2016 Report

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13th Mar

The Brent Geese were continuing to move today despite the north west winds. A total of 486 passed east in a two hour period this morning including a single pale bellied bird in one of skeins.

A few other ducks were also moving up the coast including low numbers of Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, WigeonEider and Mergansers. 15 Sandwich Terns also flew east. The Glaucous Gull was again seen flying towards the Patch and three Merlins were also seen flying in off the sea.

On land there were good numbers of migrants. Up to six Firecrests and a Chiffchaff were seen in the Lighthouse Garden and a single Firecrest was regularly seen in the Observatory garden. Up at the end of the Long Pits there were good numbers of  Chiffchaffs singing in the willows and a few Goldcrests and Firecrests. 

A pair of Black Redstarts were seen at the Lifeboat Station and a single bird was seen along the Power Station fence.