Sunday, 11 January 2015

Mid January 2015

January 20th. The water bodies are now almost entirely frozen over on the surface. Waterfowl have congregated on the small unfrozen areas.
 Birds around included 2890 Pink-footed Goose, 89 Gadwall, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Woodcock, a Brambling, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Coal Tit. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Water Rail, and on Jackson's Marsh 26 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 5 Eider.

January 19th. Another freezing start.
 Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, a Buzzard and a Coal Tit. On Jackson's Marsh were 77 Gadwall and 7 Pochard.

January 18th. Freezing start.
 Birds around included a Hen Harrier, 36 Snow Bunting, a Mediterranean Gull, a Fieldfare and a Goldcrest.

January 17th. Freezing start with a brief snow flurry.
 Around were 2 Redwing and a Coal Tit.

January 16th. Birds around included 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 546 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a Chiffchaff and 5 Redwing. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail.

January 15th. Around were 1100 Pink-footed Goose, a Coal Tit and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Black-tailed Godwit.

January 14th. Birds around included a Woodcock and a Peregrine. At Coal Tit was singing. Offshore were 2 Eider and 3 Red-breasted Merganser. Heading south then landing on the sea was a Great Northern Diver.

January 13th. Around were a Woodcock and 1100 Pink-footed Goose. At least 2 Great Tit were singing.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided three new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit and Moorhen; and 9 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 At Gibraltar Point Moorhens often climb on bushes and small trees, eating berries and haws, and occasionally end up in mist-nets.

Second calendar year Moorhen, lacking red bill and frontal shield, which would develop later; ringed  13 January 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
January 12th. Continuing strong south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included a Bullfinch.

January 11th. Strong westerly wind still.
 Around were 32 Snow Bunting and a Redwing. Flying south were 2 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua.

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