Gibraltar Point Highlights

October 7th. Rainy spells.
Birds around included 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel, 6 Redwing, 2 Ruff, 7 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, a Jack Snipe, 200 Golden Plover, a Rook and 30 Siskin.
A rain-shortened morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 16 new birds: 8 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, a Dunnock and a Song Thrush; and 3 retraps: singles of Dunnock, Blackcap and Blue Tit.

October 6th. Around, including birds trapped, were the 2 Richard’s Pipit around the Spit area, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 25 Redwing, 11 Ring Ouzel, a Wheatear, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 3 Brambling, a Ruff, a Greenshank and a Jack Snipe. Flying south were 260 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare and 32 Siskin.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 32 new birds: 6 Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Wren, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 7 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing and a Ring Ouzel; and 4 retraps: a Robin, 2 Wren and a Goldcrest.
The Lesser Whitethroat appeared to be too pale for a British bird, but determining subspecies can be difficult.

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October 5th. Quite strong southerly wind, with rainy spells.
On the Spit/on nearby saltmarsh were 2 Richard’s Pipit. Other birds around were 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Swift, a Ring Ouzel, a Ruff, 3 Spotted Redshank, a Jack Snipe, a Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 40 Redwing, a Fieldfare and a Brambling. South went 3 Great Skua, 8 Shoveler and 30 Redwing. On Tennyson’s Sands were 2 Greenshank.

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October 4th. An Olive-backed Pipit flew calling over North End along the golf course edge and was seen to land somewhere near Greenshanks Creek late afternoon, but fading light meant the bird was not relocated. Mid afternoon a Richard’s Pipit was seen flying over North Building and was relocated briefly on Greenshanks Creek late afternoon. The Great White Egret was rediscovered at North End during the day but was only seen sporadically, whilst at the Mere a Cetti’s Warbler (presumably the bird ringed yesterday) was heard calling late afternoon briefly. There were still 6+ Yellow-browed Warbler (at least 3 in the roadside Sycamores around Aylmer Avenue, 2 at Shovelers Pool and 1 at the Yacht Club) whilst to the North of the reserve towards Skegness, there were at least a further 7 birds found by birders during the day.
Around, including birds trapped, were a 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, 3 Tawny Owl, 180 Brent Goose, 2+ Pink-footed Goose, 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Ruff, a Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, a Redstart, a Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 150+ Goldfinch, a Lapland Bunting, a Green Woodpecker, a Ring Ouzel, 12 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 25+ Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, a Reed Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. Flying south were a Grey Wagtail, 25 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Siskin and 4 Swallow (11 more roosted at the Mere in the evening). There were also 3 Brambling (two at Aylmer and one at Sykes Farm) and a Ring Ouzel discovered along the roadside near the pumping station track very late afternoon, presumably having just arrived? On Tennyson’s Sands were 4 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 26 Pink-footed Goose.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett and James Siddle, produced 16 new birds: 2 Wren, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 2 Blackcap, a Redstart and a Reed Bunting; and 6 retraps: a Robin, a Blue Tit, 2 Wren, a Dunnock and a Great Tit.
Meanwhile over at Aylmer Avenue, Mick Briggs carried out a lengthy ringing session, resulting in 101 new birds. The breakdown was 30 Goldcrest, 12 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, 9 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird and singles of Dunnock, Song Thrush, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Siskin.

October 3rd. Birds around, including those trapped, were a Great White Egret, at least 11 Yellow-browed Warbler (a new reserve record), a Cetti’s Warbler, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, a Green Woodpecker, 120 Goldcrest, 20+ Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff and 150+ Goldfinch. Going south were a Lapland Bunting, 80 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Siskin, 10 Skylark and 75 Meadow Pipit.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes resulted in 43 new birds: 20 Goldcrest, 4 Wren, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, a Goldfinch and a Song Thrush; and 5 retraps: 2 Goldcrest, a Robin, a Blackcap and a Dunnock.
A lengthy ringing session at Aylmer Avenue by Mick Briggs resulted in a impressive 123 new birds. They included a remarkable five Yellow-browed Warbler and a Cetti’s Warbler, both new birds for the Observatory ringing list for the year. The breakdown was 32 Goldcrest, 30 Greenfinch, 11 Blackcap, 10 Goldfinch, 8 Dunnock, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Wren, 4 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch and singles of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Blue Tit.

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October 2nd. Around were 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail, 11 Tree Sparrow, 10 Snipe, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, 97 Brent Goose, a Ruff, 5 Rock Pipit and a Stonechat. On Tennyson’s Sands was a Spotted Redshank. Heading south-east were a Buzzard and 50 Pink-footed Goose, south a Hobby and 40 Lapwing, 13 Jackdaw and 3 Rook, north-west 108 Pink-footed Goose, and west 10 Pink-footed Goose.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes provided 13 new birds: a Goldcrest, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, a Chaffinch, a Robin, 3 Dunnock and a Blackbird; and a retrap Robin.

October 1st. Birds around included 7 Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, a Pied Flycatcher, a Stonechat, 11 Mistle Thrush, a Grey Wagtail, 40 Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine and a Merlin. On Tennyson’s Sands were 21 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Spotted Redshank, 9 Ruff and a Kingfisher. Flying south were 20 Pink-footed Goose.
A morning ringing session in East Dunes, with Keith Collett, produced 12 new birds: 2 Goldcrest, a Wren, a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldfinch, a Robin, a Swallow and a Dunnock; and 3 retraps: singles of Blackbird, Blackcap and Wren.