Sightings for April 2003

April 30th

In similar conditions to yesterday birds were few and far between. Hengistbury was covered from first light, but despite this the only birds of real note were 2 Avocet in the harbour along with 40+ Whimbrel. Other migrants were a singing Garden Warbler, 6 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat. A dismal one hour seawatch produced just 2 Sandwich Tern, but there were around 40 feeding in the harbour. Stanpit was equally quiet this evening, birds of note being 3 Little Tern and 1 Common Tern resting up, 40 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Cuckoo.

April 29th

Another breezy day interspersed with light showers. Seawatching was significantly down on yesterday, just 2 Little Gull, an adult and first-summer, seen from the head, another first-summer Little Gull was feeding in the harbour. Wheatear were counted at 15 on Hengistbury while Swallow were moving over the harbour for most of the day. This afternoon on Stanpit, there were 37 Whimbrel, 3 Sanderling, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Yellow Wagtail. A small group of 4 Whimbrel were feeding close to the Beach Huts this morning.

April 28th

On another blustery and wet morning, seawatching was again the order of the day. Observers were on both Mudeford Quay and at the Beach Huts; and from timings it is likely that each saw different birds. Between 07:00 and 08:15 the Quay produced a westerly movement of 215 Whimbrel, including a group of 62, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar and 3 Gannet. There was a Purple Sandpiper on the groyne, a bedraggled Wheatear on the shingle and 5 Swift off the sea. Slightly later from the Beach Huts, the following were all seen passing west: 2 Black-throated Diver, 43 Fulmar, 42 Gannet, 24 Whimbrel 14 Common Scoter, 8 Kittiwake and 2 Guillemot. By recent standards, this is proving to be a well above average spring for Whimbrel.

April 27th

The wind turned south-westerly this morning and was quite strong for a time. Hence grounded migrants were non-existent and a Hobby over the HHC didn't linger. Seawatching produced 11 Manx Shearwater, 5 Velvet Scoter and 2 Arctic Skua together with 2 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver. Frustratingly, a distant Phalarope sp. was seen to twice rest on the sea, but could not be assigned to a particular species. The supporting cast included 8 Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet, 23 Fulmar and 58 Whimbrel. There was also a steady movement of Swallow and Swift with 22 of the latter noted. The 4 Purple Sandpiper were still present on the groyne and one of the Red-legged Partridge was flushed from close to the Nursery. This evening on Stanpit there were 93 Dunlin, 2 Cuckoo and a Whimbrel. Also seen was a close group of 13 male Reed Bunting by Parky Meade Rail.

April 26th

The first Osprey of the year was being mobbed by gulls over the HHC before drifting off high north around 10am this morning. Passerine migration was again very slow with just a half a dozen Blackcap and a few phylloscs in the woodland, 7 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a female Redstart, 1 Swift, 3 House Martin and around 50 Swallow. Seawatching produced 40 Whimbrel, 40 Brent Geese, 9 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver moving east together with 4 Little Tern and 12 Fulmar west. There were also 4 Purple Sandpiper on the groynes, a Kingfisher in Barn Bight and a Great Crested Grebe flew south-east through the Harbour. The Cuckoo is still present on Stanpit; there was also 1 Yellow Wagtail on Priory Marsh and another 40 Whimbrel and 7 Bar-tailed Godwit noted in the Harbour area.

A non-birder reported seeing a Hoopoe on the Mudeford Sandspit on Wednesday morning.

April 25th

The strong south-easterly winds meant that seawatching was the best option this morning. Most of the birds were moving east once again. Another pale phase Arctic Skua was seen together with 37 Whimbrel, 9 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar, 2 Common Tern, 18 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet and just 3 Swallow. A large brownish shearwater was seen moving west for just a few seconds before it disappeared round the Head - very frustrating!

April 24th

Today saw a real mixture of weather. Early on was clear with an easterly breeze, then about 2 hours after dawn an approaching front brought some quite heavy rain, drenching those not quite at the Beach Huts. Seawatching was reasonably productive with 1 pale Arctic Skua being seen, but more interestingly, 2 Garganey moved east in the company of 8 Eider. Also seen moving east were 97 Whimbrel, 16 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Little Tern, 5 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern and a single Fulmar. Passerines on Hengistbury were represented by the year's first Wood Warbler, 30 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear and 3 Garden Warbler. Overflying migrants numbered 73 Swallow, 22 House Martin, 9 Swift and 9 Yellow Wagtail. In addition to the passing Whimbrel, a further 51 were feeding in the harbour around Stanpit. Also around that side of the harbour were 40 Dunlin and 8 Black-tailed Godwit, while a flock of 7 Yellow Wagtail passed over Fisherman's Bank. The information services reported a Serin over North Scrubs twice between 6:20 and 6:40 this evening. Please note, that belated reports for previous days are added retrospectively, so it is always worth re-checking the former reports.

April 23rd

Another clear day with an early north-west wind changing to east by lunchtime, conditions which provided a significant number of migrants. 2 Ring Ouzel were seen, a male on Wick Fields and a female on the top of the head. Commoner migrants on the ground included: 70 Willow Warbler, 54 Wheatear. 30 Chiffchaff, 24 Whitethroat, 20 Blackcap, 14 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Garden Warbler. Overhead passage comprised 63 Swallow, 38 House Martin, 3 Tree Pipit and another Yellow Wagtail. A couple of Raven were seen, the first sighting for a few weeks, and 9 Rook were seen over the harbour. There was a noted increase in Sandwich Tern today, with at least 50 across the recording area. Duck are always interesting at this time of year and Barn Bight now has 5 Gadwall and 4 lingering drake Wigeon. Mid-morning, the 2 Bearded Tit were seen circling quite high over the HHC reedbed. Wader numbers were up on yesterday with 62 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Whimbrel, 4 Grey Plover and 2 Greenshank on Stanpit, while a further 39 Whimbrel headed past east. An afternoon visit to Stanpit resulted in some more interesting duck, this time a pair of Garganey in Parky Meade Rail. Of other interest around the marsh were 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Shoveler, while Godwit totalled 26 Bar-tailed and 14 Black-tailed. During the early evening, there were 25 Wheatear on the Barn Field at Hengistbury, these are considered to be different to this morning's birds as this species never seems to linger in spring. Finally, the presumed pair of Red-legged Partridge were again in the Barn Field.

April 22nd

After yesterday's absence, Skuas were around today, as 2 Pomarine were briefly seen from Stanpit over the Beach Huts this afternoon. Shortly afterwards, a Spoonbill was present in Stanpit Bight. Earlier, the day had started still, foggy and insect ridden, making Hengistbury quite uncomfortable. In a quiet morning the season's first Swift was seen, along with 4 Wheatear, 14 Swallow, 1 Redstart and 1 Tree Pipit. A pair of Mediterranean Gull were also around the head. One of the breeding Jay was seen today, these birds being remarkably secretive during the breeding period. Other than that, just a few phylloscs were noted and the 2 Gadwall were in Barn Bight. A brief seawatch yielded 27 Whimbrel and 11 Common Scoter east, and a winter-plumaged Red-throated Diver was on the sea off Double Dykes. An afternoon visit to Stanpit produced fairly low numbers of waders, totals were just 25 Dunlin, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Whimbrel. Overhead a Hobby was seen to arrive, and 2 Wheatear, a Cuckoo and a pair of Mediterranean Gull were present. The washed out Brent Goose that went past the head yesterday was seen moving past Gosport 50 minutes later.

April 21st

One of those frustrating days. A stiff south-easterly wind gave rise to hopes of a memorable seawatch, however, despite good numbers of birds being from adjacent watch points, a four hour watch from the Beach Huts was good, but not spectacular. Best birds were 3 Velvet Scoter east, while Common Scoter were recorded at 80+ in both directions. All three diver were seen - 1 Black-throated and 2 Red-throated east, and 2 Great-northern west. Other expected birds for a spring seawatch were 15 Fulmar, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Little Tern, 1 Common Tern and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. More unexpected was a Buzzard moving high east, a bird which caused some consultation, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine and 1 Cuckoo. A total of 21 Brent Goose moved east, including a 15 bird skein which contained a strange pale individual. 2 Wheatear came in off the sea and settled on the groynes, while 4 were later on the Barn Field as well as a Cuckoo. Passerine presence in the Wood was average, but the year's first Pied Flycatcher, a female, was present along with newly arrived phylloscs. Finally, 16 Whimbrel arrived in the harbour and joined the 30 or so Bar-tailed Godwit on Stanpit. Late in the morning a pair of Bearded Tit were in the HHC reeds.

April 20th

Weatherwise, much the same as yesterday. Again, the sea was the focus of attention, eventually producing 2 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua and 2 large Skua sp. this evening during a 1 hour watch. A morning seawatch from Whitepits and the Beach Huts yielded 1 Great-northern Diver, 9 Sandwich Tern, 8 Dunlin, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Gannet and 2 Fulmar. By mid-morning, incoming Swallow were appearing regularly over the waves and there were at least 2 Wheatear around the head. The pair of Gadwall were again in Barn Bight. Despite incredible holiday time disturbance, Stanpit is still attracting resting Whimbrel and Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, the latter numbering 18 and 48 respectively. 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 adults and a first-year, were also seen.

April 19th

The wind increased overnight to a force 6 or so north-easterly. As may be expected, passerine migrants were almost completely absent, just 1 Tree Pipit and a few phylloscs at Hengistbury. A mid-morning seawatch yielded a reasonable wader passage, 46 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 9 Grey Plover and 8 Whimbrel moved east, along with 20 Sandwich Tern and 6 Common Tern, also noted were 11 Fulmar. A pair of Gadwall were again present in Barn Bight, and there were a further 16 Bar-tailed Godwit on Stanpit during the morning. Finally, a canoeborne attempt to get closer to the birds on Blackberry Point ended disastrously as the boat took a full broadside and ejected its two incumbents into the harbour. An afternoon spent buying new mobile phones and drying out optics.

April 18th

A similar set of conditions to yesterday, but with a slightly stronger east wind. The day started quite slowly with visible migration almost non-existent; but then, despite his delayed appearance, Roger Howell found a Wryneck in almost the same spot on Hengistbury as he did last September. The bird performed well for most of the morning, feeding on the ground in the Barn Field just beyond the Ranger's Cottage, see photos . A seawatch followed and almost the first bird seen was a Short-eared Owl passing west about 1/2 mile our being mobbed by gulls. Prior to this, a Yellow Wagtail and Redpoll overflew the HHC just after dawn and a calling Greenshank arrived in the harbour. It was another good day for duck, a total of 10 Shoveler, including a group of 7, being seen, also 2 Tufted Duck. Of mild surprise was an easterly Rook movement, 5 birds being seen in total. By mid-morning, overhead migrants became conspicuous in the form of 60 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 9 House Martin and 1 Tree Pipit, while a Redstart was on the ground by the pool at the end of the head. A total of 15 Whimbrel were counted today, 14 in the harbour and 1 east at sea. At least 2 Mediterranean Gull were in the harbour today, a first-year and an unseen calling bird. A brief seawatch this evening produced nothing more than 1 Little Tern, while on Stanpit there were 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 summer-plumage Grey Plover and 1 Cuckoo.

April 17th

The warmest day of the year so far and a good selection of birds on Hengistbury. For the fourth day running Grasshopper Warbler was heard, this time in Wick Fields. Common migrants are now starting to arrive in earnest, numbers were estimated at 30 Whitethroat, 25 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap and 3 Garden Warbler; overhead, 30 Swallow, 4 Tree Pipit and 3 Yellow Wagtail moved north, as did a Hobby. A Redpoll spent most of the morning moving around the head and the 2 Red-legged Partridge were again present. The sea was interesting today with a summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver, a Red-throated Diver and a Brent Goose settled; while 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern and 1 Kittiwake went east, and 11 Common Scoter and 4 Red-breasted Merganser moved west. Surprisingly, duck were well represented with 4 Tufted Duck over the harbour, 3 Shoveler recorded and 2 Gadwall in Barn Bight. Whimbrel totalled 38, including 15 on over on Stanpit and 18 east. Mediterranean Gull were heard calling, but not seen, on five occasions throughout the morning. A Cuckoo was calling on Stanpit around 7pm this evening.

April 16th

A beautiful, clear morning with a slight northerly early on. Hengistbury and Wick Ditch held a good selection of grounded migrants. A male Ring Ouzel was in the heather on the top of the head and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing at the Golf Course end of Wick Ditch, the latter just after dawn. Other birds included 40+ Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, over 15 Whitethroat, 7 Wheatear, 6 Sedge Warbler and 2 Blackcap. The Chiffchaff were particularly
interesting as they only appeared in the ditch at around 8:30, prior to that there had been very few phylloscs in that area. Northerly moving aerial migrants were noted as 220 Meadow Pipit, 150 Linnet, 70 Goldfinch, 10 Swallow, 4 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 1 House Martin. It was a notable day for Mediterranean Gull with a group of 7 passing west over the harbour and 2 adults around the harbour. 7 Whimbrel passed by east, the 2 Red-legged Partridge were still in the Barn Field and 7 Purple Sandpiper were on the groynes. On Stanpit there are still 5 Brent Goose and 20 Black-tailed Godwit.

April 15th

A stiller, clearer dawn saw a significant arrival of migrants on Hengistbury. Best was a Hoopoe found on the Common at around 10:30 before heading towards the Nursery where it was heard calling around 45 minutes later. Just prior to that, a ringtail Hen Harrier passed the head eastwards before turning inland. Much earlier on, commoner migrants were well represented, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 10 Sedge Warbler and 4 Reed Warbler were all certain overnight arrivals. As were 3 Greenshank circling Stanpit and 1 Whimbrel arriving in the harbour. As is so often the case with harbour birds, most were moved on by disturbance throughout the day. By late afternoon Hengistbury was largely quiet, but there was a male Firecrest and a handful of phylloscs in the Wood, 2 Mediterranean Gull, a first-summer and an adult, left the harbour over the Barn Field and a couple of Whimbrel passed through. The pair of Red-legged Partridge are still on the Barn Field. On Stanpit around the same time, there was a Redstart by the Golf Course, 5 Tufted Duck on the river by Priory Marsh, also about 20 Black-tailed Godwit on Blackberry Point. Sandwich Tern are now being seen frequently, as are Swallow, and Dartford Warbler seemed particularly conspicuous today. There are also at least 4 Canada Goose hanging around the area.

April 14th

The wind calmed a little but was still enough to encourage some morning seawatchers. From the Beach Huts an easterly movement of 46 Sandwich Tern, 14 Brent Goose, 13 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Common Tern was noted. Please note, yesterday's references to westerly moving seabirds were incorrect and should have read easterly. A little later in the day on Stanpit, the year's first Hobby and House Martin were noted, along with a steady northerly movement of Swallow, around 40 birds in the hour. A summer-plumaged Water Pipit is still on Priory Marsh and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel were seen on the main marsh. Around 20 Black-tailed Godwit were off Fisherman's Bank at lunchtime.

April 13th

Yesterday's wind had gathered strength and changed to more of a south-easterly. An early morning seawatch from the Beach Huts produced 14 Eider, 21 Sandwich Tern and good numbers of Common Scoter all moving east. Around the same time a Ring Ouzel passed north over Wick Fields, 3 Wheatear were on the ground, a Sedge Warbler was in Wick Reeds, a first-year Mediterranean Gull was by the HHC and later in the morning Bearded Tit were calling closeby there. There was 1 Firecrest in the Wood on Hengistbury and small numbers of Swallow were passing through the harbour throughout the day. A 1 hour evening seawatch from Whitepits saw 2 Great Skua, 16 Whimbrel, 11 Sandwich Tern, 7 Dunlin, 6 Common Gull and 1 Red-breasted Merganser head east, while 2 Gannet were feeding far offshore. Also this evening, 2 Common Tern arrived in the harbour over the Barn Field. Earlier in the day there was a Greenshank, a good bird in spring, on Stanpit, also 36 Shelduck, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Brent Goose there.

April 12th

A very similar set of conditions to yesterday, although early on the wind did seem calmer. Dawn at the HHC produced a Green Sandpiper calling somewhere over on Stanpit, probably Priory Marsh. Most of today's activity was on Hengistbury and some limited migration was noted, including 2 Firecrest, 1 Tree Pipit and 15 or so Swallow. Incredibly, there are now 2 Red-legged Partridge in the Barn Field, perhaps the recent cattle grazing is presenting more attractive habitat. Other birds throughout the day on the head and Wick were a pair of Mediterranean Gull, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whimbrel, 18 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sedge Warbler, the first of the spring, 2 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Tern and 5 migrant Goldfinch. Stanpit birds included 1 Water Pipit and 1 Shoveler on Priory Marsh, also 120 Dunlin, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 10 Brent Goose, 6 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Whimbrel on the main part of the marsh.

April 11th

Clear overnight skies meant another light frost, but the absence of an east wind made conditions feel much warmer. Despite the change in wind, a big migrant arrival was not noted. On Stanpit this morning, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Water Pipit were on Priory Marsh. Also around the marsh were 1 Whimbrel, 1 first-year Mediterranean Gull and a drake Shoveler. Hengistbury was largely quiet, just 3 Wheatear, 2 Swallow and 2 Sandwich Tern. However, by late afternoon 9 Wheatear were on Barn Field with a further 4 on the top of the head.

April 10th

East wind, snow, ice, but so few birds. However, the Red-legged Partridge was still behind the Ranger's Cottage, but migrants were represented only by 1 Reed Warbler and 2 Sandwich Tern off the HHC. Otherwise, just 12 Common Scoter were on the sea.

April 9th

Another day of uncomfortable windchill brought on by the stiff easterly. As would be expected migration was poor, but a Common Tern off Fisherman's Bank this morning was a certain new arrival. On Hengistbury, best birds were the Red-legged Partridge again in the Barn Field behind the Ranger's Cottage, a Yellow Wagtail and Little Ringed Plover in off the sea, a male Bullfinch in the Ranger's Garden and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull. Otherwise, just single figure numbers of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

April 8th

Overnight temperatures must have dropped close to zero, presenting the merest of frosts. Again migration was quiet, just 1 Wheatear and 1 Sandwich Tern being noted on Hengistbury this morning. Around lunchtime a Peregrine was over the head and a Buzzard landed in the Nursery, soon to regret it as the nesting herons and egrets took offence to its presence. Some late afternoon birding turned out to be quite rewarding with the Red-legged Partridge again being seen in the Barn Field. The bird was very vocal and was actually heard from the HHC. On Stanpit around the same time, a female Merlin was seen north of the Golf Course, and 4 Water Pipit and 1 Grey Wagtail were on Priory Marsh. Tantalisingly, a small, brown streaked crake was very briefly glimpsed running across the boardwalk before disappearing into dense vegetation - one that got away? The gathering of 30 Black-tailed Godwit were joined by 4 Bar-tailed and 2 Shoveler were in the area.

April 7th

Some clear skies with a reasonably cold south-easterly wind failed to produce anything significant. This morning there were 3 Willow Warbler and 6 Chiffchaff on Stanpit, and 1 Siskin over and 1 Water Pipit on Priory Marsh. The water birds totalled 65 Shelduck, 54 Wigeon, 10 Brent Goose, 4 Shoveler and 2 Grey Plover. Strangely, there were no Dunlin present, but by lunchtime around 40 were off Fisherman's Bank along with the 30 or so Black-tailed Godwit.

April 6th

A cloudy start which attempted to clear by mid-morning but succumbed. Best bird today was a male Marsh Harrier quartering Stanpit between 7-7:30 this evening before appearing to come down and perhaps roost in Wick Reeds. Of almost equal local interest was a Red-legged Partridge in the Barn Field on Hengistbury this morning; and another good record was a Fieldfare on Wick Fields. The pair of Bearded Tit were again seen in the HHC reeds and a Reed Warbler was singing there. Migrants around Hengistbury included at least 20 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler and 3 Wheatear, with 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Redpoll and 1 Jackdaw overhead. 3 Purple Sandpiper were on groyne S9 along with 13 Tunstone and a Ringed Plover was on S10, while 19 Common Scoter and 2 Great-crested Grebe were on the sea. A strange record was 2 Grey-lag Goose in off the sea and then later seen heading east back towards Purbeck, there were also 2 Canada Goose in the harbour. At least 30 Black-tailed Godwit are still in the harbour, while 3 Bar-tailed Godwit were seen to leave. Wigeon, Teal and Brent Goose are remaining, but in diminished numbers. 3 Sparrowhawk were involved in a territorial dispute over Stanpit Bight this morning, the intruder finally being forced out by the local birds. The white-headed Stonechat was again present. On Priory Marsh there were 3 Water Pipit. Finally, a late report has been received of a Red-legged Partridge on April 1st, in off the sea before landing among the Beach Huts, see photos .

April 5th

A cloudy start to the day raised hopes for a good migrant passage, unfortunately, it was not to be. A pair of Bearded Tit were showing very well just off the HHC slipway at around 8:30, perhaps these birds will breed in the area. Also off there was an adult Kittiwake on the exposed sandbar. Peregrine sightings are increasing with 2 birds been seen today, one adult female over Hengistbury and a presumed male carrying a white dove over the Priory. Other birds of interest on, over or past the head included 3 or 4 Wheatear, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Rook, 1 Gadwall, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Sandwich Tern; and at least 15 Buzzard could be seen soaring over the Lower Avon Valley. On the Barn Field, 5 Shelduck were parading and showing intent of breeding. This evening there was 1 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Water Pipit on Priory Marsh, as well as 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult, 1 first-year and 1 second-year, while about 30 Black-tailed Godwit off Fisherman's Bank.

April 4th

Despite the light wind this morning migration proved slow once again with just 25 Willow Warbler, a dozen Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, half a dozen Sand Martin and 3 Sandwich Tern being recorded. 2 adult summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull were also seen over the HHC. Later in the day around 20 Sand Martin were feeding over Warren Hill. The number of Brent Geese has reduced significantly in the last few days with just 9 remaining on Stanpit today. The Wigeon count was 160, Shelduck 46 and Black-tailed Godwit 19. There was also a singing Reed Warbler in Parky Mead.

April 3rd

There was an early movement of phylloscs just after dawn when around 25 Willow Warbler and 20 Chiffchaff were on Wick Fields. Things slowed considerably afterwards with just a single Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear being noted. Up to a dozen Sand Martin were over the cliff whilst 2 Sandwich Tern flew into the Harbour. The Reed Warbler was still present in the reedbed behind the HHC.

April 2nd

The first Reed Warbler of the year was singing in the reedbed behind the HHC this morning. However other migrants were still hard to come by with just 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear being reported. 2 Eider flew west past the beach whilst 2 Rook, something of a Harbour novelty, flew over the Head. Peregrine and a 1st year Mediterranean Gull were also seen.

April 1st

How things can change in twenty-four hours! Yesterday's glorious weather was replaced by dull and overcast skies together with a strong blustery south-westerly. Needless to say very few migrants were reported - 2 Willow Warbler ( 1 singing ) in Wick Ditch, 4 Wheatear on the Barn Field and a few Chiffchaff. There was also a small northerly movement of Meadow Pipit involving between 50 and 100 birds. The Blackcap was also still singing by the Nursery. Bizarrest sighting however, was a Red-legged Partidge in off the sea before landing amongst the Beach Huts.

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