Friday 30th October – Great white egret seen by Simon early morning, 3 stonechat, 2 marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, kestrel, little stint, 3 sanderling, redpoll over – updates to follow.
Sunday 25th October – 3 stonechat
Saturday 24th October – Merlin seen early on, regular sightings of pintail with at least 7 birds present, 2 shoveller, 2 marsh harrier, several thousand pink feet geese, an immature gannet, grey wagtail, 200+ fieldfare, a few redwing, short eared owl and a single late swallow.
Friday 23rd October – A flock of 18 whooper swans south, 9 shoveller, 5 pintail, an adult Mediterranean gull, kingfisher, grey wagtail, 5 stonechat, 115 fieldfare, 42 redpoll and a leuistic linnet on Hedon Haven.
Thursday 22nd October – Early on pintail, common scoter on the river, brambling over, 2 marsh harrier over salt marsh, 3 stonechat present, good numbers of skylarks over, 10 whooper swan east, still flocks of field fare on the move, 2 goldcrest and 2 swallows. Also a red admiral and 3 roe deer.
Wednesday 21st October – A crossbill seen again, and at least 48 redpolls over.
Tuesday 20th October – 7 Pintail, Imm. male Merlin, Arctic Skua west, 73 Skylark South, 4 Stonechat, 420 Fieldfare, A Pipistrelle Bat near the Old Vicarage early morning
Monday 19th October – A gannet west, a goldeneye west, 15 common snipe and 2 jack snipe. Also 4 stonechat, a mistle thush, 10 brambling, 3 redpoll and a possible Lapland bunting over.
Sunday 18th October – A flock of 12 barnacle geese flew close overhead to the lighthouse, goldcrest, at least 12 avocet, a short eared owl briefly, calling bullfinch and a marsh harrier.
Saturday 17th October – 25 common snipe, 2 woodcock, 3 redpoll, 2 swallows, chiffchaff, 2 brambling, 8 common scoter west, a flock of 40 + avocets, a peregrine took a dunlin, and 12 pintail.
Friday 16th October – 7 redpoll, 2 brambling and a merlin early morning. Also 7 shoveller, 7 barnacle geese, 2 chiffchaff, marsh harrier, the shag seen again, a late wheatear, 2 bullfinch on the edge of the fort, 3 goldeneye, 2 house martin a drake tufted duck west, a late Arctic tern, and 30+ avocet.
Thursday 15th October – More crossbills seen, 2 brambling, siskin, 2 redpoll, a blackcap, 9 common snipe, goldeneye, a flock of 90+ jackdaw, 6 mute swans, short eared owl, shag, little stint, grey wagtail an immature red kite, a yellowhammer over, 2 common buzzard and a flock of 60+ avocets on the far side. Also common darter, 2 migrant hawker, small white and a peacock.
Updates from Paul & Simon to follow, in the meantime a few pictures, reflecting sightings of huge numbers of redwing & fieldfares, tens of thousands of pink feet, 7 barnacle geese and a record shot of a late wheatear, along with the obligatory skyscapes!
Wednesday 14th October – A gannet went east, approx. 5000 pink feet geese, 3 tufted duck west, a merlin, ruff, little stint, 10 common snipe and another sighting of purple sandpiper. Also little owl, kingfisher, 32 skylark, 10 rock pipit, grey wagtail, 5 stonechat, 794 redwing, 127 fieldfare, 24 song thrush, 2 ring ouzel, chiffchaff, 4 brambling, 3 redpoll and 2 siskin.
Tuesday 13th October – 12 whooper swans passed over, 4,720 pink feet geese, 129 barnacle geese, gadwall, 10 pintail, a goldeneye west, 8 common snipe, 49 stock dove, 55 skylark, a single swallow west, 2,832 redwing over, 963 fieldfare, 7 song thrush, 4 chiffchaff, 3 coal tit, 55 brambling, 7 redpoll, a siskin, a single bullfinch at the fort and 2 yellowhammer.
Sunday 11th October – 136 skylarks over, 21 song thrush, 3,978 redwing, 123 fieldfare, 21 blackbird, 5 tree sparrow, 7 brambling, 5 siskin and 22 redpoll. Also a single wheatear, peregrine, 2 coal tit, 2 swallows, 2 chiffchaff, 30+ avocet across the river, marsh harrier and a couple of common buzzard. A stoat was seen briefly, odd small white present and a comma.
Saturday 10th October – 3,986 Pink-feet, 134 Greylags, 5 Pintail, Marsh Harrier, 70 R-l Partridge, Avocet, 3 Ruff, 77 Skylark, 4 Swallow, Stonechat, 3 Mistle Thrush, 242 Redwing, Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 5 Siskin, 12 Redpoll
Friday 9th October – Early morning produced a grey wagtail, 2 kingfishers, 5 gadwall, a mistle thrush, 3 brambling, 2 siskin and the first of 11 shoveller. Also 2 pintail, small flocks of redpoll, a stonechat, a handful of swallows, 2000+ pink feet geese, 2 or 3 marsh harriers, a flock of 20+ red legged partridge, a hunting peregrine, common buzzard and 2 crossbill over. Later another 5 crossbills over, little stint and a ruff.
Thursday 8th October – Good numbers of common waders with hundreds of dunlin, 20+ grey plover, 160+ lapwing, 11 knot, 4 bar tailed godwit, 3 common snipe and a single avocet. Also 6 swallows, a single house martin, marsh harrier, a yellowhammer over and 4 stonechats.
Sunday 4th October – 3 mute swans across the river, 2 brambling over, a flock of 7 whooper swans east, a few rooks around, goldcrest, redpoll over a few swallows, 2 gannets and 5 pintail. A purple sandpiper showed well, only our second record, 3 mistle thrush over, 2 siskin, 2 brent geese east, 5 more gannets west, chiffchaff, rock pipit, 27 black tailed godwit and good views of a little stint.
Saturday 3rd October – A rainy day produced 19 gannet west, 4 east, 178 wigeon, 95 teal, a little stint, 13 common snipe, 2 rock pipit, 3 sand martin, 3 swallow, 4 house martin, 210 redwing, 34 song thrush, single chiffchaff and brambling, redpoll and yellowhammer also seen.
Friday 2nd October – 5 goldcrest present, calling little owl, 7 avocets seen on the strays, 9 redpoll, a single gannet east, kingfisher, 7 siskin, a tree sparrow, 5 pintail and a brent goose. Later 3 more gannets, 4 common buzzard, a Mediterranean gull west, 20 swallows, a sand martin, 5 stonechats feeding along the stone beach, chiffchaff and a blackcap. Also common darter, red admiral common and 3 species of white seen.
Photos of purple sand and little stint from Simon
Sightings update to follow, a few pictures from a typical early autumn morning, including a record shot of purple sandpiper (hopefully better to follow from Simon)