Sightings

Sightings

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.