Monday, 19 May 2014

After a night of very low winds, thunderous rain showers from the early hours persisted on and off throughout the day, and encouraged a good mixture of scarcities to make landfall on the island. A Golden Oriole was seen very briefly at the Plantation mid-morning, before moving on when the heavy rain lifted. This is the first of the year, and is just the third since 2012. A Black Guillemot was back on the sea near the north end gull colony, where a dark skua was also seen, perhaps a Pomarine. A Glaucous Gull flew northward over the west side midday.

In terms of passerines, some impressive flocks of House Martins were observed quite high above the lowlands in the early hours, presumably grounded by the inclement conditions: a total of 266 House Martins, eight Swifts, six Sand Martins, 56 Swallows and a Tree Pipit were recorded. On land, it was interesting to trap two birds bearing Parisian rings, namely a Sedge Warbler and a Chiffchaff. A male Firecrest was present at Nant.

Spotted Flycatcher numbers increased to six birds today
A few juvenile Dunnocks have been observed around the island 
Blue-tailed Damselflies

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