Thursday, 25 March 2010

Wishful thinking

A bit dull and drizzley, but warm this morning.  With a light south-easterly I was perhaps a little hopeful something interesting would fly through Broom this morning.  It wasn't bad, but nothing unexpected between 07:00-08:15

Redshank - 8
Snipe - 2
Oyc - 1
Ringed Plover - 1
Golden Plover - c.800 flying over
Sand Martin - 8
Swallow - 1
Whooper Swan - 1
Chiffchaff - 1
Shoveler - 3
Shelduck - 1

A walk round the Lodge at lunchtime revealed a light northerly passage of Meadow Pipits on a fairly broad front.  Passerine passage in Spring is a hard thing to work out when the peaks occur.  You just don't see the spectacular movements of pipits, finches, and thrushes like you do in Autumn.  However I have just noticed that Dungeness had a massive movement of 9000 Chaffinches on 21st!  That's more than I see from the Pinnacle all Autumn...

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