Friday, 25 September 2015

Friday 25th September 2015

Weather;  Sunny spells. Wind W F3-4

11 Little Egrets and 5 Grey Herons were at the western groyne after the tide. Numbers of Egrets have been steadily building up here in recent months. 40 Redshank, 15 Dunlin and 8 Turnstone were also here.

The advance of autumn is evident in the subtle changes in the make up of returning migrants in the area of the lighthouse. Hirundines have suddenly become scarce, with none seen at all today, whereas the first migrant Chaffinches and Skylarks are appearing overhead. Goldcrests too are increasing with 6 recorded in the area of the Duck pond. Chiffchaffs are now the most common Warbler species on the move with 9 logged today. 3 Blackcaps and a Kingfisher were present at Lingham bridge and a male Stonechat was in Kerr's field. 
Goldcrest     EW
Hopefully the forthcoming change in wind direction to an easterly vector will produce an increase in migrants over the next few days. Observers AMC, KAD, JJ, EW  

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