Sunday, 24 April 2016

24th April 2016

With the wind in the North observers didn't expect much visible migration today or many grounded migrants. They weren't disappointed!

However, an increase in wader numbers kept the interest going with good numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover roosting on Middle Eye. These were joined by 12 Bar-tailed Godwits including two summer plumaged birds and a flock of 18 Sanderling. Most were in winter plumage but there were a few transitional  birds and one summer plumaged individual. Meanwhile on the West Side 12 Whimbrel roosted over the high tide. 

Of interest on the sea was a single Red-throated Diver, 2 distant Gannets and just a solitary Sandwich Tern.

On the passerine front there were a few Swallows after the high tide and two Siskins passed over.  A single House Martin was also logged.

The Obs hosted a visit from a local wildlife group, led by Jeff Clarke and the visitors were given a talk by the Secretary about the Obs and its work.

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