Friday, 28th October 2016

A Siberian Chiffchaff was today's highlight being found late in the afternoon. It was picked up giving its distinct "peep"  call from some Willow scrub near one of our net rides and was eventually trapped & ringed. The second Black Redstart of the month was seen briefly on the beach this morning.

Offshore
4 Wigeons west, 56 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 3 Great Crested Grebes west, 1 Razorbill west and 8 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
17 Chaffinch east, 3 Greenfinch east and 2 Redpolls east.

Grounded Migrants 
8 Goldcrests, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Chiffchaff, 30 Blackbirds, 7 Song Thrushes, 60 Redwings, 1 Black
Redstart, 1 Stonechat and 1 Brambling.

Others
330 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 75 Golden Plovers, 750 Lapwings, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 155 Turnstones, 80 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats and
26 Linnets.

Ringing
1 Blue Tit and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.
 
 Siberian Chiffchaff

Thursday, 27th October 2016

Offshore
2 Teal west, 27 Common Scoters west, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Guillemot west, 4 Razorbills west and 9 Auk sp. west.

Grounded Migrants 
2 Goldcrests, 3 Song Thrushes and 25 Redwings.

Others
350 Wigeons, 140 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 115 Golden Plovers, 900 Lapwings, 37 Ringed Plovers, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Turnstones, 72 Sanderlings, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 150 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
 Shovelers
 
 Purple Sandpiper

Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Offshore
5 Wigeons west, 46 Common Scoters west, 2 Goosanders west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 7 Great Crested Grebes west, 3 Guillemots west, 1 Razorbill west, 11 Auk sp. west and 1 Kittiwake west.

VisibleMigration
1 Merlin in off, 3 Skylarks south, 16 Chaffinch east, 11 Goldfinch south and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants:
1 Woodcock, 3 Goldcrests, 25 Blackbirds, 7 Song Thrushes and 100 Redwings.

Others 
355 Wigeons, 60 Teal, 5 Shovelers, 1 Bittern seen in flight over the reedbeds at dusk, 5 Little Egrets, 48 Golden Plovers, 750 Lapwings, 37 Ringed Plovers, 29 Black-tailed Godwits, 175 Turnstones, 52 Sanderlings, 180 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Med. Gulls, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Ringed Plover

Med. Gull

Dunlin

Tuesday, 25th October 2016

Another decent day despite the clear bright blue skies! A Richard's Pipit was picked up on call at 09:30 flying high over the vis watch point at Rossall, it called several times then seemed to latch onto a group of seven Skylarks heading east.

In the early afternoon while checking the farm fields for any geese a raptor was seen being mobbed by Corvids as it flew over Amounderness Way - a Red Kite! After doing a quick u-turn and blocking most of the the road it was lost behind Dead Wood.

The other highlight today was the Ob's latest ever Willow Warbler which was trapped & ringed. It looked like an acredula type on plumage and size.

Offshore 
10 Shelducks east, 17 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Gannet east, 1 Razorbill and 16 Auk sp. east.

Visible migration 
43 Pink-footed Geese south, 7 Wood Pigeons south, 108 Jackdaws south, 7 Rooks south, 11 Carrion Crows south, 63 Skylarks east, 1 Swallow east, 118 Starlings east, 2 Tree Sparrows east, 1 Richard's Pipit east, 7 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Brambling east, 44 Chaffinch east, 4 Goldfinch south and 6 Reed
Buntings south.
 
 Skylark

Grounded Migrants
10 Goldcrests, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Song Thrushes, 25 Redwings and 5 Reed Buntings.

Others 
370 Wigeons, 80 Teal, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Red Kite, 600 Lapwings, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, 155 Turnstones, 75 Knots, 160 Dunlins, 1 Spotted Redshank, 600 Redshanks, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Merlin, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets - seen at various sites throughout the day, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Stonechats and 4 Twite.
 
 Stonechat

Ringing
3 Goldcrests, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird and 4 Reed Buntings.
 
 Cetti's Warbler

Willow Warbler

Monday, 24th October 2016

Offshore
11 Common Scoters west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 2 Razorbills and 4 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
67 Pink-footed Geese south, 6 Skylarks south, 22 Starlings east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 5 Meadow Pipits south, 3 Bramblings east, 60 Chaffinch east and 4 Reed Buntings east.

Others 
360 Wigeons, 65 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 90 Golden Plovers, 700 Lapwings, 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechats and 2 Rock Pipits.

Stonechat
 
 Goldeneye

Ringing 
5 Goldcrests, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Wren and 4 Reed Buntings.
 
 Goldcrest

Sunday, 23rd October 2016

Offshore
1 Wigeon east, 31 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 2 Great Crested Grebes east, 2 Guillemots east, 6 Razorbills east and 59 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration:
120 Pink-footed Geese south, 350 Jackdaws south, 3 Skylarks south, 7 Long-tailed Tits south, 14 Starlings east, 7 Fieldfares east, 55 Redwings east, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 7 Meadow Pipits south, 27 Chaffinch east, 3 Linnets south and 4 Reed Buntings east.
 
 Reed Bunting

Grounded Migrants 
5 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 35 Redwings and 1 Brambling.

Others
400 Pink-footed Geese, 400 Wigeons,115 Teal, 6 Little Egrets, 185 Golden Plovers, 38 Grey Plovers, 800 Lapwings, 300 Knots, 53 Black-tailed Godwits,160 Dunlins, 2 Jack Snipes, 24 Snipe, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Stonechats, 32 Linnets and 50 Goldfinch.
 
 Red Admirals

Saturday, 22nd October 2016

A late Yellow Wagtail and the first Snow Bunting of the Autumn flew through this morning, and a Black Redstart was seen during the afternoon.

Offshore
17 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 1 Great Crested Grebe east and 8 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
36 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Grey Heron east, 1 Golden Plover south, 275 Jackdaws south, 14 Rooks south, 20 Carrion Crows south, 8 Skylarks south, 82 Starlings east, 6 Mistle Thrushes south, 1 Yellow Wagtail south, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 3 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit south, 3 Bramblings east/south-
east, 91 Chaffinch east/south-east, 43 Greenfinch east/south-east, 20 Linnets south, 8 Goldfinch south, 1 Snow Bunting west and17 Reed Buntings east/south-east.

Grounded Migrants
12 Goldcrests, 3 Coal Tits, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 75 Redwings and 1 Black Redstart.

Others 
300 Pink-footed Geese, 375 Wigeons, 170 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 4 Water Rails, 120 Golden Plovers, 750 Lapwings, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 160 Turnstones, 135 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Stonechats.

Ringing
2 Wrens, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Redwings, 1 Greenfinch and 5 Reed Buntings.
 
 Fieldfare

Friday, 21st October 2016

Offshore
1 Shelduck east, 28 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great crested grebe and 2 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
510 Pink-footed Geese south, 273 Jackdaws south, 18 Carrion Crows south, 37 Skylarks south, 275 Starlings east, 14 Redwings east, 1 Tree Sparrow east, 3 Grey Wagtails south, 5 Alba Wagtails south, 18 Meadow Pipits south, 8 Bramblings east/south-east, 192 Chaffinch east/south-east, 3 Greenfinch east, 21 Linnets south, 3 Crossbills east, 11 Goldfinch south and 14 Reed Buntings east/south-east.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants 
16 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrushes and 30 Redwings.

Others
300 Wigeons, 55 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 500 Lapwings, 53 Ringed Plovers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Turnstones, 145 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 400 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cettis Warbler and 2 Rock Pipits.

Ringing
1 Wren, 1 Robin and 8 Reed Buntings.

Thursday, 20th October 2016

Highlights today included a Ring Ouzel and a very late Willow Warbler.

Offshore 
25 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Diver west and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration
298 Pink-footed Geese south, 29 Jackdaws south-east, 5 Carrion Crows south, 9 Skylarks south, 74 Starlings east, 165 Fieldfares east, 31 Redwings east, 2 Mistle Thrushes south, 1 Tree Sparrow east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 2 Alba Wagtails south, 37 Meadow Pipits south, 3 Rock Pipits east, 4 Bramblings east/south-east, 98 Chaffinch east/south-east, 9 Greenfinch east/south-east, 6 Linnets south, 12 Goldfinch south, 2 Siskins east and 18 Reed Buntings east/south-east.

Grounded Migrants
30 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes,
60 Redwings and 4 Robins.

Others 
370 Wigeons, 55 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 3 Little Egrets, 375 Lapwings, 58 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Turnstones, 155 Sanderlings, 120 Dunlins, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
 Little Egret

Ringing
5 Goldcrests, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldfinch and 3 Reed Buntings.
 
 Reed Bunting

Goldcrest

Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Offshore
35 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 7 Auk sp. west and 2 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration
16 Whooper Swans south, 345 Pink-footed Geese south, 3 Collared Doves south, 62 Jackdaws south, 25 Skylarks south, 1 Swallow south, 7 Mistle Thrushes south-east, 6 Alba Wagtails south, 56 Meadow Pipits south, 5 Bramblings east/south-east, 93 Chaffinch east/south-east, 7 Goldfinch south, 2 Siskins east, 1 Yellowhammer east and 5 Reed Buntings east/south-east.

 Whooper Swans

Jackdaws

Grounded Migrants:
25 Goldcrests, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 8 Wrens, 25 Blackbirds, 10 Song Thrushes, 55 Redwings, 20 Robins,1 Stonechat and 2 Bramblings.

Others
300 Pink-footed Geese, 280 Wigeons, 75 Teal, 3 Little Egrets, 9 Golden Plovers, 400 Lapwings, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 225 Turnstones,180 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Rock Pipits.

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

Offshore
17 Wigeons west, 1 Teal west, 6 Pintails west, 100 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Shag west, 3 Great Crested Grebes west, 1 Great Skua west, 3 Guillemots west, 4 Razorbills west, 43 Auk sp. west, 18 Kittiwakes west and 17 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration 
12 Redwings south-east, 1 Alba Wagtail south, 7 Meadow Pipits south, 14 Chaffinch south-east, 6
Goldfinch south and 1 Siskin east.

Grounded Migrants 
4 Goldcrests and 1 Song Thrush.

Others
280 Wigeons, 90 Teal, 4 Little Egrets, 27 Golden Plovers, 500 Lapwings, 81 Ringed Plovers, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Turnstones, 255 Sanderlings, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Sanderling
 
 Stonechat

Monday, 17th October 2016

Offshore 
9 Wigeons west, 2 Pintails west, 163 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 5 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 3 Guillemots west, 27 Auk sp. west, 11 Kittiwakes west and 12 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration
2 Golden Plovers west, 1 Merlin in off, 2 Alba Wagtails south, 7 Meadow Pipits south, 6 Chaffinch south-east and 8 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants
4 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrushes, 18 Redwings, 1 Yellowhammer and 20 Reed Buntings - on the beach after a heavy rain shower.

Reed Buntings

Others 
315 Wigeons, 65 Teal, 2 Pintails, 4 Little Egrets, 16 Golden Plovers, 420 Lapwings, 77 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 215 Turnstones, 240 Sanderlings, 120 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Rock Pipits.

Sunday, 16th October 2016

Offshore
21 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Diver west and 3 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
235 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Snipe in off, 9 Redwings south-east, 4 Alba Wagtails south, 16 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit west, 25 Chaffinch south-east, 2 Linnets south, 3 Goldfinch south and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes and 7 Redwings.

Others 
370 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 120 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 16 Golden Plovers, 800 Lapwings, 67 Ringed Plovers, 21 Black-tailed Godwits, 215 Turnstones, 225 Sanderlings, 1 Jack Snipe, 35 Snipe, 3 Med. Gulls, 4 Stock Doves, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Rock Pipits, 80 Linnets, 2 Twite and 150 Goldfinch.
 
 Ringed Plover

Saturday, 15th October 2016

The highlight today was a Hawfinch which was picked up on call as it came in from the east and dropped into the Mount just as it started to rain. The bird was found skulking in dense cover on the east bank where it remained for a couple of minutes before flying off calling to the south. Also another Yellow-browed Warbler was in the Mount this morning.

Hawfinch

Offshore
17 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Visible Migration
1 Short-eared Owl 'in-off', 3 Coal Tits south-east, 6 Skylarks south, 32 Starlings south, 6 Blackbirds south-east, 38 Redwings south-east, 10 Alba Wagtails south, 17 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit south, 7 Bramblings south-east, 74 Chaffinch south-east, 1 Hawfinch - see above, 3 Linnets south, 6 Goldfinch south and 2 Reed Buntings south-east.

Grounded Migrants
1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Goldcrests, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 25 Blackbirds, 20 Fieldfares,
13 Song Thrushes, 70 Redwings, 21 Robins,4 Stonechats, 1 Wheatear and 6 Reed Buntings.

Others
300 Wigeons, 75 Teal, 2 Pintails, 4 Little Egrets, 33 Golden Plovers, 500 Lapwings, 37 Ringed Plovers, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 135 Turnstones, 120 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Sanderling

Ringing
5 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Goldfinch.
 
 Long-tailed Tit

Friday, 14th October 2016

Another Yellow-browed Warbler was found today, this time with a Tit flock in the Water Treatment Works.

Offshore
2 Shelducks east, 3 Wigeons west, 1 Scaup west, 45 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 5 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Guillemots east and 6 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
8 Jackdaws east, 3 Rooks east, 7 Skylarks south, 6 Alba Wagtails south, 25 Meadow Pipits south, 13 Chaffinch east, 3 Linnets south and 3 Reed Buntings south-east.

Grounded Migrants 
12 Goldcrests, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Song Thrushes and 34 Redwings.

Others
220 Pink-footed Geese, 325 Wigeons, 130 Teals, 1 Pintail, 2 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 38 Golden Plovers, 400 Lapwings, 12 Black-tailed Godwits,130 Dunlins,1 Greenshank, 7 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Goldfinch

Ringing
3 Goldcrests, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch and 2 Reed Buntings.
 
 Redwing

Thursday, 13th October 2016

Offshore
1 Shelduck east, 2 Wigeons east, 3 Pintails east, 47 Common Scoters west, 1 Reb-breasted Merganser west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 3 Guillemots east, 1 Razorbill east and 13 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
38 Jackdaws south, 5 Skylarks south, 6 Redwings east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 7 Alba Wagtails south, 38 Meadow Pipits south, 2 Rock Pipits east, 9 Chaffinch east, 3 Greenfinch east, 3 Linnets south, 23 Goldfinch east and 9 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants 
5 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush and 12 Redwings.

Others
275 Wigeons, 115 Teal, 2 Pintails, 6 Little Egrets, 90 Golden Plovers, 800 Lapwings, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 125 Turnstones, 120 Dunlins, 650 Redshanks,9 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Kingfisher.
 
 Wigeon

Wednesday, 12th October 2016

Offshore 
2 Teal west, 46 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 4 Red-throated Divers west & 1 on the sea, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 4 Guillemots east and 17 Auk sp. east.
 
 Red-throated Diver

Visible Migration
56 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 3 Rooks east, 8 Carrion Crows east, 36 Skylarks east/south-east, 65 Fieldfares south-east, 35 Redwings south-east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 11 Alba Wagtails south, 44 Meadow Pipits east/south-east, 2 Rock Pipits east, 1 Brambling east, 15 Chaffinch south-east, 7 Goldfinch east and 5 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants:
10 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 6 Song Thrushes, 57 Redwings, 5 Stonechats and 1 Wheatear.
 
 Wheatear

Others 
325 Pink-footed Geese, 270 Wigeons, 100 Teal, 3 Pintails, 4 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 75 Golden Plovers, 700 Lapwings, 41 Ringed Plovers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 115 Turnstones, 37 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 6 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Cetti's Warbler.
 
 Shoveler

Ringing 
7 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch and 2 Reed Buntings.
 
 Blackcap

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

A very frustrating morning as the potential bird of the Autumn, a Red-throated Pipit, flew straight through! IG was doing a vis count on the embankment by the Obs tower when he heard `peeez` coming from behind (he knew exactly what the bird was as he is familiar with the call from several years birding in Asia). As he turned round the Pipit seemed to be coming from the area around the 16th tee where there were several golfers walking around. It gained height and flew east calling about every three seconds, a distinct thin drawn out `peeez`.Unfortunatley this is the pitfall of regular vis counting on the coast, every so often you pick a rare bird up on call and watch as it flies straight over and off into the distance.There's nothing you can do except forget about it and carry on!

Offshore 
11 Shelducks east, 6 Wigeons west, 2 Teal west, 25 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Diver west and 1 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
117 Pink-footed Geese south, 24 Jackdaws south, 24 Skylarks south, 11 Fieldfares south-east, 3 Song Thrushes south-east, 214 Redwings south-east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 12 Alba Wagtails south, 33 Meadow Pipits south, 22 Chaffinch south-east, 31 Greenfinch south, 4 Linnets south and 3 Reed Buntings south-east.

Grounded Migrants 
20 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 6 Song Thrushes, 75 Redwings, 1 Stonechat and 6 Reed Buntings.

Others
330 Wigeons, 65 Teal, 6 Pintails, 4 Shovelers, 7 Little Egrets, 43 Golden Plovers, 500 Lapwings, 41 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff, 75 Dunlins, 550 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 150 Goldfinch.
 
 Yellow-legged Gull

Ringing
4 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Redwing, 1 Robin and 1 Reed Bunting.
 
 Above is the British race of Goldcrest and below is a 'continental' bird.
Both were trapped and ringed today. The continental bird is noticeably
paler and brighter than our own birds. Note that it is much greyer 
around the head and neck, and the mantle is greener and brighter.