Monday, 21 May 2018

Late May 2018.

May 31st. Fog until mid morning.
 Around were a Wood Warbler (in Plantation), a Little Stint, a Green Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, 2 Swift, a Hobby, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail and 8 Swallow. On Fenland Lagoon were 35 Black-tailed Godwit and a Little Ringed Plover.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett and Sam Prettyman, yielded a new Goldfinch; and 7 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Sedge Warbler and a Blackbird.

Wood Warbler, 31st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Wheatear, 31st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward 

May 30th. Thunder, lightning and rain until mid morning.
 Birds around, including those trapped were a Little Stint, a Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 7 Swift, a Green Woodpecker, a Hobby, 8 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Garden Warbler, a Stonechat, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and a Hawfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Garganey, 2 Pintail, a Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper; on Jackson's Marsh were a Great Crested Grebe, 46 Black-tailed Godwit and a Spoonbill; and on Fenland Lagoon were 2 Little Ringed Plover. Heading south were 20 Black-tailed Godwit and a Sand Martin.
 A ringing session from late morning to mid afternoon provided 8 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Whinchat, a Linnet and a Dunnock; and 9 retraps: a Chaffinch, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and a Blue Tit.

Mediterranean Gulls, 30th May 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 



Spoonbill, 30th May 2018.


Video - Ben Ward
 
Little Stint, 30th May 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 


Barn Owl, 30th May 2018.
Video - Ben Ward 

Whinchat, ringed 30th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
May 29th. Fog/mist until mid morning; slowly increasing north-easterly wind.
 Around were 2 Grey Partridge, a Redstart, a Wood Sandpiper, a Garganey, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Hobby, a Wheatear, 9 Turnstone, 8 Little Tern, 2 Swallow and a Hawfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Pintail, a Mediterranean Gull and 9 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover. Flying north were 58 Swift, 18 Swallow and 35 House Martin.
 The third session of CES was done this morning. The 8 new birds were 2 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Blackcap; and 10 retraps: 3 Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Long-tailed Tit, a Blackcap, a Great Tit and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Hobby in the mist, 29th May 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound



Painted Lady, 29th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Colour-flagged Ringed Plover, 29th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 28th. A Hoopoe was discovered on North Building Ridge mid morning. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 87 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Greenshank, 6 Turnstone, 4 Sandwich Tern, a Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, a Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Little Tern, 5 Cuckoo, a Hobby, a Marsh Harrier, a Siskin, 25 House Martin and 10 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Garganey, 2 Pintail, a Mediterranean Gull and 8 Black-tailed Godwit; on Fenland Lagoon a Garganey, 2 Little Ringed Plover; on Croftmarsh 4 Grey Plover; and on the beach a Little Stint. Going north was a Fulmar.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat; and 8 retraps: 5 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Garganey, 28th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Muntjac, 28th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Muntjac, 28th May 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
May 27th. Increasing north-easterly wind.
 A Bee-eater was briefly in East Dunes before flying south-west. Around, including birds trapped, were 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, a Ruff, 2 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, a Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, a Siskin, a Tree Sparrow, a Marsh Harrier and 30 Swallow. On Croftmarsh were 2 Garganey; and on Jackson's Marsh 2 Pintail. Heading north were an Osprey and 9 Swift; and south a Spoonbill and 10 Crossbill.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Chaffinch and a Garden Warbler; and a retrap Chaffinch.

Bee-eater, 27th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Bee-eater, 27th May 2018.
 Video - Ben Ward

 Spotted Flycatcher, 27th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

May 26th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a male Red-backed Shrike in East Dunes, a Common Rosefinch singing east of Mill Hill, 2 Whimbrel, a Jay, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Black Redstart, a Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, 9 Swift, a Garden Warbler, 50 Swallow, 8 House Martin, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were a Garganey, 17 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff; and over Croftmarsh a Buzzard.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Chris Hansell and Sam Prettyman, provided 6 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat and a Red-backed Shrike; and 3 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Linnet.
 An odd-looking Acrocephalus Sp was caught in the Heligoland Trap. It showed a mixture of features of Blyth's Reed Warbler, Caspian Reed Warbler and European Reed Warbler: a bold supercilium extending behind the eye, a greyish cast to upper body contrasting with a quite rufousy rump, a slight emargination on p4 on left wing only, moderately pale underbody, and wing formula/biometrics that indicated European Reed Warbler/Caspian Reed Warbler. It could possibly have been a hybrid or intergrade. The bird was not definitely identified and so was released unringed.

Red-backed Shrike, ringed 26th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory



Great Spotted Woodpecker and Great Tit, 26th May 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Meadow Pipit, 26th May 2018.
Photo - Paul Johnson
May 25th. Rain in the morning.
Around, including birds trapped were; a singing Marsh Warbler in the East Dunes, a singing Wood Warbler in the Plantation, a male Red-backed Shrike on Storm Ridge, 2 Common Rosefinch singing along Sykes Farm track, a Hawfinch, 3 Whimbrel, a Black Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Swift, 40 Swallow, 4 House Martin and a SiskinOn Tennyson's Sands were 2 Garganey, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff and a Common Sandpiper.
An afternoon ringing session in East Dunes produced 2 new birds: a Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher; and 3 retraps: 2 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat.

Marsh Warbler, 25th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Marsh Warbler song, 25th May 2018.
Video - Kevin Wilson

Common Rosefinch, 25th May 2018.
Photo - Roy Harvey



Common Rosefinch song, 25th May 2018.
Video - Kevin Wilson
Red-backed Shrike, 25th May 2018.
Photo - James Siddle
Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 25th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Wood Warbler in the Plantation, 25th May 2018.
Photo - James Siddle
May 24th. Fairly strong north-easterly wind.
 A Glossy Ibis arrived from the north, circled around, then flew off south, mid morning. Birds around included a Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, a Marsh Harrier, 600 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 60 Sanderling, 150 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, a Cuckoo, 14 Swift, a Hobby, a Jay, 2 Wheatear and 45 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands were 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Ruff; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover, which then flew off north. Going north were 4 Swift.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 6 new birds: 2 Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat and 2 Reed Bunting; and 3 retraps: a Blue Tit and 2 Whitethroat.

Brown Argus, 24th May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward


Common Blue, 24th May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward

Wall Brown, 24th May 2018,
Photo - Kevin Wilson


Little Ringed Plover, 24th May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward
Woodpigeon, ringed 24th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
 May 23rd. Fairly strong northerly wind.
 Around were 43 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Partridge, 13 Little Tern, 14 Swift, a Cuckoo, a Hobby, 8 Sand Martin, 65 Swallow, 12 House Martin and a Wheatear. On Croftmarsh was a Garganey; on Tennyson's Sands 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Mediterranean Gull; and on Fenland Lagoon a Black-tailed Godwit. Heading north were 2 Swift.

Mediterranean Gull 24rd May 2018,
 Video - Ben Ward

Ringing Control.
Willow Warbler, ringed GPBO 8 August 2016, controlled Catterick, Yorkshire, 6 May 2018.

May 22nd. Increasing northerly wind.
 The Spoonbill flew from Tennyson's Sands towards the Wash. Birds around included 15 Brent Goose, 350 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 14 Little Tern, a Cuckoo, a Wheatear, 6 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow and 8 House Martin. On Croftmarsh was a Garganey; and on Tennyson's Sands 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper. Flying north were 14 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 43 Swallow and 2 House Martin; and south a Fulmar.
 A wind-restricted morning session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Goldfinch; and 2 retrap Whitethroats.

Tawny Owl, 22nd May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward

Long-tailed Tits, 22nd May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward

May 21st. Fog until mid morning.
 On Tennyson's Sands was a Spoonbill and 11 Black-tailed Godwit; on Jackson's Marsh a Yellow Wagtail; and on Croftmarsh a Ruff. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Whimbrel, 27 Little Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, a Turtle Dove, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Hobby and a Jay. Going north were 3 Black Tern.
 A fog-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced a new Whitethroat; and 2 retraps: a Song Thrush and a Whitethroat.

Spoonbill, 21st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward



Cuckoo, 21st May 2018,
Photo - Ben Ward
Green Woodpecker, 21st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Hobby, 21st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Hobby, 21st May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Friday, 11 May 2018

Mid May 2018

May 20th. Birds around included 2 Brent Goose, a Spotted Redshank, 32 Little Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Collared Dove, 6 Swift, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 10 Swallow. Over Jackson's Marsh was a Marsh Harrier; and on Tennyson's Sands were 2 Garganey. Going north were 5 Swallow; and south 27 Swift, 2 House Martin and 5 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting; and 2 retraps: a Chiffchaff and a Sedge Warbler.

Tawny Owl, 20th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Broad-bodied Chaser, 20th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Broad-bodied Chaser, 20th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 19th. Around were 20 Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 700 Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, a Little Stint, 30 Little Tern, 3 Cuckoo, an Asio Sp, 4 Swift, 3 Jay, a Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Swallow. On or over Tennyson's Sands were 2 Garganey, a Red Kite and 4 Common Tern; and on Croftmarsh 5 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were a Swift, 14 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail; and north 4 Whimbrel. In off the sea came a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Chiffchaff and a Sedge Warbler; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler and a Chaffinch.
 At least 10 Broad-bodied Chasers have emerged recently.

Swallow, 19th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 18th. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Garganey. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo, a Black Redstart (Visitor Centre/South Car Park) and 2 Swallow.
 The second session of CES was done this morning. The 13 new birds were 3 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and a Sedge Warbler. The 15 retraps were a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, a Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Wren.

May 17th. Fairly strong northerly wind, slowly decreasing.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 11 Brent Goose, 4 Whimbrel, 3000 Sanderling, 2400 Dunlin, 800 Grey Plover, 560 Oystercatcher, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Jay, a Garden Warbler and 6 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands was a Wood Sandpiper. Flying north were 713 Auk Sp, a Puffin, 12 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, a Fulmar and 60 Linnet.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett and Sam Prettyman, produced 7 new birds: 2 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock and a Jay; and 8 retraps: a Blackbird, 2 Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Goldfinch, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Reed Bunting.

Jay, ringed 17th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Jay, ringed 17th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Jay, ringed 17th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
May 16th. Fairly strong northerly wind.
 Birds around included 81 Brent Goose, 11 Common Scoter, a Common Sandpiper, a Wheatear and 17 Swallow. Going north were 8 Gannet, 100 Auk Sp, 4 Common Scoter and 4 Arctic Tern. On Fenland Lagoon was a Common Sandpiper.

May 15th. Around were 12 Whimbrel, 600 Oystercatcher, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo, a Jay, a Wheatear, a Swallow and 2 Corn Bunting. Heading north was an Arctic Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 5 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and a Blackbird.

May 14th. Birds around included a Garganey, a Marsh Harrier, 1400 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, a Cuckoo, a Peregrine, a Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Yellowhammer. Flying south were a Sand Martin and a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat and 2 Reed Bunting; a retrap Whitethroat; and a control Reed Bunting.

May 13th. Rain until early morning.
 Around were 2 Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, a Wheatear, 6 House Sparrows, a Tree Pipit and a Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spotted Redshank. Going south were a Swift and 30 Swallow; west 2 Swift; and north 2 Whimbrel.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 16 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Long-tailed Tit, a Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch and a Linnet; and 3 retraps: a Reed Bunting and 2 Whitethroat.

May 12th. On Tennyson's Sands, then on Jackson's Marsh, was a Great White Egret. Birds around included 100 Brent Goose, Common Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. Heading south were 2 Swallow; and north 3 Whimbrel.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and a Linnet; and 2 retraps: a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

May 11th. Around were 88 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 1200 Ringed Plover, 2500 Dunlin, a Turtle Dove and 2 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Garganey.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff and 2 Linnet; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, by Mike Polling, provided 4 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat; and 5 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, a Dunnock, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Wren.
 At about 0805hrs two presumed escape Azure Tits were found together in a mist net in East Dunes. On examination, one was found to have a pink split colour ring on the right tarsus, a broken primary and some tail feather damage. The other had minor tail feather damage and a just started brood patch. The birds were presumed to be escapes, and no rings were added. They were released into the Plantation, next to Sykes Farm.

Presumed escape Azure Tit, trapped 11th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Presumed escape Azure Tit, with pink split colour ring, trapped 11th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Presumed escape Azure Tit, trapped 11th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Presumed escape Azure Tit, showing tail feather damage, trapped 11th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Presumed escape Azure Tit, showing broken primary, 11th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Early May 2018

May 10th. Some early morning rain.
 A Spoonbill landed on Old Saltmarsh. Around, including birds trapped, were a 88 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, a Long-eared Owl heard late, a Swift, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands was a Common Sandpiper. Flying south was a Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail.
 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Sam Prettyman and Keith Collett, produced 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: a Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff.

Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 10th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
May 9th. Birds around included 80 Brent Goose, 2 Garganey (on Old Saltmarsh), a Red Kite, 3 Common Sandpiper, a Short-eared Owl, a Cuckoo, a Garden Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail and 4 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh was a Garganey; and on Croftmarsh a Greenshank. Flying south were a Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Common Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 7 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 3 Whitethroat; and 2 retraps: a Whitethroat and a Great Tit.

Yellow Wagtail, 8th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Recent Ringing Controls.
Great Tit, ringed GPBO 14 October 2017, controlled Muckton Bottom, Lincolnshire 7 April 2018.
Blackbird, ringed GPBO 1 November 2016, controlled Skaelskor, Denmark 31 March 2018.
Blackbird, ringed GPBO 3 November 2016, controlled Akeroya, Norway 13 April 2017.
Great Tit, ringed GPBO 3 July 2017, controlled Kilnsea, Yorkshire 25 March 2018.
House Martin, ringed GPBO 7 August 2013, controlled Fishtoft Sewage Works, Lincolnshire 29 April 2018.

May 8th. On Jackson's Marsh was a Spoonbill and a Garganey; and on Croftmarsh a Greenshank. Around were a Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 50 Little Tern, 15 Sandwich Tern, 3 Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Going south were 4 Stock Dove and 3 Swift.
 The first session of CES was done this morning. The 8 new birds were a Wren, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Linnet and 2 Blackcap. The 3 retraps were a Long-tailed Tit, a Dunnock and a Blackbird.

Spoonbill, 8th May 2017.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 7th. Birds around included 41 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, a Short-eared Owl, 3 Cuckoo, a Peregrine, a Jay, a Wheatear, a Redstart, a Siskin and 5 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Garganey; and on Croftmarsh a Greenshank. Heading north were 33 Black-tailed Godwit and a Swallow; and south a Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Sam Prettyman, provided 7 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and a Blue Tit; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Chiffchaff.

Marsh Harrier, 7th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Barn Owl, 7th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Grass Snake, 7th May 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Large Red Damselfly, 7th May 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
May 6th. Around were 59 Brent Goose, 7 Whimbrel, a Wood Sandpiper, 4 Little Tern, 3 Collared Dove, 3 Cuckoo, a Jay, 3 Wheatear, a Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Common Tern; and on Jackson's Marsh a Garganey. Flying south were 2 Grey Heron, 2 Sand Martin and 4 Swallow; and north a Greenshank.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Sam Prettyman, produced 8 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Wood Pigeon; and 2 retraps: a Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

Roe Deer, 6th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Roe Deer, 6th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Orange-tip, 6th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Woodpigeon, ringed 6th May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
May 5th. A Serin was discovered in West Dunes. On Jackson's Marsh was a Great White Egret; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Spotted Redshank. Birds around included 41 Brent Goose, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Cuckoo, a Peregrine, 2 Jay, a Tree Pipit and 8 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Sam Prettyman, yielded 8 new birds: a Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Chaffinch, a Blackcap and a Reed Bunting; and 4 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Great White Egret, 5th May 2018
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Great White Egret, 5th May 2018.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Tawny Owl, 5th May 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
Spotted Redshanks, 5th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 4th. Around were a Grey Partridge, 33 Brent Goose, a Garganey, 4 Buzzard, a Little Ringed Plover, a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, a Swift, 2 Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 8 Jay, 5 Ring Ouzel, 4 Whinchat, 42 Wheatear, a Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart,  a Garden Warbler, a Treecreeper, a Yellow Wagtail, 8 Swallow, a Brambling and 3 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 2 Common Scoter and 20 Little Tern. On Croftmarsh were 4 Pink-footed Goose and 11 Black-tailed Godwit. Heading south were a Buzzard, a Stock Dove and a Siskin; east a Common Tern; and west 3 Collared Dove.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Sam Prettyman, provided 4 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, a Blackcap and a Dunnock; and a retrap Whitethroat.

Water Vole, 4th May 2018.
Photo - Chris Tyler

Whinchat, 4th May 2018.
Photo - Roy Parkin
Colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit, 4th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Garganey, 4th May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 3rd. A Red-rumped Swallow was over the north end of the reserve, then over Tennyson's Sands. Birds around were 35 Brent Goose, 3 Little Tern, 3 Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, 7 Jay, 3 Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatear, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Yellow Wagtail, 12 Swallow and 2 Tree Sparrow. On the Mere were 2 Pochard; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Common Tern. Flying south were 2 Collared Dove, a Sand Martin and 12 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 18 new birds: 6 Chiffchaff, a Robin, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and a Goldfinch; and 3 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and a Whitethroat.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling produced 7 new birds: a Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Wren.

Cowslips, 3rd May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
May 2nd. Strong south-westerly wind; rain until mid afternoon.
 A Red-rumped Swallow flew over Jackson's Marsh in the afternoon, then drifted south. Around were 13 Brent Goose, 4 Whimbrel, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Ring Ouzel, 5 Wheatear, a Redstart, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 60 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin and 180 Swallow. Going south were 2 Yellow Wagtail; and west a Turtle Dove.

Red-rumped Swallow, 2nd May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Red-rumped Swallow, 2nd May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Pied Flycatcher, 2nd May 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
May 1st. Increasing south-westerly wind.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 26 Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Long-eared Owl, c7 Jay, a Garden Warbler, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Ring Ouzel, a Redstart and 9 Wheatear. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Pink-footed Goose; and on Croftmarsh 2 Garganey. Heading north were 3 Gannet; south a Mediterranean Gull, a Collared Dove, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, a Sand Martin, 2 House Martin and 47 Swallow; south-west a Tree Pipit; and west a Grey Heron.
A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 16 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Wheatear, a Redstart, 2 Reed Bunting and a Ring Ouzel; and 4 retraps: a Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Robin.

Pied Flycatcher, 1st May 2018.
Photo - Paul Neale
Ring Ouzel, ringed 1st May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Redstart, ringed 1st May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Wheatear, ringed 1st May 2018.
Photo - George Gregory