Monday, 11 February 2013

Mid February 2013

February 20th: Cold. A Bearded Tit was on Tennyson Sands. Other notables were 3 Waxwings, a Lapland Bunting and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

February 19th: Frosty and foggy start. The morning was spent repairing the Heligoland trap after winter storm damage. Generally quiet, but the Brent Goose flock, about 400 strong, was again mobile.

February 18th: Still mild. On Croftmarsh were a Marsh Harrier and a Buzzard, and on the water bodies 2 Pochards and a Goldeneye.
An afternoon ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced the usual species in modest numbers.

February 17th: Mild again. A Marsh Harrier was over Croftmarsh. Around were 2 Siskins. The flock of 20 Waxwings was still at Seacroft (just north of the reserve).
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue was moderately successful, with 4 Long-tailed Tits and the usual other tits and finches processed.

February 16th: Mild. Around were a Snow Bunting, 40 Corn Buntings, 2 Hen Harriers, a Buzzard, 8 Woodcocks, 4 Bramblings, 3 Water Pipits and 2 Short-eared Owls. The big Golden Plover and Lapwing flocks kept mostly across the River Steeping. Flying south were 30 Siskins and west 90 Pink-footed Geese. At Seacroft (just north of the reserve) were 20 Waxwings again.
In the moth traps were 3 March Moths and 13 Pale Brindled Beauties.

February 15th: Fairly mild. On the Mere was a Bearded Tit, and on Croftmarsh were 6000 Golden Plovers and 1000 Lapwings. Other notables were 2 Jack Snipes, a Water Pipit, a Hen Harrier and 4 Goldcrests. On Seacroft Golf Course (just north of the reserve) were 20 Waxwings.
On a morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue 10 Long-tailed Tits were caught, as well as the usual other species.

February 14th: Rainy morning. Around were 10 Siskins. On Seacroft Golf Course (just north of the reserve) were 4 Waxwings.
A brief mid-day ringing session at Aylmer Avenue produced just a few common birds.

February 13th: Cold and windy. The best birds were 4 Snow Buntings, a Purple Sandpiper, a Merlin, 67 Turnstones and 3 Song Thrushes.

February 12th: Cloudy but generally milder than yesterday. A Woodcock was in the Plantation. The Brent Goose flock, about 400 strong, was quite mobile. A Little Gull and 4 Kittiwakes went north, and 83 Eiders were offshore. Also present were 4 Snow Buntings, a Buzzard and 41 Corn Buntings.

February 11th: Fairly windy and fairly cold. At sea a Fulmar flew south. On Croftmarsh were 200 Golden Plovers. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose, the Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose intergrade and 27 Corn Buntings were around.

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