Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Migrant Influx

Over the past few day's has seen a massive influx of spring migrants across the UK. Particularly along the south coast. Recently on Portland Bill has seen an influx of 500+ Willow Warbler, 100+ Wheatear, 1000's of Swallows and House Martins, Little Ringed Plover's, Whitethroat's, Redstart's, Pied Fly's, Ring Ouzel's, Tree Pipit and Cuckoo all arriving in from Africa and the Mediterranean. Portland has popped up some great birds including Bluethroat, Subalpine Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow, 3 Hoopoe and Serin in recent day's. Spring migration really has kicked off to a great start.

Recent sightings on my local patch in the last few day's includes first big arrival of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sedge warbler and Reed Warbler present in the hedges, willow scrub, sewage work scrub and the river embankment. Flyover of Tree Pipit & Yellow Wagtail over the last few days.
Large passage of Swallows & House Martin's on a regular basis.

Sightings from today on the patch: 20th April 2016

50 Willow Warbler
40+ Chiffchaff
10+ Blackcap
2 Lsr Whitethroat
5 Sedge warbler
1 Reed Warbler
1 Hobby

Trip to Ham Wall today produced some fantastic birds:

4 Hobby
3+ Bittern
Glossy Ibis( resident bird)
Garganey (2 drakes)
1 Little Ringed Plover
2 Cuckoo (1st of the year)
2 Swift
6+ Whitethroat
20+ Blackcap
20+ Willow Warbler
Unidentified harrier sp (ringtail, very obvious pale neck collar and white face markings)

Few photos below of some of the latest migrants seen over the past week.

Cracking views of the Hoopoe last week showing very well down to a few metres...very confiding. My 4th British Hoopoe!!!

Willow Warblers out numbering Chiffchaff on some fay's. 50+ on the patch today!!

Plenty of Chiffchaff about now..some started nest building

Wheatear on the patch

Whitethroat giving lovely views

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