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Saturday 21st January 2017

Glaucous Gull still here its just the photos of it are not getting much better. Nowt else of note to report.

Friday 20th January 2017

1,190 Cormorants went out on this glorious sunny frosty morning, Glaucous Gull still with us offshore and 10 Long-tailed Tits paying us a visit at mid-day were the first of their kind noted down here so far this year.

January Litter Pick

Litter pick this Saturday 21st January. Usual arrangements on the events page of

Thursday 19th January 2017

We do get some interesting sunrises here. 2 Skylark heading north mid-morning are today's migrants presumably moving in response to the frozen ground across south-east England. Nowt else to report. Afternoon update - regular Glaucous Gull still offshore plus a report of a Black Redstart on the reserve via the pager.

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Glorious sunny frosty morning. Today's migrant is a Fieldfare present early morning. Just 780 Cormorant went out first thing with the bulk of them heading out to the north of us rather than flying overhead. Glaucous Gull is still offshore & the Rock Pipit on the point. 5 Med Gulls in the harbour is worth a mention as so far this year only 3 or 4 have been logged. A useful looking candidate for a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was along the river but, to be honest, we are probably overlooking several of this species of this age group in the melee behind shipping and often poor viewing conditions if the sun is out.

Tuesday 17th January 2017

When times are hard the odd Robin resorts to the tideline to look for morsels. Only 1,619 Cormorants heading out fishing this morning. Heading south 39 Red-throated Diver & 9 Brent plus northbound a single Brent. First-winter Glaucous Gull is still with us following shipping offshore. A Meadow Pipit is a first of the year and a Rock Pipit was on the groynes in front of the Butts.

Bit of afternoon news of Rock Pipit on the point, Purp along the riverbank & a drake Goosander flying south all around high tide.

Monday 16th January 2017

Cormorant record broken again this morning with 3,253 counted going out fishing with most of then in three large extended flocks over a period of no more than six or seven minutes. A Bean Goose came in then flew north over Felixstowe & the usual first-winter Glaucous Gull was offshore late morning. Three Great Tits singing away giving it some welly is a sign of the increasing day lengths.


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Sunday 15th January 2017

580 Cormorants went out first thing then not long after it started raining. First-winter Glaucous Gull offshore behind ships most of the morning with 76 Kittiwake & 8 Gannet following a dredger in off. A Great-northern Diver was on the river out the back flying up the River Orwell when the Stenna Britannica came out. Starring offshore in the cold and wet a bit like purgatory only producing southbound 5 Brent, 4 Teal, Red-throated Diver & a distant Auk with northbound 4 Red-throated Diver.