Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Wednesday 6th April
On the dropping morning high tide, the Bonaparte's Gull reappeared, feeding over shallows in the estuary with five Sandwich Tern. An immature Iceland Gull offshore early morning may also have been a returning bird. Also, 429 Oystercatcher, 54 Curlew, 48 Turnstone, six Dark-bellied Brent Goose, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Grey Plover, single Black-tailed Godwit and Sanderling. Single Sand Martin and Swallow flew through. The only obvious migrants in the bushes early morning were five Chiffchaff and a single Willow Warbler but seven Willow Warbler were around the Main Pond at dusk. The presence of several nests including Little Grebe and two Long-tailed Tit indicate some resident birds are well underway with the breeding season.