Monday, 21 July 2014

Late July 2014

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.
 For further information please contact Kevin Wilson at the address below:

July 29th. A Broad-billed Sandpiper was discovered on Tennyson Sands, where the White-rumped Sandpiper was refound early morning, but flew off. Other birds there were 2 Spoonbill, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank. Around were a Marsh Harrier and a Greenshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Robin and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: a Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat.

July 28th. A White-rumped Sandpiper  was discovered on Tennyson Sands, where the Spoonbill remained. Around were 2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo, 3 Arctic Skua, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 21 Greenshank and 3 Whimbrel. Heading north were 300 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 9 new birds: 3 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Noisy juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 28 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
July 27th. Rain early morning, then increasingly sunny.
 On the water bodies or around were a Spoonbill, 16 Greenshank, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, a Mediterranean Gull and 4 Common Sandpiper. North went 2 Manx Shearwater.
 A delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: singles of Wren, Whitethroat, Linnet, Starling and Green Woodpecker; and 4 retraps: singles of Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blue Tit and Wren.
 A delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, by David and Liv Vincent, resulted in 39 new birds and 30 retraps. The new birds were 12 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Reed Warbler, a Linnet, a Dunnock and a Chiffchaff. The retraps were 13 Great Tit, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Noisy juvenile Green Woodpecker, ringed 27 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
July 26th. Around were a Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank, a Curlew Sandpiper and 1000 Sandwich Tern. Flying south were 65 Swallow, and north, later, 800 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, a Robin and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Reed Bunting and Linnet.

July 25th. Birds around included 2 Spoonbill, 6 Mistle Thrush, 350 Starling, 60 Sandwich Tern and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were 11 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: 3 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

July 24th. Cloudy start, then hot and sunny.
 Going south were 4 Whimbrel.
 The ninth session of CES was done this morning, with Mike Polling. The 10 new birds were 2 Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Robin, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and a Linnet; and the retraps were 2 Whitethroat.

July 23rd. Fairly strong northerly wind.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Greenshank, 30 Little Egret and 6 Grey Heron, and on Tennyson Sands 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe and a Mediterranean Gull. Flying south were 3 Whimbrel and 8 Swallow.
 A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded just a new Wren and a retrap Wren.

July 22nd. Around were a first-summer Montagu's Harrier, a Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Short-eared Owl and a Grey Heron. Heading south were 6 Whimbrel, 35 Swallow and 7 Sand Martin. In off the sea came a Wood Sandpiper.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided just 4 new birds: a Wren, a Linnet and 2 Dunnock.

July 21st. Birds around included 5 Whimbrel, a Greenshank and 2 Grasshopper Warbler. South flew 11 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, 3 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Blackcap and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Mid July 2014

July 20th. Cloudy and humid.
 Around were 4000 Starling. Flying south were 2 Swallow, 100 Whimbrel and a Kittiwake.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 14 new birds: 3 Wren, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Blackcap, a Reed Bunting and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Linnet and 2 Wren.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in 37 new birds and 59 retraps. The new birds were 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Great Tit, 5 Dunnock, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Robin and singles of Wren, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Linnet and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The retraps were 24 Great Tit, 18 Blue Tit, 7 Chaffinch, 3 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and singles of Chiffchaff, Robin, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

July 19th. Occasional light showers in morning.
 Birds around included 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Arctic Skua and 100 Sandwich Tern. Heading south were 3 Swallow and 52 Oystercatcher, and north 13 Manx Shearwater.
 A late morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: 4 Wren, a Blackcap, 3 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Early stage of moult in right wing of adult Wren (left wing was symmetrical), 19 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
July 18th. Quite strong easterly wind.
 Around were a Short-eared Owl and a Whimbrel. Offshore were 50 Gannet, 60 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Scoter and 15 Eider. Flying north were 2 Sooty shearwater, 9 Manx Shearwater and 2 Fulmar.
 A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 2 new birds: a Wren and a Linnet; and 3 retraps: 2 Great Tit and a Whitethroat.

July 17th. Misty start, then sunny.
Birds around included a Greenshank and a Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 17 new birds: 5 Wren, a Treecreeper, 5 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Great Tit, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, a Dunnock and a Woodpigeon; and 6 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and a Wren.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling, using just the feeding station nets, was very productive. The 75 new birds were 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blue Tit, 23 Great Tit, 18 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, a Whitethroat, 17 Greenfinch, 2 Dunnock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Magpie. The 50 retraps were 30 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 11 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch, a Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch and a Whitethroat.

Sunrise and mist over Old Saltmarsh, 17 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Grasshopper Warbler, ringed 17 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
July 16th. Around were 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel and a Marsh Harrier. Flying south were 2 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 19 new birds: 2 Wren, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, a Skylark and a Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 2 Wren, a Blue Tit and a Linnet.

Fledgling Lesser Whitethroat, ringed 16 July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Adult Skylark, ringed 16 July 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
July 15th. Birds around included 2 Hobby, a Marsh Harrier, a juvenile Cuckoo, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 14 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper. South went 15 Whimbrel, 2000 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and 11 Swift.
 The eighth session of CES was done this morning, but the results were disappointing. The 9 new birds were 3 Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, a Wren, a Blackcap and 3 Whitethroat. The 4 retraps were 2 Dunnock, a Treecreeper and a Chiffchaff.

July 14th. A Black-winged Pratincole was discovered on Tennyson Sands. After flying off once and returning, it eventually flew off south towards the Wash. Also on Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill, 4 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Mediterranean Gull. Around was a juvenile Cuckoo. Going south were 300 Swallow, 25 Sand Martin and 4 House Martin.
 A late morning ringing session in East Dunes was not productive. The news were 2 Wren and a Blue Tit; and the only retrap was a Whitethroat.

July 13th. Occasional rain.
 Around were a Stone Curlew, a Spoonbill, 18 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a Whimbrel, 16 Greenshank, 40 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Skua and a juvenile Cuckoo. Flying south were 4 Spoonbill, 12 Sand Martin and 35 Swallow.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 12 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, a Blackcap, 6 Linnet and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: singles of Whitethroat, Blackcap, Linnet, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Dunnock.

July 12th. Damp morning mist gradually cleared.
 Around were 3 Whimbrel, a Siskin, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, a juvenile Cuckoo, a Marsh Harrier, 211 Shelduck and 1600 Starling. On the water bodies were a Kingfisher, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 16 Greenshank.
 A delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Wren, a Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit and a Whitethroat; and 6 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wren, a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

July 11th. Around was a Whimbrel. On or by Roadside Pond were a Kingfisher, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper. South went 4 Swift and north a Fulmar.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Wren, 5 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch and a Reed Bunting; and 6 retraps: a Wren, 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.
 A nest-box check revealed a late brood of Great Tit in a box where a previous brood was present over two months before, and a Stock Dove nest with an egg, the beginning of an apparent second brood.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Early July 2014

July 10th. Rain most of day.
 There were few records. On the water bodies were 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and 6 Greenshank.
 No ringing was attempted.

July 9th. Around were 16 Mistle Thrush and a Marsh Harrier.  On the water bodies were a Mediterranean Gull, a Little Gull, 13 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Flying south were a Sand Martin and 3 Yellow Wagtail, and north 9 Manx Shearwater and 4 Arctic Skua.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 9 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Chaffinch and a Blackcap; and 6 retraps: 2 Wren, a Dunnock, a Whitethroat and 2 Blue Tit.

July 8th. Around were a Redstart and a Green Sandpiper. South went a Yellow Wagtail and 8 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was productive, due mainly to a mixed feeding flock passing through. The 36 new birds were a Wren, 20 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blue Tit and a Dunnock. The 12 retraps were 2 Whitethroat, 9 Long-tailed Tit and a Dunnock.

July 7th. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier and 2000 Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were a Green Sandpiper and 3 Greenshank, and on Tennyson Sands a Mediterranean Gull. Moving south were an Arctic Skua, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 300 Sand Martin and 30 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 7 new birds: a Treecreeper, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler; and 3 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.
 A check of the owl boxes produced surprising results, considering that no breeding was detected during previous checks earlier in the year. On site there are now three pairs. One adult and three well-grown pulli were ringed, and two adult controls (ringed elsewhere) or retraps were caught.

Treecreeper, ringed 7th July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Barn Owl, ringed 7th July 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
July 6th. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Whimbrel, 10 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and 250 Sandwich Tern. On Tennyson Sands was a Mediterranean Gull, on Jackson's Marsh a Little Ringed Plover, and on the Mere a Scaup. Heading south were a Hobby, a Grey Heron, 50 Common Scoter, 15 Knot, 9 Dunlin, 58 Sand Martin and 23 Swift; and north 6 Manx Shearwater.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 5 Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Chaffinch.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent, which included the 7th C.E.S session of the year, resulted in a total of 33 new birds and 32 retraps. Of the C.E.S nets the new birds were 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blackcap and singles of Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Magpie and Yellowhammer. The retraps were 7 Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Robin and a Willow Warbler. Of the other nets the new birds were 4 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit and singles of Wren, Robin, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Song Thrush. The retraps were 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and singles of Wren, Robin and Willow Warbler.

July 5th. Rain until late morning.
 On Tennyson Sands were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 5 Snipe. Flying south were 6 Golden Plover and 350 Swift.
 No ringing was attempted.

July 4th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Around was a Short-eared Owl. On the water bodies were a Spotted Redshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 4 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and a Grasshopper Warbler. South went 65 Swift and 28 Starling.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 5 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and a retrap Dunnock.

July 3rd. Around was a Grey Heron. Tennyson Sands held 8 Little Ringed Plover. South went 500 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and 2 Great Tit.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 17 new birds: 3 Wren, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Linnet, a Pied Wagtail, 2 Great Tit and a Dunnock; and 25 retraps: 4 Chaffinch, 10 Blue Tit, a Coal Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet, 2 Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Wren and a Lesser Whitethroat.

July 2nd. On Tennyson Sands were a Kingfisher, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 4 Sandwich Tern. Jackson's Marsh held a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank. South went 1500 Swift, 65 Sand Martin and 4 Starling. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, a male Merlin, an adult Mediterranean Gull and at least 3 Barn Owl.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was quite productive. The 24 new birds were a Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 11 Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit and 6 Dunnock. The 6 retraps were a Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

July 1st. Around was a Cuckoo. On Tennyson Sands were 6 Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin and a Greenshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Wren, a Meadow Pipit, a Reed Bunting and 3 Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: singles of Great Tit, Dunnock, Wren and Whitethroat.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Late June 2014

June 30th. The Spoonbill and 2 Greenshank were on Tennyson Sands. Heading south were 2 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

Juvenile Goldcrest, ringed 30 June 2014.
 Photo - George Gregory
Privet Hawkmoths mating on Bamboo pole,  30 June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 29th. Rain mid morning.
 On Tennyson Sands were the Spoonbill and the Grasshopper Warbler. A Grey Heron, a Swift and 45 Starling flew south. Two Barn Owls were seen on two separate occasions at the back of Aylmer Avenue.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes provided just a new Wren and a retrap Whitethroat.
 A rain-shortened ringing session at Aylmer Avenue this morning, by David and Liv Vincent, resulted in 17 new birds and 24 retraps. The new birds were 4 Great Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, a Blackcap and a Dunnock. The retraps were 8 Chaffinch, 7 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and singles of Whitethroat, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff and Long-tailed Tit.
 There have now been over 500 new birds ringed at Gibraltar Point this month, and this is the first time that over 500 birds have been ringed in June for at least 5 years. With a large proportion of these birds being juvenile it just goes to show what an incredibly successful breeding season we are having.

June 28th. Mostly cloudy.
 The Spoonbill remained on Tennyson Sands. Heading south were 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: singles of Wren, Linnet, Whitethroat and Cuckoo; and 3 retraps: singles of Wren, Great Tit and Sedge Warbler.


Cuckoo, ringed 28 June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 27th. Intermittent rain.
 The Spoonbill and Grasshopper Warbler were still on Tennyson Sands. Going south were 15 Swift.
 No ringing was attempted.

June 26th. The Spoonbill and Grasshopper Warbler remained on Tennyson Sands. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Flying north were 220 Common Scoter and 6 Gannet.
 A brief, disappointing morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded just a retrap Dunnock.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, by Mike Polling, was much more productive. The 34 new birds were 3 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, a Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, a Linnet, 3 Great Tit and 3 Dunnock. The 31 retraps were 6 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, a Willow Warbler, a Wren, 4 Whitethroat, 7 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Coal Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Sedge Warbler and a Goldfinch.

June 25th. On Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill, a Mediterranean Gull, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, an adult Little Ringed Plover and a Grasshopper Warbler.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: singles of Whitethroat, Blackcap and Linnet; and 2 retraps: singles of Whitethroat and Blue Tit.

June 24th. Birds around included 2 Cuckoo. The Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling on Tennyson Sands.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 5 Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 3 Blackcap; and 4 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit and Great Tit.

June 23rd. An Osprey flew through at 0930hrs. Around were a ringtail Montagu's Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Turtle Dove, a Grasshopper Warbler and 60 Sandwich Tern. Heading south were 1200 Swift and 32 Sand Martin.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 10 new birds: 3 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Blackcap and 5 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit and a Dunnock.

The Campion, trapped overnight 23rd June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound
Peach Blossom trapped overnight 23rd June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound

June 22nd. Around were a ringtail Montagu's Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo and 36 Sandwich Tern. On Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill and 4 Mediterranean Gull. Flying north were 95 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Wren, a Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, 2 Wren, a Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Lesser Whitethroat.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent, which included the 6th CES session of the year, resulted in a very productive 68 new birds and 36 retraps. Of the CES nets the new birds were 6 Great Tit, 5 Wren, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Robin. The retraps were 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Greenfinch, a Great Tit and a Robin. Of the other nets the new birds were 12 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock and a Woodpigeon. The retraps were 7 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Blue Tit, a Coal Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat.
 Pyramidal Orchids are in full flower.

Pyramidal Orchid, 22 June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 21st. Around was a Cuckoo. On Tennyson Sands were a Spoonbill, 4 Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpiper.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: a Wren, a Blackcap, a Chaffinch, 3 Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 13 retraps: 5 Great Tit, a Dunnock, 4 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat and 2 Wren.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mid June 2014

June 20th. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Little Gull and a Grasshopper Warbler. A female Montagu's Harrier was around.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue was quite productive. The 30 new birds were 2 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Great Tit, 8 Chaffinch, a Linnet, 9 Dunnock and a Song Thrush. The 16 retraps were a Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Dunnock and a Chaffinch.

June 19th. A Spoonbill flew from Tennyson Sands out over the Wash towards Norfolk. Remaining on Tennyson Sands were a first-summer Little Gull and a Grasshopper Warbler. Around were a ringtail Montagu's Harrier by the Wash Viewpoint, 6 Turtle Dove and 20 Little Tern.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Linnet, Great Tit and Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 3 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

June 18th. Intermittent drizzle early morning, then soggy.
 On Tennyson Sands was a Spoonbill. Around was a Cuckoo. Flying north offshore were 2 European Storm Petrel and 3 Kittiwake.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in just 3 new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Linnet and Dunnock.

June 17th. A Spoonbill was on Tennyson Sands. South went a Grey Heron, and 6 north Kittiwake. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler and 1100 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The new birds were a Blue Tit and a Linnet; and the retraps were 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Meadow Pipit (from 2010).

June 16th. Occasional brief light rain in morning.
 Around were a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Cuckoo in pursuit flight. Flying south were 4 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session, with Jenni Godber, provided 12 new birds: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blue Tit, a Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Turtle Dove; and 10 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Turtle Dove, ringed 16 May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 15th. Occasional drizzle in morning.
 On Tennyson Sands were 2 Spoonbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 2 Linnet, 7 Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Dunnock.
 The 5th session of CES was done this morning by David Vincent at Aylmer Avenue, resulting in 16 new birds and 12 retraps. The new birds were 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, a Wren and a Chiffchaff. The retraps were 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. As it wasn't very busy this morning, bird ringing wise anyway, the opportunity was taken to carry out some much needed maintenance on the CES net rides.

June 14th. Occasional rain in morning.
 Birds singing included 2 Turtle Dove and a Cuckoo.
 A restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: a Chaffinch, a Linnet and 4 Dunnock; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

June 13th. Generally very warm.
 A GLOSSY IBIS was picked up in fight mid morning, it was observed flying west towards Jackson's Marsh/Tennyson's Sands, a follow up visit revealed nothing. The Glossy Ibis was airborne again at 1900hrs, seemed to be loosely associating with the godwit flock, presumably all flushed off Croft Marsh. The Glossy Ibis flew over The Wash and headed off towards Norfolk for about 3km then u-turned, heading towards Wainfleet, up the sea bank and over the visitor centre and presumably dropped onto Jackson's Marsh. Also present were a Spoonbill, the Honey Buzzard, a Temminck's Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Mediterranean Gull.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: 2 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Linnet, a Coal Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: singles of Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Linnet, Dunnock, Wren and Sedge Warbler.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling was much more productive. The 51 new birds were 3 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Great Tit, a Robin, 7 Whitethroat, 7 Blue Tit, a Reed Warbler, a Coal Tit, a Linnet, a Goldfinch, 4 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch and a Blackbird. The 41 retraps were a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 6 Whitethroat, 11 Blue Tit, 5 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Blackbird.

Glossy Ibis, 13th June 2014
Photo - Richard Doan
June 12th. A Jay was in Measures. Going south were 35 Starling and 4 Swift, and east 6 Grey Heron. The same Honey Buzzard passed through again.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was reasonable. The 11 news were 2 Wren, 3 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Reed Warbler and 2 Dunnock. The 6 retraps were singles of Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Linnet, Whitethroat and Blue Tit.


Honey Buzzard, 12th June 2014
Photo - Richard Doan

June 11th. Flying south were 200 Swift. A Nightjar was in East Dunes in the evening.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Linnet, 4 Blue Tit, a Coal Tit and a Chaffinch; and 7 retraps: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Chaffinch.
 A Beautiful China-mark (Nymphula nitidulata) trapped overnight was a reserve first.

Coal Tit, ringed 11th June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Beautiful China-mark (Nymphula nitidulata), trapped overnight 11th June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Early June 2014

June 10th. Around were 400 Starling and a Green Woodpecker. Passing through was a Honey Buzzard. 2 Hobby were hunting in the East Dunes late evening.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Robin, a Blue Tit and 3 Starling; and 4 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Blue Tit.
Honey Buzzard, 10th June 2014.
Photo - Paul Neale
Honey Buzzard, 10th June 2014.
Photo - Paul Neale
Honey Buzzard, 10th June 2014.
Photo - Paul Neale
June 9th. Heading south were 4 Swift.
  In a morning ringing session in East Dunes there were 7 new birds: a Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit and 4 Dunnock; and 4 retraps: singles of Chaffinch, Whitethroat, Linnet and Dunnock.
 A Puss Moth and an Eyed Hawk-moth were trapped overnight.

Puss Moth, 9th June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound

Eyed Hawk-moth, 9th June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound
June 8th. Flying south were 154 Swift, 32 House Martin, 40 Swallow, 3 Grey Heron and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Birds around included a Goosander, a Greenland Wheatear, a Cuckoo, 400 Starling and a Peregrine.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Linnet, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit and a Whitethroat.
  A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in a productive 52 new birds and 19 retraps. The new birds were 15 Chaffinch, 11 Blue Tit, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chiffchaff and singles of Great Tit, Dunnock, Linnet and Yellowhammer. The retraps were 7 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch and singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Sedge Warbler, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff and Wren. Again, just the same as last Sunday, the majority of the birds processed were juveniles.

June 7th. Occasional rain from mid morning.
 On Tennyson Sands were 2 Spoonbill and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Around were 15 Swift.
 The 4th session of CES was done this morning. The 7 new birds were a Chiffchaff, a Long-tailed Tit, a Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock. The 19 retraps were 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 3 Willow Warbler, a Chaffinch, a Chiffchaff, a Long-tailed Tit, a Blue Tit and a Robin.
Adult Spoonbill on Tennyson Sands, 7th June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound
June 6th. On Tennyson Sands was a Spoonbill. 2 Great Crested Grebe were on Tennyson Sands. Around was a Cuckoo. A Honey Buzzard drifted off west.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: 2 Linnet, a Blackcap, a Meadow Pipit and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 5 Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Wren.

June 5th. Occasional very light rain in morning, fairly windy.
 Around were a Cuckoo and 40 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 150 Swift and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and a Dunnock; and 16 retraps: 9 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch and a Dunnock.

June 4th. Dry start, then rain most of day.
 Around were an Osprey, a Honey Buzzard, a Montagu's Harrier and 25 Black-tailed Godwit.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was reasonable, with more young birds emerging.The news were 5 Blue Tit, 2 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, a Robin, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock. The retraps were a Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Linnet.
Montagu's Harrier, 4th June 2014. 
Photo - Paul Neale

Montagu's Harrier, 4th June 2014. 
Photo - Paul Neale

June 3rd. Around were 23 Black-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove and a Montagu's Harrier. Heading south were 25 Swift, 30 Swallow, 3 House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Blackbird and Mistle Thrush; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Mistle Thrush, ringed 3 June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 2nd. Flying south over land were 13 Swift, a Yellow Wagtail and 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull. A male Green Woodpecker was in the East Dunes. Flying south over the sea were 60 Razorbill, 10 Gannet, 3 Little Gull and 4 Sandwich Tern
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat, a Linnet and 2 Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

June 1st. Misty then sunny.
 An adult female Red-backed Shrike was discovered alongside Gibraltar Road north of Aylmer Avenue.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: 2 Wren, a Robin and a Meadow Pipit; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.
  A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in a very productive 77 new birds and 24 retraps. The new birds were 24 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Goldfinch, 5 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Robin, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet and singles of Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer and Blackbird. The retraps were 5 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Song Thrush and a Great Tit. Of the 101 birds processed, a large proportion of them were juveniles.

Red-backed Shrike, 1 June 2014.
Photo - Sam Wilson

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Late May 2014

May 31st. Around were a Marsh Harrier and 7 Turtle Dove. A Little Ringed Plover was on Tennyson Sands. Heading south were a Grey Heron, 20+ Swift and 4 House Martin. A Fulmar flew south at sea.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, was productive. The new birds were a Chiffchaff, 10 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, 8 Great Tit and 4 Dunnock. The retraps were 4 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting and a Chaffinch.

May 30th. The Golden Oriole was singing in the Plantation. A Honey Buzzard, a Red Kite and a Marsh Harrier flew north. A Stone Curlew was seen flying towards Croftmarsh. 2 adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Whimbrel went south.
 The third CES session, with Jenni Godber and Sue Gosling, was done this morning. The new birds were 4 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Dunnock. The retraps were 6 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, a Sedge Warbler, a Tawny Owl and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 30 May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Tawny Owl, retrapped 30 May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Honey Buzzard, 30 May 2014.
Photo - Russell Hayes
May 29th. Strong easterly wind, light rain in morning.
 A Golden Oriole was discovered singing near Shovelers Pool. Other birds around included a Spotted Flycatcher. Flying south were 50 Swift.
 An afternoon nest-box check, with Mike Polling, yielded mixed results. Clearly the persistent rain over the last few days has affected the nesters. Several boxes contained cold eggs and dead pulli. However, the following live and healthy pulli were ringed: 3 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Jackdaw and 2 Stock Dove.

May 28th. Quite strong north-easterly wind, rain most of day.
 Around was a Cuckoo.
 No ringing was attempted.

May 27th. Quite strong north-easterly wind, rain most of day.
 A Cuckoo, a Garden Warbler and a Whimbrel were around.
 No ringing was attempted.

May 26th. Birds around included an adult male Black Redstart, a Barn Owl, a Cuckoo and 2 Brent Goose. A pair of Garganey were on Jackson's Marsh along with 94 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 drake Pochard. Offshore were 14 Eider. Flying south were 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin and 11 Swallow. In off the sea came 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell, produced 5 new birds: a Blackcap, 2 Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 12 retraps: a Blue Tit, 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, a Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wren and 2 Whitethroat.

May 25th. Strong south-westerly wind.
 In the evening 2 Nightjar were discovered in East Dunes. Heading south were 75 Swift and a House Martin.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, provided 6 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Great Tit.

May 24th. Rain from mid morning.
 Around were a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier. A Crossbill flew south.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell and Georgina Scott, resulted in 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 3 retraps: a Goldfinch, a Whitethroat and a Great Tit.

May 23rd. A Great Reed Warbler was trapped and ringed in East Dunes early morning. It was the first for Gibraltar Point. On Jackson's Marsh were the Pectoral Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper. In off the Wash came a Spoonbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell, yielded 6 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, a Dunnock and a Great Reed Warbler; and 5 retraps: a Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Great Reed Warbler, ringed 23rd May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
May 22nd. Rain early morning.
 The Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Ruff remained on Jackson's Marsh. Flying south were 7 Swift. On Tennyson's Sands was a Wood Sandpiper.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, provided 2 new Dunnock, and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Blue Tit.
 A nest-box check, with Mike Polling, resulted in 5 new Jackdaw pulli ringed.

Pectoral Sandpiper (with Redshank and Ruff), 22nd May 2014
Photo - Richard Doan
Wood Sandpiper on Tennyson's Sands, 22nd May 2014
Photo - Phillip Milns
May 21st. On Jackson's Marsh were a Pectoral Sandpiper and 3 Ruff. South went 2 Swift and a House Martin.
 On a morning ringing session in East Dunes there were 7 news: 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: 3 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mid May 2014

May 20th. On Jackson's Marsh were a Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 retraps: a Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Sedge Warbler.

May 19th. Birds around included a Cuckoo and a Marsh Harrier. On Jackson's Marsh was a Curlew Sandpiper. South went 3 Swift, a Yellow Wagtail, 60 Kittiwake, a Grey Heron and 7 Little Egret.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced a new Whitethroat, and 4 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

May 18th. Around were 3 Mediterranean Gulls, a Cuckoo, a Red Kite and 2 Turtle Dove. Offshore were 8 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, a Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and 17 Eider.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing, with just 3 Dunnock retrapped.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent, which included the second C.E.S session of the year, resulted in a total of 17 new birds and 20 retraps. Of the C.E.S nets the new birds were 4 Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, a Robin, a Reed Warbler, a Linnet and a Blackbird. The retraps were 4 Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit, a Robin, a Swallow, a Blackcap and a Willow Warbler. Of the other nets the new birds were 4 Greenfinch, a Chaffinch, a Goldfinch and a Wren. The retraps were 4 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, a Greenfinch, a Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

Red Kite over Tennyson's Sands, 18th May 2014
Photo - Garry Wright
May 17th. Birds around included a Red Kite, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Peregrine, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Pink-footed Goose. A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Chaffinch, 2 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler and a Song Thrush; and 5 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit and Dunnock.

May 16th. A Nightingale was discovered singing around North Building at dawn. Other notables included 3 Cuckoo and 12 Turtle Dove. Heading north were 5 Common Scoter and a Common Buzzard, meanwhile 158 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 35 House Martin flew south. The Wood Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper remained on Jackson's Marsh.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The only new was a Blackbird, and a Blue Tit and a Dunnock were retrapped.

May 15th. Around were 2 Cuckoo, a Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 4 Wheatear. Jackson's Marsh produced a Spoonbill, a Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Dunlin and 5 Redshank. South went 200 Swallow, 3 Rook and 2 Yellow Wagtail. No sign of the Serin today.
 During a morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, there was just 1 new bird: a Sedge Warbler; but 5 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Great Tit and a Robin; and a control Chiffchaff.
 A check of the nest boxes, again with Mike Polling, resulted in 17 pulli ringed: 4 Jackdaw, 7 Blue Tit and 6 Great Tit; and 2 adult Stock Dove ringed.

May 14th. The Serin remained at the bird feeding station. Birds around included 3 Jay, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear and a Mediterranean Gull.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 9 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Robin, 3 Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: a Chaffinch and 2 Whitethroat.

May 13th. Brief light rain mid morning, soggy.
 The Serin was still in the Plantation. Also around were 2 Garganey, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Woodpecker and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Meadow Pipit and a Chaffinch; and 3 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting.

May 12th. Occasional rain.
 The Serin remained in the Plantation. Other birds around included 3 Turtle Dove, 4 Whimbrel and a Cuckoo. Another Whimbrel flew north. On Jackson's Marsh were 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting; and 5 retraps: a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Whitethroat.
Black-tailed Godwit over Jackson's Marsh scrape
Photo - Richard Doan
May 11th. Intermittent rain, windy, again.
 The Serin was still in the Plantation. Also around were a Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Doves.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Early May 2014

May 10th. Intermittent rain, windy.
 The Serin remained in the Plantation. Other birds around included a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whimbrel, a Cuckoo and a Turtle Dove.

Spotted Flycatcher in the Plantation, 10th May 2014
Photo - Garry Wright

May 9th. Occasional rain early morning, then increasing wind.
 The Serin was again at the feeding station in the Plantation, and the pair of Garganey remained on Jackson's Marsh. A Firecrest was around Mill Hill. Other birds around included 3 Wheatear, a Common Sandpiper, a Mediterranean Gull and a Greenshank. Offshore was a Black Tern. A Great White Egret flew inland late afternoon. South went a Pink-footed Goose and 40 Swift.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Robin; and 5 retraps: 4 Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting.
Garganey pair on Jackson's Marsh 9th May 2014
Photo - Richard Doan
May 8th. Quite windy.
The pair of Garganey were again on Jackson's Marsh, a Serin was at the feeding station in the Plantation, and on Fenland Lagoon was a 2CY Mediterranean Gull. Around were a Hobby, a Turtle Dove, 2 Wheatear, 28 Little Tern and 4 Whimbrel.
A restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a Chaffinch; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.

Serin at Feeding Station, 8th May 2014
Photo - Russell Hayes
May 7th. Flying south were 2 Red-rumped Swallow, with many Swallow, and fewer Swift and House Martin. The pair of Garganey remained on Jackson's Marsh. Around were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove, 3 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Avocet, a Grey Heron and 2 Bullfinch.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, produced 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Whitethroat; and a retrap Whitethroat.
 A check on the nest-boxes, with Mike Polling, resulted in 9 Great Tit pulli ringed, and several other boxes with various species of sitting females, small pulli or eggs.

May 6th. Rainy early morning, then damp. The pair of Garganey were still on Jackson's Marsh early morning. Around the reserve were 7 Greenshank, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 3 Turtle Dove, 15 Little Tern, a drake Pochard, a Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier and a Cuckoo. Over 100 Swallow flew south as did 9 Swift. A drake Eider and a Great Crested Grebe were on the sea.
 A delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and a Chaffinch; and 2 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat.

May 5th. A ringtail Montagu's Harrier flew north across the reserve early morning. A pair of Garganey were on Jackson's Marsh. Around were a Hen Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull, a male Redstart, a Coal Tit, a Turtle Dove, 2 Wheatear and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The news were a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a Whitethroat; and the retraps 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

May 4th. A Great White Egret was discovered on Jackson's Marsh. On Tennyson Sands were 30 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper. Around were a Wheatear and a Cuckoo. Flying south were 7 Swallows.
  A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Whitethroat and a Goldfinch; and a retrap Wren.
  A simultaneous ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent, which included the first C.E.S session of the year, resulted in a total of 15 new birds and 16 retraps. Of the C.E.S nets the new birds were 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Blackbird and a Robin. The retraps were 3 Chaffinch, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (one of which was ringed in 2009), 2 Great Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Wren. Of the other nets the new birds were 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch and a Willow Warbler. The retraps were a Chaffinch and a Greenfinch.

Great White Egret on Tennyson's Sands, 4th May 2014
Photo - Richard Doan


Great White Egret, 4th May 2014.
Photo - James Siddle
May 3rd. Birds around included a Cuckoo, a Spotted Redshank and a Buzzard. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Greenshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, a Meadow Pipit and a Pied Flycatcher; and 4 retraps: a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Goldfinch.

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 3rd May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
May 2nd. A mobile Quail was in various locations around the reserve. Around were a male Wheatear, a Common Tern, a Great Crested Grebe, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Cuckoo. A Whimbrel, 130 Little Terns and 110 Barnacle Geese flew north.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit and a Song Thrush; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Dunnock.

Redstart, ringed 2nd May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
May 1st. Rain overnight, wet and misty most of day.
 A mobile Spoonbill arrived from the south, flew around the reserve, then ended up on Jackson's Marsh, together with a drake Goosander, 2 Greenshank, 92 Black-tailed Godwit and a Mediterranean Gull. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Barnacle Geese. Birds around included a Wood Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel, a Jay, a Tree Pipit, 2 Turtle Dove, a Fieldfare, 3 Brambling, 7 Wheatear, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel and a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The only new bird was a Linnet; while the retraps were a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Whitethroat.

Wood Warbler in East Dunes, 1st May 2014.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Tree Pipit in East Dunes, 1st May 2014.
Photo - Nigel Lound
Adult Spoonbill on Jackson's Marsh, 1st May 2014.
Photo - Nigel Lound

Monday, 21 April 2014

Late April 2014

April 30th. Around were a Cuckoo, 3 Turtle Dove, a Ring Ouzel, a Redstart, a Reed Warbler, 12 Little Tern, a Greenshank and 3 Whimbrel.
 During a morning ringing session in East Dunes the new birds were a Willow Warbler, a Meadow Pipit, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat; and the retraps were a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

April 29th. Birds around included a Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel and 4 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit, a Linnet and a Robin; and 7 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, 3 Goldfinch, a Wren and a Dunnock.

Tree Pipit, ringed 29th April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
April 28th. A Montagu's Harrier flew through the reserve, then towards Norfolk. A Woodlark was over East Dunes. Other birds around were a Little Ringed Plover, 8 Song Thrush, a Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, a Cuckoo, 5 Wheatear, a Redstart and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 10 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Chaffinch, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush (continental type) and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 2 retraps: a Whitethroat and a Blue Tit.
 The Great Spotted Woodpecker was a large female, with wing length 142mm and bill depth 10mm. It was also rather white below. Baker (1993) gives for full grown females: D. m. anglicus wing length 126-134mm and bill depth 8-9mm; and D. m major wing length 138-144mm and bill depth 9-10mm. However, more recent work apparently shows that some British birds (whether pure D. m. anglicus or an admixture) can have longer wings than Baker gives for D. m. anglicus.

Large female Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 28th April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Large female Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 28th April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
April 27th. Birds around included a Cuckoo, a Turtle Dove, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Swallow, 3 Redstart and a Sparrowhawk.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The news were 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Whitethroat; and the retraps 2 Whitethroat.
  A similarly disappointing ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in just 3 new birds and 8 retraps. The new birds were a Great Tit, a Goldfinch and a Blackcap. The retraps were 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, a Chaffinch and a Blue Tit.

April 26th. Around were a Whinchat, a Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 2 Siskin, a Brambling and a Hen Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, provided 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldfinch and a Reed Bunting.

Whinchat, 26th April 2014.
Photo -  James Siddle
April 25th. Drizzle/rain and poor visibility for most of day.
Birds around included a Redstart, a Jack Snipe, a Tawny Owl, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and 3 Brambling.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat; and a retrap Goldfinch.

April 24th. Around were a Redstart, 10 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, a Cuckoo, a Barn Owl, a Hen Harrier, a Marsh Harrier,10 Snipe, 3 Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 20 Sandwich Tern and a Jay.  Flying south were 31 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite and a Common Buzzard. 2 adult Mediterranean Gull flew high north.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler; and 6 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, 2 Wren, a Blackcap and a Dunnock.

April 23rd. A Hoopoe was discovered near the Mere. A Great White Egret was on the Freshwater Marsh briefly. Around were a Goosander, a Jay, 15 Rook, a Fieldfare, 5 Wheatear, a Reed Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Siskin, a Cuckoo, 2 Common Tern, a Greenshank and 9 Whimbrel. South went 14 Yellow Wagtail, a Peregrine, a Common Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron and 4 Stock Dove. A Marsh Harrier went north over Croft Marsh.
 A morning session provided 6 new birds: a Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin and a Song Thrush; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch (from 2008) and a Blue Tit.
 A Scorched Carpet Moth was trapped overnight, the 2nd reserve record.

April 22nd. Rain on and off during day.
Birds around included a Hen Harrier, 8 Whimbrel, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, a Fieldfare, a Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Siskin and 14 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a White Wagtail, a Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper.

April 21st. Around were 13 Little Tern, a Marsh Harrier, 11 Wheatear, 5 Rook, a Siskin, a Whimbrel, a Jack Snipe, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper. Flying north were a Fulmar, a Hobby and 6 Swallows.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Bullfinch (British subspecies), a Chaffinch and a Linnet; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and a Dunnock.

Bullfinch, ringed 21st April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory