Passerine migration is under way with me seeing 4 Pied Flycatchers today between the RAF base and Pyes Hall (a 5th bird was also reported). The flycatchers ere my first of the year as was a Whinchat seen close to Pyes Hall. Also seen: Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo, 5 Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler. On the insect front a Migrant Hawker dragonfly was on the wing at Pyes Hall and butterfly highlights were: Ringlet, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue, Wall, Gatekeeper & Small Skipper.
Pied Flycatcher - often one of the first passerine migrants on the move along the coast
An evening visit to Horseshoe Point for the high tide produced by 2nd Black Tern in as many days, this time a juvenile. An adult Curlew Sandpiper was in amongst the Dunlin. An adult Med Gull also present. Other noteworthy birds: Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 10 Whimbrel, Little Owl, Barn Owl and a Corn Bunting,
Highlight was my first Black Tern of the year, an adult in amongst the terns at high tide. Other noteworthy birds were 2 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, 15 Kestrels between Stonebridge and Pyes Hall, 15 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, whilst warblers were represented by 8 Whitethroats & 2 Willow Warblers. Small Tortoiseshells are now clearly on the wing with at least 4 seen, also 3 Gatekeeper and a Red Admiral made up the butterfly highlights. A Common Lizard scurried across the footpath close to the base and a Muntjac briefly showed by the roadside verge close to Stonebridge at the end of the day.