27th April 2015 – Yellow birds

Another sunny morning with a light to moderate WNW breeze.


Yellowhammer. A once common breeder on the headland. Currently I’m only aware of one pair.

Much quieter day compared to yesterday with the only bird of interest for me was my first Yellow Wagtail of the year which came in off the sea, calling as it went north. There were a few Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in the wood, the numbers of the later seem to be dropping off. After yesterdays push, Whitethroat numbers are up. There were 5 together gleaning nectar from flowering Blackthorn next to the wood & c8 birds in song at various points on the loop around the lighthouse.

Yesterday on the other hand was much better. Relatively calm, overcast and wet conditions dropped decent numbers and variety on to the headland. I had limited time due to family commitments but did see a Redstart, Hobby, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, along with an arrival of Whitethroat. Other observers had more of the same, with the star bird being a Wood Warbler in a private garden, which also held a Pied Flycatcher.


Herring Gull.

The local Meads Herring Gull colony is now getting properly set for breeding, I was surprised how quick they put their nests together, this ensemble took a day. Perhaps not the most intricate of avian weavings but it’ll do the job until the nestlings are old enough to kick what remains off the ledge! I can see how non-bird lovers find it hard to take gulls to their hearts. There’s often out breaks of noise in the middle of the night and a lot of pre-dawn calling. Personally I like having them around and enjoy watching the adults care for the chicks. Besides, their ever watchful gaze and loud alarm calls have already alerted me to an Osprey this spring, and last year a Black Kite. So I’m cool with that!


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