September 2020

Sunday 20th September – A single ruff recorded, a little stint, a common swift, a redpoll west, a kingfisher and a juvenile stonechat was on Hedon Haven.

Saturday 19th September – A few siskin around the fort, several chiffchaff, 3 redpoll, a single common scoter and 5 common swift over the strays.

Friday 18th September – Little stint present, a single pintail in with a wigeon flock, a distant wheatear, 2 lapwing over, 100’s of black tailed godwits on the other side of the river, 2 common buzzard, marsh harrier and a common whitethroat. A wood mouse was also seen.


Thursday 17th September – A calling coal tit, 2 swift over the fort, 6 blackcap, jackdaw, 2 common snipe over, a single curlew sandpiper among good numbers of common waders with 67 knot included. Also a greenshank calling, yellow wagtail, 30 teal west, avocet, at around 11.30 a honey buzzard along with 3 common buzzard drifted over the strays heading along the river towards Cherry Cob, a green sandpiper was also seen in flight.

Saturday 12th September – In the morning 19 siskin over, hobby, common scoter, 41 Canada geese, a shoveller and 4 swift over. Also several chiffchaff present, willow warblers,  2 pintail, 2 redpoll over, lesser whitethroat and 13 red admiral.

Friday 11th September – A pintail west with 200+ teal, 46 pink feet geese west, a hybrid snow goose/barnacle?, 42 avocet east with 23 on Hedon Haven, 11 snipe west, 3 curlew sandpiper, a common sandpiper, 6 swift over and a juvenile stonechat on Hedon haven.

Thursday 10th September – 3 redpoll over, also a few siskin, a pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, coal tit, lesser whitethroat, a single pintail on the river, 14 pink feet geese over, greenshank, marsh harrier, reed warbler, a stonechat, curlew sandpiper, little stint and a hobby over the fort.

Wednesday 9th September – Singing chiffchaff, a grey wagtail, 2 siskin over, 3 curlew sandpiper, among butterflies a single comma.

Sunday 6th September – Early on a grey wagtail, a tree pipit over Paull village, ruff, peregrine and siskin over. Willow warblers and chiffchaffs present, a calling bullfinch, possible little owl calling from the fort, 2 swift, 2 avocet, a few teal and wigeon, 3 common buzzard, a marsh harrier and a common scoter.

Saturday 5th September – Curlew sandpiper and little stint seen, 3 siskin and a tree pipit over, a spotted flycatcher near the Fort entrance, willow warblers and chiffchaffs, 2 sand martin and 2 red throated divers west, a few swifts, 30+ knot, hobby over the river, pintail, a merlin perched on the saltmarsh, hundreds of black tailed godwit on the far side of the river, a little stint, 3 common buzzard and 2 lesser whitethroat.

Friday 4th September – A close common buzzard, 2 siskin overhead, 100+ house martin around the lighthouse, decent numbers of swifts, curlew sandpiper and 9 avocet.

Wednesday 2nd September – 35 Wigeon present, 2 avocet, a whinchat, a kingfisher, on Hedon Haven 3 curlew sandpiper and a greenshank.

Tuesday 1st September – 500+ greylags, 3 avocet, green sandpiper, little stint, 4 tree sparrow, 7 sanderling, curlew sandpiper and a stoat.

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August 2020

Monday 31st August – A couple of siskin over, 2 lesser whitethroat, chiffchaff, good views from the lighthouse of several knot, little stint and a curlew sandpiper. Also 3 or 4 common buzzard, yellow wagtails, teal and wigeon. The pond had emperor dragonfly, 2 migrant hawker and at least 14 common darter.


Sunday 30th August – A spotted flycatcher and garden warbler were seen early doors, later several swifts over, reed warblers still present, 8 turnstone, 3 marsh harrier, good numbers of lesser whitethroats, willow warbler, 3 greenshank and a hobby across the strays.

Saturday 29th August – 12 sanderling off the lighthouse, a distant spoonbill, 2 curlew sandpiper, little stint, yellow legged gull, 1000+ golden plover, 20+ common scoter, 8 pintail west, a peregrine, several bar tailed and black tailed godwit and a Arctic Skua causing mayhem over the river and strays.

Friday 28th August – The awful conditions produced 2 fulmar over the strays, a brent goose, 7 avocet, 2 sandwich tern, teal, wigeon and 20+ common scoter. Later 4 common sandpiper were present along with 3 sanderling and 2 curlew sandpiper.

Thursday 27th AugustSTOP PRESS! Today Paul recorded his 200th species on the patch with our fist sighting of Purple Sandpiper near the lighthouse and then again on the rocks near the white lighthouse along with a small flock of turnstone. Also had good views of male and female peregrine, marsh harrier, curlew sandpiper, little stint and large flocks of golden plover. A kingfisher was seen briefly on the pond, also a wheatear. Other bits included green sandpiper, a grey wagtail, 10 common snipe and 5 avocets among a total of 17 wader species recorded.

Digiscope record shots of purple sandpiper

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A couple of skyscapes

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Wednesday 26th August – A whinchat and 2 marsh harriers were present.

Sunday 23rd August – Willow warblers everywhere with odd chiffchaff, at least 3 pied flycatchers, a minimum of 3 spotted flycatcher, lesser whitethroat, a small flock of redpoll, tree sparrows, a siskin heard, yellow wagtails, single wheatear and whinchat. Good numbers of waders with whimbrel still present 1000+ golden plover 4 knot and a single sanderling. A peregrine went through, 2 great white egrets drifted slowly over the strays and saltmarsh and a spoonbill fed across the river.

A selection of pictures from Paul including; convulvous hawkmoth, pied flycatcher, mute swan, tortoishell and painted lady.


Flycatcher pictures from Simon

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Saturday 22nd August – Simon had 3 redpoll over the fort, Sean located a very vocal pied flycatcher which showed a couple of times in the morning, a few sand martin in among the swallows and house martin, still good numbers of swifts passing through, 14 turnstone, 30+ black tailed godwit, 2 common buzzard and a convulvous hawkmoth was a first for us at Paull.

Friday 21st August – A whimbrel, 4 turnstone, yellow wagtails, a sandwich tern east, 3 Arctic terns east, 5 teal, marsh harrier, a Arctic tern west, 5 pintails went west before returning later and landing on the strays.

Wednesday 19th August – 3 redpoll over the fort, reed warbler, 7 snipe, 1 sandwich tern east, common sandpiper, a calling green sandpiper, 5 little egret, 4 avocet on the strays, 4 comic tern went inland, 2 lesser whitethroat, marsh harrier and a calling greenshank.

Sunday 16th August – A juvenile Mediterranean gull seen, good views of a little stint feeding among a good mix of common waders, common sandpiper, green sandpiper and greenshank all present along with 100+ black tailed godwit, 2 common tern, 13 knot, a great skua went west, lesser whitethroat, 3 sandwich terns, more terns passing through and a flock of 20+ common scoter.

Saturday 15th August –  7 teal, grey and golden plover, common sandpiper, greenshank, marsh harrier, a peregrine, at least 3 lesser whitethroat, little ringed plover, a Mediterranean gull, also juvenile yellow legged gull, avocet, a flock of 300+ greylags went past, 6 common tern, 4 avocets on Hedon Haven.

Friday 14th August – A common sandpiper seen, 21 common scoter west, marsh harrier,  a great skua west, a curlew sandpiper seen well and a yellow legged gull drifted past.

Wednesday 12th August – A porpoise seen off the carpark, a very tame mute swan present, 14 teal west, 2 whimbrel, 9 little egret together, 10 comic tern east, and a lesser whitethroat. Good numbers of butterflies which included small copper and holly blue.

Sunday 9th August – 2 distant spoonbill started the day well, several whimbrel, 4 knot, a ruff, 190+ black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwit, 11 common sandpiper, 40+ golden plover, turnstone, greenshank, 41 oystercatcher (record numbers along the coast), little egrets, grey heron, a few common terns east, 3 sandwich terns east, another 4 west, several flocks of teal. Also a hobby over the fort, a common crossbill over, 2 close tree pipits flew close overhead, a yellowhammer, also a few warblers including willow warbler, chiffchaff, common whitethroat, blackcap and one lesser whitethroat, 2 buzzards. At least 2 grey seals present and 3 porpoise.

A selection of photographs from Paul including: whimbrel, goldfinch, dunlin & turnstone


Saturday 8th August – Early morning produced 2 little ringed plover, fox and a stoat. A spoonbill was on the strays, whimbrel, greenshank, green sandpiper, a whinchat along the strays, 3 common buzzard, on the pond emperor dragonfly, small red eyed damselfly and common darter. Around the fort willow warbler, blackcap and lesser whitethroat.

Friday 7th August – Along the strays ruff, 3 greenshank, 2 Mediterranean gulls, 70+ black tailed godwit, 2 lesser whitethroat, 4 knot, 11 teal, yellow wagtails, 3 whimbrel, 3 heron, common tern west, a common snipe, 5 little egret, 5 lapwing, 60 redshank, 60 common scoter, sandwich terns, marsh harrier, another Mediterranean gull, 90+ golden plover, 14 jackdaw, 3 turnstone. On the pond at least 40 small red eyed damselfly, 3 emperor dragonfly, ruddy darter and a broad bodied chaser.

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Red-eye damselfly – Paul

Thursday 6th August – Sean recorded a Mediterranean gull, 36 black tailed godwit, also 3 turnstone, lapwing, at least 3 whimbrel, 80+ redshank, a grey plover, small numbers of sandwich terns, 2 sand martin, 20+ flock of teal, marsh harrier, common sandpiper and 2 avocets on the far side. Around Hedon Haven saw 2 more common sandpiper, a sedge warbler and a adult peregrine near the nest box at BP.

A couple of pictures from Paul from a bit further afield, white letter hairstreak at Danes Dyke



Imm. Common darter – Paul


Migrant hawker – Paul

Sunday 2nd August – Juvenile peregrine seen on a nest from Hedon Haven, 4 green sandpiper, a fox at the fort again, marsh harrier, a hobby, still chiffchaff feeding 2 chicks, 2 willow warblers and 2 lesser whitethroat.


Short winged cone head – Paul

Saturday 1st August – First migrant hawker of the year on the edge of the fort, 100+ golden plover, 3 black tailed godwit, yellow wagtail families, 2 roe deer, 2 marsh harrier, small flocks of teal west, whimbrel, 2 green sandpiper, buzzard, a sanderling, a distant hobby, 2 red kites on the other side of the river, buzzard and 2 mute swans.

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July 2020

Friday 31st July – A singing song thrush in the woods, 2 Arctic terns east, later 2 sandwich terns east, several whimbrel, 5 common scoter, 2 avocet, yellow wagtails, 18 golden plover, 2 sand martin, 2 common buzzard, a lizard briefly, and near the hide the first juvenile wheatear of the ‘Autumn’.

Monday 27th JulyA very pleasant surprise for Simon today as he had good views of a otter in Hedon Haven after a fruitless morning at Paull, a first for Simon and for the area as far as we are aware.


Sunday 26th July – 2 turnstone, a few whimbrel, 30+ redshank, 3 dunlin and a marsh harrier. A single small red eyed damselfly was on the pond and butterflies included good numbers of small skipper and gatekeeper along with small heath, comma and common blue.

Saturday 25th July – A juvenile marsh harrier, green sandpiper over the village, 6 whimbrel, 2 bar tailed godwit, 1 black tailed godwit, a common tern south, 2 sand martin, 8 yellow wagtail, a single emerald damselfly was reported on the pond by Africa Gomez.

Friday 24th July – A singing chiffchaff, very close views of a turnstone, whimbrel, a close peregrine, 2 ringed plover, 6 redhsank, 50+ mallard, 4 teal, 25 black tailed godwit, common buzzard, 10+ gatekeeper.

Wednesday 22nd July – 5 little egrets, 4 greenshank, 6 dunlin, a distant flock of 300+ black tailed godwits and a golden plover.

Sunday 19th July – Sean recorded a hobby, lesser whitethroat and a fox in the morning, later 14 avocets were seen, whimbrel, 20+ golden plover, 4 grey heron, 3 little egret, 20+ redshank, yellow wagtail, 4 common buzzard and 4 kestrel.

Saturday 18th July – Early morning produced 2 greenshank, siskin and a goldcrest a calling little owl, Mediterranean gull, a juvenile peregrine buzzing a curlew, 3 tufted dick west, common scoter, 200+ black tailed godwit, 2 golden plover, 3 teal west and glimpses of a garden warbler.

Sunday 12th July –  From Paul – BATH WHITE butterfly feeding near to the path leading up to the lighthouse. Thought to be a first for Yorkshire and possibly an Eastern race, which would be a first for the UK. Unfortunately this can only be determined by DNA tests, either way a superb find! Still a singing chiffchaff, 3 bar tailed and 3 black tailed godwits,  8 redshank, and 2 grey heron, 5 common buzzard, 2 yellow wagtails, good numbers of butterflies including comma, holly blue. 


Saturday 11th July –  Good numbers of yellow wagtails, single avocet, black tailed godwit, common scoter, Arctic skua west, 20+ dunlin, marsh harrier, common buzzard, 200+ golden plover, 7 redshank, 3 knot, little owl at the Fort, 2 siskin over, singing willow warbler, around the pond small red eyed damselfly in small numbers, good numbers of small skippers with at least 4 Essex skipper.


Essex Skipper – Paul


Essex Skipper – Paul


Small skipper – Paul

Friday 10th July – A Ruddy Shelduck was present from 8.35am to 9.50am at least, feeding along the edge of the river and drifting slowly eastwards towards Cherry Cobb. A good selection of waders also present including 4 whimbrel, 81 black tailed godwit, mainly still in summer plumage, 2 common sandpiper, 2 green sandpiper, and 4 avocet. Also full adult Mediterranean gull, odd tern past, 2 stoats, grey seal, gatekeeper and Essex skipper.


Grasshopper – Paul

Thursday 9th July – Close views of a eclipse drake eider, a single sandwich tern east, 12 black tailed godwit, whimbrel, lapwing and a few sand martin among good numbers of house martin and swallows.

Wednesday 8th July – Quiet with a singing chiffchaff, family groups of common whitethroat, a lesser whitethroat and plenty of singing sedge and reed warblers. Also coal tit, good numbers of swifts, 2 whimbrel, 16 black tailed godwit, 3 redshank, 3 little egrets, marsh harrier and a common buzzard. Also good views of 2 stoats and a grey seal.


Ringlet – Paul

Saturday 4th July – Sean recorded a hobby in the morning, also Simon recorded 200+ black tailed godwit, Mediterranean gull, whimbrel, 2 marsh harrier, lapwing, avocet, sand martin, cuckoo, 9 little egret, good views of a little ringed plover, singing willow warbler and 2 flocks of siskin, 29 in total.

Friday 3rd July – from Simon – Waders starting to filter back with: 1 Bar-wit & 112 Black-wit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sands, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Avocet, 36 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 63 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, Best of the rest a Brent Goose, 3 Gadwall, a 1st summer Med Gull,  2 Common Tern. Great views of a Mole in the Fort wood, pictures below.

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Thursday 2nd July – A grey wagtail over, common scoter, 2 common buzzard, 2 bar tailed godwits, 7 black tailed godwit, 2 common sandpiper, whimbrel, turnstone, 14 avocet, Mediterranean gull, 2 little gulls and a stoat.

Wednesday 1st July – Walked to Cherry Cob without success for the red-footed falcon, saw 2 cuckoo, several yellow wagtail, greenshank and 4 little egret.

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June 2020

Sunday 28th June – Singing chiffchaff, 2 Arctic tern, 6 comic tern, a single golden plover, hundreds of swifts constantly passing through, a sand martin, common buzzard and a common scoter.

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Marsh orchid – Paul

Saturday 27th June – Simon recorded 4 teal west, 2 common scoter, 2 grey plover, 70 black tailed godwit, 2 bar tailed godwit, a greenshank, a ruff, 6 dunlin, 2 Mediterranean gulls, 1 yellow legged gull, a siskin and 158 swift south.

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Whitethroat – Paul

Friday 26th June – Coal tit, 2 Arctic tern, a kittiwake east, drake eider west, 2 grey seal, greenshank, 2 dunlin, a hobby, 6 common scoter, stock dove and on the edge of the pond 2 mating black tailed skimmers. Later a singing goldcrest was seen.

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Stock dove – Paul

Thursday 25th June – A siskin over, coal tit, whimbrel, 4 little egrets, singing willow warbler and a black tailed skimmer defending territory on the pond.

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Azure damselflies – Paul

Thursday 11th June – Simon had a siskin, another little ringed plover and a flock of 20+ teal early morning, later a flock of 5 drake eider flew west and a single tufted duck. Also an unseasonable wheatear was near the lighthouse, a singing chiffchaff, 2 sand martin and a few swifts.


Tuesday 9th June – Simon recorded 6 common scoter, 3 greenshank, around the pond common darter, common blue damselfly and a marsh orchid. Also the first meadow brown of the year.

Sunday 7th June – 2 little ringed plovers on the strays, 6 bee orchid, 3 spotted orchids, the BP peregrines with at least 2 young birds.

Thursday 4th June – 16 house martin past, yellow wagtail, 5 grey plover and a marsh harrier.

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May 2020

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Sunday 31st May –  Knot, whimbrel, yellow wagtail, willow warbler, several buzzards, the juvenile little grebe on the pond, a mallard with 2 young chicks and nearby a pair of oystercatcher with 3 chicks. Also 2 emperor dragonfly, 4 spot chasers and a few damselfly, butterflies included large skipper, common blue and small heath. Simon recorded 3 sandwich terns on the edge of the river,

pictures of meadow pipit in flight and first large skipper

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Thursday 28th May Paul – 2 or 3 whimbrel, good views of a cuckoo, 40+ bar tailed godwit, a single sanderling, 2 siskin over, yellow wagtail, lesser whitethroat and very close views of a stoat family.

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Wednesday 27th May – Paul – 6 brent geese still present, 8 Canada geese, a common scoter , 2 little ringed plovers, 2 sanderling, 18 knot, turnstone, 2 whimbrel, 44 bar tailed godwit, black tailed godwit and a kittiwake east.


Monday 25th May – 30+ kittiwakes past in the morning, 2 yellow wagtail, 2 lesser whitethroat, a small flock of brent geese still present, cuckoo, 2 common buzzards, good views of a peregrine, 2 willow warbler, 2 comic terns, turnstone, good numbers of butterflies including common blue, small heath and large skipper. On the pond a single juvenile little grebe, 3 four-spot chasers and good numbers of azure damselfly with odd blue tailed damselfly.

Sunday 24th May – 3 or 4 little egret, a few grey plover, whimbrel and a probable little ringed plover flew past.

Saturday 22nd May

Mute swan from Paul.


Thursday 21st May

Good flocks of small waders, bird of the day was an arctic skua flying east over the river. Cuckoo, little egret, kestrel and good numbers of both common and lesser whitethroat.

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The Paull Teddy bear has a baby!


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March 2020

Wednesday 25th March – Little grebe showed well for Simon on the car park pond, a water rail, 62 redwing, 2 fieldfare, and a kingfisher near Saltend roundabout on the drain. Also brimstone, 2 comma, small tortoiseshell and toads at the car park pond.

Monday 23rd March – Several chiffchaffs singing, at least 4, a tawny owl calling from the firs a the back of the lorry park,  a tree sparrow at the fort entrance, marsh harrier, 3 avocets and 2 common buzzard.

Sunday 22nd March3 kingfisher on the drain near Saltend roundabout, singing chiffchaff, 32 avocets, grey heron, grey seal,  a barn owl on the Lincs side, 2 common scoter on the river, 4 or 5 common buzzard, marsh harrier, a little grebe heard on the carpark pond, and the 2 bearded tits showed again.

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Kingfisher – Paul

Saturday 21st March – Quieter with 2 avocets, 3 common buzzard, marsh harrier, a tree sparrow, little egret and a grey heron.

Friday 20th March – A brambling at the fort, 2 kingfishers at Saltend roundabout, and a single redwing.

Monday 16th March – 4 mute swan on the river, 2 chiffchaff, 2 avocets, marsh harrier, common buzzard, 11 pink feet geese and 2 bearded tits in the drain feeding in reeds along the strays near the steps, the first spring record.

Saturday 14th March74 whooper swan west, 11 pink feet geese south, 2 pintail, 3 goldeneye, 2 marsh harrier, 51 avocet, 41 bar tailed godwit, 3 black tailed godwit, 3 knot, a kittiwake east, later another 3 kittiwake east, 2 shoveller, 2 common scoter and a hen harrier showed well hunting across the strays.


Hen harrier – Paul

Friday 13th March – 6 shoveller, a water rail calling in the back ditch, 800+ grey plover, 208 bar tailed godwit, 6 knot, 63 common snipe, short eared owl and a chiffchaff.

Monday 9th March – 2 common buzzard, good numbers of singing skylarks, a knot, 8 avocets and a couple of bees on the wing.


Red-legged partridge – Paul

Sunday 8th March – Still good number of wigeon present but teal and lapwing much reduced, a distant whooper swan on the river, 9 shoveller, marsh harrier, common buzzard, 2 mute swan, grey heron and a goldcrest.

Saturday 7th March – A flock of 37 whooper swan on the river drifting east, 2 shoveller, a mute swan, 4 common buzzard, 3 marsh harrier, a hen harrier across the strays, 4 redwing in the paddock and 10+ roe deer.

Friday 6th March – The morning produced a tree sparrow, a kingfisher on Hedon Haven, a yellowhammer and a small tortoiseshell, later in the day there were 6 barnacle geese on the strays and a flock of 28 common gull in the field near the pond.


Barnacle geese – Paul

Sunday 1st March – Coal tit in the woods, 3 whooper swans east, 30+ avocet on the far bank, at least 4 marsh harrier seen , common buzzard, several hundred pink feet geese, 2 rooks crossed the river.

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February 2020

Saturday 28th February – a 1000+ pink feet geese seen, a male tufted duck and 8 avocets along the river, 2 knot, 68 common snipe and a barn owl.

Saturday 22nd February – Small numbers of bar and black tailed godwits, a barn owl briefly and at least 10 roe deer.

Monday 17th February – 24 turnstone, large numbers of teal and wigeon, 600+ pink feet across the river, more lesser black backed gulls passing through and 5 roe deer. Unfortunately there has been no recent reports of the long staying snow bunting

Sunday 16th February – Simon recorded 84 bar tailed godwit, 33 common snipe, 120+ rook, 3 barn owl, 2 marsh harrier and 4 pintail.

Saturday 15th February – Early sightings included 3 oystercatcher and a hen harrier across the strays, also a few black tailed and bar tailed godwits, grey plover, 10+ turnstone a nice male stonechat and several lesser black backed gulls seen.

Saturday 8th February –  2 hares seen, common buzzard, kestrel, 3 marsh harrier, barn owl and good views of a merlin. Also 3 grey heron a flock of pink feet geese and off Hedon Haven 2 grey seal.

Sunday 2nd February – 2 singing song thrushes, bar tailed and black tailed godwits, marsh harrier, little egret, 4 grey plover, 10 fieldfare and 3 hunting barn owls and the snow bunting again.

Saturday 1st February3 marsh harrier recorded in the morning, the snow bunting again, a common snipe, 2 common buzzard and at least 11 roe deer.

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January 2020

Monday 27th January – A flock of 6 black tailed godwits still present, reasonable numbers of bar tailed godwits, 2 knot, a barn owl hunting along the strays, common buzzard, l2 little egret, 2 coal tit and from the hide another 20 black tailed godwit and a single oystercatcher east. The resident snow bunting was in its usual feeding area.


Snow bunting – Paul M


Name the waders! – Paul M


Naval flyover! – Paul M

Saturday 25th January – A goldcrest and long tailed tits in the woods, 5 turnstone, 10 knot, at least 22  black tailed godwits appeared, hundreds of distant pink feet geese, a single drake shoveller and good views of a merlin.

Monday 20th January – 2 rock pipit, marsh harrier, buzzard, several flocks of pink feet geese (250+), common snipe, little egret, hunting barn owl and the ever present snow bunting.

Sunday 19th January – 3 common buzzard, at least 4 kestrels, sparrowhawk, 2 marsh harriers, hunting barn owl, the snow bunting showed well, a skylark singing briefly and a single singing corn bunting, good numbers of rook, grey heron, turnstone and knot present with good numbers of common waders.

Saturday 18th January – A single redwing in the paddock, 2 barn owls (Simon recorded 6 including one on he Lincs side) snow bunting, 3 common buzzard, short eared owl, 2 marsh harriers, 70+ bar tailed godwit, 7 turnstone and a single brent goose on the strays.

Monday 13th January – 2 bullfinch, 2 flocks of pink feet geese totalling nearly 200, little egret, barn owl, marsh harrier, common buzzard, redwing, coal tit, brief views of a water rail and the snow bunting still in its favourite spot.

Sunday 12th January – Long tailed tits, 2 goldcrest, barn owl, 2 rock pipits, good numbers of bar tailed godwits, odd knot and the snow bunting again.

Saturday 11th January – Snow bunting still near the pump house along the flood bank.

Sunday 5th January – Marsh harrier, 14 yellowhammer near the riding school, snow bunting still present, good numbers of rooks, 5 roe deer, little egret and a short eared owl.

Saturday 4th January – Calling bullfinch, 2 yellowhammer, the snow bunting showed well, 3 shoveller, sparrowhawk and a barn owl on the other side of the river. Simon also recoded a hunting barn owl, 2 mute swan and a flock of 40 red legged partridge.

Wednesday 1st January  – A goldeneye went west along the river, 3 yellowhammers on the edge of the strays, a woodcock flew along the hedge next to the Riding School, the snow bunting is still present,  a large corvid flock included at least 3 rooks, 2 grey heron, 2 common buzzard, a flock of 12 corn bunting, marsh harrier, 2 short eared owls and 2 knot and a flock of fieldfare were all seen (60+ species recorded).

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December 2019


Tuesday 31st December – Simon – Snow bunting still present, 14 corn bunting, 2 water rail, yellowhammer, male merlin, 2 barn owl, 3 short eared owls and a fox seen near the hide.

Monday 30th December – 14 fieldfare, 3 avocet on the strays, 10+ goldeneye on the river, 12 bar tailed godwit, common buzzard, rock pipit, turnstone, coal tit a luiestic lapwing and the snow bunting again feeding on the edge of the flood bank past the riding school.

Sunday 29th December – Simon – 2 pintail, adult Mediterranean gull along the river, snow bunting, and a flock of 11 corn bunting.

Saturday 28th December – Simon – Snow bunting again in its usual area near the pumping station along the flood bank, 11 corn bunting along the far side of the strays, 4 yellowhammer and a barn owl.

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A few pictures of a snow bunting present near the pumping station for the past few days, a bit distant and poor light but reasonable record shots. December updates and review of 2019 to follow.

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Friday 27th DecemberTawny, barn, little and short eared owls all recorded by Simon, mainly early morning, 2 marsh harrier, 2 yellowhammer, 12 goldeneye, common buzzard and 2 rock pipits present.

Monday 23rd December – 6 knot, marsh harrier, 7 roe deer, 2 stoats fighting and a snow bunting all seen.

Saturday 21st December – an early start from Simon produced sightings of short eared, tawny and little owls. Also a flock of 6 yellowhammer seen, a snow bunting seen well near the pumping station, otherwise quiet.

Friday 20th December – Simon – A nice flock of 7 pintail in the wigeon flock, a tawny owl, 6 fieldfare and a redwing.

Sunday 15th December – 8 cormorant, marsh harrier, grey heron, little egret, 2 or 3 redwing and a yellowhammer by the Riding School.

Saturday 14th December – A few bar tailed godwit and a single black tailed godwit present, also grey plover, 3 yellowhammer, marsh harrier and 3 bullfinch, Simon also recorded peregrine, 30 common scoter and goldeneye.

Saturday 7th December – Bullfinch around fort area, 3 bar tailed godwits, marsh harrier, little egret, 80 common snipe, 2 little egret, a perched merlin and a first for Paull, if not the prettiest, an Egyptian goose flew east over the strays before heading south across the river.

Sunday 1st December – Hunting marsh harrier, 2 common buzzard, avocet, 40+ common snipe, 3 yellowhammer at the village end of the strays, stonechat, another yellowhammer on the far side of the strays, a kingfisher, 2 goosanders west and good views of a juvenile hen harrier hunting over the main strays.

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November 2019

Pond Car Park is now open but, whilst access to flood bank can be made, the final path and route is yet to be completed. 

Saturday 30th November – Stonechat, yellowhammer, 100+ common snipe, 3 common scoter, knot and a greenshank.

Monday 25th November – Good numbers of teal, wigeon, lapwing and golden plover seen, also 12 turnstone, 110 pink feet geese feeding in the fields, 3 yellowhammer over, water rail calling near Paull Holme Farm and 13 avocet on Hedon Haven.

Sunday 24th November – 50 to 60 common snipe pushed off the strays by a sparrowhawk, 3 knot, grey plovers, 5 rock pipit, grey wagtail and a snow bunting over the strays. Simon saw a smart male black redstart on Hedon Haven.

Monday 18th November –  4 yellowhammer on near end of the strays, 10 turnstone, a brent goose west, 18 ringed plover, common buzzard and a bullfinch.

Sunday 17th November – A few redwing and fieldfare seen, 60+ avocet on the strays, goldcrest, 14 turnstone, 7 knot, 20+ goldenye, a shag flew past, 2 pintails and a coal tit.

Saturday 16th November – 20+ redwing, fieldfare, 40+ common snipe, marsh harrier, 400+ pink feet geese, at least 3 roe deer and 2 stoats fighting. A Slavonian grebe showed reasonably well flying east before settling on the river.

Friday 15th November (Simon) – 6 brent geese west, a red breasted merganser, 32 goldeneye, 121 avocet, 53 knot, spotted redshank, woodcock, 3 redpoll, siskin, 4 bullfinch, a flock of 80 jackdaw and a juvenile pomarine skua west.

A couple of pictures from Roy Lyon of the black redstart at Hedon Avon, thanks Roy.



Sunday 10th November – 10 tree sparrow, goldcrest, siskin, bullfinch, 7 shoveller, marsh harrier, 50+ goldeneye, 3 redwing.

Saturday 9th November – 4 yellowhammer, stonechat, a grey squirrel, grey seal, a great crested grebe on the river, 3 auks east, juv common scoter, buzzard, marsh harrier, tree sparrows, 26 fieldfare, 2 rock pipits and 2 or 3 water rails calling from the ditches. At Hedon Haven 70+ avocets present.

Tuesday 5th November Simon – The black redstart re-appeared on Hedon Haven, 3 goosander, 22 common scoter, 4 goldeneye, 2 siskin.

Monday 4th November – Paul – 4 rock pipit, odd siskin over and a single redpoll, also a late greenshank.

Sunday 3rd November- Paul – Goldcrest in woods, a few fieldfare over with odd redwing, coal tit, male blackcap and at Hedon Haven 50+ avocet and a grey wagtail. Also a merlin on the far side of the strays, migrant hawker and 2 common darter.

Friday 1st November Simon – A male black redstart on Hedon Haven, red breasted merganser, 25 common scoter, 103 avocet, spotted redshank, woodcock, 4 marsh harrier.

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Paul the Teddy Bear!

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Paul the Teddy Bear!

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