Friday, 25 March 2011

25th March

An early morning Sandwich Tern - the first of the year - was the best sighting of a calm and drizzly day. Three Rooks were new migrants, and numbers of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails continued to creep up with 51 and 14 respectively. A Dunnock was at Holland, while passerines remaining from previous days included the Wheatear, a Song Thrush and a Chaffinch.

Oystercatchers have been a very conspicuous feature of birding around the island of late, particularly at high tide when they gather inland to feed in the fields.

The long-staying Grey Plover on the links was seen again today. If only someone had checked that part of the island yesterday, we would have equalled the highest ever count.

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