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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Saturday 18th May 2013

A quiet day with the only passerines of note being a Black Redstart and 2 Jay. Offshore was more productive with a Black Tern heading into the river from the north,  19 Gannets, 13 Little Terns, 5 Great Crested Grebes and a Fulmar all south and heading north were 47 Gannets, 24 Common Scoter and a Greenshank. Late news - male Red-backed Shrike found on the reserve mid- pm.

3 birds were ringed; 2 Linnet and a Willow Warbler.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday 17th May 2013

5 porpoise are the most thing notable today as this is a site record count. Bird wise just a handful of common migrants in the bushes & on the reserve incliding a Turtle Dove. Offshore 14 Gannets north plus 22 south, 48 Common Scoter north,  2 Gadwal north, 2 Fulmar south as well as a couple of waders & terns moving. Temperatures a bit on the low side for mid May is not ideal all round.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thursday 16th May 2013

The wind had abated from yesterday to a light southeasterly. A  few migrants were in evidence with a Firecrest, 9 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers and a Tree Pipit all present. Offshore movement involved 2 Wigeon, 12, Little Terns, 15 Common Scoter, 19 Kittiwake and 2 Pochard all south and 28 Common Scoter and 10 Little Terns north.

8 birds were ringed; 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and single Wren, Chaffinch and Firecrest

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Gale force winds overnight continued during the morning, Seawatching was slow but productive this morning with  a Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Fulmars, a Gannet, a Manx Shearwater and a Kittiwake all heading north and heading south were 4 Tufted Ducks, 29 Common Scoter, a Dunlin, a Pochard and another Manxie. Other birds seen were 84 Swifts, 22 House Martins, 10 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins all south, a Whinchat near the Butts and a Honey Buzzard 'inoff' before continuing inland.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tuesday 14th May 2013


Wasn't expecting much this morning so both Marsh & Wood Warbler were a bit of a surprise - but hay ho it's May so anything can happen despite the weather not looking ideal. Other migrants present in very small numbers were a small handful of Whitethroats & Willows plus single Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Garden Warbler. At least 11 Wheatear on the reserve. Visible migrants included 21 Swallow, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Goldfinch, 2 House Martin south plus a Hobby north. Starring out to sea is a bit like watching paint dry with the highlights being 2 Barwit & a Red-breasted Merganser north. The moth traps have produced abysmally low numbers of moths so far this spring with the results from three traps this morning being just one Angle Shades - consequently readers will appreciate why the moths have had very few mentions so far this year.

6 Birds ringed : Marsh Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Linnet.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Monday 13th May 2013

On the move in a southerly direction 90 Swallows, 19 Dunlin, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Sand Martins, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Kitts, 2 Rook, Red-throated Diver, Little Egret & Yellow Wag. 9 Wheatear on the reserve but next to no other grounded migrants on an increasingly windy morning.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat - well worth getting up at 4 am for !

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday 12th May 2013

A bright but windy day. Vis mig produced 45 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins, 8 Swift, a Yellow Wagtail and 18 Goldfinch. Other migrants about were a Reed Warbler, 4 Jay and 5 Wheatear. Offshore 5 Common Scoter, 2 Little Egrets, 9 Little Terns and 2 Turnstone were the highlights.

2 birds ringed; Willow Warbler & Reed Warbler.