Sunday, 21 January 2018

Late January 2018

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Janaury 24th. Strong south-west wind mid-morning.
On Croft Marsh were 50 Pink-footed Goose, 100 Lapwing and 400 Golden Plover. On Jackson's marsh were 2 Pintail and 150 Wigeon. 

Ringing Controls...
Blackbird, ringed 11 November 2017 GPBO, controlled 31 November 2017 Whitwell, Derbyshire
Goldcrest, ringed 4 October 2017 GPBO, controlled 26 October 2017 Cayeux-sur-Mer, France

January 23rd. 
Around were 2 Stonechat, 250 Lapwing and 150 Pink-footed Goose.

January 22nd.
Birds around the reserve in the morning were a male Hen Harrier, a Bullfinch, a Yellowhammer, a singing Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. Offshore were 80 Common Scoter, 8 Red breasted Merganser and 97 Red-throated Diver (south).
A late afternoon visit to the Wash Viewpoint produced a count of 580 Brent Goose, a Merlin, male Hen Harrier (into roost) and 2 Grey Partridge.  

January 21st. Frosty start.
On the reserve were 3 Bullfinch, a Woodcock, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 3 Snow Bunting (Millennium Ridge), 2 House Sparrow, 21 Fieldfare, a Siskin, a Collared Dove, a Coal Tit and 2 Water Rail. Croft Marsh held 800 Golden Plover and 300 Lapwing. South offshore were 172 Red-throated Diver and 21 Red-breasted Merganser. On the water bodies were 4 Whooper Swan, a Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 140 Lapwing, 48 Gadwall and 2 Water Rail.
Sunrise, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nigel Lound
Snow Bunting (female) on Millennium Ridge, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nigel Lound
Snow Bunting (male) on Millennium Ridge, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nigel Lound



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Mid January 2018

January 20th. Around were 5 Snow Bunting, male Hen Harrier and 2 Bullfinch. 

January 19th. Frost overnight.
 On Croft Marsh were 800 Golden Plover, 30 Pink-footed Goose and 100 Lapwing. Around the reserve were 5 Corn Bunting, a male Hen Harrier and a Bullfinch.

January 18th. Strong winds early morning, dropping by mid-morning, sunny and bright with intermittent showers.
 Birds around were 16 White-fronted Goose, a Water Pipit, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Corn Bunting and 4 Bullfinch.

January 17th. Cold start after overnight snow, then sunny but windy.
 Around were 250 Lapwing, 1000 Golden Plover, 16 White-fronted Goose (including bird with neck collar), 2 Woodcock, 25 Corn Bunting, 2 Stonechat and a Siskin.

January 16th. Birds around included 20 Pink-footed Goose. On or over Croftmarsh were a Tundra Bean Goose (briefly) and a Common Buzzard.
 While cleaning out the nest boxes two interesting discoveries were made. In a small box were some hibernating insects, probably Drone Flies (a type of Hoverfly). In a big box were two long-dead full-grown Kestrels with non-GPBO rings.

Hibernating insects, probably Drone Flies, 16th January 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
January 15th. Rain on and off all day.
 On Croftmarsh were 16 White-fronted Goose (including one with a neck collar fitted in the Netherlands in 2013, the first British sighting from this scheme) and 100 Pink-footed Goose.

January 14th. Around were 450 Brent Goose, 300 Wigeon, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 2 Treecreeper, a Bullfinch, 2 House Sparrow and 20 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 372 Dark-bellied Brent Goose,  a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, a Pintail and 2 Goldeneye; on Tennyson's Sands a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Snipe; on the Mere a Goldeneye and a Kingfisher; over Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard; and on Wainfleet Marsh 150 Pink-footed Goose. Flying south were 10 Golden Plover.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided a new Chaffinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Great Tit and a Goldfinch.

Kingfisher, 14th January 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
January 13th. Birds around included 60 Pink-footed Goose, 600 Brent Goose, 3 Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Redwing, a Stonechat, a Snow Bunting and 22 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pintail and a Goldeneye; and on Wainfleet Marsh 4 Whooper Swan. Going south were 100 Pink-footed Goose and 1000 Lapwing (to roost)
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 3 retraps: 2 Blue Tit and a Great Tit.

January 12th. Around were 184 Pink-footed Goose, 450 Brent Goose, 5 Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, 11 Fieldfare and a Brambling. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Pochard, 2 Water Rail and a Black-tailed Godwit; on Jackson's Marsh 2 Goldeneye; and over Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard. Heading west was a White-fronted Goose; and south a Bullfinch.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber and Richard Doan, produced just 2 new Great Tit.
 The Snowdrops have started flowering around the Plantation and Orchard.

Snowdrops, 12th January 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
January 11th. Soggy start,
 Heading south were a Waxwing and 14 Whooper Swan. A Bittern flew to the back of the Mere, where was a Water Rail. On Tennyson's Sands were 453 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a possible hybrid Dark-bellied Brent Goose x Black Brant. Birds around included 300 Pink-footed Goose, a male Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, 4 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch and 20 Corn Bunting. Flying north were a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Snow Bunting. Observed sparring were 2 male Pheasant.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 5 new birds: a Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch; and 2 retrap Blue Tit.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose showing substantial Black Brant-type neck collar, 11th January 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 11th January 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan

Monday, 1 January 2018

Early January 2018

January 10th. Soggy start, then foggy, then rainy, then soggy, making recording difficult.
 Around were 2 Goldcrest.

Ringing Controls.
 Sparrowhawk ringed 1/1/2010 GPBO, controlled West Tofts, Norfolk 22/12/2017.
 Blackbird ringed 13/10/2013 GPBO. controlled King's Lynn, Norfolk 2/1/2018.
 Blackbird ringed 14/2/2015 Fairburn Ings, North Yorkshire, controlled 26/11/2017 GPBO.
 Chaffinch ringed 16/10/2017 GPBO, controlled 17/11/2017 Warrington, Merseyside.

January 9th. Birds around included 50 Pink-footed Goose, 400 Brent Goose, a Snipe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Barn Owl, a Goldcrest and a Stonechat. Going west were 55 Fieldfare.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 3 new birds: a Blue Tit, a Robin and a Blackbird; and 6 retraps: 3 Blue Tit, a Dunnock and 2 Great Tit.

January 8th. Cold start. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.
 Around were a Barn Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 60 Fieldfare and 2 Stonechat. On Croftmarsh were 500 Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose.

January 7th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.
 The Bittern flew onto the Mere again. Birds around included 300 Pink-footed Goose, 1500 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, a Merlin, 40 Fieldfare, a Snow Bunting and 15 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 5 Kittiwake, 50 Red-throated Diver, 40 Auk sp, a Fulmar and a Gannet.

Snow Bunting, 7th January 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Corn Buntings, 7th January 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
January 6th. Early morning rain with increasing wind.
 The Bittern flew to the back of the Mere. Flying north were an Iceland Gull, a Slavonian Grebe, a Gannet, a Goldeneye and a Razorbill. Around were 550 Pink-footed Goose, 2800 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, 8000 Knot, a Peregrine, 2 Merlin and 40 Fieldfare.

Ringing Recovery.
 Chaffinch, ringed 12 April 2016 GPBO; found dead Rhes-y-Cae, Flintshire, Wales 24 December 2017.

January 5th. Cloudy start with brief light rain, then sunny, then cloudy with rain.
 A Bittern was discovered on Tennyson's Sands. Birds around included 480 Pink-footed Goose, 2 male Hen Harrier and 40 Fieldfare. Offshore were 5 Slavonian Grebe. Going south were a Red-necked Grebe, 40 Red-throated Diver, a Guillemot, a Razorbill and a Gannet.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded a new Goldfinch; and 4 retraps: 3 Blue Tit and a Greenfinch.

January 4th. Rain until late morning, then sunny and windy in the afternoon.
 Around were an adult Caspian Gull (Greenshanks Creek), a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2500 Herring Gull, a Water Rail, a Barn Owl, a Goldcrest, 50 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing and a Stonechat. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Snipe. Heading south were 3 Turnstone.
 A ringing session at Aylmer Avenue from late morning, with Jenni Godber, provided 3 new birds: a Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch; and 8 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Goldfinch, 4 Blue Tit and a Greenfinch.

January 3rd. Strong westerly wind, gradually decreasing.
 Birds around included 160 Pink-footed Goose, 160 Brent Goose, a male Hen Harrier, 1200 Oystercatcher, 24 Turnstone, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 78 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and a Water Pipit. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 male Pochard and a female Goldeneye. Offshore was a large Diver Spp. Flying south was a Long-tailed Duck.

January 2nd. Around were 350 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1100 Oystercatcher, 180 Golden Plover, 120 Sanderling, a Snipe, a Woodcock, 1000 Herring Gull, a Green Woodpecker, 81 Fieldfare and 2 Stonechat. On Jackson's Marsh were a Goldeneye, a Pintail and a Water Rail.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 2 new birds: a Blue Tit and a Blackbird; and a retrap Robin.

January 1st. Moderately strong but decreasing south-westerly wind.
 The Bittern reappeared on Jackson's Marsh mid morning. Other birds there were a Goldeneye, a Pochard, a Pintail, a Water Rail, a Kingfisher and a Water Pipit. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Water Rail and 2 Snipe; and over Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard. Birds around included 200 Pink-footed Goose, 377 Brent Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Treecreeper, 50 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit and a Bullfinch.

Bittern, 1st January 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Bittern, 1st January 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Late December 2017

December 31st. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 On Jackson's Marsh were a Bittern and a Goldeneye. Around were 200 Lapwing and a Barn Owl.

Bittern on Jackson's Marsh, 31st December 2017.
Photo - Kevin Simskin
December 30th. Soggy start.
 Birds around included 315 Brent Goose, a Merlin, a Hen Harrier, a Goldcrest, 21 Fieldfare, a Bullfinch and a Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pintail and a Goldeneye; on Tennyson's Sands 5 Snipe; and on Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard and 250 Lapwing.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 5 new birds: 3 Goldfinch, a Great Tit and a Greenfinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Blue Tit.

Noisy Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 30th December 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
December 29th. Rain most of day, with fairly strong, variable and decreasing wind.
 Around were 150 Lapwing, 2 Barn Owl and 20 Fieldfare.

December 28th. Freezing start, slowly thawing out.
 On Croftmarsh were 152 Pink-footed Goose, a Common Buzzard, 400 Golden Plover and 200 Lapwing; on Jackson's Marsh 65 Shoveler and 60 Wigeon; and on Tennyson's Sands 300 Brent Goose, a Pintail, 55 Shoveler, 4 Water Rail, 17 Snipe and a Kingfisher. Birds around included 2 Barn Owl, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 80 Fieldfare and a Water Pipit. Heading south was a Bullfinch; and west a Grey Heron.

Fieldfare, 28th December 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Starling, 28th December 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
 December 27th. Rain until noon, then quite strong north-westerly wind.
 Around were 200 Lapwing and 20 Fieldfare. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew north at sea.

December 26th. Decreasing then increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included a Treecreeper, a Stonechat, 60 Fieldfare and 4 Goldcrest.

Stonechat, 26th December 2017.
Photo - Colin Casey
December 25th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were 500 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Lapwing, 250 Golden Plover, 100 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, a Treecreeper, a Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, a Siskin and 2 Redpoll Spp. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

December 24th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included 300 Golden Plover, 60 Lapwing, 3 Woodcock, a Merlin, 50 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 50 Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and 3 Bullfinch. On Croftmarsh were 4 Water Pipit. Going to roost were 12000 Black-headed Gull, 3500 Common Gull and 500 Herring Gull.

December 23rd. Slowly increasing south-westerly wind.
 Around were a male Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, a Merlin, 70 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, a Stonechat, a Water Pipit, 3 Bullfinch and 11 Corn Bunting. On the Mere were 42 Gadwall and a Pintail; and over Croftmarsh 2 Buzzard and a Peregrine. Heading north were a Brent Goose and 3 Common Scoter; and south 100 Pink-footed Goose and a Red-breasted Merganser.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded just a retrap Great Tit.

December 22nd. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1600 Golden Plover, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 80 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 4 Water Pipit, 5 House Sparrow and a Siskin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 3 new birds: a Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch; and 9 retraps: 5 Blue Tit, a Wren, a Goldcrest and 2 Great Tit.

December 21st. Around were a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, a Treecreeper and 120 Fieldfare. On Tennyson's Sands were a Pochard, 5 Water Rail and 9 Snipe.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, produced 3 new birds: 2 Goldfinch and a Greenfinch; and 17 retraps: 7 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Greenfinch and 6 Great Tit.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Mid December 2017

December 20th. Birds around included a Woodcock, 100 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing and a Stonechat. On Jackson's Marsh was a Water Pipit. Flying north-west were 8 White-fronted Goose.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 4 new birds: a Blue Tit, a Great Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 7 retraps: a Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Greenfinch.

December 19th. Fairly cold start, slowly warming up.
 Around were 120 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Brent Goose, 3 Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Merlin, 5 Goldcrest, 160 Fieldfare, a male Blackcap, a Brambling, 3 Bullfinch and 2 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 57 Shoveler and 8 Snipe. Offshore were 85 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Shag and a Great Skua.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, provided 14 new birds: 5 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch and 6 Greenfinch; and 2 retrap Blue Tit.

December 18th. Cold start, slowly warming up.
 Birds around included 120 Brent Goose, a Hen Harrier, 300 Golden Plover, a Barn Owl, a Merlin and 50 Fieldfare.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 5 new birds: 2 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, a Blue Tit and a Greenfinch; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, a Great Tit and a Dunnock.

December 17th. Freezing start, gradually thawing out.
 Around were 4 Whooper Swan, 3 Water Rail, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Kingfisher, 3 Stonechat, 22 Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 3 Bullfinch and a Snow Bunting. Offshore were 70 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Going south were 30 Wigeon and 30 Teal; and north a Great Crested Grebe.

Sunrise, 17th December 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Roe Deer, 17th December 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
 
Whooper Swans, 17th December 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
December 16th. Freezing start, slowly thawing out.
 Birds around included 60 Brent Goose, 200 Golden Plover, a Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, a Yellowhammer and 16 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan.

Recent Ringing Recoveries and Controls:
Blackbird, ringed GPBO 31/10/2011, controlled Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 26/11/2017
Goldfinch, ringed GPBO 12/4/2016, controlled Shotley, Suffolk 3/11/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed Mickley, Northumberland 25/6/2017, controlled GPBO 12/9/2017
Reed Bunting, ringed Wakefield, Yorkshire 1/7/2017, controlled GPBO 9/10/2017
Goldcrest, ringed GPBO 12/9/2017, controlled High Halstow. Kent 26/10/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed GPBO 3/10/2017, recovered Safi, Morocco 15/11/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed GPBO 4/10/2017, controlled Queen Mary Reservoir, Surrey 17/10/2017
Blackbird ringed GPBO 13/11/2016, controlled Kilnsea, Yorkshire 27/10/2017

December 15th. Increasing north-westerly wind with occasional light rain.
 Around were a Barn Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing and a Yellowhammer. On the Mere were a Water Rail and a Jack Snipe; and on Jackson's Marsh an immature Whooper Swan and a Goldeneye. Heading south was a Siskin.
 A brief weather-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Mike Polling, yielded just a new Dunnock.

December 14th. Cold start, with decreasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included 144 Brent Goose, 300 Wigeon, 2 Common Buzzard, a male Hen Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 800 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, a Fieldfare and 3 House Sparrow. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Flying south were 300 Pink-footed Goose and a Black-tailed Godwit.

December 13th. Around were 50 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Goldcrest and a Redpoll. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Going south were 4 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 10 new birds: 6 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Chaffinch; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit and 3 Great Tit.

December 12th. Frozen start, slowly thawing out.
 At Greenshanks Creek were 3 Shorelark. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Birds around included 900 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 450 Golden Plover, 360 Lapwing, a Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare and 3 Snow Bunting. Heading south were 28 Lapwing; and west 4 Pink-footed Goose.

December 11th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.
 A Great White Egret flew down the River Steeping. Over Croftmarsh were 1500 Pink-footed Goose. Around were a Red Kite, a Barn Owl, a Goldcrest and a Bullfinch.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Early December 2017

December 10th. Cold start, then snow and rain for most of day.
 On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Birds around included 2 Goldcrest.

December 9th. Very cold start.
 Around were 6 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Brent Goose, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, a Stonechat, 11 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare and 6 Goldcrest. On Jackson's Marsh were an immature Whooper Swan and a Grey Heron.

December 8th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind; cold start.
 Birds around included 500 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Brent Goose, 200 Teal, 400 Cormorant, a Hen Harrier, 550 Grey Plover, 400 Sanderling, 2000 Dunlin, a Merlin, 3 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper and a Redwing. On Jackson's Marsh was a Grey Heron. Flying south were 3 Common Scoter, a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Fieldfare and 6 Brambling.

December 7th. Strong south-westerly wind, gradually decreasing. Some mid morning rain.
 Around were 600 Pink-footed Goose, a Common Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, a Bullfinch and 2 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were an immature Whooper Swan and 2 Pintail.

December 6th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 500 Pink-footed Goose, a male Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, a Peregrine, a Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Bullfinch, a Brambling and a Snow Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a Water Pipit; and on the Mere a Water Rail. On or over the sea were 2 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Kittiwake; while 2 Great Northern Diver and a Slavonian Grebe went south. Over land a Redwing and a Siskin went south.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, produced 10 new birds: 2 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 17 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, a Great Tit, a Robin, 7 Long-tailed Tit and a Greenfinch.

December 5th. Around, including birds trapped, were 6 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, a Siskin, 3 Bullfinch and 10 Corn Bunting. On the sea was a Slavonian Grebe. On Tennyson's Sands were 84 Shoveler, 3 Water Rail and 200 Lapwing; on Jackson's Marsh an immature Whooper Swan; and on Croftmarsh 2 Water Pipit. Heading south were 2 adult Whooper Swan and 6 Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, resulted in 18 new birds: a Blackcap, a Bullfinch, a Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 8 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird; and 14 retraps: 2 Bullfinch, 2 Wren, a Blackcap, a Dunnock, a Blackbird, a Robin, a Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, a Goldcrest, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit.

Bullfinch, ringed 5th December 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
December 4th. Frosty start, gradually thawing out.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Woodcock, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Bullfinch.
 A frost-delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 10 new birds: 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, a Blackcap and 4 Greenfinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Blue Tit and a Blackbird.

December 3rd. Around, including birds trapped, were 540 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greenshank, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Stonechat, a Treecreeper, 2 House Sparrow and 19 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 10 new birds: a Treecreeper, 2 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 10 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest and a Great Tit.

Treecreeper, ringed 3rd, December 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
December 2nd. Birds around included 2 Merlin and 4 Stonechat. Flying south were 4 Bewick's Swan, 150 Teal, 21 Eider, 5 Great Crested Grebe, a Brambling and a Siskin; and north 11 Wigeon. In off the sea came a Marsh Harrier and 210 Lapwing.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 13 new birds: 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch and 5 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Blackbird, a Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, a Robin and a Wren.

December 1st. Snow gradually melting and strong northerly wind gradually decreasing.
 Sea-watching produced 2 Little Auk, 1300 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar north; and a Black-throated Diver and 4 Eider south. In off the sea came a Snow Bunting. Around were 180 Brent Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 100 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, a Fieldfare, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 15 Corn Bunting.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Late November 2017

November 30th. Moderately strong northerly wind, with snow from mid morning.
 Birds around included 300 Pink-footed Goose, a House Sparrow and 2 Snow Bunting. Going south were 3 Whooper Swan, 25 Red-throated Diver, 80 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 30 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe; and north 3 Teal, a Common Scoter, a Brent Goose and an Auk Spp.

November 29th. Rain until early morning, then in afternoon.
 Around were 550 Pink-footed Goose. Heading south were 92 Kittiwake and 3 Great Skua; and north 8 adult Little Gull, 2 Fulmar, 25 Wigeon and 15 Auk Spp. In off the sea came a Short-eared Owl.

November 28th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 550 Pink-footed Goose, a Kingfisher, a Firecrest, a Goldcrest and a Brambling. Offshore were 14 Wigeon. Flying south were 6 Whooper Swan and 6 Gannet; and north 25 Wigeon and 5 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 12 new birds: a Firecrest, a Brambling, 3 Chaffinch, a Blue Tit, 4 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Blackbird, a Wren and a Robin.

Firecrest, ringed 28th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Brambling, ringed 28th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
November 27th. Around, including birds trapped, were 800 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Goldcrest, a Stonechat and 3 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Whooper Swan and 57 Wigeon; and on Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard and 200 Golden Plover.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 9 new birds: a Wren, 3 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and 4 Greenfinch; and 12 retraps: a Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Dunnock, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, a Wren, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit.

November 26th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 500 Pink-footed Goose, 30 Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, 3 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, a Blackcap, a Stonechat, 2 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Redpoll and 13 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan; and on the Mere 2 Pintail. Going west were 7 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 13 new birds: 3 Wren, a Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, a Great Tit, a Blackcap, a Blue Tit, a Greenfinch and a Blackbird; and 12 retraps: 2 Wren, a Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest and a Goldfinch.

Sunrise, 26th November 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Roe Deer, 26th November 2016.
Photo - Rob Watson
November 25th. Around, including birds trapped, were 500 Pink-footed Goose, 2000 Golden Plover, a Blackcap, a Redwing, a Stonechat and a Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, resulted in 17 new birds: 6 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, a Blackcap, 4 Greenfinch and 3 Blackbird; and 10 retraps: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, a Wren, a Great Tit and a Greenfinch.

Sunset over the reserve, 25th November 2017.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Long-tailed Tit, 25th November 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Redwing, 25th November 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson


Siskin, 25th November 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Stonechat, 25th November 2017.
Photo - Paul Johnson
 November 24th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 800 Pink-footed Goose, 550 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Pintail, a Marsh Harrier, 7 Woodcock, 11 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 25 Siskin, a Lesser Redpoll, 3 Brambling and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 11 Water Rail; and on Jackson's Marsh a juvenile Whooper Swan. Heading south were 7 Whooper Swan and a Hawfinch.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, provided 18 new birds: a Wren, a Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 14 retraps: a Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit and a Song Thrush.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Tennyson's Sands, 24th November 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 23rd. Moderately strong south-westerly wind, gradually decreasing.
 Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 3 Woodcock, 4 Merlin, a Treecreeper, a Chiffchaff, 16 Fieldfare, 8 Brambling, a Bullfinch and 30 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Whooper Swan and a Pintail; and on Tennyson's Sands a Pintail. Flying south were 15 Whooper Swan and 3 Brambling.

Amethyst Deceiver, 23rd November 2017.
Photo - Jack Wilson
Stonechat, 23rd November 2017.
Photo - Jack Wilson
Brambling in the Plantation, 23rd November 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 22nd. Increasingly strong south-westerly wind.
 Around were 450 Pink-footed Goose, 54 Brent Goose, 600 Cormorant, a Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 4 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kingfisher, a Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 80 Siskin and a Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan; on Tennyson's Sands a Water Rail and 4 Black-tailed Godwit; and on the Mere 21 Gadwall.  Going south were a Red-breasted Merganser and 72 Black-tailed Godwit; and north 3 Red-breasted Merganser. To roost on Tennyson's Sands went 620 Starling.

November 21st. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1200 Pink-footed Goose, a Water Rail, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, 15 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 23 Siskin,  a Bullfinch and a Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan; and on Tennyson's Sands were 300 Teal, 11 Water Rail and 9 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were 4 Brambling and 22 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 11 new birds: 7 Goldfinch, a Great Tit, a Bullfinch and 2 Greenfinch; and 10 retraps: a Robin, a Blackbird, 2 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Goldcrest, a Dunnock and a Goldfinch.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Mid November 2017

November 20th. Rain until late morning.
 Around were 900 Pink-footed Goose, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Green Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 16 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Blackcap and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were a Juvenile Whooper Swan and 4 Pintail; on Tennyson's Sands 8 Water Rail and 3 Black-tailed Godwit; on the Mere 54 Gadwall and a Water Rail; and on Fenland Lagoon a Water Rail.

November 19th. In the West Dunes were 2 Firecrest. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 552 Brent Goose, 456 Cormorant, 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Kingfisher, a Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 6 Siskin, a Bullfinch, a Snow Bunting and 11 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Whooper Swan and 2 Pintail; and on Tennyson's Sands 51 Shoveler, 9 Water Rail, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher. Flying south were a juvenile Iceland Gull (over the beach late morning) and 15 Whooper Swan; north 5 Collared Dove; and north-east a Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 14 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 4 Goldfinch, a Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 8 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blue Tit, a Robin, a Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, a Great Tit and a Goldcrest.

Bullfinch, ringed 19th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Firecrest in West Dunes, 19th November 2017.
Photo - Nigel Taylor
Firecrest in West Dunes, 19th November 2017.
Photo - Nigel Taylor
Pink-footed Geese, 19th November 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Sunset, 19th November 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
November 18th. Around, including birds trapped, were 1200 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Goldcrest, a Brambling and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 13 new birds: a Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 3 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Wren, a Robin, a Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest, a Blue Tit and a Great Tit.

November 17th. Frosty start, gradually thawing out.
 The Bittern flew between Jackson's Marsh and Tennyson's Sands. On Jackson's Marsh were the juvenile Whooper Swan and 4 Water Rail; on Tennyson's Sands 14 Water Rail; on the Mere 2 Water Rail; and on Fenland Lagoon a Water Rail. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Shelduck, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, a male Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 500 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Merlin, a Peregrine, 3 Goldcrest, a Water Pipit and 15 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 8 new birds: a Wren, a Goldcrest, a Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and 3 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Blackbird, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Dunnock.

A new record count of Water Rail today, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan  
Blackbirds on Sykes Farm track, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Bittern in flight over Tennyson's Sands, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Bittern in flight over Tennyson's Sands, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Rising tide from Millennium Ridge, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Rising tide from Millennium Ridge, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Rising tide from Millennium Ridge, 17th November 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
  November 16th. On Jackson's Marsh were a Bittern and a juvenile Whooper Swan. Around, including birds trapped, were 30 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Brent Goose, a Coal Tit and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 14 new birds: a Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch, a Brambling, a Blue Tit, 4 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 13 retraps: a Robin, 2 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Goldfinch, a Dunnock, 3 Great Tit and a Coal Tit.

Brambling, ringed 16th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Coal Tit, retapped 16th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
November 15th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1150 Pink-footed Goose, 16 Water Rail, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Firecrest (West Dunes), 6 Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 60 Siskin and 11 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Pintail, 20 Black-tailed Godwit and 154 Lapwing; and on Jackson's Marsh a juvenile Whooper Swan and 2 Pintail. Heading south were 59 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 13 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Lesser Redpoll, a Cetti's Warbler, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and 3 Blackbird; and 9 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Blue Tit and a Wren.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 15th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
November 14th. A Black Brant or hybrid was near the Shorebird Hut. In East Dunes was a Siberian Chiffchaff. Around, including birds trapped, were 1150 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Brent Goose, a Spotted Redshank, a Snipe, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 5 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest, a Water Pipit, 7 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, a Twite and a Lapland Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Whooper Swan and 2 Pintail. Flying south were 40 Siskin; and north an Eider and a Guillemot. In off the sea came a male Hen Harrier.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 21 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Wren, 3 Great Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, a Greenfinch, a Redwing, 7 Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush; and 10 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Bullfinch and 2 Great Tit.

Mistle Thrush, ringed 14th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
November 13th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 300 Pink-footed Goose, 450 Canada Goose, 30 Brent Goose, a Woodcock, a Firecrest, 200 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Brambling and 3 Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan. Going south was a Long-tailed Duck; and south-east 8 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 16 new birds: a Firecrest, a Bullfinch and 14 Blackbird; and 10 retraps: 2 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, a Blue Tit and a Wren.

Firecrest, ringed 13th November 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
November 12th. Around, including birds trapped, were 180 Brent Goose, a Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 2 Fieldfare, a Goldcrest and 3 Snow Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a juvenile Whooper Swan; and on the Mere a Water Rail. Heading south were 7 Whooper Swan, 9 Wigeon, an Eider, a Goldeneye, a Red-necked Grebe, 6 Pomarine Skua, 15 Great Skua, a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2500 Kittiwake; north 25 Teal, a Pintail, 2 Goosander and 2 Guillemot; and west off the sea 4 more Whooper Swan.
 The final morning ringing session of the year in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: a Wren, a Goldcrest and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock and 2 Blackbird.

Muntjac, 12th November 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound
November 11th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 400 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Brent Goose, a Snipe, a Bearded Tit (East Dunes), 6 Redwing and a Goldcrest. On Jackson's Marsh were a juvenile Whooper Swan and 7 Snipe. Flying south were 22 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 27 new birds: a Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chaffinch, a Song Thrush and 13 Blackbird; 2 retrap Blackbirds; and a control Wren.