Sunday, 25 April 2010

Numbers of small summer migrants were broadly similar to the previous day, with a fresh arrival of birds on the South End replacing those that had moved on overnight. Whole-island counts of passerines included 97 Wheatears, 69 Willow Warblers, six Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps, 11 Grasshopper Warblers, ten Sedge Warblers, seven Whitethroats and 12 White Wagtails. A Tree Pipit was also present along with a single Ring Ouzel and a late Fieldfare. A Cuckoo was on the mountainside and a Swift, the first of the year, flew south. Three Sandwich Terns were seen offshore, while waders were represented by 31 Dunlins, five Ringed Plovers, two Common Sandpipers, 19 Whimbrels and a single Curlew.

An early morning check of the South end gorse proved more productive this morning: 4 Whitethroats (top), 2 Grasshopper warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcaps and 19 Willow warblers (bottom) were seen.
(c) Ben Porter

Sedge Warblers were again in double figures (c) Richard Brown

The Meadow Pipit was pleased with its novelty moustache (c) Richard Brown

Disappointingly, following the harsh winter there are only two pairs of Stonechat left on the island
(c) Richard Brown

5 Ringed Plovers were on Solfach, accompanied by the usual flock of 31 Dunlin (c) Ben Porter

Swallows continued to move through today (c) Ben Porter

97 Wheatears were seen today (c) Ben Porter

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