Sunday, 26 March 2017
Still hard graft due to the north easterly airflow although the odd migrant is battling through as evidenced by a Ring Ouzel alongside View Point Road early on and this Chiffchaff with a mass of sap & pollen above its bill which it will have acquired during the winter from vegetation around the Mediterranean area. Single Skylark & Mipit went south and a couple of Goldcrest are loitering on site. Offshore, apart from a mass of seagulls, just a couple of Red-throated Divers & Gannets noted. The Iceland Gull put in another appearance as the Stena Britannica went out.
2 birds ringed: 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff.
Posted by LBO at 11:33
Saturday, 25 March 2017
What we don't need at this time of the year is high pressure over Scandinavia plus a cold north-easterly airflow. As such migrants are very hard to come by. A Brambling was here at stupid o'clock early doors (thank god the clock is changing today), with the only other migrants being singles of Goldcrest, Chiffchaff plus a new Robin. Starring offshore a waste of time with a lot of effort put in starring at seagulls producing nothing of note. Turnstone has been on the point in recent days.
Ringing: 1 Robin + a control Blue Tit.
Posted by LBO at 11:45
Friday, 24 March 2017
Iceland Gull is a second-winter - didn't see it well enough yesterday to work out it's age.
2 birds ringed: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest
Posted by LBO at 09:58
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Spot the Iceland Gull which loitered in the harbour for about an hour or so. Also noted offshore 5 Gannet, 5 Barnacle Geese, 4 Common Scoter, single Red-throated Diver, Fulmar, Brent Goose, Bonxie & Curlew moving one way or the other but the cold wind drifting around to the north-east as the morning went on did not make for a pleasant experience. Migrants in the bushes almost non-existent although yesterdays Black Redstart is still with us.
3 birds ringed: 2 Collared Dove (pullus), 1 Wren.
Posted by LBO at 11:46
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Up the workers - fencing for ground nesting birds put up on the reserve this morning. SSE gale brought in the first Firecrest of the spring plus a Black Redstart. Other grounded migrants hard to come by but included Skylark, Meadow Pipit & Chiffchaff. A Brambling shot along the front briefly and may have dropped in. Offshore southbound 15 Barnacles Geese, 4 Shelduck & 2 Gannet plus northbound 5 Gannet, Oyk & Fulmar plus 6 Gannets following a ship in.
2 birds ringed: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest.
Posted by LBO at 11:53
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Glorious sunny but colder morning with the wind picking up not long after first light. A handful of new Chiffchaffs and a Long-tailed Tit new in on site plus a Woodcock whizzing around at one point which will be a bird stopping off on the coast as it makes it's way back to the continent. Land-birds heading south were 61 Starling, 5 Siskin, 2 Jackdaw & Goldfinch. Offshore records barely worth a mention. The Sweet Violets in the observatory compound are particularly splendiferous at the moment.
4 birds ringed: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Long-tailed Tit.
Posted by LBO at 12:27
Monday, 20 March 2017
Although we call it the "tern fence" it's more for Ringed Plovers these days. It is intended to put the fence up on Wednesday 22nd March starting from the cottage at 0930hrs. The more hands that turn up then the easier the task. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task in hand.
Posted by LBO at 12:03