Saturday 15 April 2023

Saturday 15th April

A clear night and blue skies meant little in the way of grounded migrants, but small numbers of birds were moving through all day. The most obvious were Whimbrel with 58 heading north in small groups, also overhead, or in off, two Yellow Wagtail, four Wheatear, three Willow Warbler, 13 Swallow, 12 Rook, nine Black-headed Gull, five Meadow Pipit, five Jackdaw, four Bar-tailed Godwit, three Buzzard, two Chaffinch, two Sand and a House Martin

Little movement offshore with the notable exception of a Great White Egret west just after 7am, and 12 Canada Geese south. Also offshore the first five Common Tern of the year, 62 Sandwich Tern, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, three Common Scoter, two Red-breasted Merganser, two Great Crested Grebe and the two immature male Eider.

Elsewhere a Short-eared Owl was on Warren Point and records from the estuary included nine Teal, seven Redshank, six Ringed Plover, three Dunlin, two Greenshank and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Wildlife News: Sand Crocus remain in flower across the Warren in the sunny conditions but insect numbers were kept down by the cold easterly wind. An Orange-tip was on the wing with at least five Peacock and two Speckled Wood, with the first Gooden's Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana of the year on Warren Point.

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