Sightings

Sightings

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Watches: 0500-1100.

Little change overall as we await the first Little Tern chicks in the Beacon Ponds colony. If visiting the colony please stay on the flood bank and refrain from viewing from the beach. A 4x4 on the beach today caused a disturbance and eventually became stuck.

The Turtle Dove remains in the area, still showing well in church field. 

Most of the action was again in the Kilnsea wetlands area with 1 Brent Goose, 13 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 2 Heron, 6 Little Egret, 21 Avocet, 239 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 116 Herring Gull and 36 Sandwich Tern.

Over the sea 6 Shelduck, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 18 Manx Shearwater, 126 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 80 Auk sp, 10 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 1 Puffin.

Ringing: 1Avocet pulli, 2 Dunnock (1 pulli), 1 Wood Pigeon.

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  • Turtle Dove. Andy Hanby.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Watches: 0545-1550.

The Turtle Dove was still in the area, frequenting the Obs.

Overland 1320 Swift, 8 Lapwing, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Jackdaw, 9 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 13 Linnet and 6 Goldfinch.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 31 Teal, 42 Mallard, 7 Little Egret, 23 Avocet, 2 nice male Ruff, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern and 61 Sandwich Tern mainly in the Kilnsea wetlands area.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch pulli.

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  • Beautiful Carpet. Jonnie Fisk. 1st for Spurn for this moth, which is rare in East Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Sunny and warm, clouding late pm with a F1-3 W/SW-SSE wind.

Migration Watches: 0545-1030.

A Turtle Dove was at Driftwood showing from John Hewitt's decking and with so few about most likely the bird from a few days ago.

Over the sea were 6 Gannet, 36 Kittiwake and 1 Auk sp while again quiet overland with 1 Red Kite, 4 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow and 1 House Martin.

Other sightings from today were 1 Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 35 Mallard +27 young, 28 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin, 8 Redshank and 10 Pied Wagtail all Kilnsea wetlands.

 

Ringing:  1 Robin.

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  • Turtle Dove. John Hewitt.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Migration Watches: 0540-1100.

Over the sea were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Auk sp while again little overland with 1 Stock Dove, 146 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 6 House Martin and 22 Linnet.

Other sightings from today were 1 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 54 Mallard +26 young Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Little Gull, 64 Sandwich Tern, a fantastic count of 125 Little Tern, 3 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern on Kilnsea wetlands.

 

Ringing:  1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Dunnock pulli, 1 Reed Warbler.

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  • Arctic Tern, John Hewitt.

  • Arctic Tern John Hewitt.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Overcast and warm with a F2-3 SSW-SW wind.

Watches: 0545-1030.

Returning Waders seem to be featuring maybe slightly early for some species while a nice assortment of Wildfowl, Gulls and Terns are on Kilnsea wetlands.

Overland only 21 Lapwing, 1 Hobby, 288 Swift, 16 Swallow, 11 House Martin and 16 Linnet despite seemingly favourable conditions.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose Kilnsea Wetlands, 16 Canada Geese and a Green Sandpiper on Beacon Ponds, 2 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 51 Teal, 38 Mallard, 7 Little Egret, 31Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern and 80 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands and a Short-eared Owl.

Ringing: 3 Little Owl pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Overcast to start with sunny periods in the afternoon with a F1-2 S-SW wind. Watches: 0510-1100, 1450-1850.

A few bits on the move while overnight a big increase in Teal, though a Turtle Dove on the wires by the Riverside that was the highlight of the day and only the 2nd this year.

Over the sea with 7 Teal, 67 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 17 Kittiwake, 28 Auk sp and 8 Guillemot. Overland 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 757 Swift, 25 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 1 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose and 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, a big increase to 74 Teal, 52 Mallard, 32 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 5 Swallow pulli, 1 Dunnock pulli, 1 Magpie.

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  • Plain Golden Y. Jan Crowther.

  • Some of the Teal influx onto Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Shelduck. Mick Turton. Sitting on the World War 1, 'listening' dish or sound mirror was the precursor to radar and made of concrete.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Watches: 0505-0930.

Surprisingly little on the move today while the last couple of days has seen more Waders arriving back on the Humber.

Unusual for this time of year was a Wood Sandpiper on Holderness field while a streaky juvenile Crossbill was at Kew.

Over the sea with 6 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, 8 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 131 Kittiwake, 296 Auk sp, 11 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and 6 Puffin. Overland 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Golden Plover, 15 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 10 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 12 Linnet and 1 Goldfinch.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 64 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 58 Mallard, 17 Avocet, 15 Curlew, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 39 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 176 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gulland 34 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands and on the Humber a Yellow-legged Gull with 85 Lesser Black backed Gulls.

Ringing: 2 Whitethroat (1 pulli), 1 Lesser Whitethroat pulli, 1 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Yellow Wagtail. Michael Flowers.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Warches: 0450-1715.

The strong south westerly led to almost perfect conditions for Swift movement and while not a big passage it still did not disappoint the observers. Check out Twitter for regular updates on decline of our breeding Swifts using the hashtag #SwiftAwarenessWeek which begins on Saturday.

The 2439 Swift which flew south today will.hopefully be the tip of the iceberg in terms of movement this summer, when with ideal conditions many thousands can make for an exciting spectacle.

Also moving today, 1 Hobby, 19 Swallow, 35 House Martin and 16 Linnet.

Over the sea, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 16 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 2 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 17 Kittiwake, 57 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 66 Common Gull, 75 Herring Gull, 1Yellow-legged Gull,  39 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 24 Arctic Tern, 61 Auk sp, 27 Guillemot and 9 Razorbill.

Also seen today were 1 Brent Goose, drake Garganey, 9 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 20 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 47 Dunlin, 2 Little Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 57 Sandwich Tern and a Short-eared Owl.

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  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

  • Garganey. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sunny day with a F1-3 SW wind.

Watches: 0545-1415.

The first south westerlies in what seemed like ages encouraged a southerly movement mainly Swifts.

An interesting record of a Pied Crow of unknown origin flew south today, which are known to ship jump, while an Osprey also flew south along with the a decent 669 Swift.

Also moving 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 10 Lapwing, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 67 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 39 Linnet and 5 Goldfinch.

Over the sea, 1 Shelduck, 3 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 282 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 140 Kittiwake 43 Sandwich Tern, 251 Auk sp, 22 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill and 7 Puffin.

Kilnsea Wetlands still held a nice selection of species with drake Garganey, 11 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 19 Avocet, 6 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 39 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern on nearby Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 1Robin pulli, 1 Dunnock.

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  • Pied Crow. Paul Willoughby.

  • Red Kite. Michael Flowers.

  • Small Heath. Michael Flowers.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sunny and warm day with a F1-2 E wind.

Watches: 0600-1100

Little change at the moment, but still a trickle of birds over the sea while Kilnsea Wetlands is attracting a decent gathering of Gulls and Terns.

Over the sea with 7 Eider, 97 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 43 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 36 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua, 138 Auk sp 7 Razorbill, 7 Guillemot and 1 Puffin. Overland only 25 Swift, 5 Rook and 11 Swallow.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 15 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, a drake Garganey, 14 Avocet, 1 Little Gull, 160 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 19 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 2 Avocet pulli, 9 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Painted Lady. Michael Flowers.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Sunny and warm day with a F1-2 E wind.

Watches: 0620-1030

Less over the sea with 63 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 1 Shag, 4 Cormorant, 27 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern, 25 Auk sp and 4 Guillemot.

Overland only 41 Swift, 1 House Martin and 11 Swallow.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 17 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 50 Mallard, 20 Avocet, 1 Yellow legged Gull, 1 Little Gull, 160 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 20 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 2 Marsh Harrier pulli, 3 Whitethroat pulli, 1 Robin pulli

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  • Badger. John Hewitt. A few sightings in the area in recent weeks of this night time dweller.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Overcast to begin becoming a nice sunny warm day with a F0-2 NNE-ESE wind. Watches: 0530-0845

Over the sea with 12 Teal, 68 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 23 Gannet, 74 Kittiwake, 17 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 146 Auk sp, 17 Guillemot, 29 Razorbill 10 Puffin .

Overland migration was limited to 12 Swallow and migrants to 1 Wheatear, but typically expected at this time of year.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 13 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 50 Mallard, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 110 Black headed Gull, and 20 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands. The first fledged Whitethroat were out of the nest today.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock (2 pulli), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Whitethroat.

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Saturday, 09 June 2018

Overcast start, warm day with a F3-1 E-NE wind. Watches:

0600-1015

Over the sea with 10 Teal, 84 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater, 9 Fulmar, 23 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 39 Kittiwake, 35 Sandwich Tern, 93 Auk sp, 13 Razorbill and 10 Puffin.

Little migration with only 2 Hobby and 37 Swallow and the only migrant a Wheatear on clubleys.

Other sightings included 1 Brent Goose, 12 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 42 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 19 Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper and 20 Sandwich Tern Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 3 Great Tit pulli, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

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  • Glaucous Shears. Jonnie Fisk.

Friday, 08 June 2018

Overcast with a F3-1 E-NE wind.

Watches: 0445-1230, 1430-1545.

The continued conditions with a prevailing northerly type wind seem to be the norm over the last few years and yet again we seem stuck in the rut. A change to maybe SW winds next week may produce the vismig we crave and a few Swifts.

Over the sea with 1 Teal, 1 Garganey, 131 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Red throated Diver, 17 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 79 Gannet, 1 Shag, 397 Kittiwake, 64 Sandwich Tern, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Tern, 571 Auk sp, 195 Guillemot, 140 Razorbill and 31 Puffin while overland a ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 House Martin and 3 Swallow.

Migrants were limited to 2 Spotted Flycatcher, male Black Redstart and 2 Wheatear.

Other sightings included 2 Brent Geese, 11 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 22 Curlew, 21 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper Beacon Ponds, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Water Rail along the canal and 1 Short eared Owl.

Ringing: 3 Great Tit pulli.

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Thursday, 07 June 2018

A cold cloudy start soon brightened to leave a warm sunny day with a fresh F4-2 N wind.

Migration Watches: 0545-0950, 1340-1505.

 

The trickle of migrants continues with new 2 Red-backed Shrike today with a nice male at the Warren and a female at the Point plus 2 Black Redstart, males at the warren and Beacon Lane.

Otherwise 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Wheatear were the rest of the obvious migrants..

Over the sea were 6 Teal, 90 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 10 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 69 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 145 Kittiwake, 5 Lesser-black backed Gull, 57 Sandwich Tern, 134 Guillemot, 278 Razorbill, 10 Puffin and 441 Auk sp while again little overland with 6 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 10 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow and 13 Chaffinch.

Other sightings from today were 5 Brent Geese, 12 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 209 Oystercatcher, 30 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, a good count of 23 Curlew for the time of year, 1 Curlew Sandpiper Beacon ponds, adult Yellow legged Gull Kilnsea wetlands and a Short-eared Owl at the Warren.

 

Ringing:  3 Blue Tit pulli, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Andy Hanby.

  • Yellow Wagtail. Phil Ridsdale.

  • Roe deer. Phil Ridsdale.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Bright, but overcast with some drizzle and a F2 N wind.

Watches: 0600-1300.

No sign of the Rosy Starling and all the main action as predicted was over the sea with 2 Brent Geese, 27 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 75 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red throated Diver, 20 Fulmar, 25 Manx Shearwater, 242 Gannet, 154 Kittiwake, 76 Sandwich Tern, 2 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 453 Auk sp, 13 Guillemot, 78 Razorbill and 12 Puffin while overland only 1 Hobby, 3 Swift and 26 Swallow.

Migrants were again thin on the ground, but still produced a female Red-backed Shrike on Beacon Lane while also noted were 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Wheatear.

Other sightings included 3 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent while on Kilnsea Wetlands 9 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 6 Teal and 3 Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint on Beacon ponds.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit pulli.

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  • Red-backed Shrike. Andy Hanby.

  • Red-backed shrike. Andy Hanby.

  • Grasshopper Warbler. Andy Hanby.

  • Painted Lady, John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Overcast, but sunny late afternoon with a F4 N wind. Watches: 0600-1100

Another decent day with the adult Rose-coloured Starling still in the Holderness/ Kilnsea wetlands area showing well, while an in flight only Golden Oriole over an Easington garden as the observer had a cup of tea was not seen again. Late evening a Nightjar was flying about in a garden opposite the Obs. Over the sea our 3rd spring record of Cory's Shearwater flew south past the Warren and with maybe a run of northerlies set to return the sea will be yet again receiving  attention so early in the year.

Migrants were thin on the ground today with 1 Hobby blogging, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 White Wagtail with at least one youngster on Kilnsea Wetlands suggestive of a successful breeding attempt.

Over the sea were19 Common Scoter, 6 Eider, 5 Red throated Diver, 8 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 111 Gannet, 27 Kittiwake, 39 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 27 Auk sp, 113 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Puffin,

Overland another 3 Red Kite flew south along with Buzzard, 3 Crow, 3 Swift, 3 Sand Martin and 27 Swallow.

Other sightings included 5 Brent Geese, 7 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Buzzard, 24 Avocet, 5 Redshank and 1 Water Rail canal scrape.

Ringing: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Great Tit pulli, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch pulli.

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  • Rosy Starling meets Brent Goose. An unlikely photo oppurtunity. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Juvenile White Wagtail? on Kilnsea wetlands. Jonnie Fisk.

Monday, 04 June 2018

Well the influx has now reached Spurn with the appearance of a hoped for and expected nice adult ROSE COLOURED STARLING on Holderness field. Our 2nd this year after the over wintering bird in Easington. 2 Common Crane flew NE over Kilnsea wetlands, maybe the bird(s) heard only from the weekend?

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  • record shot of Rose-coloured Starling on Holderness field. Phil Ridsdale.

  • The 2 Crane over Kilnsea wetlands. John Hewitt.

  • Rose-coloured Starling. Lawrence Middleton.

Sunday, 03 June 2018

Yet again fog hampered early viewing before clearing to leave a fine hot sunny day with and a F0-2 SE-NNE wind.

Watches- 0525-0625, 1150-1540.

While it has been an interesting period of birding maybe a change is needed? With the daily fog now becoming a bit tiresome and migrant numbers slowly dropping, either stronger winds or some SW winds could be interesting, but it seems like it’s more of the same, though a trickle of decent for a few days so late in the spring is not such a bad thing.

Today saw (or at least heard) a Crane lost in the fog, frustrating the visually hindered birders who had to rely on their hearing. No such problems in seeing the female Red-backed Shrike which continued its lonely vigil at Chalk bank.

Otherwise migrant numbers took a tumble with 1 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby blogging, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Fieldfare at Sammys, 1 Redwing still Chalk bank, 1 Wheatear and 4 Yellow Wagtail.

On the move were 1 Hobby, 36 Swift, 40 Swallow, 19 House Martin, 1 Grey wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Chaffinch and 2 Siskin.

Other sightings included 67 Brent Geese Humber, 7 Gadwall, 26 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Little Stint Beacon ponds, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Common Tern and 73 Little Tern.

Just outside the area a female Red-backed Shrike was along the Humber bank west of Sammys carpark.

 

Ringing: 1 Starling, 10 Blue Tit pulli, 2 Robin (1 pulli), 1 Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Blackbird pulli, 1 Tree Sparrow, 2 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch.        

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  • Reed Bunting. Paul Lawrence.

  • Yellowhammer. Paul Lawrence.

Saturday, 02 June 2018

Damp and overcast with heavy showers and a F0-2 variable wind.

Watches- 0515-0915, 1030-1400.

 

Seemingly a bit of a clear out, but still a few bits of interest about with 3 Red-backed Shrike seen (male Warren, females corner field and Point) and a singing brown male Rosefinch on Green lane, Easington were the bird highlights.

Migrant wise there seemed to be a few new birds in, but good numbers of breeders mixed in too with 2 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby blogging, 1 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 16 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redwing, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskin.

On the move were 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Fulmar, 2 Eider, 56 Auk sp, 1 Hobby, 28 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 92 Swallow, 28 House Martin, 1 Flava wagtail and 2 Alba wagtail while heading out east were 15 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 22 Kittiwake, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 13 Brent Geese.

Other sightings included 14 Brent Geese Humber, 10 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Scoter, 234 Oystercatcher Chalk bank, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Puffin on the Humber, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern and 73 Little Tern.

 

Ringing: 1 Gannet, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Rarer still in the Moth trap was the 3rd record of Purple Cloud for Yorkshire at Kew, following hot on the heels of the 2nd in Easington 3 days ago.

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  • Purple Cloud. Jonnie Fisk. All 3 Yorkshire record have occured at Spurn, the 1st in 2009 and then the 2nd only a few days ago in Easington.

  • male Red-backed Shrike. Jacob Spinks.

  • Red-backed Shrike. Ryan McLarence.

  • Purple Cloud. Tony Broom.

Friday, 01 June 2018

Foggy at first clearing by 11.30, then being a hot and sunny day with a F2-1 ENE wind.

Watches- 0430-0630, 0800-1500.

 

The strange spring continues! Having had little in the way of visible migration, with terrible movements of Hirundines and Finches, a lack of any decent arrivals of common migrants bar the odd day and with even many of the breeders arriving back late, the month of May has been continually dominated by Scandinavian breeders overshooting onto our bit of coast. It has brought all of the expected species and we hope it continues for the next week or so. Typically today brought yet more of the same and yet again few commoner migrants, while Raptors made a push with Red Kite featuring strongly in recent days.

The day started with a bang when a male RUSTIC BUNTING was found on the driveway of sandy beaches, then throughout the morning a small arrival occurred with 1 Marsh Warbler singing at the Point, 3 Red-backed Shrike (2 male/female triangle, 1 male Lighthouse) and 2 Rosefinch, one being a brown singing male on the parade ground at the Point, while an Osprey went south from here and the singing Golden Oriole was still present for its 4th day and occasionally showing well.

A few migrants still remain or have arrived, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby lingering at the Point, 2 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Redwing at the Point, Fieldfare at Sammy’s, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Yellowhammer at the Point.

On the move were 1 Barnacle Goose, 14 Common Scoter, 2 Shoveler, 3 Fulmar, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, 8 Common Buzzard, 4 Hobby, a Glaucous Gull, 9 Carrion Crow, 8 Jackdaw, 63 Swift, Sand Martin, 149 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 1 Flava wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 7 Linnet and 14 Goldfinch while heading out east were 7 Shelduck, 8 Sandwich Tern and a great total of 303 Brent Geese.

Other sightings included 3 Brent Geese Humber, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 15 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull on Kilnsea wetlands, a Peregrine and a Short-eared Owl at Sammy’s.

 

Ringing: 5 Peregrine pulli, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Dunnock pulli.                           

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  • Hobby. Michael McNaughten.

  • Male Red-backed Shrike playing hide and seek. Jonnie Fisk.

  • Golden Oriole. Mark Cookson.

  • Rosefinch. Dante Shepherd.