Thursday, 1 September 2016

Early September 2016

September 10th. Rain for most of day, making recording difficult.
 Birds around included 12 Spoonbill, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank.

September 9th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Sea-watching produced a juvenile Long-tailed Skua and 700 Sandwich Tern around the shore, and a Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, a Great Northern Diver and 200 Gannet south. Around were 6 Spoonbill, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Pintail, a Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 19 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Skua, a Merlin, 2 Water Rail, a Green Woodpecker, 5 Mistle Thrush and 5 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were 30 Teal, 7 House Martin and 65 Swallow. A Hobby flew west over Jackson's Marsh.
 A brief, wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: 2 Dunnock and a Robin.
Female Pintail on the Mere, 9th September 2016
Photo - Nige Lound
September 8th. Birds around included 12 Spoonbill, a Merlin, a Common Buzzard, 7 Pintail, a Whimbrel, 16 Ruff, a Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, 27 Mistle Thrush and a Grey Wagtail. The over-summering Redwing was seen again in East Dunes. Flying south were 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 520 House Martin, 65 Sand Martin and 500 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 3 new birds: singles of Blackcap, Blue Tit and Great Tit; and 4 retraps: 2 Robin, a Dunnock and a Wren.

1st calendar year Little Ringed Plover on Tennyson's Sands, 8th September 2016
Photo - Nige Lound
September 7th. A Dowitcher Sp flew south with 10 Bar-tailed Godwit at 0750hrs. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Spoonbill, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 2 Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart. Going south were 500 Swallow and 7 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 16 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Robin, a Whitethroat, a Linnet, 2 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Redstart and 3 Dunnock; and 3 retraps: singles of Linnet, Whitethroat and Dunnock.

September 6th. Birds around included 12 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, 10 Greenshank, 5 Spotted Redshank and 2 Common Sandpiper. Heading south were 3 Pomarine Skua and 400 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Whitethroat and a Blackcap; and 4 retraps: singles of Robin, Wren, Great Tit and Dunnock.

September 5th. An Icterine Warbler was discovered in the Sallows visible from North Building Ridge. Around were 6 Spoonbill, 3 Marsh Harrier, 550 Sandwich Tern, 2000 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28500 Knot, 2500 Oystercatcher, 1200 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, a Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Water Rail, a Kingfisher, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Wheatear. Flying south were 2 Arctic Skua, 22 Wigeon, a Pintail, a Velvet Scoter, 70 Teal, 200 Sandwich Tern, 200 Meadow Pipit, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1100 Swallow, 190 House Martin and 175 Sand Martin; and north 2 Pomarine Skua and 3 Manx Shearwater.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 16 new birds: a Wren, 4 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Robin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 4 Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Blackbird.

September 4th. Birds around included 5 Spoonbill, 61000 Knot, a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 6 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, a Swift, a Kingfisher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and a Wheatear. Heading south were 280 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 7 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Goldfinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Blackcap and a Dunnock.

September 3rd. Around were 15 Spoonbill, a Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Greenshank, 5 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 209 Black-tailed Godwit, 8000 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Buzzard, 3+ Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Green Woodpecker, 7 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear. Flying south were 120 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin and 8 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Robin, a Reed Warbler and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Wren and a Lesser Whitethroat.


Dawn over East Dunes, 3rd September 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
September 2nd. Rain until early morning, then moderately fresh wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 8+ Spoonbill, 55000 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 3 Greenshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, 184 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Shoveler, 2 Common Buzzard and 2 Wheatear. Offshore was a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Going south were a Hobby, 5 Sand Martin and 175 Swallow.
 A rain-delayed and wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 2 new birds: a Reed Warbler and a Wheatear; and no retraps. The Wheatear, with a wing of 105mm, was of the Greenland subspecies.

Birds and sunset, 2nd September 2016.
Photo - Les Binns
Greenland Wheatear, ringed 2nd September 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
September 1st. Around, including birds trapped, were a Wryneck, 7 Spoonbill, a Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 206 Black-tailed Godwit, a Marsh Harrier, a Pintail, 10 Tree Sparrow, 8 Yellow Wagtail and a Redstart. Unseasonal birds were a Barnacle Goose and a Pink-footed Goose. The first-summer (portlandica) Common Tern was still present. Heading south were 2 Yellow Wagtail and 150 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, resulted in 16 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Whitethroat and a Redstart; and 10 retraps: a Blackcap, 2 Robin, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Willow Warbler and a Linnet.

First-summer (portlandica) Common Tern, 1st September 2016.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Redstart, ringed 1st September 2016.
Photo - George Gregory

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