Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Wryneck is still present today at Middle camp, by the collpased road and a Barred Warbler is on Beacon lane. Kilsea wetlands had a Garganey with 2 Short-eared Owl, while another Garganey flew south past the sea watch hut where 2 Black Tern were also recorded.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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A mild warm day with a strong blustery F5-6 SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0640-1245, 1530-1900.

A good day of movement over the sea, while overland great numbers of Hirundine struggled into the wind, though there was no repeat of yesterday’s migrant numbers.

What was maybe yesterdays Wryneck was found this morning at Middle camp occasionally showing well on the road, while the strong wind made it difficult looking for other migrants with only a Swift, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Siskin.

Over the sea were an Osprey, 19 Shelduck, 343 Teal, 79 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 96 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 4 Grey Heron, 251 Gannet, 1 Shag, 8 Cormorant, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Snipe in/off, 14 Arctic Skua, 6 Great Skua and 1 Puffin while the evening roost movement had 302 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 1 Roseate Tern and 570 Common Tern.

Overland movement saw a juvenile Hobby, 3 Swift, 54 Sand Martin, 551 Swallow, 2778 House Martin, 28 Meadow, 1 Alba Wagtail, 2 Flava Wagtail and 43 Linnet all brave the comditions.

Other bits of interest mainly on Kilnsea wetlands were 132 Greylag Geese, 26 Pink-footed Geese, 22 Wigeon, 230 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Merlin chasing a Skylark.

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  • Wryneck. John Hewitt.

  • Wryneck John Hewitt.

  • Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Tern. John Hewitt.

  • Pink-footed Geese. John Hewitt.

Monday, 17 September 2018

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Still and warm in the morning, blustery in the afternoon with a F1-5-3 S-SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0630-1145, 1450-1905.

 

A much better day, with the morning having little wind enabling newly arrived migrants to be discovered. It was also decent over the sea and land, as the nice weather was perfect for movement even if the lack of wind was not.

The day got off to a great start when a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was expertly picked out by our great vis-miggers as it flew south past the Warren along the cliff top, giving good views as it passed by, but not subsequently re-sighted. A nice late Wood Warbler was also seen here and a Wryneck was all too brief in Churchfield.

A nice increase in migrants, 10 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 14 Wheatear and 7 Yellow Wagtail.

Over the sea were 40 Pink-footed Geese, 146 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 25 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 168 Gannet, 3 Shag, 25 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Arctic Skua and 4 Great Skua while Tern numbers to roost typically have dropped off with 283 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Tern and 472 Common Tern.

On the move saw decent numbers and a nice selection, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Swift, 83 Sand Martin, 837 Swallow, 231 House Martin, 1 Rock Pipit, 2432 Meadow Pipit, 11 Dunnock, 13 Flava Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtail, 19 Tree Sparrow, 61 Linnet, 46 Goldfinch, 46 Siskin and 59 Reed Bunting.

Other bits of interest mainly on Kilnsea wetlands were 350 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 2 Whimbrel and 32 Greenshank.

 

Ringing:  1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Tree Sparrow.

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  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Tim Jones.

  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Tim Jones.

  • Composition shot of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Tim Jones.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Migration Watches: 0645-1415, 1630-1830.

Any easterly winds seem a long way away at the moment, with predicted westerly winds for the foreseable future, so it was nice to have a few birds on the move over the sea.

A surprisingly great day over the sea today with an Osprey s/past the seawatch hut at 5.30pm, 107 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Mallard, 7 Pintail, 477 Teal, 81 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Fulmar, 9 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 94 Gannet, 1 Shag, 16 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 198 Sandwich Tern, 1 Roseate Tern, 9 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua and 7 Arctic Skua.

Overland there were 2 Swift, 2 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 7 Sand Martin, 32 Swallow, 48 House Martin, 2 Wagtail, 281 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 33 Linnet, 23 Goldfinch and 2 Reed Bunting.

Few migrants in the increasing wind, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatear and 6 Yellow Wagtail were the best that could be mustered

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands unless stated were the first 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese of the autumn on the Humber, 30 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 132 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper and 20 Greenshank..  

 

Ringing: 1 Meadow Pipit

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  • Osprey. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Sunny spells with the threat of rain and a SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0630-1200, 1430-1700.

There was no sign of the Rosefinch today, though the Cetti’s Warbler is still about along the canal. There were also decent number of migrants about, 3 Short-eared Owl, 120 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 20 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit were logged.

Over the sea today were another 800 Pink-footed Geese, flying south while also logged were 3 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, 34  Common Scoter, 54 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 5 Manx Shearwater, 224 Gannet, 13 Shag, 34 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake, 289 Sandwich Tern, 3 Great Skua and 16 Arctic Skua.

Overland there were a nice mix of species diversity and with some good numbers, an Osprey south from Easington then over the Humber, 1 Swift, 8 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, 21 Carrion Crow, 3 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, 890 House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 143 Tree Sparrow, 4 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1089 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 30 Linnet, 1 Siskin, 8 Goldfinch and 2 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands unless stated were 201 Greylag Geese, 39 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail canal scrape, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1200 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank and 2 Little Gull.  

 

Ringing: 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 13 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Linnet, 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit. (64 of 12 species).

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  • Spotted Redshank. Ellis Lucas.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Overcast all day with a F2-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0640-1200, 1415-1930.

A decent day of movement over land and sea, with the first big movement of 607 Pink-footed Geese which was mirrored along the east coast. Also on the move today were 10 Shelduck, 23 Eider, 7 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 9 Teal, 62 Common Scoter, 27 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 49 Gannet, 5 Shag, 21 Cormorant, 3 Snipe, 6 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and 10 Arctic Skua while overland 2 Sand Martin, 89 Hoiuse Martin, 32 Swallow, 2 'Flava' Wagtail, 1 Alba wagtail, 557 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit and 3 Siskin

The Rosefinch was still about but a bit more elusive, though migrants were a bit more scarce today, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat and 4 Wheatear.

Other interesting sightings and totals were 5 Pintail, 60 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 900 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 20 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Short-eared Owl.

Ringing; 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tree Sparrow, 13 Meadow Pipit.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. John Hewitt.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Pink-footed Geese on the move. John Hewitt.

  • Weasel. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Sunny spells all day, warm in the afternoon with a F2-3 WSW wind.

Watches: 0600-1030, 1140-1240.

The Rosefinch continued to be seen in the Canal scrape area with other migrant totals of 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat and 10 Wheatear.

A better day of movement overland with the vis-miggers logging 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Swift, 1 Kesetrel, 20 Carrion Crow, 18 Sand Martin, 155 Swallow, 236 House Martin, 63 House Sparrow, 523 Tree Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 6 Flava Wagtail,  Alba Wagtail, 1612 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 56 Linnet, 19 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin and 23 Reed Bunting.

It was also decent over the sea bringing 63 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Teal, 44 Common Scoter, 19 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 60 Gannet, 35 Cormorant, 5 Knot, 1 Ruff in/off, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 43 Sandwich Tern, 500 Common Tern, 4 Great Skua and 7 Arctic Skua.

Other sightings included 33 Little Egret with another fock of 50 just outside the area, 20 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 85 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 253 Oystercatcher, 300 Sanderling at the Narrows, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 17 Greenshank with both Merlin and Peregrine hunting the area.

Ringing: 30 Tree Sparrow, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Wood Pigeon.

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  • Rosefinch. Lo Middleton.

  • Rosefinch. Matt Smith.

  • Greenshank. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Overcast, brightening in the afternoon with a F1 WSW-W wind.

Watches: 0645-1100, 1720-1930.  Obs tower: 1300-1530.

A decent day all round with a few migrants about, a more varied visible migration and good numbers of Waders seen.

The Rosefinch continues to be seen on and off during the day while the Cetti's Warbler is around Southfield farm and 5 Short-eared Owl are still showing well around Holderness field. Still a nice scatter of grounded migrant totals, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Tree Pipit.

Overhead there were a nice selection of species on the move, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Rook, 1 Jackdaw, 5 Sand Martin, 51 Swallow, 32 House Sparrow, 647 Tree Sparrow, 11 'Flava' Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Alba Wagtail, 2679 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Corn Bunting 13 Reed Bunting.

Steady over the sea with a few Skua on the move, 1 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 38 Gannet, 3 Shag, 1 Curlew, 2 Knot, 1 Snipe in/off, 356 Sandwich Tern, 251 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 4 Auk sp and 1 Guillemot.

Other sightings mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon Ponds area were 35 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 1 Teal, 9 Little Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail still showing well on Canal scrape, 1000 Golden Plover on the Humber, 630 Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 950 Redshank, a great count of 21 Greenshank, 30 Mediterranean Gull while 2 Merlin and 1 Peregrine are still terrorising the local Waders and Finches.

Ringing: 2 Great Tit, 40 Meadow Pipit, 81 Tree Sparrow, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

  • Mick Turton and Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Matt Smith.

  • Tree Pipit. Dan Branch.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A dull damp morning, sunny later, with a F3 SW wind.

Migration Watches: 0615-1100, 1800-1930.

 

The Rosefinch is still present in Canal Hedge and in the carpark here, while migrants were thin on the ground but still 1 Swift, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 9 Whinchat and 1 Tree Pipit were logged.

Little  on the move over the sea today with 10 Shelduck, 17 Common Scoter, 36 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 6 Shag, 6 Cormorant, 1 Kittiwake and 2 Arctic Skua.

Overland the theme continued with a lack of species diversity and low numbers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 House Sparrow, 7 Flava, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2148 Meadow Pipit, 15 Linnet, 9 Siskin and 15 Goldfinch.

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands unless stated were 138 Greylag Geese, 28 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 70 Teal, 3 Grey Partridge at Sammy’s, 293 Curlew on Long bank, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 620 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank on Beacon ponds and a Tawny Owl in Easington.

 

Ringing: 1 Turnstone, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Tree Sparrow, 1 Tree Pipit, 30 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin. (57 of 11 species).

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  • Wheatear. Jonathan Marshall.

  • Bar-tailed Godwit. Dan Branch.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Both the Rosefinch and Cetti's Warbler were seen/heard again today, while a Corncrake was seen again in the triangle near the visitor centre, but few other migrants were seen in the windy conditions with only 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat and 5 Yellow Wagtail.

A better day of visible migration, but pretty much just one species involved with 3409 Meadow Pipit south while otherwise just 1 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Flava and 1 Siskin was poor.

Other sightings were 29 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 262 Curlew, 357 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull south.

Ringing: 1 Turnstone, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit.

 

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  • Rosefinch. John Hewitt.

  • Studies of Spotted Redshank. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew Sandpiper. Matt Smith,

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