Saturday, 9 April 2016
Calm conditions in the morning brought expectation of new migrants and although enjoyable, things mostly remained the same as the last week. Warblers did show in good numbers as nine Blackcaps, 31 Chiffchaffs, 86 Willow Warblers, 27 Goldcrests were scattered across the vegetation.
Numbers out at sea consisted of seven Fulmars, 18 Gannets, 23 Kittiwakes, 11 Guillemots, 71 Razorbills, and two Puffins. The resident Whimbrel put in an appearance around The Narrows alongside 16 Turnstones, two Swallows flew over, one White Wagtail was the North End stream, 13 Wheatears were dotted coastally, and finally light finch/bunting passage concerned four Siskins, 22 Goldfinches, one Lesser Redpoll, and three Reed Buntings.
The first Manx Shearwater ringing session of the year took place once darkness had fallen. Around 20 new birds were ringed, but by far the highlight was a retrapping an adult that turned out to be 31 years and 223 days old!
A video showing the interactions between a pair of Manx Shearwaters spring cleaning their burrow and re-affirming the pair bond after a winter at sea!