Saturday, 22 October 2011
Weather consisted of a south south-easterly wind. There was very little cloud cover. Migrants observed passing through were 1 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Brent Geese, 3 Pintail, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Curlew, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 4 Great Skua, 22 Skylark, 539 Starling, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 450 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin and 10 Redpoll. 13 birds ringed today; 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Robin, 1 Brambling, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow and 1 Fieldfare. Also of interest found today was a Pomarine Skua and 2 Purple Sandpiper. A Dutch ringed Blackacp was found whilst undertaking the daily bird ringing.
Posted by LBO at 18:26
Weather consisted of a light to gentle south-westerly wind. There was not much cloud cover. Highlights today were 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Brambling. Also recorded were 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush and 5 Redwing.
Posted by LBO at 07:05
Friday, 21 October 2011
Weather consisted of a west north-westerly wind, there was very little cloud cover. Migrants observed passing through were 28 Brent Geese, 8 Eider, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, 168 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Woodpigeon, 17 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 56 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Wagtail, 15 Pied Wagtail, 23 Meadow Pipit, 59 Chaffinch, 48 Greenfinch, 747 Goldfinch, 56 Siskin, 33 Linnet, 35 Redpoll and 2 Reed Bunting. Other birds of interest seen that were grounded were 1 juvenile female Hen Harrier, 2 Turnstone, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 9 Redwing, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Rock Pipit and 4 Brambling. 24 birds ringed today; 1 juvenile female Hen Harrier (new species for the Landguard Ringing List), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Robin, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 female Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 1 female Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing and 1 Woodpigeon.
Posted by LBO at 02:28
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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Posted by LBO at 12:47
Bright n' breezy. On the move 1155 Goldies, 193 Redpolls, 84 Chaffs, 64 Linnets, 63 Greenies, 53 Siskins, 18 Skylarks, 14 Mipits, 11 Pied Wags, 3 Reed Bunts, 3 Swallows, 2 Jackdaws & singles of Rock Pipit, Grey Wag, House Martin, Crossbill & Woodlark going south. Fairly quiet in the bushes with the usual mid-October fare in very small numbers. Just 2 Wheatears on the reserve today. Offshore the only thing worth a mention is a solitary Eider going north. 2 immature male Peregrines hammered through calling to each other late morning may be youngsters from the Orwell bridge. Finally just outside our recording area was a Yellow-browed Warbler by the Customs House.
Posted by LBO at 12:43
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
A small arrival of new birds today with a couple of new Chiffs & Blackcaps in the bushes plus 9 Wheatear on the reserve. Vis mig not spectacular following the overnight rain that cleared around dawn with 231 Goldies, 45 Lesser Redpolls & everything else in low numbers. Offshore 17 Eiders south was unusual (they normally go north here at this time of the year) & an Arctic Skua chasing a small wader (dunlin ?) that hopefully escaped it's grasp, 4 Arctic & 1 Common Tern - but little else. A Little Egret went south and inland with a Merlin putting in a brief appearance. Finally 2 Purps and 2 Rock Pipits were on the point.
Posted by LBO at 13:39
Monday, 17 October 2011
Migrants observed passing through were 11 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 6 Cormorant, 53 Black-heaed Gulls, 10 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 268 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 15 Pied Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 138 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 162 Greenfinch, 689 Goldfinch, 42 Siskin, 52 Redpoll and 3 Reed Bunting. 29 birds ringed today; 15 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Meadow Pipit.
Posted by LBO at 13:25
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Booted Warbler - 1st site record enjoyed by about 500 punters. A good selection of the expected common migrants for the time of year present today in small numbers plus of note a Yellow-browed Warbler (that at one point was in the same field of view as the Booted), a late Tree Pipit, Common Redpoll & 2 Arctic Terns south offshore. Vis mig not over busy with 362 Goldies the dominant species & everything else in counts under 30. Over 50 birds ringed so far. An all round cracking day.
Posted by LBO at 16:54