Saturday, 17 March 2012
FIRST 'SUMMER MIGRANTS'
Male Wheatear (2 males and a female present today, 6 males yesterday)
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull (a migrant as all Meds this winter have been adults)
2nd winter Iceland Gull (known as Old Whitey- arrived in 2011)
1st summer 'Caspian Gull' - difficult to be sure in these worn plumages
Female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker- this bird has been present along Parkside for a few weeks. Finally caught up with it. The first I've seen at the farmlands in years.
Eudonia angustea (I think)
A real winter and spring mix today with 3 Wheatears and a couple of singing Chiffchaffs but also Iceland Gull, Med Gull, Caspian Gull, 1 Dunlin and 3 sum plum Water Pipits . A bit of Chaffinch passage with 20+ birds flying south and looks like some Lesser Black Backed Gulls on the move too.
Good to see the first classic summer migrants but spring migration has been underway for several weeks over the farm with Fieldfares, Redwings, Gulls, waterfowl and waders all heading towards their summering areas.