Spring begins to gain momentum

3rd April 2016 – overcast/sunny spells later SSE2
A quick check of the sea (0930-0945) produced 60 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern, 3 Red-throated Diver and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The first Willow Warbler and Blackcap of the year were amongst 9 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff and 5 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The first Swallow of the year flew through along with 5 Twite, 3 Lesser Redpoll and single Siskin and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 8 Whooper Swan were recorded and waders included 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
The Twite flock held 40 birds and at least 36 Little Egret are still in residence.