Saturday, 14 May 2011
A slightly breezy day with a west north-westerly wind. Migrants on the move were 1 Kittiwake, 85 Swallow and 4 House Martin heading south. The highlight for the day was a Red-rumped Swallow moving south past the point at 0930hrs, unfortunately only seen by one observer! Also on the move were 3 Swift heading north. Offshore there were good numbers of terns fishing again with 68 Little and 35 Common. On the reserve a Spotted Flycatcher was found along with 2 Northern Wheatear. Warblers recorded were 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff. Other birds of interest seen were 1 Crossbill, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 adult Med Gull. Only 2 birds ringed today; 1 Chiffchaff and 1 young Robin. Butterflies found included Green Hairstreak and Small Copper. The Weasel was seen showing well, hunting out on the reserve.
Posted by LBO at 16:54
Friday, 13 May 2011
Migrants on the move were 1 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 3 Sandwich Tern, 47 Swallow and 1 Goldfinch. There was a good number of terns fishing offshore early to mid morning with 48 Common Terns and 43 Little Terns counted. Only 1 Northern Wheatear was present out on the reserve. 8 birds ringed today; 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 male Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 1 young Dunnock and 1 young Robin. Butterflies found included Small Copper, Common Blue and Green Hairstreak.
Posted by LBO at 18:56
Migrants moving through were 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 1 first-summer Little Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 126 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Goldfinch. Warblers present were 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Common Whitethroat. There were 2 Northern Wheatear out on the reserve. 6 birds were ringed today; 3 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Linnet and 1 young Blackbird. Butterflies found included Small Copper and Green Hairstreak.
Posted by LBO at 18:48
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
A colour-ringed albino Herring Gull stood out from the crowd of gulls & terns by the jetty early onish. A mixed bag of birds noted today including 2 Jays, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spot Fly and a new Chaffinch & Long-tailed Tit (failed breeder going walkabout ?). On the move going south 72 Swallows, 3 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 3 Crossbills, 2 Gadwal, Jackdaw & Rook; going north 2 Swifts & an Arctic Tern plus 2 Whimbrel north 1 south. On the reserve a Wheatear with in the "flava" wagtail department yesterdays bird that has been identified as every race possible by different individuals, 2 Yellows and a claim of a female Blue-headed just to complicate things further. A couple more Orange Tips noted so here's hoping the species might recolonise this year having been absent for the previous five. Also of note were a couple of courting Slow Worms.
Posted by LBO at 11:48
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Another lovely warm day with hardly any wind, coming from a southerly direction; the skies had very little cloud early morning before becoming completely clear. Migrants moving through were 3 Shelduck, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern, 28 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch and 35 Crossbill. Out on the reserve 1 Wheatear was present. There were 2 Yellow Wagtail seen feeding mid morning on the reserve alongside a very interesting 3rd Yellow Wagtail; this partcular bird maybe the race Motacilla flava cinereocapilla, the italian race of Yellow Wagtail. If it this it maybe the 1st record for Britain! A Spotted Flycatcher (the 2nd record for the year) was found feeding behind the Bird Observatory kitchen. The first record of Reed Warbler for the year was found within the Bird Observatory compound. Birds ringed were 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet, 1 Robin (the first young Robin of the year) and 1 Greenfinch. Butterflies present included our first record of Common Blue, Brimstone and Small Heath for the year. Other species seen were Green Hairstreak, Small Copper and Large White. A Muntjac was sighted as was a Grass Snake.
Posted by LBO at 15:55
A fairly nice sunny day with a very light southerly wind and some cloud cover. More passage of Swallows today with 126 migrating south; also heading south were 2 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 1 Sanderling, 1 Oystercatcher and 2 Common Tern. 1 Wheatear was found out on the reserve. Warblers present were 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff. Only 6 birds ringed today; 1 female Common Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 female Common Whitethroat, 1 male Chaffinch, 1 Woodpigeon and a very young Blackbird. Butterflies found included Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue and Small Copper. A Four-spot Chaser was recorded. In the moth traps a White-speck is very notable for this time of the year. Also good for us is a Waved Umber.
Posted by LBO at 06:06
Sunday, 8 May 2011
This morning brought us a small arrival of new Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs plus a new Robin & Willow Warbler. Vis mig also more interesting today than it has been for days with 122 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 3 Swifts, 62 Goldfinchs & 4 Yellow Wags south. Offshore 24 Little Terns, 4 Barnacle Geese & a solitary Eider. On the reserve a Skylark but a nil return for Wheatear on the walk round. Amongst the butterflies an Orange Tip is good for us and an Orange Footman in the moth traps was the first of its kind to turn up here for several years. Late pm update - the first Spot Fly of the year turned up late morning & a Muntjac put in an appearance. Off the point on the turning tide in the afternoon a fine mixed group of 22 Little Terns, 18 Common Terns, 80 Black-headed & 2 Common Gulls feeding.
Posted by LBO at 11:37