Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mid March 2017

March 20th. Around were 4 Chiffchaff, 51 Redwing, 40 Corn Bunting and 2 Fieldfare. On the move were 200 Chaffinch, 34 Siskin, 6 Rook and a Grey Wagtail.

March 19th. The highlight of the day was a CATTLE EGRET discovered on Jackson's Marsh at dawn (second reserve record). Around were 51 Avocet, a Marsh Harrier and 8 Chiffchaff.
CATTLE EGRET on Jackson's Marsh, 19th March 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
CATTLE EGRET on Jackson's Marsh, 19th March 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
 March 18th. No records received.

March 17th. On the move were 22 Chaffinch, 4 Siskin, 480 Starling, 43 Fieldfare, a Black-throated Diver and an adult summer Mediterranean Gull. Around were 5 Chiffchaff, a Woodcock, 300 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Eider.

March 16th. Around were 30 Corn Bunting, 2 Siskin, 6 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. On the move were 15 Whooper Swan, 10 Rock Pipit and a female/immature Marsh Harrier.

March 15th. An immature GOSHAWK flew west over Croft Marsh mid-morning. Also on the move were 65 Fieldfare, 7 Rook, a Lapland Bunting, 26 Chaffinch, 300 Wood Pigeon, 68 Starling and 15 Siskin. Around were 30 Avocet, 60 Corn Bunting, 4 Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 2 Yellowhammer, a Chiffchaff and a Brambling.
 A Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma were seen in the Plantation.


March 14th. The highlight of the day was a 2CY Caspian Gull on the beach. On the reserve were 600 Grey Plover, 9 Rook, 600 Dunlin, a Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Siskin and 6 Rock Pipit.

March 13th. Around the reserve were 6 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Woodcock and 4000 Starling. On the move were 57 Jackdaw, 3 Stock Dove, 36 Chaffinch, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 19 Rook and 5 Alba Wagtail.
 The first butterflies of the year were on the wing; 3 Comma and a Red Admiral.
 A Shoulder Stripe and Mottled Grey were caught in the moth trap.
Mottled Grey, 13th March 2017
Photo - Kev Wilson
Shoulder Stripe, 13th March 2017
Photo - Kev Wilson
March 12th. Heading south were 39 Chaffinch, 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 25Golden Plover and 495 Starling. Around were 85 Corn Bunting, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 24 Linnet, 2 Snipe, 3 Siskin, 220 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 2500 Oystercatcher, a Great Crested Grebe, 33 Avocet, 2 Pintail, 200 Brent Goose and a pair of Goldeneye.
Goat Willow, 12th March 2017
Photo - Rob Watson
March 11th. In the Plantation were 79 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin and a singing Chiffchaff. A flock of 60 Corn Bunting were singing in the West Dunes. On Tennyson Sands were 25 Avocet and a Kingfisher.
 A Pale Pinion was in the moth trap overnight.
Pale Pinion trapped overnight, 11th March 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy


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