14th April 2016


Blue-headed Wagtail (Mark Pearson)

Blue-headed Wagtail, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Another day of notable new arrivals, despite generally unhelpful conditions. Two male Blue-headed Wagtails (one showing a probable slight flavissima influence, above) were at East Lea this afternoon (MJP, DL), as were four Yellow, one White and three Pied Wagtails, as well as the year’s first Common Sandpiper. A remarkable four Black Redstarts (three in the north of the town and one on the Brigg) were recorded (J&TGD, GD) and a Marsh Harrier flew south at the Gap, where steady vismig included over 300 Meadow Pipits and 200 Linnets. The year’s first Sedge Warbler sang from the scrub at the eastern edge of the Dams, while both Swallows and Sand Martins were moving through in double figures.

Yellow Wagtail, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Yellow Wagtail, East Lea (Mark Pearson)

Late news from yesterday concerns a Blue-headed Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper (first of the year) at East Lea (MM), and a report of a Spoonbill at the Dams – if anyone can verify the latter we’d be happy to hear from you (see contacts page).