Sunday, 11 November 2018

Mid November 2018

November 20th. Strong easterly wind, with occasional showers.
Around were 19 Whooper Swan, 106 Brent Goose, 2200 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 10 Grey Plover, 100 Golden Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin, 3 Woodcock, 100 Black-headed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare and 2 Rock Pipit. Flying north were 3 Red-throated Diver, a Diver Spp, 2 Auk Spp, 24 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake; and south 2 Wigeon and 15 Teal.

November 19th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind, with intermittent rain.
Black Redstart was around Sykes Farm in the afternoon. Birds around included 18 Whooper Swan, 335 Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, 400 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Woodcock, a Merlin, 5 Goldcrest and 2 Rock Pipit. Going north were 3 Common Scoter and 76 Gannet ;and south 148 Brent Goose, 155 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 4 Pintail, 42 Eider, a Goldeneye, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 29 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Skua, a Guillemot, 3 Auk Spp, 14 Kittiwake and a Waxwing (in the morning).

Tawny Owl, 19th November 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Black Redstart, 19th November 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
November 18th. A Great Grey Shrike arrived off the sea in the morning, alighting briefly out from Mill Hill before quickly disappearing. Around, including birds trapped, were 17 Whooper Swan, 150 Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 42 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, a Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail, 3 Woodcock, a Sandwich Tern, a Little Gull, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 10 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. In off the sea came a Woodcock and 4 Snipe. Going north were 75 Eider, 7 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet and a Guillemot; and south 4 Brent Goose, a Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 2 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 14 Lapwing, 3 Auk Spp, 9 Kittiwake and 3 Rock Pipit.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Robin, 7 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and a retrap Robin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 6 new birds: 3 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and a Blackbird; and 10 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Robin and a Greenfinch.


Great Grey Shrike, 18th November 2018.
Photos - Ben Ward
Woodcock, ringed 18th November 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
November 17th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 16 Whooper Swan, 300 Brent Goose, 400 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Wigeon, 40 Common Scoter, a Grey Partridge, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Hen Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Goldwit, a Jack Snipe, a Woodcock, a Sandwich Tern, a Little Gull, 16 Stock Dove, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, 2 Hooded Crow, 11 Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Water Pipit, a Brambling, a Yellowhammer and 3 Corn Bunting. Heading north were 11 Common Scoter, 45 Eider and 2 Guillemot; and south 5 Eider, 121 Kittiwake and 20 Little Gull.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, a Redwing and 3 Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Great Tit and a Robin.

The Wash at Sunset, 17th November 2018.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 16th. Prolonged fog then mist.
 The Siberian Chiffchaff was located in the Tennyson's Sands hedgerow in the morning. Around, including birds trapped, were 40 Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Grey Partridge, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Hooded Crow, 26 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 150 Starling, 61 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 347 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit, a Brambling, 9 Greenfinch, 4 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 3 Corn Bunting. Flying south were 4 Snipe, 222 Fieldfare, 152 Redwing and 2 Tree Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 16 new birds: a Wren, 5 Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 5 Blackbird and 2 Fieldfare; and 3 retraps: a Song Thrush, a Wren and a Robin.

Fieldfare, ringed 16th November 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Teal, 16th November 2018.
Photo - Liam Andrews
November 15th. A Swift Spp (Common/Pallid) came from north before heading west inland out over Croft Marsh in the late afternoon. The Parrot Crossbill was seen again early morning. Birds around, including those trapped, were 18 Whooper Swan, 95 Brent Goose, 1950 Pink-footed Goose, 84 Shelduck, 220 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 78 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, a Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 151 Lapwing, 152 Curlew, 92 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Jack Snipe, a Woodcock, a Guillemot, 9 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 51 Skylark, 30 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 900 Starling, 131 Blackbird, 13 Fieldfare, 13 Song Thrush, 162 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 206 Robin, 5 Stonechat, a Water Pipit, 14 Rock Pipit, a Brambling, 70 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 5 Crossbill, 5 Siskin and a Corn Bunting. In off the sea came 4 Snipe and 69 Redwing. Going south were 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Snipe, 65 Starling, 148 Fieldfare, 298 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Brambling, 166 Chaffinch, 83 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin and 2 Yellowhammer.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 29 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, 17 Redwing and 7 Blackbird; and 10 retraps: 4 Robin, 3 Goldcrest, a Blackbird, a Song Thrush and a Blue Tit.

November 14th. Moderately strong southerly wind, with some light early morning rain.
A Parrot Crossbill was discovered amongst the mobile Crossbill flock, ranging along the reserve's western side throughout the day. Around were 800 Pink-footed Goose, 14 Whooper Swan, 29 Tufted Duck, 12 Pintail, a Grey Heron, a Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 400 Golden Plover, 30 Lapwing, a Woodcock, a Hooded Crow, 18 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 32 Blackbird, 38 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing and 6 Crossbill. Heading south were 5 Brambling, 46 Redpoll and 8 Siskin.

Parrot Crossbill, 14th November 2018.
Photos - Ben Ward
November 13th. Around, including birds trapped, were 20 Whooper Swan, 20 Brent Goose, 942 Pink-footed Goose, an Egyptian Goose, 2 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 50 Golden Plover, a Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzard, a Water Rail, 50 Golden Plover, 12 Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 19 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Water Pipit, 6 Crossbill and 3 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 4 Whooper Swan, 53 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Greylag Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, 19 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 259 Stock Dove, 5922 Woodpigeon, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 289 Skylark, 70 Starling, 24 Fieldfare, 3 Tree Sparrow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 39 Rock Pipit, 115 Brambling, 1309 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 186 Linnet, a Twite, 10 Redpoll, 558 Goldfinch, 190 Siskin, a Lapland Bunting, 2 Snow Bunting and 36 Reed Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; and 2 retrap Goldcrest.

‘There was another sighting of a large-billed male Crossbill Spp today (first seen 25th Oct). This bird has a bill that appears too deep for standard Common Crossbill but structurally not classic Parrot Crossbill’

Crossbill Spp, 13th November 2018.
Photos - Kev Wilson
November 12th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 198 Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Whooper Swan, 524 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 327 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 12 Pintail, 2 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzard, a Water Rail, 250 Golden Plover, 60 Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 12 Stock Dove, a Merlin, a Hooded Crow, 29 Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 49 Blackbird, 27 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 3 Siskin and 18 Corn Bunting. Flying south were 152 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, 106 Woodpigeon, 2 Rock Pipit, 79 Brambling, 370 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 16 Redpoll, 75 Goldfinch and 206 Siskin; and west 16 Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 11 new birds: 8 Goldcrest and 3 Blackbird; and 14 retraps: a Robin, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, a Blackbird, a Wren and a Song Thrush.

Merlin, 12th November 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Hooded Crow, 12th November 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumonnt
Blackbird, 12th November 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
November 11th. Some rain mid morning.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 81 Brent Goose, 700 Pink-footed Goose, 14 Whooper Swan, 56 Wigeon, 278 Teal, 24 Pintail, 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron, a Spoonbill, a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 270 Golden Plover, 145 Lapwing, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Hooded Crow, 24 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, 80 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, a Stonechat, 11 Rock Pipit, 4 Brambling, 6 Siskin and a Corn Bunting. Going east were 4 Brent Goose and 13 Pink-footed Goose; and south 10 Pintail and 6 Siskin.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 5 Goldcrest, a Linnet and 2 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: 2 Goldcrest and a Robin.
 A rain-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 13 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, a Robin, a Chaffinch, a Song Thrush and 7 Blackbird; and 11 retraps: 6 Great Tit, a Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, a Goldcrest and a Long-tailed Tit.

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