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January 2018 Sightings

6th January 2018 - Saturday

Early rain soon cleared with sunny spells and a cool F3-4 NE wind.
Watches: 0915-1100.

Both the Rose coloured Starling and the Waxwing remained in Easington though the latter inexplicably flew into a window in the afternoon killing itself.

The sea had a nice mix of species with 20 Barnacle Geese, 3 Teal, 110 Common Scoter, 60 Red throated Diver, 14 Fulmar plus a nice 'Blue' Fulmar, 20 Kittiwake, 9 Auk sp and 22 Guillemot seen.

Other sightings today were 50 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 2 Water Rail, 200 Lapwing, 16 Black tailed Godwit, 220 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing and a rather nice Mealy Redpoll in the crown carpark

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

5th January 2018 - Friday

Rain and drizzle from late morning to early evening with a F2-4 W wind.
Watches :

The 3rd GREEN-WINGED TEAL for Spurn was found this morning on Kilnsea wetlands, transferring to the sea for the rest of the day.
In Easington both the 1st winter Rose-coloured Starling and Waxwing were both still present in Easington, the latter flying south over the Obs in the afternoon.

Other bits of interest came in the form of 3 Pale bellied Brent Geese, 80 Pink footed Geese north-west, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Common Buzzard, 54 Lapwing, Jack Snipe on clubleys, Merlin at Beacon Ponds, 1 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and a Snow Bunting by Easington boat yard.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 3 Knot, 1 Jack Snipe.

4th January 2018 - Thursday

Overcast all day with occasional showers and a F4-7 SW-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0920-1015.

A welcome addition to the early yearlist came in the form of a rather dapper Waxwing on Westfield close in Easington today, in what has so far been a poor winter for them nationally. Nearby the Rose-coloured Starling is still eeking out a living by Dimlington bungalows.

The only bits over the of note over were 100 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Great Crested Grebe while overland 4 Skylark and 1 Rock Pipit went south and 183 Fieldfare went northwest.

Other sightings and good counts included 20 Mute Swan, 9 Shoveler, 25 Mallard, 50 Teal, 1 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 220 Lapwing, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Stonechat and 1 Bullfinch.

Ringing: 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch

Waxwing. Dave Tucker.

Waxwing. Dave Tucker.

Waxwing. Dave Tucker.

Waxwing. Dave Tucker.

3rd January 2018 - Wednesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and an incredibly strong F6-7 gusting stronger W wind.
Migration Watches: 0920-1120.
Difficult in the very windy conditions and overall it was a day for doing other jobs!
On the move over the sea were 1 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Wigeon, 12 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Gannet and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings and good counts included 5 Shoveler, 220 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, a Barn Owl in Easington and 1 Snow Bunting at sandy beaches again.

2nd January 2018 - Tuesday

Rain all day occasionally heavy with a F3-5 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0830-1100.

The 1st winter Rose-coloured Starling is still in Easington by Dimlington bungalows,
On the move over the sea were 20 Pink-footed Geese, 11 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northen Diver and 1 Cormorant.

Other sightings and good counts included 13 Mute Swan, 295 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Merlin, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Coot canal scrape, 100 Curlew, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000 Knot on the Humber, a Short-eared Owl in the sheepfield, 4 Stonechat with a scatter of winter Thrushes and 2 Snow Bunting in/off at the warren.

Ringing: Nil

1st January 2018 - Monday

Sunny periods with a F2-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1030.

The Rose-coloured Starling made it onto many 2018 yearlists with its continued presence at Dimlington bungalows. Please respect the residents privacy if looking for this bird.

Decent numbers of Thrushes remain, mainly in the Easington area with 50 Blackbird, 45 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush.
The sea only continues its generally quiet theme into the new year and only produced 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 40 Golden Plover and 1 Guillemot.

Other sightings mainly at Kilnsea wetlands were 300 Brent Geese with 3 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Whooper Swan, 21 Mute Swan, 13 Shoveler, 260 Wigeon, 67 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 120 Black-tailed Godwit on Long bank, 1 Jack Snipe clubleys, 1 Greenshank beacon ponds, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chifchaff Easington sewage farm, 2 Coal Tit in Easington, 22 Long tailed Tit, 4 Bullfinch still in the area and 1 Snow Bunting sandy beaches.

Rosy Starling. Dan Branch.

Rosy Starling. Dan Branch.

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