Spring appears to have sprung

15th April 2022 – sunny spells SE1/2
Early morning observations saw 43 Common Scoter, 28 Sandwich Tern, 26 Red-throated Diver, 11 Shag, 5 Gannet, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Manx Shearwater logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Ring Ouzel provided the highlight of the day, otherwise grounded birds were limited to 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A further 2800 Pink-footed Geese head north in the first hour after dawn.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Gadwall were new in and waders included 200 Golden Plover and 3 Whimbrel.
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and 5 Jay were the best of the rest.
Breeding Birds
The first Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler are now in breeding habitat.
Butterflies and Moths
Small White, Orange-tip and Holly Blue were all on the wing in the warm sunshine and the moth trap attracted a Blossom Underwing.