Southerly winds have blown in the birds in a big way - but to start with there are still a few wintry species to experience. Ivan Nethercoate picked up a rarity this winter - short eared owl hunting Wilfholme Carrs on Saturday the 29th with Martin Hodges observing two there a day later. A ring tail hen harrier was present over Hempholme Meadows on the 25th. the curlew flock is still present in numbers of up to 70 on Watton NR with numbers of fieldfare. A female scaup has been a fixture on the reservoirs all week and was still present today and had been joined by three common scoters on the 1st. Leaving too were 280+ golden plover heading north on the 22nd. The kestrels seem to tantalise us annually before leaving to breed elsewhere - Cameron Thomson:
New arrivals have come thick and fast chiffchaffs like this one by Andy Marshall hit a peak counted by Brain Beilby of 14 across site:
And very notable was the common tern picked out by Wendy Wright today on D res - As I can determine at the moment this is the earliest ever record at Tophill - beating my own set in 2011 on the 8th of April (here) by a substantial 6 days! It would appear according to birdguides that this is the most northerly common tern to date.
Barn owls have been active - pictures by Cameron Thomson