Friday, 4 May 2012

Mid April 2012

April 20th: Flying south were 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Yellow Wagtails. Avocets increased to 35, Chiffchaffs to 12, Willow Warblers to 11, Fieldfares to 9 and Wheatears to 4. A Grasshopper Warbler was recorded.

April 19th: A Great Skua headed north and 2 Crossbills south. Around were a Cuckoo, 31 Sandwich Terns, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 9 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwings and 2 Wheatears. The Black Swan reappeared.

April 18th: The best birds were a Hen Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, a Little Gull, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Treecreepers, a Wheatear and a Brambling.

April 17th: Raptors included an Osprey north, a Red Kite south, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines and 2 Short-eared Owls. A Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 4 Yellow Wagtails were also noted.

April 16th: Going south were a Yellow Wagtail, 6 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings. Waders included a Purple Sandpiper, 30 Avocets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. The Black Swan reappeared. Other good birds were a Wheatear, 2 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Sparrowhawks, 5 Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Short-eared Owl.

April 15th: A Sandwich tern flew north. Also around were a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard, 5 Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatears and 2 Crossbills.

April 14th: A Purple Sandpiper was near Millenium Ridge. A Marsh Harrier, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Blackcap, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Redstart, 2 Wheatears, 7 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow Warblers were also present.

April 13th: A Sedge Warbler was the first of the year. Avocets increased to 24. 5 Siskins went south. A Short-eared Owl, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, a Goldcrest and a Little Ringed Plover provided variety.

April 12th: Heading east were 3 Common Cranes, northwest 80 Pink-footed Geese and south 2 House Martins (first of the year). A Rough-legged Buzzard was notable. Around were 2 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Short-eared Owl, 4 Avocets and 7 Corn Buntings.

April 11th: Firsts for the year were a Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Southward movement included 29 Fieldfares, a Redwing, 2 Swallows, a Brambling, 5 Rooks and a Common Buzzard. Avocet numbers went up to 43. a Short-eared Owl, 5 Corn Buntings, 4 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were the best of the rest.

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