Thursday, 23 March 2023

23rd March 2023

SSW force 6, WSW 8 by noon with rainy squalls


The strong breeze was (nearly) in the south first thing making an overnight passage of migrants more likely even though otherwise it didn't seem suitable weather. A small steady movement of Meadow Pipits (120) was obvious and there was an early arrival of 12 Chiffchaffs.

 ................. and 7 Goldcrests. 

 A few of each were ringed together with this male Stonechat, another was also on the island..


Finches also came through, there were 9 Goldfinch, 5 Redpolls and 2 Siskin, while some of the 30 Linnets seen may be passing through and not our breeding birds. Three Pied Wagtails and 2 Skylarks added to the total visitors. The regular sort of wanderers to the island at this time did not disappoint with 5 Woodpigeon and 4 Stock Doves putting in an appearance. The strong winds did not produce massive numbers of sea birds although 2 Gannets, 2 Guillemots and 3 Red-throated Divers were noted. Six each of Goosander and Eider added to the other regular duck species of 8 Shelduck, 16 Common Scoter and 2 Mallard. Roosting were 14 Purple Sandpiper and 116 Turnstone, also present were 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Ringed Plover, 60 Sanderling and 2,000 each of Knot and Dunlin. On the list today were 2 Little Egret, a Grey Heron and a Peregrine..

 Ringed :  7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Robins, 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird.

  Photos SRW  

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