Tuesday, 05 December 2023
A cloudy wet day with a cool F4 north easterly saw for some movement over the sea noteably a late Cory's Shearwater heading south which if accpeted would be the latest Spurn record. The morning also brought 5 Eiders, 33 Common Scoters, 83 Kittiwakes, 2 Great Skuas, a Little Auk, 19...Read more
Monday, 04 December 2023
A cloudy, misty wet and misearble day with a moderate south easterly were not the best conditions for the monthly WeBS count but counts were returned for 303 Brent Geese, 16 Whooper Swans, 38 Mute Swans, 180 Shelducks, 19 Shovelers, 8 Gadwall, 561 Wigeon, 48 Mallard, 176 Teal, a Long-tailed Duck on Kilnsea...Read more
Sunday, 03 December 2023
After another cold frosty night the day a cloudy milder day followed with a moderate northerly wind. Apart from 10 Barnacle Geese which dropped onto Kilnsea wetlands there was little change from the previous day with the Black Brant, a Pale-bellied Brent and 370 Brent Geese including...Read more
Saturday, 02 December 2023
A freezing, foggy start to the day with low visibility until late morning when the fog lifted. The first winter work party was well attended but as a result there were fewer observers in the field.
Despite that, Two Pale-bellied Brent Geese were amongst 480 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Easington Straight, along with 40...Read more
Friday, 01 December 2023
Another cold day, with a force 3-4 north westerly wind brining in wintery showers, but some sunny spells in between.
A Great Northern Diver went north on the mornings sea watch, along with 7 Eider, 31 Common Gull and 37 Red-throated Diver.
Amongst the large Dark-bellied Brent Goose flock going between Easington Straight and...Read more
Thursday, 30 November 2023
Another cold day in Kilnsea and Easington, with some wintery showers throughout the day but some sunny spell. The wind was from the north west and force 4.
A steady morning over the sea, with only 14 Common Scoter, 39 Common Gull, 29 Black-headed Gull, 13 Red-throated Diver and one Great Northern Diver logged moving north.
Wednesday, 29 November 2023
A cold and frosty day, with a thin layer of ice on sheltered water bodies all day, but bright and sunny all day in a cold north westerly force 3 wind.
One Little Auk north and one Velvet Scoter south were the best of a quiet seawatch this morning.
The returning Black Brant was on the Humber for the first time this...Read more
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
A nice bright & sunny day, with a cool north westerly force 3 wind for most of the day.
The surprise of the day came in Easington where a Barred Warbler was seen in the Ivy of a residents garden. Not the latest record of this species as there is a December record from 2001 (2nd).
Six Waxwing were in the...Read more
Monday, 27 November 2023
A wet, dark and cold day meant there were only a handful of observers out in the field.
Three drake Velvet Scoter went south, the best over the sea.
50 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 100 Greylag Geese and 15 Mute Swan were on or around the Wetlands, along with 400 Wigeon, 100 Teal and a...Read more
Sunday, 26 November 2023
A cold but calm day, with a force 2 south westerly wind and cloud all day.
The sea was quiet but had a variety of species on the move, with a Red-necked Grebe north passed the Gas Terminal, seven Great Crested Grebe south passed the Seawatching Hide (and one north), four Little Auks, 36 Red-throated Diver and five Gannet went...Read more
Saturday, 25 November 2023
A bright start with some cloud most of the day, with a cold north westerly force 5 wind that produced a better seawatch than of late.
Nine Little Auk flew north throughout the day, with one Great Northern Diver, 29 Common Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 12 Red-throated Diver, seven Gannet and a Great-crested Grebe all...Read more
Friday, 24 November 2023
Another windy day with gusts of force 7 from the north west.
5 Long-tailed Duck south on the seawatch was the highlight, two birds went through at 09:30 followed by three at 09:52, but overall a slight increase in numbers compared to recent days was a disappointment. 25 Gannet, 41 Red-throated Diver, 30 Auk sp., 120 Herring Gull...Read more
Young birders fly high
01 December 2023
This year's Martin Garner Spurn Young Birders have been been put through their paces, testing their bird identification and general birding skills at the Spurn Migration Festival, and the winners named.Read more
First Winter Work Party
16 November 2023
As you know, Kew Villa has been knocked down ready for the installation of a new, fit for purpose, environmentally sustainable building.Read more
Record-breaking Little Tern season against all odds
12 October 2023
This breeding season marked a fantastic milestone at the Beacon Lagoons Little Tern colony near Spurn Point, East Yorkshire.Read more
Project Kew VIlla
03 October 2023
We are excited to share some important news about an upcoming project that will have a lasting impact on Spurn Bird Observatory's commitment to sustainability.Read more
MIGFEST SOLD OUT
29 August 2023
Tickets for the 10th Spurn Migration Festival have now SOLD OUT.Read more
Spurn Bird Observatory is Britain’s most exciting east coast birding location and has provided accommodation for nearly sixty years for thousands of people who enjoy watching birds and other wildlife.Find out more
We can offer a fresh modern hostel-style accommodation for 13 guests. With impressive views over the Humber estuary, the Spurn Bird Observatory building is situated in Kilnsea, at the northern end of the Spurn Peninsula.
Our accommodation consists of three bedrooms upstairs, with three single beds and one bunk bed in the two front rooms, three single beds in the back room and one downstairs bedroom with two single beds. Two bathrooms upstairs each with a toilet, washbasin and shower cubicle.Find out more
Our membership is the key to keeping the Observatory going and allowing us to operate. It has especially allowed us to create habitat for birds on our land in the Obs Garden, Church Field, Corner Field, Sykes Field and now Schipper's Field. As well as improving the annual Spurn Wildlife report and building a log cabin in the Obs garden to accommodate volunteers for years to come.Find out more
Spurn Bird Observatory has a long standing tradition of supporting young people with a keen interest in birding, ringing, and all things ornithological.
Over the years, many birders have spent time at the Obs in their younger days, where they have been encouraged to hone their skills and experience and develop a life-long passion for birds. Many have continued to return year after year, becoming ‘regulars’ and ‘Friends of Spurn’, whose love of Spurn draws them back frequently to witness all that the amazing birding year has to offer.Find out more