Thursday, 21 June 2018

Late June 2018

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

June 24th. Around were 45 Starling. Going south were 7 Curlew and a Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Great Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and 2 Blue Tit.

June 23rd. An immature Glaucous Gull flew in from the Wash onto Tennyson's Sands, where were also 2 Spoonbill, a Little Ringed Plover and a Spotted Redshank. Birds around included a Spotted Redshank and 26 Starling. Heading south were 3 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew, 107 Swift and a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: 4 Whitethroat and a Starling; and 7 retraps: a Chaffinch, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackbird, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Dunnock.

June 22nd. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill, a Spotted Redshank and a Bearded Tit; and on Jackson's Marsh a Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. Around were 39 Black-tailed Godwit, a Hobby and 85 Starling. Flying north was a Little Ringed Plover; and south a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 4 new birds: 2 Wren and 2 Blue Tit; and 6 retraps: a Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.
 A Red-veined Darter was along Mill Pond Road.

 Red-veined Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Red-veined Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

 Ruddy Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Common Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Small Skipper, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

June 21st. The Summer Solstice (The Longest Day). Increasing north-westerly wind.
 Around were 2 Grey Partridge, a Merlin, 16 Starling and a Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were a Little Ringed Plover and 24 Black-tailed Godwit. Going west were 2 Swift; north a Turtle Dove; and south a Crossbill.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Blue Tit; and 7 retraps: 4 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit.

Ringlet, 21st June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Monday, 11 June 2018

Mid June 2018

June 20th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included 2 Eider, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, a Kingfisher, a Hobby, 80 Starling and a Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill; on Jackson's Marsh a Green Sandpiper; and on Fenland Lagoon a Greenshank. Heading south were 5 Lapwing, 346 Swift, 2 Turtle Dove and a Swallow.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: 2 Linnet, a Robin and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: a Blue Tit and 2 Chaffinch.

June 19th. Around were 3 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, a Sandwich Tern, a Hobby and 65 Starling. Flying south were 15 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 19 new birds: a Wren, a Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Chaffinch, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Meadow Pipit, a Coal Tit, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Magpie; and 10 retraps: a Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Blackbird and a Whitethroat.

Sandwich Tern, 19th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Coal Tit, ringed, 19th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory



Privet Hawk-moth, 19th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 

Eyed Hawk-moth, 19th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 

Sand Dart, 19th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 

Lyme-grass, 19th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 

Cream-bordered Green Pea 19th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 

June 18th. Birds around included 5 Spoonbill, a Hen Harrier, a Whimbrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, a Kingfisher, 2 Hobby and 2 Crossbill. Going south were 220 Swift.
 The fifth session of CES was done this morning. The 17 new birds were 2 Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Great Tit, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Robin, a Chaffinch, a Blackcap, a Swallow, a Blue Tit and a Dunnock. The 12 retraps were 4 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

Spoonbills, 18th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Ruddy Darter, 18th June 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Azure Damselflies, 18th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound

Many of the local Foxgloves are colour variants from the usual reddish purple.

White, spotless Foxglove, 18th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
White, spotted Foxglove, 18th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Pale mauve, spotted Foxglove, 18th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
June 17th. Birds around included a Red Kite, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, a Hobby, a Peregrine, a Nuthatch (in Plantation), 3 Jay, 3 Crossbill and a Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill and 25 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were 604 Swift, 2 Swallow and 40 Starling; and north 10 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: 2 Wren, a Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet, 3 Great Tit and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 6 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Great Tit.

Nuthatch, 17th June 2018.
Photo - James Siddle

Meadow Brown, 17th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

June 16th. Around were 3 Brent Goose, 5 Eider, 2 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Whimbrel, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo, a Merlin and 4 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Little Gull. Flying south were 14 Sandwich Tern, 584 Swift, 37 Starling and a Serin; and north 12 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 6 Linnet, a Reed Warbler, a Blackcap and a Whitethroat; and 2 retraps: a Chaffinch and a Whitethroat.

Little Gulls, 16th June 2018.
Photo - James Siddle

June 15th. A first summer Caspian Gull was discovered amongst the evening high tide roost. Birds around included 5 Common Scoter, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, a Cuckoo, a Kingfisher and 4 Swallow. Going south were 1600 Swift, 45 Starling, a Sand Martin and 2 House Martin. In off the sea came 3 Grey Heron.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 15 new birds: a Long-tailed Tit, a Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, a Reed Warbler, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 15 retraps: a Chaffinch, a Whitethroat, 10 Long-tailed Tit, a Great Tit and 2 Dunnock.

Caspian Gull, 15th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Late evening, 15th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward


June 14th. Strong south-westerly wind.
 On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill and a Spotted Redshank. Around were a 34 Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone, 2 Sandwich Tern, a Kittiwake, 3 Cuckoo and 2 Hobby. Heading south were 5 Red Kite, 2114 Swift, a Hobby, 14 Swallow, 173 House Martin and 21 Starling.

Spotted Redshank, 14th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 

June 13th. A ringtail Montagu's Harrier was discovered late afternoon, initially south through the reserve and out into The Wash. Later in the evening it was seen to come back in off the sea and head north, also in the evening a first summer Glaucous Gull was out from Mill Hill. Birds around included 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern, 44 Common Gull, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Hobby and 2 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill. Flying south were a Red Kite, 10 Lapwing, 271 Swift and 48 Starling.
 A presumed escape Pied Crow (probably the one seen at Spurn earlier) was photographed on the fuel tank near the moored yachts.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Dunnock and a Mistle Thrush; and 5 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Tit and 2 Dunnock.

Thanks to Mick Widdowson and Derek Moseley for providing the following images of the Pied Crow:



Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 13th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 

Mistle Thrush, ringed 13th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory



Large Skipper, female, 13th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Large Skipper, male, 13th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward


Thanks to Dave Hitchen for this photo of a Privet Hawk-moth found locally.
June 12th. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo, 13 Swift and a Green Woodpecker. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Spoonbill and 44 Black-tailed Godwit. Going south were 3 Spoonbill, 4 Gannet, 9 Swift and 6 Starling; and north 2 Swift and 6 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Wren, 2 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, a Whitethroat and a Goldfinch; and 4 retraps: 2 Dunnock and 2 Great Tit.

Copulating Avocets, 12th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Black-tailed Skimmer, 12th June 2018.

Photo - Ben Ward


Spoonbills, 12th June 2018.

Photo - Paul Johnson

 Great Spotted Woodpecker nestling, 12th June 2018.

Photo - Paul Johnson


Whitethroat, 12th June 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Blackbird, 12th June 2018.

Photo - Paul Johnson


June 11th. Around were 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Plover, 61 Sanderling, 93 Dunlin, a Kittiwake, 2 Cuckoo, a Hobby, a Black Redstart (by the Visitor Centre) and 2 Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and 42 Black-tailed Godwit.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff and 2 Blackbird; and 4 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Early June 2018

June 10th. A flighty Serin was discovered in East Dunes during the morning, and a Golden Oriole was heard singing from the Plantation in the evening. Other birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Swift, 3 Cuckoo, a Peregrine and 2 Crossbill. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Spoonbill. Heading south were a Buzzard and 2 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, provided 2 new birds: a Blackcap and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Dunnock, 4 Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Scarlet Pimpernel, 10th June 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson 
Southern Marsh Orchid, 10th June 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Viper's Bugloss, 10th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory



Drinker Moth caterpillar, 10th June 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson


Painted Lady, part of a small arrival, 10th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
June 9th. The Common Rosefinch was still in East Dunes. Around were 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Whimbrel, 39 Curlew, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cuckoo, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Yellow Wagtail. Flying north were 13 Swift; and south 18 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: 2 Great Tit and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

June 8th. A Common Rosefinch was discovered in East Dunes. Birds around included 128 Shelduck, 2 Grey Partridge, a Grey Heron, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Hobby, a Peregrine, 4 Jay, 10 Swift, 6 Swallow, 62 House Martin and 3 Yellowhammer. Flying north were 5 Swift and 22 House Martin. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Spoonbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 10 new birds: a Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 5 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat.

Barn Owl, 8th June 2018.

 Video - Ben Ward 

Wall Brown, 8th June 2018.

 Photo - Ben Ward 

Elephant Hawkmoth, 8th June 2018.
 Photo - Ben Ward 

Brown Silver-lines, 8th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
June 7th. Around were a Marsh Harrier, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Cuckoo, 3 Hobby, 15 Swift, 8 Swallow and 40 House Martin. Flying north were 20 Brent Goose; and south a Grey Heron, an Osprey, 4 Jay and 31 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 6 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Reed Bunting, a Chiffchaff, a Blue Tit and a Sedghe Warbler.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, by Mike Polling, provided 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, a Dunnock, 2 Great Tit and a Blackbird; and 9 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Wren and 2 Dunnock.

Small Heath, 7th June 2018.
 Photo - Ben Ward 

June 6th. Birds around included a mobile Great White Egret, 4 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Whimbrel, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 20 Swift, 2 Wheatear, a Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Croftmarsh was a Wood Sandpiper; and on Tennyson's Sands a Mediterranean Gull. Heading north were 11 Swift; and south a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced a new Chaffinch; and 4 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff.

Wood Sandpiper, 6th June 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 

Mediterranean Gull, 6th June 2018.
 Video - Ben Ward 


Spoonbills, one of which colour flagged, 6th June 2018.

Video  - Ben Ward

Spoonbills, 6th June 2018.
Video  - Ben Ward
 

Great White Egret, 6th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Wheatear, 6th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Southern Marsh Orchid, 6th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellow Rattle, a parasite on roots of dune grasses, 6th June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
June 5th. Slowly increasing north-easterly wind.
 Birds around included a Curlew Sandpiper on the morning high tide, 60 Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 256 Sanderling, 80 Dunlin, 2 Grey Partridge, a Spoonbill, 3 Marsh Harrier, 15 Little Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, a Asio sp, 25 Swift, 6 Swallow, 50 House Martin, a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. On Tennyson's Sands were 46 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Croftmarsh a Greenshank. Flying north were a Fulmar and 30 Sanderling.
 The fourth session of CES was done this morning. The 15 new birds were 10 Long-tailed Tit, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Linnet and 2 Sedge Warbler. The 20 retraps were 2 Blackbird, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, 3 Long-tailed Tit and a Sedge Warbler.


Spoonbill, 5th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Spoonbill, 5th June 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

June 4th. Drizzle around mid morning.
 Around were 2 Garganey, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, 7 Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Swallow and 70 House Martin. Flying north were 9 Swift; and south 9 Swallow.
 A drizzle-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 4 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Wren and a Sedge Warbler; and 4 retraps: 2 Sedge Warbler, a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

June 3rd. Fog/mist until mid morning.
 On Tennyson's Sands were a Spoonbill, 3 Pochard and a Greenshank; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover. Birds around included 81 Black-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Jay, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Hobby, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammer, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin. Flying south were 14 Swallow and a House Martin; and north 14 House Martin and a Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Blackcap, a Reed Warbler, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Blackbird.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 7 new birds: a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock; and 13 retraps: 4 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackbird, 3 Great Tit and a Lesser Whitethroat.
 A Poplar Hawkmoth was found on the Heligoland Trap.

Poplar Hawkmoth, 3rd June 2018.
Photo - George Gregory

Hairy Dragonflies copulating, 3rd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

June 2nd. Light rain for most of day.
 Around were 78 Black-tailed Godwit, a Jay, a Yellowhammer, a Marsh Harrier and 2 Cuckoo. On Jackson's Marsh was a Mediterranean Gull; on Tennyson's Sands were 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Greenshank; on Croftmarsh a Spoonbill; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Cuckoo, 2nd June 2018. 
Video - Ben Ward

Yellowhammer, 2nd June 2018. 
Video - Ben Ward

June 1st. Birds around included a Hawfinch, a Crossbill, a Hobby, a Asio sp, 20 Little Tern, 24 Sandwich Tern, a Cuckoo, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Yellowhammer. On Fenland Lagoon were 2 Little Ringed Plover; on Tennyson's Sands 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Pintail; and on Jackson's Marsh a Greenshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced a new Sedge Warbler; and 5 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Chiffchaff.