5th April 2020

The following only summarises the records from our resident birders’ health walks and garden sightings; consequently, it provides a mere snapshot of the true scale of spring migration.

A sunny day, with a moderate south-easterly wind and temperatures reaching ten degrees C. Sightings included the long-staying Red-breasted Merganser and Pink-footed Goose, one Water Rail and a Golden Plover. A further increase in spring migrants was apparent, with: four Swallows, four Sand Martins, a Hooded Crow, three Goldcrests, 13 Chiffchaff, three Blackcap, two Fieldfare, the first Ring Ouzel of the year, a Black Redstart and three Wheatear.

Another Hooded Crow frequented fields alongside Cliff Lane, Bempton.

Hooded Crow, Bempton, by Kevin Groocock