Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Late June 2017

June 30th. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Spoonbill. Offshore were 450 Common Scoter. Going south were 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew and 80 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: a Linnet, 7 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Meadow Pipit and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat and a Great Tit.

June 29th. Soggy start, slowly drying out.
 Birds around included 7 Sandwich Tern and a Greenshank. On Tennyson's Sands was a Common Sandpiper. Heading south were 7 Lapwing, 38 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 150 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 15 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and a Starling; and 13 retraps: 4 Wren, 5 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Linnet.

June 28th. Rain and strong wind for most of the day, making recording difficult.
 A few common birds were seen.

June 27th. Intermittent rain from late morning.
 Around was a Hobby. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Common Sandpiper, 29 Redshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Going south were 2 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: 2 Wren, a Linnet, 2 Dunnock and a Woodpigeon; and 4 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and a Goldfinch.

June 26th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill. Bird around included a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Cuckoo, 20 Sandwich Tern and 60 Little Tern.
 The sixth session of CES was done this morning. The 28 new birds were 12 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Dunnock and a Wood Pigeon. The 14 retraps were a Song Thrush, 5 Whitethroat, 3 WillowWarbler, 3 Dunnock and 2 Wren.
 In Beach Car Park were now 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Spoonbills, 26th June 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Beach Car Park 26th June 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale 
June 25th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill and 2 Wigeon. Around were 10 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Linnet; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.
 A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was in Beach Car Park.

June 24th. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper. Going south were 156 Swift, a Hobby, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 16 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 7 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 14 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, a Reed Bunting and 2 Wren.

June 23rd. Around were a Grey Partridge, a Marsh Harrier and a Grasshopper Warbler. Offshore were 4 Common Tern and 40 Sandwich Tern. On Jackson's Marsh was a Common Sandpiper. Heading north were 2 Manx Shearwater; and south 60 Gannet, 2 Auk Spp, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 86 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Chaffinch and a Meadow Pipit.

June 22nd. On the Mere were 2 Little Gull; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Great Crested Grebe. Birds around included an adult Black-tailed Godwit and a Grasshopper Warbler. Flying south were 3 Hobby and 3500 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 8 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, a Goldfinch and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit and 2 Whitethroat.

June 21st. The summer solstice - the longest day.
 On Tennyson's Sands early were 2 Spoonbill (which flew off later) and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Around were a Wigeon, an adult Black-tailed Godwit, a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 House Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: a Wren, 2 Whitethroat, a Robin and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit, 2 Wren and a Linnet.
 Dragonflies included a Red-veined Darter.

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