26th April 2020

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

Overcast at either end of the day, with sunny intervals inbetween; light and variable winds and temperatures reached 16 degrees C. Six Eider, two Red-throated Divers and 22 Sandwich Terns flew south past the Fog Station during the morning.

Notable records on the headland itself included a Pink-footed Goose, three Mute Swans, four Gadwall, two Teal, four Shoveler, a Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin, one Snipe, a Bar-tailed Godwit and the year’s first Common Sandpiper. Passerine interest included 20 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 27 Common Whitethroat, 20 Lesser Whitethroat, eight Sedge Warblers, one Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, a Black Redstart, five Yellow Wagtails and two Siskin.

Sedge Warbler, by Jo Hood