Saturday, 21 April 2018

Late April 2018

For further information regarding the Reserve and its wildlife, please contact Kevin Wilson at: 
kwilson@lincstrust.co.uk

Top 5 birds to see in April:
1) Cuckoo - present on the reserve from mid-month
2) Whitethroat - commonest warbler on the reserve by the end of the month
3) Spoonbill - scarce passage migrant, can be seen on Tennyson's Sands or Jackson's Marsh at any time
4) Sandwich Tern - can be seen offshore at any time during the month
5) Firecrest - scarce passage migrant, Plantation and North Car Park often reliable places to see them.

April 26th.
 Increasing westerly wind.
 Around were 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo, 2 Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatear, a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. On Jackson's Marsh was a male Garganey. Heading south were a Tree Pipit and 4 Swallow.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded just a retrap Wren.

April 25th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 The 2 Red-rumped Swallow remained feeding over Jackson's Marsh. Other birds around were 83 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Avocet, a Whimbrel, a Little Ringed Plover, a Cuckoo, a Turtle Dove, 3 Ring Ouzel, 8 Wheatear, a Redstart, a Tree Pipit and 2 House Sparrow. On Croftmarsh were a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Pink-footed Goose, a Buzzard and a Greenshank. Flying south were 4 Collared Dove, 8 Rook, a House Martin and 2 Swallow.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: 2 Chaffinch, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat; and a retrap Ring Ouzel.
 The retrap Ring Ouzel, a second-year female, weighed 96.7g, an increase of 7.2g from the 89.5g it weighed when ringed on April 22nd.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 25th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 25th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
April 24th. An Alpine Swift flew south into the Wash in the morning. The 2 Red-rumped Swallow remained around the Sykes Farm area. A Bittern was around the water bodies. Also present, including birds trapped, were 91 Brent Goose, 10 Whimbrel, a Cuckoo, 5 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, a Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler and 5 Lesser Whitethroat. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Garganey. Going south were 3 Marsh Harrier and 3 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Chiffchaff and a Blue Tit; and 2 retraps: a Linnet and a Dunnock.

Grasshopper Warbler
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

April 23rd. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Two Red-rumped Swallow were discovered hawking overhead the reserve for some time.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 56 Brent Goose, a Garganey, 6 Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, a Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoo, a Swift, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, a Wheatear, a Brambling, 2 Siskin and 2 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a Mediterranean Gull; and on Tennyson's Sands a Common Sandpiper. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, a Swift, 18 Rook, 69 Swallow, 13 Sand Martin, 78 House Martin and a Grey Wagtail; and west a Hobby.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chaffinch and a Great Tit; and a retrap Dunnock.

First-winter Mediterranean Gull, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Red-rumped Swallow, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Red-rumped Swallow, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Red-rumped Swallow, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Phil Hyde
Red-rumped Swallow, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Phil Hyde
Gatganey, 23rd April 2018.
Photo - Phil Hyde
Blackcap with pollen around base of bill, ringed 23rd April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Brown-tailed Moth caterpillars in their silk tent, 23rd April 2018.
The hairs of these caterpillars can cause severe allergic reactions in humans, and they should be avoided.
Photo - George Gregory
April 22nd. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull, 4 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, a Peregrine, a Jay, 3 Ring Ouzel, a Wheatear, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskin. On the Mere were 2 Garganey. Flying north were an Osprey, 9 Whimbrel and a Yellow Wagtail; west a Hooded Crow; and south a Red Kite, a Jay, a Woodlark, 5 Whimbrel, 27 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 15 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Chaffinch, 3 Blackcap, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, a Cetti's Warbler, a Blue Tit, a Linnet and 2 Ring Ouzel; 2 retrps: a Wren and a Chiffchaff; and a control Willow Warbler.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 22nd April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ring Ouzel, with a tick behind the bill, ringed 22nd April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ring Ouzel, ringed 22nd April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ring Ouzel, ringed 22nd April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
April 21st. Around, including birds trapped, were a male Garganey (briefly on Old Saltmarsh), 3 Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Buzzard, a Cuckoo, 2 Raven, a Firecrest, a Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap and 2 Ring Ouzel. Going south were a Hobby, 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 10 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Reed Warbler, 2 Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 6 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Blackcap, 21st April 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Brown Hare, 21st April 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Whitethroat, 21st April 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson
Yellowhammer, 21st April 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson




Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Mid April 2018

20th April. A Hoopoe was discovered briefly in the north of the reserve. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Cuckoo, 3 Buzzard, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, a Jack Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Ring Ouzel, 2 Raven, 12 Wheatear, a Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Grasshopper Warbler a Brambling and 3 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 4 Buzzard, 2 Swallow and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and a Lesser Whitethroat; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

Redstart in East Dunes, 20th April 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Wheatears, 20th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Ring Ouzel, 20th April 2018.
Photo- Ben Ward
Wheatear, 20th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Green Hairstreak. 20th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Wheatear, ringed 20th April 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
19th April. Around were 58 Brent Goose, a Red Kite, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cuckoo, a Peregrine, a Firecrest, 2 Wheatear, 12 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Brambling, 3 Hawfinch (in private garden at Aylmer Avenue), 3 Yellowhammer and 5 Corn Bunting. On Croftmatsh were 6 Pink-footed Goose. Flying south were 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Red Kite and 4 Swallow,;and north 39 Pink-footed Goose.
Hawfinch, 19th April 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Red Kite, 19th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Brambling, 19th April 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
18th April. Birds around included 11 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 2 male Firecrest.

17th April. The male Ring Ouzel was still present near the Wash Viewpoint; also a White Wagtail flew south here. A Firecrest was discovered along the Sykes Farm track. Other birds around were 3 Whimbrel (New Saltmarsh), 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Cuckoo (East Dunes) and 4 Sedge Warbler. The 3 Pink-footed Goose remained on Croft Marsh.

Ring Ouzel near the Wash Viewpoint, 17th April 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
16th April. Around were 2 Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, a Red Kite (East Dunes) and a Ring Ouzel (Wash Viewpoint area). A probable Raven was heard from the Shorebird Hut.

Cuckoo, 16th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ring Ouzel, 16th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ring Ouzel, 16th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Short-eared Owl, 16th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Sunset, 16th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
 15th April. Highlights of the day were; 17 Little Gull arriving on Tennyson's Sands in the afternoon, 3 Firecrest (2 East Dunes and 1 North Car Park), a drake Garganey on the Mere, 3 Sedge Warbler along Mill Pond Road and 3 Ring Ouzel. A group of 3 Common Tern flew east towards Mill Hill.

Little Gulls in flight, 15th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward
Little Gull, 15th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward
Little Gull, 15th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward
Firecrest, 15th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward
14th April.  A Raven was heard distantly in the morning. A Woodlark was heard singing in the West Dunes before heading south and a Cuckoo seen in the East Dunes mid afternoon. Also on the reserve today were 3 Hawfinch, a Firecrest, 2 Ruff and a Jack Snipe. 3 Brambling were at the feeding station in the Plantation.

Blackcap, 14th April 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson
Cuckoo, 14th April 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
Male and Female Brambling, 14th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
13th April. Highlights from today were the first returning Grasshopper Warbler, a Green Sandpiper calling over Beach car park, a Water Rail on Freshwater Marsh and 4 Water Pipit. In the afternoon a Red Kite and 2 Marsh Harrier flew south. The Glaucous Gull recently found in Skegness was seen north of Greenshanks Creek from Mill Hill in the evening. Other birds around included 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Short-eared Owl on the Old Saltmarsh. 6 Pink-footed Goose lingered on Croft Marsh.

Glaucous Gull "record shot", 13th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
12th April. Continuing mist on the reserve made conditions difficult. Highlights of the day were a Firecrest along the cycle path opposite the beach car park and an Osprey which flew west mobbed by Gulls and Crows mid-afternoon. Other birds of note were 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Firecrest, 12th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
11th April. A few new migrants on the reserve including 3 Ring Ouzel, 5 Woodcock, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Swallow, 4 Blackcap, 50 Snipe, 30 Redwing and 2 Brambling. 

Monday, 2 April 2018

Early April 2018

10th April. A Cetti's Warbler and a Black Redstart were discovered near North Hide. Other birds of note were a Great Crested Grebe on Jackson's Marsh, a Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl and a Brambling.
Brambling, 10th April 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
9th April. Birds around included 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Garganey, and a Sedge Warbler. A Tree Pipit was briefly observed perched in the West Dunes before heading South. The most unusual record of the day was a Wood Duck of unknown origin.
Wood Duck, 9th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
8th April. The Garganey pair were again on the Old Saltmarsh. In the Plantation were 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Brambling (1 male in full song) and 15 Redwing. The first Sedge Warbler of the year was heard along Mill Pond Road (path to Mill Hill). Flying south were 80 Chaffinch, 3 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin.

Local News - A Glaucous Gull (picture below) was found in Skegness at the Festival Car Park by Kevin Wilson.
Glaucous Gull, Festival Car Park, 8th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
7th April. A group of 6 Common Crane were tracked heading south along the coast, the group arrived over the reserve at 1746hrs, and then flew south-east over the Wash. A pair of Garganey were on the Old Saltmarsh. A Firecrest was discovered near Mill Hill. The first Willow Warbler of the year was singing near North Car Park. Other birds around were 3 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 19 Avocet, 2 Ruff, a Woodcock, 2 Short-eared Owl, 9 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 31 Redwing, 2 Black Redstart (Visitor Centre) and a Wheatear (Wash Viewpoint).

 'Many thanks to Cliff Morrison for alerting us to the six cranes that flew over Saltfleetby late afternoon heading down the coast'.

Common Cranes south over the reserve in the evening, 7th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Common Cranes south over the reserve in the evening, 7th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Red Kite over Mill Hill, 7th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Pink-footed Goose on Croft Marsh, 7th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Wheatear near the Wash Viewpoint, 7th April 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
6th April. Visible migration was again evident early morning (all south); 71 Brambling, 532 Chaffinch, 105 Siskin and 120 Starling. The first Ring Ouzel of the year was seen by the Yacht Club. A Firecrest was seen near North Building. The 3 Garganey were again seen from Harvey's Hide.
Ring Ouzel near the Yacht Club, 6th April 2018.
Photo - Richard Doan
5th April. The first 2 Spoonbill of the year were on Tennyson's Sands this morning. A Black Redstart near the Visitor Centre. A Red Kite was hunting over the New Saltmarsh. Around were 4 Mediterranean Gull (south into roost), 10 Corn Bunting and a Short-eared Owl.
 The first butterfly transect survey of the year produced 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock.
Adult Mediterranean Gulls south into roost, 5th April 2018.
Photo - Richard Doan
Peacock, 5th April 2018.
Photo - Jack Wilson
4th April. Excellent morning visible migration, over the East and West Dunes, with the following south; 2526 Chaffinch (new reserve record!), a Hawfinch (briefly perched up then south with chaffinch flock), 4 Brambling, 51 Siskin, 63 Linnet, a Great White Egret, 21 Rook, 2 Red Kite, 2 Swallow and a single Sand Martin. A Firecrest was seen by North Car Park in the morning. The first Whimbrel and Yellow Wagtail of the year were noted. On the water-bodies were 3 Garganey (Croft Marsh), 18 Avocet (Tennyson's Sands), 6 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail and 200 Golden Plover. Other birds around were a Short-eared Owl, a Woodcock, 13 Corn Bunting, 2 Black Redstart and a Merlin.
Distant Hawfinch perched up in the Plantation, 4th April 2018.
Photo - Richard Doan

Migrating Chaffinch (reserve record broken today!), 4th April 2018.
Photo - Richard Doan 

Marsh Harrier, 4th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward

Brambling, 4th April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward


Short-eared Owl, 4th April 2018
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Garganey on Croft Marsh, 4th April 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth 
3rd April. A Raven put in another appearance in the evening over the East Dunes. Other birds around were 4 Ruff (first of the year), 2 Black Redstart (Visitor Centre & Sykes Farm), White Wagtail (Wash Viewpoint), 3 Chiffchaff and Red Kite (East Dunes).

2nd April. Highlights of the day were a Firecrest and Black Redstart. Also on the reserve were 4 Chiffchaff, a Brambling, Peregrine, Adult male Hen Harrier, 10 Avocet and 9 Corn Bunting. A small group of 6 Pink-footed geese were on Croft Marsh.

Chiffchaff, 2nd April 2018
Photo - Nige Lound

Black Redstart, 2nd April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward

Barn Owl, 2nd April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward

Brambling, 2nd April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward
1st April. Around were 11 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Sparrowhawk and 13 Avocet. Sightings over the Old Saltmarsh early evening included a Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl and 4 Marsh Harrier. 11 Corn Bunting were in the pre roost gathering.

Siskin, 1st April 2018
Photo - Ben Ward