Birds around included 2890 Pink-footed Goose, 89 Gadwall, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Woodcock, a Brambling, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Coal Tit. On Tennyson Sands were 2 Water Rail, and on Jackson's Marsh 26 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 5 Eider.
January 19th. Another freezing start.
Around were 1500 Pink-footed Goose, a Woodcock, a Fieldfare, a Buzzard and a Coal Tit. On Jackson's Marsh were 77 Gadwall and 7 Pochard.
January 18th. Freezing start.
Birds around included a Hen Harrier, 36 Snow Bunting, a Mediterranean Gull, a Fieldfare and a Goldcrest.
January 17th. Freezing start with a brief snow flurry.
Around were 2 Redwing and a Coal Tit.
January 16th. Birds around included 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 546 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a Chiffchaff and 5 Redwing. On Tennyson Sands was a Water Rail.
January 15th. Around were 1100 Pink-footed Goose, a Coal Tit and a Bullfinch. On Jackson's Marsh were 8 Black-tailed Godwit.
January 14th. Birds around included a Woodcock and a Peregrine. At Coal Tit was singing. Offshore were 2 Eider and 3 Red-breasted Merganser. Heading south then landing on the sea was a Great Northern Diver.
January 13th. Around were a Woodcock and 1100 Pink-footed Goose. At least 2 Great Tit were singing.
A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided three new birds: singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit and Moorhen; and 9 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, a Dunnock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
At Gibraltar Point Moorhens often climb on bushes and small trees, eating berries and haws, and occasionally end up in mist-nets.
|Second calendar year Moorhen, lacking red bill and frontal shield, which would develop later; ringed 13 January 2015.|
Photo - George Gregory
Birds around included a Bullfinch.
January 11th. Strong westerly wind still.
Around were 32 Snow Bunting and a Redwing. Flying south were 2 Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua.