Thursday, 3 May 2012

Late March 2012

31st: A Jack Snipe was new. A Short-eared Owl, 2 Chiffchaffs and 11 Corn Buntings were noted.

30th: Mute Swans increased to 11. Southward went 5 Rooks. A Siskin was around.

29th: A male Garganey was the first of the spring. Avocets increased to 55. A Brambling flew south. Other good birds were 7 Chiffchaffs, 9 Redwings, a Black Redstart, a Wheatear and 8 Corn Buntings.

28th: Heading south were a Common Buzzard, 3 Fieldfares and a Lapland Bunting. 4 Little Grebes, 52 Avocets and 10 Mute Swans represented significant increases. Also around were 4 Ruffs, 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Redwing, a Black Redstart, a Wheatear, 4 White Wagtails and 10 Corn Buntings.

27th: Southward movers included 11 Redwings, 8 Fieldfares and 6 Crossbills. New birds were 2 Tree Sparrows, a Woodcock and a White Wagtail. The best of the rest were 2 Common Buzzards, 29 Avocets, 2 Short-eared Owls, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Black Redstart.

26th: Now 6 Mute Swans were present. Flying south were 3 Common Buzzards and 10 Crossbills.

25th: The best birds were a Goosander south, 2 Short-eared Owls and 4 Corn Buntings.

24th: First for the spring were 2 Wheatears and 2 White Wagtails. A Red Kite and 3 Siskins went south. A Merlin and a Short-eared Owl were around.

23rd: Notables were a Chiffchaff and a Tree Sparrow.

22nd: Avocet numbers went up to 39. Also present were a Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull and a Chiffchaff.

21st: A Grey Heron flew east.  Other good birds were a Mediterranean Gull, a Chiffchaff and a Crossbill.

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