Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spring migrants pick up pace……finally

I managed four consectitive days at the pit after returning from The Gambia which was rewarded with 60 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows. Although I haven't seen a Red Kite myself they have been observed by Paul, Lee and Jon all independently. I did have a longer session on Saturday however unfortunately I failed to pick up any of the national passage of Ospreys or Sandwich Terns.

Other sightings included :- 18 Little Grebe, 6 Shelduck, 38 Gadwall, 57 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 105 Tufted Duck, 3 Sparrowhawks (pair displaying), Water Rail heard calling, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 male Wheatear (on concrete blocks along main track near south end of main pit, also recorded by Paul on 28th), 1 Blackcap singing, 6 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 7 Siskin over and 17 male Reed Buntings on territory. The Linnets are also back singing on the broken roots as the gorse bushes have all been removed. 

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