Wednesday, 16 June 2021

June 16th

On another steamy morning relieved only by a light southerly breeze we walked from Reculver to Coldharbour and back. We saw 6 Swifts screaming as thet flew around the Towers, 2 Pied Wagtails, 6 Oystercatchers, 7 Whitethroats, 5 Stonechats, 1 Kestrel, 12 Mallard, 11 Linnets, 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying W, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 1 Corn Buntings, 15 Turnstone, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Coot, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Skylarks, 2 Shelduck and 1 Blackcap. 

We also found a female Broad-bodied Chaser beside the seawall.

Female Broad-bodied Chaser


Tuesday, 15 June 2021

June 15th

This morning we completed our second Turtle Dove Survey count in the square TR2667 that includes Shuart Lane and Shuart Farm but did not see ot hear any Turtle Doves. Birds we did see however were 4 Skylarks, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Cuckoos, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Lapwings, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Moorhens, 1 Jay, 4 Goldfinches, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 7 Chaffinches, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet and 8 Long-tailed Tits.

After this we visited Reculver on the way home and recorded 5 Blackcaps, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldfinches.

Monday, 14 June 2021

June 14th

On another scorcher we walked from Chamber's Wall to the Oyster Farm lagoons and recorded 15 Linnets, 9 Whitethroats, 9 Goldfinches, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Kestrels, 5 Mallard, 6 Ringed Plovers, 5 Oystercatchers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Little Egrets, 3 Swifts W, 1 Corn Bunting and 2 Shelduck. 

In addition to the birds we also found our first 14 Pyramidal Orchids of the year, 1 Norfolk Hawker dragonfly and 5 Small Heath butterflies.

Male Linnet

Pyramidal Orchid

This evening Jum Bloor saw a Common Sandpiper at Coldharbour and a Green Sandpiper in the Oyster Farm.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

June 13th

We spent the morning ringing on the Marsh south of the railway but although we didn't ring a great many birds we did ring 2 Yellow Wagtails and caught a Belgian ringed Sedge Warbler. Birds we saw during the morning included  1 Cuckoo, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Goldfinches, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Corn Buntings, 6 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Sedge Warblers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Lapwing and 1 Common Tern.

Birds ringed 15: Wren 1, Reed Warbler 1, Chaffinch 2, Whitethroat 5, Sedge Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, Dunnock 1, Song Thrush 1

Male Yellow Wagtail


Saturday, 12 June 2021

June 12th

We had an uneventful morning walking from Chamber's Wall to Coldharbour and the Oyster Farm and only saw 12 Linnets, 16 Goldfinches, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Tern, 8 Whitethroats, 1 Mallard, 5 Little Egrets, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Turnstone, 2 Swifts and 1 Common Buzzard.

Yellow-horned Poppies

 Derek Smith walked from Shuart to Plumpudding between 06300 and 0900 and his highlights were 2 adult Stonechats with 2 young, 4 singing Cetti's Warblers and finding some more Bee Orchids.

Friday, 11 June 2021

June 11th

We spent the morning ringing at Shuart where the morning began cloudy but with the sun coming out later. Birds we saw included 2 Red-legged Partridges, 1 Jay, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Mallard, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Common Buzzards, 12 Goldfinches, 4 Little Egrets, 3 Kestrels, 4 Grey Herons, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Sedge Warblers, 16 Reed Warblers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Red Kites flying W, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Turtle Dove and 8 Lapwings.

Birds ringed 27: Sedge Warbler 2, Reed Warbler 11, Robin 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Reed Bunting 2, Whitethroat 3, Goldfinch 1, Greenfinch 1, Dunnock 1, Blackbird 1.

Lesser Whitethroat

We have already received information concerning the ringing details of a female Cetti's Warbler we caught at Shuart this morning. It had originally been ringed at Icklesham, East Sussex on 14th September 2020 and had flown 67 km NE to reach Shuart.

Cetti's Warbler

 

Thursday, 10 June 2021

June 10th

We spent the morning ringing at Reculver and between 0530 and 1100 we counted 8 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Mallard, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoos, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobbies, 100 Sand Martins, 2 Red Kites flying W, 15 Reed Warblers, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Jays.

Birds ringed 21: Chiffchaff 1, Long-tailed Tit 2, Robin 4, Cetti's Warbler 2, Whitethroat 2, Reed Warbler 7, Blackcap 1, Dunnock 1, Song Thrush 1.

Adult Reed Warbler

Chris Tedder found 2 mating Fiery Clearwings Pyropteron chrysidiformis on the seawall today. These are very rare and endangered UK moths.


Fiery Clearwing - Chris Tedder

 

She also discovered 3 Small Blue butterflies.

Small Blue - Chris Tedder