Monday, 26 May 2014

Is Spring over?

Despite there still being reports of various waders, notably Sanderling, not too far away, it feels like Spring passage has dried up.  I still live in hope of picking up something, but wader passage has been pretty poor this year, with just the occasional goodie thrown in.

Last Tuesday (20th) I had a nice male Yellow Wagtail on the spit, which is only my third of the year and the first on the deck - not good.  I also picked up a presumed passage wader in the form of a Redshank that flew in calling mid morning.  Early the following morning, a Common Sand was also possibly a new arrival.  I last saw the pair of Oystercatchers on the 20th, while a lone LRP is ever present.

Swift and hirundine numbers have been good recently, usually when the weather is wet or damp.  There were approximately 150 Swifts and 100 House Martins last Friday (23rd), with about 50 Sand Martins and 20 Swallows, whilst on a particularly wet Saturday morning, Swift numbers were up to about 300.

A tramp around yesterday morning found 6 Garden Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers and a single Whitethroat.  A lone Chiffchaff in song and lots of Blackcaps, but no Lesserthroats or Willow Warblers, which are just passage birds here.

Just a single sighting of Hobby as a bird passed through south on Friday, taking advantage of the large hirundine flock and taking what looked like a Sand Martin.

I still need Bullfinch and Coal Tit for the year, so ought to try harder to fill these gaps as the days become quieter.

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