5th May 2016

Pied Flycatcher, Dams (Mark Pearson)

Pied Flycatcher, Dams (Mark Pearson)

A mostly sunny day with a moderate to brisk southerly wind which delivered plenty of interest. Highlights included a Red Kite south over the Country Park (MJP, IR) and a Black Redstart briefly at the Yacht Club (CW), plus firsts of the year in the shape of an Arctic Tern in the bay, a male Pied Flycatcher at the Dams and a Garden Warbler at East Lea.

Greenland-type Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Greenland-type Wheatear, Carr Naze (Mark Pearson)

Cuckoos were at East Lea, the Yacht Club and the Dams, while Swifts arrived en masse, with a minimum of 230 today (after no more than four on previous days). Four Greenland-type Wheatears  were in the Carr Naze area. Two Common Sandpipers and a pair of Pochard dropped into East Lea, where three Yellow Wagtails went through (with three more elsewhere).

Red Kite over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)

Red Kite over the Country Park (Mark Pearson)