Saturday, 30 April 2011

Another good day saw many migrants scattered around, with a gale force easterly wind gusting throughout the day. In the morning, a Greylag Goose and two Common Scoters were seen at sea, a Lapland Bunting was in the wetlands and a Bar tailed Godwit was with a few Whimbrels on the south end. Wader counts for the day came to: eight Ring Plovers, sixteen Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper, three Curlews, and sixty Whimbrels. The first Swift of the year flew over the Observatory, with other migrants around amounting to: sixty Swallows, six Sand Martins, fifty Wheatears,a Whinchat, twenty White Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, three Grasshopper Warblers, twenty Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, twenty Willow Warblers and three Spotted Flycatchers.

Just a small selection of the 60 Whimbrel seen today. (c) Steve Stansfield
 Whinchat. Top (c) Steve Stansfield bottom (c) Ben Porter
A Scalloped Hazel (above) and a Red-green Carpet were amongst the fifty odd moths caught in the moth trap. (c) Ben Porter

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