Saturday, 26 November 2016
1217 Cormorants flew out first thing on mass on a glorious sunny morning that made starring out to sea difficult. Heading south 2 Brent plus north 30 Common Scoter, 3 Brent, 2 Red-throated Diver, Turnstone & Guillemot. After the movement of Eider yesterday a single was noted sitting offshore. Passerine movements were limited to 2 Mipits & a Rock Pipit south, Mistle Thrush briefly on site plus a couple of new Blackies passing through.
Ringing: 2 Blackbird.
Posted by LBO at 11:43
Friday, 25 November 2016
62 Eider north & 5 south is the best count for several years - it is presumed that these are birds originating in the low countries heading for areas off the North Norfolk coast for the winter. Also on the move southbound 35 Common Scoter, 31 Wigeon, 18 Brent, Red-throated Diver & Goldeneye plus northbound 40 Common Scoter, 8 Brent, 3 Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Shelduck & Curlew. A first-winter Glaucous Gull that put in a couple of appearances offshore is presumably the same bird noted a couple of times lately. 3 Snow Bunting were on the beach and a couple of late autumn Blackbirds are still passing through.
Moths at this time of the year are hard to come by with Dark Chestnut the only one to show up the last couple of days.
4 birds ringed: 3 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch.
Posted by LBO at 11:57
Thursday, 24 November 2016
North-easterly wind has brought no passerines accept a single Skylark onto the reserve. Offshore southbound 316 Brents, 22 Black-headed Gull, 19 Teal, 19 Common Scoter, 11 Wigeon, 4 Eider, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, Red-throated Diver, Gannet & Gadwall plus northbound 60 Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Kittiwake & Pomarine Skua. Shaggy Scalycap has come up in the same spot for several years running and as it's one of the more impressive fungi here's your annual photo.
No birds ringed.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Just for a change we have some calm after the storm, not that it's made a lot of difference. A small fall of thrushes this morning with a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Redwings making a brief appearance on route elsewhere, also 11 Meadow Pipits and 1 Yellow Hammer south, whilst 1 Woodcock, 1 Turnstone (above), 1 Rock Pipit and 30 Goldfinch were on site and a Kingfisher was seen in the dock basin by view point car park. Offshore just 1 Red-throated Diver and 23 Common Scoter went north.
5 birds ringed: 3 Song Thrush and 2 Blackbird.
Posted by LBO at 12:30
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Southerly gale blowing with occasional showers for the first half of the morning. Southbound 53 Dunlin, 47 Knot, 7 Gannet, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Shelduck & the first Kittiwake of the winter. A mere 736 Cormorants headed out fishing this morning. With the gale not a lot of other coverage carried out.
No birds ringed
Posted by LBO at 11:56
Monday, 21 November 2016
Ringing: 1 Blackcap
Posted by LBO at 11:53
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Wet & windy then flat calm as the eye of the storm passed through before the gale returned. Offshore southbound 37 Knot, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 3 Shelduck, Great-crested Grebe, Pintail, Velvet Scoter, Goosander & Dunlin plus northbound 3 Gannet, 2 Common Scoter & Razorbill although several hours of effort put in for these returns. A fat Blackcap was new in although in these conditions not a huge effort was put into surveying the area.
2 birds ringed: 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap.