Saturday, 16 January 2016
A couple of wanderers around this morning presumably as a result of the colder conditions including a Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting & a Buzzard in off the sea. Offshore watching hard work due to bright sunshine but included southbound 11 Red-throated Diver, 9 Teal, 9 Common Gull, 7 Black-headed Gull, 4 Kitts & Guillemot plus northbound 19 Brent & 3 Red-throats with 450 Cormorants going out fishing early on. The Chiffchaff & at least one Goldcrest are still in the Holm Oaks along the front.
Posted by LBO at 16:13
Friday, 15 January 2016
Jackdaw was today's highlight although what makes a single Jackdaw turn up here at dawn & fly around calling for 20 mins is open to speculation. The only indication of colder conditions is a flock of 17 Lapwing south. Next to nothing moving offshore and apart from that it's the usual birds in the usual places. Makes a change for a sky at dusk rather than dawn photo - red sky warning !
Ringing: 2 greenfinch, 1 wood pigeon, 1 chaffinch
Posted by LBO at 16:26
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Glorious sunny start to the day encouraged 772 Cormorants to go out fishing. A "grey goose" went south but as we only briefly caught the back end of it before it disappeared from view then it eluded identification. The bright sun deterred any meaningful sea watching & it wasn't long before the weather deteriorated into overcast conditions with fine drizzle. 2 Goldcrest & the Chiffchaff are still here but a perambulation around the site prior to the drizzle getting to bad produced just what's resident and wintering here. 75 House Sparrows are worth a mention.
Posted by LBO at 11:37
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Ringing: 3 greenfinch, 2 song thrush.
Posted by LBO at 11:31
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Ringing: 1 greenfinch
Posted by LBO at 12:00
Monday, 11 January 2016
A Bean Goose went out low over the observatory then north causing speculation as to whether its the same individual noted here a couple of days ago ? It was a fairly grim morning so the sea got more attention than it probably deserves producing some returns in the shape of southbound 17 Kitts, 14 Shelduck, 11 Common Gull, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Brent, 3 Guillemot, 2 Little Gull, Gannet & Oyk plus northbound 21 Brent & 6 Red-throats with 2 Bonxies offshore clobbering the big gulls whenever they got peckish. Chiffchaff is still here and a new adult male Chaffinch turned up on site. A Little Owl has been sat on this perch in the Holm Oaks a couple of times recently & we are beginning to wonder if we have more than one male on site judging by the amount of vocalisations in the evening as it's getting dark.
Ringing: 1 chaffinch
Posted by LBO at 16:00
Sunday, 10 January 2016
Collared Doves are due to hatch about now - she's done well to keep sitting on them considering the winds & rain recently. Perseverance staring offshore produced southbound 500 Golden Plover, 53 Brent, 31 Kitts, 22 Red-throated Diver, 19 Guillemot, 12 Common Gull, 11 Shelduck, 4 Bonxie, 3 Gannet, 3 Little Gull, 2 Great-crested Grebe, Pintail & Dunlin plus northbound 63 Brent & 35 Red-throats with a Razorbill flying south and pitching in offshore mid-day. The Guillemot count is the highest count for some while. In the bushes Chiffchaff & at least one Goldcrest are still with us.
Ringing: 1 greenfinch, 1 house sparrow
Posted by LBO at 12:14