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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Saturday 1st October 2016


Early morning rain delayed proceedings & it's bucketing down again now. The conditions dropped in at least 20 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Snipe & Whitethroat whilst out on the reserve 4 Wheatear were noted. The 3 Tree Sparrows continue to loiter around the cottage. Visible migration almost non-existent with a Jackdaw the only thing worth a mention and offshore movements non-existent. In the moth traps a Red Underwing popped in for a visit.


29 birds ringed: 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 3 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Swallow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock.

Friday, 30 September 2016

September Ringing Totals

A total of 488 birds of 33 species ringed in September. A poor start to the month but as it progressed more migrants were moving through in good numbers. Albeit down a little on last years total. Highlights being decent numbers of warblers ringed, 1 Arctic Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Kingfisher.

Chiffchaff  126 Reed Warbler  4
Blackcap  92 Wren  3
Meadow Pipit  73 House Sparrow  3
Willow Warbler  33 Garden Warbler  3
Grey Wagtail  31 Tree Sparrow  2
Robin  24 Common Whitethroat  2
Goldfinch  18 Linnet  2
Song Thrush  15 Common Redstart  2
Long-tailed Tit  7 Yellow-browed Warbler  1
Blue Tit  7 Arctic Warbler  1
Goldcrest  5 Firecrest  1
Blackbird  5 Kingfisher  1
Dunnock  5 Sparrowhawk  1
Lesser Whitethroat  5 Sedge Warbler  1
Chaffinch  5 Spotted Flycatcher  1
Woodpigeon  4 Whinchat 1
Great Tit  4


Friday 30th September 2016


A pretty decent day for observations to be made with a cloudy start, later clearing to be a bright, sunny, clear and windy day.

Visual migration was the order of the day and the ringing was pretty good.

Migrants on the move came in the form of 324 Meadow Pipit, 103+ Swallow, 81 Goldfinch, 20+ Chiffchaff, 13 House Martin, 12 Chaffinch, 6 Grey Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Wheatear, 1 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Rook and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Sea watching was a little poor despite the winds with 18 Cormorant, 9 Common Gull, 7 Black-headed Gull, 2 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Ringing: 37 birds ringed this morning including 17 Chiffchaff, 13 Meadow Pipit, 4 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Goldfinch.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thursday 29th September 2016


The strengthening winds throughout the morning made observatory work rather difficult but a few observations were made with a few birds struggling on through.

Out of the wind in the quiet areas were 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Wheatear, all taking much needed shelter. Southbound were totals of 169 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Peregrine Falcon.

Sea watching produced 7 Cormorant, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Brent Geese, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Knot.

One of the prettier autumnal moths we see occasionally is this Barred Sallow.

Ringing: 7 birds ringed this morning including 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Robin.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday 28th September 2016

An unusual site at Landguard were these 2 Mute Swans that swam out of the harbour before swimming north along the coast.
This Delicate is a scarce migrant here, and along with another Convolvulus Hawk Moth they were the best of the bunch in the traps overnight, 

Seemingly more birds about today with the 3 Tree Sparrows still here along with Firecrest and Black Redstart, at least 10 Chiffchaff and a Wheatear on site, whilst 148 Swallow went south along with 30 House Martin, 68 Meadow Pipit, 8 Grey Wagtail,2 Siskin and a Marsh Harrier, and close inshore a Red-throated Diver was fishing as it slowly drifted south.

13 birds ringed:  8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch and 1 each of Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and Great Tit.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday 27th September 2016


A wild and blustery day today at Landguard with sea watching the order of the day. A considerable amount of movement offshore kept observers on their toes. Very quiet on land.

The best of the rest were 1 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Guillemot. Other totals throughout the morning out to sea were as follows - 808 Brent Geese, 129 Teal, 115 Dunlin, 87 Wigeon, 21 Knot, 11 Shelduck, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Gannet, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe and 1 Grey Heron.

Land migrants on the move include 101 Swallow, 27 House Martin, 13 Meadow Pipit, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Wheatear (above).

Ringing: 3 birds ringed this morning which were 1 Firecrest, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Robin.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday 26th September 2016


Thick and heavy cloud throughout the morning produced a decent array of birds on-site.

Migrants comprised of 165+ Meadow Pipit, 70 Swallow, 7 Chaffinch, 7 Blackcap, 7 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Jackdaw, 2 House Martin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Peregrine Falcon.

Sea watching produced 13 Golden Plover, 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Cormorant, 2 Common Tern, 2 Knot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Gannet, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Oystercatcher.

The first Scarce Bordered Straw of the Autumn this morning. Also in the traps was another migrant in the form of Palpita vitrealis. 

Ringing: 22 birds ringed this morning including 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Robin.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016


What was presumably yesterdays Wryneck was taken for breakfast by a young male Sparrowhawk. A Manx Shearwater heading south offshore is always a good Landguard bird. Other offshore movements were limited but included southbound 19 Brent, 13 Dunlin, 12 Cormorant, 12 Sandwich Tern, 11 Grey Plover, 6 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 5 Gannet, 4 Teal, 2 Oyk, Kestrel, Turnstone & Common Tern. Visible migration came in the form of southbound 220 House Martin, 155 Swallow, 4 Grey & 1 Yellow Wag. In the bushes and on the reserve just small numbers of the expected late September fare including Stonechat & Whitethroat. Around the cottage 3 Tree Sparrows loiter. Clouded Yellow on the point is worth a mention.

7 birds ringed: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail.


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