Sunday, 12 April 2015

Mid April 2015

Access to Gibraltar Point
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April 20th. Flying north were 2 Swallow, and south-west 5 Jay.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided just 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin and 2 Reed Bunting; and no retraps.

April 19th. A Glaucous Gull was found near the estuary. Other birds around included a Merlin. A Swallow flew south.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin and 5 Linnet; and 5 retraps: a Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit and a Reed Bunting.

April 18th. Around were a Greenshank and 2 Grey Heron. At sea 4 Little Tern and 2 Fulmar went north.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 2 new birds: a Meadow Pipit and a Woodpigeon; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.


Woodpigeon, ringed 18 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 17th. Birds around included a Tree Pipit and 2 Ring Ouzel, while 2 Whimbrel flew east off Tennyson Sands and a Swallow flew south.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 2 Linnet; and 8 retraps: a Blackcap, 4 Dunnock, 2 Linnet and a Wren.

April 16th.  Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Ring Ouzel, a Redwing, 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, 24 Corn Bunting, a Merlin, a Siskin, a Bullfinch, a Merlin, a Jay, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 14 Swallow, a Siskin, 2 Wheatear and 2 Tree Pipit. On Croftmarsh were 7 Pink-footed Goose. Going east were 2 Mediterranean Gull, south 4 Swallow, north a Fieldfare and north-west 2 Jay.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 13 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Great Tit and a Robin; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

April 15th. Birds around included 2 Jay and a Fieldfare. On Jackson's Marsh was a Spoonbill. Heading south was a Swallow, and north-west were 21 Black-tailed Godwit.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Linnet and a Blue Tit; 2 retraps: a Goldcrest and a Willow Warbler; and a control (ringed elsewhere) Chiffchaff.
 Further to yesterday's Great Tit with a deformed bill, Paul Gosling has sent a photograph of a similar bird trapped here in 1985.


Great Tit with deformed bill, trapped 1985.
Photo - Paul Gosling
April 14th. Around, including birds trapped, were a singing Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 9 Wheatear and a Grey Partridge. A Cuckoo sang in West Dunes. Flying south were a Spoonbill, a Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 16 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, a Wheatear and a Reed Bunting; and a retrap Wren.


Great Tit with deformed bill; the unkempt plumage results from inability to preen properly; ringed 14 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Wheatear, ringed 14 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 13th. Frozen start, then gradually warmed up after sunrise.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Jay, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Brambling, 2 Goldcrest and a Whimbrel heard.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 11 new birds: 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch and a Jay; and 5 retraps: a Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Robin and a Linnet.

Jay, ringed 13 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Brown-tailed Moth caterpillars in their 'tent'. Their hairs can cause serious allergic reactions in humans. 13 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory

April 12th. Increasing south-westerly wind. Rain in afternoon.
 Around were a Firecrest, a Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Marsh Harrier and a Ruff. On the Mere was a Goldeneye. Heading south were 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Commic Tern, 4 Fieldfare, 60 Goldfinch and 80 Linnet.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Reed Bunting and a Blackcap; and a retrap Reed Bunting.

April 11th. Offshore were 2 Black-throated Diver, a Red-throated Diver and a Common Tern. Over Jackson's Marsh mid-morning were 6 House Martin and 4 Sand Martin, and on it were 7 Pink-footed Goose. Around were 2 Siskin, 2 Brambling, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff, a Buzzard and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Samantha Faggetter and James Siddle, produced 2 new birds: a Willow Warbler and a Sparrowhawk; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Dunnock.


Female Sparrowhawk, ringed 11 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Early April 2015

April 10th. Birds around included a Cuckoo, a Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, a Tree Pipit, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Buzzard and a Jay. On Jackson's Marsh was a Garganey.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, yielded 6 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Robin; and a retrap Blue Tit.

April 9th. Around were a Woodcock, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a White Wagtail, 3 Brambling, a Bullfinch, a House Sparrow (scarce here but plentiful in Skegness) and 7 Goldcrest. A Cuckoo was heard at North End. On Fenland Lagoon were 2 Greenshank, and on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff. South went a Woodlark, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, provided 3 new birds: 2 Long-tailed Tit and a Chiffchaff; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit, 2 Goldcrest and a Dunnock.
 A check of one of the Barn Owl breeding sites revealed a pair of already ringed adults, and a food store of 2 freshly killed voles, which were replaced after being photographed.
 In flight were 2 Peacock butterflies.

Brambling, 9 April 2015.
Photo - Nige Lound
White Wagtail, 9 April 2015.
Photo - Nige Lound
Adult male Barn Owl, 9 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Adult female Barn Owl, 9 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Voles from Barn Owl nest site, 9 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 8th. A Chiffchaff sang in the Trapping Area. Flying north were 3 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The 2 new birds were a Robin and a Dunnock; and the 2 retraps were a Robin and a Blackbird.

April 7th. Birds around included 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 5 Common Buzzard, a Brambling, a Swallow, a Blackcap and 25 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Samantha Faggetter and James Siddle, produced 12 new birds: 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, yet another Firecrest, a Robin, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Robin and 2 Goldcrest. 


Chiffchaff with sticky pollen 'horns', ringed 7 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 6th. A second-summer Mediterranean Gull flew off the Mere early morning. Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Firecrest, 2 Woodcock, 14 Chiffchaff and a Brambling. A Small Tortoiseshell was sighted in the Plantation late afternoon. 
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, another Firecrest (the 115th ever here), a Wren, a Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting and a Blackbird; and a retrap Dunnock.
  Meanwhile at Aylmer Avenue, Mick Briggs was back in action ringing during a very rare day off work, resulting in 10 new birds and 41 retraps. The new birds were 3 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 2 Greenfinch and singles of Dunnock, Great Tit and Goldfinch. The retraps were 14 Blue Tit, 14 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 2 Chaffinch and singles of Long-tailed Tit and Coal Tit.

Firecrest, ringed 6 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 5th. The first Swallow of the year flew south mid-morning. On the reserve were 2 Bullfinch, 2 Collared Dove, a Fieldfare, 140 Redwing, 2 Brambling, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, a Merlin, 12 Yellowhammer, 2 White Wagtail and a Hen Harrier.  
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 22 new birds: 6 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, a Firecrest (The 24th this decade), a Robin, a Blue Tit, 10 Linnet and a Chaffinch; and 8 retraps: a Goldcrest, 2 Dunnock, a Robin, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Chaffinch and a Linnet.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in 12 new birds and 19 retraps. The new birds were 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit and singles of Wren, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Greenfinch. The retraps were 6 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch and singles of Chiffchaff, Robin, Dunnock, Greenfinch and Coal Tit.


Firecrest, ringed 5 April 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
April 4th. Around were 2 Firecrest, 13 Goldcrest, 11 Chiffchaff and 42 Corn Bunting. A Cetti's Warbler was discovered near Tennyson Sands north hide early afternoon. On The Wash at high tide were 14000 Knot, 900 Grey Plover, 500 Bar-tailed Godwit and 250 Sanderling.  
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, provided 8 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, a Blue Tit and a Reed Bunting; and 4 retraps: 2 Wren and 2 Dunnock.

April 3rd. Birds around included 2 Firecrest, 6 Corn Bunting and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were 36 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading north-west were 9 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing.

April 2nd. Around were 3 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, a Common Buzzard, a Merlin, 3 Redwing, a Water Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Corn Bunting and 5 Goldcrest. Flying south were 10 Rook.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, produced 14 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, a Wren, 3 Reed Bunting, a Linnet, 3 Great Tit, a Robin and a Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Linnet.

April 1st. In East Dunes were 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Elsewhere were 2 more Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Water Pipit, 4 Redwing, a Merlin and 3000 Knot. Flying west were 7 more Redwing.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Late March 2015

March 31st. Very windy.
 Birds around included 3 Redwing and 3 Chiffchaff.

March 30th. Around were a Brambling, a Common Buzzard and 2 Yellowhammer.

March 29th. Flying south early morning were 473 Chaffinch. On the reserve were 50 Corn Bunting, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 5 Chiffchaff, a Fieldfare and 7 Redwing. 

March 28th. Around were a Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Redwing and a Fieldfare. On Tennyson Sands were 39 Avocet and a drake Pintail. 

March 27th. A visit to The Wash Viewpoint at dusk produced a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine and a Grey Partridge. A Common Buzzard was mobbed by a Jackdaw.

March 26th. On the Mere was an adult summer Mediterranean Gull. Tennyson Sands held 14 Avocet and 2 drake Pintail. Around were 2 Redwing, a Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 50 Corn Bunting.

March 25th. Around were a Brambling, 3 Siskin, 10 Tree Sparrow and 15 Redwing. 

March 24th. The highlight of the day was 3 Bearded Tit flying south over the West Dunes. Around were 3 Jack Snipe and 6 Snipe. 

March 23rd. On the reserve were 2 Common Buzzard, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 70 Corn Bunting, 18 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch, 2 Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, a ringtail Hen Harrier and 3 Chiffchaff. Offshore were 10 Red-breasted Merganser, a first-winter Shag, 48 Wigeon and 6 Common Scoter. Flying south were 2442 Starling, a Red Kite, 27 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and a Grey Wagtail. The morning tide produced 20000 Knot, 800 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2000 Grey Plover.

March 22nd. Around were 2 Jack Snipe, a Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 42 Avocet and 39 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 3500 Starling and 3 Rook. 

March 21st. On The Wash were 25000 Knot, 3000 Grey Plover and 1500 Bar-tailed Godwit. Around the reserve were 50 Corn Bunting, a Woodcock and a Siskin. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mid March 2015

March 20th. The high tide wader roost consisted of 20000 Knot, 2100 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1000 Oystercatcher and 300 Grey Plover. Around were 32 Redwing, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Merlin and a Short-eared Owl. A Sand Martin was hawking insects over the Wash Viewpoint this evening.

March 19th. In the Plantation were 6 Siskin, a Bullfinch and a Lesser Redpoll. Tennyson Sands held 34 Avocet and 2 drake Pintail.

March 18th. On the reserve were 49 Avocet, a White Wagtail, 4 Siskin, a Merlin, 8 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch, 75 Corn Bunting and 20 Redwing.

March 17th. A COMMON CRANE flew south-east over Syke's Farm at 1430hrs. About were 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch, 72 Corn Bunting and 3 Redwing.

March 16th. The Firecrest was re-discovered in the Plantation this afternoon. Around were 3 Goldcrest, 5 Redwing, 2 Siskin and a Bullfinch.

March 15th. A Red Kite flew south over the reserve mid-morning. On the reserve were 3 Common Buzzard, a Crossbill, 2 Stonechat, 3 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 25 Little Egret, 400 Golden Plover, 25 Avocet, 2 Siskin and 45 Corn Bunting.

March 14th. A Firecrest was discovered in the Plantation early afternoon. Offshore were 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Red-throated Diver.

March 13th. Around were 2 Common Buzzard and 50 Corn Bunting.

March 12th. Around were 3 Peregrine and 31 Avocet.

March 11th. On Tennyson Sands were 24 Avocet and 12 Black-tailed Godwit. Around were a Woodcock and Coal Tit

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Early March 2015

March 10th. Flying south were 34 Chaffinch, a Grey Wagtail, 6 Tree Sparrow, a House Sparrow, 6 Rook and a Common Buzzard. A Woodlark flew over the East Dunes mid-morning.

March 9th. The Black Brant, 'hybrid' Black Brant and Pale-bellied Brent Goose remained with the Brent Goose flock. Flying south early morning were 158 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, a Brambling, 15 Siskin, 23 Rook and 85 Starling. Around were 9 Woodcock and a Peregrine.

Black Brant with Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Jackson's Marsh, 9th March.
Photo - Kev Wilson
March 8th. On Tennyson Sands were 10 Avocet and 2 drake Pintail. The 'hybrid' Black Brant was present with the Brent Goose flock.

March 7th. A scrutiny of the Brent Goose flock revealed the presence of a Black Brant, a 'hybrid' Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose. On Tennyson Sands were 2 drake Pintail and 6 Avocet. Around were 3 Stonechat, a Bullfinch, 14 Redwing, 2 Common Buzzard, 25 Corn Bunting, 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Goldcrest and 1500 Golden Plover. A Woodlark was singing around the Wash Viewpoint early morning. Flying south were 35 Chaffinch, 13 Stock Dove and 4 Rook.

March 6th. The Brent Goose flock contained a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a 'hybrid' Black Brant. A Red Kite flew north early morning. Around were 50 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 2 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, a Woodcock, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Bullfinch and 2 Common Buzzard. Flying south offshore was a Great Northern Diver. 

March 5th. Flying south were 2 Siskin and 3 Rook. A skein of 80 Pink-footed Goose flew high north-west mid-morning. In the Plantation was a Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands were 2000 Brent Goose, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Avocet and 2 drake Pintail.

March 4th. Around were a Grey Partridge, 3 Snipe, 1500 Brent Goose, 2 Barn Owl and a Woodcock.

March 3rd. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Pintail and 4 Avocet. A Kingfisher was on Fenland Lagoon this evening. Around the reserve were 25 Redwing, 29 Corn Bunting, 3 Barn Owl, a Woodcock and 19 Black-tailed Godwit. Offshore was a Slavonian/Black-necked Grebe.

March 2nd. Around were 1900 Brent Goose, a Jack Snipe, a Water Rail and a Water Pipit.

March 1st. The 4 Waxwing were again reported north of Aylmer Avenue, early evening. Around were 1500 Brent Goose and a Woodcock. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Avocet.

Avocets in flight over Tennyson Sands, 1st March.
Photo - Garry Wright

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Late February 2015

February 28th. Around were 3+ Barn Owl, 2 Merlin, 3 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. Jackson's Marsh held 3 Avocet and 47 Black-tailed Godwit. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was located with the Brent Goose flock early morning. A Slavonian Grebe was offshore this evening; out from Mill Hill.

February 27th. The adult Black Brant was again present on Croft Marsh with the Brent Goose flock. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Avocet and a Water Rail.

February 26th. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Avocet, 1200 Brent Goose, 7 Snipe and 2 Pintail. Jackson's Marsh held 44 Black-tailed Godwit. A group of 4 Waxwing were discovered late afternoon; north of Aylmer Avenue. 

Waxwing on Gibraltar Road - north of Aylmer Avenue, 26th February.
Photo - Nigel Lound
February 25th. An adult Black Brant was discovered on Croft Marsh this evening with the Brent Goose flock. Flying through were a Siskin and 4 Rook. Around were a Red-legged Partridge, 4 Redwing, a Bullfinch, 2000 Golden Plover, 2 Yellowhammer and a Coal Tit. On the water bodies were 96 Wigeon, 12 Pochard and 57 Shoveler.

February 24th. Around were a Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl, a ring-tail Hen Harrier and a Merlin. On Jackson's Marsh were 42 Black-tailed Godwit and a pair of Goldeneye.

Barn Owl, 24th February.
Photo - Paul Neale 
February 23rd. A Water Pipit was on the Fenland Lagoon. Around were 4 Song Thrush, 42 Corn Bunting, 3 Merlin, 1500 Golden Plover, 15 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 6 Goldcrest, a Peregrine and a House Sparrow. On the water bodies were 47 Shoveler, 17 Little Grebe, 85 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 35 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 5 Goldeneye and 13 Black-tailed Godwit. The high tide wader roost produced 10000 Knot and 3500 Bar-tailed Godwit. Offshore were 18 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Red-throated Diver.

High tide out from Sleeper Track at dawn
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
High tide out from Sleeper Track at dawn
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
February 22nd. Around were 6 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 6 Snow Bunting, a Merlin and 4 Corn Bunting. At Greenshanks Creek were 2000 Grey Plover and 10 Ringed Plover. Tennyson Sands held 2 Avocet and 3 Goldeneye.

Corn Bunting, 22nd February.
Photo - Garry Wright 
Black-tailed Godwit on Croft Marsh, 22nd February.
Photo - Garry Wright
February 21st. The high tide wader roost produced 3000 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2000 Grey Plover, 5000 Knot and 1000 Dunlin. Offshore were a Black-throated Diver, 15 Red-throated Diver and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. During the morning high tide 2 Water Rail were observed swimming across the flooded salt-marsh. A pair of Ringed Plover were displaying on Greenshanks Creek late afternoon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Mid February 2015

February 20th. A Red Kite flew south early morning.

February 19th. Flying south offshore were 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Common Scoter and 27 Red-breasted Merganser. A Woodlark flew south over Sykes Farm early morning. On Tennyson Sands were 4 Goldeneye and a Water Rail.

February 18th. Around were 2 Woodcock, 1500 Brent Goose and 2000 Pink-footed Goose. A Song Thrush was singing in the Plantation early morning. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Goldeneye.

February 17th. 2 Waxwing were recorded from Aylmer Avenue early afternoon. The sea remained quiet with only 2 Red-throated Diver north and 5 Great Crested Grebe on the sea. Around were 2 Coal Tit, a Bullfinch, a Water Pipit, a Woodcock and 2 Stonechat. A Jack Snipe flew high south over Mill Hill and the first Avocet of the year was on Tennyson Sands.

February 16th. No records received today.

February 15th. 4 Great Crested Grebe and 2 female-type Scaup were on the sea. Around were 3 Goldcrest, 4 Woodcock and a pair of Stonechat.

February 14th. Birds around included 2400 Pink-footed Goose, 1200 Brent Goose and 3500 Golden Plover. A Skylark and a Chaffinch were in sub-song.

February 13th. Around were 2 Coal Tit. At sea 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a Fulmar flew south whilst 2 Gannet and a Kittiwake went north. 17 Black-tailed Godwit and a pair of Pintail were on Tennyson Sands.

February 12th. Birds around included a singing Mistle Thrush, 450 Pink-footed Goose, 800 Brent Goose and 3000 Golden Plover. On Tennyson Sands were a Cetti's Warbler and 387 roosting Lapwing. At sea were 14 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Eider and a male Goosander.

February 11th. Around were a Redwing, 3 Corn Bunting and 2 Coal Tit. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Pintail, and on Jackson's Marsh 12 Black-tailed Godwit. Moving south through the dunes were 10+ Great Tit and Chaffinch.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Early February 2015

February 10th. Freezing fog at first. Birds around included a Coal Tit.

February 9th. Around were 38 Snow Bunting, a Bullfinch, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Goldcrest and 2480 Pink-footed Goose. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Goldeneye. Flying south were 8 Fieldfare.

February 8th. Birds around included 850 Pink-footed Goose, 3500 Golden Plover, a Buzzard, a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Woodcock, 60 Corn Bunting, 29 Snow Bunting and a Goldcrest.

February 7th. Around were 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin and 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Offshore were 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Eider.

February 6th. On Freshwater Marsh was a Water Pipit. Other birds around included 4 Goldcrest and a Coal Tit.

February 5th. Snow mostly melted.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Coal Tit and a Redwing.

February 4th. Snow gradually melting.
 Birds around included a Woodcock and a Goldcrest.

February 3rd. Overnight snow, slowly melting.
 Around were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Woodcock, 3 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 175 Cormorant, only 2 Red-throated Diver (very low count), 55 Snow Bunting, a Brambling, 2 Goldcrest and 27 Corn Bunting.

Muntjac tracks in snow, 3 February 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
Hebridean Sheep on Jackson's Marsh, 3 February.
Photo - George Gregory
February 2nd. Frozen start.
 Birds around included 42 Corn Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, a Hen Harrier, 10 Redwing, 8 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 1200 Pink-footed Goose.

Tennyson Sands mostly frozen on surface, 2 February 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
February 1st. Occasional light rain.
 Around were 35 Snow Bunting, 600 Pink-footed Goose and a Coal Tit. Sea-watching provided 4 Great Skua, 4+ Pomarine Skua, 3 Little Gull north, 3 Kittiwake north and a Fieldfare in off.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Late January 2015

January 31st. Frozen start, then spells of rain and sleet.
 Birds around included 1000+ Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, 39 Snow Bunting, a Peregrine and a Merlin. Offshore were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, whilst moving south at sea were 5 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua and 2 Velvet Scoter.

January 30th. Frozen start after overnight light snowfall.
 Around were 60 Corn Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, a Hen Harrier, 7 Redwing and 2 Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail. Birds singing were 2 Coal Tit, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Curlew and a Little Grebe.

Frozen banks of Tennyson Sands, 30 January 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Frozen Hazel catkins, 30 January 2014.
Photo - George Gregory.
January 29th. Moderately strong westerly wind, with spells of light rain then snow.
 Birds around included 1300 Pink-footed Goose, a Peregrine and a Buzzard.

January 28th. Very strong westerly wind, with spells of rain and sleet.
 Around were a Coal Tit and a Woodcock.

January 27th. Birds around included 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Corn Bunting, a Woodcock and 1000 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 4 new birds: a Goldfinch and 3 Greenfinch; and 16 retraps: 4 Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, 2 Blackbird, a Dunnock and a Greenfinch.

January 26th. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose.

January 25th. Birds around included 2 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 41 Snow Bunting,1000 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Stonechat, 80 Corn Bunting and 3 Fieldfare. At sea were 21 Red-breasted Merganser, and 29 Black-tailed Godwit were on Tennyson Sands.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent produced 5 new birds: 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 25 retraps: a Long-tailed Tit, 12 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch and a Dunnock. Interestingly one of the retrap Blue Tits was originally ringed in 2009.

January 24th. In the Plantation were 2 Woodcock. On Croftmarsh were 600 Pink-footed Goose. Elsewhere were a Peregrine, 2 Merlin and a Goldcrest.
 The Snowdrops are beginning to flower.

Snowdrops, 24 January 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
January 23rd. Around were a Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, 10 Corn Bunting and a Peregrine.

January 22nd. Birds around included 34 Snow Bunting, a Peregrine and a Fieldfare.

January 21st. Most of the ice on the water bodies has now melted.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Mid January 2015

January 20th. The water bodies are now almost entirely frozen over on the surface. Waterfowl have congregated on the small unfrozen areas.
 Birds around included 2890 Pink-footed Goose, 89 Gadwall, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Woodcock, a Brambling, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Coal Tit. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Water Rail, and on Jackson's Marsh 26 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 5 Eider.

January 19th. Another freezing start.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, a Buzzard and a Coal Tit. On Jackson's Marsh were 77 Gadwall and 7 Pochard.

January 18th. Freezing start.
 Birds around included a Hen Harrier, 36 Snow Bunting, a Mediterranean Gull, a Fieldfare and a Goldcrest.

January 17th. Freezing start with a brief snow flurry.
 Around were 2 Redwing and a Coal Tit.

January 16th. Birds around included 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 546 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a Chiffchaff and 5 Redwing. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail.

January 15th. Around were 1100 Pink-footed Goose, a Coal Tit and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Black-tailed Godwit.

January 14th. Birds around included a Woodcock and a Peregrine. At Coal Tit was singing. Offshore were 2 Eider and 3 Red-breasted Merganser. Heading south then landing on the sea was a Great Northern Diver.

January 13th. Around were a Woodcock and 1100 Pink-footed Goose. At least 2 Great Tit were singing.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided three new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit and Moorhen; and 9 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 At Gibraltar Point Moorhens often climb on bushes and small trees, eating berries and haws, and occasionally end up in mist-nets.

Second calendar year Moorhen, lacking red bill and frontal shield, which would develop later; ringed  13 January 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
January 12th. Continuing strong south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included a Bullfinch.

January 11th. Strong westerly wind still.
 Around were 32 Snow Bunting and a Redwing. Flying south were 2 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Early January 2015

January 10th. Strong westerly wind. Birds around included a Woodcock and a Redwing. Offshore were a Great Skua and a Little Gull.

January 9th. Around were a singing Coal Tit, a Bullfinch, a Siskin, a Redwing, 2 Woodcock and 1100 Pink-footed Goose. South went 2 Whooper Swan. Offshore were a Guillemot and a Harbour Porpoise.

January 8th. Birds around included 1100 Pink-footed Goose, a Green Woodpecker and 7 Goldcrest. Flying south offshore were a Great Northern Diver, 75 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Created Grebe, 2 Common Scoter and 13 Red-breasted Merganser.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 3 new birds: singles of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Blackbird; and 14 retraps: a Robin, a Great Tit and 12 Blue Tit.

January 7th. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Brambling, a Siskin, a Woodcock and 6 Goldcrest. On the scrapes were 42 Tufted Duck, 335 Teal, 52 Gadwall, 27 Wigeon, 31 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye and 6 Pochard. Flying south were 19 Linnet and a White-fronted Goose.

January 6th. Birds around included 2 Woodcock, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 30 Corn Bunting, 3 Eider, 1000 Pink-footed Goose and a Goldcrest.

January 5th. Around were 3 Goldcrest, 2 Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, 58 Rock Pipit, 8 Ringed Plover, 32 Snow Bunting, 41 Corn Bunting, 1576 Brent Goose and 1100 Pink-footed Goose. The evening gull roost was productive with 9424 Black-headed Gull, 874 Common Gull, 973 Herring Gull and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying into The Wash. Flying south were 2 Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 3 new birds: a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 23 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 15 Blue Tit and 5 Great Tit.
 Two Harbour Porpoise were feeding close in-shore.

January 4th. Birds around included 33 Snow Bunting, 500 Pink-footed Goose, 800 Brent Goose, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Woodcock, 7 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, a Goldcrest, 10 Corn Bunting and a Bullfinch.

January 3rd. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Stonechat, a Merlin, 27 Corn Bunting, a Marsh Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, a Grey Partridge, 6500 Golden Plover and an Eider. On Tennyson Sands were 5 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye and 18 Black-tailed Godwit.

January 2nd. Birds around included a Bullfinch.

January 1st. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose and a Chiffchaff. Heading south were 2 Buzzard.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Late December 2014

December 31st. Birds around included a Hen Harrier and 2 Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pintail.

December 30th. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose, a Bullfinch, a Green Woodpecker, 24 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest and 5 Corn Bunting.
 A delayed ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, produced 7 new birds: 5 Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch; 41 retraps: 14 Blue Tit, 18 Great Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock, a Robin, a Chaffinch and a Greenfinch; and 3 control (ringed elsewhere) Great Tit.

December 29th. Birds around included 1000 Pink-footed Goose, a Short-eared Owl, a Hen Harrier, 23 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 57 Robin, 42 Blackbird, a Yellowhammer, 129 Corn Bunting, 10 Ringed Plover, 25 Rock Pipit, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch. Offshore were 20 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Skua sp and 2 Great Crested Grebe. On Tennyson's Sands was a Kingfisher and a Water Rail. Flying north were 4 Bewick's Swan.

December 28th. Around were a Peregrine, a Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, 5 Fieldfare, a Kingfisher, 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 35 Snow Bunting, 48 Corn Bunting, a Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest. A Rough-legged Buzzard flew in off the sea at dusk.

December 27th. Birds around included 2 Fieldfare and 2 Goldcrest.

December 26th. Around were 4 Goldcrest.

December 25th.
The Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory team would like wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
 Birds around included a Woodcock, 400 Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Corn Bunting, 4000 Golden Plover, a Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest. On the Wash at high tide were 30000 Knot, 2500 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1800 Grey Plover, 2300 Dunlin, 800 Sanderling and 11 Ringed Plover. Offshore was a Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet and 5 Red-breasted Merganser.

December 24th. Clear skies with a light westerly wind.
 A morning high tide wader count produced 40000 Knot, 3150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 500 Grey Plover, 1600 Lapwing, 349 Oystercatcher, 3500 Golden Plover and 300 Dunlin. Around the reserve were 2 Bullfinch, a Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff and 3 Redwing. Flying south were 29 Fieldfare, 2 Whooper Swan and a Siskin. Offshore were a Great Northern Diver, 10 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 8 new birds: 3 Goldfinch, 3 Great Tit, a Chaffinch and a Greenfinch; and 15 retraps: a Goldfinch, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, a Robin and a Dunnock.

December 23rd. Fairly strong south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included 50 Corn Bunting, 2500 Golden Plover, a Bullfinch and 3 Goldcrest. Offshore was a Great Northern Diver. Flying south was a Grey Heron.

December 22nd. Strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were 11 Snow Bunting, 1100 Pink-footed Goose, 250 Brent Goose, a Chiffchaff and 4 Fieldfare.
 Having received a message about a strange and possibly injured bird being stuck in a garden in Skegness, Mick Briggs and David Vincent went to investigate. On arrival it was soon established that the bird in question was a Cormorant. The bird was quickly caught and inspected. It was found not to be injured, just a little disorientated. The bird was then taken to Gibraltar Point where it was ringed and then let go on one of the fresh water lagoons. The bird was a first calendar year female.
Cormorant rescued from a Skegness garden, 22nd December 2014.
Photo - Mick Briggs.
December 21st. Birds around included 32 Snow Bunting, 1050 Pink-footed Goose, 8000 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, 50 Corn Bunting, 3 Redwing and 16 Fieldfare. South went a Great Northern Diver, 29 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Goldeneye, and north a Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua. On the sea was another Great Skua.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Mid December 2014

December 20th. Around were a Merlin, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, a Hen Harrier, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Snow Bunting and 2 Bullfinch. Flying south were 17 Great Crested Grebe and a Fulmar.

December 19th. Birds around included 16 Snow Bunting, a Hen Harrier, 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Whooper Swan, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson Sands were 5 Water Rail. South went 7 Stock Dove.

December 18th. Fairly strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were 350 Brent Goose and 6 Whooper Swan.

December 17th. Birds around included 2000 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 9 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch and a Blackbird; and 13 retraps: a Greenfinch, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch and a Robin.

December 16th. Light south-westerly wind with clear skies.
 Around the reserve were 42 Snow Bunting, a Lapland Bunting, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 4000 Golden Plover, 2 Common Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin and 54 Corn Bunting. Tennyson's Sands held a Water Rail, a Pintail, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Goldeneye. A mid-morning sea watch produced a Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 42 Red-throated Diver, a Goosander, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, a Guillemot and 2 Kittiwake. Flying south over the reserve were 4 Whooper Swan, 124 Fieldfare, a Marsh Harrier and a Waxwing.

December 15th. Birds around included 12 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest and 3 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue was not very productive. The 2 new birds were a Great Tit and a Blackbird; and the 5 retraps were 3 Blue Tit, a Blackbird and a Dunnock.
 A fungus found growing on an old Pine cone at Aylmer Avenue is possibly either Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura) or Pinecone Cap (Strobilurus tenacellus).

Fungus on Pine Cone, 15 December 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Fungus on Pine Cone, 15 December 2014.
Photo- George Gregory
December 14th. Strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were a Coal Tit, a Bullfinch, 600 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Corn Bunting, a Fieldfare, 15 Goldcrest, a Merlin, 60 Blackbird, a Barn Owl and a Woodcock.

December 13th. Frozen morning.
 Birds around included a Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Coal Tit, 2 Siskin and 4 Goldcrest. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail.

December 12th. Around were 2 Goldcrest. Flying south were 55 Pink-footed Goose.

December 11th. Birds around included 22 Snow Bunting, 2 Bullfinch and 350 Brent Goose.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Early December 2014

December 10th. Strong south-easterly wind.
 Around were 39 Snow Bunting, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Fieldfare.

December 9th. Birds around included 1200 Pink-footed Goose, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 65 Rock Pipit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, 10 Corn Bunting, 22 Snow Bunting, a Lapland Bunting. Flying south were 8 Redwing.

December 8th. Around were a Lapland Bunting, 55 Snow Bunting, a Hen Harrier, 700 Pink-footed Goose, 600 Brent Goose, 3 Woodcock, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch and a Brambling. Going south was a Common Buzzard.

December 7th. Light rain in morning.
 Birds around included 700 Pink-footed Goose,800 Brent Goose, a Hen Harrier, 5 Redwing, a Chiffchaff, a Brambling and 35 Corn Bunting.

December 6th. Around were a Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, a Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch, a Corn Bunting and a Snow Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Whooper Swan,4 Pochard and 2 Goldeneye. Offshore was a Great Skua. Heading south were 2 Pomarine Skua, 22 Skylark, 130 Woodpigeon and 8 Stock Dove.

December 5th. Birds around included a White-fronted Goose, 2 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, a Redwing,2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 40 Rock Pipit, 2 Brambling, 55 Snow Bunting and 25 Corn Bunting. Flying south were a Lapland Bunting and 22 Skylark.

December 4th. Around were 600 Brent Goose, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Bullfinch.

December 3rd. Birds around included 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 8000 Golden Plover, a Woodcock and 2 Bullfinch.

December 2nd. Strong northerly wind, rainy spells.
A prolonged sea-watching session produced 81 Pomarine Skua (a new reserve record), 11 Great Skua, an Arctic Skua, 3 Little Auk, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 216 Wigeon, 1395 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 25 Gannet, 57 Kittiwake and 3 Bewick's Swan. Around the reserve were a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine and a Merlin.

December 1st. Around were 650 Pink-footed Goose, 400 Brent Goose, 2 Redpoll, 20 Goldcrest, a Fieldfare and a Merlin. Offshore were a Great Skua, a Little Gull, a Goosander and a Red-breasted Merganser.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Late November 2014

November 30th. Birds around included 10000 Golden Plover, 2500 Lapwing, a Hen Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, 3 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Fieldfare, a Chiffchaff, 2 Redpoll, a Siskin and 14 Goldcrest. On Tennyson Sands were a Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 80 Shoveler and 2 Pintail. On the Millennium Ridge tip were 3 Snow Bunting. Flying south were 630 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mick Briggs produced 8 new birds: a Goldfinch, a Great Tit, a Robin, a Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird; and 24 retraps: 8 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, a Wren, 6 Great Tit, a Greenfinch and a Coal Tit.

November 29th. Around were a Lapland Bunting, a Snow Bunting, a Woodcock and a Hen Harrier. Flying south offshore were 3 Pomarine Skua.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mick Briggs resulted in 8 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch and a Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Robin, 3 Blue Tit, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit.

November 28th. At sea 3 juvenile Pomarine Skua went south. Birds around included a Hen Harrier, 2 Woodcock, a Bullfinch and 7000 Golden Plover.

November 27th. Light rain early morning and early afternoon, then soggy.
 Around were a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Hen Harrier, 6 Twite, 1000 Lapwing and a Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 12 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch and 5 Blackbird; and 17 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, 4 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch and a Chaffinch.

November 26th. Rain most of morning, then soggy.
 Birds around included a Merlin. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Pochard, and on Tennyson Sands a Goldeneye and a Water Rail.

November 25th. Frozen, then foggy, then sunny, then cloudy.
 Around were 3000 Pink-footed Goose, the European White-fronted Goose and a Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Water Rail and 96 Shoveler.

November 24th. Frosty start, then sunny.
 Birds around included a Water Pipit, 6 Twite, 21 Snow Bunting, a Short-eared Owl, a Chiffchaff, 3 Hen Harrier, a Kingfisher and 22 Corn Bunting. An adult European White-fronted Goose was found with the Pink-footed Goose flock, which numbered 3000 birds. On the sea was a Goosander. Flying south were 25 Whooper Swan, 1000 Lapwing, 3 Barnacle Goose (with 58 Pink-footed Goose), 1147 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 19 new birds: a Goldcrest, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird and a Snipe; and 7 retraps: a Wren, 2 Blackbird, a Greenfinch, 2 Great Tit and a Goldfinch.

Snipe, ringed 24th November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
November 23rd. Rain most of day.
 Heading south were 517 Pink-footed Goose and 8 Whooper Swan. Around were 6 Hen Harrier, 3 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, a Barn Owl, a Grey Partridge, a Woodcock, a Mediterranean Gull, 3000 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Blackbird, 50 Redwing, a late House Martin and 8 Fieldfare. On the sea were 2 Red-throated Diver and a Shag.

November 22nd. Occasional light rain.
 Birds around included a Hen Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Woodcock, 18 Corn Bunting, a Brambling and 3 Chiffchaff.
 A ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 35 new birds and 10 retraps. The highlight of the session was a Siberian type Chiffchaff, subspecies Phylloscopus collybita tristis, showing almost no green apart from on the edges of the primaries, secondaries and tail feathers, very black legs, a ridiculous amount of white below and a long white supercilium - see photos below. The bird did not call upon release though a tristis-like call was heard some half hour later.
 The new birds were 16 Goldfinch, 7 Blackbird, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 2 Greenfinch, and singles of Chaffinch, Sparrowhawk and Siberian type Chiffchaff. The retraps were 4 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit and singles of Wren, Blue Tit, Blackbird and Dunnock.
Siberian type Chiffchaff, ringed 22nd November 2014.
Photo - Mick Briggs.
Siberian type Chiffchaff, ringed 22nd November 2014.
Photo - Mick Briggs.
Siberian type Chiffchaff, ringed 22nd November 2014.
Photo - Mick Briggs.
November 21st. Around were 2 Snow Bunting, 2 Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, a Brambling and a Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands were 109 Shoveler (a reserve record). Flying south were 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Shoveler and 5 Pintail.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Mid November 2014

November 20th. Birds around included a Cetti's Warbler, 1350 Pink-footed Goose, 7 Water Rail, a Merlin, a Hen Harrier, a Brambling and a Chiffchaff. On Jackson's Marsh was a Green Sandpiper, and on Tennyson Sands were 104 Shoveler (a reserve record). On the sea was a Great Northern Diver.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling resulted in 16 new birds: a Wren, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, a Reed Bunting, a Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 2 Blackbird; and 23 retraps: 7 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, 6 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, a Goldcrest, a Dunnock, a Long-tailed Tit, a Greenfinch and a Coal Tit.

November 19th. Around were 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Chiffchaff, a Bullfinch, a Stonechat, a Jack Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, 16 Corn Bunting, a Swallow and 22 Goldcrest. Heading north were 5 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 9 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Wren, 4 Robin, a Siskin and 2 Greenfinch; and 14 retraps: 3 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Wren and a Coal Tit.

Ring Ouzel, 19 November 2014.
Photo - Chris Greene
Siskin, ringed 19 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
November 18th. Rain early morning.
 Birds around included 2 Merlin, a Hen Harrier, a Chiffchaff, a Stonechat, a Brambling and 4 Snow Bunting. Sea-watching produced 2 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua north, a Little Auk south2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Eider south and 2 Little Gull. Also flying south were 7 Whooper Swan.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Anthony Bentley, produced just 4 new birds: a Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch and a Tree Sparrow; and 5 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Blue Tit, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit.
Snow Bunting, 18th November 2014
Photo - Nige Lound
November 17th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Snow Bunting, a Ring Ouzel, a Chiffchaff, 700 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, 4 Woodcock, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, 25+ Redwing and 50 Fieldfare. At sea 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Skua, 9 Little Gull and 7 Whooper Swan went south, and a Pomarine Skua, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Great Skua north; and over land 120 Fieldfare and a Rook south. Later, north-east out of the Wash came 79 Little Gull.
 The final ringing session for the year in East Dunes was done this morning. The 6 new birds were singles of Goldcrest, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Woodcock; and there were no retraps.

Fieldfare, ringed 17 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
November 16th. Birds around included 2000 Pink-footed Goose, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Fieldfare and 2 Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands were a Water Rail and a Goldeneye. Flying south were 350 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 8 Eider and a Crossbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Robin and a Blackbird; and 4 retraps: a Blackbird, a Robin and 2 Greenfinch.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in 33 new birds and 52 retraps. The new birds were 10 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 7 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch and singles of Dunnock, Blackcap and Woodcock. The retraps were 17 Great Tit, 11 Blue Tit, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, a Greenfinch and a Blackbird.

November 15th. On Tennyson Sands were a Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail. Around were 3 Snow Bunting, 3 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 800 Pink-footed Goose and 2 Merlin. At Aylmer Avenue there were a Tawny Owl calling at first light and a Jay moving south mid morning.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Georgina Scott, provided just 2 new birds: a Dunnock and a Redwing; and 3 retraps: singles of Reed Bunting, Song Thrush and Robin.
  Meanwhile at Aylmer Avenue a longer session resulted in 61 new birds ringed. Although the ringing conditions were good, the long hoped for easterlies on a weekend didn't really materialise a fall - rather a slow drizzle of newly arriving thrushes. The new birds were 21 Greenfinch, 15 Blackbird, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Robin, 2 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch and singles of Wren, Brambling and Great Tit. The 24 retraps were 5 Blackbird, 5 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch and singles of Goldcrest, Robin and Dunnock.

November 14th. Strong but decreasing southerly wind, rainy morning.
 Birds around included 3 Water Pipit, a Swallow, 6 Goldcrest and a Stonechat.
 No ringing was attempted.

November 13th. Increasing south-easterly wind.
 On Tennyson Sands were a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail and 103 Shoveler (a new reserve record), and on Jackson's Marsh a Goldeneye. Around were 2000 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin and 2 Stonechat. Offshore were 3 Little Gull, a Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet and 10 Red-throated Diver.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Anthony Bentley, produced 16 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Robin, 3 Song Thrush and 9 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: 3 Blackbird and 2 Robin.

November 12th. Fairly strong southerly wind.
 Birds around included a Hen Harrier, a Stonechat and a Brambling.
 No ringing was attempted.

November 11th. Quite strong south-easterly wind.
 Around were a Cetti's Warbler, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 6000 Golden Plover, a Mediterranran Gull, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Stonechat, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin and 2 Brambling. On Tennyson Sands was a Greenshank. Offshore was a Great Skua.
No ringing was attempted.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Early November 2014

November 10th. Around were a Brambling, a Woodcock, 3500 Golden Plover and 2000 Pink-footed Goose. On the water bodies were 3 Goldeneye and 3 Pochard. Heading south were 4 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 20 new birds: 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 3 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, a Dunnock, 7 Blackbird and a Starling; and a retrap Blackbird.

November 9th. Birds present, including those trapped, were 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Snow Bunting, 12 Twite, 2 Bullfinch, a Stonechat, a Kingfisher, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 4 Woodcock and 1800 Pink-footed Goose. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Water Rail and a Greenshank. Flying south were 12 Whooper Swan, 2 Siskin and a Brambling. In off the sea came a Woodcock. There were 2 Tawnny Owls calling at Aylmer at first light and one calling from Sykes Farm whilst a Barn Owl was at the back of the Mere hunting nearly all day.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 36 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Wren, 3 Robin, a Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 25 Blackbird, a Woodcock and a Sparrowhawk; and 8 retraps: 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, a Dunnock, a Goldfinch and a Great Tit.
 Meanwhile at Aylmer Avenue a long ringing session was underway, taking advantage of the near perfect ringing conditions with no wind and thick cloud for most of the morning. The result was very good with 80 new birds ringed including a new species for the year  for the Observatory in the shape of  a Cetti's Warbler, whether this was the bird seen at Shovelers Pool remains a mystery as this bird was captured in a net within 10 yards of the road near North Car park. The new birds were 30 Blackbird, 15 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk and singles of Starling, Woodcock and Cetti's Warbler. The 64 retraps were 11 Great Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 7 Greenfinch, 6 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 6 Long Tailed Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blackcap and a single Coal Tit.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 9th November 2014
Photo - Mick Briggs.
Cetti's Warbler, ringed 9th November 2014
Photo - Mick Briggs.
November 8th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.
 Going south were 5 Whooper Swan. At Aylmer Avenue there was a single Tree Sparrow.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Georgina Scott, produced 8 new birds: a Song Thrush and 7 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: singles of Redwing, Dunnock and Robin.
 Meanwhile at Aylmer Avenue the strong wind curtailed a planned long ringing session, resulting in just 26 new birds being ringed. They were 12 Blackbird, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch and singles of Dunnock and Song Thrush. The 20 retraps were 4 Great Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird and singles of Goldfinch, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Robin and Blackcap.

November 7th. Strong southerly wind, rainy spells.
 Around were a Goldcrest, 3 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 4000 Golden Plover, 6 Redwing and 12 Fieldfare. Flying south offshore were 144 Common Scoter, 243 Wigeon, 331 Teal, 18 Pintail, 10 Great Skua, 27 Eider, 7 Goldeneye, 47 Mallard, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Shoveler and 2 Bewick's Swan.
 No ringing was attempted.

November 6th. Birds around included 1800 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 26 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, a Goldfinch, a Greenfinch, a Redwing, 19 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 6 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, a Blackbird and a Wren. One of the Blackbirds ringed was partially leucistic.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling resulted in 59 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 11 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Blackcap, 20 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 14 Blackbird; 43 retraps: 16 Great Tit,10 Blue Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, a Wren, 4 Blackbird, 3 Greenfinch and 2 Robin; and a control (ringed elsewhere) Greenfinch.

Woodcock, ringed 6 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Partially leucistic female Blackbird, ringed 6 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Partially leucistic female Blackbird, ringed 6 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
November 5th. A Yellow-browed Warbler was trapped and ringed in East Dunes. Around were 1800 Pink-footed Goose, a Bullfinch, 2 Hen Harrier and a late Pied Flycatcher. Flying south were 17 Whooper Swan. In off the sea came a probable Rough-legged Buzzard, a Short-eared Owl, a Sparrowhawk, 1189 Starling, 2 Woodcock and 2 Little Auk. A dawn till dusk sea-watching session provided 94 Little Auk, 14 Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua, 3 Skua Sp, 2 Great Northern Diver, 897 Kittiwake, 367 Gannet, 8 Great Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Gull, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldeneye and 100 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 16 new birds: a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, a Reed Bunting, a Chaffinch, a Song Thrush and 5 Blackbird; and 2 retraps: singles of Dunnock and Goldcrest.

Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 5 November 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
November 4th. Fog until burnt off late morning.
 Birds around included 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Hen Harrier and 2 Peregrine. On the Mere, then later on Tennyson Sands, were 2 Bearded Tit. Going south were 12 Whooper Swan and a Snow Bunting. Sea-watching provided 2 Little Auk, on the beach before flying off,  and 9 Red-throated Diver.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 14 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, a Robin, 3 Reed Bunting, a Song Thrush and 5 Blackbird; 5 retraps: a Goldcrest, a Blackbird, a Redwing and 2 Dunnock; and a Control (ringed elsewhere) Robin.
 A Pectoral Sandpiper on the beach on 18 October was identified later from a photograph, which can be seen on the blog entry for that date.

Little Auk, 4 November 2014.
Photo - Mel Thorn
Little Auk, 4 November 2014.
Photo - Mel Thorn
November 3rd. Fairly strong but decreasing south-westerly wind.
 Around were a Black Redstart, 2 Bullfinch, a Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard and 500 Pink-footed Goose. Heading south over land were 9 Whooper Swan and 2 Brambling, south over sea 5 Eider, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-throated Diver, a Kittiwake, a Goldeneye and a Little Gull, and north over sea a Great Skua.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 11 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 2 Goldfinch and 5 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: singles of Robin, Redwing and Wren.

November 2nd. Strong but gradually decreasing south-westerly wind, prolonged rainy spells.
 The Spoonbill remained on Tennyson Sands. Also there were a Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 3 Greenshank and 114 Black-tailed Godwit. On Jackson's Marsh was a Goldeneye. Birds around included 45 Redwing and a Bullfinch. A Grey Phalarope and a Black-throated Diver flew south at sea.
No ringing was attempted.

November 1st. Around were a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechat, a Black Redstart and a Merlin. At Aylmer Avenue were 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Brambling and 10 Siskin. On Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill and 6 Greenshank. Offshore were 7 Little Gull. Flying south were 30 Whooper Swan, 250 Pink-footed Goose and 20 Tree Sparrow.
  A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Georgina Scott and Jenni Godber, provided 20 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, a Robin, a Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush, 11 Blackbird and a Sparrowhawk; and 5 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Goldcrest and a Robin.
  At Aylmer Avenue Mick Briggs was ringing and the result was 91 new birds and 28 retraps. The new birds were 39 Greenfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Blackbird, 5 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock and singles of Robin, Chiffchaff and Bullfinch. The retraps were 10 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch and single of Goldfinch and Wren.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Late October 2014

October 31st. The Spoonbill remained on Tennyson Sands, together with a Spotted Redshank. Also around were a Hen Harrier, a Black Redstart and 100 Redwing. Heading south were 12 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 32 new birds: a Wren, 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Goldcrest, 2 Robin, a Dunnock, 3 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush and 15 Blackbird; the 3 retraps were singles of Dunnock, Wren and Goldcrest.

Black Redstart, 31 October 2014. (Please note out of date sign.)
Photo - Philip Millns
October 30th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Spoonbill, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Water Rail, 200 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Brambling and 2 Bullfinch. Flying south were 16 Whooper Swan, c20 Ring-necked Parakeet and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Anthony Bentley, was productive.The 94 new birds were 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Bullfinch, a Blackcap, 2 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 10 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 68 Blackbird and a Fieldfare. The 6 retraps were a Blue Tit, a Robin, 2 Dunnock, a Goldcrest and a Wren.

Fieldfare, ringed 30 October 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Thrushes arriving, 30 October 2014.
Photo - James Siddle
Thrushes arrived, 30 October 2014.
Photo - James Siddle
October 29th. Around were a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Snow Bunting and a Stonechat. On Tennyson Sands was a late Garganey. South at sea went 6 Goosander and a Great Skua, and over land 6 Whooper Swan, a Brambling, 34 House Sparrow and 16 Tree Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Anthony Bentley, produced 30 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, a Robin, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Goldfinch, a Bullfinch, 3 Song Thrush, a Redwing and 13 Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Dunnock, a Reed Bunting, 3 Robin and a Blackcap.

October 28th. Birds around included a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Spoonbill, a Spotted Redshank, a Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 3 Swallow, 2 Stonechat and 3 Brambling. Heading south were 3 Whooper Swan and 1000+ Woodpigeon, and west 15 Pink-footed Goose.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: 2 Robin, a Goldfinch, a Dunnock and a Redwing; and a retrap Dunnock.

October 27th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Rough-legged Buzzard, a Hen Harrier and a Brambling. On Tennyson Sands were 6 Whooper Swan and a Kingfisher. Flying south offshore were a Balearic Shearwater and a large Skua Sp, south over land 4 Whooper Swan, 120 Woodpigeon and 2 Collared Dove, and west over land 110 Pink-footed Goose.
 No ringing was attempted.

October 26th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included a Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Stonechat, a Brambling and 7000 Golden Plover. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Goldeneye, and on Tennyson Sands a Spotted Redshank. Going south were 350 Woodpigeon, 110 Pink-footed Goose and eventually 30 Whooper Swan.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Georgina Scott, provided just 3 new birds: singles of Reed Bunting, Goldfinch and Song Thrush.

October 25th. Around were a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff and 800 Pink-footed Goose. Offshore was a Grey Phalarope. Heading south were 8 Whooper Swan, a Jay over Aylmer and 1500 Skylark.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 18 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldfinch, a Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, a Robin, a Great Tit, 4 Dunnock and a Redwing; and 7 retraps: a Great Tit, a Redwing, a Blackbird, a Dunnock, 2 Wren and a Robin.
  Meanwhile, Mick Briggs managed to get the nets over at the feeding station open by 9.30am after rushing down from an early start at work. The catch was fairly healthy though, despite him having to rush off again at 12.30pm - 33 new birds and 14 retraps. The new birds were 10 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 5 Tree Sparrow, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit and singles of Bullfinch, Chaffinch and Robin. The retraps were 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit and singles of Coal Tit, Greenfinch and Robin.

October 24th. Birds around included a Rough-legged Buzzard, 4 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier, a Ring Ouzel, a Firecrest, a Jay and 10 Stonechat. Flying south were 4 Swallow and 57 Whooper Swan. A Puffin landed on the sea.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Goldfinch and 3 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Robin, 2 Blackbird, a Redwing, a Goldcrest, a Blue Tit and a Wren.

October 23rd. Around were 2 Jay, a Merlin, a Brambling, 5 Siskin and 2 Stonechat. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Goldeneye. South at sea went 3 Grey Phalarope, 3 Pomarine Skua, 6 Little Gull, 12 Great Skua, an Arctic Skua, a Sandwich Tern and a Common Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Anthony Bentley and Jenni Godber, provided 21 new birds: 12 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 2 Robin, a Blackbird and 4 Goldcrest.

October 22nd. Birds around included a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, 700 Pink-footed Goose, a Ring Ouzel, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 7 Bullfinch, 2 House Martin and 3 Swallow. On Tennyson Sands was a Spoonbill. Heading south were 30 Whooper Swan, and west 5 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Anthony Bentley and Geoffrey Knight, resulted in 54 new birds: 21 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Robin, 2 Reed Bunting, a Chaffinch, a Great Tit, a Bullfinch, 4 Dunnock, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; and 9 retraps: 5 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, a Wren and a Blackbird.

October 21st. Very strong westerly wind, intermittent rain.
 Flying south offshore were 3 Grey Phalarope, a Pomarine Skua, 2 Whooper Swan and a Great Northern Diver; and south over land were 4 Siskin. Around were a Rough-legged Buzzard (different bird),  a Ruff, 3 Goldcrest, a Short-eared Owl and 3 Hen Harrier. On Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill and 9 Whooper Swan (which flew south later).
 No ringing was possible.