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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Heavy overnight rain meant everything that was on site seemed to be sheltering from the weather. The most prominent species on show were 10 Whitethroat and 20 Goldfinch, both of which appear to have had a good breeding season locally so far. Things on the move were 54 Swifts, 27 Black-headed Gulls and 1 each of Lapwing and Curlew, all in off the sea.
Moth-wise, yet another Spurge Hawk moth to add to the growing list, also Pine Hawk, White Satin and this Coronet are all noteworthy for the site.

No birds ringed.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017


Botanically the reserve continues to bloom as the Sea Holly is coming into flower.
A strong easterly wind over night and heavy cloud cover to start the day. Unfortunately passage was very quiet and only 2 Barnacle geese and 1 Cormorant going South recorded during the morning. Plenty of activity seen with the resident birds as the number of juveniles increase, 60 Linnet and 16 Goldfinch were noted moving around on the reserve, 15 Whitethroat and 3 Lesser Whitethroat not quite as mobile around the reserve were seen through the Butts pond area and around the Observatory.


Shore Wainscot put in an appearance for the first time in 20 years. It is a nationally scarce species that uses Marram so it may be present on the beach. The red data book species Shaded Fan-foot which lives on bramble also showed up this morning for the first time in many years too.

19 birds ringed: Linnet 5, Whitethroat 5, Goldfinch 4, Blackbird 2, Greenfinch 1, Robin 1, Woodpigeon 1

Monday, 26 June 2017

Monday 26th June 2017


The only migrants noted so far was a Grey Wagtail heading north and a female Blackcap (presumably a failed breeder going walkabout). At least 350 Starlings were present going out of roost first thing.


Silky Wainscot has only been noted in three previous years here but as it is a reed bed species this probably explains why.

4 birds ringed: 1 Blackcap, 1 Linnet, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Wren.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017


Sanderling in summer plumage on the beach this morning.
A cooler blustery start to the day on Landguard this morning but a few birds were moving through. New birds noted on the reserve this morning were 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sanderling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler and offshore moving South were 18 Swift and 6 Sandwich Tern.


This juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker would have only recently fledged, it is in active wing moult with four of the primaries having already been replaced.

11 birds ringed: House Sparrow 2, Linnet 2, Blackbird 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Greenfinch 1, Reed Warbler 1, Wren 1

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday 24th June 2017


Breezy. Heading south 90 Swift, single Sand Martin, House Martin, Curlew & Little Tern plus a Gannet north. Apart from this it's baby birds.

10 birds ringed: 6 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 House Sparrow.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday 23rd June 2017


Lady's Bedstraw has bloomed over the last few days giving a yellow carpet to Landguard, the herb earned its name bedstraw when it was traditionally used to stuff mattresses, believed that the scent would keep fleas away.
Very little passage noted this morning with 1 Grey Heron going out East and 2 Swift going South. The Juvenile bird population continues to increase with new Dunnock, House Sparrow, Linnet and Whitethroat being seen, plus new dispersing juvenile birds not bred on Landguard with Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Greenfinch and Goldfinch. The Starling Roost had increased to 150 individuals in the Holm Oaks last night.


Doing quite well for editions to the site list this year. Marbled White Spot is a spreading species that has taken its time getting here as it is described as "reasonably widespread and common" in Suffolk!

27 birds ringed: Linnet 11, Goldfinch 4, Greenfinch 3, Great Tit 2, House Sparrow 2, Whitethroat 2, Blue Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Dunnock 1

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend

This weekend a whole range of activities are taking place across Felixstowe including a re-enactment between the Dutch & English at Landguard Fort with cannon, muskets & swords. On the Sunday the car parks around the Fort will be closed. There is no access down View Point Road for a couple of hours around mid-day whilst the "battle" takes place. The gate into the Bird Observatory in the moat will be closed whilst the "battle" takes place. Any Bird Observatory members on site during the "battle" will have to remain on site until the event finishes. It is recommended that members stay away during the "battle" - unless you like to watch people in fancy dress making a lot of noise with gunpowder then please park off site and walk down over the nature reserve. For a full programme & timings of this event please visit www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk  If any of our members wish to be in the Bird Observatory around mid-day on Sunday please drop me an e.mail at landguardbo@yahoo.co.uk for more details.