Sightings

Sightings

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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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

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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

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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

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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.