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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday 4th December 2016


Mist nets taken down & packed away for the winter this morning so observations largely limited to a Meadow Pipit & a Fieldfare noted whilst undertaking this task. Glorious sunny morning so staring out to sea into the sun not wise so just 2 Gannet north and a dose of Cormorants on the observations pad. That's your lot !

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Saturday 3rd December 2016


A Great White Egret flying north offshore at 0833hrs was the fifth site record of this species that was a national rarity up until a few years ago but is now occurring in ever increasing numbers. The first winter Glaucous Gull also showed up again offshore just before mid-day. A few birds were noted going past before and after the litter pick including south bound 14 Common Scoter, 11 Brent, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shelduck & Goldeneye plus northbound 2 Red-throated Diver, Gannet & Kittiwake. Rock Pipit was the only sighting of note on the reserve.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday 2nd December 2016


Dull early December morning. Starring out to sea for 40 minutes produced nothing but seagulls and then when walking around the reserve 11 Common Scoter went north. No migrants noted this morning with the site even lacking in what you would even term as common birds.

Ringing: 1 Wood Pigeon.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Litter Pick

Litter Pick this Saturday 3rd December 0930hrs start. Usual arrangements on the events page of www.lbo.org.uk

Thursday 1st December 2016


It's very much feeling like winter with no migrants noted except for those that are probably going to try and be with us until the spring. This could be one of those blogs whereby no birds get mentioned !

November Ringing Totals

250 birds of 17 species ringed. Slightly more Blackies than last year but a very poor Redpoll autumn. A couple of Bullfinch are good for us.

Blackbird 176 Mealy Redpoll 2
Robin 14 Wood Pigeon 2
Long-tailed Tit 12 Bullfinch 2
Song Thrush 12 Sparrowhawk 1
Goldfinch 10 Firecrest 1
Chaffinch 8
Blackcap 4
Goldcrest 3
Wren 3
Redwing 2
Greenfinch 2
Lesser Redpoll 2

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Having packed up the moth traps until the new year, this little beauty then appeared when the sun came out. It's name is Phyllonorycter messaniella and it continuously mines the leaves of our Holm Oaks.

Another cold and frosty night, that turned into a bright, sunny morning. However, with autumn over and winter fast approaching there is little on site to set the pulses racing. The only birds worth a mention were 1 Fieldfare, 1 Lapwing, one of the Peregrines over the docks and 1 Skylark that went south. 

1 bird ringed: a Song Thrush.