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Friday, 20 October 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

 Brent Goose offshore this morning.

Strong wind from the South with brief but heavy showers. Most of the grounded migrants from yesterday have moved on, an increase in activity offshore gave plenty to see during the seawatch.
Noted on the reserve, 50 Goldfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 3 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Stonechat, 1 Short-eared Owl & 1 Wheatear. Offshore, 22 Gannet & 1 Glaucous Gull.
Vismig going South, 496 Goldfinch, 86 Starling, 29 Swallow, 27 Song Thrush, 21 Chaffinch, 18 Siskin, 18 Meadow Pipit, 12 Skylark, 6 Rock Pipit, 5 House Martin, 2 Redpoll, 1 Mistle Thrush & 1 Reed Bunting.
Offshore going South, 1710 Dunlin, 1386 Brent Goose, 603 Wigeon, 601 Knot, 53 Teal, 34 Shelduck, 20 Sanderling, 12 Lapwing, 6 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 43 Turnstone, 14 Common Scoter, 13 Ringed Plover, 8 Pintail, 7 Gannet, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breast Merganser, 3 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Eider, 2 Great Skua, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Pochard & 1 Tufted Duck.Going North, 15 Gannet, 2 Shelduck & 1 Great Skua.

Lack of moths due to the wind so today's moth is The Satellite.

3 birds ringed: Blackbird 1, Robin 1, Song Thrush 1.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thursday 19th October 2017

 Rock Pipit at the point.

Bearded Tit is a major site rarity with previous records of one 16th February 1887, an unknown date in September or October 1973, one 12th October 1988 and another 15th October 2010. The 10 that arrived on site today came in going South, landed briefly, then went back North.
Noted on the reserve, 70 Redwing, 50 Blackbird, 50 Robin, 20 Song Thrush, 10 Bearded Tit, 7 Brambling, 7 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Snipe & 1 Wheatear.
Vismig going South, 413 Goldfinch, 50 Chaffinch, 28 Meadow Pipit, 22 Skylark, 10 Pied Wagtail, 7 Siskin, 7 Swallow & 4 Redpoll.
Offshore going South, 1829 Brent, 242 Wigeon, 214 Teal, 64 Dunlin, 42 Common Gull, 40 Shelduck, 26 Golden Plover, 17 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 12 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 10 Lapwing, 4 Avocet, 3 Pintail, 2 Common Tern, 2 Curlew, 1 Goldeneye & 1 Red-throated Diver. Going North, 20 Gannet & 1 Common Scoter.

Several migrant moths this morning, including this female Gem.

79 birds ringed: Blackbird 21, Robin 20, Redwing 15, Song Thrush 6, Brambling 4, Goldcrest 3, Chiffchaff 2, Firecrest 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 1, Willow Warbler 1, Wren 1.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday 18th October 2017


Ring Ouzel's are a bit few and far between this autumn & do not wish to pose ! At least 5 Firecrest were the first of their kind this autumn. Other grounded migrants were in very low numbers including 6 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Wheatear, Grey Wag & Stonechat. Vis mig very quiet with southbound 45 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 7 Mipit, Rock Pipit, Redpoll, Reed Bunting & Grey Heron. Offshore a handful of Brent on the move. Cock Pheasant on View Point Road was probably the one reported a couple of days back - we have roughly 25 records of Pheasant since records began.


A Cypress Carpet is only our second site record with the earlier one being in 2010 when it was an addition to the Suffolk list. This species was first noted in Britain in 1984 and has slowly colonised southern areas. Also of note in the moth department was a Vestal.

17 birds ringed: 4 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017


Vis mig a lot quieter this morning - did all that pinky orange sky yesterday evening full of smog from Portuguese fires & Saharan dust have anything to do with it? South bound just 509 Goldfinch, 13 Redpoll, 13 Starling, 12 Linnet, 11 Swallow, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Skylark, 6 Mipits, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting & Grey Wag with offshore 13 Knot, 11 Brent, 6 Wigeon, 6 Dunlin, 5 Shelduck, 2 Teal, Common Scoter, Sanderling, Turnstone & Ringed Plover plus 10 Ringed Plover heading north for some obscure reason (just changing estuaries?). Grounded migrants very few & far between with the ringing figures only saved by a dose of Long-tailed Tits late morning. Still 2 Wheatear loitering but grounded groups of finches & Mipits becoming much lower in numbers over the past week.


Despite the mild start with the wind strong overnight only 6 moths in the traps but they did include a Large Wainscot.

24 birds ringed: 16 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday 16th October 2017


A warm, cloudy start with a Southerly wind gathering pace through the morning. Noted on the reserve, 30 Linnet, 18 Robin, 15 Goldfinch (pictured), 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Brambling, 1 Little Owl & 1 Wheatear.
Vismig going South, 1895 Goldfinch, 118 Starling, 112 Meadow Pipit, 93 Linnet, 77 Redpoll, 50 Chaffinch, 21 Siskin, 15 Greenfinch, 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Swallow, 3 Skylark & 2 Rock Pipit.
Offshore going South, 46 Wigeon, 31 Dunlin, 22 Shelduck, 15 Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 3 Black-headed Gull, 3 Brent Goose & 2 Common Gull. Going North, 5 Goosander & 1 Gannet.

Bee moth is late in the year to pay us a visit, the larvae inhabit the nests of Bumble Bee and Wasps.

8 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 2, Robin 2, Blackbird 1, Blackcap 1, Great Tit 1, Wren 1.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017

An exceptionally warm day for the time of year see's the continuation of Finch movements south over the site, with 1515 Goldfinch making up the bulk, along with 80 Linnet, 41 Chaffinch, 39 Lesser Redpoll and 34 Greenfinch + 32 Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, 11 Reed Bunting, 11 Swallow and 7 House Martin. On site were 2 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and a late Willow Warbler.
Insect-wise, 10+ Clouded Yellow's were seen, and the moth highlight was this Grey Shoulder-knot, a species normally found around Oaks.

22 birds ringed: 6 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Willow Warbler.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017

Med Gull on the beach at Landguard.

A warm and breezy day and with it a few Dragonflies, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker and Southern Hawker seen.
Noted on the reserve, 30 Linnet, 16 Meadow Pipit, 8 Goldcrest, 7 Pied Wagtail, 4 Med Gull, 3 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear & 1 Little Owl.
Vismig going South, 1656 Goldfinch, 245 Linnet, 92 Meadow Pipit, 65 Chaffinch, 59 Greenfinch, 43 Skylark, 43 Swallow, 37 Starling, 27 Redpoll, 23 Woodpigeon, 19 House Martin, 18 Pied Wagtail, 6 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 1 Woodlark. Coming in off the sea going West, 128 Starling.
Passage offshore going South 52 Black-headed Gull, 17 Shelduck & 3 Common Gull, going North 1 Oystercatcher.

34 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 8, Blackbird 5, Chaffinch 4, Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 4, Lesser Redpoll 3, Blackcap 2, Dunnock 2, Great Tit 1, Woodpigeon 1.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday 13th October 2017

The Woodpigeon at Landguard are late nesters, these squabs should be ready to fledge quite soon.

A windy start that remained overcast for the duration of the morning. With the recent 6th record for Great White Egret the 7th has been logged this morning with the second record this autumn of 2 together going South offshore, also noted going South, 970 Goldfinch, 141 Linnet, 40 Meadow Pipit, 19 Redpoll, 18 Greenfinch, 13 Swallow, 12 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 9 House Martin, 9 Siskin, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Knot,  3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover & 1 Red-breast Merganser. Going North, 1 Red-breast Merganser. Coming in off the sea going West, 1 Shoveler.
Noted on the reserve, 45 Linnet, 25 Meadow Pipit, 11 Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Med Gull & 1 Stonechat.

15 birds ringed: Blackbird 4, Redwing 3, Goldcrest 2, Wren 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldfinch 1, Grey Wagtail 1.

Recent Recoveries

Robin ringed Titchfield Haven, Hampshire 13th August 2017 retrapped 217km away at Landguard 3rd September 2017 - bit of a strange movement but presumably just juvenile dispersal in a random direction. Whitethroat ringed Minsmere 31st August 2017 retrapped 41km away at Landguard 5th September 2017. Chiffchaff ringed Witnesham 6th July 2017 retrapped 21km away at Landguard 10th September 2017. Finally Magpie ringed Landguard 18th May 2011 road casualty in Felixstowe 1st October 2017 - although the longevity record for a Magpie is over 21 years the typical lifespan is 5 years so this one was slightly above the average.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

October Litter Pick

Litter pick this Saturday 14th October 0930hrs start. Usual arrangements on the events section of www.lbo.co.uk

Thursday 12th October 2017


Entertaining October morning with a good selection of common migrants on the move. Three groups of Goosander totalling 16 birds going south then heading inland (to Abberton ?) is notable in terms of number and its still early in the autumn for this species. Other notables were Whinchat, Coal Tit, adult Yellow-legged Gull & the first Black Redstart for a while. Vis mig & offshore movements comprised of southbound 1491 Goldfinch, 293 Linnet, 92 Lesser Redpoll, 72 Wood Pigeon, 32 Chaffinch, 30 Greenfinch, 28 Black-headed Gull, 23 Skylark, 17 Starling, 16 Knot, 7 Swallow, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Common Gull, 3 Shelduck, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Starling, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Brent Goose & Grey Plover. A selection of typical grounded migrants for the time of the year as represented in the ringing totals.


Green Brindled Crescent is another autumnal species that is common enough inland but only occasionally pays us a visit. In the butterfly department we are still getting Clouded Yellows on the reserve.

30 birds ringed: 12 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Blackbird, 4 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Wheatear, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wednesday 11th October 2017


Back to windy conditions after a couple of calmer days. Vis mig much lower with southbound 202 Goldfinch, 58 Linnet, 21 Starling, 16 Swallow, 8 Pied Wags, 4 Mipit, 3 House Martin, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Siskin & Grey Wagtail. Grounded migrants bit scarce with just a very small handful of new Blackbirds, Redwing,  Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs & Goldcrests on site. 2 Wheatear & a Stonechat on a windy nature reserve. Offshore movements almost non-existent despite good overcast conditions for staring out into the abyss. Worth a mention is a Little Owl the last couple of days which is presumably a dispersing youngster - our resident pair disappeared this summer with a desiccated corpse of one of them that was at least seven years old being found dead in the Fort accounting for one half of our resident pair. Hopefully they can recolonise.

7 birds ringed: 2 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tuesday 10th October 2017


A warm but windy morning today, a Red-breasted Merganser going South was the first of the autumn and a Dartford Warbler on the Ickie ridge is the 7th site record with the previous site record being this day in 2016!
Noted on the reserve, 30 Meadow Pipit, 20 Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 7 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Brambling & 1 Wheatear.
Going South, 988 Goldfinch, 75 Linnet, 37 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark, 27 Brent Goose, 21 Redpoll, 12 Chaffinch, 10 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 8 Greenfinch, 7 Rock Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Shelduck, 5 Swallow, 2 Common Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Dunlin, 1 Mallard, 1 Red-breast Merganser & 1 Siskin.

Beaded Chestnut is another autumnal species that is common enough elsewhere but only occasionally visits us.

18 birds ringed: Lesser Redpoll 6, Blackbird 3, Goldcrest 3, Great Tit 3, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 1.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Monday 9th October 2017

 Brambling in-front of the Observatory during the morning.

A still, overcast morning and plenty of activity. Noted on the reserve, 45 Linnet, 30 Robin, 20 Goldfinch, 15 Meadow Pipit, 14 Chiffchaff, 11 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 7 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 3 Brambling, 3 Stonechat, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Snipe & 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Vismig going South, 1420 Goldfinch, 75 Linnet, 47 Meadow Pipit, 38 Starling, 28 Chaffinch, 25 Redpoll, 24 Swallow, 14 Skylark, 11 Greenfinch, 10 Pied Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Siskin, 2 Tree Pipit & 1 Jackdaw. Coming in off the sea going West 36 Redwing.

Offshore going South, 253 Wigeon, 112 Black-headed Gull, 39 Brent Goose, 20 Teal, 13 Common Gull, 10 Knot, 7 Dunlin, 7 Pintail 4 Shelduck, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover & 1 Sanderling. Going North, 11 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 3 Brent Goose, 1 Common Tern & 1 Sandwich Tern.


Red-green Carpet is a common moth but one that can only get in the traps when the wind drops!

61 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 10, Robin 9, Lesser Redpoll 6, Blackbird 5, Goldcrest 5, Redwing 5, Blackcap 4, Brambling 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Blue Tit 2, Goldfinch 2, Great Tit 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Chaffinch 1, Pied Flycatcher 1, Song Thrush 1.



Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017

A very good day, with light north-westerly winds and plenty of birds to go with it. The undoubted highlight being a Yellow-browed Warbler, but 2 Ring Ouzel, one of which above, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Common Buzzard, both going south and a good sprinkling of Thrushes and finches on the move that included 118 Goldfinch, 30 Redpoll, 4 Brambling and small numbers of Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Siskin. Of interest was a flock of 30 Redwing arriving in off the sea late in the day at 1515 hrs pitching in for a brief rest before towering off inland. Finally the Caspian Gull present just over the dock fence a week or so ago was back on station again this morning.

58 birds ringed: 16 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017

Mute Swan coming into the estuary this morning. 

Strong wind but with a little more South in the Westerly, the seawatch was more productive today.
Noted on the reserve, 40 Goldfinch, 30 Chiffchaff, 30 Linnet, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail,  1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Wheatear.
Vismig going South, 414 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 19 House Martin, 18 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit, 8 Redpoll, 2 Skylark, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail & 1 Rock Pipit.
Offshore going South, 373 Brent Goose, 201 Wigeon, 93 Dunlin, 36 Shelduck, 35 Knot, 23 Teal, 6 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 3 Gadwall, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Pintail, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Snipe, 1 Turnstone,
Going North offshore, 45 Gannet, 2 Common Scoter & 1 Arctic Skua.
Coming in off the sea going West, 3 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron & 1 Mute Swan.

Very few moths due to the wind. The Brick is an autumnal species occurring in small numbers. 

34 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 18, Goldcrest 5, Blackcap 4, Lesser Redpoll 4, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 1.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Friday 6th October 2017

One of the three Stonechat seen in the Butts pond area today.

Strong Northwesterly wind and clear sky for this morning. Plenty of birds moving through, noted on the reserve, 40 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 20 Chiffchaff, 12 Greenfinch,  5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Coal Tit (Continental) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 1 Snipe & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Vismig going South, 640 Goldfinch, 51 Chaffinch, 46 Linnet, 44 Redpoll, 42 Meadow Pipit, 33 Swallow, 29 Greenfinch, 8 Skylark, 5 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Reed Bunting & 1 Brambling.
Offshore passage going South, 6 Cormorant & 1 Common Scoter. Going East out to sea, 30 Cormorant.

16 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap 2, Great Tit 2, Lesser Redpoll 2, Wren 2, Blue Tit 1, Chaffinch 1, Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 1.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

 A Great White Egret flying over the reserve this morning is the sixth site record for Landguard.

Strong wind and occasional, but heavy, showers this morning. Vismig quieter today than previous mornings, but Great Skua and Great White Egret are not a feature of many mornings at Landguard.
Noted on the reserve 60 Linnet, 50 Goldfinch, 16 Meadow Pipit, 15 Robin, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 1 Song thrush & 1 Stonechat.
Following the coastline South, then turned inland to go West, 1 Great White Egret. Vismig going South 161 Goldfinch, 19 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 9 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Skylark & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Passage offshore going South, 1 Common Gull & 1 Shelduck. Going North 3 Common Scoter & 3 Great Skua.

Boarded Straw have not been very numerous this year so pleased to get this one today.

4 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 2, Redwing 1, Song Thrush 1.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Wednesday 4th October 2017

A day of mainly visible migration as 980 Goldfinches were logged going south along with 293 Meadow Pipit, 198 Linnet, 77 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 14 Pied Wagtail (with 10 on site), 10 Skylark, 5 Siskin, 4 Dunnock and 2 Reed Bunting also all going south. Other interesting records included 13 Grey Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling and 2 Whooper Swans also going south. On site 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 4 Goldcrest were noted.

22 birds ringed: 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit and 1 each of Wren, Robin, Song Thrush, Chaffinch and Dunnock.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Despite the gale at least 5 Clouded Yellow butterfly on the reserve.

Strong Westerly wind and a clear sky, noted on the reserve 40 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 15 Robin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Vismig going South, 1215 Goldfinch, 154 Linnet, 139 Swallow, 125 House Martin, 54 Meadow Pipit, 42 Greenfinch, 26 Chaffinch, 24 Starling, 21 Skylark, 19 Pied Wagtail, 14 Redpoll, 10 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk & 1 Rock Pipit.
Passage offshore going North, 1 Sandwich Tern, going South, 12 Black-headed Gull & 5 Common Gull. Heading out to sea East, 59 Cormorant, coming in off the sea West 1 Pochard.

Lunar Underwing is a variable species that is having a reasonable Autumn.

2 birds ringed: Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1

Monday, 2 October 2017

Monday 2nd October 2017

The seventh recorded Landguard Cetti's Warbler, ringed on 27th September, is still present at the Observatory. 

Strong Westerly winds but dry and clear this morning, offshore movement was quiet but there was good vismig over the reserve.
On the reserve this morning, 45 Linnet, 40 Goldfinch, 18 Robin, 11 Carrion Crow, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Redstart, 1 Cetti's Warbler & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Noted going South, 644 Goldfinch, 208 Linnet, 94 Swallow,  60 Meadow Pipit, 30 Siskin, 28 Greenfinch, 21 House Martin, 9 Chaffinch, 9 Pied Wagtail, 7 Black-headed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Common Gull, 3 Kestrel, 3 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, 1 Knot & 1 Reed Bunting. A Grey Heron came in off the sea going West.

4 birds ringed: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll.

Temporary Fencing


It is planned to take down the temporary fencing put up for ground nesting birds & to protect the flora from trampling on Wednesday 4th October. This task doesn't take to long if a few people turn up. Please meet outside the cottage at 0930hrs & wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task in hand.

The Landguard Ranger is looking for volunteers to help with various management tasks on the nature reserve over the coming months. More details may be found on the Landguard Partnership website or by contacting the Ranger via: landguardenquiries@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday 1st October 2017

The Red-throated Pipit seems to have departed, so the best we could manage today was this Redstart (above), and a brief Ring Ouzel seen first thing before flying off over the docks. Not much else on site, understandably given the weather, but 84 Swallow and 34 Brent Geese south made up the bulk of the other sightings.
Moth numbers are beginning to tail off now, but there should still be a few surprises to come like this Large Ranunculus (above), a local species to southern England and far less frequent here than its smaller, commoner cousin the Feathered Ranunculus.

5 birds ringed: 2 Blackcap,1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Goldfinch.   

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September ringing total

520 birds of 32 species during September. This is a above average for this century.

Chiffchaff 133
Blackcap 94
Meadow Pipit 55
Blue Tit 33
Robin 32
Goldcrest 27
Willow Warbler 20
Grey Wagtail 15
Song Thrush 13
Dunnock 12
Great Tit 12
Chaffinch 9
Linnet 8
Wren 8
Wheatear 6
Lesser Whitethroat 5
Whitethroat 5
Blackbird 4
Goldfinch 4
Garden Warbler 3
Redstart 3
Reed Warbler 3
Woodpigeon 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
House Sparrow 2
Sparrowhawk 2
Tree Sparrow 2
Cetti's Warbler 1
Greenfinch 1
House Martin 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Swallow 1

Saturday 30th September 2017

The Red-throated Pipit is still present today - here's one of it taken a couple of days ago and sent to us. So far it has been visited by c.1,500 punters and at times is very obliging.

Noted on the reserve 90 Linnet plus 15 going South, 40 Goldfinch, 30 Meadow Pipit, 20 Robin, 20 Blackbird, 15 Chiffchaff, 15 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Redstart, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Tree Pipit. Offshore 5 Med Gull.
Vismig going South, 675 Goldfinch, 120 Swallow, 117 Meadow Pipit, 92 Chaffinch, 42 House Martin, 21 Greenfinch, 16 Redpoll plus 1 North, 5 Grey Wagtail, 5 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Rook, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail plus 1 on the reserve, 
Passage offshore going South 82 Black-headed Gull, 16 Teal, 9 Common Gull, 3 Shelduck & 2 Sandwich Tern. Going North 4 Brent Goose & 2 Grey Heron.

54 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 14, Chiffchaff 8, Chaffinch 6, Dunnock 6, Blackcap 5, Grey Wagtail 4, Robin 3, Blackbird 2, Goldcrest 2, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Linnet 1, Song Thrush 1.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Friday 29th September2017

Juniper Pug is a second site record at Landguard and the first occurred 20 years ago.

Heavy Showers at dawn and again at midday did not completely subdue vismig, 140 Swallow went through going South as did 106 Goldfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 5 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail & 1 Skylark. Passage during seawatch going South 21 Wigeon, 15 Brent Geese, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua & 1 Common Gull. Going North 5 Gannet plus 3 going South.
On the reserve a Red-throated Pipit has remained for a third day, also noted 17 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 2 Redstart, 1 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting & 1 Song Thrush.

20 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap 3, Robin 3, Goldcrest 2, Great Tit 2, Blue Tit 1, Chaffinch 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Swallow 1, Wren 1.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thursday 28th September 2017

 A male Redstart seen on the "Ickie" ridge.

The offshore murky haze has lifted today. Heavy overnight showers, which continued past dawn, retained some of the grounded migrants from Wednesday and brought new arrivals too. Of particular note is the Red-throated Pipit staying on and has, on and off, provided good viewing opportunities during the morning. Also noted on the reserve, 35 Meadow Pipit, 25 Goldfinch, 25 Song Thrush, 20 Robin, 8 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redstart, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Med Gull, 1 Red-throated Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 1 Tree Pipit & 1 Whitethroat.
Passage going South, 53 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 17 Brent Geese, 7 Swallow, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck & 1 Grey Wagtail. Going North, 3 Sandwich Tern.


Steady trickle of Delicate turning up in the traps on a regular basis in the last week.

22 birds ringed: Song Thrush 7, Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap 4, Robin 3, Goldcrest 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Wheatear 1.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Wednesday 27th September 2017


This Red-throated Pipit was the undoubted highlight of a very productive day. For most Suffolk birders it was a welcome addition to their lists, and duly pulled in a big crowd of admirers. Also turning up was a Cetti's Warbler which occurs close by but is still a major rarity here. The supporting cast of birds included 25 Robins, 15 Chiffchaff, 11 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 5 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 each of Stonechat, Whinchat and a very nice male Redstart.



This Red Underwing was the pick of the moths, although there was also a few migrants which included another Palpita vitrealis, formerly a major rarity, but now fairly regular.

42 birds ringed: 11 Chiffchaff, 8 Robin, 8 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet and 1 each of Wren, Goldcrest, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, Blackbird, Goldfinch and Cetti's Warbler.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tuesday 26th September 2017

 Guillemot at the point this morning.

A very changeable day as cloud covered and cleared, then covered again. The sea to sky divide remained hazy as the offshore fog did not fully clear throughout the day. Noted on the reserve, 40 Meadow Pipit, 30 Goldfinch, 25 Chiffchaff, 15 Robin, 13 Pied Wagtail, 12 Blackcap, 12 Song Thrush, 6 Chaffinch, 6 Wheatear, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 2 Common Tern, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redstart, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
Going North, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, 1 Gannet & 1 Grey Wagtail.
Going East, out to sea, 1 Greenshank.
Going South, 36 Wigeon, 25 Brent Goose, 25 Teal, 8 Black-headed Gull, 8 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Common Gull, 2 Curlew & 2 Grey Wagtail.


Clancy's Rustic is a half decent immigrant only noted for the first time in the UK in 2002 and at Landguard in 2006.

51 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 16, Blackcap 11, Meadow Pipit 3, Blue Tit 2, Goldcrest 2, Goldfinch 2, Great Tit 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Whitethroat 2, Wren 2, Blackbird 1, Dunnock 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Redstart 1, Reed Warbler 1, Robin 1, Woodpigeon 1.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Monday 25th September 2017

Single Reed Bunting have been seen on Landguard during the last few days.

A warm and hazy morning with light fog. Plenty of butterflies seen today on the reserve, Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White.
Birds noted on the reserve this morning, 25 Meadow Pipit plus 3 going South, 21 Pied Wagtail, 20 Robin, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Med Gull, 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Bunting & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Passage going South 32 Brent Geese plus 2 coming in West off the sea, 25 Wigeon, 13 Black-headed Gull, 13 Teal, 12 Chaffinch plus 2 on the reserve, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Curlew & 1 Yellow Wagtail.

13 birds ringed: Meadow Pipit 5, Robin 4, Chaffinch 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 1

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017

 The Woodpigeon on Landguard continue nesting into the autumn.

A clear start to the day with a steady South Easterly breeze.
Noted on the reserve 20 Meadow Pipit, 15 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch & 1 Purple Sandpiper at the point. Offshore 9 Common Tern & 4 Sandwich Tern.
Passage going South, 230 Brent Geese, 125 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 46 Swallow, 8 Shelduck, 3 Kestrel, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Oystercatcher,


Considering the lack of migrants in the moth traps this morning this Four-spotted Footman found on the reserve is noteworthy.

11 birds ringed: Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap 2, Blue Tit 2, Chaffinch 1, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 1

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Two Purple Sandpiper were at the point on Landguard this morning.

A clear and warm start to the day with showers late morning. Noted on the reserve 25 Goldfinch, 19 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Vismig going South over the reserve, 72 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit & 1 Yellow Wagtail. Some migration is not always quite as obvious, Blue Tit are also currently moving through with 7 new birds here today.
Offshore 7 Common Tern & 6 Med Gull. Offshore passage going South 76 Teal, 75 Brent Goose plus 4 on the Sea, 25 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 2 Dunlin & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Going North, 2 Common Scoter.

21 birds ringed: Blue Tit 5, Chiffchaff 5, Goldcrest 4, Meadow Pipit 3, Blackcap 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Wren 1.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017

A second winter Caspian Gull was on the Dock yard late morning.

Clear blue skies and a warm breeze, a beautiful day at Landguard but not a busy day for migration. Noted on the reserve, 35 Meadow Pipit, 18 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Common Tern, 4 Med Gull, 4 Wheatear, 2 Common Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Passage going South, 20 Goldfinch, 20 Swallow, 15 Greenfinch, 14 Meadow Pipit, 4 House Martin & 2 Sand Martin.

21 birds ringed: Blue Tit 7, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 3, Dunnock 3, Goldcrest 1, Great Tit 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Wren 1.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Thursday 21st September 2017


A change in the wind today as it swings round to a South Southwest. House Martin and Swallow are moving through again today, otherwise passage was quiet. Barnacle goose (pictured) do tend to pass rather than land at Landguard so it was uncharacteristic for the 3 that stopped off here today to do so.
Noted on the reserve, 30 Meadow Pipit, 18 Goldfinch, 18 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Wheatear, 3 Barnacle Geese, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting & 1 Sparrowhawk.
Passage going South, 480 House Martin, 310 Swallow, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Teal & 2 Meadow Pipit.
Late news of a Yellow browed Warbler in the poplars just before 2pm.


Black Rustic is another autumnal moth that occurs here in small numbers.

6 birds ringed: Blackcap 2, Blue Tit 2, Goldcrest 1, Robin 1.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017

The clear skies overnight saw an upturn in migrants on the move south, with especially large numbers of Hirundines as 1170 Swallows, 350 House Martin and 15 Sand Martin passed through this morning. Also 74 Meadow Pipit went south, with a further 30 on site feeding with the 26 Pied Wagtails and 2 Wheatear(above). 3 Grey Wagtail also passed through along with 35 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch and larger than average numbers of Blue Tits arriving on site with 18 seen along with the same number of Chiffchaffs.
The moth traps had more of interest than of late, including this Deep-brown Dart, a species that seems to be erratic in its appearance here, as we do not get it regularly despite its common and widespread  distribution in southern Britain.

Ringed 30 birds: 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest and 1 each of Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, Blue Tit, Sparrowhawk and Wood Pigeon.