9th April: About were 36 Corn Buntings and a male Hen Harrier. On Croftmarsh were 25 Golden Plovers in breeding plumage.
8th April: The only species of note were the first Black Redstart of the year on the Visitor Centre roof, and a Marsh Harrier hunting over the saltmarsh at dawn.
|Black Redstart at the Visitor Centre (Richard Doan)|
6th April: A steady southerly passage of passerines was evident early morning, involving 5 Rooks, 3 Tree Sparrows, 13 Siskins, 4 Greenfinches, 5 Alba Wagtails, 60 Starlings and 2 Yellowhammers. Fenland Lagoon was productive, following successful management of the water levels, with 15 Avocets, 3 Redshanks and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits present. About on the reserve were a Short-eared Owl and 27 Corn Buntings.
The first butterflies of the year were out, 2 Commas in the Plantation and 2 Small Tortoiseshells in East Dunes.
|Avocet on Fenland Lagoon (Richard Doan)|
4th April: The only notables today were a Hen Harrier hunting over the saltmarsh in the evening, and a Mediterranean Gull on Tennyson Sands.
3rd April: About were a male Hen Harrier, a female Merlin, a Barn Owl and 35 Corn Buntings, several of the latter singing near the main car park. Fenland Lagoon held an immature/female Common Scoter. Croftmarsh produced 50 Golden Plovers, the majority now acquiring breeding plumage.
|Immature/female Common Scoter (Richard Doan)|
1st April: Singles of Siskin, Brambling and Woodcock were about. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were discovered on the Wash.