From the start this morning it was clear today was going to be special as good numbers of migrants were evident in the coastal bushes and paddocks around the Lighthouse including 7 Blackcap, 3 Redstart, 1 Ring Ouzel, 50 Willow Warbler and 17 Chiffchaff, Grasshopper, Sedge and Reed Warbler numbers were all higher than yesterday. In the paddocks 5 Wheatear were recorded and our highest number of Yellow Wagails so far; (12) fed around the horses.
Our first Cuckoo was heard singing early morning only.
At approximately 10.30 visiting birder Stuart Gregory found our first real 'rare' of the spring; a NIGHT HERON. A fantastic adult bird seen on the River Birkett from Lingham Bridge. The first locals arrived quickly but the bird had vanished. However, the disappointment of the gathered quartet turned into relief and excitement when another visiting birder Mike Buckley refound the bird sitting quietly on the opposite side of the bridge. This is our second Night Heron at the Lighthouse.
AMC, KD, DH, JJ, MGT,AT and EW ; also MB, SG and JT