Thursday, 4 May 2017

Another clear and sunny day today, with occasional strong gusts whipping across the island from the East. The winds saw a few birds pass by out to sea, seven Fulmars and 118 Manx Shearwaters were probably resident birds, but migrants included ten Gannets and a Pomarine Skua.

A Merlin was seen along the West Coast, whereas highlights on the wader front were eight Purple Sandpipers, a Dunlin, two Snipes, 15 Whimbrels, two Curlews and three Common Sandpipers.

Following last week’s record, we only had our second Swift of the year today. However, moving in far larger number were hirundines with 34 Sand Martins, 516 Swallows and 18 House Martins logged! Vismigging also produced a handful of other birds of which four Tree Pipits and a Blue-headed Wagtail were the highlights.

Solfach was busy again, and feeding among the resident Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails were four White Wagtails. Chats were also about today, a Whinchat, ten Stonechats and 49 Wheatears were logged.

Warblers were represented in good number and diversity today, some three Grasshopper Warblers, 24 Sedge Warblers, one Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, four Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, 18 Willow Warblers and two Goldcrests were seen today. Finally, some finch passage resulted in five Siskins and 30 Lesser Redpolls being recorded.

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