Sunday, 21 July 2013

Late July 2013

July 31st: Moderate wind, and rain from morning to late afternoon. Flying south were several hundred hirundines, mostly Sand Martins, and 3 Swifts. A Green Woodpecker was heard and seen in East Dunes early morning. Around were 5 Whimbrels. On the water bodies were a Curlew Sandpiper, 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Greenshanks and 65 Sandwich Terns.
 No ringing was done, only more net ride maintenance.

Turtle Dove, 31st July 2013.
Photo - Philip Millns
July 30th: Quite windy still, but decreasing gradually. South went a Swift and 2 Whimbrels. Jackson's Marsh held 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks and 2 Green Sandpipers, and Tennyson Sands 34 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, a Greenshank, a Snipe and a Common Sandpiper.
 A brief morning ringing session on Storm Ridge yielded a juvenile Whitethroat only, while further net ride maintenance was done.

Dawn over East Dunes, 30th July 2013.
Photo - George Gregory
Oak Eggar on Heligoland Trap, 30th July 2013.
Photo - George Gregory 

July 29th: Still windy. On the water bodies were 56 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Knots, 7 Dunlins, 2 Snipes, a Ruff and 9 Sandwich Terns.  Around were 2 Whimbrels. Flying south were 60 Swifts.
 A brief morning ringing session on Storm Ridge produced just a new adult Linnet. Net ride maintenance continued.

July 28th: Windy. South went 250 Swifts. The water bodies held 37 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Snipes, a Knot, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Ruff and 3 Sandwich Terns. A Red Kite was photographed at North End in the afternoon.
 It was too windy for ringing, so some time was spent maintaining net rides.

Red Kite, 28th July 2013.
Photo - Philip Millns

July 27th: Flying south were 30 Swallows, 16 Curlews and 2 Whimbrels. Around were a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 15 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Common Buzzards. On the water bodies were a Curlew Sandpiper, 53 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Common Sandpipers, 12 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruffs, 3 Snipes and 50 Sandwich Terns. Tidal wader movements involved 5000 Sanderlings and 2000 Dunlins, amongst others.
 A morning ringing session on Storm Ridge was moderately successful for this time of year there. The news were 4 Swallows, a Whitethroat and a Sparrowhawk, and the retraps a Swallow and a Whitethroat.
 The 9th session of CES was done this morning, with moderate results. The new birds were a Wren, 3 Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Great Tits, and the retraps 5 Whitethroats, a Wren, a Great Tit and a Blue Tit.
 Other nets at Aylmer Avenue were more productive. New birds were a Wren, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Chaffinches, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, a Blue Tit, a Goldfinch and 6 Greenfinches, and retraps 5 Chaffinches, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Blue Tits, a Greenfinch, 2 Dunnocks and 3 Great Tits.
Fox Moth in a mist net on the 27th July 2013. One of several flying around the West Dunes in broad daylight!
Photo - Mick Briggs
Adult female Sparrowhawk showing primary moult, ringed 27th July 2013.
Photo - George Gregory
July 26th: Sunny morning. Around were a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 3 Whimbrels, a Mediterranean Gull, a Marsh Harrier and 40 Yellow Wagtails. On the water bodies were a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Snipes, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Ruff and 12 Sandwich Terns. South went 2 Swifts, 57 Sand Martins and 2 Grey Wagtails, and north 6 Gannets. In off the sea came 3 Golden Plovers. Offshore were 4 Arctic Skuas.
 A morning ringing session on Storm Ridge resulted in one new Whitethroat only. A session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent was much more productive, despite the sunny conditions. 34 new birds and 33 retraps were processed. The new birds were 13 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit and 1 Magpie. The Magpie was the first ringed for the year! The retraps were a mix of Warblers, Finches and Tits, although there were also 2 retrap Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 Edmund and Monica Mackrill photographed recently the first Chalkhill Blue for Gibraltar Point.

Chalkhill Blue, July 2013.
Photo - Edmund and Monica Mackrill
July 25th: Rain most of morning. Flying south were 14 Swifts. Around were 7 Whimbrels and 4 Yellow Wagtails. On the water bodies were an adult Curlew Sandpiper, 21 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, 3 Snipes, a Common Sandpiper, 14 Greenshanks, 15 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlins, 4 Golden Plovers and 65 Sandwich Terns.
 A rain-shortened early morning ringing session on Storm Ridge yielded 6 new birds: 2 Wrens, 3 Linnets and a Yellow Wagtail.

July 24th: Damp, cloudy start, becoming humid. Around were a juvenile Peregrine, 12 Yellow Wagtails, 1000 Starlings, a Marsh Harrier, a Golden Plover and 12 Whimbrels. About 20 Swallows, mostly juveniles, hawked for insects low over Storm Ridge. On Millenium Ridge was a Curlew Sandpiper. Jackson's Marsh held a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipes, 2 Greenshanks, a Green Sandpiper, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and a Ruff, and Tennyson Sands 162 Sandwich Terns, an adult Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpipers, 33 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshanks. South went a Sand Martin and 5 Swifts. A flock of 16 Common Sandpipers were flying about offshore this evening, presumably additional to the above.
 A morning ringing session on Storm Ridge produced 15 new birds: 2 Linnets, a Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinches, 9 Swallows and a Meadow Pipit, and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tits, a Dunnock, a Blue Tit and a Goldfinch.

July 23rd: Rain most of morning. Waders involved in tidal movements included 4000 Sanderlings and 2000 Dunlins. Offshore were 20 Sandwich Terns. On the water bodies were 2 Green Sandpipers, 11 Common Sandpipers and 4 Snipes. Around were a juvenile Cuckoo and 1100 Starlings.
 No ringing was done.

July 22nd: High tide, early morning, produced 2000 Sanderlings, 1000 Dunlins, 4000 Knots and 200 Grey Plovers. Offshore were 100 Sandwich Terns and 9 Common Scoters. On Jackson's Marsh were a Ruff and 18 Black-tailed Godwits, and on Tennyson Sands an adult Mediterranean Gull and 13 Black-tailed Godwits.  On the water bodies were 10 Greenshanks, 6 Common Sandpipers and a Little Ringed Plover. New arrivals included 20 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler. Around were 20 Mistle Thrushes, a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby and a Peregrine.
 A morning ringing session on Storm Ridge resulted in 10 new birds: a Red-backed Shrike, a Wren, 3 Linnets, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Reed Buntings and a Yellow Wagtail, and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Whitethroat.

Adult male Red-backed Shrike, ringed 22nd July 2013.
Photo - George Gregory
July 21st: Flying south were 5 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank. On Tennyson Sands were a Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and a Whimbrel, and on Jackson's Marsh 2 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Dunlin and a Snipe. About 250 Sandwich Terns roosted on these water bodies late afternoon. Around were 2 Crossbills, a Kingfisher and a Hobby.
 A morning ringing session on Storm Ridge produced just 3 Whitethroats and 3 Dunnocks. A longer session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent was much more productive, with 110 birds processed. 68 new birds and 42 retraps. The new birds were 21 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch, 11 Chaffinch, 3 Wren, 1 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Dunnock, 1 Swallow, 9 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler. The Retraps were a mix of Warblers, Finches and Tits.

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