Saturday, 22 April 2017

21st and 22nd April

A couple of days dominated by strong, cold westerlies so highlights were hard to come by; there was plenty of sunshine with only a few nasty, little showers to worry about on the 21st and while the first Arctic Tern of the year in Nouster was the standout bird of the day there was little else to shout about.

                The drake Garganey was by himself on Ancum, the 2 Whooper Swans remained, 3 lovely breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwits floated around and 359 Golden Plover were counted while landbirds were represented by 36 Wheatears, a Swallow, 7 Redwings, a Chiffchaff and 6 Snow Buntings.

Black Guillemot,  photo Simon Davies

                It was still bright and breezy the following day with highlights even harder to come by; fluctuating wader numbers proved to be the most interesting feature with 95 Sanderling on The Links a notable increase along with 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Whimbrel while 4 Great-northern Divers were offshore, 45 Wheatears were an increase and a single Snow Bunting remained.
Bar-tailed Godwit,  photo Simon Davies

High winds, high waves, high Eiders,  photo Simon Davies

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