Thursday, 19 April 2018

Weather , Hot Sunny, Wind Westerly 11mph,

A scorching day at the Lighthouse and today's birding was just as hot, 
The Earliest indicators of what the day had in store were 10 Wheatear in Kerr's field a further 32 were seen in the fields off Park Lane This morning , its possible the total count for Wheatear is 50 plus, 
Tree Sparrow Eddie Williams, 
One early surprise was a Tree Sparrow just after nine am on the nature trail where Sundays Wood Warbler was seen  sadly Tree Sparrow are uncommon birds in the area and most birds are seen flying over, 

Spring Migrants Blackcap, Willow Warbler , and Chiffchaff numbers were easily in double figures with all three species in good voice across the Lighthouse area 4 Lesser Whitethroat were seen and heard between Lingham Lane and the nature trail as well as 1 Common Whitethroat, and 1 Grasshopper warbler near the white gates Lingham Lane,  
Whimbrel Allan Conlin 

On Park Lane observers were delighted with fleeting glimpses of a pair of Common Redstart and a brief sighting of a female Ring Ouzel its  silvery wings were only seen for a matter of minutes  before it disappeared along the  paddocks,
Later in the afternoon one lucky birder spotted a Red Kite over the carr lane sewerage works soaring high on the thermals,
Birds along the coast, 1 Whimbrel that's been seen over the last few days on the mud at the Western groyne, 
Good numbers of Sandwich Tern , Great Crested Grebe and a single Red Breasted Merganser , 

Other Birds in the area, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Brambling and 1 Bullfinch, 

Observers AMC, GAC, KD, DH, TK, MT, EW, and others 

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