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
Thursday, 23 November 2023
A brisk force 5 Westerly made life hard and very little over the sea or grounded, and no ringing.
At sea, 253 Common Scoter went south, and 49 Common Gull moved the same way, with 150 of the latter on the sea of the Old Boat Yard in Easington.
A female Snow Bunting just north of Terminal Wood, was the best bird of the...Read more
Wednesday, 22 November 2023
It was a better day for passage as the wind went to the south west. Cloudy all day with the occasional sunny spell.
77 Pink-footed Geese headed north west up the Humber with a flock of 25 watched coming in from over the sea from The Warren. A male Long-tailed Duck went north passed the Sea Watching hide, and not long afterwards a...Read more
Tuesday, 21 November 2023
A change in the wind to a force 5 north easterly didn't bring much change to the seawatch, but 68 Kittiwakes moving south were the first for a few days, and a few more Common Scoter moving than in recent days (107 south, 174 north).
A Great Northern Diver off of the Old Boat Yard was new, and the Pale-bellied Brent Goose was...Read more
Monday, 20 November 2023
A slight drop in the wind to a force 4 south westerly, made work a little easier.
There wasn't much to shout about on the watches, although there were a trickle of Pink-footed Geese moving, with two flocks totalling 243 birds heading south, and a Great White Egret south over the sea.
Two Snow Buntings were...Read more
Sunday, 19 November 2023
A bright start soon gave way to cloud, and rain in the afternoon, with a fresh force 5 south westerly wind.
Two Snow Bunting south were the only notable movers, but four still remained on the cliff top by Clubleys Field. A ringtail Hen Harrier was blogging south of Kilnsea in the morning, and 120 Lapwing on Easington Straight was the...Read more
Saturday, 18 November 2023
The last of our autumn volunteers, Zach and Jonathan, both left for home this morning so we wish them safe travels and the best of luck in the next chapter of their careers. I'm sure both will be back soon!
It was a wet start, and the wind picked up after the last couple of slack days, to a force 5 S, but it was damp and dark...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
25 August 2023
Today, we present to you an extraordinary lot, a collection of top-tier optics and accessories that any birder, or outdoor enthusiast would dream to possess. Without further ado, let's delve into the lot: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