Friday, 22 April 2016

21st April 2016

Weather: SE-2, sunny with some cloud later, mild.

An exciting day at the Lighthouse today with a good range of common migrants. A small Hirrundine passage occurred throughout the day with 35 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin being logged.  Siskins have been a feature of the last few days and today was no exception as a further 8 birds moved North during the day. 2 Redpoll and 28 Chaffinches also moved Northeast. Grounded migrants included 22 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, 3Yellow Wagtail 12 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler.

2 Short eared Owl quatered the coastal fields early evening whilst the pair of Little Owls were viewable from Lingham bridge.

Bird of the day however goes to a singing Cuckoo found by Tony Edwards. The bird ranged widely during the day but was seen by local and visiting birders alike.

Cuckoo (Tim Kinch)

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