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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday 20th May 2018

Following poor breeding success in the drought of the first half of 2017 plus the "beasts from the East" earlier this year the Song Thrush population has declined from three to just a single breeding pair (with another just to the north of us around the Custom's House).

Migrants hard to come by although at least 3 new Chiffchaff passing through. A Collared Dove coming in off the sea harks back to the days when they first invaded our shores 50 years ago when many of the original pioneers used to arrive in the second half of May & June. 2 Jackdaw came in from the north & left to the West, a Whimbrel flew north, single Stock Dove on the reserve and a female White Wagtail was out the back (although we are suspicious that this bird may be paired with a local male Pied).

Knot Grass normally appears here later in the year. The literature informs us that they have two generations so this one is presumably from the first generation that is not noted here very often.

Ringing: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday 19th May 2018

 The first Azure Damselfly for the year at Landguard emerged today.

Following a clear night it was a cool but bright start to the day, the breeze moving from North East through to East South East by midday. A quiet day for migration with Chiffchaff being the only obvious grounded migrants and minimal passage offshore. Seven species of Butterfly have been  recorded on the reserve today, the first Small Copper & Small Heath seen in the previous few days and sightings of Holly Blue are increasing too.

Noted on the reserve, 70 Linnet, 6 Shelduck, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Med Gull & 1 Swallow. Going North, 5 Cormorant. Coming in off the sea going West, 2 Oystercatcher. Going out to sea East, 1 Fulmar.

Going South, 15 Swallow, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar, 1 Goldfinch,

First Latticed Heath of the season.

2 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 1.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday 18th May 2018

 Pied Flycatcher in the Holm Oak at the Observatory.

A chilly overcast start to the day which brightened up through the morning. Mid morning a Pied Flycatcher Flew into the Holm Oak in front of the Observatory and was feeding over the top of it for about 30 minutes, she then flew out onto the reserve and was lost from view. There was a female Wheatear towards the point and three Swift came in off the sea.

Noted on the reserve, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Shelduck, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Tern, 1 Pied Flycatcher & 1 Wheatear. Going North, 9 Med Gull, 6 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow & 1 Oystercatcher. Coming in off the sea going West, 3 Swift. Going South, 22 Swallow, 4 Barnacle Goose, 2 Gadwall & 1 Greater Black-backed Gull.

Dog's Tooth seems to be occurring more regularly, albeit, still in small numbers.

5 birds ringed: Linnet 2, Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 1, Whitethroat 1.

May Litter Pick

Litter Pick this Saturday 19th May 0930 hrs start. Usual arrangements on the Events page of

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thursday 17th May 2018

 Green Hairstreak butterfly on the Butts.

A cold start to the day and a Northerly wind that increased in strength through the morning. Offshore passage was minimal but common Tern were seen off the point before going North. The reserve was also quiet but a few new migrants were in with 5 Chiffchaff were around the Observatory and a Wheatear was towards the point.

Noted on the reserve, 70 Linnet, 14 Ringed Plover, 8 Shelduck, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 1 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Stock Dove & 1 Wheatear, going North, 3 Common Tern & 2 Cormorant.

Nutmeg is one of those "brown" moths that can put the novice off pursuing "mothing."

5 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 3, Whitethroat 1, Wren 1. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wednesday 16th May 2018

With all the rain this spring then a good crop of Bird's-foot Trefoil is predicted for this year.

After a bit of excitement yesterday very much back to basics this morning with the only grounded migrants noted being single Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & White Wagtail with the only vis mig being 2 Swallows south. Offshore southbound 18 Oyk & 10 Gannet with northbound 15 Common Scoter, 7 Knot, 5 Cormorant, 5 Common Gull, 4 Common Tern & Gannet. At least 10 Common Tern were feeding offshore late morning.

White Colon is a "Nationally Scarce" species that has a healthy population at Landguard.

Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

No sign today of yesterdays Bluethroat that showed very well in the afternoon & evening.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Tuesday 15th May 2018

This spring Red-spotted Bluethroat was the first spring Red-spot since 2002 as White-spots seem to have taken over in spring this century.

Noted on the reserve, 13 Shelduck, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bluethroat (Red-spotted), 1 Common Gull, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Spotted Flycatcher & 1 Swallow. Going North, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Cormorant & 1 Sandwich Tern. Coming in off the sea going West, 1 Black-headed Gull. Going South, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Jackdaw & 1 Cormorant.

Nice fresh Poplar Hawk-moth appearing for the first time this year.

Ringing: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Swallow.