Saturday, 11 January 2014

Mid January 2014

January 20th: Light south-westerly wind, partly cloudy, frosty start.
 Notables included a Green Woodpecker, 40 Fieldfares, a Merlin and 16 Corn Buntings. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Snipe, 57 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, a Pintail, 6 Wigeon, 290 Lapwings and 51 Curlews.

January 19th: Moderate south-easterly then south-westerly wind, cloudy, mostly rainy morning.
 Birds around included 1500 Lapwings, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, 40 Corn Buntings and 55 Fieldfares. On Tennyson Sands were 4 Pochard and a Black-tailed Godwit.

January 18th: Fairly strong south-easterly wind, cloudy, occasional rain.
 On or over Croftmarsh were 2000 Lapwings, and on Tennyson Sands 28 Black-tailed Godwits. Also around were 60 Fieldfares. South at sea went 48 Red-throated Divers, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Eiders, 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Goldeneye.

January 17th: Fairly strong south-westerly wind, partly cloudy.
 Notables included 1500 Lapwings, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Redwing, 120 Fieldfares and a Woodcock. Heading north were 580 Pink-footed Geese, and south a Peregrine. Offshore were 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, while flying south over the sea were 162 Red-throated Divers, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 24 Guillemots, 17 Wigeon, 2 Eiders, 5 Kittiwakes and a Little Gull.

January 16th: Moderate south-westerly wind, decreasing cloud.
 Birds around included 120 Fieldfares, a Chiffchaff, 2500 Lapwings and 400 Golden Plovers. Flying around were 440 Pink-footed Geese. On Tennyson Sands were 3 Pochard, 2 Turnstones and 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

January 15th: Moderate south-westerly wind, rainy start.
 A Chiffchaff and 3000 Lapwings were around.

January 14th: Light south-westerly wind, mostly sunny start then clouding over.
 Around were 6 Fieldfares. On or over Croftmarsh were 750 Lapwings and 2000 Golden Plovers.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling was moderately successful. The new birds were 2 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch and a Blackbird; and the retraps 5 Greenfinches, 3 Dunnocks, 3 Goldfinches, 4 Blue Tits and 2 Great Tits.

January 13th: Light south-westerly wind, damp but clear start.
 A Little Owl, a scarcity here, was just north of Beach Car Park first thing. Other notables present were 25 Fieldfares, a Yellowhammer and a Woodcock. Over Croftmarsh were 750 Lapwings and 300 Golden Plovers, and on Tennyson Sands were 4 Pochard, 8 Wigeon and 45 Black-tailed Godwits. Sea-watching produced 9 Eiders, 171 Common Scoters, a Goldeneye, 81 Red-throated Divers, 15 Brent Geese and a Shag south, and 270 Pink-footed Geese north.

January 12th: Increasing south-westerly wind, partly cloudy.
 Birds around included a Coal Tit, 2 Siskins, a Goldcrest and 60 Fieldfares. Tennyson Sands held 570 Brent Geese, a Pintail, 3 Pochard, 51 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Lapwings and 5000 Golden Plovers. On the sea were 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Goldeneye. Flying south were 10 Red-throated Divers, a Red-breasted Merganser, 170 Common Scoters and 2 Eiders, and north 2 Red-throated Divers.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in just 2 new birds: a Greenfinch and a Goldfinch; and 23 retraps: 7 Greenfinches, 6 Blue Tits, 5 Goldfinches, 2 Dunnocks and singles of Blackbird, Chaffinch and Long-tailed Tit.

January 11th: Moderate south-westerly wind, partly cloudy.
 Around were a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 80 Fieldfares and 2 Yellowhammers. On Tennyson Sands were 48 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Pochard, 14 Wigeon and a Scaup, and on Croftmarsh a Common Buzzard. Flying south were a Grey Heron, 2 Rooks, a Redpoll, 11 Skylarks, 250 Lapwings and 200 Golden Plovers. At sea were 2 Red-throated Divers, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe. Heading south were 35 Red-throated Divers, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 535 Common Scoters, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Wigeon, 2 Pintail and an Eider, and north 140 Pink-footed Geese.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 11 new birds: 2 Chaffinches, 2 Siskins and 7 Greenfinches; and 8 retraps: 2 Blue Tits, 2 Goldfinches and 4 Greenfinches.

Male Siskin, ringed 11 January 2014.
Photo - George Gregory

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