February 2019


Please see ‘Annual Summary’ tab for a brief summary of 2018 sightings compiled by Paul Martin

Monday 4th – A single avocet on the strays and a hunting barn owl near Paull Farm, 140 greylag, marsh harrier, grey squirrel was the 6th species of mammal recorded over 2 days.


Lapwing – Paul

Sunday 3rd – 11 distant goldeneye, marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine, short eared owl, 3 common buzzard, kestrel and a sparrowhawk all recorded. Yellowhammer flock still present in good numbers, also 20+ fieldfare, mistle thrush, a weasel and a fox.

Saturday 2nd – A single fieldfare, 2 marsh harrier, hunting peregrine, 120+ greylags, Simon had 42 common snipe, a single jack snipe and a flock of 40+ twite around Paull Holme ponds.

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January 2019


Monday 28th January – 2 moorhen on Hedon Haven, 10 roe deer on salt marsh, common buzzard, 6 common snipe, 2 yellowhammer, 3 redwing.

Sunday 27th  January– A single knot flew down the river, hooded crow seen again among corvid flock, several common buzzards seen, a distant harrier, merlin briefly, peregrine and a flock of 69 bar tailed godwit. A fox seen briefly. 100+ pink feet geese seen, 9 roe deer.


Mute swan – Hedon Haven – Paul

Saturday 26th January – 2 bullfinch near Fort entrance, hooded crow seen, good numbers on common buzzard and marsh harriers present, also kestrel, sparrowhawk and a short eared owl. 4 pintail landed on strays, close views of a pale-bellied brent goose, flock of around 30 yellowhammer seen.

Monday 21st January – Quiet with a few common waders present, a hooded crow showed well briefly before flying back to a large mixed corvid flock on the far bank, 30-40 yellowhammers feeding near lighthouse and in scrub.


Record shot of Hooded Crow – Paul

Saturday 19th January – Large numbers of teal and wigeon present, 2 pintail, common buzzard, marsh harrier, peregrine, a single pink feet goose, 70 bar tailed godwit, odd redwing on paddock.

Monday 14th January – Pink feet goose on strays, 30 bar tailed godwit, approx. 20 yellowhammers feeding around lighthouse, a short eared owl on the far bank, marsh harrier and a kingfisher on the main drain. A common seal in the river.


Probable Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul


Probable Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul

Saturday 5th January – 1000’s of golden plover and lapwing around strays, common buzzard, little egret and a hen harrier hunted along flood bank, also a grey heron.

Tuesday 1st January – A couple of fieldfare present, coal tit, 2 yellowhammer, rock pipit, approx.. 2000 lapwing around strays, 12 bar tiled godwit, 1 black tailed godwit, distant merlin, marsh harrier, 10 turnstone and good numbers of pink feet geese heading west.

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December 2018

Not a lot of bird photos about at the moment so a few mood shots!!
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Early morning over River Humber – Pete

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Lighthouse – Pete

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Early morning wader flock – Pete

Sunday 30th December – Paul – 250+ pink feet geese East, 2 yellowhammer and close views of a hunting short eared owl.

Thursday 27th December – 7 yellowhammer present

Monday 24th December – Marsh harrier, common buzzard, little egret, 27 redwing, a flock of 11 yellowhammer.

Sunday 23rd December – Simon – adult Mediterranean gull, 700 pink feet on saltmarsh, peregrine, leucistic lapwing

Saturday 22nd December – Simon – 16 goldeneye, c. 2,000 pink feet, mute swan, 2 marsh harrier, 218 bar tailed godwit, barn owl, short-eared owl, redpoll east.

Friday 21st December – Simon – 2 bullfinch, chiffchaff

Sunday 16th December – 2 marsh harrier, hen harrier, merlin and a peregrine.

Saturday 15th December – Marsh harrier, common buzzard, hen harrier and a single avocet.

Friday 14 December – Simon – female pintail, male goldeneye, hen harrier, 4 marsh harrier, peregrine, merlin, 2 short-eared owl, 6 avocet,

Monday 10th December – 2 marsh harrier, 2 little egret, 30+ goldeneye drifted East along the river.

Sunday 9th December – Paul – At least 3 marsh harrier, interacting with 2 peregrine, also a common buzzard and a merlin seen by Simon. Other then this quiet with good numbers of common waders, little egret and a few redwing around the woods.

Saturday 8th December – Simon – 1 pintail, 1 shoveller, 2 gadwall, 19 goldeneye, 1 ring tail hen harrier, 2 marsh harrier, 1 peregrine, male merlin

Monday 3rd December – Paul – 1000’s of waders on the strays, mainly golden plover but also hundreds of lapwings and good numbers of dunlin. A flock of 40+ pink feet went west, odd redwing around the woods, 2 yellowhammer over and a very vocal chiffchaff near the carpark.

Sunday 2nd December – Paul – 90+ pink feet geese west, a flock of 140+ fieldfare over Fort Paull, odd redwing, 2 rock pipit, small numbers of skylark overhead, little egret and 2 marsh harrier.


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November 2018

Tuesday 27th November – Simon – 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, female Merlin, 30 Fieldfare dropped in, 1 Mistle Thrush in the paddock, 2 Chiffchaff at the Fort
Snow Bunting still present

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Snow bunting – thanks to Roy Lyon

Wednesday 28th November – Simon – 7 Pintail, 3 Com Scoter east, 1 Merlin, 1 S E Owl, 2 knot, 1 Chiffchaff, Also 1 leucistic Lapwing

Monday 26th November – The tame snow bunting still present along the bottom footpath, several flocks of goldenye heading west, 70+ in total, 7 goosander also west, perched merlin and the  still in residence.


Snow bunting – Paul

Sunday 25th NovemberSnow bunting again, 40+ goldeneye west, 2 gadwall past, marsh harrier, odd redwing, bullfinch and a grey seal.

Saturday 24th NovemberSnow bunting still present and showing well, a single avocet, 4 whooper swans east, including 2 juveniles, a female eider drifted past, a distant great crested grebe, large flocks of pink feet geese, marsh harrier, common buzzard, 6 roe deer and a weasel. At Hedon Haven a pair of black redstart showed well, the male in summer plumage.


Black redstart -Paul

Friday 23rd November – Simon – 8 Eider east, 1 Peregrine, 1 Woodcock over the Strays, Ring-neck Parakeet at the paddock, 2 Fieldfare at Paul Fort, 37 Redwing, 50+ Blackbird, 5 Siskin, 1 Snow Bunting on lower riverside path


Snow bunting – Paul

Thursday 22nd November – Simon – 2 male Pintail, 3 Velvet Scoter west, 12 Eider east, 1 Woodcock flying around near the open hide, 1 Fieldfare at the Fort, 24 Redwing + 150 on Hedon Haven, 60+ Blackbird + 40 on Hedon Haven, 1 Chiffchaff at the Fort, 4 Redpoll east, 1 Snow Bunting on lower path but flushed over the river to Lincolnshire by a jogger, Male Black Redstart on Hedon Haven


Black redstart – Simon

Wednesday 21st November – Simon – 1 brent goose, 7 pintail, 2 peregrine, A blackcap with tit flock in Fort wood, 3 siskin, 2 redpoll, 1 snow bunting on lower path from car park

Monday 19th November – A single white-fronted goose landed on the strays, a few redwing and the parakeet still present around the paddock area.

Sunday 18th November – 8 tree sparrow over the fort, a flock of 40+ eider high over the river heading west, stonechat, 2 siskin, woodcock, 6 fieldfare, 12 redwing, peregrine, chiffchaff and a ring necked parakeet over the lighthouse. Another late red admiral seen.

Saturday 17th November – At least 3 woodcock present with a predated bird on a nearby field, 7 shoveller, 4 tufted duck, merlin, 2 brent geese, a guillemot east, 4 yellowhammer, red breasted merganser, a single snow bunting flew past the lighthouse and landed nearby, 4 siskin, 200+ pink feet geese, a flock of 40 common scoter on the river, a single adult kittiwake, buzzard, marsh harrier and a late red admiral. Simon also recorded red throated diver, 21 eider, redpoll, 2 pintail and 12 red breasted mergansers.

Monday 12th November – Woodcock in woods, a flock of 4 yellowhammer present, 2

marsh harrier and 400+ pink feet geese over.


Yellowhammer – Paul

Sunday 11th November – Single goldcrest, 2 common buzzard, 3 marsh harrier, merlin chasing a dunlin, 4 red throated divers east along river, 8 goldeneye west, 2 pintail, 2 redwing, brambling and a roosting tawny owl. A single red admiral also seen.

Saturday 10th November – 4 goldcrest, a siskin over, 2 rock pipit, 2 marsh harrier, common buzzard, merlin, 18 fieldfare, spotted redshank, brambling and a pintail. Highlight was a hunting male hen harrier which gave good views also a red admiral and a peacock.


Hen harrier – Paul

Friday 9th November – Simon – 1 whooper swan, 1 brent goose, 2 pintail, 1 goldeneye, 4 marsh harrier, 1 peregrine, 3 brambling, 1 siskin, 1 bullfinch


Curlew – Paul

Monday 5th November – Paul – A single siskin overhead, stonechat, marsh harrier, common buzzard.

Sunday 4th November – Paul – 2 woodock flushed, 2 marsh harrier, 2 common buzzard, good views of a merlin.

Saturday 3rd November – Paul- First short-eared owl of the autumn, red breasted merganser, 3 marsh harrier, 2 common buzzard, peregrine and a roosting tawny owl.

Friday 2nd November – Simon2 red-breasted merganser west, male merlin, 4 brambling

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October 2018

Wednesday 31st October – Small numbers of redwing and fieldfare, 2 siskin and 2 redpoll over, a single blackcap, marsh harrier, brent goose, a drake goosander west, and good views of a perched merlin.

Tuesday 30th October – Simon – 3 velvet scoter east, great crested grebe east, immature shag east and a kittiwake west.

Monday 29th October – Good numbers of grounded thrushes, especially redwing, aslo 30+ brambling feeding in small flocks around the woods, 2 bullfinch, 2 redpoll, a brent goose on the river and a late red admiral.


Redwing – Paul M

Sunday 28th October – Great day for once which started with very close razorbill flying east from the carpark, at least 23 pomarine skuas mainly off the Hull Marina / BP area, a distant glaucous gull seen several times, the first of 2 puffins seen, 100+ common scoter, 4 brent geese, flocks of goldeneye mainly west, 2 long- tailed ducks, a great crested grebe west, good numbers of immature gannets, red throated divers, including a flock of 3, a kittiwake, at least 5 guillemots, another razorbill sighting, a distant little auk west, a goosanderwest, 500+ fieldfare, 100+ redwing, 27 tree sparrow, bullfinch, marsh harrier,  siskin, yellowhammer, 3 brambling, 2 white wagtails, 3 common darter and a small tortoiseshell. (73 species recorded)

Saturday 27th October – Paul & Simon – A woodcock flew close past the lighthouse also a drake goosander past, goldeneye over the strays, a few common scoter, 40+ kittiwakes, a flock of 18 common snipe and excellent views of a ringtail hen harrier, a guillemot and pintail seen from the carpark.

Friday 26th OctoberRingtail hen harrier over saltmarsh, merlin, pintail and 86 common scoter west.

Monday 22nd October – Paul – Odd siskin, redpoll and brambling over, also small numbers of redwing, goldcrest, 8 black tailed godwit, 1000 + golden plover and a hunting merlin. Near the church 2 red admiral, comma and a hornet.


Comma – Paul M

Saturday 20th October – Dozens of redwing and fieldfare, bullfinch, 40+ brambling, 22 tree sparrow, woodcock, marsh harrier, 4 siskin, redpoll, common buzzard, little owl, tawny owl and a red admiral. Simon recorded a single crossbill low over the lighthouse heading East. Also a red admiral.


Fieldfare – Paul M

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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