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Monday, 22 January 2018

Monday 22nd January 2018

1,840 Cormorants went out in a five minute spell early on. Offshore a small handful of Red-throated Divers plus 33 Kitts pulling in behind the Stenna Britannica as it went out. Purple Sand & Rock Pipit on the point despite the tide being out when we walked past this morning (often hard to find these species at low tide). The sun has just come out after an awfully dull wet weekend that reminded one more of Wales than sunny old Felixstowe !

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sunday 21st January 2018

God it looks bleak down here at the moment. 2,583 Cormorants went out to sea fishing early on. Male Bullfinch on site continues the increased run of records of this species over the last couple of years (but it's still notable as less than ten records annually over the last 20 years). Fieldfare worth a mention as is a Lesser Black-backed Gull as they largely desert us in the winter. Now raining again - last year was an incredibly dry one but recent weeks seem to be making up for it.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday 20th January 2018

Rain. 2,580 Cormorants went out fishing early on. Southbound 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Gull, Shag & Kittiwake with northbound 11 Brent & 7 Red-throats. Single Redwing in the compound & Turnstone but that's about it of note.

Friday, 19 January 2018

January Litter Pick

Litter pick this Saturday 20th January 0930hrs start. Usual arrangements on the events section of

Friday 19th January 2018

One of the delights of occupying old buildings is that chunks are liable to fall off. One of the garden benches also failed it's flying proficiency certificate yesterday morning being salvaged from the bushes today a fair way from its starting position in an unusable state. 2,150 Cormorants went out to sea fishing with the bulk of them going over 0720 hrs to 0730 hrs which is far to early to be here on a cold frosty January morning but then again it is getting lighter earlier. Mr & Mrs Peregrine were up displaying over the cranes as the last few Cormorants were going out at 0745 hrs. Nowt else to report.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday 18th January 2018

WNW 8 - 9 gusting 10 with a gust of 55.75 knots at 0620 hrs is a bit draughty. A mere 80 Fieldfare passed through this morning with a single Redwing the only other indicator of any cold weather movements (yesterday's count of Fieldfare is the largest in the observatories history with the only other four figure count on record being 1,000 also during cold conditions a mere 34 years ago on 24th January 1984). 2 Purple Sandpiper on the point is the only other record of note.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Cold weather forced flocks of Fieldfare totalling 1,259 to move quickly through the site this morning with just a few groups dropping in briefly. Also on the move southbound 108 Lapwing, 11 Common Gull, 11 Kitts, 3 Shelduck, Red-throated Diver & Great-crested Grebe with northbound 13 Kitts & Red-throat. Stonechat still present but no indication of any other refugees from bad weather elsewhere.