Tree Pipit and Whinchat are latest arrivals

16th April 2022 – overcast/murky/calm then SE1/2
Early morning observations over the sea revealed 105 Common Scoter, 53 Sandwich Tern, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Red-throated Diver and 7 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The Ring Ouzel remains and there was a slight increase in numbers and variety with 14 Wheatear, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Fieldfare and single Grasshopper Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whinchat – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were quiet with just 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Sand Martin and a Tree Pipit recorded – again the latter was the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two different Gadwall appeared and the Brent Goose flock contained 238 light-bellied birds. Waders included 1000 Knot, 4 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and a Merlin was the best of the rest.
Five Harbour Porpoise were offshore early morning.