here we go again-
16 03 12 King's Lynn Garganey
Wheatears have been coming in for a few weeks, but the trickle and odd report have turned into a torrent with many being seen the past two days. Same with Sand MArtins. Odd Swallow being seen
Didnt know if you would be interested in this posted by ALAN on one of the LG posts ~
AndrewA April 17th Norwich - thats my prediction for a summer migrant.
Of course :-)
No idea why though in 40+ years the old summer plumage has never done me much good :-)
15-3-12 Chiffchaff at Sculthorpe moor
Wheatear , Sand Martin , and Chiffchaff have also been seen up north on the Wirral this month. Expecting the first sightings of Whitethroats and Grasshopper Warblers any day now.
I've been keeping an eye on the Portland Bird Observatory blog and interestingly their first wheatear was on 7/3/12 and things have been pretty slow there apparently with trickles of chiffchaff, wheatear, sand martin and the odd other migrant thrown in. One to keep a watch of as it's a good barometer of what is arriving elsewhere along the south coast.
Very worrying with regards to that report of the dead passerines caught up in the Saharan storm, we'll have to wait and see if this has any serious repercussions.
Pretty quite here at the moment, just the odd trickle although I am sure I hear swallows the other day but could not spot anything
Caroline in Jersey
18/03/12 - Chiffchaff - Merrington Green - Shropshire
23/03/12 - Chiffchaff - Upton Magna - Shropshire
+ reports of Sand Martins at Venus Pool last weekend.
Here in N.Yorks Chiffchaff 20/03/12,Greenshank dropped in briefly before heading N orth 20/03/12 and Osprey passed through 21/03/12
Had sand martins over the Lodge on Tuesday (3 April) and first swallow of the year at Fowlmere last Thursday (29 March). Still waiting for house martins of the hirundines...Willow warbler singing at Marston Moretaine county park on Sunday (1 April)
Don't forget to report them via Birdtrack, Natures Calendar and Spring Alive
Hi- we've had howling NW winds lately, :(
Garganey on one of our local reserves in N.Yorks today,a bit later than the one Seymour reported a little while ago.
In southern Spain where I am at the minute migrants are flooding in. 10 minutes of vismiggibg produced fresh bee eaters, short toed eagles and a booted eagle. Swifts have been passing through in large numbers, flanked by pallid and alpine swifts. Swallows and martins are certainly moving through with regularity and chiffchaffs are numerous. I've noticed a lot of northward movement and even watched some
Migrants come in of the sea- collared pratincole yesterday and a flock of swallows today. Blackcaps are passing through in numbers, with day to day variations in the area around me that is my temporary local patch. A stork was high over 2 days ago too. Many booted eagles have passed over. I was up in the sierras a few days back and on one ridge I had 20 black kites in a flock, high, heading N and nearby 3 honey buzzards going the same way. On the same trip a cuckoo was present, plus 20 lesser kestrels moving through. The Mediterranean summer birds are in in force too. Hopefully a lot of birds should arrive one the weather in the Uk clears up- there is vast numbers waiting to come in! In Uk terms my dates of firsts:
24/3 (chiffchaff on local patch)
25/3: Little Ringed Plover