Thursday, 14 April 2016

14th April 2016

Weather: NE force1  haze
Brent  (CJ)
A disappointingly quiet morning all things considered with little or no overhead visible migration and next to nothing in overnight on the ground. In contrast to the last few days just a single Swallow represented the hirundines and only 2 Wheatears were present, although at least about a dozen alba wagtails made it to the island. A few Goldfinches and a Siskin were the only finches apart from the resident Linnets, while warblers were singles of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest. A Sparrowhawk flew high towards the shore and 3 Greylag geese called by, they were probably the same birds as seen yesterday. Things improved considerably in the afternoon with 2 Skylarks and 11 Swallows passing through and good sea watching including 11 Little Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 6 Sandwich Terns flying east. Late afternoon 60 Bar-tailed Godwits landed on the shore. The sole remaining Brent still swims around the island. Four Little Egrets were counted this morning.
Ringed: 2 Wrens, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackbird.       [ 104-16 ]

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