Sunday, 2 May 2010

With the wind remaining in the north it was unlikely that any great number of birds would arrive, but a few interesting things still managed to get here. Both Whinchat and Lesser Whitethroat finally made it onto the year-list with two of each found in the morning. The oddest sighting of the day was a Great Skua flying high above the mountain ridge and attracting agitated attention from the local gulls. A Turtle Dove was located in the company of a Collared Dove, a Common Gull and three Sandwich Terns passed by at sea and a Kestrel was at the North End. Passerine counts included 12 Wheatears, 18 White Wagtails, 80 Swallows, 11 House Martins, seven Sand martins, a Grasshopper Warbler, eight Sedge Warblers, eight Blackcaps, three Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, 13 Willow Warblers and five Chiffchaffs. A single Rook was seen, and 28 Goldfinches, two Siskins, two Greenfinches and two Redpolls appeared in the morning. The Bar-tailed Godwit was not seen during the day, but was caught and ringed on Solfach after dark.

The first Whinchats of the year were seen today; one was in the Southend gorse whilst another was present in the wetlands. Top (c) Ben Porter, below (c) Richard Brown

A Great Skua flew high over the island in the morning: a rather strange sight!  
(c) Ben Porter

The Peregrines continue to hunt Linnets in the arable fields (c) Richard Brown

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