Saturday, 11 June 2016

Mid June 2016

June 20th. Moderately strong southerly wind, with rain developing.
 Birds around included 2 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove. Heading south were 500+ Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit and a Dunnock; and a retrap Linnet.

June 19th. A Caspian Tern flew south offshore in the afternoon. Also moving were 3 Gannet north and 10 Swift south. Around were a Hobby, 2 Cuckoo and a Turtle Dove.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: a Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, a Chaffinch, a Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 7 Great Tit and a Linnet.

Hobby, 19th June 2016.
June 18th. Soggy start with some brief drizzle.
 The 2 Caspian Tern on Tennyson's Sands came and went several times. One bird bore a metal ring. There are 3 old British recoveries of Caspian Terns ringed abroad: (1) ringed in 1927 in the United States and recovered at Whitby in 1939, (2) ringed in 1970 in Finland and recovered at Haddon (in a Fox's den) in 1972, and (3) ringed in 1975 in Sweden and recovered on Yell in 1976.
 One bird shows suspended/arrested moult limits in the wing feathers, but there is little data on moult in post-juvenile large terns as a key to ageing.
  Also on Tennyson's Sands were a Little Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Green Sandpiper. Other birds around were a Grey Heron and 2 Cuckoo. Going north were 23 Gannet
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 4 new birds: 2 Blue Tit, a Linnet and a Meadow Pipit; and 7 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, 3 Great Tit and a Dunnock.

June 17th. The 2 Caspian Tern were on Tennyson's Sands, and a Green Sandpiper and 4 Black-tailed Godwit on Jackson's Marsh. Also around were a Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove. Flying north were 3 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Great Tit and a Goldfinch; and 6 retrap Great Tit.

Caspian Tern showing ring on right leg, 17th June 2016.
Caspian Tern flying past hide, 17th June 2016.
Southern Marsh Orchid, 17th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellow Rattle keeps the dune grasses down by parasitizing their roots, 17th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
June 16th. Another foggy, soggy start, gradually clearing.
 The 2 Caspian Tern were back on Tennyson's Sands. Other birds around included a Green Sandpiper, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cuckoo and 3 Turtle Dove.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes by Mike Polling produced 2 new Linnet; and 3 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, including the 5th CES session, produced 41 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Wren, 6 Coal Tit, a Great Tit, 7 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, a Pied Wagtail, a Yellowhammer, 2 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch, a Jackdaw and a Woodpigeon; and 26 retraps: 4 Dunnock, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldfinch, a Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Wren and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Caspian Tern, 16th June 2016.
Photo - Andrew Chick
Caspian Tern, 16th June 2016.
Photo - Andrew Chick
Caspian Tern, 16th June 2016.
Photo - Andrew Chick
Pied Wagtail, ringed 16th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Yellowhammer, ringed 16th  June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 16th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
June 15th. Foggy, soggy start, gradually clearing.
 The 2 Caspian Tern returned to Tennyson's Sands for some time. Around were 2 Cuckoo, 2 Grey Partridge and a Turtle Dove. A Swift flew south.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: a Wren, 2 Linnet, a Goldfinch, a Whitethroat and 3 Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

Caspian Tern, 15th June 2016.
Photo - Paul Neale
Caspian Tern, 15th June 2016.
Photo - Paul Neale
June 14th. Soggy start.
 2 Caspian Tern were on Tennyson's Sands this afternoon. Birds around included a Green Woodpecker, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoo.
Double Caspian Tern action on Tennyson's Sands, 14th June 2016
Photo - Nige Lound
June 13th. Around were 2 Cuckoo, 4 Sandwich Tern, 25 Little Tern, 208 Oystercatcher and 2 Turtle Dove. A Swift flew north. Flying south offshore were 128 Common Scoter and a Fulmar.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 10 new birds: 6 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Whitethroat, Robin and Sedge Warbler.

Ringed Plover and Little Terns, 11th June 2016.
Photo - Richard Doan
June 12th. Birds around included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Green Sandpiper, a Collared Dove, 72 Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove. Heading south were 73 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Reed Warbler, 5 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, 2 Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting; and 3 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

June 11th. Around were a Spoonbill, a Green Woodpecker, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Grey Wagtail, a Barn Owl, 2 Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 11 new birds: a Reed Warbler, 8 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Wren and Linnet.

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