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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thursday 29th September 2016

The strengthening winds throughout the morning made observatory work rather difficult but a few observations were made with a few birds struggling on through.

Out of the wind in the quiet areas were 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Wheatear, all taking much needed shelter. Southbound were totals of 169 Swallow, 64 House Martin, 35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Peregrine Falcon.

Sea watching produced 7 Cormorant, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Brent Geese, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Knot.

One of the prettier autumnal moths we see occasionally is this Barred Sallow.

Ringing: 7 birds ringed this morning including 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Robin.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday 28th September 2016

An unusual site at Landguard were these 2 Mute Swans that swam out of the harbour before swimming north along the coast.
This Delicate is a scarce migrant here, and along with another Convolvulus Hawk Moth they were the best of the bunch in the traps overnight, 

Seemingly more birds about today with the 3 Tree Sparrows still here along with Firecrest and Black Redstart, at least 10 Chiffchaff and a Wheatear on site, whilst 148 Swallow went south along with 30 House Martin, 68 Meadow Pipit, 8 Grey Wagtail,2 Siskin and a Marsh Harrier, and close inshore a Red-throated Diver was fishing as it slowly drifted south.

13 birds ringed:  8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch and 1 each of Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and Great Tit.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday 27th September 2016

A wild and blustery day today at Landguard with sea watching the order of the day. A considerable amount of movement offshore kept observers on their toes. Very quiet on land.

The best of the rest were 1 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Guillemot. Other totals throughout the morning out to sea were as follows - 808 Brent Geese, 129 Teal, 115 Dunlin, 87 Wigeon, 21 Knot, 11 Shelduck, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Gannet, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe and 1 Grey Heron.

Land migrants on the move include 101 Swallow, 27 House Martin, 13 Meadow Pipit, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Wheatear (above).

Ringing: 3 birds ringed this morning which were 1 Firecrest, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Robin.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday 26th September 2016

Thick and heavy cloud throughout the morning produced a decent array of birds on-site.

Migrants comprised of 165+ Meadow Pipit, 70 Swallow, 7 Chaffinch, 7 Blackcap, 7 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Jackdaw, 2 House Martin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Peregrine Falcon.

Sea watching produced 13 Golden Plover, 6 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Cormorant, 2 Common Tern, 2 Knot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Gannet, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Oystercatcher.

The first Scarce Bordered Straw of the Autumn this morning. Also in the traps was another migrant in the form of Palpita vitrealis. 

Ringing: 22 birds ringed this morning including 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Robin.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016

What was presumably yesterdays Wryneck was taken for breakfast by a young male Sparrowhawk. A Manx Shearwater heading south offshore is always a good Landguard bird. Other offshore movements were limited but included southbound 19 Brent, 13 Dunlin, 12 Cormorant, 12 Sandwich Tern, 11 Grey Plover, 6 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 5 Gannet, 4 Teal, 2 Oyk, Kestrel, Turnstone & Common Tern. Visible migration came in the form of southbound 220 House Martin, 155 Swallow, 4 Grey & 1 Yellow Wag. In the bushes and on the reserve just small numbers of the expected late September fare including Stonechat & Whitethroat. Around the cottage 3 Tree Sparrows loiter. Clouded Yellow on the point is worth a mention.

7 birds ringed: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Saturday 24th September 2016

Strong south westerly winds, clear blue skies and a warm feel to the day. A lovely autumnal day for observatory work.

A few new arrivals today but starting with the best of the rest which was a Wryneck which was found mid morning and showed briefly for a lucky few.

Other arrivals consisted of 209 House Martin, 126 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Tree Sparrow (above), 3 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Jackdaw.

The sea was a little quiet but a few birds moving with 15 Teal, 9 Brent Geese, 9 Wigeon, 7 Grey Plover, 7 Sandwich Tern, 7 Cormorant, 4 Pintail, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Scoter and 1 Common Tern.

Late news concerned a Yellow-browed Warbler that worked its way along the Fort side of the observatory compound calling as it went.

Ringing: 14 birds ringed this morning including 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Wren and 1 Grey Wagtail.