Friday, 4 May 2012

Late April 2012

April 30th: An excellent day for variety. A Red-rumped Swallow, 5 Sand Martins, 230 Swallows, 18 House Martins and 2 Siskins went south, and an Osprey north. Waders were represented by 2 Avocets, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. The best raptors were a Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, a Peregrine and 2 Short-eared Owls. Also present were 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Cuckoos, 12 Swifts, 19 Fieldfares, 9 Yellow Wagtails, 13 Bramblings, the Black Swan, 11 Wheatears and a Tree Pipit.
Birds ringed included 2 Wheatears netted on Storm Ridge.

April 29th: A Hen Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Terns and a Brambling were the best birds.

April 28th: Representing the warblers were a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat. A Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocets, a Woodcock, a Short-eared Owl and a Black Swan were notable.

April 27th: Around were a Common Tern, a Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler and 4 Wheatears.

April 26th: Flying south were a Little Gull and 5 Swallows. Terns included 3 Sandwich, a Common and 4 Arctic. The best of the rest were 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Cuckoo, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Brambling and 4 Crossbills.

April 25th: 11 Ring Ouzels remained. Also around were a Wheatear and the usual warblers.

April 24th: Notable was the arrival of 13 Ring Ouzels. Northward went 2 Red-throated Divers and 53 Arctic Terns. A Turtle Dove, a Short-eared Owl, a Redstart, a Wheatear were present.

April 23rd: A Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull were the best birds.

April 22nd: A late Red-throated Diver headed south, and a Turtle Dove west. Around were a Peregrine, 3 Short-eared Owls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 16 Little Terns, 6 Sandwich Terns, a Cuckoo, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails.

April 21st: A Marsh Harrier flew south and an Osprey and a Greenshank north. A Common Tern, 2 Treecreepers, 5 Fieldfares, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail were the best of the rest.

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