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.
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.
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
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
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.