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Thursday 30th January 2020

Best weather to photo gull rings is when its wet as less people in the car parks.

Offshore southbound 10 Black-headed Gull, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Oyk, Curlew & Shelduck with northbound 2 Red-throats. Usual 2 Snow Bunting, Purp & Rock Pipit at the point.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow

Wednesday 29th January 2020

2 Snow Bunting, Purple Sand & Rock Pipit as per usual. 4 Red-throated Diver south late morning are the first for a few days (but not much effort put in looking out). Of note is the first bird ringed this year in the form of a British race Song Thrush. Bit early for spring migration so quite likely a youngster looking for a site to set up territory as, you have no doubt heard, they are singing there little hearts out all over the Felixstowe peninsular at the moment.

Ringing: 1 Song Thrush

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Good time of the year to look at gull rings in the car park. WNU is a regular at Manor Terrace.

720 Cormorant went out fishing which is pleasing as we have been struggling to see many in recent days as they are avoiding us after leaving the roost inland. Good numbers of gulls in the river-mouth first thing with half hour spent looking out also producing southbound 9 Brent, 7 Kitts & Oyk. At the point 2 Snow Bunting, Purp & Rock Pipit as per usual.

Monday 27th January 2020

Even the blog photos are getting monotonous at the moment so here's Brer Rabbit for a change.

Could just "cut 'n paste" the blog at the moment. 2 Snow Bunting, Purp & Rock Pipit at the point. Limited offshore observations produced 4 Common Scoter north & an Oyk south.

Sunday 26th January 2020

Several Great Tits are now singing with them using the acoustics of the Fort buildings to enhance their vocal prowess.

More seagulls offshore this morning to look through - or is it just the weather has changed and we can see out more than a few yards ? Half hour seawatch produced a single Brent & Great-crested Grebe heading south. 2 Snow Bunting, Purple Sandpiper & Rock Pipit by the point as per usual.