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March 2017 Sightings

22nd March 2017 - Wednesday

Clear in the morning then heavy rain in the afternoon. F3-4 SE wind.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0620-0940

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Black Brant with 300 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Long Bank Marsh, 90 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point,

On the move were 10 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 9 Herring Gull, 5 Great Tit, 5 Rook, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet.

Ringing- 1 Redwing.

21st March 2017 - Tuesday

Rain first thing then clear skies and a stiff, cold westerly wind. F2-4 SW-W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch-0600-0715.
Birds present were 3 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 9 Avocet, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.

On the move were 1+ Whooper Swan (heard moving north in the dark), 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 102 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch and 26 Linnet.

Ringing- 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 8 Chaffinch. 10/3.

20th March 2017 - Monday

A wet day clearing in the afternoon and much cooler. F3-5 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1200

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 110 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 4 Coot, 8 Avocet, 84 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Pied Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest,

On the move were 2 Eider, 37 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 29 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 alba Wagtail, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 115 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 1 Corn Bunting

Ringing- 1 Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch,6 Chaffinch. 10/4.

Coal Tit. Jonnie Fisk.

Coal Tit. Jonnie Fisk.

19th March 2017 - Sunday

Showers on and off through the day with heavy rain late afternoon. F3-1 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1100

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1Black Brant with 700 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Humber, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 346 Curlew and 1 Chiffchaff.

On the move were 1 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 9 Herring Gull, 13 Great BB Gull, 3 alba Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 93 Chaffinch and 31 Lesser Redpoll.

Ringing- 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. 3/2.

18th March 2017 - Saturday

A miserable day with rain throughout becoming heavier in the afternoon. F1-2 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1030

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 72 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea, 1 Merlin, 1 White Wagtail at Sammy’s Point, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 1 Siskin.

On the move were 4 Common Scoter, 29 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 3 Common Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Tit, 10 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 225 Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 4 Linnet.

Ringing- 5 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 3 Chaffinch. 9/3

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

Marsh Harrier. John Hewitt.

17th March 2017 - Friday

A dull day with an increasing westerly wind throughout. F4-6 W.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0645-1045, 1400-1430

Birds present were 1 Goldcrest.

On the move were 3 Shelduck, 5 Eider, 44 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Gannet, 10 Black-headed Gull, 11 Common Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 14 Guillemot, 65 auk sp.

Ringing- 2 Chaffinch. 2/1.

16th March 2017 - Thursday

F1-3 SW.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1130, 1415 - 1545

The first Wheatear arrived along with a small fall of Chiffchaff and another Firecrest.

Birds present were 1 Black Brant with 700 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 152 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Avocet, 275 Curlew, 2 Lesser BB Gull, 1 Guillemot, 2 Wheatear on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 13 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest at Kew, 17 Magpie, 15 Chaffinch,

On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Lapwing, 29 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 2 alba Wagtail, 26 Jackdaw, 13 Rook, 21 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting,

Ringing- 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. 19/7.

Firecrest. John Hewitt.

Firecrest. John Hewitt.

15th March 2017 - Wednesday

Sea-watch/Migration Watch-

A male Bearded Tit along the Canal was an unusual March record.

Birds present were 2 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Teal, 1 male Bearded Tit along the Canal and 1 Yellowhammer.

On the move were 1 Swallow.

Ringing-

14th March 2017 - Tuesday

A nice bright day, with little wind to start increasing as cloud came in from the west midday. F1-3 W wind.

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1030.

Another Woodlark and quite a few passerines moving south including a good count of Great Tit.

Birds present were 1 Black Brant and 920 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Kilnsea Wetlands, 10 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 1 Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s Point, 1 Woodlark on footpath north of the Lighthouse, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 18 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Corn Bunting.

On the move were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Lapwing (in), 3 Curlew, 10 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 7 Great BB Gull, 6 Guillemot, 6 auk sp., 1 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 16 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, 31 Goldfinch and 57 Linnet.


Ringing- 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 4 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch. 12/4.

13th March 2017 - Monday

A dull day with constant drizzle. F1-2 W

Sea-watch/Migration Watch- 0630-1130, 1245-1400.

The first Swallow and House Martin of the year were both the earliest ever records for the species, being the earliest by 9 and 7 days respectively. A small influx of Blackbirds and a few passerines on the move.

Birds present were 1 Canada Goose, 38 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Swallow over Beacon Ponds, 1 House Martin over Southfield Farm, 40 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush and 5 Goldcrest.

On the move were 4 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 37 Oystercatcher (out), 20 Golden Plover (in), 12 Curlew (out), 27 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 4 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 41 Jackdaw, 33 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 12 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer.


Ringing- 4 Chaffinch,1 Goldfinch, 4 Great Tit, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Robin, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird. 15/7.

12th March 2017 - Sunday

A dull day with constant drizzle. F1 S.


Sea-watches- 0715-0930

The drake hybrid Gadwall x Wigeon from 2016 returned, an overnight sound recording session produced plenty of Redwing moving out east.

Birds present were 4 Pink-footed Geese, 25 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 drake hybrid Gadwall x Wigeon on Kilnsea Wetlands, 44 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 9 Avocet, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat, 40 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook and 8 Chaffinch.

On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Black-headed Gull, 46 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 13 Meadow Pipit and 106 Redwing sound recorded passing east overnight.


Ringing- 4 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Chaffinch. 11/3.

11th March 2017 - Saturday

Sunny spells in the morning clouding over in the afternoon. F1-2 SSE.

Sea-watches- 0700-1045
The first real arrival of the spring, with a scattering of Chiffchaff and the first Firecrest of the year. The Brent Goose count is the 2nd highest ever.

Birds present were 1 Canada Goose, 1100 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Black Brant on the Humber, 1 Peregrine, 31 Snipe, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 male Firecrest by Bluebell Pond Caravan Site and 6 Yellowhammer.


On the move were 4 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Cormorant, 15 Herring Gull, 7 Great BB Gull, 1 Skylark (in), 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 116 Starling, 4 Chaffinch, 28 Siskin, 9 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting.


Ringing- 2 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff. 5/4.

Firecrest. Tim Jones.

Firecrest. Tim Jones.

10th March 2017 - Friday

A nice day with blue skies. F2-3 SSW.

Sea-watches- 0650-1000, 1500-1600


Birds present were 29 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Coot, 140 Redshank, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 13 Linnet.


On the move were 1 Teal, 5 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 3 Cormorant, 9 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 91 Herring Gull, 8 Great BB Gull, 24 auk sp. and 1 Chaffinch.


Ringing- 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch. 9/5.

Frogs spawning. Pam Exley.

Frogs spawning. Pam Exley.

9th March 2017 - Thursday

A bright day with little win in the morning increasing though the day. F1-5 NW.

Birds present were 21 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 200 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Chaffinch and 13 Reed Bunting.


On the move were 3 Meadow Pipit (north), 7 Jackdaw, 15 Carrion Crow, 2 Siskin and 37 Linnet.


Ringing- 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch. 3/3.

Tufted Duck. Pam Exley.

Tufted Duck. Pam Exley.

8th March 2017 - Wednesday

Heavy rain overnight gave way to a nice day with blue skies. F1-2 SW.

Sea-watches- 0640-1100, 1415-1530

Birds present were 27 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Black Brant on Easington Straight, 305 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 5 Avocet, 13 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 53 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch and 12 Linnet.


On the move were 3 Teal, 8 Common Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 46 Black-headed Gull, 53 Common Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull and 3 Rook.


Ringing- 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch. 5/4.

7th March 2017 - Tuesday

F1-2 W wind good visibility with some broken cloud.

Sea-watches- 0650-1130,1430-1515

Birds present were 17 Greylag Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 600 Starling, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet and 4 Reed Bunting.


On the move were 1 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 267 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 22 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 5 auk sp., 1 Woodlark south, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 1 Siskin and 1 Yellowhammer.


Ringing- 3 Dunnock,1 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. 10/6.

6th March 2017 - Monday

Heavily overcast with a north-westerly breeze and a few light showers from midday. F2 NW.

Sea-watch- 0645-1115

Birds present were 1 Canada Goose in Well Field, 8 Teal, 12 Scaup on the Humber, 10 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing.


On the move were 1 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 264 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater south (the 2nd ever March record following on one on 21st March 2016), 31 Gannet, 1 Curlew (out), 34 Black-headed Gull, 32 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 2 Guillemot, 3 auk sp., 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 1 Hooded Crow u-turned, 1 Carrion Crow and 1 Bullfinch.


Ringing- 4 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch. 6/3

Ringed Plover. Doug Aston.

Ringed Plover. Doug Aston.

5th March 2017 - Sunday

An overcast morning with occasional broken cloud the heavy showers from midday. F1-3 E-SSE.


Present were 1 Canada Goose in Well Field, 5 Gadwall, 1 Water Rail, 6 Avocet the first back on Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Mediterranean Gull on Holderness Field, 1 Short-eared Owl at Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Goldcrest and 1 male Brambling singing in the Obs garden.

On the move were 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter south, 52 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 31 Black-headed Gull, 60 Common Gull, 15 Herring Gull,16 Great BB Gull, 1 juv Glaucous Gull south and 3 Guillemot.

Ringing- 1 Robin. 1/1.

Brent Geese. Tim Jones.

Brent Geese. Tim Jones.

4th March 2017 - Saturday

Overcast all day and mild. F2-3 SE.

Sea-watch: 0710-1200, 1500-1530.

Present were 1 Black Brant, 1 Pale-bellied and 500 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Easington Straight, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Curlew, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s and the Triangle, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest.

On the move were 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 Eider, 19 Common Scoter, 335 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 8 Gannet, 1 Lesser BB Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 12 Great BB Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 49 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Ringing- NIL.

3rd March 2017 - Friday

Overcast most of the day turning wet in the afternoon. F3-4 SE.

Sea-watch: 07:00-11:00

On the move were 1 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 135 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 23 Black-headed Gull, 18 Common Gull, 44 Herring Gull, 3 Great BB Gull, 7 Guillemot, 20 Razorbill and 23 auk sp.

1 Black Brant with 266 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Kilnsea Wetlands, 640 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 12 Scaup on the Humber and 1 Little Egret.


Ringing- NIL.

Herring Gull. Tim Jones.

Herring Gull. Tim Jones.

2nd March 2017 - Thursday

Rain overnight cleared in the morning with sunny spells in the afternoon. F3-4 SW.

On the move were 3 Common Scoter, 127 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 41 Black-headed Gull, 43 Common Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 251 auk sp., 2 Skylark (in), 120 Starling (out), 1 Linnet and 1 Snow Bunting (in).

Only bird seen of note was 1 Peregrine.

Ringing- 1 Coot. 1/1.

1st March 2017 - Wednesday

A fine day with sunshine gave way to rain showers in the afternoon. F2-4 SW.

Sea-watch: 0650-1030, 1430-1530

Present were the Black Brant and 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese in with the Dark-bellied, 420 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Partridge, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 11 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 600 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 160 Curlew, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

On the move were 3 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 214 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 20 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, 87 Herring Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 3 auk sp., 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Jackdaw, 8 Chaffinch and 1 Brambling.

Ringing- 1 Dunnock, 3 Tree Sparrow, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird. 15/8.

Black-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

Black-tailed Godwit. Tim Jones.

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