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Sunday, 22 January 2017


The 2017 Bird Observatories Council newsletter covering 2016 can be found here

Sunday 22nd January 2017

3,100 Cormorants went out mostly in one extended flock from 0732 to 0738 on a glorious sunny frosty morning. A Fieldfare is today's migrant but in this bright sunshine no effort put into staring out to sea but, nevertheless, 2 Red-breasted Merganser were seen flying south.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Saturday 21st January 2017

Glaucous Gull still here its just the photos of it are not getting much better. Nowt else of note to report.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Friday 20th January 2017

1,190 Cormorants went out on this glorious sunny frosty morning, Glaucous Gull still with us offshore and 10 Long-tailed Tits paying us a visit at mid-day were the first of their kind noted down here so far this year.

January Litter Pick

Litter pick this Saturday 21st January. Usual arrangements on the events page of

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thursday 19th January 2017

We do get some interesting sunrises here. 2 Skylark heading north mid-morning are today's migrants presumably moving in response to the frozen ground across south-east England. Nowt else to report. Afternoon update - regular Glaucous Gull still offshore plus a report of a Black Redstart on the reserve via the pager.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Glorious sunny frosty morning. Today's migrant is a Fieldfare present early morning. Just 780 Cormorant went out first thing with the bulk of them heading out to the north of us rather than flying overhead. Glaucous Gull is still offshore & the Rock Pipit on the point. 5 Med Gulls in the harbour is worth a mention as so far this year only 3 or 4 have been logged. A useful looking candidate for a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was along the river but, to be honest, we are probably overlooking several of this species of this age group in the melee behind shipping and often poor viewing conditions if the sun is out.