October 2018


Friday 19th October – Simon – 1 Gannet west, 2 Pintail, female Merlin, 1 Woodcock in fort wood, 12 Snipe west, 1 juv Common Tern west, Tawny Owl fort road, 55 Skylark west, 2 Rock Pipit, 383 Redwing west, 257 Fieldfare west, 10 Song Thrush west, 26 Brambling in fort wood, 15 Redpoll west, 3 Siskin fort wood, 1 female Stonechat on Hedon Haven. Also a Stoat on fort road 2 Hornet 2 Red Admiral 1 Peacock 1 Small Copper


Starling – Paul


Starling – Paul

Monday 15th October – Paul – Odd brambling over, 50+ lapwing, marsh harrier, 2 common buzzard, stonechat, 2 redpoll, 4 swallow, chiffchaff and 4 bearded tits dropped into the reedbed near the white lighthouse.


Bearded Tit – Paul

Sunday 14th October3 swallows.

Saturday 13th October20+ brambling, good numbers of skylarks through, 9 pintail on the strays, 2 swallows.

Monday 8th October – Paul – small flocks of redwing and fieldfare over, a rock pipit showed well, a single swallow, as the sun came out 2 red admiral and a comma present near the church.

Sunday 7th October – Paul – 900 plus thrushes over, mainly redwing but also good numbers of fieldfare, odd song thrush and 2 mistle thrush also seen. Odd brambling over as well as small numbers of siskin and a redpoll, grey wagtail also seen, good numbers of skylark passing South, 4 coal tit, tree sparrow flocks around the Fort, 9 gannet West, 6 swallow, a single flock of 16 cormorant, a great skua West then settled on the river, spotted redshank, juvenile Mediterranean gull, a pair of stonechat, marsh harrier, 3 little egret, a hen harrier spent 10 minutes around the strays, 21 turnstone and finally a roosting tawny owl.

Saturday 6th October – Simon30 gannet west, (11 back east), great skua, 2 arctic tern, 2 common tern, 1greenshank, spotted redshank, 6 knot, 109 snipe, 4 swallow east, 42 redwing, 14 fielfare, goldcrest, blackcap, siskin.

Friday 5th October – Paul – 26 gannets West, 2 porpoise feeding off the lighthouse. From Simon – 1 merlin, 2 peregrine, 1 rock pipit, 3 redwing21 tree sparrow, 1 bullfinch

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September 2018

Sunday 30th September – Simon – 249 pink feet, 8 pintail, 6 gooseander

Saturday 29th September – Paul Goldcrest, 7 swallow, whimbrel, 4 chiffchaff, tree sparrow, siskin, stonechat, 900+ pink feet geese, 7 snipe, 120 wigeon, kingfisher, 2 pintail, hornet again seen, devouring a wasp, speckled wood, red admiral. Simon also recorded 2 gannet, peregrine and a sanderling.


Hornet – Paul

Friday 28th September – Paul Chiffchaff, avocet, 2 house martin over, 6 gannets, 7 common buzzard, 17 black tailed godwit. Also hornet, small tortoiseshell, small copper and migrant hawker.


Great spotted woodpecker – Paul

Monday 24th SeptemberPaul – 3 chiffchaff, grey wagtail, 250+ wigeon west, 10 gannets, 25 common scoter, flocks of teal, more pink feet geese, a distant odd looking black bird which flew west at 10.06 was probably the sooty shearwater reported from Barton 4 minutes later. Also a small tortoiseshell migrant hawker and large white.

Sunday 23rd September – Paul – 9 tree sparrow, 5 Canada geese, good numbers if pink feet geese, 60 lapwing, 30+ common scoter, grey seal, common seal, kingfisher, arctic skua west, 9 mute swan, siskin and a few skylarks over, 2 gannets east.

Saturday 22nd September Paul – 4 siskin over, chiffchaff, 2 stonechat, 2 whinchat, wheatear, common snipe, marsh harrier, peregrine, merlin, buzzard, small flocks of pink feet geese totalling at least 200, a single pintail. Simon also recorded curlew sandpiper, 2 grey wagtails and a brambling.

Tuesday 18th September – Paul – Quiet with a few butterflies including 3 speckled wood.

Monday 17th September – Paul – Good numbers of common whitethroat and blackcap with a single lesser whitethroat, singing chiffchaff, odd siskin over, a comic tern east followed at 11.10 by a adult summer plumage Sabine’s gull which spent 10-15 minutes off the lighthouse, flying and on the river before heading east. Soon afterwards a great crested grebe and a black tern headed in the same direction.

Sunday 16th September- Paul – Good numbers of swallows and house martin still present with one swift seen, whimbrel, pintail, 4 marsh harrier, 200+ pink feet geese.

Saturday 15th September – Paul – 6 tree sparrow, 2 common whitethroat, spotted redshank on the strays, small numbers of siskin and yellow wagtails over, adult mediterranean gull east and on the strays and a kingfisher. 2 porpoise feeding near the lighthouse.

Friday 14th September – Paul – 17 wigeon, 150+ pink feet geese, 11 pintail, whimbrel, a single juvenile gannet east, 4 siskin, shoveller.

Monday 10th September – Paul – Goldcrest, the hobby took a meadow pipit, reed warbler, good numbers of meadow pipits and yellow wagtails on the move, a flock of 500 golden plover high overhead and a single swift.

Sunday 9th September – Paul – Coal tit, curlew sandpiper, immature bullfinch, a single sandwich tern east, 22 wigeon, 5 buzzard, 2 marsh harrier, 80 teal, 3 Arctic tern, 2 willow warbler and the hobby again. A late burst of butterflies with many large and small whites, 2 commas, 4 red admiral, holly blue, small tortoiseshell, 2 speckled wood, also a hornet.

Saturday 8th September – Paul – 5 Arctic tern and a common tern past, willow warbler, peregrine, grey wagtail, siskin over, bullfinch, swift a another hobby. Also common seal and porpoise.

Friday 7th September – Paul – a common restart present all day along the edge of the Vicarage feeding in the field with several yellow and white wagtails, also 2 willow warblers, marsh harrier, hobby, coal tit and a pale-bellied brent goose west along the river.

Monday 3rd September – Paul – 2 lesser whitetroat, at least 9 wigeon, 20 greylag, marsh harrier, common sandpiper again, a single black tern drifted slowly east along the river.

Sunday 2nd September – Paul – 2 or 3 blackcap, 11 tree sparrow, 3 little egret, 6 wigeon (first of the Autumn), curlew sandpiper, little stint, 4 pintail, common sandpiper.

Saturday 1st September – lesser whitethroat, 9 knot, 4 shoveller, tufted duck, 2 pintail, 30+ teal, Arctic skua west along river, small numbers of Arctic and common terns, a flock of 35+ common scoter, marsh harrier, common sandpiper, reed warbler and small flock of tree sparrow. Small copper also seen.

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House martin – Peter M

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August 2018

Friday 31st August – Simon – 6 Tree Pipit 1 Knot 2 Sanderling 11 Snipe 11 Bar-wit 23 Black-wit Hornet and 2 Painted Lady. 1 Comm Sand & 1 Whimbrel on Hedon Haven

Monday 27th AugustPaul M – Much quieter with a single comic tern past, 20+ teal and a few common warblers, bullfinch, marsh harrier and a flock of 250+ golden plover. Simon saw a spotted redshank near the screen.

Sunday 26th August – Simon – Marsh Harrier Hobby west along Humber off football pitch 1 Whimbrel 2 Snipe 1 Arctic & 1 “Commic” Tern east. Green Sand & Wheatear on Hedon Haven

Saturday 25th August – Paul M Good numbers of willow warblers, also common whitethroats, blackcaps, at least  6 lesser whitethroat, singing chiffchaff, 6 tree sparrow, 2 swift, 3 buzzard, a pied flycatcher at the fort entrance, a osprey flew south across the strays and over the river, a merlin later went in the same direction. Also a spotted flycatcher seen at the edge of the paddock.

Friday 24th August – Simon – 26 Teal west 1 Avocet 1 Whimbrel 1 Yellow-legged Gull 5 Common Tern east 1 Lesser Whitethroat 9 Willow Warbler. 1 Green Sandpiper & 2 Wheatear on Hedon Haven

Thursday 23rd August – Greenshank, green sandpiper, 2 bullfinch, singing reed warbler and a single common tern past.

Wednesday 22nd August – 6 swift, singing willow warbler, hobby around the church and paddock area, little owl perched on the Fort wall, lesser whitethroat, 25 teal West, wheatear. Also a big increase in hirundines with approx 180 house martin and swallows in the area, also better numbers of common warblers passing through. A brimstone was near the church.

Saturday 18th August – Lesser whitethroat, Arctic tern, black tern, 12 teal, 14 turnstone, marsh harrier, 13 black tailed godwit. Simon recorded whinchat and a hobby briefly.

Friday 17th August – Simon – 13 Teal west 1 Spotted Redshank 1 Whimbrel 5 Snipe 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull west 7 Common Tern east 1 Lesser Whitethroat 3 Willow Warbler 1 Bullfinch & 1 Yellowhammer at Fort


Willow warbler – Paul


Willow warbler – Paul

Thursday 16th August – 4 yellow wagtail, 4 snipe, whimbrel, peregrine, marsh harrier, greenshank and 3 avocets.


The Marco Polo – Paul


Meadow pipit – Paul

Monday 6th August – Paul – 3 lesser whitethroat, willow warbler, bullfinch, several yellow wagtails, good numbers of black tailed godwit, dunlin and ringed plover, whimbrel, a few turnstone, 6 grey heron, 9 little egret, common sandpiper, the first snipe of the ‘Autumn’ and 3 common tern East. Porpoise were feeding of the lighthouse and 3 wall browns along the paths.



Small copper – Paul

Saturday 4th August – Paul – 3 common sandpiper, 2 whimbrel, 20+ black tailed godwit, sanderling, 2 little egret, green sandpiper, 2 lesser whitethroat, 2 bullfinch and a willow warbler. Insects included small copper, 3 comma, holy blue and a few common blue, also a pair of stoats. In the church a buddleia had a hornet mimic hoverfly, also hornet dismembering some prey, both recent colonists from the South.


Stoat – Paul


Sanderling & turnstone – Paul


Sanderling and turnstone – Paul


Turnstone – Paul


Hornet mimic hoverfly – Paul

Friday 3rd August – Simon 11 Teal west 1 Avocet 1 Common Sandpiper 1 Knot 3 Whimbrel 7 Snipe 136 Black-wit 1 Bullfinch 23 Tree Sparrow

1 Hornet Mimick Hoverfly, 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 1 Brown Argus 3 Holly Blue 1 Brimstone 5 Painted Lady


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July 2018

Tuesday 31st July – Simon. 7 Avocet 3 Common Sandpiper 5 Whimbrel 8 Snipe 23 Teal west juv Grey Wagtail 3 Tree Sparrow. Stoat in the wood, 2 Holly Blue 1 Comm Blue 8 Painted Lady 5 Comma

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Grey wagtail – Simon

Monday 30th July – Paul – At least 4 common sandpiper, 2 avocet, 300+ black tailed godwit, 2 golden plover, bar tailed godwit, 7 turnstone, at least  2 whimbrel, marsh harrier, 2 grey seals, 2 little egret, 3 juvenile Mediterranean gulls.

Sunday 29th July – Simon 3 Common Sandpiper 5 Whimbrel

Saturday 28th July – Paul – 3 common sandpiper, 12+ black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit, 2 avocet, 15 teal, 2 common scoter, 2 whimbrel, grey seal, 2 distant marsh harrier, 6+ migrant hawker, 3 common darter.

Friday 27th July – Simonhobby, 44 black-wit, 2 bar-wit, 1 knot, 2 turnstone, 3 whimbrel, 1 yellow-legged gull, 6 commic tern, little owl and bullfinch at fort, 180 swift east, 6 painted lady and several migrant hawker


Little owl – Paul

Friday 13th July – Simon – 2 common scoter 2 whimbrel  barn owl. 1 Essex skipper. The kestrels fledged 5 young

Sunday 8th July – Paul – 3 whimbrel, bullfinch, common sandpiper, porpoise and grey seal, 20+ small skippers, 2 Arctic tern drifted past, barn owl again.

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Small skipper – Paul

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Small white – Paul

Saturday 7th July – Paul – A better morning with little owl and tawny owl seen in Paull woods, good views of a hunting barn owl near the lighthouse and a peregrine falcon dive bombing a common buzzard. Also common sandpiper, 2 little egret, Arctic tern, 5 grey heron, lapwing and 3 whimbrel. Porpoises seen feeding in the river and good numbers of small red-eyed damselfly on the pond (20+).

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Barn owl – Paul

Friday 6th July – Simon – 2 brent geese west  2 whimbrel 1 common sandpiper 1 common tern east, 1 little owl fort wood 1 bullfinch fort 1 porpoise 3 Essex skipper 1 comma 1 common darter

Sunday 1st July – Paul – A common tern west, small numbers of teal past, bar tailed godwit and a grey seal.

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Five Spot Burnet – Paul

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June 2018



Saturday 30th June – Simon – 1 greenshank 5 knot 12 bar-wit 1 black-wit 1 adult yellow-legged gull  5 sandwich tern east. Red Kite and Short-eared Owl in Lincolnshire Male Black-tailed Skimmer on car park pond

Friday 29th June – Simon – 29 bar-wit female broad-bodied Chaser at church 1 comma 2 painted lady also first for year small skipper, gatekeeper, 6-spot burnet and common darter

Saturday 23rd June – 2 avocet, 2 little egrets, 11 sand martin, 1st ringlets of the year and first small red-eyed damslefly seen.

Saturday 16th June – 15 teal, marsh harrier, common buzzard, 2 or 3 large skipper.


Broad-bodied chaser – Paul

Sunday 10th June7 sanderling, 2 avocet, marsh harrier, Canada goose, grey seal, 5 teal, calling cuckoo. Butterflies included brimstone, large skipper, painted lady, common blue, small heath and meadow brown. Dragonflies included our first emperor dragonfly (2), 8 four-spotted chaser and another broad-bodied chaser at the back of the church. Spotted and marsh orchids flowering.


Marsh orchid – Paul


Spotted orchid – Paul



Whitethroat – Paul

Saturday 9th June – Peregrine over, heading towards BP, singing chiffchaff, blackcap, in woods a juvenile great spotted woodpecker, single turnstone, 3 knot, 5 grey plover, little egret.

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Broad-bodied chaser – Paul

Sunday 3rd June 60 common scoter on the river, marsh harrier, barn owl, 2 avocet, a single curlew sandpiper in with a mixed flock of dunlin and ringed plover. Butterflies included large skipper and small heath, good views of a broad bodied chaser along the river-side path on edge of the fort.

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Wood pigeon – Pete

Saturday 2nd June – Common scoter on the river, Canada geese in a flock of greylags.

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May 2018

Wednesday 30th May – Large numbers of house martin, 7 common tern, 18 Arctic tern, sanderling, and a late wheatear.

Tuesday 29th May – Marsh harrier, 14 common tern, lesser whitethroat, 5 teal, 9 turnstone, yellow wagtail.

Saturday 26th May – Very quiet just singing chiffchaff, good numbers of swifts and 10+ house martins.

Monday 21st May – Cuckoo, 2 avocet, lesser whitethroat, good numbers of blue-tailed damsel fly and a lizard sp seen near the lighthouse.

Saturday 19th May – Single common sandpiper, 2 sanderling, distant red kite, cuckoo, small copper butterfly.

Friday 18th May – 2 little grebe car park pond 1 canada goose on strays 1 avocet 1 arctic tern east  (1 whinchat on Hedon Haven ). Female broad-bodied chaser gas plant ditch. A few blue-tailed and 3 azure damselfly

Monday 14th May – Kingfisher near the hide, cuckoo, lesser whitethroat, first red admiral and 2 azure damselfly.


Tree sparrow – Paul











Pheasant – Paul

Sunday 13th May – Shoveler west, a few house martin, single sand martin, 2 swifts, cuckoo and a late Iceland gull on the river edge before flying east. Tawny owl & woodpecker in church grounds


Tawny owl & Great spotted woodpecker – Simon

Saturday 12th May – Yellowhammer, bullfinch, 3 Arctic tern, marsh harrier, 2 wheatear, barn owl, 42 ringed plover, 3 common buzzard, lesser whitethroat, a single brent goose over and the first blue-tailed damselfly of the year.

Monday 7th May – Singing chiffchaff, tawny owls again, cuckoo, marsh harrier, little grebe and a peregrine over.

Sunday 6th May – Tawny owls in church area.

Saturday 5th May – 6 Arctic terns east, 5 common scoter, 2 little egret, 2 gadwall. Also 2 brimstone, orange-tip, speckled wood.

Friday 4th May – 2 marsh harrier 6 whimbrel 3 cuckoo 2 house Martin 9 wheatear 1 lesser whitethroat. 2 brimstone and a few green-veined whites

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April 2018

Monday 30th April – Wheatear, good views of a peregrine, distant marsh harrier, 6 common scoter drifted east, porpoise again and a late fieldfare in the paddock.

Sunday 29th April – Wheatear, a small passage of common and Arctic terns, a single dark phase Arctic skua east, single brent goose, 4 tufted duck, house martin, sand martin, calling little owl and 2 calling tawny owl. Also a feeding porpoise.

Saturday 28th April – Common whitethroats present in small numbers, lesser whitethroat, 6 scaup drifted east along the river, a swift over the carpark, 3 sedge warbler, reed warbler, house martin, 16 whimbrel and a cuckoo

Friday 27th April – Simon – black redstart 5 wheatear 3 whitethroat 2 lesser whitethroat 9 reed warbler 4 sedge warbler 3 tree sparrow 2 cuckoo 2 yellow wagtail 9 swallow 1 sand martin barn owl little grebe 1 sanderling 6 whimbrel 2 porpoise 1 fox

Sunday 22nd April – Simon – little grebe, 2 sand martin, 2 wheatear, 2 willow warbler, tree pipit over. Brimstone

Saturday 21st April – Simon – 2 shoveller east red kite west 4 whimbrel 110 bar-wit 1 sandwich tern east 1 swallow 1 yellow wag 1 sedge warbler 1 willow warbler 1 yellowhammer 1 terrapin on car park pond. Oddest thing of the day a buck roe deer swimming the Humber – Paul – A few swallows about, 4 or 5 blackcap, chiffchaff, tawny owl near the church, barn owl, 2 cuckoos present, 3 sedge warbler, 2 lesser whitethroat, 2 marsh harrier, 6 mute swans, 2 whimbrel, several hundred grey plover.

Monday 16th April – Whimbrel, drake shoveller again, Arctic tern, marsh harrier and a willow warbler.

Sunday 15th April8 little gulls east, redpoll, drake shoveller, whimbrel, 4 avocet. Peacock and 3 small tortoiseshell on the wing.

Saturday 14th April – Willow warbler, a single siskin over, 2 whimbrel, 90+ common scoter, spotted redshank, barn owl, swallow, Arctic tern, yellow wagtail, water rail, 2 yellowhammer, white wagtail and at the far end of the strays 2 ring ouzel.

Friday 13th April – Simon – sedge warbler, 5 siskin, 1 redpoll, 1 yellowhammer, spotted redshank, water rail, barn owl.

For the 4 days: 6th – 9th April a total of 92 bird species were recorded in the Paull area including 9 species of gull.

Monday 9th April – Yellow wagtail over,a yellowhammer, 2 little ringed plover fed on the far end of the strays for 20 minutes before flying off, 3 swallows, 2 marsh harrier, little grebes on the carpark pond and a peacock butterfly.


Glaucous Gull – Simon

Sunday 8th April – Chiffcaffs and blackcaps singing, 5 pintail, drake shoveller, spotted redshank and a single twite over the lighthouse. Near Hedon Haven – 46 avocet present.


Glaucous Gull – Paul



Saturday 7th April – Single swallow over, little ringed plover briefly, yellow wagtail, nuthatch in churchyard woods, singing chiffchaff and blackcap, calling tawny owl, 30 redwing, 2 avocet, spotted redshank, stonechat, peregrine. Near Hedon Haven – 2 glaucous gulls and a yellow legged gull.


Glaucous Gull – Paul


Glaucous Gull – Paul



Nuthatch – Simon

Friday 6th AprilCommon tern, small numbers of Arctic tern, brent goose, 2 marsh harrier, a total of 8 little gulls east, yellow-legged gull, 2 pintail, tree sparrows, several flocks of golden plover heading east. Ring ouzel and a water rail (Thanks Mike) also recorded.

Sunday 1st April – Paul – 2 little grebe still present on car park pond.

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