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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Early morning frost, followed by fog driven in by a light south easterly, clearing to leave a beautiful sunny day.  Watches: 0700-1000. 

It was another nice spring like day, which encouraged 4 Tortoisehell Butterfly and a Peacock onto the wing and at the moment feels like the first push of migrants could happen any day.. In the meantime the first singing Chiffchaff was in Easington, always a pleasant song early in the seasson. There was also a good showing for Song Thrush with 11 counted in the area (8 in Easington) which will hopefully bode for a good breeding season. There were also a few bits still remaining with the Whooper Swan on Easington straight, 4 Goldeneye and the Scaup on KInsea wetlands, a Jack Snipe and Greenshank on Beacon ponds  and a Pale-bellied Brent still present with 500 Brent Geese.

Ringing: 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet.

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  • Yellowhammer. John Swallow.

  • Peacock. John Swallow.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Blue skies and sunny with light south westerlies.  Watches: 0650-0950.

Highlights from the day included a Hooded Crow on Humberside lane, a Whooper Swan on Easington straight and the Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands. 

There was some limited movement over both sea and land, the best being, 2 Mallard, 32 Teal, 6 Eider, a Common Scoter, 49 Red-throated Diver, a Stock Dove, 13 Carrion Crow and 7 Jackdaw, .

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

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  • Stonechat. Micky Maher.

  • Stonechat. John Hewitt.

  • Hooded Crow. Colin Bushell.

  • Roe Deer. John Hewitt.

  • Tortoisehell Butterfly. Colin Bushell.

Friday, 26 February 2021

A mild day of blue skies and warm sunshine.  Watches: 0700-1100.

It was a mixed day with some decent movement, a small increase in Thrushes and grounded early migrants. The best of the day were 2 Lapland Bunting at Easington lagoon, a good count of 17 Stonechat, 319 Pink-footed Geese flew northwest, the Scaup on Kilnsea wetlands and 2 Pale-bellied Brent on Easington straight. 

There were increases in some migrants in the area with 6 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2000 Starling and 21 Meadow Pipit.

Moving today were 2 Brent Geese, a Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 2 Eider, 8 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, a Cormorant, 1 Mediterranean Gull, and 3 Guillemot, while overland a Clollared Dove, 80 Wood Pigeon, a Stock Dove, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Rook, 9 Jackdaw, 12 Skylark, 513 Starling, 1 Alba Wagtail, a Rock Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet, a Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting.

Ringing: 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch.

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  • Pintail on the move. Jonathan Fisk.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

A mild day, cloudy to begin developing into a nice sunny day with a moderate westerly.  Watches: 0800-1015.

The Black-necked Grebe continued its residence on Kilnsea wetlands, the second longest stayer in the area and the first for the Obs in the winter period. There was no sign of the Scaup, but 3 Goldeneye were present along with 2 Greenshank and 42 Black-tailed Godwit. Nearby the Tawny Owl was still vocal at Kew and some more signs of spring with a Chiffchaff along the peninsula and the pre migration flock of Starling reaching 6000.

Movement overland included 2 Red Kite which headed off south along, 11 Lapwing, 23 Wood Pigeon, 6 Carrion Crow, a Rook, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Skylark, 230 Starling, 2 Meadow Pipit and a Rock Pipit, while over the sea, 42 Brent Geese, 307 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Wigeon, a Mallard, 14 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 172 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 11 Dunlin, 51 Black-headed Gull, 33 Common Gull, 210 Herring gull, 3 Guillemot and 9 Auk sp.

Ringing: 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer. 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Overcast with sunny spells and a mild modaerate southerly.  Watches: 0710-1100, 1400-1600.

The Black-necked Grebe was still delighting on Kilnsea wetlands along with the Scaup and 4 Goldeneye, This area also held 700 Dark-bellied Brent including the leucistic juvenile, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, an adult Intergrade Black Brant x Brent, 13 Shoveler, 500 Wigeon and 51 Black-tailed Godwit, with the Tawny Owl still at Kew.

Moving over the sea into the southerly were 7 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, a Wigeon, 3 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 3 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 47 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Dunlin, 87 Guillemot and 14 Auk sp.

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  • Scaup. John Hewitt.

  • Scaup. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Sunny spells throughout, but a gale force south westerly dominated.  Watches: 0715-1100, 1450-1620.

A difficult days birding, the strong wind making it difficult to just go walking. The sheltered areas offered some respite with the Black-necked Grebe, 3 Goldeneye and Scaup all still present at Kilnsea wetlands, and a Black Brant again on Holderness field, along with 2 adult intergrades and 2 Pale-bellied Brent among 800 Dark-bellied Brents. Elsewhere 3 Snow Bunting were at Easington lagoon and the Tawny Owl was again in Kilnsea.

Moving were 82 Pink-footed Geese, a Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 96 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Gannet, 10 Guillemot and 20 Auk sp. 

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  • Pale-bellied Brent. John Hewitt.

  • Black-necked Grebe. Tony Hull.

Monday, 22 February 2021

It was a great day for birds on the move, with a Geese being particularly prominent. Traditionally in the past, late February was also a good time to see big movements of Lapwing heading south east out to sea, so was pleasing to see this species among an early movement of typical Passerine species too. The best of the days movement included a Woodlark and 22 Barnacle Geese south, 936 Pink-footed Geese north west with also 5 Shelduck, a Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 3 Tea;, 3 Velvet Scoter, 5 Common Scoter, 79 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet, 16 Cormorant, 222 Lapwing, 2 Curlew out east, 11 Dunlin, 151 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 105 Herring Gull, while overland 156 Wood Pigeon u-turned, 13 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 21 Skylark, 961 Starling, 2 Alba Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipit, a Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 32 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 12 Snow Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer and 9 Reed Bunting.

The Black-necked Grebe remained in residence along with the Scaup and 4 Goldeneye, while the first returning 5 Avocet were seen. The best of the other sightings included 150 Pintail at Sammies, 1500 Oystercatcher on the Humber, a Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl at Kilnsea wetlands, a vocal Tawny Owl at Kew, a Coal Tit in Kilnsea and 3 Rock Pipit.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch.

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  • Black-necked Grebe.Tony Hull.

  • Black-necked Grebe with drake Goldeneye. Tony Hull.

  • Avocet. John Hewitt.

  • Hare. Tony Hull.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

A mild day with light winds, drizzle late morning and sunny spells in the afternoon.  Watches: 0715-1040, 1400-1610.

The best of today's action over the sea was a welcome Red-necked Grebe heading south, while also moving were 3 Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 5 Pintail, 2 Mallard, 12 Teal, 17 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 124 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Gannet, 18 Cormorant, 6 Oystercatcher, 63 Lapwing, 48 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 37 Black-headed Gull, 327 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 221 Herring Gull, 14 Guillemot and 20 Auk sp, while overland a Red Kite headed off towards Lincolnshire and 11 Skylark also flew south.

The resident Black-necked Grebe maintained its star status on Kilnsea wetlands along with the Scaup and 4 Goldeneye, with 2 Pale-bellied Brent nearby on Long bank. The best of the rest, saw 7 Woodcock still about, 8 Song Thrush all in song in the area and 2 Marsh Harrier wandering the area.

Ringing: 1 Sparrowhawk.

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  • Goldeneye. Tony Hull.

  • Goldeneye. Tony Hull.

  • Red Kite. John Swallow.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Overcast and mild with sunny spells, but a cold feeling moderate south westerly.  Watches: 0715-1125.

The Black-necked Grebe was still on Kilnsea wetlands, being only the second to remain more than a day in the area. There was at least 1 Black Brant picked out at Sammies, along with 2 very persuasive adult Black Brant lookalike intergrades plus a more recent juvenile too. The flock of 650 Dark-bellied Brents also containing 2 Pale-bellied Brents. There were 12 Woodcock recorded today, while on Kilnsea wetlands the Scaup was till present along with 5 Goldeneye, 63 Black-tailed Godwit and the Greenshank.

Moving today were 2 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Mallard, 3 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 94 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northen Diver, 10 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, a Knot, 2 Dunlin, 24 Guillemot, a Razorbill and 72 Auk sp. 

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  • Dark-bellied Brents. John Swallow.

  • Little egret. John Swallow.

  • Black Brant. Mick Turton.

  • Intergrade adult Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent. Mick Turton.

  • Black Brant with intergrade juvenile. Mick Turton.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Overcast with showers on and off amd a strong south east to south westerly.  Watches: 0730-1100.

Highlights from today were a 2cy Glaucous Gull lingering at the Point, with a Snow Bunting here also, the Black-necked Grebe again on Kilnsea wetlands, and the Scaup on nearby Beacon ponds and the Black Brant, 2 Pale-bellied Brent along with 500 Dark-bellied Brent Geese at Sammies. Other bits of note were just 3 Woodccok, 4 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands, 2 Rock Pipit on Easington lagoon, 60 Carrion Crow and 40 Yellowhammer at Sammies.

The wind still being in the south, saw some decent movement again with 9 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 7 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, an Eider, 39 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 4 Gannet, a Shag, 6 Cormorant, 14 Oystercatcher, a Curlew, 1 Knot, 10 Dunlin, a Little Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 4 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill and 20 Auk sp, while overland 4 Chaffinch west south.

Ringing: 6 Redwing.

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  • Woodcock. John Hewitt.

  • Black-necked Grebe. Tony Hull.

  • Black-necked Grebe. John Hewitt.

  • Glaucous Gull (top bird). Steve Webb.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Rain in the morning gave way to sunny spells with a strong southerly.  Watches: 0715-0945, 1200-1530.

Strong southerlies can at some times of the year, induce quite decent movement of Waders and Wildfowl. The highlight today being 2 Red-crested Pochard, which were seen at Hornsea mere earliera, and a nice reward for the seawatchers, along with 3 Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 7 Teal, 7 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Cormorant, 3 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, a Kittiwake, 13 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill and 17 Auk sp. 

The Black-necked Grebe and Scaup, both remained in the KIlnsea wetlands area and a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull was at Easington boatyard then flew south, while 7 Woodcock were counted today.

Ringing: 3 Redwing.

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  • Stonechat. Colin Bushell.

  • Black-necked Grebe. Tony Hull.

  • Black-necked Grebe. Tony Hull.

  • Black-necked Grebe. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

A mild overcast day with sunny spells and a light to moderate south westerly.  Watches: 0730-1000, 1330-1530.

The Black-necked Grebe remained, but moved onto Kilnsea wetlands, giving nice views, while the Scaup did likewise. There were 2 adult Black Brant in fields in KIlnsea, along with a Pale-bellied Brent among 800 Dark-bellied Brents. KIlnsea wetlands had 2 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler and 5 Goldeneye among the usual Wildfowl and the wintering Greenshank was still present. Nearby on the Humber 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 257 Grey Plover and 370 Dunlin were present.

The sea was a bit better with 4 Brent Geese, 18 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 50 Red-throated Diver, 3 Shag, 2 Cormorant, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and Auk sp.

Ringing: 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird, 2 Redwing.

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  • Black-necked Grebe. Steve Exley.

  • Scaup and Goldeneye. Jonny Fisk.

  • Pink-footed Geese. Colin Bushell.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Sunny spells and generally overcast with a mild moderate south westerly.  Watches: 0730-1050.

The first Black-necked Grebe since 2011, was the highlight of the day, feeding on Beacon ponds with 9 Little Grebe and a Scaup. The immediate area also held 2 Gadwall, 450 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 121 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 139 Redshank and a Greenshank. There were still 450 Black-tailed Godwit nearby on the Humber.

The warmer weather saw just 7 Woodcock recorded today, no doubt able to move into areas away from footpaths, while the first Goldcrest for a while was in Easington. 

The sea  was customary quiet with 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, a Teal, 3 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 4 Dunlin, 2 Guillemot and 8 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

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  • Black-necked Grebe. John Hewitt.

  • Black-necked Grebe. Ian Smith.

  • Scaup/ Tony Hull.

  • Black-necked Grebe and Wigeon. Colin Bushell.

Monday, 15 February 2021

A mild sunny day and a moderate south westerly. Watches: 0730-1000.

The best of the days action was centred around the KIlnsea wetlands area with 8 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 400 Wigeon, 50 Teal, the Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a fanastic 730 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Dunlin, a Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gulla and  Barn Owl.

There were 52 Woodcock in the area, remaining the bird species of the winter and a Jack Snipe was in Sykes field, while a few Thrushes remain with 12 Fieldfare, 41 Redwing and 6 Song Thrush. 

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 2 Blackbird.

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  • Water Rail located by thermal camera. Paul French.

  • Woodcock at night. Paul French.

  • ‘Flock’ of Woodcock feeding in fields, undisturbed by the use of a thermal camera. Paul French.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

A sunny day, but remaining cold in the strong south easterly. Watches: 0730-1200.

The cold weather continues making birding difficult and difficult for birds. There were 31 Woodcock recorded today along with 14 Snipe, 52 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit and 27 Chaffinch, while the frist Coal Tit of the year was in Easington. The best of the other sightings were 280 Black-tailed Godwit on the HUmber.

Moving over the sea were 5 Scaup, 2 Common Scoter, an Eider, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, a Cormorant, 2 Guillemot and 3 Auk sp.

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  • Wigeon sat on the ice. John Hewitt.

  • Carrion Crow. John Hewitt.

Friday, 12 February 2021

Snow showers and sunny spells, but cold with a strong easterly.  Watches: 0730-1205.

There were signs that arrivals were still ongoing, 16 Woodcock recorded today, included a bird seen arriving in/off at the Gas terminal, while 6 Mstle Thrush in Easington was a good count 

The usual good birding around Kilnsea wetlands had 9 Shoveler, 627 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 4 Goldeneye, a Marsh Harrier, 8 Snipe, a Greenshank and a Peregrine with 110 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber.

Moving today were 5 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, an Eider, 5 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 79 Common Gull, 40 Herring Gull and 2 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Redwing.

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  • Short-eared Owl. Mark Andrews.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

A day of blue skies with a decreasing east north eaterly.  Watches: quite a few soecies as the thaw slowly takes effect.

There was an increase in quite a few grounded species as the thaw slowly takes effect, highlighted by another great count of 82 Woodcock along with 16 Snipe, 61 Blackbird, 68 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 36 Meadow Pipit and 19 Chaffinch. The ringtail Hen Harrier was again hunting the Sammies area, along with 2 Short-eared Owl, looking out for easy prey amoong the weakened survivors of the freeze.

The previous day saw almost nothing on the move over the sea, but an obvious increase today, while still meagre gave some reward with 13 Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bliied Brent (north),  2 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag, 11 Coromorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 143 Common Gull, 1 Guillemot and a Razorbill. 

Other bits of note were an increase to 5 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands (one previous day), along with 8 Shoveler, 520 Wigeon, 110 Teal and 128 Lapwing, with 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 1000 Dunlin on the Hmber.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock, 1 Redwing, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch.

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  • Woodcock landing in stubble fields. John Hewitt.

  • Woodcock. John Hewitt.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Another day with the cold, strong east north easterly dominating, snow showers in the morning, largely blue skies and sun later.  Watches: 0730-1000.

The best of the days action were the Black Brant still present along with 840 Brent Geese, the ringtail Hen Harrier hunting the Sammies area again, a fantastic 524 Black-tailed Godwit on the Humber, while 23 Woodcock were counted today. 

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing.

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  • Woodcock. John Swallow.

  • Woodcock. John Swallow.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Sunny periods with heavy snow showers and a cold strong east north easterly.  Watches: 0745-1000.

A further influx saw 97 Woodcock logged today, 20 at Sammies the biggest individual site count. Obviously with so many about, it was inevitable that they would become prey, a Peregrine seen taking one in flight and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Sammies, nearly being succesful. There were also decent counts of 76 Skylark in one flock, 80 Blackbird, 22 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing. 

The sea was still poor, but a nice male Long-tailed Duck, 2 Eider and a Grey Heron in/off, were the best of meagre offerings. 

The best of the other sightings included, 886 Brent Geese, 3 Pale-bellied Brent, 5 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 375 Black-tailed Godwit and the Greenshank mainly around Kilnsea wetlands with 468 Golden Plover, 123 Lapwing, 700 Dunlin and 360 Redshank feeding in fields on Easington straight.

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  • Goldeneye. John Hewitt.

Monday, 08 February 2021

A cold, coudy, wild day of snow and sleet showers driven by a strong east north easterly.  Watches: 0745-1000,

There were maybe small increases for some dislapced species as the cold snap continued the best being 46 Woodcock (10 around the Gas terminal and 9 in Churchfield the best individual counts), 20 Meadow Pipit around the gas terminal, 26 Skylark in one Easington flock and 100 Dunlin in/off and north. The sea was virtually devoid of any birds.

The Black Brant made an appearance on Kilnsea wetlands, after not being seen for a while among the 500 Brent Geese and a Pale-bellied Brent, where the good flock of 290 Black-tailed Godwit remained.and the flock of 1200 Oystercatcher were still on the Humber.and 40 Pintail at sammies.

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  • Stonechat. John Swallow.

Sunday, 07 February 2021

A cold day with rain showers and a strong north easterly. Watches: 0745-1000.

The besy of the days counts were 28 Woodcock, numbers staying high, maybe with some new arrivals pushed out of the frozen near continent. There were  little else suggestive of arrivals with 60 Fieldfare around Easington gas terminal along with 4 Song Thrush and 4 Redwing in the area. There was another great count of 130 Pintail at Sammies, 1200 Oystercatcher on the Humber, 70 Black-tailed Godwit on Kilnsea wetlands and still at least 1 Short-eared Owl hunting the area.

There was even less than usual over the sea, with few Divers about with the rewards for a cold sea watch being a Teal, just 4 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Cormorant, 2 Kittiwake and an Auk sp.

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  • Short-eared Owl. John Swallow.

  • Short-eared Owl. John Swallow.

Saturday, 06 February 2021

Rain all day with a cold strong east north easterly.  Watches: 0740-0955.

It was another good count of 45 Woodcock which stole the day, which was otherwise largely quiet. The best of the rest were 600 Brent Geese on Holderness field, 2 Pale-bellied Brent at Sammies, 120 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank at Kilnsea wetlands.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock.

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  • Little Grebe. John Hewitt.

Friday, 05 February 2021

A mixed day with rain, mist and sunny periods with a modarate easerly. Watches: 0745-0945.

Much in keeping with other spots on the east coast there was a great count of 86 Woodcock, (56 of which were counted in fields at Easington alone by thermal imagery, so no disturbance as they fed). Therer were a few less Thrushes about, wtih 6 Rediwng, 26 Fieldfare and 4 Song Thrush, with nice counts of 40 Trre Sparrow and 30 Yellowhammer at Sammies, but the sea was terrible with a Fulmar maybe the most noteworthy species.

The Kilnsea wetlands area as usual was busy with a Pintail, the highlight among decreased numbers of Wildfowl plus 127 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.


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  • Tree Sparrow. Mick Turton.

Thursday, 04 February 2021

After a wet start it was a mild sunny day with a moderate west to south easterly.  Watches: 0730-1130.

Colder weather is predicted to move across Europe bringing some heavy snow and maybe the beginnings of this saw an increase in Thrushes with 54 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush and 3 Song Thrush, while another decent count of 11 Woodcock was made. 

Hard work over the sea with just 4 Wigeon, 12 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 61 Red-throated Diver, 14 Gannet, a Kittiwake, a Guillemot, 11 Razorbill and 27 Auk sp.

Kilnsea wetlands was pretty much unchanged with the Pochard, 40 Black-tailed Godwit and Short-eared Owl with a Pale-bellied Brent and 80 Pintail at Sammies. 

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Wednesday, 03 February 2021

A mild, but wet all day with lightnorth westerly. Watches: 0740-1115.

The most notable sighting for the day were 15 Woodcock counted in the area, with 5 together in Churchfield the biggest gathering. Other decent sightings included 250 Black-tailed Godwit, a Marsh Harriwr, 2 Short-eared Owl, the Pochard and 4 Goldeneye on Kilnsea wetlands among all the usuals.

Moving were 8 Pintail, 17 Teal, 3 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 102 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 13 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, a Mediterranean Gull and 4 Auk sp.

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  • Kestrel. Mick Turton.

  • A very wet and bedraggled Short-eared Owl. John Hewitt.

Tuesday, 02 February 2021

A horrible day of rain driven by a strong south easterly.  Watches: 0740-1005.

It was a day to concentrate efforts from the car or hides with both the sea and Kilnsea wetlands recieving attention. Saying that the sea was quiet with just an Eider, 21 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and 3 Auk sp.

Kilnsea wetlands had a great count of 470 Black-tailed Godwit plus 70 Lapwing, 3 Goldeneye, a Pochard, 346 Wigeon, 85 Teal and 8 Shoveler.

The best of other sightings were 2 Woodcock and a Barn Owl.

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  • Kittiwake. John Swallow.

Monday, 01 February 2021

A mild day with blue skies and sun and a light north easterly. Watches: 0740-1020.

The milder t-shirt weather encouraged many birds into song and the first Small Tortoishelle Butterfly of the spring onto the wing. There was a nice total of 25 Skylark, a few breaking into high song flights, a decent total of 5 Woodcock and 41 Yellowhammer on Marsh lane. It was again pretty much the same as previous days with the Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 13 Shoveler, 369 Curlew, the Greenshank, a Kingfisher and 7 Stonechat among all the regulars.

On the move over the sea were 3 Eider, 21 Common Scoter, 4 Goosander, 109 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 9 Guillemot and 19 Auk sp.

Ringing: 1 Robin, 2 Great Tit.

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  • Dunlin. John Hewitt.

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