Tuesday, 15 April 2014

15th April 2014

Weather: SE-3, warm and sunny.

Overhead passage today included a small flurry of 30+ Meadow Pipits and 2 White Wagtail early morning. Offshore,  Sandwich Terns continue to arrive whilst small parties of Dunlin, Redshank and Ringed Plover were departing for their Northern breeding grounds.

A circuit of the paddocks produced only 5 Wheatear. Lingham Lane however proved more productive holding a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat,9 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, 18 Blackcap and the adult male Redstart found yesterday was joined today by a 1st summer bird.

A Garden warbler was heard and seen further east at Ditton Lane. Noteworthy is the apparent lack of Whitethroats, usually an abundant Lighthouse species at this stage of the migration season. A cause for concern or just later than usual?


One of 18 Blackcap arriving today (AMC)

One of two males present today (AMC)

Taking  a breather !  (AMC)

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