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Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday 15th July 2019


Handful of dispersing juveniles on site including this Kestrel. Visible migration almost non-existent but included southbound Little Egret, Oyk & Redshank.


Buff Arches is one of the good lookers that we should see more often than we do as it is partial to Bramble.

Ringing: 4 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019


A small handful of Black-headed Gull, Common & Sandwich Tern moving offshore but otherwise migrants are non-existent this morning. Pm update - a juvenile Black Red indicates successful breeding somewhere presumably not to far away.


Celypha cespitana has only been noted in five previous years but not sure why as its habitat preferences include vegetated shingle so it should be encountered more often

Ringing: 33 Starling, 3 Linnet, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Wood Pigeon.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019


Southbound 213 Black-headed Gull (+79 in off the sea then up river), 9 Oyk, 6 Curlew, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, Auk sp., Common Gull, Fulmar, Med Gull & Whimbrel with northbound 167 Swift, 14 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Tern, 2 Med Gull, Gannet & Oyk. 2 Skylark went north plus another one on the reserve.


The "common rustic" type moths are a bit of a nightmare. Smaller dull individuals with well marked white kidney marks are becoming more regular over the years so is Lesser Common Rustic slowly taking over ?

Ringing: 12 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Wren.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday 12th July 2019


This female Blackbird comes and feeds around the moth traps whilst they are being emptied to forage for her young.

Southbound 67 black-headed Gull, 22 Swallow, 4 Little Egret & Canada Goose. On site single Great-spotted Woodpecker, Skylark & Yellow Wag plus a juvenile Song Thrush which is the first dispersing young Songie to have visited this summer.


Tree-lichen Beauty is now appearing. It was first noted here in 2003 and has colonised the site.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Thursday 11th July 2019


So good to have a few young Greenfinch on site in recent days.

Southbound 30 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Med Gull, 2 Swallow, Canada Goose, Common Gull & Common Tern with northbound 10 Swift, 3 Common Tern,  2 Med Gull & Grey Heron. On site a juvenile Great-spotted Woodpecker paid a brief visit.


Anarasia innoxiella was only identified as a separate species in 2017 following confusion with Peach Twig Borer with a handful of records here from 2016 onward. It lives on Acer (Maple/Sycamore) so could colonise.

Ringing: 6 Linnet, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019



Shelduck with 8 ducklings legging it down the track to the cottage, then beyond the Mine Station, sharp right, over the seawall then out to sea at 0625 hrs. We know it goes on but only rarely get evidence for young ones.

Southbound 324 Black-headed Gull, 26 Whimbrel, 21 Teal, 15 Curlew, 8 Common Tern, 8 Pochard (very notable here), 4 Oyk, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Gull, & Med Gull with northbound 15 Shelduck, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Med Gull & Grey Heron. Redstart still with us plus a new dispersing Blackcap. On the plus side 2 very small tiny young Blackcap confirm successful breeding here for only the second time ever and 4 young Greenfinch ringed is the highest number in a day for several years.

Oncocera semirubella is one of the better looking micro moths.

Ringing: 9 Linnet, 5 Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019


With large number of Essex Skipper out finding a Small Skipper is still a challenge.

Southbound 42 Common Scoter, 24 Curlew, 18 Black-headed Gull, 5 Teal, 4 Oyk, 4 Med Gull, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Common Tern & 2 Great-crested Grebe with northbound 10 Common Tern & 7 Common Scoter. Skylark on the reserve plus lots of baby birds. 2 Eider were off the beach.


The Phoenix has only been noted in three previous years with this one the first for 13 years.

Ringing: 3 Herring Gull, 2 Goldfinch.