Sightings

Sightings

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

While it was quieter overall without the large numbers of Thrushes and Brambling, there were decenr numbers of migrants and visible migration.

The highlight was a PALLID SWIFT lingering near the Obs for about an hour, though maybe not the Swift we were all hoping for. A Little Bunting was on the south side of the gas terminal, a Barred Warbler and Cetti's Warbler were both trapped in Church field.

Still good numbers of migrants about, 1 Long-eared Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl in/off, a Jay in Easington, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 25 Chiffchaff, 15 Yellow-browed Warbler, 41 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 123 Goldcrest, 51 Wren, 17 Ring Ouzel, 38 Blackbird, 179 Fieldfare, 450 Redwing, 50 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 61 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear, 160 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Twite and 17 Lesser Redpoll.

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  • Long-eared Owl. Daniel Gornall.

  • Ring Ouzel. Paul Willoughby.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

There are now 2 Olive-backed Pipit with a new bird at the Point, while the Canal bird is still present occasionally showing well.

Seen today were 6300+ Redwing, 19 Ring Ouzel, a Barred Warbler​​​​​ at Rose cottage, 2 Wood Lark, 15 Yellow-browed Warbler, 450 Brambling, an eastern Lesser Whitethroat. A  Caspian Gull  flew south over the Humber.

 

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Pete Saunders.

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Debra Saunders.

  • Jay. Paul Willoughby.

  • Short-eared Owl. Steve Valentine.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. Debra Saunders.

  • Caspian Gull. Daniel Langston.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Watches: 0700-1745

An interesting day of arrivals, initially involving Thrushes and Brambling, but later a smattering of Warbler and Crests while the vigilant vis-miggers remaining on high alert, saw good numbers of Hirundines for so late in the season.

The Olive-backed Pipit was occasionally showing along the Canal, a Shorelark at the Narrows,  5 Lapland Bunting flew NW up the Canal, a Hen Harrier by he Lighthouse and the Cetti's Warbler still in the triangle.

 Migrants seen today were 2 Woodcock,  7 Jack Snipe1 Long-eared Owl in/off, 20 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 22 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 24 Blackcap, 63 Goldcrest, 7 Ring Ouzel, 46 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2270 Redwing, 88 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 15 Stonechat, 11 Wheatear and 490 Brambling.

On the move were 105 Starling in, 1 Sand Martin, 54 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 43 Meadow Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 138 Skylark in, 37 Linnet, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Goldfinch, 51 Siskin and 25 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea were 28 Brent Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Gadwall, 134 Wigeon, 244 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 11 Eider, 79 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 80 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 158 Gannet, 54 Cormorant, 18 Lapwing in, 6 Little Gull, 34 Great Skua and 12 Arctic Skua.

  Ringing: 6 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 12 Blackcap, 17 Goldcrest, 21 Robin, 4 Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Wheatear. Tom Balaam.

  • Great Skua. Steve Valentine.

  • Little Egret. Tom Balaam.

  • Redshank, Dunlin and Teal. Tom Balaam.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Watches: 0700-1020.

Very poor conditions with the heavy rain making it difficult.

Richard's Pipit was heard only along the Canal and the Cetti's Warbler still in the triangle while a Great-white Egret flew south. Migrants seen today were  1 Jack Snipe, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Ring Ouzel, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 34 Brambling 25 Lesser Redpoll and  200 Siskin.

On the move were 60 Starling, 27 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 11 Skylark, 43 Linnet, 4 Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch, 9 House Sparrow, 45 Tree Sparrow and 14 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea were 4 Shoveler, 77 Wigeon, 4 Eider, 29 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 266 Gannet, 2 Shag, 18 Little Gull, 2 Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua.

In the Moth traps a Figure of Eight, a Convulvulous Hawkmoth and a Merveille de Jour were nice highlights at Yew cottage..

  Ringing: 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Jack Snipe. Dave Andrews.

  • Little Grebe. Ross Moore.

  • Siskin. Pete Saunders.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

A warm muggy day with a strong F6 S wind.

Watches: 0700-1500.

Maybe the biggest news today involved a Dragonfly when Spurns 1st Vagrant Emperor was discovered on Vicars lane. Usually a bird migrant hotspot this time playing host to this log awaited migrant Dragonfly.

The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still along the Canal this morning approx 100 yards south of Cliff farm, a Hawfinch over Kew then maybe the same at the Warren, the Siberian (type) Chiffchaff in the Crown carpark, a ringtail Hen Harrier in the triangle, the Cetti's Warbler in the triangle and a Black Tern over the Humber.

A decrease in migrant numbers especially Thrushes, 1 Hobby, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 60 Meadow Pipit, 4 Tree Pipit, 12 Rock Pipit and 19 Brambling.

Quiet for birds on the move, but good numbers of Swallow, 1 Kestrel in, 5 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 92 Starling, 2 Dunnock, 1 Alba Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 373 Linnet, 45 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin and 21 Reed Bunting.

Still a few Wildfowl on the move today, 1 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 95 Wigeon, 13 Pintail, 264 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 Eider, 34 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Red-throated Diver,  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 225 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 63 Dunlin, 1 Snipe in/off, 18 Little Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 5 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua and 16 Auk sp.

Ringing: 2 Robin, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Brambling.

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Paul Watts.

  • Ring Ouzel. Debra Saunders.

  • Stonechat. Debra Saunders.

  • Spotted Redshank. Steve Clipperton.

  • Adult Mediterranean Gull. Steve Valentine.

  • Gadwall and Wigeon on the move. Debra Saunders.

  • Ring Ouzel. Steve Clipperton.

Friday, 12 October 2018

The conditions made it extremely difficult birding and it seemed there were no sheltered spots on offer at times. The good birds were present still  and the sea was definitely worth the effort with good numbers of Duck on the move.

The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was still showing on and off along the Canal, the Rosy Starling still present in the triangle, a Siberian (type) Chiffchaff in the crown carpark, the Cetti's Warbler in Corner field and only 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were seen in the strong winds.

With very few sheltered areas on offer it was often difficult looking for migrants hence the low totals, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 9 Ring Ouzel, 60 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear and 90 Brambling (61 south)..

The sea was where most of the action was, with 2 male Mandarin most unexpected, with also 6 Brent Geese, 2 Shelduck, 16 Gadwall, 683 Wigeon, 1464 Teal, 21 Pintail, 2 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 99 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 19 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 373 Gannet, 1 Shag, 9 Knot, 326 Dunlin, 11 Snipe in/off, 5 Greenshank, 19 Little Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 100 Auk sp and 1 Puffin.

On the move over land were a Common Swift, 52 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 286 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit and 1 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings were 70 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale bellied Brent, 238 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 1 Pochard, 1 Avocet with the Oystercatcher at Chalk Bank, 200 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 3 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Siberian Chiffchaff. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Reed Bunting. Nigel B Taylor.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

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Rain early morning becoming fine and sunny with a F1-4 SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0715-1730.

The day dawned with much anticipation and the sound of arriving Thrushes in the half light, with early morning rain dropping many into any suitable habitat, while Brambling continued moving even in the heaviest. There were few Redwing or Blackbird, (which arrived much further north), but overall there were a nice selection of species on offer.

The highlight of the day was a rather flighty OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at the narrows, with what was assumed the same bird mobile around the Obs area, settling just south of Cliff farm where it eventually showed on and off.

Nearby a Richard’s Pipit occasionally showed well in Clubley’s field, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling continued to roam the area, a male Hawfinch at Westmere farm,  a Long-eared Owl at Sammy’s, the Cetti’s Warbler singing by Rose cottage and 17 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area.

A good day for migrants, but difficult conditions in the strong wind with, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, 400 Skylark (302 going south), 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 11 Goldcrest, 7 Ring Ouzel, 40 Fieldfare, 90 Redwing, 460 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Black Redstart, 5 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 9 Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, 19 Pied Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 580 Brambling (406 going south, 150 northwest),  

Overland movement were 2 Grey Heron, 24 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 35 Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 4 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 18 Siskin and 29 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea were a Leach’s Petrel which flew along the beach, 68 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 16 Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck, 24 Eider, 104 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 21 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 252 Gannet, 1004 Black-headed Gull, 15 Little Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Great Skua 4 Arctic Skua.

Other bits of interest were 47 Brent Geese, 2 Pochard and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing:  1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 23 Song Thrush, 4 Tree Sparrow,  2 Robin, 4 Blackcap, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting. (54 of 14 species).

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  • Olive-backed Pipit. Tim Jones.

  • Olive-backed Pipit. Tim Jones.

  • Redstart. Nigel Taylor.

  • Wheatear. Debra Saunders.

  • Teal. Debra Saunders.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler. Steve Valentine.

  • Brambling. Steve Valentine.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Sunny and warm again with a F2-4 SE wind.

Migration Watches: 0700-1200.

A sizeable decrease in migrants today, the overnight clear skies allowing them to continue on their while there were no sign of the Red-flanked Bluetail.

The Rose-coloured Starling continued to entertain mainly along the Canal, but visiting the Warren and Holderness field. The Shorelark was again at Chalk bank, though no reports in the afternoon, the Cetti’s Warbler singing at the south end of the Canal, while yet again the total of 12 Yellow-browed Warbler again outnumbered Chiffchaff.

Fewer migrants about today, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 37 Long-tailed Tit, which is a record count for us, 8 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Fieldfare, 23 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Black Redstart, 12 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 27 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 33 Rock Pipit and 8 Brambling.

Overland movement were 1 Hobby, 16 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 9 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 259 Skylark, 552 Tree Sparrow, 26 House Sparrow, 13 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 143 Meadow Pipit, 100 Rock Pipit, 34 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, 331 Linnet, 397 Goldfinch, 49 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer and 217 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea were 6 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Red-throated Diver, 29 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 1 Great Skua.

Other bits of interest mainly on Kilnsea wetlands were 65 Brent Geese plus 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 154 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Whimbrel, 245 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and the Tawny Owl at Kew and the Obs garden.

Ringing:  1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 65 Tree Sparrow, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Starling, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 24 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Reed Bunting. (146 of 20 species).

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. John Hewitt.

  • Jack Snipe on Canal scrape. Justin Carr.

  • Red-throated Diver. Pete Saunders.

  • Rosy Starling. Debra Saunders.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

The Red-flanked Bluetail was still about today at the Potato fields while nearby the Shorelark infront of the hide at Chalk bank. In the triangle the Rose-cloured Starling was still with the Starling flock feeding on Buckthorn berries, still at least 20 Yellow-browed Warbler about including one south over the breach and the singing Cetti's Warbler still in the triangle.

Good vis-migging with 1199 Linnet, 596 Goldfinch and 1220 Tree Sparrow the stand out totals.

Full sightings and counts later. 

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  • Rosy Starling. Pete Saunders.

  • Brambling. Simon Jump.

  • Brambling. Chris Twell.

Monday, 08 October 2018

A dull overcast day with sunny spells feeling warm in the F3-4 SSW wind.

Watches: 0715-0900.

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was thankfully still present this morning and while typically elusive as this species can be, it did show to anyonw who wanted to see it.

There were plenty of good birds about to see yet again with the Rose-coloured Starling along the Canal, a Shorelark at Chalk bank, Barred Warbler in the Canal bushes, 16 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area, 2 Lapland Bunting at the Point, a Cetti's Warbler just north of the visitor centre, a nice adult Sabines Gull south along the Humber and the Great-white Egret wandering the area. 

Migrant numbers were down on the previous day, 3 Jack Snipe with one showing well at Canal scrape, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Ring Ouzel at the Point, 22 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 13 Robin, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 9 Rock Pipit, 90 Meadow Pipit, 16 Brambling and 2 Snow Bunting.

On the move over the sea were 28 Pink-footed Geese, 9 Shelduck, 18 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 119 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 87 Common Scoter, 42 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Lapwing in/off, 3 Ba/r-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe in/off, 1 Great Skua and 10 Auk sp with little overland movement only involving 3 Greenshank, 2 Swallow, 30 Meadow Pipit, 9 Greenfinch, 350 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 60 Goldfinch and 8 Siskin.

Other sightings were 47 Brent Geese, 5 Pintail, 1 Water Rail, 1 Whimbrel, 291 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Purple Sandpiper at Chalk bank, 11 Greenshank and the Tawny Owl at Kew.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 16 Tree Sparrow, 1 Wren, 5 Goldfinch. 

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  • Jack Snipe. Roy Harvey.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Simon Jump.

  • Snow Bunting. Debra Saunders.

  • Snow Bunting. Pete Saunders.

  • Great-white Egret flying past the Obs viewing platform. John Hewitt.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Colin Bushell.

  • Red-flanked Bluetail. Justin Carr.

Sunday, 07 October 2018

Sunny spells with a F1-3 N-SW wind..

Migration Watches: 0720-1100.

The calmer conditions as predicted had the desired effect and good birds turned up throughout the day. None more so than a photographed RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at the Potato fields, which only came to attention after dark, via Birdguides. It will of course be looked for in the morning and hopefully will still be present. It did however eclipse the awesome record total of 39 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area.

There were numerous highlights during the day and a bit of something for everyone with a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling along the canal, 4 Hawfinch, a Barred Warbler at the Warren, where a Woodlark flew south and a Water Pipit which flew north over the Obs. A Great-white Egret flew north over the Bluebell, heading up to Holderness fields area, but are expected annually now while a Shorelark was reported at the Point.

Final totals of other migrants were 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Short-eared Owl with 2 in/off, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Goldcrest, 100 Blackbird, 120 Fieldfare, 525 Redwing, 57 Song Thrush, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 13 Stonechat, 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Coal Tit, 120 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 22 Rock Pipit, 114 Brambling, 17 Redpoll, 42 Siskin, 26 Reed Bunting and 5 Snow Bunting which were the first of the autumn.

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands were a Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, the Purple Sandpiper at Sandy beaches and Tawny Owl at Kew.  

 

Ringing: 6 Redwing, 13 Blackbird, 45 Tree Sparrow, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 1 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll. (87 of 13 species).

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  • Yellow-browed Warbler. One from the record breaking day. Pete Saunders.

  • Rosy Starling. Karen Spavin.

  • Rosy Starling with Starling friends. Colin O'Neill.

  • Jack Snipe over Chalky point. Paul Willoughby.

  • Rosy Starling. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 06 October 2018

Rain until mid-afternoon with a cool F4-5 N-NNE.

Migration Watches: 0070-1750.

While not the most of ideal conditions, it still had the desired effect and delivered a varied and decent arrival of migrants to the area, including a flyover Thrush with a dark throat and white underparts, which was almost certainly a Black-throated, but will stay no more than a report. Many of the arriving Thrushes and Finches quickly moved off northwest, while there were few Warblers or Goldcrest to talk of. Calmer conditions on Sunday may allow a few more birds of interest to be found.

The highlights of the day were a calling Richard’s Pipit north up the Canal, a Hawfinch over Easington cemetery, a total of 4 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area, the ringtail Hen Harrier still about and a Short-eared Owl hunting the triangle. Final totals of other migrants were 4 Jack Snipe, 68 Snipe including 51 in/off, 2 Woodcock, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 41 Fieldfare, 680 Redwing, 56 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Ring Ouzel, 5 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 150 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 160 Brambling, 4 Redpoll, 96 Siskin and 84 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 29 Pink-footed Geese in, 33 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 81 Teal, 4 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 793 Common Scoter, 1 Goosander, 52 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 61 Kittiwake, 234 Gannet, 2 Arctic Tern, 16 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 25 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 23 Arctic Skua, 16 Auk sp, 5 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill. Overland 42 Swallow went south along with 1 Alba wagtail.

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands were 172 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 74 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and the Purple Sandpiper at Sandy beaches.  

 

Ringing: 5 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 3 Brambling, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Jack Snipe on Canal scrape. Steve Clipperton.

  • Short-eared Owl. Marc Hughes.

  • Yellow-browed Warbler at Sammys. Dave

Friday, 05 October 2018

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Watches: 0650-1805.

While the long vigile for any hint of east in the wind continues, it was yet again a decent day of movement over both the land and sea and with just a sprinkling of migrants remaining.

The Cetti's Warbler was still singing around southfield farm and the ringtail Hen Harrier at Beacon ponds, where it had upto 4 Short-eared Owl for company.

Migrant wise 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 11 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 3 Coal Tit were recorded today.

Over the land, while no big numbers the autumn total, especially for Finches should be good, with daily high hundreds and we are now into our last few double figure counts for Hirundines. Totlas today, 1 Green Sandpiper, a Red kite which went back north, 94 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 46 House Martin, 7 Starling, 4 House Saprrow, 180 Tree Sparrow, 5 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25 Alba Wagtail, 1 Flava Wagtail, 104 Meadow Pipit, 25 Rock pipit, 24 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 850 Linnet, 280 Goldfinch, 33 Siskin, 5 Yellowhammer and 104 Reed Bunting.

Over the sea 14 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Wigein, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup, 24 Common Scoter, 65 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 138 gannet, 2 Snipe in/off, 7 Common Tern,1 arctic Tern, 5 Puffin, 1 Pomarine Skua and 4 Arctic Skua.

Other sightings were 7 Brent Geese and 1 Pale-bellied Brent and 462 Oystercatcher, 1 Water Rail on Canal scrape and the Purple Sandpiper at the breach.

Ringing: 1 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 28 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chiffhcaff, 3 Goldfinch.

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  • Rock Pipit. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 04 October 2018

Highlights today included a Leach's Petrel drifting south on the Humber, the Cetti's Warbler singing again at Southfield farm and the ringtail Hen harrier still showing well in the Beacon ponds area.

Over the sea 31 Pink-footed Geese northwest, 6 whooper Swan, 55 Wigeon, 13 Mallard, 14 Teal, 3 Velvet Scoter with maybe another 3 over the Humber, 49 Common scoter, 32 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 349 Gannet, 1 Shag, 3 Snipe in/off, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 25 'Commic' Tern, 5 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua and 1 Puffin were seen.

Moving over land, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Carrion Crow, 14 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 4 House Sparrow, 25 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 41 Meadow Pipit, 15 Rock Pipit, 373 Linnet, 38 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin and 1 Reed Bunting.

Few migrants of note today, 4 Coal Tit were the best along with 20 Chiffchaff, 25 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Wheatear.

Otherwise 7 Brent Geese with 1 Pale-bellied Brent, 738 Shelduck, 132 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 82 Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 263 Sanderling, the Purple Sandpiper at the breach, 1 Short-eared Owl and the usual Tawny Owl at kew.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great TIt, 2 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Dunnock, 7 Long-tailed Tit.

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  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

  • Hen Harrier. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Watches: 0700-1100, 1200-1800.

Rather out of the blue again an unexpected arrival mainly involving Thrushes occured. There were a nice variety, but very little else in the way of numbers though, but it made for an exciting day with plenty of potential.

Totals for migrants were much boosted by Thrush numbers with final totals of 1373 Redwing, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Ring Ouzel, 36 Blackbird, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Jack Snipe in Churchfield, 6 Stonechat, 2 Reed warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Siskin and 2 Lapland Bunting while 15 Coal Tit were in the area, hinting at a potential big movement on the way?

Over the sea there were fewer birds, 81 Pink-footed Geese northwest, 5 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 42 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, female Scaup, 30 common Scoter, 72 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 742 Gannet, 5 Shag, 21 Cormarant, 4 Snipe in/off, 33 Little Gull, 10 Great Skua, 9 Arctic Skua and 52 Auk sp while overland heading south were 12 Skylark, 13 Swallow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 siskin and 3 Reed Bunting.

Other sightings included a Pale-bellied Brent at Chalk bank and 107 Shelduck and 2 Whimbrel on the Humber while on Kilnsea wetlands a Barnacle Goose, 12 Whooper Swan which eventually left south, 140 wigeon, 5 Pintail, 57 Teal, male Scaup and 10 Greenshank.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Goldcrest, 1 House Sparrow, 22 Tree Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Fieldfare, 18 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (72 of 17 species )

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  • Whooper Swans. Pete Saunders.

  • Whooper Swans. Pete Saunders.

  • Short-eared Owl. Pete Saunders.

  • Ring Ouzel. Daniel Gornall.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

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The sea saw all the action today with a bit more quality than the previous day.

Moving were a Leach's Petrel, 18 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 45 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 45 Common Scoter, 64 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 541 Gannet, 4 Shag, 8 Cormorant, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 10 Pomarine Skua, 23 Great Skua, 20 Arctic Skua, 10 Skua sp, 41 Auk sp, 11 Guilemot and 5 Razorbill.

The Hen Harrier was seen again today, but few other migrants about with only 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit and 4 Siskin while 8 Kestrel came in/off the sea.

Other sightings mainly at Kilnsea wetlands were 84 Shelduck, 183 Wigeon, 7 Pintail, 54 Teal, 162 Grey Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 592 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 420 Turnstone and 1 Spotted Redshank.

Ringing: 1 Great Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Tree Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin.

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  • Purple Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Purple Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Lawrence.

  • Sparrowhawk. John Hewitt.

Monday, 01 October 2018

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A chilly morning with sunny spells, dull in the afternoon with a F4-6 NW-WNW

Migration Watches: 0650-1430, 1600-1830.

With the conditions it was a day to be sea-watching even if the rewards were few and far between.

Over the sea the highlight was a Leach’s Petrel north at 9am, though beyond that the expectation was greater than was actually seen, 12 Pink-footed Geese, 19 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 18 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Velvet Scoter, 39 Common Scoter, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 18 Kittiwake, 820 Gannet, 5 Great Skua and 16 Arctic Skua, 262 Auk sp, 2 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill.

Yet again few migrants to report, but the ringtail Hen Harrier was still about and a Short-eared Owl was hunting the triangle with final totals of other species being 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 2 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Siskin.

Other sightings today mainly around Kilnsea wetlands were 2 Canada Geese. 1 Barnacle Goose, 72 Greylag Geese, 98 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 74 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Whimbrel, 280 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 20 Greenshank.  

Ringing: 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch.

Use the archive navigation to see more sightings.

  • Peregrine. Paul Willoughby.

  • Hen Harrier. Pete Saunders.

  • Short-eared Owl. Daniel Gornall.

  • Brambling. John Hewitt.