Saturday, 31 March 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes

31st March - a change to cooler and cloudier weather and the hirundines arrive.

I made a late afternoon visit and joined Alan S and Mick M who had been watching a steady passage of Sand Martins and Swallows moving north through the site all afternoon, estimated at 400 Sand Martins and 20 Swallows.  During my 90 minutes on site I certainly saw over 100 Sand Martins and at least 10 Swallows and also a single House Martin that flew through at 5pm.

On the spit a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and a Redshank were still present along with a single male Shelduck.  Another year tick arrived in the form of 2 Linnets that flew in from the south and landed on the spit.

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