Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Late June 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:

June 26th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill. Bird around included a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, a Cuckoo, 20 Sandwich Tern and 60 Little Tern.
 The sixth session of CES was done this morning. The 28 new birds were 12 Wren, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Great Tit, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Dunnock and a Wood Pigeon. The 14 retraps were a Song Thrush, 5 Whitethroat, 3 WillowWarbler, 3 Dunnock and 2 Wren.
 In Beach Car Park were now 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths.

June 25th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill and 2 Wigeon. Around were 10 Black-tailed Godwit. Flying south were 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 8 new birds: a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Linnet; and 2 retrap Whitethroat.
 A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was in Beach Car Park.

June 24th. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper. Going south were 156 Swift, a Hobby, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 16 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 7 Whitethroat, a Goldfinch, a Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Dunnock; and 14 retraps: 2 Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, a Reed Bunting and 2 Wren.

June 23rd. Around were a Grey Partridge, a Marsh Harrier and a Grasshopper Warbler. Offshore were 4 Common Tern and 40 Sandwich Tern. On Jackson's Marsh was a Common Sandpiper. Heading north were 2 Manx Shearwater; and south 60 Gannet, 2 Auk Spp, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 86 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Dunnock and a Blackbird; and 3 retraps: a Great Tit, a Chaffinch and a Meadow Pipit.

June 22nd. On the Mere were 2 Little Gull; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Great Crested Grebe. Birds around included an adult Black-tailed Godwit and a Grasshopper Warbler. Flying south were 3 Hobby and 3500 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 8 new birds: a Wren, a Chiffchaff, a Great Tit, 2 Whitethroat, a Meadow Pipit, a Goldfinch and a Dunnock; and 6 retraps: 2 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit and 2 Whitethroat.

June 21st. The summer solstice - the longest day.
 On Tennyson's Sands early were 2 Spoonbill (which flew off later) and 2 Great Crested Grebe. Around were a Wigeon, an adult Black-tailed Godwit, a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 House Sparrow.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 6 new birds: a Wren, 2 Whitethroat, a Robin and 2 Dunnock; and 7 retraps: a Dunnock, a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, a Great Tit, 2 Wren and a Linnet.
 Dragonflies included a Red-veined Darter.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Mid June 2017

June 20th. On Tennyson's Sands were 4 Spoonbill. Birds around included a Brent Goose, 118 Shelduck, 80 Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, a Siskin, 30 Sandwich Tern, a Cuckoo and 8 Rook. Going north were 65 Common Scoter.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 7 new birds: 3 Chiffchaff, a Linnet, a Great Tit, a Blackcap and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: a Linnet, a Dunnock and a Willow Warbler.

June 19th. On Jackson's Marsh was a Spoonbill, and on Tennyson's Sands a Wigeon. Around were a Marsh Harrier, a Sand Martin and a Siskin. Heading south were 6 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 3 new birds: 2 Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler; and 8 retraps: 2 Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, a Dunnock, a Chiffchaff and a Long-tailed Tit.
 In the East Dunes were 18 Six-spotted Burnet and 2 Painted Lady.

June 18th. The 2 Spoonbill remained on Tennyson's Sands. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Mediterranean Gull, a Cuckoo and a Kingfisher. Over the Mere was a Sand Martin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 13 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Linnet, 10 Starling and a Kingfisher; and 10 retraps: 2 Great Tit, a Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Wren, a Whitethroat and 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Bee Orchid, 18th June 2017.
Photo - Rhianna Wilson
Bee Orchid, 18th June 2017.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Broad-bodied Chaser, 18th June 2017.
Photo - Kevin Wilson
Kingfisher. ringed 18th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 17th. A Common Crane flew south onto the Wash. Also flying south were 2 Swift; and north a Wood Sandpiper. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill and a Little Ringed Plover. Around were 113 Shelduck, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 65 Little Tern, 4 Grey Heron, a Cuckoo and a Kingfisher.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 12 new birds: 2 Wren, a Reed Warbler, a Blue Tit, a Linnet, a Dunnock and 6 Starling; and 4 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Warbler and Dunnock.
 Butterflies included a Painted Lady.

Common Crane south over The Wash, 17th June 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
June 16th. On Jackson's Marsh was a Great White Egret; and on Tennyson's Sands 2 Spoonbill. Birds around included a Wood Sandpiper and 3 Rook. Going south were a Hobby, a Grey Heron, 2 Sand Martin and 600 Swift. A three hour sea-watch from dawn produced 5 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 52 Auk spp, 58 Gannet, 6 Shoveler, 19 Canada Goose, 34 Common Scoter and 4 Kittiwake. A Red Kite was seen over Seacroft Golf Course early morning.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes yielded 8 new birds: a Goldfinch, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock and 3 Starling; and 8 retraps: 3 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit and a Chaffinch.

Great White Egret on Jackson's Marsh, 16th June 2017
Photo - Owen Beaumont

Spoonbills, 16th June 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound

Great White Egret, 16th June 2017.
Photo - Nige Lound
June 15th. On Tennyson's Sands were up to 3 Spoonbill, a Little Ringed Plover and a Ruff. Around, including birds trapped, were 166 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, a Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo and a Bullfinch. Heading south were 2000 Swift and 2 Siskin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 18 new birds: 4 Wren, 2 Chiffchaff, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Bullfinch, a Robin, 2 Blue Tit, a Great Tit, a Dunnock and 4 Starling; and 9 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and a Dunnock.
 A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling provided 23 new birds: a Wren, 13 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and a Dunnock; and 9 retraps: 3 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, a Willow Warbler and a Dunnock.
 A Water Shrew was found in East Dunes.

Bullfinch, ringed 15th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 14th. A Willow Tit (first record since 30th June 2011) was discovered by the Plantation feeder station. On Tennyson's Sands were 3 Spoonbill and a Little Tern. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Cuckoo and a Kingfisher. Going south were 5 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 24 new birds: a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 8 Blue Tit, a Whitethroat, a Robin, 2 Dunnock, a Great Tit, 8 Starling and a Kingfisher; and 3 retraps: a Wren, a Great Tit and a Blue Tit.

Kingfisher, ringed 14th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 13th. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill and a Little Ringed Plover. Around were 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, a Kingfisher and a Turtle Dove. Flying south were 4 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 14 new birds: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Robin, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock, a Great Tit, a Starling, a Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush; and 8 retraps: 3 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat.

Spoonbill (bird 1), 13th June 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Spoonbill (bird 2), 13th June 2017.
Photo - Richard Doan
Moulting adult Mistle Thrush, ringed 13th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 12th. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill in the evening; and on Fenland Lagoon 2 Little Tern. Birds around included 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Rook and a Siskin. An afternoon sea-watch provided 18 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar, 50 Little Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern and 6 Auk Spp. Going south were an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Hobby and 750 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 21 new birds: 2 Blue Tit, a Chaffinch, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Dunnock, a Great Tit, 13 Starling and a Wood Pigeon; and 16 retraps: 6 Blue Tit, 2 Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, a Dunnock, a Blackbird and 5 Great Tit.

Woodpigeon, ringed 12th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 11th. In from the north came 2 Spoonbill, of which 1 flew off to Norfolk. Around were 2 Cuckoo, a Kingfisher and 4 Rook. Heading south were a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby and 140 Swift.
 The fifth session of CES was done this morning. The 20 new birds were 2 Wren, 8 Chiffchaff, a Robin, 3 Blackcap, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Dunnock and a Carrion Crow. The 10 retraps were 2 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Dunnock, a Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Carrion Crow, ringed 11th May 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Speckled Wood, 11th June 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson
Pyramidal Orchids, 11th June 2017.
Photo - Rob Watson

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Early June 2017

June 10th. Some light rain mid morning.
 Birds around included 2 Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove and a Goldcrest. Going south were 120 Starling.
 A brief morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: a Robin, 2 Linnet, a Whitethroat and a Starling; and 7 retraps: 4 Whitethroat, a Blue Tit, a Wren and a Linnet.

June 9th. Soggy start, gradually drying out.
  The  Common Crane reappeared briefly over the reserve in the morning. On Croftmarsh was a Pink-footed Goose; and on Jackson's Marsh a Little Gull. Around were 4 Teal, 350 Oystercatcher, a Whimbrel, 30 Lapwing, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Turtle Dove, 3 Cuckoo and a Hobby. Heading south were 9 Swift and 60 Starling.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, yielded 28 new birds: a Linnet, a Robin, 2 Chaffinch, a Goldfinch, 8 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock and 13 Starling; and 10 retraps: a Linnet, a Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, a Wren and 5 Blue Tit.
 A nest box check revealed 2 adult Barn Owls, of which 1 was ringed, and a clutch of 6 warm eggs.

Adult Barn Owl, ringed 9th June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
Pink-footed Goose, 9th June 2016.
Photo - Nige Lound
Barn Owl, 9th June 2017.
Barn Owl, 9th June 2017.
Hobby, 9th June 2017.
Mute Swan with cygnets on the Mere, 9th June 2017.
Oystercatcher with chick on Fenland Lagoon, 9th June 2017.
 June 8th. Some rain in morning. Quite strong wind, gradually decreasing.
 Birds around included a Hobby. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill (which later flew off north-west) and 2 Little Ringed Plover. Flying south were a male Pochard, 4 adult Kittiwake and 300 Swift.
 Dragonflies included 4 Red-veined Darter.

June 7th. Still very windy, but slowly decreasing in afternoon.
 The Spoonbill moved to Jackson's Marsh. Around were a Hobby and 11 Crossbill. Going south were 120 Swift. Sea-watching produced a Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 5 Sandwich Tern and 25 Little Tern.

June 6th. Wind decreasing then increasing, with intermittent rain.
 The Spoonbill remained on Tennyson's Sands. Birds around included a Hobby. Heading south were 2 Whimbrel and 650 Swift.

June 5th. Increasing south-westerly wind, with rain developing in afternoon.
 The Common Crane reappeared briefly over the reserve in the morning. On Tennyson's Sands was a Spoonbill. Around was a Cuckoo. Flying south were 286 Swift and 2 House Martin.
 A wind-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 4 new birds: a Long-tailed Tit and 3 Dunnock; and 4 retraps: 3 Whitethroat and a Linnet.

June 4th. A Common Crane flew briefly over Croftmarsh at 0925hrs.  On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill; and on Fenland Lagoon was a Greenshank. Birds around included a Red Kite, 2 Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoo. Going south were 11 Common Scoter and 75 Swift.
 The fourth session of CES was done this morning. The 6 new birds were a Long-tailed Tit, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Robin and a Blackcap. The 15 retraps were 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Long-tailed Tit, a Willow Warbler and 2 Blackbird.

Common Crane, 4th June 2017.
Photo - James Siddle
Common Crane, 4th June 2017.
Photo - James Siddle
Common Crane, 4th June 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
Common Crane, 4th June 2017.
Photo - Paul Neale
June 3rd. Brief light rain in morning.
 A Common Crane was on a field near Croftmarsh. On Tennyson's Sands were 2 Spoonbill. Around, including birds trapped, were 2 Cuckoo, a Kingfisher and 2 Spotted Flycatcher. Heading south was a Merlin.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes produced 5 new birds: a Linnet, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a Chaffinch and a Blackbird; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Whitethroat.
 Butterflies included 4 Painted Lady.

Common Crane, 3rd June 2017.
Photo - David Hitchin
Kingfisher, 3rd June 2017.
Photo - Tony Keefe
Spotted Flycatcher, ringed 3rd June 2017.
Photo - George Gregory
June 2nd. Birds around included a Red Kite, a Short-eared Owl, a Turtle Dove and 3 Cuckoo. The Spoonbill and Great Crested Grebe were still on Tennyson's Sands. Offshore were 30 Sandwich Tern, a Gannet and a Great Crested Grebe. Flying south were 180 Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 4 new birds: a Whitethroat, a Blue Tit and 2 Dunnock; and 2 retraps: a Blue Tit and a Whitethroat.

Southern Marsh Orchid, 2nd June 2017.
Photo - Nicky Yeadon
June 1st. The Spoonbill remained on Tennyson's Sands. Around were a Wigeon, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, 2 Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail. Going south was a Swift.
 A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, provided 2 new birds: a Whitethroat and a Mistle Thrush; and 4 retraps: a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blue Tit and a Great Tit.
 A check of nest boxes resulted in 6 Blue Tit pulli and 6 Great Tit pulli ringed; a sitting adult Great Tit; and several broods the wrong size for ringing. However, a number of dead chicks and wet, abandoned nests were presumably the result of recent heavy rains.