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Saturday 1st February 2014

Slavonian Grebe flying south is only the seventh site record - but as the fifth & sixth site records have been in the last couple of weeks I suspect that only one individual is involved in these recent sightings. Also heading south 53 Kitts, 14 Red-throated Diver, 10 Shelduck, 5 Dunlin, 2 Brent, 2 Teal & Curlew plus north bound 32 Red-throats & 14 Brent. Just 8 Snow Buntings noted this morning. Mid-pm another Woodcock trapped this one being 12 g heavier than the one a couple of days ago - but even then not a lot to write home in the porky stakes.

Ringing: 1 Woodcock

January Ringing Totals

For the sake of completeness -
5 birds of 4 species: 2 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock.
Mild winters mean few birds ringed at this time of the year.

Friday 31st January 2014

Moving south 24 Brent, 11 Curlew, 7 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 2 Common Scoter & Guillemot plus moving north 42 Brent, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Mallard & Gannet. Passerines going south were 9 Mipit & 5 Linnet with Fieldfare, Woodcock & 10 Snow Bunting still present. 15 Ringed Plover were attempting to roost on the beach.

Thursday 30th January 2014

Reasonable selection moving this am. Going south 80 Wigeon, 52 Brent, 45 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gadwal, 9 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Mallard, 2 Dunlin & Red-breasted Merganser plus going north 14 Red-throated Diver, 8 Pintail, 5 Teal, Great-northern Diver & Pochard. At least 3 Redwing & a Fieldfare are on site. A Woodcock trapped was a bit on the skinny side weighing in at a mere 244.3 grammes (according to the BTO ringers app the weights are in the region of 245 to 405 g range with the average 325 g) so it needs to fatten up a bit - is it a new arrival from colder conditions on the continent ?

Ringing: 1 woodcock

Wednesday 29th January 2014

A Red-necked Grebe came out of the river & pitched in offshore but it didn't take long to loose it amongst the waves on a choppy sea. Going south 35 Brent, 22 Red-throated Diver, 18 Teal, 14 Common Scoter, 6 Wigeon, 5 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Pintail & Oyk plus going north 31 Red-throated Diver, 8 Brent & 4 Guillemot. Several Red-throats pitched in offshore as did a Great-crested Grebe. 10 Snow Buntings are still with us & a Woodcock flushed in the observatory compound is indicative of colder weather somewhere. Time to go home & thaw out as a bit of a wind chill this morning.

Tuesday 28th January 2014

A Black-throated Diver heading south then turning into the estuary mouth is our second in a few days. Also heading south 60 Red-throated Diver, 60 Kitts, 6 Guillemot, 4 Great-crested Grebe, 3 Pintail, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Gannet, Goldeneye, Oyk & Little Gull and northward bound 122 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great-crested Grebe, Gannet, Shelduck & Guillemot. 10 Snow Bunting are still with us feeding in their favoured patch near the point.

2013 reports etc

Annual reports for 2013 are now in the archive section on Also updated Ringing Totals & updated Systematic lists (where applicable) now available to read for anyone out there who has trouble sleeping.

Monday 27th January 2014

Offshore heading south 38 Red-throated Diver, 26 Knot, 21 Wigeon, 14 Brent, 8 Grey Plover, 6 Kitts, 5 Barwit, 5 Guillemot, 4 Pintail, 4 Dunlin, 2 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Golden Plover, Teal & Mallard plus going north 19 Red-throats. Usual mass of Cormorants headed out first thing but what is more interesting in recent days is Starlings heading out of roost at this end of the dock early on in recent days peaking at 181 birds this morning. Starling numbers have been declining over the years & apart from a very small handful of birds loitering around the View Point car park during the day it can be difficult to find any on site in the winter any more. A Redwing was a first of the year and, finally, I am informed that only 8 Snow Bunts are out there on the reserve this morning.

Sunday 26th January 2014

On the move heading south a Black-throated Diver - a species not seen often here in the winter. Also southwards 127 Kitts, 27 Red-throated Diver, 21 Dunlin, 18 Brent, 8 Knot, 7 Teal, 5 Grey Plover, 5 Barwit, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Guillemot, 2 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser & Oyk plus going north 42 Red-throats & a Guillemot. 10 Snow Bunts still with us. Now raining so a bit grim.