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

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