Thursday, April 18th, 2019
A day of light northerly winds, prolonged sunny skies with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, ten Know flew south and 34 Sandwich Terns were recorded (23 north, 11 south).
Nineteen Teal remained in residence, single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper frequented Thornwick Pools, four Little Ringed Plovers were also present (three Thornwick Pools, one Hood’s Pool) and single Golden Plover and Whimbrel toured the outer head. The year’s first Marsh Harrier, a ‘creamcrown’, drifted over North Marsh area mid-morning, whilst a Long-eared Owl was located along Old Fall hedge early morning. Passerine interest included 33 Swallows, 16 Sand Martin, six Hooded Crows at North Marsh, 13 Goldcrest, 12 Blackcap, a singing Grasshopper Warbler in the Lighthouse Grasslands, 15 Chiffchaff, ten Willow Warbler, six Redwing, two Fieldfare, three Black Redstarts, a male Common Redstart, eight Wheatears and Brambling.