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December 2011 Sightings

31st December 2011 - Saturday

The year finished quietly, the only birds seen were 1 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 49 Sanderling, 1 Woodcock, 4 Guillemot, 1 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush and a Goldcrest.

30th December 2011 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.45-10.45. Sunny spells all day with a force 3 W wind.


Over the sea were 9 Whooper Swan, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 140 Herring Gull, 10 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included a Snipe, a Woodcock, 1 Stonechat, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet.


North of the area there were still 3 Whooper Swan at Long Bank and 2 Greenshank at Beacon Ponds.

29th December 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00. Grey with heavy showers in the afternoon and a strong force 5-6 W wind.


A flock of 40+ Tundra Bean Geese at Beacon Ponds were presumably the wandering flock from the Humber. Over the sea were 1 Pintail, 2 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 57 Red-throated Diver, 25 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 2 Shag, 231 Herring Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 30 auk sp, 18 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 1 Gadwall, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Goldcrest, 20 Linnet and a Snow Bunting.

28th December 2011 - Wednesday

Bright and sunny with a force 3-5 W wind.


A better day with a few birds over the sea – 3 Whooper Swan, 87 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 17 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 124 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 119 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 14 auk sp, 9 Guillemot, 1 Little Auk.


Other birds seen included a Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush.

27th December 2011 - Wednesday 21st- Tuesday 27th

A quiet spell with little happening, a Pochard was on Borrow Pit on 21st, and single Blackcap and Chiffchaff were seen on 21st, a Goldcrest was at the Point on 23rd and 24th, 2 Fulmars, 55 Red-throated Divers and 155 Herring Gull flew south on 24th, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck and a Red- breasted Merganser flew south on 25th, and a Grey Wagtail was present on 26th, 190 Pink-footed Geese, a Gadwall, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 6 Siskins were seen on 27th.


Otherwise just the odd Fieldfare, Song Thrush and Redwing were present along the peninsula.


North of the area 5 or 6 Whooper Swans were at Long Bank with a White-fronted Goose and 13 Pink-footed Geese present on 27th, also 2 Greenshank and a Snow Bunting were seen on a few dates at Beacon Ponds.

Turnstone.  Ian Smith

Turnstone. Ian Smith

Merlin.  Ian Smith

Merlin. Ian Smith

20th December 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watch 07.45-11.15. A bright start with cloud building and a fresh NW wind.


Moving south over the sea were 50 distant ‘grey geese’, 2 Pintail, 1 Eider, 13 Common Scoter, 17 Red-throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 10 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 5 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll.


A flock of c40 grey geese over the fields between Easington and Skeffling were probably the flock of Tundra Bean Geese seen on Sunday.

19th December 2011 - Monday

Sea-watch 09.00-12.00. Still very cold and rain for most of morning, a force 1-4 W wind.


The highlight was a Waxwing around the Blue Bell mid morning, other migrants were 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Snow Bunting.


Other birds seen included 3 Goldeneye, 15 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 1 Woodcock, 68 Herring Gull and 3 auk sp.


3 Whooper Swans and a Hen Harrier were seen at Long Bank.

Lesser Redpoll.  Andy Roadhouse

Lesser Redpoll. Andy Roadhouse

18th December 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watch 07.50-10.00, 14.25-15.30. A heavy overnight frost and some snow on the ground, a pleasant sunny but very cold day with a force 3-2 NW-N wind.


A flock of 43 ‘grey geese’ over the Humber flew towards Skeffling where they were later found and turned out to be Tundra Bean Geese, the largest number ever recorded at Spurn.


Over the sea were 2 Scaup, 3 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 20 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 1 Shag, 423 Herring Gull, 53 Kittiwake and 3 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 430 Brent Geese, 90 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin, 8 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

Tundra Bean Geese.  Steve Exley

Tundra Bean Geese. Steve Exley

17th December 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watch 07.45-15.10. Light north-westerly winds but very cold.


A much better day, particularly over the sea and most birds going south: 3 Whooper Swan, 116 Pink-footed Geese, 155 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 5 Pintail, 8 Eider, 75 Common Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter N, 3 Goldeneye, 97 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver N, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 234 Herring Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 84 auks sp, 42 Guillemot and 45 Razorbill.


Other birds seen included 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Skylark, 70 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 3 Siskin, 7 Linnet and a Snow Bunting.


North of the area there were still 3 Whooper Swans north of Long Bank.

16th December 2011 - Tuesday 13th-Friday 16th

Gusty winds, gale force at times made for unpleasant birding conditions early in the week, the winds dropped and turned NW later in week but remained very cold.


Highlights included 130 Pink-footed Geese and a Shag S on 13th, also another Shag picked up but was later ringed and released in a healthy state.


A Shag flew south on 14th and up to 3 Goldcrest was at the Point, where there was also a On 15th there was a Great Crested Grebe, a Woodcock, a Chiffchaff , 3 Goldcrest,


A Shag, Woodcock and 23 Kittiwake were seen on 16th.


Other birds seen during the week included up to Peregrine, Merlin, up to 70 Black-tailed Godwits, the odd Fieldfare and Redwing.


North of the area there 3 Whooper Swans were at Long Bank on 14th to 16th, also there was a Red-breasted Merganser, a Goldeneye and Greenshank at Beacon Ponds. There was a Shore Lark at Skeffling on 14th.

12th December 2011 - Monday

Sea-watches 07.40-09.40. A bright and sunny day with a strengthening force 3-5 SW wind.


Over the sea were 2 Shelduck, 19 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 88 Herring Gull, 3 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and 1 Yellowhammer.

11th December 2011 - Sunday

Sea-watches 07.40-09.00, 13.10-15.00. A bright and sunny day with some cloudy periods, a cold force 3-4 SW wind.


Over the sea were 30 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Eider, 36 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 2 Shag, 3 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 53 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

Snow Bunting.  Ian Smith

Snow Bunting. Ian Smith

10th December 2011 - Saturday

Sea-watches 07.45-10.30, 13.30-15.30. A frosty/icy start and clear skies all day with a cold force 4-3 W wind.


Moving south over the sea were a swan sp, 87 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 280 Herring Gull, 20 Kittiwake, 18 auk sp, 2 Razorbill, 1 Little Auk N.


Other birds seen included 80 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 6 Twite, 4 Snow Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer.

9th December 2011 - Friday

Sea-watches 08.20-10.30, 14.30-15.40. A clear start clouded over and produced squally showers, a force 5-4 W wind.


A very quiet day, the only birds noted were 1 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Woodcock, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 472 Herring Gull S, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and 16 Snow Bunting.

8th December 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.40-12.30, 13.55-15.20. Another very windy day with a force 6+ westerly and some heavy squally showers.


Apart from 2 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing all birds seen were over the sea, most moving south: 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Shelduck, 21 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 273 Teal, 48 Mallard, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 5 auk sp. Also 3 Snipe, a Woodcock and a Starling all came in off the sea.

7th December 2011 - Wednesday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 14.00-15.45. A very windy day with a force 6 westerly and plenty of sunny spells.


Again most activity over the sea: 14 Whooper Swan, 34 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Teal, 1 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 17 Red- throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 6 Shag, 4 Lapwing in off, 456 Herring Gull, 40 Great B.B.Gull, 78 Kittiwake, 27 auk sp.


Other birds seen included 2 Song Thrush, a Redwing, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Snow Bunting.

6th December 2011 - Tuesday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 14.00-15.45. Overnight frost and a bright start which clouded over later on, a force 3-4 W wind.


A Red-necked Grebe and a Great Northern Diver were the highlights of birds moving south over the sea, other were 1 Whooper Swan, 165 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 38 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 34 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 12 Shag, 1 Snipe, 1 Bonxie, 274 Herring Gull, 12 Kittiwake, 3 Little Auk N.


Other birds present were 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 46 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing and 1 Snow Bunting.


Good news is that the road to Spurn is NOW OPEN again.

5th December 2011 - Monday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 11.00-13.00, 14.00-15.25. Mainly bright and sunny with just the odd shower and a cold force 4+ W-SW wind.


Moving south were 16 Whooper Swan, 368 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Teal, 6 Mallard, 13 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 41 Red- throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 2 Woodcock in off, 610 Herring Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 52 Great B.B.Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 16 Guillemot, 1 Little Auk.


Other birds seen included 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redwing, 1 Siskin.

Grey Partridge.  Ian Smith

Grey Partridge. Ian Smith

4th December 2011

Sea-watches 07.25-11.30, 13.20-15.30. Sunny spells to start with clouding over with some heavy showers, a cold force 4+ SW wind.


Another day of looking at the sea produced another Grey Phalarope N, 56 Whooper Swan, 101 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 24 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 100 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 14 Shag, 52 Common Gull, 555 Herring Gull, a 3rd yr Glaucous Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 32 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 1 Little Auk.

Glaucous Gull.  Ian Smith

Glaucous Gull. Ian Smith

3rd December 2011

Sea-watches 07.25-11.05, 13.30-16.00. Sunny spells throughout the day with a cold W force 4-3 wind.


Apart from 36 blogging 36 White-fronted Geese, all other birds were seen over the sea, mostly moving south: 3 Whooper Swan, 244 Pink-footed Geese, 16 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 1 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 57 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Pomarine Skua, 45 Black-headed Gull, 635 Herring Gull, 63 Great B.B.Gull, 23 Kittiwake, 370 auk sp, 11 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.

Red breasted Merganser.  Ian Smith

Red breasted Merganser. Ian Smith

2nd December 2011 - Friday

Sea-watch 08.00-11.00, a force 2-3 SW wind and a day of sunshine and clouds.


A Grey Phalarope which flew north was the highlight of the sea-watch, while other birds seen included 1 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 22 Red-throated Diver, 4 Shag, 1 Bonxie, 161 Herring Gull S, 4 auk sp, 6 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill.


Other birds seen were 1 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 160 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch and 5 Yellowhammer.

1st December 2011 - Thursday

Sea-watches 07.30-10.00, 14.15-15.30. Sunny spells to start clouding over later with a force 2-3 WSW wind.


Over the sea were 2 White-fronted Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Wigeon, 14 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Divers, 112 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 39 auk sp, 23 Guillemot.


Other birds seen included 35 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin and 4 Yellowhammer.

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