søndag den 20. april 2014

More of the same...

Another lovely, sunny, spring day but with a cold, brisk NE wind taking the shine off the fine conditions; with little change in the weather from yesterday it was no surprise that the morning's ringing was also similar with 12 new birds caught - there was a tiny bit more variety with a Yellowhammer, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs in amongst the Robins and Dunnocks.
   There was less to be seen around the station though with c12 noisy Bramblings around the garden at first light soon moving off and a trickle of Meadow Pipits overhead.   The male Ring Ouzel at Kroghage was heard giving a bit of a sub-song by Louis as he swapped the tip for some wandering round some bushes.

There was a bit of raptor action from lunchtime in the bright and breezy conditions with a Black Kite wandering round the point for a few minutes before heading off to the north (with it or another seen a few hours later north of Birkemosse) and a Rough-legged Buzzard doing the exact same thing two hours later - hardly impressive vis mig but I enjoyed it!   The only other bird I could come up with in the afternoon was another Ring Ouzel in a hedge at Birkemosse and the first Arctic Tern of the year fishing opposite the station in the evening.

lørdag den 19. april 2014

Wall to wall sunshine

Another lovely day with wall to wall sunshine and a light NE wind; this however contributed to a very quiet ringing session in the morning with just 11 new birds caught which comprised 7 Dunnocks, 2 Robins, a Chaffinch and a Chiffchaff.   A Hawfinch dropped in briefly early morning as did a Coal Tit a bit later on while a Red Kite, a Tree Pipit and 2 Swallows flew over and 2 Sparrowhawks whizzed around skilfully avoiding all the nets.

Louis also reported a quiet morning from the tip - apart from a healthy turnover of Easter tourists again with only a Serin and a couple more Tree Pipits of note.

There's something under the shed!

fredag den 18. april 2014

April showers

A very changeable morning kept us on our toes with a breezy first few hours limiting how many nets we could open giving way to a very calm rest of the session but this came with frequent and often prolonged showers.   This meant we definitely worked for our 17 new birds - opening the nets, closing the nets, opening them again, closing them etc. which included 2 Lesser Redpolls, a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.

The two Lesser Redpolls
The second bird was certainly at the pale end for a Lesser but it was a bright adult male with a short wing of 71 and brown mantle - it does look at bit suspicious in this photo but I'm confident! 
(Redpolls are a nightmare!)
It was a generally quiet day really although there was a smart male Common Redstart in the garden, a migrant Sparrowhawk went high to the north and a big flock 1,700 Barnacle Geese came in from the north, round the point and went back west over the sea. 
The sea was very quiet with Louis reporting 770 Eiders and hardly anything else at all with more Easter tourists on the point than birds!

torsdag den 17. april 2014


Another nice start to the day but unfortunately it wasn't long before the wind picked up to become pretty cold and strong, forcing us to close a few nets early; despite this we managed 29 new birds through the morning with Dunnocks and Robins unsurprisingly still featuring heavily but the total did include 2 Willow Warblers and 3 Blackcaps.

Louis had an excellent start to his Easter holidays out on the tip as a female-type Blue-winged Teal flew east at 07:30 with a group of Shovelers; his other totals included 1,480 Eiders, 25 Shoveler, an Osprey north, 32 Brent Geese, a Red Kite south, a Marsh Harrier also south, 2 Cranes north and an Arctic Skua east.

I couldn't really add much else to the day really although there were 4 Swallows at the tip late afternoon and still one nice male Blue-headed Wagtail at Birkemosse with 25+ White Wagtails.

onsdag den 16. april 2014


Another glorious, sunny, warm spring day but unlike yesterday it was flat calm; during the early morning we could hear the yodelling of the Long-tailed Ducks drifting across from the sea while going round the nets - brilliant!   34 new birds were caught with 15 Dunnocks and 10 Chiffchaffs making up the majority of the total while a Sparrowhawk bounced out of several nets through the morning.

Other birds seen included 2 Wheatears just down the road, the singing Corn Bunting again, a Great-spotted Woodpecker and a couple of Redshanks high up overhead.   The sea was quiet although 7 Little Gulls were reported off the tip, 40 Mute Swans flew west and a Canada Goose swam east (which may not be a proper migration!).

A walk north up the coast in the afternoon in still lovely conditions produced the highlight of 2 smart male Blue-headed Wagtails with 40 White Wagtails in the same field at Birkemosse, a cracking adult male Merlin carrying his lunch, at least 35 singing Chiffchaffs dotted around and a couple of singing male Blackcaps.

Speckled Wood

tirsdag den 15. april 2014

Weather forecasting

A gorgeous sunny, spring day, still breezy but not as strong as the forecast led us to believe especially during the morning's ringing session - its always good when it happens that way round but its usually windier than the 'experts' predict!   Managed 24 new birds through the morning with another small influx of 12 Dunnocks along with a Chiffchaff and a House Sparrow!

House Sparrow - although common in town they are quite scarce out here at the station, its the first one I've seen here since arriving; there were two more present as well!
A Swallow flew through, a Peregrine zoomed over in the afternoon and there was a random Egyptian Goose feeding in the field opposite the entrance gate with Herring Gulls and Woodpigeons!   Possibly the same Ring Ouzel was still at Kroghage in the afternoon while Scaup were down to 9 on the pools - after there being 17 on there pretty much every time I've looked!

Rose Chafer (possibly!)