Sunday, 6 April 2014

A change in the weather saw strong southerly winds and drizzly rain keeping migrants well hidden in any dense vegetation which provided shelter. Singles of Jack Snipe and Snipe were seen on the South End in the morning, perhaps having been attracted to the lighthouse overnight. A smart Firecrest was found in the dense bramble bushes in Cristin garden, although evaded capture in the Heligoland trap. In the afternoon, the low cloud cover cleared away, and encouraged a small selection of birds to come out of hiding. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen off the west side of the South End, flying southward, and was followed by an adult Glaucous Gull two hours later. This coincided with a movement of 94 Manx Shearwaters and 45 Gannets off the south end. A scattering of warblers on the island comprised six Blackcaps, 25 Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and three Goldcrests.

This very smart Firecrest spent the day in the bramble and damson bushes in Cristin garden
This immature Glaucous Gull flew south past the South End in the afternoon, and was followed by and adult bird a couple of hours later. These represent the third and fourth records of the year so far- there were none at all in 2013
Wheatears continue to move through the island, with one pair on the South End already gathering nesting material for a nest in one of the banks
A small gathering of 12 Willow Warblers on the south end in the afternoon saw most birds feeding on the open fields, and on the coastal rocks

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