Little Gulls and an exceptionally early Swallow

22nd March 2011 – sunny spells W1/2

The Water Pipit, now in transitional plumage, was once again in the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar over the high tide period.
A brief check over the calm sea early morning (0845-0915) was rewarded by a flock of 8 Little Gull (all adults) that flew high into Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Shag and single Gannet and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A small increase in grounded birds was evident with 12 Goldcrest, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and single Wheatear and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
An exceptionally early Swallow flew through and 6 Pied Wagtail were amongst the first significant passage of Meadow Pipit with 100 birds recorded in intermittent observations through the morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 520 Golden Plover and 10 Purple Sandpiper.
Two Raven and a Little Egret
The moth traps attracted Hebrew Character and Red Swordgrass.