17.4.19 A decent morning on land and sea

A still night followed by an equally calm morning with murky conditions. After 7 days of virtually no perceptible migration on land, good birds were to be had on land and sea.

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 A great Mediterranean Gull passage this morning and the first Little Tern of the spring. Lovely to see flock after flock of these immaculate birds. Due to poor visibility at sea, the approaching bird’s evocative call was often heard before appearing from the mist and fog.

This mornings seawatch totals were compiled by JFC (06.00 to 11.00) and can be found here

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On land, overnight conditions conspired to produce the second significant fall of the spring so far. Combined totals (JFC, RAB, RE, LP) were; 80+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Short eared Owl, 12 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit over & last but not least, two Jay around the pub first thing. Visiting birder Harry Witts continued to watch the sea after we packed up at 11am, pushing the total of Mediterranean Gull to an impressive 242. He also had the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year in the Hollow.

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Black Redstart near the mast.

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Short eared Owl at the pub

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One of the many Willow Warbler today, this one early on near the mast.

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Adder near Belle Tout Wood.

 

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