Monday, 11 November 2019

Mid November 2019

November 20th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Woodcock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 8 new birds: 6 Goldfinch, a Robin and a Blackbird; and 8 retraps: a Dunnock, a Great Tit, 2 Robin, a Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

November 19th. Frozen start.
 Around were 180 Brent Goose, 2900 Pink-footed Goose, 30 Shelduck, 45 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 262 Wigeon, a Pintail (Jackson's Marsh), 314 Teal, a Pochard, 65 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 9 Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, 190 Lapwing, 110 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, a Woodcock, a Snipe, a Spotted Redshank (over Croftmarsh), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Waxwing (Seacroft Ridges then Seacroft Esplanade), 34 Skylark, a Cetti's Warbler (Mill Pond Road), 3 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, a Firecrest (Roadside Pond), 13 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 81 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 17 Song Thrush, 71 Robin, 6 Stonechat (2 Freshwater Marsh, 2 Reserve north boundary and 2 Golf Course edge), 3 House Sparrow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Water Pipit (Croftmarsh), 16 Rock Pipit, a Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, a presumed Northern Bullfinch (Plantation), 11 Greenfinch, 36 Linnet, 3 Twite (Dune Ridges north), a Redpoll, 14 Siskin, 25 Corn Bunting (gathering pre-roost around Visitor Centre), 2 Lapland Bunting (Greenshanks Ridge) and 2 Snow Bunting (Dune Ridges north). Heading south were 15 Siskin and 2 more Lapland Bunting.

Stonechat, 19th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Frozen start, West Dunes, pre-sunrise, 19th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 18th. The Hawfinch was still in the Plantation until, sadly, it appeared to taken by a Sparrowhawk. Going north were a Brent Goose, 119 Wigeon, a Pintail, 4 Pochard, 2 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 144 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Diver sp, a Great Crested Grebe, 51 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, a Grey Phalarope, 6 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, a Great Skua and 17 Auk sp; and south a Brent Goose, 25 Whooper Swan, a Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 7 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 35 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, a Mediterranean Gull, a Pomarine Skua, a Puffin, 5 Auk sp and a Bullfinch. In from the sea came a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin and 4 Siskin. On the Mere were a Pochard, 86 Tufted Duck and a Scaup. Birds around, including those trapped, were 400 Brent Goose, 2800 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 50 Shelduck, 68 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 30 Teal, an Eider, 120 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (around the Wash View Point and then seen heading north up East Dunes), a Shag (Greenshanks Creek over high tide), 500 Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Water Rail, 50 Lapwing, 150 Curlew, 19 Turnstone, 4 Woodcock, a Snipe, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 4 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, a Waxwing (heard over Plantation), a Cetti's Warbler (Mill Pond Road), a Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 38 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, a Brambling, a Bullfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 14 Siskin and 2 Snow Bunting (Greenshanks Creek and Millennium Ridge).
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 17 new birds: a Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldfinch and 4 Blackbird; and 8 retraps: a Wren, a Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit and a Long-tailed Tit.

Hawfinch, 18th November 2019
Photo - Vaughn Seabridge
Hawfinch, 18th November 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Hawfinch, 18th November 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
Great Skua, 18th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Great White Egret, 18th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 17th. The Hawfinch stayed faithful to the Plantation and a Waxwing remained along Gibraltar Road at the north end of the reserve whilst another flew south over the Plantation. Around, including birds trapped, were 140 Brent Goose, 2925 Pink-footed Goose, 41 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 145 Wigeon, 373 Teal, 93 Tufted Duck, a Scaup (on the Mere), 6 Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, a Spotted Redshank (Croftmarsh), a Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Cetti's Warbler (near Fenland Lagoon), a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 11 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 1200 Starling, 48 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (Freshwater Marsh), a Water Pipit (off Fenland Lagoon), 2 Brambling (Plantation feeders), 4 Bullfinch, 13 Greenfinch, 16 Siskin and 3 Corn Bunting (Visitors Centre car park). Heading south were 2 Whooper Swan.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 12 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch, a Robin, a Greenfinch and 3 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: a Robin, 3 Great Tit, a Wren, a Goldfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Scaup, first calendar year male, 17th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward 
November 16th.  The Hawfinch was relocated around the Sykes Farm Track entrance and Plantation. 2 Waxwing were discovered along Gibraltar Road at the very north of the reserve. Birds around, including those trapped, were 400 Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Shelduck, 104 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 191 Teal, 83 Tufted Duck, a Velvet Scoter, 5 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, 170 Lapwing, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 18000 Knot, 2 Woodcock, a Snipe, a Spotted Redshank (over Sykes Farm), 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 12 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 71 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 46 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat (around the Visitor Centre), a Brambling, 4 Bullfinch, 10 Greenfinch, a Redpoll, 32 Siskin and a Snow Bunting (Millennium Ridge). Flying south were 51 Whooper Swan, 300 Lapwing, a Waxwing and 16 Siskin; and north 3 Goosander and 13 Gannet.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 18 new birds: 3 Goldfinch, a Wren, 2 Robin, a Chaffinch, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Great Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 16 retraps: 3 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, a Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, a Greenfinch and a Long-tailed Tit.

Hawfinch, 16th November 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Waxwing, 16th November 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Hawfinch, 16th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Waxwing, 16th November 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Goldfinch with orange or gold, instead of red, on head, ringed 16th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Ringing Control:
Blackcap ringed GPBO 22 September 2019, controlled Hanstholm, Denmark 4 October 2019.

November 15th. Increasing north-easterly wind.
 Going north were 5 Brent Goose, 157 Wigeon, a Mallard, 54 Teal, 51 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 98 Common Scoter, 3 Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, 20 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 58 Gannet, 14 Kittiwake, 3 Little Gull, a Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Little Auk, 6 Guillemot, 33 Auk sp and a Lapland Bunting; and south 11 Brent Goose, 380 Pink-footed Goose, 131 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 91 Teal, 31 Eider, 24 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, a Goosander, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 15 Gannet, a Buzzard, 30 Kittiwake, 5 Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua, 2 Skua sp, a Little Auk, 6 Auk sp. Around, including birds trapped, were 222 Brent Goose, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 167 Shelduck, 5 Mute Swan, 48 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 343 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 406 Teal, 68 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Egret, 432 Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Water Rail, 2440 Oystercatcher, 180 Lapwing, 1960 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1270 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Turnstone, a Purple Sandpiper (Greenshanks Creek), 19800 Knot, 540 Sanderling, 4340 Dunlin, 3 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 51 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank (in high tide roost at the south end), 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler (Mill Pond Road), 2 Blackcap, a Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 63 Blackbird, 13 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Brambling, a Bullfinch, a Hawfinch (briefly by Beach Car Park), 6 Siskin and 13 Snow Bunting (12 Greenshanks Creek and 1 by the Shorebird Warden's Hut).
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Blackcap, a Redwing and 3 Blackbird; and 8 retraps: a Wren, a Blue Tit and 6 Long-tailed Tit.

November 14th. Fairly strong north-easterly wind with rain from mid morning morning until late afternoon and restricted observer coverage.
 Heading north were 4 Wigeon, 21 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, a Kittiwake, 2 Little Auk, a Guillemot and 9 Auk sp; and south a Great Crested Grebe and a Great Skua. An interesting Yellow Wagtail type was heard but not seen after the rain cleared. Birds around included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 29 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 183 Wigeon, a Pintail, 152 Teal, 69 Tufted Duck, 21 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Little Egret, 489 Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, 2 male Hen Harrier (from Wash Viewpoint), 2 Water Rail, 400 Golden Plover, 2 Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 5000 Black-headed Gull, 800 Common Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler (Jackson's Marsh hedge), a Blackcap, 10 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 67 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, a Water Pipit (over to Croftmarsh), a Brambling, a Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Siskin, a Corn Bunting (Visitor Centre Car Park) and a Yellowhammer. On Croftmarsh were 130 Lapwing, 36 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 12 Redshank.

Bullfinch, 14th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 13th. A Rough-legged Buzzard was south of the Wash Viewpoint mid morning before drifting west inland. An Egyptian Goose flew north-west off the Wash at dawn and was later on Croftmarsh. Around, including birds trapped, were 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Black Brant or hybrid (from Wash Viewpoint), 1900 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Mute Swan, 31 Shelduck, 34 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 294 Wigeon, 146 Teal, a Pochard, 87 Tufted Duck, 30 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver, 208 Cormorant, 18 Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 200 Lapwing, 2 Turnstone, a Woodcock, 4 Snipe, 3 Stock Dove, a Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Jackson's Marsh hedge and the Mere), 2 Blackcap, 20 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 30000 Starling, 95 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, 69 Robin, 4 Stonechat (two around Wash Viewpoint and two around Square Pond), 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Water Pipit (Freshwater Marsh and Jackson's Marsh), 3 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, 24 Siskin, 8 Corn Bunting (around Visitor Centre Car Park), a Yellowhammer and a Lapland Bunting (over Old Spit). On Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, 22 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank and a Bearded Tit. Heading south were 17 Whooper Swan, 3 Collared Dove, 34 Skylark, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 17 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, a Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch and 66 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: a Wren, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 2 Redwing and 3 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: a Robin, 3 Goldcrest and a Wren.

Barn Owl, 13th November 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Egyptian Goose, 13th November 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Stonechat, 13th November 2019.
Photo - Rob Watson
Spotted Redshank and Redshank, 13th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 12th. Increasing south-westerly wind, with late morning rain.

 Going south were 12 Brent Goose, 34 Whooper Swan, 64 Wigeon, 57 Teal, a male Scaup, 12 Common Scoter, 3 Goosander, a Red-throated Diver, a Shag, 6 Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Puffin, an Alba Wagtail and 39 Siskin; and north 27 Gannet. In off the sea came a Woodcock. Birds around included 350 Brent Goose, 900 Pink-footed Goose, 47 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, 256 Wigeon, 323 Teal, 87 Tufted Duck, 2 Eider, 71 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 23 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 140 Lapwing, 80 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, a Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 8500 Starling, 72 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, a Tree Sparrow, a Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 44 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting (calling out from Mill Hill in the afternoon). On Tennyson's Sands was a Cetti's Warbler; and on the Mere were 2 Pochard and a Water Pipit.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 17 new birds: a Robin, 2 Song Thrush and 14 Blackbird; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Dunnock and 2 Wren.
Marsh Harrier, south over the sea with prey, 13th November 2019.
Photo - Kev Wilson
Meadow Pipit, 12th November 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound 
Woodcock, arriving from over the sea, 12th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 11th. Rain until late morning.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Black Brant or hybrid (from Wash Viewpoint), 900 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Whooper Swan, 44 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 376 Wigeon, 168 Teal, 77 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (from Wash Viewpoint), a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 2 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, 38 Blackbird, a Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, a Redpoll and 8 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Bearded Tit; on Croftmarsh 170 Lapwing, a Golden Plover, 37 Curlew, 7 Snipe and 20 Stock Dove; on Jackson's Marsh a Water Pipit; and on the Mere a Cetti's Warbler.
 A rain-delayed ringing session in East Dunes yielded 7 retraps: 2 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, a Robin and a Great Tit.

Magpie, 11th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward

Friday, 1 November 2019

Early November 2019

November 10th. Early morning brief light rain.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were 180 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Black Brant or hybrid, 1900 Pink-footed Goose, 55 Shelduck, 189 Wigeon, a male Scaup (on the sea), an Eider, 68 Common Scoter, 8 Grey Partridge, 22 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Water Rail, 90 Lapwing, 7 Turnstone, 5 Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Coal Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 36 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3000 Starling, 90 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 53 Robin, a Black Redstart (around the Visitor Centre), 3 Stonechat, 3 Brambling, 7 Bullfinch, a Twite, 51 Siskin, 11 Corn Bunting (gathering pre-roost in Visitor Centre Car Park) and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 5 Bearded Tit. Going north were 41 Little Gull and a Little Auk; and south were 160 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Whooper Swan, 27 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting and 3 Snow Bunting.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 20 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Bullfinch, a Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and 13 Blackbird; and 8 retraps: 5 Blackbird, a Goldcrest, a Blue Tit and a Robin.

Bullfinch, ringed 10th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
November 9th. Frosty start.
 A Pallas's Warbler was in the Plantation near Sykes Farm during the morning. Around, including birds trapped, were 180 Brent Goose, 1800 Pink-footed Goose, 28 Whooper Swan, 4 Mute Swan, 37 Shoveler, 208 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 94 Teal, a Pochard, 51 Tufted Duck, 22 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (from Wash Viewpoint), 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 140 Lapwing, 320 Golden Plover, 132 Curlew, 3 Woodcock, 6 Snipe, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Long-eared Owl (near North Building), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Firecrest (East Dunes), 21 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 9000 Starling, 131 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 18 Song Thrush, 64 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 7 Tree Sparrow, 7 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, 18 Greenfinch, 2 Redpoll, 75 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pintail, a Kingfisher and a Nordic Jackdaw; and on Tennyson's Sands a Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were a Sparrowhawk, 3 Brambling and 32 Siskin; and southwest 160 Skylark.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 16 new birds: a Blackcap, a Robin, a Redwing, 10 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare and a Sparrowhawk; and 7 retraps: a Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin and 2 Goldcrest.

Pallas's Warbler, 9th November 2019.
Photo - James Siddle
Sparrowhawk, ringed 9th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Ringing Controls:
5 Long-tailed Tits ringed GPBO 29 May 2019 (4) and 8 August 2019 (1), all controlled Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire 12 October 2019.

November 8th. Rain until early morning.
 An Olive-backed Pipit flew south from the Plantation in the morning and the Rough-legged Buzzard was out from the Wash Viewpoint. A vocal Raven flew north-west and was heard later in the morning. Birds around, including those trapped, were 90 Brent Goose, 3307 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Whooper Swan, 18 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (from Wash Viewpoint), 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 6 Woodcock, 8 Snipe, an adult Pomarine Skua (out from Wash Viewpoint in the morning), 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Coal Tit, a Swallow, 11 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (West Dunes Sycamores), 3 Blackcap, a Firecrest (East Dunes), 18 Goldcrest, 183 Blackbird, 56 Fieldfare, 130 Redwing, 23 Song Thrush, a Black Redstart (Visitors Centre Car Park), 3 Bullfinch, a Twite, 9 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Croftmarsh were 26 Shoveler, 215 Wigeon and a Water Pipit; and on the Mere 57 Tufted Duck. Flying south were 13 Whooper Swan; and north 2 Little Auk.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 44 new birds: 2 Wren, a Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, 2 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 23 Blackbird; and 13 retraps: 4 Great Tit, a Wren, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, a Coal Tit and a Greenfinch.

Rough-legged Buzzard, 8th November 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Black Redstart, 8th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 7th. Rain until early afternoon, then at dusk.
 The third Pallas's Warbler of the autumn was discovered along the Cycle Track moving south with Goldcrest mid-afternoon. A Crossbill appeared to arrive from the sea and continued north-west, and a juvenile Iceland Gull came from inland and flew south-east towards the beach. A Rough-legged Buzzard was then discovered hunting out over the New Saltmarsh late in the day. Around, including birds trapped, were 90 Brent Goose, 1400 Pink-footed Goose, 18 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 90 Lapwing, a Spotted Redshank (over Tennyson's Sands), 4 Woodcock, 9 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Yellow-browed Warbler (Sykes Farm Track), 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff (Sykes Farm Track and near Harvey's Hide), 2 Firecrest (East Dunes), 58 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 7000 Starling, 246 Blackbird, 52 Fieldfare, 214 Redwing, 47 Song Thrush, 94 Robin, 2 Stonechat, a Water Pipit (over Tennyson's Sands), 8 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 18 Greenfinch and 12 Siskin.
 An afternoon ringing session in East Dunes provided 22 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, a Redwing and 14 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Wren, a Blackbird and a Robin.

Feathered Thorn, 7th November 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Pallas's Warbler, 7th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward

Pallas's Warbler, 7th November 2019.
Video - Ben Ward
Firecrest, 7th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward

Firecrest, 7th November 2019.
Video - Ben Ward

November 6th. In off the sea came a Short-eared Owl, a Long-eared Owl and 2 Woodcock. Heading south were 49 Whooper Swan, a Buzzard, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1820 Woodpigeon, 7 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 26 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 5 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet, 3 Twite, 22 Goldfinch, 4 Redpoll, 57 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting. Birds around, including those trapped, were 400 Brent Goose, 2860 Pink-footed Goose, 29 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 205 Teal, 54 Tufted Duck, 20 Common Scoter, an Eider, a Goldeneye, 15 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (New Saltmarsh), a Sparrowhawk, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 139 Lapwing, a Purple Sandpiper (Greenshanks Creek), a Spotted Redshank (Tennyson's Sands), 6 Woodcock, 4 Snipe, a juvenile Pomarine Skua (blogging offshore mid-morning), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Rook, 4 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (Plantation), 2 Blackcap, 23 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 18000 Starling, 135 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, 32 Song Thrush, 7 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit (off Freshwater Marsh), 6 Tree Sparrow, 3 Brambling, 4 Bullfinch, 49 Siskin and a Yellowhammer.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 25 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Reed Bunting, a Robin, a Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, a Great Tit, a Dunnock, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 6 Blackbird and 3 Woodcock; and 6 retraps: 2 Blackbird, 2 Wren, a Robin and a Goldcrest.

Starling, excellent numbers on the reserve of late, 6th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Pomarine Skua, adult south offshore, 6th November 2019.
Photo - Kev Wilson
Tree Sparrow, 6th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Woodcock, ringed 6th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
Bullfinch, ringed 6th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
November 5th. Some early morning brief light rain.
 Heading south were 13 Brent Goose, 31 Shelduck, 147 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 45 Teal, 7 Eider, 2 Velvet Scoter, 214 Common Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, 9 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 21 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 121 Gannet, 474 Kittiwake, 4 Great Skua, 19 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 10 Auk sp, 2 Swallow and a Lapland Bunting; and north 26 Brent Goose, 2 Shoveler, 67 Wigeon, 3 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver, 9 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Skua, a Guillemot and 4 Auk sp. Around, including birds trapped, were 400 Brent Goose, 630 Pink-footed Goose, 55 Shoveler, a Gadwall, 84 Wigeon, 274 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 63 Common Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck (drifting north offshore), 3 Red-throated Diver, 9 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret (from the Wash Viewpoint), a Sparrowhawk, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 3 Water Rail, 160 Lapwing, 116 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (Plantation and Beach Car Park), 6 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (Sykes Farm track), 2 Blackcap, 16 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 24 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 52 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Siskin and a Yellowhammer.
 A rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 19 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Reed Bunting, a Dunnock, 9 Redwing, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 5 retraps: 2 Robin, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and a Goldcrest.

November 4th. A Barred Warbler was discovered in the Plantation near the Yacht Club. Birds around, including those trapped, were 493 Brent Goose, 3530 Pink-footed Goose, 44 Shelduck, 25 Shoveler, 60 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 200 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup (offshore), 30 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Slavonian Grebe (drifting south offshore) a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 180 Lapwing, 15 Turnstone, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Yellow-browed Warbler (Orchard), 7 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (Sykes Farm track), a Blackcap, 32 Goldcrest, 23150 Starling, 18 Blackbird, 13 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, 2 House Sparrow, a Water Pipit (Jackson's Marsh), a Brambling, a Bullfinch, 5 Redpoll, 31 Siskin and 2 Corn Bunting. Flying south were a Little Gull, a Great Skua, a Grey Wagtail, 15 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting; north 7 Eider and a Collared Dove; and north-west 82 Pink-footed Goose.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 13 new birds: a Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, a Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird and 2 Fieldfare; and 3 retraps: a Wren, a Great Tit and a Goldcrest.

Barred Warbler, 4th November 2019.
Video - Ben Ward

Barred Warbler, 4th November 2019.
Barred Warbler, 4th November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Fieldfare, ringed 4th November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory
November 3rd. Soggy start.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 1624 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Brent Goose, 3 Pintail, 10 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 90 Lapwing, a Spotted Redshank, a Woodcock, 3 Snipe, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, 137 Goldcrest, 6 Swallow, 2 Coal Tit, a Yellow-browed Warbler (Plantation), 8 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (Sykes Farm track), 2 Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, 24000 Starling, 70 Blackbird, a Ring Ouzel, 6 Fieldfare, 26 Song Thrush, 29 Redwing, 62 Robin, a Stonechat, a Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Redpoll and 41 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh was a Marsh Harrier. Going south were 6 Whooper Swan, a Sparrowhawk, 28 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 869 Wood Pigeon, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 42 Skylark, 424 Starling, 28 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 18 Tree Sparrow, a Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtail, 54 Meadow Pipit, 17 Rock Pipit, 7 Brambling, 4 Bullfinch, 18 Redpoll, 26 Linnet, 137 Goldfinch, 216 Siskin, a Snow Bunting, 9 Lapland Bunting, a Yellowhammer and 18 Reed Bunting.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 50 new birds: 24 Goldcrest, 19 Long-tailed Tit, a Wren, 2 Robin, a Reed Bunting and 3 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: 2 Blackbird, a Great Tit, a Wren and a Goldcrest.

November 2nd. Increasing southerly wind, with rain from late morning.
 Birds around included 60 Brent Goose, 9 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 294 Teal, 57 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 5 Red-throated Diver, 12 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Spotted Redshank, 9 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Kestrel, a Firecrest (beside the Sleeper Track), 36 Goldcrest, 2 Swallow, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (East Dunes), 4 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (Plantation), a Treecreeper, 20 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Grey Wagtail, a Brambling, 3 Bullfinch, a Lesser Redpoll, 9 Siskin and a Yellowhammer. On Croftmarsh were 2 Avocet, 80 Lapwing, 38 Curlew, a Jack Snipe and 3 Stock Dove. A Waxwing was along Sykes Farm track then heading south. Also heading south were 103 Pink-footed Goose, a Brent Goose, a Goldeneye, 3 Great White Egret, a Buzzard, 54 Lapwing, 35 Golden Plover, 16 Skylark, 16 Auk sp,  a Swallow, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Brambling, 27 Chaffinch, 28 Goldfinch and 29 Siskin.

Great White Egret, 2nd November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
Marsh Harrier, 2nd November 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward
November 1st. Rain until late morning.
 Presumably the same Pallas's Warbler was relocated in East Dunes. Around, including birds trapped, were 17 Gadwall, 652 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 120 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kestrel, 2 Swallow, 31 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff (around Sykes Farm in the morning), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (East Dunes and Plantation), a Treecreeper, 15000 Starling, 12 Redwing and 2 Brambling. Flying south were 4 Swallow.
 A rain-delayed ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 40 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Wren, 2 Robin, a Blackcap, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 11 Goldfinch, 4 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 7 Greenfinch, a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; 14 retraps: a Goldcrest, a Robin, 8 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Goldfinch; and a control Goldfinch.

Pallas's Warbler, 1st November 2019.
Brambling, ringed 1st November 2019.
Photo - George Gregory