Sunday, 17 October 2021

A cool cloudy overcast day and a F3 south westerly.  Watches: 0645-1100.

The star bird was still present in the canal hedge area with the TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER, sometimes showing down to a few yards and heard to call on at least three occasions. It was again tough going for any back up species with just a Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 5 Bearded Tit, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 13 Goldcrest, 36 Wren, 42 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 14 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Brambling, 1 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting over observers at the Warbler and the occasionally showy Snow Bunting.

Unfortunately, the highlight of the sea was a Leach’s Petrel found freshly dead, having impaled its wing on a barbed wire fence at the gas terminal, while also seen were 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 32 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 129 Little Gull, a Caspian Gull, an Arctic Tern and 1 Arctic Skua, while the best overland were another good count of 49 Rock Pipit.

Today’s offerings from the Kilnsea wetlands area were 2 Whooper Swan, 26 Pintail, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest.

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  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Tom Hines.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Josh Fusiara.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Karen Jayne.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Steve Clipperton.

  • Leach's Petrel. Paul French.

  • Short-eared Owl. George Varley.

Saturday, 16 October 2021

 cool start, sunny spells during the day with a F4 westerly. 

It would have been fair to say that when news of a Tiaga Flycatcher broke from Flamborough the atmosphere at Spurn was a bit flat and with few obvious migrants about, it felt like we had been truly gazumped. Fast forward into the afternoon to news of an elusive Yellow-browed Warbler near the gate, then in canal hedge and better views an hour or so later showed it be Spurns first ever TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER, which then showed very well on and off upto dusk. The few migrants about today included a flyover calling Olive-backed Pipit at Kew, (but with no photos or call recording it may not go far), 4 Jay, 5 Bearded Tit, a Swallow, 2 House Martin, 13 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 15 Blackbird, 17 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 19 Robin, 9 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 7 Brambling and the Snow Bunting.

On the move today were a 43 Whooper Swan, Great White Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, a Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 31 Rook, 10 Great Tit, 72 Skylark, 4 Swallow, an Alba Wagtail, 117 Meadow Pipit, 58 Rock Pipit, 17 Chaffinch, 26 Greenfinch, 47 Linnet, 6 Redpoll, 486 Goldfinch, 24 Siskin, 8 Yellowhammer and 29 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea were 310 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, a Velvet Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, a Great Crested Grebe, 43 Little Gull, an Arctic Tern, 2 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua.

A few bits around the Kilnsea wetlands area with1034 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Whooper Swan, 68 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank and an adult Yellow-legged Gull

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 14 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Ian Smith.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Roy Twigg.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Greg Lee.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Roy Twigg.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Dylan Edwards.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Pete Saunders.

  • Two-barred Greenish Warbler. Greg Lee.

Friday, 15 October 2021

A bight and sunny day but cold in the F3 northerly.  Watches: 0700-1755.

The wind direction brought us a few bits over the sea, while more arrivals of Thrushes occured. There was no sign of the Bonelli's Warbler, but a brief Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Easington. The Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat was again in the Obs garden, 10 Bearded Tit were along the canal and the showy Snow Bunting along the canal on the beach plus a Jack Snipe, 1 Jay, 3 Swallow, a Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 15 Goldcrest, 90 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 546 Redwing, 14 Robin, 5 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 17 Dunnock, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 43 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling and 4 Lesser Redpoll.

Over the sea were 17 Pink-footed Geese, 29 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 3 Scaup, 90 Common Scoter, 48 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 88 Gannet, 217 Kittiwake, 210 Little Gull, 43 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua and 5 Arctic Skua.

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  • Snow Bunting. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Eastern Lesser Whitethroat. John Hewitt.

  • Golden Plover. Steve Clipperton.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Overcast with a chilly F4 westerly.  Watches: 0715-1500.

It was a quieter day, but there was still plenty of migrants about in the area, the WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER still giving observers the runabout in the Corwn area, a Hawfinch on Vicars lane, the Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat at the Obs the Water Pipit again by the Crown, a Siberian Chiffchaff at canal scrape, 10 Bearded Tit along the canal, Ring Ouzel at the Point and a Snow Bunting along the canal plus a Jack Snipe, 1 Jay, 18 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, 120 Blackbird, 275 Redwing, a Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 8 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail, 25 Brambling and 16 Lesser Redpoll. 

There was again some decent movement over land and sea, the best of which were 20 Whooper Swan after a stop on Beacon ponds, 2 Goosander, a Great Northern Diver, 81 Little Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 109 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Alba Wagtail, 82 Rock Pipit, 89 Linnet, 26 Redpoll, 514 Goldfinch, 59 Siskin and 31 Reed Bunting.

Kilnsea wetlands among all the usual commoner species had a Caspian Gull, 22 Pintail, 56 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

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  • Whooper Swans. Debbie Saunders.

  • Whooper Swans. Debbie Saunders.

  • Whooper Swans. John Hewitt.

  • Caspian Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Caspian Gull. Pete Saunders.

  • Male Bearded Tit. Thomas Willoughby.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Overcast with sunny spells and a F3 north easterly. Watches: 0700-1230.

There was good numbers of migrants in the area today, especially Starlings, Thrushes and Finches, which were mainly heading north west after a sea crossing, the WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER still present, but elusive in the Crown area, 4 Jack Snipe, including one giving crazy views on the Obs pond and a Hawfinch mobile around Kilnsea along with 4 Woodcock17 Bearded Tit, 2 Jay, 18 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Goldcrest, 2720 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 23 Blackbird, 1508 Redwing, 34 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Grey Wagtail, 19 Robin, 5 Stonechat, an early Water Pipit, 165 Brambling, 29 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redoll and a Snow Bunting.

In addition to those mentioned above there was some southerly overland movement with 5 Barnacle Geese, 626 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 14 Jackdaw, 38 Rook, 13 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 15 Tree Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 3  Alba Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit, 33 Rock Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 38 Linnet, 7 Redpoll, 513 Goldfinch, a Yellowhammer and 23 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea were 117 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, a Scaup, 5 Goldeneye, a Black-throated Diver, 3 Manx Shearwater, 7 Snipe, 8 Little Gull and 2 Common Tern.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 2 Song Thrush, 17 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 39 Goldfinch, 12 Brambling, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting. 

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  • Jack Snipe. Greg Lee.

  • Jack Snipe. John Hewitt.

  • Jack Snipe. Pete Saunders.

  • Western Bonelli's Warbler. Pete Saunders.

  • Short-eared Owls. Steve Clipperton.

  • Jack Snipe. Greg Lee.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

  • Green Brindled Crescent. Tony Broom.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Sunny spells with scattered showers and aF3-4 north westerly. Watches: 0650-1040.

There was a very good arrival of Thrushes and Finches in the morning and some fantastic totals as birds arrived and headed off north west, the highlight an eventually vocal WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER (recording of call on right by Frank Moffatt) along the canal, making its way upto the Kew area where it showed on and off, while a Little Bunting was in Church field flying off north. Migrant totals during the day were impressive with the first Woodcock of the autumn, 3 Jack Snipe, 13 Bearded Tit, 12 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed warbler, 4 Blackcap, an Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Goldcrest, 1000 Starling, a Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, a conservative 1574 Redwing, 33 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 5 Rock Pipit, a minimum of 784 Brambling, 67 Chaffinch, 21 Lesser Redpoll and 12 Siskin.

The best of birds on the mvoe were 12 Whooper Swan, 169 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Baearic Shearwater, a Great Crested Grebe and 12 Little Gull;

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 7 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 40 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 16 Goldfinch, 13 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.

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  • Goldcrest. Alan Davies.

  • Western Bonelli's Warbler. Greg Lee.

  • Short-eared Owl. Pete Saunders.

Monday, 11 October 2021

A bright and sunny day with a chilly F3-4 north westerly.  Watches: 0645-1300.

While there were no real stand out species there was still plenty to keep most observers busy despite the chilly wind. Highlights from the day included the first Snow Bunting of the autumn along the canal with 6 Bearded Tit present nearby, 6 Jay around Kilnsea, an Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat in Kilnsea and 11 Barnacle Geese flew south, part of an arrival along the east coast. Otherwise migrant totals remained pretty muc the same with 6 Short-eared Owl, 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Swallow, a Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Goldcrest, 1500 Starling, 7 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush,a Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Brambling, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin and 13 Reed Bunting.

A quieter day over both sea and land the best being 950 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Whooper Swan, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 92 Little Gull, 861 Large Auk sp, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 22 Skylark, 7 Rock Pipit, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 50 Goldfinch.

Thge usual array of species again in the Kilnsea wetlands area with good totals of Wildfowl along with 2 Goosander, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 556 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank and 43 Mediterranean Gull. Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing: 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffhcaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 1 Starling, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 12 House Sparrow, 73 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 4 lesser Redpoll, 1 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.

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  • Snow Bunting. Pete Saunders.

  • Snow Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Jay. Pete Saunders.

  • Bearded Tit. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. Pete Saunders.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

A sunny pleasant day with a F3 northerly.  Watches: 0700-1110.

There was still a scatter of migarnts in the area, a Hawfinch and Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington being new, while the 4 Bearded Tit were along the canal and 10 Jay in the area plus 9 Short-eared Owl, 1- Kestrel, 2 Swallow, 24 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Goldcrest, 1200 Starling, 14 Redwing, 27 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 7 Stonechat, a Rock Pipit, 9 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Siskin.

There was some decent movement over the sea which included 1016 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Whooper Swan, 98 Wigeon, 167 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 23 Eider, 171 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 114 Red-thoated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Shag, a Sabines Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, a Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 70 Razorbill, 55 Guillemot, 1000 Large Auk sp and 2 Puffin, while overland it was quieter with just 12 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 140 Starling, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Brambling, 4 Redpoll and 9 Goldfinch.

Othder bits seen today were 2 Pale-bellied Brent along thre canal, 42 Pintail, a Goosander, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Spotted Redshank and a Caspian Gull on Kilnsea wetlands and 5 Eider on the Humber.

Ringing: 4 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, 36 Tree Sparrow, 1 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting.

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  • Red-breasted Merganser. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Razorbill. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Spotted Redshanks. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl with Magpie friend. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 09 October 2021

A warm and sunny day with a light F2 south easterly.  Watches: 0700-1230.

It was a decent day for the vis-miggers and again a few bits of interest in the bushes including 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, an Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Goldcrest, 3 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, a Pied Flycathcer, 2 Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 12 Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll.

On the ,move were a Marsh Harrier, 5 Lapwing, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Blue Tit, 16 Great Tit, 214 Skylark, 20 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 160 Tree Sparrow, 7 Dunnock, a Grey Wagtail, 18 Alba Wagtail, 246 Meadow Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 33 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, a Twite, 668 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 1185 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 136 Reed Bunting. The best of the sea were 262 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 142 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 13 Little Gull. 

The best of the rest were 13 Short-eared Owl, 3 Pale-bellied Brent on the Humber along with the hybrid Black Brant x Brent Goose.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 6 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Goldcerst, 6 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 72 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 26 Reed Bunting. (144 of 19 species)

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  • Gannet with Black-headed Gull fan. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Guillemot. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt. It has been a great autumn in the area for these pleasing Owls, but please do not to flush the birds from their roosting areas of someone gives you the info on the location please.

  • Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Thomas Willoughby. Maybe the offspring from the mixed pair which has been present in recent years.

Friday, 08 October 2021

Early morning fog, cleared to leave a warm sunny day with a light f3 south easterly.  Watches: 0645-1150.

There were still decent numbers of migrants about and even maybe some small numbers of new arrivals, the first 2 Bearded Tit of the autumn along the canal the highlight plus 3 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in the Obs garden, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Goldcrest, 700 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, a Spotted Flycatcher, 34 Robin, a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Brambling, 1 Siskin and 16 Reed Bunting.

There was again some southerly push of Passerines, but not as strong as previous days with 2 Jay, 201 Skylark, 8 Swallow, a Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 22 Meadow Pipit, 42 Rock Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, a Twite, 80 Linnet, 28 Lesser Redpoll, 357 Goldfinch, a Siskin and 26 Reed Bunting.

Kilnsea wetlands held some good totals of species the best being 34 Pintail, 81 Little Egret and 20 Mediterranean Gull along with an Avocet and 1 Ruff, among all the usual species..

Ringing: 1 Nerlin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Starling, 13 Tree Sparrow, 1 Siskin, 21 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Ian Bollen.

  • Short-eared Owl. Ian Bollen.

  • Merlin. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mediterranean Gulls. Chris Veghela.

  • Reed Bunting. Dan Burt.

Thursday, 07 October 2021

A bright and sunny day with a F3-4 south westerly.  Watches: 0630-1200.

Sadly there was a clearout of many migrants, given the nice previous evenings weather, followed by overnight clear skies, but a Yellow-browed Warbler was nice in Church field. with further totals of a Jay, 7 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 19 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 500 Starling, 70 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, a Whinchat, 12 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 26 Dunnock, a Yellow Wagtail, 10 Rock Pipit and 18 Brambling.

The highlight of the day was a big push of south bound Passerines past the Warren, with a Collared Dove, 5 Jackdaw, 525 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 71 Swallow, 66 House Martin, 110 Starling, 33 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 25 House Sparrow, 150 Tree Sparrow, 5 Grey Wagtail, 19 Alba Wagtail, 387 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 24 Rock Pipit, 214 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 57 Greenfinch, 1210 Linnet, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 3220 Goldfinch, 16 Siskin, 7 Yellowhammer and 209 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings included 780 Pink-footed Geese blogging about the Humber, 3 Tufted Duck and 3 Spotted Redshank on Kilnsea wetlands and 3 Pale-bellied Brents along the Canal.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaf4 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 3 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 36 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 5 Dunnock, 13 Linnet, 69 Goldfinch, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 16 Reed Bunting., 

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  • Spotted Redshank with Redshank. John Hewitt.

  • Rock Pipit. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Wheatear. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Shoveler. John Hewitt.

  • Whinchat. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 06 October 2021

A cool damp morning with a strong F6 north westerly slowly gave way to sunshine and a light northerly. Watches: 0625-1445.

The weather while not classic, did give some hope of an arrival with strong easterlies across the north sea, but north west over the western side. Arrivals of birds were evident soon after first light as Brambling and Redwing arrived from the sea, the autumn which upto now had been quiet, burst into life and soon after the bushes were alive with their calls. The Warren initailly recieved planty of attention, as first a Little Bunting was found 'tiking' in the Warren trap and soon after a Hawfinch here and a Red-breasted Flycatcher appeared in Canal bushes. A Firecrest was next at Middle camp and maybe a bit of relief when 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (canal hedge, Easington) appeared, considerably later than expected. The Warren again came to life with an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, which after a fly about settled in a Kilnsea garden. Further migrant totals were a Short-eared Owl in/off, 5 Jack Snipe, 7 Jay, 7 Willow Warbler, 58 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 18 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 16 Goldcrest, 5 Rock Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Ring Ouzel, 50 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 603 Redwing, 41 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 23 Robin, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 46 Chaffinch, 297 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 69 Siskin and 19 Reed Bunting.

The best of the sea was 718 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Whooper Swan, 182 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, 17 Eider, a Goldneye, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1592 Gannet, 200 Little Gull, 53 Great Skua, 31 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua and 176 Large Auk sp. Full details on Trektellen.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Starling, 1 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Ian Smith.

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Ian Smith.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Greg Lee.

  • Short-eared Owl. Joe Eckersley.

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Thomas Willoughby.

Tuesday, 05 October 2021

A blustery day with sunny spells and a F7 south westerly. Watches: 0645-1245.

It was another day for the vis miggers, but the stronger wind made life difficult for Passerines heading nto the wind. Moving today were, 5 Blue Tit, 72 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 20 House Sparrow, 43 Tree Sparrow, a Dunnock, 2 Flava Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba Wagtail, 258 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 650 Linnet, a Lesser Redpoll, 649 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 27 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea were 4 Eider, a Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 431 Gannet, 31 Cormorant, 192 Little Gull, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Skua and a Puffin, Full details on Trektellen.

Migrants while few are still while represented, the highlight a Dotterel on the Humber at Sammies (previous bird, last seen on 19th September), 2 Jack Snipe (one in/off), 11 Jay, 17 Swallow, 35 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 21 Robin, a Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 11 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 21 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and 11 Lesser Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands held 366 Wigeon, the Chilow Wigeon, 76 Pintail, 179 Teal, 65 Little Egret, 57 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, a Little Stint, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 985 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 16 Greenshank, an Arctic Tern, 33 Mediterranean Gull and the return of Caspian Gull (XPEU). 

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff.

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  • Brent Geese with leucistic bird. Liam Andrews.

  • Pintail on Kilnsea wetlands. Joe Eckersley.

Monday, 04 October 2021

Sunny with showers and a F5 south westerly.  Watches: 0600-1315.

It was a great morning for the vis miggers at the Warren, with the best count of Linnet since 1968, along with good totals of Skylark, Meadow Pipit and other Finches, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Snipe, 4 Great Tit, 209 Skylark, 21 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 37 House Sparrow, 100 Tree Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 9 Grey Wagtail, 13 Alba Wagtail, 1026 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 50 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 38 Greenfinch, 2610 Linnet, 2102 Goldfinch, 46 Siskin and 115 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea, 119 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pintail, 89 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 888 Little Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern and 111 Large Auk sp.

The calmer morning allowed for better cointing of migrants, but did little to boost any totals with 2 Jack Snipe, a Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail and a Brambling.

 Kilnsea wetlands as uasual held 366 Wigeon, the Chiloe Wigeon, 15 Pintail, 151 Teal, 36 Little Egret, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, a Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 14 Mediterranean Gull and a ringed Caspian Gull. The best of the rest were 3 Pale-bellied Brent on the HUmber along with 272 Curlew

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 7 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Skylark. George Dunbar.

  • Reed Bunting. George Dunbar.

  • Meadow Pipit. Jacob Spinks.

  • Brambling. George dunbar.

  • Linnet on the move. George Dunbar. The 2610 that flew south was the second best count ever, the record being 3450 on 5th October 1968.

Sunday, 03 October 2021

A sunny start, clouding over with a bustery F6 south westerly.  Watches: 0620-1245.

It was another day of birds on the move, but less than yesterday 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Jay, 12 Rook, 95 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 98 House Sparrow, 22 Tree Sparrow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 6 Alba Wagtail, 413 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 11 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 432 Linnet, 199 Goldfinch, 29 Siskin and 25 Reed Bunting, while the best of the sea were 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 354 Gannet, 342 Little Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, a Common Tern, an Arctic Tern and 10 Arctic Skua.

Migrant numbers remained steady with a Turtle Dove hanging out with 41 Collared Dove by Willow cottage and the Ring Ouzel still in the traingle plus 9 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, a Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Chaffinchand a Lesser Redpoll. 

The german ringed Caspian Gull was again on Kilnsea wetlands, not being present recently, while aslo here 230 Wigeon, the Chiloe Wigeon, 130 Teal, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and 7 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 2 Robin.

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  • Common Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Dunlin. John Hewitt.

  • Skylark on the move. Adam Hutt

  • Skylark. Adam Hutt.

Saturday, 02 October 2021

A cool day with sunny spells  in the morning, gave way to a wind driven down pour in the afternoon with a F6 southerly. Watches: 0635-1830.

It was a day of movement over land and sea which produced some interesting sightings and counts. The highlight of the sea was a close in Leach's Petrel flying north, lingering off the Bluebell. Heavy rain and a strong wind with poor visibilty drove a good mix of species into the Humber and watching from the comfort of the Obs bedroom window, birds heading back towards the sea were counted with 2 juvenile Sabines Gull the highlight, along with 557 Little Gull, 53 Kittiwake. 7 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Red-throated Diver and 100+ Gannet, while the 2 Scaup were still present.

The Ring Ouzel was again at the Warren and Kilnsea wetlands again had the Caspian Gull and Spotted Redshank. Full details to come.

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  • Spotted Redshank with Dunlin and Redshank. John Hewitt.

  • Gannets over the Humber. Adam Hutt.

  • Little Gulls over the Humber. Adam Hutt.

  • Sanderling. John Hewitt.

Friday, 01 October 2021

Early morning rain followed by sunshine and F4 south westerly. Watches: 0635-1325.

Migrants were still low in numbers, but a nice selection were present with a Jack Snipe, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 30 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, a Grey Wagtail and 15 Pied Wagtail.

Quiet over the sea with the best being 42 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Wigeon, 21 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, an Arctic Skua, 17 Razorbill and 41 Large Auk sp. 

Kilnsea wetlands had a good selection of species along with 139 Wigeon, the Chiloe Wigeon, 50 Pintail, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, a Caspian Gull and 34 Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Caspian Gull. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Caspian Gull. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Caspian Gull. Lawrence Middleton.