|Marsh Harrier over the obs (as seen from Red Rocks) (JET)|
|Marsh Harrier (SRW)|
beautiful male Redstart appeared in the Newton trap about 08.00hrs and as the first of the spring would normally be bird of the day and indeed some thought it was, despite the harrier. Three single Chiffchaffs were caught at intervals, and became the first warblers on the island for 3 days, and while 2 Wheatears were seen, none were ringed today. Very few other migrants, just a flock of 4 Goldfinches a White and 2 Pied wagtails and a single Swallow. Counts on the flood tide included 494 Curlew, 950 Oystercatchers, 34 Shelducks, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Ringed Plovers, a Grey Plover and just 3 Brent (all that remain?). On the sea were 2 Gannets, several Sandwich terns (left, CJ) (2 went between the islands at the ebb), 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and on the shore were 3 Little Egrets, increasing to 5 after the tide.
|Grey Plover (SRW)|
(JE,CJ,JET(on mainland), SRW)