Sunday, 10 May 2015
The strong southerly winds continued throughout the day, and meant that any passerine migrants on the island were gathered in areas that were sheltered from the blustery conditions. There was in fact a good scattering of species around the island, the highlight of which was a smart Turtle Dove, discovered on the rocks to the west of the Lighthouse in the evening. A single Cuckoo remained around the Withies, with another male bird at Nant perhaps being the same individual; an excellent total of 213 Swallows was logged during daylight hours, and amongst them were seven Sand Martins and 50 House Martins (the highest day count of this species so far this year). The highest day count so far this year of Spotted Flycatchers was recorded, with 21 scattered around, along with six Sedge Warblers, 13 Whitethroats, four Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs and 11 Willow Warblers. Out to sea, there was a movement of 2588 Manx Shearwaters, two Fulmars, 11 Gannets, 11 Common Scoters, five Kittiwakes, 25 Guillemots, 78 Razorbills and six Puffins, whilst wader counts amounted to: two Purple Sandpipers, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrels, one Common Sandpiper and two Turnstones.