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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

9th February 2017 - Thursday

Sea Watches: 0750-1005.

A surprise today with a Grey Phalarope which flew onto Kilnsea Wetland from the west, landing briefly then flying towards Beacon Ponds and unfortunately not seen again.
After not being seen for a few days 6 White-fronted Geese had returned to Well field along with 27 Greylag Geese.
The sea was yet again quiet with 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 1 Razorbill and 5 Auk sp on the move.
Other bits of interest were the Black Brant with 700 Brent Geese Kilnsea Wetlands along with 80 Shelduck, 550 Wigeon and 3 Gadwall, 61 Black-tailed Godwit Humber and 10 Linnet Beacon Ponds.

Ringing: Nil.

Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

Black-tailed Godwits. John Hewitt.

8th February 2017 - Wednesday

Sea Watches: 0750-1100.

On the move over the sea were 1 Wigeon, 1 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 34 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 106 Herring Gull, 1w Glaucous Gull and 4 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were the Black Brant with the Brent Goose flock, 200 Lapwing and 40 Black-tailed Godwit Humber.

Ringing: 3 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch.

7th February 2017 - Tuesday

Rain in the morning easing early afternoon with a F1 SE wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1200, 1550-1645.
There was no sign of any White-fronted Geese after they flew NW yesterday.

On the move over the sea were 9 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 ‘blue’ Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Kittiwake and 20 Razorbill.

Other bits of interest were the 547 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 24 Teal and 2 Shoveler all on Kilnsea wetland, 6 Goldeneye Beacon ponds, 5 Little Egret, 300 Lapwing and 28 Black-tailed Godwit Humber.

Ringing: Nil.

Curlew. Ian Smith.

Curlew. Ian Smith.

6th February 2017 - Monday

A misty morning giving way to a bright, sunny day and a F1-2 S wind.
Sea Watches: 0740-1100, 1400-1500.

With spring seemingly just around the corner it was nice to hear spirit lifting Skylarks singing today.

There were still 7 White-fronted Geese in the triangle with 27 Greylag Geese.
Another day, another quiet sea. 1 Teal, 2 Mallard, 3 Common Scoter, 39 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant and 1 Razorbill was all it offered today.
Other bits of interest were the Black Brant along with 850 Brents, 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 380 Wigeon on Kilnsea wetland, 1 Gadwall, 5 Teal and 2 Shoveler on Holderness field, 1 Merlin Sammys point, 23 Black-tailed Godwit Humber and 1 Greenshank.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch.

white-fronted Geese with Brents. John Hewitt.

white-fronted Geese with Brents. John Hewitt.

5th February 2017 - Sunday

Bright and sunny again and a F1 SSE wind.
Sea Watches: 0750-1230.

The sea remains generally quiet, but a few extra bits today with 3 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 169 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 32 Common Gull, 169 Herring Gull, 1w Iceland Gull and 7 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 220 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 19 Teal and 2 Shoveler all on Holderness field, 40 Black-tailed Godwit Humber and 2 Short-eared Owl.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: Nil.

Short-eared Owl. Alan Whitehead.

Short-eared Owl. Alan Whitehead.

4th February 2017 - Saturday

Sunny, mild and spring like with a F1-2 SSE wind.
Sea Watches: 0740-1100, 1500-1600.

Fewer observers around today with most heading up to Scarborough for the Bird Observatories Council meeting which was well attended, then the annual Scarborough/Spurn Lads and Lasses night out with around 48 merry souls making for a fun evening and early morning.

Only 7 White-fronted Geese remained in Well field along with 27 Greylag Geese.
The sea was a bit better with 6 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 78 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 21 Razorbill and 21 Auk sp on the move.
Other bits of interest were 15 Moorhen and 1 Short-eared Owl.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: Nil.

3rd February 2017 - Friday

Bright and sunny clouding up later with an increasing F1-4 SSE wind.
Sea Watches: 0735-0930.

The 26 White-fronted Geese remained in Well field along with the Pink-footed Goose and 17 Greylag Geese.
Very quiet over the sea with only 1 Mallard, 1 Eider, 37 Red-throated Diver and 8 Auk sp to show for the effort.
Other bits of interest were 414 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 10 Little Grebe, 400 Lapwing Humber and 13 Black-tailed Godwit Humber.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

2nd February 2017 - Thursday

Dull and mainly overcast with a F3-5 S wind.
Sea Watches: 0750-1150.

The 25 White-fronted Geese remained in Well field along with the Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greylag and 12 Brent Geese.
On the move over the sea were 4 Teal, 1 Mallard, 54 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 5 Kittiwake, 120 Auk sp, 4 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill and 2 Puffin.
Other bits of interest were 437 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 10 Black-tailed Godwit Holderness field and 1 Greenshank Beacon Ponds.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier continued its residency at Welwick saltmarsh along with Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine and Merlin.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

1st February 2017 - Wednesday

Heavy rain till early afternoon, clear spells later with a F3-1 SSE wind.
Sea Watches: 0800-1015, 1430-1540.

An increase to 57 White-fronted Geese with 25 still in Well field and 32 along Easington staright.
On the move over the sea were 27 Teal, 2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1w Glaucous Gull and 8 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 1 Pink-footed Goose, 330 Shelduck Humber, 9 Teal, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 48 Black-tailed Godwit were on the Humber, 3 Short-eared Owl Long bank area, 1 Stonechat and 8 Long-tailed Tit Easington.

Ringing: Nil

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