Thursday, 11 October 2018

Mid October 2018

October 18th. Around were 23 Brent Goose, 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Whooper Swan, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 15 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 250 Starling, 27 Redwing, a Ring Ouzel, 8 Fieldfare, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Brambling and 3 Yellowhammer. Heading south were 340 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Whooper Swan, 18 Tree Sparrow, 2 Alba Wagtail, 9 Brambling, 18 Lesser Redpoll and 14 Siskin; and north 7 Rook.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 15 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 4 Robin, a Reed Bunting, 2 Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Song Thrush and a Redwing; and 6 retraps: a Wren, 2 Dunnock, a Blue Tit, a Redwing and a Great Tit.

Grey Wagtail, 18th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

October 17th. Heading north was a Richard's Pipit; and south were a Red Kite, a Hen Harrier and 3 Lapland Bunting. Birds around, including those trapped, were 6 Brent Goose, 400 Pink-footed Goose, 48 Whooper Swan, a Spotted Redshank, a Pied Flycatcher,4 Ring Ouzel, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Firecrest.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 61 new birds: 23 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, a Blackcap, 4 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, a Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting, a Lesser Redpoll, 2 Great Tit, a House Sparrow, a Greenfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Blackbird and a Magpie; and 6 retraps: 2 Robin, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock, a Sparrowhawk and a Firecrest. The retrapped Firecrest was ringed here on October 10th, and retrapped on October 11th; it had increased in weight from 4.7g to 5.2g.

Pied Flycatcher, 17th October 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Sparrowhawk, retrapped 17th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Firecrest, retrapped 17th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
October 16th. Foggy, soggy start, gradually clearing and drying out.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 29 Whooper Swan, 28 Pintail, 5 Water Rail, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 11 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, a Peregrine, 74 Goldcrest, 21 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 16 Yellow-browed Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 9 Ring Ouzel, 69 Blackbird, 78 Song Thrush, 715 Redwing, 181 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 141 Robin, a Pied Flycatcher, 8 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 14 Brambling, a Bullfinch, a Crossbill and 18 Siskin. Flying south were 58 Skylark, a Woodlark, 10 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail, 10 Brambling, 76 Chaffinch and 4 Lesser Redpoll. In of the sea came a Marsh Harrier, 34 Lapwing and 491 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 81 new birds: 21 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Robin, 4 Blackcap, 12 Reed Bunting, a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Dunnock, 6 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: singles of Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap and Blue Tit.

Kestrel - 16th October 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 16th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Stinkhorn Fungus, causing a bad smell in the Heligoland Trap, 16th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
October 15th. Rain for most of day.
 Birds around included 29 Whooper Swan, 50 Brent Goose, 440 Wigeon, a Grey Heron, a Mediterranean Gull, a Short-eared Owl, 24 Goldcrest, a Merlin, 4 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel, 70 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 75 Song Thrush, 344 Redwing, 45 Robin and 37 Brambling. Going south were 9 Brent Goose, 19 Teal, 52 Wigeon, 12 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, an Arctic Skua, 2 Skua spp, 4 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting; and north a Manx Shearwater, 80 Gannet, a Great Skua, a Skua spp and a Kittiwake. In off the sea came 130 Starling.

Eurasian Teal, 15th October 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont.
Tree Sparrow, 15th October 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
October 14th. Rain for most of day.
 Birds around included 31 Whooper Swan, 210 Pink-footed Goose, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 6 Avocet, 3860 Oystercatcher, 3131 Grey Plover, 37 Lapwing, 58450 Knot, 750 Sanderling, 3354 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine, a Jay, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 24 Blackbird, 16 Redwing, 25 Robin, 7 Brambling, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 5 Siskin. Heading south were 85 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Teal, 11 Wigeon, an Eider, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Shag, a Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua,  a House Martin, 6 Swallow, 6 Brambling and 64 Siskin. In off the sea came 9 Lapwing and 319 Starling.

October 13th. Strong southerly wind.
 Birds around included 29 Whooper Swan, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Pintail, a Grey Heron, 2 Avocet, 5 Spotted Redshank, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 9 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Fieldfare, 80 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, a Yellow Wagtail, a Water Pipit, 3 Brambling, a Redpoll, 4 Siskin and 3 Crossbill. Heading south were 14 Swallow.

Dawn over East Dunes, 13 October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
October 12th. Increasing, then decreasing, southerly wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 29 Whooper Swan, 6 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Pintail, 3 Eider, 17 Common Scoter, 3 Turnstone, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Merlin, a Kingfisher, 13 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 13 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, a Water Pipit, a Brambling, 15 Siskin and 3 Crossbill. Heading south were 141 Wigeon, 111 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breated Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Guillemot, an Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, a Kestrel and 4 Swallow. In off the sea came 23 Pink-footed Goose.
 A brief, wind-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 4 new birds: 3 Goldcrest and a Song Thrush; and 4 retraps: a Robin and 3 Goldcrest.

Brambling, 12th October 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
October 11th. A Wing-barred Phylloscopus Warbler was discovered near North Building. It showed some features of Arctic Warbler, but observers reported the single heard call to be more consistent with that of Greenish Warbler. Around, including birds trapped, were 30 Brent Goose, 29 Whooper Swan, 85 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 283 Cormorant, a Greenshank, 7 Snipe, a Pomarine Skua, a Ring Ouzel, 5 Fieldfare, 50 Song Thrush, 220 Redwing, 6 Stonechat, a Water Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, 20 Brambling, 4 Crossbill and 2 Snow Bunting. Flying south were 43 Brent Goose, 169 Wigeon, 31 Teal, a Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 14 Eider, 53 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, a Goosander, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 7 Turnstone, a Great Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 300 Woodpigeon, 94 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 70 Redwing, 30 Rock Pipit, 60 Brambling, 12 Crossbill and a Yellowhammer. In off the sea came 200 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, resulted in 17 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 5 Song Thrush and 4 Redwing; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap, a Blue Tit and a Firecrest.

Snow Bunting, 11th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 11th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 11th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory

Monday, 1 October 2018

Early October 2018

October 10th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 30 Brent Goose, 200 Pink-footed Goose, 27 Whooper Swan, 60 Wigeon, 17 Pintail, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 8339 Oystercatcher, 3384 Grey Plover, 271 Curlew, 4210 Bar-tailed Godwit, 82000 Knot, 1235 Sanderling, 6770 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, an Arctic Tern, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 14 Goldcrest, 8 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Treecreeper, a Fieldfare, 3 Ring Ouzel, 21 Redwing, 7 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Firecrest. Going south were a Marsh Harrier, 24 Lapwing, 834 Woodpigeon, 3 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 93 Skylark, 14 Swallow, 3 Alba Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 7 Rock Pipit, 21 Brambling, 22 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 41 Linnet, 8 Crossbill, 115 Goldfinch, 22 Siskin and 12 Reed Bunting; and east 6 Ruff. In off the sea came 306 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: a Wren, A Firecrest, a Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, a Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Reed Bunting and a Dunnock.

Firecrest, ringed 10th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ring Ouzel, 10th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Greenshanks Creek, at morning high tide, 10th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Sunrise out from Mill Hill, 10th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
October 9th. Breezy south-westerly.
 The Spotted Crake was again seen in the channel by the Mere. Around, including birds trapped, were 24 Whooper Swan, 400 Pink-footed Goose, 97 Brent Goose, 117 Wigeon, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 9 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 10 Yellow-browed Warbler, 13 Redwing, 7 Stonechat, 2 Brambling, a Crossbill and 3 Snow Bunting. Heading south were a White-fronted Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull, 270 Woodpigeon, 10 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 92 Starling, 9 Alba Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 330 Linnet, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 236 Goldfinch, 194 Siskin, 42 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 6 Brambling, a Snow Bunting, a Lapland Bunting, 63 Reed Bunting and 2 Yellowhammer; north an Arctic Skua; and west 50 Fieldfare. In off the sea came 3 Marsh Harrier.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting and a Merlin; and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Dunnock.

Merlin, ringed 9th September 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Snow Buntings, 9th October 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
Rock and Meadow Pipits, 9th October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
October 8th. Breezy south-westerly.
 The Spotted Crake was again seen in the left channel beyond the Mere. In the Plantation were 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. Birds around were 5 Brent Goose, 140 Pink-footed Goose, 21 Whooper Swan, an Egyptian Goose, 80 Wigeon, a Hawfinch, 4 Brambling and 3 Crossbill. Going east were 120 Pink-footed Goose; and south 8 Skylark and a Swallow.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 7 new birds: a Wren, 3 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap and 2 Blackbird; and a retrap Blackcap.

Brambling, 8th October 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
Whooper Swan, 8th October 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8th October 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
October 7th. Scarcities on the reserve were 2 Barred Warbler, 18 Yellow-browed Warbler and a Richard's Pipit. The Spotted Crake was re-found in the adjacent channel by the Mere. A large fall of Brambling was evident early morning with a total of 461 counted. Around, including birds trapped, were 25 Whooper Swan, 1170 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Jack Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, a Caspian Gull, a Kingfisher, a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 25 Goldcrest, 24 Chiffchaff, 35 Blackcap, 7 Ring Ouzel, 214  Redwing, 32 Fieldfare and a Hawfinch. Heading south were 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, a Twite, a Lapland Bunting and 4 Snow Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, provided 55 new birds; a Wren, a Goldcrest, 10 Reed Bunting, 14 Blackcap, 6 Great Tit, 3 Robin, a Brambling, 7 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Barred Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, a Ring Ouzel and a Sparrowhawk; and 9 retraps: 2 Wren, a Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, a Great Tit, 2 Robin and a Blue Tit.

Richard's Pipit, 9th October 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson

Barred Warbler, ringed 7th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ring Ouzel, ringed 7th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Redwing, ringed 7th October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Jack Snipe, 7th October 2018.
Photo - Liam Andrews
October 6th. Rain for most of day. 
 Birds around included 6, a Hobby, a Merlin, 2 Ring Ouzel, 120 Redwing and 11 Brambling. On the Mere was a Jack Snipe. In off the sea came a Woodcock, 50 Snipe and 40 Starling. Flying north were 9 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 8 Manx Shearwater, 5 Little Gull, 7 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 38 Sandwich Tern and  3 Arctic Tern; and south 228 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Arctic Skua, 6 Great Skua, 4 Swallow and 4 Siskin.

October 5th. A Spotted Crake (possibly the previous bird) was photographed in the right channel beyond the Mere. Birds around included 4 Whooper Swan, 250 Pink-footed Goose, 213 Shelduck, 38 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 64 Lapwing, 6 Spotted Redshank, 11 Snipe, a Guillemot, a Merlin, a Hobby, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Fieldfare and 11 Stonechat. Going south were 66 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 14 Swallow, a House Martin and 4 Redwing; and north a Buzzard and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Jenni Godber and Jessica Arrowsmith, produced 8 new birds: a Wren, 2 Robin, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting and a Song Thrush; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap, a Robin and a Dunnock.

Merlin, 5th October 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Shaggy Ink Cap now collapsing, 5th October 2018.
Compare with yesterday's photo.
Photo - George Gregory
October 4th.  Birds around, including those trapped, were 4 Whooper Swan, a Marsh Harrier, 600 Golden Plover, 5 Spotted Redshank, a Jack Snipe, 3 Sandwich Tern, a Kingfisher, a Hobby, 8 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, a Ring Ouzel, 10 Stonechat and 3 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 22 Woodpigeon, 4 Carrion Crow, 49 Skylark, 4 Swallow, a House Sparrow, 3 Tree Sparrow, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 44 Siskin and 21 Redpoll; and west 2 Fieldfare. In off the sea came 94 Woodpigeon.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 20 new birds: 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Linnet, a Robin, 2 Chaffinch, 7 Reed Bunting and a Blue Tit; and 6 retraps: 2 Blue Tit, a Goldcrest, a Great Tit, a Reed Bunting and a Wren.

Shaggy Ink Cap, now mostly 'melted', 4th October 2018.
Compare with yesterday's photo.
Photo - George Gregory
October 3rd. Around, including birds trapped, were a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Stonechat and a Brambling. On the Mere was a Kingfisher. Flying south or in were 10 Whooper Swan, 300 Woodpigeon, a Hobby, a Fieldfare and 300 Redwing; and north 2 Great Skua.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 24 new birds: 3 Wren, 8 Reed Bunting, a Linnet, a Stonechat, 6 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, 3 Dunnock and a Sparrowhawk; and 9 retraps: a Dunnock, a Wren, 2 Reed Bunting, a Great Tit, a Chaffinch and 3 Blue Tit.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 48 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 13 Blue Tit, 22 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, a Robin, 4 Greenfinch and a Dunnock; and 16 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 8 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, a Blackbird, a Wren and a Chiffchaff.

Stonechat, ringed 3rd October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Sparrowhawk, ringed 3rd October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Shaggy Ink Cap now largely 'melted', 3rd October 2018.
Compare with yesterday's photo.
Photo - George Gregory
October 2nd. Increasing, then decreasing, westerly wind.
 An adult Sabine's Gull went south into the Wash early evening. Also going south were 3 Whooper Swan, 9 Pintail, 22 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 24 Red-throated Diver, a Diver spp, 357 Gannet, a Shag, a Great Crested Grebe, an Osprey, 60 Great Skua, 23 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 2 Skua spp, 2 Guillemot, a Razorbill, 20 Auk spp, 8 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, an Arctic Tern, a Commic Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow-legged Gull; north 27 Wigeon, 87 Common Scoter, 3 Fulmar, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Going west were 300 Pink-footed Goose. In off the sea came 7 Snipe and a Kestrel. Offshore in the evening was a juvenile Pomarine Skua. Birds around included 2 Water Rail, 6 Spotted Redshank, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Hobby, 16 House Martin, 2 Stonechat and a Snow Bunting. On the Mere were 10 Whooper Swan.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 24 new birds: 11 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blue Tit, 7 Reed Bunting and a Blackcap; and 11 retraps: a Blackbird, a Wren, 2 Linnet, a Robin, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and 2 Goldcrest.

Snow Bunting, 2nd October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Great Skua, a good day of passage, 2nd October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Whooper Swans, south over the beach, 2nd October 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Shaggy Ink Cap beginning to 'melt', 2nd October 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
October 1st. Increasing, then decreasing, north-westerly wind.
 A first calendar year Caspian Gull was around the beach and following a trawler in the evening; and offshore was a juvenile Pomarine Skua. Heading north were a Sooty Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwater, 688 Gannet, 16 Great Skua, 18 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Pomarine Skua and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua; and south 12 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe and a Mediterranean Gull. Birds around included 2 Whooper Swan, 100 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Jack Snipe, a Hobby, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Fieldfare and 4 Stonechat.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 12 new birds: 2 Wren, a Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, a Great Tit and 3 Blue Tit; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Wren.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Late September 2018

September 30th. The Spotted Crake was still in the left channel beyond the Mere. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Water Rail, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank and 69 Redshank; and on Jackson's Marsh 2 Spoonbill. Birds around included 7 Brent Goose, 2 Kingfisher, a Peregrine, 13 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, 12 Song Thrush and a Stonechat. Flying south were a Buzzard, a Hobby, 17 House Martin, 3 House Sparrow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail and 38 Siskin; east 35 Pink-footed Goose; and north a Great Skua.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: 2 Wren, a Blue Tit, 2 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, 4 Great Tit and a Blackcap; and 2 retrap Robin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 44 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 14 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, a Robin, 15 Greenfinch and a Dunnock; 19 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, 8 Great Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Wren, 2 Dunnock, a Long-tailed Tit and a Robin; and a control Goldfinch with a Belgian ring.

Coal Tit, 30th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Whooper Swan, 30th September 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

September 29th. The Spotted Crake was seen briefly in the left channel beyond the Mere. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Spoonbill, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Peregrine, 8 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Stonechat. Going south were 5 Swallow, 10 Tree Sparrow, a Grey Wagtail, 302 Meadow Pipit, 9 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet, 27 Goldfinch, 35 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 30 new birds: 3 Wren, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, a Meadow Pipit, 3 Blackcap, a Siskin, 5 Blue Tit, a Great Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 3 retraps: 2 Dunnock and a Goldcrest.
Curlew, 29th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Siskin, ringed 29th September 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
September 28th. Birds around included 2 Spoonbill, 4894 Oystercatcher, 1360 Grey Plover, 95 Curlew, 3920 Bar-tailed Godwit, 78885 Knot, 2505 Sanderling, 2610 Dunlin, a Merlin, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 13 Chiffchaff, a Whinchat, a Wheatear and 2 Stonechat. Heading southwest were 960 Pink-footed Goose; south 16 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, a Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 2 Great Skua, a small Skua spp and 3 Auk spp; and north 9 Red-throated Diver, 151 Gannet, 22 Cormorant, 15 Manx Shearwater, a Petrel spp, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Guillemot, 10 Auk spp and 23 Sandwich Tern. 
 A long ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn resulted in 12 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Reed Bunting, 4 Blackcap, 5 Blue Tit and a Robin; and 2 retraps: a Linnet and a Great Tit.

September 27th. An adult winter White-rumped Sandpiper was discovered in the morning's high tide roost. The Spotted Crake was seen again early morning. Birds around included a Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 650 Golden Plover, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 9 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, a Pied Flycatcher and 6 Stonechat. Heading south were 2 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Buzzard, a Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 3 Hobby and 89 Siskin. 
 A long ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn provided 15 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 4 Blackcap, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet and 2 Chaffinch; and 2 retraps: a Song Thrush and a Robin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Keith Collett and Mike Polling provided 60 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blackcap, 16 Blue Tit, 4 Robin, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Great Tit, a Chaffinch, a Reed Bunting, 6 Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush and 2 Blackbird; and 35 retraps: 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Dunnock, a Goldcrest, a Greenfinch, 9 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, a Sparrowhawk and a Blackcap.


Male Willow Emerald Damselfly, 27th September 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
White-rumped Sandpiper, field sketch, 27th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
September 26th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind, slowly decreasing.
 The Spotted Crake remained faithful to the channel to the east side of the Mere. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail, 2 Spoonbill, 175 Black-tailed Godwit, 64 Avocet, 7 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank. Birds around included 57 Pink-footed Goose, a Water Rail, 2 Tawny Owl, 9 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, a Stonechat and 5 Siskin. Flying south were a Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard and 3 Kestrel.

Spotted Crake, 26th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
September 25th. A Spotted Crake was discovered along Mill Pond Road late afternoon. Birds around included 320 Pink-footed Goose, a Water Rail, 20 Sandwich Tern, 3 Kingfisher, a Peregrine, 4 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Redwing, a Whinchat, 6 Stonechat and a Brambling. On Tennyson's Sands were a Pintail, 2 Spoonbill, 168 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank. Going south were 2 Eider, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel and 9 Swallow; and north a Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and 3 Guillemot.  
 A long ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn produced 19 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Reed Warbler, 3 Robin, 2 Reed Bunting, a Chaffinch, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap and 2 Dunnock.


Spotted Crake, 25th September 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Ringed Marsh Tit, found dead, 25th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
September 24th. A Cetti's Warbler was trapped and ringed in East Dunes. On Tennyson's Sands were 26 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Spoonbill, 201 Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank and 5 Greenshank. Birds around included 294 Teal, 31 Pintail, a Hen Harrier, a Water Rail, a Jack Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Goldcrest, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whinchat and a Wheatear. Heading north were 49 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 36 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwater, 5 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua and 10 Little Gull; and south 336 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Wigeon, 93 Teal, a Marsh Harrier, 5 Sparrowhawk, 9 Buzzard, 5 Common Tern, a Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Kestrel and a Tree Pipit.
 A long ringing session by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn yielded 20 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Wren, a Reed Bunting, 3 Dunnock and a Great Tit.

Full moon, rising out from Mill Hill, 24th September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
  September 23rd. The Cattle Egret was seen again in flight during the morning. Birds around included 80 Common Scoter, a Great White Egret, 3 Spoonbill, a Hen Harrier, a Water Rail, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a first calendar year Caspian Gull, a Barn Owl, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 8 Goldcrest, 7 Whinchat and 4 Stonechat. Sightings offshore included a Black-throated Diver, 23 Arctic Skua, 15 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, a Long-tailed Skua and 4 Skua spp. Flying north were 15 Sooty Shearwater, 38 Manx Shearwater, 300 Gannet, Arctic Tern and 15 Kittiwake; and south 311 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 20 Red-throated Diver. In off the sea came a Hobby.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn provided 6 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Goldfinch, a Blackcap and a Song Thrush; and a retrap Blackbird.

Rainbow, between showers, 23rd September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
September 22nd. A Cattle Egret was discovered late morning, frequenting Croftmarsh throughout the day. Around, including birds trapped, were 10 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 6 Buzzard, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Puffin, 2 Peregrine, a Merlin, a Hobby, 9 Chiffchaff, a Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 11 Whinchat and 3 Spotted Flycatcher. A summer Black-throated Diver was on the sea. Going west were 130 Pink-footed Goose; and south 2 Eider, 2 Common Crane, 19 Whooper Swan, 664 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Common Tern, an Arctic Tern, a Tree Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 551 House Martin, 6 Tree Sparrow, a Redpoll and 44 Siskin.
 A long ringing session in East Dunes by Christine Flint and Carole Lunn produced 47 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 5 Robin, 5 Blackcap, 2 Linnet, 7 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 8 retraps: a Linnet, 2 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, a Goldfinch, a Wren and a Blackbird.

Cattle Egret, 22nd September 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Common Cranes, 22nd September 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Whooper Swans, 22nd September 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Hen Harrier, 22nd September 2018.
Photo - James Siddle
Whinchat, 22nd September 2018.
Photo - James Siddle
September 21st. Strong but gradually decreasing south-westerly wind.
 Heading south were 211 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Wigeon, 15 Teal, a Shoveler, 9 Red-throated Diver, 137 Gannet, 28 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 117 Golden Plover, a Whimbrel, 2 Snipe, 14 Great Skua, 11 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 3 Auk spp, 207 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 7 Commic Tern, 16 Kestrel, a Hobby, 36 Sand Martin, 87 Swallow, 1828 House Martin, 3 Starling, 2 Tree Sparrow, 17 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 2778 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 128 Linnet, 41 Goldfinch, 59 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 76 Reed Bunting; and north a Great Crested Grebe, a Pomarine Skua and a Kittiwake. In off the sea came 12 Wigeon, a Marsh Harrier, a Snipe, a Kestrel and a Merlin. Birds around included 33 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, a Water Rail, 379 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, a Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Marsh Harrier, arriving off the sea, 21st September 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ringing Recovery and Control:
Greenfinch ringed GPBO 22 October 2015, found dead King's Lynn, Norfolk 16 September 2018.
Sedge Warbler ringed GPBO 11 August 2018, controlled Graignes, France 17 August 2018.