Friday, 6 May 2016

After another successful night guiding guests into the deep of a Manx Shearwater colony, the weary wardening team were greeted by obvious hirundine passage this morning. Waves of Swallows and House Martins careered northwards, with 463 and 145 logged respectively, though just 15 Sand Martins with them.
A female Hen Harrier was watched heading north fast over the South End late morning and in an excellent day for wader passage five Ringed Plovers, one Sanderling, five Purple Sandpipers, 32 Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Whimbrels, one Curlew, one Common Sandpiper, and 19 Turnstones were on The Narrows.
The first Garden Warbler of the year was seen at Nant in the evening with 13 Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, 18 Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, seven Willow Warblers, three Goldcrests, and one Spotted Flycatcher recorded all over the island. Also recorded were one Sandwich Tern, one Collared Dove, two Grey Wagtails, five White Wagtails, 28 Wheatears, one Jackdaw, one Rook, 15 Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, and a surprisingly high count of 30 Lesser Redpolls.


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