Monday, May 07, 2007

Kettleness today

A nice bit of vismig today with a steady trickle of Swallows from just before 6:00 a.m. - total over the 2.5 hours probably about 80 or so. Also 4 Yellow Wags, 2 Sand Martins, 2 carrion Crows appeared to come in/off and assorted Mepits, Chaffinch and alba wag.

The sea was dreary with 2 Shelduck, 2 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Scoter in an hour - auk numbers and Kittiwke numbers had jumped up again, constant streams of Guillemots, Razorbills, and Kits. Very few Gannets today.

A few Willow Warblers were clearly fresh in, Common Whitethroat had increased further but no sound of a Lesser. A pair of Wheatear are now probably resident.

The Stonechats have fledged young as do Dunnock. Tree Sparrow seem to have set up shop in the Ash wood.

By lunchtime at nearby Runswick Bay there was no sign of any vismig most notable was a single Holly Blue in the village.

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