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


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