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Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings 2024

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Wednesday, 19 June 2024

A nice sunny day again along with a F3 north easterly.  There was no sign of the Shrike but a Willow Warbler in church field was interesting. Wader numbers were maybe slightly up with 9 Golden Plovers, 80 Grey Plovers, 31 Ringed Plovers, 8 Curlews and 60 Dunlins. Also of note was a Little Gull on beacon ponds. 

The best for the vismiggers were just 6 Eider and 425 Starlings. 

Ringing: Starling 14, Swallow 2 (P), Dunnock 2 (P). 19/3 

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

A sunny day with some cloud about and a F3 north westerly.  The late spring continues this time with a male Red-backed Shrike along the canal showing well. Typically there was little else bar a Wheatear in the triangle. 

Some light movement saw 9 Teal, 54 Swifts, 5 Curlews, an Arctic Skua and 108 Starlings the more noteable sightings. 

Ringing: Little Tern 2 (P), Starling 31, Whitethroat 1 (P), Wren 2 (P), Dunnock 1 (P), Robin 1. 38/6 Watch times: 06:15-10:00, 19:00-20:00

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Monday, 17 June 2024

A nice sunny day  with a moderate westerly.  The day was rather quiet albeit some decent summer movement with 25 Teal, 3 Tufted Ducks, 36 Common Scoters, 380 Swifts, a Redshank, single Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwaters, single Grey Heron, a Bee-eater, 4 Sand Martins, 11 Swallows and 187 House Martins. Full counts on Trektellen. 

It seemed there were already some returning Waders to the ponds area with Common Sandpiper and 3 Redshanks present while up at then gas terminal a late Spotted Flycatcher was present. 

Ringing: 2 Marsh Harrier (p), Starling 43, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. 46/3. Watches: 06:15 - 10:15

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Sunday, 16 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Showers and sunny spells much milder than of late with a F3 south westerly.  It seems like Waders have only just left and some are returning already to the ponds area 2 Sanderlings, a Common Sandpiper and a single Redshank. Also in this area 5 Canada Geese, 11 Gadwalls, 3 Wigeon and 7 Teal were present. 

Small amounts of movement again with 6 Canada Geese, 107 Common Scoters, 322 Swifts, a Curlew, single Hobby, 3 Jackdaws,  3 Sand Martins, 21 Swallows, 19 House Martins and 155 Starlings. 

Ringing: Woodpigeon 1, Starling 30, Pied Wagtail 1. 32/3 Watches: 06:15 - 10:15, 19:00-21:30

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Friday, 14 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Sunny spells and mild along with a F4 south westerly.  Small amounts of movement heading south saw 470 Swifts, a Hobby, 8 Sand Martins, 26 Swallows, 9 House Martins, 91 Starlings and 3 Linnets. 

A Cuckoo was in the triangle where a Green Sandpiper put in an appearance and 2 Water Rails along the canal. 

Ringing: Starling 10. 10/1 Watch times: 06:00-10:00

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Thursday, 13 June 2024

A bright and mild start to the day clouding over with rain by early evening with a moderate south westerly.  A change in the conditions saw asome southerly movement mainly overland with 251 Swifts, 4 Lapwings, a Wood Sandpiper, single Greenshank, a Grey Heron, 2 Sand Martins, 65 Swallows, 24 House Martins, 89 Starlings, a Mistle Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtails, 9 Linnets and 9 Goldfinches. 

Other sightings included 22 Avocets and a Little Gull at Kilnsea wetlands and a Wheatear at the breach. 

watches: 06:15 - 10:00

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Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Cloudy again with a light north westerly.  Theer was no sign of the Shrike and the day had little different to previous day with even the sea much quieter. The sea still had 30 Kittiwakes, a Red-throated Diver, 31 Fulmars, 5 Manx Shearwaters and 135 Gannets. 

A Brent Goose still remained on Kilnsea wetlands the ponds area also hoting 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 15 Avocets, 2 Little-ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlins and a Common Tern. 

Ringing: Robin 1, Reed Warbler 1, Chaffinch 2 4/3 Watch times: 05:15-10:00

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Cloudy with the ood glimpse of sunshine and still a F4 north westrly persisted. The female Red-backed Shrike remained om Easington straight with also 3 Cuckoos on the triangle to sammys point area, a Corn Bunting wandering the area and a Marrsh Harrier flew south. 

The sea again was the best spot with 4 Eiders, 101 Common Scoters, 62 Kittiwakes, 9 Sandwich Terns, 81 Guillemots,86 Razorbills, 306 Large Auk sps, 20 Puffins, 2 Red=throated Divers, a Great Northen Diver, 54 Fulmars, 16 Manx Shearwaters and 68 Gannets. 

Ringing: Starling 20, Whitethroat 1 (P), Robin 1. 22/3 Watch times: 05:30-10:30, 18:45-19:15
 

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Monday, 10 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Heavy over night rain until mod morning remaining showery but becoming brighter and a cool F4 north westerly again.  The female Red-backed Shrike remained on Easington straight but the only other migrant was a Wheatear in the triangle. 

The sea was busy in productive conditions counts of 113 Common Scoters, 262 Kittiwakes, 3 Arctic Terns, an Arctic Skua, 157 Guillemots, 38 Razorbills, 579 Large Auk sps, 16 Puffins, 76 Fulmars, 82 Manx Shearwaters and 136 Gannets. 

Webs count. Ringing: Starling 1 1/1. Watches: 06:15-11:45, 12:45-13:45, 15:00-16:00, 18:15-20:30

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Sunday, 09 June 2024

A damp overcast day some showers in the afternoon and a F4 north westerly remained.  A female Red-backed Shrike along Easington straight was a good find interestingly appearing to have only one functioning eye. Heading south were 11 Canada Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese, 21 Swifts, a Common Buzzard, 18 Swallows and 292 Starlings among small numbers of other species with also 10 Manx Shearwaters heading north. 

Ringing: Greenfinch 1. 1/1. Watches: 0600 - 0945

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Saturday, 08 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Overcast with rain early morning brightening during the day to leave sunny mild conditions with a light north westerly.  Not a lot of interest despite plenty of observers out looking with just 3 Canada Geese, 3 Teal and 2 Little-ringed Plovers on Kilnsea wetlands with 15 Avocets and an Arctic Tern on beacon ponds. 

Ringing: Robin 1

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Friday, 07 June 2024

Dry and overcast the sun beaking through later along with a moderate westerly.  The male Red-backed Shrike remained giving good views on beacon lane along with the Long-eared Owl still hunting along the canal bank. An Osprey in/off the sea continuing west gave the Little Terns a startle but a surprise 2cy male Montagu's Harrier wandered the triangle then flew south down the peninsula.

Some light movement again over land and sea brought 4 Canada Geese, 39 Common Scoter, single Red-throated Diver, 399 Swifts, 78 Kittiwakes, an Arctic Skua, 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Shag, 3 Grey Herons, 39 Swallows, 14 House Martins, 56 Starlings and a Flava Wagtail. 

Ringing: Starling 14, Chiffchaff 1, Wren 1 (p), Robin 1 (p). 17/4. Watches: 0545 - 1100, 1230-1300
 

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Thursday, 06 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Generally sunny again with a moderate westerly.  In a record spring it was nice to get another male Red-backed Shrike this time along beacon lane giving great views. There were a few extra migrants around noteably 2 Long-eared Owls, 4 Cuckoos, a Spotted Flycatcher and single Whreatear. 

Some light movement saw 9 Canada Geese and an Osprey fly north and 10 Swifts, 3 Shags, 7 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 7 Jackdaws, 34 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 93 Starlings and 2 Siskins head south. 

Ringing: Reed Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Starling 41, House Sparrow 2 (+3P), Great Tit 3 P. 51/5 Watch times: 06:15-10:00, 17:15-18:30

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024

Long sunny spells but showers in the afternoon with a cool F6 westerly.  There was very little of interest during the day mainly birds on the move with 49 Swifts, 44 Kittiwakes, a Puffin, 6 Fulmars, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Grey Herons, 27 Swallows and 41 House Martins.

The best of the rest were 2 Little-ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Terns, a Little Gull and a Wheatear mainly around Kilnsea wetlands. 

Ringing: Reed Warbler 1, Wren 1, Great Tit 7, Starling 20. 29/4 Watch times: 06:00-10:00, 18:45-19:30

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024

Polite reminder for all visitors: the Little Tern colony at Beacon Ponds is extremely vulnerable to disturbance. PLEASE STAY WELL AWAY from the fenced area of beach, which is clearly signposted, and respect the wardens on duty. Up to 130 birds are present in the colony and can be viewed well from the flood bank.

Another cool cloudy day with a contintuing north westerly.  A Bee-eater added some colour to a dull cold day flying over Kilnsea wetlands lingering for a while along Easington straight then flew north west. There were also some other movement  with 139 Swifts, 4 Grey Herons, 8 Jackdaws, 2 Sand Martins, 50 Swallows, 16 House Martins and 2 Siskins. 

Ringing: Redstart 1, Starling 14. 15/2 Watches: 0600 - 1000, 13:30-14:30

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