Saturday 12 April 2014

Saturday 12th April

Another excellent day's birding at the Warren with a total of 85 species recorded. Off the seawall the Surf Scoter remained with 192 Common and two Velvet Scoter, although it is always distant and difficult to pick out. Also offshore a Black-throated, five Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, two Eider, a Long-tailed Duck, 30 Sandwich Tern and 12 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Overhead a Red Kite came in off the sea and eventually headed SW around 10.45 with a Marsh Harrier doing much the same just after midday, other raptors seemingly on the move included several Buzzard, three Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel, whilst a Grey Heron, a late Siskin, four Rook, a couple of Raven, 80+ Swallow, a Sand and three House Martin, the first of the year, also flew through.

The Glaucous Gull was still around the estuary mouth, and in the estuary a summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was present on the morning tide with 40 Ringed Plover, 32 Dunlin and 13 Whimbrel. Elsewhere other grounded migrants were however limited to six Wheatear and a single Willow Warbler.

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