Thursday 9 April 2020

Common Tern and WW

Yesterday morning's pink 'Super Moon' was glimpsed through the clouds briefly.
More time spent in the garden today. The weather has been stunning. My first Common Tern this year joined c35 Sandwich Terns on Cockle Sands, and my first Willow Warbler sang from bushes at the back of the garden. Otherwise the 'winterers' continue to dwindle in number with just 4 Red-breasted Merganser remaining and no Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Also today - 7+ Black-headed Gull, c40+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Red Kite, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Swallow,  1 Sand Martin, 1 Peregrine (immature bird), 2+ Mallard and an Osprey which flew downriver with a huge 'gull train' at 1540.
Not much scanning from the garden yesterday but 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Turnstone, 30+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25+ Cattle Egret, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Swallow recorded. The most unusual record however was a pair of Tufted Duck that flew upriver early morning.

Low-flying Grey Herons cause far more consternation amongst gulls than raptors do.

This morning's moon.

Red Kite - one of two that flew across the river and east at 1150. A third individual took the same line at 1625, before joining a local pair of Buzzards and circling high for some time.

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