Thursday, 21 June 2012

Late June 2012

June 30th: Still windy, occasional rain. Southward Swift passage was moderate. On Tennyson Sands were an adult Mediterranean Gull, 17 Little Gulls, 10 Sandwich Terns, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Ringed Plover.

June 29th: Very windy. Tennyson Sands held 16 Little Gulls, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. A few Swifts headed south.

June 28th: Light rain early morning, cloudburst mid afternoon. On Tennyson Sands were 33 Little Gulls, 40 Sandwich Terns and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. Southward Swift passage was light. Flying around were 42 Crossbills and a Short-eared Owl. The first Avocet chick of the year appeared.

June 27th: A moderate number of Swifts and 5 Black-tailed Godwits flew south. Starling flocks increased in number and size. On Tennyson Sands were 12 Little Gulls and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. The Spoonbill paid another brief visit. On the beach were 30 Sandwich Terns and offshore were 200 Common Scoters. The first juvenile Skylark was seen.
A ringing session in East Dunes provided 38 birds trapped, nearly all juveniles, including 8 Starlings.

                                       Juvenile female Starling (George Gregory)

June 26th: Tennyson Sands held 19 Little Gulls and a Green Sandpiper. A Spoonbill and a Kingfisher paid brief visits.
The sixth CES session was done this morning, resulting in 11 new birds ringed, including 4 juvenile Long-tailed Tits, and 11 retraps.

                                        Juvenile Long-tailed Tit (George Gregory)

June 25th: Wind decreasing. A small number of Swifts went south. On Tennyson Sands were 24 Little Gulls. Offshore were 73 Sandwich Terns and 3 Kittiwakes. Around were 13 Crossbills.
A ringing session in East Dunes this morning produced, of interest, another juvenile Coal Tit, a juvenile Chiffchaff and 2 juvenile House Sparrows. In the 1960s and 1970s the latter species was caught here in the thousands or hundreds annually, but in recent decades it has been caught less than annually.

                                      Juvenile House Sparrow (George Gregory)

June 24th: Rain, slowly decreasing wind. On the water bodies were 16 Black-tailed Godwits and 8 Little Gulls. Around the beach were an Arctic Tern and 8 Sandwich Terns. Heading south were several thousand Swifts.

June 23rd: Wind, rain. Waders were represented by a Spotted Redshank just coming out of summer plumage, a Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Green Sandpiper. Little Gulls numbered at least 8. Hundreds of Swifts trickled south.

June 22nd: Rain, wind. On Tennyson Sands were 9 Little Gulls. Several thousand Swifts flew south.

June 21st: Rain most of day. On Tennyson Sands were 10 Little Gulls. There was a moderate passage of Swifts south.

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