Thursday, 11 June 2015

Mid June 2015

June 20th. The 4 Spoonbill remained on Tennyson's Sands, where 2 Sandwich Tern were present. Flying north was a juvenile Grey Heron.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: a Meadow Pipit and 2 Whitethroat; and 8 retraps: 4 Whitethroat and 4 Great Tit.

June 19th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill. Going south were 14 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit and a Starling; and 5 retraps: a Linnet, a Wren, 2 Great Tit and a Blackbird.
 Butterflies included 2 Painted Lady.

June 18th. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill. Heading south were 45 Swift. Around were 2  Grey Partridge, 11 Eider, 3 Common Buzzard and 3 Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Mike Polling, resulted in 6 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock and a Great Tit; and 6 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Whitethroat, a Wren, a Dunnock and a Blackcap.

June 17th. The first-summer Montagu's Harrier was briefly present early morning. In the Plantation was a Firecrest. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and a Little Gull. Flying south were 37 Lapwing and 170 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 12 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 5 retraps: a Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Great Tit and 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

June 16th. Flying from Tennyson's Sands to Jackson's Marsh were 2 Spoonbill. 6 Turtle Dove were around whilst at sea 25 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet and 4 Wigeon flew south. Going south were 1000 Swift and 2 Lapwing.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 3 new birds: 2 Whitethroat and a Dunnock; and 3 retrap Whitethroat.

June 15th. An early morning sea watch saw the following moving north: 38 Gannet, 74 Sandwich Tern, a Fulmar, a Manx Shearwater, a first-summer Little Gull, 2 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and 9 auk sp. Going south at sea were another Fulmar, 23 Gannet, 6 auk sp, 60 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe. A drake Eider was on the sea, and 2 Arctic Skua were offshore harassing the passing Sandwich Terns. Birds around included a first-summer Montagu's Harrier, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Cuckoo and 4 Turtle Dove. On Tennyson's Sands were 7 Spoonbill and a Spotted Redshank. Heading south were 4 Crossbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded a new Dunnock and two retrap Dunnock.

Pyramidal Orchid, 15 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 14th. A Golden Oriole flew south into the Plantation. On Tennyson's Sands were 7 Spoonbill and a Spotted Redshank. Around were 350 Starling. Heading west were 300 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 12 new birds: 3 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 8 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Blackbird, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Chaffinch.

June 13th. Rain on and off.
 6 Spoonbill remained on Tennyson's Sands. Birds around included a Red Kite, a Common Buzzard, a Hobby, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Spotted Redshank, a Little Stint, 200 Starling and 2 Cuckoo. Flying north were 25 Swift.

Spoonbills, 13 June 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Hobby, 13 June.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Little Stint, 13 June 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Spoonbills, 13 June 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Hobby, 13 June 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
Spotted Redshank, 13 June 2015.
Photo - Stuart Ainsworth
June 12th. The Tennyson's Sands Spoonbill numbered 7 first thing, and then 6 later. Around were 400 Starling and 3 Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 6 new birds: a Linnet, 2 Great Tit and 3 Starling; and 4 retraps: a Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock and a Whitethroat.
 The Southern Marsh Orchids are now flowering.


Southern Marsh Orchid, 12 June 2015.
Photo - George Gregory
June 11th. On Tennyson's Sands were 7 Spoonbill. Birds around included a Jay and 4 Cuckoo.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes,with Mike Polling, resulted in 5 new birds: a Meadow Pipit and 4 Blue Tit; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Dunnock.
 A check of the Barn Owl box revealed an adult female and 3 pulli too small to ring, but appearing well fed.

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