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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Saturday 7th April 2012

An extended observation period today as a few of us had a play with the spring traps out on the reserve after netting. 2 Wheatear were added to the mornings birds which were, Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap 2, Wren and Blue Tit. At least 2 extra Song Thrushes were present to the normal couple, likely heading back over to the continent. 3 Separate Red-throated Divers were offshore along with 14 Cormorants on the move.

A few Brent, Canada and Greylag geese were seen heading in various directions. A total of 6 Wheatear were out on the common with 3 Black Redstarts amongst the brambles and concrete. The hybrid falcon is still hanging around, being sighted almost daily. Sadly a pure female Peregrine has not been seen for a few weeks now.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Friday 6th April 2012

A few more birds around today and lighter winds allowing some ringing. 8 birds in total were ringed, 3 Chiff's and singles of Blackbird, Blackcap, Wheatear, Robin and Song Thrush. A few more butterflies were on hte move in the sun, with 3 Small White's seen, and a Brown rat made a rare appearance. Bird wise other things included 13 Shelduck conducting their daily parliament on the beach, with a couple of brents going North and 1 heading South. Another Sparrowhawk was seen crossing the river to Essex via the reserve and a lone Jackdaw followed in the same direction.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Thursday 5th April 2012

Blowing a gale for most of the day today and thus very few nets opened. A new Robin and Woodpigeon were ringed from the Heligoland. On the observation front a short seawatch produced a couple of Red-throated Divers, a Gannet heading North and a couple of Brents heading South. A 2nd Summer Yellow-legged Gull was amongst the Herring Gulls on the beach, providing some amusement as they smashed open snails that had emerged after yesterdays rain.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Wednesday 4th April 2012

A frustrating day with nets opened and close a few times before the rain set in, only singles of Blackbird and Robin ringed. Another Swallow was feeding around the trees and 3 Wheatear were out on the shingle, no rings evident on any of them so at least 2 new birds since yesterday. A couple of Gannets went South, and  a Red-throated Diver went North.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

A bit more going on in the migrant department today, with light winds shifting round to be almost Southerly by late morning. On the move South were 6 Common Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Jackdaw, a Rook, a Yellowhammer and the 2nd Swallow of spring. A lone Skylark headed inland whilst a Cormorant and a pair of Greylags went North. On the reserve were 3 Wheatear, with no sign of the previous days' Black Redstarts. 21 new birds were ringed:

Chiffchaff 7, Blackbird 3, Blackcap 3, Greenfinch 2, Wheatear 2, Linnet 2, Redwing 1, Song Thrush 1.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Monday 2nd April 2012

Still in the NNE winds and with some rain on the way tomorrow, bird were again thin on the ground. at least 6 Chiffchaffs were new in, along with a Blackcap, continental Song Thrush and a new Blackbird. A few Linnets were retrapped from previous years, obviously now exploring the bushes for possible nest sites. A retrap Dunnock and Robin also showed signs of nesting with brood patches at various stages. Moving through were 6 Brents and  Red-throated Diver heading North, and going South 5 Golden plover, Sparrowhawk, Great Crested Grebe and Yellowhammer. 2 Small White butterflies appeared around noon.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sunday 1st April 2012

Very quiet on the bird front this morning, with a distinct lack of song/calls when opening the nets. No hints of any warblers with only a Linnet, a Robin, a Woopigeon and a Great Tit Ringed. Out on the reserve amongst the usual suspects were 5 Wheatear, 5 Ringed Plover and 3 Black Redstarts including one in song. A Reed Bunting made a brief stop in the bushes and singles of Pied Wagtail and Yellowhammer went South.