"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

First visible migration watch of the spring today

With the wind forecast to be in the southeast, I was up and out by dawn ready for the first vis-mig count of the season. Nothing earth-shattering, but a nice start, with good variety typical on these winds. An adult Med Gull on the green by lighthouse was a bonus. Few birds seen during rest of day,  with a Peregrine in the harbour and a Woodcock in the forestry being the highlights. A Common Quaker, a Mottled Grey and a March Moth caught by Sophie in the NOA trap, 2 toads and my first frogspawn of the year were the non-avian delights. Here's the vis-mig count with a link through to Trektellen.nl, the visible migration website, which, for those not familiar with it, has a mass of data from visible migration watchpoints all over Europe.

Hunstanton Cliffs (Norfolk, England)
Saturday 8 March 2014   
Counting period: 6:12-8:12
Weather: wind SSE3, cloud-cover 7/8
Observers: Andy Brown
Lesser Black-backed Gull2-alba wagtail sp.33-Chaffinch3-
Collared Dove3-Rook6-Goldfinch57-
Skylark5-Carrion Crow1-Siskin82-
Meadow Pipit104-Starling3-Linnet72-
Rock Pipit3-Tree Sparrow13-redpoll sp.1-

Totals: 1059 individuals, 18 species, 2:00 hours

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
Comments: First watch of the spring and a nice start. An adult Med Gull was by the lighthouse with
c200 Black-headed Gulls ad 5 Common Gulls

Common Toad, Holme NWT, 8th March 2014

Egg sacs of the Polychaete worm Scoloplos armiger beach pool, Hunstanton, 8th March 2014

Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Hunstanton 8th March 2014

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