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February 2017 Sightings

16th February 2017 - Thursday

Heavy overnight rain cleared to leave a cold cloudy day F1-3 W wind.
Sea Watches: 0730-1045.

The Welwick Pallid Harrier visited Spurn again today going as far as the Warren before slowly returning west. This bird has been present since last autumn and seen virtually daily at Welwick saltmarsh along with a few Hen and Marsh Harriers, Merlin and Short-eared Owls.

2 Barnacle Geese remained in the area, while the Black Brant put in another appearance with the Brent Geese flock.
On the move over the sea were 1 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 436 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 8 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 1 Marsh Harrier south, Peregrine and Merlin hunting the Humber, 18 Lapwing in/off, 8 Stock Dove u-turning back north and the male Stonechat by the listening dish.

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch.

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15th February 2017 - Wednesday

A dull morning brightened to a sunny mild day with a light F1-3 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0740-1040, 1345-1445.

On the move over the sea were 1 Shelduck, 16 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 75 Red-throated Diver, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing.

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin.

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14th February 2017 - Tuesday

Sunny all day again but with a cold F4-5 SSE wind.
Sea Watches: 0740-1040.

The sea was still poor with 2 Common Scoter, 69 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Little Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 11 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were the 9 Barnacle Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 11 Greylags in the triangle, 426 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall and 27 Teal Kilnsea wetlands, female Scaup and Greenshank Beacon ponds, Coot canal scrape and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing: Nil.

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13th February 2017 - Monday

Sunny all day but with a cold F3-4 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0740-1040.

The 9 Barnacle Geese were again in the triangle along with the Pink-footed Goose and 27 Greylags while on Easington straight a Pale-bellied Brent Goose with 300 Brents. Kilnsea Wetlands held 460 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall and 9 Teal.
Other bits of interest were 58 Shelduck and 76 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber and a male Stonechat.
The sea was still poor with 2 Common Scoter, 84 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 8 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 15 Kittiwake and 35 Auk sp.

Ringing: Nil.

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12th February 2017 - Sunday

Early morning rain then dull with an increasing F3-4 ESE wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1030.

On the move over the sea were 3 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 9 Kittiwake and 5 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 132 Common Gull and 125 Black-tailed Godwit Humber.

Ringing: Nil.

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11th February 2017 - Saturday

A cold dull day with regular wintery showers and F2 NW wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1000.
Poor, cold weather resulted in little birding being done.

The 7 White-fronted Geese and 1 Pink-footed Goose were joined by 9 Barnacle Geese in the triangle.
The sea was again poor with 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 12 Auk sp.

Ringing: Nil.

Goose flock in the triangle. Mick Turton.

Goose flock in the triangle. Mick Turton.

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10th February 2017 - Friday

Overnight snow with continued flurries and wintery showers during the day and a F3-2 E wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1100, 1500-1545.

The young female Pallid Harrier made another welcome appearance today wandering fields around Kilnsea Wetlands before heading back towards Welwick.

The sea was again poor with 11 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Guillemot and 5 Auk sp on the move.

Other bits of interest were 1 Pink-footed Goose with 22 Greylags in the triangle, an increase to 791 Wigeon on Kilnsea Wetlands along with 3 Gadwall, 11 Teal and 2 Shoveler with a female Scaup on Holderness Field, 2 Common Buzzard blogging about the area, Merlin at Long Bank and 71 Black-tailed Godwit Humber.

Ringing: Nil.

Pallid Harrier. John Hewitt.

Pallid Harrier. John Hewitt.

Pallid Harrier. John Hewitt.

Pallid Harrier. John Hewitt.

Scaup, John Hewitt,

Scaup, John Hewitt,

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