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Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday 27th February 2017

Rain on and off all morning. Flock of 34 Redwing on site is interesting in the fact that we have had this species on several occasions recently whereas passage didn't used to start until into the first week of March. A definite increase in gull numbers following shipping in from out to sea plus at least 20 Gannet & a Bonxie. Very little else moving with the highlight being a single Fulmar.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday 26th February 2016

Just 473 Cormorants heading out to sea fishing this morning but with dawn getting earlier they have been going out on many days before anyone arrives on site.Offshore movements included southbound 32 Gannet, 5 Brent, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver & Eider with northbound 3 Red-throated Diver. Migrant passerines were 5 Siskin south plus a Fieldfare on site early on. 2 Purple Sands were along the riverbank on the rising tide.

A Satellite was today's moth which is a species that is occasionally in the traps in the late autumn.

Ringing: 1 House Sparrow

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Saturday 25th February 2017

5 Scaup flying south is the first sighting of this species since we last saw any which is so many years ago I can't remember when ! Back in the day they used to get noted at least annually but not any more. Also on the move southbound 50 Red-throated Diver, 39 Brent, 4 Shelduck, 2 Knot, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Scoter & Avocet with northbound 30 Brent & 5 Red-throats plus up to 8 Gannet appearing offshore when shipping was coming in or out. The Avocet is also worth highlighting as the first record of the year so far.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday 24th February 2017

Storm Doris did her worst so plenty of tidying up to do as several lilacs, elders & brambles came down in the compound along with many smaller branches. Plenty of wind blown litter on site originating from the docks to clear up as well. 5 Grey Geese flew south a fair way offshore but eluded specific identification. Apart from that southbound 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Brents with northbound 10 Red-throated Diver & 2 Brent.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday 23rd February 2017

The gale is picking up as the morning has gone on as Storm Doris begins to release her power. 10 Redwing on site plus the first new Blackbird of the spring passage ringed are classic examples of early movers. Offshore prior to the gale really getting going southbound 6 Brent, 4 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Dunlin, 2 Guillemot, Fulmar, Knot & Curlew with northbound 9 Gannet, 7 Red-throats, 4 Fulmar & Guillemot.

After stating yesterday that moths are unlikely to get a mention for a while due to the change in the weather what looks like Acleris ferrugana put in an appearance although it is an extremely variable species likely to be confused with some of its congeries so causes some head scratching. Although a bit of a rarity here it is a winter flyer common enough in woodlands.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Wind increasing but still mild with the only migrants on site being single Skylark & Redwing. Offshore southbound 6 Brents, 4 Golden Plover, Shelduck, Common Scoter, Oyk & Curlew with northbound 54 Cormorant, 16 Brent, 3 Red-throated Diver & 2 Fulmar. Moth traps empty and with the impending Storm Doris and predicted declining temperatures that may be the situation for some time. A couple of Ringos have become a daily feature on the reserve but its early days for them still its just that they like to check the place is still here and is suitable for nesting.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday February 21st 2017

Mild start to the day with the breeze cessating throughout the morning resulting in the first Porpoise of the year being picked up as it steamed north. Bird wise no migrants noted with offshore movements on the very low side so barely worth a mention apart from a Fulmar feeding in the wake behind a ship.

In the moth traps single Common Plume & Dark Chestnut with several examples of this critter siting on the outside of the actinic trap. As our knowledge of Diptera is very poor if anyone knows its scientific name please drop us an e.mail to (it is obviously a common enough species).