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Monday, 23 January 2017

Monday 23rd January 2017

Its the time of year for loitering in car parks with bags of bread. Med Gull EL45108 is one of the most gluttonous bolshie brazen birds that visits but it quickly fills up so one has to be quick on the draw. Black-headed Gull EP74903 behind it is also a car park addict. Two other Black-headed Gull rings also nailed with these two in Manor Terrace in about 40 minutes effort early afternoon which is pleasing as it can be frustrating when the main visitors to bread thrown out of the car window is Black Labradors ! Apart from 2,410 Cormorants heading out early dawn a walk around the site on another hard frosty morning just produced the resident wintering birds.

Sunday, 22 January 2017


The 2017 Bird Observatories Council newsletter covering 2016 can be found here

Sunday 22nd January 2017

3,100 Cormorants went out mostly in one extended flock from 0732 to 0738 on a glorious sunny frosty morning. A Fieldfare is today's migrant but in this bright sunshine no effort put into staring out to sea but, nevertheless, 2 Red-breasted Merganser were seen flying south.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Saturday 21st January 2017

Glaucous Gull still here its just the photos of it are not getting much better. Nowt else of note to report.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Friday 20th January 2017

1,190 Cormorants went out on this glorious sunny frosty morning, Glaucous Gull still with us offshore and 10 Long-tailed Tits paying us a visit at mid-day were the first of their kind noted down here so far this year.

January Litter Pick

Litter pick this Saturday 21st January. Usual arrangements on the events page of

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thursday 19th January 2017

We do get some interesting sunrises here. 2 Skylark heading north mid-morning are today's migrants presumably moving in response to the frozen ground across south-east England. Nowt else to report. Afternoon update - regular Glaucous Gull still offshore plus a report of a Black Redstart on the reserve via the pager.