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.