Friday, 12 August 2016

Mid August 2016

August 20th. South-westerly wind increasingly strong until mid afternoon then decreasing slowly.
 Birds around included 18 Spoonbill, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Little Stint, 11 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, 2 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. Going south were 8 Swift.

August 19th. A Corncrake was flushed by the path to Jackson's Hide. Around were 9 Spoonbill, 156 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a juvenile Peregrine, an adult Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Skua, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Little Stint, 4 Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, a juvenile Cuckoo, 28 Mistle Thrush, 3 Wheatear, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Willow Warbler. Heading south were a Great Skua, a Swift, 40 Sand Martin, 20 House Martin and 240 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, resulted in 6 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Linnet, a Reed Warbler and 3 Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.

August 18th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 4 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, 163 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Stint, a Little Ringed Plover, 1+ Green Woodpecker, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and 3 Willow Warbler. Flying south were 65 Swallow, 40 House Martin and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Whinchat; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

Whinchat, ringed 18th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
August 17th. Around were 8 Spoonbill, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 6 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a Common Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker. Going south were 7 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: 3 Linnet and a Woodpigeon; and 4 retraps: 3 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

August 16th. A Greenish Warbler was trapped and ringed in East Dunes; later it flew off towards the west end of Sleeper Track, near Bean's Hole. Birds around, including those trapped, were 8 Spoonbill, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 19 Greenshank, 165 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Arctic Skua. On Jackson's Marsh were a Garganey, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Little Stint, and on the Mere a Water Rail and 12 Sedge Warbler. Heading north was a Marsh Harrier, and south 3 Common Buzzard65 Swallow and 13 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, resulted in 15 new birds: a Greenish Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, a Linnet and a Yellowhammer; and 4 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Linnet.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by David and Liv Vincent resulted in 14 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chaffinch and singles of Wren, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Tit, Dunnock and Song Thrush; and 10 retraps: 4 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit and a Chaffinch.
 Moths trapped overnight included Hedge Rustic, Purple Bar, Pebble Hook-tip, Sharp-angled Leacock, Drinker, Tawny-speckled Pug, Saltmarsh Plume and Platypes alpinella. Also, 2 Lime Hawkmoth caterpillars were discovered.

Greenish Warbler, ringed 16th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Greenish Warbler, ringed 16th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Whinchat, ringed 16th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
White-letter Hairstreak, 16th August 2016.
Photo - Karen and Sarah Hand
August 15th. A distant marsh tern offshore was probably a White-winged Black Tern. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill, a Little Stint, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 42 Dunlin, and on Tennyson's Sands 100+ Black-tailed Godwit. Around, including birds trapped, were a Whimbrel, 2500 Sandwich Tern, 200 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Skua, a Redwing, 2 Whinchat, a Wheatear and a Grasshopper Warbler. Flying south were 130 Swallow and 8 Sand Martin, and north 80 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 15 new birds: 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Reed Warbler, 2 Swallow and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Song Thrush, a Robin, a Blackcap, a Redwing, a Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock. The retrapped Redwing (moult score 40) was the adult bird ringed in East Dunes on June 21st (moult score 1) and seen and photographed at Aylmer Avenue on June 29th. Presumably it summered in the local area while undergoing moult.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 30 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Wren, 3 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, a Robin, a Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Song Thrush; and 14 retraps: 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Blackcap and a Long-tailed Tit.

Moulting adult Redwing, retrapped 15th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
August 14th. The wind shifted to the east mid afternoon.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 8 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Wheatear, a Redstart, 4 Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 40 Willow Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint and 4 Snipe; on Tennyson's Sands 2 Ruff, 4 Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and 100+ Black-tailed Godwit; and on the Mere a juvenile Water Rail, a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper and 2 WigeonGoing south were 6 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 123 Swallow, 15 House Martin and 24 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 34 new birds: 18 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 3 Robin, a Blackcap, 6 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Kingfisher; and 5 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap and a Wren.

Kingfisher, ringed 14th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
August 13th. Increasing then decreasing south-westerly wind.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill, a Little Stint, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 96 Black-tailed Godwit; on Tennyson's Sands an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Spotted Redshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 108 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Snipe; and on Croftmarsh 3 Snipe and 14 Golden Plover. Around, including birds trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Marsh Harrier, a Green Woodpecker, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 15 Willow Warbler. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 28 Swift, 550 Swallow, 20 House Martin and 70 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 13 new birds: 9 Willow Warbler, a Tree Pipit, a Linnet and 2 Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: singles of Wren, Dunnock and Great Tit.

Tree Pipit, ringed 13th August 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
August 12th. Increasing then decreasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around included a Peregrine, a Common Buzzard, a Whimbrel, 11 Snipe, 2 Grey Heron and 3 Yellow Wagtail. On Jackson's Marsh were a Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 15 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands a Greenshank and 34 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were a Marsh Harrier, 62 Swift, 180 Sand Martin and 1300 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Robin and a Chaffinch; and 3 retraps: singles of Great Tit, Dunnock and Linnet.

August 11th. Drizzle early and late morning.
  On Jackson's Marsh were a Spoonbill, a Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe; on Tennyson's Sands a Little Ringed Plover, 6 Greenshank and 3 Snipe; on the Mere 12 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall and 2 Wigeon; and on Croftmarsh a Snipe. Birds around, including those trapped, were 6 Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, a Cuckoo, 4 Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Peregrine, a Green Woodpecker and 17 Willow Warbler. Going south were 3 Arctic Skua and 65 Swallow.
 A restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 21 new birds: a Wren, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Reed Warbler and 2 Whitethroat; and 7 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet. a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Blackcap.

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