A horrible day with snow turning to rain

22nd March 2017 – overcast with snow turning to rain ENE3
Offshore
The sea provided small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Guillemot and Razorbill .
Diurnal Migration
A herd of 32 Whooper Swan headed north and small numbers of Meadow Pipit struggled in off the sea .
Miscellaneous
A group of 20 Little Egret congregated towards dusk.

Gadwall added to year list

18th March 2017 – overcast/drizzle/rain WSW3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0930) produced 150 Kittiwake, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet and 4 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 16 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
Several Little Egret were logged.
Moths
Another Dark Sword-grass graced the moth trap.

A few migrants - though moths outnumber the birds!

15th March 2017 – sunny spells S2/1
Grounded Migrants
A few Goldcrest and Stonechat were in evidence.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to small numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied birds and the 4 Barnacle Geese remain. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
Moths
After 74 nights of continuous operation the moth trap finally burst into life with 5 Dark Sword-grass attracted overnight.

First fall of the spring

12th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first fall of the spring provided 84 Redwing, 60 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat, 6 Robin, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
In comparison the skies were quiet with just single Grey Wagtail and Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Woodcock was part of the day’s fall.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.

First Wheatear arrives

11th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first Wheatear of the spring was logged amongst 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and single Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
The busiest day of spring so far in the skies with 35 Siskin, 8 Grey Wagtail and 3 Fieldfare recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 350 pale-bellied and 74 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 6000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

First Goldcrest of the spring

8th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar late afternoon.
Grounded Migrants
The first Goldcrest of the spring was logged and a Stonechat was perhaps newly arrived .
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Raven were seen.

Water Pipit continues to perform

7th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included a flock of 20 Twite and 4 Raven.

Further hints of spring migration

5th March 2017 – overcast/rain soon SE3/4
Offshore
The sea provided 35 Common Scoter, 10 Shag, 6 Red-throated Diver and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A small Greenfinch influx was apparent.
Diurnal Migration
A Grey Wagtail flew through.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets remain prominent.

Water Pipit brace

4th March 2017 – sunny spells SE2
Rarities
Single Water Pipits were showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at both Biggar Bank and Biggar.
Offshore
A quick check over the sea revealed just 10 Shag, 4 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 Siskin flew through amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 316 pale-bellied and 81 dark-bellied birds. Waders included single Woodcock and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail, 2 Barn Owl and 3 Raven were the best of the rest.