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The main bird-watching hides are now open - please follow on site advice regarding sanitisation and social distancing.
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October 24th. Increasingly strong southerly wind, then slowly decreasing.
Birds around included 114 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Sparrowhawk. Going south were 3 Whooper Swan.
October 23rd. Rain until mid morning, then soggy.
Around, including birds trapped, were 113 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 4 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. On the Mere were a Water Rail, a Jack Snipe and a Cetti's Warbler; and on Tennyson's Sands 121 Pink-footed Goose, a Water Rail, a Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were 3 White-fronted Goose, 350 Pink-footed Goose, 73 Whooper Swan, 400 Golden Plover, 4 Swallow, 45 Fieldfare, 41 Redwing, 8 Brambling, 11 Crossbill, a Lapland Bunting and many other finches, larks and pipits; east 3 Barnacle Goose; west 2 Goosander; and north a Lapland Bunting.
A brief rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Redwing; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and a Blue Tit.
October 22nd. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
Birds around, including those trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 650 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 11 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and a Water Pipit. On the Mere was a Kingfisher. Flying south were 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Bearded Tit, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 52 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 5 Grey Wagtail, 39 Brambling, 162 Siskin and 64 Crossbill; and southeast 2 Bean Goose. To roost went 45000 Starling. In the morning two visiting birders had brief views of what they took to be a Glossy Ibis over Tennyson's Sands, which then went out east.
A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Lesser Redpoll, a Blue Tit, 3 Redwing and a Blackbird; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Goldcrest and 2 Blackbird.
|Marsh Harrier, 22nd October 2020|
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
October 21st. Rain for almost all of day. Very little coverage.
On the Mere was a Jack Snipe.