Sunday, 11 April 2021

Mid April 2021

April 20th. Cold, misty start.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Cuckoo singing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Sedge Warbler. On Tennyson's Sands were 19 Avocet; on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Seacroft Fields a Little Gull.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 10 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Goldfinch and 2 Linnet; and 11 retraps: a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 2 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 2 Cetti's Warbler and a Goldfinch.

Cetti's Warbler, retrapped 20 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

April 19th. Around, including birds trapped, were 137 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, an Egyptian Goose, a Sparrowhawk, a Hen Harrier, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Stonechat, a Yellow Wagtail and a White Wagtail. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Avocet and 4 Sedge Warbler; on Croftmarsh 4 Avocet, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; on Fenland Lagoon a Spotted Redshank; and on Seacroft Fields 2 Little Gull and a Redwing. Going north were a Marsh Harrier, 13 Golden Plover and a Swallow; and south a Whimbrel, 2 Swallow, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 6 new birds: a Goldcrest, 3 Willow Warbler. a Whitethroat and a Blackcap; and 5 retraps: 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Blackbird and a Reed Bunting.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 19 April 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

April 18th. Frosty start then sunny.

 Birds around included 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Sedge Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Mute Swan and 25 Avocet; and on Croftmarsh an Avocet. Flying north were 3 Sandwich Tern; and south 4 Buzzard.

 A brief morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by James Siddle produced a new Chiffchaff; and a retrap Chiffchaff.

April 17th. Frosty start then sunny.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 122 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Snipe, a Spotted Redshank,  2 Mediterranean Gull, a Short-eared Owl, a Swallow, a Black Redstart, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap and a Redwing. On Tennyson's Sands were 21 Mute Swan, a Water Rail, 25 Avocet and a Marsh Harrier; on Croftmarsh an Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 3 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff and a Robin; and a retrap Robin.

April 16th. Cold start.

 Birds around included 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Sparrowhawk, a Short-eared Owl, a Redstart, a Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Goldcrest. Offshore were 3 Sandwich Tern. On Tennyson's Sands were 10 Mute Swan, a Water Rail and 10 Avocet; and on Croftmarsh a Mute Swan, 2 Avocet, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. Going south were 21 Common Scoter, a Marsh Harrier and 5 Buzzard.

 Butterflies included the first Speckled Wood of the year.

Speckled Wood, 16 April 2021.
Photo - Jack Wilson

April 15th. Frosty start.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 84 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Avocet, 6 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Cetti's Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Redstart, a White Wagtail, a Brambling and a Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Avocet and a Cetti's Warbler; on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover; on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff; and on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff.

 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes provided a new Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Dunnock.

 A longer morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenur by Mike Polling provided 16 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Reed Bunting, 8 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chaffinch, a Greenfinch and a Great Tit; and 12 retraps: 4 Goldfinch, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler, a Brambling, a Dunnock, a Wren, 2 Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Redstart, 15 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Redstart, 15 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

April 14th. Frosty start.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Short-eared Owl and a Chiffchaff. On Tennyson's Sands were 11 Avocet; and on Croftmarsh 3 Avocet.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Dunnock, a Great Tit and a Wren.

Little Grebe, 14 April 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

April 13th. Frozen start, then thawed out fairly quickly.

 Around, including birds trapped, were 47 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, a Goldcrest and a Brambling. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose, 17 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Avocet, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff and a Cetti's Warbler; on Croftmarsh 2 Mute Swan, 58 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard over and a Peregrine south over; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover. Going north was a Swallow; and south were 2 Buzzard..

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 6 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler, a Blackcap, a Brambling, a Goldfinch and a Greenfinch; and 9 retraps: a Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, a Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Wren.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 13 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Brambling, ringed 13 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

April 12th. Frozen start.

 On the beach, then briefly on the water bodies, was an Iceland Gull. Birds around included 22 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Spotted Redshank, 12 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and 3 Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose, 14 Mute Swan, 21 Avocet, a Cetti's Warbler and a Sedge Warbler; on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff; and on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet, a Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe. Flying south was a Great Northern Diver.

Iceland Gull, 12 April 2021.
Photo - James Siddle

Iceland Gull, 12 April 2021.
Photo - James Siddle

April 11th. Around were 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Whimbrel, a Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Treecreeper. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose and 32 Avocet; and on Croftmarsh 2 Avocet, 4 Little Ringed Plover and a Snipe.

 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 2 new Reed Bunting; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Blue Tit.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Early April 2021

April 10th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 98 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler and a Yellowhammer. On Tennyson's Sands were 22 Avocet.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Jenni Godber provided 19 new birds: 2 Robin, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Linnet, a Great Tit, a Yellowhammer and a Blackbird; and 19 retraps: a Goldfinch, 7 Great Tit, a Blue Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, a Dunnock, a Linnet, a Wren, 2 Song Thrush and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Chiffchaff, 10 April 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

April 9th. Around were 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Redstart. On Tennyson's Sands were a Great Crested Grebe, 10 Avocet and 2 Cetti's Warbler; on Croftmarsh a Little Ringed Plover and 6 Avocet; on Fenland Lagoon 4 Little Ringed Plover; and on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff and a Water Pipit. Heading south were 2 Swallow, 2 Brambling and 2 Siskin.

Ruff and Water Pipit, 9 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

 An interesting pipit on Jackson's Marsh has been identified variously as a littoralis Rock Pipit and as a Water Pipit. Today it looked more like a Water Pipit. Please see photographs below.

Water Pipit, 9 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Water Pipit, 9 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Spotted Redshank, 9 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

April 8th. Increasing south-westerly wind.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 127 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, a Brambling and a Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 17 Mute Swan, 35 Avocet and a Cetti's Warbler; on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Ringed Plover; and over Jackson's Marsh a Swallow.

 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes by Mike Polling produced 2 new Great Tit.

 A longer morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by James Siddle produced 21 new birds: 3 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 8 Goldfinch, a Chaffinch and a Cetti's Warbler; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Dunnock and a Goldfinch.

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 8 April 2021.
Photo - James Siddle

Cetti's Warbler, ringed 8 April 2021.
Photo - James Siddle

Sparrowhawk, 8 April 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

April 7th. Around were 109 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Water Rail,  a Spotted Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, a Gannet, 3 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. On Tennyson's Sands were 22 Avocet and a Mediterranean Gull; and on Croftmarsh 10 Avocet.

First-summer Mediterranean Gull, 7 April 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Spotted Redshank, 7 April 2021.
Photo Nige Lound

First-summer Mediterranean Gull, 7 April 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

Brown-tailed Moth caterpillars active after over-wintering in their silk tents, The hairs of these caterpillars can cause severe allergic reactions in human skin and should be avoided. 7 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

April 6th. Increasing north-westerly wind; wintry showers in afternoon.

 On Croftmarsh were 6 Avocet; and on Tennyson's Sands a Goldeneye, 22 Avocet and a Swallow. Birds around, including those trapped, were 46 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Flying south were 347 Kittiwake; and north 5 Gannet.

 A wind-shortened morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue resulted in 8 new birds: a Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit and a Greenfinch; and 11 retraps: 3 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit and a Chaffinch.

April 5th. Strong north-westerly wind, with early morning snow.

 Around were 135 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. On Tennyson's Sands were 27 Avocet. Going south were 42 adult Kittiwake.

April 4th. Frosty start.

 Birds around, including those trapped, were 138 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Woodcock, 10 Snipe, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Black Redstart, 4 Siskin and a Brambling. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Avocet, a Snipe and a Cetti's Warbler; on Jackson's Marsh a Ruff; on the Mere a Pochard, a Snipe and a Water Rail; on Fenland Lagoon a Little Ringed Plover; and on Croftmarsh 8 Buzzard (including 6 south) and an Avocet. Heading south were a Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, a Grey Heron, 10 Rook, 13 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow and 4 Siskin; and west a Peregrine.

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 16 new birds: a Wren, a Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 5 Goldfinch, a Brambling, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, a Reed Bunting, a Great Tit and 2 Song Thrush; and 5 retraps: a Wren, a Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch and a Chiffchaff.

Little Ringed Plover, 4 April 2021.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Little Ringed Plover, 4 April 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Zebra Jumping Spider, 4 April 2021.
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Black Redstart, 4 April 2021.
Photo - James Siddle

Brambling, trapped 4 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

Cetti's Warbler, trapped 4 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

April 3rd. Quite strong north-easterly wind.

 Around, including birds trapped, were a Sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and a Lesser Redpoll. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose, 33 Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit; on Jackson's Marsh a Little Ringed Plover; and on the Mere a Pochard. Flying north were 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Red-throated Diver; and south 23 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver and a Peregrine

 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced 20 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, a Lesser Redpoll, 2 Great Tit, 6 Goldfinch, a Linnet, a Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 14 retraps: a Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Dunnock and 2 Great Tit.

Lesser Redpoll, trapped 3 April 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

April 2nd. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe and 23 Avocet. Around were a Swallow and a Brambling.

April 1st. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe and 8 Avocet. Birds around included a Chiffchaff and a Brambling. Going north were 2 Swallow.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Late March 2021

March 31st. Around were 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Sparrowhawk, a Cetti's Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, a Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap. On Tennyson's Sands were an Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit. Heading south was a Greenshank.

Bearded Tits, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Mediterranean Gulls, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Blackcap, 31 March 2021,
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Sparrowhawk, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Early Thorn, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Engrailed, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Danish Scurvy Grass, an upper saltmarsh speciality, 31 March 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

March 30th. New migrants were 2 Wheatear (Visitor Centre area) and a Sand Martin (briefly over Jackson's Marsh). The 2 Black Redstart remained at the Visitor Centre. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Avocet, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Cetti's Warbler; on Croftmarsh an Avocet and 3 Buzzard; on Jackson's Marsh an Avocet; and on the Mere a Pochard. Birds around included 110 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Avocet, a Woodcock, 4 Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Harrier, a male Hen Harrier, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, a Brambling and 4 Corn Bunting, Flying north was another Sand Martin; and south a Red Kite, a Buzzard, 21 Rook, a Swallow, 2 Brambling and 13 Siskin. 

 A Brimstone butterfly was present.

Wheatear, 30 March 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

Black Redstart, 30 March 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

Shelducks, 30 March 2021.
Photo - Jeremy Eyeons

March 29th. Moderately strong south-westerly wind.

 The 2 Black Redstart were still at the Visitor Centre. Around were 52 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe and 19 Avocet.

March 28th. Strong south-westerly wind.

 Birds around included 103 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. Now 2 Black Redstart were at the Visitor Centre. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit; on Croftmarsh 4 Avocet; and on the Mere a Pochard. Going south were 14 Eider and 19 Common Scoter.

March 27th. Quite strong south-westerly wind.

 A Spoonbill was on Jackson's Marsh then on Tennyson's Sands. A colour-ringed White Stork arrived on Croftmarsh from Middlemarsh early morning, then departed. The Black Redstart was still at the Visitor Centre. On Tennyson's Sands were 8 Pink-footed Goose, 25 Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit; on Croftmarsh a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine; on the Mere a Pochard; and on Jackson's Marsh a Pintail, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Black-tailed Godwit. Around were 121 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Cetti's Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff. Heading south were 3 Red Kite.

White Stork, 27 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

White Stork, 27 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

March 26th. Soggy start; moderately strong south-westerly wind; some afternoon rain.

 The Black Redstart was still at the Visitor Centre. Birds around included 119 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 32 Wigeon, 5 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Redwing and a Bullfinch. On Tennyson's Sands were 30 Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit; on Jackson's Marsh a Pintail and 2 Black-tailed Godwit; and on Croftmarsh an Avocet.

Bearded Tit, 26 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Bearded Tit, 26 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Little Egret with scapular plumes (aigrettes), 26 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Red Chestnut, 26 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

March 25th. A Black Redstart was at the Visitor Centre. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Pintail, a Water Rail, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Avocet and 2 Bearded Tit. Around were 84 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Woodcock, a Snipe, a Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 6 Chiffchaff and a Water Pipit. Flying south were 9 Rook.

Great Crested Grebe, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Great Crested Grebes, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Black Redstart, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Water Rail, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Rooks, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Black Redstart, 25 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

March 24th. Light rain until late morning.

 Birds around included 47 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 14 Wigeon, 2 Grey Partridge, a Hen Harrier, a Red Kite, a Barn Owl, a Sand Martin and a Grey Wagtail. On Tennyson's Sands were a Great Crested Grebe, 27 Avocet and a Bearded Tit; and on Croftmarsh 3 Avocet. Going south were a Little Gull, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Crossbill.

Silhouette record shot of a Red Kite, 24 March 2021.
Photo - George Gregory

March 23rd. Around were 154 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 35 Wigeon, an Avocet, 3 Woodcock, 4 Snipe, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, a male Hen Harrier, 5 Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch and 9 Siskin. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Water Rail, 19 Avocet and a Cetti's Warbler; and on Croftmarsh a Pintail. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, 620 Starling, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Brambling and 9 Siskin; and north a Woodlark.

Buzzards, 23 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

House Sparrow, 23 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Shovelers, 23 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Shoulder Stripe, 23 March 2021.
Photo - Kevin Wilson

March 22nd. Birds around included a Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 5 Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Fieldfare, 8 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and a Corn Bunting. On Tennyson's Sands were 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Avocet and a Cetti's Warbler.

Cetti's Warbler, 22 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

Fieldfare, 22 March 2021.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth

March 21st. Around were a Sparrowhawk, a Hen Harrier, a Buzzard, a Barn Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Merlin, a Chiffchaff, 13 Corn Bunting and 14 Snow Bunting. On Croftmarsh were 87 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 65 Wigeon; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Great Crested Grebe and 18 Avocet.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 21 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Snow Buntings, 21 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound

Snow Bunting, 21 March 2021.
Photo - Nige Lound