Sightings

Sightings

Monday, 28 March 2022

Overcast start with sunny periods later and a light F2 south easterly. Watches: 0700-1000.

There was little diversity on the migrant front but some decent totals the best being the 11 Black Redstart (Sammys, sandy beaches, 5 southfield farm. 4 Point) plus 2 Wheatear, 10 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest. The Cetti's Warbler at the Point was still pressnt and while thougtht to be last years bird, it was apparently confirmed from sonograms of the last 2 years, as each male has a distint song pattern.

It was another day with very little on the move, a Shelduck, 2 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 24 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 11 Cormorant, 9 Jackdaw. 6 Rook, 3 Alba Wagtail and 3 Yellowhammer were about the best.

Ringing: 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffhcaff, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch.

 

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  • Black Redstart. Harry Appleyard.

  • Black Redstarts. Harry Appleyard.

  • Wheatear. Harry Appleyard.

Friday, 25 March 2022

A warm sunny day with a F1 south easterly. Watches: 0630-1015.

The trickle of migrants arriving and departing through the area continues with today seeing 4 Black Redstart, a Hooded Crow and another 340 Redwing plus 3 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, the Cetti's Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, the male Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 3 Brambling and 5 Siskin.

It was another day of quiet vismig the best being a Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 52 Black;headed Gull, a great count of 40 Magpie, 12 Rook and a Corn Bunting. Full counts on Trektellen.

The Whooper Swan remained on KIlnsea wetlands area along with 2 Tufted Duck, a Goldeneye and 2 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 5 Redwing, 3 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin. 

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  • Black Redstart. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Short-eared Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Ring Ouzel. Neil Hunt.

  • Hooded Crow. Steve Exley.

Thursday, 24 March 2022

A misty start gave way to a lovely sunny day with a light F1 south easterly. Watches: 0645-1015.

There was a big increase in grounded migrants, mainly Thrushes which headed off north west. Totals for the day comprised of 765 Redwing, the male Ring Ouzel still in Clubleys, 3 Black Redstart (inc a male), 4 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, a Cetti's Warbler again at the Point, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 32 Blackbird, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 31 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Redpoll and 18 Siskin.

Apart from the Thrushes there was little on the move with just 22 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin and 2 Reed Bunting.

Elsewhere the Black Brant was at Sammys with a Pale-bellied Brent and 523 Brent Geese, the Whooper Swan On Kilnsea wetlands, a Spotted Redshank over the Humber and a Kingfisher in Corner field.

Ringing: 6 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 1 Tree Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 1 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting.

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  • Brambling. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Fieldfare. Brian Walker.

  • Weasel. Dave Constantine.

  • Chiffchaff. Neil Hunt.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Misty/foggy start clearing to a lovely sunny day with a F2 south easterly. Watches: 0700-0900.

The day was similar to the previous with a small scatter of migrants around the area, a Firecrest around Kew, the male Ring Ouzel again on Clubleys along with 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling and 4 Siskin plus the Black Redstart again at the gas terminal.

Around the Kilnsea wetlands area were a Whooper Swan, 19 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 5 Avocet, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Red-legged Partridge and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Siskin. Paul Willoughby.

  • Firecrest. Paul Willoughby.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Hazy sunshine with a F2 south easterly. Watches: 0645-1015.

There was a decent scatter of migrants around the area, the male Ring Ouzel again on Clubley's. a Cetti's Warbler singing at the Point, another good count of 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1750 Starling, 22 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, 25 Chaffinch, a Brambling and 6 Siskin.

It was hard work for the vismiggers with just 7 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 3 Crow, 240 Starling, 6 Alba Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch.

The usual good birding around the Kilnsea wetlands area recorded a Pale-bellied Brent, 1 Whooper Swan, 33 Shoveler, 229 Wigeon, 53 Black-atiled Godwit, 2 Ruff and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Cormorant. Tony Hull.

  • Short-eared Owl. Colin Bushell.

  • Comma. Colin Bushell.

Monday, 21 March 2022

Sunny spells with a F2 easterly.  Watches: 0640-1400.

Overall little change but the first male Ring Ouzel of the spring came in/off settling in the triangle with a Ruff, 2 Woodcock, a White Wagtail, 7 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 2200 Starling, 13 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Stonechat and 2 Brambling as back up, along with the usual Black Redstart at the gas terminal.

The best of the sea was an Iceland Gull heading south while overland a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 495 Starling, 3 Alba Wagtail and 15 Siskin were a poor return.

Elsewhere the Whooper Swan on Easington straight and 6 Avocet and 56 Black-tailed Godwit on Kilnsea wetlands.

Just outside the area the Black Brant was at Skeffling along with a Pale-bellied Brent among 338 Brent Geese.

Ringing: 2 REdwing, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin.

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  • Ring Ouzel. Colin Bushell.

  • Black Brant and Pale-bellied Brent with the Brent flock. Colin Bushell.

  • Grass Snake. Colin Bushell.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

A sunny but chilly day with a F4 south easterly.  Watches: 0745-0930.

The Firecrest remained around the Kew and churchyard area, but few migrants were about otherwise with 3 Chiffchaff, 2000 Starling, a Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Brambling and 6 Siskin with the Black Redstart still at the gas terminal.

The best of the day for the vismigers was just 6 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 45 Starling, 8 Chaffinch, 14 Linnet and 35 Siskin.

Ringing: 5 Redwing, 4 Blackbird, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Firecrest. Martin Standley.

  • Firecrest. Martin Standley.

  • Black Redstart. Colin Bushell.

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Bright and sunny with a F2-4 south easterly. 

The first Firecrest of the spring was around the Kew area, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Kilnsea wetlands, the Black Redstart was again at the gas terminal and 2 Brambling in Easington. Overall little else was seen with 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin the best of other migrants.

Outside the area the Richard's Pipit was still at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 Redwing, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Firecrest. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Brambling. Colin Bushell.

Friday, 18 March 2022

Bright and sunny with a F2 south westerly. Watches: 0645-1110.

There was a small increase in migrants and another morning with a trickle of south bound Passerines. The best of the day was a Hawfinch at the Warren which carried on south plus a Stock Dove, 7 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, a Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 170 Starling, a Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 13 Siskin, 6 Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting.

The ringtail Hen Harrier was still about the area and a good total of 15 Chiffchaff, along with a Woodcock, 1100 Starling, 31 Redwing, a Black Redstart at the point, male Wheatear at the gas terminal and 2 Brambling.

Other sightings included a Barnacle Goose on Holderness field, 1 Whooper Swan and 64 Black-tailed Godwit on Kilnsea wetlands and 23 Pintail at Sammy's.

Ringing: 2 Redwing, 6 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Brambling. Colin Bushell.

  • Wheatear. Colin Bushell.

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Blue skies with F3 south westerly.  Watches: 0640-0915,

Sightings from the day included some first for the year with 2 Garganey on the Borrow pit (joint earliest) and 2 Sand Martin here also which then flew south, while other sightings included a Lapland Bunting over the Riverside, a Black Redstart at the Point, 1 Whooper Swan and a White Wagtail on Easington straight.

There were a feew bits on the move with 9 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 670 Starling, an Alba Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 32 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 33 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting. 

Outside the area the Richard's Pipit was still at Welwick where a Great White Egret was present.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin.

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  • Garganey. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Garganey pair with Mallard. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Richard's Pipit. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Sand Martin. Harry Appleyard.

  • Highland Cows in the 'sheepfield'. Colin Bushell.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Overcast with persistent rain in the afternoon and a light F2 south easterly.  Watches: 0700-1000.

Sightings from the morning before the rain set in were a Black Redstart on the rocks at Easington gas terminal, a White Wagtail at the Warren, just 2 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare and 14 Redwing, while the best of slim pickings for the vismigers saw 10 Jackdaw, 41 Starling, an Alba Wagtail, 62 Chaffinch. a Greenfinch and17 Linnet flew south.

Just outside the area the adult Black Brant again at Skeffling and the Richard's Pipit at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 Moorhen, 4 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Siskin.

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  • Richard's Pipit. Colin Bushell.

  • Black Brant. Colin Bushell.

  • (left to right) Dark-bellied Brent, hybrid Brant and Black Brant. Colin

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

A fine sunny day with a light F3 south easterly.  Watches: 0645-1015.

The vismiggers were in action again with another largely varied morning including 3 Eider, a Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant, a Curlew, 1 Snipe, 66 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 68 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, an Alba Wagtail, 59 Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, 81 Siskin and 6 Reed Bunting.

There was a small increase in some migrants bringing the first Wheatear of the spring to KIlnsea wetlands while Thrushes were still well represented in the area with 3 Woodcock, 28 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling and 20 Chaffinch plus the Siberian Chiffchaff was again at the sewage works.

Other sightings included a Pale-bellied Brent at long bank, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Easington lagoons and just outside the area a Richard's Pipit at Welwick.

Ringing: 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Dunnock, 1 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Yellowhammer. Colin Bushell.

  • Wigeon, Curlew and Brent Geese. Roy Twigg.

  • Brambling. Colin Bushell.

Monday, 14 March 2022

A lovely sunny day with a light F2 sourth westerly.  Watches: 0645-1015.

It was a nice day out in the field and again a decent morning for the vismiggers which also saw the springs first (and Spurns earliest ever) Little-ringed Plover on Long bank and a Jay wandering the area. Moving also were 30 Jackdaw, 21 Rook, 13 Carrion Crow, 6 Skylark, a Mistle Thrush, 25 Tree Sparrow, 4 Alba Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 24 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, a Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 13 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 3 Reed Bunting.

It was also a good day for migrants particulalrly Thrushes staging before their journeys back to the continent with a Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff,a Goldcrest, 81 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 41 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Brambling.

Ringing: 9 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Comma. Harry Appleyard.

  • Starling flock. Harry Appleyard.

  • Starlings. Harry Apleyard.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Sunny spells and a F4 southerly.  Watches: 0700-1100.

It was another good, but not spectacular morning for overland movement (with quite a few birds seen arriving in/off) with 2 Lapwing, 19 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 4 Skylark, 52 Starling in/off, a Blackbird, 5 Alba Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipt, a Rock Pipit, 215 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 10 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch and 19 Siskin. The best of the sea was a Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, an Eider, 2 Common Scoter and 3 Gannet.

There was a nice selection of grounded migrants with 3 Woodcock, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 32 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 47 Redwing, a Continental type Stonechat and a Snow Bunting.

Ringing: 11 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Starling, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Male 'continental type' Stonechat. Adam Hutt.

  • Chaffinch on the move. Adam Hutt.

  • Teal. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 12 March 2022

Sunny spells and a F4-5 southerly.  Watches: 0645-1210.

Its was a decent day for the vismiggers with some decent overland movement involiving a 5 Jackdaw, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing, 3 Linnet, 112 Siskin, 25 Goldfinch and 5 Chaffinch, while the best of the sea was 3 Eider, 2 Teal, 19 Gannet, 39 Red-throated Diver and 32 Dunlin.

Other sightings included 6 Whooper Swan onto Kilnsea wetlands at dusk, a Merlin at the Warren, 1 Kingfisher in the triangle, 4 Chiffchaff in the area, a Snow Bunting at the Point and a Stonechat.

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  • Snow Bunting. Thomas Willoughby.

Friday, 11 March 2022

Sunny start clouding over with light rain showers and a F4-6 south easterly. Watches: 0710-1010.

Kilnsea wetlands held most of the decent sightings and counts with the Black Brant present again among 450 Brent Geese, 10 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 600 Wigeon, 10 Teal, a Jack Snipe and 39 Black-tailed Godwit. 

There was a small increase in Thrush numbers throughout the area including 3 Fieldfare, 47 Blackbird, 4 Redwing and 4 Song Thrush, while the first Merlin for a while was blogging around the area.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 6 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing.

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  • Ringed Plover. Hazel Wiseman.

Thursday, 10 March 2022

A sunny start, clouding over with a F4-6 south easterly. Watches: 1400-1600.

The best of todays sightings were centred around the Kilnsea wetlands area with 30 Greylag Geese, 11 Gadwall, 600 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret and 24 Black-tailed Godwit.

Other sightings included a Great Crested Grebe and 77 Black-headed Gull south over the sea and 26 Chaffinch around the area.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Curlew. John Hewitt.

  • Chaffinch. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 09 March 2022

Sunny spells with cloud building and a cold F5-6 southerly.

A Red Kite flying south was the highlight of the day with just a Grey Wagtail and 3 Linnet going the same way.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held around 500 Brent Geese, 22 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 770 Wigeon, only 10 Teal, a Marsh harrier, 2 Avocet and 6 Black-tailed Godwit. 

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

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  • Shoveler. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Shoveler. Hazel Wiseman.

Tuesday, 08 March 2022

Mostly cloudy with a F4-6 south easterly.  Watches: 0650-1005.

The first Black Redstart of the spring was a welcome sight at the Point (upto 3 had wintered at the gas terminal). The usual Siberian Chiffchaff was still at the sewage works and 10 Snow Bunting were blogging around the area. Otherwise there was little change.

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  • Black Redstart. Thomas Willoughby.

Monday, 07 March 2022

Sunny spells with a cold 2-4 south easterly. Watches: 0700-1000.

It was another nice day to be out and about the Siberian Chiffchaff still hanging on at the sewage works, a Hen Harrier wandering the area, 160 Pintail and a Kingfisher at Sammy's, with 507 Wigeon, 22 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Avocet at the wetlands.

On the move over the sea were 2 Eider, 156 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 38 Kittiwake, 40 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 64 Large Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Avocet. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Avocet. Hazel Wiseman.

Sunday, 06 March 2022

A bright and sunny spring like day with a cool 3-5 north easterly.  Watches: 0700-1015.

It was a nice day out and about, with maybe the first north bound Chiffchaff of the spring at Kew, while the day also saw a southbound Red Kite and 24 Snow Bunting wandering the area.

On the move were 3 Eider, a Piintail, 92 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 8 Gannet, 62 Kittiwake, 41 Herring Gull, 14 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 87 Large Auk sp while overland 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Rock Pipit and 4 Meadow Pipit.

The 2 Black Brant were up in the Holderness field area along with a Pale-bellied Brent and at least 1 Hybrid Brant among 350 Brents with a Short-eared Owl nearby.

Ringing: 3 Chaffinch.

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  • Wigeon. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Brent Geese plus hybrid Brant in front of one of Spurns famous landmarks, the Listening dish. Hazel Wiseman.

Saturday, 05 March 2022

Generally overcast with showers and a cold 4-6 northerly.  Watches: 0700-1000, 1100-1300..

A busy day again with the work party in Corner field busy with footapths etc so little birding was done but a Water Pipit was a good sighting from the borrow pit before flying south. 

The sea was given the once over in the morning the best of it being 3 Wigeon, an Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 31 Red-throated Diver, 80 Gannet, 34 Kittiwake, 49 Common Gull, 34 Guillemot and 72 Large Auk sp.

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  • Goldeneye. Denise Shields.

Friday, 04 March 2022

Low cloud with rain all day and a 3-4 south easterly.  Watches: 0700-1000.

A very quiet day the conditions no doubt to blame, even the sea was quiet, the best being 5 Common Scoter and a Short-eared Owl at long bank.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Denise Shields.

Thursday, 03 March 2022

Overcast with a F2-3 easterly.  Watches: 0650-1005, 1430-1615,

Very quiet today, on the move were 2 Pintail, 11 Common Scoter, 43 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet, while elsewhere 90 Fieldfare and 12 Redwing at Easington cemetery with a Chiffchaff nearby at the sewage works and 60 Tree Sparrow in the area.

Just outside the area 2 Black Brant east of Skeffling along with 4 Pale-bellied Brent, a hybrid Brant among 500 Brent Geese and 25 Whooper Swan.

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  • Whooper Swans. Brian Walker.

  • Black Brants and hybrid among the Brent flock. Colin Bushell.

Wednesday, 02 March 2022

Overcast grey day with a F2-3 easterly. Watches: 0700-0900, 0930-1200.

A bit of a poor day with little on offer with only the sea having anything of note, 2 Eider, 22 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 3 Common Scoter and 6 Large Auk sp.

Ringing: 3 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Shoveler. Adam Hutt.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022

A nic espring like day, blue skies and a light F3-5 north easterly.  Watches: 0700-1015.

It was a day of some limited movement over sea and land with a Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 48 Red-throared Diver, 12 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, a Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 14 Large Auk sp, 3 Rook, 7 Jackdaw, a Skylark and 3 Greenfinch.

Elsewhere there were 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 21 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck and 17 Black-tailed Godwit in the Kilnsea wetlands area, a Mediterranean Gull on the Humber, 2 Siskin at Kew and 2 Snow Bunting wandering between the breach and the Warren, while the nice weather brought a Tortoiseshell butterfly out onto the wing at the wetlands..

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Tortoiseshell butterfly. Harry Appleyard.

Monday, 28 February 2022

Overcast with light rain became heavier with a F4-5 south easterly. Watches: 0700-1015.

The Black Brant was present again among a good flcok of 877 Dark-bellied Brent which also included 4 Pale-bellied Brent, a Hybrid Brant and Lucy. 

There was some decent varied movement over the sea which saw a Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 5 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 34 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet, 78 Herring Gull, 13 Guillemot and 20 Large Auk sp.

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  • Great Black-backed Gull feeding on Porpoise. Denise Shields.

  • Kestrel. Harry Appleyard.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Another sunny day with a F4-6 south easterly. Watches: 0710-1010.

It was a quieter day overall but another 1158 Pink-footed Geese flew north west, but little else on the move.

A ringtail Hen Harrier flew south along Marsh lane towards Sammy's, the Black Brant was on Kilnsea wetlands with a Hybrid Brant plus the Leucistic Brent (Lucy), the Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and lastly 15 Snow Bunting wandered the area.

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  • Curlew. Brian Walker.

  • Oystercatcher. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 26 February 2022

A nice sunny day with an increasing F3-5 southerly. Watches: 0700-1030.

The morning was busy for the vis miggers with another 3072 Pink-footed Geese and 12 Whooper Swan heading north west plus 18 Teal, 72 Red-throated Diver and 6 Cormorant, while overland 35 Starling, 9 Skylark, an Alba Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 11 Greenfinch, 22 Linnet, a Yellowhammer and 10 Reed Bunting.

Elsewhere the Siberian Chiffchaff was still at the sewage works, 180 Pintail on the Humber at Sammy's and 2 Common Buzzard here.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Pink-footed Geese on the move. Harry Appleyard.

  • Pink-footed Geese and wind turbine. Harry Appleyard.

Friday, 25 February 2022

A lovely sunny day with a decreasing F4-1 north westerly. Watches: 0715-1030.

It was  a pleasanrt day out in the sun with the flock of 41 Snow Bunting again the highlight wandering the Warren to breach area. The day also saw some movement with 35 Pink-footed Geese north, 5 Brent Geese out east, 62 Red-throated Diver, 2 Curlew, 145 Large Auk sp, 12 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill with a Marsh Harrier, 2 Rook, 4 Jackdaw and 4 Skylark overland.

Up in the Kilnsea wetlands area a Pale-bellied Brent, a hybrid Brant, 310 Wigeon, 29 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Robin.

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  • Sparrowhawk. Thomas Willoughby.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Sunny day with showers, some wintery and a cold F3-7 south westerly. Watches: 0730-1045, 1300-1615.

A much quieter day overall with just 110 Pink-footed Geese heading north west, but 10 Barnacle Geese were on the Humber and 2 Avocet were back on Kilnsea wetlands, while at least 1 Siberian Chiffchaff was still at the Sewage works. The day also saw another 396 Red-throated Diver on the move plus 10 Kittiwake, 2 Razorbill, 35 Guillemot and 223 Large Auk sp.

 

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  • Long-tailed Tit. Brian Walker.

  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Brian Walker.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Sunny spells but again windy with a F5-7 south westerly. Watches: 0715-1100.

It was a great day of movement with an impressive 3039 Pink-footed Geese heading north west with also 5 Wigeon, 9 Pintail, 15 Teal, an Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 628 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, a Fulmar, 16 Cormorant, 9 Kittiwake, 20 Black-headed Gull, and 115 Large Auk sp, while overland passage was evident for the first time this 'spring' with 7 Stock Dove, 24 Skylark, 4 Rook, 8 Jackdaw, 158 Starling. a Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch and 2 Linnet.

The best of the other sightings were the flock of 41 Snow Bunting were again in the area.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing.

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  • Black-tailed Godwits, Shoveler, Brent Geese, Redshanks and Common Gulls. Adam Hutt.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Sunny with a F5-6 south westerly.  Watches: 0750-1310.

There was a great count of 266 Pintail on the Humber off Sammy's with 3 Pale-bellied Brent among 420 Brent Geese on Kilnsea wetlands.

The best of the sea were 300 Pink-footed Geese north, 20 Wigeon, an Eider, 420 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 26 Kittiwake, 217 Large Auk sp, 43 Guillemot and 5 Razorbill, while 8 Skylark and 85 Starling headed south overland.

 

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  • Cormorant. Brian Walker.

  • Grey Heron. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Dry start with heavy and prolonged showers later and a strong blustery F7 westerly. 

The sea was quieter overall with a Wigeon, 12 Teal, 16 Common Scoter, 121 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake, 66 Herring Gull, 105 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill and 162 Large Auk sp. 

The long bank area held 5 Mediterranean Gull (adult and 4 x 2cy) and 23 Shoveler in a flooded field. A flock of 70 Fieldfare on peter lane with 17 Snipe s/over here.

Just outside the area the Black Brant was still just east of Skeffling along with a hybrid Brant, a Pale-bellied Brent, the leucistic bird among the Brent flock and 20 Whooper Swan, while just west of the carpark a Water Pipit, 200 Fieldfare and 2 Marsh Harrier.

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

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  • Shoveler. Adam Hutt.

  • Brent Geese and Redshank. Adam Hutt.

Saturday, 19 February 2022

A sunny start, became wet and windy with wintery showers and an increasing blustery F3-6 westerly.

The morning was spent decommissioning the point heligoland trap, a good turn out from the Obs and YWT volunteers saw it taken down just as the worst of the weather rolled in. It will hopefully be rebuilt at some point in the future.

There was some movement over the sea early morning a Long-tailed Duck north and an Avocet south were the highlights plus 450 Red-throated Diver, a Shag, 686 Large Auk sp, 27 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, a Great Crested Grebem 185 Herring Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 4 Pintail and 4 Teal. 

Elsewhere there were 12 Snow Bunting still about, a Woodcock at the Obs, a Coot on canal scrape and 37 Pied Wagtail were at long bank.

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  • Turnstone. Brian Walker.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Brian Walker.

Friday, 18 February 2022

Strong F8 south westerly winds and rain made for a poor day.  Watches: 0745-1015.

Despite the conditions 15 Snow Bunting were in the triangle again, a Coot on Canal scrape, 45 Tree Sparrow at the Obs and 2 Pintail, a Marsh Harrier and a Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea wetlands.

The sea had 12 Common Scoter, 59 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 9 Kittiwake2 Razorbill, 29 Guillemot and 138 Large Auk sp.

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Thursday, 17 February 2022

Sunny spells and showers with a F6-7 north westerly.  Watches: 0730-1015.

A flock of 20 Snow Bunting continued to roam the area, while a Great Northern Diver was the highlight over the sea which also had 130 Red-throated Diver, 14 Gannet, a Fulmar, 9 Kittiwake, a Mediterranean Gull, 576 Herring Gull, 240 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 668 Large Auk sp.

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  • Teal. Tony Hull.

  • Pair of Wigeon. Tony Hull.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

It was quite a decent morning of movement over the sea the best being 22 Pink-footed Geese, an Eider, 148 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 38 Kittiwake, 284 Herring Gull and 877 Large Auk sp.

The only other sightings of note were a Snow Bunting, 2 Stonechat and 600 Oystercatcher.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Wet and wild in the morning with sunny spells later in a F6 south westerly. Watches: 0745-1045.

The best of the sightings were unsuprisingly from the shelter of the seawatch hide producing 13 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Eider, 9 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 19 Gannet, 60 Kittiwake, 57 Herring Gull and a good count of 415 Razorbill

Elsewhere Kilnsea wetlands had a Pale-bellied Brent, 31 Black-tailed Godwit and 100 Redshank.

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  • Lapwing. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

  • Stock Dove. Tony Hull.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Another day of heavy rain and a F6 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-1015.

Despite the conditions there were a few bits of interest, an adult Iceland Gull from the relative luxury of the seawatch hide along with 436 Herring Gull heading south and 107 Red-throated Diver.

The Black Redstart continued its stay on the sheltered seaward rocks at the gas terminal and 20 Snow Bunting and a Mediterranean Gull were here too.

Other bits of note from the Kilnsea wetlands area were 3 Pale-bellied Brent, 12 Shoveler, 550 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 22 Little Grebe, 44 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

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  • Lucy with the Brent flock. John Hewitt.

  • Pale-bellied Brent with Brents. John Hewitt.

  • Redshank. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 13 February 2022

a horrible day of rain and a strong F6 south westerly. Watches: 0740-1015.

Not many ventured out into the conditions and little or no reward for those that did. The more 'noteable' sightings were 300 Wigeon, a Coot, 20 Black-tailed Godwit and 22 Pied Wagtail. 

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  • Pied Wagtail. John Hewitt.

  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Redshank. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 12 February 2022

A wet and wild day of heavy rain driven by a F6 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-1340.

Not a great day to be out and about, but the flock of 38 Snow Bunting continued to wander the triangle and Kilnsea wetlands had the 2 Pale-bellied Brent with 427 Brents, 500 Wigeon and 2 Goldeneye. 

The sea was a bit more busy, though lacking any real quality with 172 Pink-footed Geese, an Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 190 Herring Gull, 306 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 128 Large Auk sp.

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  • Goldeneye. John Hewitt.

Friday, 11 February 2022

Frosty to start with bright sunny day following and an increasong F1 norhterly to a F6 south westerly. Watches: 0740-1140.

The impressive by recent standards flock of 40 Snow Bunting were still wandering the area, while elsewhere the best of the rest were 2 Short-eared Owl hunting around Kilnsea wetlands where 2 Pale-bellied Brents were among 428 Brent Geese.

Over the sea the best were 111 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 55 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull and 53 Large Auk sp.

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  • Coot. Tony Hull.

  • Goldeneye. Tony Hull.

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Brents. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Bright and sunny but cold in the biting F5 north westerky. Watches: 0715-1230.

It was quite an entertaining day with plenty on offer for everyone with numerous highlights and maybe the best being 1255 Pink-footed Geese heading north west and nice ringtail Hen Harrier which headed back north west, the Black Brant was in fields off Beacon lane with 6 Pale-bellied Brents, a juvenile White-fronted Goose on Easington striaght with Greylags, a fantastic flook of 40 Snow Bunting wandering the area, a Black Redstart at the gas terminal and nearby a Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works.

Other bits of note were 228 Red-throated Diver over the sea, a Mediterranean Gull amd a good total of 7 Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Little Egret. John Hewitt.

  • Ringed Plovers. Thomas Willoughby.

Wednesday, 09 February 2022

A mild Sunny day with a F3 south westerly. Watches: 0745-1015.

There was some movement over the sea with the best being 52 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver, while there was even some overland migration with 2 Marsh Harrier, a Jackdaw, 8 Skylark and a Meadow Pipit.

Other sightings from the day saw a Barnacle Goose at Sammy's, 1200 Wood Pigeon in Easington, a Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea wetlands, the 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and 2 Goldcrest around the Obs.

Just outside the recording area the Black Brant was present at Skeffling along with 2 Pale-bellied Brents.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit.

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  • Drake Goldeneye. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Black Brant with Brents. Colin Bushell.

  • Pale-bellied Brents with Brents. Colin Bushell.

  • Redshank. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 08 February 2022

A mild day of sunny spells and a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0745-1145.

The best of todays sightings included a Lapland Bunting south at the Warren, 18 Snow Bunting wandering the area and 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works.

Up in the Kilnsea wetlands area a Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl and 4 Kestrel were hunting and a Pale-bellied Brent was present.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail.

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  • Barn Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Barn Owl. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Barn Owl showing well. John Hewitt.

  • Little Egret. John Hewitt.

Monday, 07 February 2022

Frosty start gave way to a sunny day with a F3-4 westerly. Watches: 0745-1100.

The best of the day saw an increase to 4 Pale-bellied Brents aroind Kilnsea wetlans among the 415 Brent Geese, which also contained 2 Black Brant x Brent hybrids. Other decent sightings from the day included the 3 Siberian Chiffchaff again at the sewage works, a Kigfisher along Easington straight, the first returning Coot at Sammy's, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull on KIlnsea wetlands and a Mistle Thrush in the triangle.

Ringing: 1 Moorhen, 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Michael Anderson.

  • Short-eared Owl. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 06 February 2022

A cold, wet and wild day driven by a F6-7 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1035.

Not a great day to be out, the wind increased as the day went on, the best of the sightings were a Red Kite which headed back north, a Mediterranean Gull over the sea, which aslo had 114 Red-throated Diver, 66 Guillemot and 6 Razorbill and just one Snow Bunting at the Narrows.

The best sightings though were just outside the recording area between Sammys and Skeffling with a Black Brant, 21 Whooper Swan, a Pale-bellied Brent and a nice adult male Hen Harrier.

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  • Female Shoveler. Tony Hull.

  • Drake Shoveler. Tony Hull.

Saturday, 05 February 2022

Blustery showers in a F6 north westerly. Watches: 0750-1120.

A quiet day overall the best of the sightings were 3 Snow Bunting which headed south, while over the sea were an Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 69 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 89 Kittiwake, 13 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 47 Largw Auk sp.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank. Tony Hull.

Friday, 04 February 2022

Bright and sunny with a bitter f5-6 north westerly.  Watches: 0800-0915.

Not much happening during the day, the best of the sightings were on KIlnsea wetlands where a flock of 500 Brent Geese were present with the Hybid Brant x Brent and a probable Black Brant. Also here were 579 Wigeon, 13 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Curlew and a Stonechat.

The best of a quiet sea were 43 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and 7 Kittiwake.

Ringing: 1 Moorhen.

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  • Brent Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Mute Swans. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 03 February 2022

Mild again with sunny spells and a F3-4 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-1015.

A brilliant flock of 41 Snow Bunting in the triangle to breach area was impressive by recent standards (the biggest flock in the area since 42 in Decemeber 2014). Other noteable sightings included a Great Northern Diver south over the sea, the 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and 2 Pale-bellied Brents in among the 400 Brent Geese.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held the usual good counts of 421 Wigeon, 28 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 24 Little Grebe and 6 Little Egret while on the Humber 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 1000 Knot and 800 Dunlin were counted.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Snow Buntings. Jason Spinks. Since 2014 there have been very few decent flocks in the area normally involving just a handful of birds and more often just 1-5 birds, so this flock is more than welcome.

  • Kestrel. Tony Hull.

Wednesday, 02 February 2022

A mild sunny day with a F3-5 south westerly. Watches: 0750-0900.

It was a ncie day out and about the best of todays sightings were a nice flock of 38 Snow Bunting in the Warren to breach area, the 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and a Brambling in Kilnsea, which is unusual for the time of year for us.

Other bits included a Pale-bellied Brent with 300 Brent Geese, 543 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, 23 Little Grebe, 80 Lapwing, 38 Black-tailed Godwit around Kilnsea wetlands and a Woodcock along the canal.

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

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  • Stonechat. John Hewitt.

  • Fieldfare. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022

A bright sunny day with a F5 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1015.

The morning after the last big tide and the full extent of the destruction of the Heligoland trap was absorbed. Hopefully something can be arranged in the near future. Sightings were few and far during the day the best being 473 Brent Geese, 413 Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, 20 Little Grebe, 25 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Stonechat around Kilnsea wetlands and 2 Woodcock and 17 Snipe in the triangle.

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  • Little Egret. Tony Hull.

  • Brent Geese plus 'Lucy'. Tony Hull.

Monday, 31 January 2022

A cold bright day with a F6 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1015. A couple of days of strong winds, big tides and brutal destructive seas saw much damage to the Warren area, in particular the area by the Heligoland trap which has been in place since 1946.

Birding wise it was difficult, the best a Snow Bunting in Kilnsea. Other bits included a Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 374 Redshank and a Barn Owl. 

Over the sea 133 Kittiwake was a good count.

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  • Big brutal clay ripping breakers. Harry Appleyard.

  • Clay eroding waves. Bethan Clyne.

  • Broken. Jonny Fisk.

  • Teetering. Jonny Fisk.

  • Maybe its last ever capture? Jo Fisk.

  • 1946-2022. Jonny Fisk.

Sunday, 30 January 2022

A bright start, clouding over with an increasing F1-6 north westerly.  Watches: 0745-1000.

Highlights from the day were 32 Snow Bunting blogging around the area, 2 Jack Snipe, 40 Snipe and 5 Woodcock in Northfield, while 4 Stonechat were in the area.

The Kilnsea wetlands area had 500 Wigeon, 63 Teal a Goldeneye, 26 Little Grebe and 20 Black-tailed Godwit.

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  • Teal. Tony Hull.

  • Snow Buntings over the triangle. Harry Appleyard.

Saturday, 29 January 2022

Sunny spells with a strong F6 westerly.  Watches: 0745-1015, 1315-1545.

The 25 Snow Bunting were again mobile around the triangle, with another 14 at the gas terminal maybe different? Elsewhere a Jack Snipe in North field along with 35 Snipe and 3 Woodcock. There was some good movement over the sea with 134 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake, 32 Black-headed Gull, 701 Herring Gull, 30 Guillemot and 524 Large Auk sp.

The usual decent birding around Kilnsea wetlands produced 320 Brent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 5 Shoveler, 505 Wigeon, a Goldeneye, a Short-eared Owl and 3 Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Wigeon. Tony Hull.

  • Shoveler. Tony Hull.

  • Fox. Tony Hull.

Friday, 28 January 2022

Sunny spells with a F1-3 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-1100.

The best of the day were 23 Snow Bunting wandering the area, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff again at the sewage works, while a Large Shearwater flew north with the sea also having 15 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 168 Red-throated Diver, a Gannet and 4 Cormorant.

Kilnsea wetlands held all the usuals with decent counts for some with a Pale-bellied Brent, 628 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 28 Little Grebe, a Marsh Harrier and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.

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  • Siberian Chiffchaff. John Hewitt.

  • Siberian Chiffchaff. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 27 January 2022

A bright sunny cold day with a F5-2 south westerly. Watches: 0750-1015.

It was another good day of sightings with noteable increases for some with 760 Wigeon on Kilnsea wetlands and 780 Lapwing near terminal wood, while one of the Black Redstart was at the gas terminal, 14 Snow Bunting remained in the area and a Jack Snipe in Easington.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 300 Grent Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Whooper Swan, 22 Mute Swan, 2 Tufted Duck, a Goldneye, 23 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 11 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 2 House Sparrow.

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  • Brent Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Dunlin. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Sunny start clouding over and cold in the F3-4 westerly.  Watches: 0750-1015.

It was another decent day of sightings in the area with 3 Siberian Chiffchaff again at the Easington sewage worls, a Black Redstart nearby on the gas terminal rocks, while the juvenile White-fronted Goose remained among the 12 Pink-footed Geese and another great count of 34 Little Grebe (32 beacon ponds, 2 borrow pit).

Other bits of note were 130 Shelduck and 115 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber and 4 Stonechat around the area.

Ringing: 1 Moorhen, 2 Starling.

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  • White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

  • White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

  • Sparrowhawk. John Hewitt.

  • Sparrowhawk. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

A grey cold and damp day with a F3 westerly.  Watches: 0755-1015.

Highlights from the day included 14 Snow Bunting still gracing the area, the Caspian Gull again on Kilnsea wetlands, the juvenile White-fronted Goose on Easington striaght and a Jack Snipe on Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 2 Moorhen, 1 Starling.

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  • Jack Snipe. John Hewitt.

  • Jack Snipe. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. Lawrence Middleton.

Monday, 24 January 2022

Grey dull and cold with a F3 westerly.  Watches: 0750-1050.

Not a bad day overall with some decent birding still to be had in the area, The Black Redstart was again on the rocks on the seaward side of the gas terminal, 14 Snow Bunting wandering the area, 2 Whooper Swan, the juvenile White-fronted Goose with 11 Pink-footed Geese on Easington straight with a Caspian Gull nearby on Kilnsea wetlands.

The KIlnsea wetlands area also held 400 Wigeon, a Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 29 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 94 Lapwing, 2 Short-eared Owl and 4 Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 10 House Sparrow.

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  • Marsh Harrier. Lawrence Middleton.

Sunday, 23 January 2022

Overcast and damp in the chilly F3 South westerly.  Watches: 0800-1030.

Another day of generally mild weather and overall little change bird wise with the White-fronted Goose still on easington stright, 16 Snow Bunting wandering the area, 2 Great Northern Diver over the sea and the WEBS count while unremarkable dug out 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, a Woodcock and a good total of 3244 Oystercatcher..

Just west of the area a Great White Egret was at Skeffling and 2 Black Brant hybrids in the Brent flock plus a Pale-bellied Brent.

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  • Little Egret and Grey Heron. Hazel Wiseman.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Frosty start, bright and sunny with a F1 north westerly. Watches: 0745-1645.

It was a busy day working on the seawatch hide as the finishing touches were completed. The days birding highlights were 2 Great Northern Diver and 206 Red-throated Diver over the sea, 19 Snow Bunting in the area and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works.

Other bits of note were 435 Wigeon, 134 Teal, a Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 28 Little Grebe around Kilnsea wetlands, a Woodcock in Easington and 5 Stonechat in the area.

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 5 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch.

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  • Stonechat. Harry Appleyard.

  • Snow Hazel Wiseman.

  • Completing the hide. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Steve Exley.

Friday, 21 January 2022

Bright and sunny with a cold F4 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1010.

It was a nice day all round with a few headline birds about the best being a showy Great Northern Diver on Beacon ponds giving fantastic views and seranading us with its mournful calls. Elsewhere 24 Snow Bunting in the Warren-breach area, a Shorelark flew west at Sammy's (no records last year), 2 Whooper Swan on Easington straight and 2 White-fronted Geese, one of which flew north with ome Pink-feet.

Some other bits of note among the usuals were a Woodcock in Easington, 1 Mistle Thrush at Driftwood and 3 Stonechat.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing.

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  • Great Northern Diver. John Hewitt.

  • Great Northern Diver. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Great Northern Diver. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Great Northern Diver. Hazel Wiseman.

  • Great Northern Diver. Hazel Wiseman.

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Sunny, becoming overcast and cool in the F4 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1005.

Little change overall, the juvenile White-fronted Goose remaining with the 8 Pink-footed Geese on Easington straight.

Over the sea it was 'as usual' quiet with the best being 26 Pink-footed Geese, a Pintsil, 11 Kittiwake and 200 Common Gull, while the Kilnsea wetlands area held 400 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 25 Little Grebe and 2 Little Egret plus a Short-eared Owl and Little Owl. 

Ringing: 1 Water Rail.

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  • Wigeon. John Hewitt.

  • Dunlin. John Hewitt

  • White-fronted Goose (right) with Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Sunny spells but cool in the F4 north westerly.  Watches: 0750-1220.

The juvenile White-fronted Goose remained on Easington straight with 8 Pink-footed Geese, a Black Redstart was at the gas terminal, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and 2 Mediterranean Gull flew north over the sea.

The best of the rest were an Eider, a Shag and 11 Kittiwake over the sea and 2 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands among all the usuals.

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  • Buzzard 'shadowed' by Lapwing. John Hewitt.

  • Mallard. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

It was a decent day about the area with a few bits on offer, the best being a juvenile White-fronted Goose on Easington straight with 8 Pink-footed Geese plus 11 Snow Bunting at the breach and a good count of 67 Skylark on Easington straight.

The best of the other sightings mainly came from the Kilnsea wetlands area with 14 Shoveler, 123 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 27 Little Grebe and a Mediterranean Gull.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Steve Clipperton.

Monday, 17 January 2022

Bright and sunny with a F2 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-1115.

A pleasant day with some decent birding the best being 2 Long-tailed Duck north over the sea, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff again at the sewage works, the 13 Snow Bunting at the breach and a good count of 31 Little Grebe at Beacon ponds.

Other bits of note were 2 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 2 Pochard, 3 Goldneye and a Short-eared Owl around Kilnsea wetlands and 25 Pink-footed Geese on the move. 

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch.

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  • Pink-footed Goose. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Sunny spells and a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0800-1400. 

Yet again few sightings with the work party still busy around the Warren and Beacon ponds. Huge thanks to everyone for volunteering over the weekend. Bird wise the best of the day were the 13 Snow Bunting at the breach while over the sea 40 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck and 18 Red-throated Diver. 

Ringing: 2 Fieldfare, 1 Blackbird.

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  • Little Egret and Grey Heron. John Hewitt.

  • Stonechat, John Hewitt.

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Foggy and cloudy with a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0900-1000.

A busy day for the work party at the Warren and at Beacon ponds with so much being achieved. It was nice to see some new faces among the usuals. Thanks for giving up your time to help out.

With eveyone so busy few bits were seen so 10 Shoveler over the sea and 3 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Fieldafre and 3 Redwiing were about the best.

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  • Male Stonechat. John Hewitt.

Friday, 14 January 2022

Sunny but chilly in the F4 south wessterly.  Watches: 0730-1000.

The 13 Snow Bunting again at the breach and 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works were the pick of the day. 

Elsewhere 500 Pink-footed Geese, 17 Shoveler, 138 Teal, a Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 28 Little Grebe,12 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl were the best of the Kilnsea wetlands and Sammy's area and a small increase of Thrushes was evident with 71 Blackbird, 61 Fieldfare and 6 Song Thrush.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

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  • Snow Bunting. John Hewitt.

  • Snow Bunting. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

A bright and sunny day with a F3 south westerly.  Watches: 0745-0915.

The best of todays sightings were from the Kilnsea wetlands area with 300 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, a Goldeneye, 20 Little Grebe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Stonechat and a Short-eared Owl. 

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Starling.

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  • Mute Swans. John Hewitt.

  • waders over the Humber. Harry Appleyard.

  • Grey Seal. Harry Appleyard.

  • Roe Deer. Harry Appleyard.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Bright and sunny with a F3 south westerly.  Watches: 0740-1020.

The best of the day were 13 Snow Bunting at the breach, a Red Kite which eventually headed south and the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff still present at the sewage works.

Other bits worthy of note included a Pintail, 22 Teal, 58 Red-throated Diver over the sea and 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 3 Goldeneye omn Kilnsea wetlands. 

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Snow Bunting. Harry Appleyard.

  • Snow Buntings. Harry Appleyard.

  • Red Kite. Harry Appleyard.

  • Waders over a sunny Humber. Harry Appleyard.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Overcast with a F3 westerly.  Watches: 0800-1000.

It was another much the same day, the best of which were 3 Jack Snipe at the borrow pit, the Cetti's Warbler still in the triangle and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush.

 

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Monday, 10 January 2022

A Cattle Egret near the riding schoool ended up at Kilnsea wetlands and while still rare in our area, it has been recorded each year since 2019 and expected to become more regular with increasing sightings in the county.

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  • Cattle Egret with a Sheep. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Cattle Egret. Micky Maher.

  • Cattle Egret. Lawrence Middleton.

Sunday, 09 January 2022

Early frost then bright and sunny with a F2-3 Westerly. Watches: 0745-1015.

Not much change overall with the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff still by the sewage works, a Chiffchaff in Kilnsea and the 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 3 Goldeneye still on Kilnsea wetlands.

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  • Sparrowhawk. Thomas Willoughby.

Saturday, 08 January 2022

Overcast with rain and a F4-5 south westerly. Watches: 0800-1000.

Some good counts during the day, the best being 556 Black-tailed Godwit in the area, 73 Pintail off Sammy's, 550 Brent Geese with a Pale-bellied Brent and the Barnacle Goose still present.

Other sightings were much the same with the 3 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye and 500 Wigeon on Kilnsea wetlands.

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  • Barnacle Goose with Waders and Greylag Goose on Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Barnacle Goose. John Hewitt.

Friday, 07 January 2022

Sunny spells with a cold F4-5 south westerly.  Watches: 0800-1015.

Highlight from the day were 12 Snow Bunting at the breach, 3 Whooper Swan on beacon ponds, the Barnacle Goose still about the area and a Great Northern Diver south over the sea.

Other bits of note were 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 4 Goldeneye around the area of Kilnsea wetlands, a Shag and Marsh Harrier heading south and 2 Little Gull north and 2 Stoenchat were at the gas terminal.

Ringing: 1 Fieldfare, 2 House Sparrow.

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  • Barn Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 06 January 2022

Bright and sunny with wintry showers and an increasing very cold F4-6 south westerly.  Watches: 1230-1345.

Not a great day to be out, more damage this time to the road south of the Warren and overall not a great deal seen. A probable Glaucous Gull flew south but views were inconclusive, while most sightings came from the Kilnbsea wetlands area with 400 Brent Geese, 500 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 42 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye and 5 Little Egret.

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  • Knot. Bethan Clyne. (From 31st)

  • Stock Doves. John Hewitt.

  • Showing destruction of road and waves over the breach from previous day. Steve Exley.

Wednesday, 05 January 2022

Frosty start, sunny spells and a F406 north westerly.  Watches: 0800-1000, 1355-1505.

A cold day with big swell over the sea saw damage to the peninsula with the seawatch hide recieving some wave battering and repairs will be needed. Birdwise the day saw a female Hen Harrier wandered the area and the Barnacle Goose remained in the triangle, while the Pale-bellied Brent reamioned among the Brent Geese flock..

The best of the sea were 11 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Eider, a Medieterranean Gull and 187 Herring Gull heading south.

Little change in the Kilnsea wetlands area with 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Little Egret, 24 Black-tailed Godwit and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow.

 

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  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Sea watch hide being battered. Steve Exley.

  • Damaged to the hide. Paul Willoughby.

Tuesday, 04 January 2022

Frosty start, soon bright and sunny with a F2-4 north westerly. Watches: 0815-1000.

The Barnacle Goose and Cetti's Warbler were again in the triangle and at least 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works with a Chiffchaff, while a small increase in grounded birds saw 2 Woodcock, 46 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush and 3 Stonechat in the area.

Some decent sightings from the Kilnsea wetlands area saw 518 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck and 4 Goldeneye coiunted.

Ringing: 3 House Sparrow.

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  • Goldeneye. John Hewitt.

  • Goldeneye. John Hewitt.

Monday, 03 January 2022

Bright and sunny with a F5-6 south westerly.  Watches: 0830-1015.

It was just about 'as you were' with pretty much all the same bird present, including the Barnacle Goose and Cetti's Warbler in the triangle, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works and a Black Redstart at the gas terminal.

Up in the Kilnsea wetlands area the 2 Pochard and 2 Tufted Duck were still about along with a Pale-bellied Brent

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  • Black Redstart. Colin Bushell.

Sunday, 02 January 2022

A bright sunny day and a F4-6 south westerly. Watches: 0735-0900.

It was the Michael Clegg memorial bird race with teams on foot and by bike around the area and bird wise a similar day to the previous with the Barnacle Goose and Cetti's Warbler still in the triangle and the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and a Chiffchaff at the sewage works, but 3 Black Redstart at the gas termional is probably a winter record count. 

Grounded migrants included 2 Woodcock, a Goldcrest, 4 Redwing and a Siskin, while the best of birds on the move were a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter and a Siskin.

Little cgange at Kilnsea wetlands though there are now 2 Pochard, 8 Little Egret and 28 Little Grebe.

Ringing: 1 Water Rail, 1 Moorhen, 2 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Siskin.

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  • Stonechats. Hazel Wiseman.

Saturday, 01 January 2022

Sunny spells and mild with a F4-6 south westerly.  Watches: 0830-1000.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT SPURN.

The year got off to a good start with the 4 White-fronted Geese still in the triangle before flying south while a Barnacle Goose here also with the 180 Greylags. The day also saw 2 Snow Bunting fly south with 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Chiffchaff at Easington swage works and the Cetti's Warbler again in Sykes field. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area was aagin alive with birds including 15 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, a Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 16 Little Grebe, a Little Egret, 361 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 300 Redshank.

Some bits were on the move with 198 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 6 Teal, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone and 32 Black-headed Gull in/off.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird.

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  • White-fronted Geeese. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Goose. Colin Bushell.