Tuesday, 22 April 2014

22nd April 2014

Weather: E-2, cool and overcast. Light drizzle, heavy rain later

No sign all day of yesterday's Velvet Scoter bar a brief unconfirmed sighting at 10.30. 3000 Common Scoter were offshore from mid morning whilst on the flood tide, 27 Great crested Grebe, 2 Razorbill, 9 Red throated Diver and 30+ Sandwich Tern could be seen from the Lighthouse car park.

An early morning Marsh Harrier didn't stick around and quickly moved  through north. This is our first this year.

The mid morning drizzle saw Wheatears  'falling' out the sky, with a party of 5 taking shelter in the East paddock. A total of 29 Wheatear passed through during the course of the day. Additionally 3 Whinchat were in the horse paddocks along with a party of 30 Meadow Pipit whilst two Tree Pipits were heard overhead. Sedge Warblers and 4 Reed Warbler were also 'new in'. Other birds present were 15 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap and 2 Lesser Whitethroats.

Hirundines moved through all day however the peak movement was about 3pm with totals of 250 Swallow,  100 House Martin and 68 Sand Martin.

AMC, KD, DH, JJ, and EW


1 comment:

  1. Im very sad to day that the velvet scoter has died. I found him earlier on.