Thursday, 21 February 2019

Late February 2019

28th February. 2 Hooded Crow were at the north end of the reserve. On Jackson's Marsh were a drake Pintail, a drake Goldeneye and 7 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands were 11 Avocet. Around were 320 Brent Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 6 Woodcock, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 40 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, 10 Rock Pipit, a Yellowhammer and 41 Corn Bunting.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 19 new birds: 8 Great Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit and a Chaffinch; and 7 retraps: a Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Great Tit.

Yellowhammer, 28th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Linnet, 28th February 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound

Greenfinch, 28th February 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound

Reed Bunting, 28th February 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound

27th February. 2 Common Crossbill were seen in the Beach Car Park in the morning. On the beach were a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow; and on Tennyson's Sands 8 Avocet and 4 Snipe. Birds around included 200 Brent Goose, 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose, a drake Pintail, 3 Grey Partridge, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit and 60 Corn Bunting. Going south were a Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Woodlark and 6 Siskin; and north went a Buzzard.

Wren, 27th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
26th February. A Cattle Egret flew south over Tennyson's Sands in the afternoon but was not seen again. 7 Common Crossbill were in Beach Car Park throughout the day and a Cetti's Warbler was heard around Mill Pond. A Grey Partridge was heard from the Visitor Centre at dusk. On Jackson's Marsh were a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye. Around were 100 Brent Goose, a Snipe, a Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 10 Corn Bunting. In the morning a Brambling and 35 Siskin went south.

Male Common Crossbill, 26th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Female Common Crossbill, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont


Male Common Crossbill, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale

Male Common Crossbill, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale
Ringed Plovers, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Ringed Plover, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Male Common Crossbill, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Oystercatcher, 26th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
25th February. 3 Common Crossbill and a Siskin were in the Beach Car Park throughout the afternoon. 5 Bewick's Swan were on Tennyson's Sands periodically; and a drake Goldeneye was on the Mere. 2 Grey Partridge were heard from the Visitor Centre at dusk. Also around were 10 Whooper Swan, 200 Brent Goose, 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 2 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Siskin and 25 Corn Bunting.

Siskin and Common Crossbill, 25th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale


Common Crossbill, 25th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale
Common Crossbill, 25th February 2019.

Common Crossbill, 25th February 2019.

Common Crossbills, 25th February 2019.

Common Crossbill, 25th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Siskin, 25th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
24th February. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Hooded Crow were on the beach. 3 Water Pipit were on Fenland Lagoon in the afternoon; and from The Wash Viewpoint in the afternoon were 150 Brent Goose (including a Pale-bellied Brent Goose), a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl and a Merlin. Birds around included 27 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Woodcock, a Stonechat, 7 Rock Pipit, a Siskin, 3 Yellowhammer and 43 Corn Bunting.


Water Pipit, 24th February 2019.
Photo - Robert Watson
23rd February. 4 Snow Bunting were on the saltings at the north end of the reserve. 3 Hooded Crow and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull were on the beach. Offshore were 788 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe. 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands in the evening; and a Water Pipit was on Fenland Lagoon. Birds around included a drake Goldeneye, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 25 Rock Pipit, a Yellowhammer and 20 Corn Bunting.

Rock Pipit, 23rd February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth


Snow Bunting, 23rd February 2019.
Photo - Liam Andrews

Snow Bunting, 23rd February 2019.
Photo - Liam Andrews

Snow Buntings, 23rd February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
22nd February. A Cetti's Warbler and 3 Common Crossbill were in the Beach Car Park. A Eurasian White-fronted Goose was with 600 Pink-footed Goose on Croftmarsh. On Tennyson's Sands throughout the day were 28 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan, a Water Rail, an Avocet and 11 Snipe; on the Mere was a drake Goldeneye; and on Fenland Lagoon were a Kingfisher and 2 Water Pipit. Around were 150 Brent Goose, a Pintail, a Red-legged Partridge, a Grey Partridge, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Woodcock, 4 Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Hooded Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, 7 Rock Pipit, a Brambling, a Siskin and 16 Corn Bunting. Going north was a Kittiwake; and south went a Gannet, a Great White Egret and a Marsh Harrier. On the sea were 58 Eider and 4 Red-breasted Merganser.

21st February. On the beach was the darker-plumaged juvenile Glaucous Gull and the other pale bird was seen from The Wash Viewpoint in the evening. 2 Hooded Crow were also on the beach. 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands at 16.55hrs. Also on Tennyson's Sands were a drake Pintail, a Grey Heron, an Avocet and 3 Snipe; and on Jackson's Marsh was a drake Goldeneye. 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose were on the Freshwater Marsh mid morning. Also around were 41 Whooper Swan, 600 Pink-footed Goose, 322 Brent Goose, a Grey Partridge, a Buzzard, 3 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Coal Tit, 7 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Crossbill and 30 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 440 Eider, 18 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe; and going south were a Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Woodlark, 5 Siskin and 5 Snow Bunting.

Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 21st February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Guillemot, 21st February 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Snipe, 21st January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Snipe, 21st January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Monday, 11 February 2019

Mid February 2019

20th February. 12 Common Crossbill were feeding in Beach Car Park in the afternoon; and a Woodlark was seen in West Dunes. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach. 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands at 17:05. Also on Tennyson's Sands were a drake Pintail and 4 Avocet. The Cetti's Warbler was heard singing at the north of the reserve in the afternoon. Other sightings included 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Hen Harrier (a male and a ringtail), a Woodcock, a Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 20 Redwing, 3 Rock Pipit and 8 Corn Bunting. 560 Eider and 7 Red-breasted Merganser were on the sea from the Wash Viewpoint in the morning.

Woodlark, 20th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth



Common Crossbill, 20th February 2019.
Photos - Owen Beaumont
19th February. On the beach were 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow. The Cetti's Warbler was singing to the north of the reserve. 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose were seen to the north of Tennyson's Sands; and 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide in the evening. 4 Snow Bunting were seen on Millenium Ridge in the afternoon. Other highlights included 38 Whooper Swan, 350 Pink-footed Goose, 377 Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, a drake Goldeneye, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 22 Ringed Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Woodcock, 4 Snipe, a Merlin, 3 Coal Tit, 9 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, a Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipit, a Siskin, a Yellowhammer and 48 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 120 Eider and 5 Red-breasted Merganser.

Snow Bunting, 19th February 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
18th February. Seen on Jackson's Marsh were 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose, a drake Pintail and 4 Black-tailed Godwit. The Cetti's Warbler remained to the north of the reserve, along with a Red-legged Partridge. A juvenile Glaucous Gull, an adult male Hen Harrier and 9 Black-tailed Godwit were seen from the Wash Viewpoint late in the afternoon; and a Grey Partridge was again heard calling from the Visitor Centre Car Park at dusk. Also around were 38 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan, 350 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Chiffchaff, 2 Water Pipit, a Brambling and 38 Corn Bunting.

Winter Aconites and Snowdrops, 18th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
17th February. A glorious sunny day on the reserve. Visiting birders were rewarded with excellent views of a Great White Egret, 35 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan and 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose on Jackson's Marsh and Tennyson's Sands. A Cetti's Warbler was singing to the north of the reserve. An afternoon visit to the Wash Viewpoint was rewarded with views of 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Pintail and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. A Grey Partridge was calling at dusk.

Great White Egret, 17th February 2019
Photo - Roger Riddington

Whooper Swans (front), Bewick's Swans (rear), 17th February 2019
Photo - Roger Riddington

Great White Egret, 17th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Thanks to Paul Neale for some excellent photos from today:

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Whooper Swans

Bewick's Swans

Eurasian White-fronted Geese

Skylark

16th February. Surprise highlight of today came in the form of 4 Grey Partridge between the Wash Viewpoint and Visitor Centre Car Park at dusk. Sightings from elsewhere on the reserve today were 2 Hooded Crow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier and 38 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Avocet, a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye. The 5 Bewick's Swans came into roost at 1635hrs giving good views from Harvey's Hide.

Bewick's Swans, 16th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Corn Buntings, 16th February 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

15th February. There was a light movement of finches, corvids and Starlings south early morning, including 3 Brambling. The 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull remained on the beach. On Jackson's Marsh sightings included a male Marsh Harrier, a Grey Heron, a drake Pintail, a ringtail Hen Harrier and 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose.
The family group of 5 Bewick's Swan came in to roost on Tennyson Sands at 1635hrs; also present were a drake Goosander and a lone Avocet. A Grey Partridge (rare here) was heard calling from the Wash Viewpoint at dusk. Other sightings from around the reserve were 3 Chiffchaff, a Water Pipit, a Siskin, an adult Male Peregrine, a Merlin and 50 Corn Bunting.

Photos by Paul Neale
Roe Deer, 15th February 2019

Male Marsh Harrier, 15th February 2019

Male Marsh Harrier, 15th February 2019
14th February. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull were on the beach along with a Hooded Crow. The group of 5 Bewick's Swan roosted on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide in the evening. Around were 40 Whooper Swan, 250 Brent Goose (including a Pale-bellied Brent Goose), 250 Wigeon, a drake Goldeneye, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 13 Snipe, 2 Rock Pipit and 15 Corn Bunting.

Mute Swan, 14th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Whooper Swan, 14th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Sunset over Jackson's Marsh, 14th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
13th February. A juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach. 300 Red-throated Diver and a Black-throated Diver went south in the morning. Around were 3 Song Thrush and a Water Pipit.

12th February. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach. 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) were on fields west of the River Steeping with 41 Whooper Swan. The first Avocet of the year was on Tennyson's Sands. Other highlights included 300 Brent Goose, 2 Hen Harrier (a male and a ringtail), a Sparrowhawk, 500 Lapwing, 11 Woodcock, 2 Redwing and 45 Corn Bunting.

Turnstone, 12th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale



Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 12th February 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale
11th February. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach. 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose were on Jackson's Marsh in the morning; and 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands in the evening. Out to sea were 30 Eider, 60 Common Scoter 17 Red-breasted Merganser and 200 Red-throated Diver. Also around were 300 Brent Goose (including one Pale-bellied Brent Goose), a drake Pintail, a drake Goldeneye, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 45 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 10 Rock Pipit and 51 Corn Bunting. A Great White Egret reportedly flew south over the Visitor Centre in the morning.



Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 11th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 11th February 2019.

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 11th February 2019.

Hooded Crow with Carrion Crows, 11th February 2019.

Hooded Crow with Carrion Crow, 11th February 2019.

Fieldfare, 11th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Corn Bunting, 11th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont