Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Many more birds were seen on a day of gusty North-easterlies today. The first large movement of divers heading back to their breeding grounds took place in the morning, with two Great Northern Divers, eight Red-throated Divers and five ‘diver sp' flying North-west through the Sound. The first Great Skua of the year also flew past, along with two Sandwich Terns and five Common Scoters. Singles of Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Fieldfare and Grasshopper Warbler were all new arrivals, whilst two Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcaps and 32 Willow Warblers elsewhere were mostly birds from earlier in the week. Whimbrel-numbers continue to increase, with nine birds recorded today; two Turnstones and three Curlews were also seen on the wader front.

 17 Wheatears were seen on the island today, of which two birds were of the greenland race O.o. leucorhoa
A presumed Scandinavian Rock Pipit (A.p. littoralis-above) was discovered amongst the wagtails and Rock Pipits on Solfach in the afternoon, owing to its pinky-orange throat, grey-blue back and white supercilium. The bird also had an unusually deformed bill
 Willow Warbler

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