Sightings

Sightings

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A foggy start clearing to a nice sunny day despite the cool F4 NNE wind.

Migration Watches: 0545-0945, 1145-1500.

The Kilnsea wetlands and Holderness field area yet again proved its worth with the 2 Temminck’s Stint still present along with 2 Grey-headed Wagtail, 2 Wood Sandpiper and a Ruff while yet another addition to the yearlist nearly snuck through with a ringtail Montagu's Harrier making its way south.

A singing Marsh Warbler found on Beacon lane eventually showed as the temperature increased, but yet again few other migrants were logged, 1 Water Rail, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear, 2 Yellow wagtail and 1 White Wagtail.

Over the sea and land were 1 Red-throated Diver, 14 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 232 Kittiwake, 7 Arctic Tern and 3 Whimbrel out east, 177 Guillemot, 19 Razorbill and 2 Puffin, 10 Auk sp  while moving overland only 1 Sand Martin, 141 Swallow and 9 House Martin.

Other sightings from today were 120 Brent Geese, 7 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Curlew, 1600 Dunlin and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on the Humber and a Corn Bunting at Easington lagoon.

 

Ringing:  10 Tree Sparrow pulli

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  • Marsh Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Montagu's Harrier. Lawrence Middleton.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A blustery overcast day with a F4 NNE wind.

Migration Watches: 0630-1800

 

A great start to the day with 2 Temminck’s Stint on Kilnsea wetlands. A Red Kite was blogging about the area while in the colony we have our first Little Tern egg.

It almost feels like spring is nearly over without ever seeming to have begun, with today’s totals reflecting the poor time we have been having with 10 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow wagtail and 2 White Wagtail.

 

A bit of movement over the sea with 9 Red-throated Diver, 28 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 62 Kittiwake, 5 Common Tern, 87 Auk sp, 134 Guillemot, 22 Razorbill, 2 Puffin while moving overland only  6 Swallow.

Other sightings from today were 44 Brent Geese, 16 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 8 Curlew and 42 Little Tern.

 

Ringing:  2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Temminck's Stint. Colin Bushell.

  • Temminck's Stint. Jonnie Fisk.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Overcast with a cool blustery F4-5 N wind.

Migration Watches: 0600-1215.

 

While spring may never have really got going at Spurn, scarcer migrants seem to keep turning up, the latest being a singing male Marsh Warbler at Kew  along with totals of Common Sandpiper on Canal scrape, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Sammys and a Stonechat at Cliffe farm was unusual for the time of year.

Over land and sea were 7 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar including a blue phase bird, 18 Gannet, 21 Kittiwake, 1 Common Tern and 2 Arctic Tern out east, 52 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Swift, 27 Swallow and 4 House Martin.

Other sightings from today were 103 Brent Geese still hanging along with the Pale-bellied Brent  on the Humber, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, a Peregrine, 5 Curlew and 82 Sandering.

 

Ringing:  4 Starling pulli

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Monday, 21 May 2018

A foggy day clearing late afternoon to leave a nice sunny evening and a F0-1 N-NE wind.

Migration Watches: 0920-1545.

 

A Quail in/off the sea at Easington gas terminal was a nice addition to keep the year list ticking over, but it didn’t herald any great arrival, 1 Little Stint Holderness field, 1 Wood Sandpiper on Clubley’s,  3 Common Sandpiper on Canal scrape, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 White Wagtail and 4 Wheatear of note while a possible Mealy Redpoll was at the Point.

Typical fare as late over land and sea with 2 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 3 Sandwich Tern, 8 Swift, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Hooded Crow, 4 Carrion Crow, 216 Swallow, 22 House Martin and 5 Sand Martin.

Other sightings from today were 166 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent  on the Humber, 5 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Redshank, adult Yellow-legged Gull at Sammy’s,  Little Owl in Easington, 1 Tawny Owl ay Kew and 13 Yellowhammer in Easington.

 

Ringing:  5 Starling pulli, 1 Stock Dove pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 2 Chiffchaff

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  • Stock Dove. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Sanderling Jonnie Fisk.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Clear and sunny most of the day, except between 0630-1230, with heavy sea fret and a F1 SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0500-1000, 1500-1600.

 

A quiet day again with a Hooded Crow on Green lane the highlight, but there were few real migrants about, (not including our local breeders) with only 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Wheatear of note.

On the move over land and sea were 2 Gannet, 3 Sandwich Tern, 8 Swift, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 163 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 16 Linnet and 25 Goldfinch though fog hampered veiwing.

Other sightings from today were 106 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent  on the Humber, 5 Gadwall, 1 Lapwing, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull Kilnsea wetlands, Yellow-legged Gull at Sammys, 1 Tawny Owl ay Kew and a Short-eared Owl at Sammys point.

 

Ringing:  16 Starling pulli, 23 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch (42 of 4 species).

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  • Meadow Pipit. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Roe Deer having a swim in the Humber. Jonnie Fisk.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A fine sunny day, though chilly in a F1-2 E-SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0500-1105, 1200-1750.

 

A quiet day was more than livened up by the appearance of yet another stunning male Bluethroat in the garden of Driftwood, showing very well on and off all afternoon.

Few other migrants about,  9 Sedge Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff  and 2 White Wagtail were poor.

On the move over land and sea were 2 Gadwall, 18 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated diver, 2 Fulmar, 1 Little Egret, 27 Gannet, 2 Marsh harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 Whimbrel out east, 4 kittiwake, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 9 Auk sp, 5 Swift, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 11 Sand Martin, 351 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 3 Greenfinch, 22 Linnet, 25 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin and 4 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings from today were 57 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent  on the Humber, 45 Mute Swan, 2 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1000 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper by the gate, 1 Little Stint Kilnsea wetlands, Yellow-legged Gull at Sammys, 62 Little Tern and a Short-eared Owl at Chalk bank.

 

Ringing:  1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff

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  • Bluethroat. Dave Tucker.

  • Bluethroat. Dave Tucker.

  • Pale-bellied Brent, with Dark-bellied. Kev Newsam.

  • Bluethroat. Richard Willison.

  • Bluethroat. Richard Willison.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A bright breezy day with a F4 N wind.

Migration Watches: 0800-1045.

 

Social media seems to be awash with country wide reports of ‘missing’ returning breeders, and while it may be true, the concerns for each species mentioned, appear to be followed by a late arrival, hopefully this trend will continue, as some still have not appeared in their usual areas or densities.

 

Another decent day over the sea with 1 Eider, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a record breaking 6 Great Northern Diver, 23 Fulmar inc 1 Blue-phase bird, 1 Manx Shearwater, 225 Gannet, 222 Kittiwake, 11 Sandwich Tern, 16 Arctic Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 215 Auk sp, 1479 Guillemot, 36 Razorbill and 4 Puffin.

No sign of the Bluethroat and overall, little change migrant wise again, with similar totals to the previous day. A Woodlark at the Warren was an interesting late spring record, and even entered the Observatory list when it flew over ‘its’ air space, while a blogging Hooded Crow was a decent padder for year listers, otherwise 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail were springs offerings.

Other sightings from today were 11 Brent Geese remaining on the Humber, 4 Wigeon, 1 Goosander Kilnsea wetlands, 10 Avocet, 5 Whimbrel and 3000+ Dunlin.

Ringing:  Nil

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  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Overcast with sunny spells and a F5 N wind.

Migration Watches: 0600-1100.

 

A good day over the sea with the highlight being a Red-necked Grebe plus 1 Pintail, 3 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver (spring record count), 14 Fulmar, 11 Manx Shearwater, 370 Gannet, 224 Kittiwake, 22 Sandwich Tern, 158 Auk sp, 2044 Guillemot (2nd highest day count), 32 Razorbill and 3 Puffin.

Few migrants about, but that didn’t stop a stunning male red spotted BLUETHROAT from being found, showing well at Cliff farm plus a Long-eared Owl, but after that only 1 Blackcap, 1Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 1 Siskin were of note.

Other sightings from today were 4 Lapwing on Holderness field, 3 Whimbrel and a Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing:  Nil

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  • Bluethroat. Micky Maher.

  • Bluethroat. John Hewitt.

  • Bluethroat. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A nice sunny day with a F0-2 N-NE wind.

Sea Watch: 0545-0930.

A good find today was a 2nd calendar year Caspian Gull showing well on Kilnsea wetlands.

Migrant wise a few birds still catching the eye with a new or relocated Red-backed Shrike just south of the Breach plus the drake Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands. Otherwise 9 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, only 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher at the Warren and 1 Wheatear made for a quiet day.

A few bits on the move, 1 Hobby, 3 Carrion Crow, 5 Jackdaw, 47 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 2 Linnet.

Other sightings today were 41 Mute Swan, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier and 10 Avocet.

 

Ringing: Nil.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Dave Tucker.

  • Caspian Gull. Mick Turton.

Monday, 14 May 2018

A few highlights today included 2 Bee-eater south past Numpties, a female Red-backed Shrike behind Driftwood and a Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Warren. Full update later.

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  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

  • Red-breasted Flycatcher. Dave Tucker.

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