Monday, 21 September 2020

Late September 2020

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September 21st. A Honey Buzzard flew north mid-morning and a Little Bunting was briefly seen in the East Dunes mid-day but was not relocated. Heading south were 7 Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 32 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 16 House Sparrow, 12 Tree Sparrow, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, 10 Alba Wagtail, 435 Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 22 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 32 Linnet, 45 Goldfinch, 332 Siskin, 88 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Redpoll sp, a Crossbill, 45 Goldfinch and 28 Reed Bunting; south-west a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 24 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, a Hobby and 18 Skylark; and north-west 190 Pink-footed Goose. Birds around, including those trapped, were 4 Grey Partridge, 195 Wigeon, 28 Pintail, 200 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 75000 Knot, 5 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, 22 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 8 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Kingfisher, 6 Willow Warbler, 29 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, a Firecrest (East Dunes), 22 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 6000 Starling, a Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, 38 Robin, a Pied Flycatcher (Plantation), 4 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Crossbill, 22 Siskin, a Corn Bunting and a Yellowhammer.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 29 new birds: 4 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Blackcap, a Stonechat, a Reed Bunting, a Redstart, 2 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Song Thrush and a Kingfisher; and 7 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Robin, a Lesser Redpoll, a Great Tit and a Chiffchaff.

Sparrowhawk, migrant, 21st September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
 

Pied Flycatcher, 21st September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 

Kingfisher, ringed 21st September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Stonechat, ringed 21st September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Redstart, ringed 21st September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Friday, 11 September 2020

Mid September 2020

September 20th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.

 A Sabine's Gull flew north in the early morning. Also flying north over the sea were 12 Shelduck, a Teal, 17 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Kittiwake, 27 Sandwich Tern, a Common Tern, 4 Commic Tern, 5 Auk sp, a Red-throated Diver, 54 Gannet and a Marsh Harrier; and south 2 Arctic Skua and 24 Red-throated Diver. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill and a Grey Heron; and on Tennyson's Sands a Kingfisher. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 156 Shelduck, 44 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 300 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Little Gull, 26 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 7 Kestrel, a Merlin, 19 Chiffchaff, a Yellow-browed Warbler (north end of West Dunes), a Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 6000 Starling, 3 Pied Flycatcher (Plantation), 4 Redstart (1 North Building and 3 East Dunes), a Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear, a Tree Sparrow, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit (Plantation), 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Brambling, 3 Redpoll sp, 3 Crossbill (Plantation), 2 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting (over Mill Hill in the evening).

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 11 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Robin, 3 Blackcap. a Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Woodpigeon; and 12 retraps: 5 Dunnock, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Robin, 2 Goldcrest and a Great Tit.

Little Gull and Black-headed Gull, 20th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Pied Flycatcher, 20th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Whinchat, 20th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Yellow-browed Warbler, ringed 20 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 19th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind.

 Heading north over the sea were 2 Shelduck, 40 Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, 2 Sabine's Gull, 85 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua, an Auk sp, a Sooty Shearwater and 156 Gannet; south 11 Wigeon, 8 Pintail, 7 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, a Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Kittiwake, 8 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 3 Skua sp, a Guillemot, 2 Auk sp, 66 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet and 4 Swallow; south-east 485 Pink-footed Goose; and out east 90 Wigeon. Around, including birds trapped, were 44 Wigeon, 2 Eider, a Water Rail, 7100 Oystercatcher, 3300 Grey Plover, 105 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 490 Curlew, 27 Turnstone, a Purple Sandpiper, 78400 Knot, 4 Ruff, 3250 Sanderling, 7600 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, 2 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 290 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 18 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 6 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, a Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 4000 Starling, a Ring Ouzel (East Dunes), a Pied Flycatcher (Plantation), a Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 8 House Sparrow and 2 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were 7 Spoonbill and 10 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands a Greenshank. 

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 6 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Robin, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: a Robin, a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Goldcrest.


Waders, lifting off, 19th September 2020.
Video - Ben Ward

September 18th. Slowly increasing north-easterly wind.

 Highlights over the sea were a Sabine's Gull north; and 2 Long-tailed Skua south. A Hawfinch flew south over Rock Ridge in the morning, and later one was in the West Dunes Sycamore Plot. On Jackson's Marsh were 7 Spoonbill. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Pintail, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 220 Sandwich Tern, 12 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Kestrel, a Peregrine, a Willow Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 5000 Starling, a Ring Ouzel (East Dunes), 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Siskin.

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 12 new birds: 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Redstart and a Song Thrush; and a retrap Great Tit.

Redstart, ringed 18 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 17th. There was a notable arrival of migrants during the morning, largely on the east side of the reserve, with many quickly filtering south through the dune. Around, including birds trapped, were 5 Pintail, 2 Whimbrel, a Little Stint (on the estuary), 9 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, a Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl,  a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 8 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 26 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Warbler, 48 Chiffchaff, a Wood Warbler (East Dunes), 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (East Dunes), 3 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler, a Barred Warbler (West Dunes), a Garden Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 17 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, a Firecrest (West Dunes), 18 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 800 Starling, 3 Ring Ouzel (1 East Dunes, 1 West Dunes and 1 Plantation), 3 Redwing, 26 Song Thrush, 45 Robin, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 10 Stonechat, a Wheatear, 2 House Sparrow, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, a Brambling, 8 Greenfinch, 140 Linnet, 90 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, a Mealy Redpoll, 2 Redpoll sp, 39 Reed Bunting and a Lapland Bunting (from the Wash Viewpoint). There was excellent movement over the sea early morning, with 2 Little Gull, 4 Great Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua, a Long-tailed Skua, 5 Skua sp, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater and 450 Gannet logged. In from the sea came 2 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel; and heading south-east were 212 Pink-footed Goose. On Jackson's Marsh in the evening were 24 Shoveler, 29 Avocet, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot and 19 Spoonbill

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: 4 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Redstart; and 4 retraps: a Wren, a Blue Tit and 2 Whitethroat.

Yellow-browed Warbler, 17th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Pied Flycatcher, 17th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Small Copper, 17th September 2020.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Redstart, ringed 17 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 16th. Increasing northerly wind, then decreasing slowly.

 Heading north were a Shelduck, a Pintail, 95 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 533 Common Scoter, a Purple Sandpiper, a Kittiwake, an adult Little Gull, 264 Sandwich Tern, 22 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 2 Skua sp, 2 Auk sp, 4 Manx Shearwater, and 4 Swallow; and south 3 Common Scoter, 2 Greenshank, 2 Arctic Skua, a Manx Shearwater, a Shag, a Buzzard, 21 Swallow, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 18 Siskin, 130 Meadow Pipit and 8 Reed Bunting. On the estuary were 16 Spoonbill. On Fenland Lagoon were 2 Spotted Redshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Grey Partridge,178 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, 2 Eider, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper (off the lagoons early morning), 2 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver, a Grey Heron, a Great White Egret (to roost), 15 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 8 Kestrel, a Grasshopper Warbler, 45 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Firecrest (West Dunes then Yacht Club), 8 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, a Wheatear, a House Sparrow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Crossbill (Plantation) and 35 Reed Bunting. 

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap and a Great Tit; and 5 retraps: 2 Blackcap, a Wren and 2 Dunnock.

Grasshopper Warbler, ringed 16 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 15th. Misty, damp start, then sunny.

 On Jackson's Marsh were 28 Avocet, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, a Knot and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper; and on Fenland Lagoon a Spotted Redshank. Around, including birds trapped, were a Barnacle Goose, 5 Eider, a juvenile Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 17 Spoonbill, 16 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl (Old Saltmarsh in the evening), a Kingfisher, 6 Kestrel, 17 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, 1100 Starling, 5 Pied Flycatcher (2 East Dunes and 3 Shovelers Pool), 2 Whinchat, a Wheatear, 12 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit (West Dunes), a Crossbill (Plantation), a Corn Bunting and a Lapland Bunting (from the Wash Viewpoint in the evening). A Buzzard arrived from the sea whilst a Red Kite flew north; and south-east went 65 Pink-footed Goose.

A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Robin, a Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, a Reed Bunting, 2 Great Tit and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Robin, a Blackcap, a Reed Bunting, a Dunnock, a Wren and a Great Tit.

Pied Flycatcher, 15th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Brown Argus, 15th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Sundog, 15th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Garden Warbler, ringed 15 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

 September 14th. 8 Egyptian Goose arrived from the north in the morning. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Black-tailed Godwit; on Tennyson's Sands 45 Black-tailed Godwit and a Snipe; and on Croftmarsh 59 Pink-footed Goose. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler. Flying south were 8 Arctic Skua, an adult Pomarine Skua, a Manx Shearwater and a Spoonbill. In the late afternoon 24 Spoonbill were out from Wash Viewpoint.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 37 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 7 Blackcap, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Reed Bunting, a Reed Warbler, 3 Great Tit, a Goldfinch and 9 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 2 Blackcap, a Goldfinch, a Great Tit, a Robin, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Egyptian Goose, 14th September 2020.
Photos - Kev Wilson

September 13th. A Pectoral Sandpiper was flushed from Jackson's Marsh by a Buzzard late afternoon and flew south with Black-tailed Godwit. Also there, were 44 Avocet, a Snipe and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper; on Tennyson's Sands a Spoonbill; and on Croftmarsh 68 Pink-footed Goose. Heading south were a Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Arctic Skua, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, 13 Swallow, 38 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 320 Meadow Pipit, a Redpoll, 5 Crossbill and 37 Siskin. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Whimbrel, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 50000 Knot, 4 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 350 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, a Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Kestrel, a Merlin, 3 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 4000 Starling, 2 Stonechat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 210 Meadow Pipit, a Crossbill, 2 Siskin and a Lapland Bunting (frequenting fields west of the river). 

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin and 2 Siskin; and 3 retraps: a Robin, a Great Tit and a Dunnock.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by James Siddle resulted in 12 new birds: 3 Goldcrest, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit and 3 Blue Tit; and 6 retraps: a Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tit, a Long-tailed Tit and a Robin.

 A Painted Lady was in East Dunes.

Reed Warbler, 13th September 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson 


Marsh Harrier, migrant, south over the sea, 13th September 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Siskin, ringed 13th September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 12th. Heading south were 20 Arctic Skua, 2 Spoonbill, 17 Buzzard, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Lapland Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were a Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, a Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, a Turnstone, 4 Spotted Redshank and 5 Spoonbill; on Jackson's Marsh a Green Sandpiper; and on Croftmarsh 61 Pink-footed Goose. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 7 Kestrel, 12 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 12 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 900 Starling, 3 Stonechat, 2 House Sparrow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, a Redpoll and 8 Siskin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 12 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, a Blackcap, 3 Robin, a Whitethroat, a Stonechat, a Meadow Pipit and a Reed Bunting; and 4 retraps: a Wren, a Blackbird, a Robin and a Dunnock.

A male Black Darter was discovered in the West Dunes late afternoon. 

Black Darter, 12th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Moorhen, 12th September 2020.
Photo - Jim Shaw


Stonechat, ringed 12 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 11th. Going south were 79 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, a Pintail, 7 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 7 Collared Dove, 30 Golden Plover, 14 Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 1555 Sandwich Tern, a Common Tern, 59 Arctic Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua, a Guillemot, 2 Auk sp, a Red-throated Diver, 266 Gannet, a Grey Heron, a Great White Egret, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher, 33 Rook, 8 Sand Martin, 98 Swallow, 448 House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail, 2319 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfich, 142 Linnet, 5 Redpoll, 59 Goldfinch, 492 Siskin, 34 Reed Bunting and 3 Lapland Bunting; and north a Shelduck, 13 Arctic Skua and 67 Gannet. On Jackson's Marsh were a Pintail, the 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin; and on Tennyson's Sands 54 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone and a Knot. Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Common Scoter, 55 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 8 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 150 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Skua, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Spoonbill, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3000 Starling, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Stonechat. On Wainfleet Marsh were 3000 Starling.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Wren, 4 Robin, a Whitethroat and 2 Reed Bunting; and 4 retraps: a Dunnock, a Wren, a Blackbird and a Whitethroat.

Pink-footed Goose, 11th September 2020.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Small Copper, 11th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward








Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Early September 2020

September 10th. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Ruff; on Tennyson's Sands a Water Rail, 91 Lapwing, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe and 2 Greenshank; and on Croftmarsh a Pink-footed Goose and a Green Sandpiper. Birds around, including those trapped, were 35 Shoveler, 5 Stock Dove, a Whimbrel, a Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 8 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 40 House Martin, a Sedge Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, 6000 Starling, a Spotted Flycatcher, a House Sparrow and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Flying north was a Spoonbill; south were a 2 Marsh Harrier, 28 Swallow, 16 House Martin and 45 Meadow Pipit; and south-east 68 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 14 new birds: 5 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Robin, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Dunnock; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Dunnock, a Robin and 2 Long-tailed Tit. 

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, by Mike Polling, yielded 26 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, a Long-tailed it, 2 Blackcap, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 17 retraps: 2 Robin, 4 Wren, a Dunnock, 3 Blackcap, a Long-tailed Tit, a Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit and a Chiffchaff.

September 9th. Heading south were 9 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 210 Sandwich Tern, a Great Skua, 35 Arctic Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 6 Red-throated Diver, a Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 175 Sand Martin, 1631 Swallow, 1690 House Martin, 21 House Sparrow, 18 Tree Sparrow, 41 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 27 Alba Wagtail, 6627 Meadow Pipit, 5 Tree Pipit, 29 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Greenfinch, 311 Linnet, 9 Redpoll, 2 Crossbill, 145 Goldfinch, 497 Siskin and 90 Reed Bunting; and south-west 8 Pink-footed Goose. On Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 16 Spoonbill, a Great White Egret and 9500 Starling (to roost); and on Jackson's Marsh a Water Rail, 127 Lapwing, a Snipe, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank. Around, including birds trapped, were 31 Shoveler, 2 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 300 Sandwich Tern, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 10 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 18 Chiffchaff, 43 Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 8 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Redwing, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear and a Yellowhammer. 

 A morning ringing session  in East Dunes provided 21 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Chaffinch, a Redstart, 2 Reed Bunting, a Tree Sparrow and 2 Dunnock; and 5 retraps: a Robin, 2 Great Tit, a Goldfinch and a Whitethroat.

Migrant insects included 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly and a male Red-veined Darter. There was a notable arrival from the sea and a southerly movement of White Butterfly spp (largely Small White) over the saltmarsh.  

Spotted Flycatcher, 9th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Willow Emerald Damselfly, 9th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
 
Redstart, ringed 9 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Tree Sparrow, ringed 9 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 8th. Heading south were 4 Great Skua, a Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 6 Sand Martin, 39 Swallow, 3 Tree Sparrow, 12 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 16 Alba Wagtail, 338 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin and 2 Reed Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were a Barnacle Goose, a Water Rail, 79 Lapwing, 121 Black-tailed Godwit, a Knot, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 12 Spoonbill and a White Wagtail; on Jackson's Marsh a Water Rail, 26 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Green Sanpiper, a Wood Sandpiper and a Greenshank; and on Croftmarsh a Garganey. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl (Old Saltmarsh late evening), a Green Woodpecker, 9 Kestrel, a Merlin, 90 Swallow, 23 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3300 Starling, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, a Wheatear, 57 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 66 Alba Wagtail, 12 Pied Wagtail, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin and a Corn Bunting. 

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, a Robin, a Blackcap, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

Curlew Sandpiper, 8th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Kestrel, 8th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Whinchat, 8th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Wheatear, 8th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward


September 7th. Foggy, soggy start, then mid morning rain.

 On Jackson's Marsh were a Water Rail and a Spoonbill; on Tennyson's Sands a Pintail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Spoonbill; and on Croftmarsh 3 Barnacle Goose, 11 Pink-footed Goose, 13 Stock Dove and a Snipe. Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Swift, 3 Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 10 Kestrel, 18 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff,  2 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2600 Starling, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, 3 Redpoll and 22 Siskin. Going south were 5 Sand Martin and 5 Swallow.

 A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 22 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Robin, a Reed Warbler, 3 Linnet, a Whitethroat and 7 Goldfinch; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.

Curlew Sandpiper, 7th September 2020.
Video - Ben Ward

Painted Lady, 7th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 


September 6th.
 On Jackson's Marsh were 18 Shoveler, a Pintail, 2 Water Rail, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 19 Spoonbill, 140 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Grey Heron, a Great White Egret, 5 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 8 Kestrel, a Merlin, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 6 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Chiffchaff,  13 Willow Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 900 Starling, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 16 Siskin. Heading south were 26 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 19 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Robin, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet and 2 Goldfinch; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.

Kestrel, 6th September 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Sparrowhawk, 6th September 2020.
Photos - Ben Ward

Buzzard, migrant, 6th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Kestrel, 6th September 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Wasp Spider, 6th September 2020.
Photo - Rebecca Hardwick

September 5th. A Wryneck was discovered on the seaward side of East Dunes. Offshore was a Long-tailed Skua. On Tennyson's Sands were 18 Spoonbill, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank; and on Croftmarsh a Kingfisher. Around, including birds trapped, were a Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 12 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear and a Redstart and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Going south were 2 Buzzard.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 31 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 4 Robin, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, a Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch, a Dunnock and a Woodpigeon; and 3 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and a Linnet.

Short-eared Owl, 5th September 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson 

Wheatear, 5 September 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

September 4th. On Tennyson's Sands were 19 Spoonbill, 140 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank. Birds around, including those trapped, were 115 Shelduck, 3 Swift, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Peregrine, a Green Woodpecker, a Raven, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, 43 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit. Heading south were 2 Pomarine Skua, a Black Tern, 5 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 10 Grey Wagtail, 8 Tree Pipit and a Lapland Bunting.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 24 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Linnet.

Raven, 4 September 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Tree Pipit, ringed 4 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 3rd. Moderately strong south-westerly wind gradually decreasing; rainy spells very early and very late morning.

 On Tennyson's Sands were 9 Spoonbill, 70 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper. Around, including birds trapped, were a Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and a Redstart. Flying south were 22 Arctic Skua, 2 juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 2 Black Tern, 190 Teal, 90 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, and 2 Shoveler; and south-west 3 Buzzard, 2 Swift and 3 Swallow.

 A weather-delayed morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 12 new birds: 2 Wren, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 4 Goldfinch; and 8 retraps: a Blackcap, 4 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

September 2nd. On Jackson's Marsh were 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper and 10 Spoonbill. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Buzzard, 7 Kestrel, 6 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, a Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 450 Starling, 7 Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Siskin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Great Tit; and 4 retraps: a Woodpigeon, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Robin.

Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 2 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

September 1st. On Jackson's Marsh were a Little Ringed Plover, 135 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Common Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank and 8 Spoonbill; on Tennyson's Sands a Ruff; and on Fenland Lagoon a Curlew Sandpiper and a Great White Egret. Around, including birds trapped, were 188 Teal, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, 8 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff,, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 4000 Starling, a Pied Flycatcher, 8 Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail. Heading south were 24 Swallow and 4 Buzzard.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 13 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Wren, 2 Blackcap, 3 Robin, 3 Goldfinch, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 4 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Cetti's Warbler.

Redstart, 1 September 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Great Spotted Woodpecker, ringed 1 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Cetti's Warbler, retrapped 1 September 2020.
Photo - George Gregory