Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday 14th April 2016

Weather; Cloudy and cool early with light rain. Becoming finer and warmer later. Wind NE-SE F2

It was the same story today at the lighthouse with a quiet morning followed by an arrival after midday. 3 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers and a single Redpoll were the only obvious grounded migrants early on following a circuit of the area.
After midday, however, there was a small arrival of a further 5 Wheatears at the western groyne and into the paddocks. In the Park Lane area 2 Blackcaps, 8 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear and a male Redstart appeared in the area just west of the caravan park entrance. 
A further 15 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps and 5 Goldcrests arrived in the Lingham Lane area.
There was some overhead passage today, the vast majority of which was west to east. This included a Sparrowhawk, 45 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 32 Sand Martins, 30 Meadow Pipits, 24 Siskins and 3 Redpolls.
There were two Lapwings displaying in fields inland from the paddocks. Whether they will be tempted to breed here in spite of the continual disturbance caused by the never-ending cable laying operation is another matter.
Phyloscopus passage is peaking now with many, such as this Chiffchaff below the sea embankment, bursting into full song. EW

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