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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Recent Ringing Recoveries

Blackbird ringed here 06/11/2012 retrapped 286km away at Reddingbootpad, Vlieland, The Netherlands on 01/11/2015. Wood Pigeon ringed here 17/09/2015 shot 45km away at Maldon, Essex on 07/02/2016. Also received a couple of Greenfinch ringed here last summer retrapped 12km up the coast at Alderton last autumn & a Goldcrest from last autumn also wandering just up the coast to Alderton a few days later.

Saturday 12th March 2016

The first Chiffchaff of the spring turned up this morning along with a handful of new Blackies, a couple of Goldcrest & a few new expected odds & sods including 2 Redwing & Rock Pipit on the point. Fieldfare still on site but no reports of the Snow Bunt so far. Offshore 35 Barnacle Geese went south & 8 Brent north. Overhead 4 Mipit, 2 Skylark, Siskin & a couple of Grey Wags went south (one of which kindly dropped in). Later in the afternoon a fine male Stonechat was in the beach bushes and 3 Long-tailed Tits at the observatory. Montage of typical moths for the time of the year are Common Quaker, March Moth & Hebrew Character.

11 birds ringed: 4 blackbird, 2 goldcrest, 1 grey wagtail, 1 chaffinch, 1 dunnock, 1 robin, 1 chiffchaff

Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday 11th March 2016

A handful of new migrants on site as evidenced by the ringing figures giving an indication of the species on the move. Offshore northbound 85 Black-headed Gull, 4 Brent, Red-throated Diver, Shelduck & Curlew with southbound 42 Barnacle Geese. 3 Jackdaw came in from the north then returned from whence they came and a solitary Rook went north. Fieldfare & Goldcrest still loitering with the Snow Bunting remaining on the beach.

9 birds ringed: 3 blackbird, 2 song thrush, 1 greenfinch, 1 robin, 1 dunnock, 1 great tit

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Thursday 10th March 2016

Coltsfoot is an early species that is unusual in that its flowers come out first before the leaves emerge. 

A much better day today, with light winds and pleasant sunshine, which has helped bird activity. A few Blackbirds and Song Thrushes are beginning to come through now, along with half a dozen Skylark and close on 100 Starlings, looking to head off back to their breeding grounds. Whilst the Snow Bunting still remains near the point.

4 Birds were ringed, 2 Blackbird,1 Song Thrush and a Greenfinch.  

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday 9th March 2016

A day of onshore gales and heavy rain (looks like spring is just round the corner), produced little except a fall of 35 Redwing and a Lapwing (above). Little else apart from the Snow Bunting, which is still out near the point. Offshore 65 Brent Geese south, 11 Barnacle Geese, also south, and a couple of Gannets, and that was about it for today.

Ringing produced 16 birds, all of them Redwing.  

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Signs of spring migration in the shape of the first new Goldcrest of the year trapped, Snow Bunting & Rock Pipit near the point, 4 Mipits heading south, 2 wandering Long-tailed Tits quickly passing through & a new young female Sparrowhawk. 2 Fieldfare are still on site plus at least one Turnstone.

Ringing: 1 goldcrest, 1 sparrowhawk

Monday, 7 March 2016

Monday 7th March 2016

Sub-zero with a dusting of snow covering the place this morning. Skylark heading north is this mornings migrant. Offshore a couple of Red-throated Divers & Great-crested Grebes were on the move although the strong sunshine deterred any prolonged watching. 2 Fieldfare still here & 2 Turnstone were near the point. Roll on spring !

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday 6th March 2016

Winter still has not quite left us yet, so still little to report, apart from the 2 Fieldfares are still on site, along with the Goldcrest. Offshore around 200 Cormorants flew north first thing from their roost, and very small numbers of both Red-throated Divers and Great-crested Grebes are lingering close inshore.