Monday, 23 July 2018

July 23rd
With the hot and humid weather continuing we arrived early and spent limited time ringing at Shuart this morning. Birds we saw included 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Greenfinches, 2 Blackcaps, 12 Goldfinches, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Mallard, 9 Linnets, 24 Lapwings, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Birds ringed 16: Wren 1, Reed Warbler 11, Whitethroat 3, Blackcap 1.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

July 22nd
We spent a hot and humid morning ringing at Reculver where we recorded 2 Goldcrests, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 10 Sand Martins, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Reed Warblers, 2 Jays and 1 Garden Warbler.

Birds ringed 24: Wren 3, Reed Warbler 7, Whitethroat 2, Chaffinch 1, Great Tit 7, Blue Tit 1, Robin 1, Dunnock 1, Sparrowhawk 1.

Juvenile male Sparrowhawk

This afternoon Derek Smith walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour along the River Wansum looking for dragonflies. He saw 60 Red-eyed Damselflies, 35 Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers, 30 male Ruddy Darters, 3 Brown Hawkers and 1 male Variable Damselfly only the second he's seen in the area.

Red-eyed Damselfly - Derek Smith

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Derek Smith

Male Ruddy Darter - Derek Smith

Variable Damselfly - Derek Smith

Saturday, 21 July 2018

July 21st
We spent a sunny morning ringing on the Marsh south of the railway and saw 10 Goldfinches, 46 Mallard flying S, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, the first of the autumn, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15 Linnets, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Reed Warblers, 13 Sedge Warblers and 1 Grey Heron.

Birds ringed 46: Willow Warbler 1, Linnet 4, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 10, Reed Bunting 5, Reed Warbler 13, Whitethroat 8, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Chaffinch 1, Dunnock 1, Blackbird 1.

Juvenile Grasshopper Warbler

Derek Smith was out between 0500 and 0900 and walked from Shuart to Plumpudding and Coldharbour. Birds he saw included 15 Little Egrets, 3 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Terns, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 8 Reed Warblers and 2 Blackcaps.

Friday, 20 July 2018

July 20th
On a cloudy morning that even had a few drips of rain we had a ringing session at Shuart where we saw 2 Grey Partridges, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 14 Goldfinches, 2 Turtle Doves, 9 Whitethroats, 8 Sedge Warblers, 30 Reed Warblers, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Kestrels, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Birds ringed 38: Wren 2, Reed Warbler 24, Whitethroat 5, Sedge Warbler 5, Blue Tit 1, Blackcap 1.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

July 19th
On an even more humid and hot morning we walked from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and visited Shuart on the way home. Birds we saw included 14 Whitethroat, 6 Goldfinches, 32 Linnets, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Whimbrel W, 9 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Redshank, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Turtle Dove, 6 Skylarks and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Juvenile Mediterranen Gull

Six-spotted Burnet Moth

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

July 18th
This morning we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour again and recorded 131 Sand Martins, 3 Swifts, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Whimbrel W, 20 Linnets, 14 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 15 Oystercatchers, 14 Little Egrets, 6 Ringed Plovers, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 55 Carrion Crows, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sandwich Terns, 3 Mallard, 2 Turnstone, 10 Meadow Pipits, 1 juvenile Stonechat and 1 Blackcap.

Sandwich Tern

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

July 17th
Although still sunny and warm there was a refreshing NW breeze blowing this morning as we walked along the seawall from Reculver to Coldharbour. We counted 3 Whitethroats, 10 Little Egrets, 8 Swallows W, 18 Linnets, 8 Redshank, 26 Mediterranean Gulls, 287 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Ringed Plovers, 2 Grey Herons, 8 Oystercatchers, 1 Kestrel, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Mallard, 5 Turnstones, 1 Curlew and 46 Carrion Crows.

Ringed Plover

Moulting adult Mediterranean Gull