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December 2016 Sightings

31st December 2016 - Saturday

Sunny all morning clouding up in the afternoon with a force 2-3 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0800-1030.

The fantastic year concluded with yet another relatively quiet day.
Moving were 6 Common Scoter, 21 Red Throated Diver, 43 Herring Gull and 6 Auk sp.

Other sightings were a White Fronted Goose in the triangle, 44 Greylag Geese, the adult Black Brant on Easington straight with Brent Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe on the sea, 180 Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock in Churchfield, an impressive 5 Short Eared Owl in the Long Bank area, Kingfisher at Sammys, 1 Grey wagtail, 1 Stonechat at Southfield Farm and 9 Long Tailed Tit.

The Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick while a flock of Bean and White Fronted Geese still present nearby.
Ringing: Nil.

30th December 2016 - Friday

A cold sunny day with a force 1-2 WNW wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1015.

Moving were 17 Pink Footed Geese, 3 Teal, 3 Mallard, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Red Throated Diver, 1 Cormorant and 37 Herring Gull.
Other sightings were 6 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Heron, a male Hen Harrier in the triangle, 22 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 6 Long Tailed Tit.

The Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.
Ringing: Nil.

29th December 2016 - Thursday

A hard overnight frost gave way to a lovely sunny day with a force 2-1 SSE wind.
Sea Watch: 0810-1045, 1400-1530.
A few bits moving over the sea
Moving were 3 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 4 Scaup, 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 46 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Gull, 4 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 161 Herring Gull, 3 Auk sp and 1 Guillemot.
The Black Brant remained in fields just north of Long Bank with the Brent Geese.
Other sightings involved male Marsh Harrier, 8 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Short Eared Owl, 1 Song Thrush and 7 Goldfinch.
Nearby the Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick.

Ringing: Nil.

28th December 2016 - Wednesday

Mainly sunny with occasional fog and a force 1-2 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0740-1000, 1400-1430.

Highlights today were a Glaucous Gull south over the Humber and 10 White Fronted Geese at Kilnsea wetland.
Moving were 3 Wigeon, 10 Common Scoter, 36 Red Throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 106 Herring Gull and 1 Auk sp.
Other sightings involved 328 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 32 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 220 Curlew and 1 Greenshank.
Ringing: Nil.

27th December 2016 - Tuesday

A cold sunny day with a force 1 SW wind.
Sea Watch: 0800-1100.
More observers out in the field today and a few bits of interest were seen.

Moving over the sea were 43 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Wigeon, 800 Common Scoter, 29 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Fulmar, 5 Cormorant, 151 Herring Gull and 1 Guillemot.
The Black Brant remained in fields just north of Long Bank with 700 Brent Geese.
Other sightings involved 3 Gadwall Kilnsea Wetlands and a Hen Harrier mobile over the area.

Nearby the Pallid Harrier remained at Welwick along with Hen Harrier and nearby 3 Bean Geese and 7 White Fronted Geese.
Ringing: Nil.

26th December 2016 - Monday

Sunny most of the day with a force 5 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0740-1040.
Limited coverage with too many mince pies being eaten and sherry being drunk.
Moving were 3 Common Scoter, 12 Red Throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 84 Common Gull, 272 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Cormorant, 2 Razorbill and 4 Auk sp.

Ringing: Nil.

25th December 2016 - Sunday

A mild sunny day with a force 4 Westerly wind..
Sea Watch:
Very little birding today and most birds seen in passing.
The Black Brant remained in fields just north of Long Bank with 700 Brent Geese.
Other sightings were 7 Pink Footed Geese south, 16 Teal Kilnsea Wetlands, 1 Grey Heron, 70 Lapwing Easington straight, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank Beacon Ponds and 2 Short Eared Owl still by Long Bank.

Ringing: Nil.

24th December 2016 - Saturday

Cloudy with just the odd sunny spell and a force 5 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1100, 1245-1415.

Moving were 5 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 50 Red Throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 180 Herring Gull and 5 Auk sp.
Other sightings were 365 Wigeon Holderness Field, 3 Gadwall, 1 Greenshank Beacon Ponds while the Black Brant was still on Easington straight with the Brent Geese flock. A white winged Gull sp was seen flying south past the seawatch hut.

The Pallid Harrier remains at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: Nil.

23rd December 2016 - Friday

Cloudy with a strong force 5-6 SW wind and heavy rain by late afternoon.
Migration Watches: 0745-1100.
The excitement of autumn has long since faded into the mundane ‘sameness’ in the lead up to 2017.

Moving over the sea in the poor weather were 4 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 32 Red Throated Diver, 1 Shag and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were 336 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall and 40 Teal while the Black Brant is in fields just north of Long Bank with 700 Brent Geese.

Ringing: Nil.

22nd December 2016 - Thursday

Sunny with a force 4 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1105.

On the move were 21 White Fronted Geese, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 8 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1Kittiwake, 6 Auk sp, 3 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.
Other bits of interest were a nice group of 3 Tundra Bean Geese and 7 White Fronted Geese on Easington straight, 14 Pink Footed Geese Holderness Field, 600 Brent Geese Kilnsea Wetlands along with the Black Brant and 38 Teal while a Greenshank on Beacon Ponds and 3 Short Eared Owl Long Bank.

At Welwick saltmarsh the juvenile Pallid Harrier was still showing today along with Hen and male Marsh Harrier and Merlin.
Ringing: Nil.

21st December 2016 - Wednesday

Cloudy with a force 3-6 SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1030.

Moving over the sea were 7 Pink Footed Geese, 4 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 8 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 23 Red Throated Diver, 1 Kittiwake, 18 Auk sp, 1 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot.
Other sightings were 8 Pink Footed Geese, 16 Greylag Geese, 5 Canada Geese, 460 Brent Geese plus 1 Black Brant at Sammys, 266 Wigeon, 17 Teal and Purple Sandpiper at Beacon Ponds, 3 Black Tailed Godwit, a Waxwing south and 1 Stonechat.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: Nil.

Purple Sandpiper. Simon Davies.

Purple Sandpiper. Simon Davies.

20th December 2016 - Tuesday

Hazy sunshine with a 3-4 SW-S wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1100, 1400-1500.

Moving were 29 Pink Footed Goose, 4 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck,3 Eider, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 26 Common Scoter, 18 Red Throated Diver, 17 Gannet and 1 Guillemot.
The Brent Goose flock is hanging about in fields west of Sammys and worth a check if looking for the Black Brant.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh along with Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow.

19th December 2016 - Monday

Low cloud all day with a force 1 W-2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0800-1100.
A small movement of Duck over the sea in a generally quiet day.
Moving over the sea were 20 Pink Footed Geese plus 7 on Holderness Field, 64 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 13 Red Throated Diver, 1 Cormorant and 1 Guillemot.

Other sightings were 1 Woodcock, 3 Short Eared Owl, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Chiff chaff, 10 Goldcrest at the Point and 42 Linnet.

Ringing: 13 Knot, 2 Redshank.

18th December 2016 - Sunday

A dull sunny day with a light 1 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0830-1000.

Moving over the sea were 88 Pink Footed Geese, 1 White Fronted Geese, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 21 Red Throated Diver, 17 Auk sp and 1 Guillemot.

Other sightings were a Short Eared Owl at Beacon Ponds.
The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: Nil.

17th December 2016 - Saturday

Sunny spells with a light 2-1 WNW wind.
Migration Watches: 0715-1015.

Moving over the sea were 222 Pink Footed Geese, 23 White Fronted Geese plus 1 on Kilnsea Wetlands, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 6 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 56 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 5 Auk sp.
Other sightings were a Hen Harrier blogging around the area.
The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow.

Wigeon. Ian Smith.

Wigeon. Ian Smith.

16th December 2016 - Friday

A murky day with the odd glimpse of the sun with a force 1 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1115.

Moving over the sea were 2 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 13 Red Throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag and 4 Auk sp.
Other sightings were 1 Greenshank, 4 Chiff chaff and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet still in Easington.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.
Ringing: Nil.

Little Grebe. Ian Smith.

Little Grebe. Ian Smith.

15th December 2016 - Thursday

Dull and murky all day with a force 2 SSE wind.
Migration Watches: 0800-1100, 1410-1520.
A small movement of Duck over the sea in a generally quiet day.
Moving over the sea were 66 Wigeon, 53 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Goldeneye, 14 Red Throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Cormorant and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were 3 Pink Footed Geese, 220 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, 13 Little Grebe, 1 water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe at Beacon Ponds, 3 Snipe and 7 Snow Bunting along Beacon Lane.

Ringing: 4 House Sparrow.

Pallid Harrier at Welwick Saltmarsh. Martin Standley.

Pallid Harrier at Welwick Saltmarsh. Martin Standley.

14th December 2016 - Wednesday

Long sunny spells with fog rolling in late afternoon and a light variable wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1015, 1200-1300.

The days are almost merging into one with the same species and small movements over the sea.

Moving were 2 Brent Geese, 5 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Common Scoter, 17 Red Throated Diver and 1 Cormorant.
Otherwise apart from all the usual species present 1 Peregrine was creating havoc for the waders.

The Pallid Harrier was still at Welwick Marsh all day.

Ringing: Nil

13th December 2016 - Tuesday

Long sunny spells but cool with a light 1 S wind.
Migration Watches: 0820-1000, 1230-1345.

The juvenile Pallid Harrier broke the monotony of the last week or so when it out in an appearance on a fly by at Sammy’s from nearby Welwick saltmarsh.

Moving were 1 Pink Footed Goose in/off, 3 Eider, 14 Common Scoter and 15 Red Throated Diver.
Very little was seen passerine wise with few Thrushes around after last weeks big movement and only 2 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing seen, while 136 Curlew were in Long Bank.

Ringing: Nil

12th December 2016 - Monday

Overcast with some drizzle late on and a force 1-2 S-SW wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1015.

On the move were 3 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 24 Common Scoter, 7 Red Throated Diver and 3 Gannet.
Other bits of interest were a Peregrine over the Humber.

At Welwick saltmarsh the juvenile Pallid Harrier was still showing today.

Ringing: Nil.

11th December 2016 - Sunday

Sun early morning becoming overcast with afroce 2-3 SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0745-1030.

On the move were 130 Pink Footed Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 38 Red Throated Diver, 3 Kittiwake and Auk sp.
Other bits of interest in addition to the usual 3 Goldeneye and 1 Greenshank Beacon Ponds and Peregrine over the triangle.

At Welwick saltmarsh the juvenile Pallid Harrier was still showing today.
Ringing: Nil.

10th December 2016 - Saturday

Migration Watches: 0745-1015.
A quiet day overall in the generally poor weather.
Moving over the sea were 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Common Scoter, 65 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet and 1 Auk sp.
Other sightings were 3 Chiff chaff, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch in Easington.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.

Ringing: Nil.

9th December 2016 - Friday

overcast all day with occasional drizzle and a force 3-4
W wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1100.

Despite no winter weather of any note, Thrushes have been on the move in the last few days mainly at night. Large numbers moved through Sunk Island early morning and some made it to Spurn with conservative numbers of 1500 Fieldfare and 400 Redwing. Mild weather movement?

Quiet over the sea with 4 Common Scoter, 16 Red throated Diver, Black Throated Diver and 2 Gannet.
Other birds of note were 500 Brent Geese Humber, 329 Wigeon and 3 Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds, 5 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Water Rail canal, 21 Golden Plover in/off, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 14 Twite south past the Warren.

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

8th December 2016 - Thursday

Mist and cloud with light to heavy rain virtually all day with a force 2 W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-0900.
A poor day all round due to the weather, but a strange movement of Thrushes heading south was interesting.
Moving over the sea were 1 Pink Footed Goose and 1 Red Throated Diver while overland 220 Fieldfare and 130 Redwing went south.
Other sightings were 500 Brent Geese, 200 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank by the crown, Short Eared Owl at Sammys, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest and 6 Long Tailed Tit.

The Pallid Harrier is still at Welwick saltmarsh.
Ringing: Nil.

7th December 2016 - Wednesday

Sunny spells with an increasing force 2-4 SE-W wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1100.

On the move were 60 Pink Footed Geese, 17 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 1 Eider, 11 Common Scoter, 11 Red Throated Diver, 1 Gannet,12 Ringed Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, and 2 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest were 500 Brent Geese, 2 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Linnet and 1 Bullfinch.

At Welwick saltmarsh the juvenile Pallid Harrier was present in the morning and was still showing this afternoon.
Ringing: Nil.

Stonechat. Ian Smith.

Stonechat. Ian Smith.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Pallid Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Hen Harrier. Ian Bollen.

Hen Harrier. Ian Bollen.

6th December 2016 - Tuesday

A poor day with thick fog hampering viewing.

The Pallid Harrier was still over the saltmarsh at Welwick in the afternoon along with all the usual supporting cast.

Ringing: 1 Dunlin, 2 Starling.

5th December 2016 - Monday

Sunny spells all day with mist in the afternoon with a force 1 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0730-1100.

On the move were a Red Necked Grebe, 97 Common Scoter, 72 Red Throated Diver, 4 Gannet and 5 Auk sp.
Other bits of interest in addition to the usual Brent Geese and Wigeon flocks were 268 Shelduck and 6 Scaup on the Humber, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 10 Snipe, 7 Black Tailed Godwit and 1 Chiff chaff.

Just west of Spurn at Welwick saltmarsh the stunning juvenile Pallid Harrier is still showing in the afternoon sometimes giving brilliant views while also being seen here 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short Eared Owl, Merlin, Common Buzzard, Water Rail and 5+ Water Pipit among lots of Rock Pipit. Its worth getting to the site early but from at least 1pm onwards is best for Harriers coming into roost.

Ringing: 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Knot, 1 Goldfinch.

Redwing. Tim Jones.

Redwing. Tim Jones.

4th December 2016 - Sunday

Sunny spells after early morning frosty start and a force 2 SE wind.
Migration Watches: 0740-1045.

Moving over the sea were 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Teal, 34 Common Scoter, 36 Red Throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 1 Bonxie, 9 Kittiwake and 2 Auk sp.
Otherwise other sightings were 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Chiff chaff and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet still in Easington.

Ringing: Nil.

3rd December 2016 - Saturday

A cloudy but calm day with a force 1 E wind.
Migration Watches: 0750-1000.
The continued quiet period in the birding continues.
Moving over the sea were 1 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 32 Red throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake and 3 Auk sp.

Other sightings were 216 Wigeon, 7 Goldeneye, 8 Black Tailed Godwit and the escaped Ring Necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

2nd December 2016 - Friday

Sunny spells in the morning clouding up with rain in the afternoon and a force 2 NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0810-1030.

Moving over the sea were 8 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 39 Red throated Diver, 1 Black Throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Shag and 1 Bonxie.

Other sightings were 2 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiff chaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 female Bullfinch.


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

Dunnock. Tim Jones.

Dunnock. Tim Jones.

1st December 2016 - Thursday

A day of blue skies with a force 2 W-NW wind.
Migration Watches: 0745-1100, 1400-1500.

A slightly better day of movement over the sea with 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Long Tailed Duck, 2 Velvet Scoter, 18 Red throated Diver, 4 Gannet and 1 Purple Sandpiper.
Elsewhere 207 Wigeon and 7 Goldeneye on Beacon Ponds, 3 Snipe, 5 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Long Tailed Tit, female Bullfinch on Beacon Lane and the Ring Necked Parakeet in Easington.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow.

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