Sunday, 31 March 2013

Wheatears At Last

You will note that I used the plural Wheatears in my blog title today as I had two male Wheatears this morning at the obs which were my first for the spring. It was another cold morning with a ground frost and a penetrating easterly wind as yesterday.

Birds were on the move as soon as I arrived and I got a phone call from Ian who was at the point to say that huge numbers of Meadow Pipits were moving north further east and he had recorded over a thousand, which is a cracking total. Have a look here later when I have updated the 'obs' blog for the final totals. I had 172 Meadow Pipits, 11 Alba Wagtails, three Siskins, eight Woodpigeons and a Snipe.

Grounded migrants were restricted to the aforementioned Wheatears and nothing else. The sea was quiet too with just three Cormorants, a nice flock of 24 Wigeon, a Great Crested Grebe and two male Eiders. Some Turnstones were feeding on the rocks, but only 46 this morning.

The nice flock of Wigeon, but not a nice photo!

It's still too windy to operate mist nets at the obs, so it will be more birding and recording vis for me in the morning.


Ipin said...

No Wheatears up here yet!

Warren Baker said...

I still await anything springlike here, apart from a single Chiffchaff :-(