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October 2017 Sightings

16th October 2017 - Monday

A mixture of sunshine and cloud, with a strengthening 2-5/6 S-SE wind, the much talked about orange sun, providing an interesting spectacle.
Migration Watches: 0700-1230.

The ARCTIC WARBLER was still present for its 9th day and counting in the crown carpark, and the resident Rose-coloured Starling was still in Easington, visiting birders gardens, now having undergone a moult and sporting a new set of greater coverts.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 205 Blackbird, 35 Song Thrush, 235 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Blackcap, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Bearded Tit canal, 160 Starling in/off, 11 Brambling, 130 Chaffinch, 12 Twite and 87 Reed Bunting.
A quiter day of vis-migging in the strong wind with 4 Wood Pigeon, 17 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 36 Meadow Pipit, 22 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Alba wagtail, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 13 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 138 Goldfinch, 1 Twite, 7 Redpoll and 13 Reed Bunting.
The sea was poor today with 19 Shelduck, 62 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 5 Scaup, 72 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 26 Gannet, 6 Little Gull and 1 Bonxie.

Other interesting sightings and totals were 2 Whooper Swan, 19 pink-footed Geese, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, Merlin, the Tawny Owl roosting at Kew and the Ring necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 2 starling, 6 Tree Sparrow, 4 Brambling, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (67 of 14 species).

Arctic Warbler. Tony Davison.

Arctic Warbler. Tony Davison.

Twite. Chris Vaghella.

Twite. Chris Vaghella.

Whooper Swan. Ross Moore.

Whooper Swan. Ross Moore.

15th October 2017 - Sunday

A misty start early morning slowly cleared, with sunny spells and a F2-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1430, 1500-1630.
A bit out of the blue, a small arrival, mainly passerines were arriving against the south westerly wind.

Present for its 8th day, the ARCTIC WARBLER was still showing occasionally well in the crown carpark. The usual Rose-coloured Starling was still in Easington, while the Great-white Egret was on Kilnsea wetlands before flying off.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe in/off, 2 Water Rail canal, 1 Short-eared Owl in/off, 1 Whinchat, 17 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 76 Robin, 240 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 15 Song Thrush, 285 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Blackcap, 9 Yellow-browed Warbler with quite a few new birds fresh in, 27 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher still proving popular in the Obs garden, 620 Starling in/off, 7 Brambling, 12 Twite showing well by the borrow pit and 87 Reed Bunting.

A good-ish day of vis-migging with Hen Harrier, 6 Skylark, 27 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 188 Meadow Pipit, 32 Rock Pipit, 17 Alba wagtail, 6 Rook, 11 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 224 Goldfinch, 1 Twite, 43 Linnet, 126 Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer and 37 Reed Bunting.
The sea was poor today with 2 Whooper Swan, 30 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 4 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 22 Cormorant, 7 Little Gull, 1 Bonxie, 1 Common Tern and 4 Sandwich Tern

Other interesting sightings and totals were the Slavonian Grebe on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 pale-bellied Brent, 1 Goldeneye, Little Egret, 4 Little Stint, 1 Greenshank, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl sammy’s, the Tawny Owl roosting at Kew and the Ring necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 6 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Robin, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 9 Tree Sparrow, 57 Lesser Redpoll. (86 of 10 species).

Arctic Warbler. Martin Standley.

Arctic Warbler. Martin Standley.

Pied Flycatcher. Ross Moore.

Pied Flycatcher. Ross Moore.

Slavonian Grebe. Marcus Brew.

Slavonian Grebe. Marcus Brew.

14th October 2017 - Saturday

Warm and sunny all day with a F3-4 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1200.
Pretty much the same as the last few days, but with a very good movement of passerines overland.

Yesterdays Great-white Egret was still present and after a little fly about settled back on Beacon ponds. The ARCTIC WARBLER was still proving a star attraction, and often showing very well in the crown carpark. The usual Rose-coloured Starling was by Dimlington bungalows and perching on the church with Starlings.

Totals for migrants today were 4 Water Rail canal, 2 Whinchat, 15 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 27 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Bearded Tit canal, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Brambling and 22 Twite.

A good day of vis-migging with 1 Common Swift, 355 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 36 House martin, 80 Meadow Pipit, 29 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 32 Alba wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 17 House Sparrow, 1260 Tree Sparrow, 19 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 66 Greenfinch, 2318 Goldfinch, 28 Siskin, 7 Twite, 573 Linnet, 167 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 63 Reed Bunting.
The sea was poor today with 2 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 17 Gannet, 3 Little Gull and 1 Kittiwake the only birds of note..

Other interesting sightings and totals were the Slavonian Grebe on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Scaup on the Humber, 2 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 35 Little Egret, 4 Little Stint, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher and the Ring necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 54 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 29 Lesser Redpoll. (90 of 8 species).

Great-white Egret. Ross Moore.

Great-white Egret. Ross Moore.

Little Egret. Ross Moore.

Little Egret. Ross Moore.

13th October 2017 - Friday

The ARCTIC WARBLER finally started to perform well today in the Crown carpark though the Rose-coloured Starling was still present, but a bit more mobile. Late afternoon a Great-white Egret which had been seen further up the coast spent the rest of the day on Beacon ponds and Kilnsea wetlands.

Arctic Warbler. Garry Taylor.

Arctic Warbler. Garry Taylor.

Arctic Warbler. Richard Willison.

Arctic Warbler. Richard Willison.

Pied Flycatcher. Richard Willison.

Pied Flycatcher. Richard Willison.

12th October 2017 - Thursday

Cloudy and dry with sunny spells and a F3-4 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0655-1145.
Despite the wind, most of the good birds were still showing and for some even increased, while it was a better day for visible migration (vis-mig).

No sign of the Olive backed Pipit, but the ARCTIC WARBLER was still showing and occasionally giving brilliant views, in the Ivy covered willows in the crown carpark. The usual Rose-coloured Starling by dimlington bungalows and Red-backed shrike by the cemetery were still showing off in Easington.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Black Redstart at the point, 2 Whinchat, 15 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 5 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 70 Blackbird, a late Grasshopper warbler at the breach, 3 Blackcap, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 35 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Bearded Tit canal, 6 Coal Tit, 5 Brambling and 4 Lesser Redpoll.

The sea had some interest, but very little in terms of numbers with 12 Whooper Swan, 35 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Barnacle Geese, 1 Wigeon, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goosander, 23 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 13 Cormorant, 5 Little Gull and 20 auk sp.
A better day of vis-migging with 194 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 125 Meadow Pipit, 95 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 32 Alba wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 31 Greenfinch, 2036 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin, 213 Linnet, 235 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer and 19 Reed Bunting.

Other interesting sightings and totals were the Slavonian Grebe on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Whooper Swan, 96 Greylag Geese, 168 Brent Goose, 1 Scaup on the Humber, 13 Little Grebe, 5 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank still Kilnsea wetlands with 1029 Redshank, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Kingfisher and the Ring necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 11 Lesser Redpoll.

Arctic Warbler. Rich Swales.

Arctic Warbler. Rich Swales.

Whooper Swans. Rich Swales.

Whooper Swans. Rich Swales.

11th October 2017 - Wednesday

Cloudy all day with occasional rain and a strong blustery F4-6 W wind.

Migration Watches: 0640-1245.

The poor weather made it difficult birding and it wasn't till late morning that birds began to show.

The OLIVE BACKED PIPIT was still on the south east corner of Easington gas terminal, and the ARCTIC WARBLER was showing well in the crown carpark, the Barred Warbler along the canal, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling still by Dimlington bungalows while the Red-backed Shrike seems to have developed a taste for wasps which is its commonest prey item.

Few migrants were located today with 1 Woodcock, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Yellow browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin and 5 Twite showing well at Beacon ponds.

Quiet again over the sea with 6 Whooper Swan, 21 Pink footed Geese, 2 Shelduck, 40 Common Scoter, 25 Red throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Knot, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Little Gull and 63 Auk sp.

Movement overland was poor with 1 Grey Heron, 20 Swallow, 1 Rock Pipit seen.

Other birds of note were the Slavonian Grebe and 2 Whooper Swan kilnsea wetlands, 383 Wigeon, 133 Teal, 10 Shoveler, a Goosander on the Borrow pit, 1 Merlin, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank.


Ringing: 1 Siskin.

Olive-backed Pipit. Colin Bushell.

Olive-backed Pipit. Colin Bushell.

Arctic Warbler. Chris Sharp.

Arctic Warbler. Chris Sharp.

Arctic Warbler. Chris Sharp.

Arctic Warbler. Chris Sharp.

Rosy Starling. Steve Furber.

Rosy Starling. Steve Furber.

Twite. John Hewitt.

Twite. John Hewitt.

10th October 2017 - Tuesday

Cloudy all day with occasional sunny spells and a F3-4 W wind.

Migration Watches: 0700-1045.

Similar to the previous day with all the good birds still on show, but more on the move overland.

The OLIVE BACKED PIPIT was occasionally showing well on the south side of Easington gas terminal, and likewise the ARCTIC WARBLER was still about even calling, the Barred Warbler at Cliff farm from the canal bank where 4 Bearded Tit were 'pinging' in the reeds while the ever present 'celebrity' Rose-coloured Starling, and Red-backed Shrike remained on show.

Decent and varied migrant numbers remain 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 7 Stonechat, 109 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 122 Redwing, 17 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Yellow browed Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 30 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Brambling, 3 Siskin and 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Quiet over the sea with 240 Pink footed Geese, 1 Shelduck, 35 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 25 Common Scoter, 23 Red throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 15 Cormorant and 8 Auk sp.

Movement overland was still good with 90 Skylark, 46 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 86 Meadow Pipit, 97 Rock Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 18 Alba Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare in, 2 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 15 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 24 Greenfinch, 862 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 137 Linnet, 164 Redpoll and 11 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of note were the Slavonian Grebe and 2 Whooper Swan kilnsea wetlands, 200 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 5 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, the Tawny Owl at Kew and 3000 Starling.

2 Red-veined Darter were still on the wing.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 18 Blackbird, 11 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 19 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow.

Rosy Starling. Richard Willison.

Rosy Starling. Richard Willison.

Pied Flycatcher. Chris Sharp.

Pied Flycatcher. Chris Sharp.

Red-backed Shrike. Richard Willison.

Red-backed Shrike. Richard Willison.

Rosy Starling with its commoner cousin. Steve Furber.

Rosy Starling with its commoner cousin. Steve Furber.

9th October 2017 - Monday

Clear early on clouding over later with a F0-1 W wind.

Migration Watches: 0640-0815.

The good birding period continues and attracting a steady stream of birders. All the star bird remain and generally showing well, while some nice new finds were seen.

An elusive OLIVE BACKED PIPIT was a nice find on the south side of Easington gas terminal, continuing the recent surge of records. The ARCTIC WARBLER was giving birders the run around, even visiting the Observatory garden, a Barred Warbler was found by the sluice along the canal and nearby the Cetti's Warbler remained. 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher were seen, one still on Beacon Lane and a new bird on Green lane, 9 Bearded Tit along the canal, though 7 flew off north west while the ever present Rose-coloured Starling and Red-backed Shrike remained showing well.

Decent and varied migrant numbers remain 7 Jack Snipe, 36 Robin, 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Ring Ouzel, 291 Blackbird, 13 Fieldfare, 391 Redwing, 42 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Yellow browed Warbler, 25 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 47 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 37 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 65 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Crossbill, 1 Bullfinch, Lapland Bunting by the Borrow pit and a Snow Bunting on Beacon Lane.

Quiet over the sea with 102 Pink footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 47 Common Scoter, 3 Red throated Diver and in what has been a good autumn for them another 30 Cormorant flew south.

Movement overland was a bit better with 76 Skylark, Swallow, 2 House Martin, 37 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 20 Alba Wagtail, 69 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 271 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 28 Linnet, 34 Redpoll and 19 Reed Bunting.

Other birds of note were the Slavonian Grebe on Beacon ponds, 390 Wigeon, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Beacon ponds in the evening, 2 Merlin, 2 Lapwing, 8000+ Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Kingfisher and the Easington Ring necked Parakeet still entertaining?

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 17 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, 2 Bearded, 9 Long tailed Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Starling, 1 Blackcap, 3 House Sparrow, 125 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 46 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting. (274 of 25 species).

Red-backed Shrike, feeding out of its larder. Tim Jones.

Red-backed Shrike, feeding out of its larder. Tim Jones.

Coal Tit, all recent birds have been of the British race. Tim Jones.

Coal Tit, all recent birds have been of the British race. Tim Jones.

Olive backed Pipit. Mick Turton.

Olive backed Pipit. Mick Turton.

Bearded Tit. Richard Willison.

Bearded Tit. Richard Willison.

Cetti's Warbler. Rich Swales.

Cetti's Warbler. Rich Swales.

8th October 2017 - Sunday

Early cloud clearing later with a F0-1 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0640-1000.


A fabulous day of arrivals, with Norwegian radar the previous evening showing large numbers of birds on the move from 1930 hrs. Anticipation was therefore high, and the morning dawned to the sound of Redwing and other Thrushes, and as the day went on great birds were found.
The highlight was the 4th ARCTIC WARBLER of the autumn trapped and ringed in Churchfield and still showing later in the churchyard, while late afternoon an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was found in Northfield, but a possible Parrot Crossbill seen and heard over the Warren flying north, which has been sound recorded could be more significant still.
Other good birds were a 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher, singles on Beacon lane and Vicars lane, 9 Bearded Tit along the canal, Great-grey Shrike just north of the Riverside, a Hawfinch which dropped in by the riverside, a Shorelark north over Driftwood and a good arrival of 26 Yellow-browed Warbler, while not forgetting the resident juvenile Rose-coloured Starling and Red-backed Shrike in Easington.

Migrant totals were 5 Jack Snipe, 2 Tree Pipit, 7 rock pipit, 40 Robin, 1 Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, a crazy total of 50 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 4 Ring Ouzel, 170 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 80 Song Thrush, 1355 Redwing, 8 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 55 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Coal Tit, 88 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 34 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch at sammys and the showy Lapland Bunting still in Clubleys.

On the move south unless stated were 1 Short-eared Owl in/off, 70 Skylark in/off, 1 Swallow, 13 Meadow Pipit in/off, 9 Rock Pipit in/off, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail in/off, 32 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 52 Goldfinch, 17 Linnet, 85 Redpoll, 3 Crossbill northwest, 1 Yellowhammer and 10 Reed Bunting in/off.
The sea understandably didn’t receive lots of coverage but still had 7 Whooper Swan, 86 Pink-footed Geese, 45 barnacle Geese south then west up Humber, 18 Brent Geese, 95 Wigeon, 49 Teal, 4 Mallard, 4 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 179 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 27 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Other interesting sightings were the Slavonian Grebe on Beacon ponds, an unseasonal Avocet on Kilnsea wetlands, 2100 Dunlin, 7 Little Stint, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 kingfisher and the Tawny Owl at Kew.


Ringing: 1 Kestrel, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 19 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Arctic Warbler, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Starling, 32 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 9 Brambling, 1 Greenfinch, 62 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer. (176 of 21 species).

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Chris Sharp.

Red-breasted Flycatcher. Chris Sharp.

Great-grey Shrike. Chris Sharp.

Great-grey Shrike. Chris Sharp.

Arctic Warbler. Richard Willison.

Arctic Warbler. Richard Willison.

Lapland Bunting. Richard Willison.

Lapland Bunting. Richard Willison.

Jack Snipe. Tim Jones.

Jack Snipe. Tim Jones.

7th October 2017 - Saturday

Generally cloudy with occasional showers and a F4-5 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1110, 1200-1730.

A return to some good vis-migging at the warren, and movement over the sea, but further declines in migrant numbers. The 15 Coal tit recorded, seem to be part of a wider east coast movement, but are of British origin the birds seen so far.
In Easington the resident Rose-coloured Starling and Red-backed Shrike were both still present and showing well, while the Slavonian Grebe was still on beacon ponds.
Migrant totals dropped even more with 1 Woodcock at the warren, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 18 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 35 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Brambling, 2 Snow Bunting and a showy Lapland Bunting on Clubleys.

A much better day for movement south 1 Marsh Harrier, 53 Skylark, 49 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 67 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 18 Alba Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 5 House Sparrow, 117 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 20 Greenfinch, 718 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 241 Linnet, 149 Redpoll and 18 Reed Bunting.
The sea was good for Wildfowl today with 338 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Whooper Swan, 8 Brent Geese, 7 Shelduck, 127 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 15 Pintail, 5 Eider, 212 Common Scoter, 7 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 120 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 386 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 3 Knot, 41 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe in/off, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 5 Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 39 Auk sp, 4 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.

Other interesting sightings were 120 Greylag Geese, 5000 Golden Plover, 5 Lapwing, 9 Little Stint, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 kingfisher, the Tawny Owl at Kew and 1 Treecreeper.


Ringing: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 29 Lesser Redpoll. (40 of 4 species).

Rosy Starling. Chris Sharp.

Rosy Starling. Chris Sharp.

Whooper Swans. Chris Sharp.

Whooper Swans. Chris Sharp.

Lapland Bunting. Chris Sharp.

Lapland Bunting. Chris Sharp.

Lesser Redpoll. Richard Willison.

Lesser Redpoll. Richard Willison.

6th October 2017 - Friday

Dry with sunny periods and cloud and a F2-3 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1020.

A nice mixture today of newly arriving winter visitors and migrants on their way to Africa which are still throwing up a few surprises. It’s not often this late into the autumn, a mega passerine has failed to turn up on the east coast, but of course there is still time. There is a steady trickle of good birds to enjoy plus the great mixture of species on offer, will more than do for the moment.

A very unseasonal Nightjar late afternoon on Beacon lane briefly raised hopes of something rarer, but good views soon put that to rest. The usual Rose-coloured Starling and Red-backed Shrike were both still present and showing well, while theSlavonian Grebe was on beacon ponds and the 2 Bearded Tit re-appeared along the canal. Firsts for the autumn were 2 Jack Snipe in Church field and at Sammys, 3 Snow Bunting by the gas terminal and chalk bank and a Mealy Redpoll at sammys.
Migrant totals were down again, but increases for Thrushes with returns 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 22 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 86 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 39 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 66 Lesser Redpoll, .

Viz-migging was non-existent today with only 2 Buzzard, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 17 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 15 Linnet.
The sea just about ticked over with 249 Pink-footed Geese, 89 Wigeon, 29 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Eider, 72 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 60 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 322 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 5 Arctic Skua, 18 Bonxie, Yellow-legged Gull, 41 Kittiwake, 64 Little Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern and Razorbill.

Other interesting sightings were 94 Greylag Geese, 260 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 199 Teal, 23 mallard, 2 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 16 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail and 3 Coot along the canal, 419 Grey Plover, 8 Lapwing, 4 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1800 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 kingfisher, 1 Barn Owl and 2500 Starling.


Ringing: 1 Wren , 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 43 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 64 Lesser Redpoll. (112 of 12 species).

Slavonian Grebe. John Price.

Slavonian Grebe. John Price.

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Valentine.

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Valentine.

Snow Bunting. Colin Bushell.

Snow Bunting. Colin Bushell.

Nightjar. Tim Jones.

Nightjar. Tim Jones.

5th October 2017 - Thursday

Decent weather wise with a strong F4-5 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1200, 1445-1615.

The Spurn area in general is still continuing to give a great days birding, with a nice selection and numbers of migrants, while the sea offered up a decent Skua fest and Kilnsea wetlands is still producing nice roost flocks and photo opportunities. A huge reduction in Goldcrest numbers, but an increase in other migrant numbers particularly Redwing and Chiffchaff, suggesting a small continental arrival.


A Slavonian Grebe cavorting with Little Grebes on Beacon ponds was a nice diversion from looking for passerines.
Almost feeling like were repeating ourselves, but in Easington, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling by Dimlington bungalows and juvenile Red-backed Shrike by the cemetery, both remained showing well.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Black Redstart by the gas terminal, 40 Robin, 4 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 36 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear, 17 Song Thrush, 50 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, the first 2 Yellow-browed Warbler for a few days at the Bluebell and the Obs, 97 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 44 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest by Rose cottage, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 35 Lesser Redpoll.

The sea was produced 19 Whooper Swan, 29 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Brent Geese, 2 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 13 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 81 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 147 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 2 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 28 Bonxie, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Gull, 165 Common Gull and 10 Kittiwake.
Another poor day of overland movement with only 1 Swift, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 and 3 Redpoll.

Kilnsea wetlands is still holding good numbers of wildfowl and waders and still worth checking the high tide times before paying it a visit. Totals were 12 Mute Swan, 96 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 227 Wigeon, 113 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 26 Mallard, 8 Lapwing, 5 Little Stint, 800 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 112 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank playing hide and seek among 1000 Redshank.
Other interesting sightings were 14 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 273 Curlew, Little Owl at willow cottage, 1 Short-eared Owl, 80 Tree Sparrow and the Ring necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 11 Lesser Redpoll.

Rosy Starling. Ellis Lucas.

Rosy Starling. Ellis Lucas.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Mark Lucas.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Mark Lucas.

Redstart. Philip Risdale.

Redstart. Philip Risdale.

Wheatear. Jonnie Fisk.

Wheatear. Jonnie Fisk.

4th October 2017 - Wednesday

A decent day with showers in the evening and a F5-6 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0630-1045, 1630-1800.

An unexpected arrival of Goldcrest, which given the lack of any other associated species were no doubt British birds on the move, with 113 trapped in sheltered nets at Kew. This suggests many more were about than the final total, which also didn’t include any counts north of the Obs.

Some of the good birds remained with the ever present Rose-coloured Starling still in Easington, and nearby the Red-backed Shrike and Turtle Dove still by the cemetery.

Migrant totals were still good despite the strong wind with totals of 1 Black Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 39 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 18 Song Thrush, 42 Chiffchaff, an incredible 442 Goldcrest, the first Firecrest of the autumn in the church yard, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 40 Lesser Redpoll.

Viz-migging was non-existent today with only 4 Whooper Swan south from sammys (first of the autumn), 1 Snipe in/off, 1 Swift, 8 Redpoll and 3 Siskin worth mentioning
The sea just about held some interest with 490 Pink-footed Geese north-west, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Eider, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Common Scoter, 38 Red-throated Diver, summer plumage Black-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 84 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.

Other interesting sightings were 120 Shelduck Humber, 271 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 134 Teal, 20 mallard, 8 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail along the canal, 3 Little Stint, 870 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Barn Owl, the Tawny Owl showing well at Kew and the Ring-necked Parakeet still making a noise in Easington.


Ringing: 14 Chiffchaff, 113 Goldcrest, 4 Lesser Redpoll. (131 of 3 species).

Tawny owl. Rich Swales.

Tawny owl. Rich Swales.

Red-backed Shrike. Dave Tucker.

Red-backed Shrike. Dave Tucker.

Stonechat. Dave Tucker.

Stonechat. Dave Tucker.

Tawny Owl. Steve Valentine.

Tawny Owl. Steve Valentine.

Red-backed Shrike. Rich Swales.

Red-backed Shrike. Rich Swales.

3rd October 2017 - Tuesday

Dry and clear all day with a strong F5-6 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0650-1130, 1400-1800.

The Pink-footed Goose season began in earnest today with big numbers on the move further north, which eventually reached Spurn in the late afternoon. These birds will reach Norfolk by the evening, having started the day in Northumberland or further north, with many still passing after dark. The offshore wind turbines at Spurn have deflected more birds out beyond, what we can see these days, (so the days of big counts are probably behind us) and the flocks we see sometimes fly in between them to get back closer in shore.

Both juvenile Rose-coloured Starling are apparently still present, one still in Kilnsea with the 'resident' bird still in Easington, and nearby the juvenile Red-backed Shrike is still performing nicely by the cemetery. 2 Bearded Tit were seen along the canal, so hopefully it will be another good autumn for them.

Totals for migrants today were 2 Swift, 1 Black Redstart by Easington gas terminal, 6 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, an influx of 35 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 35 Chiffchaff, 27 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 10 Lesser Redpoll.

Another decent day of overland movement with 1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel,50 Wood Pigeon, 56 Skylark, 33 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 233 Meadow Pipit, 1 Alba Wagtail, 181 Tree Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 28 Greenfinch, 3087 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 109 Linnet, 4 Twite, 47 Redpoll, 16 Reed Bunting and the first 2 Lapland Bunting of the autumn.

The sea was generally dominated by wildfowl with 1444 Pink-footed Geese, 12 Brent Geese, 54 Wigeon, 28 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 35 Red-throated Diver, 188 Gannet, 43 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 13 Bonxie, 12 Little Gull, 6 Kittiwake and 6 Sandwich Tern.

Other decent birds or counts were 21 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 6 Little Stint on Kilnsea wetlands and the Tawny Owl in the Obs garden.

Ringing: 15 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 23 Tree Sparrow, 8 Lesser Redpoll.

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Valentine.

Red-backed Shrike. Steve Valentine.

Red-backed Shrike. Darren AP Ward.

Red-backed Shrike. Darren AP Ward.

Rosy Starling. Darren AP Ward.

Rosy Starling. Darren AP Ward.

2nd October 2017 - Monday

Generally cloudy with occasional showers and a very strong F6-7 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0700-1400.


The Easington Rose-coloured Starling is still present, while at the nearby Cemetery the juvenile Red-backed Shrike is still showing in the hedge running west and the Turtle Dove is still at Willow cottage. The Crown and anchor carpark Red-breasted Flycatcher was still showing occasionally well.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Swift, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Siskin and 10 Lesser Redpoll.

A small amount of overland movement with 1 Marsh Harrier in/off, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Osprey, 1 Hobby, 7 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl in/off, 1 Swift, 73 Swallow, 483 House Martin, 338 Meadow Pipit, 10 Alba Wagtail, 19 Tree Sparrow, 852 Goldfinch, 353 Linnet and 103 Redpoll.

The sea was produced 52 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Geese, 8 Teal, 95 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 62 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 151 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 3 Kittiwake and 6 Sandwich Tern.

Other decent birds or counts were 100 Brent Geese, 3 Pintail Kilnsea wetlands, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 6 Ruff Kilnsea wetands, 6 Greenshank, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Red-backed Shrike. Dave Tucker.

Red-backed Shrike. Dave Tucker.

Great-spotted Woodpecker. Jonnie Fisk.

Great-spotted Woodpecker. Jonnie Fisk.

1st October 2017 - Sunday

Early morning drizzle, remaining cloudy with a strong F4-5 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1130.

The early morning drizzle and strong winds scuppered a big movement overland, and indeed any birding was difficult, but quite a few of the good birds were still present and showing quite well.


The Turtle Dove is still attracting a steady stream of birders, looking for a year tick! The juvenile Red-backed Shrike is still nearby opposite the cemetery, while both the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling are in Easington and in field opposite the Riverside hotel. The Red-breasted Flycatcher still occasionally showing well in the crown carpark.

Totals for migrants today were 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 14 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 26 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Brambling.

Very little on the move overland and indeed no count s were made after 9am with 4 Snipe, 48 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 216 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 5 Greenfinch, 34 Goldfinch and 3 Linnet.

The sea was still quiet with 70 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Brent Geese, 20 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 81 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 74 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Bonxie and 6 Sandwich Tern.

Other decent birds or counts were 25 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 2 Ruff, 2 Little Stint, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher.

Ringing: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit.

Red-backed Shrike. Colin Bushell.

Red-backed Shrike. Colin Bushell.

The Easington Rosy Starling in one of its favoured Haunts when not in the garden of No2 Dimlington bungalows. Paul Gould.

The Easington Rosy Starling in one of its favoured Haunts when not in the garden of No2 Dimlington bungalows. Paul Gould.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian Smith.

Yellow-browed Warbler. Ian Smith.

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