Monday, 23 May 2016
A new arrival of 21 Spotted Flycatchers seemed to be enjoying the great weather, as were the 51 House Martins, most of which spent the day hawking over the Mountainside above Cristin. Warblers numbers have started to drop as we reach the mid-summer lull where breeding birds take over, though eight Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, one Blackcap, and five Chiffchaffs could still be found. An Arctic Skua was watched out at sea, no doubt harrying the 140 Kittiwakes also seen offshore today. More interesting migrants recorded include one Grey Heron, two Purple Sandpipers, two Collared Doves, two Sand Martins, 107 Swallows, one Hooded Crow, one Siskin, and six Lesser Redpolls.