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November 2017 Sightings

17th November 2017 - Friday

Heavy overnight frost, then bright and sunny to start, clouding up later F2-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0740-1130, 1315-1535.
A lovely day, but hard work in locating anything of note. Saying that, as we have said all year, Kilnsea wetlands has been worth checking whenever you are paying a visit. Check the high tide times before your visit, as this has generally been the best time, when the numbers of ever present Duck are swelled by Waders and Gulls from the Humber.

Poor totals over the sea were 2 Mallard, 27 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag and 1 Arctic Skua.
The few migrants seen today were 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 233 Starling in/off, 2 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 28 Siskin flew south, 1 Bullfinch and 2 Snow Bunting.

The Kilnsea wetlands area produced 4 Whooper Swan, 16 Mute Swan, 250 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull by Easington gas terminal and the usual Tawny Owl at kew.

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Tawny Owl. Richard Boon.

Tawny Owl. Richard Boon.

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16th November 2017 - Thursday

Overcast to begin clearing to leave a sunny if slightly chilly day, with a F2 SW-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0735-1130.
The Barred Warbler was still at the potato fields, but migrant totals were reduced yet again, though many of yesterdays spots were not checked with 40 Blackbird, 40 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 7 Chiffchaff.

Slightly better for overland southerly movement, but understandably quiet for this late on in the autumn with 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 9 Skylark, 16 Starling, 8 Tree Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Redpoll, 186 Siskin, 13 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch and 6 Reed Bunting.
The sea was yet again hard work with 46 Pink-footed Geese in, 5 Brent Geese, 1 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 12 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Guillemot and 1 Little Auk.

Sightings mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands and Long bank area were 20 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan plus the hybrid, 450 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 253 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, Peregrine, displaying Sparrowhawks over Kew, 12 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Partridge, 38 Lapwing, 288 Curlew, 35 Black-tailed Godwit and the Tawny Owl still roosting at Kew.

Ringing: Nil.

Barred Warbler. John Hewitt.

Barred Warbler. John Hewitt.

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15th November 2017 - Wednesday

Overcast with some sunny spells and a F3-5 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0655-1145.
Winter is slowly creeping nearer, the numbers of migrants continue to drop as does the diversity among them.
A Hawfinch was by Easington cemetery, flying off north and appeared to drop into the Vicars lane area. Other migrant totals were 6 Woodcock, 330 Blackbird, 40 Redwing, 380 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 100 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling and 4 Bullfinch.

The sea was quiet and only produced 10 Pink-footed Geese northwest, 7 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 69 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 1 Cormorant while overland only 12 Siskin and 3 Redpoll went south.

Sightings in the Kilnsea wetlands and Long bank area were 4 Whooper Swan plus the hybrid, 200 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 3 Grey Partridge, 44 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kingfisher and in Easington 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and the noisy ‘ringed’ Ring-necked Parakeet still touring the garden feeders.

Ringing: 3 Blackbird, 1 Starling, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll.

Harvest Mouse in an Easington garden. Georgia Gough.

Harvest Mouse in an Easington garden. Georgia Gough.

Swan sp with juvenile Whooper for comparison. Adam Hutt.

Swan sp with juvenile Whooper for comparison. Adam Hutt.

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14th November 2017 - Tuesday

Calm and sunny to start, clouding over with a F2-1 NW-WNW wind.
Migration Watches: 0720-1100.

A smattering of migrants about today with 6 Woodcock, 2 Snipe (12 in/off), 1 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 13 Starling in/off, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch.

The sea produced 55 Pink-footed Geese, 23 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Tufted Duck, 90 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 52 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 1 Bonxie and 5 Auk sp, while overland a Marsh Harrier, 3 Chaffinch and 9 Siskin were seen.

Sightings in the Kilnsea wetlands and Long bank area were 4 Whooper Swan with the Swan sp, 16 Mute Swan, 289 Wigeon, 184 Teal, 5 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 18 Little Grebe, 20 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 7 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch.

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13th November 2017 - Monday

Sunny spells clouding up in the afternoon F3-1 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1045, 1245-1600.
The sea was were the main interest was, though didn’t produce much in reality for the effort shown. An interesting looking Swan with 2 Whooper Swan at Long bank, confused some observers with an odd Whooper, strange Bewicks and/or hybrid Mute x Whooper all thrown into the hat.

Totals for the sea were 3 Gadwall, 6 Eider, 133 Common Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Great Northern Diver, 24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 5 Little Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 40 Auk sp, 3 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 2 Little Auk.

The trickle of migrants continues and it seems like the year is to go without a big fall which we have become accustomed to over the previous few year. Totals were 5 Short-eared Owl in/off, 7 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 90 Blackbird, 30 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Starling in/off, 2 Brambling and 22 Siskin (15 in/off).

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 27 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Tree Sparrow. (31 of 5 species).

Swan sp with adult Whooper Swan. Jonnie Fisk

Swan sp with adult Whooper Swan. Jonnie Fisk

Swan sp. Jonnie Fisk

Swan sp. Jonnie Fisk

Swan sp. Jonnie Fisk.

Swan sp. Jonnie Fisk.

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12th November 2017 - Sunday

A cold day with wintery showers and a strong F4-6 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1445.
The hoped for ‘big seawatch’ didn’t really happen, and no Little auk were seen despite seemingly positive conditions, but some decent totals of Auk and Kittiwake were returned, with a few Skua thrown in.
Totals for the sea were 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 56 Common Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 346 Gannet, 14 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua, 1+ Pomarine Skua, 14 Bonxie, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter Glaucous Gull, 3434 Kittiwake and 340 Auk sp.

The late Barred Warbler was still at the Potato fields, while other migrant totals were 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 60 Blackbird, 51 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Siskin and 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Other interesting sightings mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area were 448 Wigeon, 115 Teal, 5 Pintail, 11 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and the resident Tawny Owl still about at Kew.

Ringing: 3 Blackbird.

Robin. Micky Maher.

Robin. Micky Maher.

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11th November 2017 - Saturday

Clear and sunny and a F1-2 W-N wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1010.
A nice day overall, while there were not lots to see, it was a pleasant one to be out in the field. Observers out and about did manage to find a late Barred Warbler at the potato fields, while there was also a small increase in passerines and Woodcock and a few bits over the sea.

Migrant numbers ticked over today with 2 Water Rail, 21 Woodcock, 15 Snipe (12 in/off), 1 House Martin at the Obs, 11 Stonechat, 50 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, 55 Fieldfare, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling, 13 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Snow Bunting.

The sea produced 3 Mute Swan, 18 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Teal, 4 Eider, 29 Common Scoter, 51 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 87 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, 294 Kittiwake and 53 Auk sp, while overland only 3 Jackdaw and 9 Siskin were seen.
Other interesting sightings were 2 Whooper Swan, 6 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 4 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Tree Sparrow, 5 Lesser Redpoll.

Woodcock. Rich Swales.

Woodcock. Rich Swales.

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