Saturday, 1 August 2015

Early August 2015

Access to Gibraltar Point
 Following the tidal flooding in December 2013, the Visitor Centre, CafĂ© and Toilets have been closed.
 Refreshments and temporary toilets are available in the Visitor Centre Car Park.
 Car Parks are closed overnight.
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August 5th. Around were a Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper and 180 Black-tailed Godwit. Going south were 60 Swift and 11 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: singles of Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Linnet, Blackbird and Kingfisher; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock and 2 Wren.

Kingfisher, ringed 5 August 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
August 4th. Birds around included a Montagu's Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 2 Hobby, a Merlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 27 Greenshank, 185 Lapwing and 129 Black-tailed Godwit, a Brent Goose, 50 Common Tern and 3 Whimbrel. On Jackson's Marsh were 14 Spoonbill, and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Spotted Redshank, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone. Heading south were 2500 Swift and 8 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 14 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Wren, 2 Blackcap, a Swallow and a Garden Warbler; and 5 retrap Whitethroat.

Garden Warbler, ringed 4 August 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
August 3rd. Moderately strong southerly wind.
 Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Green Woodpecker, a Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel. On Jackson's Marsh were 15 Spoonbill, 3 Common Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank, and on Tennyson's Sands a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Spotted Redshank and 16 Greenshank. Flying south were 35 Swift and 8 Swallow.
 A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided just a new Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

August 2nd. Birds around included a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, 9000 Sanderling and 9250 Dunlin. On Tennyson's Sands were 9 Spoonbill, 12 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and 103 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Jackson's Marsh a Green Sandpiper. Going south were a Wood Sandpiper, 55 Swift, 120 Sand Martin and 140 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 18 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, a Robin and 2 Swallow; and 10 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Linnet, 3 Dunnock, a Wren, a Great Tit and a Blackcap.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in 66 new birds and 20 retraps. The new birds were 26 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Dunnock, 5 Linnet, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Whitethroat and singles of Wren, Blackcap, Robin, Magpie and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The retraps were 8 Great Tit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and singles of Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Wren, Linnet and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Willow Warbler, 2 August 2015.
Waders at high tide, 2 August 2015.
Waders on falling tide, 2 August 2015.
August 1st. Near the Wash Viewpoint were 2 Bee-eater until 0930hrs, when they flew off west. On Jackson's Marsh were 16 Spoonbill, and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Spotted Redshank, a Ruff and 12 Greenshank. Around were a Montagu's Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Wheatear, 17 Yellow Wagtail, an Arctic Skua and 10000 Knot. Heading south were 50 Sand Martin, 220 Swallow and 11 Whimbrel.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 15 new birds: a Wren, 3 Willow Warbler, a Robin, 5 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Yellow Wagtail and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 2 Wren, a Linnet, 3 Whitethroat and 2 Great Tit.

Colour-ringed Little Egret, 1 August 2015.
Photo - Stua
rt Ainsworth
Despite the lowest water levels for some years it is encouraging to see Little Grebes continuing to rear young; 1 August 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Late July 2015

July 31st. On Tennyson's Sands were 9 Spoonbill, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Greenshank and a Little Ringed Plover, and on Jackson's Marsh a Spoonbill and 27 Black-tailed Godwit. Around were a ringtail Montagu's Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 500 Golden Plover, 10 Siskin, 13 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Willow Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, a Green Woodpecker, 150 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Sandpiper and a Corn Bunting. Flying south were 6 Crossbill and 3 Whimbrel.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Meadow Pipit, a Linnet, 3 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, 3 Linnet, a Wren, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat.

July 30th. On Jackson's Marsh were 14 Spoonbill, and on Tennyson Sands a Little Ringed Plover. Birds around included a Peregrine, a Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harriers, a Short-eared Owl, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel. Heading south were 3 Swift, and north a Pomarine Skua.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 34 new birds: 3 Wren, 3 Willow Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, a Robin, a Blackcap, 3 Swallow, a Greenfinch and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Wren and a Woodpigeon.
 The ninth session of CES was done by Mike Polling this morning. The 20 new birds were 4 Wren, 8 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Great Tit, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 12 retraps: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, a Great Tit, a Wren and a Dunnock.

Multiple growth bars on the tail of a Meadow Pipit, ringed 30 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellow Wagtail, ringed 30 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 29th. At various sites on the reserve were 13 Spoonbill. Around were a Red Kite, a Green Woodpecker, a Marsh Harrier, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whimbrel. On Tennyson's Sands were 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank and 3 Little Ringed Plover, and on Jackson's Marsh a Green Sandpiper.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 16 new birds: 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, 6 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Skylark and 2 Woodpigeon; and 6 retraps: 2 Linnet, 3 Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

Juvenile Skylark, ringed 29 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 28th. Quite strong south-westerly wind, with some early morning rain.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 13 Spoonbill, 70 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank, and on Tennyson's Sands a Little Ringed Plover and 9 Black-tailed Godwit. Birds around and offshore included 3500 Sandwich Tern, a Black Tern, a Green Woodpecker and a Short-eared Owl. Flying south were 35 Swift.

July 27th. Light rain on and off.
 Around various sites on the reserve were now 13 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 26 Greenshank, 84 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Ringed Plover, 530 Curlew and a Spotted Redshank. On Jackson's Marsh were a Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank, and on Tennyson's Sands a Snipe and a Mediterranean Gull. Offshore were 2000 Sandwich Tern, 29 Gannet and 13 Arctic Skua. Going south were a Raven (rare here), 25 Kittiwake, 47 Gannet, 22 Whimbrel, 70 Knot, 12 Turnstone, 3 Siskin and 2500 Swift.

July 26th. Flying onto the estuary were 8 Spoonbill. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Little Ringed Plover, 87 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank and 8 Greenshank. Around were a Montagu's Harrier, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1500 Sandwich Tern and 4 Arctic Skua. An adult Grey Partridge accompanied 2+ small chicks on Storm Ridge. Heading south were a Siskin, 15 Sand Martin and 12 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 23 new birds: a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and 5 Greenfinch; and 14 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 3 Linnet, 3 Wren, a Great Tit, a Blackcap and 3 Whitethroat.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in 49 new birds and 22 retraps. The new birds were 29 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird and singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The retraps were 7 Great Tit, 6 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler.

July 25th. Strong north-westerly wind with rain until early morning.
 On Jackson's Marsh was a Green Sandpiper and 42 Black-tailed Godwit, and on Tennyson Sands 9 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 2 Whimbrel.
 Below are some photographs taken on the Bird Walk by Stuart Ainsworth.

Summering Pink-footed Goose, 25 July 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 25 July 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Fox with juvenile Moorhen. Fox activity on Tennyson's Sands has wiped out most of the breeding waders and gulls this year.
Photo - Nige Lound
July 24th. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Spoonbill, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint and a Green Sandpiper, and on Tennyson's Sands 6 Sandwich Tern. Birds around included a Little Gull, 27 Greenshank and 6 Whimbrel.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 10 new birds: 3 Wren, a Blackcap, 4 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit and a Whitethroat; and 7 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Wren, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Linnet.

July 23rd. On the water bodies were 13 Spoonbill, a Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and 2 Spotted Redshank. Around were a Marsh Harrier and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 16 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, a Robin, 2 Linnet, a Blackcap, a Reed Bunting, a Dunnock and a Kingfisher; and 8 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and 2 Dunnock.

Kingfisher, ringed 23 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 22nd. On Jackson's Marsh were 12 Spoonbill and 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Birds around included 2 Siskin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Arctic Skua, 29 Greenshank, 130+ Little Tern and 2 Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: a Treecreeper, 3 Wren, 4 Linnet, a Reed Bunting and 3 Whitethroat; and 10 retraps: a Wren, 5 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, a Dunnock and a Linnet.

July 21st. On Jackson's Marsh were 12 Spoonbill, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 60 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff and 2 Common Sandpiper. On the shore were a Roseate Tern and a Black Tern. Around were a Montagu's Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull and 27 Greenshank. Going south were 44 Whimbrel, 460 Knot, 500 Sand Martin and 2000 Swift.
 Numbers of Little Egret continue to build up on the Jackson's Marsh roost. A newly-arrived juvenile Spoonbill food-begged and was fed by an adult.
 The eighth session of CES was done this morning. The 18 new birds were 5 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 3 Wren, a Reed Warbler, 2 Great Tit, a Chaffinch, a Whitethroat and 4 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Willow Warbler, a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and 2 Chiffchaff.

Roseate Tern, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Nige Lound
Roost of Little Egrets (and 2 Grey Herons) on hedge near Jackson's Marsh, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Food-begging juvenile Spoonbill being fed by adult, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Food-begging juvenile Spoonbill being fed by adult, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Food-begging juvenile Spoonbill being fed by adult, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Food-begging juvenile Spoonbill being fed by adult, 21 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Mid July 2015

July 20th. On Tennyson's Sands were 10 Spoonbill early morning, some of which flew to and from Jackson's Marsh and the estuary later. Birds around included the first-summer Hen Harrier, 3 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 58 Black-tailed Godwit and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 10 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Swallow; and 8 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Dunnock, 3 Wren, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Linnet.

Little Egrets on hedge next to Jackson's Marsh, 20 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Black-tailed Skimmer, 20 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
July 19th. Rain until mid morning.
 Flying onto or on Jackson's Marsh were now 12 Spoonbill, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank. On Tennyson's Sands were 22 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Ruff and 85 Black-tailed Godwit. Around were a juvenile Peregrine, a Kingfisher, 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. Heading south were a Whimbrel, 241 Swift and 50 Swallow.

Pine Hawkmoth, 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Rosy Footman (very scarce here), 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Small Emerald, 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Blackneck (very scarce here), 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Blue-bordered Carpet, 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Burnished Brass, 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
Burnished Brass, 19 July 2015.
Photo - Sam Wilson
July 18th. Flying from Tennyson's Sands to Jackson's Marsh were 10 Spoonbill and a Curlew Sandpiper. Remaining on Tennyson's Sands were 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Ruff and an adult Mediterranean Gull (red ring with white PLY5). Birds around included a Hen Harrier, a Montagu's Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Turtle Dove and a Whimbrel. Flying south were 350 Swift, 30 Whimbrel and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 3 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Swallow, 2 Dunnock and a Greenfinch; and 5 retraps: 2 Wren, a Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat.
 A White-letter Hairstreak was in West Dunes north of the Sycamore Plot.

Little Tern, 18 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Montagu's Harrier, 18 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Montagu's Harrier, 18 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Spoonbills, 18 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
July 17th. On Tennyson's Sands were 10 Spoonbill, 12 Greenshank and 2 Spotted Redshank, and on Jackson's Marsh 22 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper. Around were 2 Montagu's Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Arctic Tern, 200 Little Tern, 5500 Sandwich Tern, 100 Common Tern, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Siskin, a Bullfinch and 2 Green Woodpecker. Going south over land were 2237 Swift, 200 Swallow, 153 Sand Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Hobby. Moving offshore were 43 Oystercatcher, 206 Whimbrel, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 1136 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 4 Golden Plover, a Ruff, a Manx Shearwater and 2 adult Little Gull.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 43 new birds: 4 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcap, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, a Reed Warbler, 5 Dunnock and 14 Greenfinch; and 15 retraps: 2 Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, a Reed Warbler, a Wren, a Blue Tit and 2 Chaffinch.
 Shorebird Warden, Richard Doan, recorded 101 species of bird on the reserve today.

July 16th. In the estuary were 2 Spoonbill. Other birds around included a Green Woodpecker and 30 Swallow. Heading south were 2 Siskin and 2 Sand Martin..
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 16 new birds: 3 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Blackcap, a Reed Bunting, a Great Tit, 2 Swallow, 3 Dunnock and a Cuckoo; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock and 2 Wren.
 In the Sanctuary 3 pulli Skylark were ringed.
 Butterflies included 2 White-letter Hairstreak in West Dunes north of the Sycamore Plot.

Juvenile Cuckoo, ringed 16 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
White-letter Hairstreak, 16 July 2015.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
July 15th. Soggy start.
 Now 2 Quail were singing north of the reserve in the morning. A Honey Buzzard flew north over the West Dunes at 12:00hrs. Around were 2200 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Tern, 228 Little Tern and a Whimbrel.  One of the Sandwich Tern was a juvenile ringed recently in the Netherlands. On Tennyson Sands were 61 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank,a Spotted Redshank and 2 Ruff, and on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff. Flying south were 17 Curlew and 30 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 14 new birds: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit and 4 Dunnock; and 8 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Wren and a Robin.
 A Sea-watching Event is scheduled this afternoon from 1730-1930hrs for those interested in participating.

July 14th. Birds around included a Montagu's Harrier. A Quail sang north of the reserve early morning. Going south were 2 Swift.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 57 new birds: 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 4 Great Tit, 4 Sedge Warbler, a Linnet, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Chaffinch, a Reed Warbler, a Blue Tit, 13 Dunnock, 11 Greenfinch and a Woodpigeon; and 21 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Wren, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Dunnock, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, a WillowWarbler and a Woodpigeon.

July 13th. A Quail was heard singing on the saltmarsh before dawn. Also around were an adult Mediterranean Gull and 350 Sandwich Tern. On Tennyson's Sands were a Spoonbill, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff and 20 Black-tailed Godwit, and on Jackson's Marsh 9 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were 55+ Siskin, 47 Curlew and 2 Swift. In off the sea came a Short-eared/Long-eared Owl.
 A female Ghost Moth was found on part of the Heligoland trap.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 3 Linnet and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: singles of Whitethroat, Linnet and Dunnock.

Treecreeper, ringed 13 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Female Ghost Moth, 13 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 12th. Birds around included a Cuckoo and 350 Sandwich Tern. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff and 11 Black-tailed Godwit, and on Jackson's Marsh 20 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank. Flying south were 120 Swift.

July 11th. Around were 150 Sandwich Tern, 1+ Arctic Skua, 2 Common Scoter, 45 Swallow and 2 Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff and 12 Black-tailed Godwit, and on Jackson's Marsh a Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were 2 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Woodpigeon; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Wren, a Dunnock and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Early July 2015

July 10th. Birds around included a Hobby, 6 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, a Corn Bunting, a Marsh Harrier, 1+ Arctic Skua, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel. On Jackson's Marsh was a Spoonbill, and on Tennyson's Sands were a Spotted Redshank and 23 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 8 Crossbill, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Swift and 4 Curlew.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, a Great Tit, a SedgeWarbler, a Reed Bunting and a Cuckoo; and 5 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and a Dunnock.

Cuckoo, ringed 10 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Cuckoo, ringed 10 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 9th. Soggy start after overnight rain.
 On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Ruff. A lone Snipe was on Jackson's Marsh. Around were a Jay, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Cuckoo and a Whimbrel. Going south were 120 Siskin and 3 YellowWagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Blackcap and a Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: singles of Lesser Whitethroat, Wren, Whitethroat and Blue Tit.
 The seventh session of CES was done this morning by Mike Polling. The 32 new birds were 3 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a SedgeWarbler, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Blue Tit, a Linnet, a Robin, a Reed Warbler and 2 Dunnock; and 12 retraps: 3 Wren, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, a Great Tit and a Dunnock.

July 8th. Birds around included a Green Woodpecker, a Jay, a House Sparrow (scarce here), a Whimbrel and a Greenshank. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Spoonbill, a Greenshank, 20 Black-tailed Godwit and a presumed first-summer ('portlandica') Common Tern. Going south were 146 Siskin, 24 Curlew and 30 Swift. Many Siskins are moving now, months earlier than usual.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: 4 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Siskin and a Linnet; and 5 retraps: a Linnet, a Wren and 3 Great Tit.

Presumed first-summer ('portlandica') Common Tern, 8 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Presumed first-summer ('portlandica') Common Tern, 8 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
 
Spotted Redshank, 8 July 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Siskin, ringed 8 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 7th. Moderately strong south-west wind, with rainy spells.
 Around were a Greenshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit and 2+ Whimbrel. Heading south were 1200+ Swift and a Curlew.
 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 4 new birds: singles of Wren, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock and Woodpigeon; and 6 retraps: 4 Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Linnet.

Woodpigeon, ringed 7 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort, 7 July 2015. Almost all Ragwort is being pulled and burned here, since it is an invasive plant poisonous to livestock.
Photo - George Gregory
July 6th. Flying south were 2 Spoonbill, 41 Curlew and 67 Swift. On Tennyson's Sands was a Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank and 2 Spotted Redshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Blackcap, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Whitethroat and Wren.

July 5th. Birds around included 2+ Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: a Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Great Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 3 retraps: singles of Lesser Whitethroat, Dunnock and Wren.
 A very disappointing morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent produced just a new Dunnock and a retrap Blue Tit.

July 4th. Thunderstorm very early morning, then calmer, warmer and drier.
A Great White Egret flew over East Dunes towards the west. Around were a Montagu's Harrier, a Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spotted Redshank, a Ruff and a Kingfisher.
 A storm-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Great Tit and a Linnet; and 7 retraps: 5 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Wren.

July 3rd. Birds around included 3 Siskin, 3 Turtle Dove, a Cuckoo, a Greenshank and a Grey Heron. Heading south were 7 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Wren, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 5 Great Tit, a Whitethroat, a Wren and a Dunnock.

July 2nd. A Spoonbill flew onto Tennyson's Sands, where were 2 Spotted Redshank and a Ruff later. Around were a  Mediterranean Gull, 2 Hobby and a Treecreeper. A Whimbrel, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 265 Swift flew south.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, produced 23 new birds: 3 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and 5 Starling; and 6 retraps: a Wren, a Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Whitethroat.
 At a nest 5 pulli Swallow were ringed.

July 1st. Heading north were 35 Swift. Offshore were 11 Eider and an Arctic Skua. A Mediterranean Gull was on the beach late pm.
The sixth session of CES was done this morning. The 30 new birds were 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Wren, a Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, a Blackcap, 10 Great Tit, a Linnet, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blackcap, a Barn Owl and 3 Whitethroat.

Barn Owl, retrapped 1 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Late June 2015

June 30th. Birds around included a Grey Heron. On Tennyson's Sands was a Ruff. Flying south were 3 Swift and 17 Curlew.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 19 new birds: 2 Wren, 3 Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Linnet, 6 Whitethroat, a Chaffinch, a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Song Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 4 retraps: 2 Dunnock and 2 Great Tit.

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 30 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 29th. Around was a Hobby. On Tennyson's Sands were a Sandwich Tern, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Ruff. Going south were a Grey Heron, 9 Curlew and 24 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 16 new birds: a Wren, a Treecreeper, a Blackcap, 5 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, 4 Dunnock and 2 Starling; and 7 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Great Tit and a Dunnock.

Spotted Redshank with Redshanks, 29 June 2015.
Photo - Philip Millns
Spotted Redshank with Redshanks, 29 June 2015.
Photo - Philip Millns
Viper's Bugloss, 29 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 28th. Rainy spells in morning.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Spoonbill. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 5 Curlew and 120 Swift,
 Several Little Tern have been feeding in a lagoon east of Mill Hill, for those keen to see this species.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 6 Wren, a Robin, a Great Tit and a Barn Owl; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Great Tit and 4 Whitethroat. It is unusual for a Barn Owl to be caught in a mist net.

Little Tern over lagoon east of Mill Hill, 28 June 2015.
Photo - Philip Millns
Barn Owl, ringed 28 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 27th. A Nuthatch (rare here) was trapped and ringed in East Dunes. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Spoonbill. Birds around included a Hobby. Flying south were 2 Sand Martin, a Lapwing, 3 Curlew and 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 18 new birds: a Treecreeper, 2 Whitethroat, a Robin, 3 Great Tit, a Linnet, a Nuthatch, a Dunnock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Starling and a Cuckoo; and 3 retrap Great Tit.
 An adult Sedge Warbler was also trapped, but its legs were swollen by calcification or infection, and therefore it was released unringed.


Nuthatch, ringed 27 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
First-summer male Cuckoo showing retained juvenile feathers in wing, ringed 27 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Sedge Warbler with legs swollen by calcification or infection, released unringed 27 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 26th. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill and 2 Spotted Redshank. Flying south were 95 Swift.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Robin and 2 Blackcap; and 4 retraps: a Great Tit, a Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.
 One of the newly-ringed Blackcap was an adult male, with worn wings and tail, which also had a large brood patch. This feature in adult males is sometimes seen in various species, though, of course, it is generally a feature of brooding adult females.

Large brood patch on adult male Blackcap, 26 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Adult male Blackcap with large brood patch, ringed 26 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 25th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill and 2 Spotted Redshank. Around were 3 Siskin. Going south were 80 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, produced 13 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Linnet, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock and 3 Great Tit; and 14 retraps: a Dunnock, 4 Great Tit, a Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, a Goldfinch and a Wren.
 In the Sanctuary 3 pulli Little Tern were ringed.
 A check of the Barn Owl nest revealed a retrap adult male, and 2 well-fed pulli, at 360g and 320g, which were ringed. The food store consisted of an entire vole and an entire mouse, and remains near the nest included an adult Skylark's wing.

June 24th. On Tennyson's Sands were the 4 Spoonbill and a Kingfisher. Birds around included 4 Siskin, a Green Woodpecker and a Jay. Heading southwest were 20 Swift, and south 7 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 7 new birds: a Wren, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 13 retraps: a Blue Tit, 2 Linnet, 5 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.
 In the Sanctuary 2 pulli Little Tern were ringed.

Noisy juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 24 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 23rd. The 4 Spoonbill moved to Jackson's Marsh. On Tennyson's Sands was a Spotted Redshank. Around was an unseasonal Fieldfare. Flying northwest were 240 Swift.
 The fifth session of CES was done this morning. The 18 new birds were a Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 6 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Blackcap, a Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Greenfinch; and 7 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 2 Willow Warbler, a Wren and a Dunnock.

June 22nd. The 4 Spoonbill were now on Tennyson's Sands. Heading south were 95 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Great Tit and a Linnet; and 7 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Linnet, 2 Great Tit, a Wren and a Lesser Whitethroat.
 In the Sanctuary 4 pulli Little Tern and 4 pulli Ringed Plover were ringed.

June 21st. The Summer Solstice - the longest day.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill. An unseasonal adult Redwing was trapped and ringed in East Dunes. It had just commenced primary moult in the right wing. Flying south were 50 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 14 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Wren, 3 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, a Chaffinch, a Whitethroat, a Redwing and a Starling; and 5 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, a Linnet and a Whitethroat.

Unseasonal adult Redwing, ringed 21 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory