Friday, 11 April 2014

We Three Rings

Dan reporting, on a clear and sunny day with a few migrants but like yesterday little to shout about.

Three Little Ringed Plovers were together on The Flood, while a male Wheatear was not too far away on the saltmarsh.

A Lesser Whitethroat was singing near the young spruce plantation that will hopefully attract groppers in the next few years. Willow Warblers weren't much in evidence but Chiffchaffs could be seen and heard very easily, with around 15 noted this morning. Two female Blackcaps were in the vicinity of two babbling males near Stodday. The singing Song Thrush pictured was nearby.

A little visible migration was noted between 0800 and 0900, with at least 30 Meadow Pipits, 15 Siskins and 12 Lesser Redpolls over and heading N. There was then an hour-long lull for no obvious reason-- then a few more northbound MP, SK and LR.

A Lesser Redpoll was quietly trilling in a tree near Aldcliffe village , and a Grey Partridge was calling by the sewage works tanks.


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