Saturday, 13 April 2013

Holme - The first decent push of migrants

 The day started clear and sunny with a slight south-west wind as I started a breeding bird line transect at 0600hrs. Migration was not that obvious, but my first swallow and a few high meadow pipits and linnets suggested something may be happening at nearby Hunstanton Cliffs. Andy Brown was indeed having a decent morning, the greater height on the cliffs providing closer views of the birds moving south overhead, read his account on Trektellen.

  Back at Holme the day provided some nice highlights and included a red kite over The Firs, harassed by four sparrowhawks, five common buzzards over the marshes, 37 avocets, a ruff west, small numbers of swallows, sand martins and a few house martins west, two tree pipits west, three yellow wagtails with the konick ponies, a black redstart at the Saltings car park, two brief ring ouzels and a firecrest (also Saltings CP).

  Tomorrow looks to be a good day with strong overnight south-westerlies, and a clear looking Spain combined with mild air might produce good numbers British bound migrants, and  perhaps a few over-shooting species like hoopoe or alpine swift!

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