Thursday, 26 April 2018

There appeared to be an exodus of migrant passerines on the island today. Very little was recorded on the land, however a few waders were recorded in the absence of any real number of phylloscs or sylvias.

A Merlin was once again present, on the Narrows one Ringed Plover, nine Purple Sandpipers, nine Whimbrels, one Curlew, three Redshanks and two Turnstones were recorded, two Snipes were also flushed from the Wetlands. Overhead passage consisted of nine Swallows, 51 Meadow Pipits (50/50 split overhead and on the ground), three ‘Alba’ Wagtails and 11 Goldfinches. On the land the few birds recorded included two Stonechats, 13 Wheatears, two Goldcrests and single of Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Other species logged today were three Hooded Crows an impressive count for the island and 38 Linnets, mostly birds returning to their breeding grounds for the summer.

The first Spring Squill (top) and Thrift (bottom) flowers are beginning to appear now. In a few weeks these will form carpets of colour across the island's coastline.

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