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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wednesday 20th March 2019


Southbound 25 Wood Pigeon, 12 Chaffinch, 8 Carrion Crow, 4 Mipit, 3 Rook & Goldfinch with northbound 8 Barnacles & 3 Greylag. Offshore 15 Dunlin & 2 Brent went south plus a couple of Gannet following a ship. On site 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Wheatear, 3 Firecrest, 3 Turnstone, 2 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Purple Sand, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Stock Dove & Woodcock.

12 birds ringed: 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Half a dozen of both Chiffchaff & Firecrest on site with others worth a mention including 2 Wheatear, Redwing & Sparrowhawk.  On the move southwards 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Mipit & Curlew. Several Greylag flying about early on as they wander in search of new places to infest. Offshore movements - yawn !


Quieter conditions so Diurnea fagella has put in an appearance.

Ringing: 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Firecrest, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday 18th March 2019


The first 2 Wheatear of the year always makes one feel better, especially as the wind has dropped. Also on site 4 Mipit, 4 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest & 2 Turnstone. On the move southwards 37 Wood Pigeon, 11 Carrion Crow, Grey Wagtail & Stock Dove. Offshore quiet.

Ringing: 3 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

NEW TO WEBSITE


A summary of all the Ringing Recoveries involving Landguard is now available in the Ringing Totals section on the website on www.lbo.org.uk or via the Home Page above & hopefully via the link below

https://www.lbo.org.uk/ringing-totals/ringing-recoveries/

Sunday 17th March 2019


Handful of migrants on the move with at least 21 Mipit coming in off the sea plus southbound 7 Goldfinch, 5 Mipit, 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Mipit & Chaffinch. On site 2 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Reed Bunting & the first White Wag of the year. Single Dunlin & Sanderling were on the beach near high tide plus 2 Turnstone on the jetty. Offshore quiet except for a Bonxie that came into the river-mouth to harass gulls & a Great-northern Diver that landed off the point.


Still few moths due to wind and temperature but Green Cellar Slug was found.

Ringing: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Saturday 16th March 2019


More gales. 690 Cormorant went out fishing early. Southbound 17 Brent, 12 Barnacle Geese, 12 Black-headed Gull, 10 Red-throated Diver, 4 Turnstone, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Tufted Duck, Guillemot, Oyk, Kittiwake, Knot & Shelduck with northbound 91 Brent, 25 Red-throats, 7 Gannet & 4 Fulmar. Land-birds on the move heading south 20 Redwing, 10 Chaffinch & Jackdaw. On site 3 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk & Purple Sandpiper on the point.


The odd Clouded Drab is putting in an appearance.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Friday 15th March 2019

Had enough of this ongoing windy period. 650 Cormorant went out fishing early. Offshore southbound 10 Brent, 6 Shelduck, 3 Turnstone, 2 Common Scoter, Oyk & Red-throated Diver with northbound 38 Brent & 13 Red-throats plus 2 Bonxie loitering. On site 4 Redwing, at least 2 Firecrest, Fieldfare plus the first new Wren of the spring (as opposed to those that live here).


Milder so a small handful of moths, despite the wind, including the first March Moth of the spring. In this species the female has no wings and has not been noted here so lets hope, for this ones sake, that they do occur here !

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Wren.