Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A glorious sunny day with a light Northerly breeze saw many more common migrants arriving onto the island and also passing through during the day.
A dark-phase adult Arctic Skua was seen on the South End in the early hours, and shortly after a pair of Eiders were seen floating around in Solfach with the local Mallards; both new species for the year.
A smart male Blue-headed Wagtail was found amongst 18 White Wagtails on the Narrows mid-morning, which is another new species (or subspecies) for the year.
A small passage of raptors in the clear skies saw a cracking male Hen Harrier fly North over the mountain in the late afternoon, whilst two Buzzards took a similar route prior to this.

Commoner species for the day included a good passage of 163 Swallows, 21 House Martins and five Sand Martins, whilst 83 Wheatears were also seen to be moving through in smaller numbers. Warbler counts amounted to three Grasshopper Warblers, seven Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, 31 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and 71 Willow Warblers.

 This smart male Blue-headed Wagtail was found amongst the Meadow Pipits and White Wagtails on the Narrows in the morning
 A lovely male Common Whitethroat
 Willow Warbler (top) to compare to a Chiffchaff (lower)
A good number of Wheatears passed through during the day, moving up the mountain and heading Eastwards
Rather POOR shot of the stunning Hen Harrier that wizzed through

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