Saturday, 11 August 2018

Mid August 2018

August 18th. The Spotted Crake was still on the Mere. On Tennyson's Sands were a Spoonbill, a Water Rail, a Little Ringed Plover, 682 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank and 111 Redshank; and on Jacksons Marsh 3 Green Sandpiper. Around were 7 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua, 350 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Whinchat. Going south were 4 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua, 81 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Swift, 42 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 94 Swallow and 7 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: 8 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, a Reed Warbler and a Whitethroat; and 4 retraps: a Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Mediterranean Gull, 18th August 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound 
August 17th. The Spotted Crake remained on the Mere. On Tennyson's Sands were a Little Ringed Plover, 571 Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Common Sandpiper. Birds around included 17 Little Egret, 20 Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Water Rail, a Whimbrel, 30000 Knot, 3000 Sanderling, 5000 Dunlin, 8 Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 19 Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, a Short-eared Owl, 280 Willow Warbler (including birds trapped), a Garden Warbler, 3 Whinchat and 8 Yellow Wagtail. Heading south were 6 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 560 Sandwich Tern, 24 Common Tern, 18 Swift, 150 Swallow, 22 Sand Martin, 16 House Martin and 10 Yellow Wagtail; and north 86 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 72 new birds: 51 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Robin, 14 Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap and 2 Lesser Whitethroat; and 3 retraps: a Wren and 2 Whitethroat.

Short-eared Owl, 17th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Spotted Crake, 17th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Leopard Slug, 17th August 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
Waders, 17th August 2018.
Photo - Nige Lound
Painted Lady, 17th August 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
August 16th. Rain from early morning to early afternoon.
 The Spotted Crake was rediscovered on the Mere. On Jackson's Marsh were 13 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Grey Heron, a Grey Plover, 74 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 158 Dunlin, 601 Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling, 13 Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 120 Redshank, 8 Greenshank and 8 Snipe. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 3 Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, a Hobby and 2 Green Woodpecker. Flying south were 8 Swift.

Swallow, 16th August 2018.
Photo - Jack Wilson
August 15th. On Jackson's Marsh were 17 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands a Garganey, 2 Water Rail, 708 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 333 Redshank and 7 Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 9000 Sanderling, 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Garden Warbler, 35 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 25 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Crossbill. Going south were 15 Yellow Wagtail, 90 Sand Martin, 220 Swallow and 40 House Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 10 new birds: 5 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Blackbird; and a retrap Willow Warbler.

Garganey, 15th August 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Whinchat, 15th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward

Stonechat, 15th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward


Spotted Flycatcher, 15th August 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Crossbill, 15th August 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson
Ringing Control.
Chiffchaff ringed Kilnsea, Yorkshire 27 May 2018, controlled GPBO 8 June 2018.

August 14th. The Spotted Crake remained on the Mere, though highly elusive. A Garganey was also identified there; and on Tennyson's Sands there were a Water Rail, 650 Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank and a Mediterranean Gull. Around, including birds trapped, were 17 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 2264 Grey Plover, 381 Ringed Plover, 302 Curlew,  3 Whimbrel, 3903 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Turnstone, 60000 Knot, 10105 Sanderling, 13920 Dunlin, 12 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 11 Snipe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Short-eared Owl, a Wood Warbler (trapped and ringed at Observatory), 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 40 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Tree Pipit. Heading south were a Swift, 290 Sand Martin, 1140 Swallow and 23 Yellow Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 25 new birds: 14 Willow Warbler, a Wood Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit and a Starling; and 9 retraps: a Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, a Linnet, a Dunnock and a Starling.
 Also around were 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a vast influx of Small Tortoiseshell.

Curlew Sandpiper, 14th August 2018.
Video - Ben Ward

Spotted Flycatcher, 14th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Tree Pipit, ringed 14th August 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Tree Pipit, ringed 14th August 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Wood Warbler, ringed 14th August 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Wood Warbler, ringed 14th August 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
 August 13th. Occasional morning and afternoon drizzle/showers.
 The Spotted Crake remained on the Mere, though becoming rather elusive. On Jackson's Marsh were 27 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands a Water Rail, a Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank and 3 Mediterranean Gull. Birds around included 3 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Water Rail, 4500 Oystercatcher, 1060 Grey Plover, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 400 Ringed Plover, 560 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 729 Black-tailed Godwit, 3000 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9800 Sanderling, 16300 Dunlin, 51200 Knot, 22 Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, 3 Little Tern, a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, a Hobby, 80 Sand Martin, 400 Swallow, 121 Willow Warbler, a Redstart and 50 Yellow Wagtail.

Spotted Crake, 13th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
Cuckoo, 13th August 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson

House Sparrow, 13th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
August 12th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind, with drizzle in morning.
 The Spotted Crake was still on the Mere, also a Water Rail; on Fenland Lagoon 4 Little Ringed Plover; on Jackson's Marsh a Green Sandpiper; and on Tennyson's Sands 25 Spoonbill, 650 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Mediterranean Gull. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 297 Grey Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 60000 Knot, 8300 Sanderling, 11000 Dunlin, 600 Sandwich Tern and a Short-eared Owl. Flying south were 5 Whimbrel, 4 Arctic Skua, an Arctic Tern, 65 Swallow and 65 Sand Martin.

Evening high tide wader roost, 12th August 2018.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Evening high tide wader roost, 12th August 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward


August 11th. The Spotted Crake remained on the Mere, where 2 Green Sandpiper flew around. On Jackson's Marsh were 20 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 additional Spoonbill. Heading south were at least 4 more Spoonbill, a Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sand Martin, a House Martin and 65 Swallow. Birds around included a Whimbrel, 53000 Knot, a Greenshank, a Snipe, 250 Sandwich Tern, a Tree Pipit and a Whinchat.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: 9 Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, a Linnet, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: a Wren, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Linnet.

Black-tailed Godwit, 11th August 2018.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Greenshank, 11th August 2018.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Spoonbills, 11th August 2018.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Whinchat, 11th August 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson



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