Wednesday, 27 May 2015
It was a day of marked contrasts: conditions in the early morning were simply stunning, with not a breath of wind, glorious sunshine and warm temperatures. However, by 2pm a cloud bank had rolled over, the wind picked up substantially and heavy rain set in. Counts of migrants in the morning included two Skylarks, eight Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Lesser Redpoll. Another reasonable hirundine passage consisted of one House Martins, 115 Swallows and 27 House Martins. Non-passerine totals comprised 590 Manx Shearwaters, 30 Gannets, four Common Scoters, two Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, two Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, one Curlew, three Turnstones and two Black-headed Gulls.
All of the island's Stonechats now have young, with some as many as five chicks