Monday, 11 November 2019

Mid November 2019

November 20th. Presumably the same Hawfinch was again seen at the Platation feeding station in the morning. Birds around, including those trapped, were 200 Brent Goose, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, 37 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 193 Teal, a Pochard, 79 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, a Great White Egret (from Wash Viewpoint early morning), 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 140 Lapwing, a Woodcock, a Spotted Redshank (over Jackson's Marsh), 22 Stock Dove, 2 Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 70 Starling, 34 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 33 Robin, 8 Stonechat (4 Mill Pond Road, 2 Croftmarsh and 2 Visitor Centre Car Park), a Water Pipit (Croftmarsh), 2 Bullfinch, 5 Greenfinch and 10 Siskin. Heading south were a Snipe, 94 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting
 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 pair, 19th November 2019.
Photo - Kev Wilson

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

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