Saturday, 24 November 2012
A handful of new Blackies, Songies, Chaffs & a Lesser Redpoll this morning as indicated by the 7 birds ringed. A Water Rail was seen out the back by one of the wood piles, a Grey Wag put in an appearance & an Eider was offshore briefly. Very little noted going past or overhead with 2 Mergs the highlight & nothing of note on a walk round the reserve.
Posted by LBO at 11:27
Friday, 23 November 2012
Another 87 Goldies south this am, although from past experience vis mig in this species often continues into early December. 2 new Blackies ringed is also indicative of ongoing migration in this species. Offshore 27 Shelduck, 23 Brent, 6 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 2 Wigeon, Gadwal, Common Scoter, Goldeneye & Red-throated Diver south plus 11 Brent & a Red-throated Diver north. Judging from the poor numbers of Shelduck up the rivers it's about time a few more wandered back from moulting on the Waddensea. Finally, still a gang of Greenies feeding along the beach but only 5 Snow Bunts noted this am. Maybe one of the local Sparrowhawks fancied a change of diet ?
Posted by LBO at 11:59
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Nice to see the currant bun out this morning with a stiff southerly breeze attempting to dry things out a bit. Of note this morning a Waxwing spent a couple of minutes sat on top of the trees behind the observatory before departing into Essex, 6 Snow Bunts were along the beach & a Bonxie briefly joined the gulls behind a boat in the river mouth. Still a handful of Siskins & Goldies going south overhead but offshore movements largely non-existent. At least 35 Kitts were offshore with the big gulls behind shipping. Ringing getting towards last knockings for the autumn with just single new Blacky & Chaff.
Posted by LBO at 11:32
Apologies for the late posting of these sightings but your blogger was up the river doing a co-ordinated low water count on a day when the weather was distinctly not nice. The observers present at Landguard reported that the local female Peregrine performed admirably for them beating up the pigeons over the reserve. A few bits & bobs going south offshore included 117 Teal, 22 Brents, 15 Wigeon, 11 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 5 Tufteds, 5 Mergansers, 3 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Common Scoter & a Ringed Plover. A Mistle Thrush was knocking around & a new Robin was the sum total of birds ringed.
Posted by LBO at 07:53
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Fairly tedious mornings seawatching produced little in terms of quantity but some quality in the form of Long-tailed Duck & Pom Skua north plus a Black-throated Diver south. Supporting cast included 39 Brents, 24 Common Scoter, 15 Kitts, 8 Ringed Plover, 7 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 5 Gadwal, 4 Wigeon, 3 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Barwits, Red-throated Diver, Merganser, Goldeneye & Guillemot going south. It's also getting to that time of the year when a few more Gulls & Kitts are starting to follow the boats offshore. Ringing produced just singles of Chaff, Greeny & yet another new Goldcrest.
Posted by LBO at 11:50
Monday, 19 November 2012
Far more interesting this morning in terms of birds going past offshore with the following going south: 81 Brents, 68 Knot, 37 Common Scoter, 28 Wigeon, 20 Mergansers, 9 Dunlin, 8 Teal, 5 Great-crested Grebes, 5 Kitts, 4 Shoveler, 3 Oyks, 2 Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Skylarks, Red-throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Curlew, Guillemot & Razorbill. A flock of 16 Siskins went south overhead with a gang of 12 Waxwings flying south past the obs at 0947hrs & out over the estuary towards Dovercourt. Ringing produced just a new Goldcrest which should surely be the last new one of the autumn ? - but i have been thinking this for days and odd new ones just keep on coming.
Posted by LBO at 12:06
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Glorious sunny morning. 2 Snow Bunts on the beach plus a Mistle Thrush on site briefly early on are today's highlights. Some vis mig noted with 20 Goldies, 13 Skylarks, 10 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Siskins & a Mipit going south. Offshore movements almost non-existent. Ringing consisted of new Blacky, Songie & a handful of Lesser Redpolls.
Posted by LBO at 11:30