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 developing in the afternoon and temperatures reaching 12 degrees C. During the morning’s seawatch, four Eider and 32 Common Scoters flew south. The semi-resident pod of 15 Bottlenose Dolphins also re-appeared off the outer head.
A Red Kite overflew Mid-Dykes late morning, but it was the arrival of migrant passerines that provided the most interest. Totals included 17 Sand Martins, four Swallows, a Firecrest, nine Goldcrests, 11 Willow Warblers, 42 Chiffchaffs, 39 Blackcap, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, nine Redwing, three Fieldfare, male Common Redstart, a Black Redstart and three Wheatear.