Friday, 1 March 2013

Early March 2013

March 10th: Highlights of an afternoon seawatch were a Gannet and a Kittiwake south, and an Auk Sp and 2 Common Scoters north.

March 9th: A Treecreeper was in the Plantation and the Starling flock on Croftmarsh increased to 1000 birds.

March 8th: Today's highlights were a Siskin and a Brambling at Aylmer Avenue.

March 7th: The only notables were 2 Corn Buntings around the Visitor Centre and a party of 4 Rooks south.

March 6th: Very quiet on the reserve. Around were a Yellowhammer and a Goldcrest.

March 5th: The best birds were a Green Sandpiper, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin and a Rook.

March 4th: Unusual geese were a Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose among the Brent Goose flock, and 23 Barnacle Geese in off the sea. Other notables were a Bullfinch, a Hen Harrier, a Merlin and a Common Buzzard.

March 3rd: Around were 4 Whooper Swans and 6 Woodcocks. The Avocet was still on Tennyson Sands.
Birds caught during a morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue included a new Siskin and 3 controls of common species.

March 2nd: An Avocet on the water bodies was the first of the year. Offshore were 60 Eiders, 100 Common Scoters, 15 Red-breasted Mergansers and 60 Red-throated Divers, on the beach a Purple Sandpiper, and on the fields 1300 Lapwings. Heading southeast were 300 more Lapwings. The Brent Goose flock contained a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a bird resembling a Grey-bellied Brent Goose. Around were 2 Redwings, 3 Rooks, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Woodcocks and 3 Lesser Redpolls.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided a non-GPBO-ringed Siskin as well the usual other species.

March 1st: Waders were represented by 2800 Grey Plovers, 1000 Golden Plovers, and 750 Lapwings, including 150 southeast. Around were 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Woodcocks, a Goldcrest, a Siskin, a Redwing, a Rook, 4 Song Thrushes, 41 Corn Buntings and 5 Lesser Redpolls.