Wednesday, 6 May 2015
The beginning of the day was utterly grim, with strong south-westerly winds, driving raing and fairly nippy temperatures; the wind and rain finally eased off towards the mid-afternoon, and thereafter it was rather pleasant. There were plenty of migrants seeking shelter in the vegetated areas of the island, although some small movements of both passerines and seabirds also took place. Passerine migrant figures for the day amounted to one Cuckoo, 11 Swifts, one Sand Martin, 36 Swallows, two House Martins, one Tree Pipit, seven White Wagtails, seven Sedge Warblers, one Reed Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers, seven Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers and three Spotted Flycatchers. Out to sea, movements during the day comprised the year's first Pomarine Skua, 10 Fulmars, 3222 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Gannets, 67 Kittiwakes, 96 Guillemots, 125 Razorbills and three Puffins. Waders logged included three Ringed Plovers, seven Dunlins, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Whimbrels, one Curlew, two Common Sandpipers and a Turnstone.
one Cuckoo remained on the island, spending most of the day around the Withies