Saturday 7 April 2018

7th April 2018

Weather: SSE 1 with rain from 7 am and poor visibility.

Before the rain started there were Meadow Pipits flying over, but not in yesterdays numbers and only 50 were noted. Just ahead of the rain came a single Swallow which spent some time feeding around the lookout area.
The rain brought down a small influx of new Wrens and Robins, also a few Goldcrest and Chiffchaff in the blackthorn, where a Reed Bunting was heard calling and later spotted. Birds of the day though were 3 fresh in Greenland Wheatear, one of which was caught and ringed in a specially adapted Potter trap with rain protection!

Also noted were a Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit and a small flock of Linnet.
A Heron was about the island from dawn and the pair of Mallard are still present.

 Only 89 Brent Geese were located, along with 2 immature male Eider and 110 Common Scoter.
Waders were about only in very small numbers.
Ringed: 1 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Robins, 2 Wrens,    [ 92-17 ]
photos JE

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