June 2019


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.


Common blue – Paul


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


Mediterranean Gull – Simon


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.


Wheatear – Pete record shot!!


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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February 2019

Monday 25th February – Paul – 2 yellowhammer, little egret, a single common scoter drifting down the river, feeding porpoise and chiffchaff.
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Chiffchaff – Paul

Saturday 23rd February – 2 redwing in paddock, 8 corn bunting near lighthouse, good numbers of yellowhammers around, 5 shoveller on river, 200+ pink feet geese, 2 knot, 40+ black tailed godwit, goldcrest and 2 tree sparrow.

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Corn Bunting

Saturday 24th February – Simon – Kestrels at nest, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, first lesser black-backed gull of the year, born owl a Paull Holme, ring-knecked parakeet, kingfisher on Hedon Haven,stonechat, tree sparrow, siskin west over village. Small tortoiseshell on Hedon Haven.
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Reed bunting – Paul

Sunday 17th February – Paul – Heard ring-necked parakeet, probable Siberian chiffchaff seen again, stonechat, distant goldeneye, 30+ avocet on near BP.

Saturday 16th February – Paul -Stonechat, oystercatcher, 700+ pink feet going east before dropping on the salt marsh, 2 tree sparrow, a flock of 14 corn bunting, several  yellowhammer, 2 common buzzard and a peregrine.

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Pink feet – Paul

Sunday 10th February – Paul – A drake tufted duck was off the lighthouse for most of the morning, good numbers of dunlin and lapwing, 14 turnstone, 8 bar tailed godwit, a single pink foot goose, singing skylark, 30+ goldeneye, present and with the yellowhammer flock a total of at least 15 corn bunting, the first record since 2005.

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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