Monday 22 April 2024

The day began calmly but remained overcast, by midday the wind had gradually increased creating a brisk northerly set in for the day. Cloud eventually produced some light drizzle, which dropped some birds throughout the day.  

The standout highlight was a steady arrival of Wheatears as the day progressed, with the majority being Greenland race. Up to 118 birds were logged across the island, predominately along the coastal stretches where each field held a few birds! 

One of several 'Greenland' Wheatear seen today © Jonathan Dodds

Migratory waders in the form of three Bar-tailed Godwits (one of which sporting its smart summer plumage), 37 Whimbrels and three Dunlins

Two of three Bar-tailed Godwits, one of which sporting its summer finery © Jonathan Dodds

Plenty of other migrants had arrived including four Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, two White Wagtails, 30 Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, 16 Willow Warblers, and nine Goldcrests. We were treated to our first Swift of the year during the guided wildlife walk. Hirundines were moving too with 11 Swallows, nine House Martins and four Sand Martins being logged. Some finches were passing through with 25 Goldfinches, three Siskins, 120 Linnets and nine Lesser Redpolls recorded  .   

The first Whitethroat to be caught this season from the Withies © Ed Betteridge     

The singing male Corncrake remained for another day, whilst two mobile Greylag Geese also toured the island briefly first thing; continuing a good run this year for this scarce species on the Island. 

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