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April 2017 Sightings

21st April 2017 - Friday

A mainly cloudy day with the odd sunny spell, but cold in the F2-3 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0550-1100, 1430-1500.
The generally cool weather continues and set to go into May.

Migrant numbers were 20 Whimbrel, 4 Snipe, 2 Little Tern, 10 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 21 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher (1st of year) and 1 Brambling.

Viz-mig produced 6 Curlew out east, 1 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 9 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 13 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 10 Linnet.
Over the sea 4 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver and 4 Gannet.

Other birds of note were the 2 Black Brant with 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 400 Brent Geese on the Humber, 22 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 21 Avocet, 4 Snipe, 1 Greenshank and 1 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldfinch.

Short-eared Owl. Garry Taylor.

Short-eared Owl. Garry Taylor.

Black Brant. Tim Jump.

Black Brant. Tim Jump.

Wheatear. Garry Taylor.

Wheatear. Garry Taylor.

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20th April 2017 - Thursday

Sunny spells with varying cloud cover and the odd light shower with a F1-2 WNW-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0625-1205, 1600-1700.


Migrant totals were 1 Little-ringed Plover, 34 Whimbrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Wheatear, Redstart Sammys (1st of year), 1 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Brambling.

On the move were a male Mandarin on Kilnsea wetland that flew off south, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Whimbrel and 144 Curlew out east, 50 Black-headed Gull in/off, 15 Sand Martin, 38 Swallow, 8 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 6 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch and 40 Linnet.
On the move over a very quiet sea were 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Cormorant and 5 Sandwich Tern.


Other bits of interest were 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Black Brant. 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 500 Brent Geese al on Easington straight, 27 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck and 2 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldfinch (7 of 4 species).

Mandarin. John Hewitt.

Mandarin. John Hewitt.

Magpie. John Hewitt.  During March/April numbers increase as birds move south with other Corvids. Not a species that many people realise move. A great sight to see flocks high overhead the Warren.

Magpie. John Hewitt. During March/April numbers increase as birds move south with other Corvids. Not a species that many people realise move. A great sight to see flocks high overhead the Warren.

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19th April 2017 - Wednesday

A milder day, mostly cloudy with some light showers with a F1 NE-SE wind.
Migration Watches:
A better day, the lighter wind maybe enabling more migrants to be recorded.

Migrant numbers were 2 Little-ringed Plover, 22 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 23 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest Canal hedge, 1 Bullfinch and 2 Brambling.

Viz-mig produced 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 86 Curlew out east, 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Flava Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 59 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Corn Bunting.
Over the sea 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet and 3 Cormorant.

Other birds of note were the 2 Black Brant with 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 400 Brent Geese on the Humber, 28 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 430 Oystercatcher, 18 Avocet, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Short-eared Owl over Clubleys.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch.

Little-ringed Plover. John Hewitt.

Little-ringed Plover. John Hewitt.

Swallow. Garry Taylor.

Swallow. Garry Taylor.

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18th April 2017 - Tuesday

A cold day with plenty of sunshine, but a raw wind with a F1-3 NNE wind.
Migration Watches: 0610-1050.

No sign of the Subalpine Warbler today despite looking in the less than ideal cold wind, though it did bring a few bits extra over the sea. No significant counts were made either.

Over the sea 15 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar, 69 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 25 Auk sp, went south.

Migrant numbers were poor with 8 Whimbrel and 2 Chiffchaff.

Other birds of note were the Black Brant with 340 Brent Geese on the Humber, 1 Peregrine, 14 Avocet and 2 Short-eared Owl over Clubleys.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch.

Little Egret. Richard Willison.

Little Egret. Richard Willison.

Black Brant. Rob Creek.

Black Brant. Rob Creek.

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17th April 2017 - Monday

A cool day with sunny spells, warm out of the wind then heavy rain overnight with a F1-2 NE wind.
Migrations watches: 0605-1105, 1500-1545.


The male Western Subalpine Warbler still present at south end of the canal singing and calling.

Other migrants today were male Ruff Kilnsea wetlands, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Little Tern north, 11 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (1st of year), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Brambling and 1 Siskin.

Over the sea were 6 Common Scoter, male Red-breasted Merganser on the Humber, 2 red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 59 Curlew out east,
Viz-migging produced 11 Wood Pigeon, 2 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail, 1 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow and 14 Goldfinch.

Other birds of note were 2 adult Black Brant on the Humber with 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 430 Brent Geese, 24 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 18 Avocet Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Lapwing and 2 Short-eared Owl.

A few Butterflies on the wing with Small White, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip and Holly Blue being seen.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blackbird, 2 Wren, 1 Chaffinch (7 of 4 species).

Western Subalpine Warbler. Martin Standley.

Western Subalpine Warbler. Martin Standley.

Western Subalpine Warbler. Martin Standley.

Western Subalpine Warbler. Martin Standley.

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16th April 2017 - Sunday

A mostly overcast day with sunny spells then showers from mid-day heavier by dark with a F1-2 variable wind.
Migration Watches: 0610-1050, 1530-1630.

A small increase in migrant numbers brought the 2nd IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF of the spring, found calling along the canal by Tim Jones (his 2nd of the spring!), while nearby the male Western Subalpine Warbler made a re-appearance having not been seen since the 7th!

Migrant numbers picked up a little with 8 Whimbrel, 12 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler at Chalk bank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat on Vicars Lane (1st of year), 6 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and 1 Brambling.

Totals for viz-migging were 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 124 Curlew out east, 12 Swallow, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 1 Hooded Crow and 13 Carrion Crow, 19 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet and 1 Reed Bunting.
Over the sea 2 Common Scoter went south.

Other birds of note were the Black Brant with 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 140 Brent Geese on the Humber, 23 Wigeon Kilnsea wetlands, 4 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 1 male Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard Easington, 2 Peregrine, 14 Avocet and 1 Short-eared Owl canal area.

Ringing: 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff, 3 Goldfinch. (7 of 5 species).

Iberian Chiffchaff. Paul French.

Iberian Chiffchaff. Paul French.

Iberian Chiffchaff. Paul French.

Iberian Chiffchaff. Paul French.

Iberian Chiffchaff. Tim Jones.

Iberian Chiffchaff. Tim Jones.

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15th April 2017 - Saturday

Migration Watches: 0610-1130.

An increase in migrant numbers, but poor for visible migration while the Black Brant re-appeared.

Totals for viz-migging were 1 Canada Goose, 2 Red Kite, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 67 Curlew out east, 2 Swallow, 1 Flava Wagtail, 1 Alba wagtail, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 3 Hooded Crow blogging and 35 Carrion Crow.
Over the sea 1 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 79 Herring Gull and 1 Puffin.

Migrant numbers picked up a little with 1 Little-ringed Plover on Kilnsea wetland, 1 Whimbrel, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat on Clubleys (1st of year), 1 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler on Beacon Lane (1st of year), 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Siskin.

Other birds of note were the Black Brant with 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 112 Brent Geese on the Humber, 18 Wigeon Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 2 male Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 14 Avocet, 1 Short-eared Owl and 66 Linnet while an escaped Harris Hawk was mobile about the area.

Ringing: Nil.

Red Kite. John Hewitt.

Red Kite. John Hewitt.

Hooded Crow. Ian Smith.

Hooded Crow. Ian Smith.

Siskin. Dave Tucker.

Siskin. Dave Tucker.

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