Friday, 1 December 2017

Early December 2017

December 10th. Cold start, then snow and rain for most of day.
 On Jackson's Marsh was an immature Whooper Swan. Birds around included 2 Goldcrest.

December 9th. Very cold start.
 Around were 6 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Brent Goose, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, a Stonechat, 11 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare and 6 Goldcrest. On Jackson's Marsh were an immature Whooper Swan and a Grey Heron.

December 8th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind; cold start.
 Birds around included 500 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Brent Goose, 200 Teal, 400 Cormorant, a Hen Harrier, 550 Grey Plover, 400 Sanderling, 2000 Dunlin, a Merlin, 3 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper and a Redwing. On Jackson's Marsh was a Grey Heron. Flying south were 3 Common Scoter, a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Fieldfare and 6 Brambling.

December 7th. Strong south-westerly wind, gradually decreasing. Some mid morning rain.
 Around were 600 Pink-footed Goose, a Common Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, a Bullfinch and 2 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were an immature Whooper Swan and 2 Pintail.

December 6th. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 500 Pink-footed Goose, a male Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, a Peregrine, a Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Bullfinch, a Brambling and a Snow Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a Water Pipit; and on the Mere a Water Rail. On or over the sea were 2 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 30 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Kittiwake; while 2 Great Northern Diver and a Slavonian Grebe went south. Over land a Redwing and a Siskin went south.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, produced 10 new birds: 2 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; and 17 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, a Great Tit, a Robin, 7 Long-tailed Tit and a Greenfinch.

December 5th. Around, including birds trapped, were 6 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, a Siskin, 3 Bullfinch and 10 Corn Bunting. On the sea was a Slavonian Grebe. On Tennyson's Sands were 84 Shoveler, 3 Water Rail and 200 Lapwing; on Jackson's Marsh an immature Whooper Swan; and on Croftmarsh 2 Water Pipit. Heading south were 2 adult Whooper Swan and 6 Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, resulted in 18 new birds: a Blackcap, a Bullfinch, a Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 8 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird; and 14 retraps: 2 Bullfinch, 2 Wren, a Blackcap, a Dunnock, a Blackbird, a Robin, a Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, a Goldcrest, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit.

Bullfinch, ringed 5th December 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
December 4th. Frosty start, gradually thawing out.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Woodcock, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Bullfinch.
 A frost-delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 10 new birds: 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, a Blackcap and 4 Greenfinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Blue Tit and a Blackbird.

December 3rd. Around, including birds trapped, were 540 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Greenshank, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Stonechat, a Treecreeper, 2 House Sparrow and 19 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 10 new birds: a Treecreeper, 2 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 10 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest and a Great Tit.

Treecreeper, ringed 3rd, December 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
December 2nd. Birds around included 2 Merlin and 4 Stonechat. Flying south were 4 Bewick's Swan, 150 Teal, 21 Eider, 5 Great Crested Grebe, a Brambling and a Siskin; and north 11 Wigeon. In off the sea came a Marsh Harrier and 210 Lapwing.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 13 new birds: 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch and 5 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Blackbird, a Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, a Robin and a Wren.

December 1st. Snow gradually melting and strong northerly wind gradually decreasing.
 Sea-watching produced 2 Little Auk, 1300 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar north; and a Black-throated Diver and 4 Eider south. In off the sea came a Snow Bunting. Around were 180 Brent Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 100 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, a Fieldfare, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 15 Corn Bunting.

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