Sunday, 19 February 2017
1,235 Cormorants went out to sea early doors then the bulk of the morning spent undertaking on site maintenance getting ready for the spring. Nevertheless migrants noted were a Jackdaw coming in from the north then leaving over the docks, Skylark heading south & the first Siskin of the spring southbound. Far to early in the year for spring proper but the above three mentioned species all seem to get going at this time of the year.
Posted by LBO at 11:58
Saturday, 18 February 2017
The first Fulmar of the year put in an appearance heading south this morning. Also on the move offshore southbound 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Shelduck, 3 Oyk & 2 Brents with northbound 12 Red-throats & 4 Common Scoter. Overhead 2 Skylark went south on the way back to their breeding grounds. At least 900 Cormorants went out to sea fishing early on but some may have been missed. The Blackbird above with the white feather on the left side of his head has been here for several years holding territory.
Posted by LBO at 16:38
Friday, 17 February 2017
Good to hear a Songie singing by the gate first thing as they have been silent up to now. Other signs of spring include regular sightings of small numbers of Linnets in recent days and the pair of Peregrine becoming more obvious. Heading south this morning 151 Barnacles, 68 Golden Plover, 48 Brent, 5 Oyk, 3 Shelduck, 2 Red-throated Diver with northbound 36 Brent & 7 Brent. Offshore singles of Guillemot, Great-crested Grebe & Red-throat were sat on the sea visible in nice calm conditions. Land birds on the move were 2 Skylark south plus a Mipit heard but not seen. The Purple Sandpiper was on the point early on & 1,570 Cormorants were counted going out to sea to fish. The Golden Plover are worth highlighting as the early morning movements that have been noted in recent winters have not happened over this last winter.
Posted by LBO at 12:12
Thursday, 16 February 2017
It's getting light to early in the morning these days with 2,060 Cormorants counted going out to sea fishing heading over the car park from 0645 to 0655hrs just as I arrived on site. A Guillemot paddled past the point on this mornings walkabout was characteristically still in winter plumage whereas those around the breeding colonies in England at the moment are in full breeding plumage suggesting that those wintering around here are possibly not English stock. A Skylark calling over the site just before this blog was written was today's migrant of a species that is one of the first to return to their breeding grounds in the spring (unfortunately Skylark has not nested at Landguard this century).
Posted by LBO at 11:31
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
75 Barnacle Geese went south & later in the morning 68 went north. Also on the move 670 Cormorant went out fishing with southbound 5 Brent, 2 Oyk, Red-throated Diver & a Shag just off the beach plus northbound 15 Brent, 10 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throats & a Great-crested Grebe. A Guillemot was on the flat calm sea. 2 Shelduck and 2 Ringed Plover on the reserve are an indication of the milder conditions and after the first Greenfinch record of the year yesterday 4 were present today. It's difficult to get excited about Greenfinch but after the cataclysmic decline in numbers its good to see some. The only white-winged gulls seen this morning were Med Gulls.
Posted by LBO at 11:30
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
First winter Glaucous Gull offshore early on and an adult Iceland Gull in the harbour around 8am for a while. 3 Greenfinch were the first of their kind noted this year which is a kind of sad for what was until recently an abundant species down here. Finally a Fieldfare on site is worth a mention.
Posted by LBO at 12:21