Thursday, 1 February 2018

Early February 2018

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‘Due to essential tree safety work on Tuesday 20th Feb, the section of Cycletrack along the edge of Jackson’s Marsh may be closed for some time. We apologise for any inconvenience’

Top 5 bird species to see in February...
1) Brent Goose - often seen on the saltmarsh from the Visitor Centre.
2) Hen Harrier - reliably seen around the Wash Viewpoint from 1600-1700hrs over saltmarsh to the south. 
3) Corn Bunting - regularly seen around the Visitor Centre Car Park at dusk in the tree by 'the hump' leading into the car park. 
4) Short-eared Owl - frequent sightings late evening from the Visitor Centre Car Park between 1730-1745hrs.
5) Pink-footed Goose - regularly seen on Croft Marsh best viewed from Jackson's Marsh OR Tennyson's Sands hides. 

February 20th. Birds around included a House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow,3 Bullfinch, 450 Lapwing and a Pochard. The male Hen Harrier was seen going to roost about 1600hours. Among a Brent flock of 176 was a bird ringed as a juvenile at Terschelling, Netherlands on 030412 and sighted at Gibraltar Point on 21 occasions since!

Brent Goose, 20th February 2018
Photo - Nige Lound

February 19th.
Birds around included 12 Redwing and 2 Siskin.

February 18th. Around were 2 Woodcock, a Treecreeper, 600 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Song Thrush and a male Hen Harrier

February 17th. The highlight of the day was a Woodlark over Mill Hill in the morning. Other birds around included 3 Rook, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a Water Pipit, 600 Pink-footed Goose and 10 Redwing.
 The evening bird watching event 'Roosting Birds of the Wash' was productive with great views of a male Hen Harrier, Merlin chasing a skylark, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and 20 Corn Bunting.

February 16th. Birds around were 4 Water Pipit, 5 Redwing and a Treecreeper.

February 15th. Croft Marsh held 600 Pink-footed Goose, 1500 Golden Plover and 600 Lapwing. In the Plantation were 2 Bullfinch, a Goldcrest and 10 Redwing.

February 14th. Notable birds for the day include 2 Water Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 10 Redwing and a Treecreeper.

February 13th. Around were 2 Water Pipit, a Treecreeper, 16 Redwing, 600 Pink-footed Goose and 3 Bullfinch. The first Avocet of the year returned to Tennyson's Sands.

February 12th. Bird included 300 Lapwing, 600 Pink-footed Goose, 1200 Golden Plover, 3 Common Buzzard and 2 Short-eared Owl.

February 11th. Croft Marsh held 770 Pink-footed Goose, 75 Wigeon and 300 Lapwing. Other birds around were 80 Common Scoter, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch, a Woodcock, 300 Brent Goose and a Water Rail.

February 10th. Around were 2 Water Pipit, 3 Song Thrush, 300 Golden Plover and 2 Stonechat.

February 9th. Bird around included 8 Redwing, a Treecreeper, 250 Lapwing, 2500 Golden Plover and 2 Water Pipit.

February 8th. Offshore were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Eider, 60 Red-throated Diver, a Black-thoated Diver and a Razorbill. Around were 520 Curlew, a Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 4 Water Pipit, 60 Rock Pipit, a Treecreeper and 15 Corn Bunting.

Water Rail from Fenella Hope Hide, 8th February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Treecreeper, 8th February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

February 7th.
Around 600 Pink-footed Goose, 500 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit and 2 Goldeneye.

February 6th. The Glaucous Gull was again present at Greenshank's Creek. Around were 2 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare and 600 Pink-footed Goose. 
Glaucous Gull at Greenshank Creek, 6th February 2018.
Photo - Nigel Lound
February 5th. Birds around the reserve today included 650 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Stonechat, a Bullfinch and a male Hen Harrier.

February 4th. Highlights from a morning seawatch from Mill Hill included 190 Common Scoter, 95 Red-throated Diver, 1000 Herring Gull and a 2CY Glaucous Gull. Birds elsewhere on the reserve included a Merlin and a Barn Owl.

Stonechat, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson

Goldfinch, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson

Grey Squirrel, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson
February 3rd. Morning WeBS count produced 5000 Knot, 2800 Dunlin, 800 Sanderling, 2000 Oystercatcher, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, 250 Curlew and 100 Redshank. Other birds around were 2 Snow Bunting (Millennium Ridge), a Lapland Bunting, 17 Corn Bunting 2 Stonechat, a Green Woodpecker and a Barn Owl. On Croft Marsh were 800 Pink-footed Goose and 500 Lapwing. Offshore were 7 Eider, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver and a Razorbill.

February 2nd. A Bittern was seen in flight past Jackson's Marsh hide heading northwards. Croft Marsh held 2 White-fronted Goose, a Barnacle Goose and 500 Pink-footed Goose. Other birds around include 2 Water Pipit, a Common Buzzard and 300 Lapwing.

February 1st. Overnight frost.
In the Plantation were 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and a Treecreeper. On Croft Marsh were 5 White-fronted Goose, 807 Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose.
Pink-footed Goose, 1st February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Whooper Swans, 1st February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Late January 2018

January 31st. A scrutiny of the goose flock on Croft Marsh revealed 750 Pink-footed Goose, a Barnacle Goose and 5 White-fronted Goose. Around were 2 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing, a Treecreeper, a Short-eared Owl (from Visitor Centre car park at 1715hrs), 2 Woodcock, 500 Golden Plover and 450 Lapwing.  

January 30th. About were 18 Redwing, a Woodcock, 2 Stonechat, a Common Buzzard, 2 Snow Bunting, a Pintail, 500 Lapwing, 2 Goldeneye, a Siskin and 15 Corn Bunting. A Rook (scarce here!) flew west over West Dunes and 5 Whooper Swan flew south. Offshore were 160 Red-throated Diver and a Slavonian Grebe

Blackcap, 30th January 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson

House Sparrow, 30th January 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson
Tree Sparrow, 30th January 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson


January 29th. No records received 

January 28th. Around the reserve today included 120 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing and 5 Corn Bunting. A Barnacle Goose was seen in flight with 185 Pink-footed Goose. 2 Short-eared Owl were hunting over the Old Saltmarsh late on.
Tufted Duck, 28th January 2018.
Photo - Keith Hudson
Goldfinch, 28th January 2018.
Photo Keith Hudson

Weasel, 28th January 2018.
Photo - Keith Hudson

Goldeneye drake, 28th January 2018.
Photo - Keith Hudson
January 27th. Strong southerly wind with rain from mid-morning.
 Birds around included 2 Stonechat, 400 Lapwing, 4 Redwing, a Water Pipit, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Hen Harrier, a Snow Bunting, 2 Merlin and 750 Brent Goose (including 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Brant type hybrid). 

January 26th. Overnight frost warming up mid-morning
 Around the reserve were a male Marsh Harrier, 80 Pink-footed Goose, 400 Golden Plover, a Water Pipit, 30 Corn Bunting, 2 Water Rail and 8 Snow Bunting (Millennium Ridge). A group of 3 Shorelark were seen in flight heading towards Mill Hill. 

Jackdaw, 26th January 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
January 25th. Clear and bright with cold southerly wind.
 The highlight of the day was a group of 4 Waxwing seen along the roadside. Other birds about were 40 Corn Bunting, a Merlin, a male Hen Harrier, a Green Woodpecker and 200 Lapwing. 

Waxwing in fading light, 25th January 2018.
Photo - Christine Motley

Waxwings at dusk, 25th January 2018.
Photo - Christine Motley
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


Long-tailed Tit, 24th January 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

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.

Collared Dove (rare here), 21st January 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Sunrise, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
Snow Bunting (female) on Millennium Ridge, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
Snow Bunting (male) on Millennium Ridge, 21st January 2018
Photo - Nige 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.

Barn Owl, 15th December 2017
Photo - Chris Tyler

Barn Owl, 15th December 2017
Photo - Chris Tyler

Barn Owl, 15th December 2017
Photo - Chris Tyler

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.