Sunday, 1 August 2021

Early August 2021

August 2nd. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Treecreeper and a Willow Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were 18 Avocet, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin and 2 Spoonbill; on Fenland Lagoon 2 Redshank and a Kingfisher; and on Tennyson's Sands 21 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 72 Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank and a Spoonbill. Flying south were 2 Swallow.

 The tenth session of CES was done this morning. The 20 new birds were a Treecreeper, a Willow Warbler, 5 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, 4 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Chaffinch, a Great Tit and 3 Dunnock. The 7 retraps were 2 Robin, a Linnet, 2 Wren, a Blackcap and a Blue Tit.

August 1st. Intermittent early morning drizzle.

 Around were a Greenshank, 4 Kittiwake, 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, an Arctic Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, 10 Gannet,  a Peregrine, 120 Swallow and a Willow Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Black-tailed Godwit; over Croftmarsh a Great White Egret; on Fenland Lagoon a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 147 Black-tailed Godwit, a Snipe, a Greenshank and 2 Redshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 61 Avocet, 65 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 66 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and a Spotted Redshank. To roost at the Mere went 17300 Starling. Going south were 45 Common Scoter, a Little Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, an Arctic Skua, 4 Swift and 10 Sand Martin; north 2230 Sandwich Tern, 11 Arctic Skua and a Manx Shearwater; and east an Arctic Skua.

 A drizzle-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 15 new birds: 5 Wren, a Blue Tit, 4 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and 3 Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Avocet with chicks, 1 August 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Green Sandpiper, 1 August 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Lapwings, 1 August 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Little Ringed Plovers, 1 August 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Late July 2021

July 31st. Birds around included 4 Common Scoter, 1762 Sandwich Tern, a Short-eared Owl and 4 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 73 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 146 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe. Heading south were 4 Swift; and north 7 Whimbrel, 120 Sandwich Tern, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Blackcap; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Dunnock.

 Butterflies included 3 Painted Lady.

July 30th. Intermittent rain.

 Around were 1500 Starling, 6 Sand Martin and 15 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 23 Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands a Pink-footed Goose, 60 Avocet, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 129 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 128 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Common Tern and a Kingfisher. On Seacroft Golf Course was a Little Owl. Flying south were 6 Whimbrel.

July 29th. Fairly strong south-westerly wind.

 Around were 2 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were a Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank and 5 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 2 Grey Heron; and on Tennyson's Sands 43 Avocet, 139 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 11 Redshank, a Greenshank and 3 Spoonbill. Going south were 65 Swift and 2 Swallow.

July 28th. Soggy start, then several brief light rainy spells in morning.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 14 Sandwich  Tern, a Barn Owl, 2 Swallow and a Willow Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Redshank, a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh a Grey Heron; and on Tennyson's Sands 54 Avocet, 98 Black-tailed Godwit, 126 Redshank, a Snipe and 4 Spoonbill. Heading south were 14 Swift, 24 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin.

 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 12 new birds: a Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Blackcap, a Linnet, a Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, a Swallow, a Skylark and 3 Starling; and 5 retraps: a Wren, 2 Dunnock, a Swallow and a Lesser Whitethroat.

July 27th. Misty start.

 Around were 14 Whimbrel, 25 Sandwich Tern, 7 Sand Martin and 19 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper and 14 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 44 Avocet, 121 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 6 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 31 Sandwich Tern, a Common Tern and 8 Spoonbill. Heading south were 2 Wood Sandpiper.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 10 new birds: 3 Wren, a Linnet, a Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, a Swallow, a Goldfinch and a Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Dunnock and a Great Tit.

Wood Sandpiper, 27 July 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

July 26th. Birds around included 80 Common Scoter, 24 Redshank, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 5000 Sandwich Tern, 4 Little Tern, 7 Common Tern, an Arctic Skua, a Gannet, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Sand Martin, 250 Swallow, a Willow Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were 12 Black-tailed Godwit and 18 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 84 Avocet, 77 Black-tailed Godwit, 144 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Snipe and 3 Spoonbill. Over Wainfleet Marsh were 15000+ Starling early morning. Flying south were 15 Sand Martin and 159 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 20 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, a Meadow Pipit, a Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldfinch and a Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 2 Wren, a Dunnock, 4 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.

Tree-lichen Beauty, 26 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Small Scallop, 26 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

July 25th. Around, including birds trapped, were 45 Sandwich Tern, 11 Swallow and a Willow Warbler. On Jackson's Marsh were 5 Greenshank and a Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 80 Avocet, 76 Black-tailed Godwit, 108 Redshank, 29 Sandwich Tern and 17 Spoonbill. Going north was a Swift.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 2 Whitethroat; and 5 retraps: a Robin, a Dunnock, a Wren, a Linnet and a Whitethroat.

Spoonbills, 25 July 2021.
Photo - Jack Hood

Spoonbills, 25 July 2021.
Photo - Jack Hood

Black-tailed Godwit, 25 July 2021.
Photo - Jack Hood

Willow Warbler, ringed 25 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Chiffchaff, ringed 25 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Wasp Spider, 25 July 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

July 24th. Birds around included 2100 Sanderling, 600 Dunlin, 400 Oystercatcher, 6500 Knot, 11 Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull, 2000 Sandwich Tern and 2 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 2 Snipe (then east) and 8 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 76 Avocet, 70 Black-tailed Godwit and 113 Redshank. Heading north were 140 Common Scoter and 15 Gannet.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Wren, 2 Linnet, a Whitethroat, a Goldfinch and a Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Great Tit and a Whitethroat.

Sea Heath, 24 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Mediterranean Gull, 24 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Essex Skipper, 24 July 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

Essex Skipper, 24 July 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

July 23rd. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 14 Whimbrel, 800 Dunlin, 24 Turnstone, 1410 Sanderling, 2 Arctic Skua, 1400 Sandwich Tern, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Swallow, a Willow Warbler and a Yellowhammer. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Avocet and 5 Black-tailed Godwit; on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet and 3 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands 81 Avocet, 98 Black-tailed Godwit,11 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank and 11 Spoonbill. Flying south were 4 Sand Martin; and north 4 Arctic Skua.

 The ninth session of CES was done this morning. The 10 new birds were a Willow Warbler, a Wren, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock. The 10 retraps were 3 Robin, a Song Thrush, a Dunnock, a Yellowhammer, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Wren.

Little Egret, 23 July 2021.
Photo Jack Hood

Honeysuckle, 23 July 2021.
Photo - Jack Hood

July 22nd. Birds around included a Buzzard, a Kingfisher, 12 Swallow and 8000 Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were a Little Ringed Plover and 3 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 47 Avocet, 83 Black-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin, 3 Snipe, a Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Common Tern and 9 Spoonbill.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 11 new birds: 3 Wren, a Blackcap, 4 Reed Bunting and 3 Linnet; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Robin and a Meadow Pipit.

July 21st. Around, including birds trapped, were a Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin and 17 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Tennyson's Sands 76 Avocet, 83 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Spoonbill.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: 2 Linnet, 5 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Goldfinch, a Swallow and a Kingfisher; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Great Tit, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and a Whitethroat.

Rock Sea Lavender, 21 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Avocet with chicks, 21 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Kingfisher, ringed 21 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Kingfisher, ringed 21 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Mid July 2021

July 20th. Birds around included 30 Swallow. On Tennyson's Sands were 76 Avocet, 75 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Spoonbill; and on Jackson's Marsh an Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Redshank.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: a Sedge Warbler, a Linnet, a Goldfinch, a Whitethroat, 2 Swallow and 3 Reed Bunting; and 3 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.

Swallows on nest, 20 July 2021.
Photo - Jack Hood

July 19th. Around were a Short-eared Owl, 45 Swallow and 800 Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were 10 Spoonbill; and on Tennyson's Sands 51 Avocet, 100 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Spoonbill. Heading south were 17 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 14 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 6 Swallow, a Sand Martin and 2 Dunnock; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Sand Martin, ringed 19 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Sand Martin, ringed 19 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

July 18th. Birds around included 2500+ Starling and 35 Swallow. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands 62 Avocet, 40 Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Spoonbill. Flying south were 13 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 11 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Swallow and a Dunnock; and a retrap Sedge Warbler.

July 17th. Around were a Short-eared Owl, 24 Swallow and 2000+ Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 4 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands 64 Avocet and 8 Spoonbill. Going south were a Spoonbill (early) and 4 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 2 Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting; and 6 retraps: a Robin, 2 Great Tit, a Dunnock and 2 Whitethroat.

July 16th. Birds around included a Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Tern. On Croftmarsh were 7 Redshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 61 Avocet, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 7 Spoonbill.

 The eighth session of CES was done this morning, The 26 new birds were 2 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 16 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Reed Warbler, a Blue Tit and 3 Dunnock. The 11 retraps were 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat and a Blue Tit.

July 15th. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 26 Redshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 57 Avocet, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 7 Spoonbill. Heading north were 6 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 6 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Robin.

July 14th. Around were 3 Common Tern, an Arctic Tern and 3000+ Starling. On Tennyson's Sands were 64 Avocet, 56 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 7 Redshank and 3 Spoonbill; and on Jackson's Marsh an Avocet. Heading north were 2 Swift; and south a Spoonbill. Flying south was a Grey Wagtail.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: 2 Wren, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Whitethroat; and 10 retraps: 2 Wren, 6 Whitethroat, a Great Tit and a Dunnock.

Comma, 14 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Red Soldier Beetles, 14 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Essex Skipper, 14 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Larhe Tachinid Fly, 14 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

July 13th. Soggy, foggy start.

 Birds around included 5 Redshank, a Little Gull, 700 Sandwich Tern and a Roseate Tern. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Avocet and a Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh an Avocet; on Fenland Lagoon 2 Greenshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 65 Avocet, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank, a Greenshank and 16 Spoonbill.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler; and 5 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Robin and 2 Whitethroat.

Roseate Tern, 13 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Ringing Recovery: Blackbird, ringed GPBO 22 October 2012, found dead Cherry Willingham, Lincolnshire 16 May 2021.

July 12th. Intermittent drizzle and rain.

 Around were a Greenshank, 100 Sandwich Tern, a Peregrine, a Cuckoo, 1000 Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were 14 Avocet and 5 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet and 6 Black-tailed Godwit; on Fenland Lagoon 3 Greenshank and 2 Redshank; and on Tennyson's Sands 79 Avocet, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, a Dunlin, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, a Great White Egret and 5 Spoonbill. Going north were 5 Swallow.

Cuckoo, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Rob Watson

Cuckoo, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Rob Watson

Six-spot Burnet, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Pyrausta purpuralis, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Silver Y, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Crescent, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Kent Black Arches, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Rosy Footman, 12 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

July 11th. Birds around included 55 Redshank, an adult Peregrine and 800 Starling. On Jackson's Marsh were 4 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 4 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands 58 Avocet, 24 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Spoonbill. Heading south were 6 Swift.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 29 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 5 Wren, 11 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Robin, a Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, a Meadow Pipit, a Song Thrush and 4 Starling; and 4 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and a Blue Tit.

Ringlet. 11 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Early July 2021

July l0th. Around were 2 Avocet and 45 Redshank. On Jackson's Marsh were 24 Black-tailed Godwit and a Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 14 Avocet and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; on Fenland Lagoon 2 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands 62 Avocet and 12 Spoonbill. Going south were 5 Swift, 18 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Swallow.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 17 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Blackcap, 2 Linnet, 8 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Robin and a Dunnock; and 7 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 4 Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Peacock caterpillar. 10 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Blackneck, trapped overnight 10 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

July 9th. On Tennyson's Sands were 19 Avocet, 14 Black-tailed Godwit and 11 Spoonbill (including 1 in from north); and on Fenland Lagoon 5 Avocet, 2 Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank.

 The seventh session of CES was done this morning. The 30 new birds were a Chiffchaff, 6 Robin, 3 Great Tit, 13 Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Blue Tit, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Woodpigeon; 10 retraps: 3 Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wren, a Dunnock, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff; and a control Sedge Warbler with a MUSEUM PARIS ring.

Sandwich Terns, 9 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Sanderlings, 9 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Sedge Warbler with a MUSEUM PARIS ring, controlled 9 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

July 8th. Quite soggy start.

 Birds around included a Cuckoo. On Tennyson's Sands were 65 Avocet, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, a Spotted Redshank and 7 Spoonbill; and on Jackson's Marsh a Spoonbill (later south). Heading south were 85 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes by Keith Collett yielded 33 new birds: 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, a Swallow, 2 Robin, 2 Great Tit, a Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock and a House Sparrow; and 16 retraps: 5 Whitethroat, a Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 5 Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Blue Tit.

 Great Crested Grebes have bred successfully for the first time here.

 Three Lunar Hornet Moths were attracted by pheromones in East Dunes.

Adult and young Great Crested Grebe, 8 July 2021.
Photo - Jim Shaw

Two Lunar Hornet Moths, 8 July 2021.
Photo -Nige Lound

Lunar Hornet Moth, 8 July 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

July 7th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 Around was a Buzzard. On Tennyson's Sands were 32 Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank and 4 Spoonbill; and on Jackson's Marsh 3 Greenshank. Flying south were 140 Swift, 23 Lapwing, 85 Curlew and a Swallow.

 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 8 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, a Blackcap and a Lesser Whitethroat; and 5 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Chaffinch and a Dunnock. The retrap Chaffinch was ringed here in 2014.

Waders, 7 July 2021


Buzzard mobbed by Black-headed Gull, 7 July 2021.

Swallow, 7 July 2021.

July 6th. Moderately strong mostly southerly wind, with rainy spells.

 On Jackson's Marsh were 5 Spoonbill; on Croftmarsh 4 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands 34 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Spotted Redshank. Going south were 35 Swift.

July 5th. Light rainy spells early morning.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Cuckoo and a Hobby. On Tennyson's Sands were 34 Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Spoonbill. Heading south were 120 Swift.

 A rain-interrupted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 4 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Blackcap and a Hobby; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff.

Hobby, only the second ever trapped here, ringed 5 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Hobby, ringed 5 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Hobby, aged as a first-summer due to dull upper body and wing feathers with pale brownish tips, ringed 5 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

July 4th. A Great White Egret flew south early morning. Around, including birds trapped, were a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, a Cetti's Warbler and a Treecreeper. On Tennyson's Sands were 29 Avocet and a Black-tailed Godwit; and on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet and a Spotted Redshank. Flying south were 4 Swift; and north a Grey Heron. 

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes with Rebecca Hardwick resulted in 21 new birds: a Treecreeper, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, a Robin, 2 Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Dunnock and 4 Starling; and 4 retraps: a Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat and a Great Tit.


Treecreeper, ringed 4 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

July 3rd. Occasional rain in late morning.

 Birds around included a Cuckoo, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Short-eared Owl and a Cetti's Warbler. On Tennyson's Sands were 12 Spoonbill, a Pink-footed Goose, 42 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Snipe and a Grey Heron; and on Croftmarsh a Great White Egret. Going south were 18 Swift, a Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 4 Curlew and a Whimbrel.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 33 new birds: 2 Wren, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat and 19 Starling; and 4 retraps: 3 Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Spotted Redshank, 3 July 2021.
Photo - Dean Nicholson

Great White Egret, 3 July 2021.
Photo - Dean Nicholson

Greenshank, 3 July 2021.
Photo - Dean Nicholson

Black-tailed Godwit, 3 July 2021.
Photo - Dean Nicholson

Spoonbills, 3 July 2021.
Photo - Dean Nicholson


Ringing Control: Sedge Warbler, ringed Tring, Hertfordshire 25 April 2021, controlled GPBO 23 June 2021.

July 2nd. Soggy start.

 Around were a Cuckoo and 800 Starling. On Tennyson's Sands were 32 Avocet and a Spoonbill; and on Croftmarsh a Great White Egret.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 18 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin, 2 White, a Linnet, 2 Great Tit and 11 Starling; and 4 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit and a Blue Tit.

Pyramidal Orchids, 2 July 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Adult Starling, ringed 2 July 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

July 1st. Birds around included 2 Cuckoo and 1500 Starling. On Tennyson's Sands were 30 Avocet. Heading south were 2 Spoonbill and a Grey Heron; and north 2 Swift and a Yellow Wagtail.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes by Keith Collett yielded 15 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and a Starling; and 3 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wren and a Dunnock.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling yielded 16 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Robin, 6 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Great Tit; and 11 retraps: a Wren, a Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 5 Whitethroat, a Great Tit and a Lesser Whitethroat.