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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thursday 19th October 2017

 Rock Pipit at the point.

Bearded Tit is a major site rarity with previous records of one 16th February 1887, an unknown date in September or October 1973, one 12th October 1988 and another 15th October 2010. The 10 that arrived on site today came in going South, landed briefly, then went back North.
Noted on the reserve, 70 Redwing, 50 Blackbird, 50 Robin, 20 Song Thrush, 10 Bearded Tit, 7 Brambling, 7 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Snipe & 1 Wheatear.
Vismig going South, 413 Goldfinch, 50 Chaffinch, 28 Meadow Pipit, 22 Skylark, 10 Pied Wagtail, 7 Siskin, 7 Swallow & 4 Redpoll.
Offshore going South, 1829 Brent, 242 Wigeon, 214 Teal, 64 Dunlin, 42 Common Gull, 40 Shelduck, 26 Golden Plover, 17 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 12 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 10 Lapwing, 4 Avocet, 3 Pintail, 2 Common Tern, 2 Curlew, 1 Goldeneye & 1 Red-throated Diver. Going North, 20 Gannet & 1 Common Scoter.

Several migrant moths this morning, including this female Gem.

79 birds ringed: Blackbird 21, Robin 20, Redwing 15, Song Thrush 6, Brambling 4, Goldcrest 3, Chiffchaff 2, Firecrest 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 1, Willow Warbler 1, Wren 1.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday 18th October 2017


Ring Ouzel's are a bit few and far between this autumn & do not wish to pose ! At least 5 Firecrest were the first of their kind this autumn. Other grounded migrants were in very low numbers including 6 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Wheatear, Grey Wag & Stonechat. Vis mig very quiet with southbound 45 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 7 Mipit, Rock Pipit, Redpoll, Reed Bunting & Grey Heron. Offshore a handful of Brent on the move. Cock Pheasant on View Point Road was probably the one reported a couple of days back - we have roughly 25 records of Pheasant since records began.


A Cypress Carpet is only our second site record with the earlier one being in 2010 when it was an addition to the Suffolk list. This species was first noted in Britain in 1984 and has slowly colonised southern areas. Also of note in the moth department was a Vestal.

17 birds ringed: 4 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017


Vis mig a lot quieter this morning - did all that pinky orange sky yesterday evening full of smog from Portuguese fires & Saharan dust have anything to do with it? South bound just 509 Goldfinch, 13 Redpoll, 13 Starling, 12 Linnet, 11 Swallow, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Skylark, 6 Mipits, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting & Grey Wag with offshore 13 Knot, 11 Brent, 6 Wigeon, 6 Dunlin, 5 Shelduck, 2 Teal, Common Scoter, Sanderling, Turnstone & Ringed Plover plus 10 Ringed Plover heading north for some obscure reason (just changing estuaries?). Grounded migrants very few & far between with the ringing figures only saved by a dose of Long-tailed Tits late morning. Still 2 Wheatear loitering but grounded groups of finches & Mipits becoming much lower in numbers over the past week.


Despite the mild start with the wind strong overnight only 6 moths in the traps but they did include a Large Wainscot.

24 birds ringed: 16 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday 16th October 2017


A warm, cloudy start with a Southerly wind gathering pace through the morning. Noted on the reserve, 30 Linnet, 18 Robin, 15 Goldfinch (pictured), 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Brambling, 1 Little Owl & 1 Wheatear.
Vismig going South, 1895 Goldfinch, 118 Starling, 112 Meadow Pipit, 93 Linnet, 77 Redpoll, 50 Chaffinch, 21 Siskin, 15 Greenfinch, 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Swallow, 3 Skylark & 2 Rock Pipit.
Offshore going South, 46 Wigeon, 31 Dunlin, 22 Shelduck, 15 Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 3 Black-headed Gull, 3 Brent Goose & 2 Common Gull. Going North, 5 Goosander & 1 Gannet.

Bee moth is late in the year to pay us a visit, the larvae inhabit the nests of Bumble Bee and Wasps.

8 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 2, Robin 2, Blackbird 1, Blackcap 1, Great Tit 1, Wren 1.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017

An exceptionally warm day for the time of year see's the continuation of Finch movements south over the site, with 1515 Goldfinch making up the bulk, along with 80 Linnet, 41 Chaffinch, 39 Lesser Redpoll and 34 Greenfinch + 32 Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, 11 Reed Bunting, 11 Swallow and 7 House Martin. On site were 2 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and a late Willow Warbler.
Insect-wise, 10+ Clouded Yellow's were seen, and the moth highlight was this Grey Shoulder-knot, a species normally found around Oaks.

22 birds ringed: 6 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Willow Warbler.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017

Med Gull on the beach at Landguard.

A warm and breezy day and with it a few Dragonflies, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker and Southern Hawker seen.
Noted on the reserve, 30 Linnet, 16 Meadow Pipit, 8 Goldcrest, 7 Pied Wagtail, 4 Med Gull, 3 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear & 1 Little Owl.
Vismig going South, 1656 Goldfinch, 245 Linnet, 92 Meadow Pipit, 65 Chaffinch, 59 Greenfinch, 43 Skylark, 43 Swallow, 37 Starling, 27 Redpoll, 23 Woodpigeon, 19 House Martin, 18 Pied Wagtail, 6 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 1 Woodlark. Coming in off the sea going West, 128 Starling.
Passage offshore going South 52 Black-headed Gull, 17 Shelduck & 3 Common Gull, going North 1 Oystercatcher.

34 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 8, Blackbird 5, Chaffinch 4, Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 4, Lesser Redpoll 3, Blackcap 2, Dunnock 2, Great Tit 1, Woodpigeon 1.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday 13th October 2017

The Woodpigeon at Landguard are late nesters, these squabs should be ready to fledge quite soon.

A windy start that remained overcast for the duration of the morning. With the recent 6th record for Great White Egret the 7th has been logged this morning with the second record this autumn of 2 together going South offshore, also noted going South, 970 Goldfinch, 141 Linnet, 40 Meadow Pipit, 19 Redpoll, 18 Greenfinch, 13 Swallow, 12 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 9 House Martin, 9 Siskin, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Knot,  3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover & 1 Red-breast Merganser. Going North, 1 Red-breast Merganser. Coming in off the sea going West, 1 Shoveler.
Noted on the reserve, 45 Linnet, 25 Meadow Pipit, 11 Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Med Gull & 1 Stonechat.

15 birds ringed: Blackbird 4, Redwing 3, Goldcrest 2, Wren 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 1, Grey Wagtail 1.