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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Cold weather forced flocks of Fieldfare totalling 1,259 to move quickly through the site this morning with just a few groups dropping in briefly. Also on the move southbound 108 Lapwing, 11 Common Gull, 11 Kitts, 3 Shelduck, Red-throated Diver & Great-crested Grebe with northbound 13 Kitts & Red-throat. Stonechat still present but no indication of any other refugees from bad weather elsewhere.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tuesday 16th January 2018

With the "currant bun" out this morning no sea watching. Whilst 1,510 Cormorants went out fishing, as it was barely getting light, a young male Sparrowhawk was trying to battle his way out over the estuary but eventually gave us due to harassment from gulls. Quick wander round produced the female Stonechat but nothing else different from recent days.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Monday 15th January 2018

A Fulmar was the first record of the year of a species that we often don't record until the early spring. Wet 'n windy morning with a distant skua identified as several species in the gloom before coming close enough to see it was a Bonxie that after entering Essex soon turned round back north into Suffolk waters. Southbound 64 Kitts, 18 Brent, 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver & Shelduck with northbound 4 Red-throats. Only 700 Cormorant ventured out early on but in these weather conditions who can blame them. Winter Stalkball's out in profusion at the moment - they do like calcareous conditions and areas around the building where lime is leeching out of the old military buildings into the surrounding areas.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday 14th January 2018

After the Cormorants went AWOL yesterday 2,669 went out fishing this morning almost all as one huge continuous flock. 40 minutes spent sea watching produced south bound 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Brents & 2 Kitts with northbound 6 Brent, Red-throat & Common Scoter. On site 2 Turnstone on the point, Fieldfare on the reserve & female Stonechat north of the Butts pond.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018

Only 17 Cormorant seen this morning so either a cull was taking place yesterday evening at the roost site or they totally gave us a miss going out. A brief sea watch produced south bound 10 Kitts & north bound 7 Wigeon, 4 Red-throated Diver & a Brent Goose. A quick wander around the reserve was very much "same old same old" and not a lot of it to be honest.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday 12th January 2018

2,362 Cormorants went out almost on mass this morning and then a big cheer as the sun came out to give us a rarity in recent days - clear blue skies which is enough to improve anyone's mood after the dull, damp dreary and frankly depressing weather conditions of recent days. Offshore southbound 6 Red-throated Diver & a Brent with northbound 11 Red-throats & 4 Brent plus at least 4 Red-throats on the sea. On site 19 Linnet, 9 Greenfinch, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Mipit, Bullfinch & a Skylark heading south. Last century Linnet were almost unknown here in mid-winter but how times have changed with climatic amelioration. January Bullfinch records are as rare as hens teeth in recent times with this one being the first since 1993 - back in the 1980's up to 1988 Bullfinch were noted regularly in the mid-winter period but this is just another example of the present status of a once common species in the British countryside. Finally the Purple Sandpiper reappeared along the river bank for the first time this year (bet it hasn't been far away).

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thursday 11th January 2018

Another dull misty, murky morning with occasional drizzle. 2,416 Cormorants went out to sea to feed but were late on parade due to the weather conditions delaying daylight. The Rock Pipit was noted on the point for the first time this year & 2 Fieldfare were on the reserve.