10th May 2024

A relatively bright day, with a light east-south-easterly wind establishing and a top temperature of 15 degrees C. Four (two pairs) of Garganey on Thornwick Pools in the morning were particularly noteworthy, with one pair relocating to the outer head later in the day. The re-appearance of the Rough-legged Buzzard was another surprise when it again drifted east at height late morning. A Hobby flew west over the outer head.

A Great Northern Diver flew north out of the bay, while Short-eared Owls hunted both the Thornwick and North Marsh areas. Waders were clearly on the move, with an appreciable count of 28 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, one Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank and three Whimbrel. Passerine migrants were scarce, but included two Wheatear, two White Wagtails, three Yellow Wagtails and a Siskin. In addition, an Alexandrine Parakeet commuted around the headland.

Garganey, Thornwick Pools, by Andrew Allport