Friday, 11 April 2014

Mid April 2014

April 20th. An Iceland Gull was on Jackson's Marsh then drifted north. Around were a Peregrine, 3 Wheatear, 10 Corn Bunting, a White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Redpoll. Waders included 1500 Dunlin, 31 Turnstone and 97 Ringed Plover. Offshore were 220 Common Scoter and 2 Harbour Porpoise. North went 3 Whimbrel, 7 Sand Martin and 4 Swallow.

April 19th. A Kentish Plover was discovered in the Sanctuary. Around were 2 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow, a Whimbrel, a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard. Offshore were 2 Little Tern, 105 Common Scoter and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. North flew a Hen Harrier, a Rook and a House Martin.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell, yielded 3 new birds: a Goldfinch, a Linnet and a Meadow Pipit; and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Great Tit.


KENTISH PLOVER on the 19th April 2014
Photo - Kev Wilson
 
April 18th. Around
were a Whimbrel, 2 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 7 Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler. On Fenland Lagoon was a Greenshank, and on Jackson's Marsh a White Wagtail. Waders included 13000 Knot and 750 Grey Plover. Offshore were 250 Common Scoter. South went 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Redpoll, and south-east a Buzzard.
A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Goldfinch and a Reed Bunting; and 2 retrap Wren.

April 17th. A Peregrine, a Merlin and 3 Wheatear were around.
Again little was caught on a morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling. The 5 new birds were 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a Linnet, and there were no retraps.

April 16th. Around were a Whimbrel, a Peregrine, a Merlin and a Crossbill. 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Swallow, a House Martin and 5 Yellow Wagtail went south. 5 Velvet Scoter flew north at sea and the first 4 Little Tern of the year were seen.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with trainee Jenni Godber, was disappointing. The news were 2 Linnets and a Goldfinch, and the retraps a Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Wren and a Lesser Whitethroat.

April 15th. A sea-watch first thing saw 2 Red-throated Diver south, 151 Common Scoter north and 69 south, 2 Gannet north and 3 south. Flying north were a Great Crested Grebe, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Fulmar, 3 MANX SHEARWATER and a GREAT SKUA. 6 Yellow Wagtail and a Common Buzzard flew south. Around were a Barn Owl, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Greenshank, a Whimbrel and a Merlin.
  A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided a bit of variety. The new birds were 2 Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Blackcap, a Goldfinch, a Sparrowhawk and a Woodpigeon. The retraps were 2 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Great Tit and a Dunnock.

Sparrowhawk, ringed 15 April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
April 14. Around were a male Hen Harrier, 2 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Green Woodpecker. 2 Swallow flew south and 3 went north.
A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes was not very productive. The news were 2 Long-tailed Tit, and the retraps 3 Wren and a Blue Tit.

April 13th. Around were 2 Hen Harrier, a Whimbrel, 7 Swallow, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 6 Rook, a Merlin, a Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Wheatear, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Corn Bunting and a Yellowhammer.
  During a morning ringing session in East Dunes 9 new birds were trapped: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, a Linnet and a Blue Tit; as were 6 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 2 Wren and a Blackcap.
A simultaneous ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in 16 new birds and 19 retraps. The new birds were 8 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, a Blackbird and a Linnet. The retraps were 10 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit.

April 12th. Heading north were 3 Whimbrel, and south 2 Swallow, a Sand Martin, 8 Rook and 2 Common Buzzard. About were a male Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, a Merlin and 55 Avocet
  A morning ringing session, with trainee Georgina Scott, in East Dunes provided 15 new birds: 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Brambling, 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Linnet, a Reed Bunting and a Black Redstart; and 5 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Chaffinch and a Goldfinch.

Brambling, ringed 12 April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Black Redstart, ringed 12 April 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
April 11th. A morning ringing session in East Dunes was reasonable. The new birds were a Wren, 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 5 Linnet, a Reed Bunting and a Goldfinch. The retraps were 2 Dunnock, a Linnet and a Great Tit.

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