Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Late March 2017

The Visitor Centre, with cafe, is now open to visitors from 10 am to 3 pm.

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March 22nd. The highlight of the day was a Bearded Tit on Tennyson's Sands.

March 21st. Around were 47 Avocet, an early Sandwich Tern, a Rook, 30 Corn Bunting, a Yellowhammer and 40 Redwing. On the move were 17 Fieldfare, 260 Starling and 66 Chaffinch.
 An Early Thorn and Twin-spotted Quaker were trapped overnight.
Early Thorn trapped overnight, 21st March 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy
Twin-spotted Quaker trapped overnight, 21st March 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mid March 2017

March 20th. Around were 4 Chiffchaff, 51 Redwing, 40 Corn Bunting and 2 Fieldfare. On the move were 200 Chaffinch, 34 Siskin, 6 Rook and a Grey Wagtail.

March 19th. The highlight of the day was a CATTLE EGRET discovered on Jackson's Marsh at dawn (second reserve record). Around were 51 Avocet, a Marsh Harrier and 8 Chiffchaff.
CATTLE EGRET on Jackson's Marsh, 19th March 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
CATTLE EGRET on Jackson's Marsh, 19th March 2017
Photo - Richard Doan
 March 18th. No records received.

March 17th. On the move were 22 Chaffinch, 4 Siskin, 480 Starling, 43 Fieldfare, a Black-throated Diver and an adult summer Mediterranean Gull. Around were 5 Chiffchaff, a Woodcock, 300 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Eider.

March 16th. Around were 30 Corn Bunting, 2 Siskin, 6 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. On the move were 15 Whooper Swan, 10 Rock Pipit and a female/immature Marsh Harrier.

March 15th. An immature GOSHAWK flew west over Croft Marsh mid-morning. Also on the move were 65 Fieldfare, 7 Rook, a Lapland Bunting, 26 Chaffinch, 300 Wood Pigeon, 68 Starling and 15 Siskin. Around were 30 Avocet, 60 Corn Bunting, 4 Common Buzzard, a Woodcock, 2 Yellowhammer, a Chiffchaff and a Brambling.
 A Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma were seen in the Plantation.

March 14th. The highlight of the day was a 2CY Caspian Gull on the beach. On the reserve were 600 Grey Plover, 9 Rook, 600 Dunlin, a Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Siskin and 6 Rock Pipit.

March 13th. Around the reserve were 6 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Woodcock and 4000 Starling. On the move were 57 Jackdaw, 3 Stock Dove, 36 Chaffinch, a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 19 Rook and 5 Alba Wagtail.
 The first butterflies of the year were on the wing; 3 Comma and a Red Admiral.
 A Shoulder Stripe and Mottled Grey were caught in the moth trap.
Mottled Grey, 13th March 2017
Photo - Kev Wilson
Shoulder Stripe, 13th March 2017
Photo - Kev Wilson
March 12th. Heading south were 39 Chaffinch, 2 Alba Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 25Golden Plover and 495 Starling. Around were 85 Corn Bunting, a ringtail Hen Harrier, 24 Linnet, 2 Snipe, 3 Siskin, 220 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 2500 Oystercatcher, a Great Crested Grebe, 33 Avocet, 2 Pintail, 200 Brent Goose and a pair of Goldeneye.
Goat Willow, 12th March 2017
Photo - Rob Watson
March 11th. In the Plantation were 79 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin and a singing Chiffchaff. A flock of 60 Corn Bunting were singing in the West Dunes. On Tennyson Sands were 25 Avocet and a Kingfisher.
 A Pale Pinion was in the moth trap overnight.
Pale Pinion trapped overnight, 11th March 2017
Photo - John Shaughnessy

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Early March 2017

March 10th. Around were 5 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, a Green Woodpecker, 28 Avocet and a Kingfisher.

March 9th. About were 24 Avocet, 2 Siskin and a Water Pipit.
Siskin, 9th March 2017
Photo - Kev Wilson
March 8th. On the reserve were 2 Siskin, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 400 Brent Goose, a Water Pipit, 13 Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Treecreeper, 23 Avocet, a Grey Heron and a Water Rail. Heading south were 250 Starling and 2 Rook.

March 7th. Around were 2 Fieldfare, 2 Brambling, 2 Siskin, a Green Woodpecker, a Water Pipit and a Grey Heron.

March 6th. Birds around included 2 Goldcrest, 15 Siskin, 250 Curlew, a Stonechat, a Water Rail, a Green Woodpecker and a Woodcock. Offshore were 40 Red-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe. A pre-roost gathering of 117 Corn Bunting was exceptional by the Visitor Centre Car Park.
Stonechat, 6th March 2017
Water Rail, 6th March 2017
March 5th. No records received

March 4th. A Woodlark flew south over North Car Park early afternoon. On the water bodies were 33 Tufted Duck, 28 Little Grebe, 138 Wigeon, a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Avocet, 3 Goldeneye (inc pair displaying) and a Kingfisher. Around were 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Siskin, 4 Goldcrest, a Water Pipit, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Fieldfare.

March 3rd. A morning seawatch produced a Black-throated Diver, 30 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe and a drake Common Scoter. Around were 2 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, a Merlin and a Water Pipit.
 The first decent dawn chorus was heard this morning with Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Wren, Mistle Thrush, Corn Bunting, Goldcrest, Great Tit and Robin all in song.

March 2nd. The morning high tide was a spectacle with 15000 Knot, 1500 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1300 Oystercatcher, 300 Sanderling, 4200 Dunlin, 5500 Grey Plover and 16 Ringed Plover. Other birds around were 40 Corn Bunting, 200 Linnet, 14 Redwing, a Peregrine, a Merlin and a Green Woodpecker. Offshore were 7 Red-breasted merganser, an Eider and 22 Red-throated Diver. A group of 10 Siskin flew south over Mill Hill.

March 1st. A Woodlark flew south over Mill Hill at 0840hrs, with possibly a second bird, found in a meadow to the north at 1200hrs. Also on the move early morning were 61 Chaffinch, 14 Siskin, 27 Jackdaw, 17 Linnet, 6 Rock Pipit, a Ruff, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Starling and 4 Rook south. On the reserve were 12000 Knot, 1500 Grey Plover, 350 Sanderling, 500 Dunlin, a Water Pipit, a Green Woodpecker and a Snipe.