Friday, 11 January 2019

Mid January 2019

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 (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 Falcon, 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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