Sightings

Sightings

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.

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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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. Dylan Harvey.

  • 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, 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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