Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings October 2023

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Tuesday, 31 October 2023

A cloudy drizzly day with a cool light north easterly. There was good numbers of migrants still around the area whcih featured 2 Hen Harriers, one a nice adult male, 13 Woodcocks, 3 Short-eared Owls, 2 Waxwings, 3 Swallows, 8 Chiffchaffs, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 176 Redwings, 500 Fieldfares, 2 Ring Ouzels, 53 Bramblings, 6 Twite, a Mealy Redpoll and 33 Lesser Redpolls. The best of any movement saw 222 Siskins head south and 8 Crossbills go north west. 

Not much change in the ponds area with the drake American Wigeon and juvenile Long-tailed Duck both present.

Ringing: Barn Owl 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackbird 25, Redwing 7, Chaffinch 1, Mealy Redpoll 1, Lesser Redpoll 1 37/7

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Monday, 30 October 2023

Cloudy with drizzle throughout and a light north easterly made for a difficult day out and about but there was still plenty to see with the elusive Dusky Warbler at the Warren, 20 Waxwings through the area as the influx continues, a single Hawfinch which went south plus decent numbers of grounded migrants which included 17 Woodcocks, 3 Jack Snipes, 20 Snipe, 6 Swallows, a House Martin, 17 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 48 Goldcrests, 62 Wrens, 500 Fieldfares, 4 Ring Ouzels, a Black Redstart, single Wheatear, 5 Mealy Redpolls, a Bullfinch, 20 Twite, 240 Chaffinches, 192 Bramblings, 50 Siskins and a Snow Bunting. There was also 746 Siskins heading south no doubt recent arrivals while other noteable movers saw a Eurasian White-fronted Goose, 4 Shags and a Hen Harrier also head south.

The drake American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck were both in residence and a good count of 620 Black-tailed Godwits was made on Kilnsea wetlands. 

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Goldcrest 4, Blackcap 8, Long-tailed Tit 11, Blackbird 13, Redwing 12, Robin 7, Mealy Redpoll 1, Lesser Redpoll 5. 62/9 



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Sunday, 29 October 2023

A beautiful sunny day with a F3 south westerly. Watches: 0815-1000, 1410-1620.  There was some movement south during the day the best of which were a Swift sp which flew straight through, 4 Shags, the Rough-legged Buzzard seemingly heading off, 10 Jackdaws, 9 Waxwings, 5 Swallows, 4 Misltle Thrushes, 3 Bramblings, a Mealy Redpoll, 142 Lesser Redpolls, a Crossbill, 380 Siskins and 2 Lapland Buntings. 

The Dusky Warbler was still present at the Warren but numbers of grounded migrants were down with notable counts of 5 Woodcocks, 2 Hen Harriers, 240 Redwings, 170 Fieldfares, 2 Black Redstarts, a Wheatear, single Tree Pipit, 18 Bramblings, a Bullfinch, 30 Mealy Redpolls, 3 Lesser Redpolls and 22 Siskins. 

The drake American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck both remained around the ponds along with 250 Wigeons and a Red-breasted Merganser.

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Blackcap 1, Fieldfare 2, Blackbird 6, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 5, Robin 4, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 1, Lesser Redpoll 34. 56/11

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Saturday, 28 October 2023

A cloudy day with a light south easterly saw a decent arrival in the morning with a Hoopoe at the point, a new juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard which lingered in the area, now 2 Dusky Warblers (Warren and sammies), 3 Firecrests, 15 Woodcocks, 2 Hen Harriers, 17 Chiffchaffs, 16 Blackcaps, 79 Goldcrests, 1100 Redwings, 225 Blackbirds, 3000 Fieldfares, 6 Ring Ouzels, 97 Robins, 4 Black Redstarts, a Wheatear, single Tree Pipit, 19 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches, 8 Crossbills, 2 Twite and 41 Mealy Redpolls.

It was a good Wildfowl day with 3 Tundra Bean Goose heading south, a White-fronted Goose on green lane along with 400 Pink-footed Geese, the usual drake American Wigeon on the ponds, while on the move 4 Whooper Swans, 96 Wigeon, 163 Teal, a Shoveler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 33 Common Scoters and a Red-breasted Merganser. Overland movement had 4 Swallows and a House Martin.

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Long-tailed Tit 8, Goldcrest 8, Blackcap 1, Fieldfare 2, Blackbird 11, Song Thrush 2, Redwing 13, Dunnock 2, Robin 5, Common Redpoll 2, Lesser Redpoll 1. 56/12

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Friday, 27 October 2023

A light south easterly wind and some fog in the morning saw an increase in thrush numbers, with 550 Fieldfare grounded, 375 moving northwest in the morning and 1390 south in the evening, 800 grounded Redwing and a movement of 332 northwest, 114 grounded Song Thrush, and 1 Mistle Thrush went south.

A lone Tundra Bean Goose went south in the mist, briefly dropping on the Humber before continuing south. Passage was generally slow, with 1 Little Bunting south over Potato Fields being the best.

A Dusky Warbler was trapped and ringed at the Warren, a Yellow-browed Warbler at Chapel Cottage and the Red-Flanked Bluetail showed briefly in Church Field but wasn't seen again and is proving very elusive.

The drake American Wigeon continues its stay on Beacon Ponds, and there was an increase in Woodcock numbers with a minimum of 36 in the area.

The ring-tailed Hen Harrier was again blogging, hunting thrushes in the Triangle and a Long-eared Owl was on the Peninsula.

3 Hawfinch were recorded in the area, one of which was trapped and ringed at the Warren.


Ringing: Woodcock 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Goldcrest 41, Blackcap 4, Dusky Warbler 1, Blackbird 53, Fieldfare 2, Song Thrush 3, Redwing 23, Wren 2, Dunnock 2, Robin 13, Chaffinch 2, Brambling 5, Siskin 2, Mealy Redpoll 1, Lesser Redpoll 5, Hawfinch 1, Reed Bunting 3. 167/19

Watch times: 07:15-10:05, 14:00-16:15


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Thursday, 26 October 2023

A cloudy start gave way to rain sometimes heavy with a F4 south eaterly. Watches: 0700-0845.  There was a noticeable cleaout of migrants but only a handful of arrivals in a much slower day with toatls of 8 Woodcocks, a Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owls, 5 Waxwings, a Yellow-browed Warbler, single Willow Warbler, 27 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 135 Goldcrests, 28 Song Thrush, 370 Redwings, 435 Blackbirds, 440 Fieldfares, 5 Ring Ouzels, 88 Robins, 2 Black Redstarts, 12 Stonechats, 1 Wheatear, 83 Chaffinches, 37 Bramblings, a Hawfinch, 22 Lesser Redpolls, 46 Mealy Redpolls and 55 Siskins. 

The male American Wigeon 2ith 250 Wigeon and the juvenile Long-tailed Duck both remained while there are now 305 Brent Geese with a single Pale-bellied Brent.

On the move were 186 Wigeon, 149 Teal, a Goldneyee, single Goosander, 29 Dunlin, 8 Shags, 18 Skylarks, 2 Swallows and 3 Grey Wagtails. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 12, Blackcap 4, Blackbird 47, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 13, Robin 6, Chaffinch 2, Common Redpoll 1, Stonechat 1, Goldfinch 1, Reed Bunting 1. 89/12.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2023

A sunny day initially soon clouded over with a light westerly. Watches: 0700-0930, 1130-1800.  It was another fantastic busy day around the area with new arrivals making for a hectic morning. The day saw 2 ARCTIC REDPOLLS (singles trapped Warren and another sheepfield), a PALLID SWIFT tracked from Easington the along the peninsula with a Great Grey Shrike at the gas terminal, a Little Bunting at the middle camp, a Glossy Ibis flew south and a great total of 73 Mealy Redpolls. The Red-flanked Bluetail was also still elusive in church field while totals for the day included 2 Woodcock, 3 Jack Snipe, a Long-eared Owl, 12 Waxwings, 34 Chiffchaffs, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 19 Blackcaps, 180 Goldcrests, 43 Song Thrushes, 3360 Redwings, 263 Blackbirds, 4364 Fieldfares, 5 Ring Ouzels, 136 Robins, 4 Black Redstarts, 162 Chaffinches, 213 Bramblings, 2 Hawfinches, 24 Lesser Redpolls, 58 Siskins, 2 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Bunting

The usual male American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck remained around the ponds with 4 Whooper Swans, 120 Brent Geese (including the Leucistic returning bird) and a Pale-bellied Brent nearby on Easington straight. There was also bit of movement south which apart from those already mentioned there was also 19 Cormorants, 3 Shags, a Great White Egret, 40 Jackdaws, 10 Rooks, 32 Skylarks, 12 Swallows, 18 Tree Sparrows and a Grey Wagtail. 

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Wren 1, Waxwing 5, Dunnock 2, House Sparrow 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 13, Blue Tit 5, Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 40, Blackcap 8, Fieldfare 3, Blackbird 37, Song Thrush 3, Redwing 15, Robin 19, Stonechat 1, Brambling 2, Common Redpoll 19, Lesser Redpoll 13, Greenfinch 1. 195/21

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023

A cloudy day with rain and a moderate easterly.  The Red-flanked Bluetail was still present elusively in churchfield while early morning brought a new arrival of migrants including 7 Woodcocks, a Jack Snipe, 2 Waxwings, 2 Bearded Tits, 29 Chiffchaffs, a Siberlan Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcaps, 162 Goldcrests, 19 Song Thrushes, 470 Redwings, 124 Blackbirds, 602 Fieldfares, a Ring Ouzel, 68 Robins, 24 Chaffinch, 44 Brambling, 2 Hawfinches, 19 Mealy Redpolls, 11 Lesser Redpoll and 20 Siskins. 

The male American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck were joined by an Egyptian Goose which then flew off south the ponds area also held 250 Wigeon, 120 Teal, 4 Pintails 14 Shovelers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank. 

It was a much quieter day for the vismiggers in the rain with a Great White Egret, single Hen Harrier, 11 Shags, 10 Jackdaws, 11 Swallows, 7 House Martins and a Crossbill

Ringing: Shag 1, Goldcrest 17, Blackcap 2, Blackbird 12, Redwing 10, Robin 5, Dunnock 1, Brambling 2, Common Redpoll 6, Lesser Redpoll 4. 43/9

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Monday, 23 October 2023

Watches: 0700-1700,  It was another busy day for the vimiggers albeit generally in lesser numbers though a massive record count of 226 Shags flew south the days other noteable counts were 2 Scaup, 8 Eider, 2 Goosander, a Red-breasted Merganser, 458 Wood Pigeons, a Common Tern, an Arctic Skua, single Little Auk, a Great White Egret, ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Jays, 50 Rooks, 52 Jackdaws, 331 Skylarks, 4 Swallows, 39 Tree Sparrows, 88 Meadow Pipits, 12 Rock Pipits, 12 Bramblings, 35 Chaffinches, 40 Redpolls, 141 Siskins, 6 Yellowhammers and 29 Reed Buntings. Full counts on Trektellen. 

The ponds area had the male American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck plus 221 Wigeon, 128 Teal and 33 Little Grebes.

Migrant numbers are slowly dropping off with todays counts being a Woodcock, single Jack Snipe, 7 Short-eared Owls, 5 Bearded Tits, 13 Blackcaps, 35 Goldcrests, a Ring Ouzel, 58 Robins, a Black Redstart, 20 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, 13 Brambling, a Hawfinch, 7 Twite and a Mealy Redpoll. 

Ringing : Sparrowhawk 1, Blackcap 7, Goldcrest 11, Cetti's Warbler 1, Great Tit 1, Blackbird 9, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 5, Tree Sparrow 5, Meadow Pipit 1, Wren 1, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 4, Lesser Redpoll 26, Mealy Redpoll 1. 88/17

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Sunday, 22 October 2023

A nice sunny day with a light F3 south westerly. Watches: 0700-1800.  It was a busy day for the vismiggers plus good numbers of migrants to keep everyone busy. The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was still present in churchfield with Rosefinch here and a Little Bunting at chalk bank plus 7 Woodcocks, 4 Black Redstarts, a Wheatear, 19 Bramblings, 3 Twite and 2 Hawfinches the best of the rest.

The vismiggers had several highlights among decent numbers which included a White-fronted Goose, 16 Eider, a Common Crane, 17 Little Gulls, a Little Auk, 2 Great Northen Divers, 53 Cormorants, 128 Shags, 2 Great White Egrets, an Osprey, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Marsh Harrier, an adult male Hen Harrier, single Buzzard, 61 Jackdaws, 41 Rooks, 716 Skylarks, 6 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 89 Tree Sparrows, 20 Grey Wagtails, 275 Meadow Pipits, 89 Rock Pipits, 174 Chaffinches, 122 Bramblings, a Hawfinch, 38 Greenfinches, 130 Linnets, 154 Lesser Redpolls, 407 Goldfinches, 637 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting, single Snow Bunting, 5 Yellowhammers and 73 Reed Buntings. 

The beacon ponds area chipped in with a Slavonian Grebe which then flew south along with the usual male American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck with 13 Whooper Swans on Easington straight. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 9, Fieldfare 1, Blackbird 7, Song Thrush 2, Robin 1, Lesser Redpoll 30, Long-tailed Tit 1, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 2, Wren 1, Chaffinch 1, Brambling 1. 60/14

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Saturday, 21 October 2023

A generally cloudy with a light southerly.  It was a much better day around the area after the previous days wash out with several good birds of note including the first Rough-legged Buzzard of the autumn over Kilnsea wetlands which eventually flew slowly north west and also the first Waxwing in Kilnsea too in what potentially could be the start of good autumn for them while a Richard's Pipit and a Little Bunting were along beacon lane. Out of the blue the RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL from Wednesday re-appeared at Kew and was on view for the afternoon in a garden nearby. The day also saw decent numbers of grounded migrants with 16 Woodcocks, 2 Jack Snipes, 2 Hen Harriers, 2 Willow Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, 29 Blackcaps, a Firecrest, 90 Goldcrests, 226 Redwings, 540 Fieldfares, 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Black Redstarts, 5 Wheatears, 50 Bramblings, a Hawfinch and 4 Twite. 

There was some light passage the best being a Velvet Scoter, single Goldeneye, 2 Goosanders, 3 Little Gulls, a Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skaus, a Shag, 5 Grey Herons, 43 Skylarks, an Osprey, 2 Swallows, 76 Rock Pipits, 11 Chaffinch, a Mealy Redpoll, 50 Lesser Redpolls and 18 Siskins.

Ringing: Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Blackcap 8, Goldcrest 6, Song Thrush 9, Blackbird 39, Redwing 7, Wren 3, Robin 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Willow Warbler 1, Brambling 13, Blackcap 1, Blue Tit 3, Goldfinch 2, Dunnock 1, Great Tit 2, House Sparrow 4, Greenfinch 2. 112/20

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Friday, 20 October 2023

A very wet and windy day as the wrath of Storm Babet was felt on the East Coast, birding was difficult but a few brave souls ventured out to record what they could.

The highlights from the seawatch were 175 Little Gull north, 9 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater and 1 Velvet Scoter south.

Elsewhere, a Scaup was on Canal Scrape in the morning, and a Grey Phalarope was on Kilnsea Wetlands with a small group of Little Gull. A 1st winter Caspian Gull was also present on Kilnsea Wetlands.

There was a notable increase in Woodcock with at least 10 in the area.

Ringing: Blackbird 5, Song Thrush 1. 6/2 Watch times: 07:15-09:30, 12:30-14:30

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Thursday, 19 October 2023

A cloudy day with the odd sunny spell and a F4 south easterly. It was a fantastic day all round the area with loads of Thrushes and Bramblings arriving arriving but it was over the sea where records were being broken with large counts for several species of Wildfowl heading south including 41 Brent Geese, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1572 Wigeon, 31 Pintails, 2796 Teal, 38 Tufted Ducks, 2 Eiders, 2 Velvet Scoters, 140 Common Scoters, 12 Goldeneye, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Arctic Skuas while overland passage was as equally busy bringing a Great White Egret, 2 Hen Harriers, 698 Skylarks, 3 Swallows, 2420 Starlings, 62 Mistle Thrushes, 43 Meadow Pipits, 69 Rock Pipits, 111 Siskins, 2 Lapland Buntings and 12 Reed Buntings.

There were fantastic numbers of migramts early morning with 3 Woodcocks, 6 Jack Snipe, a Yellow-browed Warbler, the acredula Willow Warbler still at the point, 15 Chiffchaffs, 45 Blackcaps, the Barred Warbler still at chalk bank, the Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, single Firecrest on the canal, 120 Goldcrests, 355 Song Thrushes, 4280 Redwings, 300 Blackbirds, 1475 Fieldfares, 6 Ring Ouzels, 76 Robins, 5 Black Redstarts, a Redstart, single Tree Pipit, 450 Bramblings, 2 Hawfinches, 4 Twite, 2 Mealy Redpolls, 2 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Little Buntings (lighthouse and chalk bank).

Ringing: Blackcap 14, Goldcrest 4, Fieldfare 1, Robin 5, Brambling 1, Redwing 19, Song Thrush 19, Blackbird 16, Lesser Redpoll 2, Reed Bunting 1. 82/10

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Wednesday, 18 October 2023

A generally sunny with a strong F6 easterly.  A better day saw some decent arrivals though not a fall that people were hoping for. The highlight were 2 RED-FLANKED BLUETAILS with yesterdays bird trapped at Kew and a new bird in Easington. Totals for the day included a Jack Snipe, single Willow Wabler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, the Barred Warbler still at chalk bank, an Eastern Lesser Whitethroat, 47 Goldcrests, 55 Song Thrushes, 625 Redwings, 237 Fieldfares, 3 Ring Ouzels, 27 Robins, 8 Black Redstarts, a Redstart, 220 Bramblings, 2 Mealy Redpolls, a Hawfinch and 2 Siskins. 

The usual drake American Wigeon was still on beacon ponds along with the Long-tailed Duck and a Little Stint.

Ringing: Cetti's Warbler 1, Goldcrest 17, Blackcap 4, Fieldfare 1, Blackbird 1, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 3, Robin 1, Red-flanked Bluetail 1, Brambling 11, Lesser Redpoll 1. 42/11 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023

The day overall had fewer migrants but made up for it with quality instead noteably with a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL in the crown to churchyard area which typically proved elusive along with a Little Bunting at the south end of the canal, an Eastern type Lesser Whitethroat in churchfield and the Barred Warbler still lingering at chalk bank. Other migrants of note were 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Coal Tits, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, 48 Goldcrests, 40 Wrens, 127 Fieldfares, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Black Redstarts, a Redstart, 9 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 8 Bramblings and a Mealy Redpoll. 

Over the sea a Grey Phalarope was the highlight as it headed north plus 2 Long-tailed Ducks, a Goldeneye, 4 Little Gulls, singles of Great Skua, Pomarine Skua and Long-tailed Skua, 15 Arctic Skuas, a Little Auk, a Black-throated Diver and a Manx Shearwater. 

The usual American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck were still on beacon ponds plus 10 Pintails, 2 Avocets, a Ruff and 3 Greenshanks.

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 11, Great Tit 1, Lesser Whitethroat (Eastern type) 1, Fieldfare 4, Blackbird 5, Redwing 3, Wren 1. 27/8

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Monday, 16 October 2023

A generally sunny day with a light northerly. Watches: 0700-1100.  The day saw small numbers of migrants arriving with a Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipes, 10 Coal Tits, 8 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 21 Goldcrests, 2000 Starlings, a Mistle Thrush, 185 Redwings, 2 Ring Ouzels, 43 Robins, 10 Stonechats, 27 Bramblings, 2 Hawfinches and 7 Siskins. 

Despite the light winds there was a suprise Little Auk heading south close inshore the sea also having 3 Whooper Swans, 10 Little Gulls, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Shag while overland 2 Short-eared Owls in/off, 110 Tree Sparrows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Alba Wagtails, 17 Bramblings, 39 Lesser Redpolls, 88 Goldfinches, 39 Siskins and 12 Reed Buntings, Full counts on Trektellen. 

The drake American Wigeon was still with 250 Wigeons plus 11 Pintails, 120 Teal and a Tufted Duck with a Little Stint on Kilnsea wetlands. On the Humber there were 15 Whooper Swans  and 637 Shelducks. 

Ringing: Dunlin 2, Tree Sparrow 7, House Sparrow 1, Blue Tit 2, Coal Tit 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 4, Long-tailed Tit 16, Blackbird 3, Redwing 8, Dunnock 3, Brambling 2, Greenfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 20. 73/16

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Sunday, 15 October 2023

Yet another sunny day with a moderate north westerly. Watches: 06:20-10:20, 15:00-17:45.  The day saw some movement over the sea albeit in lesser numbers to the previous day with 21 Whooper Swans, 5 Edier, 5 Goosander, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 264 Kittiwakes, 5 Great Skuas, 13 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater and 32 Cormorants.

The drake American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck remained in the ponds area with the usual array of species all present.

Migrant wise a scatter was still present including a Jack Snipe, single Yellow-browed Warbler, 19 Goldcrests and a Ring Ouzel.  Full counts on Trektellen.

Ringing: Tree Sparrow 7, Great Tit 1, Blue Tit 2, Goldcrest 5, Redwing 5, Robin 1, Lesser Redpoll 2. 23/7.

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Saturday, 14 October 2023

A nice sunny day with a F5 north westerly. Watches: 0700-1800.  The change in the wind saw some interesting movement for the vismiggers with 115 Whooper Swans and 19 Pomarine Skuas (mainly adults) heading south the pick of the counts. Other noteable counts included 407 Pink-footed Geese, 17 Pintails, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Little Gulls, 18 Common Terns, 6 Arctic Terns, 6 Great Skuas, 24 Arctic Skaus, 61 Red-throated Divers, 572 Gannets and 51 Cormorants. Overland movement was rather curtailed the best being a Great White Egret, single Tree Pipit, 10 Lesser Redpolls and 10 Siskins.

The American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck were still in the ponds area plus 20 Pintails, 30 Shoveler, 3 Avocets, 2 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 450 Redshanks, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshanks and 38 Little Egrets. 

Grounded migrants showed little change with 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Bearded Tits, 5 Bramblings and the frist Twite of the autumn. 

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Friday, 13 October 2023

A miserable day with heavy rain throughout and a F4 north westerly. Wathces: 0650-1000.  Much of todays birding was done from the safety of hides with most of todays good sightings from Kilnsea wetlands where the adult American Wigeon remained and a suprise Long-tailed Duck spent some time before flying off south. Also in the area 120 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Whooper Swans, 39 Shovelers, 5 Gadwall, 400 Wigeon, 30 Pintails, 120 Teal, 101 Black-tailed Godwits, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshanks, 188 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls, a Great White Egret, 30 Little Egrets and a Short-eared Owl.

Small numbers of grounded migrants remain with 8 Chiffchaff, 34 Goldcrests, 64 Redwings, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Stonechats, a Wheatear and 2 Brambling. 

Ringing: Goldcrest 1

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Thursday, 12 October 2023

A nice sunny day with light winds made for a good day which saw the re-appearance of the Barred Warbler at chalk bank, still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers in the area, 2 Jack Snipe on canal scrape and 3 Bearded Tits still along the canal with further migrnat totals of a Woodcock, single Ring Ouzel, 2 Jays, 13 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 93 Goldcrests, 50 Wrens, 58 Robins, a Redstart, 15 Stonechats, a Wheatear, 4 Bramblings and a Bullfinch.

There was increases movement over land and sea with 1002 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Barnacle Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser, 60 Wood Pigeons, 30 Little Gulls, 4 Arctic Terns, a Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua, 60 Cormorants, a Shag, single Great White Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 65 Skylarks, a Swallow, 2 House Martins, 40 Tree Sparrows, a Grey Wagtail, 14 Rock Pipits, 77 Meadow Pipits, 21 Lesser Redpolls, 275 Goldfinches, 25 Siskins and 26 Reed Buntings. 

The drake American Wigeon contiued its residency with 4 Whooper Swans nearby on Easington straight while on the Humber counts of 1100 Shelduck and now 201 Brent Geese, 

Ringing: Goldcrest 13, Wren 6, Reed Bunting 21, Lesser Redpoll 34, Blackcap 2, Siskin 1, Bullfinch 1, Stonechat 1, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 20, Blue Tit 4, Coal Tit 1, Great Tit 2, Tree Sparrow 40, Song Thrush 1, Dunnock 2, Blackbird 5, Starling 1, Chaffinch 1. 157/19

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023

A generally sunny day some cloud about and a blustery F5 south westerly.  It was a much quieter day than of late, big decreases in migrant numbers little on the move. The usual adult American Wigeon remained around Kilnsea wetlands along with 150 Wigeon, 2 Pintails, 5 Avocets, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 430 Redshanks, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshanks.

The best of the grounded migrants were 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and still 3 Bearded Tits plus 10 Chiffchaffs, 50 Goldcrests, 7 Bramblings and a Bullfinch. 

A flock of 19 Whooper Swans headed south as did 80 Siskins were the best of the vismig. Full counts on Trektellen. 

Ringing: Goldcrest 12, Long-tailed Tit 5, Blackcap 1, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 3. 22/5 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023

A cloudy drizzly day with a light south westerly.  The adult American Golden Plover re-appeared off the crown and anchor and sammys among a mobile flock of 8000 Golden Plover while the drake American Wigeon was still on Kilnsea wetlands. There was still a good scatter of grounded migrants around the area including some new birds in with 3 Jack Snipes, 6 Bearded Tits, 18 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Yellow-browed Warblers, 28 Chiffchaffs, a Garden Warbler, 30 Blackcaps, a Barred Warbler at chalk bank, 267 Goldcrests, 60 Wrens, 83 Song Thrushes, 630 Redwings, a Ring Ouzel, 50 Robins, a Redstart, 25 Stonechats, a Wheatear, single Tree Pipit, 7 Bramblings and 3 Bullfinches. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 11, Blackcap 6, Blue Tit 1, Blackbird 5, Redwing 6, Tree Sparrow 61, Robin 3, Lesser Redpoll 3, Bearded Tit 2, Wren 2, Goldfinch 21, Reed Bunting 24, Garden Warbler 1, Blue Tit 1, Dunnock 1, Great Tit 1.

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Monday, 09 October 2023

Cloudy with sunny spells and a light westerly.  A huge clearout was expected given how many birds were leaving pre-dusk the day before but there was still plenty of grounded migrants to keep the interest going with the Nightjar still in churchfield, 8 Jack Snipes, 6 Bearded Tits, a Willow Warbler, 27 Chiffchaffs, 6 Yellow-browed Warblers, 17 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 452 Goldcrests, 51 Wrens, 261 Song Thrushes, 2600 Redwings, 23 Fieldfares, 7 Ring Ouzels, 110 Robins, a Black Redstart, single Redstart, 34 Stonechats, 4 Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, 98 Bramblings, 2 Hawfinch and 16 Lesser Redpolls. 

The drake American Wigeon was still in the ponds area with14 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Stint, 35 Medierranean Gulls, a Great White Egret and 30 Little Egrets. 

The best of the overland movement had 5 Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, 19 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 32 Tree Sparrows, 3 Grey Wagtails, 9 Alba Wagtails, 7 Rock Pipits, 49 Lesser Redpolls, 260 Goldfinches, 49 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting and 6 Yellowhammers while over the sea were 595 Pink-footed Geese, 355 Teal, 192 Golden Plovers, a Great Skua, 14 Arctic Skuas and 84 Red-throated Divers. 

Ringing: House Sparrow 3, Chiffchaff 6, Goldcrest 48, Blackcap 10, Great Tit 1, Blackbird 7, Song Thrush 8, Redwing 11, Robin 14, Chaffinch 2, Brambling 8, Siskin 1, Lesser Redpoll 29, Sparrowhawk 1, Wren 5, Tree Sparrow 38, Ring Ouzel 1, Stonechat 1, Goldfinch 4, Dunnock 2. 200/20

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Sunday, 08 October 2023

A cloudy day with sunshine late afternoon and a F3 NE-southerly wind.  It was evident from at least an hour before dawn that a major arrival was taking place and by the end of the day there was no doubt that Thrushes had stolen the show. The highlights were Spurns first BLACK-THROATED THRUSH in Easington cemetery, a long overdue species which eluded the masses, a phenomonal 125 Ring Ouzels with some big flocks around the area, 28,000 Redwings and 2,400 Song Thrushes. The day also returned the autumns first 2 Woodcocks, 21 Jack Snipes, at least 2 'Northen' Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Blythi Lesser Whitethroat, a late morning arrival of 640 Goldcrests, a Shore Lark at chalk bank, 84 Blackbirds, 470 Fieldfares, 139 Robins, 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Redstarts, a Whinchat, 66 Stonechats, 8 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits, 60 Chaffinches, 470 Bramblings, 7 Hawfinches, a Mealy Redpoll at the warren and 2 Little Buntings at chalky point. Other migrants included the Nightjar still around the Kew area, 9 Short-eared Owls, 4 Willow Warblers, 54 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Wabler, 45 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Flava Wagtail, 37 Rock Pipits and 8 Lesser Redpolls. 

The drake American Wigeon was still around the ponds area with also 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks and a Great White Egret. 

Ringing: Jack Snipe 1, Water Rail 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 18, Goldcrest 125, Blackcap 12, Great Tit 6, Blue Tit 6, Blackbird 4, Song Thrush 37, Redwing 25, House Sparrow 13, Dunnock 1, Robin 30, Stonechat 1, Brambling 11, Chaffinch 4, Goldfinch 45, Lesser Redpoll 2, Common Redpoll 1, Wren 1, Lesser Whitethroat (blythii) 1, Garden Warbler 1, Greenfinch 1. 348/24 

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Saturday, 07 October 2023

A cloudy day with a F4 sputh westerly. Watches: 06:40-13:00.  It was a fantastic day of southerly movement all round the pick of the day 3 GLOSSY IBIS south offshore maybe 3 miles out to sea along with a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sand Martins, 57 Swallows, 88 House Martins, 67 Tree Sparrows, 15 House Sparrows, 4 Grey Wagtails, 21 Alba Wagtails, 703 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, 7 Rock Pipits, 101 Chaffinches, 1090 Linnets, 23 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Crossbills, 4916 Goldfinches, 97 Siskins, a Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhanmers and 91 Reed Buntings. Over the sea the noteable counts involved 521 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Whooper Swans, 36 Pintails, 4 Goosanders, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skuas and a Manx Shearwater. 

The day saw the first good arrivals of migrants in/off the sea and grounded with totals of 55 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 38 Goldcrests, a Tree Creeper, 1827 Redwings, 21 Fieldfares, a Spotted Flycatcher, 31 Robins, 42 Stonechats, 4 Wheatears, 2 Bramblings and 22 Lesser Redpolls. 

The drake American Wigeon was still present in the ponds area along with 70 Pintails and 150 Teal with 1200 Pink-footed Geese on Easington straight and 998 Shelducks on the Humber. 

Ringing: House Sparrow 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Chiffchaff 24, Goldcrest 5, Blackcap 4, Treecreeper 1, Redwing 27, Robin 1, Stonechat 4, Goldfinch 24, Lesser Redpoll 22, Wren 1, Chaffinch 2, Blue Tit 6, Dunnock 2, Great Tit 1. 127/16

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Friday, 06 October 2023

A cloudy day with rain and a F5 westerly. Watches: 06:45-10:15.  The drake American Wigeon was still present in the ponds area along with 2 Whooper Swans, 5 Avocets, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Caspian Gulls, a Yellow-legged Gull, 29 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret. 

The Nightjar was still wandering around the churchfield area a Willow Warbler, 34 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, 39 Goldcrests, 43 Wrens, a Tree Creeper, 56 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 36 Robins, 37 Stonechats, 2 Wheatears and 2 Lesser Redpolls, 

 Ringing: Great-spotted Woodpecker 1, Blackcap 3, House Sparrow 1, Tree Sparrow 1, Goldfinch 2, Stonechat 6. 14/6 

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Thursday, 05 October 2023

A cloudy day with a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0645-1030.  The drake American Wigeon continued its residency on Kilnsea wetlands along with 120 Wigeon, 20 Shovelers, 50 Pintails and 150 Teal and the first 4 Whooper Swans of the autumn here too which flew off south. The drake Mandarin had moved onto the Humber off the tank blocks while a Black-throated Diver was at the point. . 

Early evening a juvenile Nightjar was trapped in churchfield and yet again a scatter of grounded migrants around the area with a Willow Warbler, 44 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, 29 Goldcrests, a Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Robins, 46 Stonechats, 21 Redwings in/off, 19 Wheatears, 36 Pied Wagtails and 8 Rock Pipits. 

Therre was some stready southerly movement especially Finches with 20 Skylarks, 6 Swallows, 14 House Martins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 8 Alba Wagtails, 138 Meadow Pipits, 635 Linnets, 5 Lesser Redpolls, 2434 Goldfinches, 28 Siskins and 38 Reed Buntings while over the sea 716 Pink-footed Geese flew south. 

Ringing: Ringing: Tree Sparrow 3, Chiffchaff 7, Goldcrest 9, Blackcap 4, Song Thrush 1, Wren 1, Dunnock 3, Stonechat 6, Goldfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 5, Blue Tit 1, Nightjar 1. 42/12

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Wednesday, 04 October 2023

Cloudy with a F5 south westerly. Watches: 06:45-10:30.  It was another busy day around the area with some good movement overland which saw 3 GLOSSY IBIS and an Osprey fly south along with a Marsh Harrier, ringtail Harrier sp, 38 Swallows, 369 House Martins, 19 Tree Sparrows, 3 Grey Wagtails, 156 Meadow Pipits, 2 Rock Pipits, a Flava Wagtail, 16 Greenfinches, 646 Linnets, 4 Redpolls, 2914 Goldfinch and 253 Siskins

A late Nightjar was around cliff farm among some decent totals of grounded migrants remaining around the area with 4 Jack Snipes, 23 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 39 Goldcrests, 20 Wrens, 24 Robins, 29 Stonechats, 14 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, the first Brambling of the autumn and 9 Lesser Redpolls.

The drake American Wigeon remained in the ponds area being joined by a drake Mandarin along with 60 Pintail, 284 Teal, a Spotted Redshank and a Great White Egret.

Ringing: Goldcrest 11, Long-tailed Tit 5, Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap 3, Lesser Redpoll 9. 32/5

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023

Sunny throughout with a F5 westerly. Watches: 06:45-10:00.  There were some nice additions to the year list firstly with an impressive adult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE in long bank which eventually flew off towards Patrington and a GLOSSY IBIS that flew south wanderd the area landing on Kilnsea wetlands before also heading north west. The drake American Wigeon remained on KIlnsea wetlands showing well with 120 Wigeon, 80 Pintails, 158 Teal, 19 Avocets, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, 12 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, 20 Mediterranean Gulls, a Caspian Gull with yellow darvic, a Great White Egret and 50 Little Egrets. 

A Firecrest on vicars lane was the best of the grounded migrants which also included a Willow Warbler, 23 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, 51 Goldcrests, a Spotted Flycatcher, 32 Robins, 16 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtails and 4 Redpolls. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 7, Blackcap 4, Wren 2, Robin 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Lesser Redpoll 15. 31/7

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Monday, 02 October 2023

A nice sunny day with a light south westerly. Watches: 06:45-10:00.  An arrival of migrants in the morning saw a RED-EYED VIREO trapped and ringed at the Warren after unprecendented numbers of this American species arrived in the last 2 weeks on the west coast of the UK. Further good birds saw an Ortolan Bunting found at the point parade ground and a Lesser Whitethroat (feather retained for analysis) was trapped in church field while grounded migrants included 2 Jack Snipe, 5 Willow Warblers, 45 Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, single Grasshopper Warbler, 33 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroats, 48 Goldcrests, 30 Wrens, a Fieldfare, single Spotted Flycatcher, 38 Robins, a Redstart, 26 Stonechats, 7 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, single Tree Pipit and 36 Lesser Redpolls.

The drake American Wigeon is still in the ponds area along with 120 Wigeon, 88 Pintails, 150 Teal, 20 Shovelers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Strint, 600 Redshanks and 2 Spotted Redshanks. The 1200 Pink-footed Geese were again the Easington area giving a fantastic morning and evening backdrop.

There was some nice movement at the Warren with 2 Great White Egrets, 32 Skylarks, 88 Swallows, 26 House Martins, 50 Tree Sparrows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 504 Meadow Pipits, a Water Pipit, 7 Rock Pipits, 30 Chaffinches, 250 Linnets, 43 Lesser Redpolls, 625 Goldfinches, 43 Siskins and 44 Reed Buntings. 

Ringing: Woodpigeon 1, Tree Sparrow 4, Blue Tit 8, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 7, Blackcap 13, Song Thrush 1, Meadow Pipit 3, RED-EYED VIREO 1, Wren 1, Dunnock 6, Eastern Lesser Whitethroat 1, Greenfinch 1, Goldfinch 21, Lesser Redpoll 15, Reed Bunting 2. 86/16

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Sunday, 01 October 2023

A cloudy day with some rain and a F4 south westerly. Watches: 06:45-10:00.  The drake American Wigeon continued its stay in the ponds area and the Garganey was still present here too. Also in the area 23 Little Grebes, 13 Avocets, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, 1000 Redshanks, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 30 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls, a Yellow-legged Gull, and 30 Little Egrets. Nearby 981 Pink-footed Geese were on Easiington straight.

A Wood Lark heading south wass the best of a largely quiet movement with other counts of 27 Skylarks, single Sand Martin, 29 Swallows, 20 House Martins, a Flava Wagtail, single Grey Wagtail, 212 Meadow Pipits, 39 Linnets and 60 Siskins. 

A very small increase in grounded migrants was eveident with a Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 14 Goldcrests, 28 Wrens, a Spotted Flycatcher, 53 Robins, a Redstart, 22 Stonechats and 7 Wheatears.

Ringing: Blackcap 4, Goldcrest 2.

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