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Monday, 29 August 2016

Monday 29th August 2016


Light winds from the North and West and small amounts of cloud produced a superb day at the observatory with yet another scarce migrant.

A second Icterine Warbler, again a Juvenile, turned up in one of our nets early morning and showed on and off throughout the morning and into the afternoon. This individual appeared to be a lot greyer than the previous bird.

Other migrants on-site were 19 Swallow, 18 Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Stock Dove.

Out to sea produced 15 Common Tern, 6 Sandwich Tern, 5 Cormorant, 1 Redshank and 1 Whimbrel.

Ringing: 15 birds ringed including 11 Willow Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Wren.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016


Despite another overcast, humid night, the wind strengthened rapidly soon after dawn to leave us struggling to find anything much on site. Just 2 Wheatear, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and this juvenile Stock Dove, (a species not often seen at Landguard). Offshore 1 Arctic Skua north and 19 Teal, 15 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover and an unusually early Pintail all going south. Around the harbour entrance just 21 Common and 4 Sandwich Terns.


On the insect front, this Pearly Underwing (one of 2 caught last night) is an annual migrant moth that we catch regularly, although these are the first we've seen so far this autumn.

4 birds ringed today;  1 each of Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldfinch and Wood Pigeon.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saturday 27th August 2016


A strong breeze, again from the East throughout today didn't produce anything promising although a few niceties were on offer.

Arrivals worth a mention include 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting (above) and 1 Willow Warbler.

Sea watching was half decent with the best of the rest in the form of 2 Black Terns feeding just offshore and a Sooty Shearwater that flew North.

Amongst others, 20 Oystercatcher, 17 Sandwich Tern, 12 Teal, 9 Common Tern, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Gull and 1 Fulmar.

Ringing: 3 birds ringed this morning which were 2 Goldfinch and 1 Willow Warbler.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Friday 26th August 2016


Patchy cloud and short spells of rain and a thunderstorm in the early hours of the morning produced a few new arrivals but nothing exceptional. Albeit a little quiet.

Totals include 29 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Kingfisher.

Sea watching produced 9 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Fulmar and 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

Agriphila geniculea was rather abundant this morning as 1,317 were caught in our moth traps. Many more around the site too and nearby.

Ringing: 6 birds ringed this morning including 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Robin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thursday 25th August 2016


At this time of year we expect at least a few decent migrants and even some from the East. Today was exactly one of those days, i.e. brilliant.

Several decent migrants on-site and a good all round day of observations.

Starting with this cracking fresh juvenile Icterine Warbler, trapped and ringed early morning, (above).

Followed by 15 Goldfinch, 10 Willow Warbler, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear and 1 Pied Flycatcher.

Sea watching produced very little, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 1 Fulmar.


Maple Prominent moth (above), is probably existing here in small numbers on Sycamore. 

Ringing: 9 birds ringed this morning including 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Icterine Warbler and 1 Blue Tit.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Just one of the 5 or 6 Yellow Wagtails that were feeding up on their way south for the winter.
Aethes smeathmanniana is a widespread but local moth species that puts in an occasional appearance in our moth traps.

The tropical conditions today has curtailed a lot of migrant activity, but the big news was the appearance of yet another Serin,( or was it just one of the spring birds reappearing ). Apart from that only small movements of migrants today, with 11 Wheatear on site ( alongside the Wagtails ) , which included 17 Pied + the Yellow Wagtails already mentioned, 6 Willow Warbler on site along with 6 Whitethroat and 3 Lesser Whitethroat and a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins south. Offshore 22 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 2 Oyks and 1 each of Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel all going south.

5 birds were ringed; 2 Collared Dove and 1 each of Whitethroat, Robin and Blue Tit.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August 2016


A flat, clear and calm night, followed by a hot day produced a decent arrival of new migrants.

Warblers were the order of the day with totals of 15 Willow Warbler, 10 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Blackcap.

Others in the form of 29 Swallow, 14 Goldfinch, 9 Wheatear, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Robin and 3 Sand Martin.

News of a Red-legged Partridge seen yesterday, was still on-site today.

At sea were 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Fulmar.


A few migrants showing up in the traps including this Rusty Dot Pearl.

Ringing: 18 birds ringed this morning including 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird and 1 Woodpigeon.