Saturday, 30 March 2019

30th March 2019

Weather: SW force 3, mist
The first Sand Martin of the spring arrived this morning, a little later than is the norm. A small scatter of other migrants included 3 Goldcrests, 5 Goldfinches and 2 Chiffchaffs.
 Five Wheatears were also on the ground.
A Fieldfare was found on Middle Eye.
On the sea the usual Little Gull spring gathering started today with 25 seen off the west side of the island. Other seabirds were 9 Red-breasted Mergansers and 18 Great Crested Grebes, while only a single Purple Sandpiper now seems to remain. Wader counts included 86 Curlew, 68 Redshank and 33 Turnstone. The best count today of Brent was 93, and unless they are being very elusive possibly half the flock have departed in the last 2 days. Three Eider including the male still stay about here.
A Merlin showed again, it is difficult to know many individuals are involved with the recent sightings.
Ringing: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Wrens, 1 Meadow Pipit.     [ 44-9 ]
photos AEH

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