Monday, 10 May 2021

A sunny morning, rain showers in the afternoon and a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0540:1800.

It was another  of great day of movement and while there was a departure of the previous days grounded migrants there were a few new bits in. The best of the days sightings were 2 Temminck's Sint mobile around the Kilnsea wetlands area, along with 2 Little stint and a nice male Blue-headed Wagtail in the same area. 

Following on nicely from yesterday there was some good overland movement with 12 Barnacle Geese, 2 Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 13 Swift, 3 Hobby, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Skylark, 66 Sand Martin, 2210 Swallow, 99 House Martin, 48 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, 16 Chaffinch, 57 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 19 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 6 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and a Cuckoo which gainged height out of Churchfield till a speck in the sky, heading off south east.

Grounded migrants and breeders while down on previous day, still had some good totals, 35 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove still Point and northfield, 2 Short-eared Owl, 11 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 26 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 56 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Black Redstart, a Whinchat, 35 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit, while at the Point the male Cetti's Warbler is still singing.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 150 Brent Geese, 2 Canada Geese, the Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Sandpiper and 4 Greenshank, with 450 Oystercatcher, 100 Grey Plover, 1400 Dunlin and 2 Mediterranean Gull on the Humber. 

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

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  • Temminck's Stint. John Hewitt.

  • Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Sand Martin. Steve Clipperton.

Sunday, 09 May 2021

A warm day with sunny spells and scattered showers and a F4-5 south westerly.  Watches: 0530-1720.

A fantastic day of arrivals and overland movement. Therre were several firsts for the year with a Curlew Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper at Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Wood Warbler (Point and Beacon lane), 2 Turtle Dove (Point and Kilnsea0 and 5 Spotted Flycatcher. There were great totals of grounded migrants, 47 Whimbrel, 7 Common Sandpiper, 6 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl, the Cetti's Warbler still at the Point, 18 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 36 Whitethroat, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 13 Whinchat, 136 Wheatear, a White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Lesser Redoll and 11 Siskin. 

The vis-miggers had their best day of the spring so far, with 3 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, 1 Snipe, 46 Swift, 2 Hobby, 70 Sand Martin, 1736 Swallow, 119 House Martin. 90 Flava Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 96 Linnet, 51 Goldfinch, a Siskin, 4 Corn Bunting and a Yellowhammer, with 6 Arctic Tern, 3 Curlew and 2 Sanderling out east.

The Whooper Swan was still at Kilnsea wetlands along with 2 Canada Geese and 28 Little Tern nearby on Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Turtle Dove. Neil Hunt.

  • Wheatear. Tony Hull.

  • Wood Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Wood Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Tree Pipit. Neil Hunt.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Neil Hunt.

  • Male Whinchat and female Wheatear. Colin Bushell.

Saturday, 08 May 2021

A cool, generally overcast day with increasingly heavy rain, easing in the afternoon and a strong F5-6 south easterly.  Watches: 0545-1115.

It was not a great day to be out and about with the rain and wind making it difficult. Migrant numbers were unsuprisingly lower with 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 2 Short-eared Owl, 50 Sand Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Redstart, 29 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagatil and 3 Siskin.

The best of the birds on the move over the sea was a Great Northern Diver out east plus 3 Tufted Duck, 45 Common Scoter and 62 Gannet, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 7 Swift, 5 Sand Martin. 35 Swallow and a Flava Wagtail. Up at Kilnsea wetlands the Whooper Swan remained.   

Ringing: 1 Reed Warbler. 

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  • Whooper Swan. Steve Clipperton.

  • Whimbrel. Tony Hull.

Friday, 07 May 2021

A sunny day with frequent cold showers in the afternoon, witha F4 north westerly-F2 south easterly..  Watches: 0600-1015.

It was a great day all round with a nice selection of good species seen. A Crane over Kilnsea, landed west of Sammy's, 2 Spoonbill and a White-fronted Goose heaeded south east out to sea, a Great White Egret flew west at Sammy's, 2 Hooded Crow were in Easington, the Barnacle Goose and Whooper Swan both still on KIlnsea wetlands and the Cetti's Warbler still at the Point.

Grounded migrant numbers were decent with 34 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 165 Sand Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 29 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 29 Whitethroat, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Black Redstart inc an adult male, 2 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail and a male Brambling.

There was a bit of overland movement in addition to the birds above, with a Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 3 Sand Martin, 63 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Flava Wagtail and a Corn Bunting.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Crane. Colin Bushell.

  • Sand Martin. Tom Broxup.

  • Whitethroat. Steve Clipperton

  • House Martin. Tom Broxup.

  • Brambling. Colin Bushell.

Thursday, 06 May 2021

Sunny with the odd shower, becoming heavier by the evening and a variable F3 south west-north east.  Watches: 0600-1130.

The male Golden Oriole continued to show well along the canal, while the first Garden Warbler of the spring was at the Point and the first Hobby flew south. Grounded migarnts included a Little-ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, 25 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 9 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 48 Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 5 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Whinchat, 7 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail and 1 Brambling, while the Cettti's Warbler was still at the Point.

Movement was again poor again, with a Spoonbill, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 4 Sand Martin, 59 Swallow, 2 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail and a Linnet.

The Kilnsea wetlands area again held a Barnacle Goose, 295 Brent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, the Whooper Swan, 5 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 6 Little Egret and 4 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Robin.

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  • Ring Ouzel. Bethan Clyne.

  • Golden Oriole. Dave Tucker.

  • Golden Oriole. Bethan Clyne.

  • Golden Oriole. Bethan Clyne.

  • Garden Warbler. Tim Jump.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Sunny spells and the odd shower with a F3 north west-north east wind. Watches:0610-0910.

A rather dapper male Golden Oriole stole the show, first seen at the Warren, showed well along the Canal in the afternoon and in the Warren heligoland trap. Migrants and returning breeders were again up for some species with 4 Common Sandpiper, a Long-eared Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, a Swift, 4 Cuckoo, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 14 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush,a Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, a Brambling, 1 Siskin and a Hawfinch in the triangle, with a Hooded X Carrion Crow still in the area.

The Kilnsea wetlands offered good birding as usual with 300 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Canada Geese, the Whooper Swan, 5 Wigeon, 13 Little Tern, 6 Little Egret, a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap.

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  • Golden Oriole. Tony Hull. In terms of Yorkshire, this is a bit of a Spurn speciality, recorded annually, but normally 'green' birds, sometimes singing, this bird being a male received some deserved attention.

  • Golden Oriole. John Hewitt.

  • Golden Oriole. Tony Hull.

  • Golden Oriole. Tony Hull.

  • Golden Oriole. John Hewitt.

  • Golden Oriole. Lawrence Middlleton.

Tuesday, 04 May 2021

A day of intermittent heavy rain with a strong F7 north westerly.  Watches: 0620-0950.

The bird of the day was a Red-rumped Swallow at the Warren around 16:50, which flew off south (after a bird was reported in Kilnsea in the morning). Despite this bird, the conditions were not exactly good migration weather with just 2 Swift, a Sand Martin and 8 Swallow seen, but a Blackcap, a Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, a Mustle Thrush, 1 Robin and a Wheatear were seen coming in/off. The sea was better too with 2 Shoveler, a Tufted Duck, 13 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 123 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Curkew, a Turnstone, 4 Kittiwake, 130 Herring Gull, 27 Sandwich Tern. an Arctic Skua, 32 Guillemot, 14 Razorbill and 2 Puffin, 74 Large Auk sp

Migrants numbers were lower than previous days, but understandable in the conditions with 18 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, the first Pied Flycatcher of the spring at Kew, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redstart, a Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 1 Brambling and a Siskin.

The Barnacle Goose and Whooper Swan both remained at Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler.


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  • Whimbrel. Bethan Clyne.

  • Wheatear. John Hewitt.

  • Bar-tailed Godwits. Simon Jump.

Monday, 03 May 2021

Overcast with patchy sun, rain from late morning and an increasing F3 south westerly.  Watches: 0645-1030.

There is a small, daily turnover of migrants, the lastest small arrival saw the first Whinchat of the spring at Chalky point, plus 2 Common Sandpiper, 13 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Tern on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Cuckoo, 120 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 22 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 19 Wheatear, 19 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, a Brambling, 1 Mealy Redpoll and a Siskin. 

A small bit of overland movement saw 4 Wood Pigeon, 4 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 21 Sand Martin, 136 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 47 Flava Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 15 Chaffinch, 17 Linnet, 45 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting, with 3 Curlew out east.

Kilnsea wetlands held all the usuals along with the Whooper Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 110 Brent Geese, a Barnacle Goose, the Great White Egret and 4 Greenshank.

Ringing: 2 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Wren, 1 Mealy Redpoll.

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  • Reed Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Short-eared Owl. Paul Willoughby.

  • Whinchat. Paul Willoughby.

Sunday, 02 May 2021

A sunny start, with showers more frequent in the afternoon, with a chilly F3 West north westerly.  Watches: 0615-1515.

It was a much better day all round, with increases in grounded migrants and visible migration, with a few good birds thrown in too. A Richard's Pipit in Walker butts was a good spring find, calling as it flew off north in the evening, a drake Garganey was on Kilnsea wetlands, where an immature Spoonbill dropped in for a feed and a bath then flew south, the Great White Egret still present, but flew off north west, as did a ringtail Hen Harrier, while the Cetti's Warbler continues its stay at the Point.

Grounded migrants/local breeder numbers were again up slightly with 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Short-eared Owl, 60 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Wilow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 11 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 42 Fieldfare, a Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Siskin.

The vis-miggers had a much better morning, but numbers are still lower than normal for the time of year with a Swift, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 105 Sand Martin, 349 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 18 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch and 6 Goldfinch, with 68 Curlew, 11 Black-headed Gull and 11 Common Gull out east.

The usual Whooper Swan remained on Kilnsea wetlands along with 2 Pale-bellied Brent among the 372 Dark-bellied Brents while there are now 5 Tufted Duck. 

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 2 Robin, 1 Linnet.

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  • Spoonbill. Luke Nash.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. Bethan Clyne.

  • Great White Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Great White Egret with Little Egrets and Grey Heron. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 01 May 2021

A wet start, cleared to leave a sunny afternoon, but with a continuing cold F4 north easterly.

A day where it was much the same, sprung to life with news of a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE heading south over Withernsea, and with that location being so near to Spurn, birders vacated to higher ground and saw it come south high over the Humber, spending some time sat on the mud, before continuing south across to Lincolnshire. At the time of writing it is an apparently wild bred bird.

Grounded migrants were similar to previous days, though an increase in Hirundines was apparent, 16 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, a Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 80 Sand Martin, 45 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 11 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Goldcrest, 26 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 11 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 WhiteWagtail, a Hawfinch north over Pancho ponds, 1 Lesser Redpoll and a Siskin.

Apart from the Eagle there was little on the move, 12 Arctic Tern and 2 Curlew out east and a Great Skua south the best.

The KIlnsea wetlands area held 300 Brent Geese, a Barnacle Goose, the Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck, the Great White Egret and 5 Little Egret with now upto 40 Little Tern on nearby Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Goldfinch.


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  • Orange Tip. Dave Constantine.

  • Great White Egret. Dave Constantine.

  • White Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • White tailed Eagle. Neil Hunt.