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 Pipit was by Carr Naze pond (MJP), a small scattering of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests was evident in coastal cover, and the Surf Scoter remained in the same area by the Brigg.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ian Robinson)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ian Robinson)

Yesterday (30th) saw the year’s first Wheatear briefly on Carr Naze, a Brambling in Top Scrub and two Sand Martins north at Carr Naze, while Meadow Pipit passage has been notable on all recent days, with a clear peak of 220 in off over three hours on 29th (and 60 present in the Carr Naze area); the same day saw the year’s first Red Kite skirting the south of the recording area (NP). The high tide Purple Sandpiper roost continues to hold good numbers, with 77 yesterday.