Saturday, 10 April 2021

Sunny and warm out of the cool F3 north easterly. Watches: 0640-0940.

The wind stuck in the northerly vector is making migration slow progress, with still few migrants about and cool weather for a few more days at least. There was a small decrease in migrant numbers with a Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 7 Wheatear, 15 Pied Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 1 Barmbling and a Siskin.

Movement south was yet again curtailed. The current trend of northerlies in spring does little for visible migration at Spurn, with todays offerings of just 6 Jackdaw, a Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, an Alba Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 10 Linnet.

A Great White Egret was the pick of the days sightings on Kilnsea wetlands, where the resident Whooper Swan remained. There was also 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 3 Tufted Duck and a Marsh Harrier among the usuals.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wheatear, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.

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  • Great White Egret. Tony Hull.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Hares. Tony HUll.

Friday, 09 April 2021

A cool overcast day, with the odd light rain and threats of sunshine with a light 2-3 north westerly. Watches: 0640-1010.

There was a decent increase in migrant numbers, bringing the first Sedge Warbler to chalky point, 2 Yellow Wagtail at Kilnsea wetlanda and a Whimbrel onto Long bank marsh. Other  migramts included a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Short-eared Owl, 5 Sand Martin, 10 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 15 Wheatear, 26 Pied Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch and 2 Brambling.

There was some very light movement involving 50 Meadow Pipit and 3 Redwing fltying north west, a Marsh Harrier, 18 Carrion Crow and a Siskin south while a Red Kite wandered the area. The sea faired a little better with 4 Velvet Scoter north, the highlight, plus 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 18 Black-headed Gull and a Fulmar. 

Other bits of note were the Whooper Swan, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Marsh Harrfier, 5 Common Buzzard and 3 Barn Owl.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Luke Nash.

  • Red-breasted Merganser. John Hewitt.

  • Shelduck. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 08 April 2021

A cool grey day, rain in the morning with a F4 south westerly.  Watches: 0640-1015.

While there was not much change overall, the relatively milder weather gives hope to some new arrivals in the coming days, a Little-ringed Plover on Kilnsea wetlands being the frist for a while, along with 2 Sand Martin, a Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 38 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 20 Pied Wagtail, 26 Chaffinch and a Brambling.

On the move overland were 3 Rook, a Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, a Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 5 Alba Wagtail, 34 Chaffinch, 22 Linnet and 3 Goldfinch, while the best of the Razorbill free sea were 2 Mallard, a Red--breasted Merganser and 24 Curlew out east.

The Whooper Swan remianed by long bank, 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 753 Dark-bellied Brents, 3 Tufted Duck and a Red-breasted Merganser were on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Golden Plover. Luke Nash.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Sunny with the odd cloud and a reduced F4 north westerly. Watches: 0640-0930.

It was maybe due to the lighter winds, but there were slightly more migarnts about, while Brent Geese numbers increased as they often do at this time of year, gathering before their journey back to the breeding grounds. Migrants included a Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Coal Tit, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 19 Pied Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 18 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin.

The KIlnsea wetlands area held 645 Dark-bellied Brent, 4 Pale-bellied Brent, the Whooper Swan, 14 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 68 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Barn Owl. 

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Barn Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Red-breasted Merganser. Thomas Willoughby.

Tuesday, 06 April 2021

A bitterly cold day with snow showers throughout driven by a F6 north westerly.  Watches: 0635-1210.

The sea was again relatively poor, given the conditions with 5 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throaated Diver, a Fulmar, 21 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, an Oystercatcher, 123 Kittiwake, a Guillemot and 3 Auk sp.

The kilnsea wetlands area had all the usual Wildfowl plus 2 Pale-bellied Brent among the 472 Dark-bellied Brent, the Whooper Swan, 3 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Few migrants seen in the conditions with a Jack Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff, a Song Thrush, 17 Chaffinch, a Brambling and 3 Siskin, were recorded by birders brave enough to go out..

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Pale-bellied Brent. John Hewitt.

  • Pale-bellied Brent with Brents. John Hewitt.

Monday, 05 April 2021

A cold day with the strong F6-7 northwesterly, light morning snow showers clearing to blue skies and sunshine. Watches: 0645-0930.

There was a drop off in overall migrant numbers,though a nice Long-eared Owl was trapped in Churchfield, while aso seen, a Ruff, 3 Chiffchaff, a Mistle Thrush, 1 Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 12 Pied Wagtail, 13 Chaffinch and a Brambling.

A Red Kite wandered the Easington area, there were 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands plus 3 Tufted Duck, a Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Egret and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

The sea had vey little of note bar 16 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet and 6 Kittiwake.

Ringing: 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Goldfinch.


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  • Long-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 04 April 2021

A generally sunny day, clouding over in the evening with a increasing cold F4 north easterly to F6 north. Watches: 0645-0930.

There was an increase in some migrant numbers, just before the cold blast from the north is forecast to arrive. Todays totals were not too bad considering the conditions with the first Ruff of the spring, 4 Jack Snipe, 17 Snipe, 35 Sand Martin, a Swallow, the Cetti's Warbler still singing at the Point, 2 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 18 Pied Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail.

Maybe with the imminent weather there was a bit of movement south which included 2 Banacle Geese, a Woodlark, 3 Wood Pigeon, 38 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 5 Sand Martin, a Swallow, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 28 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, a Corn Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer. It was quiet over the sea though 9 Pintail were noteworthy.

Other bits of note were 4 Pale-bellied Brent among 350 Brent Geese, the Whooper Swan, 72 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 17 Avocet and 3 Greenshank mainly around Kilnsea wetlands. 

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet.


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  • Merlin. Martin Standley.

  • Merlin. Martin Standley.

  • Barnacle Geese. Martin Standley.

  • Black Redstart. Martin Standley.

Saturday, 03 April 2021

Overcast for much of the day with a conituing chilly F4 north easterly.  Watches: 0630-1000.

Migrants numbers remained static with the cool winds just about stopping migration along the coast, but a few bits are still about with totals of a Woodcock. 1 Jack Snipe, a Snipe, the Cetti's Warbler still singing at the Point, 10 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, 14 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling and 3 Siskin.

Movemtn over sea and land was pretty slow, but a White-fronted Goose north was nice along with 6 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 16 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot and a Razorbill. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area continues to be good with a Barnacle Goose, 400 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brents, 82 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck and a Greenshank among all the usual f=hordes.

RINGING: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch. 

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  • Nicely decorated ornamental Owl at Driftwood. John Hewitt.

  • Black Redstart. Luke Nash.

Friday, 02 April 2021

A cold overcast day with a chilly F4 north easterly. Watches: 0645-1050.

The weather is predicted to be cold for the next few days or so in complete contrast to the fine sunny weather recently. There were less migrants on show with just 6 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Black Redstart, 5 Pied Wagtail, 21 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and a Siskin.

Moving over the sea were a fairly typical range of species with 9 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot and 5 Auk sp.

Sightings from the Kilnsea wetlands area included a Barnacle Goose, 600 Dark-bellied Brent Geese along with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, a Whooper Swan, 20 Shoveler, the 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander and a Greenshank.

rrow, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 3 Goldfinch.Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 House Spa

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  • Black Redstart. Ian Smith.

  • Black Redstart. Ian Smith.

Thursday, 01 April 2021

A cloudy overcast day with some afternoon sunshine and a chilly F4 north easterly.  Watches: 0615-1000.

There was a notable decrease in migrant numbers with 20 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, a Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch, a Brambling and 2 Siskin.

The change to the north east saw overland visible migration grind to a halt, the sea having surprsiingly little too with 2 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 19 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 7 Gannet, 15 Kittiwake, 19 Common Gull, 36 Herring Gull and 6 Auk sp. 

Other bits of note were 2 Pale-bellied Brent on Easington stright, 2 Tufted Duck on Kilnsea wetlands and 476 Linnet in the area (400 at Sammy's).

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 4 Goldfinch.

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  • Sparrowhawk. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wheatear. Tim Jump.

  • Brambling. Jonathan Fisk.