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Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings 2024

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Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Generally cloudy with the odd sunny spell gave way to rain by the evening and a F4 westerly. 

There was little change again the 30 Whooper Swans remaining while the sea had 53 Common Scoters, a Great Crested Grebe and 28 Red-throated Divers made for quite a disappointing day. 

Ringing: Reed Bunting 1 1/1. Watches: 0700 - 1000

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Tuesday, 27 February 2024

A cloudy daysome some spells in the afternoon with aF3 south westerly. 

The sea had most of todays few interesting sightings most noteably a Velvet Scoter heading south plus 90 Pink-footed Geese heading north west and 2 Pintails, 14 Common Scoters, 80 Red-throated Divers, a Fulmar and 5 Cormorants. 

Elsewhere there was littel change the Whimbrel and 31 Whooper Swans still present. 

Ringing: Greenfinch 1, Chaffinch 1 2/2. Watches: 0700-1000. Visit from Bishop Burton College students, contributing counts from the Humber & triangle

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Monday, 26 February 2024

Generally cloudy with the odd glimpse of the sun and a light north westerly. 

The best of the day were a Snow Bunting at the point, 30 Whooper Swans still on Easington straight including the 2 dark beilled birds, 46 Shovelers on Kilnsea wetlands and now 2 Coots on canal scrape. 

Some interest over the sea with 2 Eider, 81 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 117 Common Gulls, 46 Red-throated Divers, 7 Fulmars and 9 Gannets. 

Watches - 07:00-10:00, 11:30-13:30

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Sunday, 25 February 2024

Another nice sunny warm day with a light southerly. 

The PALLID HARRIER put in another appearance looping through the area heading back north west (having been seen at Welwick the previous evening) while the Firecrest was again at the sewage works with another of its erratic appearances. There were 2 Pale-bellied Brents on Kilnsea wetlands, 30 Whooper Swans along Easington straight, 45 Shovelers and the Greenshank on long bank marsh, a Short-eared Owl hunting long bank and a Peregrine hunting the Humber. 

There was some interest for the vismiggers with 191 Pink-footed Geese, a Tufted Duck, 23 Common Scoters, 50 Common Gulls, 57 Herring Gulls, 48 Red-throated Divers, 3 Cormorants, 8 Jackdaws, 170 Starlings, 5 Greenfinchea and 25 Siskins.

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Saturday, 24 February 2024

A sunny day with light south westerlies. 

The day some some interest over the sea with 423 Pink-footed Geese heading north west, 42 Oystercatchers headed out east and heading south a Gadwall, 4 Pintails, 5 Teal, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, while overland a Common Buzzard, 2 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks amd 2 Snow Buntings. 

Elsewhere long bank reamined busy with 580 Wigeons, 132 Teal, 12 Lapwings, the Whimbrel and 300 Redshanks with a Greenshank nearby on Kilnsea wetlands and a Woodcock and Sammy's/ 

Ringing: Blackbird 1. 1/1 Watch times: 07:00-10:00, 15:15-17:00

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Friday, 23 February 2024

Dry and bright, the wind dropping as day went on from F5 to F3.  

The best of the day were 29 Whooper Swans stiill on Easington straight, the Whimbrel in long bank along with 550 Brent Geese, a Short-eared Owl hunting the area, 9 Stonechats between Kilnsea and beacon ponds and 15 Tree Sparrows in the listening dish hedge.

Over the sea there were limited offerings with just 54 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Eider noteable. 

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Thursday, 22 February 2024

Rain throughtout the day heavy at times with a F5 south westerly. 

A very quiet day all round no doubt due to the heavy rain and few wandering out to look. The 30 Whooper Swans were still present, 3 Tufted Ducks on Kilnsea wetlands, 1100 Redshank on long bank, 4 Short-eared Owls around the same area and 299 Pink-footed Geese flew north west were about the best of it. 

Watches: 07:30 - 10:00

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Wednesday, 21 February 2024

A wet day with rain throughout and an increasing F5 south westerly. 

It was pretty much back to normal albeit the rain curtailing observers out in the field. Saying that a Black-throated Diver was on the sea off the gas terminal while a Bean Goose sp flew north over here too. 

The best otherwise 2 Eiders, 199 Guillemots, 57 Red-throated Divers, 2 Fulmars and 29 Gannets over the sea. 

Watches: 0730 - 1000

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024

A cloudy day with a F4 south westerly.

It was busy day all round despite seemingly little change in the conditions most noteably a great total of 1320 Pink-footed Geese heading north west and a Red Kite which u turned heading back north west. Heading south were a Canada Goose, 2 Pintails, 20 Linnets, 4 Siskins and 5 Reed Buntings. 

The Firecrest made another appearance this time in the garden of hillrise and the 30 Whooper Swans on Easington straight with long bank holding 3 Pale-bellied Brents, 2 Pintails and the Whimbrel among all the usual species and nearby 5 Avocets returned to kilnsea wetlands. Additions from the normal saw 2 Great White Egrets lingering around long bank and a Corn Bunting at the Warren.

Ringing: Moorhen 1, Reed Bunting 3.   Watch times: 07:30-10:15
 

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Monday, 19 February 2024

Cloudy for most of the day brightening later with winds from a general westerly vector. 

Long bank marsh was bustling with activity which included 1070 Brent Geese, at least 2 Pale-bellied Brents and a leucistic bird, 38 Shovelers, 796 Wigeons, 33 Mallards and 97 Teal plus the Whimbrel and 530 Redshanks while Wader counts nearby on the Humber included 1484 Oystercatchers, 30 Lapwings, 274 Grey Plovers, 2966 Knot and 3309 Dunlins.

Movement was similar to previous days with 167 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Pintails, 8 Teal, 5 Eiders, 7 Common Scoters, 88 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 170 Common Gulls, 114 Red-throated Divers, 4 Gannets, a Sparrowhawk, 4 Skylarks, 90 Starlings and 2 Siskins. 

Watch times: 07:30-10:40, 11:25-13:00, 16:15-17:30
38 Shovelers, 

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Sunday, 18 February 2024

Cloudy and wet with a F3 north westerly. 

A pick up in movement over the sea saw more Wildfowl on the move with 4 Shelducks, 35 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 134 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye and 2 Goosanders but othewise the most noteworthy being a Mediterannean Gull. 

A Pale-bellied Brent was with 400 Brent Geese on long bank marsh along with the Whimbrel and the 30 Whooper Swans still on Easington straight.

Ringing: Blackbird 1.  Watch times: 07:30-10:00, 10:45-12:45, 13:15-14:40
 

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Saturday, 17 February 2024

Sunny spells with a light southerly. 

The 2cy PALLID HARRIER made another welcome appearance following the same pattern as previous days returning north west (later being seen at Skeffling and then Holmpton) a Red kIte heading south adding to the Raptor interest. The day also saw a Spotted Redshank lingering on long bank with the Whimbrel and nearby the 30 Whooper Swans on Easington straight. 

The mild conditions saw 834 Pink-footed Geese head north west and a trickle southbound with 3 Jackdaws, 3 Rooks, 7 Skylarks, 220 Starlings, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Greenfinches, 30 Linnets, 16 Siskins and 7 Reed Buntings. 

Ringing: Stock Dove 1, Starling 1, Song Thrush 1, Linnet 4, Reed Bunting 3.   Watch times: 07:00-10:00
 

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Friday, 16 February 2024

Sunny spells interprersed with showers and a F3 westerly.

The day saw some decent movement for the vismiggers totals of 6 Stock Doves, 93 Lapwings, 122 Black-headed Gulls, a Marsh Harrier, 11 Jackdaws, 4 Rooks, 3 Skylarks, 603 Starlings, 14 Blackbirds, a Dunnock, 6 Greenfinches, 28 Linnets, 70 Siskins and 2 Reed Buntings. 

A Snow Bunting on the warren beach was the first for a while while the 30 Whooper Swans remained and upto 3 Short-eared Owls still hunted the area.

Ringing: Dunnock 1, Chaffinch 2, Reed Bunting 3. Wat  ch times: 07:30-10:15, 15:30-16:30

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Thursday, 15 February 2024

Another cloudy day but a change to a light southerly wind. 

The 2cy PALLID HARRIER put in another appearance as it headed past Sammys into KIlnsea then headed north to Easington before turning west. Hopefully its pinned down into a routine or area where it spends most of its time. Elsewhere 408 Pink-footed Geese headed north west, the 29 Whooper Swans remained in residence, a male Marsh Harrier hunted the area while Great Tit numbers become more obvious in the area.

Ringing: Reed Bunting 1.  Watch times: 07:30-10:00

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Wednesday, 14 February 2024

A cloudy day with a moderate south westerly. 

The day saw little change but again some light passage with today bringing 150 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Pintails, 4 Teal, 118 Red-throated Divers, 2 Jackdaws and 2 Rooks. 

Otherwsie it was the ever present species such as the Whimbrel, 29 Whooper Swans, a Pale-bellied Brent, 19 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Short-eared Owls which made up the rest of the sightings. 

Ringing: Woodpigeon 1, Blackbird 1, Chaffinch 1. 3/3 Watch times: 07:30-10:00

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