Friday, 1 July 2016

Early July 2016

July 10th. Around were 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Gull, 57 Sandwich Tern, a Wheatear and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Heading south were 2 Marsh Harrier, 27 Whimbrel, 62 Sanderling, 224 Swift and 81 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: a Great Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Blackcap, 2 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 5 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Dunnock.

Avocet, 10th July 2016.
Little Gull, 10th July 2016.
Little Gull, 10th July 2016.
Sandwich Tern, 10th July 2016.
Lapwing, 10th July 2016.
July 9th. Rain from mid morning until early afternoon.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Marsh Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, a Grey Heron, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Treecreeper and a House Sparrow. Flying south were 64 Swift and 12 Sand Martin.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: 4 Wren, a Treecreeper, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Great Tit and a House Sparrow; and 3 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Whitethroat and Linnet.
 A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was the highlight of overnight moth trapping. Other species included Broad-barred White, Clouded Magpie, Starwort, Grass Rivulet, Sandy Carpet, White-Line Dart, Round-winged Muslin, Ghost Moth, Short Cloaked, Striped Wainscot, Marbler White-Spot and Small Yellow Wave.

Treecreeper, ringed 9th July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
House Sparrow, ringed 9th July 2016.
In the first decades of the bird observatory many thousands of this species were ringed. In recent decades, however, this species is not ringed here every year.
Photo - George Gregory
Convolvulus Hawkmoth, 9th July 2016.
Photo - Karen and Sarah Hand
Clouded Magpie, 9th July 2016.
Photo - Karen and Sarah Hand
Starwort, 9th July 2016.
Photo - Karen and Sarah Hand
July 8th. Rain until mid morning.
 Around were a Wheatear, 4 Whimbrel and 2 Turtle Dove. Going south were 2 Swift.

July 7th. Birds around included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Whimbrel, a Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoo. Heading south were 600 Swift and 90 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 10 new birds: a Wren, 6 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 2 retraps: singles of Dunnock and Whitethroat.

July 6th. Around were 4 Whimbrel, a Turnstone, a trapped juvenile Garden Warbler and 2 Turtle Dove (including 1 purring). On Tennyson's Sands was a Greenshank. A Swift and a Marsh Harrier flew south.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, a Blackcap and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Wren, a Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat and a Blackbird.
Turtle Dove, 6th July 2016
Photo - Les Davidson

Pyramidal Orchid, 6th July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
July 5th. Moderately strong westerly wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Cuckoo, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 3 Little Gull and 3 Brent Goose. Going south were 74 Swift, 55 Sand Martin, a Scaup and 3 Little Gull.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 10 new birds: 2 Wren, a Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Cuckoo; and 9 retraps: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 3 Blue Tit, a Goldfinch, a Blackcap and a Wren.

Cuckoo, ringed 5th July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
July 4th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Greenshank, 2 Little Gull, 3 Cuckoo and a Siskin. Flying south was a Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, including the 7th session of CES, provided 59 new birds: 10 Wren, a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 18 Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Coal Tit, a Chaffinch, a Siskin, 2 Blackcap, 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Woodpigeon; and 27 retraps: 7 Whitethroat, a Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Great Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Dunnock, a Linnet and 2 Chaffinch.
 A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was discovered nectaring on Viper's Bugloss.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 4th July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Siskin, ringed 4th July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on Viper's Bugloss, 4th July 2016.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Small Tortoiseshell on Sea Lavender, 4th July 2016.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
July 3rd. Birds around included a Short-eared Owl, a Greenshank, 3 Cuckoo and a Sand Martin. Heading south were 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler and a Dunnock; 5 retraps: a Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and 2 Blue Tit; and a Portuguese-ringed control Blackcap. The latter bird was a breeding female with a CEMPA SEA LISBOA ring.

Portuguese ring on Blackcap, controlled 3rd July 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
 
Black-tailed Godwits, 3rd July 2016.
Little Tern, 3rd July 2016.
July 2nd. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Spoonbill, including a colour-ringed bird. Around were 2 Cuckoo. Flying south were 25 Swift and 2 Curlew.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch, a Blue Tit and a Dunnock; and a retrap Whitethroat.

Spoonbills, 2nd July 2016.
Photo - Keith and Angela Foster
Colour-ringed Spoonbill, 2nd July 2016.
Photo - Keith and Angela Foster
July 1st. Soggy start.
 Birds around included a Mediterranean Gull, a family of 5 House Sparrow and 4 Cuckoo. Going south were 24 Swift and 7 Curlew.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler and 2 Dunnock; 5 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Linnet, Whitethroat, Robin and Chiffchaff; and a control Linnet.

House Sparrows, a scarce species at Gibraltar Point, 1st July 2016.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

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