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March 2017 Sightings

22nd March 2017 - Wednesday

Clear in the morning then heavy rain in the afternoon. F3-4 SE wind.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0620-0940

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Black Brant with 300 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Long Bank Marsh, 90 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point,

On the move were 10 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 9 Herring Gull, 5 Great Tit, 5 Rook, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet.

Ringing- 1 Redwing.

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21st March 2017 - Tuesday

Rain first thing then clear skies and a stiff, cold westerly wind. F2-4 SW-W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch-0600-0715.
Birds present were 3 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 9 Avocet, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.

On the move were 1+ Whooper Swan (heard moving north in the dark), 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 102 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch and 26 Linnet.

Ringing- 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 8 Chaffinch. 10/3.

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20th March 2017 - Monday

A wet day clearing in the afternoon and much cooler. F3-5 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1200

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 110 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 4 Coot, 8 Avocet, 84 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Pied Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest,

On the move were 2 Eider, 37 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 29 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 115 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 1 Corn Bunting

Ringing- 1 Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch,6 Chaffinch. 10/4.

Coal Tit. Jonnie Fisk.

Coal Tit. Jonnie Fisk.

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19th March 2017 - Sunday

Showers on and off through the day with heavy rain late afternoon. F3-1 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1100

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1Black Brant with 700 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Humber, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 346 Curlew and 1 Chiffchaff.

On the move were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 9 Herring Gull, 13 Great BB Gull, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 93 Chaffinch and 31 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing- 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. 3/2.

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18th March 2017 - Saturday

A miserable day with rain throughout becoming heavier in the afternoon. F1-2 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1030

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 72 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea, 1 Merlin, 1 White Wagtail at Sammy’s Point, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 1 Siskin.

On the move were 4 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 3 Common Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Tit, 10 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 225 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 4 Linnet.

Ringing- 5 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 3 Chaffinch. 9/3

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

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17th March 2017 - Friday

A dull day with an increasing westerly wind throughout. F4-6 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0645-1045, 1400-1430

Birds present were 1 Goldcrest.

On the move were 3 Shelduck, 5 Eider, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 10 Black-headed Gull, 11 Common Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 14 Guillemot, 65 auk sp.

Ringing- 2 Chaffinch. 2/1.

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16th March 2017 - Thursday

F1-3 SW.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1130, 1415 - 1545

The first Wheatear arrived along with a small fall of Chiffchaff and another Firecrest.

Birds present were 1 Black Brant with 700 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 152 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Avocet, 275 Curlew, 2 Lesser BB Gull, 1 Guillemot, 2 Wheatear on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 13 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at Kew, 17 Magpie, 15 Chaffinch,

On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Lapwing, 29 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 2 alba Wagtail, 26 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 21 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting,

Ringing- 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. 19/7.

Firecrest. John Hewitt.

Firecrest. John Hewitt.

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