Whitethroat, Bittering, 30th April
My first 2 Swifts of the year were at home on Sunday and while I was watching them a Magpie flew past. So what? I hear you say. Well I can hardly believe it but 21 months or so after moving in and 72 species later this was my first Magpie here!
Also on Sunday I popped in to the patch where Dave had found 2 Whimbrel. They were a new bird for the patch for him, though I'd heard one fly over one night before. Anyway, they were quickly located before I headed off to the Brecks for mothing.
Whimbrels, Bittering, 1st May
Blackcap, Bittering, 1st May
Heard Woodlark in the Brecks, and Cuckoo. Saw Marsh Tit, Siskins and a fine Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid.
Bank holiday Monday I set off for Burnham Overy early. The cold start to the day, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers in the channel and a Fieldfare flying south all served to remind me that spring hasn't completely sprung yet. But there were 2 Whimbrel too, several common warblers and both Little and Common Terns, and in the grazing marsh a party of at least 6 Yellow Wagtails, the first I've seen on the deck this year.
Whitethroat, Burnham Overy, 2nd May
Sedge Warbler, Burnham Overy, 2nd May
Reed Bunting, Burnham Overy, 2nd May
Heading through the dunes towards Gun Hill I found the first 6 of 14 Wheatears along with a fine Whinchat.
Whinchat, Burnham Overy, 2nd May
Wheatears, Burnham Overy, 2nd May
Overhead there were more Yellow Wagtails and a trickle of hirundines, along with 6 Swifts too. Also saw a Hobby, Red Kite, Barn Owl, Spoonbill and 2 Mediterranean Gulls but grounded migrants were few and far between.
Red Kite, Burnham Overy, 2nd May