Sunday 1 April 2012

1st April 2012

The south easterly overnight failed to produce the goods with not a single warbler to be seen this morning, and finches were not much better, 10 Siskin, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Redpoll, 1 Greenfinch and just single Pied and White Wagtail. The mysteries of migration sometimes baffle even those who study weather patterns etc. Following the large fall of warblers and others at some south coasts hotspots yesterday we at least hoped for better than this. Some consolation was the finding of the first 2 Sandwich Terns this year as they moved down the west hoyle bank calling (very distant record shot, right). More of a surprise was a flock of 21 Gannets flying east in a tight group very close to the north end, these were the only Gannets of the day. More Knot were seen this morning to exit the estuary when 10,000 moved out north and later 800 followed them up the west side. A single Magpie on the island did not stay  more than a few minutes, but the 2 Merlins were seen a couple of times.
(DB+ESCA,JE+1,CJ,NDW,TGW,SRW,PSW)           photo PSW

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