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.