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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Landguard can actually look like a nature reserve at times when nobody is about, however the clear blue sky and warm calm day is an indication towards the low passage seen today. On the receding tide the number of Terns present had greatly reduced with 4 Common Tern and 2 Little Tern seen this morning, 1 Fulmar going south being the only passage noted offshore, over the beach 6 Swallow went South, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff were the only new migrants seen on the reserve.

The warmer weather does bring more moths though and Caloptilia robustella is a good looker in the micro department.

4 birds ringed: 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Swallow

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

This male Linnet was looking smart in the sun this morning. 
Some passage offshore early this morning going North, a skein of 50 Brent Geese and during the morning over the reserve going South, 16 Swallow and 3 House Martin. A single Chiffchaff was a new arrival on the reserve, off the point 14 Common Tern and 5 Little Tern were feeding.

Moth variety continuing to increase with our first Poplar Hawk-moth for this year coming out.

4 birds ringed: 1 chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird,1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday 22nd May 2017

Off the beach during high tide this morning a count of 22 Common Tern and 5 Little Tern with these 2 pictured stopping off for a moment, 4 Sanderling were also on the beach.
Noted on the reserve are the first fledged juvenile Linnet for this year and the Starling flock also continues to increase with freshly fledged juveniles.
Passage over the reserve with 32 Swallow South and offshore 2 Bar-tailed Godwit also going South.

White Point was formerly a migrant species but has been classed as resident now for many years.

2 birds ringed: 1 Great Tit, 1 Linnet

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday 21st May 2017

Down to 2 Wheatear and single Blackcap & Spot Fly in the grounded migrant department as spring passage for many common species is grinding to a halt. Offshore northbound 52 Brent, 3 Barnacles, 2 Little Egret and 1 Whimbrel, southbound 14 Black-headed Gull, 9 Shelduck, 4 Barnacles, 2 Oyk & 2 Sanderling plus 2 Avocet heading in land. Also heading south 62 Swallow, 4 House Martin & 2 Goldfinch.

4 birds ringed: Blackbird, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017

The Whitethroat males have established territories with 7 seen around the reserve, the females are a little more reclusive but never far from the watchful males.
Passage over the reserve, 70 Swallow, 2 House Martin and 1 Swift all going South, 1 Kingfisher was heading South and then turned West to go inland.
Offshore 25 Common tern and 6 Little Tern gathered at the point during high tide and then dispersed, 169 Brent Geese went North and 1 Grey Heron South.

Vine moth is supposedly a "local" species but is common enough here. It is considered a pest on grape vines but is not feeding on that here.

11 birds ringed: 3 Great Tit, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wood Pigeon.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday 19th May 2017

The Starling population has increased greatly in a few days with fledged juvenile birds in the flock, they are still requesting food from parents but will soon be independent. Migrant birds noted on the reserve this morning 3 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk. Going South over the reserve 83 Swallow and 3 House Martin.
Leading into high tide at 7am Terns gathered along the seaward side of the point with a peak count of 47 Common Tern and 13 Little Tern, they then dispersed when the tide turned, offshore 2 Sandwich Tern were seen going North and passage going South 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 1 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake.

4 birds ringed: 3 Great Tit, 1 House Sparrow.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017

Steady overnight rain has provided a much needed drink on Landguard, it has also provided bathing facilities as this Woodpigeon is demonstrating with a quick freshen up!
A Serin was located at 6:40am flying over then circling around and landing on the reserve, viewed preening briefly before going into cover and unfortunately was not relocated. At the same time a Redpoll was also seen, likewise it landed and took cover. Other migrants seen on the reserve were 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear and 1 Reed Warbler. Passage noted going South 39 Swallow and 4 North,, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 South, 1 House Martin 1 Turtle Dove. 2 Swift came in West off the sea. Movement offshore, 3 Common Tern going North and 2 South, 1 Little Tern South.

The diversity of moths continues to increase with milder conditions, this treble lines is an infrequent visitor to Landguard.

7 birds ringed: A single of Blackcap, Great Tit, Linnet, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Willow Warbler, Wren.