Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 30th

30on Winds from the North West this morning and despite clear skies overnight and the unfavourable wind direction yet more new migrants were upon us again today. On Longis beach there were 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Whimbrel.

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April 29th

Today was rather dominated by the BBC filming at the Observatory for Countryfile. It was all hands on deck to maintain the ringing operations and keep up with another good fall of migrants. 133 New Birds were ringed with Blackcap … Continue reading

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April 28th

Winds continued from the West but had dropped considerably by this morning. A female Pied Flycatcher was in Longis beach car park as I headed out to open the nets between the Obs and Essex Farm where a couple of … Continue reading

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April 27th

The 2 Brent Geese in Longis Bay were present all day today and first thing there was a Bar-tailed Godwit feeding ahead of the incoming tide. 2 Peregrine rifled over the Obs late morning one calling loudly. There were 2 … Continue reading

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April 26th

Daybreak brought with it very windy conditions giving the opportunity to catch up on other chores principally cutting new rides in Mannez Quarry nature reserve and setting up 48 metres of nets.  Still a little work to go here but … Continue reading

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April 25th

Still lots of birds around today but the gusting winds were certainly not ideal birding conditions. A flock of 8 Dunlin (not a common bird here) were reported by the Naturetrek group and 2 Whimbrel spotted by Dr.S Robertson beside … Continue reading

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April 24th

Winds continued NE gradually fading throughout the day to a very beautiful still sunny evening. This morning John Weir and I ringed on Longis reserve until mid-day. We had 3 Common Sandpipers on the man-made island at first light and … Continue reading

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April 23rd

A Hoopoe was reported by Mark Atkinson from Rose Farm early this morning but it evaded the Naturetrek group who were later lucky enough to get excellent views of a male Pied Flycatcher in Longis car park followed up by … Continue reading

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April 22nd

A bumper days birding and ringing on the island today as migrants came flooding through. On Longis reserve I flushed a Wryneck shortly after first light and 2 Whimbrel made themselves heard as they passed over. There was a single … Continue reading

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APRIL 21st

The winds shifted slightly to NE but at around half the strength of yesterday. These winds brought an increase in Meadow Pipit numbers with a flock 60-70 strong on longis common. I was delighted to see our first Common Sandpiper … Continue reading

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