Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Another day of gale force winds and heavy down pours early on today, however by late afternoon the skies had cleared up and gave way to bright sunlight. Today was one of the few occasions where the early bird most certainly did not catch the worm, to start the only birds noted were seabirds passing at a slow rate, by the end of the day five Fulmars, 1164 Manx Shearwaters and 45 Gannets had been logged.

The waders persisted to feed on Solfach today with two Ringed Plovers, a Sanderling, two Dunlins, eight Whimbrels, two Curlews and 12 Turnstones logged, making what they could of the wet weather. Overhead passage was, if you’ll pardon the pun, dampened today and only a single Swift, 38 Swallows, four House Martins and a Tree Pipit were noted, a huge decrease in number from the last few days, not surprisingly.

A Whinchat was seen briefly in the Wetlands, and the usual 12 Stonechats were logged again, 14 Wheatears were also probably some of the breeding pairs on the island. In the hedges, bushes and trees today were 12 Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, a Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest. Probably most impressive today was the small arrival of Spotted Flycatchers, with 23 logged today. Finally, two Lesser Redpolls were seen at Cristin today.

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