We still await the first Wheatear and Sand Martin of the spring, even though today seemed a likely day in terms of weather and date. Early on 3 Wood Pigeons were noted and 2 Merlins came together over the obs and performed their grappling like display before apparently going their separate ways.There was nothing new in the trapping area except for a Greenfinch briefly with just the odd Meadow Pipit, Pied and Grey Wagtail (2) passing over. The Skylark was again down on the northern end of the island for a time, a Rock Pipit flew towards Middle and a single Rook travelled west across the island. There was again some evidence that waders were making their way north including 8 Bar-tailed Godwits that went off high. The pale-bellied Brent Geese remain around the 180 mark including 2 colour ringed individuals, also 2 dark-bellied birds today.
Brent Geese, dark-bellied centre, colour ringed pale-bellied right