Thursday, 27 April 2017

The bitter northly winds returned today, with only a few short moments of respite. This hampered migration noticeably, but a fair bit was still noted.

The sea produced a few little goodies, with only a small count of 67 Manx Shearwaters, 48 Gannets, three Common Scoters and 89 Kittiwakes. Among the usual fare on the Narrows were a Dunlin, 33 Whimbrels and 18 Turnstones. Other waders consisted of two Snipes seen in the Wetlands and South End respectively. Hirundine movement was slowed to just one Sand Martin, 61 Swallows and nine House Martins.

However, Pipits, Wagtails and chats were all around in reasonable number. Meadow Pipits numbered 73, which was slightly up on the previous days, the 11 White Wagtails were on Solfach, eight Stonechats were scattered about and 35 Wheatears were feeding around the coastline.

Inland, warblers were also in slimmer number than previous, but six Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Blackcaps 17 Chiffchaffs, 27 Willow Warblers and nine Goldcrests were recorded none the less.

Also of note today were a Greenfinch, two Lesser Redpolls and another record of Greylag Goose!

Brown Silver-line, caught in the Moth Trap overnight

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