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Monday 9 March 2015

2 to 6 Mar – Winter meets spring

Andy Jayne recently returned from a short birding trip (2nd to 6th March) and reports an interesting mixed bag of late winter visitors and early spring migrants:

"The highlight was a Red-throated Diver briefly in the Landing Bay on 4th. Two Great Northern Divers frequently appeared there too, but also went missing at certain times of the day. Up to six Teal (one drake) were at Pondsbury. A female Sparrowhawk was noted on three days and took a Blackbird in Millcombe on 3rd. Just one Water Rail was noted, heard at Pondsbury on 3rd. Up to seven Snipe were between Quarter Wall and Pondsbury. A Stock Dove was flushed from St Helen's Field on 4th. Up to 95 Skylarks were counted feeding among sheep and gulls on the Lighthouse Field and a light passage of Meadow Pipits on 5th totalled 160 birds. A female Black Redstart was at Benjamin's Chair on 2nd, but was not seen again. A pair of Stonechats at Quarterwall on 2nd were joined a by another female on 5th."

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