Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mid December 2016

December 20th. Birds around included 13 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Pintail, a Goldeneye, 1000 Lapwing, a Common Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 25 Black-tailed Godwit and a Green Woodpecker,  Flying south were 90 Golden Plover.

December 19th. Around were 19 White-fronted Goose, 500 Pink-footed Goose, a Goldeneye, 4 Water Rail, a Kingfisher, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Water Pipit and 70 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, yielded 7 new birds: a Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 12 retraps: 5 Blue Tit, a Robin, 3 Dunnock and 3 Great Tit.

December 18th. Birds around included 19 White-fronted Goose, 2 Goldeneye, a Water Rail, 500+ Lapwing, 5 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 20 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and a Chiffchaff. Going south were 13 Whooper Swan and 50 Pink-footed Goose.

December 17th. Around were 300 Pink-footed Goose, 30 White-fronted Goose, 13 Barnacle Goose, 2200 Grey Plover, 3000 Dunlin, 300 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 70 Corn Bunting and 7 Song Thrush (including 2 singing). Heading south were 2 Goosander, 8 Eider, 10 Golden Plover, 26 Wood Pigeon, 40 Skylark, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 22 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, a Snow Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Lapland Bunting; and southeast 189 Pink-footed Goose.

Barnacle Geese and White-fronted Geese in flight, 17th December 2016.
Photo - Garry Wright
White-fronted Geese on Croftmarsh, 17th December 2016
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth 
Barnacle Geese and White-fronted Geese on Croftmarsh, 17th December 2016.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Corn Buntings by the Visitor Centre Car Park at dusk, 17th December 2016.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
December 16th: Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Goldeneye, a Barn Owl, 5 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit and a Chiffchaff.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 7 new birds: a Wren, 2 Goldfinch and 4 Greenfinch; and 16 retraps: 5 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, a Wren, a Coal Tit and a Dunnock.

December 15th. Around were a Common Buzzard, a Peregrine, a Merlin, 900 Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker, 25 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush (including 1 singing), a Goldcrest, 2 Water Pipit and a Brambling. Flying south were 300 Lapwing, 90 Golden Plover and 9 Siskin.

December 14th. Birds around included 200 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Brent Goose, a Goldeneye, 5 Water Rail, 1500 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 50 Redwing, a Chiffchaff and 60 Corn Bunting

December 13th. Around were 200 Pink-footed Goose, a Goldeneye, 6 Water Rail, 1200 Lapwing, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 5 Fieldfare, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and 39 Corn Bunting.

December 12th. The Long-tailed Duck reappeared on Jackson's Marsh. Birds around included 230 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin,12 Golden Plover, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest and a Brambling.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 3 new birds: a Chaffinch, a Goldfinch and a Greenfinch; and 13 retraps: 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock and a Greenfinch.

December 11th. Around were 350+ Brent Goose, a Scaup, 2 Hen Harrier, a Merlin, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, 8 Water Pipit 2 Brambling and 3 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 2 Whooper Swan, south-east 230 Pink-footed Goose, and south-west 50 Fieldfare.

Roe Deer in the East Dunes, 11th December 2016.
Photo - Rob Watson
Brent Goose family group, 11th December 2016.
Photo - Rob Watson
Stonechat, 11th December 2016.
Photo - Rob Watson

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