Monday, 21 January 2019

Late January 2019

January 31st. There was a heavy fog for most of the day which eventually cleared mid-afternoon. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen on the beach throughout the day; and a Hooded Crow was also seen on the beach out from Mill Hill. Despite the water bodies being mostly frozen throughout the day, 100 Wigeon and a drake Pintail were on Jackson’s Marsh; and 2 Snipe were on Tennyson’s Sands. Some other sightings from around the reserve include a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, a Coal Tit, 14 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, a Water Pipit, a Rock Pipit and 12 Corn Bunting.

Glaucous Gull, 31st January 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Stonechat, 31st January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Visitor Centre winter scene,  31st January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 31st January 2019.
Photo - Andrew Chick

Glaucous Gull, 31st January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
30th January. In the afternoon, a White-fronted Goose was found with 800 Pink-footed Goose on Croftmarsh. On Jackson's Marsh were 104 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a Snipe; on Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Snipe; and on the Mere was a drake Goldeneye. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen on the beach.10 Whooper Swan and 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding on the fields to the west of the Steeping. Around the reserve were 79 Eider, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Woodcock, a Peregrine, a Coal Tit, 11 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, a Brambling and 10 Corn Bunting. 4 Siskin went south.

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 30th January 2019.
Photo - Russell Hayes

First winter White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese, 30th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Wigeon, 30th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Drake Pintail and Wigeon, 30th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Little Egret fishing, 30th January 2019.
Video - Jim Shaw

29th January. Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide late in the afternoon. A Brambling was visiting the feeding station in the Plantation; and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach. Other highlights included 21 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 350 Brent Goose, a drake Pintail, a drake Goldeneye, 180 Common Scoter, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Coal Tit, a Chiffchaff, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit, a Siskin and 40 Corn Bunting.

Little Egret, 29th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Little Egret, 29th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Common Scoter, 29th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound

Brambling and Great Tit, 29th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Coot, 29th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
28th January. 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 16:20; and in the morning 450 Brent Goose, including 3 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, were on Tennyson's Sands. 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach out from Mill Hill. Around the reserve were 31 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 2 Eider, a drake Goldeneye, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Barn Owl, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit and 51 Corn Bunting.

Two Pale-bellied Brent Geese with Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 28th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Two Pale-bellied Brent Geese with a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 28th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 28th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Snowdrops, 28th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Snowdrops, 28th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
27th January. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach; and 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding with 54 Whooper Swan on fields to the west of the Steeping River. Around the rest of the reserve were 600 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Hen Harrier (a male and a ringtail), a Merlin, a Peregrine and 24 Corn Bunting. On the sea were 140 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe. Going north were 24 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Guillemot; and going south were 28 Wigeon, an Eider, 39 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet and 5 Guillemot.

26th January. 5 Bewick's Swan and a Whooper Swan roosted on Tennyson's Sands in the evening (best seen from Harvey's Hide). 2 Marsh Harrier and a Male Hen Harrier were seen from the Wash Viewpoint in the morning; and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach out from Mill Hill. Around the reserve were 45 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 140 Brent Goose, 150 Wigeon, a drake Pintail, a drake Goldeneye, a Buzzard, 350 Golden Plover, 485 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Snipe, a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Rock Pipit and 45 Corn Bunting. On the sea were 7 Eider, 120 Common Scoter, 20 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Great Crested Grebes. Going north were 12 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Razorbill; and going south were 22 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Guillemot and 2 adult Kittiwake.

Song Thrush, 26th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Goldeneye, 26th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Goldeneye, 26th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
25th January. The family group of 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) was on Tennyson's Sands between 13:05 and 14:25. Also on Tennyson's Sands were a Pochard, a Water Rail, a Dunlin and 8 Snipe.  A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach out from Mill Hill in the afternoon and a juvenile Iceland Gull flew south toward the Wash at 16:20. Seen around the reserve were 800 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 300 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, a Snipe, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, a Coal Tit, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush and 30 Corn Bunting.




Bewick's Swan family group, 25th January 2019.
Photos - Owen Beaumont

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 25th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
24th January. 4 Hooded Crow were on the beach. 79 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 26 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe were on the sea. Around the reserve were 33 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Brent Goose, 108 Shelduck, 2 Goosander, a male Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail, a Woodcock, 4 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 3 Coal Tit, 12 Fieldfare, 32 Rock Pipit and 50 Corn Bunting. A cream crowned Marsh Harrier flew north and 7 Fieldfare went south.

Dunlin, 24th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Shoveler, 24th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Mute Swan, 24th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Shoveler, 24th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
23rd January. 52 Whooper Swan and 5 Bewick's Swan were on fields to the west of the River Steeping. 8 Goosander and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach in the afternoon; and 126 Eider were on the sea out from the Wash Viewpoint at high tide. Around were 900 Pink-footed Goose, 250 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 2 Snipe, a Peregrine, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Rock Pipit and 40 Corn Bunting. 5 Kittiwake were following a fishing trawler offshore. Going north were 21 Red-throated Diver, a Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and a Short-eared Owl; and going south were 68 Red-throated Diver and 2 Guillemot.

Goosanders on the beach, 23rd January 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

22nd January. A ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and a Peregrine were seen from the Wash Viewpoint in the evening; and 2 Hooded Crow were seen on the beach out from Mill Hill. The 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding in the fields to the west of the Steeping River with 57 Whooper Swan. Other highlights included 867 Pink-footed Goose, a Pintail, a Goldeneye, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, 150 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Coal Tit, a Chiffchaff, 42 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit, a Siskin and 62 Corn Bunting.

Pintail, 22nd January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Corn Buntings, 22nd January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Coal Tit, 22nd January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont


21st January. The 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) were seen flying into roost on Tennyson's Sands in the evening. On Jackson's Marsh was a drake Goldeneye. Around the reserve were 42 Whooper Swan, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine.

Peregrine, 21st January 2019.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Friday, 11 January 2019

Mid January 2019

January 20th. 43 Whooper Swan and 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) roosted on The Wash overnight. On Jackson's Marsh were 112 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye. Also around the reserve were 381 Pink-footed Goose, 230 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 19 Ringed Plover, 17 Turnstone, a Woodcock, a Merlin, 3 Hooded Crow, 2 Coal Tit, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 18 Fieldfare, a Rock Pipit and 24 Corn Bunting. on the sea were 11 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver and 2 Guillemot. Going south were 4 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Red-throated Diver.

Winter wildfowl including Brent Geese and Wigeon, 20th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 20th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Bar-tailed Godwit, 20th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
The Moon, 20th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
January 19th. 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach out from Mill Hill. On the Mere were a drake Goldeneye and a Water Rail; and on Jackson's Marsh were 130 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a Black-tailed Godwit. Highlights from the rest of the reserve include 5 Bewick's Swan, 2 Red-legged Partridge, an immature male Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe, a Merlin, a Barn Owl and a Water Pipit. A Goosander flew south.

Bewick's Swans, 19th January 2019.
Photo - David Hitchin
January 18th. 5 Bewick's Swan went into roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harveys Hide at 16:30. Also on Tennyson's Sands were 220 Brent Goose, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Snipe; and on Jackson's Marsh were 120 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye. There was another large movement of Herring Gull in the morning with 500 going south during an hour sea watch. Also around the reserve were 3 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 2 Hooded Crow, a Stonechat, 15 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing and 40 Corn Bunting. A Peregrine flew south and a Woodcock flew in off the sea.

January 17th. Bewick's Swan were feeding on fields to the west of the Steeping River and went into roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 16:25. A Jack Snipe was flushed in the west dunes. On Tennyson's Sands were 250 Brent Goose, a female Goosander and a Black-tailed Godwit; and on Jackson's Marsh were 110 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a Grey Heron. Highlights from a 40 minute morning seawatch included a juvenile Glaucous Gull (which flew in from the north before heading west) and 780 Herring Gull south. Also around the reserve were 41 Whooper Swan, a Sparrowhawk, 45 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 2 Hooded Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Fieldfare, a Redwing, a Mistle Thrush and 2 Rock Pipit. 3 Goosander  and a Lesser Redpoll flew south.

Bewick's Swans on Tennyson Sands, 17th January 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth 

Black-tailed Godwit, 17th January 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

January 16th.
5 Bewick's Swan went into roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harveys Hide at 16:30. Also on Tennyson's Sands were 65 Wigeon, a Pintail, a Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 152 Lapwing and 3 Snipe. 39 Whooper Swan were feeding on the fields to the west of the Steeping River. Other highlights from around the reserve include 350 Brent Goose, 200 Golden Plover, a Merlin, a Hooded Crow, a Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling and 35 Corn Bunting.

Merlin, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Male Chaffinch, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Female Chaffinch, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
January 15th. 42 Whooper Swan and the 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding distantly on fields to the west of the Steeping River again. Also around the reserve were 150 Brent Goose, a drake Goldeneye, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 3 Hooded Crow, a Treecreeper, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Stonechat and 3 Corn Bunting. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew in off the sea and then flew west. Going south were 2 Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard and 3 Mistle Thrush.

Fieldfare, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Hooded Crow, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Hooded Crow and Carrion Crows, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
January 14th. Highlights from around the reserve today included 54 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 350 Brent Goose, a Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Woodcock, 14 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Barn Owl, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 60 Corn Bunting. Out from The Wash viewpoint in the evening were a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Merlin. Offshore were 27 Eider, a Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe. 3 Goosander flew west in the morning.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Kingfisher, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Blackbird, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Blue Tit, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
January 13th. A Long-eared Owl was seen on Gibraltar Road at 19:15. 42 Whooper Swan and 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) were feeding on fields to the west of the Visitor Centre. The Bewick's Swans roosted on Tennyson's Sands again from 16:35. Also around the reserve were a Sparrowhawk, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, a Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, 11 Fieldfare and 2 Rock Pipit. 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach out from Mill Hill; 77 Eider were offshore; and a Lapland Bunting flew south mid morning.

January 12th. The family group of 5 Bewick's Swan (which included 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 16:22. 55 Wigeon, a drake Goldeneye and a Black-tailed Godwit were on Jackson's Marsh; and 3 Snipe were on Tennyson's Sands. A Hooded Crow was on the beach and 20 Eider were offshore. Also around the reserve were 14 Fieldfare, a Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 20 Corn Bunting.

January 11th. The Black Redstart was seen briefly near the Visitor Centre in the morning and 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) roosted on Tennyson's Sands again in the evening. Also on Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, 12 Snipe and a Kingfisher; a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye were on Jackson's Marsh; and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach. Other highlights from around the reserve included 30 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 16 Fieldfare, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin and 60 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 16 Eider, a Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Great Crested Grebe. A Marsh Harrier flew west and a Lapland Bunting went south.

Redshank, 11th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont