Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings October 2022

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Monday, 31 October 2022

Sunny spells with a F5 south westerly. Watches: 645-1200, 1500-1615.

There was a small arrival of mainly Thrushes during the day which saw a Yellow-browed Warbler in the crown carpark but otherwise birds remaining from previous days with the Black Redstart and Willow Warbler at the point and the Hooded Crow at easington lagoons, while the count of 70 Twite (59 at beacon ponds, 11 flew south) was the best for many years. 

It was decent over the sea which saw 4 Tufted Duck, a Scaup, 5 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Little Gulls, 3 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Tern. Overland movement also increased with a good 3400 Wood Pigeon, 51 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 117 Meadow Pipit, 13 Rock Pipit, 22 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 26 Lesser Redpoll, 129 Goldfinch, 381 Siskin and 9 Reed Bunting.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 1, Yellow-browed Warbler 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 10, Fieldfare 1, Redwing 2, Goldfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, 19/8

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Sunday, 30 October 2022

Sunny spells with a breezy F5 south westerly. Watches: Watches 0630-1100, 1400-1700.

A Pallid Swift was elusive during the day around Easington keeping low in what has been a record year for them. The day saw 3 Snow Bunting recorded with a Black Redstart at the point and a Cetti's Warbler along the canal while grounded migrants remained simiilar.

The day was better for movement over land and sea which saw a Long-tailed Duck, 15 Whooper Swan, 2 Eider, a Goldeneye, 32 Red-throated Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Little Gull, an Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, an Arctic Skua, a Puffin, 48 Stock dove, 970 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 70 Tree Sparrow, 5 Alba Wagtail, 131 Meadow Pipit, 162 Chaffinch, 40 Greenfinch, 4 Twite, 49 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 194 Goldfinch, 128 Siskin and 19 Reed Bunting. Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing Sparrowhawk 1, Wood Pigeon 1, Magpie 1, Tree Sparrow 4, Blackcap 2, Goldcrest 1, Starling 2, Blackbird 5, Dunnock 1, Greenfinch 1, Goldfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 5, Twite 1, 26/13 

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Saturday, 29 October 2022

Early morning rain gave way to a cloudy day with a F4 south westerly.  Watches: 0720-1045-1200, 1500-1645

There was no sign of the Eastern Yellow Wagtail and little compensation during the day either. The best of the day saw a Hooded Crow and colour ringed Caspian Gull at Kilnsea wetlands, a late Willow Warbler at the point, a Lapland Bunting at beacon ponds and 2 Snow Buntings.

Grounded migrants were still present including a Woodcock, 11 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 14 Goldcrest, 30 Robin and 10 Stonechat

The best of any movement was overland with 23 Jackdaw, 46 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 40 Tree Sparrow, 55 Meadow Pipit, 47 Chaffinch, 365 Goldfinch, 176 Siskin and 11 Reed Bunting. Over the sea were 2 Great Northern Diver, a Puffin, 1 Little Auk and 2 Eider.

Ringing Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 1, Greenfinch 2, 5/4

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Friday, 28 October 2022

Watches 0715-1015,1030-1130, 1640-1730

The juvenile EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL was still present around Kilnsea wetlands and showing well on occasions. Other sightings included a Pallid Swift which headed south as did 12 Twite with another 17 Twite at Beacon ponds. A Hooded Crow and 2 Snow Bunting were at Sammys and a Spoonbill, single Whooper Swan and Lapland Bunting on Kilnsea wetlands.

Over the sea the best were 3 Great Northen Diver, a Purple Sandpiper and a Common Tern while overland a Mistle Thrush, 57 Meadow Pipit, 29 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 60 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 38 Goldfinch and 35 Siskin. Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1, Blackbird 2, Chaffinch 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, 9/6

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Thursday, 27 October 2022

Showers gave way to sunny spells with a 5 south easterly. Watches: 0745-1615.

A 'Flava' found on Kilnsea wetlands looked interesting, being potentially the first Spurn and Yorkshire EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL which remained till dusk, recordings of the call were made and poo samples collected.

The day also saw a Swift sp over Kilnsea wetlands, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Firecrest, 12 Chiffchaffa Yellow-browed Warbler, 56 Robin and 3 Snow Bunting among small numbers of Thrushes. Upto 3500 Pink-footed Geese were still arriving to roost on Kilnsea wetlands.

Over the sea a Red-necked Grebe headed south plus a Purple Sandpiper, 5 Little Gull and a Long-tailed Skua with 85 Skylark and 2 Swallow the most noteable overland. 

Ringing Sparrowhawk 1, Tree Sparrow 3, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 7, Blackbird 4, Robin 1, Stonechat 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Reed Bunting 1, 22/9

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Wednesday, 26 October 2022

A nice warm sunny day with a F6 south westerly. Watches: 0700-1000, 1300-1700

It was maybe the quietest day in a while with a trickle of movement and little in the bushes of interest though out of the blue a Serin appeared in church field and after a few fly abouts seemed to head off south. Grounded migrants included a Firecrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 32 Goldcrest, 60 Blackbird, 60 Redwing, 28 Robin, 15 Stonechat, 3 Lesser Redpoll. 8 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting and 2 Snow Bunting.

The best of the limited movement were 7 Little Gull, a Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 64 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 329 Starling, 9 Rock Pipit, 5 Brambling, 48 Greenfinch, 86 Goldfinch, 34 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing Goldcrest 4, Blackbird 2, Tree Sparrow 2, 8/3

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

A sunny day with plenty of sunshine and a F5 south westerly. Watches 0715-1300, 1630-1740

There was a bit of movement over land and sea during the day including a Red-necked Grebe, 1 Spoonbill, a Great White Egret29 Whooper Swans,a Pomarine Skua, 1 Tufted Duck. 10 Eider, 8 Goosander, a Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, a Puffin, 38 Stock Dove, 640 Wood Pigeon, 5 Jackdaw, 21 Rook, 2 Bearded Tit, 320 Skylark, 25 Swallow, 178 Tree Sparrow, a Grey Wagtail, 5 Alba Wagtail, 112 Meadow Pipit, 34 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 37 Greenfinch, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 367 Goldfinch, 105 Siskin, a Corn Bunting and 4 Yellowhammer. Full counts on Trektellen.

Grounded migrants were still present in small numbers with a Jack Snipe, 1 Long-eared Owl, 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrests, 68 Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, 80 Blackbird, 95 Redwing, 103 Robin, 3 Black Redstarts, 17 Stonechat, 16 Brambling, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 19 Siskin, 3 Twite and 2 Snow Bunting while 2 Cetti's Warbler are still in the area.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 50, Yellow-browed Warbler 1, Goldcrest 17, Blackbird 5, Redwing 1, Wren 1, Dunnock 1, Robin 4, Meadow Pipit 1, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 1, Siskin 3, Lesser Redpoll 8, 94/13

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Monday, 24 October 2022

It was a great day for the vizmiggers with good numbers of birds on the move and it was nice to get on the action today when 2 PALLID SWIFTS flew south singles at 1pm and 3pm, as a good influx continues in the UK. The day also saw 2 Waxwing and a Woodlark head south and the first Rough-legged Buzzard for a few years when a juvenile u-turned at the Warren and lingered in the Sammy's area. Aslo moving were 17 Whooper Swan, 174 Teal, 92 Wigeon, a Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Northen Diver, 97 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hooded Crow, a brilliant 1823 Skylark, 20 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 15 Alba Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipit, 364 Meadow Pipit, 230 Chaffinch, 49 Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 9 Twite, 73 Linnet, 5 Mealy Redpoll, 48 Lesser Redpoll, 706 Goldfinch, 794 Siskin, a Snow Bunting and 14 Reed Bunting.

There were a nice selection of grounded migrants about with a Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, 26 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 63 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, a Ring Ouzel, 337 Redwing, 2 Black Redstart, a Redstart, 70 Robin, 12 Stonechat, 6 Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 25 Lesser Redpoll and a Snow Bunting.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 7, Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest 21, Blackbird 13, Redwing 1, Robin 2, Meadow Pipit 1, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 26, Twite 1, 77/11

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Sunday, 23 October 2022

A quiet start to the day with rain moving in by mid-morning through to the afternoon with a F3 south easterly.  Watches 0700-1145, 1625-1715.

There was still a good seection of birds on offer today as numbers slowly dwindle. There were still 2 Pallas's Warbler on Vicars lane, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in the crown area and at least 7 Firecrests still about. There was also a Jack Snipe on canal scrape, 25 Chiffchaff, 141 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 6 Black Redstart, 100 Robin, a Pied Flycatcher at the Point, a Wheatear, 29 Brambling, 3 Twite, 2 Mealy Redpolls and 16 Lesser Redpoll.

The best of the sea was 2 Great Northern Divers and 41 Little Gulls while overland 7 Swallow and a Lapland Bunting.

The Brent flock climbed to 240 while Kilnsea wetlands attrracted 156 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank and 3 Greenshank.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 4, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 14, Blackbird 2, Redwing 1, Lesser Redpoll 7, 31/7

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Saturday, 22 October 2022

Plenty of sunshine with a F6 south westerly. Watches 0700-1100, 1300-1500

The good period of birding continues with plenty of good birds in the area. The Olive-backed Pipit was again in the white horse pub area, the 2 Red-flanked Bluetails were present as were 3 Pallas's Warbler (2 vicars lane, chalk bank) with the Little Bunting still at chalk bank.

There was also plenty of back up species during the day with 3 Jack Snipe, a Hen Harrier,  2 Hawfinch, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Firecrest, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 9 Black Redstarts, 2 Redstarts, a Wheatear, 110 Robin, 4 Ring Ouzel, 82 Brambling, 8 Twite and a Snow Bunting.

Over the sea the best were 3 Great Northern Divers wjhile overland 336 Skylarks, 19 Swallow, 3 House Martins, 85 Linnet and 35 Siskins flew south. Full counts on Trektellen

Ringing Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 12, Firecrest 1, Blackbird 15, Ring Ouzel 1, Redwing 2, Song Thrush 1, Robin 4, Red-flanked Bluetial 1, Rock Pipit 1, Goldfinch 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, 43/12

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Friday, 21 October 2022

Sunny spells with a F5 south easterly. Watches 0745-0815

It was another great day around the area with good numbers of migrants about. Most of the previous days birds were still present with an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT the only new find by the white horse pub in Easington. The 2 Red-flanked Bluetail were still present as were 3 Pallas's Warbler (2 vicars lane, 1 chalk bank),  the Little Bunting at he breach and the Great Grey Shrike at wire dump. 
Also in the area were 2 Great White Egret, a continued presence of 12 Firecrests, 17 Black Redstarts, 4 Ring Ouzel, a Siberian Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Lapland Bunting, a Mealy Redpoll and 4 Twite plus 250 Goldcrest, 418 Blackbird, 194 Fieldfare, 420 Redwing, 82 Song Thrush, 173 Chaffinch, 134 Brambling, 16 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.

Over the sea were 3 Great Northern Divers but ultimately little else. 

Ringing Sparrowhawk 1, Tree Sparrow 7, Starling 1, Blue Tit 7, Great Tit 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 8, Yellow-browed Warbler 1, Blackcap 6, Goldcrest 50, Firecrest 2, Long-tailed Tit 1, Fieldfare 1, Blackbird 59, Redwing 13, Song Thrush 5, Wren 5, Dunnock 1, Robin 54, Meadow Pipit 1, Chaffinch 11, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 4, Lesser Redpoll 1, Mealy Redpoll 1, 245/25

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Thursday, 20 October 2022

Drizzle and light rain in the morning with heavy downpours midday again clearing with even some blue sky and a F4 easterly. Watches 0715-1300.

It was one of those days birders have been hoping for the last couple of years. The previous day was good albeit hampered by bright skies but todays low cloud and rain brought a deluge of migrants and of course several good birds. The best of the day was a BONELLI'S WARBLER sp on beacon lane, 2 RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS in Easington, 4 Pallas's Warbler (chalk bank, breach, sammys, vicars lane), a Great Grey Shrike at chalk bank, 2 Little Bunting (breach, chalk bank), a Barred Warbler on seaside road, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, Easington, 8+ Hawfinch (4 kew), a Woodlark flying south, a conservative count of 19 Firecrest around the area and 35 Black Redstarts inc several stunning males. The area was also alive with 15 Woodcocks, 11 Jack Snipe, 3 Long-eared Owl, 2 Willow Warbler, 23 Chiffchaff, 24 Blackcap, 5200 Starling, 1555 Blackbird, 2700 Redwing, 222 Song Thrush, 6 Ring Ouzel, 400 Robins, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 2 Whinchat, a Tree Pipit, 208 Bramblings, 6 Mealy Redpolls and at least 3 Eastern Lesser Whitethroats.

The sea had a Grey Phalarope which flew out of the Humber at the breach with a Pomarine Skua heading north and good numbers of Wildfowl included 208 Wigeon, 406 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Velvet Scoter. Full counts on Trekttellen.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 2, 2 Great Tit, Starling 8, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 7, Goldcrest 32, Firecrest 1, Blackbird 112, Redwing 12 Song Thrush 24, Wren 3, Dunnock 1, Robin 58, Black Redstart 1, Brambling 3, 267/16

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Wednesday, 19 October 2022

A cloudy day with a brisk F6 south easterly. Watches: 0700-1200, 1530-1640, 1715-1730.

It was a great day with several good birds arriving though good overhead conditions with patches of blue sky didnt bring the hoped for big fall but good arrivals of Robins and Goldcrests were welcome. The best of the day were 2 PALLAS'S WARBLERS (sammys, vicars lane), an elusive Dusky Warbler at the point and sightings of 2 Hawfinch, a Firecrest and 1 Yellow-browed Warblers in the crown area. Grounded migrant totals were 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Long-eared Owl, 5 Short-eared Owl, 6 Chiffchaff inc a Tristis, 7 Blackcap, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat, 390 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 357 Blackbird, 960 Redwing, 37 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, a Tree Pipit, 286 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, a Whinchat, 15 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 129 Brambling, 11 Mealy Redpoll, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Siskin.

A Black Guillemot over the sea landed infront of the seawatch hide and then the narrows with seemingly a different whiter bird? bird off beacon lane. The sea also entertained with 48 Eider, 8 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Northern Diver, 1 Storm Petrel, a Sooty Shearwater, 633 Gannet, 20 Little Gulls, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Skua, a Little Auk and a Puffin while overland 8 Twite flew south..

Ringing Wood Pigeon 1, Tree Sparrow 5, House Sparrow 3, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 3, Goldcrest 112, Blackbird 54, Redwing 36, Song Thrush 13, Wren 4, Robin 97, Stonechat 1, Chaffinch 1, Brambling 11, Goldfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 6, Mealy Redpoll 4, Reed Bunting 1, 356/18

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Monday, 17 October 2022

A sunny day with a breezy F5 westerly. Watches: 0700-1115.

The best of the day was reserved for the vismiggers which while not spectacular still had some decent totals with 58 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 10 Alba Wagtail, 17 Rock Pipit, 75 Greenfinch, 3 Twite, 179 Linnet, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 580 Goldfinch, 67 Siskin and 67 Reed Bunting with 8 Whooper Swan and a Scaup the best over the sea.

There was a scatter of common migarnts around the area the most noteable being a Ring Ouzel at chalk bank while a Purple Sandpiper was at the breach, a Little Stint at chalk bank and 278 Black-tailed Godwit oin the Humber.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 57, House Sparrow 2, Blackcap 2, Redwing 1, Wren 1, Rock Pipit 1, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 1, Reed Bunting 2, 68/9

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Sunday, 16 October 2022

A sunny day with a blustery F6 westerly. Watches: 0715-1700.

It was a good day for the vismiggers at numpties with some good totals so late in the autumn. The highlight was a Raven which after wandering headed back off north along with 35 Whooper Swans, a Spoonbill, 3 Marsh Harrier, 490 Wood Pigeon, 4 Bearded Tit, 241 Skylark, 12 Swallow, 6 House Martin, a Mistle Thrush, 138 Tree Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, a Grey Wagtail, 41 Meadow Pipit, 167 Rock Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 17 Greenfinch, 7 Twite, 445 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1931 Goldfinch, 42 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 57 Reed Bunting.

There was still a scatter of migrants around the area a late Yellow Wagtail on vicars lane and a Ring Ouzel at canal scrape the best of them while the 3 Twite were still present on Clubleys in the morning. Full details to come.

Offshore a juvenile Sabines Gull lingered for a while with 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Common Tern and an Arctic Tern. A pod of 15+ Bottlenose Dolphins added some extra excitement off the gas terminal.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022

A sunny day with light F2 north westerly. Watches: 0700-1100, 1615-1745.

Again there was little change as the month continued to meander along with the usual species still present like the Barred Warbler and 11+ Bearded Tit in the area which went south, a new Yellow-browed Warbler at chalk bank with a late Common Whitethroat nearby. There was also 3 Cetti's Warbler around the triangle one of which was a control previously ringed in Norfolk in July. Migrant totals were also similar witha Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 15 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 14 Stonechat, 21 Chaffinch, a Twite, 2 Redpoll and 6 Siskin.

Highlights over the sea saw 2 Great northern Diver and a Long-tailed Duck recorded plus 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Common Tern, 9 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Skua with 52 Siskin the best of the overland movement. Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing Dunlin 8, Tree Sparrow 81, House Sparrow 1, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 1, Blackcap 3, Goldcrest 4, Redwing 14, Wren 6, Dunnock 2, Meadow Pipit 5, Chaffinch 6, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Reed Bunting 23, 159/15

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Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Mainly sunny with cloud building in the afternoon with some light rain and a F5 north westerly. Watches: 0700-1330, 1510-1710

The day saw little change overall and seemingly with the weather stuck in the west the autumn is rapidly becoming one of the worst on the east coast for arrivals and passage. The resident Barred Warbler remained and the Snow Bunting was again at the breach and 2 Bearded Tits remianed along the canal. Other migrnats were well scattered with 2 Jack Snipe, just 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Goldcrest, 80 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 19 Robin, 10 Stonechat, 10 Chaffinch and 2 Brambling.

The day again saw some movement over land and sea, the best being 150 Wigeon, 14 Pintail, 146 Pintail, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 47 Gannet, a Red Kite, 7 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 208 Large Auk sp, 5 Swallow and 19 Siskin.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 8, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 7, Redwing 3, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 2, 28/8 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Sightings from the day included a Yellow-browed Warbler trapped at the Warren, the Barred Warbler still present, 8 Bearded Tit in the area, 2 Scaup on the Humber and a Purple Sandpiper at the breach. A great count of 109 Pintail on Kilnsea wetlands.

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Monday, 10 October 2022

Heavy overnight rain with a stiff wind brightened up by dawn with a F5 north westerly. Wacthes: 0650-1200, 1315-1500.

It was a great all round day with a decent arrival of migrants, some brilliiany Wildfowl passage over the sea plus increases on Kilnsea wetlands with some goos birds and totals thrown in. The Barred Warbler was still present, a Firecrest in the obs garden, Yellow-browed Warbler in canal hedge, a great total of 17 Jack Snipe, the first Woodcock of the autumn, ringtail Hen Harrier heading south, a Lapland Bunting mobile around the area and 5 Bearded Tit along the canal. Migrant totals were a Willow Warbler, 29 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 36 Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 410 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, 32 Robin, 25 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin and 3 Snow Bunting.

The seawatchers had a very good morning with several good totals 4 Whooper Swan, 1071 Wigeon, 1480 Teal, 3 Eider, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, a Sooty Shearwater, 66 Lapwing, a Whimbrel, 706 Black-headed Gull, 13 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Skua. The best of any overland movement was a Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 Rock Pipit, 38 Siskin and a Snow Bunting. Full counts on Trektellen.

Kilnsea wetlands reflected the Wildfowl movement over the sea nicely with 22 Shoveler, 402 Wigeon, 33 Pintail, 712 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 67 Little Egret, 8 Avocet, 105 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 1077 Redshank and a Spotted Redshank. 

Ringing Tree Sparrow 31, House Sparrow 2, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 1, Firecrest 1, Goldcrest 4, Blackbird 4, Redwing 41, Song Thrush 6, Wren 1, Robin 2, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 1, 97/13

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Sunday, 09 October 2022

Blue skies ans sunshine with a F4 southerly. Watches: 0645-1400.

A change in the wind direction to the south saw a much reduced visble migration and late in the evening a small arrival of Redwing hinted at an arrival in the morning? Otherwise it was much the same with the Barred Warbler still present, a Lapland Bunting nearby at beacon ponds later flew south, a Snow Bunting at the Warren, the 2 Bearded Tit along the canal while a Tawny Owl was trapped at Kew. 

There was still some decent totals for the vismiggers with 7 Rook, 121 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 58 House Martin, 30 House Sparrow, 75 Tree Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 10 Alba Wagtail, 206 Meadow Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 718 Linnet, 1066 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin and 57 Reed Bunting. A Short-eared Owl was seen arriiving off the sea where a Sooty Shearwater and 2 Manx Shearwater flew north while a Long-tailed Skua lingered offshore in the afternoon.

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Saturday, 08 October 2022

A chilly start to a warm day with blue skies and a F5 westerly. Watches: 0645-1500.

There are now 2 Firecrests by the bluebell, a Yellow-browed Warbler in Easington, Ring Ouzel at chalk bank with the Barred Warbler again by the listening dish. 

It was a great day of visible migration with several good totals 86 Whooper Swans, 955 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, 5 Sparrowhawk. 4 Buzzard, 4 Sandwich Tern, a late Swift, 2 Bearded Tit which dropped into the canal area, 1253 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 33 Swallow, 54 House Martin, 850 Tree Sparrow, 11 Alba Wagtail, 377 Meadow Pipit, 57 Rock Pipit, 26 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 27 Greenfinch, 8 Twite, 106 Linnet, 12 Redpoll, 1273 Goldfinch, 38 Siskin, 6 Yellowhammer and 139 Reed Bunting.

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Friday, 07 October 2022

Remaining very windy with sunny spells and heavy rain at times and a F8 south westerly. Watches: 0645-1000, 1310-1610.

Difficult birding conditions saw some moderate return a nice Firecrest by the blue bell the best of the new arrivals while the Barred Warbler continued to show on and off in the listening dish hedge and 2 Snow Bunting wandering between the breach and beacon ponds. Grounded migrants were thin on the ground with a Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrysh, 4 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail and 32 Pied Wagtail.

There was some limited movement over the area with 21 Whooper Swans heading south over the sea also 4 Arctic Skua and 2 Long-tailed Skua while overland little was seen but a Sand Martin, 22 Swallow and 6 House Martin were noteworthy. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held another 10 Whooper Swan along with the Spoonbill, 5 Avocet, 3 Little Stint, 2 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Greenshanks. 

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022

Very windy with spells of rain and sunshine with a F8 south westerly. Watches 0600-1100, 1300-1500.

There was no change as the windy weather continues but the Barred Warbler still toughed it out on the lstening dish hedge while 2 Snow Bunting were at beacon ponds. There was little change with grounded migrants.

It was another lean day for movement over sea and land the best being a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxie, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 1 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow and 14 House Martin. Full counts on Trektellen.

The Spoonbill was still on Kilnsea wetlands along with 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 14 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Caspian Gull

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022

A windy day with sunny spells clouding up later with some rain and a F6 south westerly. Watches 0645-0730, 0930-1100, 1300-1530.

A difficult day in the strong winds saw little return overall and 'resident' birds were the order of the day. There were few migrants about the Barred Warbler was still in the listening dish hedge plus a Jack Snipe, 6 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, a Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll. 

There was very little on the move during the day the weather saw to that a Sand Martin, 32 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 88 Linnet and 13 Goldfinch the best, Full counts on Trektellen. Over the sea a Long-tailed Skua, 3 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua were the stand outs.

The usuals were present on Kilnsea wetlands with a Spoonbill, 5 Avocet, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank.

Ringing Tree Sparrow 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 1, Wren 1, Goldfinch 6, 13/7

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Monday, 03 October 2022

Bright start clouding with a light south westerly.  Watches 0630 - 0920 

Highlight of the day was a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER trapped at the Warrren while the Barred Warbler was still in the listening dish hedge but just a single Yellow-browed Warbler remained. Also today were 2 Jack Snipe (point, chalk bank) and a Snow bunting at the borrow pit along with further declines in grounded migrants despite the calmer weather with 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 8 Goldcrest, 12 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, a Redstart, 14 Stonechat, 15 Leseer Redpoll and 26 Reed Bunting..

Kilnsea wetlands held a Spoonbill, 50 Little Egret, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint, 500 Redshank, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Spotted Redshanks. The Humber had good counts of 51 Brent Geese with a Pale-bellied Brent, 391 Sanderling and 5000 Knot.

The vismiggers had an even quiter morning  with just 93 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 108 Meadow Pipit, 15 Chaffinch, a Brambling, 37 Linnet, 26 Goldfinch and 13 Reed Bunting.

Ringing Woodpigeon 2, Tree Sparrow 21, House Sparrow 7, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 2, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 2, Blyth's Reed Warbler 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 1, Redwing 2, Song Thrush 1, Wren 4, Dunnock 6, Robin 4, Meadow Pipit 5, Goldfinch 3, Lesser Redpoll 3, Reed Bunting 14, 86/18

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Sunday, 02 October 2022

Bright and sunny with a F4 westerly. Watches 0630-0945, 1600-1700.

We seem to be stuck in a mini rut on the birding front with much the same birds being present and a trickle of overland movement in the morning and little change on the weather forecast in the near future. The Barred Warbler was still present as was the Hawfinch around Kew, 2 Mealy Redpoll (Churchfield and Sykes) and 4 Yellow-browed Warbler. A scatter of grounded migrants remained 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Goldcrest, a Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldafe, 24 Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycathcer, 24 Robin, a Redstart, 13 Stonechat, 7 Lesser Redpoll and 29 Reed Bunting.

The vismiggers had another relatively quiet morning with a Marsh Harrier, 129 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 4 Grey Wagtail, 10 Alba Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipit, 18 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 13 Greenfinch, 176 Linnet, 3 Redpoll, 153 Goldfinch and 28 Reed Bunting.

Ringing Sparrowhawk 1, Wood Pigeon 1, Tree Sparrow 16, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest 2, Redwing 1, Wren 1, Dunnock 4, Robin 3, Goldfinch 2, Mealy Redpoll 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, Reed Bunting 5, 43/15

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Saturday, 01 October 2022

Sunny day with a strong F6 westerly. Watches 0645-1200.

There was little change overall the Barred Warbler remained by the listening dish showing well, a Hawfinch again in the Kilnsea area, the Mealy Redpoll again in Sykes field and at least 7 Yellow-browed Warbler around the area.

Some southerly movement saw 11 Whooper Swan, 2 Kestrel, 117 Skylark, 374 Meadow Pipit, 27 Rock Pipit, 8 Alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 21 Swallow, 5 House Martin, a Sand Marrtin, 43 Goldfinch, 203 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 9 Reed Bunting and a male Snow Bunting recorded.

The KIlnsea wetlands area held a Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank.

Ringing Great Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Garden Warbler 1, Blackbird 2, Redwing 4, Robin 1, 10/6

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