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

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