Thursday 9 April 2020

Sub-Saharan warblers

Lade - Lockdown Day 13 - warm, dry and sunny, e2 - Another fine day of weather saw the overnight arrival of two classic sub-Saharan migrants to the local patch. Firstly a Common Whitethroat (91) singing from gorse scrub by Kerton pit (the same bush as my first one last year!) followed by a Sedge Warbler (92) by north lake and both new for the list; more birds were reported singing from Mockmill this morning (DS). From the aerial ramp a Swallow went through, while Reed and Cetti`s Warblers sang by the ponds, plus Chiffchaff and Blackcap from the willow swamp, combining to make six species of warblers.
  On the beach up to 20 Ringed Plovers, 120 Sanderlings and 12 Turnstones amongst the usual Curlews and Oystercatchers.

                                First Common Whitethroat of spring

                                Oystercatchers and Ringed Plover on the beach

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