Thursday, 1 May 2014

Thursday 1st May 2014

Weather; Heavy rain until midday then cloudy with light SE wind, F2.

Around 80 Sandwich Terns were present over the tide with one or two Common Terns. Around 30 Great crested Grebes and 12 Common Scoter were offshore at the lighthouse. A single Whimbrel again roosted on the groyne together with 60 Dunlin.
Migrants started moving through immediately after the passing of the rain front starting with 8 Wheatears and a Whinchat arriving in the area of the groyne at the west end of the paddocks. White and Yellow Wagtails then began arriving in the paddocks with a total of 8 White and 11 Yellow which included a male Blue-headed type. The first Swift of the spring powered through eastwards along with around 20 House Martins and 30 Swallows. Below are a couple of shots of todays Blue headed Type Wagtail showing a typical Blue colour head and pale sub ocular patches expected of  flava, but a contradictory white throat suggesting something else. 

Observers; AMC, JJ, MGT, EW.



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