Saturday, 16 April 2011

16th April 2011

A small fall of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs was all over by 07:00hrs, with the late comers missing out, but there were other delights during a warm and sunny day, notably 20 Greenland Wheatears, 20 Swallows and 2 House Martins. The immature Grey and the Common seal (above) hauled out again at the north end, at times lying side by side, with the remaining Turnstones and a Knot un-phased by the presence of the large Mammals (left). The sea and shore produced good records including the first Common Terns of the year, 20 of which were noted from aboard the Lifeboat on manoeuvres. Others on the log today were 16 Red-throated Divers, 50 Gannets, 25 Common Scoters, 30 Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 253 Bar-tailed Godwits and many Sandwich Terns. The 2 Greylags showed again also 2 Canada Geese and a Little Egret. A single Whimbrel was again heard, but still evaded any photographers. Both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies enjoyed the sunshine (above). Ringed:- 6 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 1 Wren, 1 Linnet. (RA,CJ,AW,CLW,CJW,SRW,TGW,CJW,GIW) + Marc Hughes and Aled, Colin Wells and Lynne. [223-30] photos CJ,PSW

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