Monday, 21 October 2019

Late October 2019

October 31st. The Pallas's Warbler remained west of Mill Hill. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Avocet, 295 Black-tailed Godwit and a Spotted Redshank; and on Fenland Lagoon a Water Pipit. Birds around, including those trapped, were 900 Pink-footed Goose, 100 Brent Goose, 160 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 400 Teal, 35 Tufted Duck, 15 Little Egret, a Great Whited Egret (on Jackson's Marsh then roosted locally), a Water Rail, a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 6 Snipe, 6 Woodcock, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 2 Swallow, 50000 Starling, 32 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 East Dunes, 1 Plantation and 1 in a private garden), 49 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 31 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 51 Robin, a Brambling, a Bullfinch and 40 Siskin. Heading south were 9 Whooper Swan, 10 Pink-footed Goose, an Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet; north 4 Velvet Scoter, an Arctic Skua; and west 50 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett and Rebecca Hardwick, yielded 9 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Robin, 2 Redwing and 5 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: 2 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Wren.
Pallas's Warbler, 31st October 2019.
Photo - James Siddle

Pallas's Warbler, 31st October 2019.
Photo - James Siddle

Pallas's Warbler, 31st October 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Yellow-browed Warbler, 31st October 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Great White Egret, 31st October 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
October 30th. A Pallas's Warbler was discovered to the west of Mill Hill in the morning and was seen there again in the afternoon. Around, including birds trapped, were 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 196 Brent Goose, 105 Shelduck, 168 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 547 Teal, 32 Shoveler, a Pochard, 45 Tufted Duck, 9 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Egert, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Water Rail, 2 Avocet, 90 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Woodcock, 9 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 3 Swallow, 25 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (Plantation, Beach Car Park, East Dunes and Shovelers Pool), a Treecreeper, 20000 Starling, 82 Blackbird, 17 Fieldfare, 30 Song Thrush, 26 Redwing, 73 Robin, 3 Stonechat, a White Wagtail, 5 Stonechat, a Water Pipit (off Fenland Lagoon), a Tree Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch, a Redpoll, 10 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. Flying south were 24 Shelduck, 87 Wigeon, 8 Eider, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 100 Golden Plover, 39 Siskin, a Snow Bunting and a Lapland Bunting; and north 40 Shelduck, 12 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 81 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 16 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Rebecca Hardwick, provided 20 new birds: a Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Song Thrush, 14 Blackbird and a Starling; and 7 retraps: 2 Robin, a Wren, a Goldfinch, a Bullfinch and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Pallas's Warbler, 30th October 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
October 29th. A late Wryneck was discovered midmorning, briefly by Sykes Farm Track. Heading north were 19 Brent Goose, 81 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 9 Eider, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 749 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 33 Red-throated Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 186 Gannet, a Leach's Petrel, a Red-necked Grebe, 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 107 Auk sp, 2 Puffin, 3 Little Auk, a Sandwich Tern, 14 Kittiwake and 10 Little Gull; south 19 Brent Goose, 35 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 6 Pintail, 3 Eider, 201 Common Scoter, 9 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Red-throated Diver, 38 Gannet, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Auk sp, 5 Little Auk, an Arctic Tern, a Kittiwake, 2 Swallow, 4 Brambling and 8 Siskin; east a Black-throated Diver; and south-west a Waxwing. In off the sea came 36 Skylark and 1348 Starling. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1100 Pink-footed Goose, 174 Brent Goose, 10 Gadwall, 168 Teal, 48 Shoveler, a Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, an Eider, 84 Common Scoter, 7 Grey Partridge, 299 Cormorant, 16 Little Egret, a Great Crested Grebe, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Avocet, 80 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, a Spotted Redshank, 6 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcock, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 23000 Starling, a Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 97 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 26 Song Thrush, 18 Redwing, 7 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 8 Brambling, 10 Siskin and a Yellowhammer.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: a Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, a Bullfinch, 3 Blackbird, a Starling and a Magpie; and 3 retraps: a Robin, a Blackcap and a Blue Tit.

Wryneck, 29th October 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Bullfinch, ringed 29th October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
October 28th. Frosty start.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 160 Brent Goose, 180 Wigeon, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, a Long-tailed Duck (drifting south on the sea), 121 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 15 Little Egret, a Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 3 Water Rail, 160 Lapwing, 7 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Collared Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 24 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 18000 Starling, 71 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 29 Song Thrush, 70 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Tree Sparrow, a Water Pipit, 5 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, a Snow Bunting and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 9 Avocet and 12 Bearded Tit. Flying north were 5 Teal, 191 Common Scoter, 204 Gannet, a Pomarine Skua, a Guillemot, a Little Auk, a Puffin, 14 Auk sp, 2 Sandwich Tern, 23 Kittiwake and 24 Little Gull; south 34 Whooper Swan, 5 Shelduck, 102 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, a House Martin, 7040 Starling and 13 Brambling; and west 2 Whooper Swan.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 29 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Wren, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, a Brambling, 5 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 9 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare and 2 Woodcock; and 5 retraps: a Robin, a Wren, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Blue Tit.

Starling, a big day for the species on the reserve, 28th October 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
October 27th. Soggy start.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 800 Pink-footed Goose, 100 Brent Goose, 5 Whooper Swan, 140 Wigeon, 107 Teal, 28 Shoveler, a Pochard, 28 Tufted Duck, 6 Grey Partridge, 25 Little Egret, a Great White Egret, a Grey Heron, a male Hen Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 800 Golden Plover, a Spotted Redshank, a Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 3 Jay, a Woodlark, a House Martin, 41 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a Treecreeper, 20000 Starling, 28 Blackbird, 9 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Brambling, a Hawfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 9 Greenfinch, 15 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Avocet and a Black-tailed Godwit; and on Croftmarsh 148 Lapwing, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 13 Stock Dove. Going south were 202 Whooper Swan, a Velvet Scoter, a Grey Heron, 103 Lapwing, 571 Woodpigeon, 3 Swallow, 2 Brambling, 52 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, a Mealy Redpoll (after being at Shovelers Pool), 32 Goldfinch, a Hawfinch, a Yellowhammer and 2 Lapland Bunting; and west 662 Woodpigeon and 9 Fieldfare.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Jenni Godber, Rebecca Hardwick and Sarah Hunter, provided 24 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Robin, a Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, a Reed Bunting and 7 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, a Chaffinch and 2 Blue Tit.

Grey Partridge, 27th October 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Redwing, 28th October 2019.
Photo - Rob Watson
October 26th. Rain all day.
 Birds around included 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrest, a Firecrest and 2 Redwing.

October 25th. Soggy start.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 2278 Pink-footed Goose, 90 Brent Goose, 21 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 97 Teal, 48 Shoveler, a Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 27 Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 50 Golden Plover, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Treecreeper, a Coal Tit, 48 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, an acredula type Willow Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 21000 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 38 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Water Pipit, a Brambling and 2 Bullfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were 16 Avocet, 5 Spotted Redshank and a Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were 281 Whooper Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 120 Lapwing, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Swallow, 9 Redwing, 8 House Sparrow, 4 Tree Sparrow, 6 Alba Wagtail, 6 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 14 Redpoll, 77 Siskin and 2 Yellowhammer; and north a Pomarine Skua. In off the sea came 793 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 25 new birds: 9 Goldcrest, a Wren, 2 Robin, a Blackcap, a Bullfinch, a Reed Bunting, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and 5 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Redwing, 5 Goldcrest and a Robin.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Ian Thompson, Yvonne Bentley and James Siddle produced 33 new birds: 2 Wren, a Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, a Robin, a Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, a Lesser Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, a Redwing, a Blackbird, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk; and 7 retraps: 3 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Robin and a Great Tit.

A good day for returning Whooper Swan, 25th October 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward


Whooper Swans with a Greylag Goose, 26th October 2019.
Bullfinch, ringed 25th October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
October 24th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Brent Goose, 50 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 127 Teal, 50 Shoveler, a Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 15 Little Egret, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 131 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank, 6 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, a Jay, 77 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, a Ring Ouzel, 66 Blackbird, 27 Song Thrush, 151 Redwing, 47 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 4 Water Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, and 10 Siskin. Flying south were 694 Wigeon, a Great White Egret, 15 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, a Swallow, a Brambling, 5 Siskin and a Snow Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 49 new birds: 21 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 4 Robin, a Goldfinch, 19 Redwing and 4 Blackbird; and 13 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 2 Blackbird, a Robin, a Wren and a Long-tailed Tit.
 A long ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Ian Thompson, Yvonne Bentley and James Siddle yielded 37 new birds: 11 Goldcrest, a Wren, 6 Robin, a Coal Tit, a Blackcap, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Great Tit, a Chaffinch, a Redwing, a Song Thrush and 7 Blackbird; and 15 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, 4 Great Tit, 2 Wren, a Robin, 4 Dunnock and a Long-tailed Tit.
Goldcrest, 24th October 2019.
Photo - Jack Wilson

October 23rd. Around, including birds trapped, were 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Brent Goose, 228 Wigeon, a Gadwall, 123 Teal, 36 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 20 Little Egret, a Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 12 Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 5 Spotted Redshank, 8 Snipe, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Jay, 73 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, a Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 12000 Starling, 28 Blackbird, 17 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, a Black Redstart, a Stonechat, 2 House Sparrow, a Grey Wagtail, 8 Water Pipit, 4 Bullfinch and 4 Siskin. Going south were 35 Whooper Swan, 8 Bearded Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Hawfinch. In off the sea came 1000 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Christine Flint and Carole Lunn, provided 51 new birds: 24 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Firecrest, a Robin, 3 Blue Tit, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Song Thrush, a Redwing and 8 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, a Great Tit and 2 Long-tailed Tit.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Ian Thompson, Yvonne Bentley and James Siddle provided 22 new birds: 8 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 3 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 4 Robin, a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; and 9 retraps: a Great Tit, 4 Robin, 2 Wren, a Dunnock and a Goldcrest.

Firecrest, ringed 23rd October 2019.
Photo - James Siddle
Firecrest, ringed 23rd October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory



A new optical photography technique, Rebecca Hardwick and Sarah Hunter 23rd October 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward

Ringing Control:
Blackcap, ringed Icklesham, Sussex 17 October 2019, controlled GPBO 18 October 2019.

October 22nd. A Subalpine Warbler Sp was seen briefly in East Dunes north of Sleeper Track. A Bluethroat was trapped and ringed in East Dunes, and was seen afterwards on Storm Ridge. Birds around, including those trapped, were 25 Whooper Swan, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Shoveler, 25 Little Egret, a Great White Egret, a Grey Heron, a male Hen Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 17 Avocet, 148 Lapwing, 8 Snipe,  2 Woodcock, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, a Peregrine, 2 Jay, a Coal Tit, 56 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 13 Blackcap, a Cetti's Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Treecreeper, 2500 Starling, a Ring Ouzel, 27 Blackbird, 12 Fieldfare, 35 Song Thrush, 77 Redwing, 51 Robin, 3 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Water Pipit, 7 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Siskin and a Yellowhamer.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Rebecca Hardwick and James Siddle, produced 49 new birds: 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, 5 Robin, a Bluethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Goldfinch, a Stonechat, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, a Dunnock, 8 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher and a Jay; and 2 retraps: a Long-tailed Tit and a Wren.


Bluethroat, ringed 22nd October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Bluethroat, ringed 22nd October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Noisy Jay, ringed 22nd October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Stonechat, ringed 22nd October 2019.
Photo - George Gregory



Redstart, 22nd October 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
October 21st. Moderately strong northerly wind.
 Flying north were 8 Brent Goose, 127 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 30 Eider, 178 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 878 Gannet, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 53 Turnstone, a Purple Sandpiper, an Arctic Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua, 3 Skua sp, a Great Skua, 3 Razorbill, 41 Guillemot, a Puffin, 8 Little Auk, 309 Auk sp, 6 Sandwich Tern, 76 Kittiwake and 10 Little Gull; south 7 Whooper Swan, 10 Brent Goose, 13 Shelduck, 112 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 8 Eider, a Long-tailed Duck, 61 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, 7 Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 66 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Snipe, a Great Skua, 6 Guillemot and 78 Auk sp; and south-east 294 Pink-footed Goose. Around were 90 Brent Goose, 37 Shoveler, 21 Tufted Duck, a Sparrowhawk, 17 Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Woodcock, an 'omissus' type Herring Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, a Long-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4000 Starling, 21 Blackbird, 24 Song Thrush, 460 Redwing, 177 Fieldfare, a Black Redstart, a Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 10 Brambling, 8 Siskin and a Yellowhammer.

Black Redstart, 21st October 2019.
Photo - Paul Neale

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