Sunday 27 March 2022

27th March 2022

 Weather: ESE force 1, slight haze    warm and sunny later.

 The Daffodils on the island greeted the sun that rose on yet another beautiful day in March.

Few migrants were grounded, notable among these were a Reed Bunting, the odd Goldfinch and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Passing by were just a couple of Siskin this morning and several Goldfinch. Large wildfowl fared better: 2 Greylags were here, 3 Canada Geese made themselves known, the Brent numbered 286 plus 2 dar-bellied, 3 Mallard were in the pond and another drake Eider was off the north end before drifting south down the west side.

No Wood Pigeons today but 3 Jackdaws called as they flew overhead.

It was probably too misty to detect any Little Gulls, however during the search 2 adult Kittiwakes flew fairly closely south down the west side, and 3 Red-throated Divers and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers were also out in a westerly direction. Ten Purple Sandpipers roosted the smallish early morning tide at the lower north west cliff and over 100 Curlew were logged. Despite the human disturbance on the islands in the fine weather a Common Snipe was still found to be present in the afternoon. The larger numbers of Little Egrets over the last few days continued with 9 in the east gutter after the tide. A Kestrel was again the only raptor.

Photos CJW

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