22nd May 2015

Red Kite (Mark Pearson)

Red Kite (Mark Pearson)

A still blustery west-south-westerly wind, a significant rise in temperatures, and finally a selection of notable birds today. After a poor spring so far for raptors, a succession arrived in off the sea today, including a Red Kite (MJP), a Marsh Harrier (HJW) and at least two Common Buzzards, including one low over the town rooftops.

Four Egyptian Geese at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

Four Egyptian Geese at the Dams yesterday (Mark Pearson)

The year’s first Grasshopper Warbler (J&TGD, MJP) reeled intermittently from the western hedge of the Tip, a Little Ringed Plover circuited the Dams early on, and at least 250 Swifts moved through (in addition to many more in the general area).¬†Four Egyptian Geese visited the Dams yesterday (HJW et al.).

Common Buzzard & Herring Gull low over the town (Mark Pearson)

Common Buzzard & Herring Gull low over the town (Mark Pearson)