Thursday, 28 March 2013

28th March 2013 and previous days

Great Crested Grebe

The very cold weather of the last week or so has meant there has been an almost complete dearth of migrants through the island at a time when we expect plenty of Wheatears, Meadow Pipits, finches, Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and the occasional Sand Martin etc. Today was no exception and the best that could be said was that there are still many waders to be seen around the islands although there were only 3 Purple Sandpipers roosting at high tide, most seem to be resting elsewhere. A Peregrine hunted the waders which is still a regular sight but not guaranteed on every visit this winter. A Stock Dove flew south and was probably an unlikely 'bird of the day', while another positive was an appearance of many lately by 'thumper' the rabbit who looked in good health. Three Common Scoters, 2 pairs of Mergansers and 4 Great Crested Grebes were noted.
Ringed:- 1 Blackbird     [ 19-8 ]
(DB,AEH,CJ et al)     photos CJ

27th March :- 1 Red-throated Diver,1 Dark-bellied Brent, 450 Sanderling, (DB)
26th March :- An adult Gannet flew north, the first of spring. (DB) 
25th March :- 22 Whooper Swans were on the sea off the north end, 54 Shelduck, 2 male and 1 female Merganser. (DB)
24th March :- 56 Redshank. (DB)
21st March :- The first White Wagtail of the spring, a small movement of 7 Blackbirds, 20 Meadow Pipits also 6 Wood Pigeon, a pair of Teal and a Merlin. (DB , Matt Thomas)
20th March :- A Peregrine, 20 Meadow Pipits and a Wood Pigeon. (DB)

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