Kilnsea Wetlands – 19/02/2019

A bright start with increasing cloud as the day progressed, a gentle to moderate west south-westerly breeze blowing. Maximum temperature around 10 degrees C.

A visit to the Kilnsea and Easington area, the wetlands being the main centre of interest. Started out by checking Easington Lagoons for the long staying Shore Larks Eremophila alpestris, but failed to connect with them. Heading over to the Wetlands eight Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus were present in the field north of the reserve. Two Stonechat Saxicola rubicola were on the fence opposite the car park entrance, and were my first for the year. On the reserve itself 89 Brent Geese Branta bernicla, with good numbers of Wigeon Anas penelope also present. After the Brents departed, the local swan herd dropped in consisting of 29 Mute Swan Cygnus olor, 8 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, plus the single White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons, which has attached itself to this group of swans for most of the winter. A pair of Goldeneye Bucephala clangula were also present, though remained distant. A drive over to Sammy’s Point provided the second year tick of the day, with several Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola out on the mudflats. A third tick for the year was found back in Easington at the Sewage Works, where two Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita were present, no sign of the Siberian Chiffchaff P. collybita tristis.