Friday, 31 March 2017

The wet and breezy conditions continued into today, with the morning being particularly sodden. However, the weather improved throughout the day and we were treated to some rare sunshine by the evening.

There was a trickle of birds passing out to sea most notably a Red-throated Diver, two Fulmars, 13 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Kittiwakes and 18 Gannets. The Narrows produced a good selection of waders with Oystercatchers numbering 155 birds. Among the usual fair were a Whimbrel, five Curlews, 15 Redshanks, 27 Turnstones, 20 Purple Sandpipers and a Sanderling!

The highlight of the day came in the form of a monster 2cy Glaucous Gull, the second to be recorded this year, which was first seen flying through the Lowlands towards the Narrows where it came down to feed briefly. It was then last seen flying off North towards Pen Cristin.

Glaucous Gull marauding the Narrows and South End

Inland migrants were still passing through with a slightly higher number recorded today, because the weather had eased off slightly. A Swallow was seen passing over head, whilst at least 66 Meadow Pipits, 21 Pied Wagtails and a White Wagtail were scattered about. Warblers were once again represented in fair numbers with a single Blackcap, 42 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers and 35 Goldcrests. Also of note were four Stonechats, ten Wheatears, a Redwing and a Siskin.

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