Monday, 10 April 2017

It was slightly breezier today, and teamed with a northly air flow the island felt slightly colder than usual. Small numbers of migrants moved through today, but not on the scale previous.

Out to sea a small passage was visible with nine Fulmars, 44 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Gannets, 48 Guillemots and 53 Razorbills recorded. Inland, some birds were new in as well. Most of today’s 101 Meadow Pipits occupied the South End, with the Merlin still marauding around the area. Also of note was a single Tree Pipit heard flying overhead. The Narrows held the usual waders, and feeding with the Rock Pipits were three White Wagtails.

Chats still saw strangely low numbers recorded with only four Stonechats and 18 Wheatears logged. Following the same trend, there seemed to have been a clear out of warblers too, as one Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaffs, 17 Willow Warblers and seven Goldcrests were recorded.

Finally, also of note today were two Blue Tits, and four Crossbills, one at Nant and the Observatory garden and a brace heard over the mountain.

This female Crossbill, was in the Observatory garden briefly this morning

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