Monday, 21 August 2017

Late August 2017

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August 22nd. A White-rumped Sandpiper was discovered at Greenshanks Creek early morning. Later it flew off south. Birds around included 20 Spoonbill (a reserve record), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe and a Green Woodpecker. Flying south were 4 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 15 House Martin and 120 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The 3 new birds were a Wren, a Linnet and a Swallow; and the 6 retraps were a Great Tit, a Dunnock, 2 Blackcap, a Wren and a Willow Warbler.

August 21st. Around were 10 Spoonbill, a Common Buzzard, a Water Rail, a Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, a Treecreeper, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat. Going south were 2 Whimbrel, 6 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin and 55 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 7 retraps: 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, a Linnet, a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

Spoonbills, 21st August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Lapwing, 21st August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Black-tailed Godwits, 21st August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale

Friday, 11 August 2017

Mid August 2017

August 20th. On Jackson's Marsh were 15 Spoonbill, 149 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank. Around, including birds trapped, were a Wheatear, a Whinchat, 14 House Sparrow, a Yellowhammer and a Tree Pipit. Heading south were 5 Whimbrel, a Sand Martin, 3 House Martin and 5 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 53 new birds: 42 Willow Warbler, 2 Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, 2 Meadow Pipit and a Yellowhammer; and 3 retraps: a Willow Warbler, a Wren and a Dunnock.

Spoonbills, 20th August 2017.
 Photo - Rob Watson
Tree Pipit, ringed 20th August 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Whinchat, ringed 20th August 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Ivy-leaved Toadflax, 20th August 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Male Common Darter, 20th August 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
August 19th. On Jackson's Marsh were 6 Spoonbill, a Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Mediterranean Gull, 6 Whimbrel, a Hobby, a Tree Pipit and a Garden Warbler. Flying south were a Yellow-legged Gull, a Swift, 8 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin and 7 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 32 new birds: 19 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: singles of Linnet, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.

August 18th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Around were 2 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Going south were 42 Arctic Skua, 20 Gannet, 4 Arctic Tern, 80 Common Tern, 3 Great Crested Grebe, a Hobby and 8 Swift.
 A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler and a Blackcap; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap and 2 Great Tit.

August 17th. Rain overnight until late morning.
 Birds around included 8 Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, a Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 5 Kestrel, a Kingfisher, a Spotted Flycatcher and 12 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were a Whimbrel, 72 Swift and a Tree Pipit.

August 16th. Around were 14 Spoonbill, an eclipse male Garganey, 6 Golden Plover, 2 adult Curlew Sandpiper, 13 Snipe, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 15 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, a Peregrine, a Kingfisher and 5 Yellow Wagtail. Flying south were 21 Golden Plover, 55 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 15 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin and a Reed Warbler; and 4 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Great Tit.

August 15th. Birds around included 10 Spoonbill,  an adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Red Kite, a Wood Sandpiper,7 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 6 Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, 6 Swift, 100 House Martin, a Wheatear, 2 Tree Sparrow and 12 Yellow Wagtail. A Great Skua flew inland over Jackson's Marsh.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 5 retraps: a Linnet, 2 Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

First-summer (portlandica) Common Tern, 15th August 2017.
 Photo - Paul Neale
Adult Common Tern, 15th August 2017.
Photo Paul Neale
Wheatear, 15th August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
August 14th. Around were 14 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, a Kingfisher and 7 Yellow Wagtail. Going south were a Swift, a Turtle Dove and 15 Swallow.
 The eleventh session of CES was done this morning. The 36 new birds were 7 Wren, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, a House Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Blackbird and a Woodpigeon. The 5 retraps were a Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Chiffchaff and 2 Dunnock.
 A Silver-washed Fritillary was found in the Plantation.

Leucistic adult Black-headed Gull, 14th August 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound
August 13th. Birds around included 14 Spoonbill, 2 Mediterranean Gull,  a Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 220 Black-tailed Godwit, 50000 Knot, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine, 4 Wheatear, 2 Treecreeper and 30 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were 8 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: a Wren, 4 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Whitethroat and 5 Starling; and 2 retraps: a Robin and a Dunnock.

Mediterranean Gull, 13th August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Treecreeper, 13th August 2015.
Photo - Paul Neale
Wheatear, 13th August 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
August 12th. Around were 17 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4000 Black-headed Gull, 247 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and a Kingfisher. Flying south were 3 Swift, 59 Sand Martin and 25 Swallow; and west a Collared Dove.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 17 new birds: 9 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a Dunnock; and 10 retraps: 2 Blackcap, 3 Dunnock, a Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Linnet.

August 11th. Birds around included 11 Spoonbill, 3 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. Going south were 2 Turtle Dove, a Hobby, 6 House Martin and 3 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 34 new birds: 5 Wren, 14 Willow Warbler, a Long-tailed Tit, 3 Linnet, 3 Robin, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 12 retraps: a Robin, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Wren, 5 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Great Tit.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in 10 new birds: 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a House Sparrow; and 1 retrap: a Robin.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Early August 2017

August 10th. Around, including birds trapped, were 16 Spoonbill, 3 Pochard, a Mediterranean Gull, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Woodpecker, a Hobby, a Garden Warbler and 2 Wheatear. Offshore were 10 Gannet, 50 Common Tern, 300 Sandwich Tern and 3 Arctic Skua. Heading north were a Black Tern, 4 Sand Martin and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 20 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, 7 Linnet, a Robin, a Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and a Starling; and 8 retraps: a Song Thrush, 2 Willow Warbler, a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, a Wren and a Chiffchaff.

August 9th. Rain in morning.
 Flying north offshore was an adult Sabine's Gull, a Fulmar, 3 Arctic Skua, 5 Kittiwake and 6 Little Gull; and south 2 Black Tern and 6 Arctic Skua. Birds around included 12 Spoonbill, 2 Scaup, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, a Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 150 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Crossbill.

  August 8th. Intermittent rain all day.
 Around were 18 Spoonbill, a Mediterranean Gull, a Kittiwake, an Arctic Tern, an Arctic Skua, 50000 Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, a Kingfisher and a Pied Flycatcher. Going south were 6 Swallow.

August 7th. Birds around included 13 Spoonbill, a Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 151 Black-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo and a Green Woodpecker. Heading south were 35 Swallow.
 The tenth session of CES was done this morning. The 18 new birds were 3 Wren, 4 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Blackbird. The 9 retraps were 2 Blackbird, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, a Linnet and a Chiffchaff.

Sea Rocket, 7th August 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Scarlet Pimpernel, 7th August 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
August 6th. Around were 15 Spoonbill, 2 Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 136 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, a Little Stint, a Goldcrest and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Flying south were 34 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 19 new birds: 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Wren, a Blackcap, 2 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and a Reed Warbler; and 4 retraps: a Robin, 2 Dunnock and a Sedge Warbler.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in 21 new birds: 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, a Linnet, a Reed Warbler and a Great Tit; and 1 retrap: a Wren.

August 5th. Birds around included a Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Spotted Flycatcher. Going southwest were 50 Sand Martin and 75 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 35 new birds: 3 Wren, a Goldcrest, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 5 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and 5 Starling; and 6 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Linnet and 3 Dunnock.

Juvenile Goldcrest, ringed 5th August 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
August 4th. Around were 7 Spoonbill, a Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 1800 Sandwich Tern, 50 Gannet, 33 Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Heading north was an Osprey; and south were 1000 Swift, 35 Sand Martin and 14 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Linnet and a Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.


Swift, 4th August 2017.
Sandwich Tern, 4th August 2017.
Sandwich Tern, 4th August 2017.
Sandwich Tern, 4th August 2017.
Sandwich Tern, 4th August 2017.
Arctic Skua, 4th August 2017
August 3rd. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included 14 Spoonbill, 2 Peregrine and 2 Greenshank. Flying south were 15 Swift, a Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and 30 Swallow.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, resulted in 6 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet and a Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: singles of Wren, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird and Dunnock.

August 2nd. Around were 15 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Skua, a Hobby, a Treecreeper and 12 Yellow Wagtail. On Fenland Lagoon were 3 Little Ringed Plover. Going south were a Grey Heron, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 3 Arctic Tern, a Turtle Dove, 10 Swift, 352 Sand Martin, 120 Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and a Blackcap; and 3 retraps: a Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent resulted in 29 new birds: 11 Willow Warbler, 4 Dunnock, 4 Linnet, 3 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, a Great Tit and a Reed Bunting; and 3 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler.

Sand Martins gathering, 2nd August 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound
August 1st. Birds around included 10 Spoonbill, 250 Common Scoter, a Marsh Harrier, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Sandwich Tern, 12 Arctic Skua, a Guillemot, 3 Whimbrel, 210 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a juvenile Wheatear, 2 Treecreeper, a Garden Warbler and a Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Green Sandpiper and 150 Redshank; and on Jackson's Marsh a Turnstone. Heading south were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 34 Swift, 35 Sand Martin, 47 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Robin, a Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 6 retraps: a Song Thrush, a Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and 2 Dunnock.

Greenshank, 1st August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Sedge Warbler, 1st August 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale