Friday 23 April 2010

Still cold but migrants are on the move

It was still BALTIC at Druridge tonight, the wind had come back out of the east and it was cold. However, this afternoon, I was out and about in Stewarts patch with work and, in sheltered areas, it was nearly summer-like.

The wind had moved a bit into the south at lunchtime and this seemed to push a few migrants through, hirrundines were everywhere and there were loads of willow warblers, chiffchaffs and blackcaps singing in Howick Dene.

Back to Druridge, there had been a mini-influx of wheatears with 10-12 on the backsof the dunes and fences along the road, despite there being up to 12 yellow wagtails at Cresswell, I couldn't find one at Druridge. A white wagtail was on the beach and other than a big female sprawk flushing the teal of the Budge fields there was little else to report.

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