Friday, 11 January 2019

Mid January 2019

January 17th. Bewick's Swan were feeding on fields to the west of the Steeping River and went into roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harveys Hide at 16:25. A Jack Snipe was flushed in the west dunes. On Tennyson's Sands were 250 Brent Goose and a Black-tailed Godwit; and on Jackson's Marsh were 110 Wigeon, a drake Pintail and a Grey Heron. Highlights from a 40 minute morning sea watch included a juvnile Glaucous Gull (which flew in from the north before heading west) and 780 Herring Gull south. Also around the reserve were 41 Whooper Swan, a Sparrowhawk, 45 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 2 Hooded Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Fieldfare, a Redwing, a Mistle Thrush and 2 Rock Pipit. 3 Goosander flew south.

January 16th. 5 Bewick's Swan went into roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harveys Hide at 16:30. Also on Tennyson's Sands were 65 Wigeon, a Pintail, a Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 152 Lapwing and 3 Snipe. 39 Whooper Swan were feeding on the fields to the west of the Steeping River. Other highlights from around the reserve include 350 Brent Goose, 200 Golden Plover, a Merlin, a Hooded Crow, a Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, a Rock Pipit, a Brambling and 35 Corn Bunting.

Merlin, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Male Chaffinch, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Female Chaffinch, 16th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
January 15th. 42 Whooper Swan and the 5 Bewick's Swan were feeding distantly on fields to the west of the Steeping River again. Also around the reserve were 150 Brent Goose, a drake Goldeneye, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 3 Hooded Crow, a Treecreeper, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Stonechat and 3 Corn Bunting. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew in off the sea and then flew west. Going south were 2 Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard and 3 Mistle Thrush.

Fieldfare, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Hooded Crow, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
Hooded Crow and Carrion Crows, 15th January 2019.
Photo - Nige Lound
January 14th. Highlights from around the reserve today included 54 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 350 Brent Goose, a Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Woodcock, 14 Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Barn Owl, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer and 60 Corn Bunting. Out from The Wash viewpoint in the evening were a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Merlin. Offshore were 27 Eider, a Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe. 3 Goosander flew west in the morning.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Kingfisher, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Blackbird, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Blue Tit, 14th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
January 13th. A Long-eared Owl was seen on Gibraltar Road at 19:15. 42 Whooper Swan and 5 Bewick's Swan (2 adults) were feeding on fields to the west of the visitor centre. The Bewick's Swans roosted on Tennyson's Sands again from 16:35. Also around the reserve were a Sparrowhawk, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, a Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, 11 Fieldfare and 2 Rock Pipit. 2 Hooded Crow were on the beach out from Mill Hill; 77 Eider were offshore; and a Lapland Bunting flew south mid morning.

January 12th. The family group of 5 Bewick's Swan (which included 2 adults) went to roost on Tennyson's Sands from Harvey's Hide at 16:22. 55 Wigeon, a drake Goldeneye and a Black-tailed Godwit were on Jackson's Marsh; and 3 Snipe were on Tennyson's Sands. A Hooded Crow was on the beach and 20 Eider were offshore. Also around the reserve were 14 Fieldfare, a Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 20 Corn Bunting.

January 11th. The Black Redstart was seen briefly near the Visitor Centre in the morning and 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) roosted on Tennyson's Sands again in the evening. Also on Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, 12 Snipe and a Kingfisher; a drake Pintail and a drake Goldeneye were on Jackson's Marsh; and 3 Hooded Crow were on the beach. Other highlights from around the reserve included 30 Whooper Swan, 800 Pink-footed Goose, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, 16 Fieldfare, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin and 60 Corn Bunting. Offshore were 16 Eider, a Common Scoter, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Great Crested Grebe. A Marsh Harrier flew west and a Lapland Bunting went south.

Redshank, 11th January 2019.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Early January 2019

January 10th. The 5 Bewick's Swan went to roost on Tennyson's Sands again in the evening and 2 Hooded Crows were on the beach out from Mill Hill. Also around the reserve were 1000 Pink-footed Goose, an Eider, a Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 160 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Snipe, a Merlin, 3 Rock Pipit and 50 Corn Bunting. In the plantation were 2 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, a Brambling and 3 Siskin. A Great Skua went north and a Lapland Bunting went south.

Goldeneye, 10th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
January 9th. A Waxwing was seen from Mill Hill briefly in the afternoon before flying north. Birds around included 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 1200 Pink-footed Goose, an Eider, 5 Goosander, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Hooded Crow, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, 6 Fieldfare and 2 Rock Pipit. Going north were 7 Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver; and south a Red-necked Grebe, 9 Red-throated Diver and 2 Guillemot.

Bewick's Swans, 9th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
January 8th. The Black Redstart remained around the Visitor Centre, as did the drake Goldeneye on the Mere and 2 Hooded Crow on the beach. Also seen were 2200 Pink-footed Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 6 Snipe, an Adult Mediteranean Gull, a Kingfisher, 3 Rock Pipit and 74 Corn Bunting. The 5 Bewick's Swan flew in to roost on Tennyson Sands at Dusk. Going south were 7 Eider, 30 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot, a Puffin and a Snow Bunting.

Black Redstart, 8th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Black Redstart, 8th January 2019.
Photo - Jim Shaw
January 7th. Best of the sightings from around the reserve today were 59 Whooper Swans, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Woodcock, 2 Merlin, a Chiffchaff and 2 Siskin. A Goldeneye was on the Mere; 3 Hooded Crows were on the beach out from Mill Hill; and a Slavonian Grebe was on the sea. On Millenium Ridge were 437 Brent Geese (including 11 Juveniles and 1 Pale-bellied Adult) and 90 Eider. A Marsh Harrier flew South.

January 6th. The Black Redstart was still around the Visitor CentreBirds around included 3000 Pink-footed Goose, 220 Brent Goose, 56 Whooper Swan, a Pintail, 4 Goosander, 3 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, a Treecreeper, 16 Fieldfare and 6 Yellowhammer.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, yielded 2 new birds: a Chaffinch and a Greenfinch; and 8 retraps: 2 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Goldfinch.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 6th January 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
January 5th. The Black Redstart remained around the Visitor Centre. Around were 300 Brent Goose, 50 Whooper Swan, a Chiffchaff and a Snow Bunting. Offshore were 80 Eider and 6 Red-breasted Merganser and a Guillemot. On the Mere were a Goldeneye and a Water Rail; and on Jackson's Marsh a Pintail and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

                                                           Guillemot, 5th January 2019
                                                           Video - Stuart Ainsworth
                                                                       
Snow Bunting, 5th January 2019
Video - Stuart Ainsworth

Snow Bunting, 5th January 2019
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

January 4th.
 The Black Redstart was still around the Visitor Centre and a second winter Glaucous Gull was seen briefly from the Wash View Point late in the afternoon. Birds around included 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Brent Goose, 59 Whooper Swan, an Eider, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Woodcock, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush and 82 Corn Bunting. Heading south were 5 Pintail, a Guillemot and 10 Fieldfare.

Black Redstart, 4th January 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
January 3rd. Highlights from around the reserve today were 600 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), a male Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow and 40 Corn Bunting. A Black Redstart was discovered around the Visitor Centre in the afternoon.
 Seawatching highlights from today were a Great Northern Diver, Little Gull, 11 Velvet Scoter and 60 Common Scoter.

January 2nd. Around were 120 Brent Goose, 700 Pink-footed Goose, 50 Whooper Swan, 7 Velvet Scoter, a Hooded Crow, a Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 4 House Sparrow and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands was a Pintail. Flying south were 2 Goosander and a Guillemot.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, provided 3 new birds: a Great Tit, a Blue Tit and a Greenfinch; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit, a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Robin.

January 1st. Birds around included 49 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 2300 Pink-footed Goose, 330 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Heron, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 500 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 4 Hooded Crow, a Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, a Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, a Stonechat and 35 Corn Bunting. On the Mere was a Goldeneye; and offshore were 5 Goosander, 14 Velvet Scoter, a Razorbill and a Guillemot. Going south were a Kittiwake and 4 Siskin; and north a Gannet.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling produced a new Greenfinch; and 2 retraps: a Greenfinch and a Goldfinch.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Late December 2018

December 31st. A juvenile Iceland Gull  and a Mediterranian Gull flew south late in the afternoon. Around were 49 Whooper Swan, 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Brent Goose, 2 Hooded Crow, a Brambling and 30 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were a Water Rail, a Snipe and a Kingfisher; and on Jackson's Marsh 63 Wigeon, 2 Pintail and a Black-tailed Godwit. Offshore were 14 Velvet Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver and a Great Crested Grebe.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Jenni Godber, provided 3 new birds: a Great Tit, a Blue Tit and a Goldfinch; and 4 retraps: 3 Great Tit and a Blue Tit..

Great Tit with unusually brown-tipped remiges, ringed 31st December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
 December 30th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 42 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 1500 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Velvet Scoter, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 350 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, 3 Hooded Crow, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Fieldfare and 23 Corn Bunting. Flying south was a Peregrine.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 11 new birds: a Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, a Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and 5 Greenfinch; and 5 retraps: 3 Great Tit and 2 Blue Tit.

December 29th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.
 A Waxwing was seen at the Hump briefly before flying north. Around were 48 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, a Marsh Harrier, 400 Lapwing, 19 Snipe, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Rock Pipit, a Bullfinch and 15 Corn Bunting. Going north were 22 Red-throated Diver, a Guillemot, 12 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing; south 20 Red-throated Diver, 8 Ringed Plover, a Kittiwake and 14 Siskin; and west 8 Fieldfare.

Common Snipe, 29th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont.
Common Snipe, 29th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont.
December 28th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 3200 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Brent Goose, 5 Bewick's Swans, a Hen Harrier, 350 Lapwing, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Coal Tit.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded 3 new birds: a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 6 retraps: 4 Blue Tit, a Great Tit and a Coal Tit.

Coal Tit, retrapped 28th December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
December 27th. Around were 3000 Pink-footed Goose and 400 Lapwing.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 9 new birds: 3 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit and 4 Greenfinch; and 10 retraps: 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 27th December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
December 26th. Foggy morning.
 Birds around included 50 Brent Goose and 300 Pink-footed Goose.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 6 retraps: 3 Goldfinch, a Coal Tit and 2 Great Tit.

December 25th. Around were 150 Pink-footed Goose, 20 Red-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 110 Eider, a male Hen Harrier, 6000 Oystercatcher, 7000 Knot, a Woodcock and a Merlin. Going south were 120 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing and 3 Brambling. .

December 24th. Soggy start, slowly drying out.
 Birds around included 600 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Brent Goose and a Woodcock.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 4 new birds: 2 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and a Chaffinch; and 8 retraps: 3 Blue Tit, a Goldfinch and 4 Great Tit.

December 23rd. Rain for much of day.
 Around were 12 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults), 600 Pink-footed Goose, 50 Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 7 Redwing and 5 House Sparrow.

December 22nd. A Waxwing was discovered by the roadside next to the Plantation before flying south. Birds around, including those trapped, were 46 Whooper Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan, 75 Brent Goose, 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 400 Wigeon, a Pintail, a Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 1500 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher, a Hooded Crow, a Stonechat, a Coal Tit, a Brambling and 45 Corn Bunting, On the sea were 100 Common Scoter, 14 Velvet Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, 20 Red-throated Diver and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. Heading south were 10 Red-throated Diver, 55 Fieldfare, 44 Redwing, 2 Siskin, a Redpoll and a Lapland Bunting.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 7 new birds: a Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, a Brambling and a Greenfinch; and 3 retraps: a Coal Tit, a Blue Tit and a Goldfinch.

Waxwing, 22nd December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Waxwing, 22nd December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Brambling, ringed 22nd December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Ringing Control:
Blackcap ringed GPBO 2 August 2018, controlled Plaisance, Charente-Maritime, France 25 September 2018.

December 21st. Intermittent rain.
 5 Bewick's Swan (including 2 adults) were found on the fields west of the River Steeping. Around were 53 Whooper Swan, 70 Brent Goose, 1200 Pink-footed Goose, a Pintail, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, 200 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing, a Merlin, a Goldcrest, 106 Fieldfare, 64 Redwing, 4 Rock Pipit and 40 Corn Bunting. On the sea were 100 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 120 Common Scoter, 11 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe and a Slavonian Grebe. Flying south were 83 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 3 Red-throated Diver, 128 Fieldfare and 16 Redwing; and west 25 Fieldfare.

Bewick's Swans, 21st December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Mid December 2018

December 20th. A Waxwing was around the Plantation in the morning. Birds around included 48 Whooper Swan, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Pintail, a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 300 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 3 Hooded Crow, a Coal Tit, a Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit and 22 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 40 Snipe. Going south were 175 Wigeon, a Goosander, 20 Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 375 Fieldfare and 29 Redwing. On the sea were 3 Eider, 140 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe and a Razorbill.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 5 new birds: 3 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and a Blackbird; 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Goldfinch; and a control Goldfinch.

Blackbird, 20th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Great Black-backed Gull, 20th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 19th. Some rain in morning,
 Around were 46 Whooper Swan, 1200 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 1000 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing, a Hooded Crow, 25 Fieldfare, 2 Rock Pipit and 20 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were a Grey Heron and a Water Rail. Heading west were 62 Fieldfare.

December 18th. Moderately strong south-easterly wind, with rain in afternoon.
 Birds around included 51 Whooper Swan, a Grey Heron, 80 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, a Hooded Crow, a Coal Tit, 11 Redwing, 3 Water Pipit, a Bullfinch and a Corn Bunting. Flying south were 2 Brent Goose, 5 Eider, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Common Scoter.

December 17th. Around, including birds trapped, were 57 Whooper Swan, 2600 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, 4500 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 3 Hooded Crow, 4 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Tree Sparrow, 3 Rock Pipit, a Bullfinch, 6 Brambling and 45 Corn Bunting. Over Tennyson's Sands was a Water Pipit; on the Mere was a Kingfisher; and offshore were 40 Wigeon, 120 Common Scoter, 8 Velvet Scoter, a Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe. Going south were 25 Chaffinch and 7 Brambling.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 4 new birds: a Goldfinch, a Tree Sparrow, a Blue Tit and a Chaffinch; and 3 retraps: 2 Great Tit and a Blue Tit,.

Long-tailed Tit, 17th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Tree Sparrow, ringed 17th December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Honeycomb in the West Dunes, 17th December 2018.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
December 16th. Birds around included 54 Whooper Swan, 70 Brent Goose, 850 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, a Goosander, a Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 600 Golden Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Merlin, 3 Hooded Crow, 5 Goldcrest, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, a Tree Sparrow, 9 Rock Pipit and 60 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands was a Cetti's Warbler; and on the sea were an Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 4 Velvet Scoter, a Slavonian Grebe and 2 Guillemots. Heading south were 50 Teal, 11 Shoveler, a Brambling and 5 Siskin.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue yielded a new Chaffinch; and 4 retraps: 3 Blue Tit and a Great Tit.

Corn Bunting, 16th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Stonechat, 16th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Coot, 16th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 15th. Increasing south-easterly wind.
 Around were 44 Whooper Swan, 100 Brent Goose, 1000 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 150 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, a Hooded Crow, and 35 Fieldfare.

December 14th. Birds around included 26 Whooper Swan, 90 Brent Goose, 1720 Pink-footed Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Barn Owl, 2 Hooded Crow, a Chiffchaff, 145 Fieldfare, 26 Redwing and 56 Corn Bunting. On the Mere were 2 Water Rail and 6 Snipe; and on the sea were an Eider, 200 Common Scoter and a Velvet Scoter. Flying north were 8 Red-throated Diver and a Snipe; and south 4 Eider, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Great Crested Grebe and 5 Red-throated Diver.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 4 new birds: a Goldfinch, a Blue Tit and 2 Greenfinch; and 6 retraps: 5 Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Common Snipe, 14th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Common Snipe, 14th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 13th. Moderately strong south-easterly wind.
 Around were 25 Whooper Swan, 500 Pink-footed Goose, 90 Brent Goose, 150 Common Scoter, a Velvet Scoter, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Woodcock, 2 Chiffchaff, 70 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 32 Corn Bunting. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Pintail, a Grey Heron and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Blackbird, 13th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Chiffchaff, 13th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 12th. Birds around included 50 Whooper Swan, 2000 Pink-footed Goose, 16 White-fronted Goose, a male Hen Harrier, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 900 Golden Plover, 450 Lapwing, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine, 2 Rock Pipit, and 2 Corn Bunting.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced a new Greenfinch; and a retrap Blue Tit.

Pink-footed Geese, 12th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Ringing Recovery: Marsh Tit ringed Cottam PS, Nottinghamshire 11 July 2018, found dead GPNNR 25 September 2018.

December 11th. Around were 3 Tundra Bean Goose, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, a Shag, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, a Merlin and 2 Yellowhammer. On the Mere was a Kingfisher. Going north was a Pomarine Skua; and south were 2 Great Northern Diver.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling resulted in 4 new birds: a Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch and a Greenfinch; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Coal Tit and a Dunnock.

Shag seen on Cowbank Drain, 11th December 2018.
Photo - Kev Wilson

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Early December 2018

December 10th. Around were 500 Pink-footed Goose and a Redwing. Heading south was a Water Pipit.
 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 3 new birds: 2 Goldfinch and a Greenfinch; and 4 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch and Great Tit.

December 9th. Moderately strong north-westerly wind, with rain until early morning. A Great White Egret was seen briefly, first on Jackson's Marsh and then Tennyson Sands before flying off.
 Birds around included 30 Whooper Swan, 400 Pink-footed Goose, a Merlin, 2 Hooded Crow, 3 Redwing and a Blackcap, Offshore were 9 Velvet Scoter and 2 Great Northern Diver; and on the Mere 62 Gadwall. Flying south were 400 Lapwing.

December 8th. Strong south-westerly wind, with some rain in afternoon.
 Around were 400 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Fieldfare and 300 Lapwing. 2 Chiffchaff were in the plantation. Highlights from Mill Hill were 2 Great Northern Diver on the sea.

December 7th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind, with rain until early afternoon.
 Birds around included 37 Whooper Swan, 400 Pink-footed Goose, 250 Wigeon, and Eider, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter, a Grey Heron, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 8 Snipe, a Hooded Crow, a Merlin, 47 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 8 Rock Pipit and 2 Corn Bunting.

Snipe, 7th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 6th. Around were 35 Whooper Swan, 600 Pink-footed Goose, 24 Brent Goose, 11 Velvet Scoter, 300 Common Scoter, 2 Hooded Crow and a Brambling.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 4 new birds: 2 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch and a Blackbird; and 11 retraps: 3 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit and a Coal Tit.

Coal Tit, retrapped 6th December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
Tiny Toadstools on a Corsican Pine Cone, 6th December 2018.
Photo - George Gregory
December 5th. Rain for most of day.
 Birds around included 36 Whooper Swan, 1600 Pink-footed Goose, a Grey Heron, 2 Hen Harrier (a male and a ringtail), a Water Rail, 8 Snipe, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, a Water Pipit and 16 Corn Bunting.

December 4th. Freezing start, slowly thawing out.
 Around were 40 Whooper Swan, 1600 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Brent Goose, 100 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 400 Golden Plover, 900 Lapwing, a Woodcock, 5 Snipe, a Merlin, 47 Fieldfare, a Stonechat, a Yellowhammer and a Corn Bunting. Heading north were 11 Velvet Scoter; and south 8 Siskin.

Corn Bunting, 4th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Robin, 4th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Reed Bunting, 4th December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 3rd. Rain from mid morning.
 Birds around included 32 Whooper Swan, 2500 Pink-footed Goose, a White-fronted Goose, 65 Brent Goose, a Great Northern Diver, a Red-necked Grebe and 200 Lapwing. Flying south were a Bullfinch and a Lapland Bunting.
 A brief, rain-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in a new Goldfinch; and 4 retraps: a Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit and a Goldfinch.

December 2nd. Moderately strong south-westerly wind, with some light early morning rain.
 Around were 38 Whooper Swan, 2800 Pink-footed Goose, 160 Brent Goose, a Pintail, 11 Velvet Scoter, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Red-throated Diver, a Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier, 3 Water Rail, 800 Lapwing, a Woodcock, 12 Snipe, a late Sandwich Tern, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine Falcon, 3 Hooded Crow, 2 Goldcrest, a Coal Tit, a Blackcap, a Treecreeper, 38 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, a Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, a Brambling and 11 Corn Bunting. Going south were 4 Whooper Swan, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Northern Diver.

Little Egret, 2nd December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
December 1st. Birds around included 46 Whooper Swan, 3000 Pink-footed Goose, a Pintail, a Great Crested Grebe, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, a Woodcock, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 18 Redwing, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Brambling.

Grey Heron, 1st December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont
Teal, 1st December 2018.
Photo - Owen Beaumont