April 2013

29th April 2013 – Moderate W wind & cool – large ♀peregrine, 2 marsh harrier, yellow wagtail, 6 avocet, little egret, swallow, cuckoo 3 whimbrel, tufted duck all from the lighthouse area.

27th April 2013 – Moderate NNW winds & cool – our highest ever total species- 101 for the year up to end of April – was reached with a single arctic tern from the hide. 


Snipe, 2 barn owl, 3 sedge warbler, whitethroat, yellow wagtail, 6 avocet, little egret, swallow, grey heron, greenshank, sandmartin seen along flood bank, greater spotted woodpecker & cuckoo heard on walk from car park to hide. Arctic tern & 60+ grey plover from hide. 3 whimbrel & wheatear in lighthouse area and singing blackcap & willow warbler seen in woods. 

26th April 2013 – first wheatears & whitethroats of the year! 2 wheatear, 2 whitethroat, 2 avocet, blackcap. Fire at Cottingham seen from Paull!

24th April 2013 – whimbrel, little grebeswallow, 3 sandmartin, 28 avocet, 28 black-tailed godwit

21st April 2013 – Moderate southerly winds. chiffchaff, 2 whimbrel, blackcap,  little grebeswallow, sandmartin, 3 redwing. Peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies

20th April 2013 – Light southerly winds. 6 avocet, 3 chiffchaff, whimbrel, blackcap, 6 jay, 3 comic tern, little egret, buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 3 greater spotted woodpecker, 4 yellow wagtail, sedge warbler, grey heronswallow & tawny owl in churchyard.


15th April 2013 – Moderate southerly winds. 4 Swallows and barn owl over main stray

14th April 2013 – Strong southerly winds. Yellow wagtail, little egret and 2 canada goose over strays. A flock of around 40 redwing & fieldfare seen in paddock near Fort Paull. A emergence of common toads is thought to have taken place with several seen around the car park and dead on the roads

13th April 2013Southerly winds and warmer. Yellow wagtail, chiffchaff and a flock of around 400 redwing and fieldfare seen around car park and  Fort Paull area. Barn owl over main stray and 27 avocet on avocet (middle) lagoon. Black-tailed godwit and turnstone on river from lighthouses. Porpoise in R. Humber from hide.

7th April 2013 – Winds turned briefly to the south but still cold! A sandwich tern seen flying E along the river was our earliest ever sighting at Paull. 6 avocet, 16 twite, 3 little egret, 10 turnstone and grey heron from lighthouses area. A woodcock landed in the scrub next to Fort Paull and was later disturbed and flew off heading North. Red-legged partridge, 2 yellow hammer and chiffchaff seen around Paull Farm along with 3 roe deer. A flock of 40 chaffinch flew over the car park pond area and the water vole was seen along the ditch from the pond.

6th April 2013 – Northerly and cold! A pair of little grebes on car park pond, buzzard over south bank of river and a snipe over strays. Rock pipit from lighthouses and 4 avocet at Saltend. Rookery spotted on south bank so can now tick rook, a bird not seen every year at Paull!

For an update on bird numbers please see records sent in by Roy Lyon for 21/03/13 – thanks Roy

1st April 2013 – persistent easterly and still very cold! A pair of little grebes on car park pond, 500 bar-tailed godwit from hide on R. Humber and 91 avocet on Avocet Lagoon. Barn owl over Paull Farm

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3 Responses to April 2013

  1. leo lion says:

    hi Pete My last couple o visits have been uneventful

    Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:51:25 +0000 To: itsabirdthing@hotmail.co.uk

  2. leo lion says:

    Hi again Pete. Sorry for lack of contact lateley. Ta as ever for a loveley blog. Great to hear of the Avos on the Strays. Paull holme Sands 210313: One Peregrine, 500 Curlew, 2000 Golden Plover, eight Shelduck. 5 Turnstone, One Ringed PLover. Paull Holme Strays 210313: c10 Meadow Pipit, two Shelduck. Saltend 210313: two Red-head Goosander, 83 Avocet, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Knot, 60 Redshank, 300 Curlew, 380 Shelduck. 600 Dunlin.

    Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:51:25 +0000 To: itsabirdthing@hotmail.co.uk

  3. Leo lion says:

    Re Tawny. taa lads. I havent got quick time on my PC at mo. Viewed vid yest on friends i phone. What a bird. Well earned!

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