16th April 2020

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

The weather consisted of relatively light northerly winds, sunshine throughout with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. During the seawatch, a Manx Shearwater, four Sandwich Terns and 58 Puffins flew north, with a Common Tern moving in the opposite direction.

Away from the sea, notable records included a drake Garganey, one Little Grebe, two Avocet, a Bar-tailed Godwit, one Green Sandpiper, two Grasshopper Warblers, the year’s first three Common Whitethroats, two Fieldfare, three Wheatear, two Common Redstarts, two Yellow Wagtail and three Brambling. The scale of arrival of migrant warblers over the last week was evident in 13 singing Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs and 17 Willow Warblers being located between Mid and North Dykes. 

Common Redstart, by Andy Hood