Monday 31st August – A couple of siskin over, 2 lesser whitethroat, chiffchaff, good views from the lighthouse of several knot, little stint and a curlew sandpiper. Also 3 or 4 common buzzard, yellow wagtails, teal and wigeon. The pond had emperor dragonfly, 2 migrant hawker and at least 14 common darter.
Sunday 30th August – A spotted flycatcher and garden warbler were seen early doors, later several swifts over, reed warblers still present, 8 turnstone, 3 marsh harrier, good numbers of lesser whitethroats, willow warbler, 3 greenshank and a hobby across the strays.
Saturday 29th August – 12 sanderling off the lighthouse, a distant spoonbill, 2 curlew sandpiper, little stint, yellow legged gull, 1000+ golden plover, 20+ common scoter, 8 pintail west, a peregrine, several bar tailed and black tailed godwit and a Arctic Skua causing mayhem over the river and strays.
Friday 28th August – The awful conditions produced 2 fulmar over the strays, a brent goose, 7 avocet, 2 sandwich tern, teal, wigeon and 20+ common scoter. Later 4 common sandpiper were present along with 3 sanderling and 2 curlew sandpiper.
Thursday 27th August –STOP PRESS! Today Paul recorded his 200th species on the patch with our fist sighting of Purple Sandpiper near the lighthouse and then again on the rocks near the white lighthouse along with a small flock of turnstone. Also had good views of male and female peregrine, marsh harrier, curlew sandpiper, little stint and large flocks of golden plover. A kingfisher was seen briefly on the pond, also a wheatear. Other bits included green sandpiper, a grey wagtail, 10 common snipe and 5 avocets among a total of 17 wader species recorded.
Digiscope record shots of purple sandpiper
A couple of skyscapes
Wednesday 26th August – A whinchat and 2 marsh harriers were present.
Sunday 23rd August – Willow warblers everywhere with odd chiffchaff, at least 3 pied flycatchers, a minimum of 3 spotted flycatcher, lesser whitethroat, a small flock of redpoll, tree sparrows, a siskin heard, yellow wagtails, single wheatear and whinchat. Good numbers of waders with whimbrel still present 1000+ golden plover 4 knot and a single sanderling. A peregrine went through, 2 great white egrets drifted slowly over the strays and saltmarsh and a spoonbill fed across the river.
A selection of pictures from Paul including; convulvous hawkmoth, pied flycatcher, mute swan, tortoishell and painted lady.
Flycatcher pictures from Simon
Saturday 22nd August – Simon had 3 redpoll over the fort, Sean located a very vocal pied flycatcher which showed a couple of times in the morning, a few sand martin in among the swallows and house martin, still good numbers of swifts passing through, 14 turnstone, 30+ black tailed godwit, 2 common buzzard and a convulvous hawkmoth was a first for us at Paull.
Friday 21st August – A whimbrel, 4 turnstone, yellow wagtails, a sandwich tern east, 3 Arctic terns east, 5 teal, marsh harrier, a Arctic tern west, 5 pintails went west before returning later and landing on the strays.
Wednesday 19th August – 3 redpoll over the fort, reed warbler, 7 snipe, 1 sandwich tern east, common sandpiper, a calling green sandpiper, 5 little egret, 4 avocet on the strays, 4 comic tern went inland, 2 lesser whitethroat, marsh harrier and a calling greenshank.
Sunday 16th August – A juvenile Mediterranean gull seen, good views of a little stint feeding among a good mix of common waders, common sandpiper, green sandpiper and greenshank all present along with 100+ black tailed godwit, 2 common tern, 13 knot, a great skua went west, lesser whitethroat, 3 sandwich terns, more terns passing through and a flock of 20+ common scoter.
Saturday 15th August – 7 teal, grey and golden plover, common sandpiper, greenshank, marsh harrier, a peregrine, at least 3 lesser whitethroat, little ringed plover, a Mediterranean gull, also juvenile yellow legged gull, avocet, a flock of 300+ greylags went past, 6 common tern, 4 avocets on Hedon Haven.
Friday 14th August – A common sandpiper seen, 21 common scoter west, marsh harrier, a great skua west, a curlew sandpiper seen well and a yellow legged gull drifted past.
Wednesday 12th August – A porpoise seen off the carpark, a very tame mute swan present, 14 teal west, 2 whimbrel, 9 little egret together, 10 comic tern east, and a lesser whitethroat. Good numbers of butterflies which included small copper and holly blue.
Sunday 9th August – 2 distant spoonbill started the day well, several whimbrel, 4 knot, a ruff, 190+ black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwit, 11 common sandpiper, 40+ golden plover, turnstone, greenshank, 41 oystercatcher (record numbers along the coast), little egrets, grey heron, a few common terns east, 3 sandwich terns east, another 4 west, several flocks of teal. Also a hobby over the fort, a common crossbill over, 2 close tree pipits flew close overhead, a yellowhammer, also a few warblers including willow warbler, chiffchaff, common whitethroat, blackcap and one lesser whitethroat, 2 buzzards. At least 2 grey seals present and 3 porpoise.
A selection of photographs from Paul including: whimbrel, goldfinch, dunlin & turnstone
Saturday 8th August – Early morning produced 2 little ringed plover, fox and a stoat. A spoonbill was on the strays, whimbrel, greenshank, green sandpiper, a whinchat along the strays, 3 common buzzard, on the pond emperor dragonfly, small red eyed damselfly and common darter. Around the fort willow warbler, blackcap and lesser whitethroat.
Friday 7th August – Along the strays ruff, 3 greenshank, 2 Mediterranean gulls, 70+ black tailed godwit, 2 lesser whitethroat, 4 knot, 11 teal, yellow wagtails, 3 whimbrel, 3 heron, common tern west, a common snipe, 5 little egret, 5 lapwing, 60 redshank, 60 common scoter, sandwich terns, marsh harrier, another Mediterranean gull, 90+ golden plover, 14 jackdaw, 3 turnstone. On the pond at least 40 small red eyed damselfly, 3 emperor dragonfly, ruddy darter and a broad bodied chaser.
Red-eye damselfly – Paul
Thursday 6th August – Sean recorded a Mediterranean gull, 36 black tailed godwit, also 3 turnstone, lapwing, at least 3 whimbrel, 80+ redshank, a grey plover, small numbers of sandwich terns, 2 sand martin, 20+ flock of teal, marsh harrier, common sandpiper and 2 avocets on the far side. Around Hedon Haven saw 2 more common sandpiper, a sedge warbler and a adult peregrine near the nest box at BP.
A couple of pictures from Paul from a bit further afield, white letter hairstreak at Danes Dyke
Imm. Common darter – Paul
Migrant hawker – Paul
Sunday 2nd August – Juvenile peregrine seen on a nest from Hedon Haven, 4 green sandpiper, a fox at the fort again, marsh harrier, a hobby, still chiffchaff feeding 2 chicks, 2 willow warblers and 2 lesser whitethroat.
Short winged cone head – Paul
Saturday 1st August – First migrant hawker of the year on the edge of the fort, 100+ golden plover, 3 black tailed godwit, yellow wagtail families, 2 roe deer, 2 marsh harrier, small flocks of teal west, whimbrel, 2 green sandpiper, buzzard, a sanderling, a distant hobby, 2 red kites on the other side of the river, buzzard and 2 mute swans.