First Sandwich Terns arrive

26th March 2017 – bright and sunny ENE1
Offshore
The sea provided the first 6 Sandwich Tern of the year along with 8 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 6 Shag and 2 Pintail.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 11 Goldcrest and 2 Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Northbound passage included 165 Pink-footed Geese, 40 Meadow Pipit, 8 Whooper Swan and 2 Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 340 pale-bellied and 60 dark-bellied birds. Four Barnacle Geese remain and the redhead Goosander put in another appearance. The drake Gadwall remains amongst 14 Shoveler. Waders included 14 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were again on the wing.

Some movement evident

25th March 2017 – bright and sunny NE1
Offshore
A check of the sea provided 37 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Northbound passage included 240 Pink-footed Geese, 80 Meadow Pipit, 36 Whooper Swan and 3 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 250 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Long-tailed Tit were the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock have now emerged.

A horrible day with snow turning to rain

22nd March 2017 – overcast with snow turning to rain ENE3
Offshore
The sea provided small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Guillemot and Razorbill .
Diurnal Migration
A herd of 32 Whooper Swan headed north and small numbers of Meadow Pipit struggled in off the sea .
Miscellaneous
A group of 20 Little Egret congregated towards dusk.

Gadwall added to year list

18th March 2017 – overcast/drizzle/rain WSW3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0930) produced 150 Kittiwake, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet and 4 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 16 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
Several Little Egret were logged.
Moths
Another Dark Sword-grass graced the moth trap.

A few migrants - though moths outnumber the birds!

15th March 2017 – sunny spells S2/1
Grounded Migrants
A few Goldcrest and Stonechat were in evidence.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to small numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied birds and the 4 Barnacle Geese remain. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
Moths
After 74 nights of continuous operation the moth trap finally burst into life with 5 Dark Sword-grass attracted overnight.

First fall of the spring

12th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first fall of the spring provided 84 Redwing, 60 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat, 6 Robin, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
In comparison the skies were quiet with just single Grey Wagtail and Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Woodcock was part of the day’s fall.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.

First Wheatear arrives

11th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first Wheatear of the spring was logged amongst 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and single Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
The busiest day of spring so far in the skies with 35 Siskin, 8 Grey Wagtail and 3 Fieldfare recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 350 pale-bellied and 74 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 6000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

First Goldcrest of the spring

8th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar late afternoon.
Grounded Migrants
The first Goldcrest of the spring was logged and a Stonechat was perhaps newly arrived .
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Raven were seen.

Water Pipit continues to perform

7th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included a flock of 20 Twite and 4 Raven.