Thursday, 22 March 2012
Easterlies produce a bit of drift migration
The most notworthy event of the day was a big arrival of Goldcrests. At least 25 were dotted around the limestone pavements prior to 8.15am with the movement continuing throughout the morning. Rob Sandham and Chris Bridge were out early with a spring trap and managed to catch a fine male Wheatear as well as a male Stonechat. The Wheatear was one of two present. Siskins continued to move thropugh in good numbers with 50+ bird along with 2 Crossbills, 5 Redpoll and other finches. A female Bullfinch was the surprise of the day; a good bird over the north end of the limestones. A single Chiff chaff was in gorse while six Chough entertained in the early morning light - four resident birds and a couple of strangers. Alan Davies, Rob and Chris kept the count going through the morning , long after I'd left and came up with a couple of Golden Plover, White Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin and a Black Guillemot.