23rd March 2015

Spring is still stuttering in at a typically pedestrian pace presently, reflected in the relative highlights over the last week. Pick of the bunch was certainly a Bewick’s Swan which went north with a flock of 12 Whooper Swans on 20th (JS, CW), with a further 38 Whoopers north this morning.

Friday's solar eclipse from the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Friday’s solar eclipse from the Brigg (Mark Pearson)

Modest signs of early spring passerine migration include small scatterings of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests in recent days, and up to three Scandinavian Rock Pipits and a male Stonechat on Carr Naze. At the Dams, an adult Mediterranean Gull dropped in briefly on 20th (HJW), where up to three Lesser Black-backed Gulls and nine Shelduck are also intermittently present.

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)