at Canal scrape, a Barred Warbler in Easington, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 39 Whitethroat, 5 Garden Warbler, 33 Willow Warbler, 14 Pied Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, 2 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, a Stonechat and 2 Siskin.

Moving were the ‘Knepp’ White Stork which eventually flew south over the Humber towards Lincolnshire, a Grey Phalarope over the Humber, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Ruff, 90 Starling, 7 Flava Wagtail, 19 Grey Wagtail, 2380 Meadow Pipit, 8 Tree Pipit, 126 Linnet, 19 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting and 90 Tree Sparrow, while it was predictably quiet over the sea with 6 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 19 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-throated Diver, a very close in Black-throated Diver, 85 Gannet, 143 Oystercatcher, a Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Great Skua and a Pomarine Skua.

There are still 3 Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetlands and the Bittern seen again at the south end of Beacon ponds plus 3 Ruff, 283 Curlew, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper and 5 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 32 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Dave Constantine.

  • Short-eared Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • White Stork heading south over Kilnsea. Thomas willoughby.

  • Scenes over the Humber. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

A bit of a calmer day and migrants began to appear from the cover of bushes and sit out in the largely sunny day. There were 2 Red-backed Shrike (inc an adult male) in the Triangle and 3+ Wryneck with a Barred Warbler at the Warren, a Long-eared Owl in Easington and an Icterine Warbler trapped at Kew, which showed later behind the Crown and Anchor (apparently with some confusion for some with a Willow Warbler in the same spot too!). Migrants were well represented with 39 Willow Warbler, 25 Whitethroat, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 12 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, a Stonechat and 2 Tree Pipit.

Over the sea a Leach's Petrel was distant in the evening, a Black-throated Diver flew north and 3 Pale-bellied Brent, likewise, while also moving were 13 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 3 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 28 Sooty Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwater, 10 Fulmar, 172 Gannet, 120 Oystercatcher, 3 Sanderling, a Purple Sandpiper, 6 Snipe in, 58 Little Gull, 24 Kittiwake, a Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 18 Auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 7 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua (including a nice bird out over the Triangle), 2 Great Skua and 5 Skua sp. 

The first push of around 559 Meadow Pipit today along with 2 Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk and Kedstrel both in/off, 3 Swallow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 37 Linnet, 43 Siskin and a Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands had 3 Spoonbill, with 2 Wood Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank wandering between here and Canal scrape and 2 Caspian Gulls, a Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 69 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Wryneck, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Great Tit, 8 Meadow Pipit.

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  • Barred Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wryneck. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Red-backed Shrike. John Hewitt.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Barred Warbler. Jason Spinks.

  • Wryneck. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Watches: 0530-1845

It was a rather strange all day seawatching session with a F7 N wind battering the coast with frequent lengthy rain squalls, and while some good birds were to be seen there were distinct lack of Auks , Gannets and Kittiwakes, so there were long periods with little happening. Saying that the first Great Shearwater since May 2013 flew north at 11am, landing on the sea several times, being lost when a sudden heavy squall made visibility impossible for an hour. Probably the same bird flew north at Flamborough at 5pm. There was also a record count of 37 Long-tailed Skua (all southbound) plus 43 Arctic Skua and 27 Great Skua (with 26 Skua sp which were probably Arctics), 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 14 Wigeon, 97 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 94 Fulmar, 3 Red-throated Diver, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 24 Gannet, an Osprey south overhead, 40 Oystercatcher, 17 Golden Plover in, a Purple Sandpiper, 2 Knot in, a Whimbrel in, 3 Snipe in, 140 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern and 4 Roseate Tern.

For those who wandered out in the terrible conditions there was some reward with 3 Wryneck found (Point, Warren, Sunnycliffe), the Icterine Warbler in canal hedge and the juvenile Red-backed Shrike still in the triangle, 7 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, a Stonechat and 2 Siskin.

There are now 3 Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetlands (with an adult joining the 2 immatures), 16 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 7 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank and 35 Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Wryneck. James Wild.

  • Roseate Tern looking miserable on the Humber. Thomas Willoughby.

Friday, 28 August 2020

Watches: 0600-1200, 1400-1700, 1730-1915. 

The sea was productive again with good numbers of Skua and Wildfowl. The best of today being another 2 Long-tailed Skua, and 6 Pomarine Skua, with also 42 Arctic Skua, 15 Great Skua, 2 Brent Geese, 3 Shoveler, a Gadwall, 146 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 86 Common Scoter, 58 Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 111 Gannet, 37 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 28 Little Gull and 6 Kittiwake.

A Pectoral Sandpiper at the breach was assumed to be the absent Kilnsea wetlands bird? Where the 2 Spoonbill remained along with, 11 Wigeon, 114 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 8 Ruff, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 100 Redshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank and 90+ Mediterranean Gull.

Migrants present were an Icterine Warbler in Little hedge, the Red-backed Shrike again in the triangle, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler and 3 Pied Flycatcher.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher

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  • Spotted Redshank. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull and Little Gull. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Watches: 0615-0830, 1700-1900.  

Yet again the sea was becalmed after a good day with little much of anything seen, the best being 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 23 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 61 Gannet, a Shag, 52 Oystercatcher, 4 Knot, 4 Redshank and 4 Kittiwake.

The Bittern was seen again in the Long bank/ Sammies area, while nearby on Kilnsea wetlands there were still 2 Spoonbill with 3 Caspian Gull (juvenile, 2cy and 4cy birds), 3 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 260 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 90+ Mediterranean Gull.

Migrants present were a juvenile Red-backed Shrike still along the Canal, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Whinchat and a Stonechat.

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet.

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  • Curlew Sandpiper. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Green Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Wall Brown. Michael Flowers.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Watches: 0630-1500, 1700-2000.

It was a great day for the seawatchers, though surprisingly few Gannet and Kittiwake were involved, but a record 23 Long-tailed Skua were counted along with 55 Great Skua, 8 Pomarine Skua, 56 Arctic Skua, 10 Skua, 33 Teal, 4 Pintail, 17 Common Scoter, 74 Fulmar, 60 Manx shearwater, 191 Gannet, 86 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 5 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 9 Sanderling, a Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Little Gull and 24 Kittiwake. The evening Tern roost was decent with 12 Sandwich Tern, 8790 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 3 Black Tern.

On Kilnsea wetlands the usual 2 Spoonbill and 4cy Caspian Gull were still present along with 5 Wigeon, 88 Teal, 4 Ruff, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper (triangle), 2 Little Gull and 96 Mediterranean Gull.

Migrants still present included a Cuckoo, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 5 Willow Warbler, a Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and a Tree Pipit. Fingers crossed for some more over the weekend. Also today a Short-eared Owl in off and 11 Swift south.

Ringing: 2 Stock Dove pulli, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Wren.

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  • Little Gull. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Ruff. Joe Eckersley.

  • Snipe. Bethan Clyne.

  • Dunlin. Ian Smith.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Watches: 0620-0915, 1230-1445, 1745-2030.

While not exactly riveting over the sea, a surprise movement of Skuas blown into the Humber, by the strong SSE wind and rain, resulted in birds exiting over the triangle and Easington back towards the sea. It could be interesting tomorrow. The totals today saw 19 Long-tailed Skua, 8 Great Skua and 7 Arctic Skua head out, while also moving 13 Teal, 4 Pintail, 20 Common Scoter, 39 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 6 Grey Plover, 13 Knot, a Purple Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 3 Little Gull and 3 Kittiwake. The evening Tern roost was surprisingly quite good with 149 Sandwich Tern, 6798 Common Tern, 51 Arctic Tern, a Black Tern, 1 Roseate Tern and 2 Little Tern.

The Kilnsea wetlands hide also offered some respite from the weather, with some stunning views of the Waders and an increase in Wildfowl numbers. The usual 2 Spoonbill were still present along with 5 Wigeon, 385 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 33 Mediterranean Gull.

Overland 14 Swift had no choice but to brave the conditions, while 5 Willow Warbler and 8 Yellow Wagtail were recorded by those brave enough to venture out.

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  • Curlew Sandpipers. John Hewitt.

  • Curew Sandpipers. John Hewitt

  • Spotted Redshanks. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbills with Greylag Geese in the gloom on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Watches: 0615-0930, 1745-2000.

Normally the sight of a White Stork would be the highlight of the day, but while always impressive to see, the fact it originated from an introduction programme, maybe took the gloss off a little?

Yesterdays big arrival became todays big clear out with just 1 Red-backed Shrike in the Triangle, 14 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, 5 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear.

Kilnsea wetlands held one of the Caspian Gulls (4cy bird) and the usual 2 Spoonbill along with 2 Wigeon, 1 Great Crested Grebe, a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 15 Mediterranean Gull. Canal scrape held a Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper and 17 Green Sandpiper, while at the breach a Purple Sandpiper was present.

The sea had 11 Teal, a Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, 134 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 41 Oystercatcher, 10 Grey Plover, 7 Knot, 2 Dunlin, a Redshank, 28 Kittiwake, 9 Great Skua, 14 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua, a Little Gull and 18 Kittiwake with the evening Tern roost movement picked up a little more with 56 Sandwich Tern, 4092 Common Tern, 14 Arctic Tern and 3 Black Tern. Overland movement saw 3 Grey Heron, 25 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 43 Swallow, a Tree Pipit, 39 Flava Wagtail and a Siskin head south.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin.

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  • Spoonbill. Thomas Willoughby.

  • White Stork. Michael Flowers.

  • Capian Gull. Tony Hull.

  • Wood and Green Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Peregrine chasing Waders on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Sanderling. Tony Hull.

  • Migrant Hawker. Marc Hughes.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Watches: 0545-0830, 1750-2030.

There was a fantastic ‘arrival’ of presumed British born migrants making their way south, stopping off to fuel up, but of course some continental migrants could be involved. There were 3 Red-backed Shrike in the Triangle, 12 Short-eared Owl (7 in/off), a Cuckoo, 192 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 60 Whitethroat, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, a male Black Redstart, 10 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 37 Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, 10 Yellow wagtail and a Lesser Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands seemed to be overflowing with birds especially at high tide attracting the attentions of the local Peregrine and Merlin, but the awesome spectacle keeps on giving with the Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Caspian Gull and the 2 Spoonbill still performing plus 2 Wigeon, 53 Teal, a Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 17 Mediterranean Gull and 822 Black-headed Gull.

The sea had 2 Teal, 2 Pintail, a Fulmar, 45 Gannet, 14 Cormorant, 82 Oystercatcher,7 Grey Plover, 9 Knot, 40 Dunlin and a Great Skua and 18 Kittiwake with the evening Tern roost movement picked up a little more with 112 Sandwich Tern, 7028 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 2 Black and 1 Little Tern.

Overland vis-migging while steady produced an Osprey, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 56 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 11 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipit, 48 Flava Wagtail.

Ringing: 36 Willow Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Pied Flycatcher.

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  • Osprey. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Cuckoo. Marc Hughes.

  • Wheatear. Marc Hughes.

  • Redstart. Marc Hughes.

  • Willow Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Southern Hawker. Marc Hughes.

  • Painted Lady. Marc Hughes.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Watches: 0545-1020, 1800-2000.

It was a nice varied day with most areas covered , but few migrants remained from the arrival last week. Movement over sea and land has intensified, but maybe Kilnsea wetlands still had the edge with 2 Spoonbill and 2 Caspian Gull along with a Pintail, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, a Wood Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper among large numbers of commoner species.

Migrant numbers were much reduced with 1+ Red-backed Shrike still in the Triangle, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear.

The sea had 48 Shelduck, 5 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, a Storm Petrel, 138 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 196 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 29 Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 14 Redshank, 111 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 7 Turnstone, 1 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua and 14 Little Gull, while the Tern roost movement had 221 Sandwich Tern, 2068 Common Tern, 16 Arctic Tern, 2 Black and 2 Little Tern.

Overland an Osprey, 2 Hobby, 68 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 42 Swallow, a Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 211 Flava Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting and a Crossbill all headed south

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher.

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  • Little Stint. Gary Vause.

  • Osprey. John Hewitt.

  • Whimbrel. Gary Vause.

  • Arctic Skua chasing a Sandwich Tern. Marc Hughes.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Watches: 0615-0930, 1745-2030.

A Grey Phalarope flying south down the Humber was maybe the bird of the day being the 3rd record for August with previous records in 2011 and 2012..

Kilnsea wetlands remained the place to go with the Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Caspian Gull, the 2 Spoonbill all still present along with a Pintail, 2 Avocet, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper.

The sea had 38 Shelduck, a Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 25 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 95 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 33 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 24 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 46 Dunlin, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Kittiwake with the evening Tern roost movement had 182 Sandwich Tern, adult Roseate Tern, 4065 Common Tern, 30 Arctic Tern, 5 Black and 2 Little Tern.

Overland vis-migging produced very little with just 52 Swift, 14 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 48 Swallow, 4 Flava Wagtail, while the only bits of note migrant wise were 8 Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear and 15 Yellow wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Little-ringed Plover. Gary Vause.

  • Ruff. Gary Vause.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Marc Hughes.

  • Little Stint. David Caulfield.

  • Spoonbill. Marc Hughes.

  • Mediterrnaean Gull. David Caulfield.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Watches: 0615-0845, 1630-2000.

Kilnsea wetlands again came to the fore with another Pectoral Sandpiper briefly before flying south and returning in the evening, a juvenile Caspian Gull, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, the 2 Spoonbill with a 6 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 116 Teal, a Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 10 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank and 4 Mediterranean Gull.

There was still an Icterine Warbler at the Point plus 2 Red-backed Shrike and a Barred Warbler in the Triangle, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 25 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear.

The sea had some interesting Wader movements among the usual fare, 2 Shelduck, 49 Teal, 32 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 332 Gannet, 63 Oystercatcher, 73 Grey Plover, 85 Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 97 Knot, 33 Dunlin and a Turnstone, while the Tern roost movement had 3373 Common Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, 2 Black and 2 Little Tern, while overland just 6 Swift, 12 Sand Martin and 35 Swallow.

Ringing: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher.

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  • Ruff. Bethan Clyne.

  • Snipe. Bethan Clyne.

  • Whinchat. Simon Jump.

  • Wheatear. Tim Jump.

  • Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Ringed Plover. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Watches: 0600-0945, 1745-1905.

With the change in the weather and no new arrivals to bolster numbers the number of migrant declined, though some of the good birds remained. A small influx of Duck and Waders onto Kilnsea wetlands took a bit of the focus away from the bushes. The Greenish Warbler remained at the Point, while aslo recorded during the day were 2 Red-backed Shrike, 2 Barred Warbler, 40 Whitethroat, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 52 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 13 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and 25 Yellow Wagtail.

The sea was good again with 54 Teal, 12 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 1 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 209 Gannet, 44 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 60 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, a Long-tailed Skua and 3 Arctic Skua , while the Tern roost movement among the usuals had 4 Black Tern and 8 Little Tern. Overland 17 Meadow Pipit, 43 Flava Wagtail, a Swift, 16 Sand Martin, 181 Swallow and 2 Crossbill.

The 2 Spoonbill remained on Kilnsea wetlands with a 6 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 50 Teal, a Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Stint, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 4 Common Sandpiper and 4 Greenshank.

Ringing: 5 Meadow Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 House Martin, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 3 Robin, 1 Linnet, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Snipe. Michael Flowers.

  • Redstart. Steve Clipperton.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Steve Clipperton.

  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Beautiful Marbled. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Watches: 0535-0730, 1500-2030.

There were further declines in migrant numbers, but there were still plenty about to keep the interest going with the Greenish Warbler at the Point, 2 Red-backed Shrike in Sykes field, 1 Icterine Warbler in the Churchyard, a Barred Warbler in Sykes field, a Cuckoo, 25 Whitethroat, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 56 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 22 Pied Flycatcher, 15 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear and 25 Yellow Wagtail.

The sea produced another Long-tailed Skua, a Shoveler, 18 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Shag, 2 Red-throated Diver, 122 Gannet, 173 Oystercatcher, 34 Grey Plover, 21 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 68 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 4 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 5 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua, while the Tern roost movement had 220 Sandwich, 1921 Common, 23 Arctic, 4 Black and a Roseate Tern. Overland a Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier, 17 Meadow Pipit, 43 Flava Wagtail, 5 Sand Martin and 65 Swallow.

The 2 Spoonbill were still on Kilnsea wetlands with a Pintail, 40 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, an Avocet, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Ringing:  4 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Meadow Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Swallow, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 15 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Tom Hines. The species of the week!

  • Barred Warbler. David Bedford.

  • Red-backed Shrike. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. Mark Flynn.

  • Common Darter. Tony Hull.

Monday, 17 August 2020

Watches: 0610-0900, 1700-2015.

It was another great day looking for migrants in the area and while some decreased in number the calmer weather brought more into the open. The 2 Greenish Warbler were still present again, plus 4 Red-backed Shrike, 4 Icterine Warbler, 4 Barred Warbler (3 together by Rose cottage at one point), a Cuckoo by the lighthouse, 73 Whitethroat, 17 Lesser Whitethroat, 31 Willow Warbler, 7 Garden Warbler, 2 Redstart, 59 Pied Flycatcher, 25 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 11 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit and 3 Crossbill. A Curlew Sandpiper was at the Point.

The sea was good again with 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Gadwall, 97 Teal, 44 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 6 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 284 Gannet, 48 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 9 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 12 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 9 Arctic Skua and 4 Great Skua, while the Tern roost movement had 1506 Common, 8 Arctic, 4 Black and a Roseate Tern. Overland a Great White Egret, 2 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, a Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 27 Flava Wagtail and 3 Swift went south.

The 2 Spoonbill remained on Kilnsea wetlands with 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank.

Ringing:  3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 14 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 2 Whinchat, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Jake Gearty.

  • Greenish Warbler. Tony Hull.

  • Icterine Warbler. Jake Gearty.

  • Greenshank. Jake Gearty.

  • Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Michael Flowers.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Anohter brilliant day over with more arrivals of migarnts and a decent mornings action over the sea. The highlights were 2 Greenish Warbler elusive at Chalk bank and the Point, the species of the day with 142 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Icterine Warbler (1 Warren, between Chalk bank and the Point), 4+ Red-backed Shrike and the Barred Warbler plus 1 Hobby, a Cuckoo, 19 Reed Warbler, 32 Willow Warbler,  5 Garden Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Redstart, 14 Wheatear, 31 Whinchat, a Stonechat and 25 Yellow Wagtail. 

The sea had 86 Teal, a Pochard, 185 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 7 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, 269 Gannet, 32 Oystercatcher, a Knot, 2 Sanderling, 60 Golden Plover, 22 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 4 Greenshank, 126 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, 4 Great Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 5 Long-tailed Skua and a Black Tern.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held the 2 Spoonbill, 5 Little Grebe, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 20 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Wren, 2 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow. 

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  • Icterine Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Greenish Warbler. David Bedford.

  • Pied Flycatchers. Bethan Clyne. The species of the day, they seemed to be calling almost everywhere.

  • Red-baked Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Whinchat in the Triangle. Bethan Clyne.

  • Whinchat. Jake Gearty.

  • Black-tailed Skimmer. Tony Hull.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

The sea received some long periods of attention with some strange movements for the time of year. The 14 juvenile Long-tailed Skua logged during the day were very early in the autumn for this age but, were a nice distraction anyway with 2 Pomarine Skua and a Sabines Gull adding to the excitement Also seen were 18 Teal, 42 Common Scoter, 15 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Red-throated Diver, 534 Gannet, 91 Oystercatcher, 3 Knot, 3 Sanderling, a Green Sandpiper, 448 Kittiwake, 9 Little Gull, 5 Black Tern, 34 Arctic Skua and 6 Great Skua.

There were 4 Red-backed Shrike (3 by Rose cottage, 1 gas terminal), 2 Icterine Warbler (a new unringed bird at the Warren), a Hobby chasing hirundines, juvenile Cuckoo by the lighthouse, 9 Willow Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 Redstart, 12 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, a Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit and a Crossbill.

There were 2 Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetlands with a Wigeon, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and 37 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing:  2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Tony Hull.

  • Sandwich Tern. Ian Smith.

  • Sandwich Tern. Ian Smith.

Friday, 14 August 2020

Watches: 0630-0900, 1230-1950.

The 3 Red-backed Shrike and Hawfinch remained showing well, but other migrant numbers were well down on previous days with just 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Redstart, 9 Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit, 25 Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

The sea started to show some life, having some movement of Skuas with a Bonxie and 44 Arctic Skuas plus a Sabines Gull, 22 Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 185 Gannet, 100 Oystercatcher, a Knot, a 1 Snipe,   Kittiwake and 10 Little Gullwith the evening Tern roost having just 4 Black Tern, 652 Common Tern, 5 Arctic and 280 Sandwich Tern.

There were 2 Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetlands with 9 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper,.

Ringing:  1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Redstart.

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  • Pied Flycatcher. Ian Bollen.

  • Hawfinch. Neil Hunt.

  • Water Rail. Thomas Willoughby.

Thursday, 13 August 2020

The first Barred Warbler of the autumn was in the hedge between Sykes field and Rose cottage, where 3 Red-backed Shrike posed together. A nice Hawfinch showed well on Beacon lane, but there was only 1 Icterine Warbler seen today lingering at the Warren, while a Wood Warbler was at Sammies. Other migrant totals included 21 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Redstart, 12 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear and 6 Whinchat.

There was still 1 Spoonbill about on Kilnsea wetlands with 9 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 3 Greenshank and 2 Black Tern.

Ringing:  1 Stock Dove, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunlin.

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  • Whimbrel. Tony Hull.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Migration watches: 0630-0915, 1800-1930.

The brilliant period of birding continues with a nice bright ROLLER along Easington straight, giving good if slightly distant views, flying off north-west after a few hours and not relocated. (This is our 4th record, all in the last 13 years, with previous records in July 2007, September 2010 and the famous bird in May 2012 which relocated further up the coast showing well to a stream of birders). The Collared Flycatcher was present early morning, though generally elusive. There were also some great totals of migrants to get stuck into with 6 Icterine Warbler, 2 Wood Warbler and 3 Red-backed Shrike, plus 28 Willow Warbler, 8 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 73 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 33 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Wheatear, 25 Whinchat, a Stonechat and 12 Yellow Wagtail.

The Pectoral Sandpiper spent the day on Kilnsea wetlands with 2 Little Stint, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper and 5 Greenshank.

An Osprey was the best of birds on the move along with 9 Teal, 71 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 159 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 63 Oystercatcher, 9 Whimbrel and 2 Arctic Skua.

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Pied Flycathcer, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Linnet.

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  • Roller. Ian Bollen.

  • Roller with Magpie. Nigel Taylor.

  • Icterine Warbler. Ian Bollen.

  • Little Stint. Tony Hull.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Ian Bollen.

  • Icterine Warbler. Nigel Taylor.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Highlight's from the area to day included the Collared Flycatcher still present, the first Wryneck of the year near the riding school, 3 Icterine Warbler, 6 Red-backed Shrike, a Wood Warbler along with 95 Pied Flycatcher, 13 Willow Warbler, 72 Whitethroat, 9 Garden Warbler, 5 Redstart, 4 Wheatear, a Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, a Tree Pipit and 12 Yellow Wagtail.

The Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Spoonbill were still present on Kilnsea wetlands and a Roseate Tern flew south in the evening.

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  • Wryneck. Tina Cooke.

  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

Monday, 10 August 2020

It was one of those crazy days at Spurn which had a bit of everything thrown in! The easterly wind most definitely had its effect bringing common migrants, rarities and scarcities to the area, among the semi resident good birds and general good feeling at Spurn. The big highlight was a young female COLLARED FLYCATCHER extracted from a net at the Warren, where it showed on and off through the day. (check out the news page on the home scren). A nice moulting adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN at Beacon ponds continues the relative good recent run for this species, while a Greenish Warbler by the VTS tower at the Point was the 6th this year! It didn’t end there, with 2 juvenile Red-backed Shrike in the triangle, at least 5 Icterine Warbler in the area and a Wood Warbler trapped at Kew. There were fantastic numbers of migrants about with a Hobby, 22 Willow Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 70 Whitethroat, 42 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, a Stonechat, 10 Whinchat, a Redwing, 2 Tree Pipit and a Crossbill

The Kilnsea wetlands area continued its fantastic birding with the Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint1 Great White Egret, a Bittern and 2 Spoonbill still all showing plus a Roseate Tern, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank and a Snipe. 

 Lastly 2 Cory's Shearwater flew north over the sea, but overall again had little coverage with migrants dominating, though moving also were 18 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 565 Gannet, 99 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 16 Sanderling, 4 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic skua, a Pomarine Skua and 11 Kittiwake.

Ringing: 1 Collared Flycatcher, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Icterine Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Linnet,.

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  • White-winged Black Tern. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Adult White-winged Black Tern. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill, Little Egrets and Grey Herons. Tony Hull.

  • Icterine Warbler. Paul Willoughby.

  • Icterine Warbler. Neil Hunt.

  • Icterine Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • 2 Red-backed Shrike. Neil Hunt.

Sunday, 09 August 2020

Migration watches: 0600-1045, 1800-1900.

The smidge of east in the air was enough to bring a small arrival of Passerine interest to the area, with the sea understandably received less coverage. An Icterine Warbler and a Common Rosefinch were the highlights, but some decent totals including, 25 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Redstart, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, a Stonechat and a Crossbill were recorded.

A new Pectoral Sandpiper spent the day on Kilnsea wetlands, after a visit to the Humber inbetween, with 2 Spoonbill new in from the west. The Great White Egret was still pressnt, along with 3 Lapwing, a Little-ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, a Ruff, 4 Snipe, 1200 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 5 Mediterranean Gull.

There was a good movement of Waders over the sea, but with birds arriving in the bushes it didn’t receive as much attention as normal 66 Teal, 201 Common Scoter, 526 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 474 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, a Whimbrel, 37 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 21 Dunlin, a Greenshank, 5 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua and 18 Kittiwake.

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Icterine Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Little Stint with Dunlin. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Thomas Willoughby.

Saturday, 08 August 2020

Migration watches: 0615-0845.

The Great White Egret remained faithful to the Kilnsea wetlands area, along with 199 Greylag Geese, 148 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 24 Little Egret, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 4 Snipe, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and 10 Mediterranean Gull.

After the first the previous day there were 5 Pied Flycatcher today, with also 16 Willow Warbler, a Redstart, 3 Whinchat and 10 Yellow Wagtail.

Over the sea 23 Teal, an Eider, 175 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 596 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 39 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3 Arctic Skua and 34 Kittiwake.

Ringing:  1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 4 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Barn Owl. Ian Smith.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Greenshank. Ian Smith.

  • Great White Egret. Tony Hull.

Friday, 07 August 2020

Migration watches: 0600-0930, 1800-2030.

A Spoonbill was new in today on Kilnsea wetlands, while the Great White Egret remained along with 4 Caspian Gull. The area also held 43 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 21 Little Egret, an Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 5000 Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 88 Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 31 Mediterranean Gull.

The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was in Easington, while further grounded migrant counts involved 30 Willow Warbler, 42 Whitethroat, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat and 8 Yellow Wagtail.

Another day of Waders trickling south along with a few Hirundines. Over the sea 9 Teal, 119 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 334 Gannet, 4 Fulmar, 47 Oystercatcher, a Golden Plover, 43 Whimbrel, 11 Knot, 19 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 20 Black-headed Gull, 9 Little Gull and 51 Kittiwake, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 7 Swift, 109 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 2 Tree Pipit and 13 Flava Wagtail.

The evening Tern roost had 84 Sandwich Tern, 1487 Common Tern and 196 Arctic Tern

Ringing:  13 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren.

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  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Wall Brown. Tony Hull.

Thursday, 06 August 2020

Migration watches: 0600-0900, 1800-2045.

Having had a possible flying south a few days ago, what was maybe the same Cory’s Shearwater flew north past Beacon ponds. while also moving during the day were 14 Teal, 3 Velvet Scoter, 36 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 300 Gannet, a Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 23 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 33 Knot, 68 Sanderling, 122 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 129 Black-headed Gull, 1 Arctic Skua and 41 Kittiwake, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 207 Sand Martin and 10 Flava Wagtail. The evening Tern roost had 220 Sandwich Tern, 14 Little Tern, 882 Common Tern and 110 Arctic Tern

The Great White Egret plus 25 Teal, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 6 Snipe, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, juvenile Caspian Gull,  2700 Black-headed Gull and the first big count of 98 Mediterranean Gull.

With winds of a more easterly nature predicted in the next few days, hopefully some drift migrants will be on offer, but in the meantime there were a few more in the area with 44 Willow Warbler, 20 Whitethroat, 22 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and 12 Yellow Wagtail.

Ringing:  28 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Wren, 5 Goldfinch. (62 of 19sp).

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  • Common Snipe. John Hewitt.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

  • Ruff and Curlew Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Velvet Scoter. Simon Jump.

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Migration watches: 0620-1000, 1715-2000.

There was no sign of any Wood Warbler today, with a decline in migrant numbers overall, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, a Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Redpoll were maybe a bit of a disappointing return.

The Great White Egret and at least 2 Caspian Gulls were on Kilnsea wetlands plus 48 Teal, a Garganey, 3 Pochard, a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull.

The evening Tern roost picked up the pace having 337 Sandwich Tern, 2927 Common Tern and 67 Arctic Tern, while also moving during the day were 5 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, a Red-throated Diver, 300 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 41 Manx Shearwater, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 33 Knot, 68 Sanderling, 461 Dunlin, 71 Redshank, 54 Turnstone, 40 Black-headed Gull, a Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and 293 Kittiwake. Overland just 252 Swift, 3 Sand Martin and 3 Flava Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler.

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  • Little Egret. Ian Smith.

  • Great White Egret. Tony Hull.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Whinchat. Simon Jump.

Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Migration watches: 0555-1000, 1650-2200.

The pace of autumn migration is beginning to quicken and it won’t be long before the first Pied Flycatchers and the like are regular mentions. Today another 2 Wood Warbler were seen, with a single trapped at Kew and one on Vicars lane, while other migrant totals were 31 Willow Warbler, a Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and 2 Tree Pipit. There was a fantastic record count of 4 Caspian Gulls on Kilnsea wetlands plus the Great White Egret, 2 Teal, 3 Pochard, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 180 Curlew, a Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 386 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 70 Sandwich Tern, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gull.

On the move today for the vis-miggers were 20 Teal, 28 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 340 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 43 Oystercatcher, 34 Grey Plover, 28 Whimbrel, 34 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 79 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 7 Turnstone, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Arctic Skua and 152 Kittiwake, while overland a 1006 Swift, 43 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow and 3 Flava Wagtail. The evening Tern roost proved quieter, but still had 156 Sandwich Tern, 372 Common Tern and 10 Arctic Tern.

Ringing: 1 Cuckoo, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 House Sparrow. (25 of 11 species).

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  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

Monday, 03 August 2020

Migration watches: 0540-1000, 1900-2130.

A fantastic day all round saw 2 Wood Warbler recorded along with a Garden Warbler, 28 Willow Warbler, a Tree Pipit and a Lesser Redpoll. The Great White Egret and 2 Caspian Gulls (both juveniles) kept up their appearances on Kilnsea wetlands plus a Teal, 3 Pochard, 21 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 236 Redshank, 2000 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 60 Sandwich Tern and 4 Mediterranean Gull.

The evening Tern roost movement began in earnest and hopefully another good autumn will grace the area. Tonight’s offerings were 34 Sandwich Tern, 715 Common Tern, 152 Arctic Tern, a Black Tern and a Roseate Tern.

Highlight of the sea watch in general were 8 Pomarine Skua heading south 4 Shelduck, 6 Teal, an Eider, 71 Common Scoter, 426 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 28 Manx Shearwater, 101 Oystercatcher, 15 Whimbrel, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 82 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 1 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctci Skua, 68 Black-headed Gull and 23 Kittiwake, while overland a Red Kite, 1 Marsh Harrier, 70 Swallow and 30 Starling.

Ringing: 20 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 14 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Tree Sparrow. (65 of 11 species).

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  • Wood Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 02 August 2020

Migration watches: 0610-1030, 1430-1730, 1830-2000.

Overnight there was a clearout of Duck and Waders from Kilnsea wetlands and considerably less moving over the sea, while it picked up overland.

One of the Great White Egret was still pressnt along with 3 Caspian Gulls (all juveniles) and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull plus a Wigeon, 20 Teal, 4 Pochard, 18 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshank, 250 Redshank, 2000 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 70 Sandwich Tern and 5 Mediterranean Gull.. Otherwise migrants were represented by a Short-eared Owl, 1 Cuckoo and 26 Willow Warbler.

Movement was much reduced over the sea with just 6 Teal, an Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 98 Gannet, 47 Oystercatcher, 43 Whimbrel, 4 Grey Plover, a Curlew, 1 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 6 Black-headed Gull and 37 Kittiwake, while overland a Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, 32 Swift, 70 Sand Martin and 273 Swallow.

Ringing: 9 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 19 Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Peregrine. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Peregrine. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Swallow. Peter Sutton.

Saturday, 01 August 2020

Migration watches: 0620-0935, 1745-2145.

The first Red-necked Phalarope for a few years graced Kilnsea wetlands throughtout the day, along with the 2 Great White Egret and 2 Caspian Gulls (both juvenile) plus 2 Wigeon, 142 Teal, 4 Pochard, 8 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 250 Redshank, 1700 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 30 Sandwich Tern and 10 Mediterranean Gull.

A Wood Warbler in Churchfield was the best Passerine migrant, but there were also a Short-eared Owl, 1 Cuckoo, 32 Whitethroat, 14 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat and a Redpoll.

Moving were 112 Teal, 2 Velvet Scoter, 832 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Heron, 333 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, 131 Oystercatcher, 70 Whimbrel, a Golden Plover, 1 Curlew, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 7 Snipe, a Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 10 Green Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone. 58 Little Gull, 141 Black-headed Gull and 180 Kittiwake.

Ringing: 1 Wood Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 1 Wren, 1 Linnet.

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  • Curlew Sandpipers. Peter Sutton.

  • Red-necked Phalarope. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer and Fox. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Migration watches: 0620-0935, 1745-2145.

It was aday that saw some good Whimbrel movement, but not much else, but of course Kilnsea wetlands keeps on saving the day. Whatever did we do before it was created?

The 2 Great White Egret were still in the Kilnsea wetlands area, while presumably the same Pectoral Sandpiper reappeared, then feeding on the Humber off Chalky point. There were yet again 3 Caspian Gulls (2 juvenile, 4cy bird) and 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull with the Bittern flighty around the area. This area also had 4 Little Grebe, 19 Little Egret, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 389 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 165 Sandwich Tern and 7 Mediterranean Gull.

Moving were 15 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, an Eider, 64 Common Scoter, 148 Gannet, 7 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 23 Cormorant, 67 Oystercatcher, 110 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone and 4 Kittiwake.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird. 1 Wren, 1 Linnet.

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  • Juvenile Common Sandpiper. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Juvenile Dunlin. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Spotted Redshank. Tony Hull.

  • Spotted Redshank. Tim Jump.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Migration watches: 0615-0930.

There was a nice small arrival of typical departing migrants involving a Cuckoo, 33 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler and 2 Tree Pipit. THe next few weeks should see increases, especially when there is a bit of easterly in the wind.

The 2 Great White Egret were still in the Kilnsea wetlands area along with an impressive 3 Caspian Gulls (2 juvenile, 4cy bird) and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. This area also had 2 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebe, an Avocet, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 1800 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Greenshank, 70 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 9 Mediterranean Gull, a Merlin and a Short-eared Owl.

Moving were 37 Common Scoter, 850 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 62 Oystercatcher, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, a Knot, 5 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua and 32 Kittiwake, while overland just 14 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 6 Flava Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 5 Crossbill and a Redpoll.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 13 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer.

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  • Great White Egret. Neil Hunt.

  • Cuckoo. Colin Bushell.

  • Juvenile Caspian Gull. Colin Bushell.

  • Green Sandpiper. Neil Hunt.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Migration watches: 0610-1015.

Kilnsea wetlands is sseing a nice turnover of species, with big Gulls coming in to bath, giving observers a good chance to catch up with some of the more unusual species. Today saw a Great White Egret (maybe a new bird?) and the immature Spoonbill remain along with sightings of a juvenile Caspian Gull and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. This Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area also had 25 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 17 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Moving were 5 Teal, 119 Common Scoter, 72 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 6 Oystercatcher, a Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, 14 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 12 Turnstone and a Kittiwake, while overland 301 Swift, 23 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow and 5 Flava Wagtail.

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

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  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill with Greylags. John Hewitt.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Migration watches: 0500-1030.

The Pectoral Sandpiper was yet again still present, as were the 2 Great White Egret and the immature Spoonbill plus a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Caspian Gull (adult, 3cy, 2cy) and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. The putative Baltic Gull was still present early morning, maybe flying south past the sea watch hut not long after, while the Bittern showed occasionally throughout the day in flight. This area also had 2 Brent Geese, 36 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 10 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, 4000 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 2 Little Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Moving were a Wigeon,  8 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 370 Gannet, 50 Oystercatcher, a Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Knot, 29 Sanderling, 57 Dunlin, 25 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 25 Turnstone and 23 Kittiwake, while overland 3423 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow and a House Martin.

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  • Bittern, Bethan Clyne.

  • Bittern perched up in the reeds. Bethan Clyne.

  • Bittern. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gull with Redshank and Dunlin. John Hewitt.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Migration watches: 0530-1100.

It was another good varied day with decent movement, while yet again the birding around KIlnsea wetlands dominated the headlines. The Pectoral Sandpiper remained showing well, along with the 2 Great White Egret (plus another flew west), but were joined by an immature Spoonbill, adult Roseate Tern, 4 Wood Sandpiper, a juvenile Caspian Gull and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. There was also a particularly good candidate near adult Baltic Gull on show, which seemed to tick all the right boxes, and late in the evening a Bittern put on a flyby landing in Long bank ditch. This area also had 2 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 12 Little Egret, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, 3500 Dunlin, 50 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 11 Mediterranean Gull and a Short-eared Owl.

Moving were a Shoveler, a Wigeon, 7 Common Scoter, a Tufted Duck, 1 Great White Egret, 28 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 36 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 197 Dunlin, 38 Sanderling, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, while overland 166 Swift, 166 Sand Martin, 164 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 10 Alba Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and 1 Crossbill.

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  • Adult male Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Tony Hull.

  • Sand Martin. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pied Wagtail. Thomas Willoughby.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Migration watches: 0630-1045, 1700-1820.

The Pectoral Sandpiper and the 2 Great White Egret remained in the Beacon ponds and Kilnsea wetlands area, where an adult Spoonbill spent some time, then flew south. This area also had a Pochard, 3700 Dunlin, 100 Knot, 200 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 120 Sandwich Tern and 2 Arctic Tern.

It was another decent day for movment particularly Waders with 2 Shoveler, a Wigeon, 44 Teal, 130 Common Scoter, a Tufted Duck, 1 Red-throated Diver, 46 Gannet, 94 Oystercatcher, 12 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 14 Curlew, 99 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 38 Sanderling, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, while overland a Grey Heron, 138 Swift, 103 Sand Martin, 76 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 3 Siskin.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Spoonbill. Roy Harvey.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin. Tony Hull.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin. John Hewitt

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Tree Lichen Beauty. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Dark Umber. Jonnie Fisk.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Migration watches: 0500-1100.

The Pectoral Sandpiper reappeared today and along with the 2 Great White Egret remained in the Beacon ponds and Kilnsea wetlands area. Present here also were 12 Little Egret, 6500 Dunlin, 72 Knot, 520 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank. Hunting the area were a Peregrine, 1 Hobby, a Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl.

It was a quieter day for birds on the move the best being 9 Teal, 59 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 135 Gannet, 96 Oystercatcher, a Red Kite, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Knot, 19 Dunlin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 5 Turnstone and an Arctic Skua, while overland a Red Kite, 28 Swift, 31 Sand Martin, 36 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit and a Crossbill.

Ringing: 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Neil Hunt..

  • Mediterranean Gull. Bethan Clyne.

  • Grey Heron. Bethan Clyne.

  • Essex Skipper. Tony Hull.

  • Gatekeeper. Tony Hull.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Migration watches: 0430-1200, 1630-1900.

It was yet another varied day with some nice movement over land and sea, and yet more increases for Wader numbers. Despite just about being expected on a regular basis now it was still nice to have 2 Great White Egret hanging about on Beacon ponds and Kilnsea wetlands, where a nice black Spotted Redshank was also present along with the adult Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Avocet, 15 Whimbrel, 150 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 8000 Dunlin, 72 Knot, 640 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 3 Little Gull. The Passerine of the day was a nice Wood Warbler along Beacon lane.

Moving were a Pochard, 118 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 393 Gannet, 45 Oystercatcher, a Red Kite, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 35 Knot, 24 Sanderling, 53 Dunlin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, a Green Sandpiper, 6 Kittiwake and an  Arctic Skua, while overland a Hobby, a grreat count of 8456 Swift (of which 3000 then lingered to feed), 85 Sand Martin, 128 Swallow, 6 Flava Wagtail, 17 Alba Wagtail, 16 Meadow Pipit and a Siskin.

Ringing: 22 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Spotted Redshank with Common Redshank. Bethan Clyne.

  • Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin. Jason Spinks.

  • Red Kite. Simon Jump.

  • Juvenile Mediterranean Gulls. Tony Hull.

  • Common Sandpiper. Nathan Pickering.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Migration watches: 0450-1030.

A bit of early ‘autumn’ action on all fronts today, movement over land and sea, grounded Waders and a scatter of Passerines made for a good day. A rather nice male Pectoral Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetlands stole the show, where a dapper adult Curlew Sandpiper performed along with a Spoonbill which flew north-west, 12 Little Egret, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Knot, 300 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 13 Little Gull.

Moving were 10 Shelduck, 23 Teal, 50 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret,  45 Gannet, 45 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 142 Sanderling, 279 Dunlin, 13 Redshank, 16 Kittiwake, 5 Black-headed Gull and an 24 Sandwich Tern, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 9 Swift, 26 Sand Martin, 51 Swallow and 3 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper. Luke Nash.

  • Pectoral Sandpiper with Dunlin. Bethan Clyne.

  • Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin. Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Watches: 0615-0730.

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 90 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

There was a bit more Wader movement today which saw 77 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, a Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, an apparent ‘dark rumped’ Whimbrel in/off and 3 Redshank head south along with 6 Teal, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 94 Gannet, while overland a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 21 Swift, 99 Swallow, 57 Sand Martin, 5 Flava Wagtail, an Alba Wagtail and the first 8 Tree Sparrow.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held 4 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 18 Little Egret, 4000 Dunlin, 450 Knot, 600 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Mediterranean Gull. Migrants today included a Redstart and 2 Lesser Redpoll at the Warren, a juvenile Cuckoo and 5 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 2 Linnet.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Ian Smith.

  • Yellow-legged Gull. John Hewitt.

  • 'Cryptic' Snipe. Mick Turton.

  • Juvenile Marsh Harrier. Luke Nash.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Watches: 0430-0930, 1330-1500.

Late evening the Cattle Egret re-appeared when it was seen dropping into Well field.

Moving were 4 Teal, 2 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 117 Gannet, a Cormorant, 10 Oystercatcher, 6 Whimbrel, 21 Turnstone, 24 Sanderling, 113 Dunlin, 20 Knot, 8 Redshank, 14 Black-headed Gull and an Arctic Skua, while overland a Hobby, 12 Swift, 13 Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit and a Crossbill plus 2 Tree Pipit were still at the Warren.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 128 Greylag Geese, 6 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Dunlin, 289 Knot, 367 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Little Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and 16 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 5 Swallow pulli, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Crossbill. Ian Smith.

  • Cattle Egret. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Ian Smith.

  • Little Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Little Gulls. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Watches: 0610-0930.

Early morning a CATTLE EGRET was picked up flying south at the Warren, fortunately returning back north to spend the day between the Triangle and Beacon Ponds, flying off north late evening. Presumably one of the birds from a few days ago? Today there was a juvenile Wheatear at the breach and 2 Tree Pipit at the Warren.

In complete contrast to the previous day vismig Wader fest, very little were on the move with 14 Shelduck, 3 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 1 Whimbrel, 70 Black-headed Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 3 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail and a Crossbill

The usual good birding at Kilnsea wetlands held 9 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 12 Little Egret, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 6 Avocet, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 160 Little Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and a Cuckoo with 2500 Dunlin on the Humber.

Ringing: 2 Stock Dove pulli, 2 Wren, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler.

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  • Cattle Egret. Paul Willoughby.

  • Cattle Egret. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Watches: 0450-1930.

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 110 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

It was a brilliant day for Wader movement, along with dedicated observer coverage, birds heading south and arriving in/off made for a nice spectacle. The highlight of the movement saw a record count of 335 Black-tailed Godwit, along with 36 Oystercatcher, 4 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 502 Knot, 58 Turnstone, 330 Sanderling, 823 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 18 Whimbrel and 253 Redshank plus 66 Shelduck, 27 Teal, 3 Eider, 121 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 33 Cormorant, 909 Black-headed Gull, 495 Little Gull (though in realty it was hard to get a true grasp on the number involved), 2 Arctic Tern and a Great Skua, while overland 1815 Swift,  90 Swallow, 53 Sand Martin, 50 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Crossbill.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held 3 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 39 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 18 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 129 Black-tailed Godwit, 62 Curlew, 280 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 300 Black-headed Gull and 16 Mediterranean Gull. Migrants today included 2 Tree Pipit along the Canal and 2 Willow Warbler in Churchfield.

Ringing: 1 Stock Dove pulli, 6 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Linnet.

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  • Black-tailed Godwits. Ian Smith.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Ian Smith.

Friday, 17 July 2020

The highlight today was the observatories 2nd record of NORFOLK HAWKER, (Green-eyed Hawker) found in the Churchfield heligoland trap. The first was also found in a Heligoland trap at the Warren.

There were some early returning migrants in the area today with two firsts of the autumn, with a Tree Pipit at the Warren and a Garden Warbler in Churchfield, along with 2 Willow warbler and 3 Siskin. Staying on Passerines, 250 Swallow and 550 Starling roosted along the Canal.

On the move were 6 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 185 Common Scoter, 2 Red-thoated Diver, a Shag, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 4 Redshank and a Greenshank, while overland 48 Swift, 93 Sand Martin, 228 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 11 Flava Wagtail and 5 Siskin.

The number of Waders on the Humber and Kilnsea wetlands, continue to fluctuate as birds arrive, feed and move on. Todays totals were as follows with 2 Little-ringed Plover, 56 Golden Plover, 75 Bar-tailed Godwit, 111 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 74 Knot, 1200 Dunlin, 310 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and 11 Greenshank. Also wandering between these areas were 184 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 21 Little Egret, 98 Little Gull, 100 Sandwich Tern, 4 Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow-legged Gull.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 11 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Wren, 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Tree Sparrow.

 

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  • Adult Little Gull. Ian Smith.

  • Little Gull. Ian Smith.

  • Norfolk Hawker. Neil Hunt.

  • Norfolk Hawker. Neil Hunt.

  • Norfolk Hawker. Neil Hunt.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Watches: 0600-0930.

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 110 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank. Today 5 well grown chicks were colour ringed on the left leg with a yellow darvic, with the letter U and a number. Please report any sightings of these. Thank you.

Moving today were 131 Common Scoter, 7 Teal, a Great Crested Grebe, 291 Gannet, 4 Oystercatcher, a Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 143 Kittiwake and 11 Auk sp, while overland only 3 Swift, 10 Swallow, a Sand Martin and 1 Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held 3 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 14 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 310 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 172 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern and 6 Mediterranean Gull. There were also 2 Crossbill in the area today and 2 juvenile Willow Warbler in Churchfield.

Ringing: 2 Oystercatcher pulli, 4 Ringed Plover pulli, 18 Little Tern Pulli, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Linnet.

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  • Gadwall. Ian Smith.

  • Comma. Tony Hull.

  • Pyramidal Orchids. Tony Hull.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

0500-0830, 1300-1600.

With only 5 previous records all being singles that have never really lingered, it was nice to have a flock of 3 CATTLE EGRET in/off, then continuing north-west. Despite all the likely spots being checked it looks like they just kept going. Also moving today were a Teal, 74 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 20 Oystercatcher, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Kittiwake, 2623 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 34 Swallow, 75 Starling and a juvenile Crossbill.

There were good numbers of Waders on the Humber and Kilnsea wetlands, 100 Oystercatcher, a Little-ringed Plover, 110 Golden Plover, 7 Sanderling, 40 Knot, 6 Whimbrel, 130 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 71 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2500 Dunlin, 200 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank. The KIlnsea wetlands area also held 10 Teal, 16 Little Egret, 7 Little Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 91 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 112 Little Tern and a Little Owl. 

Ringing: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet.

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  • Meadow Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Swifts. Rob Adams.

  • Roe Deer. Rob Adams.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Watches: 0540-0940.

Moving were 4 Shelduck, 52 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 159 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 1 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Kittiwake, a Great Skua, 3 Razorbill, a Guillemot, 6 Puffin and 11 Auk sp, while overland  2500-3000 Swift, 90 Swallow, 40 Starling and 10 Crossbill.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held 8 Teal, 2 Pochard, 10 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 1900 Dunlin, 50 Knot, 230 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Mediterranean Gull and the Short-eared Owl again, with 2 Water Rail and 2 Willow Warbler also in the area.

Nearby, but outside the recording area a Temmiinck's Stint was at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 Wren.

 

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  • Juvenile Kestrel Thomas Willoughby.

  • Pied Wagtails. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Temminck's Stint. Thomas Willoughby.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Watches: 0530-1030.

There were slight increases in Wader passage, and some decent movement overland.

Moving were 166 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebe, a Red-throated Diver, 31 Gannet, 3 Golden Plover, 12 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Little Gull, while overland a Hobby, 1766 Swift, 92 Sand Martin, 31 Swallow, 14 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 1 Siskin and a Crossbill.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 8 Teal, 13 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, a Little-ringed Plover, 600 Dunlin, 20 Knot, 360 Redshank, a Greenshank, a Little Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull and a Short-eared Owl, with a Jay in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock. 1 Linnet

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  • Short-eared Owl. Thomas Willloughby.

  • Swifts on the move. Justin Carr.

  • Swifts. Justin Carr.

  • Hobby. Ian Smith.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Watches: 0625-0930.

Very little on the move today, but Kilnsea wetlands remains the go to place.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 4 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 13 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 380 Dunlin, 230 Redshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull.

Moving were 34 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater and 31 Gannet, while overland 7 Swift, 6 Sand Martin and an Alba Wagtail.

An Otter was seen in the area today and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in Easington.

Ringing: 3 Ringed Plover pulli, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Dunnock.

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  • Little Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Mike Pilsworth.

  • Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Watches: 0400-0945.

It was a quieter day for movement, but good increases of Waders, especially at the high tide roost at Kilnsea wetlands.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint,  Whimbrel, 850 Dunlin, 284 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 266 Black-headed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull, with 105 Golden Plover on the Humber. The juvenile Cuckoo was still wandering the area.

Moving were 66 Shelduck, 39 Common Scoter, 6 Redshank and a Great Skua, while overland 40 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow and 5 Siskin.

There were good numbers of Butterfly on the wing, 160+ Meadow Brown the best count.

Ringing: 3 Sparrowhawk pulli, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Swifts!! Thomas Willoughby. We have Swifts investigating our boxes on the Obs building. Hopefully in the future they will begin to breed,

  • Linnet. Ian Smith.

  • Juvenile Great Tit. Ian Smith.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Watches: 0615-1000.

The mid-summer ‘lull’ remained quite interesting with some movement and decent numbers of Waders.

Moving were 3 Teal, 4 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 127 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 157 Kittiwake, 68 Sandwich Tern and 32 Auk sp, while overland 11 Swift, 6 Sand Martin and a Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Tufted Duck, 11 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 385 Dunlin, 110 Redshank, a Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 6 Mediterranean Gull, with 14 Golden Plover and 85 Shelduck on the Humber. The juvenile Cuckoo was still wandering the area as was a Hobby.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Hobby. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Sand Martins. Ian Smith.

  • Hare. Thomas Willoughby.

Thursday, 09 July 2020

Watches: 0600-0945, 1300-1500.

Not much change overall, though a juvenile Crossbill turned up in a net at Kew and a juvenile Cuckoo spent the day on the Obs garden.

Moving were 11 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 264 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 161 Gannet, 4 Whimbrel, 16 Dunlin, a Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 18 Guillemot and 79 Auk sp.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 30 Knot, 40 Sanderling, 480 Dunlin, 140 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gull, with 14 Golden Plover and 85 Shelduck on the Humber.

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Crossbill.

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  • Crossbill. SBO

  • Wren. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Watches: 0605-0945.

It was a bit of a quieter day overall in the easterly wind, which saw some movement over the sea with 78 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 157 Gannet, a Cormorant, 22 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 16 Redshank, 14 Kittiwake, 19 Guillemot and a Great Skua. 

Still decent on KIlnsea wetlands which held 13 Shelduck, a Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 28 Mallard (plus 2 broods), 5 Little Egret, 24 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 200 Dunlin, 128 Redshank, a Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 21 Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 13 Sandwich Tern with the first arriving juveniles. A juvenile Cuckoo was the best passerine wise in Churchfield.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher pulli, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Meadow Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Fox. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Watches: 0430-0945.

The first returning Willow Warbler 'of the autumn' was trapped in Churchfield along with an out of habitat Reed Warbler and a male Redstart was in Northfield.

There were an increase in Wader numbers on the Humber and Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Little-ringed Plover, 22 Golden Plover (20 in), 50 Curlew, 14 Whimbrel, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 342 Dunlin, 120 Redshank,1 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. The wetlands area also held a Wigeon, 11 Teal,a Tufted Duck, 9 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 21 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gull (inc first juvenile of the autumn).

Moving today were 47 Shelduck in, 29 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 60 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel, 13 Auk sp, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, a Swallow, 4 Linnet and a Siskin.

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

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  • Adfult Yellow-legged Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Yellow-legged Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

Monday, 06 July 2020

Watches: 0540-1040.

It was an interesting day with a small arrival of departing migrants and a continued southerly movement, a nice adult Rose-coloured Starling south with 315 Starling the highlight. Also moving were 25 Shelduck, 17 Common Scoter, an Eider, 6 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, a Little Gull, 3 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail and 15 Siskin.

The day saw a ncie array of early departing migrants with a Black Redstart at the Point, an adult Whinchat in Corner field and a Redstart at the Warren, with 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo (1 juvenile), 30 Siskin and a Crossbill wandering the area.

The Brent Goose was still present and appears to unfortunately have a broken wing. There were also good numbers of Waders present with 4 Little-ringed Plover, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 125 Dunlin (inc 1st juvemile), 3 Lapwing, 105 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 5 Robin pulli.

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  • Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

  • Sandwich Tern. Tony Hull.

  • Skylark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red Admiral. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 05 July 2020

Watches: 0545-1030.

While it seems too early for some to be talking about autumn, for many Waders the summer breeding season is over, with birds heading south or seen to arrive in/off on a daily basis over Beacon ponds or the Warren. Today saw 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Curlew, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, a Little-ringed Plover, 3 Ruff and 11 Redshank on the move and as the month moves on there should be an increase in the pace and diversity. The day also saw moving 46 Shelduck, 12 Gannet, 211 Black-headed Gull, 11 Auk sp, a Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 241 Swift, 190 Starling, 162 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 Crossbill and 6 Siskin.

The day was also good for grounded Waders on Kilnsea wetlands and the Humber with totals of 165 Curlew, a Whimbrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Knot, 74 Dunlin, 161 Redhshank, a Turnstone and 1 Greenshank. Also of note today were a Brent Goose on Beacon ponds, a Peregrine and Hobby hunting the area and 3 Mediterranean Gull on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 3 Swallow pulli, 1 Blackcap.

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  • Sandwich Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Sandwich Terns and Black-headed Gulls on KIlnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Tony Hull.

Saturday, 04 July 2020

A continued trickle of Wader movement saw 3 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, 1 Dunlin and 9 Redshank along with 21 Black-headed Gull, 3 Shelduck, 73 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 32 Gannet, a Shag, 1 Cormorant, an Arctic Skua, 4 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 15 Auk sp, 6 Puffin, 21 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 120 Starling, 4 Alba Wagtail, 19 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch and 62 Siskin.

Other sightings today included 6 Crossbill lingering around Kilnsea, while on KIlnsea wetlands area were 6 Gadwall inc a young brood, 9 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, 104 Curlew, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, a Greenshank, 6 Little Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 1 Siskin.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

Friday, 03 July 2020

Watches: 0400-0545, 0615-1115.

There were few observers about today as most understandably left to see an Albatross at Bempton, but for us a female Mandarin south over the Humber was a bit of a surprise, the day also seeing a further pickup in Wader numbers with 10 Shelduck, a Tufted Ducks, 8 Pochard, 11 Eider, 110 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 23 Gannet, a Golden Plover, 36 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 90 Dunlin, 23 Redshank, a Kittiwake, 45 Little Gull,  280 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 10 Linnet and 11 Siskin.

The increase in Wader movement also saw in increae for grounded birds with 68 Curlew, 15 Knot, 78 Dunlin, 50 Redshank and a Greenshank.

A freshly emerged Southern Hawker was at Kew and a Hummingbird Hawkmorth in Eassington.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Wood Pigeon. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sandwich Tern. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sandwich Tern. Bethan Clyne.

Thursday, 02 July 2020

Watches: 0400-0900. 

The trickle of Wader movement continues and today saw 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel and 35 Redshank along with 42 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, a Kittiwake, an Arctic Tern, 160 Swift and 3 Swallow.

Elsewhere the Kilnsea wetlands area held most of the good birding with 6 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull. 

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Tony Hull.

  • Little Owl well hidden against the background of straw. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Watches: 0600-0900.

On the move today were 7 Shelduck, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 8 Curlew, 115 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 38 Starling, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Linnet and a Siskin.

The best of the rest included a juvenile Crossbill at Driftwood, while in the Kilnsea wetlands area, 11 Teal, 12 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 6 Mediteranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Cuckoo and a Hobby.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Great Tit. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1500.

A huge surprise today with yet another adult Long-tailed Skua flying about and feeding over the Humber mud. Shorter tailed and maybe not a full adult, the second bird in a few days, it flew out to sea not long after.It was another decent day of movement with 85 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 4 Lapwing, 10 Goldene Plover in, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ruff in/off, 2 Curlew, 7 Knot, 16 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 38 Black-headed Gull, 3 Guillemot, a Puffin, 80 Swift, 140 Starling, 8 Swallow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, a Crossbill, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

In the KIlnsea wetlands area were 11 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Egret, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 36 Dunlin, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 Common Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 380 Black-headed Gull, 10 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Cuckoo, 1 Peregrine and a Hobby.

Riniging: 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

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  • Little Tern. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Hobby. Dave Tucker.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Paul Willoughby.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1700.

It was another day for the vis-miggers with an increase in Wader numbers on the move, while down the coast in LIncs a record 45,000+ were recorded a more humble 7111 Swift flew south, suggesting a more circular route inland avoiding the bottleneck of Spurn? Also today 2 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, a Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Puffin, 5 Hobby, 55 Starling, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 4 Crossbill and 16 Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held a Brent Goose, 10 Teal, a Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier,157 Oystercatcher, 215 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Rining: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swifts on the move. Colin Bushell.

  • Ruff. Tony Hull.

  • Lime Speck Pug. Tony Broom.

  • Green Silver Lines. Tony Broom.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1230, 1345-1745.

The continued strong F5-6 wind from the south west were the perfect conditions for good southerly movement. The only question being, why are sites to the north of us getting so many more Swifts, a species whch Spurn has dominated over the years. Obviously weather conditions will play thier part and overall the recent lack of decent strong south westerlies another, but hopefully its just a wee blip for us! Saying that a fantastic 12,491 Swift flew south, so in reality not too much to grumble about. The day also saw moving, 5 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 2 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail, a Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 6 Siskin and 7 Crossbill.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 5 Wigeon, 10 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Ruff, 26 Redshank, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull and a Cuckoo.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Ruff on KIlnsea wetlands.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

  • Swift. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Watches: 0430-1230, 1430-2200.

The better winds from a more soth westerly direction brought about some decent movement the best being 6314 Swift along with a Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Grey Heron, 1 Golden Plover, 21 Curlew, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 5 Knot, 3 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 77 Starling, 3 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 8 Siskin and 4 Crossbill

Little else was done in all reality with a Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and a Peregrine of note and an influx of Large Whites with a few Small Whites.

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  • Grey Heron. Tony Hull.

  • Linnet. Bethan Clyne.

  • Common Blue. Tony Hull.

  • Small Tortoiseshell. Tony Hull.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Watches: 0710-1400,

Well almost a year to the day (when 2 were seen), a nice adult Long-tailed Skua appeared on the Humber and after a bit of wandering over Kilnsea, headed out to sea. The day also saw a bit of varied movement with 2 Shelduck, 4 Shovelr, 3 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 250 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, a Fulmar, a Great White Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 297 Swift, 2 Hobby, 11 Swallow, 170 Starling, a Chaffinch, 14 Linnet and 22 Siskin.

Otherwise KIlnsea wetlands area remained a good birding spot holding 6 Wigeon, 8 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 30 Little Gull, 14 Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Common Tern.

Insect wise a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and an Essex Skipper were seen, with the first Gatekeeper on the wing today.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Goldfinch. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Linnet. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Greenfinch. John Hewitt.

  • Hare. Bethan Clyne.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1030.

While many are still talking about a great late spring, it seems that many Ducks and Waders are making the return from breeding already. KIlnsea wetlands had an incrrease to 29 Teal along with 6 Wigeon, 46 Mallard and a Tufted Duck with an unseasonal Goldeneye in/off onto Beacon ponds along with a Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper, while on the Humber 23 Curlew gathered. 

A bit of movement today for the vismiggers saw a Great White Egret, 93 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 11 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 211 Swift, 22 Swallow, a House Martin, 305 Starling, a Grey Wagtail, 14 Crossbill, 29 Siskin and 11 Linnet.

Other bits today included 250 Black-headed Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull and a Hobby mainly around Kilnsea wetlands. 

An Otter was a nice sighting in the area along with 2 Grass Snake, while another Southern Hawker was in the Heligoland trap and the first Small Skipper were on the wing.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Little Gull. Lol Middleton.

  • Medierranean Gulls. Lol Middleton.

  • Great White Egret. Tim Jump.

  • Medierranean Gull. Tim Jump.

  • Little Gulls among the Gull gathering on Kilnsea wetlands. Simon Jump.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Watches: 04000-1030, 1430-1530.

Most of todays action was in the KIlnsea wetlands area with a nice selection of species present including 4 Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, a Little Stint, 9 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Little Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern and a Cuckoo.

Like previous days, there is not a lot happening for the vismiggers, but recorded today were 6 Shelduck, 76 Common Scoter, 3 Cormorant, 3 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew in, 316 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 165 Starling, 13 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch and 18 Siskin.

A Southern Hawker and Broad-bodied Chaser were both interesting catches in the Churchfield heligoland trap.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

There were a few bits of interest so late in the month, an Osprey on the move south, maybe one of a few wanderers in the country at the moment, while 3 imm Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetland are likely the birds wandering from further north. 

Few birds on the move otherwise with 21 Shelduck in, 94 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Curlew in, 46 Black-headed Gull, 220 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Alba Wagtail, a Coal Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Little Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern and the Australian Shelduck. 

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow pulli.

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  • Spoonbills. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbills. Tony Hull.

  • Osprey escorted from the area by an Oystercatcher. Tony Hull.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Watches: 0510-0945, 1645-1830.

The day began nicely with a Golden Oriole 'singing softly' in the Churchyard then showing on and off mainly in flight between here and Beacon ponds a Crossbill showing nicely at the Warren and 4 Ruddy Shelduck which arrived from the east along with 16 Shelduck. 

Not much on the move today with a Red-throated Diver, 1 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 17 Black-headed Gull, 2 Hobby, 397 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 205 Starling, 8 Chaffinch, 27 Linnet, 13 Goldfinch and 16 Siskin.

Other sightings mainly around KIlnsea wetlands included an Australian type Shelduck, the adult Spoonbill, 5 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 6 Little Egret, a Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, a Cuckoo and a Peregrine with a Jay in the triangle. 

Ringing: 3 Little Owl pulli, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Crossbill. Tony Hull.

  • Golden Oriole. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Soonbill with Shelduck. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew. John Hewitt.

  • Little Owl. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1700.

The day was dominated again by overland movement which saw a Common Buzzard, 3467 Swift, a Cuckoo, 8 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 12 House Martin, an Alba wagtail, 19 Goldfinch, 67 Linnet and 38 Siskin head south, while over the sea a Shoveler, 4 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 4 Whimbrel, 34 Black-headed Gull. The day also saw the first decent return of Waders with 39 Curlew south/in off, though whether this reflects on the breeding season or the usual returning females time will tell. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held an adult Spoonbill (new bird), a Brent Goose, 6 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Ringing: 1 Collared Dove.

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  • Avocet. Tony Hull.

  • Reed Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1015, 1330-1530.

The less than ideal conditions still saw a bit of movement south today with 2 Wigeon, 15 Gannet, 27 Common Scoter, 8 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 6 Knot, 28 Black-headed Gull, 702 Swift, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 19 Linnet, 8 Crossbill, 15 Goldfinch and 28 Sskin.

The Kiolnsea wetlands area held a bot of interest with 3 Barnacle Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 18 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, the Spoonbill, 7 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, a Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 30 Knot, 250 Black-headed Gull, a Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 65 Lesser Black-backed Gull, an Arctic Tern and 2 Common Tern. 

Other bits of interest were 2 Cuckoo, a Jay wandering the area and a Little Owl.

Ringing: 2 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Robin pulli.

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  • Adult Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. Tony Hull.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1400.

With a bit of a north wind blowing the sea had a bit to offer with a Tufted Duck, 152 Common Scoter, 21 Fulmar, 22 Manx Shearwater, 577 Gannet, 19 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, an Arctic Skua, 2 Common Tern, 3 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 33 Auk sp while overland 5 Swallow and 15 Swift.

On Kilnsea wetlands the Spoonbill remained along with the 2 Barnacle Geese plus a Brent Goose, 17 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Gull, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, an unseasonal Black Tern, a Short-eared Owl and a Hobby hunting the area, while migrants today included a Spotted Flycatcher and 28 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Spoonbill. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbil. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Watches: 0630-1000.

As we begin to slide into the summer, thoughts of Swift movements and early returning Waders begin to take over the birding small talk. Today though a nice Bee-eater flew south calling as it went south, while a Spoonbill dropped onto Kilnsea wetlands where an adult Yellow-legged Gull appeared among 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull where there were also 2 Barnacle Geese, 11 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull. 

Few bits on the move saw 300 Common Scoter, 3 Red-theroated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, a Whimbrel, 11 Sandwich Tern and 32 Auk sp plus 14 Swift, 8 Swallow and 2 Siskin. 

The only migrants of note were a Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Siskin. 

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 1 Siskin, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Barnacle Goose with Avocets. John Hewitt.

  • Common Buzzard. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

The drake Garganey remained on Kilnsea wetlands, where 2 Barnacle Geese remained along with 3 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Shoveler and a Green Sandpiper.

There were still the odd migrnats about with a Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, a Redwing still at the Point, 1 Reed Warbler ans a Siskin.

Very little moving bar a Whimbrel, 2 Little Gull and 4 Swift.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Shelduck. Ian Smith.

  • Oystercatcher. Steve Clipperton.

  • Wood Mouse. John Hewitt.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1015.

The previous day saw a complete dirth of migrants in the area (unlike further north), with today seeing a drake Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Siskin for the efforts.

A bit of movement over the sea saw 5 Eider, 177 Common Scoter, a Cormorant, 19 Gannet, 5 Curlew and an Auk sp, while overland 1 Hobby, 15 Swift, a House Martin and 7 Swallow.

Kilnsea wetlands still held 2 Barnacle Geese, 22 Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Gull.

Ringing: 4 Marsh Harrier pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Sedge Warbler recently fledged. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sand Martin. Ian Smith.

  • Latticed Heath. Adam Hutt.

  • Large Skipper. Adam Hutt.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Overnight there was a complete clearout of migrants at Spurn (and along the east coast) with only 3 Siskin remaining! Otherwise there was little else on offer.

The kilnsea wetlands area held 2 Barnacle Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Hobby with 2 Red-legged Partidge at Sammy's. On the HUmber were a Brent Goose, 225 Bar-tailed Godwit and 15 Knot.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blue Tit. 

 

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  • Goldfinch. Ian Smith.

  • Female Gadwall. John Hewitt.

  • Hare. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

It was yet another fantastic day of birding in the area, while the sunny weather made sure plenty of birds were singing. While there were few common migrants the scarcities more than made up for it. A new showy singing BLYTH'S REED WARBLER in the northeast corner of Kilnsea wetlands stole the show singing differntly to the previous days bird, while 3 GREENISH WARBLER (2 singing at the Point, 1 singing in Terminal wood at the Gas Terminal, see in photos for details of the 5 this spring) vied for equal attention. In the morning a Quail was flushed from Church field, a Hawfinch waa singing in trees by Westmere farm, then flew off north, the male Red-backed Shrike continued its vigil in the triangle by Rose cottage and late evening a Nightjar was churring along the Canal. It was quite decent for common migrants too with a Cuckoo, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff (inc some breeders), 10 Blackcap (inc breeders), 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear and 14 Siskin.

Kilnsea wetlands held 9 Barnacle Geese, 3 Little Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gull, while a Green Sandpiper flew north over Sykes field and a Little Owl in Church field. The Humber had 200 Bar-tailed Godwit and 50 Knot.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Siskin.

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  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Hewitt..

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Greenish Warbler singing at the Point. Paul French. For anyone interested there have been 4 previous spring records ever, but so far an incredible minimum of 5 ( but poss 7) at Spurn this spring. a singing bird along the canal on 29th May, a female along the canal and trapped Kew on the 10th/11th June, an unringed bird at the narrows 12th June, two singing at the Point 13th June (maybe inc narrows bird?), one singing Gas terminal same day.

  • Greenish Warbler. Adam Hutt.

  • Red-backed Shrike. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Friday, 12 June 2020

A wet start to the morning with the day soon springing into life with the finding of a singing BLYTH'S REED WARBLER at Middle Camp, a much hoped for species with a good infux into the country. Nearby a new unringed GREENISH WARBLER (our 3rd this spring!) was found with maybe a second (or the same) bird at the Point about an hour after it was last seen, where a singing Marsh Warbler is also present. A Nightjar was accidentally flushed from Church field, but seen again in the evening on Beacon lane and 2 Red-backed Shrike (male and female) in the triangle. The day also had a few other migrants of note with a Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redwing, 1 Wheatear and 4 Siskin.

On the move today were a Red-throated Diver, 4 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 41 Common Scoter, 32 Gannet, 5 Fulmar, 7 Whimbrel, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake, an Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Razorbill, a Puffin and 32 Auk sp.

Other bits of note were a Little Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit pulli, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Greenish Warbler. Paul Willoughby.

  • Nightjar. Paul Willoughby.

  • Nightjar with Roe Deer. Paul Willoughby.

  • Marsh Warbler. Paul French.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1000, 1245-1600.

The GREENISH WARBLER turned up in a net in Churchfield this morning, while the male Red-backed Shrike was again by Rose Cottage with a Mealy Redpoll at Middle Camp, a Spotted Flycatcher at Kew plus 2 Wheatear and 4 Siskin.

 The first returning Green Sandpiper was present on Kilnsea wetlands along with a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey P;over, 2 Little Egret, 8 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon and 5 Sandwich Tern.

Over the sea were 9 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 109 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 35 Fulmar, 46 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 11 Kittiwake, 12 Arctic Tern, 16 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and 179 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Greenish Warbler.

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  • Bar-tailed Godwits. Bethan Clyne.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt. The first returning bird.

  • Greenish Warbler trapped in Church field. John Hewitt.

  • 'Sinensis' Cormorant. Colin Bushell.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Watches: 0700-0915.

A bit of east in the wind immediately paid off with the discovery of our second GREENISH WARBLER of the spring at the east end of the Canal. The same conditions also borught 3 Red-backed Shrike (1 male and 2 female) to the triangle by Rose Cottage. Typically there were few other migrants with 2 Wheatear, a Reed Warbler and a Whimbrel. 

The sea still had a few bits to offer with 8 Tufted Duck, 606 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 41 Gannet, a Kittiwake, 22 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill a Puffin and 42 Auk sp.

Other bits of note were a Brent Goose on the Humber, while on Kilnsea wetlands 2 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal and a Greenshank.

Ringing 1 House Sparrow pulli, 1 Robin.

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  • Greenish Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Greenish Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Female Red-backed Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Red-backed Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Pochard. John Hewitt.

  • Female Pochard. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Watches: 0615-1000.

Just about the last of the expected species we generally see in spring left it late with a singing Golden Oriole early morning in the Kilnsea area, which may have flown off north. 

The sea still had a bit of movement after the previous days excitement, but not one Manx Shearwater was seen. Moving today were 115 Common Scoter, 10 Fulmar, 2 Red-throated Diver, 193 Gannet, 193 Kittiwake, 10 Black-headed Gull, 22 Sandwich Tern, 17 Arctic Tern, a Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 7 Puffin and 197 Auk sp. There were even a few bits moving overland with 16 Swallow, 4 House Martin, an Alba Wagtail and a Chaffinch.

Kilnsea wetland held 9 Barnacle Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 10 Gtrey Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Black-headed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull, 

Ringing: 1 Stock Dove, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow.

 

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  • Ringed Plover. Bethan Clyne.

  • Wood Mouse. John Hewitt.

  • Fox. Tony Hull.

  • Swallow. Tony Hull.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt

Monday, 08 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1300, 1730-2000.

It was bound to happen after the previous days north westerly and a northward push of birds heading back out the North Sea commenced, well not until 0620 for the Spurn sea watchers! There was a record spring total of 763 Manx Shearwater, (while maybe 1000 would have been achievable if observers had been out from first light!). The day also brought totals of a Red-necked Grebe, 8 Teal, 157 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 109 Fulmar including a Blue phase, 481 Gannet, a Cormorant, 702 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 18 Sandwich Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, an Arctic Skua, 155 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 30 Puffin and 1597 Auk sp.

Few migrants today, but with some easterlies predicted some late driftrs could be on the cards. Today saw 3 Wheatear and 5 Siskin present.

Ringing: 2 Starling, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin.

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  • Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Blue Tits. Bethan Clyne

Sunday, 07 June 2020

Watches: 0630-1120, 1645-1715.

The weather was a slight improvement on the previous day, enough that some observers ventured out finding a Rose-coloured Starling (see below for some name variations), which spent the afternoon wandering the area mainly by the YWT visitor centre with around 200 Starling. The day also saw a Great White Egret leisurely make its way south, with only a Hobby and Cuckoo worth mentioning for potential migrants..

The sea improved from the previous day with 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 29 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 77 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 21 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, a Puffin and 102 Auk sp.

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  • Rose-coloured Starling. Ian Smith. Coming to a garden near you! Get those suet balls and feeders topped up or check your local Cherry trees.

  • Rosy Starling. Bethan Clyne. While they have the Latin name Sturnus roseus and mostly seen as part of the Starling family, they also go under the guise Pastor roseus, it is sometimes given its own monotypic genus Pastor. A split which is supported by recent studies. Per Avibase.

  • Rosy Pastor. Ian Smith. The name Pastor comes from the Latin "pastor" meaning shepherd.

  • 'Pink Stink'. Tony Hull. A rather inaffectionate name apparently coined on the Isles of Scilly due to the juveniles which they normally record being 'not as pretty'.

  • Rose-coloured Pastor. Tony Hull. Another variation on the name.

  • Great White Egret. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 06 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0930.

The very poor weather with heavy showers and a strong F5+ NW wind, basically led to pretty much an unbirdable day with at least the shelter of Kilnsea wetlands producing a late Wood Sandpiper with also 2 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, a Lapwing, 26 Knot and a ringed Mediterranean Gull.

The sea was surprisingly poor with only 10 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 3 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 33 Auk sp, though with continued northerly type winds the sea, may be the place for some unseasonal action.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Shelduck. Tony Hull.

Friday, 05 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0945, 1700-2000.

The continued northerly did little to inspire birders into the field, with the sea still maybe the main focal point for some, but even this had fewer birds than yesterday with 21 Common Scoter, 28 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwtaer, a Cormorant, 131 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 19 Guillemot, 7 Puffin, 6 Razorbill and 216 Auk sp. The only other bird on the move today was an Egyptian Goose that paused at Beacon ponds then headed south.

Other bits to keep the day ticking over were 8 Gadwall, 10 Wigeon and 6 Teal on KIlnsea wetlands, 2 Golden Plover Holderness field, a Water Rail along the Canal, 1 Greenshank on Beacon ponds and a Barn Owl hunting the area, Migrants are now typically thin on the ground with just a Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin seen today.

Ringing: 6 Great Tit pulli.

 

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  • Male Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Egyptian Goose. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Watches: 0645-1000. 

Just when thoughts of the spring being over are mumbled, a nice male Red-backed Shrike turned up at Potato fields, with also 2 Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.

The sea was relatively busy and a few bits of interest with 2 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 13 Fulmar, 187 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Puffin, 8 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill and 254 Auk sp.

A small influx of Duck onto Kilnsea wetlands brought 10 Wigeon and a Teal, with also 5 Little Egret and a Common Tern.

Ringing:1 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Robin pulli.

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  • House Martin. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1015, 1400-1530, 1600-1730.

A return to cool northerly winds, put paid to much happening on any front, though it did bring some movement over the sea with a Teal, 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 40 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 64 guillemot, 31 Razorbill, 7 Puffin and 231 Auk sp. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Pale-bellied Brent, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 2 Knot, 70 Swift, 100 Sand Martin, 200 House Martin and a Peregrine, while the few migrants seen included 2 Wheatear.

Ringing: 7 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Male Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Female Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Watches: 0620-0930.

There were plenty of good birds on offer today, the day starting off with an unseen Bee-eater calling over numerous birders heads as it headed south, a Rosefinch pausing to sing in a Kilnsea garden and a Rose-coloured Starling breifly on the wires at Sykes field with Starlings then it flew off north, while a Turtle Dove toured the Kilnsea area. In the evening a Spoonbill was on KIlnsea wetlands then flew off north west. The day also had a few typically late migrants with a Hobby, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin.

On the move today were 24 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Heron, 36 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 2 Avocet, 5 Kittiwake, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot, a Puffin, a Swift,  Jackdaw, 6 Swallow and 2 Flava Wagtail and a Whimbrel out east.

Other bits of interest in the area included 11 Brent Geese, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 47 Grey Plover, 170 Herring Gull, 44 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Little Owl.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Pied Wagtail pulli. 

 

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  • Skylark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Turnstone. Tony Hull.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Monday, 01 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0910.

It was a good start to the month and maybe a bit expected, what with a small influx having taken place, but a nice female RED-FOOTED FALCON was very welcome anyway spending an hour in the area, then headed off high south with a Hobby. Other bits moving today were 36 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Swift, 56 Swalllow, 12 House Martin and 2 Siskin.

Few extra migrants about today with just a Common Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin, though some good counts of breeders were made with 86 Whitethroat and 14 Lesser Whitethroat.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 10 Great Tit pulli.

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  • Female Red-footed Falcon. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Red-footed Falcon. John Hewitt.

  • Red-footed Falcon. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Hobby. Simon Jump.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Watches: 0630-0800.

The good birds keep coming, today being a SUBALPINE WARBLER, presumed Western, extracted from a net at Kew and released in Church field, while the day also had a welcome Turtle Dove,.'purring by the Obs. Further migrants included a male Hen Harrier, hepatic Cuckoo, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Black Redstart, a Wheatear and 2 Siskin, though a singing Greenshank was the highlight for a few, a song few hear way from Scotland.

Moving today were a Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Gannet, a Fulmar, 2 Swift, a Hobby, 5 Jackdaw, a Sand Martin, 39 Swallow, 6 House Martin and 11 Siskin.

Elsewhere a Barnacle Goose was on KIlnsea wetlands, 11 Brent Geese, a Teal and 3 Wigeon on Kilnsea wetlands and a Kingfisher in Sykes field. 

Other bits of interest were the first Roe Deer fawns of the year,,2 Grass Snake, 2 Hairy Dragonfly and the first Emperor Dragonfly of the year on the wing. 

Ringing: 1 Subalpine Warbler, 4 Great Tit pulli, 7 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Turtle Dove. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black Redstart. Bethan Clyne.

  • Subalpine Warbler. Tony Hull.

  • Subalpine Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mother Shipton Moth, Paul Willoughby.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Watches: 0645-0745.

It seems like each day produces a good bird, today being a singing Icterine Warbler, which moved from Westmere to the Obs, a Red-backed Shrike at the Point and a late Black Redstart was at Easington gas terminal. In the evening a Spoonbill graced Kilnsea wetlands. There were few other migrants about bar 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler and a Wheatear.

Elsewhere 3 Canada Geese, 8 Brent Geese, 4 male Wigeon and 2 Shoveler on Kilnsea wetlands and a Grey Partridge at Sammy's while a Crimson Rosella addec a splash of colour..

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 5 Starling, 3 Blue Tit pulli. 

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  • Roe Deer. Paul Willoughby.

  • Crimson Rosella. Simon Jump.

  • Small Heath. Tony Hull.

  • Large Skipper. Tony Hull.

  • Common Blue. Tony Hull.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Watches: 0620-0900.

Typically for the time of year, an easterly wind, but with blue skies birds tend to arrive, stay for the day and move on or even just fly over. The lastest good bird was only our 4th ever spring record of GREENISH WARBLER, singing along the Canal. Otherwise the same good weather allows birds to fly over, with just a Whimbrel, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, 3 Balckcap, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear and a Siskin.

Moving were 6 Gannet, 18 Swift, a Jay, 40 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin and a Chaffinch, while heading out east 16 Brent Geese and a Whimbrel.

Kilnsea wetlands held 3 Canada Geese, 4 Wigeon, a Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Common Tern. 

Ringing: 3 Skylark pulli, 6 Great Tit pulli, 1 Goldfinch pulli.

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  • Sanderling. Paul Willoughby.

  • Jay. Paul Willoughby.

  • Greenish Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Greenish Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Canada Geese. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Watches: 0645-0900.

The female Red-backed Shrike remained in the Potato fields with also a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo, a Jay, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 3 Spotted Flycatcher, while around 16 Reed Warbler, 13 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler and 70 Whitethroat are on territories.

Poor for birds on the move today with just a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 6 Cormorant, 2 Swift, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Swallow, 10 House Martin, a Flava Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch and a Siskin.

There were still 94 Brent Geese on the Humber, despite plenty heading off east in the last few days while on KIlnsea wetlands 4 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Grey Partridge. 

The first Large Skipper of the year was on the wing and a Grass Snake was at Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 11 Great Tit pulli, 3 Starling, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Swift on the move. Bethan Clyne.

  • Wigeon. John Hewitt.

  • Tufted Duck. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Watches: 0645-1015.

The easterly winds immediately paid off, but with typically few other migrants for the time of year and highlighted by 2 Red-backed Shrike, both females at Potato fields and the Triangle and a singing Marsh Warbler, which quickly moved off after the initial sighting at 0650 and not seen or heard after 8am. Otherwise present were a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, a Jay, 1 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff. 1 Reed Warbler, a late Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Grey Wagtail and 5 Chaffinch.

The easterly wind prompted some movement out east with 57 Brent Geese, 37 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel, but Passerine wise it was a no show.

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 9 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Female Red-backed Shrike at Potato fields. John Hewitt.

  • Female Red-backed Shrike along the canal. Bethan Clyne.

  • Bar-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Red-backed Shrike. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Watches: 0620-1020

With easterly winds forecast giving some hope, it was another day with few migrants about and a trickle of movement to keep interest going. Moving today were 5 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, a Teal, 26 Common Scoter, an Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 9 Gannet, a Whimbrel, 3 Puffin, 4 Auk sp, 4 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 54 Swallow, 16 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 1 Flava Wagtail, an Alba Wagtail and 12 Chaffinch while heading out east, 36 Brent Geese and 80 Grey Plover.

Migrants seen today included a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, 15 Sand Martin, 30 SWallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and 11 Chaffinch.

Present today were 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine with an Otter on Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Starling, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Little Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Little Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Common Buzzard mobbed by a Carrion Crow. John Hewitt.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Watches: 0610-1015.

A hot sunny day brought a few migrants into the open with totals being, a Jay, 3 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Wheatear plus a Common Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank.

Moving today were a Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 8 Razorbill, 14 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Sand Martin, 58 Swallow, 8 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 30 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin.

Elsewhere the Pale-bellied Brent remained with 50 Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands along with 4 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck and a Little Gull.

Ringing: 10 Blue Tit pulli, 2 Starling pulli, 3 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Common Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little Owl. Colin Bushell.

  • Wall Brown. Colin Bushell.

  • Small Copper. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Watches: 0620-1000.

Similar to the previous day despite less wind and less birds moving with 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 17 Kittiwake, 3 Puffin, 150 Auk sp, 30 Guillemot,11 Razorbill, 2 Sand Martin, 54 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin.

Migrant wise just a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Goswit, a Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Swift, a Hobby, 100 Sand Martin, 5 Blackcap, a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtail.

The Kilnsea wetlands area still had 150 BrentGeese along with a Pale-bellied Brent, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal and 3 Sandwich Tern.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Dumnncok pulli, 1 Robin, 3 Siskin.

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  • Little-ringed Plover. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male House Saprrow. Bethan Clyne.

  • Feamale House Sparrow. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Watches: 0620-1020, 1515-1615.

The strong F6-7 WSW wind made it difficult looking for migrants, with vismigging being the action focal point with 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Fulmar, 3 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 57 Swift, 22 Sand Martin, 171 Swallow, 102 House Martin, 5 Goldfinch and 6 Linnet plus 6 Brent Geese and 8 Arctic Tern out east.

The few migarnts seen included a Garganey, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Hobby, 200 Sand Martin and a Siskin. 

Other birds of note were 100 Brent Geese lingering, a Canada Goose, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal and a Marsh Harrier.

Ringing: 3 Great Tit pulli

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  • Mute Swan. Stephen Cribbin.

  • Brent Geese. Stephen Cribbin.

  • Ringed Plover. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Watches: 0630-1725.

Not really a day to be out wandering about with the strong blustery wind and early morning rain, but another Red-rumped Swallow appeared today turning back at the Warren and feeding over the Triangle, while the same conditions encouraged good southerly movement with 3 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby, 125 Swift, 741 Swallow, 276 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, a Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 25 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin and a Corn Bunting with 19 Brent Geese out east.

The drake Garganey remained on KIlnsea wetlands, while also today a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. 

A Hairy Dragonfly was seen at the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 3 Starling.

 

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  • Male Sparrowhawk with unfortunate Dunlin. Steve Clipperton.

  • Sparrowhawk with the Dunlin using its wings to create drag and make life difficult for this small male. Steve Clipperton.

  • Sparrowhawk losing its grip. Steve Clipperton.

  • Its free! The Sparrowhawk cant believe its lost its meal. Steve Clipperton.

  • Little Tern. Steve Clipperton.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Watches: 0620-0920.

Heading towards the end of the month and the country pretty much still in lockdown, the birding is becoming a bit slow as migrants have in the main arrived in their breeding areas. The line between, what is a migrant and what is a breeder, is now becoming slightly blurred. There is still time for some visible migration and with some easterlies the chance for some late spring goodies. In the meantime migrants included 2 drake Garganey, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Arctic Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, a Jay, 4 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 10 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and a Song Thrush.

Moving today were a Marsh Harrier, 8 Black-headed Gull, 4 Swift, 8 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Sand Martin, 168 Swallow, 24 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Chaffinch. 

Other sightings included a nice flock of 18 Barnacle Geese sat on the Humber, 2 Pink-fotted Geese, 120 Brent Geese still present, 10 Gadwall (a good bird for Spurn pre Kilnsea wetlands), 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Golden Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Peregrine.

Of interest 2 Hairy Dragonfly were on the wing.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Female Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Garganey with Avocets. Steve Clipperton.

  • Hairy Dragonfly. Jacob Spinks.

  • Poplar Hawkmoths. Micky Maher.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Watches: 0605-0935.

The hightlight of the day were 2 Bee-eater that flew south over KIlnsea then last seen passing the Warren, while also moving today were 4 Shelduck, 6 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 5 Auk sp, a Swift, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 89 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Flava Wagtail, 9 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch and a Siskin with a Whimbrel and 4 Common Tern out east.

Despite the easterly wind, there were few extra migrants in addition to the apparent breeders on territories with totals of drake Garganey, a Little-ringed Plover, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 12 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area hled 165 Brent Geese, a Canada Goose with a hybrid, 90 Greylag Geese, 2 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret, a Ruff and 1 Greenshank.

The first Painted Lady and Small Heath were on the wiong today.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Garganey. Tony Hull.

  • Sparrowhawk. A regular visitor to Mick Turtons garden pond.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Goldspot. Micky Maher.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Watches: 0700-1600. 

There was no sign of of the Temmink's Stint today in a hot and sunny day, though migrant wise 2 drake Garganey, a Cuckoo, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin were still about. 

Moving were a Fulmar, 3 Gannet, a Red Kite, 11 Black-headed Gull, 4 Auk sp, 24 Jackdaw, 13 Sand Martin, 384 Swallow, 65 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting.

It is a bit of a surprise to still see 150 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands, present so late in the spring along with the single Pale-bellied Brent, while the 90 Greylag Geese are more expected. The wetlands also held 2 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Avocet and 5 Little Egret.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff.

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  • Common Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Wheatear. Bethan Clyne.

  • Foxes hunting Voles. Tony Hull.

  • Grey Heron. Bethan Clyne.

Monday, 18 May 2020

A few birds of note in the area today with a nice Temminck's Stint on Kilnsea wetlands, a Curlew Sandpiper at Sammy's, 2 drake Garganey, a Hooded Crow south and an Osprey over the area.

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  • Temminck's Stint. Tony Hull.

  • Garganey. Tony Hull.

  • Garganey. Tony Hull.

  • Temminck's Stint. Bethan Clyne.

  • Temminck's Stint with Pied Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Watches: 0545-0830, 1045-1300.

A bit of a quieter day though a drake Garganey remained on Kilnsea wetland with migrant totals of 3 Whimbrel, 17 Little Tern, 4 Cuckoo, 4 Swift, a Hobby, 25 House Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit, though what is a migrant and those staying to breed is becoming a bit blurred. 

Moving today were a Fulmar, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Grey Heron, 3 Gannet, a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 308 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Flava Wagtail, 7 Linnet, 7 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

The Pale-bellied Brent remained along with 150 Brent  and 59 Greylag Geese in the KIlnsea wetlands area, along with 14 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 7 Starling pulli, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Goldfinch pulli.

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  • Drake Garganey. Steve Clipperton.

  • Drake Garganey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

  • Pied Wagtail with a Damselfly. Steve Clipperton.

  • Angle Shades taken at light in Easington. Micky Maher.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Watches: 0550-0930, 1230-1345.

With a cool, strong NW wind blowing, it was difficult knowing what to do in the conditions, but yet again a few birds of interest were about. What was probably yesterdays Red-rumped Swallow was behind Driftwood for a while, then drifted off north, a Hooded Crow flew south and an interesting 'ringtail' Hen Harrier, gave a few people a scare being quite pale. Otherwise there were few birds on the move with a Hobby, 7 Jackdaw, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin, 124 Swallow, 4 Flava Wagtail and a Siskin.

Migrants present today included a drake Garganey, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 17 Swift, a Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, a Whinchat, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

Other birds of note were 192 Brent Geese with a Pale-bellied Brent, 7 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 280 Grey Plover and a Little Gull mainly around Kilnsea wetlands.

It was a good day day for Butterflies on the wing when it warmed up, with nice totals of 22 Green Hairastreak and 5 Brown Argus on the wing and the first Hairy Dragonfly of the year in Sykes field.

Ringing: 5 Starling pulli, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Cuckoo. Bethan Clyne.

  • Cuckoo. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Green Hairstreak. Tony Hull.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

Friday, 15 May 2020

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Watches: 0630-0930.

Sightings in a cool northerly from today included a surpirise Red-rumped Swallow in Easington, which eventually flew off south and 2 drake Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands. Migrant numbers were still lower in the cooler weather with a Little-ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Cuckoo, 60 Sand Martin, 3 Jay, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and a Siskin.

Very poor for birds on the move today with just 2 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, 28 Swallow, a Flava Wagtaila and 4 Linnet, with 6 Grey Plover out east.

There were still 155 Brent Geese about with a Pale-bellied Brent, a Tufted Duck and 26 Avocet mainly on KIlnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Starling pulli..

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  • Male Wheatear. Tony Hull.

  • Wheatear. Tony Hull.

  • Brown Hare. Tony Hull.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

  • Little-ringed Plover. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Watches: 0700-1030.

A slightly better day as the wind dropped off, along with some sunny spells it encouraged more birds into the open, though it was in the evening the best bird of the day flew south with a ringtail Montagu's Harrier. There were also more birds on the move south today including 2 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Ruff, a Jay, 11 Jackdaw, 12 Carrion Crow, 102 Swallow, a Sand Martin, 1 Chaffinch and 6 Goldfinch.

Migrant wise there were a Little-ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby, 100 Sand Martin, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Sedge Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, a Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and a Siskin.

There was another increase to 156 Brent Geese along with a Pale-bellied Brent with 7 Little Egret and 2 Grey Partridge in the area.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Female Wheatear. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pale-bellied Brent with Brents. John Hewitt.

  • Montagu's Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Montagu's Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Fox. John Hewitt.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Watches: 0630-1000.

The sea yet again dominated the procedures with the cold northerly putting migrant arrival on hold. Moving were 4 Common Scoter, 17 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 160 Gannet, 7 Kittiwake, 12 Little Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skua, 6 Guillemot and 102 Auk sp with 8 Arctic Tern out east.

What migrants there were kept to the sheltered spots with a surprise Woodcock, 1 Cuckoo, a Jay, 1 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Wheatear.

Therre are now 91 Brent Geese present while on the Humber 200 Grey Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 1100 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper.

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  • Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Dunlin with a Sanderling. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Watches: 0615-1000.

The return of strong northerly winds and the focus returned to the sea, but no big numbers with 4 Common Scoter, 12 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 48 Gannet, 14 Kittiwake, 19 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Skua, 100 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill and 65 Auk sp with 2 Arctic Tern out east.

It was a more difficult day for seeing migrants but still there were 12 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, a Hobby, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, a Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear and a Siskin.

Otherwise 74 Brent Geese were still about, along with 7 Wigeon and 5 Teal.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Spotted Flycatcher sheltering from the cool northerly wind. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Bethan Clyne.

  • Shelduck. Bethan Clyne.

  • Shelduck. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sandwich Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 09 May 2020

Watches: 0630-0930.

A great day brought several highlights to the area starting with a BLACK KITE which slowly made its way south, as did a Bee-eater later on in the day. A superb male Grey-headed Wagtail kept company with a male Blue-headed Wagtail, a bit of a rare double event at Spurn. Other hightlights from the day were a Wood Sandpiper which flew off north-west and a Firecrest

Migrant totals during the day were 46 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 5 Jay, 40 House Martin, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 29 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, a Fieldfare, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a late Brambling. 

Despite some good birds heading south it was quiet overall with just a Marsh Harrier, 11 Sandwich Tern, 14 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 16 Carrion Crow, 27 Swallow, a Song Thrush and 3 Flava Wagtail.

Ringing: 3 Stock Dove, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 1 Wood Pigeon.

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  • Male Grey-headed Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Blue-headed Wagtail and male Grey-headed Wagtail. Dylan Hartley.

  • Male Pied Flycatcherl. John Hewitt.

  • Blue-headed Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black Kite. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black Kite. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Grey-headed Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 08 May 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0545-0930.

Another burst of easterly winds brought about a good arrival of migrants, a nice male Red-backed Shrike stealing the limelight, with totals of 18 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 5 Jay, 20 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, a Song Thrush, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Whinchat, 27 Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskin. 

In a quieter day for vismigging it was nice to have yet another Red-rumped Swallow fly south, along with a Tufted Duck, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Swift, 38 Carrion Crow, 10 Sand Martin, 78 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 4 Flava Wagtail and a Siskin.

Other sightings today included 19 Brent Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 300 Grey plover and 1500 Dunlin.

Ringing: 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Robin, 6 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

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  • Male Red-backed Shrike. Dylan Hartley

  • Tufted Ducks. Bethan Clyne.

  • Reed Warblers. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Watches: 0550-1500.

No sign of the previous days birds, but still good numbers and variety of migrants remain with, the drake Garganey, 13 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 61 Little Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Jay, 30 House Martin, 17 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 28 Whitethroat, a Song Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and a Siskin. 

A good day of movement with the first pulse of Hirundine passage, saw the first Wood Sandpiper of the year fly south plus 2 Gadwall, 10 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Swift, 2 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 74 Sand Martin, 651 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 6 Flava Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 56 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

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  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

  • Blackbird, Whinchat and Wheatear. Bethan Clyne.

  • Reed Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pied Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Watches: 0630-1000.

The easterly wind brought a nice arrival of north bound migrants to the area, which included a female Red-backed Shrike, a rather nice male Blue-headed Wagtail and our first 6 Spotted Flycatcher of the year. The day also saw the drake Garganey, a Little-ringed Plover, 21 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 25 Little Tern, a Cuckoo, 7 Jay, 30 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 30 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 23 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 16 Lesser Whitethroat, 50 Whitethroat, a Song Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 7 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit and 3 Siskin.

Few birds on the move today, 3 Eider, a Fulmar, 11 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Black-headed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Swift, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow and 4 Goldfinch. with 6 Whimbrel out east.

A Pink-footed Goose was present among 26 Greylag Geese with, 6 Wigeon and 8 Teal remaining in the area.

Ringing: 4 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 2 Wheatear, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Male Blue-headed Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Blue-headed Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garden Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Tree Pipit. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0640-0900.

Yet another topsy turvy day of migration saw a very nice Hawfinch in the Kew area, which ended up in a net, but with maybe fewer birds overall the final days total were, the drake Garganey, a Little-ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 30 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 5 Jay, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Grashopper Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, a Redwing, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat and 2 Wheatear.

Moving today in the brisk easterly were 5 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 35 Herring Gull, 6 Swift, a Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 3 Carrion Crow, a Flava WAgtail, 3 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting, with 8 Whimbrel trilling their way out east.

A Pale-bellied Brent remained along with 169 Brent Geese and 2 Common Buzzard with a Marsh Harrier.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Hawfinch.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Bethan Clyne.

  • Hawfinch. Colin Bushell.

  • Garden Warbler. Mick Turton.

  • Hawfinch. Colin Bushell.

  • Hawfinch. Colin Bushell.

  • Hawfinch. John Hewitt.

Monday, 04 May 2020

Watches: 0700-1000.

A welcome small increase in migrants numbers, brought a Wood Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher and a Turtle Dove to the area, along with the drake Garganey, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 24 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 15 Little Tern, a Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 70 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Jay, 11 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 18 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 19 Lesser Whitethroat, 38 Whitethroat, 2 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit and 3 Siskin.

Not a lot on the move, though a Crane headed north, while heading south 12 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet, a Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 Flava Wagtail and 2 Goldfinch.

Otherwise 200 Brent Geese were still present, a Marsh Harrier and Buzzard hunted the area, 2 Grey Partridge were welcome and 60 Carrion Crow marauding the area maybe less so.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Jay, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wood Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear, 5 Goldfinch pulli.

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  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

  • Crane. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Pied Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Drake Teal. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 03 May 2020

Watches: 0645-0930.

Typical of this time of year, birds arriving the previous day have quickly moved on, with less around in the cool easterly wind. Sightings today included 21 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, a Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, 32 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Jay, 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 15 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

Little evidence of birds on the move with just 5 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook and 2 Flava Wagtail.

Other sightings; 100 Brent Geese, a Canada Goose, 9 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Grey Partridge, 2 Little Egret and a Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Siskin.

 

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  • Common Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Male Yellowhammer. Micky Maher.

  • Male Reed Bunting. Micky Maher.

  • Common Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 02 May 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0645-1000.

The daily small arrivals of migrants continue, with today seeing our first Wood Warbler and Hobby for the year. Further totals involved a single drake Garganey, 18 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, 50 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 14 Sedge Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 4 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 9 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 3 Siskin.

Moving today were a Great White Egret, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Sandwich Tern, 1 Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 19 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and 8 Goldfinch.

The Black Brant remained along with 330 Brent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 4 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Canada Geese.

Ringing: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear.

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  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Willow Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Barn Owl. Ian Smith.

  • Goodens Nomad Bee. Micky Maher.

  • Orange Tip. John Hewitt.

Friday, 01 May 2020

Watches: 0630-0915.

The ups and downs of migration continue depsite the lockdown, with today adding a surprise Raven, croaking north over Easington. a species which has appeared every few years or so. Maybe a visit from a Chough would be nice? Migrant wise there were 2 drake Garganey, 1 Little-ringed Plover, a Jack Snipe, 24 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Long-eared Owl, 150 Sand Martin, 90 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Firecrest, 8 Song Thrush, a Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail and a White Wagtail.

On the move were 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Little Tern, 19 Auk sp, 3 Sand Martin, 34 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail and 8 Goldfinch, while the Black Brant remained among 350 Brent Geese.

Ringing: 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Cuckoo. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Common Sandpiper. Micky Maher.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0600-0930.

The Richard's Pipit was seen yet again, but no further sightings in the last three days. The 2 immature Spoonbill re-appeared for a while then headed west up the Humber and the 2 drake Garganey remained in the area. Migrant totals from today included a Hen Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Golden Plover, 10 Whimbrel, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 3 Little Tern, 200 Sand Martin, 100 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 5 Sedge Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, a Song Thrush, 10 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Moving today were 6 Eider, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew out east, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, a Hooded Crow, 9 Sand Martin, 69 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 7 Flava Wagtail and 61 Goldfinch.

On the Humber a Pale-bellied Brent was present among 420 Brent Geese with a Merlin hunting the area. 

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.

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  • Spoonbill. Bethan Clyne.

  • Richard's Pipit. John Hewitt.

  • Richard's Pipit. John Hewitt.

  • Drake Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbills. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spoonbills. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Not a lot happening today, but there were still decent numbers of migrants about and a smidge of movement to keep observers ticking over. The Richard's Pipit put in an appearance again and the 2 drake Garganey remained, while also recorded 6 Whimbrel, a Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Jay, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 1 Song Thrush. a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin. 

Moving today were the 2 Pink-footed Geese which flew off north, a nice drake Long-tailed Duck and 16 Arctic Tern out east, 8 Carrion Crow and 25 Goldfinch south.

The Black Brant was on the Humber with 250 Brent Geese, along with 2 Eider and 5 Common Scoter.

Ringing: 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Garganey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garganey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Greenshank. John Hewitt.

  • Eider on the Humber. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pink-footed Goose with a Greylag. John Hewitt.

  • Pink-footed Goose. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0650-0745. 

There was a big clear out of migrants, but that didnt stop a suprise spring Richard's Pipit turning up in a Kilnsea garden then touring the area. The day also featured the first Osprey of the spring heading south, with migrant totals including 9 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 4 Little Tern, 60 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 25 Meadow Pipit.

Other sightings included the 2 Pink-footed Geese and 70 Brent Geese, while on the move a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, a Litle-ringed Plover and 19 Herring Gull with an Otter the mammal highlight. 

Ringing: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Richard's Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Richard's Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Richard's Pipit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Osprey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Otter. John Hewitt.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Watches: 0650-0900.

It was yet another good day for migrants in the area, with increases in both summer arrivals, migrant and breeders and winter departers, adding some new birds to the year list with 2 Spoonbill, both immatures and a Pied Flycatcher. Further totals for the day were 2 Garganey, 9 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 100 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Jay, 27 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 21 Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Whitethroat, 24 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, a Goldcrest, 37 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 53 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, a female Blue-headed Wagtail and 24 Meadow Pipit.

On the move today were a Barnacle Goose, 1 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, a Kittiwake, 17 Swallow, 17 Jackdaw, 5 Rook and 3 Flava Wagtail. 

Also today were the 2 Pink-footed Geese, 27 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 14 Wigeon, 12 Teal (inc nasal saddled bird), 4 Grey Partridge, 3 Little Egret, a Golden Plover, 1 Merlin and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Jay, 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Wheatear, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 2 Goldfinch. 

 

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  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbills. John Hewitt.

  • Pied Flycatcher. Dylan Hartley.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches:0530-1430.

It has probably been mentioned enough times that we all have certain birds we long to see on their return from Africa during the spring, such as the first Cuckoo or Swallow. Our first 2 Turtle Dove of the year, now vie for that accolade, a species that maybe epitomises the ceasless and often senseless destruction that man brings, through shooting, trapping and habitat loss, then it is almost a sense of relief, when the first sighting in any recent year is made. The day was yet again good for migrant numbers with 2 drake Garganey, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Cuckoo, a Hooded Crow, 7 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Blackcap, the first Garden Warbler of the spring, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, a Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 14 Yellow Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

It was also a fantastic day for vis-migging with an Eider, 2 Gannet, 13 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 51 Black-headed Gull, a Swift, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 87 Sand Martin, 212 Swallow, a House Martin, 34 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 162 Linnet, 203 Goldfinch and 6 Siskin.

The Black Brant was still present in the area along with a Pale-bellied Brent, 100 Brent Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Golden Plover. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Watches: 0700-0900.

A superb RED-RUMPED SWALLOW lingering around the Obs and in Kilnsea was the highlight of the day when little was on the move. It appears that this is the same bird seen in York during the morning. Migrant numbers remained high with the 2 drake Garganey, 2 Golden Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 20 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 23 Chiffchaff, 9 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 13 Song Thrush (plus the first juveniles out in Easington), 8 Wheatear, 10 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail and 4 White Wagtail.

Little on the move with just 3 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 14 Carrion Crow and a Flava Wagtail while heading out east a Hen Harrier. 69 Oystercatcher and 42 Curlew. 

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

  • Red-rumped Swallow. John Hewitt.

  • Ring Ouzel. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Watches: 0645-0930. 

Migrant number are still pretty impressive, but with no coverage of the peninsula one can only wonder what the numbers would be like otherwise. Sightings today included our first 2 Grasshopper Warbler of the spring plus the 2 drake Garganey, 19 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 90 Sand Martin, 55 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 8 Sedge Warbler, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, a Ring Ouzel, 5 Song Thrush, 7 Wheatear, 10 Yellow Wagtail, a Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 40 Meadow Pipit.

There were less birds on the move today with 2 Goosander, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier out east, a Little Tern, 1 Jay, 7 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 19 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Flava Wagtail and a Siskin, with just 5 Arctic Tern out east.

Other decent sightings included a Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Grey Partridge, a Barn Owl and a Little Owl. 

Ringing: 1 Jay, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (16 of 10 species).

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  • Grasshopper Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Grasshopper Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Lapwing. John Hewitt.

  • Ring Ouzel. Bethan Clyne.

  • Jay. Bethan Clyne.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

Watches: 0600-0930.

It was yet another good day for migrants in the area and a few firsts for the year was dully added. A Great White Egret showed well in Kilnsea, along with the following totals of migrants, 2 Garganey, a Hen Harrier, 15 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, the first 2 Little Tern to return, a Short-eared Owl, 1 Swift, a Woodlark, 60 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 6 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 6 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 10 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 32 Meadow Pipit and 2 Siskin. 

It was also a superb day of birds heading out east with a Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 205 Curlew, 103 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Black-headed Gull, a Little Gull, 3 Black Tern and 53 Arctic Tern, while heading south, a Grey Heron in/off, 161 Herring Gull, 3 Jay, 30 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 42 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, a Flava Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch amd 10 Goldfinch.

Also today were 150 Brent Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier and a Corn bunting.

Ringing: 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Witethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 3 Wheatear, 6 Robin, 5 Goldfinch.

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  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Two drake Garganey with Teal. John Hewitt.

  • Arctic Terns. Ian Smith.

  • Arctic Terns. Ian Smith.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

A small increase in migrant numbers brought a superb Long-eared Owl to the area along with a Hen Harrier, 17 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, a Cuckoo, 2 Jay, a Woodlark, 10 Sand martin, 20 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 10 Willow Warbler, 25 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, a Firecrest, 2 Ring Ouzel,, 2 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, a Brambling and 1 Siskin, while at least 1 Garganey remained.

It was a great morning for birds heading out east with 48 Curlew, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 156 Arctic Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern, while heading sourth were 6 Cormorant, 239 Herring Gull, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, a Flava Wagtail, 81 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin and a Reed Bunting.

ringing: 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Jay, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 5 Goldfinch.

 

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  • Long-eared Owl. Dylan Hartley.

  • Male Yellow Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Male Greenfinch. Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by local residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

There were now 2 Garganey (both drakes) in the area, along with the usual gathering of Ducks including, the adult Black Brant and 2 Pink-footed Geese. Maybe slightly fewer migrants about, with a Hen Harrier, 1 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 40 Sand Martin, 90 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Siskin.

Birds on the move today were dominated by those heading out east including 33 Curlew, 3 Little Gull, 13 Arctic Tern and 6 Sandwich Tern, while heading south 9 Gannet, 16 Jackdaw, 19 Carrion Crow, a Rook, 3 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow and 14 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch.

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  • Garganey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garganey. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Monday, 20 April 2020

The contiuned easterly airflow, while, maybe too early to bring any decent arrivals, remains good for birds heading out east and today produced 85 Arctic Tern and 24 Kittiwake, though no Waders made the pilgrimage. Grounded migrants, while fewer about today, continued to be the main focus point with the drake Garganey, 6 Whimbrel, Green sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl, 60 Sand Martin, 45 Swallow, 10 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 1 Black Redstart, a Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, a Wellow Wagtail, 11 Pied Wagtail and a Siskin. Elsewhere the Black Brant remained along with 250 Brent Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese.

It was predictably quiet for overland movement with just 2 Rook, 2 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 11 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin. 

Ringing: 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Black Redstart. Mick Turton.

  • Avocet. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately, however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by local residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

A Common Crane was a welcome addition to the lock down list as one ventued south, then headed back north, being seen in Scarborough at dusk. There were also a decent amount of other species on the move today, albeit not in any numbers, including a Common Buzzard, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Magpie, 37 Carrion Crow, 4 Jay, 4 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Flava Sp, 7 Goldfinch and a Siskin, while heading out east 48 Curlew, a Little Gull and 22 Arctic Tern.

There were good numbers of migrants yet again with the usual drake Garganey, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Swift, 2 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 23 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Blue-headed Wagtail.

Of note today were 300 Brent Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 700 Oystercatcher, 1000 Grey Plover, 1000 Knot, 500 Dunlin and a Barn Owl. 

Ringing: 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.

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  • Crane. Bethan Clyne.

  • Ring Ouzel. ian Smith.

  • Brimstone. Colin Bushell.

  • Male Starling. Colin Bushell. For a male, note the blue based bill and dark eye aswell as the lovely oily glossy plumage and long 'shaggy' throat feathers. Females have a pink based bill and white in the eye.

  • Male Starling singing. Colin Bushell.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Pretty much as you were regards migrants with the drake Garganey still present, 8 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 40 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 21 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, a Sedge warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, 22 Wheatear, a Stonechat, 3 Wellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit. Heading out east were 27 Curlew, 3 Little Gull and a Sandwich Tern.

The Black Brant remained with the Brent Goose flock and 2 Pink-footed Geese while, the number of Waders slowly increasing on the Humber, prior to departure included 1000 Grey Plover, 6000 Knot and 1300 Dunlin. 

Ringing: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redstart, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Wheatear. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black Brant. John Hewitt.

  • Goldfinch. Ian Smith.

  • Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Green Sandpiper. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 17 April 2020

In line with Government advice about not travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Spurn Bird Obs have taken the decision not to put news out on sightings immediately however they will be published on the website during the following days. Sightings published are only recorded by local residents from their own gardens and during permitted exercise walks.

A Hoopoe flying south during an exercise walk was a nice record, but not seen from several birders gardens further south. The first 2 Tree Pipit of the spring were welcome today along with the drake Garganey, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Jay, 26 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 12 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 2 Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 2 Black Redstart, 24 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 14 Meadow Pipit.

A bit more movement today saw a Fulmar, 4 Common Scoter, a Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Flava Wagtail sp, 2 Alba Wagtail, 32 Goldfinch and 64 Linnet head south while heading out east, 2 Whimbrel, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua. 

The Black Brant remained along with 400 Brent Geese, Pale-bellied Brent and 2 Pink-footed Geese with other random sightings of 2 Grey Partridge and a Marsh Harrier.

Ringing: 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Yellow Wagtails. Bethan Clyne.

  • Six Wheatear along the floodbank. Bethan lyne.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

The wind heading into the east for a while should see Terns and small Gulls on the move east out of the Humber and maybe the odd Skua. For today there were increases for some migrants, as breeders move into territories with now at least 9 Whitethroat back singing and displayng and the first Reed Warbler back in Churchfield. The drake Garganey remained plus 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, a Short-eared Owl, 120 Sand Martin, 14 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 16 Blackcap (10 trapped Kew), a Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, a Redwing, 17 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 24 Pied wagtail, a Brambling and a Siskin.

Other sightings included 620 Brent Geese plus a Pale-bellied Brent and 2 Pink-footed Geese in the Long bank area, with 3 Golden Plover, 29 Avocet, 100 Curlew and a Lapwing in the same area while on the move today, 2 Cormorant, 3 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 2 Jay, a Jackdaw, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow and 5 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 13 Goldfinch. 

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  • Jay on the move. Ian Smith.

  • Wheatear. Micky Maher.

  • Curlew heading east. Ian Smith.

  • 'Cream Crown' Marsh Harrier. Ian Smith.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A nice increase in migrant numbers around the area with now 2 Garganey, a female joining the drake, plus a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Snipe, 4 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 3 Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 8 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a White wagtail and 51 Meadow Pipit.

It was a better day for movement  with maybe the same? Jay touring the area, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, a Mediterranean Gull, 15 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 48 Carrion Crow, a Hooded Crow, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, a Coal Tit, 5 Flava Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 179 Linnet, 2 Siskin and 86 Goldfinch with a respectable 143 Curlew out east.

Yet again the Black Brant was still present with 350 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent plus 32 Greylag Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Canada Geese. The Kilnsea wetlands area also held a dwindling duck population consisting of 2 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 25 Wigeon, 23 Mallard, 36 Teal, 2 Little Grebe along with 2 Grey Partridge, a Marsh Harrier and 20 Avocet. 

Ringing: 4 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Robin, 1 Wheatear.

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  • Hooded Crow. Colin Bushell.

  • Curlew heading out east. John Hewitt. A feature of early spring and to be truthful quite uplifting bubbling flocks of Curlew heading out east. The flocks occasionally have a few other species associated with their excited flocks.

  • Yellow and Pied wagtails. Bethan Clyne.

  • Canada Geese. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

The day was quieter overall, but decent numbers of migrants remain with a Jay maybe the highlight of the day, while also seen were the drake Garganey, 4 Whimbrel, a Snipe, 7 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 11 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 80 Meadow Pipit and a Brambling.

Little on the move in the conditions with only 2 Cormorant, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 52 Carrion Crow, a Greenfinch, 39 Linnet and a Siskin with 32 Curlew out east.

Otherwise the Black Brant remained with 300 Brent Geese, a Whooper Swan and 1 Pink-footed Goose, while a Little Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine hunted the area.

Ringing: 6 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wheatear, 1 Brambling, 5 Goldfinch. 

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  • Ring Ouzel. John Hewitt.

  • Ring Ouzel. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

Monday, 13 April 2020

The drake Garganey remained along with 1 Whooper Swan, a Black Brant, 230 Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent and a Pink-footed Goose, but no sign of the Bewick's Swan. 

Migrants were still about including 6 Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 1 Redstart, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 11 Pied Wagtail and 45 Meadow Pipit and a Water Rail which had a lucky escape from the jaws of a Cat.

Very little on the move with an Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 7 unseasonal Sooty Shearwater, 6 Gannet, 11 Auk sp and a Guillemot.

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  • Shelduck. Bethan Clyne.

  • Yellow Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

The network of birders gardens continue to be fruitful for migrants along with daily execise walks for our 'large' resident birding community. Today it was apparent a few migrants were about with a singing Willow Tit the highlight, being the first April record since 1980. Other totals were the drake Garganey, a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, Short-eared Owl, 40 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow, a House Martin, 30 Willow Warbler, 29 Chiffchaff, 30 Blackcap (15 trapped Kew), a Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, 24 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskin.

On the move today were a Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 14 Curlew (13 out east), a Hooded Crow, 15 Rook, 28 Carrion Crow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 67 Linnet, 18 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and 2 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wren, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 15 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Great Sotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Siskin, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

 

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  • Wheatears. John Hewitt.

  • Willow Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Fieldfare. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

It was a good day for birds on the move the highlight being 2 Serin flying south, a bit of a spurn speciality on the east coast while the morning also had 25 Magpie, 31 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 78 Carrion Crow, 4 Skylark, 38 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 7 Flava Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 13 Alba Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 570 Linnet, 298 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting while 106 Curlew 'bubbled' their way out east.

It was also another great day for migrants with our first 3 Sedge Warbler and 2 Common Redstart of the spring plus totals of 4 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 4 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 25 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling.

The Bewick's Swan remained with 3 Whooper Swan and a Pink-footed Goose on Kilnsea wetands where there was aslo a drake Garganey, 49 Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 29 Avocet and a Kittiwake with a Short-eared Owl at Sammies.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch.

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  • Little Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Oystercatcher. John Hewitt.

Friday, 10 April 2020

Not much moving, but still a few migrants about and maybe a bit of an increase, while the Bewick's Swan remained with 2 Whooper Swan new in. The Kilnsea wetlands area also held 56 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 36 Wigeon, 18 Mallard, 49 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little-ringed Plover and a Merlin.

The highlight of the day was the first Whinchat of the spring, a nice male in an Easington birders arden with also 6 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, a Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 34 Meadow Pipit and a Brambling.

The only birds of note on the move were 3 Lapwing, 7 Swallow, 248 Linnet and 112 Goldfinch.

Ringing: 6 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wheatear, 1 Robin, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Tree Sparrow. 

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  • Male Whinchat. Colin Bushell.

  • Kittiwake on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 09 April 2020

Migrants yet again dominated the day despite the lack of overall coverage. Our first Whitethroat of the spring was well recieved while a Mealy Redpoll was trapped at Kew and will soon be heading back across the north sea. Also today 10 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap (10 trapped Kew), a Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, a Yellow Wagtail, 52 Meadow Pipit and a Brambling.

Poor movment today with just 2 Cormorant, a Red Kite, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow and a Swallow.

The kilnsea wetlands area held 100 Brent Geese, 53 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 60 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier and 20 Avocet.

Ringing: 10 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

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  • Coal Tit. John Hewitt.

  • Coal Tit. John Hewitt.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Good numbers of migrants continue to be reported with the first Green Sandpiper of the year, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Coal Tit, 9 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 4 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 14 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 60 Meadow Pipit and a Brambling. One only wonders the numbers of migrants about if observers could get out looking properly.

On the move today were a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander (after pausing at Kilnsea wetlands), a Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, a Little-ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, a Curlew, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, a Hooded Crow, 1 Sand Martin, a Swallow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Linnet and 4 Goldfinch.

The Bewick's Swan remained on KIlnsea wetlands, but no sign of the Whoopers, while the Pink-footed Goose was still in the triangle and a Ring-necked Parakeet wandered the area.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. 

 

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  • Male Wheatear. John Hewitt.

  • Wheatear. John Hewitt.

  • 'Redhead' Goosander on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Ring-necked Parakeet. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 07 April 2020

A good day again for migrants in the area with 4 Whimbrel, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap (10 trapped Kew), a Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 15 Blackbird, 9 Fieldfare, 156 Redwing which flew off NE at dusk, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Wheatear and a White Wagtail.

More of a trickle of movement today with 2 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Teal, 2 Cormorant, a Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 32 Black-headed Gull, 5 Little Gull, 3 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 27 Carrion Crow, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 4 Alba Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 88 Linnet and 38 Goldfinch.

It was pretty much as you were in the Long bank area as Duck numbers dropped a little more though the Bewick's Swan and 3 Whooper Swan were stiil present along with 29 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 16 Wigeon, 46 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Grey Partridge, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Greenshank, 2 Merlin and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 19 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Starling, 2 Dunnock, 10 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch.

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  • Whooper Swan with Mute Swan. Bethan Clyne.

  • Whooper and Mute Swans. Bethan Clyne.

  • Bewick's Swan with 2 Whooper Swan. John Hewitt.

Monday, 06 April 2020

There was an increase in migrant numbers throughout the patchwork of birders gardens in Kilnsea and Easington and around Kew/Sykes field. The day was also much better for southerly movement highlighted by a RED-RUMPED SWALLOW south after starting the day in Scarborough. Ths same movement also brought a Red Kite, a Common Buzzard, 11 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser-black backed Gull, 7 Kestrel, 16 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 31 Sand Martin, 19 Swallow, 6 House Martin (1st of year), 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Yellow Wagtail (1st of year), 4 Alba Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 33 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 229 Linnet and 5 Goldfinch.

The increase in migrant numbers brought us our first 8 Willow Warbler of the year plus a Little-ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Wheatear, a White Wagtail, 1 Brambling and a Siskin.

The usual Bewick's Swan lingered on with only 3 Whooper Swan, 2 Mediterranean Gull on the Humber and the Pink-footed Goose still in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch. 

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  • Red-rumped Swallow. Bethan Clyne.

  • White Wagtail. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 05 April 2020

Watches: 0645-0930.

A bit of east in the wind today saw the first movements of terns heading out of the Humber among of few other species. The best being 43 Arctic Tern, 21 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 4 Black-headed Gull and 2 Common Scoter (a flock went SE overnight over the Obs). Moving today in the usual directionof south were 3 Grey Heron, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Swallow, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting.

Decent again for migrants in the area with our first Whimbrel of the spring, a Swallow, 18 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail and a Lesser Redpoll.

The numbers of Duck are declining by the day on Kilnsea wetlands, but the Bewick's Swan and now 6 Whooper Swan remain.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Whooper Swan at Beacon ponds. Bethan Clyne.

  • 'Mad April' Hares. Bethan Clyne.

  • Brown Hare (from the 2nd). Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 04 April 2020

Watches: 0630-1130.

It was pretty much business as usual though there were maybe a few bits extra on the move today. Both the Bewick's Swan with the 5 Whooper Swans and the Black Brant were still present today, though there were now 4 Pale-bellied Brent present among the 450 Brent Geese. A Hen Harrier was again present in the area.

On the move today were 13 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 3 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, a Lapwing, 19 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 5 Alba Wagtail, 16 Meadow Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting.

Maybe a small increase in migrant numbers with a Swallow, 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 4 Blackcap, a Ring Ouzel, 16 Fieldfare, 75 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Wheatear and 2 Bullfinch.

Other sightings included a Grey Partridge at Sammies, 22 Avocet on Beacon ponds, a Merlin and Peregrine in the area

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Merlin. John Hewitt.

  • Reed Buntings, Blackbirds and Goldfinch. John Hewitt.

Friday, 03 April 2020

Watches: 0700-0930.

Little change in terms of what was present or grounded migrants, while there was barely a trickle of movement over land and sea.

The Bewicks's Swan with the 5 Whooper Swan were still present, but surely will be leaving within the next few nights? and at least 1 Black Brant and 1 Pale-bellied Brent among 350 Brent Geese. 

Migrant wise there were 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 31 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 55 Meadow Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Siskin.

Moving were a Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, a Marsh Harrier, 10 Black-headed Gull, a Guillemot, 2 Stock Dove, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow and 12 Fieldfare while heading east were 6 Wigeon and 3 Curlew. Overnight nocmig was relatively quieter with 68 Common Scoter (383 calls) and a few Wigeon, Teal and Redwing.

Otherwise there are now 3 Tufted Duck on Kilnsea wetlands, a Water Rail along the canal, 1 Marsh Harrier in the triangle with 2 Peregrine and a Merlin huntiing the area and a Little Owl calling overnight.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow.

 

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  • Male Reed Bunting. John Hewitt.

  • Male and female Teal. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 02 April 2020

Watches: 0640-1000.

Overnight nocmig recordings showed a busy period of movement again dominated by 34 flocks of Common Scoter, with an estimated 655 individuals giving 2941 calls heading south-east. The evening also produced 49 Wigeon (211 calls), 7 Teal (39 calls) plus Gadwall, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-headed Gull plus plenty of Thrush action again

Day time vismig had 3 Common Scoter, 2 Cormorant, a Red Kite, 1 Lapwing, 2 Stock Dove, 24 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 110 Redwing, a House Sparrow, 6 Tree Sparrow, 6 Alba Wagtail, 32 Meadow Pipit, 47 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin and a Corn Bunting with 9 Curlew and 4 Blackbird out east.

A drop in migrant numbers was evident with only 7 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 1 White Wagtail and a Brambling.

The Bewick's Swan was still lingering with the 5 Whooper Swans in the Kilnsea wetlands and Easington striaght area, with the KW area also having 15 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 120 Wigeon, 30 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, 32 Avocet and a Peregrine.

Ringing: 7 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Meadow Pipit. John Hewitt.

  • Jackdaws on the move. John Hewitt.

  • Brent Geese. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Watches: 0630-1000.

Self isolation around the country has seen more birders outside listening to calls from birds migrating at night and many now investing in recording equipment for this purpose. Nocturnal migration or nocmig for short is beginning to show the extent of how some species are even migrating overland from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. The main species involved are Common Scoter and while only 10 were recorded sat on the sea in the morning, birders keeping in contact tracked a movement east across the country and 12 unseen flocks were recorded overnight over Spurn between the hours of 00:15-05:30. Also recorded were a Coot, 3 calls from Water Rail and a more expected 135 calls from exiting Redwing heading back to the continent.

Back to birding in daylight hours saw the usual Bewick's Swan still lingering with 6 Whooper Swan and still showing little sign of leaving. The 2 Black Brant were still present (inc hybrid family) along with a Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent among 300 Brent Geese in the Kilnsea wetlands area along with 15 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 250 Wigeon, 110 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 20 avocet and a Greenshank with 2 Peregrine, a Merlin, 1 Little Owl and a Corn Bunting seen nearby during the day.

A small increase in migrant numbers brought another Firecrest to the area plus 13 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 11 Goldcrest, 12 Blackbird, 14 Fieldfare, 23 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 64 Meadow Pipit and a Bullfinch.

On the move today were 2 Red-throated Diver, a Grey Heron, 1 Red Kite, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 42 Starling, 6 Dunnock, a Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail while heading out east were 18 Curlew, 38 Black-headed Gull, 18 Common Gull and 250 Starling.

Ringing: 6 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 House Sparrow, 

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  • Avocets at Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Female Reed Bunting. John Hewitt.

  • Female Reed Bunting. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Watches: 0710-1000.

Similar to the previous day with the Bewick's Swan still present along with the 5 Whooper Swan and nearby a single Black Brant with 450 Brent Geese. A Hen Harrier was floating around the Easington area, 2 Marsh Harrier flew south and 3 Common Buzzard were in the triangle, while locally 3 Red-legged Partridge were quite good.

Migrant numbers were similar with 2 Water Rail, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail and a Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had a Pink-footed Goose, 24 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 310 Wigeon, 40 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 14 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Snipe.

Ringing: 1 Redwing, 2 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Bewick's Swan. Dylan Hartley.

  • Common Buzzard. Ian Smith.

  • Common Buzzard. Ian Smith.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Watches: 0755-0945.

The Bewick's Swan re-appeared today along with the 5 Whooper Swan along Easington straight, while there were 2 Black Brant (inc the hybrid family) present in Holderness field among 500 Brent Geese with the flock also containoing 3 Pale-bellied Brent

Migrant wise the hihlight of the morning was a Woodlark flying north plus 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 7 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 1 Rock Pipit and 2 Bullfinch.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 35 Shelduck, 26 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 170 Wigeon, 30 Teal (inc one with a white nasal saddle), a Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 11 Avocet, a Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe and a Peregrine with the Pink-footed Goose still in the triangle. 

Ringing: 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Black Brant with hybrid young. Ian Smith.

  • Pale-bellied Brent with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Ian Smith.

  • Black Brant with hybrid young. Ian Smith.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Watches: 0730-0930.

Much the same as recent sightings though the Black Brant appeared again among 350 Brent Geese. The best of todays birds was a summer plumage Water Pipit on Kilnsea wetlands with this area also holding 26 Shelduck, 22 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 200 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Tufted Duck and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

On the move were 2 Shoveler, 8 Fulmar including a 'blue phase' bird, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, a Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot and 15 Auk sp.

Few migrants seen with only 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 13 Meadow Pipit and a Bullfinch.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon.

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  • Robin. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Watches: 0700-0930.

There was no sign of the Bewick's Swan today, but in the Kilnsea wetlands area were a Pink-footed Goose, 24 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 170 Wigeon, 40 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Avocet and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Fewer migrants today with 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 8 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Siskin.

On the move were a Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, a Gannet, 3 Guillemot, 7 Auk sp and a Puffin.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch

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  • Wigeon and Teal. John Hewitt.

  • Song Thrush. John Hewitt.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Watches: 0700-0930.

A good day with a nice selection of species seen including the first Garganey of the spring, a nice drake in the usual spot of Holderness field. A Great White Egret was also a first for the year, flying south and a decent spring record with most occuring in late summer and autumn. 

The Bewick's Swan was still present on Kilnsea wetlands with the 5 Whooper Swan along with a Pink-footed Goose, 25 Shelduck, 14 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 23 Teal, a Pochard, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 23 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, a Greenshank and a Peregrine while 5 Common Buzzard were blogging and may have headed off south.

Migrants were still quite well represented with 7 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, a Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 1 White Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 1 Siskin and 2 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting.

 

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  • Garganey with Wigeon and Mallard. John Hewitt.

  • Teal. John Hewitt.

  • Hebrew Character. Micky Maher.

  • Eristalis pertinax. Micky Maher.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Watches: 0700-0930.

The Bewick's Swan and Black Brant both remained in the area while there was an increase in some migrnats with our first Little-ringed Plover and 2 Sand Martin of the year flying south along with 4 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 11 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 3 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 8 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit and 10 Chaffinch.

In addition to the above on the move were 2 Red Kite, 58 Black-headed Gull, 11 Jackdaw, a Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow, a White Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch.

Also today were the 5 Whooper Swan, a Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 39 Shelduck, 18 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 230 Wigeon, 85 Teal, 1 Pochard, a Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Red Kite. Ian Smith.

  • Bewick's Swan. John Hewitt.

  • Whooper Swans with Bewick's Swan. John Hewitt.

  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Watches: 0600-1030.

A better day of movement over land and sea saw our first 2 Swallow of the spring head south. Also.moving were 29 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 5 Long-tailed Tit (one was caught by a Merlin at the narrows!), a Fieldfare, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 109 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer and a Corn Bunting. Over the sea were 2 Shoveler, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, 258 Black-headed Gull and 138 Common Gull.

There was an increase in migrants with 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 22 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a Rock Pipit and 2 Snow Bunting.

The Bewick's Swan remained in the Kilnsea wetlands raeaaling with 5 Whooper Swan, the adult Black Brant, Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 100 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 1 Pochard, a Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander, 18 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed 1it, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Firecrest. Micky Maher.

  • Goosander. John Hewitt.

  • Peacock. Colin Bushell.

  • Goosander. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Watches: 0630-1030.

The Kilnsea wetlands area continues to be attractive to a good selection of species. The Bewick's Swan remained in residence along with 5 Whooper Swan plus he adult Black Brant among 500 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent. The area alsp held 28 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 60 Wigeon, 30 Teal, a Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck 2 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier and a Black-tailed Godwit.

The expected trickle of migramts through the area now as early spring kicks in brought a Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 1 F Wagtail, ieldfare, 14 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a White Wagtail and 9 Snow Bunting.

On the move were a Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 358 Black-headed Gull, 121 Common Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 23 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 2 Skylark, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 21 Meadow Pipit, 245 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch and 79 Siskin.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Redwing, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Black Redstart. Bethan Clyne.

  • Black Redstart. Bethan Clyne.

  • Firecrest. Ian Smith.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Watches: 0630-0915.

The Bewick's Swan was still present today with the 6 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands, while in the same area the Black Brant, 500 Brent Geese, 32 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 140 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 43 Shelduck, a Marsh Harrier and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Migrants were represented by 2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 6000 Starling, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, 9 Stonechat, a Wheatear and 3 Bullfinch.

On the move were a Lapwing, 154 Black-headed Gull, 13 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 2 Skylark, a House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, a White Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 7 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 4 Siskin and 3 Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Bewick’s Swan. John Hewitt.

  • Starlings. Colin Bushell.

Sunday, 22 March 2020


LooWatches: 0700-0900.

 The Bewick's Swan and 5 Whooper Swan were still present today along with the Black Brant, 820 Brent Geese, a Pink-footed Goose, 27 Shoveler, 256 Wigeon, 27 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Greenshank and 4 Avocet.

Migrants included a Firecrest, 12 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, an increase to 16 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, 30 Meadow Pipit and a Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Robin.

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  • Firecrest. Ian Smith.

  • Firecrest. Ian Smith.

  • Firecrest. Ian Smith.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Chilly but sunny in the F4 E wind.  Watches: 0630-1030.

The recent big push of Swans countrywide recently had the desired effect when it dropped.it a rare spring record of Bewick's Swan covorting with 7 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands. The same area also held 815 Brent Geese, 8 Gadwall, 168 Wigeon and 8 Shoveler. 

Migrant totals were down again with only 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 750 Starling, a Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat, a Rock Pipit and a Snow Bunting.

Little.on the move today with just a Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, a Cormorant and 1 Shag.

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  • Bewick’s Swan. John Hewitt..

  • Bewick’s Swan with a Whooper and a Mute Swan. Bethan Clyne.

  • Bewick’s and Whooper Swan. Lol Middleton.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Migrant totals today showed a marked decline, but increases for some other species and included 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 7000 Starling, 9 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, a Wheatear, 8 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit and a Bullfinch.

Moving today were 4 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit and 16 Siskin.

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Thursday, 19 March 2020

A chilly overcast day with a F0-2 NNW wind. Watches: 0730-1000.

There was still a nice scatter of migrants around the area with a Woodcock, 28 Chiffchaff, the first Blackcap of the spring, 2 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 8 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 15 Pied Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 3 Bullfinch and a Siskin.

On the move today were 26 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 41 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 43 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 880 Starling, a Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, a Greenfinch, 3 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

The Black Brant remained along with 20 Whooper Swan, 13 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 240 Wigeon, 18 Mallard, a Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret and a Marsh Harrier in the long bank area.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Watches: 0730-0930.

A fantastic day for migrants with a nice arrival in the area which included 6 Firecrest, 35 Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, 1 Woodcock, 18 Pied Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 75 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 19 Chaffinch and 2 Snow Bunting

A quieter movement today saw only a Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 16 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 10 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 10 Siskin and a Reed Bunting head south.

Other sightings included a Black Brant, 700 Brent Geese, 19 Whooper Swans, 7 Avocet, 2 Short-eared Owl and a Marsh Harrier in the Kilnsea wetlands area

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Firecrest. Steve Clipperton.

  • Firecrest. Steve Clipperton.

  • Lumpsucker. Dylan Harvey.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Watches: 0615-1030.
The 1st Ring Ouzel of the year was a nice early record by Easington gas terminal. The day was also good for numbers of migrants and saw recorded, 2 Firecrest​​​​​, 43 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 200 Starling, a Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 14 Pied Wagtail and 2 Rock Pipit. 

On the move were 25 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 4 Skylark, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 671 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 30 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch and 10 Siskin.  ​​​Not much on the sea though a Velvet Scoter was good and 120 Black-headed Gull went south.

Also of note today were the Black Brant with 500 Brent Geese and 2 Whooper Swan. 
 

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chaffinch.

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Watches: 0700-1100.

There were 2 Black Brant in the area today with the "usual" adult plus hybrid young and the other bird which had been seen intermittently recently. There was also an increase to 18 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands.

Migrants today included 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2000 Starling, 1 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat and a Wheatear.

Some good movement today saw 3 Grey Heron, 25 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 11 Great Tit, 7 Skylark, 902Starling, 6 White Wagtail, 26 Alba Wagtail, 46 Meadow Pipit, 281 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 41Linnet, 23 Goldfinch, 3 Snow Bunting, a Corn Bunting,9 Reed Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Great Tit,  9 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Snow Bunting. Jacob Spinks.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Watches: 0700-1100.

The Wheatear was still on Clubleys while other migrants included 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1000 Starling, 12 Fieldfare, 23 Redwing and 23 Meadow Pipit.

Some good movement today saw 3 Grey Heron, 13 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 2 Skylark, a Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba Wagtail, 104 Meadow Pipit, 330 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 8 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch and 55 Siskin head south while the sea produced 10 Teal, a Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, a Cormorant, 156 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser black backed Gull and a Guillemot.

Other sightings included the 6 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea Wetlands.

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Saturday, 14 March 2020

Watches: 0720-0920.

Right on cue the first 2 Wheatear appeared today, singles on Clubleys and increases in other migrants with 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1000 Starling and 23 Meadow Pipit.

Other sightings included the 8 Whooper Swan, 9 Gadwall, a Tufted Duck, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank and 7 Avocet.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Robin.

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  • Wheatear. Charlene Thomas.

Friday, 13 March 2020

A calm overcast day with a F4 ESE wind.   Watches: 0720-1015.

Spring migrants will soon be upon us, as we eagerly await the first Wheatear or Hirundine. In the mean time the numbers of wintering birds quickly begin to decline.

Today saw 8 Whooper Swan on Long bank, while in this general area were 600 Brent Geese, 14 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon, 30 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Avocet, 150 Curlew and a Greenshank.

There was little on the way of movement with only 11 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 15 Jackdaw, 2 Skylark and 7 Chaffinch.

Other sightings included 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Peregrine and Merlin hunting the area, a Short eared Owl in the trianglr, 7 Stonectat, a Brsmbling in Easington and a Bullfinch in the triamle.

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  • Coot on Canal scrape. Jacob Spinks.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Watches: 0635-1015.

Quieter overall with less birds on the move with 2 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 4 Eider, 2 Fulmar, 22 Red-throated diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Oystercatcher, 107 Black-headed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 10 Guillemot, 35 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 160 starling, a White Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 52 Chaffinch and 5 Linnet.

Otherwise a Pink-footed Goose was in the triangle, 6 Whooper Swan on Kilnsea wetlands, 110 Lapwing and 1000 Knot on the Humber and 2 Peregrine in the area.

Ringing: 2 Chaffinch.

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  • Little Egret.

  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Jackdaw on the move.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Watches: 0635-1040.

Another day dominated with birds on the move which saw 45 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, a Great Crested Grebe, 15 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, a Gannet, 22 Cormorant, a Curlew, 22 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Common Gull, 55 Jackdaw, 16 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 18 Skylark, a Grey Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 269 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 16 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Snow Bunting and 9 Reed Bunting, with 41 Oystercatcher out east.

The Long bank area had 6 Whooper Swan, a Red-legged Partridge, 2 Avocet, 100 Lapwing and 2 Black-tailed Godwit, while on the Humber 650 Oystercatcher, 200 Grey Plover, 150 Curlew, 1000 Knot, 7000 Dunlin and 100 Redshank. 

ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch.

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  • Skylark heading south. Jacob Spinks.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Watches: 0640-1020.

It was yet another good day of movement which saw 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Gannet, 2 Cormorant, a Shag, 4 Black-headed Gull, 27 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 22 Great Tit, 50 Starling, 11 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Sparrow, 181 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, a Snow Bunting and 8 Reed Bunting.

In the Long bank area, 10 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Egret, a Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine, a Merlin and a 'littoralis' Rock Pipit.

Ringing: 2 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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Monday, 09 March 2020

Watches: 0640-0830.

Simlar to the previous day with vismigging the order of the day with a Canada Goose, a Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, a Red Kite, 1 Marsh Harrier, 48 Black-headed Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 125 Herring Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 41 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 15 Skylark, 4 Great Tit, 110 Starling, 3 Alba Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 130 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 5 Snow Bunting and 11 Reed Bunting. 

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  • 'Alba' Wagtail. Jacob Spinks.

  • Red Kite. Jacob Spinks.

  • Brent Geese over the triangle. Jacob Spinks.

Sunday, 08 March 2020

Not much happening, but what there was, was on the move with 5 Pink-footed Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Cormorant, 106 Black-headed Gull, 102 Herring Gull, a Guillemot, 7 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 7 Skylark, 153 Starling, 9 Alba Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 51 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, a Goldfinch and 8 Snow Bunting.

Other sightings included 100 Lapwing, 1000 Knot on the Humber, 2 Snipe, 24 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 300 Starling, 2 Song Thrush, a Stonechat and 24 Meadow Pipit, with 50 House Sparrow and 30 Tree Sparrow in Sykes field.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Chaffinch on the move. Jacob spinks.

Saturday, 07 March 2020

The Black Brant was present again with around 600 Brent Geese and 2 Pale-bellied Brent, while nearby 18 Whooper Swan with 23 Mute Swan were still present, along with 20 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, a Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 11 Little Grebe, 5 Mediterranean Gull, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet and a Little Egret with a Woodcock at Sammies.

On the move today were a Common Scoter, 6 Eider, 23 Red-throated Diver, 9 Cormorant, a Common Buzzard, 37 Black-headed Gull, 4 Guilleot, 14 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, a Skylark, 82 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 257 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, a Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Snow Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Great Tit, 5 House Sparrow.

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  • Bullfinch. Colin Bushell.

Friday, 06 March 2020

There was a bit of movement both over land and sea whci saw 6 Barnacle Geese head north over Kilnsea wetlands and a Red Kite head south. The day also saw 2 Common Scoter, an Eider, 29 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Rook, 11 Jackdaw, 160 Starling and 4 meadow Pipit.

Other bits to keep the interest going were 10 Shoveler, 600 Wigeon, a Little Egret and Short-eared Owl at Sammies, 2000 Knot on the Humber, a decent total of 10 Stonechat and a Chiffchaff in Easington.

Ringing: 3 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Cormorant. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Overcast and chilly with a F4 NE wind.  Watches: 0700-0915.

A similar day to the previous one, but fewer birds on the move and a decline in grounded birds. The Black Brant was again wandering the area with the Pale-bellied Brent and 560 Brent Geese from Chalk bank to Kilnsea wetlands.

The Kilnsea wetlands area still held 26 Mute Swan, 12 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 450 Wigeon, 71 Teal, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe

The few birds on the move included 2 Common Scoter, 95 Herring Gull, 3 Auk sp, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 20 Starling, a Rock Pipit and 2 Chaffinch with hopefully many better days to come.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Brent Geese over Kilnsea. J Fisk. The 'listening dish' in the foreground is a landmark just east of Kilnsea wetlands, important in war time in locating zepplins arriving from the north sea.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

A fine sunny warm day, clouding over in the afternoon with a F0-1 SW-SE wind.  Watches: 0645-1115.

The Black Brant re-appeared again today along with a Pale-bellied Brent amomg 450 Brent Geese (24 juveniles). A ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting the area around Beacon ponds and a Snow Bunting was at Middle camp. 

On the move today were a Canada Goose, 5 Common Scoter, 45 Jackdaw, 23 Rook, 11 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 20 Skylark, 82 Starling, 6 Alba Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 23 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Siskin and 2 Reed Bunting.

In the Kilnsea wetlands area were 37 Shoveler, 470 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, a Short-eared Owl and a Greenshank, 2500 Knot on the Humber, 2 Peregrine at the Point, 12 Stonechat in the area and 23 Pied Wagtail.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Black Brant. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Pale-bellied Brent. Jonnie Fisk.

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

A more settled fine sunny day. 

The better weather saw yet more movement, the highlight being the fantastic 2605 Pink-footed Geese which flew north, while also moving were 14 Brent Geese out east, 2 Pintail, a Goldeneye, 23 Red-throated Diver, 8 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 29 Black-headed Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 25 Jackdaw, 16 Rook,19 Skylark, 78 Starling, 2 Alba Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer and 5 Reed Bunting.

Our earliest ever spring Firecrest was in Church field with a Goldcrest at Kew, though only 6 Stonechat were recorded today along with a scater of Thrushes.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held all the usuals with 23 Mute Swan, 25 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 250 Wigeon, 28 Mallard, 48 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe and a Greenshank.

Ringing: 2 Moorhen, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Great Tit, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Stonechat. John Hewitt.

Monday, 02 March 2020

A fine sunny day, much calmer but still cool in the F3 W wind.  Watches: 0630-1020.

The better weather saw a good movement south overland and a push of Pink-feet heading back north plus good numbers of Wildfowl remain.

The highlight of the day was a push of 1126 Pink-footed Geese heading north over the sea and Humber. The morning also saw 5 Shoveler, 50 Red-throated Diver, 9 Cormorant, 46 Black-headed Gull, a Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 28 Jackdaw, 18 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 11 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 19 Skylark, 84 Starling, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 5 Alba Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 16 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Snow Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer and 5 Reed Bunting on the move and while still no big numbers it was a nice selection of species on offer.

A nice Hen Harrier was hunting Easington lagoon, while the immediate area held 25 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 450 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goldeneye, 13 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret and a Short-eared Owl.

Other bits of interest saw a small influx of 12 Stonechat into the area along with 5 Song Thrush and 4 Redwing with a Water Rail in Sykes field.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 5 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Peacock enticed out into a warm sheltered spot in the sunshine. Lol Middleton.

Sunday, 01 March 2020

A sunny, but chilly day with some wintry showers in a cold F7-4 SW wind. 

Much the sane as previous windy days with generally little on the move and what there was, was over the the sea. Observers in the sea watch hut had 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 35 Black-headed Gull and 120 Auk sp with only a brave Alba Wagtail and a Rock Pipit noted overland.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 20 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 460 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 7 Goldeneye and 200 Curlew, while a Tawny Owl was at the east end of Easington.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Rain early morning with sunny spells and the odd storm with hail thrown in.

A busy work party day with much to do, so little birding done. Most of the decent sightings were again from the Kilnsea wetlands area with a nice male Common Scoter showing well infront of the hide, where there were also 600 Brent Geese, 25 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 3 Goldeneye, a Peregrine and 4 Stonechat.

Other sightings of note included a Water Rail, 29 Stock Dove, 21 Magpie and 15 Yellowhammer.

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  • Common Scoter. Jo Fisk.

  • Male Common Scoter. Jof Isk.

Friday, 28 February 2020

After early morning sunny spells it became a washout day with heavy horizontal rain and a gale force winds.  Watches: 0700-1000.

Another day added to the list of difficult birding so early in the year though 255 Pink-footed Geese made the journey back north aith also 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, a Shag, 6 Cormorant, 5 Stock Dove, 85 Wood Pigeon, 8 Jackdaw, 79 Starling, 2 Chaffinch and 2 Reed Bunting.

Sightings from the Kilnsea wetlands area saw the usual 2 Scaup still present along with 200 Brent Geese, 23 Shoveler, 5 Gadawlll, 400 Wigeon, 70 Teal and 8 Goldeneye.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

After a rainy start it cleared to a sunny day with a cold F5 W wind. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 400 Brent Geese, 27 Shoveler. 5 Gadwall, 300 Wigeon, 25 Mallard, 43 Teal, 2 Scaup, 7 Goldeneye, a Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 10 Little Grebe and 135 Curlew.

Other sightings of note in the area were 26 Stock Dove, 4 Stonechat, 35 Skylark, a Chiffchaff with some decent numbers of Thrushes.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

A generally settled sunny day but with a cold F4 WNW wind.  Watches: 0715-0915.

There were some good counts returned again from the KIlnsea wetlands area (after none recently) with 7 Barnacle Geese dropping in for the day, the 2 Jack Snipe and 2 Scaup nearby on Beacon ponds plus 15 Whooper Swan, 400 Brent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 13 Mute Swan, 8 Shelduck, 24 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 600 Wigeon, 126 Teal, 7 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 90 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, a Greenshank and 2 Mediterranean Gull made for a very good day.

On the move today were 17 Stock Dove, 13 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 133 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch and a Bullfinch while over the sea only a Canada Goose and 5 Cormorant of note.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Barnacle Geese with Wigeon and a Shelduck. John Hewitt.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Sunny spells with showers on and off with a F3-5 WSW wind.  Watches: 0720-1025.

Maybe the first hint of spring with a nice selection of species on the move, though no big numbers yet.

Highlights of some southerly movement today included a nice Woodlark and 2 Snow Buntings plus 7 Stock Dove, 11 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 1 Skylark, 158 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch and 6 Reed Bunting while over the sea an Eider, 1 Goldeneye, 19 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 22 Herring Gull, 5 Guillemot, 1 razorbill and 5 Auk sp.

There were 15 Whooper Swan again on Easington straight along with 21 Mute Swan with 450 Brent Geese nearby. Other sightings included a Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in Sykes field, a Mistle Thrush on Clubleys, Song Thrush at the Obs and 200 Starling in North field.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 3 House Sparrow.

 

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  • Woodlark. Jacob Spinks.

  • Woodlark. Jacob Spinks.

  • Rook. Jacob Spinks.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Sunny spells, rain on and off with an increasing F0-5 SSW-SE wind.

The Black Brant was again in Kilnsea with 450 Brent Geese with 13 Whooper Swans on Kilnsea wetlands along with 35 Shoveler, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Calm and overcast to begin with intermittent rain and an increasing F0-4 wind. 

Sightings during the day reflected few observers out and about with  26 Mute Swan on Easington striaght, 15 Whooper Swan and an Avocet on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Scaup on Beacon ponds, 970 Oystercatcher, 120 Curlew and 1500 Knot on the Humber, a Mediterranean Gull, 5 Barn Owl in the area, 23 Magpie in North field and 3 Meadow Pipit in Clubley's.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Sunny spellls with a Blustery F6 WSW wind.  Watches: 0745-1230.

Strong winds yet again made birding diifficult away from sheltered spots.

Over the sea were 2 Brent Geese, an Eider, 35 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 33 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Kittiwake, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull,43 Common Gull, 105 Herring Gull, 25 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 119 Auk sp while overland 3 Skylark, 20 Starling and 2 Blackbird were on the move.

Other sightings included 600 Brent Geese and 120 Curlew in Kilnsea, 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Well field, a Merlin blogging and 3 Meadow Pipit by the Borrow pit. 

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Sunny spels in yet another windy F5-6 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was in the Easington area, the 2 Scaup still on Beacon ponds, 600 Brent Geese in Kilnsea and a Snow Bunting at the Warren.

Over the sea 6 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 54 Red-throated Diver, 72 Gannet, 8 Dunlin, 21 Black-headed Gull, 7 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 7 Auk sp.

Also today were 2 Gadwall, 240 Wigeon, a Buzzard, 30 Lapwing, 60 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Stock Dove and 300 Starling in the Long bank area with a Barn Owl in Well field..

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  • Mute Swan. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Another wet and windy day with a F5-6 SW-W wind.  Watches: 0740-1015.

A Hen Harrier was in the triangle before heading off northwest, 550 Brent Geese on Easoington straight, 320 Wigeon on Long bank, 244 Lapwing in the Sammies area, a Mediterranean Gull, 1200 Wood Pigeon in Easington and 3 Stonechat at the Borrow pit..

The sea had 13 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 1 Gannet and a Guillemot.

 

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  • Hen Harrier. Jacob Spinks.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mallard. Bethan Clyne.

  • Snipe flushed by the harrier. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

After a calm start with sunny periods it tuned into another wet, wild windy day with a F5 W wind.  Watches: 0715-1115.

A Woodlark in Easington was a nice early record, while the day also had a Water Pipit and 3 Red Kite highlights among a decent days vis-mig movement which aslo included 3 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 23 Skylark, 68 Starling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch.

Over the sea it was a bit quiet with 3 Wigeon, a Great Crested Grebe, 87 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 88 Black-headed Gull, 108 Herring Gull, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Auk sp.

Also today were 500 Brent Geese in Kilnsea, 2 Mediterranean Gull on Easington straight and a Short-eared Owl along the canal.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Woodlark by Easington sewage works. Bethan Clyne.

  • Woodlark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Red Kite. Jacob Spinks.

  • Jackdaws on the move. Jacob Spinks. A species along with Rook, that most people dont realise, undertake movements especially in spring when big numbers can go south.

  • Starling on the move. Jacob Spinks. 'Spring' sees movements of many species which head south at Spurn, the thinking being for some that they head into East Anglia or Kent then cross over to the continent with a smaller safer sea crossing.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Overcast with sunny spells with a blustery F5-4 SSW wind.  Watches: 0750-1030, 1430-1615.

The generally mild weather continues and maybe soon paserines will begin to drift off back west. In the mean time our winter continues with strong winds heaping havoc making general birding difficult.

Today saw a ringtail Hen Harrier in the Beacon ponds area along with a Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and 2 Barn Owl with the Black Brant and 400 Brent Geese in the area.

Over the sea a Wigeon, 1 Teal, 29 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Avocet, 25 Black-headed Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 114 Herring Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50 Guillemot and 6 Auk sp.

 

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  • Shoveler. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Rain showers with sunny spells and a breezy F5-4 SW wond.  Watches: 0750-1015, 1350-1435.

An increase in Curlew in the Long bank area maybe hints at birds building in numbers before departure, taking advantage of the wet fields and the glut of worms to be had.

The best birding again was in the Kilnsea wetlands area with 400 Brent Geese, 22 Mute Swan, 23 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 630 Wigeon, 110 Teal, a Pochard, 2 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 85 Lapwing, 230 Curlew, 430 Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Barn Owl.

Over the sea were a Brent Goose, 4 Pintail, 2 Teal, 12 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 43 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 50 Kittiwake, 362 Guillemot and 11 Auk sp.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

A wild day with some rain but a continuing F6 S wind.  Watches: 0800-1045.

Sightings from the Long bank area included 450 Brent Geese, 4 Gadwall and 192 Wigeon, while on the Humber 770 Oystercatcher, 800 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, 155 Curlew, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 350 Common Gull and a Peregrine. A Water Rail was at Rose cottage, 12 Magpie in North field and good numbers of both House and Tree Sparrow remain around the Obs.

Over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 12 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 58 Gannet, 8 Guillemot and 48 Auk sp.

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  • Peregrine. John Hewitt.

  • Collared Dove. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

A complete washout of a day with high F6 S wind and heavy rain. Watches: 0755-1050.

Over the sea 2 Brent Geese, 22 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 85 Red-throated Diver, a Shag, 19 Gannet, a Purple Sandpiper, 14 Black-headed Gull, 6 Little Gull, 3 Auk sp and a Razorbill.

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Friday, 14 February 2020

A calm, but grey and chilly day with an increase to F4 S wind.  Watches: 0750-1005.

On the move today were another 150 Pink-footed Geese plus 9 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Auk sp and 3 Guillemot with a Jackdaw and 3 Skylark overland.

Otherwise a Chiff-chaff was at the Warren and 2 Stonechat in the Triangle.

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  • Barn Owl. Mick Turton.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Heavy rain gave way to a clear sunny day with a F3-2 SSW-W wind.  Watches: 0800-1100, 1510-1610.

The highlight of the day was a Raven which flew south, returning back north soon after over the Humber. 

The Black Brant re-appeared today in a small flock of 400 Brent Geese in the Kilnsea area while some Wader counts on the Humber saw 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Grey Plover, 2100 Knot and 70 Curlew with a Short-eared Owl by Rose cottage, a Rock Pipit at the Warren, 2 Barn Owl in the area, 50 House Sparrow and 30 Tree Sparrow in Kilnsea and 24 Linnet along the Canal.

Over the sea were 198 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Common Scoter, 90 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 41 Gannet, a Cormorant, 4 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 5 Auk sp, 8 Guillemot and a Razorbill.

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  • Barn Owl. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barn Owl. Bethan Clyne.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A better day weather wise with a reduced F4 WSW wind.  Watches: 0745-1030.

Another great total of 140 Pintail were counted on the Humber off Sammies, while nearby on Long bank 230 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 43 Lapwing, a Black-tailed Godwit and 36 Curlew. 

Over the sea were a Red-breasted Merganser, 122 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 67 Herring Gull, 76 Auk sp, 26 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

Other sightings included 2 Barn Owl along the Canal.

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  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wild and windy again with a F6-7 WSW wind.  Watches:  0745-1030.

Over the sea were a Wigeon, 2 Mallard, a Velvet Scoter, 2 Eider, 11 Red-throated Diver, 27 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 92 Herring Gull, 6 Guillemot and 10 Auk sp. 

There were 9 Whooper Swan on Easington straight with 21 Mute Swan with the resident pair of Scaup remaining on Beacon ponds, while also in the area 21 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 265 wigeon, 60 Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and a Peregrine.  

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  • Sparrowhawk. Mick Turton.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 10 February 2020

A blustery day with rain and hail and a F6 WSW wind.  Watches: 0815-1115.

There was relatively more action over the sea today with 2 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 3 Common Scoter, an Eider, 49 Red-throated Diver, 62 Gannet, 15 Kittiwake, 113 Herring Gull, 8 Guillemot and 86 Auk sp.

There were only 3 Whooper Swan today on Easington straight along with 31 Mute Swan. The Kilnsea wetlands  area held 30 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 460 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, 55 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Barn Owl.

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  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 09 February 2020

A foul day with rain, hail battering the area driven by a F7-8 SSW wind.  Watches: 0815-1200, 1515-1600.

A day to bird from the car or the shelter of a hide. There were 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight along with 26 Mute Swan while nearby the Kilnsea wetlands area held 35 Shoveler, 192 Wigeon, a Pochard, 2 Scaup, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, the first returning 2 Avocet and 479 Redshank.

The sea had little to offer with only a Red-throated Diver, 53 Gannet, 45 Cormorant, an Avocet and 42 Guillemot though a Short-eared Owl maybe came in/off.

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  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 08 February 2020

A fine and sunny day became wild and windy by the evening.  Watches: 0735-0935, 1015-1215.
Some  good movement over the sea, saw 10 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 73 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 253 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 2 Cornorant, 9 Knot, 51 Common Gull, 53 Herring Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 33 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 489 Auk sp pass the seawatch hut.

Also today were 200 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Barn Owl and 175 Lapwing on the Humber.

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  • Male Yellowhammer. Steve Clipperton.

  • Male Goldeneye and Wigeon on Kilnsea wetlands. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 07 February 2020

Another clear and sunny day with a F3 W wind.  Watches: 0750-0950.

A little flurry of movement over the sea with 38 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Pintail, 10 Gannet and 68 Red-throated Diver with 25 Starling and a Skylark overland.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 200 Brent Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 14 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon, 70 Teal and 40 Lapwing with 500 Oystercatcher and 250 Redshank on the Humber, 18 Stock Dove at Long bank and 2 Stonechat in the triangle.

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  • Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Steve Clipperton.

  • Brent Goose. Steve Clipperton.

Thursday, 06 February 2020

Still and sunny all day.  Watches: 0830-1025.

A beautiful sunny 'spring' day saw a few birds on the move with around 1560 Pink-footed Geese heading north-west with also 3 Shoveler, a Red-breasted Merganser, 53 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 5 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark, 7 Starling and a Yellowhammer.

Highlights from the day were a fantastic count of 126 Cormorant at the Point, with 15 Whooper Swan and a Barn Owl on Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Woodcock and 16 Meadow Pipit by Easington gas terminal and a Stonechat at the Warren

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 3 House Sparrow.

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  • Pink-footed Geese on the move north. John Hewitt.

  • Pionk-footed Geese. Jason Spinks.

  • Cormorants at the Point. John Hewitt.

  • Cormorant. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020

The 4 Barnacle Geese were still around Kilnsea wetlands with the 2 Scaup nearby on Beacon ponds while a Manx Shearwater flew south from the seawatch hut.

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  • Barnacle Geese. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Shoveler. Steve Clipperton.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

A bit of a wild windy day. watches: 0710-1015, 1115-1510.

Much of todays action was a bit out of the blue being over the sea with 21 Red-throated Diver, 103 Gannet, 6 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 15 Kittiwake, 68 Herring Gull, 6648 Auk sp and a Puffin.

Otherwise sightings were mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area with 4 Barnacle Geese, 250 Brent Geese, 45 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 250 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 2 Scaup, a Pochard, 2 Goldeneye and 13 Little Grebe though a Stonechat was in the triangle and 7 Skylark on Clubleys.

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  • Female Teal. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Teal. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Teal. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Monday, 03 February 2020

Sunny spells with a F5-2 SW wind.  Watches: 1420-1600.

The Black Brant was present with its hybrid young while 4 Barnacle Geese arrived on Kilnsea wetlands along with 200 Brent Geese 500 Grelag Geese, 26 Shoveler, male Pintail, female Pochard, the 2 Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Peregrine hunting the area. On the Humber a decent count of 4500 Knot were made and 140 Pintail were off Sammies.

Over the sea a Black-throated Diver flew north as did a Yellow-legged Gull along with 5 Pink-footed Geese, 33 Red-throated Diver, 131 Herring Gull, 7 Guillemot and a Razorbill.

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  • Barn Owl. Steve Clipperton.

  • Barnacle Geese. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barn Owl. Steve Clipperton.

Sunday, 02 February 2020

Overcast and drizzly, clearing to sunny spells and a F3-1 SW wind. 

The month began as the last ended with 41 Shoveler on Kilnsea wetlands along with the 2 Scaup, Pochard, 565 Wigeon, male Pintail, 129 Teal and 4 Goldeneye, but with all the mild weather surely they will begain to depart? Also in the area were the 4 Whooper Swan, 18 Little Grebe, a Marsh Harrier, 18 Stock Dove, a Short-eared Owl and 1 Peregrine.

Other sightings involved a Water Rail in Church field, 6 Skylark at Long bank and a scatter of 'returning' winter Thrushes in the area.

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  • Male Shoveler on Kilnsea wetlands. Bethan Clyne.

  • Shoveler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Shoveler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Shoveler. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 01 February 2020

A mainly cloudy cool day with a stiff F4-5 SW wind.

An overnight clearout saw only 3 Whooper Swan remain on Easington straight, but in general few observers were were out looking with the best being 700 Brent Geese on long bank, a Marsh Harrier and Stonechat along the Canal, 30 Pied Wagtail and the Little Owl on Easington straight with a Chiffchaff nearby at the sewage works and 26 Fieldfare on peter lane

Over the ridiculously quiet sea were 31 Red-throated Diver, 17 Gannet and an Auk sp.

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  • Golden Plover. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Mostly overcast with occasional glimpses of the sun with a cool F4-5 SW wind. Watches: 0815-1015.

The Black Brant with hybrid young remained with the Brent Goose flock in the area, with the resident 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight. Kilnsea wetlands/ Beacon ponds area held 35 Shoveler, 370 Wigeon, 144 Teal, 4 Gadwall, the 2 Scaup, female Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and a Jack Snipe. Also today were a Barn Owl, 1 Water Rail in Church field, a Chiffchaff in Sykes field and a Common Buzzard in Easington.

The sea had little of interest with only 16 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 4 Gannet and 2 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail.

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  • Male Shoveler. John Hewitt. Maybe the 'species of the month', with unprecedented numbers on Kilnsea wetlands.

  • Shoveler. John Hewitt.

  • Shovleler. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

A rather cold overcast day with a F4 SW wind. Watches: 1330-1415.

Pretty much the same as recent sightings, but good birding anyway with the ringtail Hen Harrier still hunting the area, the 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight and 2 Scaup on Beacon ponds.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 104 Greylag Geese, 45 Shoveler, 45 Shelduck, 300 Wigeon, 122 Teal, the female Pochard, 4 Goldeneye, 19 Little Grebe, a Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a Barn Owl and a Little Egret.

Also today a Great Crested Grebe and Eider were on the sea, 2 Stonechat Easington lagoon and 45 Pied Wagtail Easington straight.

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  • Curlew. Bethan Clyne. An ongoing study of Curlew, by Lucas Mander, through colour ringiing and GPS tagging has been giving some fantastic results betwwen Spurn and Welwick, "in which he showed the results of satellite tagging of Curlews to investigate their adoption of newly restored saltmarsh habitat: they didn’t go far – very site-faithful, like their relatives on other estuaries! L Mander. Keep an eye out for the completed results of the study.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Cold and sunny with spots of rain by late evening with a F5 W wind. Watches: 0820-1000.

It was another 'groundhog day' with the Black Brant and hybrid young again present with 600 Dark-bellied Brent, the 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight and the 2 Scaup along with the female Pochard. 38 Shoveler were present om Kilnsea wetlands, maintaining the unusual high numbers along with 108 Greylag Geese, 350 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, a Greenshank and 17 Little Grebe, where 2 Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier were hunting.

The sea only produced 6 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, a Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 26 Auk sp and 13 Guillemot.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blackbird.

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  • Scaup on Beacon ponds. John Hewitt.

  • Roe Deer on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Bitterly cold, but sunny with a F4 SW wind. Watches: 0830-1000.

All the good birding was once again in the Kilnsea wetlands area where the Black Brant and hybrid young were again present among 800 Dark-bellied Brent. The 2 Scaup, female Pochard and male Pintail were all still present along with 31 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon, 88 Teal and 3 Goldeneye.

Over the sea 6 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 5 Auk sp and 2 Guillemot were typical returns for recent seawatching.

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Monday, 27 January 2020

A sunny start clouding over with a blustery F4 wind.  Watches: 0800-1015.

There were few observers out and about, the sea recieving most attention with 8 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 52 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 60 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and 10 Auk sp.

The Hen Harrier was again hunting the area, 15 Whooper Swan remained on Easington straight along with 27 Mute Swan, the Black Brant with 750 Brent Geese Goose and a Pale-bellied Brent in Kilnsea, a Marsh Harrier in the triangle and a drake Pintail on Long bank.

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  • Male Pintail on Long bank. Mick Turton. Despite a count of over 150 regularly just west of Sammies they rarely make the mile or so journey to long bank.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Dull and cold, rain from late morning heavier by the evening and a F3-4 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-1015.

Not a great day to be out birding, but there were a few highlights anyway with 3 Barnacle Geese still in the area along with 900 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent. A Purple Sandpiper flying south past the seawatch hut was a nice early addition to the yearlist.

The 15 Whooper Swan were still on Easington straight and the 2 Scaup remained faithful to Beacon ponds with 39 Shoveler on Kilnsea wetlands where there were also a female Pochard, a good winter record with also 2 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon and 4 Goldeneye for company.

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  • Scaup. Bethan Clyne.

  • Pochard on |Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Dull and cold with a F4 SSW wind.  Watches: 0800-1000.

The decent birds were all still present in the area with the ringatil Hen Harrier again around Beacon ponds, the 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, over 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and the 2 Scaup on Beacon ponds while 4 Barnacle Geese were seen (three south, one blogging).

On Kilnsea wetlands there was still a fantastic count of 43 Shoveler along with 2 Gadwall, 366 Wigeon and 4 Goldeneye with 13 Little Grebe and a Little Egret on Beacon ponds.

The best the sea could produce today were 2 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and 3 Guillemot.

Passerine wise 2 Stonechat were in Well field, 10 Redwing in Kilnsea, a Chiffchaff at Southfied farm amd 50 Goldfinch on Vicars lane.

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  • Male Wigeon. John Hewitt.

Friday, 24 January 2020

A mild but dull day with a F3 W-S wind.  Watches: 0800-1100.

A Jack Snipe was a nice sighting at Beacon ponds having been thin on the ground late autmn and winter, while the usual adult Black Brant was still present with its 4 hybrid young among 900 Brent Geese and 2 Pale-bellied Brent in Well field with 7 Barnacle Geese in Long bank and the 2 Scaup still on Beacon ponds.

The Kilnsea wetlands and long bank area held 37 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 390 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 20 Little Grebe, 80 Lapwing plus 1200 just west of sammies, 3 Snipe and both Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl.

Over the sea were 2 Brent Geese, a Teal, 2 Cormorant, 77 Red-throated Diver, 42 Guillemot and a Razorbill.

Otherwise 10 Stock Dove were in Well field, 250 Starling in the Traingle, 40 House Sparrow at the Obs and 30 Linnet at Kilnsea wetlands.

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  • Jack Snipe. John Hewitt.

  • Jack Snipe. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

A chilly murky day with some sun and a F1-2 SW wind.   Watches: 0800-0945.

The Black Brant was showing very well in Well field along with it's family and 500 Brent Geese. There were 7 Barnacle Geese today, 3 in Long bank and 4 South with also an unseen flock of Pink-footed Geese passing over the fog. The Kilnsea wetlands area also held 2 Gadwall, 417 Wigeon, 2 Scaup, a Goldeneye, 232 Curlew and 1 Greenshank with the 15 Whooper Swan still on Easington straight.

Passerine wise there were 2 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Long-tailed Tit in the area.

Very poor over the sea with only a Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and a Cormorant.

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  • Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Great black-backed Gull. Jacob Spinks.

  • Phone shot of Black Brant in well field viewed from caravan in Skyes field. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A misty morning remaining chilly all day with a F1-2 SW wind.  Watches: 0800-0930.

Similar to the previous few days, but a small increase in Thrush numbers was eveident. The usual Black Brant and family were still present along with 800 Brent Geese and 1 juvenile Pale-bellied Brent in the Kilnsea wetlands area. In the same area were a Barnacle Goose, 1 Canada Goose, 19 Mute Swan, 36 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 500 Wigeon, 207 Teal, 2 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 16 Little Grebe, a Greenshank, 170 Curlew and and adult Mediterranean Gull with a fantastic 172 Pintail on the Humber and the usual 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight.

A female Hen Harrier wandered the area from Skeffling to Spurn, 2 Water Rail in the triangle, the Little Owl on Easington straight and 25 Fieldfare and 25 Redwing were recorded.

Ringing: 1 Robin.

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  • Hen Harrier. Bethan Clyne.

  • Goldeneye. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

After a frosty start it was a beautiful sunny calm day.  Watches: 0800-1045.

The Black Brant plus hybrid family were yet again in the area among 1050 Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands along with a Canada Goose, 142 Greylag Geese, 14 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 2 Scaup and 5 Goldeneye. Nearby the 15 Whooper Swan were on Easington straight and the Little Owl again on the hay bales..

Over the sea 2 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet and 5 Guillemot.

Other sightings included a Water Rail in church field, 2000 Knot on the Humber, a Stonechat on canal scrape and a Chiffchaff and Goldcrest by Easington sewage works.

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  • Barn Owl. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Barn Owl. Lawrence Middleton.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

After early morning frost it was a beautiful calm sunny winters day.  Watches: 0800-1015, 1340-1510.

It was a great to be out birding on a gloriously sunny, but totally unwinters like day. There wasn't really a great deal seen in the recording area but, the male Black Brant was in fields opposite the Riverside with its hybrid young among a flock of 1231 Brent Geese and 5 Pale-bellied Brent (2 Juvs). The 15 Whooper Swan were still on Easington straight with a Short-eared Owl and 4 Peregrine nearby at Sammies an impressive sight. 

Other sightings included 3 Little Egret, a Water Rail in church field, 2 Snipe in the triangle, 19 Stock Dove flew south and a few Skylark up and about singing/dislplaying at sammies

Most of the better sightings were just west of Sammies outside the recording area towards Skeffling with a fine total of 176 Pintail while in close proximity the area held 8 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin and Barn Owl..

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Wood Pigeon

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  • Black Brant with young. Note the collars on the 2 juvs on the right at the back. Bethan Clyne.

  • Brent Geese. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

A nice sunny day with a F2 W wind.  Watches: 0830-1000.

The day was largely taken up with a work party in Sykes field removing an old mouse infested shed to be replaced soon by a new uninfested one. Some birding was achieved late in the day with the 15 Whooper Swan still on Easington straight with the Little Owl still sat on hay bales nearby. 20 Pink-footed Geese kept the workers in Sykes field amused by having some regular flyovers 'winking' all the while as did a one of two Chiffchaff in the immediate area. Hopefully tomorrow some extra eyes will pick up something.

Just outside the area a couple of flocks of grey Geese were in the Sammies to Skeffling area, one of these just west of Skefflling holding a nice group of 13 Tundra Bean Geese with the immediate area having a Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin, 5 Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, 2 Common Buzzard and plenty of Finches in some rough set aside by the pumping station. Worth a check if your in the area.

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  • Wigeon, Shelduck and Teal on Kilnsea wetlands. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male House Sparrow. Bethan Clyne.

Friday, 17 January 2020

A calmer day at last, but becoming wet and windy as the day wore on. Watches: 0815-1050.

It was much the same again with the 15 Whooper Swans again still present on Easington straight and the Kilnsea wetlands area having 450 Bremt Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 150 Greylag Geese, a Canada Goose, 20 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 431 Wigeon, 186 Teal, 2 Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 186 Curlew, 370 Redshank, a little Egret, 1 Merlin and a Marsh Harrier.

Other sightings included 18 Pink-footed Geese in North field, a Mediterranean Gull, 1 Chiffchaff and a Mistle Thrush in Easington, 1 Barn Owl at the Obs and 7 Skylark singing in the morning. Over the sea 14 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Teal, a Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet and 12 Auk sp.

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  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Rain from mid afternoon with wild and windy F5-6 SW wind.   Watches: 0800-1000.

The good period of birding comtinues with another 5 Tundra Bean Goose south along with a White-fronted Goose which paused briefly at Kilnsea wetlands while 176 Pink-footed Geese flew north. Yet again the Kilnsea wetlands/long bank area held most of the decent birding with 112 Greylag Geese, 27 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 415 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 2 Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 175 Curlew, 280 Redshank and a 2cy Mediterranean Gull with the 15 Whooper Swan still on Easington straight.

Over the sea bat the Goose movement were 2 Mallard, a Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, a Cormorant, 3 Auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 6 Razorbill.

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  • White-fronted Goose. John Hewitt.

  • Tundra Bean Geese. Jacob Spinks.

  • White-fronted Goose south over the Humber. Jacob Spinks.

  • Pink-footed Geese heading north. Jacob Spinks.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

An unpleasant wet and windy day with a F4-5 SSW wind. Watches: 0755-1015.

The Black Brant with hybrid family were again on Long bank with 400 Brent Geese plus 9 Pink-footed Geese and the 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight. In the Kilnsea wetlands/ Beacon ponds area were the 2 Scaup, 27 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 400 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank and a 3cy Mediterranen Gull. 

Over the sea 2 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 28 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 6 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 2 Auk sp.

Also today were 2 Stonechat, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 35 Fieldfare, 50 Blackbird and 58 Chaffinch all in the Easington area.

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  • Red-breasted Merganser. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A wild windy day, with occasional sunny periods in the afternoon and a F3-6 SSE wind. Watches: 0800-1030.

A Tundra Bean Goose was in the triangle briefly then flew NW up the Humber with Greylags and the 15 Whooper Swan were still opn Easington straight.

Kilnsea wetlands and the surrounding area held most of the other action with 37 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 450 Wigeon, 50 Mallard, 150 Teal, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 400 Lapwing, 290 Curlew and 285 Redshank with the Little Owl still on hay bales along Easington straight..

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  • Tundra Bean Goose. Nick Whitehouse.

Monday, 13 January 2020

A dull grey day with a F3-6 S wind.  Watches: 0800-1030.

It was yet another good wildfowl day with 7 White-fronted Geese still in the triangle with a Pale-bellied Brent while a good count of 1380 Pink-footed Geese flew NW. The 15 Whooper Swan remained on Easington straight while Kilnsea wetlands had another good count of 43 Shoveler along with 2 Gadwall, 350 Wigeon, 163 Teal, the 2 Scaup and 3 Goldeneye. Over the sea a Great Northern Diver flew north plus 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Pintail and 8 Eider.

Some decent Wader counts on the Humber saw 1350 Oystercatcher, 250 Lapwing, 90 Grey Plover, 90 Curlew, 1020 Knot and 150 Redshank recorded.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Bright and sunny with a F1 W wind. 

There were 7 White-fronted Geese in the Triangle with a Pink-footed Goose and a Pale-bellied Brent. The Long bank area held 500 Brent Geese, 141 Greylag Geese, 78 Curlew and 650 Lapwing with 454 Wigeon, 32 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 120 Teal, 2 Scaup and 3 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands. The 15 Whooper Swan are still on Easington straight with a Marsh Harrier wandering the area.

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  • White-fronted Goose. One of seven in the triangle. David Caulfield.

  • Pink-footed Goose. David Caulfield.

  • Whooper Swan. David Caulfield.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Sunny spells with a strong F5-6 SW wind.  Seawatch: 0830-0850.

A male Hen Harrier was in the triangle where 7 White-fronted Geese were present. The Black Brant plus hybrid young were on Long bank with 700 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent and the 2 Scaup nearby on Kilnsea wetlands along with 15 Shoveler and 4 Goldeneye plus 15 Whooper Swan again on Easington straight. 

Otherwise 1020 Oystercatcher were counted on the Humber and 14 Stock Dove were in Clubleys.

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  • Black Brant. John Hewitt.

  • Little Owl. David Caulfield.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Bright and sunny with a F2 W wind.  Seawatch: 0905-1020.

The Black Brant was again in the Long bank area with 600 Brent Geese with 90 Pink-footed Geese, 140 Greylag Geese and a Canada Goose in the same general area. Neaby 9 Barnacle Geese and 14 Whooper Swan were on Easington straight while on Kilnsea wetlands 30 Shoveler, 576 Wigeon, 190 Teal, 2 Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret and 440 Lapwing.

Other sightings worthy of note were a Kingfisher at Sammies, a Water Rail in Church field plus 1 Goldcrest, 42 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush and 44 Chaffinch.

Ringing: 1 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow.

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Thursday, 09 January 2020

The Black Brant with hybrid young remained in the area along with a very impressive 1100 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent. The 14 Whooper Swans and 9 Barnacle Geese were again on Easington straight and 7 White-fronted Geese in the triangle with the 2 Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands.

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  • Brent Geese. Bethan Clyne..

  • Brent Goose. Micky Maher..

Wednesday, 08 January 2020

Sunny spells but feeling cooler with a F1 W wind.  Watches; 0750-1030.

The 7 Tundra Bean Geese were again on Easington straight but were flushed one too many times by the local farmers and flew off south as did at least 90 White-fronted Geese (probably nearer 120). 7 White-fronted Geese were also in the triangle. The Black Brant was still on Long bank with 450 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent with the 14 Whooper Swans along with 9 Barnacle Geese on Easington straight. The 2 Scaup (1 drake) were still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 648 Wigeon, 312 Teal, 31 Shoveler, 55 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneye, 26 Little Grebe, 400 Redshank and a Greenshank.

Over the sea 2 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 27 Red-throated Diver and a Cormorant.

Ringing: 1 Starling.

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  • Tundra Bean Geese. Jacob Spinks.

  • Tundra Bean Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Tundra Bean Goose. Jacob Spinks.

  • Whooper Swans with Bean Geese on Easington straight. Jacob Spinks.

  • Barnacle Geese with Brent Geese in Long bank marsh. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 07 January 2020

A wild windy day, rain on and off with a F5-6 W wind.  Watches: 0800-1000, 1050-1200.

A fantastic count of 72 White-fronted Geese were on easington straight along with the 15 Whooper Swan, while in the Long bank area the Black Brant with hybrid young was present along with 636 Brent Geese, 16 Barnacle Geese and a Pale-bellied Brent. The Kilnsea wetlands area held the 2 Scaup, 10 Shoveler, 350 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 204 Lapwing and a Greenshank.

Over a quiet sea were a Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 6 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

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Monday, 06 January 2020

A cloudy windy day with a F4-5 W wind.  Watches: 0800-1010.

There were still 7 Tundra Bean Geese and 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight with 63 White-fronted Geese (19 then went south) and 15 Barnacle Geese wandering the area and the 2 Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands.

Also moving were 19 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 6 Auk sp.

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  • Whooper Swans. Paul Willoughby.

Sunday, 05 January 2020

Three teams were out and about today raising money for the Michael Clegg memorial bird race. Money this year going to Ryedale Wildlife rehabilitation centre, where Jean Thorpe has been saving raptors which have been illegally persecuted. On saturday a coffee morning in Easington raised £230.00 towards the same worthy cause.

Cloudy and dull with a F3 SW wind. Seawatch: 0800-1000.

Highlights from the day included much of what has been in the area recently with 7 Tundra Bean Geese, 15 Barnacle Geese and the 15 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 46 White-fronted Geese and 78 Pink-footed Geese were just west of Sammies. The 2 Scaup (1 drake) were on Kilnsea wetlands along with a Red-breasted Merganser on Beacon ponds with 51 Pintail on the Humber off Sammies. There were also Water Rail in Churchfield and 2 Chiffchaff in the area.

Out of the area 2 Water Pipit and 3 Short-eared Owl were at Welwick.

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  • Barnacle Geese with Brents. Steve Clipperton.

  • Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands. Richard Thomlinson.

  • White-fronted Geese with Brents just west of Sammies. Richard Thomlinson.

  • Kestrel. Steve Clipperton.

Saturday, 04 January 2020

sunny spells and a cool F4 WNW wind. Watches: 0800-0930.
Yet again fantastic numbers of Geese remain in the area. There were 12 Tundra Bean Geese (7 and 5) while an impressive flock of 82 White-fronted Geese were in fields just west of Sammies. The Black Brant plus hybrid young were in long bank with 600 Brent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 15 Barnacle Geese. 260 Greylag Geese and a Canada Goose. The 2 Scaup were still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 718 Wigeon, 260 Teal, 42 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall and 3 Goldeneye and 15 Whooper Swan again on Easington straight.

Also today Red Kite and Marsh Harrier toured the area, a Little Owl on Easington straight, 1 Barn Owl in the triangle, a Blackcap at Kew and over the sea a Great Northern Diver flew north with a Goosander south.

Just outside the area a Hen Harrier was at Welwick.

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  • Whooper Swans on Easington straight. This nice flock of all adults have been gracing the area. Steve Clipperton.

  • Red Kite. Simon Davies.

  • Hen Harrier at Welwick. Simon Davies.

  • Little Owl. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 03 January 2020

A cloudy drizzly start brightened later with a F3-1 WNW wind.

There were still good numbers of Wildfowl generally including 14 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 14 Barnacle Geese, 225 Greylag Geese and a Canada Goose in Long bank while the Kilnsea wetlands area held the 2 Scaup, 35 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 615 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 21 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 100 Lapwing and a Greenshank.

The sea was poor with only a Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet and 9 Red-throated Diver with 3 Avocet over the Humber a good winter record for Spurn.

 Also today a Chiffchaff in Sykes field, 8 Redwing in the triangle and 25 Stock Dove at Long bank.

 

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  • Barnacle Geese. Steve Clipperton.

Thursday, 02 January 2020

The Goose influx continues today bringing 21 Tundra Bean Geese (16 south, 5 Easington straight) and 31 White-fronted Geese (29 Long bank, 2 south) to the area.

The 14 Whooper Swan are again on Easington straight and the 2 Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands where a brilliant count of 51 Shoveler was made.

West of Sammies the Black Brant with hybrid youmg was again near Skeffling.

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  • Five Tundra Bean Geese on Easington straight. Paul French.

  • Black Brant plus hybrid young among Dark-bellied Brents. Garry Taylor..

  • Part of the 16 Tundra Bean Geese flock south over Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Tundra Bean Geese over the triangle. Bethan Clyne.

  • White-fronted Geese on Kilnsea wetlands with Curlew. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

A nice sunny day but with a cold F2-3 SW wind. 

There were plenty of observers out and about with sore heads and it turned out to be a good day with some good birds sighted, a Goose influx maybe instigated by New Years fireworks and celebrations on the near Continent?

The day was dominated by an arrival of Geese into the wider area with 2+ Tundra Bean Geese just west of Sammies carpark, 19 White-fronted Geese (4 south, 10 in/off, then in fields at Skeffling and 5 more nearby with around 50 Pink-footed Geese). The Black Brant with hybrid family was between Sammies and Skeffling with around 500 Brent Geese which also had a Barnacle Goose and a Pale-bellied Brent.

On Easington straight the 14 Whooper Swan were still present with the 2 Scaup again on Kilnsea wetlands plus 6 Gadwall, 63 Mallard, 312 Teal, 416 Wigeon and 19 Shoveler, with 60 Pintail at sammies, while sightings over the sea included a Slavonian Grebe, 2 Barnacle Geese,7 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 22 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 73 Teal, 4 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 9 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter 65 Red-throated Diver, a Bonxie, 20 Guillemot and a Razorbill.

Just outside the area a ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting the saltmarsh at Skeffling where 6 Twite were present.

 

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  • Yellowhammer. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Yellowhamer (46) flock just west of Sammies. Adam Hutt/

  • Whooper Swans. Jacob Spinks.

  • Barnacle Goose with Brents. Adam Hutt.