Thursday, 19 May 2016
Those who got an early start were rewarded with the nicest weather of the day. Things turned sour soon after with drizzle, then heavy rain, followed by mist, and finally high winds. Scopes pointing seaward produces counts of 1048 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Fulmars, 62 Gannets, 68 Kittiwakes, one Sandwich Tern, 294 Guillemots, 436 Razorbills, and seven Puffins passing by.
A Grey Heron loafed through the Lowlands in the morning heading towards The Narrows where one Ringed Plover, six Purple Sandpipers, six Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, six Whimbrels, two Curlews, and 11 Turnstones were present.
A Brambling north over Pen Cristin was a surprising first for the year with further light finch passage amounting to five Siskins, 13 Goldfinches, and seven Lesser Redpolls. A small arrival of five Spotted Flycatchers was noticeable with further migrants totalling two Collared Doves, 84 Swallows, seven House Martins, one Grey Wagtail, and one Hooded Crow.