Friday, 21 August 2020

Late August 2020

August 31st. Around, including birds trapped, were 17 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 229 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Eider, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, a Kittiwake, a Mediterranean Gull, a Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Kestrel, 19 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, a Treecreeper, a Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 65 Linnet, a Crossbill, 55 Goldfinch and 2 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were 16 Spoonbill; on Tennyson's Sands 2 Common Sandpiper, and to roost there 4000 Starling, 72 Alba Wagtail and 12 Pied Wagtail.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 19 new birds: a Wren, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Robin, 4 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, a Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Robin, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Chiffchaff and a Wren.

August 30th. Moderately strong northerly wind, gradually decreasing.

 Offshore in the morning was a Black-throated Diver; and north over the sea a Sooty Shearwater. Birds around, including those trapped, were 12 Shoveler, 162 Teal, 5 Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, a Spoonbill, a Great White Egret, 3 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, 7 Kestrel, 48 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 5500 Starling, a Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, a Redpoll and 27 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Common Sandpiper and 4 Spoonbill..

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 12 new birds: a Goldcrest, 4 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Linnet, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Robin, 2 Great Tit, a Blackcap, 2 Long-tailed Tit and a Dunnock.

Redstart, 30th August 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter

Spoonbill, 30th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 29th. Quite strong north-westerly wind with rainy spells.

 Heading south were 8 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 22 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 2 Swift, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 190 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 48 Sanderling, 35 Dunlin, 8 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Black Tern, 20 Great Skua, 96 Arctic Skua, 6 Pomarine Skua, 13 Long-tailed Skua, 11 Smaller Skua Sp, 3 Fulmar, 22 Gannet, a Sand Martin, 18 Swallow and 3 House Martin; and north 2 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 57 Teal, a Tufted Duck, 16 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, 9 Little Tern, 74 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 3 Black Tern, 280 Commic Tern, 7 Great Skua, 13 Arctic Skua, 5 Long-tailed Skua, 5 smaller Skua Sp, a Fulmar, 3 Sooty Shearwater, and 39 Gannet. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands a Spoonbill. Around were 5 Eider, 2 Whimbrel, 22 Turnstone, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, a Black Tern, a first calendar year Caspian Gull, a Long-tailed Skua, 8 Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, a Merlin, a Tree Pipit, 2 Crossbill and 15 Siskin. 

August 28th. Soggy start then rain from late morning and increasingly strong north-westerly wind.

 Offshore on the sand bars at low tide were a Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Arctic Skua and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. Flying north were 53 Teal, a Tufted Duck, a Scaup, 35 Common Scoter, a Whimbrel, 2 Kittiwake, 545 Sandwich Tern, 5 Little Tern, 80 Common Tern, 18 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, 385 Commic Tern, 2 Great Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 7 smaller Skua Sp, an Auk Sp, a Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 26 Gannet, 2 Sand Martin, 202 Swallow and 19 House Martin; and south 3 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 10 Common Scoter, 17 Turnstone, 34 Knot, 56 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 460 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, a smaller Skua sp, 21 Gannet, 164 Swallow and 117 House Martin. Birds around included 342 Teal, 5 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Swift, a Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 850 Sandwich Tern, a Grey Heron, 9 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine. On Tennyson's Sands were 130 Black-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, 5 Spotted Redshank and a Spoonbill

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: 2 Blackcap, 2 Linnet and a Robin; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap, a Blackbird and a Dunnock.

Merlin, 28th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Kestrel, 28th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 27th. Heading south were 4 Swift, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Pomarine Skua, 6 Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 6 Sand Martin, 92 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 20 Goldfinch and 2 Siskin. Birds around, including those trapped, were 36 Shelduck, 106 Teal, 5 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 142 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 400 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 483 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 780 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Tern, 26 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Skua, 14 Gannet, 19 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Merlin, 8 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Cetti's Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 2 Tree Pipit, 90 Linnet, 111 Goldfinch and 2 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Barnacle Goose, a Water Rail, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, a Mediterranean Gull, and to roost there were 5500 Starling, 72 Alba Wagtail and 8 Pied Wagtail On Jackson's Marsh were 14 Shoveler, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 14 new birds: a Wren, 3 Robin, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Robin, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.

Merlin, 27th August 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Roe Deer, buck, 27th August 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

August 26th. Strong westerly wind, gradually becoming northerly and decreasing.

 Limited observer coverage. Offshore there was good southerly movement with 300 Sandwich Tern, 6 Little Tern, 25 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 7 Great Skua, 23 Arctic Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua, 6 Long-tailed Skua, 7 small Skua sp, 7 Fulmar and 60 Gannet. Incoming waders included small groups of Redshank, Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and a single Curlew Sandpiper amongst the latter.  On Jackson's Marsh were 6 Shoveler, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper and 12 Spoonbill. Around were a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. 

August 25th. Strong south-westerly wind with rain until the afternoon.

 Heading south-west were a Marsh Harrier and 5 Kestrel; and south offshore 2 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 probable Long-tailed Skua and 2 Fulmar. On Jackson's Marsh were 210 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, a Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 4 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 3 Barnacle Goose, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 8 Spoonbill. Birds around included 4 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 12 Little Egret, 8 Sand Martin, 62 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper and 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Barnacle Goose, 25th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 24th. Going south-west were a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard and 7 Kestrel; and south 25 Swift, 5 Buzzard, 36 Sand Martin, 338 Swallow, 95 House Martin, 13 Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and 5 Alba Wagtail. On Tennyson's Sands were 57 Lapwing, 278 Black-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 446 Redshank, 7 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank and 7 Spoonbill; and on fields to the west of Croftmarsh was a Great White Egret. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 juvenile Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 9 Kestrel, a Peregrine, 82 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 6 Tree Pipit and 22 Yellow Wagtail. 

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 21 new birds: 2 Wren, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Pied Flycatcher and a Meadow Pipit; and 6 retraps: a Robin, a Great Tit, a Blue Tit and 3 Dunnock.

Common Sandpiper, 24th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Marsh Harrier, second calendar year male, 24th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 23rd. There was an arrival of Willow Warbler, with 312 reserve-wide. In an excellent day for raptor migration; heading south, south-west or west were 140 Swift, 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Red Kite, 68 Buzzard, 16 Kestrel, a Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 892 Swallow, 720 House Martin and 32 Yellow Wagtail. Around, including birds trapped, were 7 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 7 Spoonbill, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, a Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl,  12 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 7200 Starling, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 16 Wheatear, and 4 Tree Pipit. On Tennyson's Sands were 400 Black-tailed Godwit and 200 Redshank. 

 The twelfth and final session on CES was done this morning. The 121 new birds were 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Wren, 84 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Blue Tit, a Tree Pipit, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Blackbird. The 8 retraps were a Blackbird, a Robin,3 Blue Tit, a Chiffchaff, a Great Tit and a Kestrel.

The reserve's first Southern Migrant Hawker was discovered at the south end of the reserve.

Willow Warbler, 23 August 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Wheatear, 23 August 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Buzzard, 23 August 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson

Tree Pipit, ringed 23 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 22nd. Strong south-westerly wind.

 On Tennyson's Sands were 63 Avocet, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 200 Redshank and 7 Spoonbill; and on Jackson's Marsh  3 Wood Sandpiper. Birds around included 3460 Oystercatcher, 425 Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 78 Curlew, 21 Turnstone, 55200 Knot, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 6080 Sanderling, 9350 Dunlin, a Little Stint, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Short-eared Owl (Old Saltmarsh), a Peregrine, 6 Whinchat (Wash Viewpoint), 2 Wheatear (Wash Viewpoint), 33 Yellow Wagtail and a male Blue-headed Wagtail (around Wash Viewpoint over morning high tide). Heading south were 62 Swift, 2 Black Tern, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Hobby, 26 Sand Martin, 198 Swallow, 88 House Martin, 148 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Alba Wagtail.   




Waders, 22 August 2020.
Photos - James Siddle

Wood Sandpiper, 22nd August 2020.
Photo - Sarah Hunter

August 21st. Strong south-westerly wind.

 Around were a Whimbrel and a Greenshank. On Jackson's Marsh were 120 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands 13 Spoonbill. The morning wader roost held 45000 Knot, 4000 Oystercatcher, 3000 Sanderling and 5000 Dunlin. Going south were a Marsh Harrier, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, a Skua sp, a Hobby, 10 Swift, 220 Sand Martin and 220 Swallow.

 Spiders included a rare dune spider Philodromus fallax.

A rare dune spider Philodromus fallax, 21 August 2020.
Photo - Jack Wilson

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Mid August 2020

August 20th. Moderately strong southerly wind.

 A Barred Warbler was trapped in East Dunes and ringed. On release it flew onto Storm Ridge. An Osprey flew south over Greenshanks Creek in the evening. On Jackson's Marsh were 9 Spoonbill and 4 Greenshank. Other birds around included 3 Whimbrel, 8 Turnstone, a Common Sandpiper, a Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 2 Pied Flycatcher. Evening tide wader counts were 12 Common Sandpiper, 40000 Knot, 3000 Sanderling, 5000 Dunlin and 160 Grey Plover. Heading south were 12 Teal, 2 Swift, 32 Swallow, a Buzzard and 3 Yellow Wagtail.

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: 2 Robin and a Barred Warbler; and 3 retraps: a Wren, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

 Dragonflies included a Southern Hawker.

Osprey, 20 August 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

LWT Chair of Trustees David Cohen enjoying the morning wader spectacle, 20 August 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Barred Warbler, ringed 20 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 19th. The Gull-billed Tern was seen again several times before 0600hrs but not since. An Osprey came from the north and headed east out to sea mid-morning. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill. Around, including birds trapped, were 4 Whimbrel, 30000 Knot, 2100 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Tern, 85 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 200 Commic Tern, a Sparrowhawk, 80 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat and 6 Pied Flycatcher. Flying south were a Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Sand Martin, 86 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Alba Wagtail.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 15 new birds: a Wren, 10 Willow Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Linnet, a Sparrowhawk and a Woodpigeon; and 2 retraps: a Blackcap and a Pied Flycatcher.

Sparrowhawk, ringed 19 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Grasshopper Warbler, ringed 19 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 18th. Gull-billed Tern briefly was loafing among resting terns on Greenshanks Creek in the late evening prior to being flushed off by an unseen cause and not relocated. The only previous record for Gibraltar Point was on 3 August 1967. Offshore in the morning were a juvenile Long-tailed Skua and 4 Black Tern. The Barred Warbler continued to skulk in the East Dunes. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Whimbrel, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2800 Sandwich Tern, 4 Little Tern, 10 Spoonbill, a Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier, 25 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Whitethroat, 18 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail. There was a build up of 45 Swallow and 40 Sand Martin. Going south were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 88 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin, 22 House Martin, 8 Yellow Wagtail and 13 Alba Wagtail.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 18 new birds: 8 Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Woodpigeon and 2 Whitethroat.

Gull-billed Tern, 18 August 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Gull-billed Tern. 18 August 2020.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 18 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Woodpigeon, retrapped 18 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 17th. A new Barred Warbler was seen intermittently in East Dunes. Around, including birds trapped, were 110 Teal, 4 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Tawny Owl, 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, a Spotted Flycatcher, 18 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and 4 Siskin. On Jackson's Marsh were 36 Avocet, 4 Green Sandpiper and a Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sand 190 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 4 Spotted Redshank and 9 Greenshank. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite and 4 Buzzard.

 The eleventh session of CES was done this morning. The 37 new birds were 4 Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Whitethroat, a Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird and a Kestrel. The 21 retraps were 2 Robin, a Blackbird, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Blackcap and a Wren. 

Migrant insects included a Brown Hawker.


Barred Warbler, 17th August 2020.
Photos - James Siddle

Pied Flycatcher, 17th August 2020.
Photos - James Siddle


Barred Warbler, 17th August 2020.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 17th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Kestrel, ringed 17 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 17 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 16th. Easterly then increasing north-easterly wind and showers. 

 Around the offshore sandbars at low tide were a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Arctic Skua, a third calendar year Pomarine Skua and a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. An adult Roseate Tern was discovered in the high tide roost out from the Wash Viewpoint late afternoon. Heading north were 46 Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Little Gull, 10455 Sandwich Tern, 26 Little Tern, 355 Common Tern, 23 Arctic Tern, a Black Tern, 450 Commic Tern, 24 Arctic Skua, a Pomarine Skua, 6 Long-tailed Skua, a Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver and 148 Gannet. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Eider, 3 Common Scoter, 4 Whimbrel, 280 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Turnstone, a Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Kittiwake, 900 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Tern, 55 Common Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 5 Guillemot, 22 Spoonbill, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, 7 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 7 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear. There was a build up of 40 Swallow. Flying south were 3 other Swallow. 

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 8 new birds: 4 Willow Warbler, a Robin, a Linnet,  a Pied Flycatcher and a Sparrowhawk; and 5 retraps: a Great Tit,a Dunnock, a Wren and 2 Whitethroat.

Arctic Skua, 16th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward


Roseate Tern, resting on approach to evening high tide, 16th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 


Kittiwake, among loafing Terns, 16th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward


Sparrowhawk, ringed 16 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 16 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Adult Whitethroat in main moult, retrapped 16 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory


August 15th.
 Quite strong north-easterly wind.

 On Jackson's Marsh were 13 Spoonbill and 70 Black-tailed Godwit. Around, including birds trapped, were 5 Eider, a Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, 850 Sandwich Tern, 30 Little Tern, 90 Common Tern, 5 Whimbrel, a Hobby, 15 Willow Warbler, 11 Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart, 2 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. Going north were 254 Common Scoter, 4 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Skua, 38 Arctic Skua, a Long-tailed Skua, 4 Black Tern, 4332 Sandwich Tern, 339 Common Tern, 15 Arctic Tern, 350 Commic Tern, 39 Little Tern, 4 Little Gull, an Auk sp, a Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 261 Gannet and a Swallow; and south 6 Teal and 4 Arctic Skua.

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 10 new birds: 2 Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting and a Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher, ringed 15 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 14th. Quite strong northerly wind.

 On Jackson's Marsh were 17 Spoonbill, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper. There was a build up of 30 Swallow. Birds around included a Whimbrel, 1700 Sandwich Tern, 230 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, a juvenile Little Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull,  3 Arctic Skua, a Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk. Heading south were 5 Arctic Skua, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua, a Kittiwake and 3 Swallow; and north 119 Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Great Skua, 11 Arctic Skua, a Fulmar, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 166 Gannet. In off the sea came a Wheatear.

August 13th. Moderately strong northerly wind.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 29 Golden Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Tawny Owl, 6 Willow Warbler (including an acredula type), 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 90 Goldfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were 41 Little Egret. Going south were were 6 Swallow; and north a Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite.

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 2 new birds: a Robin and a Linnet; and 6 retraps: a Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Wren and a Garden Warbler.

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling produced 5 new birds: a Wren, 3 Whitethroat and a Blue Tit; and 5 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Wren, a Chiffchaff and a Whitethroat.

 Moths included a Red Underwing and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth; and dragonflies a Brown Hawker.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 13th August 2020.
Video - Ben Ward

August 12th. A new Barred Warbler was discovered in East Dunes late afternoon. On the beach were 3 first calendar year Yellow-legged Gull and a first calendar year Caspian Gull. A build up of hirundines totalled 130 House Martin, 50 Sand Martin and 170 Swallow. Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Eider, 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1800 Sandwich Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, a Grey Heron, 2 Spoonbill, 23 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Wood Warbler (1 Plantation and 1 East Dunes), 16 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, a Tree Pipit, 100 Linnet, 100 Goldfinch and 6 Crossbill. Flying south were a Marsh Harrier, 10 Whimbrel, a Wood Sandpiper, 6 House Martin and 3 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 10 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Wren, 3 Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, a Blackcap and a Woodpigeon; and 3 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler and a Wren.

Essex Skipper on Rock Sea Lavender, 12 August 2020.
Photo - Jack Wilson

Pied Flycatcher, 12th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Red-banded Sand Wasp, with prey, 12th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 11th.  A Barred Warbler was discovered in the Plantation. Around, including birds trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Garden Warbler, 30 Pied Flycatcher and 3 Redstart. Heading north were 6 Sand Martin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Reed Warbler, a Garden Warbler and a Whitethroat; and 6 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wren, 2 Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

 A Painted Lady was in East Dunes.


Pied Flycatcher, 11 August 2020.
Photo - Paul Johnson


Garden Warbler, ringed 11 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Early August 2020

August 10th. Slowly increasing north-easterly wind.
 Heading south were 5 Swallow; and north a Marsh Harrier. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Green Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Dove, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 2 Wood Warbler and 30 Pied Flycatcher.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 2 new birds: a Willow Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Whitethroat and a Wren. The Grasshopper Warbler was a not-full-grown juvenile, presumably from a second or replacement brood.

 
Grasshopper Warbler, ringed 10 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 9th. Moderately strong north-easterly wind, slowly decreasing.
 Flying south were 2 Whimbrel and 2 Swallow; and north an Osprey. Birds around included a Garden Warbler, a Wood Warbler, a Redstart, 6 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Tree Pipit.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Linnet, a Goldfinch, a Whitethroat and a Woodpigeon; and 4 retraps: a Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

August 8th. Increasing north-easterly wind.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Kestrels and a Whinchat. Going south were a Whimbrel and 5 Swallow. There was a continuous movement of terns from their southern roosts on the morning rising tide. Some continued north up the coast, while others settled on the Greenshanks Ridge system where they were joined by the morning wader roost. Those involved were 305 Little Tern, 3516 Sandwich Tern, 1083 Common, 34 Arctic Tern and 249 Commic Tern.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Whinchat and a Song Thrush; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Whitethroat.

Wood Warbler, 8th August 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Whinchat, ringed 8 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 7th. Very hot and sunny.
 Heading south were 2 Turtle Dove, a Peregrine, 4 House Martin and 11 Swallow. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and a Pied Flycatcher (first of autumn). 
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 13 new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Robin, 5 Whitethroat and a Sparrowhawk; and 8 retraps: a Great Tit, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Wren.
Sparrowhawk, ringed 7 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory


August 6th. Around were a Green Woodpecker and 2 Kestrel. Flying south were 3 Swift and 2 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Wren, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinch and a Song Thrush; and 7 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, 3 Wren and 2 Dunnock.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling produced 26  new birds: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Sedge Warbler, a Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, a Great Tit and a Dunnock, and 8 retraps: 4 Dunnock, a Blue Tit, a Willow Warbler, a Linnet and a Wren.

Sunrise over East Dunes, 6 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory
Willow Warbler, acredula type, ringed 6 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory
Willow Warbler, acredula type, ringed 6 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 5th. Quite strong south-westerly wind all day.
 There was a large south-west passage of Swift in the morning, and a smaller south-west passage of hirundines all day. Birds around included a Green Woodpecker and 2 Kestrel.

August 4th. A Wood Warbler was discovered around Sykes Farm in the evening. Around, including birds trapped, were a Pink-footed Goose, 5 Eider, a Water Rail, 350 Oystercatcher, 72 Ringed Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 45 Curlew, 145 Black-tailed godwit, 14 Turnstone, 1450 Knot, 1700 Sanderling, 5500 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 95 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, a juvenile Caspian Gull, 101 Little Tern, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine,4 Wheatear and a Yellowhammer. Going south were 5 Swift, a Wood Sandpiper, 4 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Alba Wagtail.
 The tenth session of CES was done this morning. The 68 new birds were 3 Wren, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, a Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Yellowhammer, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird. The 11 retraps were 2 Robin, a Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, a Dunnock and a Blackcap.

Wood Warbler, 4th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Little Tern and Sanderling, 4th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Oystercatcher, leucistic individual, 4th August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward 


Yellowhammer, ringed 4 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 3rd. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel and a Willow Warbler.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 12 new birds: a Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, a Linnet, 4 Whitethroat and a Green Woodpecker; and 6 retraps: 3 Dunnock, a Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat.

Full Sturgeon Moon, 3rd August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

Green Woodpecker, ringed 3 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Green Woodpecker, ringed 3 August 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

August 2nd. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Kestrel and 7 Willow Warbler. Heading south were 2 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 9 new birds: 7 Willow Warbler, a Wren and a Reed Buntung; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Robin.

Brown Hare, leveret, 2nd August 2020.
Photo - Ben Ward

August 1st. Early morning light rain, then cloudy, then sunny.
 Flying south were 5 Golden Plover and a moderate number of hirundines. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel and 3 Willow Warbler.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: a Wren, 2 Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet and a Whitethroat; and 2 retraps: a Wren and a Dunnock.