Thursday, 26 April 2012

A scattering of common migrants, together with a few scarcer birds, sheltered on the island in the cold, wet and windy weather today. The most noteworthy sightings of the day included a singing Cuckoo, the first three Swifts of the year, two male Redstarts at Nant, three Ring Ouzels on the mountain, eight Grasshopper Warblers and five Sedge Warblers in the withies and gardens, and a Snow Bunting on the mountain. A few seabirds off the North end in the morning included 144 Manx Shearwaters, 22 Common Scoters, a probable Pomarine Skua and three Sandwich Terns. Wader numbers continue to increase around the Narrows, with totals today amounting to eight Ringed Plovers, five Purple Sandpipers, five Dunlins, a Snipe, 68 Whimbrels, two Curlews, nine Common Sandpipers and three Turnstones. Overhead, three each of Sand and House Martin passed through with 31 Swallows, whilst 17 White Wagtails were seen in Solfach, and Wheatear numbers finally reached triple figures, with 148 recorded.

Snow Bunting

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