Thursday, 21 September 2017

Late September 2017

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September 24th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4  Spoonbill. Birds around included a Common Buzzard, a male Marsh Harrier and a Snipe. Flying south were 9 more Spoonbill, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Swallow.

September 23rd. A Yellow-browed Warbler was near the roadside, and a Red-backed Shrike was near Beach Car Park. Around were 5 (possibly 6) Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, 3 Pintail, a Water Rail, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 40000 Knot, 5 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 15 Snipe, a Ruff, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Treecreeper, a Grey Wagtail and a Brambling. Going south were a Pomarine Skua, a Black Tern and 16 Swallow.
 A fairly long ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn produced 19 new birds: 14 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, a Robin and a Wren.
 A Harvest Mouse was found dead on South Marsh Road.

Harvest Mouse found dead on South Marsh Road, 23rd September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 22nd. Birds around included 3 Spoonbill, 3 Pintail, a Grey Heron, 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a juvenile Hobby, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, a Ruff, 5 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Treecreeper, 10 Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat. Heading south were 2 Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Swallow, 6 Redpoll and 2 Siskin; and north a Grey Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 19 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 4 Blackcap, 2 Robin, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Dunnock, a Woodpigeon and a Magpie; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock and 2 Goldcrest.

Goldcrest, 22nd September 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
September 21st. Around were 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 near Aylmer Avenue, 1 in Plantation), a Red-backed Shrike (in the north of the reserve), 4 Spoonbill, a Great Skua, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Pintail, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Hobby, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler and a Brambling. Flying south were a Swift, 200 Swallow and 15 House Martin. In off the sea came 62 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 12 new birds: 2 Wren, 5 Goldcrest, a Long-tailed Tit, 2 Robin, a Blackcap and a Reed Bunting; and 6 retraps: a Robin, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Mid September 2017

September 20th. A Red-backed Shrike was discovered in the north of the reserve, and a Yellow-browed Warbler was near Aylmer Avenue. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Spoonbill, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, a Hobby, 6 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, an Arctic Skua, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 25 Goldcrest and 5 Chiffchaff. Going south were 100 Starling, 2 Grey Wagtail, 350 Swallow and 100 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 28 new birds: 14 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Goldfinch, a Blackcap, a Stonechat and 3 Dunnock; and 10 retraps: 2 Robin, a Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest, a Goldfinch and 3 Dunnnock.

Red Backed Shrike, 20th September 2017
Photo - James Siddle

Red Backed Shrike, 20th September 2017
Photo - James Siddle

Red Backed Shrike, 20th September 2017
Photo - James Siddle

Stonechat, ringed 20th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 19th. There were 3 Yellow-browed Warbler present (2 roadside near Aylmer Avenue, 1 West Dunes opposite Sykes Farm). Also around, including birds trapped, were 4 Brent Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier (briefly),4 Common Buzzard,  a Merlin, 2 Water Rail, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Brambling and 12 Lesser Redpoll. Heading south were 2 Grey Wagtail and 4 House Martin; and south-east 2 Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 17 new birds: 5 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Chaffinch, a Robin, a Blue Tit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Dunnock; and 3 retraps: a Robin and 2 Dunnock.









Ruff, 19th September 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Goldcrest, 19th September 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
September 18th. Some brief mid morning rain.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Spoonbill, 9 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Merlin, a Ruff, 5 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, a Wood Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 trapped East Dunes, 1 Beach Car Park), 2 Pied Flycatcher (1 trapped East Dunes, 1 Beach Car Park), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Treecreeper and 6 Tree Sparrow. Offshore were 300 Common Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, a Long-tailed Skua and 100 GannetFlying south were a Sand Martin, 8 House Martin, 25 Swallow and 40 Meadow Pipit; north a Long-tailed Skua, 5 Great Skua, 2 Black Tern and 7 Puffin; and south-east 40 Pink-footed Goose. A Sooty Shearwater flew south then north.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 10 new birds: a Wren, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Linnet, a Pied Flycatcher, a Meadow Pipit, a Reed Bunting and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Robin, 2 Goldcrest, a Wren and a Blue Tit.

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 18th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 18th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 17th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Kingfisher, 6 Goldcrest and  2 Chiffchaff. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 9 Pink-footed Goose; and on Jackson's Marsh a Greenshank. Going south were 104 Pink-footed Goose, 9 House Martin and 9 Tree Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, a Coal Tit and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Goldcrest, a Great Tit, a Robin and a Wren.

Coal Tit, ringed 17th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Parasol Mushrooms, 17th September 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
September 16th. Birds around included an Osprey, a Grey Heron, 8 Great Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 5 Snipe, a Hobby, a Merlin, 2 Swift, 2 Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, a Treecreeper, 8 Sand Martin, 50 House Martin and a House Sparrow. On Jackson's Marsh was a Little Stint; and on Tennyson's Sands a Water Rail. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 300 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Rook; and north a Goldeneye.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 14 new birds: a Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 2 Blackcap and 6 Dunnock; and 9 retraps: a Robin, 2 Blackcap, 5 Dunnock and a Wren.

September 15th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Spotted Redshank, 2 Garden Warbler and 2 Goldcrest. Flying north waere a Sabine's Gull, a Long-tailed Skua, a Sooty Shearwater and a Black Tern.; and south 80 House Martin, 30 Swallow and 32 Tree Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 33 new birds: 3 Wren, a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Robin, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, 4 Chaffinch, a Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit and a Blackcap.

September 14th. Rain until early morning.
 On Tennyson's Sands were 150 Black-tailed Godwit. Birds around included a Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest. Going south were 6 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 3 Pomarine Skua, a Long-tailed Skua, 26 Great Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, 6 Grey Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 2500 Meadow Pipit. In off the sea came 16 Common Buzzard.

Arctic Skua, 14th September 2017.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Kestrel, 14th September 2017.
Photo - Jim Shaw
September 13th. Strong westerly wind, gradually decreasing.
 Offshore were 30 Gannet, a Great Skua, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, a Pintail, 18 Common Scoter, 500 Sandwich Tern, a Roseate Tern, a Great Northern Diver and 4 Red-throated Diver. On Tennyson's Sands were 180 Black-tailed Godwit and a Spotted Redshank; and on Fenland Lagoon a Black-tailed Godwit. Around were a Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Chiffchaff. Heading south were 350 Meadow Pipit, 2100 House Martin, 500 Swallow, 300 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 18 Pink-footed Goose and a Marsh Harrier.

September 12th. Increasing westerly wind.
 On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Spotted Redshank and a Ruff; and on Fenland Lagoon 10 Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Hobby, 2 Greenshank, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Stonechat, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler and 12 Willow Warbler. Flying south were 39 Pink-footed Goose, a Swift, 400 House Martin, 52 Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 3000 Meadow Pipit, 3 Tree Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Siskin, 4 Redpoll Spp and 24 Tree Sparrow. Offshore were 10 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet, a Great Skua, 26 Arctic Skua and 600 Sandwich Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 26 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 6 Blackcap, a Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, a Whitethroat, a Stonechat, a Garden Warbler and a Dunnock; 2 retraps: a Blackcap and a Robin; and a control Chiffchaff.

Merlin, 12th September 2017.
Merlin, 12th September 2017.
Merlin, 12th September 2017
Hobby, 12th September 2017.
Whitethroat moulting outer wing feathers while suspending some inner ones, ringed 12th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Stonechat, ringed 12th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 11th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.
 On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill, 250 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank; and on Fenland Lagoon 3 Greenshank. Around were a Merlin, 2200 Sanderling, a Ruff, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Whitethroat. Going south were a Great Northern Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, a Long-tailed Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Kestrel, a Whimbrel, 3 Black Tern, 2 Great Skua, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 45 House Martin and 150 Swallow.

Shaggy Ink-cap at Sykes Farm, 11th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory

Friday, 1 September 2017

Early September 2017

September 10th. Soggy start, then foggy until mid morning.
 Birds around included 9 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier (including 1 with a rectangular green tag on the right wing), a Merlin, 5 Golden Plover, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Whinchat, a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. On Jackson's Marsh were a Black Tern, 175 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff and a Spotted Redshank; on the Mere a Water Rail; and on Fenland Lagoon a Yellow-legged Gull and 9 Greenshank. Heading south were a Manx Shearwater, 19 Pintail, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Black Tern, 11 Ruff, 3 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 192 Meadow Pipit, 319 Swallow, 122 House Martin and 7 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Toby Collett, yielded 8 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Robin and a Lesser Whitethroat; and 6 retraps: 3 Wren, a Blue Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

A selection of pictures from taken at high tide, 10th September by Les Binns







September 9th. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Spoonbill, 6 Snipe and a Kingfisher. Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Marsh Harrier, 7 Kestrel, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat and 45 Wheatear. Flying south were a Whimbrel, 7 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 443 Meadow Pipit, 60 Swallow, 55 Sand Martin, 374 House Martin and 42 Tree Sparrow; and west a Peregrine.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 49 new birds: a Wren, 15 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, 6 Blackcap, a Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Tree Sparrow, a Reed Bunting, a Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Chaffinch, a Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock and a Sparrowhawk; and 5 retraps: a Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Goldcrest and a Great Tit.

Sparrowhawk, ringed 9th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Stinkhorn Fungus in Heligoland Trap, causing a bad smell, 9th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 8th. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Spoonbill, 39 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Snipe; on Fenland Lagoon 5 Greenshank; and on Tennyson's Sands a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 268 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, and a Kingfisher. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Greenshank, 8 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and a Spotted Flycatcher. Going south were a Merlin, 40 House Martin and 120 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 15 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, 2 Robin, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Kestrel; and 7 retraps: a Goldcrest, 4 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 8th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Kestrel, ringed 8th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 8th September 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
September 7th. On Jackson's Marsh were 10 Spoonbill, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe and a Kingfisher; on Tennyson's Sands 2 Pintail, a Snipe, a Spotted Redshank and 251 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Fenland Lagoon a Spotted Redshank. Around, including birds trapped, were a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear, 11 Whinchat and 2 Goldcrest. Heading south were a Great Skua, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Swift, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, resulted in 40 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 9 Robin, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, a Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, a Wheatear, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Dunnock, a Wren and a Whitethroat.

Knot, 7th September 2017

Sanderling, 7th September 2017.
Common Buzzard, 7th September 2017.
Meadow Pipit, 7th September 2017.
Turnstone, 7th September 2017.


Redshank, 7th September 2017.
Tern Flock, 7th September 2017.
Spotted Redshank, 7th September 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
September 6th. Birds around included 10 Spoonbill, 82 Little Egret, a Merlin, 2 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 275 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 8 Whinchat, 65 Yellow Wagtail and a Goldcrest. Flying south were an Osprey, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 140 Meadow Pipit, 50 Swallow, 40 House Martin and 2 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 23 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, 9 Robin, a Reed Warbler, a Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroat; and 2 retrap Whitethroats.

Osprey, 6th September 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
Wheatear, 6th September 2017.
Kingfisher, 6th September 2017.
Pale Common Buzzard, 6th September 2017.
Pale Common Buzzard, 6th September 2017.
Wheatear, 6th September 2017.
Mixed flock of Sandwich and Common Terns, 6th September 2017.
September 5th. On Jackson's Marsh were 10 Spoonbill, 85 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Stint; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank and 2 Kingfisher. Around were 11 Arctic Skua, 3 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail. Going south were 4 Swift, 80 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin and 65 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 2 new Blackcap; and a retrap Whitethroat.

 September 4th. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Spoonbill, 60 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron and 9 Snipe; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 5 Snipe and a Water Rail. Birds around included a Greenshank, a Kingfisher, a Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were a Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 2000 Sandwich Tern, 5 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin and 14 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 2 new birds: a Blackcap and a Starling; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

September 3rd. On Jackson's Marsh were 7 Spoonbill, 61 Little Egret and 3 Snipe; on Tennyson's Sands 8 Greenshank and 4 Spotted Redshank; and on the Mere 2 Wigeon. On or over the sea were 8 Goosander and a Red-throated Diver. The tern roost contained 1500 Sandwich Terns, with a further 350 flying south along with a Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, 40 Teal, 45 Gannet and a Fulmar. Around were a Common Buzzard, a Greenshank, a Merlin, a Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat, a Wheatear, 45 House Martin and 25 Yellow Wagtail. Flying north were a Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier and 15 Swallow; and south 2 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: 2 Blackcap and a Blue Tit; and 4 retraps: singles of Great Tit, Dunnock, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat.

Whinchat, 3rd September 2017.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Whinchat, 3rd September 2017.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Wheatear, 3rd September 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Bittersweet (Woody Nightshade), 3rd September 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
September 2nd. Misty start, gradually clearing.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 13 Spoonbill (arrived in afternoon); and on Tennyson's Sands 7 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Yellow-legged Gull, a Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank, 3 Arctic Skua, a Kingfisher, a Wheatear, a Whinchat, a Bullfinch and a Goldcrest. Going south were 2 Whimbrel and a House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: a Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, a Robin, a Reed Warbler, 4 Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Whitethroat; and 6 retraps: a Blackcap, 2 Robin, a Great Tit and a Whitethroat.

Kingfisher, 2nd September 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Chiffchaff, 2nd September 2017.
Willow Warbler, 2nd September 2017.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2nd September 2017.
Whitethroat, 2nd September 2017.
Treecreeper, 2nd September 2017.
Yellow-legged Gull, 2nd September 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound
September 1st. Soggy, misty start following yesterday's rain, gradually drying out and clearing.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 13 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 7 Arctic Skua, 800 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Tern, a Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Yellow Wagtail. On Tennyson's Sands were a female Scaup, 163 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, a Snipe, 3 Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper; on Jackson's Marsh a Little Stint, 4 Snipe and a Common Sandpiper; and on Fenland Lagoon 5 Greenshank and a Kingfisher. Heading south were 4 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 2 Collared Dove, 12 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin and 25 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.
 A brief ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling yielded just a new Dunnock.

Female Scaup, 1st September 2017.
Photo - Doug Aston