Water Pipit and Black Redstart

19th March 2011 – early mist SE1
The latest round of high tides again saw the Water Pipit reappear in the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar over the high tide with the bird now starting to show the first hints of summer plumage.
A calm sea revealed a few Red-throated Diver but nothing else of note.
Grounded Migrants
The female Black Redstart continues to linger and newly arrived birds included 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 50 Whooper Swan flew north (flocks of 10, 20, 14 & 6) along with small numbers of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
There has been a noticeable departure of wildfowl in the last few weeks; however, waders included flocks of 780 Golden Plover and 46 Purple Sandpiper.
Three Little Egret were seen and raptors included Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl and Merlin.
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.