Monday, 11 February 2019

Mid February 2019

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, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and 38 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Avocet, a drake Pintail and drake Goldeneye. The 5 Bewick's Swans came into roost at 1635hours 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. 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, Grey Heron, drake Pintail, ringtail Hen Harrier and 6 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.
The family group of 5 Bewick's Swans came in to roost on Tennyson Sands at 1635hours, also present were a drake Goosander and 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, Water Pipit, Siskin, adult Male Peregrine, 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), 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), 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.

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 11th February 2019.

Fieldfare, 11th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

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

Friday, 1 February 2019

Early February 2019

10th February. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach along with 2 Hooded Crow. The group of 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) were feeding on fields west of the River Steeping with 42 Whooper Swan. A Red-necked Grebe was on the sea out from Mill Hill in the afternoon and a second calendar year Mediterranean Gull flew south. Around the rest of the reserve were a drake Goldeneye, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2500 Golden Plover, 600 Lapwing, 30 Snipe, a Merlin, 32 Fieldfare and 2 Rock Pipit.

Coot, 10th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont



Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 10th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Golden Plover, 10th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Drake Goldeneye, 10th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
9th February. 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding on the fields west of the River Steeping along with 36 Whooper Swan. Birds around included a drake Pintail, 17 Eider, a drake Goldeneye, 80 Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfare and 3 Rock Pipit. Going north were 8 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, a Razorbill and 7 Guillemot; and going south were 25 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Razorbill.

Snowdrops in the plantation, 9th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
8th February. 2 juvenile Glaucous Gull and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach. On Jackson's Marsh was a drake Pintail and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and on the Mere was a drake Goldeneye. Going north over the sea were 5 Red-throated Diver and a Little Auk; and south went 163 Eider, 66 Red-throated Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Razorbill and 9 Guillemot.

Eider, 8th February 2019.
Photo - Nigel Lound

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 8th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 8th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
7th February. The family group of 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 17:08. On the beach were a juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Hooded Crow. Also seen were 30 Whooper Swan, 114 Wigeon, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Barn Owl and a Water Pipit.

6th February. Two juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were seen on the beach. 7 Eurasian White-fronted Goose were seen from Jackson's Marsh on the banks of the River Steeping. A Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (a male and a ringtail), a Buzzard and a Peregrine were seen from The Wash viewpoint. 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands at 16:55. Also on Tennyson's Sands were 30 Snipe; on the Mere was a drake Goldeneye; and on Fenland Lagoon was a Kingfisher. Also around were 39 Whooper Swan, 2 Coal Tit, a Chiffchaff, 3 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit and 50 Corn Bunting.

5th February. One juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach. 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 16:55. On the Mere was a drake Goldeneye. Other highlights included a Great Crested Grebe, 28 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, a Stonechat and 71 Corn Bunting.



Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 5th February 2019.
Photos- Owen Beauumont
4th February. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach. 5 Bewick's Swan were with 35 Whooper Swan on fields to the west of the Steeping River. On Jackson's Marsh were a drake Pintail and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and a drake Goldeneye was on the Mere. Also around were a Water Rail, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 13 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush.

Canada Goose, 4th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Curlew, 4th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Robin, 4th February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Mallard, 4th February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
3rd February. The two juvenile Glaucous Gulls were seen on the beach throughout the day along with 3 Hooded Crow. On the sea was a Red-breasted Merganser. Birds around included 300 Brent Goose, 31 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan, a Marsh Harrier, 5 Woodcock, 9 Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 4 Rock Pipit and 60 Corn Bunting.




Juvenile Glaucous Gull in flight, 3rd February 2019.
Photos - Paul Neale
2nd February. Two juvenile Glaucous Gull were feeding on a seal carcass on the beach. A Hooded Crow was also on the beach out from Mill Hill. 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding with 37 Whooper Swan on fields to the west of the Steeping River. On Jackson's Marsh were 220 Wigeon; and on Tennyson's Sands were a drake Goldeneye and a Snipe. Around the reserve were a Merlin, 32 Fieldfare and 72 Corn Bunting. 

Two juvenile Glaucous Gulls on the beach, 2nd February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Two juvenile Glaucous Gulls on the beach, 2nd February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
1st February. The juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach throughout the day. In the afternoon 6 Eurasian White-fronted Goose were on Jackson's Marsh. Also on Jackson's Marsh were 170 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye. Around were 19 Whooper Swan, 700 Pink-footed Goose, 350 Brent Goose (including 2 Pale-bellied), 5 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Barn Owl, a Peregrine, a Goldcrest, 6 Rock Pipit and 6 Corn Bunting. The 5 Bewick's Swans went to roost on Tennyson Sands at 16:50.

White-fronted Geese with Wigeon, 1st February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont


Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1st February 2019.
Video - Owen Beaumont

Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1st February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1st February 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Common Snipe, 1st February 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw