5 Apr 18


Another day painting the boat in the yard and another really good distraction, this time 8 hirundines flying north which consisted of 4 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. Nothing like getting 3 first for year ticks in one swoop.

Also about 27 Red-breasted Mergansers (still here, I would have thought they would have moved on by now), 2 Sandwich Terns and several Meadow Pipits on passage with 2 singing close-by.

For the second day though I missed an Osprey flying north. Yesterday and today single birds flew over, after I had left the yard. Third time lucky maybe!!

Red-breasted Merganser

A Sandwich Tern prepares to dive upon an unsuspecting fish.