Saturday, 4 April 2015
Pleasant weather and a new group of eager volunteers meant the island was well covered today. Hirundine passage was the main news of the day with 24 Swallows, three Sand Martins, and the first House Martin of the year cruising past. Out at sea 63 Common Scoters headed through the Sound in the morning, whilst 14 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Gannets, and two Black-headed Gulls were also recorded. Singles of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, and Kestrel competed with two mobile Merlins around the island, and the Narrows held three White Wagtails, two Curlews and a solitary Redshank. Elsewhere, one Skylark, 273 Meadow Pipits, 23 Wheatears, one Fieldfare, eight Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, two Jackdaws, one Rook, and a Reed Bunting were logged.
In other news, the first few butterflies of the year took wing today with Red Admiral, two Small Tortoiseshells, and five Peacocks seen.