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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

We pray for south-easterly winds at migration time because they bring in lots of nice birds to the east coast. Unfortunately it didn't happen this time, apart from a Redstart and a Whinchat, both of which were very elusive. Offshore did fare a bit better with 36 Common tern south, along with 8 Sandwich and 1 Little Tern also south + 61 Teal, 17 Oyster Catcher, 30 Swallows and 1 Greenshank also all going south.
Migrant moth activity in the traps was not spectacular, but did produce another Scarce Bordered Straw and this Nephopterix angustella. a very localised species whose larvae feed on Spindle berries, mostly found growing in hedgerows.

13 birds ringed: 3 Willow Warbler, 2 each of Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, House Sparrow and Starling and 1 each of Robin and Linnet.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

A still and humid night continued on into mid morning. Grounded migrants with the first Garden Warbler at Landguard for the autumn seen around the observatory, also noted 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. A grey Wagtail was heading South over the reserve and towards the point 16 Pied Wagtail & 8 Wheatears.
Offshore going South 84 Swallow, 29 Oystercatcher plus 1 going North, 20 Redshank, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Common Gull, 1 Ruff & 1 Sand Martin.
Offshore going North 99 Common Tern plus 5 going South, 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Gannet plus 1 going South.
The Fox pictured above was taking an early siesta, they are also indulging in the current fruit glut.

Considering the paucity of the commoner migrant moth recently, Scarce Bordered Straw is bucking the trend appearing in one's and two's most mornings.

33 birds ringed: Linnet 14, Goldfinch 5, Robin 4, Willow Warbler 4, Whitethroat 2, Blue Tit 1, Garden Warbler 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Wheatear 1

Monday, 21 August 2017

Monday 21st August 2017

A gentle breeze from the South West this morning, with it a few grounded migrants. Noted on the reserve the first Tree Pipit of this year at Landguard, seen briefly in front of the observatory. Also around the observatory 2 Spotted Flycatcher & 4 Willow Warbler. Towards the point were 2 Whinchat (pictured) & 8 Wheatear. There was also plenty of "tacking" from the bushes with 8 Lesser Whitethroat & 14 Whitethroat seen on the reserve.
Passage offshore going South 20 Common Tern, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel & 1 Osprey.

When the Agripuila geniculea start to appear you know it's autumn proper - this species will become very common over the next couple of weeks.

13 birds ringed: Linnet 3,Willow Warbler 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Dunnock 1, Goldfinch 1, Robin 1, Wheatear 1, Woodpigeon 1

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday 20th August 2017

Autumn is on it's way as this Spotted Flycatcher shows, one of 2 on site today along with at least 20 Willow Warblers, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Wheatear, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Blackcap. Offshore several terns are still feeding around the river mouth with more heading south including 3 Arctic Terns.
The moth traps were much quieter with the cooler, fresher nights, but migrant moths are still appearing, including this Dark Sword-grass, a regular migrant at this time of year.

20 birds ringed: 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear and 1 each of Blackcap, Blackbird, Greenfinch and Whitethroat.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017

A cold start to the day with strong Westerly winds, a few more migrants on the reserve with 20 Willow Warbler around the observatory and 10 Wheatear (pictured) at the point. Also at the point 1 Purple Sandpiper & 1 Turnstone.
Feeding off the point 53 Common Tern plus 15 going South, 9 Sandwich Tern & 2 Little Tern.
Passage noted going South 45 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 7 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret & 1 Redshank.

23 birds ringed: Willow Warbler 10, Starling 9, Blue Tit 1, Goldfinch 1, Whitethroat 1, Wren 1.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday 18th August 2017

Despite the wind Dragonfly are out and about, including Common Darter.

A clear and breezy start to the day followed with a heavy downpour between 7am and 8am. Migrants noted on the reserve, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap & 1 Sparrowhawk. Offshore at the point 158 Common Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern & 1 Med Gull. Passage going South, 17 Sand Martin, 10 Swift, 7 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail & 1 Golden Plover. Going North 15 Little Tern, 2 Gannet & 1 Turnstone.

4 birds ringed: Willow Warbler 2, Dunnock 1, Whitethroat 1

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Thursday 17th August 2017

Rain then drizzle to late morning. This seemed to force the passing waders down to sea level with south bound 111 Barwits, 100 Knot, 94 Dunlin, 59 Sanderling, 48 Ringed Plover, 23 Grey Plover, 19 Oystercatcher, 17 Swift, 12 Teal, 9 Turnstone, 6 Golden Plover, 6 Sandwich Tern, 5 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Fulmar, 2 Greenshank, Curlew & Swallow plus 12 Common Tern & a Kittiwake north making it an enjoyable spell of sea watching. Apart from this not a lot else noted of note.

Vestal (top) is a half decent migrant moth for us. Also pictured the Agonopterix litorosa from a couple of days back having got another opinion on it's identification. We do seem to be doing well for additions to the site list this year.

Ringing: 1 Lesser Whitethroat.