Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Late January 2015

January 31st. Frozen start, then spells of rain and sleet.
 Birds around included 1000+ Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, 39 Snow Bunting, a Peregrine and a Merlin. Offshore were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, whilst moving south at sea were 5 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua and 2 Velvet Scoter.

January 30th. Frozen start after overnight light snowfall.
 Around were 60 Corn Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, a Hen Harrier, 7 Redwing and 2 Bullfinch. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail. Birds singing were 2 Coal Tit, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Curlew and a Little Grebe.

Frozen banks of Tennyson Sands, 30 January 2014.
Photo - George Gregory
Frozen Hazel catkins, 30 January 2014.
Photo - George Gregory.
January 29th. Moderately strong westerly wind, with spells of light rain then snow.
 Birds around included 1300 Pink-footed Goose, a Peregrine and a Buzzard.

January 28th. Very strong westerly wind, with spells of rain and sleet.
 Around were a Coal Tit and a Woodcock.

January 27th. Birds around included 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Corn Bunting, a Woodcock and 1000 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 4 new birds: a Goldfinch and 3 Greenfinch; and 16 retraps: 4 Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, 2 Blackbird, a Dunnock and a Greenfinch.

January 26th. Around were 1000 Pink-footed Goose.

January 25th. Birds around included 2 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 41 Snow Bunting,1000 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Stonechat, 80 Corn Bunting and 3 Fieldfare. At sea were 21 Red-breasted Merganser, and 29 Black-tailed Godwit were on Tennyson Sands.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David Vincent produced 5 new birds: 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 25 retraps: a Long-tailed Tit, 12 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch and a Dunnock. Interestingly one of the retrap Blue Tits was originally ringed in 2009.

January 24th. In the Plantation were 2 Woodcock. On Croftmarsh were 600 Pink-footed Goose. Elsewhere were a Peregrine, 2 Merlin and a Goldcrest.
 The Snowdrops are beginning to flower.

Snowdrops, 24 January 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
January 23rd. Around were a Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, 10 Corn Bunting and a Peregrine.

January 22nd. Birds around included 34 Snow Bunting, a Peregrine and a Fieldfare.

January 21st. Most of the ice on the water bodies has now melted.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose.

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