Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Grasshopper Warbler!

First thing this morning DW caught the Grasshopper Warbler below in the Heligoland Trap
In the lighthouse garden a Nightingale was singing half heartedly, also there several Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.
When I eventually got to the sea it was much quieter than yesterday.
Brent Goose: 108E
Shelduck: 3E
Shoveler: 9E
Common Scoter: 258E   13W
Red-breasted Merganser: 2E
Red-throated Diver: 10E
Black-throated Diver: 1E
Fulmar: 1E
Gannet: 18E
Whimbrel: 1E
Great Skua: 1E
Arctic Skua: 6E  all DP
Mediterranean Gull: 2E    2W
Little Gull: 8E
Sandwich Tern: 81E
Common Tern: 87E
Auk: 2E
Green Tiger Beetle by the path to Dennis's hide
On the reserve from Dennis's Hide 2 Garganey made a short visit to Burrowes also a Black-necked Grebe there.
 Mediterranean Gull, Scotney
A wander around the back of Scotney found of note 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Marsh Harriers, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Corn Buntings, 3 Pintail and several Skylarks.
 Yellow Wagtail, Scotney
 At the north end of the Long Pits mid afternoon 3 Redstarts (2 males and female) and several Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.
While scanning the ARC for non existent Sand Martins a party of 14 Little Gulls dropped in for a couple of minutes, they had a quick bath and a shake then they were gone. A black-necked Grebe was on the lake. Over the road on the New Diggings another Black-necked Grebe along with a Slavonian Grebe.
A walk from Springfield Bridge round the Hayfields late afternoon was rather disappointing, a Little Egret posing on Hayfield 3 also 4 Redshank and 6 Lapwing there, a couple of singing Sedge Warblers behind Dengemarsh Hide were of note. Walking back to the car a party of 12 Black-tailed Godwits flew over the hayfields.
Black-tailed Godwits

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