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January 2017 Sightings

31st January 2017 - Tuesday

Overcast all day with a F5-6 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1045.

26 White-fronted Geese were still in Well field along with 1 Pink-footed Goose.
On the move over a quiet sea were 2 Eider, 34 Common Scoter, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shag, 3 Kittiwake and 6 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 400 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent north of Long Bank, 252 Shelduck Humber, good numbers of wildfowl in the Beacon ponds/Holderness field area with 410 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler and 7 Goldeneye while 29 Black-tailed Godwit were on the Humber.

Ringing: Nil

30th January 2017 - Monday

Murky all day with a F2-3 S wind.
Sea Watches: 0745-1100.

A reduction in the flock, but still 28 White-fronted Geese were still in Well field along with 12 Greylag Geese.

On the move today were 1 Shelduck, 8 Common Scoter, 154 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Gannet and 9 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 32 Black-tailed Godwit Humber and 1 Short-eared Owl at Long Bank

Ringing: 1 Bluetit

Short-eared Owl. Adam Hutt.

Short-eared Owl. Adam Hutt.

29th January 2017 - Sunday

A fine day with rain after dark with a force 1-2 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0745-1045.

More important work continued today at the Obs and at Kew and a massive thanks to everyone who turned up to help.

Martin Standley has put a lot of time into trying to get a good picture of the resident Welwick Pallid Harrier and today, he got some belters.
The 63 White-fronted Geese were still in Well field along with 49 Greylag Geese.

Over the sea today were 17 Whooper Swan out east, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 77 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 8 Cormorant and 3 Auk sp while overland 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Jackdaw and a Siskin flew south.

Other bits of interest were 1 Merlin on Clubleys, 19 Black-tailed Godwit Humber and 1 Mediterranean Gull by the Gas Terminal.

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

28th January 2017 - Saturday

A murky day with occasional sunny spells and a cool 2-3 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0755-1100.

A quietish day was livened up by a fly through of the resident Welwick Pallid Harrier and the 1st Committee meeting of the year was a lively affair.

Having spent virtually all its time up at nearby Welwick, the juvenile Pallid Harrier entered the year list by venturing as far as the Long bank area even being watched from the windows of the Obs, returning towards Skeffling a little while later. The 63 White-fronted Geese were still in Well field and a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was still about today.

Also seen today were 18 Moorhen, 1 Stonechat in the Triangle and 30 Linnet.
Little on the move but 9 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 1 Cormorant and 1 Bonxie were seen while after dark, what sounded like a sizeable flock of Pink-footed Geese flew south over the Obs.

Ringing: Nil

The all action committee meeting. Jonnie Fisk.

The all action committee meeting. Jonnie Fisk.

27th January 2017 - Friday

Fog most of the day with a cold 3-4 SE wind.
Migration Watches:

A good flock of 60 White-fronted Geese were in Well field while the Black Brant was in a great flock of 880 Brent Geese which also contained 2 Pale-bellied Brent on Kilnsea wetlands. 2 Glaucous Gull were in the area with both 1st and 2nd winters present.
Wildfowl numbers in general were up with a great total of 700 Wigeon on Kilnsea wetland/Holderness field plus 2 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck and 6 Goldeneye.

Also seen today were 1 Peregrine, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 158 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 194 Herring Gull south, 1 Mistle Thrush and 16 Linnet.

Ringing: Nil

Goldeneye. Ian Smith.

Goldeneye. Ian Smith.

26th January 2017 - Thursday

A cold dull day with fog to late morning and occasional showers with 2-3 SE wind.
Migration Watches:

A quiet day all round with most observers in Beverley for the YWT visitor centre meeting.

The few bits of interest today were 220 Shelduck on the Humber, 24 Black-tailed Godwit and the 1st winter Glaucous Gull.

Ringing: Nil

Cormorants. Ralph David.

Cormorants. Ralph David.

25th January 2017 - Wednesday

A cold day with fog returning late afternoon with a force 2-3 S wind.
Sea Watches:

An interesting day for Geese movement with 350 Pink-footed Geese and 90 White-fronted Geese going NW over the area while a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was mobile before settling at Easington boatyard.

Other bits of interest were 500 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 538 Wigeon, 10 Teal and 6 Goldeneye all on Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Water Rail at Kew, 11 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Stock Dove.
Ringing: Nil

White-fronted Geese. Ian Smith.

White-fronted Geese. Ian Smith.

White-fronted Geese. Ian Smith.

White-fronted Geese. Ian Smith.

24th January 2017 - Tuesday

Cold with light winds and clear skies.
Sea Watches: 0815-1015.

Quiet over the sea again with only 23 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Common Scoter and 27 Red-throated Diver.

A few bits of interest were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Greylag Geese, 162 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 22 Moorhen, 1 Short-eared Owl Long bank, 64 Blackbird in Easington plus 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Goldcrest at Two Hoots.
Ringing: Nil.

23rd January 2017 - Monday

A heavy frost with sunny spells and a 1-2 WNW wind.
Migration Watches: 0800-0915.

Very little reported today.
Sightings of interest were 138 Shelduck on the Humber and 9 Black-tailed Godwit.

Shelduck. Ralph David.

Shelduck. Ralph David.

Mink on Camera Trap recently on Vimeo.

22nd January 2017 - Sunday

22thHeavy frost with blue skies and a 2-3 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1000.

A quiet day all round.

On the move were 1 Pintail, 1 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 11 Red Throated Diver and 4 Cormorant.
Other bits of interest were the Black Brant with 500 Brent Geese in Kilnsea wetlands and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Ringing: Nil.

Black Brant. Pete Kinsella.

Black Brant. Pete Kinsella.

Brent Geese over Kilknsea. Micky Maher.

Brent Geese over Kilknsea. Micky Maher.

21st January 2017 - Saturday

Calm and mild with drizzle during the day with a force 1-2 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0750-0930.

A work party day was well attended and a good amount of work was achieved.

On the move were 10 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, Cormorant, 6 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl while going south were 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Yellowhammer.

Ringing: Nil

Committee member Ian Walker striking a pose during the work weekend.

Committee member Ian Walker striking a pose during the work weekend.

North meets south with Spurn Bird Obs visiting Portland Bird Obs. From left to right, Rob Adams (SBO), Martin Cade, Paul Collins (Warden SBO), Dave Taylor and Nick Whitehouse (SBO).

North meets south with Spurn Bird Obs visiting Portland Bird Obs. From left to right, Rob Adams (SBO), Martin Cade, Paul Collins (Warden SBO), Dave Taylor and Nick Whitehouse (SBO).

20th January 2017 - Friday

Fog early morning clearing to blue skies and a light force 1 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0750-0820.

Quiet over the sea with only 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant and 1 Auk sp.

A few bits of interest were 2 Whooper Swan with 12 Mute Swan just north of long bank, 1 White-fronted Goose, 22 Greylag Geese, 325 Wigeon and 7 Teal Kilnsea wetlands, 8 Goldeneye Beacon Ponds, 12 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest Easington sewage farm.

Ringing: Nil.

Thick fog hampering viewing. jonny Fisk.

Thick fog hampering viewing. jonny Fisk.

The guys from Spurn Bird Observatory gave a talk to the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group on the work of the Observatory.

The guys from Spurn Bird Observatory gave a talk to the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group on the work of the Observatory.

Misty Sourn. Ralph David.

Misty Sourn. Ralph David.

19th January 2017 - Thursday

Still and dry but fog all day hence poor visibility.
Migration Watches: 0800-0915.

Of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan long bank, 1 White-fronted Goose over Kilnsea Wetland, the Black Brant and 6 Pale-bellied Brent with 500+ Brent Geese on the Humber, 163 Shelduck, 281 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 75 Mallard, 8 Goldeneye Beacon ponds, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Jack Snipe walker butts, 8 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 song Thrush, 200 Starling in the triangle, 20 Tree Sparrow with numerous House Sparrows on the feeders at the Obs.

Very quiet due to the fog over the sea with only 8 Red-throated Diver of note.

Ringing: Nil.

Kestrel. Adam Hutt.

Kestrel. Adam Hutt.

18th January 2017 - Wednesday

Very little wind with drizzle and poor visibility.
Migration Watches: 0830-1000.

A day of work in Kew with major hedge trimming and at the Obs removing the last of the old shed. The garden at the Obs is starting to take shape and will be a major asset in the future.

On the move were 1+ White-fronted Geese over calling in the fog, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Eider, 15 Common Scoter, 38 Red Throated Diver, 1 Cormorant and 2 Razorbill.

Other bits of interest were 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Tawny Owl calling in Easington.

Black-tailed Godwit. Adam Hutt.

Black-tailed Godwit. Adam Hutt.

17th January 2017 - Tuesday

Cold and overcast with light drizzle and a force 2-3 SE-SW wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1000.
A poor day of weather, but the old large run down shed on the back garden of the Obs was safely dismantled and work in Kew began to get the hedges back in order.

On the move were 129 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Scaup, 276 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 36 Red-throated Diver, the 1 Black-throated Diver, 7 Cormorant, 6 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan just north of long bank, 1 Peregrine Hummber, 170 Black-tailed Godwit tank blocks, 248 Common Gull on the Borrow pit, 6 Short-eared Owl long bank and 1 Chiffchaff Easington sewage works.

Ringing: Nil

16th January 2017 - Monday

A day of poor visibility with rain most of the day, but with a decreasing force 3-1 NNW wind.
Sea Watches: 0830-1215.
A poor day with most birding from the car or the sea watch hut.

On the move were 24 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 109 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and 3 Auk sp.
A few bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swan just north of long bank, 4 Snipe and 43 Black-tailed Godwit.
Ringing: 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin.

15th January 2017 - Sunday

Calm and overcast, heavy rain in morning constant drizzle thereafter with a force 1-2 NW wind.
Migration Watches:
A poor day of weather with very few birds seen.
The only bits of interest bar the usual species were 1 Mediterranean Gull and 570 Common Gull on the Borrow pit by the Bluebell, 1 Stonechat and 1 Song Thrush.

Ringing: Mallard.

14th January 2017 - Saturday

A Clear and still winters day with a force 2-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1030.

Moving were 2 Common Scoter, 17 Red Throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 1 Bonxie, 8 Auk sp.
Other interesting sightings were 1 Whooper Swan and 1 White Fronted Goose on Easington straight, 1 Pintail, 5 Goldfinch and 18 Linnet.

Ringing: 3 Mallard.

13th January 2017 - Friday

Snow cover early morning clearing with a force 3-5 NW wind.
Sea Watch: 0730-1030.

Sightings were the Black Brant with 400 Brent Geese, 1 Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 240 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 28 Black Tailed Godwit Humber, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull while the first Snow Bunting for a while was at Beacon Ponds.

Ringing:

12th January 2017 - Thursday

Cold with a southerly breeze.
Migration Watches: 0740-1120.

On the move were 1 Whooper Swan, 3 Common Scoter, 44 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet, 3 Cormorant and 1 Auk sp.

Other bits of interest were 21 White Fronted Geese, 49 Greylag Geese, 420 Brent Geese Kilnsea Wetlands along with the Black Brant, 33 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank.

Ringing: Nil.

11th January 2017 - Wednesday

Cold and windy with a gusty force 6-7 W wind.

A poor day of weather and therefore very few birds were seen.

The only bits of interest were 1 Whooper Swan, 250 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 7 Teal and 6 Goldeneye.

Ringing: Nil.

10th January 2017 - Tuesday

A cold and wet day lighter in the afternoon and a force 3-4 wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1030, 1300-1515.

The increasingly cold weather in continental Europe no doubt led to an obvious increase in wildfowl numbers, led the way by 11 Bean Geese and 20 White Fronted Geese moving NW through the area while a fantastic count of 494 Wigeon was notable.

The only birds noted moving over the sea were 34 Red Throated Diver and 13 Auk sp.
Other sightings of interest were 1 Whooper Swan, 41 Greylag Geese, 661 Brent Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 7 Little Grebe, cream crown Marsh Harrier, 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher and 40 Linnet.

Ringing: Nil.

White Fronted Geese. John Hewitt.

White Fronted Geese. John Hewitt.

9th January 2017 - Monday

Migration Watches: 0800-1100.
A quieter day all round.

Moving were 2 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 21 Red Throated Diver and 1 Auk sp.
Other sightings 1 Merlin, 3 Barn Owl and 1 Waxwing remained at Kew.

The resident Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick saltmarsh.
Ringing: Nil.

8th January 2017 - Sunday

Sea Watch: Nil.
The day of the ‘Michael Clegg’ bird race and 2 teams from Spurn took part scoring 83 and 82 species respectively.

Moving were 120 Pink Footed Geese.
Other sightings were 52 Greylag Geese, 1 White Fronted Goose on Easington straight, 2 Gadwall, 1 Scaup on the Humber, 1 Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 22 Black Tailed Godwit Humber, 1 Coot Beacon ponds, 9 Waxwing at Kew with 4 trapped and ringed and 1 Stonechat.

The Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 4 Waxwing.

7th January 2017 - Saturday

Migration Watches: 0745-1030.
A decent day of Duck movement over the sea.

Moving were 185 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 Eider, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 4 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver and 1 Gannet.
Other sightings 1 White Fronted Goose, 47 Greylag Geese, 16 Teal, ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, an unseasonal Coot and 2 Barn Owl.

The Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.
Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

6th January 2017 - Friday

A cloudy wet day with heavy rain in the afternoon and a force 4 SSE wind.
Migration Watches: 0800-1145.

A change to a more southerly type winds, resulted in Ducks on the move over the sea.

Moving over the sea were 16 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 102 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 23 Red Throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 3 Lapwing in/off and 9 Auk sp.
Other sightings of interest were 110 Shelduck, 253 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 21 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, ringtail Hen Harrier Easington straight, 17 Black Tailed Godwit, 85 Bar Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: Nil.

Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith.

Sparrowhawk. Ian Smith.

5th January 2017 - Thursday

After a heavy frost a dry still day with increasing cloud and mist with a force 1 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0754-1230, 1430-1530.

Moving over the sea were 5 Common Scoter, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 31 Red Throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 32 Gannet, 2 Bonxie, 4 Kittiwake and 5 Auk sp.
Other sightings of interest were 15 Pintail Sammys, male Goosander on the Humber, 1 Merlin at Sammys, 3 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 13 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Short Eared Owl long bank, 9 Meadow Pipit and 2 Song Thrush.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: 5 Knot, 2 Dunlin.

4th January 2017 - Wednesday

Overcast with occasional drizzle and a force 1-4 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0754-1230, 1430-1530.

Moving over the sea were 11 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 27 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 45 Gannet, 3 Bonxie, 129 Common Gull, 83 Kittiwake and 2 Razorbill.
Other sightings of interest were 61 Mallard, a Jack Snipe on Clubleys, 16 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh occasionally showing well alongside a Hen Harrier.

Ringing: Nil.

Pallid Harier. Martin Standley. More photos on his blog: eastyorkshirewildlife.co.uk/blog

Pallid Harier. Martin Standley. More photos on his blog: eastyorkshirewildlife.co.uk/blog

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

Pallid Harrier. Martin Standley.

3rd January 2017 - Tuesday

Cold still and overcast in the morning with broken cloud with a force 1-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1105.

Moving over the sea were 177 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 60 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 2 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot.
Other sightings were 1 juvenile White Fronted Goose Easington straight, the Brent Geese flock with 1 Black Brant at Long Bank, a pale-bellied Brent by the tank blocks, 250 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 9 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, adult Peregrine, 18 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Short Eared Owl long bank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff at Easington sewage work and 25 Linnet.
The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow.

2nd January 2017 - Monday

Sea Watch: 0800-1000.
A much quieter day over the sea, but quite a few birds reported as observers get ready for next weekend’s Bird race.

Moving were 2 Whooper Swan, 15 Pink Footed Geese, 39 Common Scoter, 1 Red Throated Diver, 47 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 3 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake and 2 Guillemot.
Other sightings were 12 Mute Swan, 2 White Fronted Geese, 54 Greylag Geese, 250 Wigeon Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 70 Lapwing, 150 Grey Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 23 Black Tailed Godwit Humber, 1 Little Owl, 3 Short Eared Owl Long bank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Waxwing east over Easington, 1 Stonechat warren and 2 Mistle Thrush.

Nearby the Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick along with 1 Hen Harrier.
Ringing: Nil.

Goldeneye. Mick Turton.

Goldeneye. Mick Turton.

1st January 2017 - Sunday

After a great night to see in the New Year we awoke to a cold, wet and breezy day with a force 2-3 NE wind.
Sea Watch: 0800-1400.
A few bits moving over the sea made for an interesting day despite the weather.

Moving were 2 Bean Geese in/off, 1 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 4 Eider, 59 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 101 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Pomarine Skua, 13 Bonxie, 6 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.
Other sightings were 19 Mute Swan, 183 Wigeon Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Goldeneye, male Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 65 Lapwing, 13 Black Tailed Godwit Humber, 1 Stonechat at Southfield farm, 5 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 7 Goldfinch.

Nearby the Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick along with 1 Hen Harrier while by the roadside at Weeton 10 Tundra Bean Geese with 6 White Fronted Geese.

Ringing: Nil.

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