Tetney 23/04/17

An F2 W appeared to have swung to a NE by mid-afternoon. A predominantly sunny day.
Nothing exceptional today but there was a good selection of waders for an area which lacks any freshwater pools or scrapes. Also nice to see hirundines and Yellow Wagtails moving through during most of the day.

On the humber: 6 Common Scoter, 2 Avocet appeared to come in off, briefly landing by the tide edge and then heading S.

Birds of prey: 3 Common Buzzard, at least 2 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl were still present and both were hunting early afternoon as well as early morning. One of the buzzards headed NW along the beach and was the only raptor noted on the move today.

In the bushes: Very quiet. 3 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff all apppeared to be territorial birds rather than passage migrants.

Other highlights: 7 Whimbrel (5N, 2W), 10 Golden Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 13+ Yellow Wagtail NW, alba Wagtail NW, hirundines not counted though largely Swallows heading NW with a few Sand Martins seen - only a single House Martin recorded. An increase to 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Warbler along Tetney Lock. Probably the best record of the day was a very late Snow Bunting that passed over calling and heading NW.

Other wildlife: Orange Tip butterflies and St Marks flies now on the wing, whilst Brown-tail moth caterpillars were all along the beach - an annual sight along our coastline.

No patch year ticks today.

With a lack of suitable habitat, this Little Ringed Plover stopped off in the saltmarsh. I thought this might be a tricky species to get for the Tetney area but that's now 3 for the spring (2 flyovers) and I know of 2 others also seen. It will always be hard to get good waders here but the beach will be seeing large numbers of migrant waders passing through in the coming weeks. Waders on a large expanse of beach is difficult to check compared to checking a scrape from a hide but I'm sure a Broad-billed Sandpiper or maybe even a Kentish Plover will pass through at some point - finding them is the big challenge!

The only raptor seen on the move today was this Common Buzzard that flew NW.

It's that time of year when you see plenty of Brown-tail moth caterpillars along the beach - in windy conditions many can be seen being blown along the beach.


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