Let's start with the simply astounding numbers. Willow Warblers totaled 691, which is almost certainly an underestimate! 350 was the minimum figure recorded in the Plantation, with 150 estimated moving through the Obs. garden, and smaller but still excellent numbers in seemingly every tree and bush on the island. Quite a few of the birds were cold grey coloured and were of the race P.t.acredula
The shore and sea once again yielded pretty good diversity, as wader passage builds up. 70 Whimbrels was by far and away our best count of the year, other waders today included 9 Turnstones, 3 Purple Sandpipers and singles of Redshank, Ringed Plover, Snipe and Common Sandpiper. 11 Sandwich Terns were seen as their passage continues apace.
The list of passerine migrants logged on the ground today is probably the most diverse of the year, and will take some beating! Eight Warbler species (including the Willows mentioned above), totalled 51 Chiffchaffs, 49 Blackcaps, a brilliant 14 Grasshopper Warblers, nine Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers and a single Reed Warbler, the latter two being our first records of the year. A four Goldcrests were about too. It's not often you get a five-thrush day in late April, but we managed just that today! Alongside our resident Blackbirds (and some on the mountain away from the usual territories that were probably migrants), were 12 Fieldfares and singles of Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Ring Ouzel. Where's a Redwing when you need one!
Blackcap 26, Sedge Warbler 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Goldfinch 1, Wren 1