Saturday, 5 April 2014

3rd to 4th April

Roughly half the number of passerines (Robins, Dunnocks and Chiffchaffs) lingered on the 3rd when the only obvious new passerines were a couple each of Bramblings and Chaffinches. The Great Grey Shrike was seen again at Holland first thing, but not subsequently while a Grey Wagtail seen both days, wasn't far away from where it had been at the end of March so was presumably a lingering bird. A bit of rain overnight and early morning on 4th didn't seem to do what we'd hoped it would-perhaps the 'smog' further south is preventing things from moving? There were a few more Robins on the coast though, the first Ring Ouzel of the year was near the airfield, and once the drizzle cleared a few flocks of northbound Curlews were noted, totalling 33 birds.

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