Friday, 27 April 2012

Fewer migrants were on the island today, with most birds just residue from previous days. A Tree Pipit flew over the wetlands early on, whilst three Cuckoos, a female Ring Ouzel, the Snow Bunting and four Redstarts were seen inland; other passerine-migrants included two Sand Martins, 21 Swallows, 27 White Wagtails, 106 Wheatears, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, 20 Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 34 Willow Warblers, two Greenfinches, two Siskins and 71 Goldfinches. Seven Ringed Plovers (two of which were tundra birds), four Dunlins, 41 Whimbrels and two Common Sandpipers were mostly seen in Solfach, whilst an Arctic Skua and a Red-throated Diver passed by at sea.

 The two rather stunning Redstarts continue to seek shelter in the Plantation
 Almost all of the Wheatears are now large greenland birds
 Ring Ouzel
Robin chicks (c) Steve Stansfield

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