Sunday, 27 March 2016

Spring migrants have arrvied

Spring is in the air. The first arrival of spring migrants have made landfall on the southern coasts of England. Large numbers of Sand Martin's, Wheatear, Garganey, Little Ringed Plover have all been reported across the UK.

In recent day's here in Devon, I've already seen several small flocks of Sand Martins passing northwards, large numbers of Wheatears at Wembury and on Dartmoor. My 1st Garganey of the year seen at Fobney Marsh last week when I was in Reading. Several reported locally here near Plymouth, seen 1 briefly at South Huish Marsh yesterday afternoon.

Reports of Swallows, House Martin, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Osprey, Green Sandpiper, Ring Ouzel and Willow Warbler all noted in the last five days in Devon and Dorset. Strong stormy southern winds will hopefully bring another large influx of Willow Warbler, Ring Ouzel and Wheatear during Easter weekend and maybe bring a rarity from the Mediterranean. 

If the weather picks up next week across the southern counties, could well see the migrant floodgates open and most headlands holding large numbers of migrants. It is still early day's but an over-shooting migrant is not out of the question. I do fancy seeing another Great Spotted Cuckoo or find my first this space!!!

First Sand Martin's of the year have arrived in decent numbers

Plenty of Wheatear also freshly arrived in along coastal headlands

Several Garganey reported across Southern England in recent days

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