Friday, 1 May 2015
It was a much calmer day, with an easterly element encouraging a decent scattering of arrivals on the island. There were some noteworthy sightings during the day, including the year's first Grey Plover, two Canada Geese, a Black Guillemot, a Buzzard and passerines such as singles Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Redstart. Common migrant numbers included 36 Wheatears, one Sedge Warbler, four Whitethroats, 62 Blackcaps, 37 Chiffchaffs and 44 Willow Warblers, whilst a steady movement of hirundines over the island also amounted to a respectable 19 Sand Martins, 77 Swallows and 14 House Martins. Wader figures were reasonably high, especially at high tide: five Purple Sandpipers, one Dunlin, 23 Whimbrels, one Curlew, two Common Sandpipers and a Turnstone were recorded.
some of the Wheatear pairs are now at the stage of lining their nests
Whimbrels continue to arrive on the island, and we have even managed to see one of our own colour ringed birds- an individual which we ringed back in 2013!