Thursday, 5 May 2011

Some heavy showers finally dampened the ground after at least a fortnight of no rain. A few birds had been grounded during the night, although nothing notable was among the usual suspects. Passage of hirundines during the day amounted to: 310 Swallows, four Sand Martins and six House Martins; seven Swifts also moved through. Good numbers of waders were around the narrows and on the south end at high tide: six Ring Plovers, three Golden Plovers, nine Turnstones, a Purple Sandpiper, twenty Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper, three Curlews, forty seven Whimbrels (including the leucistic bird) and a Bar-tailed Godwit were seen. A Mediterranean Gull was seen off the east side of the south end in the afternoon, whilst warbler counts came to: twenty seven Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, ten Whitethroats, three Garden Warblers, two Blackcaps, eleven Willow Warblers and four Chiffchaffs; a Spotted Flycatcher was also seen.

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