Saturday, 30 April 2011

Wknd 30 April - 1 May

Glorious weather continues. Swift over King's Buildings, Edinburgh on Friday is my first April record for the site.

Whimbrel and Golden Plover over the house towards midnight (coincident with high tide).

Saturday morning a Grasshopper Warbler in song from hedgerow on B6363 opposite Longniddry Farm, a tetrad tick (NT47M) - now in 14 out of 22 land tetrads in NT47, but yet to confirm breeding!

Midday Saturday a Common Sandpiper feeding on the rocky shore by Cockenzie harbour, above.

Saturday afternoon hirundines on Tyne at Abbeymill included 10+ Smartie and 3 House Martin, Mistle Thrush FF. Kestrels either side of Garleton and more fine views from there, Fife just visible throo haze over the Forth.

Sunday saw first Greylag broods (b7, b6, b6, b4) in Gosford, and a surprising Red-breasted Merganser hauled out by ponds. Also 6 late Pinks there, per Abbie.

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