Wednesday, 20 April 2016

20th April 2016

Weather: SE-2, sunny and warm.

The total lack of cloud and clear conditions saw most migrants overshoot the Lighthouse so numbers were a little thin on the ground today. Nevertheless observers plugged away and a decent variety of species were logged by the end of the day. Hirrundines included 30 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin all moving north. Also moving north were 12 Siskin and 2 Redpoll passed over, the latter giving away their presence with their distinctive "buzzing" call. The coastal bushes held 32 Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Redstart whilst the coastal paddocks attracted the usual Wagtails including 3 White Wagtails and 4 Yellow Wagtail. 20 Wheatears were in the paddocks early morning but had all moved through by lunchtime.
Raptor interest was maintained with 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard. 

Offshore, Sandwich Tern numbers are building with a flock of 12 resting on the tide edge viewable from the Lighthouse Car Park.

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