The Whitlingham Bird Report 2020 is available now (click here)

For previous years (2012-2019) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

Spring is on its way. Apparently.

18th March 2010

A warm evening down at Whitlingham, the sort of cloudy day that pushes insects lower and gives great views of hirundines over the water. Not yet though, with the first Sand Martins still around the coast. Still no Chiffchaffs, my first one last year was the 19th. The best bird on the broad was a sleeping female Goldeneye to the east of the island. Scoping across to Thorpe Broad a fox was standing surveying the pools, bad news for the Lapwings and potentially LRPs.

1st migrant dates over the past few years:
Chiffchaff (2007) 13th March (Whitlingham)
Sand Martin (2009) 30th March (Whitlingham)
Willow Warbler (2009) 30th March (Whitlingham)
Swallow (2008) 1st April (Weybourne)
Common Tern (2009) 11th April (Hickling) Whitlingham 23rd April (08)
Grasshopper Warbler (2009) 11th April (Hickling)
Sedge Warbler (2009) 11th April (Hickling)
Reed Warbler (2009) 17th April (Whitlingham)
House Martin (2009) 17th April (Whitlingham)
Whitethroat (2009) 26th April (Cley)

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