First Scaup of the year

7th April 2011 – overcast/sunny later W2/3
Morning observations provided a drake Scaup – the first of the year- amongst 120 Common Scoter and 5 Red-throated Diver. Also seen were small numbers of Gannet, Sandwich Tern and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
The weather relented at last and migrants were again on the move, grounded birds included: 24 Willow Warbler, 9 Wheatear and single Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Lesser Redpoll and Tree Sparrow amongst an increase in Goldfinch numbers.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle of Swallow, Sand Martin and alba Wagtail was evident.
Wildfowl and Waders
A few Teal and Wigeon continue to linger and the Pink-footed Goose flock held 10 birds
Raptors included Little Owl, Merlin and Peregrine.