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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Saturday 29th September 2012

On the move 535 Swallows, 201 Goldies, 152 Mipits(+80 grounded), 123 House Martin, 120 Chaffs, 8 Pied Wags, 5 Siskins, 3 Reed Bunts, 2 Redpolls, Sand Martin & Yellow Wag. A selection of migrants on site including 6 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Wheatears, 3 Skylarks (1st of autumn), 2 Redstarts, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Brambling, Lesser throat, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Rock Pipit, Golden Plover & Merlin. A Shag just offshore may have been clobbered by Greater Black-backs. Convolvulus Hawk-moth in good condition was in the moth traps. A nice selection to keep us amused.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Friday 28th September 2012

Barred Warbler found on the reserve late morning 30 yards due south-east of the "what's about" board. Apart from this it's a fairly typical late September morning in south-westers. New in are a dozen Chiffs, 5 Blackcaps plus a handful of Songies, Dunnocks, Robins, Wrens, Goldcrests, Brambling & a Whitethroat. Left overs from recent days are Pied Fly, 2 Redstart & Whitethroat. 3 Tree Sparrows were whizzing around first thing & 2 Jackdaws explored the Fort for a while. 5 Wheatears & a Tree Pipit are on the reserve with a Reed Bunt on the point. On the move 1,000 hirundines south plus 156 Mipits(+40 on reserve), 84 Goldies, 38 Chaffs, 3 Pied Wags & a Reed Bunt. Offshore 100 assorted dabbling ducks, 3 Great-crested Grebes & a small handful of waders going south. Migrant moths have been low in numbers so it was good to get a Scarce Bordered Straw today. Finally a Painted Lady put in an appearance on the Icky ridge. Pm update of 8 Black Terns & a Merlin in off early afternoon.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Thursday 27th September 2012

Fairly predictable end of September sort of morning considering the weather with a selection of migrants in low numbers including  a handful of new Robins, Dunnocks, Songies, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Wheatears, 3 Redstarts, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Willows, Chiff, Whitethroat, Lesser throat, Pied Fly & Reed Bunting. Only a couple of hundred hirundines moving this morning plus 52 Goldies(+25 grounded), 34 Mipits(+50 grounded), 16 Chaffs, 5 Pied Wag & 1 Grey Wag. Offshore movements pathetic.

SPANISH SPARROW REPORTED TO PAGER NORTH OF LANDGUARD ALONG VIEW POINT ROAD MIDDAY.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednesday 26th September 2012

Almost a thousand Swallows heading south plus 35 Wigeon, 34 Mipits, 34 Brents, 29 Goldies, 11 Chaffs, 10 Teal, 9 Siskin, 9 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Pied Wags & a Mallard. Quieter in and around the bushes with a small handful of new Songies, Robins, Blackcaps, Chiffs & a Willow new in. 4 Wheatears & at least 3 Redstarts are scattered around the site. Finally, what is presumably yesterdays Pied Fly is still with us. After a reasonably pleasant morning it's now bucketing down again. Today's ringing total has just squeezed into double figure.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tuesday 25th September 2012

A bit more of a hint of Eastern Migrants today with 5 new Redstarts and a Pied Flycatcher ringed. A Rock Pipit was the first of the Autumn and Meadow Pipit numbers on the reserve had swelled to 45 birds. Amongst them the odd Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a single Whitethroat. 200 odd Swallows passed through with 300 Brent over the sea being the main passage of wildfowl.

Ringing totals: Redstart 5, Robin 4, Goldcrest 1, Chaffinch 1, Chiffchaff 1, Song Thrush 1, Whitethroat 1, Swallow 1, Pied Flycatcher 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Reed Warbler 1 = 18

Monday, 24 September 2012

Petrol Mower

We are on the scrounge for a petrol driven mower to help keep the vegetation under control. If anyone has one that they are willing to donate to our good selves then please drop us a line to landguardbo@yahoo.co.uk On the other hand if anyone knows a source of second hand machines at a reasonable price then please also get in touch.

Monday 24th September 2012

The easterly influenced conditions brought us an arrival of new birds including 25 Robins, 5 Songies, 5 Redstarts, 4 Wheatears, 3 Willows, 2 Chiffs, 2 Blackcaps, Mistle Thrush, Great-spotted Wood & Lapwing. Overhead going south 10 Mipits, 2 Jackdaws & a Grey Wag plus 46 Swallows going north. Offshore going south 771 Wigeon, 629 Teal, 25 Brents, 17 Shoveler, 12 Cormorants, 6 Sanderling, 5 Tufteds, 4 Gadwal, 4 Eider, 2 Pintail, 2 Red-throated Divers (+ 1 in the river out the back), Razorbill, Kitt, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew & an Oyk. Going north 15 Common Scoter, 6 Gannets, 3 Guillimots, 2 Arctic Skua plus a handful of terns offshore including 2 Little's. Only 11 Meds noted so far today. Apologies for the long lists but at least a nice selection of birdies to keep us entertained. The weather changed suddenly early pm to a south-westerly gale & a torrential downpour soaking everyone & everything.

27 new birds ringed including our 3rd great-spot in the past week.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sunday 23rd September 2012

With little in the way of passerines in the bushes this morning the main passage was out at sea. 2 Leaches Petrel, a Pomarine Skua, a Short-eared Owl, a Sooty Shearwater and 2 Manx Shearwater were the highlights amongst the gaggle below...

350 Wigeon, 200 Brent Goose, 350 Teal, 90 Common Scoter, 30 Arctic Skua,  2 Guillemot, 8 Med Gulls, 190 Gannet, 2 Razorbill, 4 Fulmar and a bakers dozen of Barnacle Geese.

The lonely 4 birds ringed were a Great-spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Blue Tit and Greenfinch, all this years juveniles. 2 Redstarts out on the reserve were about the only other passerines new in.