April 16th. On Croft Marsh were 15 Pink-footed Goose, 25 Teal and a Spotted Redshank. Around were 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, a Short-eared Owl, a Hen Harrier and 3 Brambling. A Firecrest was seen in the Plantation by Betty Alan Hide.
April 15th. The first Cuckoo of the year was recorded. An adult Little Gull was seen briefly over the Mere and then flew out to sea.
April 14th. Around were a Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier(1 adult male), 2 Ruff, a Woodlark, a Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 19 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Sedge Warbler and a House Sparrow. A Spotted Redshank was on Tennyson’s Sands and a pair of Garganey were on Jackson’s Marsh.
April 13th. An Osprey and a Red Kite flew through the reserve in the afternoon, as did several Common Buzzard throughout the day. At the feeding station were 4 Brambling. Bird around included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Corn Bunting, a Song Thrush, 15 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat (first of the year), a Peregrine, 3 Blackcap, a White Wagtail, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Redshank and 10 Chiffchaff. Flying south were 15 Rook, 4 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin and 6 Yellow Wagtail. A Pied Flycatcher was discovered near the Betty Alan hide in the evening.
April 12th. A walk through the East Dunes early morning produced a Ring Ouzel, 2 Song Thrush and 10 Redwing. Around were 9 Brambling (feeding station), a Short-eared Owl, a Firecrest (Sykes Farm track), a Spotted Redshank, 2 Whimbrel (first of the year), a Grey Partridge, 5 Chiffchaff, 26 Corn Bunting, a Green Sandpiper and a Sandwich Tern. A dark Common Buzzard flew high south-west, other birds on the move included a House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail. A male Black Redstart was in the Visitor Centre car park this evening.
An early morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling yielded 16 new bird: 5 Goldfinch, 3 Brambling, a Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch (bird with well developed brood patch); and 22 retraps: 6 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch and a Chaffinch.
April 11th. In the Plantation were 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and a Firecrest. Singles of Short-eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Whitethroat (first of the year) and Common Buzzard were around. The 15 Pink-footed Goose were still on Croft Marsh. Offshore were 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1+ Fulmar, 2 Common Scoter and an Eider. A Manx Shearwater flew north offshore.
April 10th. On The Wash were 37 Brent Goose, 6 Avocet, 1795 Oystercatcher, 3200 Grey Plover, 51 Ringed Plover, 46 Curlew, 300 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone, 6700 Knot and 493 Redshank. A Firecrest was seen along the Syke’s Farm track. Around were 2 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 3 Brambling and a Siskin. 2 Ring Ouzel reported in the East Dunes.
April 9th. On the reserve were 15 Pink-footed Goose, 35 Brent Goose, a Merlin, 150 Ringed Plover, 1500 Dunlin, 400 Redshank, 3500 Knot, a Sand Martin, 3 Swallow and 4 Brambling. A Red Kite flew south through the reserve at 1350hrs.
April 8th. At the feeding station were 4 Brambling and 10 Siskin. A Hooded Crow was seen in the West Dunes on the Lonesome Pine. The 15 Pink-footed Goose remained on Croft Marsh. A single Chiffchaff and Short-eared Owl were also of note.
April 7th. A Red Kite was seen early in the morning. Around were 16 Avocet, a Pintail, 10 Siskin and a Marsh Harrier. On Croft Marsh were 15 Pink-footed Goose. The first Yellow Wagtail of the year flew south.
The Wood Forget-me-nots are now flowering in the Plantation.
A Grey Seal pup was found on the beach in the afternoon, the pup had sustained an eye injury and was under weight. It was later recovered by Natureland and taken away for treatment.
April 6th. At the bird feeding station were 7 Brambling (5 cracking males) and 10 Siskin. On The Wash at high tide were 400 Redshank, 38 Brent Goose, 5000 Knot, 1800 Oystercatcher and 86 Ringed Plover. The 15 Pink-footed Goose remained on Croft Marsh. A Woodcock was observed on the verge near Mill Hill.
April 5th. A probable Serin flew over the East Dunes early morning. Around were singles of Ring Ouzel and Redstart. Other birds of note were 500 Redshank, 2000 Dunlin, 1800 Oystercatcher, 2 Goosander, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Firecrest, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Wheatear, 36 Corn Bunting and 4 Goldcrest. A Woodlark, a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 10 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin and a House Martin flew south. A Red Kite was seen just north of the reserve at Seacroft.
A ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mike Polling and Jenni Godber resulted in 12 new bird: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch and 3 Greenfinch; and 11 retraps: 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 4 Great Tit.
April 4th. Frequent heavy showers throughout the day.
On the reserve were 5 Corn Bunting, a male Hen Harrier, 10 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, 2 Brambling and 2 Siskin. A Firecrest was again seen by the Yacht Club. A small arrival of thrushes was evident mid-morning with 84 Redwing and 12 Fieldfare new-in at the Plantation. Flying south were 3 Swallow, a Brambling, 8 Linnet and 18 Chaffinch. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on Jackson’s Marsh. The 15 Pink-footed Goose remained on Croftmarsh.
April 3rd. An excellent day with plenty to see.
Around were 2 Wheatear, a Black Redstart, a Willow Warbler, a Red Kite, 4 Brambling, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 2 Blackcap and 7 Avocet. A Woodlark was singing near RAF Ridge. Singles of Grey Wagtail and Swallow south, meanwhile a Hawfinch flew north-east calling.
April 2nd. Around were 15 Corn Bunting, a Black Redstart, a Red Kite, 10 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Firecrest (1 East Dunes and 1 presumed new bird singing near the Yacht Club) 3 Swallow and a Pintail. An early Tree Pipit flew south over Mill Hill. In off the sea came 2 Common Buzzard. A male Brambling was at the Sykes Farm feeders this morning.
April 1st. A slight frost overnight.
Around were 30 Corn Bunting, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and 238 Redshank. The first Sandwich Tern of the year noted offshore this morning.