First Chiffchaff arrive

11th March 2024 – overcast/calm
A scan of the sea revealed 4800 Eider, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Redwing and additional sightings included 5 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were quiet with just 12 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail and 2 Whooper Swan logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 513 light-bellied birds and 8 Barnacle Geese and a Goosander were seen. Waders included 21 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and 3 Woodcock.
At least 10 Water Pipit were amongst 10 Rock Pipit and raptors included Buzzard and Merlin. The resident Hooded Crow was seen while 50 Twite and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.