Sunday, 23 February 2014

Late February 2014

February 28th. A moderate north easterly wind, mostly cloudy.
Around were 73 Corn Buntings, 2 Tawny Owls, 200 Fieldfares, a Grey Wagtail, 10 Chaffinches, a Brambling, 2 Rooks and 48 Redwings. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Goldeneyes. An adult male Hen Harrier was hunting over the saltmarsh near the Visitor Centre in the evening.

February 27th. A moderate westerly wind, heavy rain to start then mostly sunny.
Around were a Barn Owl, 2 Goldcrests, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Siskins, 2 Yellowhammers, 67 Corn Buntings and 2 Tawny Owls. On Jackson's Marsh was a Great Crested Grebe.

February 26th. Force 2 south-westerly wind increasing to Force 4/5 by mid morning. Sunny. 
Sea watch 0650 to 0750hrs produced 11 Pink-footed Geese north, whilst southbound were 8 Eiders, 28 Red-throated Divers, 4 Wigeons, 114 Common Scoters, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Goldeneyes, 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers.
10 Ringed Plovers were on Greenshanks Creek. Visible migration from Mill Hill 0815 to 0915hrs saw 23 Rooks, 84 Woodpigeons, 5 Greenfinches, 2 Linnets and 11 Chaffinches flying south. On Tennyson Sands were 7 Avocets, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a Goldeneye and a drake Pintail. A Green Woodpecker was in the East Dunes.

February 25th. A fairly strong south-westerly wind. Heavy showers in the morning, brighter afternoon.
Combined totals for Jackson's Marsh and Tennyson Sands today were 8 Avocets, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret, 3 Goldeneyes, 46 Gadwalls, 59 Shovelers, 9 Tufted Ducks, a drake Pochard, 4 Little Grebes, 6 Mute Swans, 600 Brent Geese (which dropped in mid afternoon with 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese), 38 Curlews and 150 Lapwings. Also around were a male Hen Harrier, a sub adult Marsh Harrier, a Goldcrest, a Siskin, 4 Pintail, 2 Mistle Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk.

February 24th. A fairly strong southerly wind. A sunny morning, cloudy afternoon.
The GLAUCOUS GULL was still present early morning, was viewed briefly from Jackson's Hide, then flew off towards The Wash. Also around were 38 Ringed Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Snipes, 4 Pochards, 2 Goldeneyes, a drake Pintail, a Short-eared Owl, a Tawny Owl, a Barn Owl, a Corn Bunting, a Green Woodpecker and 3 Avocets.

February 23rd. Strong south-south westerly wind, mostly cloudy.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was viewed from Tennyson Sands and later from Jackson's Marsh scrape. Also around were 5 Avocets (the first of the year), 6 Ringed Plovers, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, a Merlin, a drake Pintail, 2 Tawny Owls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Brambling, 600 Brent Geese including 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Golden Plovers and 500 Lapwings. 6 Eiders and a Red-throated Diver were offshore.

Adult Glaucous Gull
Photo - Matthew Heaver
February 22nd. A breezy southerly wind. Bright sunshine for most of the day.
Around were a Tawny Owl, 2 Siskins, a Green Woopecker, a Treecreeper, a Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests. On Millenium Ridge were 10 Ringed Plovers and on Croftmarsh were a Black Brant hybrid, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 500+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
  A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling and Jenni Godber resulted in 19 new birds and 8 retraps. The new birds were 11 Greenfinches, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits and singles of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. The retraps were 4 Greenfinches, 2 Long-tailed Tits and singles of Great Tit and Goldfinch.

February 21st. Force 3 South-south westerly wind increasing to Force 5 mid morning with clear skies and an early ground frost in places. 
Sea watch 0700 to 0820hrs.
Moving south over the sea were 16 Red-throated Divers, 211 Common Scoters, 3 Eiders, 3 Brent Geese, a Great Crested Grebe and a Red-breasted Merganser. 21 Pink-footed Geese and a Harbour Porpoise went north. 580 Herring Gulls and 28 Great Black-backed Gulls were on the beach. Also seen were a Barn Owl, a Merlin, 4 Yellowhammers and a Goldcrest.
Moving south over Mill Hill were 13 Chaffinches, 6 Goldfinches, 2 Linnets, 4 Greenfinches, 9 Skylarks, 3 Rooks, 80 Woodpigeons and 70 Golden Plovers. A LAPLAND BUNTING went south over Sykes Farm. Tennyson Sands held 2 Goldeneyes, 13 Shelducks, 33 Gadwalls, 51 Shovelers, 9 Tufted Ducks, 30 Teals, 14 Mallards, a drake Pochard, a Little Grebe, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers, 47 Curlews, 12 Coots and 3 Moorhens. 60 Fieldfares were around the East Dunes. 750 Lapwings and 100 Golden Plovers were over Croftmarsh.
Recent Moths recorded so far on the reserve are Pale Brindled Beauty, March Moth, Chestnut, Dotted Border and Pine Beauty.

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