Sunday, 1 May 2011

The gusty easterlies continued, and made it difficult to see many of the warblers skulking around in the dense vegetation in the gardens and withies. Good numbers of seabirds were passing by at sea in the morning, counts came to:a Red throated Diver, 108 Gannets, 341 Manx Shearwaters, twenty three Fulmars, six Common Scoters, two distant Skuas, thirty one Kittiwakes, seven ‘Commic Terns’,  the first Arctic Tern of the year and three Puffins. Common migrants were scattered all over the island, some being present in large numbers: two Cuckoos, two Swifts, 383 Swallows, thirteen Sand Martins, thirty two House Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, 173 Wheatears, two Whinchats, two Grasshopper Warblers, fourteen Sedge Warblers, sixteen Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Garden Warblers, four Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, forty nine Willow Warblers and a Lapland Bunting. A leucistic Whimbrel was amongst fifty Whimbrels on the south end, this special edition bid stood out by a long way as it fed with the small flock in the grass. Other waders around included: eight Ring Plovers, nine Dunlins, a Turnstone, six Common Sandpipers, five Curlews and two Bar-tailed Godwits

 Garden Warbler
Wheatear. (c) Ben Porter

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