Friday, 21 April 2017

Late April 2017

The Visitor Centre, with cafe, is now open to visitors from 10 am to 3.45 pm.

For further information regarding the Reserve and its wildlife, please contact Kevin Wilson at:

kwilson@lincstrust.co.uk

April 24th. Rain/wintry showers overnight until early morning.
 Around were a Cuckoo, a Wheatear and a singing Lesser Whitethroat. The pair of Garganey remained on the Mere.

April 25th. Cold start, then sun, then rain.
 Birds around, including those trapped, were a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. Flying north was a Swallow; and south a Mediterranean Gull.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 5 new birds: singles of Wren, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch and Blackcap; and a retrap Wren.

April 24th. A White Stork flew south-east over the Wash in the afternoon. Around, including birds trapped, were a Red Kite, a Little Ringed Plover, 18 Whimbrel, a Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 5 Wheatear, 4 Fieldfare, 20 Swallow, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler and a Siskin. Offshore were a Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern and 11 Eider. Going south were 90 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet, a large Diver Sp, a Sparrowhawk, a Hobby, 40 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, a House Martin and 6 Chaffinch; and north 2 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue provided 18 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, a Sedge Warbler, 5 Goldfinch, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, a Dunnock and 2 Greenfinch; and 12 retraps: a Mistle Thrush, a Robin, a Wren, 2 Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler and a Long-tailed Tit.

Mistle Thrush, retrapped 24th April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
April 23rd. West in off the sea came an Osprey. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Red-legged Partridge, a Whimbrel, a Spotted Redshank, a Cuckoo, a Kingfisher, a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap and 2 Willow Warbler. Single Reed Warblers were singing at Tennyson's Sands and the Mere. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was on Jackson's Marsh. Offshore were 2 Little Tern. Flying north were a Marsh Harrier and a Swallow; and south 5 more Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with James Siddle, produced 13 new birds: a Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, 4 Blackcap, a Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, a Whitethroat and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: singles of Blackbird, Wren and Dunnock.
 Offshore were 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Blackcap singing in the Plantation, 23rd April 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
Linnet, 23rd April 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
Whinchat, 23rd April 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
 April 22nd. Around, including birds trapped, were 3 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cuckoo, a Redwing, a Fieldfare, a Jay, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and a Yellow Wagtail. Going south were 2 Swallow; and north a Marsh Harrier.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 9 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Great Tit; and 5 retraps: a Linnet, a Wren, 2 Reed Bunting and a Great Tit.

Lesser Whitethroat, ringed 22nd April 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
April 21st. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Common Buzzard, 126 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, a Greenshank, 1000 Dunlin, 11 Sandwich Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, a Firecrest singing at Aylmer Avenue and a Brambling. The pair of Garganey were still on the Mere. Flying south were 9 Common Scoter, 13 Sandwich Tern, 13 Rook, 41 Carrion Crow, 6 Jackdaw, 14 Swallow, 70 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch and a Brambling; and north 3 Swallow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 5 new birds: a Wren and 4 Blackcap; and a retrap Reed Bunting.

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