Thursday, 18 April 2013

A large drop in the wind strength overnight saw a large clear-out of most of the migrants from yesterday. There was very little left over, although a Sedge Warbler, a Tree Pipit and three Common Redstarts were recorded during the day. Warbler numbers had dropped significantly, with 25 Blackcaps, 52 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests remaining. A total of 70 Wheatears around the coast were mostly Greenland-race birds, and five White Wagtails, three Whimbrels and two Dunlins were also seen around the coast. Overhead, 26 Swallows, a House Martin and seven Sand Martins flew North up the island.

 Although last week Goldcrests dominated numbers in terms of small passerines, this week only small numbers are present
 Meadow Pipit
Most, if not all, of the Wheatears at the moment are Greenland-race birds
Shelduck being hastled by an inquisitive Grey Seal

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