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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018

This "black" coloured Guillemot at the point this morning is almost certainly a Northern bird of the nominate race Uria aalgae aalgae

 Not sure if we have ever managed a Canada goose picture on the blog before.

Noted on the reserve, 12 Redwing, 4 Black Redstart, 3 Firecrest, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 1 Bluethroat, 1 Curlew, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Guillemot & 1 Woodcock.

Going North, 30 Brent Goose. Going out to sea East, 7 Cormorant plus 3 going South and 5 coming in off the sea going West. Going South, 31 Brent Goose, 3 Dunlin & 2 Marsh Harrier. Coming in off the sea going West, 5 Canada Goose.

9 birds ringed: Redwing 4, Blackbird 1, Blue Tit 1, Chaffinch 1, Great Tit 1, Wren 1.

Pale Pinion has only ever been recorded here on a couple of previous occasions. 

Lead-coloured Drab is also notable here, having only been recorded in five previous years.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Today's migrants include 22 Blackbird, 10 Robin, 10 Stonechat, 6 Black Red, 2 Skylark, 2 Bluethroat, 2 Firecrest, Woodcock, Song Thrush, Redwing & a couple of new Great Tit.  Overhead southbound 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, Snipe & 3 Snow Bunting that flew down the beach and appeared to pitch in towards the point. A Shag just off the beach flew off south. It is quite probable that 3 different Bluethroat have been involved in the sightings over the last three days.

10 birds ringed: 4 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

 Six Black Redstart were seen at Landguard this morning.

The wind from the East had calmed this morning but there was a chilly Northerly breeze instead. A second Bluethroat was found by Butts pond during the morning, the Bluethroat from yesterday still favouring the bramble between the boardwalk and the butts. Black Redstart and Stonechat are along the beach towards the seawatch hide.
Noted on the reserve, 8 Ring Plover, 6 Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 2 Bluethroat, 2 Woodcock, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest & 1 Turnstone.
Offshore going North 5 Teal & 1 Gadwall. Going South, 45 Barnacle Goose & 1 Oystercatcher.

Despite the cold the first Hebrew Character of the year has put in an appearance.

7 birds ringed: Blackbird 3, Robin 2, Black Redstart 1, Dunnock 1.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday 19th March 2018

One of the seven Black Redstart at Landguard today.

The strong Easterly wind continues today. The Black Redstart and Stonechat are still present, seen foraging all along the beach edge of the reserve. At midday a male Bluethroat was found near the Butts and was seen frequently during the afternoon.
Noted on the reserve, 8 Ringed Plover, 7 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Skylark, 1 Bluethroat & 1 Redwing.
Going North, 7 Cormorant plus 5 going out to sea East and 1 coming in off the sea going West. Also North, 2 Red-breasted Merganser & 1 Red-throated Diver. Going South, 8 Brent Goose, 5 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck plus 1 going North & 1 Oystercatcher.

5 bird ringed: Stonechat 2, Blackbird 1, Bluethroat 1, Song Thrush 1.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday 18th March 2018

The "minibeast from the east" continues with some snow cover, sub-zero temperatures plus a biting easterly wind. On the move southbound 15 Brent & 6 Shelduck with northbound 96 Barnacles, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Kitts, 2 Grey Plover, Little Gull & Goosander (although this bird was only noted when the hurriedly taken photos of the Barnies were put on the computer - its low over the water in the right hand side of the shot above). Migrants today include at least 25 blackbird, 8 Song thrush, 4 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, Redwing & Black Redstart.

24 birds ringed: 18 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Robin.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

Turnstone on the sea wall.

Strong wind from the East with snow showers during the morning, a complete contrast to the spring feel of the previous few days. Black Redstart were seen briefly around the seawatch hide along with Stonechat in the same area, there was an increased movement of Blackbird too. Towards the point Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone.

Noted on the reserve, 50 Blackbird, 5 Skylark, 3 Stonechat, 3 Turnstone, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Lapwing, 1 purple sandpiper. 

Offshore movement going North, 8 Common Scoter, going South, 90 Brent Goose & 14 Teal. Going out to sea East, 4 Cormorant.

31 birds ringed: Blackbird 22, Song Thrush 8, Robin 1.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday 16th March 2018

An Oystercatcher on the reserve, this individual is ringed but the sequence has not been read to record it.

A pleasant morning that could be considered warm at times, four Black Redstart are new arrivals seen along the beach on the brambles, two Firecrest and a Woodcock were in the obs.
Noted on the reserve, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Redwing, 5 Sanderling, 4 Black Redstart, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Firecrest, 2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Meadow Pipit & 1 Woodcock.
Offshore going North, 376 Cormorant & 13 going out to sea East, 33 Brent Goose & 1 going South, 3 Common Scoter. Coming in off the sea going West, 3 Shelduck. 
Going South over the reserve, 4 Goldfinch & 1 Yellowhammer.

11 birds ringed: Song Thrush 3, Firecrest 2, Blackbird 1, Black Redstart 1, Great Tit 1, Redwing 1, Robin 1, Woodcock 1.