Friday, 1 June 2012

Early June 2012

June 10th: Much better weather. Little Gulls numbered 4. Other notables were a Garden Warbler trapped on East Dunes and a Great Spotted Woodpecker flying over there.

June 9th: Still windy, not so much rain. A wing-tagged Red Kite arrived from the north. A Crossbill and 3 Arctic Terns went south. A Coal Tit, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Gull were present.

June 8th: Windy and rainy, so few observations. Several hundred Swifts headed south into the wind. A Great Skua, a Little Gull and 10 Crossbills were around. There was no sign of the Canvasback-type ducks.

June 7th: A total of 44 Crossbills was noted. At least 5 Little Gulls were present. In the evening 2 Canvasback-type ducks appeared on Jackson's Marsh.
Birds ringed on East Dunes this morning included a juvenile Coal Tit.

                                         Juvenile Coal Tit (George Gregory)

June 6th: Heading south were 17 Crossbills. There were 23 Little Gulls recorded, including 17 south. A Painted Lady was seen.
Ringed birds this morning on East Dunes included the first Swallow of the year, a female with a brood patch.

                            
                                          2+CY female Swallow (George Gregory)

June 5th: Crossbills numbered 100+ including 63 south. Around were 5 Little Gulls, a Greenshank and 2 Little Ringed Plovers.
The fourth CES session was done this morning, resulting in 5 new birds ringed and 8 retraps.

June 4th: A Hawfinch in the Plantation was the best bird. Others included 4 Little Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, a Montagu's Harrier, a Red Kite, a Little Stint and a Jay.

June 3rd: Rain all day, reducing observations. However, a Montagu's Harrier, a Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Little Gull, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints and a Yellow Wagtail were seen.

June 2nd: On the water bodies were a Spoonbill, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 6 Little Gulls. A Montagu's Harrier, a Hobby and a Common Buzzard represented the raptors. Offshore were 4 Manx Shearwaters, a Common Tern, 8 Gannets and 2 Great Crested Grebes. A late Pink-footed Goose, 3 Brent Geese, 17 Turtle Doves and a Crossbill were around.

June 1st: Mostly a rainy then soggy day. The most notable birds were 2 Pink-footed Geese, a Red Kite and 2 Short-eared Owls.
Birds ringed included 3 Barn Owl pulli.

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