Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Early June 2016

June 10th. Intermittent light then heavy rain.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Long-eared Owl, a Hobby, 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo and a Grey Heron. Going south were 26 Swift.
 A rain-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 3 new birds: a Dunnock, a Blackbird and a Long-eared Owl; and 5 retraps: singles of Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Robin, Sedge Warbler and Blue Tit.

Long-eared Owl, ringed 10th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Red-necked Footman, 10th June 2016.
Photo - Sam Wilson
June 9th. Around were a Green Woodpecker, a Short-eared Owl, a Barn Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove. On Jackson's Marsh were 2 Wigeon and a Great Crested Grebe. Flying north were 3 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 4 new birds: a Linnet and 3 Dunnock.

June 8th. Increasing then decreasing north-easterly wind.
 Birds around included a Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harrier, a Swift, 2 Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoo. On Tennyson's Sands was a Spoonbill.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 3 new birds: 2 Robin and a Starling; and 3 retrap Dunnock.

June 7th. Around were 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Turtle Dove.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 13 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Blackcap, a Linnet, a Chaffinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird and a Woodpigeon; and a retrap Whitethroat.

Woodpigeon, ringed 7th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Grasshopper Warbler, ringed 7th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
June 6th. Birds around included 4 Spoonbill, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove. A Buzzard flew south.
 A Painted Lady was in East Dunes. A Marsh Moth was trapped overnight. Now known from only two sites in the UK: Gibraltar Point NNR and Saltfleetby NNR. Here, it was presumed that the 2013 tidal surge would have wiped out the relict population, but this individual proves otherwise.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, including the 4th session of CES, produced 13 new birds: 3 Long-tailed Tit, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Robin, a Greenfinch, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; 23 retraps: a Sedge Warbler, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Great Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, 3 Long-tailed Tit, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Wren, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 3 controls: a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, retrapped 6th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
Marsh Moth, trapped overnight 5th/6th June 2016.
Photo - Bryony Baxter
June 5th. Fairly strong northerly wind.
 Around were a Spoonbill, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Turtle Dove.
 A Painted Lady was on Storm Ridge.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 2 new birds: a Chiffchaff and a Dunnock; and 2 retrap Dunnock.

Painted Lady, 5th June 2016.
Photo - Rob Watson
Red-banded Sand Wasp, 5th June 2016.
Photo - Bryony Baxter
June 4th. Foggy, damp start, clearing later.
 Birds around included 2 Hobby, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 9 Lapwing, 4 Eider, 18 Teal, 2 Turtle Dove and 3 Cuckoo. Going north was a Swift.
 About 20 Painted Lady arrived.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Swallow, a Dunnock and a Sparrowhawk; and 7 retraps: a Spotted Flycatcher, a Blue Tit, a Woodpigeon, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Linnet and a Whitethroat;

Sparrowhawk, ringed 4th June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
June 3rd. Gradually moderating northerly wind.
 Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Spoonbill, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Cuckoo, a Swift and a purring Turtle Dove. Offshore were 3 Eider and a Kittiwake.
 A wind-restricted morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 9 new birds: 2 Linnet, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chaffinch, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Goldfinch and a Great Tit.
 A nest box check, with Bryony Baxter, produced 14 pulli Great Tit, 9 pulli Jackdaw, and an adult and 2 pulli Stock Dove ringed. Some nests held Blue Tit and Great Tit pulli too small to ring, but from other nests the fledglings had presumably flown already. Only one box held a clutch of dead chicks, presumably victims of the recent heavy rain.

Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 3rd June 2016.
Photo - George Gregory
June 2nd. Strong northerly wind.
 Birds around included a Turtle Dove and a Cuckoo. Heading north were 20 Auk Sp.

June 1st. Strong northerly wind. Soggy start.
 Around were a Cuckoo and 4 Mistle Thrush. Flying north were 23 Razorbill, 15 Fulmar and 6 Gannet.

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