Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Early December 2020

Covid advice for visitors to Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

Following the most recent Government announcement in early November, please be advised of the following arrangements for the Reserve.

Car Parks are open.

The external toilets are open at the Visitor Centre - please follow spacing and sanitising procedures.

The Visitor Centre is open for take-away food from 11am to 3pm. There will be no seating. In order to keep everyone safe please follow the instructions at the door.

Please do not enter the Bird Hides.

We encourage everyone to enjoy wildlife close to home and not to travel outside of their local area. Thank you for your support throughout this challenging year.

More information can be found here: https:/www.lincstrust.org.uk/coronavirus 

December 2nd. Around were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Lapwing and 30 Blackbird.

December 1st. Birds around, including those trapped, were 538 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, a Velvet Scoter, an adult male Hen Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier,  3000 Oystercatcher, a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Barn Owl, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 100+ Blackbird, 2 Stonechat and 2 Snow Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh was a Scaup; and on the Mere a Water Rail. In off the sea came 2 Tundra Bean Goose and 3 more Snow Bunting. Heading south were 8 Red-breasted Merganser, a Pomarine Skua and 2 Great Skua. 

 A brief, final morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new Blackbird.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Late November 2020

November 30th. Moderately strong westerly wind, with morning rain.

 Around were 14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, an adult male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Merlin, 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 311 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat and a Bullfinch. On the Mere were 68 Gadwall. Flying south were 12 White-fronted Goose and a Barnacle Goose.

November 29th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Blackbird, a Black Redstart (Visitor Centre), 8 Stonechat and a Snow Bunting. Going north were 3 White-fronted Goose; and south an Iceland Gull.

 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Blackbird.

November 28th. Around, including birds trapped, were a Goldcrest and 30 Blackbird.

 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes produced a new Blackbird; and a retrap Blue Tit.

November 27th. Frosty start.

 Birds around included 155 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1000+ Pink-footed Goose, a Great White Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (an adult male and a ringtail), 3 Woodcock (including 1 caught by a Peregrine over the beach), a Peregrine, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 500 Blackbird, a Stonechat and a Snow Bunting. On Croftmarsh was a Buzzard.

November 26th. Frosty start.

 Around were 65 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 2500 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 7 Stonechat and 15 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 18 Whooper Swan (then south), a Water Rail, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, a Kingfisher and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on Croftmarsh a Buzzard.

Merlin, 25 November 2020.
Photo - Guy Barton

November 25th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Great Northern Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, a Swallow, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 7 Blackbird. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 25 Redwing and a Siskin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: 2 Redwing and 4 Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, a Blue Tit and a Robin. 

November 24th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Around were 155 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a male Hen Harrier, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Woodcock, a Merlin, 2 Chiffchaff and 5 Stonechat. Flying south were 30 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, a Gannet, 12 Siskin and 7 Brambling; and north 1800 Pink-footed Goose. In off the sea came 140 Starling

November 23rd. Frosty start.

 Birds around included 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4000 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, a Brambling, a Lapland Bunting and 2 Snow Bunting. On the Mere were 2 Snipe; and on Tennyson's Sands a Buzzard and a singing Cetti's Warbler. Going south were 27 Whooper Swan, a Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 24 Siskin; and south-west a Marsh Harrier.

Sunset, 23 November 2020.
Photo - Sam Wilson

Cetti's Warbler, 23 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Pink-footed Goose, 23 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

November 22nd. Around, including birds trapped, were 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2800 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, a Merlin, a Bearded Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Blackcap, 20 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, a Twite. Heading south were 33 Whooper Swan, a Bearded Tit, 21 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting and 2 Snow Bunting; south-east 670 Pink-footed Goose; and east 7 Egyptian Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Chaffinch and 4 Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Great Tit.

Buzzard, 22 November 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

November 21st. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around included 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Hen Harrier, a Barn Owl, a Merlin, 3 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, a Corn Bunting and a Lapland Bunting. Flying south were 6 Whooper Swan and a Velvet Scoter.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Mid November 2020

November 20th. Frosty start.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 204 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, 6 Stonechat, a Redwing, 7 Blackbird, a Lapland Bunting and 17 Snow Bunting. Going south were 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 5 Gannet. In off the sea came a Woodcock and 11 Fieldfare.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: 2 Wren and 6 Blackbird; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Blackbird, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit and a Redwing.

Snow Bunting, 20 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Snow Bunting, 20 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

November 19th. Decreasing north-westerly wind, with mid morning light rain.

 Birds around included 161 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 1200 Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, a Yellowhammer and a Snow Bunting. Offshore was a Great Northern Diver. In off the sea came a Fieldfare. Heading south were 486 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Whooper Swan, a Long-tailed Duck and 4 Great Skua; and north 2 Great Northern Diver and 3 Great Skua.

Great Northern Diver, 19 November 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Yellowhammer, 19 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

High tide near Bird Observatory, 19 November 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

November 18th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.

 Around were 19 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2009 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and 11 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands was a Water Rail; over Croftmarsh a Buzzard; around the Mere were 6 Bearded Tit; and along the Cycle Track 2 more Bearded Tit. Flying south were 3 Siskin.

November 17th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around included 280 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose, 3240 Pink-footed Goose, a Great White Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Merlin, 14 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 9 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing and 2 Stonechat. Near the Mere were 2 Bearded Tit; and on Jackson's Marsh 3 Bearded Tit. Going south were 16 Whooper Swan, a Goldeneye, a Caspian Gull, 7 Fieldfare, 14 Brambling and a Lapland Bunting; and north a Great Northern Diver.

November 16th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Around were 7 Barnacle Goose, 50 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Whooper Swan, a Merlin, a Swallow and 2 Blackcap. By the Cycle Track were a Bearded Tit and a Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were a Whooper Swan, a Great Northern Diver, a Slavonian Grebe, a Hen Harrier, a Great White Egret, a Merlin, 35 Brambling, 2 Twite and 3 Snow Bunting; north a Twite; and southeast 350 Pink-footed Goose.

November 15th. Quite strong south-westerly wind, with rainy spells.

 Birds around included 322 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Hen Harrier, 1200 Lapwing, a Jack Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Peregrine, a Merlin, a Goldcrest and 5 Siskin. Offshore were 22 Red-throated Diver. Flying south were 2950 Pink-footed Goose, a Velvet Scoter, 19 Common Scoter, 30 Eider and a Mediterranean Gull.

Sunset, 15 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Sunset, 15 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

November 14th. Increasing southerly wind, with rainy spells.

 Around were 166 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 165 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 1200 Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush and 24 Blackbird. On Croftmarsh was a Stonechat; and on Jackson's Marsh 21 Little Egret. Going north were 11 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Eider and 3 Wigeon; and south 14 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Eider and 6 Common Scoter.

November 13th. Moderately strong south-easterly wind.

 Birds around included 41 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7000 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 4 Blackbird and 38 Redwing. On Croftmarsh were 8 Brent Goose  and 2 Buzzard; and on Tennyson's Sands a Buzzard, a Water Rail and 2 Bearded Tit. Heading south were 7 Barnacle Goose, 25 Whooper Swan, 3 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 13 Gannet, a Fieldfare, 16 Siskin, a Brambling and a Lapland Bunting; and south-east then onto sea a Grey Phalarope

November 12th. Moderately strong southerly wind.

Around were 77 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a male Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, 2 Merlin, 6 Stonechat, 5 Blackbird and a Song Thrush. On the Mere were a Jack Snipe and a Snipe. Flying south were 2 Eider, 980 Woodpigeon, a Snipe, 4 Swallow, 88 Chaffinch, 5 Brambling, 41 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting; and north a Buzzard.

November 11th. Increasing southerly wind.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Woodcock, a Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 4 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird. By the Mere were 2+ Bearded Tit. On the sea were 6 Common Scoter and a Black-throated Diver. Going north were 16 Common Scoter; and south 3 Light-bellied Brent Goose, 206 Pink-footed Goose, 19 Eider, 69 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet and 4 Guillemot.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 10 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, 4 Redwing and 4 Blackbird; and a retrap Robin.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Early November 2020

November 10th. Occasional morning light rain, then soggy.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Goldcrest, 36 Blackbird, 50 Redwing and 5 Song Thrush.

 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 13 Blackbird.

November 9th. Foggy start.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 53 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, 50 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush and 100+ Redwing. Going north was an adult male Hen Harrier; and south 90 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 32 new birds: 2 Wren, a Robin, 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 21 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Robin.

Acleris ferrugana, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Dark Chestnut, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Mottled Umber, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Scarce Umber, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Woodcock, ringed 9 November 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

November 8th. Around, including birds trapped, were 80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 8 Stonechat, a Black Redstart, 275 Redwing, 230 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 80 Fieldfare, 4 Brambling and 50 Chaffinch. By the Mere were 3+ Bearded Tit. Heading south were 350 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 17 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, a Robin, 3 Redwing. a Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird and 2 Starling; and 7 retraps: a Robin, 3 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Chaffinch.

Black Redstart, 8 November 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Black Redstart, 8 November 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

November 7th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 120 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, a Late Whinchat, 11 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 2 Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on the Mere a Bearded Tit. Flying south were an adult male Hen Harrier and a Peregrine.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Wren, a Robin, a Song Thrush and a Fieldfare; and a retrap Blackbird.

Fieldfare, ringed 7 November 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Ringing control: 

Blackbird, ringed Sandwich Bay, Kent 19 October 2020, controlled GPBO 5 November 2020.

November 6th. Cold, misty start.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 64 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 787 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Short-eared Owl, a Cetti's Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat and a Redwing. On the Mere were 1+ Bearded Tit. Going south were 2 Whooper Swan and 3 Snow Bunting.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Redwing and 2 Blackbird; 4 retraps: 3 Robin and a Blue Tit; and the same control Robin with an ARNHEM VT HOLLAND ring.

Misty start, 6 November 2020.
Photo - Rob Watson

November 5th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 34 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a Blackcap and 5 Redwing. Into the Plantation came 2 Hawfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were a Whooper Swan, 3 Water Rail, 320 Lapwing, a Cetti's Warbler and a Bearded Tit; on Jackson's Marsh a Water Rail; on Croftmarsh a Buzzard; and on the Mere 2 Bearded Tit. Flying south were 78 Whooper Swan, 2 Bullfinch and 7 Crossbill.

A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 29 new birds: a Wren, 10 Long-tailed Tit, a Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and 6 Blackbird; 16 retraps: a Song Thrush, 3 Blue Tit, a Dunnock, 2 Robin, a Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit and a Great Tit; and a control Blackbird.

Kestrel, 5th November 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Common Crossbill, 5th November 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth


November 4th. Around, including birds trapped, were 155 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7010 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Wigeon, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Woodcock, 3 Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler (East Dunes), a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 16 Redwing, 9 Stonechat and 3 Raven. On Tennyson's Sands were 24 Whooper Swan, a Water Rail, a Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on the Mere 6 Bearded Tit. Going south were 64 Whooper Swan, a Snipe, a Merlin, a Crossbill, 2 Lapland Bunting and 8 Snow Bunting; and north a Lapland Bunting.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: a Wren, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and 4 Blackbird; 6 retraps: 2 Song Thrush, a Robin, a Wren, a Dunnock and a Great Tit; and a control Robin with an ARNHEM VT HOLLAND ring.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Whooper Swans, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Adi Royle

Common Darter, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Adi Royle

Ringing control: 

Garden Warbler, ringed GPBO 9 September 2019, controlled Etang de Morceny, Cote-d'Or, France 25 August 2020.

November 3rd. Rain until late morning.

 Birds around included 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Swallow, 2 Stonechat and 19 Redwing. On Tennyson's Sands were 41 Whooper Swan and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on Jackson's Marsh 2 late Avocet (later on Tennyson's Sands). Heading south were 8 Whooper Swan, an Eider, 4 Brambling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch and a Lapland Bunting; and south-east 2140 Pink-footed Goose and 10 Whooper Swan.

Whooper Swan, 3 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Whooper Swan, 3 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

November 2nd. Strong south-westerly wind, with mid morning rain.

 Around were 3235 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 6500 Knot, 600 Grey Plover, 1300 Sanderling, 4000 Dunlin, a Barn Owl, a Merlin, a Swallow, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat and 5 Crossbill. Flying south were 39 Whooper Swan, 3 Goosander, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Buzzard, 85 Golden Plover, 2 Kittiwake, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Redwing, 11 Brambling, 388 Linnet, 4 Crossbill, 758 Goldfinch, 109 Siskin and 4 Snow Bunting. In off the sea came 7 Whooper Swan, a Marsh Harrier and a Hen Harrier.

November 1st. Strong south-westerly wind.

 On Tennyson's Sands was a Cetti's Warbler. Birds around included 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 62 Pintail, 1337 Sanderling, 4730 Dunlin,  7200 Knot, 800 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3100 Oystercatcher, 2 Siskin and 4 Crossbill. Offshore were a Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Diver. Going south were 150 Wigeon, 15 Common Scoter, 22 Eider, a Little Gull, 110 Gannet, 2 Great Skua, a Marsh Harrier and 8 Siskin; and north a Fulmar. In off the sea came 285 Starling, 9 Redwing and a Blackbird.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Late October 2020

October 31st. Strong southerly wind.

 Around were 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000+ Pink-footed Goose, 2 Woodcock, a Redwing and 3 Song Thrush. Going south were a Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 1180 Herring Gull.

October 30th.   Quite strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around included 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1600 Pink-footed Goose, a Great White Egret, a Treecreeper, 5 Redwing and 2 Stonechat. 

 A Common Redpoll was at the southern end of Seacroft Golf Course (Richard Scott).

Great White Egret, 30 October 2020.
Photo - Paul Massey

October 29th. Increasing south-westerly wind, with rain from mid morning until mid afternoon.

 Around were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1660 Pink-footed Goose, 18 Whooper Swan, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, a Stonechat and 4 Redwing. On Tennyson's Sands were 12 Whooper Swan, a Singing Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were 5 Whooper Swan, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and 5 Gannet.

Pink-footed Geese, 29 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Pink-footed Goose, 29th October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Little Grebe, 29th October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Ringing control: 

Goldcrest, ringed GPBO 2 October 2020, controlled Bawdsey, Suffolk 10 October 2020.

October 28th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around included 210 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, 2 Goldcrest, a late, scruffy-looking Garden Warbler, 10 Redwing, 2 Stonechat. Flying south were 30 Whooper Swan, 1280 Woodpigeon, 4 Swallow, a Woodlark, a Crossbill, a Bullfinch and 52 Siskin.

Garden Warbler, 28th October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Whooper Swans, 28th October 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Ringing control: 

Blackcap, ringed GPBO 9 November 2019, controlled Kilnsea, East Yorkshire 27 October 2020.

October 27th. Increasing south-westerly wind, with rain from mid morning.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 90 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Goldcrest, a Song Thrush and 6 Blackbird. Going south were 14 Whooper Swan, a Swallow, 10 Brambling and 25 Siskin.

 A wind- and rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 7 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Robin, a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 2 Wren, 3 Blackbird, a Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Jack Snipe, 27th October 2020
Photo - Steve Clippo

October 26th. Increasing south-westerly wind.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 36 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Pink-footed Goose, 61 Pintail, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 8 Redwing and 6 Song Thrush. Heading southsouthwest were 5 Egyptian Goose; and south 21 Whooper Swan, 4 Snipe, 2 Swallow, a House Martin, a Whinchat, 9 Redwing, 16 Brambling and 119 Siskin.

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 14 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, a Robin, a Blue Tit, a Blackcap, 4 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush and a Blackbird.

Whinchat, 26 October 2020.
Photo - Paul Massey

October 25th. Fairly strong south-westerly wind, slowly decreasing.

 Around were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 2 Redwing and 5 Stonechat. On the Mere were a Jack Snipe and a Snipe; and on the sea 3 Red-breasted Merganser. Flying south were 6 Pink-footed Goose, a Scaup, 300 Lapwing, 4 Great Skua, 2000 Woodpigeon, 3 Swallow and many finches and pipits; and north a Buzzard. The Starling roost numbered 60000.

Barnacle Goose and Pink-footed Goose, 25th October 2020
Photo - Steve Clippo

Shoveler, 25th October 2020
Photo - Steve Clippo

Jack Snipe, 25th October 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Snipe, 25th October 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

October 24th. Increasingly strong southerly wind.

 Birds around included 114 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Peregrine and 2 Merlin. On the Mere were a Jack Snipe and a Snipe. Going south were 3 Whooper Swan and 4 Great Skua.

October 23rd. Rain until mid morning, then soggy.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 113 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, 4 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. On the Mere were a Water Rail, a Jack Snipe and a Cetti's Warbler; and on Tennyson's Sands 121 Pink-footed Goose, a Water Rail, a Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler. Heading south were 3 White-fronted Goose, 350 Pink-footed Goose, 73 Whooper Swan, 400 Golden Plover, 4 Swallow, 45 Fieldfare, 41 Redwing, 8 Brambling, 11 Crossbill, a Lapland Bunting and many other finches, larks and pipits; east 3 Barnacle Goose; west 2 Goosander; and north a Lapland Bunting.

 A brief rain-delayed morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, a Blackcap and a Redwing; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and a Blue Tit.

Jack Snipe, 23rd October 2020
Video - Kev Wilson

Whooper Swans, 23rd October 2020
Video - Kev Wilson

October 22nd. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 650 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 11 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and a Water Pipit. On the Mere was a Kingfisher. Flying south were 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Bearded Tit, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 52 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 5 Grey Wagtail, 39 Brambling, 162 Siskin and 64 Crossbill; and southeast 2 Bean Goose. To roost went 45000 Starling. In the morning two visiting birders had brief views of what they took to be a Glossy Ibis over Tennyson's Sands, which then went out east.

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: a Wren, 2 Goldcrest, a Lesser Redpoll, a Blue Tit, 3 Redwing and a Blackbird; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Goldcrest and 2 Blackbird.

Marsh Harrier, 22nd October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

October 21st. Rain for almost all of day. Very little coverage.

 On the Mere was a Jack Snipe.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Mid October 2020

October 20th. Fairly strong southerly wind, slowly decreasing.

 The Dusky Warbler remained in West Dunes. A probable male Parrot Crossbill flew south. On the Mere were 2 Jack Snipe and a Snipe. Around were 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2050 Pink-footed Goose, 2 White-fronted Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, 29 Fieldfare, 26 Redwing, 9 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and a Brambling. Also flying south were 4 Snipe and a Crossbill; and north a Black-throated Diver and a Gannet.

Snipe, 20 October 2020.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Sparrowhawk, 20 October 2020.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Ringing Controls: 

Blackbird, ringed North Somercotes, Lincolnshire 16 October 2018, controlled GPBO 16 October 2020

Coal Tit, ringed Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire 12 October 2020, controlled GPBO 14 October 2020

October 19th. The Dusky Warbler was still present in West Dunes. On the Mere was a Jack Snipe. Birds around, including those trapped, were 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, a Merlin, a Peregrine, a Fieldfare, 23 Redwing, 12 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Brambling. Going south were 9 Swallow and 4 House Martin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: a Wren, a Goldcrest, a Blackcap, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird; and 9 retraps: a Blackcap, a Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, a Chiffchaff and 2 Wren. 

Dusky Warbler, 19th October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Jack Snipe, 19th October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Fieldfare and Song Thrush, 19th October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

October 18th. The Dusky Warbler was still present in West Dunes. On the Mere were 2 Jack Snipe. Offshore were a Great Skua and a Goldeneye. The morning high tide roost involved 100,000 waders, mostly Knot but also 9000 Oystercatcher, 7000 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6000 Dunlin and 1500 Sanderling. Around, including birds trapped, were 110 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 500 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, 9 Goldcrest, a late Sedge Warbler and 2 Blackcap. Finch passage included Siskin, Redpoll, Chaffinch, Brambling and 28 Crossbill. Also heading south were a 10 Swallow, a House Martin, 60 Rock Pipit and a Lapland Bunting

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 60 new birds: 2 Wren, 9 Goldcrest, a Robin, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, 20 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Great Tit, 3 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch, a Greenfinch, 6 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 5 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Blackcap. 

Sedge Warbler, ringed 18 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

October 17th. The Dusky Warbler remained in West Dunes all day. Birds around, including those trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 700 Pink-footed Goose, 320 Wigeon, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, 29 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler (Mere Bridge), a Siberian Chiffchaff, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 350 Fieldfare, 150 Blackbird, 500 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, a Swallow, 9 Brambling, 2 Crossbill and a Lapland Bunting. In off the sea came a Woodcock; and south went 45 Whooper Swan, 6 Crossbill and 6 Siskin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 63 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Robin, 2 Reed Bunting, a Stonechat, a Brambling, 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 8 Redwing, a Song Thrush, 24 Blackbird, a Woodcock and a Sparrowhawk; and 11 retraps: a Blackcap, a Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, a Dunnock, a Robin and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Dusky Warbler, 17 October 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Dusky Warbler, 17 October 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Stonechat, ringed 17 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Brambling, ringed 17 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Woodcock, ringed 17 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Sparrowhawk, ringed 17 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

October 16th. A vocal but elusive Dusky Warbler was discovered in West Dunes. Again several hundred Redwing and some Blackbird and Song Thrush arrived overnight then mostly cleared out westward early morning. Around, including birds trapped, were 400 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Pintail, a Sparrowhawk, 13 Woodcock, 17 Goldcrest, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 Halfway Sycamores, 1 Sleeper Track, 1 Sykes Farm, 1 Gibraltar Road edge north of Aylmer Avenue), a Willow Warbler, a Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Wheatear, a Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 30 Brambling, 35 Crossbill, a Hawfinch (mobile) and a Lapland Bunting. Offshore were a Velvet Scoter and a Long-tailed Skua. On the Mere were 2 Jack Snipe. Heading north was a Swallow; and south were 300 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 44 new birds: 16 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Blue Tit, 10 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird; and 6 retraps: a Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, a Blue Tit, a Redwing and a Blackbird.

Dusky Warbler, 16 October 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Black Redstart, 16 October 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Long-tailed Skua, 16 October 2020.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Fieldfare, 16 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Muntjac in Decoy, 16 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Dune Cup (Peziza ammophila), 16 October 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

October 15th. Quite strong north-easterly wind, slowly decreasing.

 Several hundred Redwing arrived then mostly departed west. In off the sea came 4 Short-eared Owl. Birds around, including those trapped, were 72 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Barnacle Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Scaup, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Greenshank, a Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe (1 Mere, 1 New Saltmarsh), a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 120 Goldcrest, a Yellow-browed Warbler (East Dunes), 4 Blackcap, a Redstart, 2 Black Redstart (Visitor Centre), 5 Stonechat, a Wheatear, a Ring Ouzel (East Dunes), 9599 Starling, 2 Twite, 30 Brambling and a Lapland Bunting. Flying north were a Great Northern Diver, a Swallow and 4 Crossbill; and south 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 770 Pink-footed Goose, a Raven, 3 Swallow and a House Martin.

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 24 new birds: 7 Goldcrest, 4 Blackcap, a Robin, 8 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 3 Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Wren, a Goldcrest and a Blue Tit.

Waders, 15 October 2020.
Photo - Chris Martin
Waders, 15 October 2020.
Photo - Chris Martin

Wheatear, 15th October 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Rainbow, 15 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Starling roost, 15 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

October 14th. Increasing north-easterly wind.

 A Barred Warbler was trapped in East Dunes and ringed; after release it was on Storm Ridge. Around, including birds trapped, were 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3000 Pink-footed Goose, 49 Pintail (water bodies), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Jack Snipe (1 Mere, 1 East Dunes), a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 120+ Goldcrest, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 500 Redwing(including many then west), 18 Fieldfare, 4 Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart (Visitor Centre), 7 Stonechat, 22 Siskin and 30 Brambling (including several south). In off the sea came a Short-eared Owl. Heading north offshore were 2 Goldeneye, a Velvet Scoter, a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and a Great Northern Diver; and south 2 Great Skua.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 139 new birds: a Wren, 59 Goldcrest, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Chaffinch, a Brambling, 2 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 8 Reed Bunting, a Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, a Coal Tit, a Barred Warbler, a Dunnock, 7 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing and 28 Blackbird; 6 retraps: 2 Blackcap, a Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, a Goldcrest and a Robin; and a control Coal Tit.

Brambling, ringed 14 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 14 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Barred Warbler, ringed 14 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Firecrest, ringed 14 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Ringing Control: Lesser Whitethroat, ringed GPBO 6 October 2020, controlled Wassenaar, Netherlands 9 October 2020.

October 13th. Rain until early morning, then soggy.

 An arrival of thrushes involved 800 Redwing and lesser numbers of Fieldfares, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. Birds around included 45 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 Gibraltar Road side, 1 Mill Hill), a Chiffchaff, 30 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 3 Ring Ouzel and a Song Thrush. Going west were 2 Fieldfare; and east a Lapland Bunting.

Small Copper, 13 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

October 12th. Around, including birds trapped, were 34 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3000+ Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 6 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush. Heading south were 19 Whooper Swan.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 32 new birds: 3 Wren, a Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blackcap, a Robin, a Linnet, 2 Great Tit, a Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, a Starling and a Sparrowhawk; and a retrap Robin.

Sparrowhawk, ringed 12 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Sparrowhawk, ringed 12 October 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

October 11th. Most of about 500 Redwing and of about 100 Blackbird cleared out westward shortly after dawn, having roosted overnight. Also flying west were a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk; south 9 Brambling and 2 Siskin; and north 2 Goldeneye, a Great Skua and an Arctic Skua. An arrival of Blackcap involved 80 along East Dunes. On the Mere was Water Rail. Birds around, including those trapped, were 80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Spotted Redshank, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, a Peregrine, a Chiffchaff, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Red-breasted Flycatcher (near Shovelers Pool), a Ring Ouzel, a Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 5 Brambling, a Hawfinch (near Mill Hill) and 11 Crossbill

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 44 new birds: a Wren, a Blackcap, a Robin, a Goldfinch, 6 Great Tit, a Dunnock, 12 Redwing and 21 Blackbird; and 2 retrap Robins.

 A short morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by James Siddle yielded 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, a Song Thrush and a Blackbird.

Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 October 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 October 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Wheatear, 11 October 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Hawfinch, 11 October 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Red-breasted Flycatcher, 11 October 2020.
Photo - Owen Beaumont