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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Another cold and frosty night, has curtailed spring migration again for the time being. The 2 Ring Ouzels are still here, and 27 Wheatears are still out on the common, + the Whimbrel was also still feeding out there first thing, but now appears to have gone. Precious little else to report, so here is a picture of one of the healthy population of House Sparrows, which are breeding around the cottage, an all too infrequent occurrence these days.

2 birds ringed:  1 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tuesday 25th April 2017

This Whimbrel was showing well during the morning, seen chasing and feeding on insects. The 2 Ring Ouzel, presumed to be the same individuals, held the same positions as yesterday with one at each end of the reserve but remain distant for observing, good numbers of Wheatears still with 25 seen this morning. Also present 7 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler. Passage was quiet with only 11 Swallows going South noted.

Only 2 moths following a cold windy night with this Common Swift being one of them.

0 birds ringed:

Monday, 24 April 2017

Monday 24th April 2017

Pied Wagtail, above, is a resident at Landguard and they should typically start to nest from this last week in April onward, 5 Whitethroat are also singing and display flying to set territory for the coming breeding season. 2 Ring Ouzel are present again today and Wheatear numbers have increased to 25. Also seen 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap. Movement heading North included 5 Brent Geese, 4 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, going South 5 Whimbrel, 10 Swallow and 2 Goldfinch.

19 birds ringed: 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday 23rd April 2017

A pleasant  day weather-wise, but little movements of birds, with the exception of 3 Ring Ouzels(one of which pictured) skulking on the common, along with 10 Wheatear and the now regular 5  Whitethroats on the butts end + 2 Lesser Whitethroats also. Offshore, 12 Whimbrel , 5 Sanderling , 5 Common Tern and 1 Sandwich Tern all going north, whilst 2 Sparrow Hawk went high south and a Little Gull was present offshore.

More moths are beginning to appear, like this Muslin moth(above) which appears to be having a good year on site.

6 birds ringed: 3 Blackcap and 1 each of Chiffchaff, Linnet and Blackbird.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

The occasional sunny spell is encouraging a few more butterflies like this Holly Blue to come out.
The number of Wheatear has increased to 20 birds on the reserve and 7 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroat have also been seen. Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler continue to trickle through and a Fieldfare was also present. Over the sea saw an increase in movement with a Long-tailed Duck going South, also going South 17 Common Scoter and 1 Sandwich Tern, going North 12 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Kittiwake, 16 Whimbrel and 1 Curlew.

Incurvaria masculella is a common enough moth which appeared at Landguard for only the second time ever this morning.

14 birds ringed: 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, ! Whitethroat, 1 Robin

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday 21st April 2017

This Yellow Wagtail was 1 of 2 seen this morning, the second bird passing over heading South. The first House Martins at Landguard for this year were seen, 1 going East out over the sea and 1 going South, 22 Swallows were also going south along with 2 Sand Martins. 1 Merlin came in off the sea as did a Short Eared Owl.
Noted on the reserve, 12 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 1 Woodlark.
Passage over the sea going South, 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel and 1 North, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 5 Kittiwake and 1 North, 1 Fulmar plus 1 North. 1 Common Scoter going North.

With a milder night a few more moths showed up including a Least Black Arches, which, for the first one, is a tad early in the year.

17 birds ringed: 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Linnet, 1 Robin

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April Litter Pick

Spring Litter Pick this Saturday 22nd April 0930hrs start. Usual arrangements on the events page of