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

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