Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Another calm day today with light easterly winds flowing over the island, which brought a few highlights through.

Unfortunately, the sea was again a little slow with only 12 Fulmars, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 48 Gannets, 33 Kittiwakes and two Sandwich Terns recorded. Instead, the migrants today were inland. Once again, a reasonable number of waders were seen which included a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 20 Whimbrels, two Curlews and 15 Turnstones.

Overhead passage consisted primarily of hirundines today, 18 Sand Martins, 150 Swallows and nine House Martins were logged. One of today’s highlights was the male Yellow Wagtail which was in the fields at Donogoch feeding among the cows. Wheatears were also logged today with 43 seen.

The bushes seemed alive today with five Grasshopper Warblers, 26 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, 12 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, six Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers and 4 Goldcrests all seen feeding around the island. The most notable bird of today was a Wood Warbler found in the nets at Cristin, a very pleasant surprise, followed shortly by a Spotted Flycatcher (first of the year and finally a Pied Flycatcher! Also of note today was a second Spotted Flycatcher in the Withies.

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