September 2019

Friday 6th September – Simon – A juv Gannett east, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sand, 36 Knot, 1 Arctic Tern west, 1 Wheatear at the Lighthouses

Monday 2nd September – A single sand martin, 2 lesser whitethroat, bullfinch, goldcrest, grey plover, 8 knot, 2 common buzzard.

Sunday 1st September – A small movement of swifts, chiffchaff, willow warbler, a pied flycatcher seen briefly mobbing a tawny owl, 4 shoveller west, a few wigeon, 4 avocet, 50 knot.

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August 2019

Saturday 31st August – 18 turnstone, 3 whimbrel, 3 common swift, 3 whinchat near the lighthouse, 2 sand martin, a osprey drifted north over the river towards Hull.

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Whimbrel – Paul M

Friday 30th August – 228 greylag, 6 Canada geese on saltmarsh, marsh harrier, 4 whimbrel, 2 common sandpiper,  5 curlew sandpiper, 7 avocet. 25 Teal, 1 Wigeon,
1 imm Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-wit, 2 Comm Sand, 11 Knot, 2 Sanderling,
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler & a Coal Tit at the Fort
Also 7 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel & 4 Common And a on Hedon Haven

Monday 26th August – 3 greenshank, 5 black tailed godwit, 9 turnstone, a distant tern, 3 grey heron, yellow wagtail, immature hobby, whimbrel, a few juvenile willow warblers, goldcrest, tree sparrows, reed warbler, coal tit and a smart looking common redstart at the back of the lorry park.

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Turnstone – Paul M

Sunday 25th August – Simon – 1 Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 1 Sandwich Tern west, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spot Fly, 2 Coal Tit at the Fort, Two flocks of Tree Sparrow west (24 & 42). 1 Avocet, 2 Common Sand & 3 Wheatear on Hedon Haven
Also a Stoat and a Wood Mouse at the fort

Saturday 24th August – At least 2 spotted flycatcher, good numbers of common warblers including willow warbler, reed warbler and lesser whitethroat. 6 tree sparrows over, bullfinch, greenshank, 2 reed warbler, a single wigeon, 60+ ringed plover, whimbrel, 5 sandwich tern west, later 10 went east, small flocks of teal, a flock of knot and a common redstart near the entrance to Fort Paull. Also good views of at least 3 brown argus, small copper, emperor dragonfly and a porpoise.

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Brown Argus

Sunday 18th August – 13 turnstone, wheatear, yellow wagtails, marsh harrier, ruff, 4 common buzzard, common swifts, common sandpiper, 2 little egret, sand martin, juvenile Mediterranean gull.

Saturday 17th August – 4 Canada geese past, good numbers of yellow wagtails, green sandpiper calling, juvenile Mediterranean gull, marsh harrier, a tawny owl near the church, good numbers of common swift, a few sand martin.

Friday 16th August – Whimbrel, 30+ common scoter, marsh harrier, black tailed godwits, 12 knot, lesser whitethroat, 2 Mediterranean gulls, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and 4 Canada geese.

Sunday 11th August – Simon – 114 Black-wit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sand, A Yellow-legged Gull on the Strays cut. A Grey Wagtail at the boat yard

Saturday 10th August – Simon – 8 Teal west, 6 Canada Geese west, A Hobby chasing Hirundines near the paddock. A Black-wit and a Bar-wit, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sand. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew east

Friday 9th August – Simon – 12 Teal and 6 Common Scoter west, 57 Black-wit, 2 Whimbrel and a Greenshank. An adult Kittiwake west

Monday 5th August – Simon – 14 Teal west and 32 Common Scoter blogging. A Little Ringed Plover through the Strays at high tide, 30 Black-wit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green and 1 Common Sands. A Ruff and 2 Knot. 5 Arctic Terns flew west. 92 Sand Martin feeding over the Strays at high tide, 25 Yellow Wags, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Lesser Whitethroats

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Simon

Sunday 4th August – Simon – Little Grebe still on the pond, an adult Peregrine and 3 juv Marsh Harriers, 1 Black-wit, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Green Sands, A juv Mediterranean Gull off the lighthouses. 3 Willow Warblers, 13 Tree Sparrows off Paull Holme farm

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Saturday 3rd August – Simon – 1 Little Grebe on Car Park pond, High tide roost on the Strays off Paull Holme farm included: 12 Grey Plover, 50 Black-wit, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, a Ruff and 1 Wood Sand, also 2 Common Sands near the lighthouses, A juv Arctic Tern west, 11 Yellow Wags around, 1 Willow Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Tree Sparrows near Paull Holme farm. A Coal Tit at the Old Vicarage

Thursday 1st August – Simon – still 2 juv  and an adult Sparrowhawk in the Fort Wood, 20 Black-wit, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sands, 2 juv Willow Warblers

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July 2019

Wednesday 31st July – Simon – 26 Teal and 3 Shoveller west, 22 Common Scoter blogging, a juv Peregrine, 18 Grey Plover, 8 Whimbrel, 256 Black-wit, 4 Common Sands, 1 Greenshank, 3 Knot, 43 Arctic Terns east in small groups, 300+ Swifts and 23 Sand Martin south, first juv Willow Warbler of the autumn

Tuesday 30th July – a female shoveller past, 34 teal west, 9 Canada geese, 7 whimbrel, 1 bar tailed and 125 black tailed godwits, knot and a common sandpiper.

Monday 29th July – Common tern, 2 common scoter and a single common tern seen early morning, later 3 common sandpiper, several  whimbrel, 300+ golden plover, 320+ black tailed godwit, 3 bar tailed godwit, turnstone, 4 teal, 5 common scoter and 2 common term east along the strays.

Sunday 28th July – 5 common sandpiper, 2 turnstone,  good numbers of golden plover and black tailed godwits, immature Mediterranean gull, a single avocet, 2 common tern east, 3 Arctic tern west, 70+ common scoter and a brief but close view of a hobby. Migrant hawker on the wing, butterflies included good numbers of gatekeepers, painted lady’s, and small skippers. A juvenile yellow legged gull was also seen briefly.

Saturday 27th  July – 100+ black tailed godwit present, 70+ common scoter, common sandpiper, 3 common buzzard, good numbers of sand martin passing through and good views of a short eared owl along the flood bank.

Friday 26th July – 70 common scoter, 3 sparrowhawk still in the woods, 4 whimbrel, 141 black tailed godwit, 6 greenshank, green sandpiper, 4 common sandpiper, 3 grey plover, 4 turnstone, juvenile Mediterranean gull, 30+ yellow wagtail and 18 species of butterfly including a small copper.

Saturday 20th July – A hummingbird hawkmoth seen in the morning, at least 2 Essex skipper among good numbers of small skippers, common sandpiper, 7 lapwing, 20+ golden plover, 15 teal, 3 marsh harrier, juvenile Mediterranean gull, comma and lots of gatekeepers. A fox also seen.

Friday 19th July – 49 common scoter, sparrowhawk with 2 fledglings, common sandpiper, 7 whimbrel  and a turnstone.

Monday 15th July – 2 young  sparrowhawks  still around nest, 16 redshank, 2 common sandpiper,  greenshank, 2 red breasted merganser west, 150+ distant black tailed godwit, marsh harrier.

Sunday 14th July – Sanderling, 3 bar tailed godwit, black tailed godwit, 2 grey partridge, near the hide 2 Essex skipper, black tailed skimmer, emperor dragonfly, and small red-eyed damselflies.

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Swallow – Paul

Saturday 13th July – at least 3 whimbrel, 2 yellow wagtails, 4 golden plover, 40+ teal, 2 mute swan, 2 little egret, near Paull Farm a hobby.

Monday 8th July – Singing chiffchaff, sand martin, 2 black tailed godwit, 11 redshank, dunlin, whimbrel, 3 little egret on stray’s, 2 grey heron, mallard with 3 chicks, emperor dragonfly, comma, good numbers of small tortoiseshell, and several tatty painted lady.

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Sunday 7th July – 2 juvenile sparrowhawk on nest in the woods, 7 common buzzard viewed together with several more around, curlew numbers on the increase, yellow wagtail, a few sandwich tern past, 3 golden plover,  40+ black tailed godwit, a  single siskin over, lots of ringlets, a single Essex skipper among small and large skippers, comma, male broad bodied chaser near the church, grey seal and a roe deer.

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Roe deer enjoying a swim! – Paul

Saturday 6th July – Lots of common whitethroat families around the site, reed warbler, wader numbers building up but distant, small skipper, 2 large skipper, porpoise and grey seal.

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Whitethroat – Paul

Friday 5th July – A single gadwall west, whimbrel, 3 bar tailed godwit, 168 black tailed godwit, 16 knot, Mediterranean gull, 12 species of butterfly recorded including comma and 1st gatekeeper of the year. Emperor dragonfly also seen.

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June 2019

THE WORK ON THE FLOOD BANK APPEARS TO BE DELAYED AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE LATE SUMMER 2019. STILL NO ACCESS TO POND OR PATH TO THE HIDE

Saturday 29th June – 1 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 1 first-summer Mediterranean Gull
Little Owl perched on the Beverley at the Fort
in the words of Simon………….Hard going

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Digi-scope little owl on aircraft – Simon

Thursday 27th June – A first-summer Mediterranean Gull and 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat. A brood of 8 Shelduck ducklings the first of the year!
Bee Orchids up to 127 flower spikes and a male Emperor Dragonfly chasing Painted Ladys near the fort

Monday 24th June – 2 sand martin over, 11 common scoter east, a single drake tufted duck on the river, 2 reed warbler, lapwing, good numbers of painted ladies, 5+ meadow brown, 3+ small heath, large skippers, common blue and ringlet.

Saturday 22nd June – 4 knot present, more curlew, 3 little egret, Mediterranean gull, yellow wagtail, grey heron, common buzzards, painted ladies, red admiral, 1st ringlet of the year, meadow brown, common blue, large skipper and speckled wood. Numerous bee orchid flowering.

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Speckled wood, Large skipper, Painted lady, Six spot burnet & orchid – Paul

Friday 21st June – Avocet recorded, 2 first summer Mediterranean gulls and a pyramidal orchid.

Thursday 20th June – 3 common buzzard, hobby, sparrowhawk, avocet, lapwing, 4 sandwich terns west.

Tuesday 18th June – A single grey partridge, female marsh harrier, 6 common buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 19 lapwing, 1st returning whimbrel, cetti’s warbler, willow warbler, tree sparrow, 1st meadow brown. Marsh orchid on the strays.

Sunday 16th June – Singing goldcrest, 6+ lapwing, 20+ painted lady, 5-6 red admiral, 3 marsh harrier, good numbers of common buzzards.

Saturday 15th August – A distant Canada  goose on the saltmarsh, 2 turnstone, 5 tree sparrow, avocet, marsh harrier, hobby, sedge warbler, cetti’s warbler near the pond, also 4 spot chaser and emperor. Near the church a QUAIL  flushed before flying nearby into field and vanishing.

Friday 14th June – 2 sanderling, 31 dunlin, 62 ringed plover, 2 tawny owl in the  church, cuckoo at the fort, also a coal tit nearby.

Monday 10th June – 60+ common swifts over, 2 reed warbler, cuckoo, 2 yellow wagtail, a few dunlin and ringed plover.

Sunday 9th June – Lesser whitethroat still present, 3 or 4 common buzzard, cuckoo, 2 grey partridge, yellow wagtail, juvenile Mediterranean gull, butterflies included good numbers of painted lady, red admiral, small heath, 3 or 4 large skipper, common blue, orange-tip and a small tortoiseshell. Now 7 spikes of flowering bee orchid.

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Common blue – Paul

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Mediterranean gull – Paul

Saturday 8th June – Simon – 3 Gannets and 9 Common Scoter flew west, a first-summer Mediterranean Gull on the Strays cut joined briefly at high tide by 4 Sandwich Terns, Barn Owl off Paull Holme farm, 2 Porpoise and a Grey Seal

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Mediterranean Gull – Simon

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Mediterranean Gull – Simon

Friday 7th June – Simon – male Marsh Harrier over the Strays, 3 Avocet, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, the first Blackcap and  Whitethroat fledglings seen, 100+ Rooks at the far end of the Strays. 2 Marsh Orchids at the Church and 6 Bee Orchids at the western end

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Linnet – Simon

Monday 3rd June – a single common scoter past, 2 yellow wagtail, lesser whitethroat, 3 sanderling, 2 juvenile Mediterranean gulls, 2 avocet, marsh harrier, several common buzzard. Butterflies included a few red admiral, large ski

pper, 2 small heath, speckled wood, green veined white and a few common blue. a coulpe of blue tailed damselfy also seen. A few bee orchids flowering on the edge of the strays.

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Bee orchid – Paul

Saturday 2nd June – 5 grey heron, a distant spoonbill flew East, 3 little egrets, butterflies included a brimstone, orange-tip, small heath, 2 large skipper, 2 or 3 common blue.

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Common blue – Paul

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May 2019

Friday 31st May7 sanderling feeding along the edge of the river, at least 8 common buzzards, little egret and a yellow wagtail.

Thursday 30th May – 2 sanderling, bar tailed godwit, marsh harrier, 2 or 3 common buzzard, little egret, 2 displaying lapwing. Simon – 15 canada geese west,1st summer Mediterranean gull briefly off High Paull car park

Monday 27th May – A single Arctic tern east, singing goldcrest and lesser whitethroat around Fort Paull woods, marsh harrier, little egret, 2 common buzzard and several kestrels.

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Great tit – Paul

Sunday 26th May – 4 sanderling, 3 or 4 common buzzard, 14 brent geese, good numbers of grey plover, ringed plover and bar tailed godwits.

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Spider!! – Paul

Saturday 25th May – 20 brent geese present, cuckoo and calling tawny owl

Friday 24th May20 dark-bellied brent geese on edge of the strays

Monday 20th May – Singing chiffchaff, goldcrest, whimbrel, little egret, 2 turnstone, lesser whitethroat, the first hornet of the year seen.

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Meadow pipit – Paul

Sunday 19th May – Greenshank present, whimbrel, Cetti’s warbler still around the pond, 25 reed warbler along the strays, 11 sedge warbler, 2 willow warbler, and 2 lesser whitethroat. 7 azure damselfly seen, a 4 spot chaser, also small heath and common blue.

Saturday 18th May – close views of a marsh harrier, 3 turnstone, grey plover, bar tailed godwit, black tailed godwit, knot, willow warbler, a swift, and lesser whitehroat.

Friday 17th May – 2 lesser whitethroat, chiffchaff, 2 avocet, marsh harrier, good numbers of grey plover, 3 or 4 little egret, marsh harrier and a grey seal seen well.

Monday 13th May – 2 wheatear, 25 ringed plover, 2 whimbrel, little egret, marsh harrier, yellow wagtail, willow warbler and a singing reed warbler.

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Whimbrel – Paul

Sunday 12th May – 2 reed warbler, sedge warbler, wheatear, yellow wagtail, Arctic tern east, 2 buzzards, cuckoo, marsh harrier, 2 turnstone, 3 or 4 common buzzard, a porpoise, holly blue and painted lady.

Saturday 11th May – Cetti’s warbler near pond, 3 lesser whitethroat, at least 10 common whitethroat, 4 little egret, several buzzards, 2 marsh harrier, peregrine, odd Arctic tern and a single little gull east, Arctic skue went eat, 3 wheatear, odd yellow wagtail, 20+ swift, 3 sand martin, 30+ bar tailed godwit, 10 turnstone and 2 holly blue.

Friday 10th May – 2 marsh ahrrier, 7 common buzzard, avocet and a little ringed plover went east through the strays. Also 24 whimbrel, 6 bar tailed godwit, 6 common sandpiper and at least 50 Arctic tern east, 2 common tern, 2 black tern also east and 2 kittiwakes drifted along the river. 40+ swift seen 30+ house martin and 4 wheatear.

Saturday 4th May – Simon – 2 avocet, greenshank dropped onto the strays drain, 1 arctic tern east.

Friday 3rd May – Simon – Immature shag on strays cut, 3 whimbrel, 1 bar-taoled godwit, 80+ grey plover, 4 common sandpiper om Hedon Haven, 208 arctic tern east, 2 wheatear, redd warbler, coal tit.

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April 2019

Monday 29th April – Usual singing chiffchaff and blackcaps, at least 2 lesser whitethroat and several common whitethroats, the first reed warbler in the reeds near the lighthouse, at least 5 sedge warblers singing from roadside ditches, a single willow warbler and the cetti’s warbler still calling near the pond. Also decent numbers of swallows passing through, sand martin, a few yellow wagtails, cuckoo, marsh harrier, wheatear, common buzzard, bullfinch and a short eared owl. near Hedon Haven 3 whimbrel and 2 avocet.

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Lesser whitethroat & wheatear – Paul

Sunday 28th April – A common sandpiper on Hedon Haven, 3 arctic tern east, cuckoo, coal tit and a few swallow and sand martin north.

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Large beefly – Paul

The large bee-fly, (Scientific name: Bombylius majoris) a bee mimic. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs.

Saturday 27th April – a single sandwich tern east, adult kittiwake, short eared owl, singing goldcrest in the woods, our first spring pied flycatcher, more common whitethroats appearing, wheatear, 2 whimbrel, 2 little egret, 3 marsh harrier, a few Arctic terns east, good numbers of sand martin on passage, a flock of bar tailed godwits and a coal tit.

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Whimbrel – Paul

A rather poorly pied flycatcher feeding on the road to Fort Paull, looks like it had picked up a parasite somewhere along its journey

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Pied flycatcher – Peter

Friday 26th April – 4 wheatear present, 8 whimbrel, short eared owl, coal tit, lesser whitethroats and a tree sparrow.

Monday 22nd April – A few swallows with a maximum of 5 seen together, 2 wheatear, several whimbrel, 3 short eared owls along the flood bank towards the hide and a single bird across the river, a distant flock of 11 little gulls, 4 turnstone, odd yellow wagtail, in excess of 130 Arctic tern all heading east, 2 marsh harrier, 2 little egret, 19 bar tailed godwit, 9 black tailed godwit, common buzzard, coal tit, several common whitethroat, 2 sedge warbler, 2 grey partridge and 2 orange tip butterflies.

Sunday 21st April – Sedge warbler and lesser whitethroat seen near BP, near the carpark pond Cetti’s warbler still present along with 4 or 5 sedge warbler, common whitethroat, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 marsh harrier, common buzzard, yellow wagtail, 7 mute swan, odd swallow and sand martin, 2 wheatear, butterflies included 2 or 3 brimstone, holly blue and a small copper.

Saturday 20th April – A cuckoo heard, whimbrel in good numbers, 2 wheatear, singing willow warbler, swallow, sand martin, short eared owl, 8 turnstone, 10 redwing on the paddock, a single redpoll, a common scoter, Cetti’s warbler near the pond, 3 sedge warblers, common whitethroats, good views of a barn owl been mobbed by a kestrel, speckled wood and orange tip butterfly.

Friday 19th April – Good numbers of chiffhcaff and blackcaps singing, tree sparrow, 3 whimbrel, short eared owl, wheatear, a few Arctic tern east, 4 wigeon, swallows, yellow wagtail, 5 redwing, willow warbler, common buzzard, butterflies included brimstone, green veined white, 2 holly blue and several small tortoiseshell.

Thursday 18th April – Simon – 2 common scoter west, 2 avocet west, 3 whimbrel, 1 short-eared owl, 6 swallow, male yellow wagtail, 4 wheatear, 1 whitethroat, cettis warbler, 3 yellow hammer. Lots of peacock, small tortoiseshell, and 1st green-veined whites of the year.

Monday 15th April – very quiet with the continuing north easterlies, just a few singing chiffchaff and blackcaps, little egret and a sparrowhawk.

So quiet it’s another picture of a ship!! The changing face of the Humber Estuary

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Sunday 14th April – Simon recorded 2 little gulls east off Paull village, and a female goldeneye off the lighthouse.

Saturday 13th April – A red breasted merganser seen along river, a pair of bullfinch in the woods, a few teal and wigeon still present, 2 common tern east and small numbers of Arctic terns also east, 3 grey heron, little egret, common buzzard, marsh harrier, a great crested grebe feeding on the river.

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Bullfinch – Paul

Friday 12th April – At least 4 chiffchaff singing and at least 5 blackcaps, 2 bullfinch on the edge of Fort Paull, 5 shoveller on the river, 4 or 5 common buzzard on the Lincs side, marsh harrier, 4 Arctic tern east and a single comic, a single house martin and a peacock butterfly.

Monday 8th April – a single wheatear, 2 sand martin north, singing chiffchaff and blackcap and a tawny owl calling from within Fort Paull.

Sunday 7th April – A distant shag seen on the river, later gave better views as it drifted past going east, drake tufted duck, a short eared owl over the strays, 6 common scoter, marsh harrier, single siskin, coal tit and a swallow.

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Shag – Paul

Saturday 6th April – A distant merlin, 2 marsh harrier, 2 avocet past, wheatear, the first swallow of the year, tree sparrows calling and a tawny owl heard near the church. The cettis warbler was still heard from near the car carpark pond.

Monday 1st April – Singing chiffchaff and blackcap, 2 redwing, odd lingering teal and wigeon, 2 sparrowhawk, 6 avocet and a lovely spring wheatear.

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March 2019

Sunday 31st March – Several singing chiffchaff and blackcaps, 2 marsh harrier, common buzzard, 2 redwing, on the closed cark pond viewed from the edge of the field a little grebe seen and a singing Cetti’s warbler heard a few times. 3 or 4 small tortoiseshell present.

Saturday 30th March – At least 3 male blackcap present, a total of 28 whooper swans seen, chiffchaff, 4 tufted duck on the river, a single brambling in the woods and a porpoise seen

One from Kilnsea Wetlands!!

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Kilnsea Wetlands shenanigans !! – Paul

Monday 25th March – Paul – At least 3 chiffchaff present, a single sand martin went south, 12 turnstone showed well, distant 9 whooper swans, a drake tufted duck east, 4 or 5 common buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 4 lapwing, 2 black tailed godwit and a marsh harrier. 2 small tortoiseshell seen.

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Turnstone – Paul

Sunday 24th March – Simon – tawny owl calling at church, Cetti’s warbler singing briefly at car park pond, 2 chiffchaff, 7 corn bunting, 1 red admiral, 2 small tortoiseshell

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Another wind farm delivery on its way! – Peter

Saturday 23rd March – A total of 15 whooper swans seen, our first wheatear of the year, 2 red kites, at least 8 common buzzard, marsh harrier, 12 pink feet geese, 3 chiffchaff, goldcrest, also small tortoiseshell and a comma.

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Wheatear – Pete record shot!!

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Small tortoiseshell – Paul

Monday 18th March – Paul- 4 common buzzard, marsh harrier, little egret, a flock of 20+ rooks among corvid flock.

Monday 11th March – Paul – 2 common buzzard, small flock of corn bunting.

Saturday 9th March – Paul – 3 fieldfare, redwing and several song thrush in the paddock, Simon recorded 9 corn bunting on the edge of the strays.

Monday 4th March – Paul – Single yellowhammer on stray’s, good views of a hunting marsh harrier, 3 lesser black backed gulls, little egret, common buzzard, several hundred dunlin on stray’s, 20 ringed plover, 9 roe deer on salt marsh, 2 redwing and a fieldfare on the paddock.

Sunday 3rd March – Paul – 2 little egret, singing coal tit, 2 redwing and several song thrush around paddock, 2 common buzzard, a pair of shoveller, 2 lesser black backed gulls, 8 oystercatcher, 8 roe deer, still good numbers of wigeon and a few teal.

Saturday 2nd March – Paul – Small numbers of house sparrow around Fort, several song thrush singing, a total of 11 common buzzard seen from the lighthouse, marsh harrier, lesser black backed gull.

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