December 16th. Freezing start, slowly thawing out.
Birds around included 60 Brent Goose, 200 Golden Plover, a Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, a Yellowhammer and 16 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan.
Recent Ringing Recoveries and Controls:
Blackbird, ringed GPBO 31/10/2011, controlled Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 26/11/2017
Goldfinch, ringed GPBO 12/4/2016, controlled Shotley, Suffolk 3/11/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed Mickley, Northumberland 25/6/2017, controlled GPBO 12/9/2017
Reed Bunting, ringed Wakefield, Yorkshire 1/7/2017, controlled GPBO 9/10/2017
Goldcrest, ringed GPBO 12/9/2017, controlled High Halstow. Kent 26/10/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed GPBO 3/10/2017, recovered Safi, Morocco 15/11/2017
Chiffchaff, ringed GPBO 4/10/2017, controlled Queen Mary Reservoir, Surrey 17/10/2017
Blackbird ringed GPBO 13/11/2016, controlled Kilnsea, Yorkshire 27/10/2017
December 15th. Increasing north-westerly wind with occasional light rain.
Around were a Barn Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing and a Yellowhammer. On the Mere were a Water Rail and a Jack Snipe; and on Jackson's Marsh an immature Whooper Swan and a Goldeneye. Heading south was a Siskin.
A brief weather-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Mike Polling, yielded just a new Dunnock.
December 14th. Cold start, with decreasing south-westerly wind.
Birds around included 144 Brent Goose, 300 Wigeon, 2 Common Buzzard, a male Hen Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 800 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, a Fieldfare and 3 House Sparrow. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Flying south were 300 Pink-footed Goose and a Black-tailed Godwit.
December 13th. Around were 50 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Goldcrest and a Redpoll. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Going south were 4 Whooper Swan.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 10 new birds: 6 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Chaffinch; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit and 3 Great Tit.
December 12th. Frozen start, slowly thawing out.
At Greenshanks Creek were 3 Shorelark. On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Birds around included 900 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 450 Golden Plover, 360 Lapwing, a Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare and 3 Snow Bunting. Heading south were 28 Lapwing; and west 4 Pink-footed Goose.
December 11th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.
A Great White Egret flew down the River Steeping. Over Croftmarsh were 1500 Pink-footed Goose. Around were a Red Kite, a Barn Owl, a Goldcrest and a Bullfinch.