Monday, 27 April 2015
It was a relatively calm start to the day, which allowed for mist nets to be opened at several sites, and also provoked a small movement of migrants to take place. Tallies from the day included one Skylark, one Tree Pipit, nine White Wagtails, one Common Redstart, 48 Wheatears, one Grasshopper Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, two Reed Warblers, five Whitethroats, 48 Blackcaps, 28 Chiffchaffs, 23 Willow Warblers and a smart male Firecrest in the Plantation. Aside the scattering of migrants on terra firme, there was a movement of 11 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows and four House Martins North over the island, whilst a decent wader count around the rocky shoreline produced 134 Oystercatchers, one Purple Sandpiper, one Dunlin, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrels, one Curlew and a Turnstone.
This was the first Reed Warbler to be trapped this year on the island
Whimbrel numbers are slowly building up at the moment, but seem to be quite low compared to what they should be
Many of the island's birds are collecting nesting material at the moment, such as Linnets and this Meadow Pipit