Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings April 2024

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Saturday, 13 April 2024

Cloudy with sunny spells and a moderate south westerly. 

The day saw a great arrival of grounded migrants with other migrating over culminating in some good totals with 19 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Sedge Wablers, 24 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redtstarts, 88 Wheatears, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 17 White Wagtails (15 flew south), 2 Tree Pipits and 3 Bramblings.

The drake Green-winged Teal was still on long bank with 2 Pale-bellied Brents and 426 Brent Geese here also with the Spoonbill and Egyptian Goose on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: Woodpigeon 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 4. 7/4 Watch times: 07:40-09:15

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024

Long sunny spells throughout the day with light southerly

Quite a busy day with some more first for the year as migrants continued to push through a lovely male Whinchat by the lighthouse, a south bound Tree Pipit and an Arctic Tern out east. Other migrants included 9 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler. 7 Blackcaps, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Redstarts, a Black Redstart, 5 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails, single Brambling, a Bullfinch and 19 Siskins. The drake Green-winged Teal was still on Long bank along with 2 Greenshanks. 

It was quite a busy morning for the vimiggers with a Shoveler, 3 Pintails, 2 Velvet Scoter (single Humber), 66 Common Scoters, 5 Stock Doves, 32 Wood Pigeons, 3 Sandwich Terns, 134 Fulmars, 2 Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, single Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kites, 41 Carrion Crows, a Coal Tit, 3 Great Tits, single Sand Martin, 11 Swallows, a House Martin, single Flava Wagtail, 263 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 4 Greenfinches, 246 Linnets, a Lesser Redpoll, 67 Goldfinches and 210 Siskins. 

Ringing: Magpie 1, Dunnock 1, Redstart 1, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 2. 8/5 Watch times: 06:25-10:00, 18:15-19:45

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Monday, 08 April 2024

Cloudy all day with a moderate southerly. 

There was a noticeable arrival of spring migrants to the area a Richard's Pipit a good record away from the autumn period plus 31 Willow Warblers, 24 Chiffchaffs, a Sedge Warbler, 18 Blackcaps, a Common Whitethroat (1st of the spring), 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Common Redstarts (1st of the spring), 34 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Brambling and 44 Siskins. 

There was some good movement for the vismiggers mainly heading south the pick being 30 Common Scoters, a Whimbrel out east, 142 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 158 Common Gulls, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Marsh Harriers, a Red Kite, 27 Jackdaws, 30 Rooks, 56 Carrion Crows, a Hooded Crow, 20 Skylarks, a Wood Lark, 29 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 6 Flava Wagtails, 318 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 417 Linnets, 72 Goldfinches, 299 Siskins, 3 Corn Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers and 5 Reed Buntings. 

There was again a drake Green-winged Teal on long bank marsh despite a big drop in Wildfowl numbers though there are now 244 Brent Geese with 3 Pale-bellied Brents among them.

Ringing: Song Thrush 1, Blackcap 9, Chiffchaff 2, Willow Warbler 1. 13/4 Watch times: 06:30-10:30

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Sunday, 07 April 2024

Sunny but cool in the morning with rain showers in the afternnoon and a gusting F7 southerly. 

Just a single Green-winged Teal was evident today on Kilnsea wetlands with reduced numbers of Teal where a ringtail Hen Harrier flew north while 2 Great White Egrets were present early morning in the triangle then headed south very slowly into the strong wind. 

There was some noteable movement including the first push of Hirundines heading south despite the strength of the wind with a Sparrowhawk, 23 Jackdaws, 15 Rooks, 32 Carrion Crows, 17 Sand Martins, 45 Swallows, 14 House Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, 308 Chaffinches, 356 Linnets, 18 Goldfinches, 242 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. 

Grounded migrants were hard to come by in the wind blown bushes with 5 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, a Fieldfare, male Ring Ouzel at sammys, 17 Wheatears, a White Wagtail and 21 Siskins.

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Saturday, 06 April 2024

Warm and bright for most of the day with an increasing F6 south westerly.  Watches: 0700 - 1000
There a now 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS on Long Bank marsh, both drakes presumably now including the bird from Patrington haven. This area also held the Black Brant, single Pale-bellied Brent, 120 Brent Geese, 35 Shovelers, 60 Wigeon, 113 Teal, a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrels, 90 Curlews, 150 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks and a male Ruff.

There was some decent southerly movement with a Caspian Gull, 4 Skylarks, 8 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, a House Martin, single Yellow Wagtail, 418 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 7 Greenfinches, 52 Linnets, 13 Goldfinches, 256 Siskins, a Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Buntings. 

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Friday, 05 April 2024

After a cool start with rain showers, slowly cleared brightening later with a moderate south westerly.

Our 5th GREEN-WINGED TEAL on long bank marsh was maybe an expected find with several 'nearby' a busy marsh also holding 2 Pale-bellied Brents, 151 Brent Geese, 42 Shovelers, 18 Gadwall, 60 Wigeons, a Pintail, 81 Teal, 115 Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwits and 300 Redshanks with 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Goldeneyes on beacon ponds. 

Out first Yellow Wagtail of the spring flew north but otherwise only small numbers of migrants widely scattered. 

Ringing: Sparrowhawk 1, Chiffchaff 1, Robin 1. 3/3. Watches: 0700 - 1000

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Thursday, 04 April 2024

Mainly cloudy with rain and a light north easterly. 

There were small numbers of grounded migrants about noteably a Long-eared Owl in churchfield, 3 Short-eared Owls, 2 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests, a Black Redstart at sandy beaches, single White Wagtail, 3 Bramblings, 19 Chaffinches and 107 Siskins

The Black Brant was on kilnsea wetlands with a Pale-bellied Brent with 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Goldeneyes on beacon ponds. 

Ringing: Long-eared Owl 1, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Redwing 1, Wren 1, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 7, Goldfinch 1. 15/9 Watch times: 07:00-08:30

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024

Cloudy all day with rain but with a light southerly.

A clear out of migrants was evident but the springs first Sedge Warbler was singing in sykes field. Otherwise there were just a Little-ringed Plover, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 18 Redwings, 18 Fieldfares, a Black Redstart, single White Wagtail, a Brambling and 35 Siskins. 

Ringing: Woodpigeon 1, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 2, Siskin 2. 7/5 Watch times: 07:00-08:45

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024

A mild sunny day only broken by rain at dusk with a light south westerly. 

The years first Ring Ouzel was a welcome sight at the north end of the gas terminal and again a decent scatter of early grounded migrants around the area with a Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 18 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Wheatears, a White Wagtail, single Brambling and 11 Siskins. 

Elsewhere the Black Brant with 3 Pale-bellied Brents, 65 Shovelers and the Whimbrel on long bank, 6 Whooper Swans still on Easington straight and 2 Tufted Ducks on beacon ponds. 

Ringing: Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 1. 5/4 Watch times: 0700 - 1000

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Monday, 01 April 2024

After a cool start in became a mild bright and sunny day with a F3 north easterly.

A noticeble arrival of migrants to the area brought a Green Sandpiper, 3 Little-ringed Plovers, 2 Willow Warblers, 34 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, 14 Goldcrests, 10 Song Thrushes, 37 Redwings, 13 Fieldfares, 38 Robins, 2 Black Redstarts (Point and gas terminal), a Stonechat, 3 Wheatears, 28 Dunnocks, 2 Bramblings and 23 Siskins. 

The Black Brant along with 4 Pale-bellied Brents were in Kilnsea, 6 Whooper Swans still on Easington straight, 55 Shovelers on long bank, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Goldeneye on beacon ponds and a ringtail Hen Harrier blogging while over the sea 11 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, single Goosander and 14 Common Scoters. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Blackcap 4, Blackbird 1, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 1, Reed Bunting 1. 11/9 Watches 0700 - 1000

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