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Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

Big turnout for the Puffin this morning which failed to appear with the only auk noted being a fine Razorbill. On the move southbound 18 Red-throated Diver, 4 Teal,2 Brent, 2 Shelduck, Oyk & Kittiwake with northbound 23 Red-throats, 2 Oyk, Gannet & Great-crested Grebe. Nowt else to report.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Thursday 14th January 2017

"A" or "The" Puffin put in an appearance again this morning - surely the same bird as this is such a rare species here. Offshore movements poor but did include a Shag going south then into the estuary. 1,795 Cormorants went out fishing this morning. Only passerine migrant was 1 Mipit south. A walk around the reserve was extremely predictable with the highlight being 3 Turnstone. Not that long ago counts 10 to 20+ were the norm on a winters walk but sadly nowadays very few winter with us. Not a lot has changed here for Turnstones as far as feeding opportunities are concerned but declining population numbers is having an impact on a species that is as home scavenging in the car parks and around fishermen as it is on the tideline or rocky areas.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wednesday 13th December 2017

The third record of Puffin in recent weeks is unprecedented as next to no auks being seen at the moment. Northbound 36 Red-throated Diver is the best count of the winter so far, 9 Shelduck, 6 Common Gull, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Mallard, 2 Gadwal & Brent Goose with northbound Red-throat, Gannet & Kittiwake. Passerines on the move southbound 7 Mipits & 2 Mistle Thrush with an additional 10 Mipits on the reserve where there have been none in recent days. Single Rock Pipit has returned to the point having abandoned us in the rough weather. 1,631 Cormorants went out fishing and at least 1 Goldcrest is surviving tucked up in the Holm Oaks.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Recent Ringing Recoveries

Chiffchaff ringed Landguard 18th September 2017 trapped & released by a poacher 1769km away at Lebrija, Seville, Spain on 12th November 2017. Song Thrush ringed Landguard 7th November 2017 taken by a cat 14km away at Stutton. Lesser Redpoll ringed Thorpeness 12th October 2017 retrapped 33km away at Landguard 27th October 2017. Robin ringed Buckton, East Riding of Yorkshire 14th October 2016 retrapped 267km away at Landguard 7th November 2017. Herring Gull ringed Harwood Whin, York 20th May 2016 colour ring read Landguard 18th September 2017.

Tuesday 12th December 2017

2,837 went out fishing this morning. Some minor cold weather movements in the form of southbound 4 Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover, Skylark plus at least 4 Song Thrush, Redwing & a Snipe on site. Offshore movements almost non-existent but included southbound 11 Brent, 9 Teal & 6 Shelduck. Good to get a walk around the site following a couple of days of horrendous weather produced Snow Bunting, Skylark & the female Stonechat. Only in one previous winter has a Stonechat ever wintered here since records began so this one looks like it's attempting to achieve this. Just after this blog was written a Great White Egret went south at 1225hrs.

Skylark amongst snow patches will be escaping the snow inland.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday 11th December 2017

Wet & windy morning. Having been redundant this century the old radar tower is being demolished this morning - not a pleasant task in these weather conditions. 2461 Cormorants heading out fishing is the highest count so far this winter but with the choppy conditions yesterday several of them must have gone without and were pleased to get out fishing this morning. On the move northbound 11 Kittiwake, 9 Wigeon, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Dunlin, Great-crested Grebe, Brent, Goldeneye, Sanderling, Turnstone & Little Gull with southbound 18 Wigeon, 8 Brent, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Common Scoter, Gannet, Teal & an unidentified Skua on the range of visibility. A Jack Snipe came in off the sea which is an exceptional record for this time of the year. 3 Redwing on site will be cold weather refugees from somewhere.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday 10th December 2017

South-easterly gale with either heavy rain or blizzard conditions veering north-easterly with the wind dropping late morning. A bit grim for both birds & observers. 1,940 Cormorants headed out into the gale but several of them chickened out once they realised how choppy the sea was. Most birds on the move were just offshore although in these conditions anything further out would have gone unnoticed. Northbound 46 Kittiwake, 8 Gannet, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Guillemot, Little Gull & Little Auk that pitched in plus southbound 2 Red-throats & 2 Common Scoter.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saturday 9th December 2017

Cold & bleak - that's how you have ended up with a picture of this mornings sunrise. Very poor offshore with southbound 3 Red-throated Diver, Great-created Grebe & Grey Plover plus northbound a Brent Goose plus a Lapwing coming in off the sea. Only 700 Cormorants logged as many appeared to be offshore pre-dawn. The reserve is currently bleaker for birds than the offshore observations !

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday 8th December 2017

Glorious sunshine - but that's the highlight. Offshore a handful of Red-throated Divers on the move plus a loitering Bonxie. The Iceland Gull has developed a habit of perching on the end of the jetty around the point early on but overall very few records in the cold wind today with what little there is here keeping its head down.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017

If you thought yesterdays blog was grim then this morning is worse in a strong south-westerly wind with belts of drizzle resulting in poor viewing conditions. The die-hards have logged 17 Kittiwake south which is the best count of the winter so far. Also southbound 8 Gannet, 2 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Black-headed Gull and Bonxie, northbound 2 Gannet & Red-throated Diver plus 4 Red-throats & a Great-crested Grebe offshore. With very low tides at the moment the Iceland Gull was sitting on the exposed sandbanks just offshore before drifting off along the beach as the tide came in.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday 6th December 2017

1,090 Cormorant heading out to go fishing is identical to yesterday's count. A Shag came in from the north-east and took a sharp right hand turn into the river & the regular Iceland Gull is present & accounted for. 23 Golden Plover went south but, apart from that, sea watching was basically purgatory and a walk around the nature reserve no better. A Fieldfare calling at dawn was the only passerine of note.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tuesday 5th December

Benign conditions so not a lot happening. Southbound 11 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and Little Egret with northbound 5 Brent, 4 Red-throated Diver & 2 Bonxie plus 22 Common Scoter sat offshore. Cormorant numbers building up again with 1,090 heading out fishing this morning. The Iceland Gull is present and accounted for but a perambulation around the peninsular produced none of the other regulars or anything else at all worth a mention.

Ringing: 1 Blackbird, 1 Redwing.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Monday 4th December 2017

Bit difficult to get a sighting of the Supermoon as the cloud was patchy pre dawn only clearing to give a glorious sunny morning once the moon had gone. On the move southbound 5 Siskin, 3 Mipit, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Skylark & a Shag just off the beach. It seems to be a better autumn for Shag here than for many years as several move into the riverine systems for the winter. Both the harrier & the Kes were going south offshore with in the "good old days" most Marsh Harrier abandoning Britain for the winter and many young Kestrel heading to Iberia - is the recent colder conditions encouraging them to go back to old ways ? The now regular Iceland Gull is still with us but just a single Snow Bunting on the beach on the mornings walk around the reserve. Finally a Chiffchaff has just shown itself in the observatory compound.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Some vis mig in the form of southbound 47 Linnet, 13 Goldfinch & a Mipit. On the reserve 24 Mipits, 4 Snow Bunting, Fieldfare &  Black Redstart were new in (only four records of Black Red this autumn from mid-October to early November which may be the poorest autumn for them on record so is this one contemplating moving in for the winter ?). Autumn migration not finished for some species just yet and with milder conditions its difficult to class the migrants as cold weather movements. Loiterers were the Iceland Gull, Rock Pipit & Stonechat. Offshore basically forget it. Cormorant numbers poor in recent days so there may have been some culling and deliberate disturbance at the inland roost site, but if recent winters are anything to go by, then as the Terminator said "i'll by back".

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017

An Egyptian Goose heading south just off the beach is only the eighth site record. On the move southbound 25 Common Scoter, 11 Shelduck, 10 Red-throated Diver, 4 Brent & Shag with northbound 29 Teal, 23 Common Scoter, 13 Brent & 3 Red-throats. The Iceland Gull behaved itself loitering all morning, Purp Sand was on the point, Rock Pipit on the riverbank & Bonxie offshore. A Snipe was flushed off the beach and a couple of Blackies are still moving through.

Ringing: 5 Blackbird.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017

After failing to get recorded yesterday the Iceland Gull patrolled up and down the beach on a cold showery morning. A small arrival of new Blackies with about 25 on site plus coming in off the sea 107 Starling & a Chaffinch. Offshore more entertaining with southbound 47 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 28 Black-headed Gull, 22 Brent, 12 Common Gull, 11 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shag, 2 Common Scoter, Shelduck & Pintail with northbound 79 Teal, 28 Red-throated Diver, 23 Wigeon, 21 Eider, 9 Black-headed Gull, 7 Brent, 7 Gadwal, 3 Little Auk, 2 Kittiwake, Pochard, Goldeneye, Common Scoter, Redshank, Guillemot plus a Bonxie offshore amongst a plethora of seagulls. The Purple Sand was again on the point.

Ringing: 8 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

December Litter Pick

Litter Pick this Saturday 2nd December at 0930hrs start. Further details on the events page of

November Ringing Totals

491 birds of 27 species ringed is above average for this century and almost double the November totals achieved in the last four years helped by a return to form for Blackies this autumn. The two Barred Warblers were exceptional for this late in the season.

Blackbird 299 Dunnock 2
Redwing 45 Brambling 2
Robin 21 Barred Warbler 2
Chaffinch 20 Greenfinch 2
Song Thrush 19 Grey Wagtail 2
Lesser Redpoll 17 Linnet 2
Meadow Pipit 9 Blackcap 1
Goldcrest 8 House Sparrow 1
Goldfinch 8 Common Redpoll 1
Starling 7 Pied Wagtail 1
Wood Pigeon 6 Purple Sandpiper 1
Wren 5 Reed Bunting 1
Fieldfare 4 Sparrowhawk 1
Chiffchaff 4

Recent Ringing Recoveries

Blackbird ringed Haland, Tysvaer, Rogaland, Norway on 13th August 2017 retrapped 861km away at  Landguard 28th October 2017 with the Norwegian site presumably being near to its natal site. Robin ringed Hollesley 7th September 2017 retrapped 16km away at Landguard 22nd September 2017. Sparrowhawk ringed Landguard 19th November 2016 retrapped 8km awat at Walton-on-the-Naze 27th October 2017.

Thursday 30th November 2017

Mist nets packed in and the moth traps put away for the winter as a biting north-westerly wind deterred anyone from walking around the nature reserve. On the move southbound 24 Black-headed Gull, 10 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Gull, 5 Shelduck, 4 Brents, 2 Teal & Dunlin with northbound 11 Brent, 9 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 2 Turnstone & Shelduck. 2 Great-crested Grebe were on the sea offshore plus a stack of seagulls behind shipping. 19 Starling, 15 Lapwing & a couple of Blackies came in off the sea having battled across the North Sea into a head wind to get here as we move from late autumn migration to cold weather movements.

No birds ringed.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wednesday 29th November 2017

The second record of Puffin in a month is only the 12th site record - this one went past not to far out and pitched in so it makes one believe it is the same one as seen nine days ago. A Common Buzzard going south is also a notable species here despite being resident just over the far side of the docks. Some migration apparent this morning in the shape of a small handful of Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackies, a Mistle Thrush plus a Lesser Redpoll. 1576 Cormorants went out fishing early on. Apart from the Puffin offshore movements were southbound 10 Common Scoter, 46 Brent, 9 Shelduck, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Teal, 2 Goldeneye & Gadwall with northbound 11 Red-throats, 4 Wigeon,3 Common Scoter, 2 Bonxie & 2 Brents. Late news - The Iceland Gull turned up along the beach in the afternoon. Also 2 Bonxies offshore that may, or may not, have been the birds seen heading north in the morning.

Ringing: 6 Blackbird, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Chaffinch.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tuesday 28th November 2017

When the highlight of the morning is the fact that the Red-legged Partridge population has risen from 2 to 3 then you know its not exactly riveting. All the mist nets were opened and no new birds ringed suggests that autumn passage is done 'n dusted. What movement there were consisted of southbound 7 Goldfinch, 2 Brent & an Oyk with northbound a Red-throated Diver. A Bonxie continues to loiter offshore and the Iceland Gull showed up late morning.

Is this Satellite the last moth of the season as the forecast is set to get a lot colder over the next few days.

No birds ringed.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Monday 27th November 2017

1,118 Cormorants went out this morning. Offshore movements poor with southbound 4 Common Gull, 3 Gadwal, 2 Dunlin, Shag, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Oyk, Knot, Sanderling, Curlew, Kittiwake plus a Red-breasted Merganser that was going south that pitched in just off the beach to do some exploratory fishing. Northbound 1 Red-throated Diver. A Bonxie put in three appearances and is obviously loitering with intent. All the usual's were present with Purple Sand on the point, Snow Bunting on the beach, female Stonechat on the Butts and the Iceland Gull that finally put in an appearance late morning (has it started scavenging chips and kebabs along Felixstowe sea front in addition to scrounging off beach fishermen ?).

No birds ringed.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday 26th November 2017

Apart from the usual suspects that have been around for a few days now, like this Snow Bunting and the Iceland Gull, things are starting to look bleak. A couple of Goldcrests are still here, trying desperately to find enough food to see them through the winter. Apart from that 2 Purple Sandpipers on the point, 2 Bonxies loafing offshore and 2 Sanderling went south.

Ringed 1 Blackbird. 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Saturday 24th November 2017

1,820 Cormorants went out fishing this morning. First decent Red-throated Diver movement of the winter with 3 north 128 south but birds are nearer the Cork Sands than Landguard. A few other bits 'n bobs on the move with southbound 39 Common Scoter, 13 Lapwing, 4 Shelduck, 4 Starling, Teal, Wigeon, Redshank & a Shag just off the beach. Northbound 7 Common Scoter & Gannet. A couple of new Blackies and a Songie in on site with a Snipe flushed off the beach by punters visiting the Iceland Gull which performed well on & off all morning. 34 Starling came in off indicating autumn not quite over with for some species.

Running out of moths with today's solitary representative this Angle Shades which is a species that can put in appearances all winter regardless of the frosty conditions.

3 birds ringed: 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday 23rd November 2017

When all you Iceland Gull watchers turn up if you want to contribute something useful to science then plenty of gull rings to read. For those who like a real challenge, apart from the colour ringed individuals, several metal ringed birds to read including this Med Gull originally ringed as an adult in January 2010 which means it is at least ten years old. Pallas's Warbler was a brief visitor mid-morning on the southern end of the "icky ridge". Other grounded migrants almost non-existent but included Fieldfare, Redwing, Brambling, Chaffinch & Redpoll. Some vis mig in the shape of southbound 16 Goldfinch, 8 Mipit, 3 Siskin, 2 Skylark & Merlin. Offshore movements were basic with a handful of Common Scoter & a Red-breasted Merganser south. 1,710 Cormorants went out fishing early on & the Snow Bunting is still out there. Mr & Mrs Peregrine were performing well this morning with co-operative hunting going on.

Ringing: 1 Chaffinch.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

The gale has blown quite a bit of fresh sand from the beach onto the reserve. Offshore movements southbound 5 Brent, 5 Shelduck, 2 Pintail & Curlew with vis mig heading south 4 Siskin & 2 Goldfinch. 2 Redwing and a new Song Thrush were new in. The Iceland Gull put in an appearance and the Purple Sandpiper was on the point.

2 birds ringed: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

All the usual's present & accounted for. First-winter Iceland Gull along the shore, Snow Bunt just above the tideline, Purple Sand on the point, female Stonechat in the bushes and at least 2 Bonxies offshore. 1,508 Cormorants went out to sea fishing with the vis mig consisting of just 8 Goldfinch & 2 Mipits south. Offshore movements barely noticeable and migrants in the bushes non-existent as everything settles down into their winter routines. With low tide early on roughly 50 - 60 Seals were loafing on the Cork Sands four miles offshore. Single Red Admiral on the Butts worth a mention although if it is mild they can appear all year round these days.

Ringing: 1 Goldfinch

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Hard work this morning in very mild conditions. A bog standard British race Chiffchaff was new in but apart from that its a case of loitering left overs. Vis mig consisted off southbound 4 Goldfinch, 3 Mipit & a Siskin. Offshore apart from 47 Golden Plover south other movements almost non-existent. A Bonxie put in several appearances amongst the gulls and the solitary Snow Bunting is still with us. As far as autumn is concerned then it really is "last knockings" although never say never and still time for a decent push of "ducky goosey wadery" type things arriving for the winter.

2 birds ringed: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wood Pigeon.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday 20th November 2017

Drizzle early on didn't prevent an entertaining morning with the Iceland Gull performing impeccably wandering up and down the beach or sitting just over the dock fence. A site rarity, with only the tenth site record, was of a Puffin north at 0825 hrs with over half of all records here being in the month of November. At least 7,000 gulls, 34 Gannet & 2 Bonxie following shipping offshore with a single Kittiwake amongst them being the first of the winter. 1,604 Cormorants went out to sea fishing. 31 Goldeneye heading south is notable with other southbound movements of 108 Teal, 52 Dunlin, 42 Common Scoter, 12 Wigeon, 8 Gadwal, 8 Knot, 6 Snipe, 4 Common Gull, 3 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Grey Plover, Red-throated Diver, Great-northern Diver, Red-breasted Merganser, Pochard & Shelduck plus northbound 72 Common Scoter & a Red-throated Diver. Vis mig consisted of just 3 Mipit & a Skylark south. Finally the Snow Bunting is still feeding amongst the Marram Grass just above the high tide line.

Ringing: 1 Redwing, 1 Wood Pigeon.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday 19th November 2017

It must be winter if an Iceland Gull has turned up. Hunt the migrant on this crisp cold sunny morning although worth a mention single Fieldfare, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit & Snow Bunting. Vis mig consisted of just southbound single Mipit, Rock Pipit & Siskin. Offshore movements almost non-existent although an Eider went south just off the beach then turned into the river & a Redshank flew over the obs into the river. Dreadful light for gull watching offshore with the first-winter Iceland Gull scrounging around the fishermen on the beach then eventually drifting off into the mouth of the estuary.

Ringing: 1 linnet.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday 18th November 2017

A Swallow heading south needs to get a move on if it is going to make it to Africa for the winter. A Lapland Bunting was flying around calling around 0820 hrs before drifting north. Also on site at least 3 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Snow Bunting plus a handful of new Blackies.  Vis mig numbers dwindling with southbound 12 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 8 Starling, 7 Mipit & Skylark.Offshore movements still lamentable with just 3 Brent going each way plus a Great-crested Grebe south. At least 1,623 Cormorants went out fishing this morning and at least 4,000 seagulls, 17 Gannet & a Bonxie following the shipping. Common Gulls are almost non-existent so far this winter despite all the food available to the bigger gulls feeding offshore.

8 birds ringed: 3 Blackbird, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday 17th November 2017

A Great Northern Diver on the river out the back of the obs early on did a disappearing trick. Grounded migrants getting fewer & farther between as the autumn grinds to a halt. Some vis mig with southbound 15 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Mipit & northbound 2 Siskin. From mid morning 330 Starling & 8 Skylark came in off the sea. On site 7 Brambling soon departed inland & a single Reed Bunting was heard but not seen. Still getting the odd new Goldcrest passing through although probably not for much longer.

The Chestnut is not a regular here despite being a common moth inland.

8 birds ringed: 3 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldcrest.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017

A Long-eared Owl quartering along the bird observatory ridge pre dawn frustratingly could not be found perched up roosting post dawn. Vis mig consisted of southbound 17 Goldfinch, 6 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Skylark, 3 Mipits, 2 Rock Pipit & 2 Siskin. On site 35 Linnet, 25 Mipit, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chaffinch, Stonechat, Reed Bunting & Woodcock were the highlights. Offshore still tedious unless one likes plenty of Cormorants & seagulls with the only thing of note being 20 Common Scoter north plus a handful of Gannets. I know the weather has been mild the last couple of days but Mrs Peregrine sitting on the nest platform at this time of the year is three months early to start thinking about that sort of malarkey.

Phyllonorycter messaniella is a tint tot that mines the Holm Oaks in vast numbers and only occasionally wanders the 10 yards from its host tree to the nearest moth trap (and never manages to wander the 40 to 50 yards into the other moth traps - some species are just stay at home critters !).

4 birds ringed: 2 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Cormorant numbers heading out to sea are steadily increasing with 2,527 heading out this morning. They normally go out fairly early on but didn't go out until 0840 hrs which may be due to a combination of the murky conditions plus the tide time. Milder temperatures stimulated some vis mig with southbound 50 Chaffinch, 45 Goldfinch, 32 Siskin, 21 Starling, 8 Mipits, 5 Linnet & 2 Skylark. Slightly more migrants grounded on site with 25 Mipit plus a small handful of thrushes & finches including 2 Mistle Thrush that dropped in briefly. Offshore movements almost non-existent although 2 Eider went south before taking a right hand turn up the river and a Bonxie put in a brief appearance amongst the 4,000+ seagulls following the shipping.

"When I was a lad" White Point was listed in the literature of the time as a migrant. These days it obviously lives here but why it is still appearing this late in the year is open to conjecture.

9 birds ringed: 3 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Goldcrest.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Turnstone on the point.

Early showers grounded migrating thrushes before dawn, which quickly dispersed once the damp weather lifted. Offshore a little Auk went North, a Pomarine Skua went South and eight Goosander went through. Noted on the reserve, 30 Blackbird, 14 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat & 1 Turnstone. Offshore, 2,500 Herring Gull, 250 Greater Black-backed Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull & 8 Gannet.
Going North, 18 Common Scoter, 2 Brent Goose, 1 Guillemot, 1 Little Auk, 1 Shag & 1 Teal. Going out to sea East, 2393 Cormorant. Going South, 71 Dunlin, 42 Starling, 24 Brent Goose, 24 Common Scoter, 13 Meadow Pipit, 9 Knot, 9 Siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Song Thrush, 5 Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-breast Merganser, 4 Skylark, 3 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Shelduck & 1 Turnstone. Coming in off the sea going West, 19 Blackbird, 4 Starling, 3 Goosander & 1 Lapwing.

27 birds ringed: Blackbird 18, Redwing 6, Chaffinch 1, Fieldfare 1, Linnet 1.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Monday 13th November 2017

Common Redpoll at Landguard this morning.

A clear but Northwest breeze this morning, the Cormorant count going out to sea was over 2,000, a  Common Redpoll was the first for Landguard of the autumn and there was also a November Blackcap.
Noted on the reserve, 40 Starling, 35 Blackbird, 12 Robin, 7 Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Snipe, 1 Blackcap, 1 Brambling, 1 Common Redpoll, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Great Skua, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turnstone & 1 Woodcock.
Movement recorded, going North, 5 Brent Goose, 2 Mute Swan & 1 Mistle Thrush. Going out to sea East, 2290 Cormorant. Going South, 10 Common Scoter, 3 Brent Goose, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 1 Gadwall, 1 Gannet, 1 Mallard & 1 Ringed Plover. Coming in off the sea going West, 4 Shelduck.

19 birds ringed: Blackbird 15, Blackcap 1, House Sparrow 1, Lesser Redpoll, Mealy/Common Redpoll 1.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday 12th November 2017

Starting to look & feel like winter - just note the state of the blackberries the few remaining Linnets on site are taking the seeds from. Some vis mig this morning in the shape of southbound 113 Goldfinch, 35 Siskin, 23 Chaffinch, 11 Starling, 7 Mipits, 4 Linnet & a Skylark. Grounded migrants almost non-existent but did include a small handful of winter thrushes and both Snipe & Woodcock. Offshore grim but a solitary Shag did come round the point and up river.

5 birds ringed: 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Suffolk BINS

Several people have asked me about what has happened to the Suffolk Bins website on line. Please note that you need to delete the shortcut that you may have on your computer and try:

Saturday 11th November 2017

Are the Greylag Geese coming in off the sea and heading inland genuine "wild" birds or just part of the "feral" populations - one will never Know?

Light showers to start the day, brightening up after dawn. A quieter day on the reserve, 12 Robin, 9 Chaffinch, 7 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Woodcock, 1 Brambling, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Chiffchaff (Tristis), 1 Fieldfare & 1 Goldcrest. 
Going North, 1 Brent Goose, going out to sea East, 1914 Cormorant. Going South, 16 Goldfinch, 15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Siskin, 1 Common Gull & 1 Little Egret. Coming in off the sea going West, 21 Greylag Goose.

9 birds ringed: Blackbird 3, Dunnock 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Redwing 1, Song Thrush 1.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday 10th November 2017

 Stonechat in the Butts pond area.

A milder morning with an increasing Westerly wind, noted on the reserve, 45 Starling, 8 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Skua, 1 Redwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Snow Bunting & 1 Sparrowhawk. Offshore 12 Gannet & 5 Common Scoter.
Going out to sea East, 1257 Cormorant. Going South, 301 Goldfinch, 52 Chaffinch, 28 Linnet, 21 Starling, 10 Brent Goose, 6 Dunlin, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Teal, 2 Reed Bunting & 1 Brambling. Coming in off the sea going West, 5 Siskin, 5 Starling & 1 Mute Swan. Going North, 2 Common Scoter.

Over the years, as a result of climate change, several species are making an appearance at times of the year when traditionally we would not see them. This includes Double-striped Pug which now has three periods of emergence during the year.

7 birds ringed: Singles of Blackbird, Chaffinch, Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Starling, Wren.

November Litter Pick

Litter Pick this Saturday 11th November 0930hrs start. Usual arrangements on the events page of

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Thursday 9th November 2017

Another new Barred Warbler only five days after the last one is a bit bizarre. Worth noting is the correct coloured eye with this individual compared with the paler iris with the previous bird.

A chilly and overcast morning with a Westerly breeze. Noted on the reserve, 40 Blackbird, 15 Robin, 9 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redpoll, 4 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Owl, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe, 1 Snow Bunting & 1 Water Rail. Offshore, 500 Cormorant.
Going out to sea East, 25 Cormorant. Going South, 226 Teal, 77 Goldfinch, 76 Dunlin, 76 Wigeon, 25 Starling, 22 Knot, 20 Cormorant, 9 Brent, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 3 Skylark, 2 Redwing & 1 Curlew. Coming in off the sea going West & 40 Starling. Going North, 4 Brent Goose & 1 Oystercatcher.

29 birds ringed: Blackbird 20, Lesser Redpoll 3, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 2, Barred Warbler 1, Goldcrest 1.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wednesday 8th November 2017

This is the time when certain groups of bird species come to Britain for the winter from the colder continent.  They include species such as these Black-headed Gulls(above), and Short-eared Owl, 2 of which were seen today, and of course Robins and Thrushes, many of which were seen coming in, with at least 60 new Blackbirds arriving today, along with 34 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush and 20+ robin. Apart from that little of note apart from 2 Little Auk north.

31 birds ringed: 18 Blackbird, 7 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Starling, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Chiffchaff.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Fieldfare on the reserve during the morning.

A clear night that became overcast in the early hours and Southerly wind. An overnight arrival of Blackbird, Fieldfare and Redwing that dispersed during the morning and activity offshore today too. Noted on the reserve, 120 Blackbird, 30 Chaffinch, 20 Robin, 20 Starling, 14 Lapwing, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, 1 Brambling & 1 Stonechat.
Going North, 3 Gannet, going out to sea East, 560 Cormorant. Offshore going South, 373 Teal, 286 Dunlin, 201 Wigeon, 52 Brent Goose, 49 Knot, 31 Pintail, 21 Lapwing, 17 Shelduck, 15 Redshank, 11 Common Scoter, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 6 Goldeneye, 6 Red-breast Merganser, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 2 Eider, 1 Curlew, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Pochard, 1 Red-throated Diver & 1 Shag.
Vismig going South, 253 Starling, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Rock Pipit & 1 Skylark. Coming in off the sea going West, 27 Chaffinch & 25 Starling.

91 birds ringed: Blackbird 75, Robin 6, Chaffinch 3, Song Thrush 3, Redwing 2, Fieldfare 1, Woodpigeon 1.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Monday 6th November 2017

Siberian Chiffchaff (P. c. tristis) ringed mid afternoon.

A cold clear morning with frost patches, as the sun warmed the reserve a few late butterflies were seen, a Common Blue, which is equal to the current latest recorded in Suffolk, Red Admiral and Small Copper. The Barred Warbler seen early morning at the Observatory, an overnight arrival of 3 Woodcock along with Fieldfare and Redwing.

Noted on the reserve, 26 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 11 Linnet, 9 Brambling, 9 Starling, 8 Meadow Pipit, 8 Redpoll, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 3 Woodcock, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Chiffchaff (tristis), 1 Little Owl & 1 Sparrowhawk.

Going out to sea East, 1980 Cormorant. Going South, 180 Woodpigeon, 64 Goldfinch, 35 Brent Goose, 22 Black-headed Gull, 22 Pintail, 19 Starling, 9 Chaffinch, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Linnet, 3 Siskin, 3 Woodlark, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch & 1 Pied Wagtail. Coming in off the sea going West, 417 Starling & 20 Dunlin. Going North, 4 Siskin & 1 Turnstone.

32 birds ringed: Blackbird 17, Redwing 3, Chaffinch 2, Lesser Redpoll 2, Wren 2, Brambling 1, Chiffchaff (tristis) 1, Goldfinch 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Song Thrush 1.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday 5th November 2017

This Wheatear needs to get out of the cold wind, fatten up and get a move on if its going to get to Africa for the winter. Lapland Bunting calling over the reserve at 0650hrs is probably the same one that flew south 5 minutes later.  Some vis mig with southbound 630 Wood Pigeon, 285 Goldfinch, 140 Starling, 26 Siskin, 24 Redpoll, 22 Linnet, 16 Chaffinch, 13 Mipits, 8 Skylark, 4 Stock Dove, Carrion Crow, Grey Wag & Rock Pipit. Offshore glorious sunshine deterring sea watching to save ones retinas burning out but noted southbound 15 Teal, 6 Shelduck & 3 Brent. Grounded migrants few and far between but included 4 Goldcrest, Rock Pipit, Chiffchaff plus a very small handful of winter thrush's. An immature female Peregrine has visited the last couple of days which winds up the local pair.

Crocidosema plebejana is a tortrix that occasionally ends up in the traps in the late autumn.

13 birds ringed: 8 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017

Barred Warbler ringed this morning at Landguard, a very worn juvenile.

Overnight rain had grounded migrating Redwing, the morning did remain dry but heavy showers came in at midday. The first Little Auk of the autumn for Landguard was seen going South offshore, a late Wheatear is on the reserve and a Barred Warbler was at the Observatory.
Noted on the reserve, 50 Redwing, 40 Blackbird, 20 Robin, 11 Linnet, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snipe, 1 Wheatear & 1 Yellow-legged Gull.
Going out to sea East, 920 Cormorant. Offshore going South, 20 Common Scoter, 10 Brent Goose, 9 Shelduck, 5 Gannet, 5 Teal, 4 Knot, 3 Great Skua, 1 Goosander, 1 Little Auk, 1 Little Egret, 1 Shag, 1 Tufted Duck & 1 Wigeon. Going North, 8 Gannet & 3 Red-throated Diver.
Vismig going South, 113 Starling, 42 Chaffinch, 5 Meadow Pipit & 5 Skylark. Coming in off the sea going West, 1 Song Thrush.

39 birds ringed: Blackbird 14, Redwing 12, Robin 4, Song Thrush 4, Barred Warbler 1, Chaffinch 1, Chiffchaff 1, Fieldfare 1, Starling 1.