Monday, 13 January 2020

Mid January 2020.

Winter Wash Roost Event, 1530-1700, 27th January 2020.

Join our expert guide on a late afternoon walk to take in the sights and sounds of roost movements at this time of year, this can be a magical spectacle to behold, hopefully the weather will be on our side! Eastern Brent Geese and northern Pink-footed Geese will be in evidence, a good selection of waders and an assortment of Pipits will be making their way to favoured areas on the marsh or shore to spend the night. With luck raptors will feature well, prime time for catching the last meal of the day, Hen Harrier and Merlin have been relatively frequent in recent days with the occasional appearance of a Short-eared Owl.

Meet at the Visitor Centre Car Park for 1530, we will then make our way down to position ourselves at the Wash Viewpoint. Wrap up well as temperatures will be dipping late in the day, keep an eye on the forecast as waterproofs may be required.

The walk is free to attend, donations to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust will be gratefully received. 


January 20th. 
 On Croftmarsh were 250 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Stock Dove, 500 Lapwing and 160 Golden Plover; and on Tennyson's Sands were 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe. Birds around included a Goosander, 2 Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 41 Blue Tit, 60 Great Tit, 2 Blackcap, 25 Blackbird, 38 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, 21 Wren, 2 Treecreeper, 42 Robin, 16 Dunnock, and a Corn Bunting (around Visitor Centre Car Park).
Blackcap, 20th January 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson
January 19th. Frozen start.
 Birds around included 91 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 29 Canada Goose, a Barnacle Goose (with Pink-footed Goose), 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 148 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 4 Stock Dove, 500 Lapwing, 35 Golden Plover, 6 Turnstone, a Snipe, 8 Little Egret, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 90 Starling, 18 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 16 Robin, an Alba' Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 18 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, 14 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 9 Corn Bunting and 12 Reed Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 66 Greylag Goose, 20 Shoveler, 37 Gadwall, 70 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 11 Teal, 22 Tufted Duck, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot and 4 Little Grebe.

January 18th. Frosty start.
 2 Tundra Bean Goose were discovered amongst Pink-footed Goose on Croftmarsh late morning; where there were also 2 Shelduck, 230 Wigeon, 33 Stock Dove, 530 Lapwing, 57 Golden Plover, 42 Curlew, 3 Redshank and 95 Starling. A vocal Lapland Bunting was around Greenshanks Creek mid-day. Flying south over the sea were a Greylag Goose, 13 Grey Goose Sp, a Shelduck, a Wigeon, 2 Eider, a Great Crested Grebe, 468 Black-headed Gull, 107 Common Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 74 Herring Gull, 2 Puffin, 2 Auk Sp, 12 Red-throated Diver and a Diver Sp; and north 17 Wigeon, 11 Teal, a Razorbill and 11 Red-throated Diver; on the sea were an Eider, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 9 Red-throated Diver; and arriving from the sea was a Red Kite, which continued west and inland. On Tennyson's Sands in the late afternoon were 4 Goosander; and on Jackson's Marsh were 41 Canada Goose, 74 Greylag Goose, 66 Gadwall, 24 Tufted Duck, a further Goosander and a Water Rail. Birds around included 80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1150 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 51 Shoveler, 103 Mallard, 102 Teal, 11 Little Grebe, 20 Turnstone, 16 Sanderling, a Snipe, 66 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 19 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 26 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 17 Robin, a Stonechat (Freshwater Marsh), an Alba' Wagtail, a Bullfinch, 19 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet, 18 Goldfinch and 9 Reed Bunting.
Tundra Bean Goose, 18th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Red Kite, arriving from the sea, 18th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
January 17th. Increasing south and then west wind with occasional showers.
 Heading south over the sea were 2 Wigeon, 9 Red-throated Diver, a Fulmar and a Marsh Harrier.
The 2 White-fronted Goose came out of roost with 1260 Pink-footed Goose and were later on Croftmarsh at mid-day. Birds around included 29 Canada Goose, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 7 Shelduck, 47 Shoveler, 80 Gadwall, 291 Wigeon, 112 Mallard, 78 Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, 7 Stock Dove, 14 Little Grebe, 48 Lapwing, 59 Curlew, 7 Snipe, 3 Red-throated Diver, 82 Cormorant, a Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 5 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 33 Starling, 21 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 10 Robin, 8 Alba' Wagtail, 18 Chafffinch, a Bullfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch, a Corn Bunting (Wash Viewpoint) and 6 Reed Bunting. 
White-fronted Goose and Pink-footed Goose, 17th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

 Marsh Harrier, heading south over the sea, 17th January 2020.
Video - Ben Ward
January 16th. Moderately strong southerly wind.
 A roost movement of Pipit included 2 Water Pipit over Sykes Farm in the late afternoon. Flying south were 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 141 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 11 Teal, an Eider, a Goldeneye, 370 Lapwing, 32 Golden Plover, an Auk Sp and 4 Red-throated Diver. On Jackson's Marsh were 39 Canada Goose, 67 Greylag Goose, 12 Shoveler, 38 Gadwall, 22 Wigeon, 60 Mallard, 28 Teal, 3 Pochard, 51 Tufted Duck, a Goldeneye, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 3 Little Grebe and 16 Little Egret. Birds around included 450 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan (fields west of the river Steeping), 2 Shelduck, 24 Stock Dove, a Snipe, a Woodcock, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 91 Cormorant, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 12 Starling, 27 Blackbird, 15 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Robin, a Stonechat (Freshwater Marsh), 14 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, 12 Greenfinch and 15 Goldfinch.   
Goldeneye, 16th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
January 15th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 A Slavonian Grebe flew south over the sea early morning, also flying south were a Shelduck, 8 Common Scoter, a Goosander, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 800 Lapwing, a Guillemot, an Auk Sp, 61 Red-throated Diver and a Marsh Harrier; north 24 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Red-throated Diver; and on the sea were 5 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe. On Jackson's Marsh were 11 Mute Swan, 24 Shoveler, 116 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck, 2 Goosander (early morning), 12 Stock Dove, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Grey Heron. Birds around included 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 14 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 6 Shelduck, 250 Wigeon, 250 Teal, 9 Little Grebe, 499 Lapwing, 43 Golden Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 304 Cormorant, 15 Little Egret, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 100 Starling, 26 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Robin, a Bullfinch, 20 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting.  
Greenfinch, 15th January 2020.
Photo - Jim Shaw

January 14th. Moderately strong southerly wind and rain mid-day.
 In the morning 4 Lapland Bunting arrived from the north and alighted on the saltmarsh out from Lil's Hut. The Barnacle Goose and the 2 White-fronted Goose were amongst 1824 mobile Pink-footed Goose which busily commuted between fields to the north and south-west of the reserve throughout the day, the flock latterly congregating prior to roost on Croftmarsh. Moving south over land were 3 further White-fronted Goose, 300 Lapwing, 240 Golden Plover and 24 Black-tailed Godwit; flying south over sea were 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebe, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Guillemot, a Razorbill and 54 Red-throated Diver; and north a Common Scoter, an Auk Sp and 7 Red-throated Diver. Birds around included 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 17 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 9 Shelduck, 270 Wigeon, a Pintail (Croftmarsh), 5 Eider, 37 Stock Dove, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1210 Oystercatcher, 276 Lapwing, 2670 Grey Plover, 160 Curlew, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 Turnstone, 5350 Knot, 370 Sanderling, 3620 Dunlin, a Woodcock, a Snipe, 3 Red-throated Diver, 241 Cormorant, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 6 Skylark, 8 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 36 Starling, 16 Blackbird, 11 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Robin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, 24 Chaffinch, a Bullfinch, 18 Greenfinch, 25 Goldfinch and a Corn Bunting (Wash Viewpoint). On Jackson's Marsh were 44 Canada Goose, 49 Greylag Goose, 8 Mute Swan, 69 Gadwall, 67 Mallard, 66 Teal, 3 Pochard, 37 Tufted Duck, 6 Goosander (to roost), a Water Rail, 5 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 4 Little Grebe, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Heron and 18 Little Egret.
Goosander, 14th January 2020.
Photo - Jim Shaw


Marsh Harrier, 14th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward
January 13th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 The 2 White-fronted Goose were on fields west of the River Steeping in the morning, where there were also 17 Whooper Swan. Flying south over the sea were 8 Eider, 19 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Auk Sp and 89 Red-throated Diver; south over land 90 Lapwing and 400 Golden Plover; north over sea 9 Eider; and on the sea were 2 Eider and a Great Crested Grebe. Birds around included 350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 916 Pink-footed Goose, 46 Shoveler, 108 Gadwall, 222 Wigeon, 248 Teal, 49 Tufted Duck, 21 Stock Dove, 5 Little Grebe, 6000 Oystercatcher, 160 Lapwing, 2450 Grey Plover, a Golden Plover, 15 Turnstone, 2500 Knot, 306 Cormorant, 16 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 7 Starling, 18 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 20 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet, 22 Goldfinch and 3 Corn Bunting (Wash Viewpoint). On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye (then east), a Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Heron and 22 Little Egret.  

Little Egret, pre roost congregation, 13th January 2019.
Photo - Ben Ward

Ringing Control: 
Goldcrest, ringed GPBO 29 September 2019, controlled Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 7 December 2019.
January 12th. Moderately strong westerly wind with rain in the morning.
 Flying south over the sea were a Wigeon, 4 Eider and 4 Red-throated Diver; south-east 83 Pink-footed Goose; north a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Auk Sp, 7 Red-throated Diver and a Black-throated Diver; and on the sea were 2 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 16 Red-throated Diver. 2 White-fronted Goose remained in the area and were on Croftmarsh late morning. Birds around included 2 Grey Partridge, 900 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 71 Shoveler, 91 Gadwall, 205 Wigeon, 125 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, a Stock Dove, a Water Rail, 15 Little Grebe, 160 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, a Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 9 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 24 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 13 Robin, a Pied Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 26 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet and 32 Goldfinch.

Sunset, from Harvey's Hide, 12th January 2020
Photo - Ben Ward
January 11th. Strong southerly wind.
 Flying south over the sea were 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 46 Eider, 14 Common Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Lapwing, 2 Grey Plover, 94 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, 28 Sanderling, 420 Herring Gull, 23 Auk Sp and 87 Red-throated Diver; north 25 Eider and 4 Red-throated Diver; west inland went 12 Turnstone; and on the sea were 20 Teal, 8 Eider, 5 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Red-throated Diver. Birds around included 240 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 900 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 17 Whooper Swan (fields west of the River Steeping), 2 Stock Dove, 74 Cormorant, 20 Little Egret, 2 Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 18 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 8 Robin, 2 Bullfinch, 15 Greenfinch and 20 Goldfinch.  

Eider, 11th January 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 

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