Sunday, 1 November 2020

Early November 2020

November 10th. Occasional morning light rain, then soggy.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Goldcrest, 36 Blackbird, 50 Redwing and 5 Song Thrush.

 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, a Song Thrush and 13 Blackbird.

November 9th. Foggy start.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 53 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, 50 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush and 100+ Redwing. Going north was an adult male Hen Harrier; and south 90 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 32 new birds: 2 Wren, a Robin, 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 21 Blackbird and a Woodcock; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Robin.

Acleris ferrugana, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Dark Chestnut, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Mottled Umber, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Scarce Umber, 9 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Woodcock, ringed 9 November 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

November 8th. Around, including birds trapped, were 80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 8 Stonechat, a Black Redstart, 275 Redwing, 230 Blackbird, 12 Song Thrush, 80 Fieldfare, 4 Brambling and 50 Chaffinch. By the Mere were 3+ Bearded Tit. Heading south were 350 Pink-footed Goose.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 17 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, a Robin, 3 Redwing. a Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird and 2 Starling; and 7 retraps: a Robin, 3 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest and a Chaffinch.

Black Redstart, 8 November 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

Black Redstart, 8 November 2020.
Photo - James Siddle

November 7th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 120 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, a Late Whinchat, 11 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 2 Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on the Mere a Bearded Tit. Flying south were an adult male Hen Harrier and a Peregrine.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Wren, a Robin, a Song Thrush and a Fieldfare; and a retrap Blackbird.

Fieldfare, ringed 7 November 2020.
Photo - George Gregory

Ringing control: 

Blackbird, ringed Sandwich Bay, Kent 19 October 2020, controlled GPBO 5 November 2020.

November 6th. Cold, misty start.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 64 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 787 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Short-eared Owl, a Cetti's Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat and a Redwing. On the Mere were 1+ Bearded Tit. Going south were 2 Whooper Swan and 3 Snow Bunting.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Redwing and 2 Blackbird; 4 retraps: 3 Robin and a Blue Tit; and the same control Robin with an ARNHEM VT HOLLAND ring.

Misty start, 6 November 2020.
Photo - Rob Watson

November 5th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 34 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 600 Pink-footed Goose, a Blackcap and 5 Redwing. Into the Plantation came 2 Hawfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were a Whooper Swan, 3 Water Rail, 320 Lapwing, a Cetti's Warbler and a Bearded Tit; on Jackson's Marsh a Water Rail; on Croftmarsh a Buzzard; and on the Mere 2 Bearded Tit. Flying south were 78 Whooper Swan, 2 Bullfinch and 7 Crossbill.

A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 29 new birds: a Wren, 10 Long-tailed Tit, a Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and 6 Blackbird; 16 retraps: a Song Thrush, 3 Blue Tit, a Dunnock, 2 Robin, a Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit and a Great Tit; and a control Blackbird.

Kestrel, 5th November 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Common Crossbill, 5th November 2020
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth


November 4th. Around, including birds trapped, were 155 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7010 Pink-footed Goose, 300 Wigeon, 3 Sparrowhawk, a Woodcock, 3 Merlin, a Goldcrest, a Cetti's Warbler (East Dunes), a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 16 Redwing, 9 Stonechat and 3 Raven. On Tennyson's Sands were 24 Whooper Swan, a Water Rail, a Bearded Tit and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on the Mere 6 Bearded Tit. Going south were 64 Whooper Swan, a Snipe, a Merlin, a Crossbill, 2 Lapland Bunting and 8 Snow Bunting; and north a Lapland Bunting.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 13 new birds: a Wren, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and 4 Blackbird; 6 retraps: 2 Song Thrush, a Robin, a Wren, a Dunnock and a Great Tit; and a control Robin with an ARNHEM VT HOLLAND ring.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Whooper Swans, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Adi Royle

Common Darter, 4 November 2020.
Photo - Adi Royle

Ringing control: 

Garden Warbler, ringed GPBO 9 September 2019, controlled Etang de Morceny, Cote-d'Or, France 25 August 2020.

November 3rd. Rain until late morning.

 Birds around included 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Swallow, 2 Stonechat and 19 Redwing. On Tennyson's Sands were 41 Whooper Swan and a singing Cetti's Warbler; and on Jackson's Marsh 2 late Avocet (later on Tennyson's Sands). Heading south were 8 Whooper Swan, an Eider, 4 Brambling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch and a Lapland Bunting; and south-east 2140 Pink-footed Goose and 10 Whooper Swan.

Whooper Swan, 3 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

Whooper Swan, 3 November 2020.
Photo - Nige Lound

November 2nd. Strong south-westerly wind, with mid morning rain.

 Around were 3235 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 6500 Knot, 600 Grey Plover, 1300 Sanderling, 4000 Dunlin, a Barn Owl, a Merlin, a Swallow, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat and 5 Crossbill. Flying south were 39 Whooper Swan, 3 Goosander, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Buzzard, 85 Golden Plover, 2 Kittiwake, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Redwing, 11 Brambling, 388 Linnet, 4 Crossbill, 758 Goldfinch, 109 Siskin and 4 Snow Bunting. In off the sea came 7 Whooper Swan, a Marsh Harrier and a Hen Harrier.

November 1st. Strong south-westerly wind.

 On Tennyson's Sands was a Cetti's Warbler. Birds around included 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 62 Pintail, 1337 Sanderling, 4730 Dunlin,  7200 Knot, 800 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3100 Oystercatcher, 2 Siskin and 4 Crossbill. Offshore were a Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Diver. Going south were 150 Wigeon, 15 Common Scoter, 22 Eider, a Little Gull, 110 Gannet, 2 Great Skua, a Marsh Harrier and 8 Siskin; and north a Fulmar. In off the sea came 285 Starling, 9 Redwing and a Blackbird.

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