Wednesday, 30 April 2014

28th - 29th April

The former date produced two new additions with 2 Goldfinch and a Common Sandpiper seen. another Wryneck was trapped and ringed, this time at the Observatory, where the Blue-headed Wagtail was still present as was a rather showy and very smart male Black Redstart. The female Hawfinch was seen again at Holland and the Glossy Ibis was seen on both dates. Other migrants on 28th were 9 Sandwich Terns, 2 Collared Doves, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Redstarts, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Blackcaps, 17 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers3 Pied Flycatchers and an increase of Corvids with 9 Rooks, 5 Carrion Crows and 21 Hooded Crows.
The 29th saw slight increases in wildfowl with a flock of 11 Goldeneyes flying north and a drake Garganey on Brides' Loch with 39 Teal and a Pink-footed Goose. 5 Whimbrel and 218 Purple Sandpipers were an increase on recent totals, whilst 2 Redstarts in Holland Gardens were presumably lingering birds as were the 3 Woodpigeons and 3 each of Lesser and Common Redpolls.
Black Redstart

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