Monthly Archives: March 2016

CATS

31st March 2016

The month ended with a sunny day and a light but cool northerly wind, which failed to deter several long-distance migrants – the year’s first Swallow whipped north over the Country Park, seven Sand Martins did likewise, a Scandinavian Rock …

28th March 2016

Early spring migration has continued to stutter in over the last few days, with a modest but encouraging mix of departing northern and returning southern breeders in changeable conditions. The year’s first Sand Martins made an appearance yesterday (27th) when …

24th March 2016

A welcome addition to the year-list today dropped in at the Dams in the shape of an Avocet (GD et al.), staying most of the day and favouring the area in front of the East Pool hide (where five Snipe …

22nd March 2016

Generally settled conditions with some early spring sunshine over the last few days have as yet failed to encourage any trans-Saharan migrants into our area, but notable sightings northbound species include an Iceland Gull over Carr Naze on 20th (SC) …

19th March 2016

A generally quiet early spring week with unhelpful conditions and a northerly airflow. An adult summer Mediterranean Gull (MJP et al,) was at the Dams today – oddly, displaying to a Common Gull – where 30 Teal, 18 Wigeon, two …

14th March 2016

A relatively quiet and calm couple of days here at the Obs, with high pressure holding and a trickle of outbound migrants taking advantage. Of these, 12 Redwings and five Fieldfares were brief visitors on 12th, single figures of Lapwings …

11th March 2016

A change in conditions over the last couple of days has prompted a little more activity, with a Black Redstart near the churchyard yesterday (J& TGD), and several notable records today – a Black-necked Grebe was briefly off the Brigg (JS, CW), …

7th March 2016

The generally quiet period continues, with the Surf Scoter still faithful to the south side of the Brigg, a Blue Fulmar and two adult summer Med Gulls south on 5th and a Great Northern Diver north on 3rd (JS), up …

1st March 2016

The new month began with little of note to report but for the Surf Scoter still in residence off the Brigg, small numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls trickling through (with one of the adults from the breeding pairs returning to …