Thursday, 21 February 2013

Late February 2013

February 28th: A Coal Tit was singing at Aylmer Avenue. Also around were 2 Hen Harriers, 14 Snipes and a Treecreeper. A Marsh Harrier flew north.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced a modest number of the usual species processed.

February 27th: Raptors present included a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine and 3 Short-eared Owls. Other good birds were 4 Bramblings, a Siskin and a Common Buzzard.

February 26th: The best birds were 3 Bearded Tits and 2 Rooks.

February 25th: Flying to roost on Freshwater Marsh were 40 Lapwings.

February 24th: Quite windy. On the Mere were 4 Goldeneyes, and on Tennyson Sands was a Pintail. Around was a Woodcock. North of the Reserve next to Seacroft Golf Course on wires off Seacroft Road outside No. 240 were 27 Waxwings for most of the afternoon.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced a Brambling, 5 Long-tailed Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, as well as the usual other species.

                27 approachable Waxwings (George Gregory)

February 23rd: Occasional afternoon snow flurries, which did not settle. On Tennyson Sands were 4 Bearded Tits, and on Croftmarsh the 1000-strong Brent Goose flock. Around was a Merlin. At Seacroft (just north of the reserve) were 23 Waxwings.

February 22nd: The Brent Goose flock on Croftmarsh contained an adult Black Brant. In the Plantation were a Goldcrest and a Woodcock.

February 21st: Cold and windy. On Croftmarsh were 1000 Brent Geese. Otherwise there was little around.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue was quite successful, although most birds processed were retraps. The best ones were 3 Long-tailed Tits.
A Harbour Porpoise was washed up/stranded on the shore here recently.

Harbour Porpoise (Matthew Heaver)

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