Saturday, 17 March 2012
First Spring Migrants
Up and out early today, as the weather forecast was dire (rain all day), the first couple of hours of the day was dry and I drove to Links road and walked across the Denes, checking the North Denes and the Oval seeing little other than a small flock of 16 Linnet. Walking past Swimming Pool road and the Mobile caravan park, in the area where the old Toilet block had stood, I spotted 2 excellent female Wheatear. Sadly, they weren't that confiding and were seen around the concrete path area and even flew and perched in a Conifer when disturbed by a dog walker. Nice to see the Wheatears and Don & Gwen, Andrew E and Rob Wil in the distance! Back on the sea wall, walking towards Ness Point, I briefly met Rene and was glad of his shout when he continued on his way, an excellent Fulmar was flying right overhead over the seawall above my head initially flying south it then changed direction and then flew north! Down by the rocks below, 1 Turnstone and 6 Purple Sandpipers seen. The Purple sands were feeding on the rocks and then eventually flew south to the edge of Ness Point. Good to see Paul & Jane and walking back along the seawall another small group of 12 Linnets seen and the 2 female Wheatears back on the stony ground. It was now starting to rain rather persistantly so I quickly retraced my steps back to the car.