Birds: August 2022

Friday 5th It was expected that the overnight rains would drop in migrants but there was actually less on the Estate than yesterday. There were 20 Willow Warblers in the bushes, 45 Swallows flew north, a trickle of Lesser Black-backed Gulls also went north, three Wheatears were at Sandilands, a Common Tern on the beach, and a Dunlin on Restharrow…

Birds: July 2022

Sunday 31st A Red Kite and 160 Swifts were recorded over the Estate and 120 Mediterranean Gulls were on the beach by Sandilands. Singles of Treecreeper and Garden Warbler were caught by the ringing team. The former was our first record of the year and the latter the first for the autumn. Ten Willow Warblers were also present and a…

Birds: June 2022

Thursday 30th A calm and grey day. The two Wood Sandpipers remained on Worth. These next weeks should see them and other waders pick up in number. Common Sandpiper, in particular, will peak along the river at New Downs. Wednesday 29th A Greenshank was on Worth marshes first thing and a little later two Wood Sandpipers dropped in. There were…

Birds: May 2022

Tuesday 31st The last day of the month saw a brief Great White Egret drop into Restharrow Scrape. A drake Pochard was new in on Worth where the ELEONORA’S FALCON and Red-footed Falcon continued. Eleonora’s Falcon by J.Dodds Monday 30th The activity was still mostly focused on Worth marshes where the ELEONORA’S FALCON and Red-footed Falcon continue to delight. Three Red Kites also flew over. There were lots…

Birds: April 2022

Saturday 30th Singles of Hobby and Marsh Harrier were both working the Estate and a Siskin flew over the Observatory carpark. A few Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwits were present, either offshore or on the fields near Restharrow Scrape. A Common Sandpiper was on the scrape itself and a Grey Plover on the beach. Three Wheatears were south of Sandilands and…

Birds: March 2022

Thursday 31st A Swallow on Worth was our first hirundine of the year. A few flocks of Siskins were around the edge of the Great Wood and Cornfield Wood and the White Stork was still present. Two Firecrests were in The Elms. All before the weather took a turn for the worse… Wednesday 30th A drake Garganey was a nice…

Birds: February 2022

Monday 28th Worth marshes felt lovely in the light breeze and spring sunshine. More and more birds are beginning to set up territory, it was pleasing to hear the Reed Buntings singing from the ditches and hedgerows and the Lapwings were displaying in the fields. The White Stork was seen originally in flight over Willow Farm but relocated to the…

Birds: January 2022

Monday 31st The conditions offshore were perfect with great visibility to the horizon and a strong northerly wind. Despite this there was not a great deal moving through except a handful of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, Auks, and Kittiwakes. A Black-throated Diver north past the offshore might be the same one seen on four occasions in the last few weeks. Two…