Friday, 11 March 2016

Mid March 2016

March 20th. The Firecrest was relocated at the Beach Car Park early morning. Other birds around were 15 Pink-footed Goose, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 90 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, a Common Buzzard, 10 Avocet, a Water Pipit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin and 8 Corn Bunting.

March 19th. A Woodlark flew south in the morning. Other notables species were the first singing Chiffchaff of the year, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Goldcrest and a flock of 18 Stock Dove.  

March 18th. The first Firecrest of the year was discovered around Mill Pond. About were 35 Redwing, a Lapland Bunting and a Red Kite.  

March 17th. Around were 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a single Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Siskin and a House Sparrow. In the evening 2 adult summer Mediterranean Gull flew over calling.

March 16th. A Red Kite came in off the sea then flew south. Around were 4 Woodcock, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Avocet and 2 Snipe.
 The Sweet Violets are now flowering along the Cycle Track.

Avocet on Tennyson's Sands
Photo - Richard Doan
March 15th. Offshore were 25 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver in partial summer plumage, 12 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. Around the reserve were 800 Brent Goose, 7 Pink-footed Goose, 43 Teal, 2 drake Goosander (briefly on Jackson's Marsh), a Merlin, 17 Avocet, 64 Ringed Plover, a Lapwing, 500 Oystercatcher, 85 Blackbird, 73 Redwing, 6 Siskin, 3 Corn Bunting.      

Common Seals from The Wash Viewpoint at high tide
Photo - Philip Milns
Corn Bunting
Photo - Philip Miln
Siskin in the Plantation
Photo - Philip Milns
March 14th. Around were 32 Ringed Plover, 60 Skylark, 2 Rook, 3000 Starling and 2 Woodcock.

March 13th. A Blackcap gave a few bursts of song in the Plantation. Other birds around included a Hen Harrier, a Green Sandpiper, a House Sparrow, 4 Woodcock, 3 Fieldfare, 120 Redwing, a Coal Tit and a Song Thrush. Flying south were 2 Rook and 9 Siskin.

Hen Harrier, 13th March 2016.
Photo - Chris Cullen
Hen Harrier, 13th March 2016.
Photo - Chris Cullen
House Sparrow singing at Sykes Farm
Photo - Richard Doan

March 12th. The early morning high tide produced 15000 Knot and 3000 Bar-tailed Godwit. About were a Merlin, a Peregrine, 34 Corn Bunting and 4 Avocet.

March 11th. Around were 10 Whooper Swan, 60 Corn Bunting and 2 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 7 Avocet, 12 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Wigeon and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Whooper Swans on The Wash, 11th March 2016
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth 

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