Monday, 14 April 2014

14th April 2014

Weather; W/SW-4/5 to 2, sunny and warm later.

Less than ideal conditions didn't seem to stop the migrants today. A single Siskin passed overhead as did our first House Martins of the year, 5 in total today. Swallows and Sand Martins also moved through whilst the resident breeding Swallows defended their territories from passage birds. 

Surprisingly there wasn't a single Wheatear today but a stunning male Redstart was located in Hawthorns at the south end of Lingham Lane. Several Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a male Blackcap were also in the same hedgerow and a Grasshopper Warbler was discovered creeping around in the understorey . 

Offshore the Scoter Flock remained, whilst Sandwich Terns numbered 37 and Gannet 17

With a high pressure system forming over the near continent and UK over the next couple of days, the first major arrival of migrants and possibly something rarer is anticipated !

AMC, KD, DH.and EW

A record shot of what was a stunning bird (AMC)
Record shot of singing Lesser Whitethroat (EW)

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