Wednesday, 2 May 2012

An male Red-rumped Swallow that flew North along the trackside midday was undoubtedly the highlight of another fantastic day of spring migration. In other news, two Cuckoos, a Short-eared Owl, a Yellow Wagtail, four Lesser Whitethroats, the first five Spotted Flycatchers of the year, two Ring Ouzels, 10 Redstarts and four Whinchats were the more notable of common migrants. Some 454 Wheatears were all over the island, as were 213 Willow Warblers and 145 Blackcaps, with smaller numbers of other warblers amounting to 12 Grasshopper Warblers, 47 Sedge Warblers, 18 Whitethroats, 34 Chiffchaffs and seven Goldcrests. A large movement of 757 Swallows took place largely in the afternoon, with five Swifts, 25 Sand Martins and 39 House Martins also seen among them. Two Sparrowhawks and three Kestrels were new on the raptor-front, whilst 82 Whimbrels, a Curlew and a Common Sandpiper were seen around the coast.

A 'record shot' of the Red-rumped Swallow-the fourth island record
 Short-eared Owl
 An interesting white-rumped Stonechat was found on the hillside above Nant, although all other features were like that of a normal male Stonechat

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