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Sunday, 30 April 2017

April 2017 ringing totals

272 of 30 species ringed in April 2017 which is slightly lower than last year. In the last ten years, for number of birds ringed, 2013 was the highest with 548 birds ringed and 2009 the lowest with 226 birds ringed.

Chiffchaff 76
Blackcap 50
Willow Warbler 47
Wheatear 23
Robin 13
Linnet 9
Blue Tit 5
Collared Dove 5
Redwing 5
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Wood Pigeon 4
Wren 4
Blackbird 3
Dunnock 2
Firecrest 2
Garden Warbler 2
Goldcrest 2
Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2
Whitethroat 2
Black Redstart 1
Cetti's Warbler 1
Chaffinch 1
Fieldfare 1
Green Finch 1
Kestrel 1
Redstart 1
Song Thrush 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Starling 1

Sunday 30th April 2017

The strong south-easterly wind felt like it could have been full of promise, but did not prove to be so. This Yellow Wagtail being the best bird on show. Also 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and 6 Whitethroat being the only other birds of note on site, although 2 Sanderling briefly on the beach and a passage offshore of  22 Arctic Terns north was quite noteworthy.

3 birds ringed: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Saturday 29th April 2017

Although remaining distant 2 Ring Ouzel have been showing well this morning. 9 Wheatear are present through the reserve, along with 7 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Yellow Wagtail. At 9am a Serin was heard singing but unfortunately was not located.
It was a busier day over the sea this morning, passage going South, 12 Swallow with 2 going North, 12 Oystercatcher with 1 going North, 4 Little Egret, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin. Seen going North 1 Fulmar, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Med Gull and going East out to sea 5 Sand Martin. 3 Little Tern were feeding offshore.

Now that the bitterly cold nights are on the wane hopefully a few more moths will appear, like the first Tawny Shears for year this morning.

10 birds ringed: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday 28th April 2017

5 pairs of Ringed Plover are on eggs at Landguard so far. A Ringed and Little Ringed Plover breeding survey 2017 is being undertaken in Suffolk this year. Some tetrads across the county still require surveyors, if you can help please email

A Garden Warbler was a first for this year today and late news from yesterday with a Whinchat reported on the reserve in the afternoon being another. Unfortunately the Whinchat was not seen this morning. Wheatears continue to show well with 27 recorded and 3 Ring Ouzel were present too. Other migrants seen on the reserve were 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. Passage going North 1 Swallow and 1 Cormorant, going South 7 Black-headed Gulls.

The Landguard moth list is roughly 940 species, so to get an addition is always welcome. Frosted Green can be common in mature oak woodland but has not managed to wander down here until today.

10 birds ringed: 3 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday 27th April 2017

Shelduck are regularly seen on the reserve but usually disperse by mid morning, they appear paired even when they are grouped together and are defensive if other individuals get to close to their mate.

Slight fluctuations in numbers are an indication that some migration is occurring, seen on the reserve this morning 25 Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler. No passage was noted over the sea.

7 birds ringed: 5 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Robin

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Another cold and frosty night, has curtailed spring migration again for the time being. The 2 Ring Ouzels are still here, and 27 Wheatears are still out on the common, + the Whimbrel was also still feeding out there first thing, but now appears to have gone. Precious little else to report, so here is a picture of one of the healthy population of House Sparrows, which are breeding around the cottage, an all too infrequent occurrence these days.

2 birds ringed:  1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday 25th April 2017

This Whimbrel was showing well during the morning, seen chasing and feeding on insects. The 2 Ring Ouzel, presumed to be the same individuals, held the same positions as yesterday with one at each end of the reserve but remain distant for observing, good numbers of Wheatears still with 25 seen this morning. Also present 7 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler. Passage was quiet with only 11 Swallows going South noted.

Only 2 moths following a cold windy night with this Common Swift being one of them.

0 birds ringed: