Monday, 1 May 2017

1st May

Weather:E/NE-3-4, warm and overcast
Showers overnight produced a few grounded migrants around the Lighthouse this morning, the first couple of circuits producing 30+ Wheatear and 3 Whinchat. As birds continued to arrive all day the final count for Whinchat had reached 8 birds. All of yesterdays Redstarts however had appeared to have left overnight. Two male Lesser Whitethroat continue to hold territory at the inland end of Lingham Lane whilst at least 11 Common Whitethroat were recorded in the coastal scrub. 10 Sedge Warbler were new in and 5 Blackcap and 5 Reed Warbler were also recorded. A single Swift passed through early afternoon. Another Merlin (3rd of spring) was found in Park Lane.

Wader passage included 2 Whimbrel and 3000 Dunlin and 600 Sanderling.

Seawatching today was time limited however 5 Gannet and 5 Great crested Grebe were recorded over the tide whilst an evening visit on the ebb tide produced 150 Sandwich Terns and 10 'Commic' Terns from the Lighthouse Car park. Although distant their evocative calls heralding their arrival all the way from their African wintering grounds.

Sandwich Tern flock from the Lighthouse car park (AMC)

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