Saturday 7 April 2018

Saturday 7th April

The overnight rain brought with it a small, but welcome, arrival of Spring migrants; totals on site included 18 Chiffchaff, at least 16 Blackcap, six Willow Warbler and a Wheatear, whilst overhead 40 Swallow, 17 Siskin, five Rook, a Sparrowhawk and the year's first House Martin moved through.

Offshore there was also evidence of Spring, the first Little Tern of the year was with 29 Sandwich and three Common Tern. A pair of Eider flew in joining the two immature males with 24 Common Scoter, two Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver also present.

In the estuary the immature Iceland Gull was on Bull Hill but three Whimbrel and eight Black-tailed Godwit were new migrants. Other counts included 93 Turnstone, 29 Curlew, 22 Grey and nine Ringed Plover, two Dunlin, two Mediterranean Gull, the Slavonian Grebe, a Knot and a Greenshank.

Stonechat - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was hauled out on one of the mussel barges.

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