Thursday, 21 June 2018

Late June 2018

June 30th. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Spoonbill and a Whimbrel; and on Croftmarsh 2 Grey Heron. Around, including birds trapped, were 36 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, a Short-eared Owl, a Hobby, 35 Starling, a Yellow Wagtail and 11 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: a Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Blackcap and a Swallow; and 7 retraps: a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat and a Blackbird.
 In the Shorebird Sanctuary 5 pulli Little Tern were ringed.

Some specialist plants of the fore-dunes to look out for:

 Frosted Orache, 30th June 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Sea Rocket, 30th June 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Prickly Saltwort, 30th June 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

June 29th. On Tennyson's Sands were a Wigeon and 8 Spoonbill. Offshore was a Black Tern. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Grey Heron, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, a Mediterranean Gull, 40 Starling and 18 Swallow. Going north were 3 Arctic Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 9 new birds: a Long-tailed Tit, a Linnet, 5 Whitethroat and 2 Starling; and 7 retraps: 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock.

Black Tern, 29th June 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
June 28th. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Greenshank. Around were 35 Teal, a Marsh Harrier, a Spoonbill, a Ruff, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, a Peregrine, 7 Swallow and 40 Starling. Heading south were 35 Curlew; and north a Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Blue Tit, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Dunnock; and 10 retraps: 3 Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Robin and a Chaffinch.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 14 new birds: a Wren, a Chaffinch, 5 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Robin, 2 Dunnock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 4 retraps: a Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Blackcap.

 Pyramidal Orchids, 28h June 2018. 
Photo - Kevin Wilson

June 27th. A Glaucous Gull was discovered on the beach in the morning. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Spoonbill. Birds around included 2 Eider, 30 Common Scoter, a Little Ringed Plover, 30 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 23 Sandwich Tern, 5 Stock Dove and 11 Swallow. Flying north were 2 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: a Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Wren and a Dunnock.

Glaucous Gull, 27th June 2018. 

Photo - Kevin Wilson
Grasshopper Warbler, 27th June 2018. 
Photo - Kevin Wilson

June 26th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill and a Spotted Redshank. Around were 2 Common Scoter, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Starling and 3 Swallow. Going south were 37 Curlew; and north a Brent Goose, 16 Common Scoter and 55 Sandwich Tern.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 12 new birds: a Blackcap, 5 Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Robin, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 11 retraps: a Great Tit, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Blue tit and a Blackcap.

Slender Centaury, now in flower along the edge of the Old Saltmarsh, 26th June 2018. 
Photo - Kevin Wilson

June 25th. On Tennyson's Sands were a Wigeon, 3 Spoonbill, 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Spotted Redshank and a Bearded Tit; and on Jackson's Marsh 10 Grey Heron. Birds around included 3 Turnstone, a Red Kite, a Cuckoo, a Merlin and 50 Starling. Flying south were 15 Curlew and 3 Swift.
 The sixth session of CES was done this morning. The 15 new birds were 5 Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Great Tit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit and a Song Thrush. The 2 retraps were a Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler.

June 24th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill, 6 Knot and a Dunlin. Around were 39 Black-tailed Godwit and 45 Starling. Going south were 7 Curlew and a Swift; and north a Hobby.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Great Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and 2 Blue Tit.

June 23rd. An immature Glaucous Gull flew in from the Wash onto Tennyson's Sands, where were also 3 Spoonbill, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and a Spotted Redshank. On Fenland Lagoon was a Greenshank. Birds around included a Yellow-legged Gull, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Spotted Redshank and 26 Starling. Heading south were 3 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Curlew, 107 Swift and a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: 4 Whitethroat and a Starling; and 7 retraps: a Chaffinch, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackbird, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Dunnock.

Glaucous Gull, 23rd June 2018. 
Photo - Dave Hitchen

June 22nd. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill, a Spotted Redshank and a Bearded Tit; and on Jackson's Marsh a Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. Around were 39 Black-tailed Godwit, a Yellow-legged Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern, a Hobby and 85 Starling. Flying north were 2 Fulmar and a Little Ringed Plover; and south a Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 4 new birds: 2 Wren and 2 Blue Tit; and 6 retraps: a Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.
 A Red-veined Darter was along Mill Pond Road.

 Red-veined Darter, 22nd June 2018. 

Photo - Ben Ward

Red-veined Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

 Ruddy Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Common Darter, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

Small Skipper, 22nd June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

June 21st. The Summer Solstice (The Longest Day). Increasing north-westerly wind.
 Around were 2 Grey Partridge, a Yellow-legged Gull, 200 Sandwich Tern, a Merlin, 16 Starling and a Crossbill. On Tennyson's Sands were a Little Ringed Plover and 24 Black-tailed Godwit. Going west were 2 Swift; north a Turtle Dove; and south a Crossbill.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Blue Tit; and 7 retraps: 4 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit.

Ringlet, 21st June 2018. 
Photo - Ben Ward

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