Saturday, 6 April 2013

Slow migration in the patch

Local patch: still pretty fresh with a stiff north-east wind in the last couple of days. So not exactly springy. There's been a few interesting sightings though: Swallow & House Martin (small numbers passing by on a daily basis), 1 Marsh Harrier (male - today NW), 1 Willow Warbler (cliffs), Chiffchaff, Black Redstart (first pic), Song Thrush, Firecrest, Serin (a few a day), Linnet (on passage, also in the garden - a scarce species here), Cormorant (17 flying NW), Mute Swan (12 flying SE), Wigeon (7 on the sea, flying SE - late birds!), Meadow Pipit (on passage today from the house), 4 Grey Herons (flying NE), Common Gull (noisy flocks going overhead). Then also Marsh Tit, Hawfinch, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Woodpigeon (breeding pair), Long-tailed Tit and other commoner stuff in and around gardens.
Up on the cliffs of Monte Grisa the Alpine Swifts finally took up residence and were entering the nest holes the other day (6 birds seen).
Meanwhile the BLUE ROCK THRUSH is still present in the garden (seen yesterday and the day before) - second pic.