A sunny day, with a moderate north-easterly wind and temperatures reaching a mere seven degrees C. During the seawatch, ten Common Scoters, a Bonxie and 32 Puffins flew north.
Wildfowl and wader interest included a Pink-footed Goose, 59 Teal (45 North Marsh, 14 Thornwick Pools) and 11 Wigeon, whilst a lone Snipe and 21 Curlew were also located. A singing Cetti’s Warbler discovered early afternoon was still present in Thornwick reedbed (near the cliff top cafe) until dark. Meanwhile, after several days with no sightings, the ever elusive Richard’s Pipit showed again near North Landing. Three Black Redstarts included two birds in the Gorse Field, with the other near the village green. Additional sightings included the year’s first Sand Martin at Thornwick Pools, six Goldcrests, seven Chiffchaffs, two Wheatear on the Golf Course, a Redwing, 16 Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and a Scandinavian Rock Pipit; the latter at South Landing.
The first ringing session of spring resulted in 24 birds being caught and ringed, including a Barn Owl and three Goldcrests.
Barn Owl, South Landing, by Jim Morgan
Dunnock, South Landing, by Don Hustings