Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Mid August 2020

The current situation is as follows:

Car parks and toilets are open. Please follow the spacing and sanitising procedures on site.

The Visitor Centre is open, for takeaways only, 11am - 4pm.

Hides should not be used. Surfaces would be regularly touched and we would be unable to maintain the standards expected for C-19. Attempts to lock or secure hides have resulted in damage and misuse.

Further details can be found here: https:/www.lincstrust.org.uk/coronavirus
 

August 11th. Heading north were 6 Sand Martin. Around, including birds trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Garden Warbler and a Redstart.

 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.



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, a Wood Warbler and 8 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.
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.