August 2018



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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March 2018

Friday 30th March – Paul – 2 little grebe, 5 brent geese east, little egret, tree sparrow, avocet.

Thursday 29th March – Simon – little grebe car park pond, spotted redshank, woodcock, water rail, barn owl. 2 porpoise and common lizard. Also, singing chiff chaff and a comma along Paull / Saltend lane.

Monday 26th March – PaulWoodock, common scoter, tree sparrow.


Blue tit – Paul M

Sunday 25th March – Paul –  2 woodcock, 10 goosander on river, 7 avocet, 5 common buzzard, 2 tufted ducks, 200+ pink feet geese, water rail, 25 redwing, spotted redshank, marsh harrier, 3 small tortoiseshell. Over 100 goldfish in car park pond!!!

Saturday 24th March – Paul – 7 turnstone, 30 avocet, barn owl, stonechat, 2 yellowhammer, tree sparrow, redpoll, 28 pink feet geese, common scoter, spotted redshank, water rail.

Friday 23rd MarchSimon – 5 Canada Geese, 3 gadwall, female Merlin, 4 avocet, 1 knot, 2 sanderling, spotted redshank, 84 redwing small tortoiseshell

Monday 19th March – Paul – 2 knot, a single guillemot, 4 avocet. Strangely a small tortoiseshell was seen on the wing in sunshine but only 3 degrees c

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Wigeon – Paul

Saturday 17th March – Paul  – Lesser black backed gull, 2 avocet, Mediterranean gull. Simon also had another Mediterranean gull, 2 pintail, merlin and peregrine.
Sunday 11th March – Paul – 2 rock pipit, short eared owl, barn owl, 6 redpoll, singing yellowhammer, stonechat, goosander off BP jetty. First small tortoiseshell of the year.

Monday 5th March – 8 oystercatcher, 3 common buzzard, short eared owl, barn owl, 50+ pink feet geese, 22 turnstone, 11 brent geese over Stray’s, adult kittiwake East, guillemot East on the river followed by a great crested grebe East, 14 avocet, marsh harrier, tree sparrow.

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Brent geese – Paul

Sunday 4th March – Stonechat, 2 rock pipit, marsh harrier.

Saturday 3rd March – Simon – 2 barn owl, 2 short eared owl. Also 5 avocet on Stray’s, more on the river, good numbers of fieldfare, a few redwing, common buzzard. Pete – woodcock near farm

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February 2018

Saturday 24th February – Drake goldeneye on river, 2 stonechat, 3 common buzzard.

Saturday 17th February – Stonechat, 30 pink feet geese, water rail, 2 redwing, 6 fieldfare.

Saturday 10th February – good views of hunting peregrine.


River View – Paul

Monday 5th February – Paul – Porpoise, 20 redwing, coal tit, 81 bar-tailed godwit, 19 turnstone, good veiws of spotted redshank, good views of a drake velvet scoter   from hide on the river before flying off East, perched merlin, marsh harrier, 4 bullfinch and 2 stonechat.


Linnets – Paul

Sunday 4th February – Paul & Simon – Bullfinch, 10 distant goldeneye, 25 turnstone, 2 common buzzard, 2 mistle thrush, fieldfare, 10 redwing.

Saturday 3rd February – Paul – Flock of 200+ pink feet geese heading West, 6 redwing, spotted redshank.


Wigeon – Paul

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