Tuesday 30th

No ringing due to the increasing wind so the team got on with preparations fo the ringing course.

Monday 29th

A lovely calm start welcomed the early risers and we were rewarded with a juvenile Cuckoo. Migrants had also started heading south as indicated by 16 Willow Warblers and the first Garden Warbler of the year. Sand Martins also joined in and 65 were ringed leading to a mornings total of129 new birds.


Saturday 27th

The rain arrived around 0600 and unexpectedly stayed all day so no ringing.

Friday 26th

It was hard, hot, work this morning to yield 29 birds, twelve of which were new. The only bird moving through was a Sand Martin the rest were locally produced.

Wednesday 24th

It started very calm but with the temperature shooting up various sea breezes moved around at times. Hirundines and Swifts were around but mostly feeding very high.

A total of  26 new birds included the first autumn Willow Warblers (3) and two more Sand Martins. A Coal Tit was also new for the year.

The roads here remain dangerous for our resident birds. The latest victim was a Blackbird which had been ringed in 2012.

Sunday 21st

There have been three sessions in the last week yielding 69 new birds. Local fledglings continue to make up the bulk but six Sand Martins are the first clear sign of the autumn passage. The highlight came today when a Treecreeper was caught in the Whitehouse. Although they are not known to have bred on the Estate they probably bred near the Green Wall.

Sunday 14th

Just twelve birds this morning, all local breeders but a Magpie was the first for the year.

Friday 12th

Another hot day with 17 birds ringed. This included five more fledged Blackcaps.

Tuesday 9th

It was a bit of a surprise to have faint drizzle at first and maybe this deterred any passage of Sand Martins or Swifts. Eighteen birds were ringed with the highlight being a juvenile Cetti’s Warbler. Although plenty breed a few hundred yards inland not many move to the coast.

The regular checking of nest boxes continues and showed that House Sparrows are having a surge of activity. More than a dozen boxes around the observatory held a total of 51 eggs, so hopefully plenty of chicks to make up for the patchy start.

Sunday 7th

Two sessions in the last week yielded 57 new birds, not quite a tin of Heinz but still a good variety of locally raised birds. Fifteen Whitethroats being perhaps the highlight.

Some careful checking of other local breeders has added Black-headed Gull, Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover to the total.

Tuesday 2nd

A lovely, warm, morning with the breeze holding off. Eighteen birds were ringed including the first juvenile Reed Warblers and a Green Woodpecker. Although the House Sparrow nests are having mixed fortunes they are still trying and new broods were found today. House Martins are similarly varied with some fledging and some nests being used for the first time this season.