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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1500.

A huge surprise today with yet another adult Long-tailed Skua flying about and feeding over the Humber mud. Shorter tailed and maybe not a full adult, the second bird in a few days, it flew out to sea not long after.It was another decent day of movement with 85 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 4 Lapwing, 10 Goldene Plover in, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ruff in/off, 2 Curlew, 7 Knot, 16 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 38 Black-headed Gull, 3 Guillemot, a Puffin, 80 Swift, 140 Starling, 8 Swallow, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, a Crossbill, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting.

In the KIlnsea wetlands area were 11 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Egret, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 36 Dunlin, 2 Little-ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 Common Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 380 Black-headed Gull, 10 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Cuckoo, 1 Peregrine and a Hobby.

Riniging: 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

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  • Little Tern. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Hobby. Dave Tucker.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Paul Willoughby.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

  • Long-tailed Skua. Paul French.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1700.

It was another day for the vis-miggers with an increase in Wader numbers on the move, while down the coast in LIncs a record 45,000+ were recorded a more humble 7111 Swift flew south, suggesting a more circular route inland avoiding the bottleneck of Spurn? Also today 2 Gannet, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, a Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Puffin, 5 Hobby, 55 Starling, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 4 Crossbill and 16 Siskin.

The Kilnsea wetlands/Beacon ponds area held a Brent Goose, 10 Teal, a Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier,157 Oystercatcher, 215 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Rining: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swift. Paul Willoughby.

  • Swifts on the move. Colin Bushell.

  • Ruff. Tony Hull.

  • Lime Speck Pug. Tony Broom.

  • Green Silver Lines. Tony Broom.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1230, 1345-1745.

The continued strong F5-6 wind from the south west were the perfect conditions for good southerly movement. The only question being, why are sites to the north of us getting so many more Swifts, a species whch Spurn has dominated over the years. Obviously weather conditions will play thier part and overall the recent lack of decent strong south westerlies another, but hopefully its just a wee blip for us! Saying that a fantastic 12,491 Swift flew south, so in reality not too much to grumble about. The day also saw moving, 5 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 2 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Alba Wagtail, a Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 6 Siskin and 7 Crossbill.

The Kilnsea wetlands area held 5 Wigeon, 10 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, a Ruff, 26 Redshank, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull and a Cuckoo.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock.

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  • Ruff on KIlnsea wetlands.

  • Ruff. John Hewitt.

  • Swift. Bethan Clyne.

  • Mediterranean Gull. Paul Willoughby.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Watches: 0430-1230, 1430-2200.

The better winds from a more soth westerly direction brought about some decent movement the best being 6314 Swift along with a Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, a Grey Heron, 1 Golden Plover, 21 Curlew, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel, 5 Knot, 3 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 77 Starling, 3 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 8 Siskin and 4 Crossbill

Little else was done in all reality with a Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and a Peregrine of note and an influx of Large Whites with a few Small Whites.

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  • Grey Heron. Tony Hull.

  • Linnet. Bethan Clyne.

  • Common Blue. Tony Hull.

  • Small Tortoiseshell. Tony Hull.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Watches: 0710-1400,

Well almost a year to the day (when 2 were seen), a nice adult Long-tailed Skua appeared on the Humber and after a bit of wandering over Kilnsea, headed out to sea. The day also saw a bit of varied movement with 2 Shelduck, 4 Shovelr, 3 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 250 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, a Fulmar, a Great White Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 297 Swift, 2 Hobby, 11 Swallow, 170 Starling, a Chaffinch, 14 Linnet and 22 Siskin.

Otherwise KIlnsea wetlands area remained a good birding spot holding 6 Wigeon, 8 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 30 Little Gull, 14 Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Common Tern.

Insect wise a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and an Essex Skipper were seen, with the first Gatekeeper on the wing today.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Goldfinch. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Linnet. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Greenfinch. John Hewitt.

  • Hare. Bethan Clyne.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1030.

While many are still talking about a great late spring, it seems that many Ducks and Waders are making the return from breeding already. KIlnsea wetlands had an incrrease to 29 Teal along with 6 Wigeon, 46 Mallard and a Tufted Duck with an unseasonal Goldeneye in/off onto Beacon ponds along with a Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper, while on the Humber 23 Curlew gathered. 

A bit of movement today for the vismiggers saw a Great White Egret, 93 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, 11 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 211 Swift, 22 Swallow, a House Martin, 305 Starling, a Grey Wagtail, 14 Crossbill, 29 Siskin and 11 Linnet.

Other bits today included 250 Black-headed Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Little Gull and a Hobby mainly around Kilnsea wetlands. 

An Otter was a nice sighting in the area along with 2 Grass Snake, while another Southern Hawker was in the Heligoland trap and the first Small Skipper were on the wing.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit, 1 House Sparrow.

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  • Little Gull. Lol Middleton.

  • Medierranean Gulls. Lol Middleton.

  • Great White Egret. Tim Jump.

  • Medierranean Gull. Tim Jump.

  • Little Gulls among the Gull gathering on Kilnsea wetlands. Simon Jump.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Watches: 04000-1030, 1430-1530.

Most of todays action was in the KIlnsea wetlands area with a nice selection of species present including 4 Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, a Little Stint, 9 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Little Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern and a Cuckoo.

Like previous days, there is not a lot happening for the vismiggers, but recorded today were 6 Shelduck, 76 Common Scoter, 3 Cormorant, 3 Gannet, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew in, 316 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 16 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 165 Starling, 13 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch and 18 Siskin.

A Southern Hawker and Broad-bodied Chaser were both interesting catches in the Churchfield heligoland trap.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli, 1 Greenfinch.

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  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

  • Black-tailed Godwits. Tony Hull.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

There were a few bits of interest so late in the month, an Osprey on the move south, maybe one of a few wanderers in the country at the moment, while 3 imm Spoonbill on Kilnsea wetland are likely the birds wandering from further north. 

Few birds on the move otherwise with 21 Shelduck in, 94 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Curlew in, 46 Black-headed Gull, 220 Swift, 24 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Alba Wagtail, a Coal Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 25 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Little Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon, 7 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern and the Australian Shelduck. 

Ringing: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow pulli.

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  • Spoonbills. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbills. Tony Hull.

  • Osprey escorted from the area by an Oystercatcher. Tony Hull.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Watches: 0510-0945, 1645-1830.

The day began nicely with a Golden Oriole 'singing softly' in the Churchyard then showing on and off mainly in flight between here and Beacon ponds a Crossbill showing nicely at the Warren and 4 Ruddy Shelduck which arrived from the east along with 16 Shelduck. 

Not much on the move today with a Red-throated Diver, 1 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 17 Black-headed Gull, 2 Hobby, 397 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 205 Starling, 8 Chaffinch, 27 Linnet, 13 Goldfinch and 16 Siskin.

Other sightings mainly around KIlnsea wetlands included an Australian type Shelduck, the adult Spoonbill, 5 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 6 Little Egret, a Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, a Cuckoo and a Peregrine with a Jay in the triangle. 

Ringing: 3 Little Owl pulli, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Crossbill. Tony Hull.

  • Golden Oriole. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spoonbill. John Hewitt.

  • Soonbill with Shelduck. John Hewitt.

  • Curlew. John Hewitt.

  • Little Owl. Bethan Clyne.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1700.

The day was dominated again by overland movement which saw a Common Buzzard, 3467 Swift, a Cuckoo, 8 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 12 House Martin, an Alba wagtail, 19 Goldfinch, 67 Linnet and 38 Siskin head south, while over the sea a Shoveler, 4 Eider, 62 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 4 Whimbrel, 34 Black-headed Gull. The day also saw the first decent return of Waders with 39 Curlew south/in off, though whether this reflects on the breeding season or the usual returning females time will tell. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held an adult Spoonbill (new bird), a Brent Goose, 6 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, a Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Ringing: 1 Collared Dove.

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  • Avocet. Tony Hull.

  • Reed Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Watches: 0400-1015, 1330-1530.

The less than ideal conditions still saw a bit of movement south today with 2 Wigeon, 15 Gannet, 27 Common Scoter, 8 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 6 Knot, 28 Black-headed Gull, 702 Swift, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, a Grey Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 19 Linnet, 8 Crossbill, 15 Goldfinch and 28 Sskin.

The Kiolnsea wetlands area held a bot of interest with 3 Barnacle Geese, a Pale-bellied Brent, 18 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, the Spoonbill, 7 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, a Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 30 Knot, 250 Black-headed Gull, a Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 65 Lesser Black-backed Gull, an Arctic Tern and 2 Common Tern. 

Other bits of interest were 2 Cuckoo, a Jay wandering the area and a Little Owl.

Ringing: 2 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Robin pulli.

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  • Adult Mediterranean Gull. John Hewitt.

  • Spoonbill. Tony Hull.

  • Black-tailed Godwit. Tony Hull.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Watches: 0600-1400.

With a bit of a north wind blowing the sea had a bit to offer with a Tufted Duck, 152 Common Scoter, 21 Fulmar, 22 Manx Shearwater, 577 Gannet, 19 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, an Arctic Skua, 2 Common Tern, 3 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 33 Auk sp while overland 5 Swallow and 15 Swift.

On Kilnsea wetlands the Spoonbill remained along with the 2 Barnacle Geese plus a Brent Goose, 17 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Gull, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, an unseasonal Black Tern, a Short-eared Owl and a Hobby hunting the area, while migrants today included a Spotted Flycatcher and 28 Siskin.

Ringing: 1 Blue Tit.

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  • Spoonbill. Tony Hull.

  • Spoonbil. Bethan Clyne.

  • Spotted Flycatcher. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Watches: 0630-1000.

As we begin to slide into the summer, thoughts of Swift movements and early returning Waders begin to take over the birding small talk. Today though a nice Bee-eater flew south calling as it went south, while a Spoonbill dropped onto Kilnsea wetlands where an adult Yellow-legged Gull appeared among 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull where there were also 2 Barnacle Geese, 11 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull. 

Few bits on the move saw 300 Common Scoter, 3 Red-theroated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, a Whimbrel, 11 Sandwich Tern and 32 Auk sp plus 14 Swift, 8 Swallow and 2 Siskin. 

The only migrants of note were a Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Siskin. 

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 1 Siskin, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Barnacle Goose with Avocets. John Hewitt.

  • Common Buzzard. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

The drake Garganey remained on Kilnsea wetlands, where 2 Barnacle Geese remained along with 3 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Shoveler and a Green Sandpiper.

There were still the odd migrnats about with a Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, a Redwing still at the Point, 1 Reed Warbler ans a Siskin.

Very little moving bar a Whimbrel, 2 Little Gull and 4 Swift.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Shelduck. Ian Smith.

  • Oystercatcher. Steve Clipperton.

  • Wood Mouse. John Hewitt.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1015.

The previous day saw a complete dirth of migrants in the area (unlike further north), with today seeing a drake Garganey on Kilnsea wetlands, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Siskin for the efforts.

A bit of movement over the sea saw 5 Eider, 177 Common Scoter, a Cormorant, 19 Gannet, 5 Curlew and an Auk sp, while overland 1 Hobby, 15 Swift, a House Martin and 7 Swallow.

Kilnsea wetlands still held 2 Barnacle Geese, 22 Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Gull.

Ringing: 4 Marsh Harrier pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Tree Sparrow pulli.

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  • Sedge Warbler recently fledged. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sedge Warbler. Bethan Clyne.

  • Sand Martin. Ian Smith.

  • Latticed Heath. Adam Hutt.

  • Large Skipper. Adam Hutt.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Overnight there was a complete clearout of migrants at Spurn (and along the east coast) with only 3 Siskin remaining! Otherwise there was little else on offer.

The kilnsea wetlands area held 2 Barnacle Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and a Hobby with 2 Red-legged Partidge at Sammy's. On the HUmber were a Brent Goose, 225 Bar-tailed Godwit and 15 Knot.

Ringing: 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blue Tit. 


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  • Goldfinch. Ian Smith.

  • Female Gadwall. John Hewitt.

  • Hare. John Hewitt.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

It was yet another fantastic day of birding in the area, while the sunny weather made sure plenty of birds were singing. While there were few common migrants the scarcities more than made up for it. A new showy singing BLYTH'S REED WARBLER in the northeast corner of Kilnsea wetlands stole the show singing differntly to the previous days bird, while 3 GREENISH WARBLER (2 singing at the Point, 1 singing in Terminal wood at the Gas Terminal, see in photos for details of the 5 this spring) vied for equal attention. In the morning a Quail was flushed from Church field, a Hawfinch waa singing in trees by Westmere farm, then flew off north, the male Red-backed Shrike continued its vigil in the triangle by Rose cottage and late evening a Nightjar was churring along the Canal. It was quite decent for common migrants too with a Cuckoo, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff (inc some breeders), 10 Blackcap (inc breeders), 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear and 14 Siskin.

Kilnsea wetlands held 9 Barnacle Geese, 3 Little Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gull, while a Green Sandpiper flew north over Sykes field and a Little Owl in Church field. The Humber had 200 Bar-tailed Godwit and 50 Knot.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon pulli, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Siskin.

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  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. John Hewitt..

  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Thomas Willoughby.

  • Greenish Warbler singing at the Point. Paul French. For anyone interested there have been 4 previous spring records ever, but so far an incredible minimum of 5 ( but poss 7) at Spurn this spring. a singing bird along the canal on 29th May, a female along the canal and trapped Kew on the 10th/11th June, an unringed bird at the narrows 12th June, two singing at the Point 13th June (maybe inc narrows bird?), one singing Gas terminal same day.

  • Greenish Warbler. Adam Hutt.

  • Red-backed Shrike. Bethan Clyne.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt.

Friday, 12 June 2020

A wet start to the morning with the day soon springing into life with the finding of a singing BLYTH'S REED WARBLER at Middle Camp, a much hoped for species with a good infux into the country. Nearby a new unringed GREENISH WARBLER (our 3rd this spring!) was found with maybe a second (or the same) bird at the Point about an hour after it was last seen, where a singing Marsh Warbler is also present. A Nightjar was accidentally flushed from Church field, but seen again in the evening on Beacon lane and 2 Red-backed Shrike (male and female) in the triangle. The day also had a few other migrants of note with a Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, a Redwing, 1 Wheatear and 4 Siskin.

On the move today were a Red-throated Diver, 4 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 41 Common Scoter, 32 Gannet, 5 Fulmar, 7 Whimbrel, a Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake, an Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Razorbill, a Puffin and 32 Auk sp.

Other bits of note were a Little Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull on Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blue Tit pulli, 1 Great Tit.

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  • Blyth's Reed Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Greenish Warbler. Paul Willoughby.

  • Nightjar. Paul Willoughby.

  • Nightjar with Roe Deer. Paul Willoughby.

  • Marsh Warbler. Paul French.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1000, 1245-1600.

The GREENISH WARBLER turned up in a net in Churchfield this morning, while the male Red-backed Shrike was again by Rose Cottage with a Mealy Redpoll at Middle Camp, a Spotted Flycatcher at Kew plus 2 Wheatear and 4 Siskin.

 The first returning Green Sandpiper was present on Kilnsea wetlands along with a Little-ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey P;over, 2 Little Egret, 8 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon and 5 Sandwich Tern.

Over the sea were 9 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 109 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 35 Fulmar, 46 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 11 Kittiwake, 12 Arctic Tern, 16 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and 179 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Greenish Warbler.

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  • Bar-tailed Godwits. Bethan Clyne.

  • Green Sandpiper. John Hewitt. The first returning bird.

  • Greenish Warbler trapped in Church field. John Hewitt.

  • 'Sinensis' Cormorant. Colin Bushell.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Watches: 0700-0915.

A bit of east in the wind immediately paid off with the discovery of our second GREENISH WARBLER of the spring at the east end of the Canal. The same conditions also borught 3 Red-backed Shrike (1 male and 2 female) to the triangle by Rose Cottage. Typically there were few other migrants with 2 Wheatear, a Reed Warbler and a Whimbrel. 

The sea still had a few bits to offer with 8 Tufted Duck, 606 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 41 Gannet, a Kittiwake, 22 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill a Puffin and 42 Auk sp.

Other bits of note were a Brent Goose on the Humber, while on Kilnsea wetlands 2 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal and a Greenshank.

Ringing 1 House Sparrow pulli, 1 Robin.

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  • Greenish Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Greenish Warbler. Dave Tucker.

  • Female Red-backed Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Red-backed Shrike. Tony Hull.

  • Pochard. John Hewitt.

  • Female Pochard. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Watches: 0615-1000.

Just about the last of the expected species we generally see in spring left it late with a singing Golden Oriole early morning in the Kilnsea area, which may have flown off north. 

The sea still had a bit of movement after the previous days excitement, but not one Manx Shearwater was seen. Moving today were 115 Common Scoter, 10 Fulmar, 2 Red-throated Diver, 193 Gannet, 193 Kittiwake, 10 Black-headed Gull, 22 Sandwich Tern, 17 Arctic Tern, a Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 7 Puffin and 197 Auk sp. There were even a few bits moving overland with 16 Swallow, 4 House Martin, an Alba Wagtail and a Chaffinch.

Kilnsea wetland held 9 Barnacle Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 10 Gtrey Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Black-headed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull, 

Ringing: 1 Stock Dove, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow.


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  • Ringed Plover. Bethan Clyne.

  • Wood Mouse. John Hewitt.

  • Fox. Tony Hull.

  • Swallow. Tony Hull.

  • Barnacle Geese. John Hewitt

Monday, 08 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1300, 1730-2000.

It was bound to happen after the previous days north westerly and a northward push of birds heading back out the North Sea commenced, well not until 0620 for the Spurn sea watchers! There was a record spring total of 763 Manx Shearwater, (while maybe 1000 would have been achievable if observers had been out from first light!). The day also brought totals of a Red-necked Grebe, 8 Teal, 157 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 109 Fulmar including a Blue phase, 481 Gannet, a Cormorant, 702 Kittiwake, a Little Gull, 18 Sandwich Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, an Arctic Skua, 155 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 30 Puffin and 1597 Auk sp.

Few migrants today, but with some easterlies predicted some late driftrs could be on the cards. Today saw 3 Wheatear and 5 Siskin present.

Ringing: 2 Starling, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin.

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  • Whitethroat. Bethan Clyne.

  • Blue Tits. Bethan Clyne

Sunday, 07 June 2020

Watches: 0630-1120, 1645-1715.

The weather was a slight improvement on the previous day, enough that some observers ventured out finding a Rose-coloured Starling (see below for some name variations), which spent the afternoon wandering the area mainly by the YWT visitor centre with around 200 Starling. The day also saw a Great White Egret leisurely make its way south, with only a Hobby and Cuckoo worth mentioning for potential migrants..

The sea improved from the previous day with 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 29 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 77 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 21 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, a Puffin and 102 Auk sp.

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  • Rose-coloured Starling. Ian Smith. Coming to a garden near you! Get those suet balls and feeders topped up or check your local Cherry trees.

  • Rosy Starling. Bethan Clyne. While they have the Latin name Sturnus roseus and mostly seen as part of the Starling family, they also go under the guise Pastor roseus, it is sometimes given its own monotypic genus Pastor. A split which is supported by recent studies. Per Avibase.

  • Rosy Pastor. Ian Smith. The name Pastor comes from the Latin "pastor" meaning shepherd.

  • 'Pink Stink'. Tony Hull. A rather inaffectionate name apparently coined on the Isles of Scilly due to the juveniles which they normally record being 'not as pretty'.

  • Rose-coloured Pastor. Tony Hull. Another variation on the name.

  • Great White Egret. Bethan Clyne.

Saturday, 06 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0930.

The very poor weather with heavy showers and a strong F5+ NW wind, basically led to pretty much an unbirdable day with at least the shelter of Kilnsea wetlands producing a late Wood Sandpiper with also 2 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 2 Teal, a Lapwing, 26 Knot and a ringed Mediterranean Gull.

The sea was surprisingly poor with only 10 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 3 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 33 Auk sp, though with continued northerly type winds the sea, may be the place for some unseasonal action.

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  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Wood Sandpiper. John Hewitt.

  • Shelduck. Tony Hull.

Friday, 05 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0945, 1700-2000.

The continued northerly did little to inspire birders into the field, with the sea still maybe the main focal point for some, but even this had fewer birds than yesterday with 21 Common Scoter, 28 Fulmar, a Manx Shearwtaer, a Cormorant, 131 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Tern, 19 Guillemot, 7 Puffin, 6 Razorbill and 216 Auk sp. The only other bird on the move today was an Egyptian Goose that paused at Beacon ponds then headed south.

Other bits to keep the day ticking over were 8 Gadwall, 10 Wigeon and 6 Teal on KIlnsea wetlands, 2 Golden Plover Holderness field, a Water Rail along the Canal, 1 Greenshank on Beacon ponds and a Barn Owl hunting the area, Migrants are now typically thin on the ground with just a Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin seen today.

Ringing: 6 Great Tit pulli.


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  • Male Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Cuckoo. John Hewitt.

  • Egyptian Goose. John Hewitt.

Thursday, 04 June 2020

Watches: 0645-1000. 

Just when thoughts of the spring being over are mumbled, a nice male Red-backed Shrike turned up at Potato fields, with also 2 Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskin.

The sea was relatively busy and a few bits of interest with 2 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 13 Fulmar, 187 Gannet, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Puffin, 8 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill and 254 Auk sp.

A small influx of Duck onto Kilnsea wetlands brought 10 Wigeon and a Teal, with also 5 Little Egret and a Common Tern.

Ringing:1 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Robin pulli.

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  • House Martin. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Watches: 0620-1015, 1400-1530, 1600-1730.

A return to cool northerly winds, put paid to much happening on any front, though it did bring some movement over the sea with a Teal, 48 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Fulmar, 13 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 40 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 64 guillemot, 31 Razorbill, 7 Puffin and 231 Auk sp. 

The Kilnsea wetlands area held a Pale-bellied Brent, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 2 Knot, 70 Swift, 100 Sand Martin, 200 House Martin and a Peregrine, while the few migrants seen included 2 Wheatear.

Ringing: 7 Blue Tit pulli.

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  • Male Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Female Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

  • Male Reed Bunting. Bethan Clyne.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Watches: 0620-0930.

There were plenty of good birds on offer today, the day starting off with an unseen Bee-eater calling over numerous birders heads as it headed south, a Rosefinch pausing to sing in a Kilnsea garden and a Rose-coloured Starling breifly on the wires at Sykes field with Starlings then it flew off north, while a Turtle Dove toured the Kilnsea area. In the evening a Spoonbill was on KIlnsea wetlands then flew off north west. The day also had a few typically late migrants with a Hobby, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin.

On the move today were 24 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Heron, 36 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 2 Avocet, 5 Kittiwake, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot, a Puffin, a Swift,  Jackdaw, 6 Swallow and 2 Flava Wagtail and a Whimbrel out east.

Other bits of interest in the area included 11 Brent Geese, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 47 Grey Plover, 170 Herring Gull, 44 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Little Owl.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Pied Wagtail pulli. 


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  • Skylark. Bethan Clyne.

  • Turnstone. Tony Hull.

  • Roe Deer. Bethan Clyne.

Monday, 01 June 2020

Watches: 0630-0910.

It was a good start to the month and maybe a bit expected, what with a small influx having taken place, but a nice female RED-FOOTED FALCON was very welcome anyway spending an hour in the area, then headed off high south with a Hobby. Other bits moving today were 36 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Swift, 56 Swalllow, 12 House Martin and 2 Siskin.

Few extra migrants about today with just a Common Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Siskin, though some good counts of breeders were made with 86 Whitethroat and 14 Lesser Whitethroat.

Ringing: 1 Starling, 10 Great Tit pulli.

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  • Female Red-footed Falcon. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Red-footed Falcon. John Hewitt.

  • Red-footed Falcon. Lawrence Middleton.

  • Hobby. Simon Jump.

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