28th March 2016

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Shelduck at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

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 five were recorded in the town area through the course of the afternoon, while Chiffchaffs have been an increasingly numerous presence, with a steady arrival of birds (mainly in the northern coastal area) of up to 10 on each of the last three or four days.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

The Surf Scoter remains a popular guest star off the Brigg (with dozens of visitors over the Easter weekend), while outgoing migrants have included a Jack Snipe at Carr Naze pond on 25th (CW), a female Pintail over Carr Naze on 26th, two Whooper Swans on a flash west of the Dams today, and single figures of both Redwings and Fieldfares (including two of the latter in off today); small numbers of Redwings and Blackbirds have been audible heading over the town on several nights this week.