Spring migrants have been in short supply until last week when the strong south to south-westerly winds provided the ideal catalyst for mass migration. The highlight was the high number of White Wagtails that were grounded from mid-week until Friday night. Quite a few sites in Leicestershire & Rutland recorded large groups with the highest being 54 at Rutland Water. At Brascote Pits I counted 11 on Friday night. As well as the White Wags, good numbers of Yellow Wags and Wheatears were also seen.
Northern Wheatear, Croft Quarry
|Northern Wheatear, Orton-on-the-Hill|
|Yellow Wagtail, Orton-on-the-Hill|
At Brascote Pits, a Common Tern appeared yesterday and I noticed that it was ringed. A ringed bird has been returning for at least five years, so as one of the pair has always had a ring I guess this is the same one. The photo of the tern was take using my camera mounted on my telescope. I have to say that it is more than acceptable considering.