Thursday, 16 April 2015
There was a slight change in the weather overnight, with clear skies and fresh north-easterly winds replacing the conditions experienced yesterday. Although a large percentage of the 15th's arrival had cleared out, there were still plenty of migrants around. Warbler numbers remained healthy, with totals comprising one Grasshopper Warbler, one Whitethroat, 113 Blackcaps, 67 Chiffchaffs, 135 Willow Warblers and a Firecrest. A movement of hirundines over the island throughout the day amounted to 11 Sand Martins, 123 Swallows and 17 House Martins, whilst a single Tree Pipit and 20 White Wagtails were also recorded. Greenland-race Wheatears arrived in reasonable numbers, and moved through the island from west to east during the morning and afternoon- a total of 78 were counted, although this is probably an underestimate. Other noteowrthy birds seen during the day included the year's first Common Sandpiper, singles of Red-breasted Merganser, Dunlin and Merlin, six Purple Sandpipers and three Whimbrels.