Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Weather;  Fine and sunny following some early morning mist. Wind SW-W F2

In the lighthouse area a Short-eared Owl, presumably yesterday's bird, spent much of the morning hunkerered down behind a tuft of long grass in a field just inland from the paddocks. It was not seen in the afternoon.
Overhead passage was weaker than yesterday but 45 Swallows, 5 House Martins and 12 Sand Martins moved east along with 2 Redpolls and 60 Meadow Pipits.
There were few grounded birds apart from one or two wheatears and phyloscs early this morning but numbers built up, especially after lunchtime when new arrivals included 27 Wheatears, a Ring Ouzel, 3 White Wagtails, 6 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs and a good count of 55 Willow Warblers. The latter species appeared concentrated in two areas, Park Lane and the vicinity of the duckpond and nature trail. The Ring Ouzel, a male, was seen to fly strongly inland from Lingham paddocks this afternoon and has not been re-located.
Willow Warbler; An obvious old facial injury didn't stop this little hero from making it all the way back from Africa. EW
A single Whimbrel flew over Park Lane calling continually.
Willow Warbler. A pale and greyish individual typical of those from north Scandinavian breeding grounds.  EW

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