Saturday, 8 August 2015
Bird wise quiet on the migration front with just a couple of new Willow Warblers on site plus a Yellow Wag heading south although several other migrants from recent days are lingering. Very few waders also noted on the move apart from 20 Oyks & 7 Whimbrel heading south plus a Redshank northbound. Frustratingly a shearwater was seen briefly offshore by four observers but it must have pitched in as it seemed to disappear off the planet !
Common Blue butterflies have had a fresh emergence in recent days and are now scattered across the whole site. Moth traps reasonabley busy including this Iron Prominent - a species we only note a couple of times each year.
10 birds ringed: 5 linnet, 2 greenfinch, 1 wood pigeon, 1 robin, 1 willow warbler.
Posted by LBO at 15:40
Friday, 7 August 2015
Hot, calm conditions today produced several new migrants which included 4 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 13 Common Tern, 34 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Willow Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Nightingale and 1 Yellow Wagtail.
The Male Serin put in a brief appearance today, calling several times but it didn't hang around.
This Grass Snake was also hanging around our observatory pond, seen occasionally here.
Ringing: 26 birds ringed during the course of the day including 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Linnet, 3 Wren, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Starling, 1 Nightingale, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock and 1 Woodpigeon.
Posted by LBO at 20:05
Thursday, 6 August 2015
A calm south easterly wind, changing to a southerly air flow during the course of the morning produced a decent day here at the observatory, both for visual migration, wader passage and ringing.
New migrants today included 36 Barnacle Geese, 32 Teal, 24 Grey Plover, 15 Whimbrel, 9 Oystercatcher, 8 Curlew, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 14 Cormorant, 20 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 63 Swift, 13 Swallow, 8 House Martin and 1 Sand Martin.
This Brown Hawker has spent a few days at the observatory, feeding up and looks to be the 3rd record of this species of dragonfly for the site.
Ringing: 39 birds ringed during the course of the morning including 23 Starling, 4 Robin, 4 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.
Posted by LBO at 14:23
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
This picture is of the bedeguar gall, more commonly known as robin's pincushion, and found on wild roses. It is caused by the Gall Wasp Diplolepis rosae laying her eggs in the plant stems and when they hatch the tissue swells up to form the gall.
A quiet day with very little in the way of migrants. 1 Wheatear still on the common, and 1 each of Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in the compound,whilst a Whimbrel made a brief stop to rest up before heading off south.
22 birds were ringed, these being 8 Greenfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 5 Linnet and singles of Wood Pigeon, Reed Warbler and Wren.
Posted by LBO at 12:35
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Westerly winds throughout today produced a few new migrants which included 35 Barnacle Geese, 1 Common Tern, 2 Common Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 59 Swallow, 22 Swift, 11 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Goldfinch and 2 Wheatear.
The Wormwood was a pleasant surprise this morning as the only previous site record, of this nationally scarce species was back in 1997.
Ringing: 19 birds ringed during the morning including 6 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunnock, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 House Sparrow and 1 Wren.
Posted by LBO at 13:25
Monday, 3 August 2015
A south easterly wind today, changing to a south westerly air flow produced a small scattering of new migrants to the observatory.
New migrants today included 8 Common Gull, 25 Barnacle Geese, 22 Cormorant, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Common Whitethroat, 11 Goldfinch, 139 Swift, 38 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat.
Some Stinking goosefoot is out on the Butts. This is a Schedule 8 plant which is given special protection by law and occurs in very few sites in the UK.
Ringing: 3 birds ringed during the morning including 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock and 1 Greenfinch.
Posted by LBO at 17:27
Sunday, 2 August 2015
A total of 314 birds of 31 species ringed this month, a rather decent breeding season.
|Great Tit||7||Great-Spotted Woodpecker||2|
|Coal Tit||1||Green Woodpecker||1|
|Song Thrush||4||Common Whitethroat||13|
|House Sparrow||48||Willow Warbler||1|
Posted by LBO at 21:29
Serin was unexpected as we have never recorded this species before in early August. Other migrants worth a note include 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler plus 21 Swallow heading south. A Four-spotted Chaser is always a notable sighting here on a warm sticky morning. The moth traps haven't really picked up following the cold snap last week although they did include the first Grey Dagger noted this year with a Flounced Rustic signifying the autumn is progressing along.
22 birds ringed: 5 goldfinch, 4 greenfinch, 3 linnet, 2 wren, 2 willow warbler, 2 house sparrow, 1 dunnock, 1 reed warbler, 1 whitethroat, 1 chaffinch
Posted by LBO at 12:31
During 2015 five pairs of Ringed Plover reared a total of four young.
Posted by LBO at 11:11