Wednesday, 18 May 2016
After a brief rain shower early in the morning the island bathed in sun for the rest of the day, looking particularly resplendent at times. The wind seemed to die down too though a refreshing cool breeze stayed on until the evening.
The sporadic Hooded Crow flew over The Narrows in the morning, putting in its sixth appearance of the month. Quite where it is hiding in-between is a mystery, maybe it is commuting from the mainland?
A decent southwards passage of 761 Swallows, 12 House Martins, and two Swifts was recorded in the late afternoon whilst The Narrows was productive as six Sanderlings, 15 Purple Sandpipers, five Dunlins, six Whimbrels, 28 Turnstones, and two Sandwich Terns were seen. In addition one Kestrel, 20 Wheatears, nine Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, one Spotted Flycatcher, and four Lesser Redpolls were recorded inland.