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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

A flat, clear and calm night, followed by a hot day produced a decent arrival of new migrants.

Warblers were the order of the day with totals of 15 Willow Warbler, 10 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Blackcap.

Others in the form of 29 Swallow, 14 Goldfinch, 9 Wheatear, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Robin and 3 Sand Martin.

News of a Red-legged Partridge seen yesterday, was still on-site today.

At sea were 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Fulmar.

A few migrants showing up in the traps including this Rusty Dot Pearl.

Ringing: 18 birds ringed this morning including 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird and 1 Woodpigeon.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday 22nd August 2016

The overnight rain gave the observatory a little soaking, as it surely needs it at the moment. The wind persisted throughout the day from the South and West.

A scattering of new arrivals despite the weather which include 53 Swift, 17 Sand Martin, 15 Goldfinch, 15 Willow Warbler, 13 Swallow, 12 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 House Martin and our female Common Redstart from the last few days.

Sea watching produced 10 Common Tern, 6 Teal, 6 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great-Black Backed Gull, 1 Curlew and 1 Cormorant.

Ringing: 15 birds ringed this morning including 11 Willow Warbler, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Robin and 1 Common Whitethroat.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday 21st August 2016

Blowing a hoolie still but a few migrants about including at least 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swift, Redstart & an unseasonal Reed Bunting. A Sooty Shearwater went north at a reasonable range offshore at 0800hrs but apart from that it was rather quiet with southbound 7 Teal, 3 Turnstone, Oyk, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover & Dunlin.

4 birds Ringed: Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Linnet.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday 20th August 2016

A rather wild and blustery day with intermittent showers of rain during the day. Not much on offer apart from a scattering of new arrivals.

Offshore, birds included 12 Knot, 9 Teal, 5 Grey Plover, 2 Fulmar, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Oystercatcher.

Other migrants involved 8 Goldfinch, 3 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Pied Flycatcher.

Red Admiral butterfly, (above).

Ringing: 1 bird ringed this morning, a Common Whitethroat.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Friday 19th August 2016

A much better day today. Cloudy conditions and the continuing winds, which swung to a more favourable position overnight, did produce a rather productive day at the observatory.

Migrants on land were in good numbers and a few moving through. These include 15 Goldfinch, 12 Common Whitethroat, 11 Swallow, 6 Wheatear (above), 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Redstart and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Sea watching was rather decent too with some good numbers and species variety. Totals of 128 Teal, 60 Black-headed Gull, 12 Shoveler, 9 Little Tern, 8 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Cormorant, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Common Gull and 1 Pomarine Skua that spent a few short minutes harassing gulls offshore and then flew North.

Schreckensteinia festaliella turned up for the first time last year. This one being the second site record. It lives on bramble and is frequently noted in Felixstowe so it is difficult to explain why more are not seen here.

Ringing: 18 birds ringed this morning which include 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 1 Robin and 1 Reed Warbler.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thursday 18th August 2016

The continued winds from the east haven't yet produced anything decent on the migrant front but there's still hope yet. The nature reserve and the general area looking really quite dry at present.

New arrivals came in the form of 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and 1 Meadow Pipit.

Sea watching produced 110 Teal, 7 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Skua (a rare sight these days) and 1 Black Tern.

Ringing: 2 birds ringed this morning which include 2 Willow Warbler.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday 17th August 2016

Easterly winds are prevailing at present so the air is filled with promise, but so far it is just a promise. Offshore Teal are starting to move with 66 going south today, although little else except for Terns with a total of 18 Sandwich and 11 Common Terns seen and what could be the last Little Tern of the year that we see here. On site 3 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat were seen but precious little else.

 Insect-wise, butterflies are appearing in better numbers now, including large numbers of Common Blue, which seem to be everywhere at present, as this picture of a male feeding on buddleia shows.

2 birds ringed today; 1 each of Willow Warbler and Wood Pigeon.