Wednesday, 30 April 2014

30th April 2014

Weather: E/NE, variable-1. Warm with sea mist.

A flat calm sea gave the seawatchers an opportunity to search for some sea duck. On the flood tide 112 Great crested Grebe were counted along with 2 Red throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Scaup and the unusual site on the sea, a pair of Shoveler.

As the mist descended so did the migrants and 3 Whinchat dropped in near sandy lane whilst the paddocks held 10 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 5 White wagtail.. 3 singing Willow Warbler were also new in. A female Merlin came in off the sea and headed east much to the consternation of the local Swallows. 

There was also a reasonable passage of Redpoll during the day totaling 20 by the end of the day.The only other finch of note was a solitary Siskin.

5 Whimbrel could be found feeding on the sandbank opposite the groyne.

A Painted Lady butterfly was an early record.

AMC, DH, KAD,EW - photo's AMC



Painted Lady. Dr Paul Brewster

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