Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Few Migrants!

After a drizzly start a beautifully warm spring day on the peninsular.
06.45-09.30 from the sea watch hide with AJG who collated the numbers:
Brent Goose: 752 E
Shelduck: 3 E
Pintail: 8 E
Wigeon: 3 E
Teal: 5 E
Common Scoter: 15 E
Goldeneye: 2 E
Red-breasted Merganser: 2 E
Red-throated Diver: 17 E
Fulmar: 2 E
Gannet: 44 E
Great White Egret: 1 in just before I arrived!
Oystercatcher: 31 E
Grey Plover: 1 E
Knot: 2 E
Dunlin: 17 E
Bar-tailed Godwit: 19 E
Curlew: 1 E
Whimbrel: 1 E
Mediterranean Gull: 3 E
Sandwich Tern: 2 E
Meadow Pipit: 1 in
Alba Wagtail: 1 in
At the observatory a Firecrest and a Chiffchaff put in a brief appearance in the garden. A walk around the trapping area and Long Pits found 4 more Chiffchaffs, 9 Meadow Pipits over and a few Reed Buntings.
 Hayfield 3 looking good for migrant waders, surely a matter of days before the first Garganey drops in.
 One of 2 White Wagtails at Springfield Bridge
A wander round the hayfields this afternoon found 2 White Wagtails with a mix flock of Pied Wagtails and Reed Buntings at Springfield Bridge. On hayfield 3 a Little-ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, a Great White Egret and a Little Egret.
Part of a flock of 340 past the fishing boats this afternoon.
The highlight of an hour at the fishing boats this afternoon was a flock of 340 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck and 5 Common Scoter!

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