With only 2 weeks to go to the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival, the birds are starting to appear! The last few days has seen good numbers of common and scarce migrants coming through and gives you an idea of what you might see over the festival weekend. For daily updates of what’s been seen, see the Spurn Bird Observatory sightings page.
Here are the sightings for Monday 22nd August taken from the SBO sightings page just to give you a taste:
A fantastic arrival today after the rain had eased and with a decreasing wind strength it was a better day for seeing passerines. The highlight was a nice Wryneck along Beacon Lane which gave some nice views and an Icterine Warbler in Canal Hedge which was probably yesterdays bird, but arguably 350 Willow Warbler logged mainly in the Triangle/Beacon lane/Warren area was more impressive (with 100 ringed). The total would no doubt have been much higher had anyone gone down the peninsula to the point which is one of the best areas for them. Other totals were 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 4 Garden Warbler, 17 Spotted Flycatcher and 17 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 7 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 64 Oystercatcher,7 Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 23 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua N, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 100 Sandwich Tern and 1600 Common Tern to roost, 4 Swift and 5 Sand Martin.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, a new day record of 6 Little ringed Plover, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1200 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper and 37 Mediterranean Gull .
Ringing: 1 Swallow, 2 Reed warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 100 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch pulli, 1 Linnet pulli. (116 of 9 species).
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