Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Mid April 2017

April 20th. A belated record involved 9 Common Crane photographed flying over Mill Hill by Alan Brewster.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Snipe, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 5 House Martin, 2 Ring Ouzel, 16 Wheatear, 3 Firecrest (1 female trapped in Observatory, 1 male singing in Plantation, 1 male singing at Aylmer Avenue), 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Brambling. On the Mere were 2 Garganey, a Jack Snipe and 2 Snipe; and on Jackson's Marsh a female Pintail. Going north were 11 Whimbrel and 24 Swallow; and south 15 Sandwich Tern, an Arctic Tern and 4 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Firecrest and a Robin; and no retraps.
 Brown-tailed Moth caterpillars are now emerging from their silk tents in Sea Buckthorn and other bushes. The hairs of these caterpillars can cause severe allergic reactions, and they should be avoided.

Male Garganey on the Mere, 20th 2017.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Firecrest, ringed 20th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Brown-tailed Moth caterpillars emerging from their silk tent, 20th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Common Cranes over Mill Hill, 20th April 2017.
Photo - Alan Brewster
April 19th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, a Ring Ouzel, a Redwing, a Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, a Yellow Wagtail, a Siskin and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch, a Linnet, a Blackbird and a Sparrowhawk; and 6 retraps: 2 Goldfinch, 2 Wren, a Linnet and a Chaffinch.

April 18th. Around were 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, 3 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Wheatear, 4 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and a Brambling. Heading north were 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Gannet and a Swallow, and south a Common Buzzard and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 6 new birds: 2 Great Tit, a Chaffinch, a Song Thrush and 2 Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Dunnock.

Powdered Quaker, 18th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy

Water Carpet, 18th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy

Streamer, 18th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy

Early Grey, 18th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy
April 17th. In off the sea then west came an Osprey, while a Marsh Harrier and 3 Yellow Wagtail headed south, and 13 Sandwich Tern, a Fulmar, a Gannet and 4 Whimbrel north. Birds around, including those trapped, were 10 Common Scoter, a Common Buzzard, 2 Greenshank, 3000 Knot, a Snipe, a Cuckoo, 18 Swallow, a Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 13 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell, resulted in 7 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, a Blackcap and a Goldfinch; and no retraps.
 The moth trap produced a Powdered Quaker, a Streamer and a Water Carpet.

Common Buzzard, 17th April 2017
Photo - Steve Humphreys
Whitethroat, 17th April 2017
Photo - Steve Humphreys
Powdered Quaker, 17th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy


Streamer, 17th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy
Water Carpet, 17th April 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy
 April 16th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Marsh Harrier, a Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, 7 Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Siskin. Flying north were 4 Swallow, and south-west another Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, a Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, a Goldfinch and a Blue Tit; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Robin.
 Butterflies included a Green-veined White.

Female Blackap, Sykes Farm track 16th April 2017
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Chiffchaff with pollen horn, 16th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory


Lady's Smock, 16th April 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson

Green-veined White, 16th April 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
April 15th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 33 Brent Goose, a Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Cuckoo, 2 House Martin, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Wheatear, a Goldcrest, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a Pochard. A Whimbrel went north.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Meadow Pipit and a Reed Bunting; and a retrap Wren.

Ring Ouzel by Mere Hide, 15th April 2017.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

High Tide, 15th April 2017.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
April 14th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Cuckoo, a Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank, 6 Whimbrel, a Green Woodpecker, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, a Redwing, a Wheatear, a Firecrest, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and a Yellow Wagtail. On Fenland Lagoon was a Little Ringed Plover. Heading south-west were 4 Swallow; and south 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a Crossbill, 40 Goldfinch and 60 Linnet.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell, yielded 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet and a Wheatear; and 2 retraps: a Linnet and a Reed Bunting.

Wheatear, ringed 14th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory

Cowslips, 14th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
April 13th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Yellow Wagtail. On Fenland Lagoon were 2 Greenshank. Flying north were a Whimbrel, a Swallow and 3 House Martin.
 A check of large nest boxes revealed a Tawny Owl nest with 2 warm eggs.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Linnet, a Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and 2 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Blackbird and 2 Wren.
 Butterflies included 3 Small White and 5 Speckled Wood.

Hare on Jacksons Marsh meadow, 13th April 2017
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
April 12th. Rain until 0800hrs.
 Around, including birds trapped, were a Firecrest, a Redstart, 5 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, a Willow Warbler, 2 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, a Siskin,  a Brambling, a Common Buzzard and 5 Whimbrel. On Fenland Lagoon was a Water Pipit; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Garganey.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Wren and a Great Tit; and no retraps.

April 11th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Woodpecker, a Swallow, a Ring Ouzel, a singing Grasshopper Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap and a singing Goldcrest. On Fenland Lagoon were 2 Greenshank; and on Tennyson's Sands a Pintail and a Black-tailed Godwit.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Wren and a Blackcap; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Wren.

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