Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring winter-gull

 Second-summer Iceland Gull
 Second-summer Iceland Gull- a lot of gulls are on the move at the moment, good numbers of Lesser Black-backs- birds which have presumably wintered in France and Iberia and now moving back north. Herring Gulls also moving from the south and west. This movement often brings good gulls with them- also presumably been wintering to the south or west . e.g. The Glaucous-winged Gull was 18th April 2007. 
 Been a couple of Great Black-backs recently too- after a period of absence. 
 House Martin- a few other migrants around today: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 3-4 Chiffchaff, Blackcaps, 2 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin and the first Swift of the year.  
The high pressure currently producing sunny conditions with an east airflow breaks up around Friday bringing in a few frontal systems and a change in wind direction- could be an interesting change (any change this time of year can have impacts). We are currently in peak migration period so any day in any weather can produce but ideal conditions can produce some right results. 

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