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August 2017 Sightings

20th August 2017 - Sunday

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was found on the feeders at Driftwood, still present in the evening also wandering about the village.
Also today a Turtle Dove was seen plus a small arrival of Spotted Flycatcher and in the evening 2 Roseate Tern flew south.

Rosy Starling. John Hewitt.

Rosy Starling. John Hewitt.

Rosy Starling. Andy Hood.

Rosy Starling. Andy Hood.

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19th August 2017 - Saturday

Sightings today included a Great-white Egret over the Borrow pit and 3 Egyptian Geese in the area.

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18th August 2017 - Friday

Sunny spells with a stiff F4-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-0915, 1015-1115, 1800-2010.

Very little was seen today with most observers at the Birdfair or twitching the Stint at Nosterfield.

A steady trickle overland with 19 Swift, 4 Flava Wagtail, 227 Swallow, 182 House Martin and 7 Sand Martin while over the sea it was quiet with 14 Gannet, 108 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 14 Dunlin, 6 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 15 Redshank, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Little Gull, 70 Black-headed Gull and 41 Kittiwake while the Tern roost was very poor again, 1 Black Tern, 556 Common Tern and 2 Arctic Tern the best.

Other interesting sightings were the resident Brent Goose on Kilnsea wetland, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Avocet, 4 Greenshank,2 Green Sandpiper, 36 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Whinchat, the Black Redstart and only 1 Willow Warbler.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was in Kilnsea and a Convolvulus Hawkmoth in Churchfield

Ringing: Nil.

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17th August 2017 - Thursday

Rain until early morning brightening with some sunshine and a F2-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1130, 1345-1545, 1800-2030.


The Western Bonelli's Warbler was still present today upto 10am when it flew towards the village. Please park in Easington square and walk down Beck St, to view the bird at the sewage works/football pitch. Some more pics from yesterday below.

It was a much quieter day overland after the rain with 7 Swift, 60 Swallow, 15 House Martin and 2 Sand Martin while over the sea it was steady with 44 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 132 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 66 Gannet, 108 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Sanderling, 7 Knot, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua and 1 Kittiwake while the Tern roost continued to be quiet with 1 Little Tern, 1 Black Tern, 691 Common Tern and 4 Arctic Tern.

Other interesting sightings were the resident Brent Goose on Kilnsea wetlands, 17 Teal, 122 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 32 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Garden Warbler and only 2 Willow Warbler.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was in Kilnsea

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Tree Sparrow pulli.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Simon and Karen Spavin.  Check out their blog at sandkspavin.blogspot.co.uk .

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Simon and Karen Spavin. Check out their blog at sandkspavin.blogspot.co.uk .

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Simon and Karen spavin.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Simon and Karen spavin.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Micky Maher.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Micky Maher.

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16th August 2017 - Wednesday

A nice warm day with plenty of hazy sunshine and a F1-3 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0550-1045, 1800-1900.

A superb WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is showing well in Easington, by the sewage works just off Beck Street. Please park in the village square and walk to view. The bird has been sub-singing so is presumably a male.

The Bonelli’s aside, it was still quiet for migrants and present were 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, the long staying Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Chiffchaff and 9 Willow Warbler.
It was a better day though for viz-migging with 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stock Dove, 752 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 36 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 86 Flava Wagtail and 2 Alba Wagtail.

Wader movement, among other species over the sea remains quite steady with 7 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 21 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 105 Gannet, 1 Shag, 21 Oystercatcher, 6 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Arctic Skua.

Other interesting sightings were the resident Brent Goose on Kilnsea wetlands, 18 Teal, 52 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 115 Ringed Plover, 6000 Dunlin, 7 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.
Unfortunately a Badger was found dead on the road by Canal scrape, with maybe the same one having been seen recently at the Warren.

Ringing: 6 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Tree Sparrow. (51 of 7 species)

Western Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. John Hewitt.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Tim Jump.

Western Bonelli's Warbler. Tim Jump.

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15th August 2017 - Tuesday

Blue sky and sunny all day with a F2-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1045, 1615-1900.


A few bits of interest about today. Kilnsea wetlands has juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, juvenile Little Gull and one of the daily Marsh harrier among the decent Wader numbers.
The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was in the entrance area to Sandy beaches caravan site. There was also still a few other migrants about in the area keeping interest going, 5 Whinchat, the Black Redstart remains at Sandy beaches caravan Site, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 10 Willow Warbler were the best.

The sea was very quiet with hardly any Waders on the move with 10 Teal, 30 Common Scoter, 84 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 3 Golden Plover in, 1 Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel in, 1 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake while 126 Sandwich Tern north in the morning.
Viz-migging at Numpties seems like a good movement is due any day, but still limited to a 'trickle' with 51 Swift, 220 Sand Martin, 285 Swallow, 207 House martin, 4 Flava Wagtail, 9 Linnet while a Crossbill with strong white wing bars flew west over Kew, a case of one that may have got away.

Other birds of note mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area were 1 Brent Goose, a big increase to 56 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 2 Marsh Harrier blogging , 15 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 700 Golden Plover, 200 Grey Plover, 110 Ringed Plover, 6500 Dunlin, 8 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and the usual Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 3 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin.

Whimchat. John Hewitt.

Whimchat. John Hewitt.

Black Redstart. John Hewitt.

Black Redstart. John Hewitt.

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

Pied Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

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14th August 2017 - Monday

Mostly cloudy, but warm and humid with a F1-2 SE-S wind.
Migration Watches: 0600-1100, 1750-1915.

A quieter day than of late over land and sea, but still good on Kilnsea wetlands with a good selection of Waders still on view, 4 Spoonbill north over here, were the highlight today, a species which it has been a good year for at Spurn.

On the move over the sea were 20 Teal, 26 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 124 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 19 Grey Plover, 14 Dunlin, 7 Knot, 3 Redshank, adult Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Arctic Skua.
Viz-migging at Numpties produced steady counts of 4 Swift, 18 Sand Martin, 326 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail and 8 Linnet.

Other birds of note mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area were 1 Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier Long bank area, 1200 Golden Plover Humber, 950 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Kingfisher while passerines seen were 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 4 Willow Warbler.

Ringing: 2 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Whitethroat.

Heliophulos pendulous. Micky Maher.

Heliophulos pendulous. Micky Maher.

Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

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