Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mid June 2014

June 20th. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Little Gull and a Grasshopper Warbler. A female Montagu's Harrier was around.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue was quite productive. The 30 new birds were 2 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Great Tit, 8 Chaffinch, a Linnet, 9 Dunnock and a Song Thrush. The 16 retraps were a Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Dunnock and a Chaffinch.

June 19th. A Spoonbill flew from Tennyson Sands out over the Wash towards Norfolk. Remaining on Tennyson Sands were a first-summer Little Gull and a Grasshopper Warbler. Around were a ringtail Montagu's Harrier by the Wash Viewpoint, 6 Turtle Dove and 20 Little Tern.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Linnet, Great Tit and Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 3 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

June 18th. Intermittent drizzle early morning, then soggy.
 On Tennyson Sands was a Spoonbill. Around was a Cuckoo. Flying north offshore were 2 European Storm Petrel and 3 Kittiwake.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in just 3 new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Linnet and Dunnock.

June 17th. A Spoonbill was on Tennyson Sands. South went a Grey Heron, and 6 north Kittiwake. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Grasshopper Warbler and 1100 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was disappointing. The new birds were a Blue Tit and a Linnet; and the retraps were 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Meadow Pipit (from 2010).

June 16th. Occasional brief light rain in morning.
 Around were a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Cuckoo in pursuit flight. Flying south were 4 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session, with Jenni Godber, provided 12 new birds: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blue Tit, a Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Turtle Dove; and 10 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Turtle Dove, ringed 16 May 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
June 15th. Occasional drizzle in morning.
 On Tennyson Sands were 2 Spoonbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 2 Linnet, 7 Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Dunnock.
 The 5th session of CES was done this morning by David Vincent at Aylmer Avenue, resulting in 16 new birds and 12 retraps. The new birds were 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, a Wren and a Chiffchaff. The retraps were 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. As it wasn't very busy this morning, bird ringing wise anyway, the opportunity was taken to carry out some much needed maintenance on the CES net rides.

June 14th. Occasional rain in morning.
 Birds singing included 2 Turtle Dove and a Cuckoo.
 A restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: a Chaffinch, a Linnet and 4 Dunnock; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

June 13th. Generally very warm.
 A GLOSSY IBIS was picked up in fight mid morning, it was observed flying west towards Jackson's Marsh/Tennyson's Sands, a follow up visit revealed nothing. The Glossy Ibis was airborne again at 1900hrs, seemed to be loosely associating with the godwit flock, presumably all flushed off Croft Marsh. The Glossy Ibis flew over The Wash and headed off towards Norfolk for about 3km then u-turned, heading towards Wainfleet, up the sea bank and over the visitor centre and presumably dropped onto Jackson's Marsh. Also present were a Spoonbill, the Honey Buzzard, a Temminck's Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Mediterranean Gull.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: 2 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Linnet, a Coal Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: singles of Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Linnet, Dunnock, Wren and Sedge Warbler.
 A longer ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling was much more productive. The 51 new birds were 3 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Great Tit, a Robin, 7 Whitethroat, 7 Blue Tit, a Reed Warbler, a Coal Tit, a Linnet, a Goldfinch, 4 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch and a Blackbird. The 41 retraps were a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 6 Whitethroat, 11 Blue Tit, 5 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Blackbird.

Glossy Ibis, 13th June 2014
Photo - Richard Doan
June 12th. A Jay was in Measures. Going south were 35 Starling and 4 Swift, and east 6 Grey Heron. The same Honey Buzzard passed through again.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes was reasonable. The 11 news were 2 Wren, 3 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Reed Warbler and 2 Dunnock. The 6 retraps were singles of Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Linnet, Whitethroat and Blue Tit.


Honey Buzzard, 12th June 2014
Photo - Richard Doan

June 11th. Flying south were 200 Swift. A Nightjar was in East Dunes in the evening.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Linnet, 4 Blue Tit, a Coal Tit and a Chaffinch; and 7 retraps: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Chaffinch.
 A Beautiful China-mark (Nymphula nitidulata) trapped overnight was a reserve first.

Coal Tit, ringed 11th June 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Beautiful China-mark (Nymphula nitidulata), trapped overnight 11th June 2014
Photo - Nigel Lound

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