Monday, 1 April 2013

1st April

Wall to wall sunshine and light winds through the day produced some evidence that birds are starting to move. The first Sparrowhawk of the spring seen at the lighthouse plus increased counts of 21 Meadow Pipits and 8 Pied Wagtails. There was some light Corvid passage with 6 Rooks, a Jackdaw, 15 Hooded Crows which certainly involved some migrants and a single migrant Raven heading south extremely high up. The days highlight however, were two stunning breeding plumaged Slavonian Grebes which spent the day in Nouster Bay, with the bird originally seen a few days ago also still present in Linklet Bay. Other birds on the sea included 17 Red-throated and 6 Great-northern Divers, while a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Merlin caused repeated panic amongst the feeding waders and Starlings.

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