Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Weather: SE-2, sunny & warm all day.

Despite the clear conditions it was apparent from the start there had been a small 'fall' of Phylloscopus Warblers including 57 Willow Warbler and 12 Chiffchaff between Lingham Lane and Park Lane. An arrival of Blackcap had also occurred with at least 20 birds being logged , principally  feeding among the Hawthorn flowers in Lingham Lane.

A single male Yellow Wagtail was in the eastern most Horse paddock mid morning.

Several Sedge Warbler and a single Reed Warbler were singing at the Lighthouse pond. At least 3 male Grasshopper Warbler were 'reeling' from various locations between 'sandy lane' and the East Bank.

As the morning progressed so it became more about quality than quantity and at approximately 09.30 a stunning Male Pied Flycatcher was found by Lighthouse regular David Haig (DH) in track side bushes at Park Lane. This is only our second since 2013. A great bird which sadly didn't stick around for the masses. Equally brief and equally exciting was an ALPINE SWIFT also found by (DH) which flew past a quintet of locals who happened to be on site watching the Pied Fly. An incredible 10 minute spell for those lucky but well deserving few.

Also present on Park Lane was a single Male Redstart whilst 6 Greenland Wheatear and a female Whinchat were found in 'Hoopoe Hollow' mid afternoon.

Numbers of Dunlin are beginning to  build with most in smart breeding plumage. At least 700 are currently roosting on the foreshore at Dove Point, along with several Turnstone, Redshank and 3 Whimbrel.


Pied Flycatcher (DH)

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