Thursday, 1 March 2018

Early March 2018

March 10th. On the beach were 1500 Grey Plover, 3000 Herring Gull and 10 Ringed Plover. West Dunes held 12 Redwing, 5 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker and a Treecreeper.

March 9th. A Woodlark was seen over the West Dunes. In the Plantation were 12 Redwing, 2 House Sparrow and a Bullfinch.

March 8th.  A drake Goosander flew south over Sykes Farm.

March 7th. In the Plantation were 10 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, a Siskin, a Green Woodpecker, 8 Woodcock and 2 House Sparrow. On the move were 5 Rook, 11 Jackdaw, 2 Siskin, 3 Chaffinch and a Greenfinch.

March 6th. Around were 17 Woodcock, 2 Siskin, a Green Woodpecker, 2+ House Sparrow, a Bullfinch, 200 Lapwing, 10 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush and 30 Pink-footed Goose. A Mediterranean Gull was showing on the beach at Greenshanks Creek. 
Mediterranean Gull on the beach with masses of gulls, 6th March 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
March 5th. Flying south were 2 Siskin, 4 Rook and a Woodlark.

Recent ringing recoveries...
- Blackbird, ringed overijssel, Netherlands 24 October 2016, controlled GPBO 8 November 2017
- Robin, ringed GPBO 27 September 2017, controlled Holland Haven Country Park, Essex 30 January 2018
- Blackbird, ringed Reddingbootpad, Netherlands 6 November 2017, controlled GPBO 8 November 2017
- Kestrel, ringed Winthorpe, Lincolnshire 2 July 2017, found dead GPBO 16 January 2018

March 4th. A walk down Greenshank Creek produced 6 Little Gull, 5000 Black-headed Gull, 3000 Common Gull, 3000 Oystercatcher and 5 Eider. A singing Mistle Thrush on territory was also seen.
 A Woodcock, 2 Guillemot and a Razorbill were found dead along the shore.
Common Seal on the beach, 4th March 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Lobster returned to the sea, 4th March 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Ray washed up, 4th March 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Sea Mouse, 4th March 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Extensive washout along the beach, from Greenshank Creek to Millennium Ridge, 4th March 2018.
Photo - Rob Watson
Little Gull, 4th March 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
Little Gull, 4th March 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
Mistle Thrush, 4th March 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson
Redwing, 4th March 2018
Photo - Kev Wilson
In harsh conditions when food is particularly scarce apples can be a good food source.
March 3rd. Very poor visibility for most of the day. Birds around were 500 Brent Goose, 400 Oystercatcher, 1500 Grey Plover, 800 Dunlin, 180 Sanderling, 800 Knot and a Merlin. A Little Gull flew north offshore.

March 2nd. An impressive 87 Woodcock recorded on the reserve today (equalling the reserve record of 87 from 09/01/2010). Other noteworthy records included c600 Wigeon and 91 Gadwall.

Cormorant in the Plantation, 2nd March 2018
Photo - Nige Lound
March 1st. A further arrival of Woodcock today with at least 50+ birds on the reserve. Other birds around were 30 Golden Plover, 2 Goldeneye, 15 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and a Bullfinch. 

View from Mill Hill, 1st March 2018
Photo - Nige Lound

Woodcock, 1st March 2018
Photo - Nigel Lound
Woodcocks in the West Dunes, 1st March 2018.
Photo - Nigel Lound

1 comment:

Dany said...

Great photos from natural life.