Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Garden Warbler!

Garden Warbler
A bit of a lay in this morning feeling confident that today would be a slow day after yesterdays marathon session. A text from AJG confirmed that the sea was quiet with 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Great Northern Diver and a Great Skua in the first hour after dawn.
I went straight to the observatory where David Walker was ringing.As I arrived he was ringing a Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat followed by the Garden Warbler above. AJG arrived back at the observatory after his walk around the Long Pits having heard Wood Warbler singing, on the down side he lost his mobile phone somewhere around the pits. We set off to retrace his steps me ringing his phone every few yards unfortunately we didn't find it, but we did hear the Wood Warbler again, also many Common Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and a trickle of Swallows over.
A 30 minute sea watch from by the hide was a non event. At the ARC a walk to the pines saw plenty of singing Sedge and Reed Warblers, a couple of Cetti's Warblers and a few Hirundines around.
Another watch from the fishing boats in the company of BM 14.00-15.15:
Common Scoter: 3E
Great-crested Grebe: 19 on
Fulmar: 1 around
Gannet: 15W    6E
Oystercatcher: 3E
Grey Plover: 2W
Kittiwake: 18W
Swallow: out
Late afternoon at Hay field 3 a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Little Egrets.
A pale Prominent first of the year from the Plodland MV

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