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Saturday 27th April 2013

Cold with light northerlies with showers early afternoon. Apart from the Subalpine Warbler that continued to show well and a male Ring Ouzel, there was a mass departure of migrants over night. The only migrants about were 29 Wheatears, 11 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 15 Whitethroats, a female Redstart, 2 Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail. Offshore movement involved Common Scoters (206N, 15S), a Sandwich Tern north, 3 Gannets south and 2 Little Terns south.

18 birds were ringed; 6 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and single Linnet, Great Tit, Sparrowhawk and Woodpigeon.

Friday 26th April 2013

A wet day with rain until 10am and then windy from 3pm and rain again later. Despite the weather there was a good fall of migrants; 110+ Wheatears (a day record count), 30+ Willow Warblers, 4 Ring Ouzels (3 females, 1 male), 3 Grasshopper Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 4 Sedge Warblers, 40+ Whitethroats, 10+ Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 3 Whinchats, a Grey Wagtail and a male Redstart. However the bird of the day was a male Subalpine Warbler found in the late afternoon and showed well to the gathering birders. Offshore movement involved 2 Fulmars south, 3 Whimbrels south, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers (6S,3N), 3 Common Terns north and 4 Sanderling north.

63 birds were ringed; 19 Wheatear (a new day record), 19 Willow Warblers, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Reed warbler and single Garden Warbler, Linnet, Ring Ouzel and Sedge Warbler.

April Litter Pick

Litter Pick this Saturday 27th April 0930hrs. Usual arrangements. Further info on If coming please wrap up warm as weather forecast not good.

Thursday 25th April 2013

A misty start but soon becoming sunny and warm. Migrants continue to arrive with a good selection again today; 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 20 Whitethroats, 25 Wheatears, 6 Blackcaps, 10 Willow Warblers, 22 Swallows, 2 singing Sedge Warblers, 7 Yellow Wagtails south, 3 Jays, a Tree Pipit, a White Wagtail, 6 Sand Martins, a House Martin, a male Redstart, and the first Swift of the year flew in off the sea. Offshore a Black-tailed Godwit headed north, 68 Black-headed Gulls south, a Little Egret south, 2 Fulmars (1N,1S), 100 Common Scoter north and a Little Tern south.

39 birds were ringed; 9 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Wren, 3 Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, and single Sedge Warbler, Jay and Tree Pipit

Wednesday 24th April 2013

A warm day with southwesterlies. Migrants present today included 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 7 Yellow Wagtail (5S), 9 Swallows south, 4 Whitethroats, 9 Wheatears, a Firecrest, 16 Goldfinch south, a Redpoll, 12 Sand Martins south and a female Ring Ouzel near Butts pond. Offshore 3 Fulmars and 14 Whimbrel south along with a good number of Common Scoters (70 south & 585 north). Porpoise gave good views again with at least 3 watched in the river before they headed back out to sea.

14 birds were ringed; 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet and single Lesser Whitethroat, Robin, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Redpoll and Greenfinch.

Tuesday 23rd April 2013

A sunny day with southwesterlies. A nice selection of migrants again this morning with the highlight being a female Serin seen a couple of times, other migrants present were a singing Nightingale, the male Ring Ouzel, 20 Willow Warblers, 5 Yellow Wagtails south, 26 Swallows (20S,6N), 15 Goldfinch south, 9 Sand Martins (8S,1N), 9 Wheatears, 2 Siskins, a female Redstart, a Marsh Harrier south, 10 Whitethroats and 25 Blackcaps. Offshore 3 Common Terns headed south.

33 birds were ringed; 13 Blackcap, 10 Willow Warblers, 7 Whitethroats, and single Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird and Woodpigeon.

Monday 22nd April 2013

Light southwesterlies this morning. A Nightingale was singing first thing and was accompanied by a nice selection of migrants; 15 Willow Warblers, a Redpoll south, 17 Wheatears, a Jay, the male Ring Ouzel, 3 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, a Yellow Wagtail, a female Redstart, 3 Whitethroat and a Tree Pipit that headed south after being on the Common. There were also 5 Whimbrel heading south and a party of 39 Curlew heading north.

24 birds were ringed; 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Robins and single Chiffchaff, Linnet, Whitethroat, Wheatear, Greenfinch, Nightingale and Ring Ouzel.

Sunday 21st April 2013

A calm sunny day with a frosty start. Very few migrants about and apart from the male Ring Ouzel that is still about the only birds of note were a male Merlin and a trickle of Swallows and House Martins. Offshore the calm sea allowed several views of Porpoise including one closein at the point.

Only 3 birds were ringed; Blackcap, Whitethroat and Linnet.