Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday 20th March

The overcast conditions weren't ideal for viewing the solar eclipse but did produce some unexpected vismig with c370 Chaffinch over NE with smaller numbers of Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and a Siskin mixed in. Grounded migrants were restricted to three Chiffchaff and a Wheatear. Perhaps because of the cloud cover the eclipse didn't seem to greatly affect birds although the House Sparrow around the Visitor Centre were more vocal as the sky darkened. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 700+ Dunlin, 421 Brent Geese, 29 Turnstone, 26 Bar and three Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Knot, 20 Grey Plover, seven Sanderling and four Ringed Plover, four Shoveler were on the Main Pond and a Red-throated Diver, 39 Common Scoter and 31 Great-crested Grebe were offshore.

 Knot - Lee Collins

Grey Heron - Dave Jewell

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