Water Pipits continue to perform

2nd April 2009 - bright and sunny SE2
Three Water Pipit were again in the flooded fields along Biggar Bank early morning with the birds now in transitional plumage.
Early morning observations (0800-0900) produced just 9 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 4 Razorbill, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Sandwich Tern and single Common Scoter and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
The day dawned to clear skies and light winds, conditions not conducive to producing many grounded birds and consequently just 8 Wheatear, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Steady passage through the morning produced a total of 160 Meadow Pipit along with 14 Whooper Swan, 3 Swallow and 3 alba Wagtail.
Two Little Egret were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Peacock was on the wing and the moth trap held an Early Thorn.
Water Pipit in transitional plumage