Tuesday, April 29, 2008

28th April, 2008.

Car problems prevented anything happening before mid morning but it saw the odd shower out of the way first. Variable light winds and a fine, sunny day then provided good conditions for birding, and so it proved!

The sea offered an early focus with several parties of Red-throated Diver moving north, single Great Northern Diver, Arctic Skua, and a Great Skua north and some Common Scoter. Manx Shearwaters were moving south , as was an Arctic Tern. Auks were clearly moving back northwards to their breeding colonies with endless "strings" passing by.

Over the day several parties/singles of Whimbrel seen, or heard , again, a party of Light -bellied Brent Geese resting , presumably having come in from Ireland, and two Goldcrest in a completely atypical habitat showed things to be on the move.

A single Little Tern, 40+ Barnacle Geese, Cuckoo, more Swallows and a couple of good broods of Mallard certainly indicated spring has now arrived . The relative absence of wind allowed some survey work to proceed as it was possible to hear birds in song and the odd Green-veined White was on the wing in sheltered spots.

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