Thursday, 1 February 2018

Early February 2018

February 10th. Around were 2 Water Pipit, 3 Song Thrush, 300 Golden Plover and 2 Stonechat.

February 9th. Bird around included 8 Redwing, a Treecreeper, 250 Lapwing, 2500 Golden Plover and 2 Water Pipit.

February 8th. Offshore were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Eider, 60 Red-throated Diver, a Black-thoated Diver and a Razorbill. Around were 520 Curlew, a Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 4 Water Pipit, 60 Rock Pipit, a Treecreeper and 15 Corn Bunting.

Water Rail from Fenella Hope Hide, 8th February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Treecreeper, 8th February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

February 7th.
Around 600 Pink-footed Goose, 500 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit and 2 Goldeneye.

February 6th. The Glaucous Gull was again present at Greenshank's Creek. Around were 2 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare and 600 Pink-footed Goose. 
Glaucous Gull at Greenshank Creek, 6th February 2018.
Photo - Nigel Lound
February 5th. Birds around the reserve today included 650 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Stonechat, a Bullfinch and a male Hen Harrier.

February 4th. Highlights from a morning seawatch from Mill Hill included 190 Common Scoter, 95 Red-throated Diver, 1000 Herring Gull and a 2CY Glaucous Gull. Birds elsewhere on the reserve included a Merlin and a Barn Owl.

Stonechat, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson

Goldfinch, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson

Grey Squirrel, 4th February 2018
Photo - Paul Johnson
February 3rd. Morning WeBS count produced 5000 Knot, 2800 Dunlin, 800 Sanderling, 2000 Oystercatcher, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, 250 Curlew and 100 Redshank. Other birds around were 2 Snow Bunting (Millennium Ridge), a Lapland Bunting, 17 Corn Bunting 2 Stonechat, a Green Woodpecker and a Barn Owl. On Croft Marsh were 800 Pink-footed Goose and 500 Lapwing. Offshore were 7 Eider, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver and a Razorbill.

February 2nd. A Bittern was seen in flight past Jackson's Marsh hide heading northwards. Croft Marsh held 2 White-fronted Goose, a Barnacle Goose and 500 Pink-footed Goose. Other birds around include 2 Water Pipit, a Common Buzzard and 300 Lapwing.

February 1st. Overnight frost.
In the Plantation were 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and a Treecreeper. On Croft Marsh were 5 White-fronted Goose, 807 Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose.
Pink-footed Goose, 1st February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Whooper Swans, 1st February 2018
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

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