Thursday, 11 April 2013

11th April 2013

In this topsy-turvy season when the first Ring Ouzel arrived on 3rd April before the first Wheatear, the first Swallow for the island this spring was seen this morning before we have had any Sand Martins. The continued south easterly brought in another 6 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, a few finches and alba wagtails, 5 Wheatears (left) and 3 Starlings together with about 1,000 Meadow Pipits passing through. The Merlin was here again along with a Teal and 3 Canada Geese. A Black-throated Diver was the star bird on the sea, a Red-throated was also noted, others included 16 Great -Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Terns. Wader numbers are now declining as they move on north, but 28 Sanderling and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits were on the shore.
Ringed :- 3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wheatear    [ 86-17 ]
(AEH,AW,CJW+PLN)        photo AEH

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