Friday, 8th April 2016

Highlights today included a summer plumaged Black-throated Diver offshore and the first Whimbrel and Tree Pipit of the year.

2 Shelducks east, 2 Wigeons east, 18 Common Scoters east, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 21 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Black-throated Diver east, 3 Gannets west and 6 Sandwich Terns east.

Visible Migration
170 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Whimbrel east, 16 Wood Pigeons east, 12 Swallows north-east, 11 Alba Wagtails north, 1 Tree Pipit north, 46 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Chaffinch east, 18 Goldfinch east, 16 Siskins east, 10 Linnets east, 2 Twite east and 2 Redpolls east.

 The above graphic was kindly created on 6.4.16 by Clive McKay using data 
submitted to the visible migration monitoring site Trektellen. It clearly shows 
that of all the sites that submit counts to Trektellen there has been more 
Meadow Pipits recorded this spring at Fleetwood BO than anywhere else in the 
UK up until that date!  

Grounded Migrants 
6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Wheatears, 3 White Wagtails and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Lesser Redpoll

72 Ringed Plovers, 200 Golden Plovers, 400 Knot, 180 Sanderlings, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 150 Dunlins, 115 Black-tailed Godwits, 210 Turnstones, 6 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

 Purple Sandpiper

2 Chiffchaffs and 1 Willow Warbler.

 Willow Warbler

Chiffchaff. Note the pollen horns.

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