Saturday, 25 March 2017
Another quiet day out to sea today with the calm winds pushing little past the island, bar a Red-throated Diver and a Common Scoter. The increase in temperature saw a number of raptors thermalling, including a high count of four Sparrowhawks along with a Buzzard, a Merlin and a Peregrine.
Waders were also building in number with Oystercatchers reaching 121 individuals around the coastlines. Other waders included four Snipes, two Whimbrels, seven Curlews and eight Turnstones. The clear and calm day did allow some of our summer residents to return to the island and three Puffins passed the North End early on among which was a lone Sandwich Tern.
On the passerine front, a reasonable movement continued with a Collard Dove new in, 17 Wheatears, 23 Pied Wagtails, a White Wagtail and three Skylarks scattered about. Following an unusual absence, a Sand Martin and Swallow also passed overhead. The highlights of the day came in the form of two Black Redstarts in the lighthouse compound on the South End, both female types. Also of note were 30 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 89 Goldcrests, a Great Tit, three Siskins, 56 Linnets and a Ring Ouzel!
The first butterflies continued to emerge today with the sun illuminating the island and a Red Admiral and three Peacocks were seen on the wing.