Thursday, 9 April 2015

Weather: S/SE-0-1, NE-3 later, sunny and warm.

A fairly busy day at the Lighthouse with a number of birds on the move. Grounded migrants included 5 Goldcrest, 8 Twite, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 22 Wheatear and 2 White Wagtail. 

Our first Yellow Wagtail of the year dropped in late afternoon, fed briefly in one of the paddocks but had moved on within 10 mins. This is one of our earliest ever by some time

At Park Lane 3 Little Owls have now taken up temporary residence in one of the dead Willows. Meadow Pipits continue to move with at least 200 birds heading north during the course of the day.

Hirrundines were scarce with just 14 Swallow and 9 Sand Martins being recorded.

Offshore 3 Sandwich terns where off the East Hoyle Bank. The  Common Scoter numbers remain impressive albeit todays count of 10,000 being  lower than of late. 1 drake Velvet Scoter and 2 Long tailed Ducks were also recorded. The Surf Scoter numbers have increased massively today with at least Seven birds recorded including 2 (1st summer) 1 (1st winter) 2 adult drakes and 2 females recorded this morning.

Some distant video of an adult drake was taken and although a bit hazy we hope you enjoy it nonetheless. Best viewed full screen


Video AMC

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