Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Continuous calm and hot weather has resulted in more sun burn than birds.

Some common migrants have made it here including one unexpected bird, a Greater Spotted Woodpecker that was seen flying over the garden a few times but avoided all the nets. Other migrants were a single Yellow Wagtail, the first Arctic Skua of the year past he south hide, three Tree Pipits, one Common Redstart, one Grasshopper Warbler, the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year, two Great Tits, and a single Greenfinch still at the observatory.

Our other best numbers include 1015 Manx Shearwaters in 2 hours, five Canada Geese still and two Gadwalls still, one Kestrel, one Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, one Ringed Plover, 24 Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers, four Sandwich Terns, one Skylark, four Stonechats, 26 Wheatears, seven Sedge Warblers, one Common Whitethroat, eight Chiffchaffs, 29 Willow Warblers, an impressive 29 Magpie, and 37 Lesser Redpolls.   
Gadwall                   Lewis Hooper

Stonechat                            Lewis Hooper

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