Sightings

Sightings

Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Migration watches: 0555-1000, 1650-2200.

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

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

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

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  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

Monday, 03 August 2020

Migration watches: 0540-1000, 1900-2130.

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

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

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

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

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  • Wood Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 02 August 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Peregrine. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Peregrine. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Swallow. Peter Sutton.

Saturday, 01 August 2020

Migration watches: 0620-0935, 1745-2145.

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

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

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

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

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  • Curlew Sandpipers. Peter Sutton.

  • Red-necked Phalarope. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

  • Roe Deer and Fox. Bethan Clyne.