Monday, 11 April 2016

11th April 2016

 Weather: ESE force 2  then 1400 ENE 3 
 After a noisy night of gales and rain observers had 2 Collared Doves flying over going east when the rain stopped. A steady passage then commenced of Meadow Pipits (52),1 Chiffchaff, at least 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin spread through the day. A peregrine flew through the SK trapping area close to observers. Six Little Egrets roosted with a heron on the north end of middle but were disturbed by a jet ski twice. In the afternoon were was a small fall of 6 wheatears and a striking Greenland wheatear which an observer said was one of the best he had ever seen.
On the sea was a  male Scaup, 9 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser flying west and 13 Great Crested Grebes off the north end . There was also is single Dark-bellied Brent goose off the west side – possibly the last?

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