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July 2017 Sightings

28th July 2017 - Friday

After not being seen for a couple of days the White-rumped Sandpiper put in a brief appearance at Beacon ponds along with 2600 Dunlin and 1200 Knot.
Also in the area 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Curlew Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

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27th July 2017 - Thursday

A changeable day with sunshine and showers a F3-4 W wind.
Sea Watches: 0530-1100, 1815-2030.

One of the highlights of the Spurn autumn (yes another one!) is the evening Tern movement when birds which have been feeding offshore make their way south past the seawatch hut to roost on the saltmarshes of the Lincolnshire coast. From late July onwards this can involve many thousand birds, with many also cutting across the triangle from the ponds across the Humber. The flocks have produced Red-necked Phalaropes, White-winged Black Tern and Sabine’s Gull caught up in the movement.

The first evening Tern roost produced 54 Sandwich Tern, 1145 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and the first Roseate Tern which spent time on Kilnsea wetland before going south with it or another an hour or so later.

On the move over the sea were 1 Tufted Duck, 60 Common Scoter, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 117 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 37 Oystercatcher, 29 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 81 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 47 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 5 Turnstone.

Other interesting sightings were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 1 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 28 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 16 Mediterranean Gull while Waders on beacon ponds 120 Grey Plover, 800 Knot, 4000 Dunlin and 4 Greenshank and Kilnsea wetlands totals of 4 Avocet, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 2 Wood Sandpiper.


Ringing: 5 Swallow pulli.

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26th July 2017 - Wednesday

Sunny spells and showers with a stiff F3-4 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0530-1130, 1400-1645.


No sign so far of the White-rumped Sandpiper, but the juvenile White-winged Black Tern re-appeared on and off over the wetlands and Holderness field, so presumably spending most of its time over the sea or Humber.


A great day of Wader movement over the sea 134 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 165 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 110 Dunlin, 44 Sanderling, 23 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 16 Whimbrel and 2 Green Sandpiper.

Grounded wader totals remained high with 6 Avocet, 600 Golden Plover, 120 Grey Plover, 600 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 780 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Little Stint, 7000 Dunlin, 150 Curlew, 15 Whimbrel and 2 Wood Sandpiper.

Other species on the move over the sea were 20 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 318 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 177 Gannet, 2 adult Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake and 4 Auk sp.

Other interesting sightings were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Mediterranean Gull on Kilnsea wetland.

Ringing: 2 Tree Sparrow pulli.

White-winged Black Tern, John Hewitt.

White-winged Black Tern, John Hewitt.

Adult Little Stint. John Hewitt. Note the superficial resemblance to a Red-necked Stint due to the increased red/rufous tones around the head and neck, however careful study of the photo can rule out Red-necked Stint using several key features. Bill shape

Adult Little Stint. John Hewitt. Note the superficial resemblance to a Red-necked Stint due to the increased red/rufous tones around the head and neck, however careful study of the photo can rule out Red-necked Stint using several key features. Bill shape

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25th July 2017 - Tuesday

A bright sunny start clouding up in the day with a F1-3 N wind.
Migration Watches: 0605-1115, 1500-1600.

With still 6 days to go in the month it has been a brilliant one for Waders in the whole area, but especialy so on Kilnsea wetlands. The number of species seen in July stands at around 27 (34 for the year so far), and has included some nice rare and scarce ones into the mix. We defintitely recommend visiting the wetlands and ponds area on any visit especially at high tide.

A fantastic and interesting day saw a female Red-backed Shrike found behind Rose cottage, the first this year while the White-rumped Sandpiper remained on Kilnsea wetlands. The excitement continued with a juvenile WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN gracing Kilnsea wetlands before heading off south (the 2nd this month). Late in the day the stunning adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER re-appeared, dropping in for a bathe, then flew off high north-west, as many of the 'resident' Golden Plover often do.

Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area still held some good Wader totals with 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 130 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 490 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 780 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Stint, 2900 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling and 3 Wood Sandpiper.

On the move over the sea were 1 Teal, 56 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 16 Manx Shearwater, 151 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 51 Dunlin, 10 Sanderling, Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 9 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake 30 Common Tern, 70 Sandwich Tern and 7 Auk sp.

Other interesting sightings were 1 Brent Goose, 17 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Hobby, 18 little Egret and 1 Cuckoo all in the Beacon ponds area.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit.

White-winged Black Tern. Si Jump.

White-winged Black Tern. Si Jump.

White-winged Black Tern. Tim Jump.

White-winged Black Tern. Tim Jump.

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24th July 2017 - Monday

Rain all day sometimes light with a F3-2 N wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1130, 1500-1700.

The White-rumped Sandpiper is again on Kilnsea wetlands this morning. It seems to be in a pattern of being present in the mornings vanishing on to the Humber and re-appearing in the evenings.

Waders species in the same area were well represented with 1 Little Stint, 2 Greenshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 500 Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper while on the Humber 700 Knot.

On the move over sea were 343 Common Scoter, 16 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 390 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 86 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 44 Knot, 40 Dunlin, 26 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 56 Little Gull, 13 Kittiwake, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Guillemot, 30 Sandwich Tern and 32 Common Tern.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe and a Crossbill over Driftwood.


Just outside the recording area a male Crossbill was showing ridiculously well on the road at Skeffling.

Ringing: Nil.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.  Check out Nigels blog for more great pics at southellabirder.weebly.com

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn. Check out Nigels blog for more great pics at southellabirder.weebly.com

White-rumped Sandpiper (left) with Dunlin. Nigel Genn.

White-rumped Sandpiper (left) with Dunlin. Nigel Genn.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

Crossbill from Skeffling. John Hewitt.

Crossbill from Skeffling. John Hewitt.

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23rd July 2017 - Sunday

A bright start with rain by late afternoon with a variable F1-2 SE-W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0555-1130, 1415-1515.


The adult White-rumped Sandpiper was still present om Kilnsea wetlands in the morning, but like yesterday it disappeared, so may re-appear on the next high tide.

Kilnsea wetlands and Beacon ponds area also held some other interesting Waders with 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Stint, 1 Snipe, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 16 Common Sandpiper.
On the move over the sea were 2 Teal, 94 Common Scoter, 27 Manx Shearwater, 100 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 15 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 14 Little Gull and 50 Sandwich Tern.

Still quiet overland with 208 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 61 Swallow, 1 Alba Wagtail and 2 Flava Wagtail.

Other interesting sightings were 1 Brent Goose, 3 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Lapwing, a good count of 714 Golden Plover on the Humber, 7500 Dunlin, 156 Curlew, 10 Whimbrel, 3 Mediterranean Gull Kilnsea wetlands, 111 Little tern Beacon ponds and a Wheatear at the Point.

Ringing: 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock pulli.

Little Stint. Simon Jump.

Little Stint. Simon Jump.

Wood Sandpiper. Simon Jump.

Wood Sandpiper. Simon Jump.

Wood Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

Wood Sandpiper. Nigel Genn.

Migrant Hawker. Colin Bushell.

Migrant Hawker. Colin Bushell.

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22nd July 2017 - Saturday

Early morning rain with the odd sunny spell, rain again later with a stiff F4-2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0545-1145.


An stunning adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was on the Humber off the Warren, but flew off on the incoming tide while the adult White-rumped Sandpiper remains showing well on Kilnsea wetland.

Waders species in the same area were well represented with 2 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper while on the Humber 600 Knot, 7000 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Whimbrel, 140 Curlew and 300 Redshank.

On the move over sea were 214 Common Scoter, 28 Manx Shearwater, 127 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Red-throated Diver, 34 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 11 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 26 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Auk sp, 2 Guillemot and 1 Puffin while the only birds overland on the move were 1 Swift, 40 Sand Martin and 2 Flava Wagtail.

Other birds of note were 1 Brent Goose, 2 Teal, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Cuckoo .

Ringing: Nil.

American Golden Plover. Luke Ozsanlav-Harris.

American Golden Plover. Luke Ozsanlav-Harris.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

White-rumped Sandpiper. Colin Bushell.

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