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Saturday 28th September 2013

A sunny day with a strong east wind. The only migrants about today were 1 Redpoll, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redstart, 3 Golden Plover and the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn. Offshore southerly passage included 45 Wigeon, 73 Brent Geese, 10 Sandwich Tern, 6 Shelduck, 2 Gannet & a Fulmar. Single Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Gannet & Brent Goose also headed north.

Ringing; 3 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 1 Blackcap & 1 House Sparrow.

Recent Ringing Recoveries

Amongst the latest batch of recoveries received were details of a Robin caught here on 26th October 2012 that had been ringed 239 km away at Anttwerpen, Belgium on 13th October 2011, Chiffchaff ringed here on 20th March 2012 retrapped 104km away at Kettlestone, Norfolk on 7th April 2013, Linnet ringed here on 26th July 2012 retrapped 85km away at Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk on 20th April 2013, Whitethroat ringed here on 8th May 2011 retrapped 386km away at Howdon, Tyne & Wear on 16th June 2013, Sparrowhawk ringed here on 20th September 2012 that killed itself flying into a glass window at Trimley on 25th July 2013, Sparrowhawk ringed here 27th April 2013 flattened by a car 9 days later at Stones Green Essex plus a dose of Lesser Redpoll recoveries mostly of birds ringed here in the autumn & retrapped later in the winter inland in Suffolk (mostly in the west) but including the following more interesting ones: ringed here 30th October 2012 & retrapped 337km away at Newton, Lancashire on 11th May 2013, ringed here 30th October 2012 & retrapped 339km away at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire on 5th May 2013, ringed here 13th October 2012 & retrapped 417km away at Lockerbie, Dunfries & Galloway on 14th May 2013. Apart from the two Sparrowhawks it is pleasing to see that all the other recoveries are of birds caught & released by other ringers.

Friday 27th September 2013

A sunny day with a stiff easterly breeze. A quieter day with few birds about, although a Yellow-browed Warbler was caught early on and there were also 2 Whinchat, 4 Blackcap, 4 Wheatear, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Song Thrush, 4 confiding Golden Plover, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, Jack Snipe and a Purple Sandpiper about. Offshore southerly passage included 70 Black-headed Gull, 105 Wigeon, 159 Brent Geese, 137 Teal, 9 Shelduck, 5 Dunlin, 4 Little Gull and single Gannet, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Great Skua, Red-breasted Merganser & Shoveler. Northerly passage included 6 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 4 Brent Geese, 3 Common Scoter and an Arctic Skua.

Ringing; 3 Robin, 2 Greenfinch and single Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Yellow-browed Warbler.

Thursday 26th September 2013

A breezy day with the wind from the North then North-east. The star birds of the day were a Yellow-browed Warbler that was in the Compound and a Red-rumped Swallow that flew south in the early afternoon. Other birds of note were 9 Robin, Reed Bunting, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Song Thrush, 6 Wheatear, Whinchat, 20 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and 9 Blackcap. Viz mig involved southerly passage of 19 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 Siskin, Brambling, Yellow Wagtail, 17 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 4 Goldfinch and 2 Skylark. Offshore 68 Teal, 158 Brent Geese, 197 Wigeon and 11 Pintail headed south and 38 Brent Geese and 5 Mallard flew north.

34 Birds Ringed; 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Blackcap, 2 each of Song Thrush, Great Tit, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit & Blue Tit and single Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Robin & Chaffinch.

Wednesday 25th September 2013

An overcast day with a slight north-north-west wind veering south-south-west mid morning. Grounded migrants included Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Robin, 5 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Wheatear, 2 Snipe, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat, Rock Pipit and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Viz mig included southerly passage of 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Song Thrush, 10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 53 Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting and a Kestrel. There was a steady southerly passage of birds offshore with 448 Teal, 656 Brent Geese, 1258 Wigeon, 15 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, and single Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin.

15 Birds Ringed; 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit and single Blackcap, Whitethroat, Robin, Chaffinch & Spotted Flycatcher.

Tuesday 24th September 2013

A misty start to a humid sunny day with a slight south-east breeze at times. A few migrants were about - 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Robin, 5 Blackcap, Tree Sparrow, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, Coal Tit, Lapland Bunting (morning only) and a Jack Snipe was flushed off the Common and into the Compound and into a net. Viz mig was slow with 108 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied wagtail, 83 Swallow, 2 Siskin and a Snipe. Offshore southerly passage included 34 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Common Gull and 25 Wigeon.

26 Birds Ringed; 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Robin, 2 Wren and single Chaffinch, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Sparrowhawk & Jack Snipe.

Monday 23rd September 2013

An overcast day with a slight south-east breeze. Grounded migrants included 15 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Snipe, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, the Lapland Bunting which continued to show by the sea watch hide and a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen briefly at the north end of the reserve. Viz mig included southerly passage of 624 Swallow, 17 Sand Martin, 123 House Martin, 20 Siskin, 4 Chaffinch, 12 Pied Wagtail, 34 Goldfinch, 265 Meadow Pipit & 5 Reed Bunting. Offshore southerly passage involved 2 Shelduck, 12 Brent Geese, 10 Teal and a Guillemot swimming south. On the moth front a Pinion-streaked Snout, another new species for the site was trapped overnight.

32 Birds ringed; 9 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 House Martin, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch & 1 Blue Tit.

Sunday 22nd September 2013

A foggy start with a light westerly. A few migrants were ground this morning and included 5 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, a Skylark, 3 Whitethroat, a Lapwing, 4 Wheatear and the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn. As the fog started to lift Swallows started to move with the final tally being 218 south along with 36 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin and a Hobby. Offshore single Ringed Plover, Arctic Skua & Grey Heron headed south.

19 Birds ringed; 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Greenfinch and single Blackbird, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldfinch & Linnet.