Saturday, 29 April 2017

Weather: wind, slight south westerly force 2, overcast and cool. 

Much needed southerly winds brought a few migrant to the lighthouse area, A female Ring Ouzel was on the disused golf course on Lingham lane and stayed for most of the morning a totally different female to the bird in the paddocks yesterday morning 
Female Ring Ouzel  GC
A Grasshopper Warbler could be heard reeling in the vicinity of the old brick pit , 2 Lesser Whitethroat  were singing on Lingham lane 7 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, and Chiffchaff were all seen and heard in the Lighthouse area. 

Other spring migrants were, 7 Wheatear mainly in the fields by Park Lane, 2 Yellow Wagtail , 2 Swift  over Dove point Hirundines included a steady stream of Swallow , (Its always worth checking every swallow for Red Rumped Swallow a bird that has been seen on a few occasions at the Lighthouse ) House Martin And occasional Sand Martin, 

Raptors included, 1 Merlin , 1 Peregrine Falcon Hunting the tide line and heading out towards the wind turbines, 3 Sparrowhawk 2 displaying 1 Hunting . a pair of Common Buzzard possibly breeding in the area, 1 Kestrel that favours the Lighthouse as a look out post, 

Other birds in the area were, Lesser Redpoll , Skylark, and a pair of Greylag Geese in Kerr's field,

With all signs pointing to ideal weather conditions the next few days could be interesting, 

Observers TK, KD, DH, CT, AM, TE, AC, GC 

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