Saturday, 7 May 2016

7th May 2016

Weather: E-2, Warm and sunny, cloud later

From the start this morning it was clear there had been a small arrival of Spotted Flycatcher. Within the first hour, a minimum of 9 birds had been logged. However this "small" fall quickly turned into our largest ever day total for this species wit a final conservative figure of 27 birds being recorded. They seemed to be on every bush or barbed wire fencing, with singles or small flocks of 3-4 birds seemingly everywhere. Quite an impressive and exciting sight. Many other migrants had also arrived overnight including, Grasshopper Warbler(1), Reed Warbler(22), Sedge Warbler (10), Blackcap, Garden Warbler (1), Lesser Whitethroat (5), Redstart (1) Wheatear (7) and a Whinchat . A single singing Cuckoo was present throughout the day but could be elusive and difficult to see. Overhead passage included Goldfinch (28), Siskin (2), Redpoll (11), Flava Wag (1) Jackdaw (9), Carrion Crow (12) and a small passage of Hirrundines.

Waders on the foreshore included a single Whimbrel, however Dunlin numbers appear to have dropped significantly to around 500.  Offshore single Gannets passed North whilst several Sandwich Terns and 4 Little Tern could be found from the Lighthouse car park.


All photos AMC & Liz Pitchford

Liz  Pitchford


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