Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Late July 2020

July 31st. Very hot and sunny. 
 On the beach were 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Birds around included 4 Whimbrel, 600 Sandwich Tern, a Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel and 2 Swallow. Other Swallows were beginning to congregate on wires northwest of the reserve.
 Moths included 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoth; and butterflies a White-letter Hairstreak.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, a Meadow Pipit, a Great Tit and a Kingfisher; and a retrap Dunnock.
Kingfisher, ringed 31 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

White-letter Hairstreak, 30 July 2020.
Photo - Steve Hibbard

July 30th. On the Mere was a Great White Egret. At North End were 6 House Sparrow, and on the River Steeping 2 Common Sandpiper. Around were a Whimbrel, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, 400 Starling, a Whinchat, 6 loafing Swallow, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and 3 Crossbill. Heading south were a Collared Dove, 3 Swift and 7 Swallow. In off the sea came a Kestrel.
  A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Robin, 2 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Robin, a Wren, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling produced 39 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Wren, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Great Tit and 7 Dunnock; and 12 retraps: 3 Blackcap, a Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, a Long-tailed Tit, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Wren and a Robin.

July 29th. Two Wood Warbler were discovered, one trapped and ringed in East Dunes (later in the Plantation) and one in the north of West Dunes. Going south were 440 Swift, 65 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow and 7 House Martin. Birds around included an escaped Black Swan, 2 Eider, 10 Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, 6 Whimbrel, 70 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1100 Sanderling, 2050 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 1800 Sandwich Tern, 44 Little Tern, 16 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, 6 Kestrel, a Peregrine, a Treecreeper, 85 Starling, 21 Reed Warbler (water bodies and reedbeds) 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 2 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, a Wood Warbler, 2 Robin, 2 Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: a Linnet, a Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Wren.
Wood Warbler, ringed 29 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

July 28th. Offshore were 94 Gannet and many Sandwich Tern. Birds around included 6 Eider, 15 Spoonbill, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 1650 Sandwich Term 50 Little Tern, 19 Common Tern, a Grey Heron, a Cuckoo, a Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 5 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 15 Willow Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 210 Starling, 3 Mistle Thrush, a Yellow Wagtail and 4 Siskin. Flying south were 46 Gannet,  a Red Kite, 600 Dunlin, many other waders, 382 Swift, a Hobby, 26 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 15 Crossbill and 6 Siskin. 

July 27th. Near gale force winds and occasional showers made for uncomfortable viewing during the morning watch, the main theme of which was the arrival of northern waders. There were some superb groups of summer-plumaged Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling and Turnstone including a smart flock of 22. Sandwich Tern were still in good numbers and noisy all along the beach and moving south offshore and even inland. Local Little Tern were struggling to fish offshore, while a small number of migrant Little Tern were already heading south with several Arctic Tern. Pulses of Swift passage were noted during the day. Around were 6 Eider, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Tern, 18 Spoonbill, 2 Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 6 Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

July 26th. While carrying out daily livestock checks one staff member turned up four Cattle Egret with the cows around Freshwater Marsh, providing an unexpected patch tick for a visiting local bird-watcher. Sandwich Tern numbered 600 with many feeding close inshore. A Roseate Tern with full tail streamers passed close inshore before heading across the Wash to Norfolk. Going south were a Wood Sandpiper, 48 Swift, 32 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, several Alba Wagtail, several Yellow Wagtail and 10 Crossbill, Three Wheatear on Rock Ridge included a very young juvenile. Other birds around included 16 Spoonbill, a Great White Egret, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, a Green Woodpecker, a Tawny Owl, a Peregrine, a Treecreeper and 3 Yellow Wagtail. 
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 13 new birds 3 Willow Warbler, a Wren, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Linnet and 2 Dunnock; and 3 retraps: a Blackbird, a Whitethroat and a Blackcap.

Cattle Egret, 26th July 2020.
Photos - James Siddle


Great White Egret, 26th July 2020.
Photos - James Siddle
 
July 25th. Moving south were 24 Whimbrel, 10 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 64 Sandwich Tern, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 130 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 70 Swift, 6 Alba Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Wood Sandpiper. On the water bodies were 120 Redshank, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Avocet, 60 Lapwing, 4 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and a Great White Egret. On the foreshore and Haven were 4600 Knot, 4500 Dunlin, 2200 Sanderling, 800 Sandwich Tern and 14 Arctic Tern. Around were 6 Eider, 2 Turnstone, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 9 Common Tern, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Treecreeper, 190 Starling and 2 Siskin.

July 24th. Dunlin and Sanderling numbers increased to 4000 and 2200 respectively. Two Peregrine were hunting together over the Haven with a fantastic performance involving much calling and one came away with a Knot. A build up of Swallow occurred, with 150 feeding over the flooded saltmarsh and many off south. Other birds around included 3 Eider, a Great White Egret, 15 Spoonbill, 6 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1500 Sandwich Tern, 47 Little Tern, 19 Common Tern, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Green Woodpecker, a Short-eared Owl, a Peregrine, a Treecreeper, 320 Starling, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Siskin. Heading south were 28 Common Scoter, 64 Swift, 2 Fulmar, 28 Sand Martin and 4 House Martin.
 A Lesser Emperor Dragonfly was a new arrival along the dune at Greenshanks Creek. Also along the outer Dunes were two Emperor Dragonflies and a Brown Hawker.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 3 Wren, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Swallow, a Dunnock and a Green Woodpecker; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Dunnock and 3 Whitethroat.
Green Woodpecker, ringed 24 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

July 23rd. On the estuary an increase in wader numbers was apparent, with 3500 Knot, 800 Sanderling, 400 Oystercatcher and 3000 Dunlin. A Curlew Sandpiper was amongst the latter.More waders were arriving down the tideline early morning, whilst Swift and Sand Martin were moving south over the dunes in moderate numbers. Swift numbers picked up in the afternoon when 3900 passed through in one hour. Other birds of note moving south were a male Marsh Harrier, 3 Shoveler and 40 Gannet.
 The ninth session of CES was done this morning. The 48 new birds were 4 Wren, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Robin, 12 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 3 Linnet, a Coal Tit, a Reed Warbler, a Dunnock, 2 Blackbird and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. The 18 retraps were 3 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wren, 4 Blackbird and a Chiffchaff.

July 22nd. The main focus of the morning watch was the arrival of waders again, with regular parties of Knot, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Sanderling, Curlew and Redshank arriving, including the familiar white-capped partially leucistic Redshank returning to its favourite haunt at Greenshanks Creek. Going south were 70 Gannet, 10 Mute Swan and an escaped Black Swan, and north a flock of 90 Common Scoter. On the water bodies Spoonbill increased to 19, and a Great White Egret was present. 
 Moths included a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat and a Blackcap; and 4 retraps: a Great Tit, a Whitethroat, a Robin and a Dunnock.

July 21st. An obvious influx of Knot brought 2350 up to roost. Again a light southerly movement of waders was evident along with a few Swallow, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail and Siskin. A Bullfinch was new in East Dunes, and a Kingfisher was over East Dunes then on the River Steeping. Amongst the gulls was an adult  fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull candidate and the first juvenile Herring Gull of the year. 
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 16 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, 2 Dunnock and a Kingfisher; and 5 retraps: a Blackbird, a Wren, a Linnet, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.
Kingfisher, ringed 21 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Ringing Control: Sedge Warbler ringed Tour aux Moutons, Loire-Atlantique, France 1 September 2019, controlled GPBO 27 May 2020.

Ringing Recovery: Greenfinch ringed GPBO 2 October 2019, found dead Skegness 20 July 2020.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Mid July 2020

July 20th. An adult Roseate Tern flew south over Millennium Ridge to roost at dusk, very vocal amongst Sandwich Terns.Evidence of juvenile dispersal included 2 House Sparrow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Coal Tit, a Goldcrest and a Green Woodpecker. Birds around included a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 1320 Sandwich Tern. Going south were a Common Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 14 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 7 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit.

July 19th. Two Yellowhammer were singing on the west side. A total of 9 Kestrels was present, including juveniles from both nesting pairs this year on the reserve. Two juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew to roost on the Wash at dusk. Waders arriving from north early morning were 65 Dunlin, 78 Sanderling, 114 Knot and a Turnstone. The beach roost included 900 Sandwich Tern, 6 Arctic Tern and 160 Dunlin. The water bodies held 16 Spoonbill, including 1 in off the sea. Around were a juvenile Cuckoo, 3 Whimbrel, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 45 Little Tern, a Marsh Harrier, a Treecreeper, 3300 Starling, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

July 18th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Willow Warbler and a Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a Linnet, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Siskin; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, a Blue Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet and a Robin.

July 17th. A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 19 new birds: 5 Wren, 8 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Kestrel; and 7 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Robin, a Wren, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Chiffchaff.

July 16th. Birds around included 4 Mistle Thrush.
 The eighth session of CES was done this morning. The 26 new birds were 4 Wren, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, 4 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Linnet, 2 Dunnock and a Blackbird. The 16 retraps were a Robin, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinch, a Blackbird, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and a Great Tit.

July 15th. A Tawny Owl was discovered sitting on the TTD post by South Marsh Road very early morning.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 4 Wren, 2 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Goldfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and a retrap Dunnock.

July 14th. A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 11 new birds: 3 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Great Tit, 5 Linnet and a Blackcap; and 7 retraps: a Wren, 4 Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

July 13th. Flying north was a Spoonbill, and south a Grey Wagtail.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 11 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: a Wren, a Robin, a Linnet, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

July 12th. Two Grey Heron went south. A Cetti's Warbler was near the Heligoland Trap.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: 2 Wren, 3 Linnet, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Blackbird and a Robin.

July 11th. Going north was a Spoonbill. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Cetti's Warbler.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 14 new birds: a Wren, 3 Blackcap, a Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Meadow Pipit and a Sedge Warbler; and 4 retraps: a Great Tit, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Wren.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 11 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Early July 2020

July 10th. Going north was a Spoonbill, and south a Hobby.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 33 new birds: 5 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Great Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Blue Tit, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 4 retraps: a Whitethroat, 2 Wren and a Linnet.

July 9th. Flying south were 2 Spoonbill.

July 8th.

July 7th. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 30 new birds: 7 Wren, a Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet, 2 Blackcap, a Robin, a Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Cuckoo; and 11 retraps: 2 Dunnock, a Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, 2 Wren, a Blackbird, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and a Robin.
Cuckoo, ringed 7 July 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

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July 3rd. The seventh session of CES was done this morning. The 23 new birds were 3 Wren, 4 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 5 Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Dunnock. The 10 retraps were 2 Blackbird, a Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit and 2 Dunnock.

July 2nd.

July 1st. Little Tern and Ringed Plover chicks are now starting to hatch in the Shorebird Sanctuary. We are grateful to Lincolnshire Bird Club for generous funding that has enabled us to provide Night-Wardening cover to deter foxes from predating the shorebird chicks. We are also grateful to our team of volunteers who carry out the day time monitoring and patrolling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 26 new birds: 7 Wren, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, a Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Meadow Pipit and a Dunnock; and 9 retraps: a Great Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 3 Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock.

Little Tern, chicks.
Photo - Ben Ward
Ringed Plover, chicks.
Photos - Ben Ward
Ringing Recoveries
Willow Warbler ringed GPBO 18 August 2019, found dead Howacht, Germany 17 April 2020.
Goldfinch ringed GPBO 8 August 2019, controlled Flamborough Head, Yorkshire 14 April 2020.