22nd April 2013 – More migrants…

Nice to get out birding this morning after a few days of tiring shifts. Several Wheatears were on the marsh early on – before the Hadrian’s Wall walkers flushed everything in sight. Yep – it’s that time of the year again. Grrr.

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Wheatears are always fab birds to see locally. They look smart, and to me they seem to mark the start of spring proper, and, more importantly – they always bring a smile to my face. 

At the ‘Stilt Sand’ scrape at Campfield I was surprised to see lots of alba Wagtails – at least 14 White Wags with a handful of Pieds…

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A Manx Shearwater and a pale Pom Skua were also seen from here which made me decide to go to the shelter where I joined Nick for an hour or so. Once again amongst the Arctic Terns were three Little Gulls, a 1st summer and 2 adults – what a fantastic spring it’s been on the Solway for these dainty gulls. A dark Arctic Skua and a Bonxie also came through, and a few Whimbrels are knocking about.

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